Friday, May 8, 2015

Week Highlights

I'm stealing this idea from my sister, because I think it's a fun way to wrap up and reflect the week! And sometimes I'm not so creative about blogging ;)

The high of my week was attending a going away party to a friend of mine who is moving to Germany Monday. She will be dearly missed. But it was so much fun to celebrate new beginnings. And I got to reconnect with the nurses and doctors from my old job - and I have to say my heart is heavy! I miss them so much!

I've worked with this guys since I started my career in nursing, and they've all played integral parts in who I am - and have become great friends along the way.

The low of my week was paying all my bills from the multiple doctor's appointments I had 2 weeks ago! I had a massive sinus infection, so am very pleased I'm feeling better. But I really do not enjoy spending my hard-earned money on that.

The book I’m reading is ....... I really don't think I could even say I'm reading a book right now. How sad is that?! I have severely falling off the "reading wagon", and desperately need to get back on. All I read these days are journals from the "American Thoracic Society".

For my workouts, I completed: Monday I ran to a park 2 miles from my house, did sprints & push-ups on the soccer field (5 miles ran total). Tuesday I rested. Wednesday I lifted weights (back) and ran 4 miles. Thursday I did an 8 mile trail run. Friday I lifted shoulders. Saturday I plan to run 7 miles. Sunday I will lift weights and swim!

The best money I spent was my "Friday latte". My clinic is located in the School of Medicine @ the U of A. And on Friday's they host a Farmer's Market.  I splurged today and enjoyed a delicious latte from a local barista!

My plans this weekend include: Running with my girlfriends in the morning, taking puppy to obedience school, doing lots of baking for several parties, celebrating a girlfriend's 40th bday, attending a Mother's Day Brunch at another friend's house, and hopefully getting some relaxation by the pool!

This week flew!!! I cannot believe it's already the weekend. I am not complaining ;)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Scuba Chick: San Carlos, Mexico

We are officially "Certified Padi Scuba Divers". This weekend we took a 6 hour drive south to San Carlos, Mexico with another couple, and a local dive shop to get our open-water scuba certification.

Let's just say we are now "hooked". We are already working towards getting our "Advanced " certification, so we can go deeper than 60 feet when we travel to Hawaii in August!

There is something so amazing, envigorating, peaceful, breathtaking (literally), and inspiring about exploring a whole new world! I can confidently say that this weekend was probably one of the best weekends I've ever had!

And let me tell you...there was not a single dull moment ;)


We were awake at 4:30 am, to get an early start. As we had to complete our 1st dive on Friday, so we were on a race against time! It's a good thing we got an early start, as we were dead-stopped in traffic for 2 hours somewhere north of Hermosillo, Mexico from the worst semi-truck accident I've ever seen.

Being stuck in traffic sucks. But we kind of had fun with it, as we caravanned with 3 other couples - so we all were getting out of our cars and socializing. It was also good opportunity to catch up on life with Ryan, since he had been in Florida for work the week prior!

When we got to San Carlos, we had to drop our bags, get into our swimming suits, and head to Lalo's Cove. We had to drag our gear, set up a tarp, and complete our 1st dive -- which was about a 30 minute dive. We weren't allowed to bring a camera on this one, since it was our 1st open-water dive.

We saw tons of sting-rays, cornet fish, and lots of beautiful coral!

The beach was incredibly beautiful, and we got out of the water right before sunset!

For dinner we went to a local place near our hotel, that was a straw-thatched roof. We enjoyed their "Cameron Especiale" -- which means "Shrimp special". It was this amazing dish of shrimp, tomatillo sauce, onions, garlic, peppers. It was the cook's "favorito" - and I can see why!!
We were up at 5:30 am, to get breakfast and down to the marina. As our dive boat left shore at 7:45 am.
It was a 1 hour boat ride to San Pedro Island. This is probably the coolest site ever. The "island" is basically a mountain in the ocean. So the mountain goes thousands of feet deep. Obviously we only went down to 30 feet ;). The only "citizens" of the island are wild sea lions. Boy, were they a trip! They love to entertain and play with the scuba divers. While swimming around; they will circle you, clap and laugh at you, and get right up in your face!
We also saw tons of morray eels, which are terrifying, freaky, pre-historic looking creatures. But so neat!!
A rare type of starfish that we only saw 1 of the entire weekend.
There were hundreds of these starfish!!

It's hard to capture in picture, but if you look between the 2 rocks, there is that creepy little guy - that's a Morray Eeel. And they bite! They are so neat to find down there. They pop their head out, and then go back in over and over again.

This is me with my instructor, Larry, doing what's called a "CESA" - Controlled Emergeny Surface Ascent". Which means you start at 30 feet, and you have to ascend on 1 breath of air at a controlled rate. (In SCUBA, you cannot ascend to quickly). As you rise, air expands, and so it's supposed to feel "better". This was freaking torture. By the time we surfaced, I seriously thought I was going to die!

Graceful sea lion!

Sea lion "dive-bombing" us! They would play "chicken" with you - and get right up in your face!

While we were diving, our ship crew were fishing. And they filleted the fresh catch-of-the-day and made us fish tacos. And let me tell you, these were by far the most amazing fish tacos I've ever had!
After we got back to San Carlos, our friends and I went out for a beer before heading the hotel to shower. And then we rushed to dinner, where we ate most seafood tacos. (I cannot get enough of that). We also watched the "Mayweather vs Pacquio fight". You haven't lived until you've watched a boxing match in Mexico at a bar....
Sunday we were at the marina bright & early again. We went to 2 different dive locations - San Antonio Point and "Martini Cove". Martini Cove is definitely my favorite "dive spot" in the area, we decided!
It was an especially fun dive, because we were "certified divers". In other words, we didn't have to stay 5 feet within reach of our instructor!
That's "scuba language" for "I'm Okay". There are hand signals for communicating. I like to use "thumbs up" frequently in my communications. But underwater I cannot. Because "thumbs up" means "ascend" ;)

This piece of coral reminded me of an underwater cactus!

An Obligatory "scuba selfie"

I thought this was such a neat picture. I really fell in love with the world under the sea last weekend!
Until next time.....