A Yucatan Family Lunch

Yesterday we went to Jorge’s aunt’s house to watch the World Cup Final.

Since nobody really cared much about either of the teams, we spent more time eating and talking than actually watching the game (which was a little boring anyway).

At one of Jorge’s family meals, you can always be sure there will be three things:

1. Great Yucatecan food

2. Lots of laughter

3. Coca Cola (although yesterday was a rare Pepsi day)

I remember the first time I went to Aunt Marbella’s house for a family lunch more than three years ago. We had fried fish, which looks something like this:

Jorge’s aunt said to me, “You should eat the eyes. It’s great for your eyesight!”

Jorge’s mom responded, “Don’t tell her that! If her eyesight improves, she’s going to see how ugly my son is!” I wear contacts and think he’s pretty cute, but the comment still cracked me up.

Yesterday we had relleno blanco (“Reh-yeh-no Blahn-ko”), which I really like.

Relleno Blanco... soup with chicken, along with a block of ground beef, onion and egg

No self-respecting Yucatecan meal would be complete without lime and chile...

..and tortillas (gotta love the elephant tortilla holder)

They occasionally throw a chicken foot into the soup for extra flavor (they know not to put it in mine haha) They don't eat it, though.

 

Cousin Sofia offering me her toy

Cousin Sofia practicing her best smile for "Toddlers and Tiaras"

Some of the aunts and cousins enjoying lunch

Why You Shouldn't Use a Bridal Forum

I think this week is the most stressful planning-wise. I’m trying to get a final price for my venue, but guests keep changing plans around a bit. I also need to pay flowers, cake, etc. I wanna believe everything will get easier once I’ve paid for everything. If I’m wrong, please don’t tell me.

You know what stresses me out more? I’ve become addicted to this bridal forum online. Thousands of brides-to-be discussing etiquette, prices, difficult guests, dresses, etc etc etc etc etc. I’m pretty sure this is stressing me out MORE. Sometimes it’s nice to see what I’m going through is normal, but I also start to second guess myself on other things. Stupid forum. I quit. haha

I think the most important thing is that I’m going to have all my favorite people in one room for the first time in 5 years. I love our venue, I love our guests, I love my fiance. Everything’s good.

Speaking of which, the staff at our venue, Hacienda Teya, is probably the best part of the wedding. I’ve been communicating mainly with the Events Manager, and she is the best person I’ve ever worked with. She’s so flexible!! She accepts my massive amounts of last-minute changes with a smile on her face. She’s gotten the hacienda to lower prices on a few things so we can afford it. She’s done everything she can to make sure we get what we want on our day. She remembers EVERYTHING. I love her. (she recently got promoted!! Thank goodness, because she deserves it.)

If you’re newer to my site, you can check out pics of my wedding venue here, here and here.

Hacienda Teya, I love you!!!

In case you didn't know, weddings are stressful.

So I’m getting married in 2 weeks.

WHAT?!?!!

My family flies in next Saturday, so I need to tie up any loose ends before then. How am I supposed to get all this done!?  The printer hasn’t told us anything about the centerpieces yet, I have no idea what we’re going to do for the ceremony, I’m not 100% sure how or when the whole bridal party is going to get to Merida the day of the wedding…*sigh*. I feel sorry for my coordinator.

Luckily 5 years in Mexico has taught me that even if it feels like everything is last minute, it will still get done.

My mommy will be here soon to help with everything (yay!) but she’ll also kinda be on vacation haha

Positives:

-Our fridge came yesterday 🙂 and the double mattress (even though it’s still sitting in the living room).

-Bridesmaids have tried on their dresses and they were all a little big… but it’s better than being too small!! Crisis avoided.

-Jorge shows no signs of fleeing Cancun (that’s the most important thing!)

-As Nikki pointed out on my previous post, having no furniture makes it a lot easier to clean dog pee. (Left the back door open today… hopefully any doggie doo doo will be outside when I get home)

-Lots of rain lately, and more to come in a few days… so maybe less chance of it raining in 2 weeks! That’s how weather works, right?

Living in a New House

I have now semi-successfully moved into the new house.

Pros:

I have electricity.

I have water, and it appears as though I don’t have to use the “bomba” here every other day to get it.

I thought I’d be scared by myself in a 2 story house, but I actually sleep really well! (the watchdogs help)

The dogs love the backyard (as small as it is)

No leaks in the ceiling!

My fridge and double mattress are coming today!

It’s so BIG (for me, anyway)

Closets, closets and more closets! I have 2 closets for all my clothes, including books, papers, purses, etc… and they’re not even half full yet!

Cons:

It’s been raining so I can’t leave the back door open for the dogs during the day. They have successfully.. um.. marked their territory all over the living room. Twice.

I need a group of guys to get the base of the new bed from the living room to the upstairs. Right now it’s blocking the front door, kinda.

Jorge went to the cable company today. No service in my neighborhood. I suspected as much, since every house on my street has a dish. Time for a dish, I suspect.

No refrigerator yet.

No TV yet.

Nowhere to sit.

Overall, it’s a good start!! Still kinda frustrating not being able to live 100% normally yet.

Chiapas, Mexico

I don’t think I’d blogged about this yet, so I think it’s about time.

When I was in my second year of college here in Cancun (in 2006), my class took a weekend trip to the state of Chiapas. Chiapas is absolutely AMAZING. I’m dying to go back someday and spend more time there. I would argue that it’s even prettier than my state of Quintana Roo. It’s not known for its beaches, but the Mayan ruins, the cultural cities and the waterfalls make up for it.

As a tourist destination, Chiapas is still in its early stages. I kinda hope it stays that way.

I took hundreds of pictures, but these are my favorites:

A panoramic view of the Mayan ruins of Palenque

Misol-Ha waterfall... there's even a path that will take you into a cave behind the waterfall. Amazing.

Agua Azul is a huge series of small waterfalls. This picture only shows a small part of it. It's lined with paths and a bunch of shops/small restaurants, and there are some bridges you can cross to get an overhead view.

My class at Agua Azul

Our hotel was located in the city San Cristobal de las Casas. It's an amazing colonial city set in the mountains. This picture is of the central square.

We took a boat ride down the Sumidero Canyon. It was probably the most amazing thing I've ever seen.

As we drove along the river through the Sumidero Canyon, massive amounts of birds would go flying ahead of us.

That’s my quick tour of the state of Chiapas. We did a lot more, but these were definitely the highlights. One of the best weekends I’ve ever had, for sure.

Cancun Votes

While my American amigos were busy celebrating Independence Day, on July 4th, the state of Quintana Roo was voting.

As a foreigner, I’m not allowed to vote, so honestly I don’t worry too much yet about forming an opinion. I do try to ask questions when I can though, just to be informed.

For governor, Roberto Borge won… not my favorite candidate, since they interviewed him on the radio last week and drilled him on the Constitution. He didn’t know a lot of basic stuff. Scary. Still, at this point anything’s better than Greg Sanchez.

I went with Jorge’s family while they voted at a school just a few blocks from their house.

The registration area and one of the voting booths

Jorge and his family after voting

**Note: In response to GRRL Traveler’s question, Mexicans do seem to take a lot of interest in politics. They know more about American politics than I do, a lot of the time. It’s kind of a sad situation, because of all the corruption in the Mexican government on local and national levels. Mexicans are always up-to-date on all the latest political news, but they feel helpless when it comes to who they choose. It’s almost always seen as choosing between the lesser or 2 or 3 evils, but they maintain hope and make it out to the voting booths anyway.

On another note, this morning I came into work and saw some immense, fluffy clouds hanging over the Hotel Zone. If you happen to be vacationing in Cancun right now, this is what’s above you.

Gardeners and Flowers

Here in Cancun, gardeners go house-to-house asking if you need anything done. On Wednesday afternoon, one kid rode by on his bike. Jorge asked him to come back the next day at noon. Sure enough, he showed up on time and ready to work!
The gardener cleaned out the back (pictures of that to come later). He also did a little manicuring in the front patio, leaving room for some new plants later on.
I took the time yesterday afternoon to take some pics of the still existing plants:

Our front patio (before)

This is all the STUFF the gardener cleared out of our backyard.

Front patio planter number 1. The main tree trunk is on the right. Not sure what I wanna do with all the empty space on the left, yet.

Front patio planter number 2. I might make space here for a climbing bugambilia tree to cover up the remaining half of the bars going over the patio.

The tree growing over our front patio (if anyone can tell me the name of this tree, I'll be eternally grateful!)

Flowers on our tree 🙂

also growing on our tree ... "Little Shop, Little Shop of Horrors..."

Have I ever mentioned how much I love the color yellow?

Love this! (again, any idea what it's called?)

mis plantitas!! (purple on the bottom, green on top! purple & green were my high school colors, btw)

Our lamp 🙂 cute

Am I crazy for loving this patio design?

Thanks for taking a mini-tour with me! We’re exciting about getting some more plants and trees in the front and back areas once the wedding craziness has died down.

As of yet, there’s still no electricity in the house (grrrr!), but it should be there by this afternoon so we can put everything in its place and I can MOVE IN! (I’ve been staying with my in-laws for the past few days since the power is gone. They’re so generous for putting up with me and my doggies!)