no…this is not a corona commercial…

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This is what my friend P. did today on her day off.!!! Are you jealous.?! You know I am.!! My lovely photographer friend spent the day on the beach, drinking Coronas, and waiting for Superbowl Sunday.! She’s a fan 🙂

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I, on the other hand, spent the day running all of my errands because Chicago is turning into Chiberia overnight.!! Initially, the snow storm was only a small winter storm advisory of 5 to 8 inches through this evening. However, it has recently turned into a winter storm watch with 10 to 15 inches expected between this evening and Monday morning.!! Wtf.?!!

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Up until today, I thought this winter was much more bearable than last winter where I cried everyday.! The only solace I have is that tomorrow is the first day of February. So, that means, we’re that much closer to spring. Yeah, I know…it’s all I’ve got. Oh, oh, oh, and tomorrow looks like a huge pajama day. Really, I’m trying to look on the bright side 😀

Dos Equis treinta y nueve

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Feliz jueves.!! Happy Thursday.!! I apologize for the delay in getting Dos Equis out….it’s been a long two weeks. Traveling can surely take a toll on a mind and body…not to mention your soul.! However, I saw so many wonderful people on my sojourn.! And I had so much fun even though there was very little sleep.!! Throughout my trip, the one message that resonated with me was learning to be present or be in the now. And so I decided to wait to post this blog until I could actually be in the present and not just slap something together to say it was checked off.!

Also, this week’s Dos Equis’ commercial is a radio commercial. Unfortunately, we are nearing the end of our relationship with the Most Interesting Man in the World unless they make a new commercial soon.!! I will, of course, keep you all updated 🙂 In this week’s commercial, our favorite protagonist is so charming, they had to make a vaccine for it.!! Personally, I think I may need a dosage.!! jajaja… Oh yeah, and dolphins appear when he’s around.!! Must be nice 🙂 Enjoy.! Y salud.!!

Pinche blog..!!

As I’m still traveling, here’s another very early original blog post.!! It’s about my favorite topic…no not food…my second favorite topic.!! Swear words..!! Please enjoy and see you for Dos Equis over the weekend 🙂

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**Warning – swear word alert**

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I have to admit I swear a lot. Damn has probably been one of my most favorite swear words. It fits perfectly in every occasion. Damn this…damn that…pick up the damn phone. You get the drift.

When I moved to Mexico, I learned a lot of swear words early on. People enjoyed telling them to me and hearing me parrot them back. Some sick twisted game they enjoyed playing with the new gabacha..!! Gabacha refers to an English speaking, non-Hispanic woman by the way. However, I never truly felt comfortable with any of the swear words. That is until I learned about pinche.

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Technically, pinche refers to a kitchen boy. It’s the guy (or gal) who cleans up the Chef’s…

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Won’t you be my neighbor…

Since I’m still traveling, I haven’t had time to blog. Please enjoy this very very early blog post.! Have a great week.!

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“It’s like Mr. Roger’s neighborhood..!!”

I have said that phrase on many occasions during my stay in Playa del Carmen. I have exclaimed it to my friends in the states and to tourists I met in Playa del Carmen. Everyone there was always so friendly. And chatty. I never felt scared walking home at night. And I walked home a lot of nights since I had left my car back in Chicago. If you didn’t have the right change at the store, they would tell you to bring it the next day. Playa del Carmen definitely had a small town feel – a Mr. Roger’s neighborhood feel.

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And those words were never more true than on New Year’s Day 2011. I had spent New Year’s Eve with my boyfriend in the center of Playa del Carmen. So many people and music and…

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Dos Equis treinta y ocho

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Feliz domingo a todos.!! Happy Sunday everyone.!! I hope your week/weekend has thus far been exciting.! I know mine has been amazing.! Of course, I spent some lovely time with good friends.! Plus, I received some great news this week which made me very happy 🙂 And, I am going on an impromptu trip where I will work, but I also get to see one of my bestest friends. We used to be roommates in L.A. many eons ago and boy do we have stories.!! jajaja… But that’s for another blog.!!

Since, I’m traveling today and don’t know exactly where I will be tomorrow – Dos Equis is one day early.! I wish I could have found a better video of this week’s Dos Equis’ commercial. It’s priceless.!! The Most Interesting Man in the World is so respected that even mosquitoes don’t bite him.!! How can I get on that short list.?!? jajaja… Plus, Cuba imports cigars from the Most Interesting Man in the World.!! Now, that’s called star power 🙂 Enjoy.! Y salud.!!

spring forward….and never fall back…

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I’ve always enjoyed traveling.! I love airports, passports, new cities, new cuisines, and meeting old friends and new ones.! However, one of the aspects of travel I hate is the time change. I know it’s necessary. Clearly, when I’m having breakfast in Chicago, people on the other side of the world don’t want to be having breakfast (unless that’s their thing) during the evening. But traveling can definitely leave one feeling out of sorts.! I remember one particular trip to Florence where my brother and I made the crucial mistake of arriving to our hotel and taking a nap before seeing the magnificent pieces of artwork at the Uffizi.!! When we tried to rouse my brother’s fiancee (now wife), she promptly screamed, “I don’t care about the artwork, I want to sleep.!!” And there you have it, time matters. In more ways than just wasting it. One of the many reasons, I loved Playa del Carmen was that there was no time change. Chicago and Playa del Carmen were on the same time zone.! It was fabulous.! I was never discombobulated. I was never tired when I arrived. I was always ready to hit the beach 🙂

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courtesy of supracurriculum.nl

There were only two weeks during the year when Playa and I were not in sync because Chicago (the U.S.) changed their clocks in the spring and fall one week ahead of Playa del Carmen (Mexico). But that was a small price to pay.! Then recently, I heard that Playa del Carmen was going to align itself with the East Coast instead of the Central Zone.!! I have to admit I had a crisis moment.! They couldn’t take that away from me too.! I already wasn’t living in Playa anymore, this just seemed like more hogwash to drive us apart. I was finally able to read the news report today. And it’s not as awful as I had imagined. Somewhat similar to Y2K and the Mayan Apocalypse. But it wasn’t a bed of roses either. Apparently, Playa del Carmen or the entire state of Quintana Roo will remain on Daylight Savings Time. Which means for seven months (from the beginning of April until the end of October) Playa del Carmen will remain aligned with the Central Zone. Well, more or less, remember that one week at the beginning and end which doesn’t correlate.? But during the other five months or basically winter, Playa del Carmen will be aligned with the East Coast. No me gusta.! I feel like Persephone, you know the one who ate half of a pomegranate while in the underworld with Hades.! She had to live with Hades for six months of the year and was only able to see her mother the other six months. I mean I guess it’s better than being with Hades the whole time. Oh well… I guess I will survive. I will also have to spring forward and not fall back again. So in celebration of this new time change, I’m going on a trip. I’m gonna start on the west coast and end up on the east coast before I return back to Chicago 🙂 I apologize for the next week if my posts are not timely.! I’m about to go travel…

looking for my pot of gold….

courtesy of my friend P.

courtesy of my friend P.

at the end of a rainbow.!! It rained last week in Playa Del Carmen even though it is technically not rainy season there. But as is the case after almost every storm in playa, a rainbow or arco iris magically appeared.

I immensely enjoyed seeing the rainbows after a storm when I lived in playa. They were beautiful – the colors, the size, the majesty. I don’t see as many rainbows in Chicago, even though it does rain here frequently in fall and spring. Something about the atmospheric conditions in Playa del Carmen bring on a bounty of rainbows.

My friend P. was kind enough to take this photo of the rainbow on Monday. I thought during this winter spell, we could all enjoy the beauty and promise of a rainbow 🙂

Dos Equis treinta y siete

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Feliz lunes.!! Happy Monday.!! How was everyone’s weekend.? Hopefully spectacular.! Mine was just plain lovely 🙂 My dance card was full all weekend…I actually had to turn down offers.!! But alas, the weather was also nasty and so kept me from having too much fun. Sometimes, it’s just as nice to cuddle on the sofa and watch a good movie.!

I’ve heard rumors that there will be a slight warm-up toward the end of the week. But I’m just glad right now it’s not negative anything, but especially below zero.!! However, this weather does bring out the bad ass in everyone.!! As I’m walking around in my neighborhood in my fantastic new boots, I definitely feel like I could kick some butt.!! jajaja.. In this week’s Dos Equis’ commercial, we get to see the Most Interesting Man in the World as a bad ass.!! And, of course, he’s back with his bevy of women 🙂 Enjoy.! Y salud.!!

too cold for words…let’s look at pretty photos.!

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Cold Chicago above….Hot Cancun below….

At Zona Hotelera,Cancún, Mexico.

At Zona Hotelera,Cancún, Mexico.

At Zona Hotelera,Cancún, Mexico.

At Zona Hotelera,Cancún, Mexico.

At Zona Hotelera,Cancún, Mexico.

At Zona Hotelera,Cancún, Mexico.

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Cold Chicago above…Warm Isla Holbox below…

Isla Holbox

Isla Holbox

Isla Holbox

Isla Holbox

Isla Holbox

Isla Holbox

epiphanies…

Please enjoy this post from last year about the Epiphany or the arrival of the three kings.!!

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2013 was the year of epiphanies. I had many of them during that long 12 month period. According to Merriam-Webster.com, an epiphany is “an experience of striking and startling realization”. Therefore, everything from my decision to leave Mexico, to writing a blog, to changing the course of my life journey in 2013 can be labeled an epiphany.! When 2013 started, I had no intention of returning to Chicago and leaving Mexico. Writing a blog was most definitely not on my radar at the beginning of that New Year’s Eve celebration at Sala Rosa.! And both of those epiphanies translated automatically into other life altering events.!

And while last year was full of epiphanies for me, there is another kind of epiphany that is celebrated every year like clockwork. The Epiphany is the celebration of the arrival of the…

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