July Recap-Week 1

Another visit to Santiago and another lunch. This time at Las Palomas in the center plaza.

Current read: The Secret History. The story of 6 nonconformist college students who commit murder. I’m only on chapter 5, but I’m going to already recommend it.

Feeling the good vibes on a Sunday morning.

Sarah Cooper videos of Trump just get funnier and funnier every time I watch them.

Got bored and cut my own hair via an Alexa Chung video on Youtube.

Tazo Iced Passion Tea tastes identical to Starbucks when you add 2 Stevia packets per tall glass.

My Olio E Osso finally arrived. A quick swipe on the lips and cheeks is perfect for a fresh no-makeup makeup look. I bought it in French Melon.

June Recap-Week 2

Now that Mty is opening back up, we made the short drive to Santiago for breakfast. It was a bright sunny morning with a touch of whimsy (via teacups hanging from the restaurant ceiling).

We also bought a few flowers to plant. Then I found myself repotting others.

I’ve never tried to grow a rose before. Fingers crossed I can keep this beauty alive.

Just when I get so discouraged by the world, people rise up in support one another and renew my faith in humanity.

ST PAUL, MINNESOTA – JUNE 02: Demonstrators engage in a peaceful protest outside of the state capitol building as unrest continues around the country following the death of George Floyd on June 2, 2020 in St. Paul, Minnesota. . Protests continue to be held in cities throughout the country over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Sammers enjoying the spotlight.

June Recap-Week 1

A powerful listen.

A donation given to Campaign Zero.

Hoping everyone can see what a narcissistic fraud our current President is and praying/VOTING that a new voice will soon be heard.

My jasmine is blooming and filling my yard with it’s beautiful fragrance.

An everyday uniform I’m easily adopting: muscle t-shirts and baggy pants.

May Recap-Week 4

It was gloomy and rainy all week.

However in Playa, Sandy Toes 2.0 is almost ready. YAY!

This week’s binge program: The Great on Hulu. (Be forewarned: It’s a bit on the raunchy side.)

Next level Dalgona coffee: The Dalgona cocktail. Haven’t tried it yet, but it’s on my list.

  • 2oz Bailey and 2oz vodka put in glass.
  • Dalgona coffee: 2tbs instant coffee; 2tbs sugar; 2tbs cold water. Blend until fluffy.
  • Scoop coffee into glass.

Even in quarantine, Sr. Elizondo manages to buy me roses.

May Recap-Week 3

I’m once again an official Temporary Resident of Mexico. Hopefully, no deadlines will be missed this time for my permanent status.

My yard is blooming and I’m starting some new transplants.

I made this so-good hamburger “casserole” mix and simply ate it with fresh greens.

Recipe:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Fry a pckg of ground beef with 1/3 onion and drain.
  • Add 1tsp salt (or to taste); 2 tsp garlic powder; 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper.
  • Patiently mix in 4oz cream cheese and 1/2 cup shredded cheddar.
  • Put in an oiled casserole dish and top with the remaining 1/2 shredded cheddar.
  • Cook for 10 min or until cheese melted on top.

Listening to my first audio book, “The Great Alone”. I’m quickly realizing I need to completely do nothing while listening.

My little bear having good and bad days.

May Recap-Week 2

Who wouldn’t love a cheese waffle? The Chaffle is one egg and 1/2 cup finely shredded cheese. You can go on the internet for a plethora of variations and much prettier examples!

Sam was traumatized by the thunder/lightening storm that happened this week. I was traumatized by Sam. After a gentle reminder from the vet, “…she’s an older dog now”, we both powered through. Below is the look of worried anticipation.

Local Milk blog/instagram has become one of my favorites. Beautiful photos with cooking and inspirational videos.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur mousse. My new fave go-to. It’s total coverage and you can’t feel it on your skin.

My latest Keto snack: almond flour tortillas lightly fried in butter, and topped with Stevia and cinnamon. I had to put on the brakes eating these. They were too good.

April Recap-Week 5

I’m seriously crushing on NY Governor Cuomo. What an inspiring leader. I guess that makes me a “Cuomosexual” too.

Not sure what happened to my basil. However, my rosemary is doing great as always.

Somm movies on Netflix are for anyone who enjoys wine.

Speaking of alcohol, my Quarantini is: Vodka, Crystal Light lemonade, and Topo Chico mineral water.

Finished, “Where the Crawdads Sing”. I know this is an incredibly popular read, but it felt like a bit of a Lifetime movie to me.

An unexpected thunderstorm and then this sunset.

Quarantine Truth

When confronted with rules, limits, boundaries, and hard lines, do we rage, fall asleep, disassociate, blame? Cry? Scream? Give up? Bang on our pans at 7 p.m.? All perfect responses. But then what do we do when the anger subsides, our tears dry up, and it’s 7:05 p.m. and we’re still quarantined and afraid, or sick, and alone? 

The Buddha said, “Better to live one day seeing the rise and fall of things than to live a hundred years without ever seeing the rise and fall of things.”

What do we do when everything we use to distract ourselves from the fact of our impermanence is taken from us? Not because we signed up for a Zen retreat, but because of war or disease? 

For a culture endlessly intrigued by mindfulness, and by the allure of being truly present, this is our moment. For once, there’s nowhere else to be.

by Bethany Saltman (you can find the full article on Goop)

April Recap-Week 4

Summer temps have arrived.

I’m now part of the Dalgona Coffee fan club. It reminds me of a creamy coffee candy. This stuff is GOOD!

The new backyard patio and not-so-great grass have been put in. Next up: painting and new plants.

Sr. Elizondo and his birthday breakfast provolone. Then came the birthday caldo, birthday paella, birthday lemon cake…..

AfterLife Season 2 began today! My heart’s all a-flutter. I’ll be binging this next week.

A 4 hour wait at the Immigration office for a 5 minute appointment. Grrr.

April Recap-Week 3

I finished, “The Bella Vista” by Colette. She’s become one of my favorite writers.

Getting closer and closer to “au natural” hair color.

Makeshift masks for these unfortunate times.

When I’m in need of a giggle, I take a look at Leslie Jordan’s instagram.

My dog’s been waking up super early, telling me she has to pee. I get up to open the doggie door and she immediately goes back to her bed and sleeps. What’s that about….

Before pics of our backyard that will be getting a much needed makeover.