Squire and I are in Costa Rica this month. Our friends were here with us for two weeks and that was a great bit of fun, and we are sad they left. On the plus side, we like hanging out with each other a lot. We rented a house near the beach, bordering a smallish jungle. The monkeys wake us up sometimes and that is nice. There are also lots of lizards of varying sizes. Also chickens who roost in the branches of palm trees, which is interesting, though it is not nice when they wake us up. We work and play games and read Orwell and Huxley, catalog the animals we see, eat our body weight in gallo de pinto, jump around in the ocean and turn pink, peel, fade to freckles, and turn pink again. We have experienced ziplining, kayaking, and snorkeling, all of which are splendid activities and more so when I remember that at home I would currently require several layers of clothing just to take out the trash. The last time I went grocery shopping in Brno, it was so cold I cried and the tears froze on my face. So Costa Rica is a very welcome change. Also salt water has magical healing properties, which I mean literally and metaphorically.
Happy new year, by the way. I have made ambitious resolutions for the first time I can remember, and a revised five year plan. My main goal is that 2011 be better than 2010. So far signs point to yes.