Kudos for Kevin

KevinKevin’s been working with me for over two years and while we’ve had our share of ups and downs and growing pains within the business, he’s always been there for me and my company. So I wanted to give him some kudos and acknowledge what makes him so great to work with.

  • He rescues butterflies
  • He participates and is open to new experiences, stepping out of his comfort zone…taking yoga, water aerobics and even birdwatching at 5:30 in the morning
  • He does all the hard physical work- like climbing rocks to get pictures of ancient turtle traps while I stay safely on the ground.
  • When we travel, he fully immerses himself into the hotel experience- even trying out one hotel’s Hawaiian style bathrobe.
  • He’s open to trying new foods (you may be surprised at how many people I’ve met who refuse to do that). He even tried tofu AND spirulina…and liked both
  • Our clients love him
  • We travel well together. In other words, I don’t want to kill him by the end of the trip
  • He tries to make me fall. Alright that one is an inside joke but trust me, it’s not a bad thing. It’s actually quite funny.
  • He’s like a sponge. Soaking up new information and learning quickly
  • He’s got an amazing memory
  • He has a great eye for photography
  • He reminds me of our niche when I start to consider working with other types of clients and businesses
  • He chooses to do the most difficult projects first
  • I trust him completely

One of my most favorite discussions with him (which had to do with the inside joke of my clumsiness):

  • You need to be wearing your 4×4 sandals (him to me)
  • I’m glad my pain is your entertainment (me to him)

You had to be there to really appreciate the humor in that conversation.

I couldn’t manage this company without him and I’m grateful for his steadfast and loyal commitment.

Chrissy

A few quick updates…

February came and went and I just realized I didn’t put out a single blog post…and now it’s already the middle of March!  A lot has been happening since the start of 2015 and I wanted to send you a few updates.

So I moved.  Again.  It was kind of a lateral move for me, some things are better, some things aren’t as great (ie I lost my calming ocean view and a patio full of sunshine).

The kittens are growing.  I would venture to say Sunshine is full grown at this point, Lluvia is still pretty small in comparison.  Sunshine is full of love and always wants to be pet.  Lluvia also gives lots of love… she loves to be pet but more often her love is shown in the way of killing giant cockroaches and bringing them to me in the middle of the night.  She’s definitely a mamma’s girl.  I have a friend’s son staying with me right now, Travis, and while he tries every day to pet her, she remains curious but aloof.

imageSince I now live on top of the Manuel Antonio hill (one of the not so great aspects of the move), I’m venturing out a bit more to the local restaurants.  I often wondered why Falafel Bar was #1 on TripAdvisor for awhile… I get it now.  Fast service, not outrageously priced and good food.

Also got to enjoy a Lost Coast IPA at Barba Roja.  They didn’t have Great White, but it was the Lost Coast brand…which is close enough!  Gotta take what you can get here.

My friend/awesome tour guide and birder Johan Chaves took Travis and I on a tour around Manuel Antonio National Park.  It was a picture perfect day and there were so many amazing creatures to be seen.  Always in awe of what Johan can find, the tiniest little creatures and he’s able to spot them in the dense forest!  Normally the tour ends at the beach but he invited us to continue and we hiked up to Cathedral Point which had stunning views.  Most of the photos I’ve seen in the past were foggy and grey.  But that day was beautiful blue skies and an abundance of sunshine.

Cathedral Point Manuel Antonio

Speaking of weather, it’s been an odd summer.  A lot more rain than normal in January and February  and we’re seeing a few clouds this month as well.  But it’s still 90 degrees every day so I’m definitely not complaining!

Manuel Antonio beach

In contrast, did a one night trip to the cloud forest a few weeks ago and stayed at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel & Nature Reserve.  Cold, cold, cold (for this tropical beach girl).  But beautiful in its own way.  The mist floating through the tall trees, the warm fireplace and the view of the majestic Arenal volcano all create a quiet serenity.  The hotel is located outside of San Ramon, about 90 minutes from the airport in San Jose.  The local area reminded me very much of Sonoma County with green rolling hills and jersey cows (and as to be expected for the area, coatis everywhere…).

coatis in Costa Rica

So that’s been my life in a nutshell these last few weeks.  I’ll leave you with one last photo of some sweet monkeys playing in the trees…

monkeys in Manuel Antonio

Chrissy