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:
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 @ Loveiswrittenhere.com
Willow @ Myowntrail.blogspot.com
Jill @ lifewithscouty.blogspot.com
Lesley @ mynext30years.com
Brooke @ actionmama.blogspot.com