Inanimate objects scare my dog

Date Posted: June 5, 2013
Posted in: Personal

This is a lesson I’ve learned from my dog: it’s ok to be scared.

“I was hiding under your porch because I love you!”

She is scared of everything. Recent inanimate objects that have frightened her to the point of growling and then barking at them maniacally include the refrigerator, the bottom of our new dinghy, and a bottle of honey. Yup, a bottle of honey. Let’s pretend I’m good at telling scary stories and set the scene…

It’s late at night (for Lina, that means about 8:30pm). The lights are all off. We’re watching a movie, something dark and serious. We’re drinking tea, because that’s what you do when you live with an Irishman. I put my feet up on the coffee table. Suddenly (cue dramatic music: dun dun dunnn) the table slides ever so slightly, causing the bottle of honey to fall off the edge of the table! AHHHH! Lina lifts her head despite the deep slumber that had sucked her in long ago. She knows that such a horrible noise indicates nothing less than pure evil coming to get us. She must warn us all of the impending danger!

INTRUDER ALERT

WOOFWOOFWOOFWOOFWOOFWOOF

Of course, she’s still far too tired to actually get up and investigate the danger, so she sleepily stays in bed with her eyes essentially shut while barking desperately to save us. After getting up to assuage her fears and assure her that we are not yet at war with Honey Bears, she promptly falls back into the deepest sleep. Curled up in her bed, safe and sound.

Everyone loves a comfy bed!

PHEW! Thank goodness for Lina’s warning or we never would have survived the vicious attack by that bottle of honey. And what did we all learn from this event? Being scared can save lives. We also learned that Lina is the best guard dog ever. I can sleep soundly knowing that she will utterly lose her mind if she is awakened by any strange noise. Of course, she’s too lazy to even get out of bed, but hey, who isn’t?

This is a lesson I've learned from my dog: it's ok to be scared. "I was hiding under your porch because I love you!" She...

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Just a thought for today

Date Posted: May 22, 2013
Posted in: All About Roatan, Personal

People always say, “Wow! I can’t believe you live on an island in the Caribbean. I’m so jealous. I wish I could do that!”

Why can’t you? Are you physically incapable of moving from where you currently live? No. You are not a tree.

Live your life

From The Holstee Manifesto

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Six months ago, I fell in love (cue the corny cliches…)

Date Posted: May 14, 2013
Posted in: Personal

Roatan expats

I’ve told this story countless times, but I guess it’s about time I introduce the blogosphere to the real reason why I stayed here in Roatan. Yes, it is a beautiful island and, yes, there are many reasons to live here. But here is mine:

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All you need to know about West End Roatan

Date Posted: May 7, 2013
Posted in: All About Roatan

After several visitors and living here for a few months, I think I’m officially qualified to give recommendations on where to eat, what to do, and how to be in West End Roatan. No, I’m not getting paid to talk about these places and, no, this list is not exhaustive. There are travel websites and books completely devoted to giving you a wide range of info. I’m just telling you about my friends.

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These are a few of my favorite things

Date Posted: May 3, 2013
Posted in: All About Roatan

I decided I like making lists. So here’s one for today.

My happy list!

Things that have made me happy recently include:

– Being super productive at work. Lots of things are happening at Ocean Connections now and I’m right in the middle of it all. I like feeling like I’ve done something worthwhile every day. I can certainly say I’ve done that lately!

New OC Logo!

New OC Logo!

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Tis the season!

Date Posted: April 27, 2013
Posted in: Personal

The season for visitors! I’m knee-deep in fabulous family and friend time, so there’s just no time to update the blog. There’s just no time! Don’t be sad, there will be photos galore. Someday…

Until then, here’s my happy doggie chilling in the hammock. Just because.

Lina

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Thinking of home…Boston <3

Date Posted: April 17, 2013
Posted in: Personal

In an age of 24/7 news cycles and breaking news being Tweeted in real-time, I have to admit I’m pretty far outside the loop here on my little island. I lived in Washington, DC, for 4 years before coming here. Living in DC means staying up-to-date on Congressional subcommittee hearings and knowing the latest gossip about Congressional staffers. It’s being way too involved in the mundane details of professional politicians.

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