Yup, I’m still here, just not doing much with this lately. Trying to think of where to begin, I know it’s been a few months since I wrote anything…
Well, we did take our car through Riteve, which is the annual inspection here. You have to have this done every year and it’s not expensive at all, under $20. They checked pretty much everything on the car. They inspected the brakes, exhaust, windows, seatbelts, shocks, tread on the tires, oil, washer fluid, lights, and everything else you can think of. We failed. Turns out we had a hole in our exhaust system that we didn’t know about. So we went and got that fixed, it cost about $90 to get it all done. Took the car back, only $10 for the second time around, and we passed. I believe you have three chances to get your car through, I don’t know what happens after that. I am now affectionately calling our car “The money pit.” We just had the breaks fixed (needed new pads on the front and the back ones cleaned), they started to squeak and we had our clutch fixed too, all this week. Total cost for repairs, and getting the oil changed was under $100. I can live with that.
I did go to the States for a couple of weeks and spent some time with my biological family. I had a great time, I stayed with my cousin. Her and I are so much alike it’s not even funny. We joke around and say that if I hadn’t been put up for adoption the family would have found a way to separate us because we would have gotten into so much trouble together. She even manages at a restaurant that I used to manage at as well, at least the same company, and know a lot of the same people. I’m telling you, this apple didn’t fall too far from that tree! She is planning a trip down here for next year and I can’t wait!
When I flew out, I changed my flight to fly out of Liberia instead of San Jose. Volcano Turrialba had been going off and many flights had been canceled. It only cost me an additional $40 to change my flight. I’m cheap so I use Southwest. So, we decided to make a trip out of it and we got a hotel at Playa Hermosa and stayed the night there. We had a great time. We got up early Monday morning and headed out. Had a great lunch in Nuevo Arenal at a place called Paniagua. Great food and great people there. I definitely recommend it. Got up early Tuesday morning and headed to the airport. The Liberia airport is very easy to get around in and seems more tourist friendly than San Jose. But it does usually cost a little more.
I did a little shopping while I was up there, some things are easier to find for me and some things are cheaper. I try to find the specialty items that I can’t find anywhere but there. My husband was quite happy when I got back, I was very happy as well. I don’t think I can live in air conditioning anymore. It was really bothering me up there, my lungs don’t like cold air.
I made a trade with a friend of mine that found me a few weeks before my trip, I hadn’t heard from her in years. I was super happy that she finally got Facebook and was able to look me up. I traded her one of my paintings for some new paints. I did get to see her and we went to a wolf sanctuary in Indiana and I got to pet the wolves. It was amazing.
Right before I left, one of my neighbors took all of my test results and my insurance card to the hospital for me with my referral for an endocrinologist through the public system. Basically what you do is that you get a referral from your local doctor, take everything to the hospital, the doctors review it, and then they give you an appointment. Some appointments can take several months, in some cases it can take a year or more. It just depends on the severity of the case. Well, my appointment was set for one month out! They put me to the top of the list. I am a little nervous about all of this. We still don’t know if it’s cancer or not, but I am getting more swelling in the left side of my neck. I will just have to discuss with the doctor and go from there. I know I need surgery, there is no way around that. I just hope they schedule it soon. I have had many surgeries in my life, but I have never really been nervous about one until now. I did buy a couple of scarves while I was in the States so when I have the surgery I can cover the incision. I don’t want to walk around with people staring at me.
All the animals are doing well in the house. Bruno was super happy when I came home. Nothing like having a 60 pound dog running at you smiling and wagging his tail! I thought he was going to tackle me. Even the cats were happy to see me. Not a whole lot else going on really, been working on a new painting and this one is taking a while. I don’t want to rush this one. I went with a bigger canvas and I think I found it a little intimidating. We did have a few small tremors last Sunday night that put me on edge a little, and Volcano Turrialba blew her top again today. Until mañana, Pura Vida!