To Know Or Not To Know…

Sunday Sol

I received bad news today. Samantha my 10 year old shih tzu has had a small bump on her eyelid for about a year now. It had never bothered her and I was advised against getting her surgery. For whatever reason, it became really big and obviously painful for her this past weekend. Per the animal ophthalmologist (who knew, right?), it’s a tumor that now needs to be taken off asap. The doctor stated once they do the surgery, they will let me know if it is benign or malignant. Gulp….

If the tumor is malignant, chemo would not be an option I would consider for her. I would want Sam to be her bouncy, happy self for as long as possible. If or when she shows signs of not feeling well, her comfort would then be my main priority. I decided not to know….for now.

Would you want to know?








The Canícula has Arrived

Culture, Sunday Sol

The hottest days have arrived in Monterrey. This time of year is referred to as the canícula. It lasts from June 14th through August 24th with  consistent temperatures in the 90’s-100’s, not to mention the humidity.

Born and raised in California, I’m familiar with the hot dry summers of the Central Valley or some light humidity in Southern California. What I’m not used to is high temps AND what feels to me to be high humidity (though this is disputed by others!). This is the time of year if I am not in an air conditioned room, I am completely melting. While others look fine, I look like I’m going to dehydrate and pass out at any moment.

So the countdown to cooler temps begins…40 days to go! Thank goodness I have beach days in my near future.

Breast Explant Tomorrow

Sunday Sol, Wellness

Tomorrow I’m having my breast implants taken out. I’m nervous about the surgery, but not about the decision. And no, it’s not because I’m feeling sick or having any physical problems with them.

I had the implants put in because I was 44 and the “girls” were sagging. Originally, I thought of just a lift. After the consultation with the doctor, I decided an implant with the lift would have the best results. So that’s what I did. Did I get caught up in the moment…..probably. I was never unhappy with my size.

The recovery was not bad, but I was diligent about the pain meds. I do remember feeling like I had bricks on my chest when I breathed. After a few months, they still were not looking like I had envisioned. My implants were high. So after 6 months, I had a revision done. They looked better, but still not the “perfect” breasts you imagine you when you get implants. I wasn’t willing to do another surgery, so I accepted them.

It’s been 6 years now and as I’m getting older, my breasts are following nature, but my implants aren’t. A revision is necessary again, but why? The implants never really gave me any boost of confidence about my body. If anything, shopping for clothes became more discouraging. Having larger boobs just made me more self conscious. (I’m not a “show off the boobs” type of gal.)  Yes, my boobs were fuller, but were they prettier? For me, not really.

The bottom line is my implants never really felt like a part of me mentally or physically, not to mention the possible health risks. So it’s time for them to go.


My Dog’s Lack of Courage

Miscellaneous, Sunday Sol

I hear the random bark. It’s the bark Sam does when she wants something. (A dog-mom knows.) I dismiss her and I continue texting. The random barks continue and I wonder if she’s hungry again. No, she’s not at her food bowl. I begin searching for her, not finding her anywhere. I go downstairs to our garden and then the patio. I finally find her in a corner plant too scared to jump out!

You can also see my lack of a green thumb!

Find Your Character Strengths Quiz

Culture, Sunday Sol

The VIA Institute of Character states your character strengths are the qualities that come most naturally to you. Using these qualities on a daily basis will significantly improve your life.

The quiz is free at, but they do use your information to further their study.

My top 5 character strengths:

  • Appreciation of Beauty & Exellence
  • Fairness
  • Love
  • Love of Learning
  • Gratitude

And if you want to take this a step further, Yale University has a free course of their most popular class, “The Science of Happiness”. This quiz being one of the first things you do.

I just started the course this week and if you’re interested, you can find it at