Day 14: If I won the lottery…

A classic hypothetical and, coincidentally, the grammar point I’m teaching one of my classes this week. Yay for the second conditional.

Assuming lottery here means the jackpot, there’s certainly a lot of interesting things I could do with millions of dollars. First off, I’d pay off old debts. Let me rephrase. I’d do something nice for the people who have been there for me financially when I needed it the most but have never asked for anything in return. Perhaps they don’t see it as a debt but I would still like to repay their kindness.

Secondly, I’d buy my mom that house I’d always wanted to get her. And what the heck, I’d throw in a nice car and a chauffeur too since she can’t (and won’t) drive.

I’d give 10% of it to a non profit charity that’s close to my heart and another 10% to Sea Shepherd. I’d buy Palau a couple state-of-the-art boats and helicopters to better patrol the waters and keep the damned poachers out.

The rest I’d used to travel to every place on my bucket list and take my friends and family who want to come along too. To avoid the hassles with airlines, I’d probably get my own private jet and throw in a yacht for good measure.

Maybe I’d open that bakery I’ve always dreamed of or my own language school. I’d set up an educational scholarship fund for underprivileged girls all over the world but specifically in the Pacific Islands.

And lastly, I’d arrange for my body to be cremated and placed in one of those burial pods so that a tree could grow out of my ashes. I hear those things are expensive but it’d be an awesome way to go.


Day 7: My Pet Peeves


I have the usual pet peeves that most everyone have. Loud chewers, line cutters, bad drivers, slow walkers. All annoying AF!  But I also have some that particularly get under my skin. (Yes, this is another listicle, a pet peeve for some)

  • People who don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom! As a germaphobe, it completely appalls (and disgusts) me when people do this. Come on, people. It takes less than a minute! This is why I don’t shake people’s hands if I can help it.
  • Smokers who throw their butts on the ground. I try to live by the motto live and let live, but when you’re that callous and indifferent to Mother Earth and her creatures, including your fellow humans, I’m not sure you deserve that courtesy. Yes, I feel that strongly about it. The same goes for any other form of trash but I feel much stronger about cigarette butts for some reason.
  •  Passive aggressive people. I’m trying to understand that maybe it’s part of your personality, but OMG if you have something to say, just say it!
  • Catcallers. This is a new pet peeve for me, acquired when I moved to Central America. I can never accept that “it’s just part of the culture” and I will never buy that “women actually love it; it makes them feel sexy.” A lot of deplorable behavior and practices have been “part of the culture” that many societies have transcended and changed.  Something that degrades and objectifies half of the members of society shouldn’t be tolerated.
  • Dirty dishes in the sink for days. If you don’t see why this is gross, then there’s really nothing much else I can say.
  • People who talk over you or cut you off. Seriously, show some respect. And if all you want to hear is your own voice and your own opinions, I really don’t want to be around you.

I’m sure I have a lot more but these are all I can think of for now.

On to the next prompt….


Day 6: My Five Senses Right Now

Well this is going to be a short post.

Number one, I’m not feeling this prompt.  And number two (to be fair to reason #1), I’m really not feeling anything right now because I was rudely woken up and I’m up before 9 on the one of two work days that I can actually sleep in! I know it sounds bratty, but I work 6 days a week and, well, I’m NOT a morning person!

Ok, must inhale…….

And release.

Ok, here’s my attempt to do this:

  • Sight: Obviously staring at this screen. My vision’s actually blurry which I’m attributing to lack of (normal, long) sleep.
  • Smell: Coffee. At least it’s me is making me feel like somewhat of a human being.
  • Hearing: Hideous traffic noise that is the bane of my existence in Heredia! It goes on all day long and I will never–even if I stayed here 10 years–get used to it. F*cking loud buses, revving motorcycle engines, ceaseless honking…. It’s all enough to drive anyone mad!
  • Taste: Coffee with almond milk and sugar. A consolation to a bad start to the day.
  • Touch: It’s nice right now–a little on the warm side.  Need to relish it. Come noon, the the trademark downpours of the Costa Rican rainy season is going to make it dark and damp.

Happy Monday, World! From an Un-Morning Person.

Finally…Hello, 2017

It’s 11 days into 2017 and it hasn’t really felt like a new year. Admittedly, I haven’t put a lot of effort into welcoming the year. The last couple of months of 2016 were financially and emotionally challenging times. There was drama, there were tears, and there were a couple of friendships lost. While I believe that some people simply don’t belong in our lives, it’s never pleasant to break bonds with people we care about.

The holidays were mostly restful and relaxing though marred by a few unpleasant events which, for the sake of starting afresh, I will not go into detail here.

The important thing is that the first full moon of the year is here tomorrow.  Those who know me well know that I’m a total selenophile.


What I love about the moon is that it is a constant reminder for me that life is a continuous series of cycles. And every moment is an opportunity to create a new beginning. The turn of the year may not have been what I had hoped it to be, but tomorrow is a new day.  In concurrence with 2017’s first full moon, I’m determined to get excited about this year and to crank up a positive outlook on things.

Outside my window I can see the almost full moon. It’s beautiful, hopeful, and promising.

Finally, I can wholeheartedly welcome 2017.

Not Too Ash-tonishing

Two days ago I received an email from the coordinator at a school where I work part time. It contained information regarding eruptions on Volcan Turrialba, the second highest volcano in Costa Rica, and the possibility of ash in the air.

For me, this news incited two different reactions. The first was appreciation (and honestly, a little surprise) for the initiative and concern that my colleague and the school demonstrated. [Side note: I just accepted a full time position for next semester at this school and this just reinforces my good decision in choosing this company.] Secondly, and naturally, I was kind of concerned. I’d never been near enough to a volcanic eruption to experience ash in the air (or worse), and given my sinus allergies I’d imagine it would be an unpleasant experience for my respiratory system.

Luckily, the latest news reported that volcanic activity has calmed a bit and there doesn’t seem to be much to worry about.

Just in case, though, I’m happy to have some very thoughtful friends out there. Thank you, Scott!


Volcan Turrialba continues to emit small doses of smoke and ash, which for an active volcano is to be expected. Overall, I’m happy to say that it hasn’t been anything too “ashtonishing.”  😀  And let’s hope it stays that way!