The Vacation Chronicles- Encounters & Reunions

The one thing I’ve always talk about when visiting home, is that I never run into anyone I know unless I have plans to see them. Well, this time I got my wish granted a few times.

First, as I was relaxing at the beach (as stated on my last post) A couple of guys came to my Airb&b house asking if I could look around for a kite that got away from them, I did and when I came back with said kite, the guy who asked me had taken his sunglasses off and it revealed a very familiar face: someone that went to primary school and junior high with me!

The second time, I was at a hospital with a friend who needed a ride there for a small procedure that required a little sedation, so she wouldn’t be able to drive afterwards. Anyways, the Doctor comes out to give an update on how it all went and he stared at me and called me by my name, at first I did not recognized him since it’s been ages since we last saw each other, but after he said his name I knew exactly who he was, another schoolmate from primary school!! And after we talked for a little bit he told me the Doctor who did my friends surgery (a month prior to this appointment) was a friend I went to Kindergarten with and all the way through junior high! The saying is true, it’s a small world!

Now, The reunions were very much planned but all the same exciting and long awaited, two in particular. Starting with a traditional dinner I have with a couple of friends I’ve know literally since I can remember things, which is 4 years old (Before that age, I don’t think I have any memories of my life) we were super close all through junior high, along with 2 other girls who we met while in junior high. We were the kind of girls that did everything together, from sitting in the last row at class, copy each other at tests through ditching school. Mind you, one of their mom’s was our teacher. After JH, we all went to different schools but kept in touch. The two who joined our group in JH, moved away and were never in town for our dinners, until this time. They were both in town and were able to make it for the first time in maybe 12 years for one of them and 20 for the other. It was so amazing to have the gang together again and talk about our lives as 40 year olds and remember the crazy adventures we had when we were teens. Who knows if this will ever happen again, but at least we have new memories and the pictures to remember this magical occasion for a long time, We even tried to recreate one of our favorite pictures from our school days.

Lastly, a broken friendship was mended. Someone who’ve I know since I was 14 years old and was one of my best friends agreed to start from zero, turn a new page in our book, a fresh start after 14 years of not talking to each other for reasons neither one of us can remember. So after adding her back on Facebook a month ago and talking about meeting we did, it was amazing! We laughed like we used to, we told each other our successes and our failures, We toasted to our newly revived friendship and most of all, we vowed to keep it up forever, like the sisters we are.



The Vacation Chronicles: Beach Bum Inc.

One of my newly taken traditions when coming home for my vacation, is renting a house on the beach. I grew up about 25 miles from it and came to it all the time as a kid, teen and adult. I even made the trip a Sunday every month just to stare at the ocean and have alone time.

So this year I followed suit and rented a small house with an ocean view and invited my cousin and her family to stay but also told a lot of people to drop by and visit, which they did the last 2 days, so that meant that my mom and I stayed most of the time alone here and the best thing I could think of doing, other than swim in the ocean, was stare at it and sit in front of it, all. day. long.



The Vacation Chronicles: No Plan Is Better Than Any Plan

Day 1 of Vacation started with breakfast downtown with my cousin and her husband at their favorite spot and kind of a tradition for us when I visit. After that we stroll down the main square and then to a famous park that has an oversize version of a traditional bench, called “Lover’s Chair” , to take some must have pictures and then I was supposed to meet another set of cousins for lunch and be done with my day, or so I thought.

Fast forward to my mom calling to tell me my aunt wanted to see me and she wanted to have lunch at a specif restaurant so I had to change my plans and call my cousins to meet me at the new location, where there was a bunch more of my family members waiting to see me.

Again, I thought: after lunch I’ll go home and just hang out since I have no more plans for the night. Nope, there was more in store for me. My cousin told me she and her brother were going to a cantina [which apparently are all the rage in Merida right now] and asked me if I wanted to tag along, I said “sure! I have no plans”. So I called my other cousin and her husband to meet us there and off we went to this place I’ve never been before and boy was this place packed!. Took us a while but we finally got a table for all of us and the fun started. I’m telling you, if you’re not close with your cousins [who are your first friends in life and for life] then you are missing a lot!

We laughed, we danced, we drank and cheered to us, we laughed and laughed again. We stayed there for 3 hours and hopped on to the next one where two left and my brother joined. The next Cantina wasn’t as loud and crazy as the first one but it was a good thing, because we needed to relax. 2 more hours and I was ready for bed, so we left.

But like the title of this post says, No plan is better than any plan, I have never hanged out with cousins from both families at the same time and now I wonder why? it was the most fun I’ve had in a long long time.

The Vacation Chronicles: Travel Day

It’s been a year and 3 months since I last traveled outside of the country and finally I am able to do it again, to my hometown of Merida in the always sunny Yucatan Peninsula.

My day started at 3am on Wednesday, work at 4am and until 12:30pm, Dentist appointment at 1pm and then home to finished packing what little I had left, change and then drive to Sacramento to stay for the night for the early flight Thursday.

We got to the airport via shuttle at 3am (which meant waking up at 2:30am to get ready) and got all checked in by 4am and boarded the first flight at 5am. Destination: Denver, where I sit right now, 3 hours later, waiting for our next flight to Houston which will board at 12pm.

Can you tell I am rusty at writing? who needs all those details?!?!?!

So while I arrive to Houston, allow me to show you a few areal views from Denver as we landed. Will continue later, it will be a few hours for me but it will feel like a second to you.


Look at that! I’m in Houston now, but I don’t have a lot of time in between flights, so I’ll make this short. I took an awesome nap on the flight from Denver and now I feel a little more rested, can’t wait to get home and start this vacation thing, so let’s get on that next plane and get this over with!

Landed in Merida after an uneventful flight and was welcomed by the most amazing sunset and heat wave that slapped my face like white glove before a duel challenge, so it begins, my most awaited vacation and visit to my family and life long friends after a year and 3 months of my last one.

Stay tuned for all the shenanigans !


H is for Hysterectomy

Here I am again, mostly because I’m frustrated at myself for being such a master procrastinator and leaving this site to rot for long periods of time when I have a lot to say! So that being said, I will just type and give no promises as to when I will be back or if this is a new chapter or blah blah blah.


Let’s start this post with the latest that has happened in my life, I had a hysterectomy (leaving the ovaries) 2.5 weeks ago, that’s right, I’m a 41 soon to be 42 year old woman who will not have a period for the rest of her life and won’t go into menopause until nature decides it’s time.

This was the first time I have ever had surgery or gone under anesthesia in my life, I was super nervous about the whole thing since I’ve always been afraid of the after, the pain and the caring for wounds and stuff, but I am happy to report that being a pessimist some times has it’s advantages because, even though I was in a bit of pain the first few days, I am feeling great with zero pain. Also helps that I did follow the doctor’s instructions and didn’t overdue my walking and moving.

I still have 11 days before I go back to work and to the outside world since I’ve been on my couch and inside my house the whole time. (not counting the post op visit a few days ago). I’ve enjoy the relaxing time with my cats and being able to catch up on my Netflix list but I am about to lose my mind! I need more human interaction and a change of scenario soon.

Well that’s all I have to say today, but there are more things that need to be shared on the internet or my life wouldn’t be my life 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and reading…

“A Life Without Dreams” Art Tag

So it took me a while to write another post but I have a good excuse…… who am I kidding? I have no excuse!!! but hey, I am back this time and not after 3 years! so that’s something right???

Anyway, today I will be showing you an Art Tag that I made a few days ago, this has been one of my hobbies for a few years now, handmade cards, art journaling and art tags. Sometimes it takes me days to finish one of these, because even tough I am very creative, I have a really hard time trying to come up with a theme or an idea, but since I wanted to blog about this one, I forced myself to finish one in a few hours, so here is the result with a bit of a step by step and the products I used, I hope you like it!

First I started with a 3×5 1/2 inch piece of watercolor paper and covered it with Distress Inks by Tim Holtz in Cracked Pistachio and Mermaid Lagoon using the Mini Blending Tool to get my background (photo 1) Then added some texture with Ranger texture paste that I mixed with TH Wild Honey Distress ink to give it some color, and I used the Dot Fade stencil from TH (picture 2), After that I glued some Idea-ology Tissue Paper and glued it with Liquitex White Gel Medium, stamped my sentiment on Versafine Black Onix Ink using the Dylusions Clearly The Right Words Stamp Set,  (picture 3) And finally, cut a heart from dark red card stock, glued it to the Tag along with the sentiment and a piece of red Baker’s Twine to kind of simulate a balloon, and to finish it all I outlined the heart with a black charcoal pencil and added some white paint drops all over with a Painter’s Paint Pen. (Picture 4)


So that is it!!! what do you think of the final result?? and of my forst ever art tag blog post?? it’s kind of hard to explaing every single thing I did, and to be honest I had to write down all the stuff I used and look at the pictures to remember, but I think I did a decent job.

Thanks for stoping by and comeback again soon!


Here We Go Again 6.0

Welcome  (back) to my blog, this is the 6th time I start a blog, mainly because I am a procrastinator and I get distracted really easily, but let’s see how it goes this time around.

So for the past 10 years I’ve been an on and off blogger, turned vlogger (, turned photographer (, turned paper crafter, yeah I know, I am all over the place, but like I said I can’t do one thing without starting another and coming back to the first one weeks later, great example of that is I am watching a video in between typing these lines. Anyway, I know I am not making any sense but this happens to me a lot, I am a bit of a rambler and then if you count that I have two languages fighting in my head to see which one goes out first, then you get what I just typed.

I say this every time I start a blog, but I mean it this time, I am going to keep it up, and update constantly, I think this will be a good outlet for my thoughts and to share my creations (card making & stamping) with the world, so I hope you, if there is anyone out there reading this, give me a chance and stick around