Karma rocks!

3 01 2011

I have to admit, I was starting to doubt the universe.  It seemed like again and again people that do crappy things to people were coming out on top.  According to Wikipedia, Karma is:

In Indian beliefs, the karmic effects of all deeds are viewed as actively shaping past, present, and future experiences. The results or ‘fruits’ of actions are called karma-phala.

So I have been waiting patiently for those that do good, such as stand by their family, love and support their friends, and just generally do good things to come out on top.  I’m not looking for a gold medal, that’s not why I do the things I do – but it was starting to seem that the folks that are doing the bad deeds were coming out on top again and again.

And then the universe sent me some wonderful karma-phala, and gave me the chance to send some back too.

First I think I found a way to get both my husband AND my bike to Costa Rica without breaking the bank.  I’ll keep to myself how they’re traveling, but I will say that I have noticed that deeply good and giving people are just wonderful and I will do everything in my power to help those people succeed in life.

Second, I haven’t been using Beginnertriathlete.com in a while.  For a bit it was because I wasn’t training, then I got started using Dailymile.com, but I logged on to beginnertriathlete.com a few days ago and got a nice treat.  Earlier this year I ‘volunteered’ to be a mentor for a BT training group.  It’s just a group in the forum that encourages each other and as a mentor you just help guide the group and offer advice and support.  It was fun and only lasted a couple of months (maybe 12 weeks?).  As a thank you gift BT gave me 6 months of free Gold service.  This gives me access to build my own training plan (based on my dates, races and needs) with their workouts.  What a nice thing – I write workouts every day and frankly get a little burned out when it comes to writing my own!

Finally I was working on the Costa Rica trip now that it’s actually 2011.  I decided to go ahead and schedule a family surfing lesson while we are in Playa Grande on the first leg of our adventure.  I had found Point Break Surf a few months ago and thought we needed to go with them based on their name alone.  (my hubby’s fAVorite movie of all time)  When I read the reviews (which were glowing) I decided to book with them.  I emailed to make a reservation.  Here is the email response I got:

Thank you for inquiring about lessons with us. We would love to teach your family how to surf. Since you will be staying at Playa Grande for the first part of your trip, you should actually look at booking your surf lessons with the local surf shop at Playa Grande – Frijoles Locos (www.frijoleslocos.com). They are cheaper than us because we usually service those staying outside Playa Grande, and thus have transportation costs built into our price.
However, if you would still like to use us, we would be more than happy to teach your family. And if you want lessons during your stay at Playa Conchal, we can accommodate that as well!
Let me know what you decide to do. Hope you had a great New Year!
Cheers
Natasha

Point Break lessons are in Playa Grande, but they usually drive people from Playa Conchal (the second leg of our adventure), which as far as I can tell is about 20 min. to the north.  Let me point out that she #1 – recommended I go with a competitor based on it being about $10 per lesson cheaper, and #2 game me the website for the competitor.  My immediate reaction was to save the $10 per person, but as I read her email to my hubby he said “No way, I’d rather pay the extra money and support an honest and kind business.”  Have I mentioned before what a wonderful husband I have?  So, we will be booking with Point Break Surf for our lessons and I encourage anyone else that is traveling to the REV3 Costa Rica race to consider a surf lesson with them as well.

My lesson in all this is twofold.  First, be patient – beautiful rewards come when you least expect them.  Second, surround yourself with kind and giving people – I think in 2011 I see less need than ever to spend my time with people that do crappy things.





The North Pole Goes Gluten Free

8 12 2010

12-11-2010 UPDATE #2 – the contest is up!  You can vote once a day (by leaving a comment on the blog) vote often and vote for mine!  (hint, you can clearly see the North Pole sign on my houses!)

12-11-2010 UPDATE – the contest isn’t up yet, thank you all who have offered to vote!  I’ll update as soon as it’s live!

Around noon today I realized I HAD to iron a bunch of my husband’s pants.  Not because he expects it.  Not because he can’t do it himself.  Mostly because I was going to be embarrassed if everybody got home from school/ work this evening and the ONLY thing I did today was make a ginger bread house.

Most people picture a nice little house that comes from a kit and tastes like cardboard when they think gingerbread house.  Not in this house.  First you have to find a gluten free gingerbread cookie recipe.  (preferably one that tastes good!)  I found my recipe from last year that worked great at Only Sometimes Clever.  I cut my own (only partially fitting) template and whipped up enough Royal Icing to glue ANYTHING together!  

With two houses of somewhat equal size I decided to GO BIG this year and make our very own North Pole.  After raiding the candy isle of 3 different stores we I was ready to go!   I have to admit here that while the kids were at school and my hubby was at work I really spent my entire day (minus the time spent ironing pants) working on my Gluten Free North Pole.  And it – was fun.  I even let the kids help when they got home from school!

Now I might be a weeee bit over the top, but not only was it so much fun, but it has the potential to WIN ME STUFF!  I might be a tad bit competitive, so that might just have been a bit of a motivator to make it all just right.  The contest is at one of my favorite gluten free blogs, Cook it Allergy Free.  The winner gets an Ipod touch, so it’s no small contest!  So my blog friends, check out the masterpiece and beginning Friday please, please go to the blog and VOTE FORE ME!!!  (or more importantly vote for Santa and his gluten free village : )

 

The Elves' Toy Factory (those are little gingerbread elves on the walk way)

The frozen pond out front w/ Elves skating and Santa's sleigh in the back - it's even filled with presents!

Casa Santa and Mrs. Clause (you can see Rudolph hanging out behind the house)

Mrs. Clause getting the mail

The whole shebang! Santa and Mrs. Clause go Gluten Free : )





Things I’m grateful for today . . .

29 09 2010

Cooler fall weather.  I LOVE fall!!

Rain!  Yes, it screws up training, but it is so flipp’n dry around here we NEED the rain and I have actually missed it!!

My sweet long haired boy.  My husband wants to cut my son’s hair but I love the little curls that are starting to form and the way he flips it out of his face : )

My sweet husband.  Seriously he is a saint.

Trail running.  I”m going to try and get ahead of the rain and slug out a few miles today.  I love having to focus so carefully on the terrain rather than the boring road ahead.

My best friends.  Waking up to a facebook message mocking a really odd post = priceless way to start the day!!





My latest happy list

22 05 2008

Time for a new happy list!!! With so many things going on I can’t belive I let it go so long!
1. Anna ran an entire 5k and knocked 7 min. off her p.r. – she was SO proud of herself!! Yay Anna!
2. Paul, Robin, Michelle, Bobby and I all rocked the FLA 70.3 race in pretty harsh conditions. Everybody finished – we might not have had a smile while finishing but soon after it returned!
3. Anne did her first triathlon. Better yet, it was a wonderful spontanious decision to do this race which is so FUN and FANTASTIC!! She did wonderful!!
4. I’m really late on this one but Nina did her first half ironman!! She did finish w/ a smile! YAY!
5. Renee did her second triathlon – and the bike description was HILLY! Way to step out of the comfort zone and challenge yourself!! Oh yeah, and she came in 4th in her age group!!
6. My sister is the best sister in the whole world for giving me her new, favorite running shoes two days before the race b/c my old shoes were hurting me! (See Anne, the suit started a chain reaction!)





More Happy Items

12 04 2008

More happy list things:

  • Nina ran a 28 min. 5k – that’s almost 4 min. faster than 6 months ago!
  • Terry DID do great in his Duathlon – he finished & said it was a “Blast” & all in under 2 hours!
  • More happy things to add tommorow!




My Happy List

10 04 2008

Here’s my happy list for the day:

  • I got a little sunburn (not much thankfully) & sunburn means sunny days! Time to pull out the sunscreen for OUTSIDE BIKE RIDES : )
  • My #1 client (sorry honey) my daughter dropped 2 min. & 5 sec. off of her 300 swim time – WOW! She started at a 10 min. 300 and on Tues. did it in 7 min. & 55 sec.
  • Ragan has lost OVER 25 pounds! YAY!
  • Anne has not only become an excellent athlete, but this weekend becomes a TRIathlete : )
  • Dennis ran a 6:45 mile AND has dropped :30 seconds off his 300 time!
  • Robin started running a year and a half ago – she thinks she’s slow running 8 min. miles – it took me 4 years to get there! She is FAST & maybe someday she’ll believe me when I say that!
  • Michelle has been taking the time for herself to get her workouts in, not an easy task when your job demands more, more, more. Plus she has learned to swim with her LATS!
  • Terry is doing his first Duathlon this weekend & he will do wonderful – I know it even if he’s not yet convinced!
  • Brad is getting settled in Arizona AND still getting his workouts done. Sounds like some exciting runs out on the trails!
  • Nina is willingly going for rides out on the road with me! Plus she is now running 11 miles wonderfully, 3 months ago 6 miles was a long run . . .
  • My dear husband is swimming faster and faster. His swim stroke has improved by 100% and I am sure I don’t take the time often enough to tell him how wonderful he is doing.

YAY for everybody!