I had a birthday recently, and like every year, it was a time to go slow and enjoy the precious moments of the day. Birthdays always feel like reflection time. With more birthdays under my belt, I've started to get a little nervous on the cusp of, maybe because it’s strange to age, and having... Continue Reading →
This post has been sitting as a draft for almost a year. The family and l were reminiscing about Puerto Rico and all our adventures there this morning. What a time to recall and post about this incredible castle and fortress in the beautiful and historic Old San Juan. The scale of El Morro was... Continue Reading →
One year ago, mañana, my little family and I got on a plane to travel to an island rocked by earthquakes and recovering from a hurricane. We went in the spirit of adventure, ready to be challenged, grow and learn. Of course, the Universe outdid us in its spirit of "adventure", but looking back on... Continue Reading →
It is hallow's eve eve. We are deep into the tenth month of the year, on the cusp of a blue moon, and just days before the 2020 presidential election. Now seems like the perfect time for reflection. It may be now or never, because for the remainder of the year I suspect we'll all... Continue Reading →
This is a story about my knight in shining armor: my tiny, just over 5-foot, 100 pound grandma, better known to all who met her, as "Grammy". She may have been small in stature, but she made up for it in heart. She is my hero. Countless times throughout my life, she came to my... Continue Reading →
Off the Booze In the last 90 days, I have magically made $900 exist in my pocket that would not have existed otherwise. How? I did not drink it. 90 days off the booze! That $10 bottle of wine/day, plus whatever extra alcohol I would drink once the kids were sleeping and my bottle ran... Continue Reading →
When we came back to Texas, the first question from all our friends and family was, "Are you going to go back to Puerto Rico once all this is over?" Walking it back for a second - we had originally thought, in a perfect world of course, that if we loved Rincon (and we did),... Continue Reading →
We've been back in Texas for over two months. It's been everything we needed it to be, coming from a place of such uncertainty in Puerto Rico. The hill country in particular is so soothing to my soul, and driving around here can cure B of anything. The wildflowers and the cactus are in bloom,... Continue Reading →
A few articles on quarantining have stood out for me these past months, including this one by Julio Vincent Gambuto (which I understand has been edited since I first read it), and this one, with the best title ever, "Fuck the Bread. The Bread is Over" by Sabrina Orah Mark. Each of them spoke to... Continue Reading →
It's been a tough few weeks for everyone on the planet - and the beauty here, coupled with this lovely, beloved house, is helping our hearts heal. After feeling like we had to leave Puerto Rico so abruptly, there is no where else I'd rather be.
Puerto Rico's response has been more drastic than that of the States, for good reason, and the last 24 hours has been a wild ride.
In Solitude Yesterday, I went to Maria's Beach ALL BY MYSELf to watch the sun go down on another day in Rincon. B "sends" me down alone sometimes, when I'm due for some solitude, or the kids seem too exhausted to do another thing, or we are too tired to deal with bringing them back... Continue Reading →
Have you ever thought about why being on vacation feels so relaxing? Is it partly because you know no one is expecting anything of you, the phone is not going to ring with demands, and your social calendar is clear? Being here, I have no friends to hang out with, no classrooms to bring food for, no playdates to take the kids to, no neighborhood meetings that I'm committed to, no birthday parties to buy crap for + rush to, and no extended family to visit . . .
Whether you, too, are fantasizing about living on this temperate, lush, tropical island, or you just like to day-dream about what it might look like to live somewhere else (one of my favorite time-wasters) - this post is for you!
Drumroll - we got a car! We ended up with a 2002 Suzuki XL7 with 92,000 miles (I still can't/don't believe that part). It looked to be in pretty good shape for 3k. Pfew, what a load off, or so we thought. A week later, it broke down, $hizzf*ckmutherbast@rd!