Fresh off the spool…hammock shopping in Mexico

One of my favorite pastimes in playa was to lounge around in a hamaca or hammock on the beach 🙂 Talk about relaxation.!! In the Yucatan, many residents also use hamacas to sleep instead of the traditional bed. !! I haven’t tried that yet, but it sounds like fun.! I’m reblogging a post on hammocks from You should check it out.! See you later…

Gringo With A Green Bag

I love seeing this portrait of a local Mayan woman putting the finishing touches on a beautiful hand-crafted hammock for me. I drove around Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula for several days looking for a traditional homemade “hamaca” that I could bring back to my parents. Not that it was on their wish list or anything, or that they would ever use it. All they ever ask for is either a magnet or some sea salt. But I once bought them a rug in Morocco that was most likely manufactured in Taiwan (it had to be, it was way too cheap), so I was aiming for a little redemption here. Besides, the origin of the hammock dates back over 1000 years and is credited to the Maya. If anyone knows how to weave a proper hammock, it’s these people. So, with a few inquiries to the locals, a kind villager directed me to…

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Dos Equis quince

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Feliz el fin de semana.!! Happy weekend everyone.!! I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend as much as I did.! It was a much need respite after an ardous week. I thought last week was never going to end. But it did.! And I managed to sneak in the movie, “Lucy” for some much needed entertainment. The movie wasn’t fantastic, but it did have Scarlett Johansson kicking butt so that made up for it a little bit. I was also suprised with a lovely lunch on Saturday.!! Always love good surprises 🙂

This week’s Dos Equis’ commercial finds the Most Interesting Man in the World up to his usual antics. It’s been said that if he pats you on the back, it is resume worthy. No kidding.?! I need that kind of help for my resume.!! hahaha…. I hope everyone’s upcoming week is delightful.!! And stress-free.! Enjoy.!! Y salud.!!

if you like pina coladas….

ah...pina colada...

ah…pina colada…

“Escape (If You Like Pina Coladas)”
written by Rupert Holmes

“If you like Pina Coladas, getting caught in the rain
If you’re not into yoga, if you have half a brain
If you like making love at midnight in the dunes on the cape
I’m the love that you’ve looked for write to me and escape”

the view

the view

“Yes, I like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain
I’m not much into health food, I am into champagne
I’ve got to meet you by tomorrow noon and cut through all this red tape
At a bar called O’Malleys where we’ll plan our escape”

la playa

la playa

“That you liked Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain
And the feel of the ocean and the taste of champagne
If you like making love at midnight in the dunes on the cape
You’re the lady I’ve looked for, come with me and escape”

the aftermath

the aftermath

Yup…notice a theme here…dreaming of the beach…



by Christopher Cross

“Well, it’s not far down to paradise, at least it’s not for me
And if the wind is right you can sail away and find tranquility
Oh, the canvas can do miracles, just you wait and see
Believe me

It’s not far to never-never land, no reason to pretend
And if the wind is right you can find the joy of innocence again
Oh, the canvas can do miracles, just you wait and see
Believe me”

sailing 2

“Sailing takes me away to where I’ve always heard it could be
Just a dream and the wind to carry me
And soon I will be free

Fantasy, it gets the best of me
When I’m sailing
All caught up in the reverie, every word is a symphony
Won’t you believe me?”

sailing 3

“Sailing takes me away to where I’ve always heard it could be
Just a dream and the wind to carry me
And soon I will be free

Well it’s not far back to sanity, at least it’s not for me
And if the wind is right you can sail away and find serenity
Oh, the canvas can do miracles, just you wait and see
Believe me

Sailing takes me away to where I’ve always heard it could be
Just a dream and the wind to carry me
And soon I will be free”

sailing 4

I’m guessing you can all figure out where I wish I was right now 🙂

Dos Equis catorce

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Happy Friday Everyone.!! Feliz viernes a todos.!! Forgive me for my week long absence.! My sincere and heartfelt apologies blogging world. It has been a crazy last two weeks.!! There is so much change going on in my life, I can barely keep up with eating and sleeping let alone blogging.! I promise to find a balance among all those activities in the upcoming weeks.!

I also realized the other day, this will be my 200th blog post.!! Yay me.!! Who knew I would’ve lasted this long.?! Maybe Dos Equis’ Most Interesting Man in the World knew. Apparently, when he gives pep talks before a game, both teams win.!!! jajaja… Hopefully he’s rubbing off on me 🙂 Enjoy your weekend.!! Y salud.!

I know what boys like…

Happy Saturday everyone.!! As I mentioned earlier, this week has been a little too much.!! Plus today, I’m on my way to make the acquaintance of two new lovely persons in my life 🙂 Happy, happy, joy, joy..!! So please enjoy this re-post.! Have a great day.! See you for Dos Equis soon.!


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When I was younger, I never liked it when boys or men called me cute names at work or in public. Endearments such as honey, sweetie and dear made me feel like a helpless female. So, you can imagine my surprise when I moved to Mexico and I actually began to enjoy the numerous sweet nothings uttered by the male species in my direction. At first, I was shocked and I’m sure it showed on my face. However, after some time, I recognized and accepted the lovely words as a way to show appreciation to women.!!

And by that point, I was hooked. I loved waking up in the morning and going off to work. Chivalry was not dead in Mexico.! Men opened doors for you, they walked on the outside of the sidewalk and they treated you, not like a china doll, but as a precious…

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are you my media naranja..?

Hello Everyone.!! I am still recouping from the trauma that was this week. Please enjoy one of my favorite posts from my blog. And in case any of you are wondering, I am still looking for my orange. And all I keep finding are lemons, limes, onions, and apples.!! Geesh.! Can’t a girl get a break….lol…. Enjoy.!


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All of us are looking for love, our soulmate or our other half. Sometimes we get lucky and we find them when we are young because they live next door or go to our high school. Sometimes we find them a little later in life, either at college or work. Some of us get really lucky and find them more than once…tee-hee. Some of us, however, have to traverse oceans or change countries to find our soulmates.

My parents did not find each other until they both emigrated to Chicago. They had both left their homeland and found love in a new country. One of my former classmates married a girl from Costa Rica. While, one of my British friends is married to a lovely Mexican woman and they live in the United States. When I lived in Playa del Carmen, there were many individuals I came…

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Dos Equis trece

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Hello everyone.!! I hope you’re July 4th weekend or el cuarto was phenomenal.!! Mine, unfortunately was so-so. While I did have a lovely three day weekend from work, I was unable to relax at all. I had to deal with an emergency and it took up most of my weekend. Unfortunately, the turbulence has also slipped into this week and caused me to be late blogging. Oh well…hoping next weekend will be better.

In the meantime, I offer you (finally.!) last weekend’s Dos Equis commercial.!! And what has the Most Interesting Man in the World been up to.?? Well apparently, he has such a magnetic personality that he is unable to carry credit cards.!! jajaja… And his enemies even list him as an emergency contact number.!! lol… Enjoy your week..!! Y salud.!!

el cuarto

Happy Fourth of July everyone.!! I’m going out to enjoy the fireworks.! So please enjoy this post from my first July 4th back in the states 🙂 See you for Dos Equis over the weekend.!


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Recently, my friends in the states have been asking me what I did for the 4th of July when I was living in Mexico. My answer is pretty simple – drink.! It is really difficult to celebrate the 4th of July in Mexico considering it is an American holiday. Obviously, there are no government sponsored festivities like back home where each city or suburb has their own fireworks related event. In fact, there are no fireworks. The Mexicans save that for their independence holiday – El Grito – in September.

However, Playa del Carmen is an international tourist spot. And there are many American expats who live in the area, so the local bars and restaurants will offer specials. When I lived there, Wicky’s had an American themed lunch complete with burgers and brats. While, Wah Wah’s Beach Bar and Zenzi had bbq’s. At the bbq’s, you…

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girls just wanna have fun..!!

“Domino” by Jessie J.

“I’m feeling sexy and free
Like glitter’s raining on me
You’re like a shot of pure gold
I think I’m ’bout to explode”

Oh wait…no I’m not. It’s still really cold here in Chicago.! It’s like maybe 65 to 70 degrees.! And it’s been super rainy. I mean, on the one hand, I guess, I’m not sweating to death on my commute to work and the sleeping weather has been pretty nice. But I’m completely feigning (urban dictionary definition not Merriam-Webster definition) for some sun, sand, and fun. I think I might go beserk.!

Just to torture myself and yes you too my readers – here’s a video clip of Playa del Carmen from the Grand Benders. I have personally not watched the show, but the video does a great job of showing how much fun one can have in playa.!! Oh how I wish I was there right now.! sniffle sniffle….

*ALERT* – Lots of bikini bodies and drinking. If you are opposed to that, better not watch 😉 Enjoy.!