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I hope everyone had a delightful Thanksgiving.!! Today, I’m hanging out and relaxing (ok I worked out too.!). No Black Friday shopping for me today. But would you be surprised to know that Black Friday shopping happens in Mexico too.!! Here’s my post from last year to bring you up to speed.! Have a glorious weekend 🙂


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I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving had a wonderful holiday with their loved ones.!! I know I did..!! I hope it was complete with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberries 🙂 This year, I did not make my traditional pumpkin pie. But don’t cry for me, I had some delicious pecan pie with whip cream instead.!! Yummy.!!

And as I sit here this evening enjoying leftovers, I started thinking about all the lovely characteristics that make America umm American. There’s the usual, such as baseball and apple pie, and then there’s the specifics, like New York’s Fifth Avenue, Los Angeles’ boardwalk and Chicago’s deep dish pizza.! But there is also the American ideas and consumer goods that we export around the world like democracy, Coca-Cola, Levi’s jeans, Hollwood movies, and Black Friday.!

“ummm….wait a minute Rose…did you say Black Friday?” Yes, dear reader, yes I did.!! In…

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Graxias is the slang spelling for gracias in Mexico. It’s the same way in which some people nowadays spell the word girl as gurl.! It’s about pronunciation, being kool rather than cool, and hip.!! And it’s just one of the many blessings I am grateful for this Thanksgiving.

Learning Spanish was difficult, but added to that painstaking tutorial was learning Mexican slang Spanish and texting Spanish.! Somehow I survived and lived to tell the tale 🙂 For all of my tutors, I am extremely grateful. Even though you all did laugh at me sometimes…or was it all the time.!?! jajaja

me cutting the thanksgiving turkey in playa

me cutting the thanksgiving turkey in playa

I’m also thankful for all my lovely readers and fellow bloggers.! Thank you for reading my posts.! Thank you for your fantastic comments.! And likes.! Thank you for making me feel a part of the blog community.! Some of you I feel are even more like friends 🙂

Of course, I am grateful for my friends, my family, my home, and my job.!! It’s been a rollercoaster year, but I’m grateful to be alive and present. I’m not cooking this year…just making pumpkin pie…or several.! When I was in Playa, I alternated between cooking (the year I had a stove!) and going to one of the many restaurants that served Thanksgiving dinner such as Wicky’s or Wah Wah Bar.! Happy Thanksgiving everyone.!! See you Friday.!!

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Dos Equis treinta y dos

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Feliz lunes.!! Happy Monday.!! I hope everyone’s weekend was amazing.!!! Mine was delightful 🙂 It was so action filled that I passed out every night from sheer exhaustion.!! On Saturday, I spent a lovely afternoon at a friend’s birthday party.! And I ate way too much delicious yellow cake filled with fresh fruit.!! Yummy.! Then on my way to my father’s for dinner, I got an oil change. Yeah, I know…over-achiever. And I stopped at the cemetery since it was my mom’s birthday weekend. I wanted to bring her fresh flowers because I know she always loved them so much. And I left some for my brother too. Though I’m sure he couldn’t have cared less about the flowers 🙂 I had a nice time with my dad. It was good to see him in decent spirits.

Then on Sunday, I spent the whole day baking and cooking in memory of my mom. I wanted my house to smell just like it did when I was growing up and she was cooking in the kitchen.! Mission accomplished.!! Once again, this weekend’s Dos Equis’ commercial has nothing to do with anything in my life. Except that it’s been a long time since I’ve worn jean shorts.! jajaja… I know you’re dying to know how the Most Interesting Man in the World feels about jean shorts.!!! Ok…gotta go now. I want to see how my pumpkin pie turned out 🙂 Enjoy.! Y salud.!!

blame it on the Kahlúa…

It’s my mother’s birthday this weekend which of course is bittersweet. But this weekend, it takes on extra poignancy because the following week will be 10 years since she passed on. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about her or wish I could call her. She was not just my mom…she was my best friend. So, in that spirit, I would like to revisit the Kahlúa blog post because it’s about my mom. And she would have enjoyed it because she had a wicked sense of humor.!! jaja… Salud.! Y mama, feliz cumpleaños.!


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Everyone always asks me – “Why did you go to Mexico?” or sometimes just simply, “Why Mexico?” I give them my standard answer – it’s pretty much my blurb on the About page – I worked for Starbucks for 12 years then I got a degree, my thesis is on fair trade coffee….blah blah blah. I can see I’ve already lost them. Their eyes glaze over and they just nod politely. So I’ve decided that I am going to start telling everyone a different story. It’s my mother’s fault.

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Ah, I see. I have your attention already. Good 🙂 My mother passed away a few years ago, but I swear if she were alive today, she would testify to the veracity of my story. And probably giggle too.! My mother was very young when she got married and she had me at the tender…

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you can run…but you can’t hide…

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So for many months now, I’ve been walking by a particular statue by my job downtown. I never really gave it much thought until the other week because I noticed people kept taking their photo by the statue. Normally, I just wind my way around tourists taking pictures of the skyscrapers and the ‘Horses of Honor’ artwork decorating Michigan Avenue. I learned how to do that exceptionally well when I lived in playa.!! But for some reason, I was intrigued. Who was this man.? Why were people taking photos with him.? And so, on a rare warm day as I strolled by, I stopped to read the plaque affixed near the statue. The plaque read – Benito Juárez.! Are you kidding me.?!? Benito Juárez.!

Are you telling me, there is a statue of the former president of Mexico right outside my job.?! I’m sure I’ve mentioned several times in this blog that one of the main streets in Playa del Carmen is called Juárez. But who knew, Juárez would be so close to home too.!! The statue was sculpted by Julian Martinez and it is located on the Plaza of the Americas between the Realtor Building and the Wrigley Building in downtown Chicago. Wow.!

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Benito Juárez (1806-1872) was president of Mexico for five terms from 1858 until 1872.!!! According to, he had a very warm relationship with Abraham Lincoln. And this positive relationship was instrumental in creating a 150 year friendship between the state of Illinois and the country of Mexico.! Wow again.!! Sometimes, you really have to travel away to see your hometown in a different light. If I had never lived in Mexico, the statue of Benito Juárez would definitely be less significant to me. But because I did live there, I feel not just a connection back to Mexico from Chicago, but I also feel a little more global 🙂

Dos Equis treinta y uno

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Feliz domingo a todos.!! Happy Sunday everyone.!! I hope everyone’s weekend was super amazing.!! Mine was bittersweet. On the sweet side, I had a glorious dinner with my neighbor on Friday evening. After weeks of scheduling issues, we were finally able to resume our Friday night get togethers. The food was great – chicken breasts and spaghetti squash – and the company was phenomenal.! Of course on Saturday, I had dinner with my father 🙂 But I also managed to finally have a cup of coffee with a dear friend before dinner.!

Also after weeks of budget conscious penny pinching, I was able to go to the hair salon and get a real hair cut 🙂 Yay me.! And I caught up with so many friends over Facebook, Skype, and the phone. I am really blessed to have so many lovely and supportive friends. Without them, I would have withered away a long time ago. The bitter part, I had to say goodbye to someone I love 😦 I hate that. I didn’t want to say goodbye, but I don’t know how to fix what’s broken. Heart you boy wonder..always have..always will.

I have nothing to tie in this week’s Dos Equis’ commercial. So let’s just jump right in.! Even though Halloween has come and gone, the Most Interesting Man in the World still has some more opinions on costumes.!! Personally, I thought he was too classy for this comment…but does anybody really know anybody.?! jaja.. Have a great week my dear readers and bloggers. Enjoy.!! Y salud.!!

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It’s always feast or famine.! When it rains, it pours.! Yes, all those little trite-isms sum up my dustball drought of award nominations.!! But no more dear bloggers, the drought has given way to a deluge of awards.!!! Ok…not really…I only received two 🙂 But two is way more than I had last week or last month for that matter.!

Last week, Sandy Liang, from, nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award.!! How sweet is that.!! Thank you Sandy.!!! She wrote:

Hello darling, I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! Congrats 🙂

So on to accepting the award….

The rules:

1. You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
2. You must list the rules and display the award.
3. You must add 7 facts about yourself.
4. You must nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated. (I only did 7. It seemed to fit the 7 facts theme.)
5. You must display the award logo.

7 facts about me:

1. My given name is Ruža which means Rose in Croatian. My dad changed my name to Rose when I went to kindergarten. But my family and really close friends sometimes still call me Ruža 🙂

2. Speaking of my name, it was supposed to be Mariana. But when my mom was in labor and in no place to debate – my dad argued for Ruža. Apparently, he won. Though Mariana is my middle name.

3. Speaking of my dad, he has about 10 to 15 nicknames for me. My personal favorite is tornado.!!

4. Speaking of names, I have a lot of names.! Somehow Rose is not enough.! People call me Ruža, Rosa, Rosita, Rosalinda, Rosamunda, Rosey Posey.!

5. For some strange reason, when I worked in Mexico, they mixed up my first and middle names. So my email at the hotel was actually Mariana and my last name and not Rose and my last name.!

6. Speaking of emails, when I returned to my current job. They put my email name under Rosa and not Rose.!! jajaja

7. My favorite boy has a host of nicknames for me too. But for some strange reason, ‘crazy girl’ is my fav 🙂

I nominate in no particular order:








Congratulations to everyone.!! And thanks again Sandy 😉

and the nominees are…..


It’s been awhile since I’ve been nominated for an award.! I’m not sure if that means I’m doing something wrong.! Or something right.! hahaha 🙂 The last time I was nominated for the Liebster award, I had only written 100 posts and probably had that many blog followers. This time around, I’m on post 250 with about double the blog followers. So thank you.! Thank you.!!

And somehow, the bloggers who nominate me seem to share much in common with me. Last time around, Loca Gringa at nominated me for the award. Clearly, I was a loca gringa at some point.!! jajaja… This time around, pearlgirl90 did the honors.! I love pearls and I’m girl.!! What more is there to say. Please check out pearlgirl90’s lovely blog at

Pearlgirl90 wrote:
“Hello! I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Liebster Award. If you want to accept the post can be found here, and if not, that’s fine too. 🙂 Have a wonderful evening!”

Thank you so much..!! I have received so much love and support regarding my blog.!! I never ever thought that anyone would be interested in reading one iota of my sojourn in Mexico. I thank everyone who reads, follows, and/or likes my blog and blog posts. I thank all of my friends for their support. And I thank all my friends who let me write about them and our lives in Mexico and outside.! It is truly more than a one woman blog.! I could not have done it without my friends, my fellow bloggers, and Mexico 🙂 Now to accept the award…..

11 Random Facts about me:

1. I have tattoos..! And I like tattoos on the men I date 🙂 I think they are sexy.! Though they tend to get them after we break up.!

2. I love ladybugs. In fact, I want a tattoo of a ladybug because they remind me of my mom.!

3. I have a knack for spotting most FBI agents in the field.! No really, I do.!

4. I used to want to be a race car driver.! In fact, I still love to drive. I always tell people I’m a driver not a wheel holder.

5. My family thinks I killed the family pet, Cujo the newt.! But really, I don’t know what happened to him.

6. I am not good at following rules. Hence the reason, I did not create new questions for the nominated bloggers. Or nominate those with 200 or less followers. Outside the box, baby.!

7. My friends channel me in bars when rude men are hitting on them.! They always ask themselves, “What would Rose do?” And then they do what they think I would do.! hahaha….I’m not sure how I earned that reputation.!

8. I recorded an album when I was sixteen.! Ok, so it was with my high school choir, but still, there is an album out there with my picture on the cover and my voice on the vinyl.!! lol…

9. Speaking of bands, my dad used to own a hotel when I was growing up. Really cool lesser known bands from all over the states (and the world) used to stay there. I always made a point of collecting 45s and getting autographs.!!

10. I used to be a lifeguard. So yeah, I could probably save your life if you were drowning.

11. I have ghost fingers. My fingers are not recognizable on Iphones or other gadgets. I need a stylus 🙂

Questions to be answered from nominator:

1. Coffee or tea?

Coffee.!! ummm….no…. Tea.!! ummmm….do I have to choose.??

2. What makes you feel welcomed in someone else’s home?

Coffee or tea.! hahaha 🙂 No, I’m serious.!

3. If you were to choose between being a bestselling author or the star of a famous movie, which would you choose and why?

Ok, finally, an easy one.! Bestselling author.!! I’d rather be rich and successful and slightly famous; then super famous.! Even bestselling authors can be more incognito than famous movie stars.! No doubt.!

4. Phobias?

Really.? Do I have to choose.? Hmmm…I’m not a fan of small confined spaces.

5. What have you accomplished this week that you are proud of?

I worked out everyday this week.! Some days even twice.!!

6. You’re in a dark forest. Out of the trees something, or someone, emerges. Who or what is it?

Hopefully the big bad wolf.! I’ve always wanted to be Little Red Riding Hood 🙂 And yes, I do see therapy in my future…hahaha 😉

7. Which element do you identify the most with?


8. If you had to give a superpower to your worst enemy, what would it be?

Do I have to.?? pouting..

9. If you could live in another time period, what would it be?

The 1920s.! I’ve always been fascinated with flappers, the Great Gatsby, and bootlegging.!

10. If you could live to be 200, but had to outlive all of your friends and family, would you do it?

It depends….how good do I look….??? Do I age well…? If so yes. If no, forget about it.

11. Are there any natural abilities that you don’t have but wish you did? And if so, what are they?

I can sing alright. But I wish I could SING….like Nina Simone or Alicia Keyes or Romy Madley Croft from the xx.

I am supposed to make a whole new list. But as I am always running late accepting awards, I ask my fellow nominees to please just answer the questions supplied by pearlgirl90.!

Nominated blogs in no particular order:












And now for the nominees, it’s all up to you now to keep the love going, here are the rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link back to their blog.
2. List 11 random facts about yourself.
3. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
4. Create 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate.
5. Choose 11 bloggers with 200 or fewer followers to nominate and include links to their blogs.
6. Go to each bloggers’ page and let them know you have nominated them.

Congratulations to everyone.!! And thanks again pearlgirl90 😉

Dos Equis treinta

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Feliz el fin de semana.!! Happy weekend.!! I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. Mine was lovely.! I had a fantastic dinner (and some margaritas.!) with a good friend on Friday.! Of course, there was the lovely weekly lunch with my dad 🙂 But the main activity I pursued this weekend was working out.!! Since, I started back at work, I’ve been feeling better so I resumed my workout routine.! Which of course has been making me feel even better – emotionally and physically.!

Investing in yourself is one of the best things you can do for yourself. It simply elevates your mood 🙂 Whether it’s working out, getting your eyebrows waxed, or a new pair of shoes. Hmmmm…two out of three aint’ bad…jajaja. I need to go get some new shoes.!! In this week’s Dos Equis’ commerical, the Most Interesting Man in the World takes on personal grooming in the form of manscaping.!!! And I’m sure his answer won’t surprise any of you.!!! jajaja.. Enjoy.! Y salud.!!

la luna…la luna…la luna llena…

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Last night’s full moon was beautiful.!! In playa that is; not in Chicago. Yesterday in Chicago, it was super cold and super cloudy.! No me gusta.! Therefore, I wasn’t able to see last night’s display of la luna llena or the full moon.

But luckily for me, I had some hot chocolate to go with the cold and that made it a little better 🙂 Along with Zenzi Beach’s photo of the full moon in Playa del Carmen last night.!! For a moment or two, I was able to forget about the cold and remember warm beach nights made for sky gazing.!! One day soon, la luna…you and I will be closer….te prometo.