Wow, this last month has been an absolute blur of happy hours, extravagant lunches and dinners, working late, and dancing until the wee hours of the morning. I've turned into a party animal/workaholic. I don't know what's gotten into me but lately I have been feeling the urge to live life and go crazy. I think it has something to do with the fact that I never went through that phase in my life before. I've always been a nerd at school, never went out much, and then I graduated and came to Chile, got married, and now here I am.
I happend to find an amazing job and have met amazing friends there. We have so much fun together and this is the reason for all the recent happy hours and parties. Almost every day, someone wants to have a happy hour and since I'm 25, a time when I should be enjoying life, I haven't been able to refuse. There's just always something to do and somewhere to go after work. Also, work has been very demanding lately and my boss has needed me to stay until late most nights for the last month. The result, as I've mentioned, is one big fat blur of fun. Luckily I love work and my boss and have no problems staying late.
However, the one person that does have something to say about this recent lifestyle change is my husband. Of course it bothers him and it's hard to all of a sudden almost never see me and I know this kind of life is not sustainable for a healthy marriage but at least he's supportive and recognizes that I need to live a bit of a fun crazy life for a while anyway. I've just got to cut down a little. My husband is 5 years older than me and has already passed the "partying and going out all the time" phase...especially since he has been doing that since he was 13. So we're kind of in different places right now but we know how to meet in the middle and at least he recognizes that I need to have some fun, especially before we settle down and have kids and my life is over ha ha. But I'm not going to lie, it is a struggle trying to find a balance between my desire to be independant and have fun and do things on my own and maintain a healthy marriage. I know that sometimes I can be too independant but I want to maintain my own identity, have my own friends, and have a little bit of my own life separate from my husbands. Is that wrong?
In other news, last weekend I FINALLY went up to snowboard here in Chile! I've been here for about 5 winters in row and have never went up until now. We went to Valle Nevado and the day before it had rained and the day was spectacular! IT was definitely one of the best days I've ever had at a ski mountain. There was fresh powder EVERYWHERE! This of course is a paradise for s snowboarders. All together we were my husband, my brother-in-law, and my husbands brother-in-law's sister. First of all, I'm glad we got there alive. Let me just say that the roads up to the resort were some of the worst winter roads I've ever seen! Even with chains, we lost control of the car a few times and once spun out of control and were inches from going off the cliff. The roads have no baraccades so if you slide and lose control, there is nothing stopping you from plummeting to your death. The roads are so steep because you're driving up the freaking Andes, they are uncomfortabely narrow, and full of ice and snow and gapping holes. Not a safe mix. It also doesn't help that people here don't use winter tires and most don't have a lot of experience driving in winter conditions. So, be careful driving up to the ski resorts. Make sure you have a good car and chains and drive cautiously!
Anyway, we got there at 9am and didn't rest the whole day. Well, we stopped for 5 minutes for lunch but we couldn't get enough. At one point I got separated from the group and ended up at another ski resort called "La Parva". I took a wrong turn and was so tempted by a part of the mountain that had fresh powder everywhere so I took off and before I knew it, I was lost in the middle of the Andes and couldn't see any chair lifts or T-bars anywhere. So, I took off my board and did a little treking, something that is quite difficult in knee-deep powder, and finally found a T-bar. When I asked one of the workers how I could get back to the chair lift, they started laughing at me and told me I was at the bottom of La Parva, a neighboring ski resort. Ha ha, it's kind of funny when you think about it, so they escorted me back to the original ski resort I started out at, Valle Nevado and eventually made it back to the group.
Since I hadn't been boarding in so long, I got a little over excited and went crazy, taking every jump I could find, speeding down every run, and falling all over the place. So, by the end of the day I had bruises everywhere and could barely move. That was a fun week at work, I felt the burn and the bruises all day, every day. It's not that I'm out of shape, I've snowboarded my whole life, but it has been about 2 years since I've been up and I pretty much destroyed my body that day since I was a little too excited about boarding again. It's okay though, I love to feel the burn of your muscles after you've used them, it helps remind me that I'm alive and that body's are meant to be used, not sit in an office all day.
I also mentioned at the beginning of this post that the last month has been filled with extravagant dinners and lunches. This is one of the perks of working in the corporate office of my company. I deal with all the big bosses of all the disciplines and so I get invited to all their fancy events. This month all the disciplines have had big dinners and lunches for all their employees so this has included lunches and dinners at Happenings, Nolita, The Hotel Intercontinental (various times), and the Radisson. Of course I am just loving it. Before working at my company, I had never eaten Wagyu beef before and now in the last month, I've had it 4 times! Not complaining, though my waist might be, but it's been great. It's been a great opportunity to get to know more people at work and just have fun with everyone. Next week we have another big dinner at the Hotel Intercontinental again. God my life is so damn hard ha ha. I have to say that I am so happy right now :)
Other news, we're finally moved into our new apartment!!! This place is amazing, I still can't believe we live here. I absolutely LOVE this neighborhood and it is such a pleasure walking home from work or coming back from a run to come home to such a wonderful place. Moving was a bit of a gong show but we got through it in one piece and with our marriage intact ;) This place now feels like home and we're slowly starting to buy things here and there to make it complete. Next on the list: curtains! We still don't have them. And since I hate direct sunlight, this has been driving me crazy.
And now I think it's time I finish this rediculously long post. Right now E is climbing a mountain with a friend and I am sitting here in our beautiful living room typing away and sipping my once hot coffee. Long weekend plans: Today we're just going to take it easy, I'm going to cook a nice lunch (should get started on that soon since it's already 1pm) and in the evening we're going to go see a movie. Tomorrow E has soccer, we'll have a nice lunch, and in the afteroon I'm spending some quality time with one of my best friends here. We're going to hit up the mall and go see the new Violeta Parra movie which I have been DYING to see! Monday E and I are going to use to go explore and see something new so we're looking at day trip options. Anyone have any good suggestions?
Have a great long weekend everyone!