Wednesday, February 29, 2012

my cup runneth over. (and CFC day 4)

Of course, I knew very well that today was the day the winner of the Las Olas Surf Safari Contest would be announced.  All day at work today, every time I sat down in front of my computer, I refreshed the page of the Las Olas Blog and looked at my gmail inbox.  All day, emails would pop up, and all day, they were reminders of meetings, details about stuff I needed to do for girlscouts, notifications that bills were due.  Normal stuff.  There were also lots of email from friends or family saying:  "News?  Any news?"

By the afternoon, I figured that if I hadn't heard anything yet, I probably didn't win, so I settled in to grade some papers, and then all of a sudden, there it was, an email from Las Olas and I had to click a few links until I ended up here.

My heart was pounding out of my chest and my hands were shaking.  I shouldn't have dared to want this trip as badly as I wanted it, and yet, I definitely let my imagination run wild at the thought.

And now I actually AM going to fly to Mexico for a week by myself to learn how to surf at this totally amazing tropical luxurious place.  Whose life is this again?

So, thank you!  Thank you to all of my friends and family who voted for me and spread the word and posted and reposted about the contest.  Thanks to all of my students who not only voted for me, but got so excited about the whole idea of this trip and rooted for me all the way.  ("Ms. Manhart, can I ask you one more question about the surf trip?"  "Well, okay, just one more question.")

Thanks for all the comments and texts and phone calls.  Thanks for being excited for me.
I love how many people's first reaction when I told them was to swear.  Mine was too.  I got lots of OMGs and NFWs and holy shits and WTFs and, my personal favorite from my brother Chris, Holy Tamales!  Also, lots of "Surf's Up" and "Hang Ten" so I guess I have to figure out what that means.

I just got a bunch of information, advice and a packing list from the super kind folks at Las Olas.  Flip flops?  Rash guard?  Bathing suits? Sun block?  Oh my God. And then this:

Your  Las Olas Safari includes
 ~ Scheduled ground transportation to and from the PVR airport 
 ~ 6-Night accommodations in dreamy, tropical oceanfront villas (includes all local taxes)
 ~ Daily surf lessons with expert, caring Las Olas instructors
 ~ Quality surf equipment including soft foam boards and female specific performance long boards
 ~ Day safaris to secret surf spots
 ~ Your own Las Olas rash guard (surf shirt)
 ~ Your own sport water-bottle for hydration
 ~ Daily Breakfast
 ~ Orientation and finale dinners
 ~ Daily yoga class
 ~ A private one-hour sports massage
 ~ A private one-on-one surf lesson with an instructor
 ~ Daily maid service, including fresh bath towels

 I'm drooling on the keyboard.    I go to Las Olas on April 12th, by the way.  And I need to hop right into gear getting my passport and airline tickets, ASAP. 

I want to stay loyal to the CFC and to everyone doing it with me, so, here is my day 4:

I barely made it through the afternoon on Clean Food, but I did.  I was just so excited and all over the place that it was hard to not just mindlessly snack or celebrate with sweets or a cocktail or something.  Thank goodness my friend Suzanne showed up with some clean food for me.

Breakfast:  Oatmeal, blueberries, coffee with coconut milk.  Hard boiled egg.  Decaf tea.

Snacks at work:  pear, almonds, orange

Lunch:  Leftover beans, sweet potoatoes and veggies with fresh salsa.
Pile of green grapes.

Dinner:  Lentil-nut loaf (a la Suzanne), Quinoa Mango Salad (a la Suzanne).

Dessert?  I don't know.  But I need something.  I think I'll have some apple slices with almond butter and agave.  Yes. That is what I will do.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, everyone.  I will be dreaming of the waves tonight, for sure.

Suzanne @
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Kim Oldenburgh said...

Hint from someone who messed her passport all up because she thought she was younger than she really was and used that information to figure out everyone's birthdate/marriage, etc! So, when you do your passport, print out the PDF online and fill it all out at home. Orono PO is very quick doing your passport and they take your picture right there even though the site says they don't. If you do mess up, they are very kind at the National Level and will fix it right up for you! Have a ton of fun. I'm glad my vote worked. Also-a clean eating dessert I eat more than I should-Take 1/3 cup of pumpkin puree, 1 egg white, cinnamon, and a sprinkle of real maple syrup. Stir it up in a ramekin and microwave for 2 minutes. Just like pumpkin pie!

Jamie said...

Congratulations! That is so exciting, you are going to have an AMAZING time!

Great job staying strong on the challenge, I totally would have celebrated with something "dirty"!

Jen said...

That is quite the package! So jealous!!!

Mo said...

HooRAY for you! Sunning, surfing, and yoga-ing! Enjoy ENjoy enJOY,

Kerry said...

Woohoo! Surfing girl!

Kristin said...

Fantastic! That's a kick ass cross training plan if I've ever heard one.

ltlindian said...

Wow! Congratulations! I'm glad my vote helped. That is a once in a lifetime trip!!

JLH said...

Yay! Congrats Emilie!! I'm so happy for you :)

susan said...

Still can't believe you won! Have a great time!!

Joanne said...

I completely felt you were going to win. So happy for you! So the question is, how will surfing fit into Hal Higdon's training schedule for the Sugarloaf Marathon!?! ;-)
Your Sparrow article was great for me to begin Higdon at the 5K level! Thanks!