Just Thursday

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Outside my window… we’re all soooo excited in Cancun! For the first time in a long time, we have minimal clouds 🙂 Welcome back, sunshine!


The time is… 9:53 am

Today I feel… a little overwhelmed with things to do at work, but there’s no rush, so I’m good!

I am thinking… that I wish I were either still in bed, or at the beach!!

At the moment, I am thankful… for a free trip to Las Vegas next week! My oldest sister is getting married 🙂 It’s going to be AWESOME.

I am going… to eat fish tacos today!! Wooo!

I am wearing… new earrings! Jorge is selling this really nice catalogue jewelry, and yesterday I got 2 new pairs 🙂 Look, they’re little rain clouds! How cute is that?

I wish… that the world would protect its natural resources more. Shame.

I am reading… Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell (months later… I know, I know)

I am working on… learning to cook! I’ve already perfected mushroom quesadillas, guacamole, zucchini with feta, caesar salad and grilled cheese with tomato. Nothin amazing, but dang, it all tastes good.

I am hoping… to buy a house in a year.

I am hearing… my boss talk about his trip to Cuba. I’m jealous!

I bet you didn’t know… that Barack Obama was five minutes from the house where I grew up yesterday, giving a conference 🙂 I still can’t get over that. I’m easily impressed.

One of my favorite… restaurants is PF Chang’s. I could really go for some lettuce wraps right now. Really wish they would open one in Cancun. *drool*

Weekend plans…

Thursday: get-together with some Cancun bloggers!! Yay! Followed by a going away party for a friend who’s going to study a month in Madrid 🙂

Friday: Jorge’s soccer match in the evening, followed by dinner somewhere with the team

Saturday: No idea

Sunday: Probably doing laundry and catching up on Season 2 of Glee (Don’t tell me anything! I haven’t seen anything yet!)

Pee Update!

First of all, thanks to everyone for all the comments yesterday on crate training Konan. I feel a lot better about the whole thing! Gracias 🙂

Soooo… Crate training went great yesterday! Konan was not upset.

She made it through from 9:30 am to 6 pm with no messes inside the crate! (roommate let Konan out for a pee break at 3 pm, but apparently she didn’t have to)

Last night she peed OUTSIDE (!!!!).

This morning Konan went back into the crate, and didn’t seemed bothered by the idea at all.

Yesterday I bought some spray that keeps dogs from peeing in certain areas, just in case.

Things are looking good 🙂

Konan the Pee Pee Queen

At Least I'll Save on Paper Towels

I feel like the worst dog owner ever!

At my old house, I managed to get Konan housetrained after much frustration and trickery.

Once we moved into the new house, however, she seemed to forget that outside is the place to go.

Three months later… no progress.

I leave the back door open  all day so that the girls can go outside and do their business whenever they want while Jorge and I are gone. Konan still thinks the living room is the best place to go. (Luckily we have no living room furniture and the floor is all tile.)

We’ve tried many methods, and I’d been avoiding using this one for months.

Still, after everyone seemed to recommend it and ensure us it’s not torture… today we began crate training.

I'm sorry!!!

giant dog bone = guilt

The online experts think it’s good for Konan, so… we’ll see.

I still feel awful.

Just Thursday

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Outside my window..it’s sunny! Thank goodness because yesterday was AWFUL!

Yesterday:

Today:

The time is..9:19 am

Today I feel..kinda tired of being online. My plan is to post this, then kinda sign off for the day. We’ll see how it goes.

I am thinking.. that I hope we don’t get a hurricane this weekend. Bad news: looks like Invest 95 will go over the Caribbean and gain force, possibly turning into a category 5 hurricane. Good news (sort of): Looks like it’s probably not headed directly for Cancun.

 

At the moment, I am thankful.. for my husband. Last night I fell asleep while we were watching TV. He woke me up later and said, “I fed the dogs and washed the dishes… but you need to get up and brush your teeth before I fall asleep, too.” Sweet 🙂

I am going.. to try to get my hair trimmed this week. Split ends ain’t pretty. 

I am wearing.. surprise, surprise… my work uniform.

I wish.. Eat Pray Love would hurry up and make it to theaters in Mexico, already! 

I am reading.. Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell (still!!)

I am working on.. looking up photos for some travel destinations to put online. It’s not as fun as it sounds.

I am hoping.. that my coworker brought in cupcakes today. Let’s ask her.. .

LIME CUPCAKES! Life is good.

I am hearing.. nothing.

I bet you didn’t know.. that lime cupcakes are delicious.

One of my favorite.. new TV shows is Modern Family. Jorge and I just discovered it this week. They’re completely insane, but they’re actually a nice family! I’ve missed sitcoms 🙂

Weekend Plans..  I’ll let you know when I find out about the hurricane. (So basically I will either be at the beach or cowering in fear at my in-laws’ house. We’ll see.)

Ek' Balam Mayan Ruins in Yucatan

This weekend, my in-laws took us to see some Mayan ruins along with some family friends. It was an AMAZING time!

We went to Ek’ Balam (which means “Black Jaguar” in Mayan), a site located about 2 hours from Cancun, near the city of Valladolid in the state of Yucatan.

Words are insufficient, so I’ll just leave you with photos…

There are 2 hills like this. Each has a large, unearthed acropolis underneath.

The ball court:

The main acropolis… 106 stairs. I got halfway up and panicked. Luckily Jorge made it all the way and was able to take photos.

Beautifully preserved carvings at the entrance to a tomb:

And finally… Pepino the snake.

Playa del Carmen on Mexican Independence Day

After the Mexican show on Wednesday, Jorge and I got together with some friends and we drove down to the city of Playa del Carmen for the night to continue celebrating Mexican Independence Day.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Playa del Carmen, it’s about 40 minutes down the coast from Cancun. It has this great pedestrian street that runs parallel to the beach, called Quinta Avenida. This charming avenue is filled with amazing bars, restaurants and shops. It’s possibly my favorite place in the world.

We missed the Grito at 11 pm because we were in the car, but as we were pulling into Playa del Carmen, we did get to see some fireworks from the car window:

We parked the car and began to walk around Quinta Avenida. It was packed.

There were many interesting characters all around:

We decided to go to one of our favorites, Guanatos.

Then we spent the rest of the evening just out on the street… because that’s where the party was anyway!

I think these people had the right idea…

After awhile, we decided to just grab our cooler from the car and find a street corner to party on.

We spent awhile hanging out and enjoying our drinks (except for me, because strawberry Caribbean Cooler is nasty, FYI), then decided to head home around 3 am. Fun night with amazing friends! I love Playa del Carmen 🙂

My friends in their Mexico soccer jerseys… and unpatriotic Jorge.

Hubs and me

Me with Viri, one of my best friends 🙂

Celebrating Mexico's Bicentennial Part 1

Wednesday night was so much fun!

Jorge and I had a blast celebrating Mexico’s bicentennial independence day with family and friends!

First, we went to Jorge’s parents church around 9 pm, where they had a Mexican show and lots of food. We couldn’t stay for the whole thing, but it sure was a great family party.

The place was packed! (This outdoor patio was where Jorge and I first met, by the way! Right in front of where I'm standing)

There was lots of dancing

Some singing (by my friend Karina!)

Great traditional food

People decked out in their best traditional outfits

Overall, an amazing time!

Check back tomorrow to see what we did for the rest of the evening!! … a last-minute trip to Playa del Carmen 🙂

Estrellas del Bicentenario

For Mexico’s Bicentenario this year, one of the country’s main TV stations, Televisa, has put together videos celebrating nine states. The series is called “Estrellas del Bicentenario”. They are absolutely some of the most stunning videos I’ve seen, and the scenery is definitely not exaggerated.

I’m putting up all 9 for anyone who wants to watch them… the first 2 are obviously my favorites, since they’re the states I can call “home”. Enjoy!

Here’s the video for Quintana Roo, where Cancun is located:

Yucatan:

Chiapas:

Veracruz:

Chihuahua:

Tamaulipas:

Sinaloa:

Oaxaca:

Sonora:

Viva Mexico, Cabrones!

Today, September 15, is a special day in Mexico.

Tonight at midnight, we start to celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day, September 16.

In the Zocalo (Main Square) of Mexico City, the president will gather with masses of people to give “El Grito” (“The Cry”) at midnight. They’ll be joined by Mexicans all over the country and the world watching them on TV.

El Grito goes something like this (can be changed a bit):

Mexicanos!
¡Viva la Independencia Nacional!; (Long live Mexican Independence!)
¡Vivan los héroes que nos dieron Patria!; (Long live the heroes that gave us our Fatherland!)
¡Vivan los héroes que nos dieron libertad!; (Long live the heroes that gave us freedom!)
¡Viva Hidalgo!; (Long live Hidalgo!)
¡Viva Morelos!; (Long live Morelos!)
¡Viva Allende!; (Long live Allende!)
¡Viva la Corregidora!; (Long live the Corrector… famous woman of independence)
¡Viva Aldama! (Long live Aldama!)
¡Viva Guerrero! (Long live Guerrero!)
¡Viva Mexico!;
¡Viva Mexico!;
¡Viva Mexico!

So tonight, every Mexican will be at some bar, nightclub or house party with family and friends drinking some beer and screaming as loud as they can. Should be fun!


Google's Mexican Independence Day design! Love it!

This year is especially awesome because it’s Mexico’s bicentennial celebration! We’re all very excited.

I don’t work tomorrow, but I’ll get back to you guys on Friday to let you know how my Mexican Independence Day went.

I’ll also be back later today with some awesome bicentennial videos! (Seriously, they’re awesome.)

If you want to read up a little more on the history of El Grito, check out Wikipedia’s article.

**Update: Tropical Storm Karl is threatening to ruin tomorrow’s day off for Mexicans (and me!) throughout the Yucatan Peninsula.