Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Turtle Tuesday #1

I'm hoping to start this new series on my blog, which I'm calling Turtle Tuesday. It'll be the day of the week where I give you updates on my new job, any fun things we're doing, and life in the Bahamas. Hopefully, a few of you will find it interesting!

My first full day of work was on Saturday. We spent the morning grinding bait to set on our BRUVS (Baited Remote Underwater Video Systems). Basically, we put a bag of bait on a cinder block, attach a GoPro, and see what predators live in the creek and how that might affect turtle feeding habits. I don't have any photos of that, but it was a ton of fun, and I'm hoping to get some more photos throughout my time here to share.

We have to wait 2 hours before we can pull up the videos, so we went snorkeling. I ended up finding 10 whole sand dollars, which was super exciting! Then, we pulled up our BRUVS and headed back to the office to get ready for dinner.

I headed home after dinner, but I was back on Sunday for some more fun! We weren't allowed on the ocean because of Tropical Storm Cristobal, so we spent the morning looking at the videos we got from our BRUVS on Saturday. We had some activity! We mainly saw small snappers (fish), but we saw sharks and barracudas as well! That was pretty exciting :) After we finished with our videos, we had lunch, I got some food to stock my apartment in case it stormed (spoiler alert: we barely got rain), and then I took a walk on the beach to document the storm clouds coming in.

I spent the rest of the afternoon unpacking, napping, and cooking dinner in my own apartment :) On Monday, I went to work at 7 am. We had our weekly meeting, did chores, had breakfast, and then left for an adventure! The ocean was still "closed," so we took a trip "down island" (it's actually north of where we live...) to the Glass Window Bridge, an old Banyan tree, and a cave system. It was gorgeous and I am so happy I chose the Bahamas as my new home :)

Today, we are off to do some turtle corralling! Stay tuned for next week!

Have you ever been part of scientific field work? What is your favorite ocean creature?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Whirlwind Relocation: The Bahamas

Hi guys! So I've officially moved to the Bahamas! Everything happened so quickly, and it was ridiculously chaotic, but I made it! I'm finally here :)

I got the e-mail on Thursday, August 21, that they wanted me to be on Eleuthera by Friday, August 22. So, I booked my flight that afternoon! I ended up having to run 10,000 errands and ship some things to my parents' home, but mostly everything I needed to get done before I left, I did.

Friday morning, I headed out to an early breakfast with a friend before I headed to the airport! We were done eating by 8 am and I had a few things to do afterwards, but we headed to the airport around 10 am. I ended up breezing through security (even with my overweight bags) and made it to the gate with an hour and a half to spare. Well, my flight ended up being delayed nearly an hour and a half! I was terrified that I would miss my connecting flight, but BahamasAir assured me that I would be put up in Nassau if I did not make my flight.

The flight from Orlando to Nassau was relatively uneventful and was a little over an hour long. When I got to Nassau, I had to re-check my bags because I was coming from an international flight and leaving on an inter island flight. My connecting flight was also delayed, so I made it in time! However, this is where my fun began. They checked us into our flight and had us wait on the side. Then, they told us to return to the seating area. I did and about 15 minutes later, I heard a "final call for boarding." So, I went back and was told to run to the tarmac. When I got to the tarmac, I was told that my pilot was pulling away...and I watched my flight leave without me. I'm still not sure how it happened (a few other people had the same issue), but I went into a panic. Luckily, a woman was able to help me get onto another flight (I honestly got the last seat) and I made it to my destination.

Because I was supposed to come on the flight before, my luggage was already at the airport I landed in. However, the baggage agent from BahamasAir decided that he had had a long enough day and left before the last flight came in. So, my luggage was locked behind a door and I had no way to get to it. Another baggage agent called the BahamasAir agent, but he hung up on her. I ended up having to leave without my luggage (only my carry on).

By the time I got to my new job, it was already dark and I was STARVING (I hadn't eaten since breakfast). We ate, had a small orientation, and they dropped me off at my new apartment! My first full day at work was on Saturday and was MUCH better than Friday's travel day, but I'm hoping to start a new, weekly blog entry where I fill you in on my adventures, and I think I will save that for this week :)

Stay safe, everyone!!

What was your worst travel experience? Have you ever missed a flight?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Getting Back Into Shape

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't self-conscious a bit about my body since I got injured. I put on a little weight, I'm squishy, and I know that I'm not as strong as I was before I got hurt. However, I'm trying to get back into the swing of things.

It's hard to not have access to a gym (when I graduated, my ID stopped working at my University's gym). I've been using the Nike Training Club (Thanks Sharsti for always chatting it up) app (which is free), but sometimes, I can't even motivate myself to do that for my MUCH needed strength workouts.

As far as running goes, it's hard. I'm nowhere near the level of fitness I was when I got injured. I ran 4 miles last week and that's the longest that I've run in a consecutive run since March/April. It was hard. I stopped to walk a few times. I got discouraged. But, at the end of the run, I was happy that I did it. I was happy that I pushed through. It was terrible, I had to stop for the bathroom twice, and I was over two minutes slower than I usually run, but I did it.

I'm still aiming for 3 runs a week, although I'm hoping to bump that up to 4 runs. Sometimes my hamstring still nags me (particularly the day after a run), so I'm working on strength in that department. I know that it'll take a lot of work to get back to where I was, but it'll be worth it. Besides, it's nice to have my favorite stress reliever back as I wait for my move to the Bahamas. I'm beginning to get discouraged on that end, too. Patience is something I will have to hold onto for now.

If you've been injured, how long did it take you to get back to pre-injury? What is your favorite fitness app?

Monday, August 11, 2014

I'm Here! A Brief Life Update

Hi hi! I know I've been gone for a while, but the last few weeks have been incredibly hectic. So, what have I been up to?


I packed up all of my things before I left for Costa Rica so that my parents could come down while I was out of the country, pack up my car, and bring some of my stuff back to their home in Chicago to store while I am in the Bahamas!


I just spent the last two weeks in Costa Rica working with the camp I worked for last summer! It was SO much better this year than it was last year, and my kids were GREAT! Granted, there were a few incidents, but overall, it was wonderful. Except for the fact that we didn't see any sea turtles...which is the entire reason why we went to Costa Rica in the first place. At least the kids understood that that is how nature works! 


Running took a backseat in Costa Rica because of monsoon like conditions and the fact that I was chaperoning 9 teenagers. So, my pre-injury fitness/body is still out of reach at the moment. I know I'll get there eventually, but I'm really going to take the time to recommit myself. I would love to run a half marathon in the winter, but we'll see! 


I had planned on being in the Bahamas today, August 11, but my visa is taking longer than expected to process due to some hiccups. So, I'm currently homeless (I am living in my friend's living room) and waiting it out. I'm hoping to be in the Bahamas by this weekend, but keep your fingers crossed for me!!!

That's it for now! 

What have you been up to? How's your running been?