My Costa Rican Adventure

This past February we took a Costa Rican Adventure to Dreams Las Mareas a brand new resort on the North West coast of Costa Rica. Enjoy a few of our pictures of this amazing vacation.

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the resort’s private beach after a guided nature walk

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Poor Oklahoma, Snowfall from Last Week

Snow, Oklahoma, Pathetic Snowfall, Office Shut Down#officewasclosed – Due to bad weather, this is a normal fall/spring day for this Canadian.

#thisisnothing – You should see the snow we just got this morning, at least twice this.

#iwentrunningoutside – It was warm out! How could I pass up this opportunity?

#idrove2hoursinthat – without a problem, no issue, no spinning out, and I did not end up in the ditch! 🙂 The Oklahomans were amazed when I sent the email saying I had arrived safely.



The terrors of traveling for work

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When people hear I travel for work they make comments like “ooo fancy” or “that’s so cool” but they never think about these less glamorous things… I don’t think my family (who sees me traveling all the time) even think about these things.

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I Caught the NYC Bug: My First Visit

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This past May I made my first trek through the streets of New York City and I had a friend accompany with me. I honestly thought that I would get it all out of my system and that I’d never go back; but now I have caught the NYC bug. I loved the hustle and bustle and all the people everywhere. (Except the tourist stopping every 3 seconds to take a picture! Come on guys you’re really slowing the rest of us down!)

This was a work trip – so it was very affordable. However, our extra night in our downtown Manhattan hotel was over 500 dollars… yikes. If I go back without someone footing part of the bill I definitely wont be staying at the same hotel.

However, our hotel was in a perfect location and we were able to see EVERYTHING in 2 days. People said it couldn’t be done, but we did it! However we didn’t do all of the activities, so there’s always that.

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Ummm… You want me to go where? My trip to Qatar

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Skyline from my 41st Floor Hotel Room

I must confess when I realized where Qatar is located I was terrified. Its a small peninsula on the Persian Gulf side of Saudi Arabia. My head filled with questions and concerns:

  • do they know I am a woman?
  • do I get a driver?
  • do I have to wear a headscarf?
  • do I need an escort?
  • do I have to delete my bible app?
  • can I go out in public alone?
  • am I allowed to speak to local men?

All of my fears were completely unnecessary… as you will see its like if Florida or California was up rooted and placed on the other side of the globe. I just got back and it was 35 C in Qatar and I came home to -5 C and snow!

The only thing I didn’t like about Qatar is simply that it took a full day to get there. 30 some hours on the way there and the way back. Wow! But I would have no reservations if I was asked to go back. I was scared to go though, mostly because of the unknown. My mother-in-law didn’t help either, she said good bye to me like she was never going to see me again. My parents on the other hand were much more relaxed about it, at least to my face, and thank God – I would have been a terrible wreck if everyone had said good bye to me like I was going to be kidnapped and held for ransom (which to be honest was the least of my fears).

You want me to go where? My trip to Qatar | leave it to Joy

Persian Gulf

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