Lamest. Hurricane. Ever.

We spent yesterday hanging out with Juan and Viri since I got the day off of work for Hurricane Rina, and she sure was taking her time in getting to Cancun. We went to the mall and had lunch at Pescaditos on Yaxchilan Avenue.

God bless you, Pescaditos.

Then we all went home to prepare for the big hurricane. Since Jorge and I had stashed our outdoor stuff inside already, all that was left was to cuddle up and watch the new episode of X Factor. There was tons of lightning and thunder that caused lots of growling from my dogs (apparently Dolly has learned to meow??) and that’s about it. Our power didn’t go out all night, and neither did our Sky dish service.

I woke up this morning to the sun shining and the birds singing… not a single fallen branch in my neighborhood.

The weather was so nice that I got called back into work today. Fabulous.

Image from Cancun’s Best

Hurricane Rina Approaches. Cancun Panics.

We finally have our first (and hopefully last) hurricane of the 2011 season… Hurricane Rina. Trajectories show her headed straight for Cancun, and she should be hitting Cozumel at 2 pm tomorrow, passing through Cancun in the evening, then out of here by 2 am Friday morning. **Update: this has now changed to 8 pm Thurs to 8 am Friday… NOOOO!!! But they’re saying she’s breaking up and will only be a Category 1 🙂

Update #2: Hurricane Rina should only be a tropical storm by the time it hits Cancun.


She should turn into a Category 3 before hitting the peninsula, then go back down to a 2 as she heads over Cancun.

Long story short: an annoyance, but not nearly as bad as Hurricane Wilma from 2005.

I’m thinking Hurricane Rina won’t be a big deal for 2 reasons. First of all, the sea turtles nested near the ocean in Cancun this year, which indicates that there won’t be any big weather events this hurricane season. Also, I woke up to lots of birds chirping this morning (as usual), and my friend tells me that if the birds are hanging around right before the hurricane, it’s not going to be a big deal. Sounds about right to me!

Cancun woke up sunny and bright this morning. Hurry up, Rina!

I’m hoping she gets here quickly and leaves quickly so I can get my weekend back! I’m going to be live tweeting at the Festival de Vida y Muerte at Xcaret on Sunday night, their annual Day of the Dead celebration. (**update: the festival has been cancelled for the 30 and 31, but is still on for Nov 1 and 2) If Hurricane Rina is out of here by Saturday, I’ll also be going to their parade on 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen. Fingers crossed, people!

Plus our flight for Brazil leaves on Tuesday, so I need the Cancun airport to be operating at 100% by then!

Jorge and I did a bit of hurricane panic shopping last night, a Cancun tradition. We bought a roll of duct tape (keeps shards of glass from flying across the room if the window breaks), 2 small boxes of milk, Fruit Loops, spaghetti sauce and 2 small flashlights.

True story: We were at City Club last night. We saw a woman walk by with arms filled with maybe 25-30 rolls of duct tape… for reals. We asked her where she found the duct tape, and she says, “Over on that table, but hurry up! There are only 2 rolls left!”

Hmmm…



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!)