Daily Archives: April 30, 2010


I’m thinking that it is not a coincidence that two of my favorite songs are “It’s my Life” and “California Dreaming”. My life has been one where I am always looking for the next adventure even though my career is one which most people view as conservative and stuffy. I have worked as an accountant most of my life and am presently (although not for long!!!) the controller at a university. My days are filled with numbers, regulations, and policy – a bureaucrat by most people’s standards. However, most people think of me as the “out-of-controller” because my personality doesn’t seem to fit the green eyeshades stereotype. I have moved on an average of every five years although have only lived in three states. But I don’t think I have ever lived in a house for more than four years in my adult life.

I contrast this with my mother who just closed on the house that I grew up in today. Mom and Dad bought the house in 1960, raised five kids and continued to live there until my dad died almost a year ago – almost 50 years. They were also married over 65 years and even though there were many issues associated with raising five kids, they had the strongest marriage I have ever seen. My life has been quite a bit more hectic than theirs when it comes to houses and relationships……

So this brings me to Costa Rica. Will this be the ultimate adventure that allows Tom and me to stay in one place and just enjoy ourselves? I believe that it is. There are so many amazing things to see and do in this tiny country. And while I never thought that I was much of an ocean person, I found out in February when we stayed at the house that I must have been a closet ocean lover all along. I have found myself missing the sound of the waves and the cool breezes. I guess I’ll just have to report back on my success in staying in one place a few years from now 🙂

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