Melissa Lombard - 5 Year Project - 260 cups of coffee with strangers and something new each day

Cup 96: Jefre Outlaw – World traveler, survivor and a man with two birthdates.

Coffee With A Stranger Cup 96 Jefre Outlaw

The Place: Austin Java The Cup: Regular old coffee for both of us. The Background: My very dear friend Olga connected Jefre and I after we had lunch and I told her I was ready to get the Coffee With A Stranger project back up and running. She was convinced that Jefre and I would have plenty … continue »

Costa Rica Adventure: Week 17 – Until We Meet Again

A farewell gift from friends, Bill and Pat made from wood found on the beach and painted with love.

Final days; so full of busyness – winding down and saying goodbyes while making preparations for what lies ahead.  Emotions range from the sadness that comes from leaving friends, disappointment from having to cut the experience short, leaving questions of what could have been, excited anticipation at seeing family, friends and our dogs again and […]

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Costa Rican Adventure: Week 16 – What Have We Missed?

D&M Monkey

There’s a type of question we frequently get asked, regarding this Costa Rican Adventure, that begins like this: “Don’t you miss____?” Fill that blank in with whatever you’d like. Air conditioning, craft beer, Tex-Mex, bookstores, Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Today, I will answer all those questions as well as share the things we thought we’d miss, […]

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Costa Rica Adventure: Week 15 – Letting Go


I read this quote after making a really tough decision, and immediately recognized it’s truth.  Worthwhile advice – none of which comes easily, but that last part – letting go when things don’t go as planned…for me that’s the toughest. My whole life has been about making plans, setting goals and working to achieve them. […]

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Costa Rica Adventure: Weeks 13 & 14 – Homecoming

Parade - Costa Rica Style

Week 13 was our last week of house and dogsitting in Atenas, followed by a trip to Panama. My daily diary habits never seemed to kick back in, so daily recaps have now turned into weekly summaries. But let’s face it, does it really matter which day we walked to town for that yummy cappuccino? […]

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Costa Rica Adventure: Week 12 – Some observations…and some Netflix

Routine This was our first full week away from the B&B, continuing our house and dog sitting in Atenas. We are sort of on vacation, you might say, though we do have responsibilities here to keep Shadow the Wonder Dog safe and healthy, to water the plants on the patio that the rain doesn’t reach, […]

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