Go south

After a kind of challenging Dec and a January that wasn’t improving….We took a trip to Mexico! Specifically Huatulaco. I had been there before, but not for a few years and after two years of going nowhere and doing nothing…I was beyond fed up, stressed out and unhappy and I WAS GOING DAMMIT.

The weather was beautiful EVERY DAY.

It was an extremely stressful lead up. In the days that preceded our trip, we had:

  • A tsunami warning
  • Crazy fog taking over everything and not lifting
  • Omicron variant taking over everything and overwhelming the health system, flights, work-staffing, ferries, buses, etc
  • One of my colleagues went missing and he is still missing three weeks later
  • No third booster shots (I just got mine this week!)

No joke. I was SO TENSE and freaked out going into the holiday. I had no idea what to expect, and how our testing worked to get home, what if we had tested positive and had to quarantine, what to do with the animals and Oats, etc etc etc.

And you know what? It went perfectly fine. Were there glitches, like not having a paper copy of our COVID neg test results and the airport demanding them, when we only had QR codes/apps? Yep! Was there uncertainty? Yep. Was it worth it? OMG YES 100%. For your mental health, go. Just go. Life is too short and too horrible most of the time. Do something nice for yourself, for once.

We swam, kayaked, went stand-up paddleboarding, went into town, snorkeled, went fishing, I did aqua fit and we drank a million crazy cocktails and generally just had an awesome time.

I needed it desperately and I firmly believe so does everyone else.

We try stand up paddleboarding!

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We went out to try stand up paddleboarding on Canada Day, which was last week. Things have been busy, but here’s how it went!

We rented the boards at Cadboro Bay Surf shop/yoga shop, and it took literally forever to get organized. I got the feeling they weren’t used to having five people descend on their shop for rentals (and that they were probably never on time anyways) but oh well…We returned the boards late too, so that’s ok I suppose.

We dragged the boards and paddles down to the beach using dollies. One thing I didn’t even think of- rocks. Going on the rocks to climb on the paddleboards ¬†HURTS! My husband cut his foot. Wear water shoes…

The day was hot, lovely and couldn’t have gone better otherwise. We padded around, and found it easy to get far out, and hard to get back to shore, haha.

I think it would have been a bit nicer in an area with more to explore, but it was a gentle, fun activity to try out with my family. Everyone told me how hard my abs would hurt the next day, but they didn’t at all. My foot did cramp up though, and I had to take a break.

Nobody fell in, which was nice! The water is freezing- like 6 deg max, and so if you fall in, you have to get back to shore asap. I think it may be a nicer experience in hotter climates though…You can play around a bit more.

Would I try it again? Yes definitely! 

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Life is too hard!

Life is too hard!

Gidget is getting all summered-out!

We’re taking a bit of a backseat to riding this week, as my family has been visiting for Canada Day. That means we’re doing a lot of fun stuff like stand-up-paddleboarding, visiting Merridale Cider, visiting the farm, watching me ride Oats (and getting a pony ride off him!) and eating in good restaurants.

Back at work today though, and I have a fun hangover. I’m tired! Like Gidget, I’m so tired haha.

And stand up paddleboarding was fun, but so easy- any moron could do it haha. I am a bit disappointed, as I thought it would be a harder core workout. I don’t really feel it in my abs today, but my pinkie finger hurts (fingie!).

The weather was absolutely gorgeous yesterday though…Ahhh…perfect day for it!

Summer lovin’