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 4

A Fathers Day success. It was so nice to see Sr. Elizondo’s kids all together. My new place settings looked great too.

A random purchase: a kitsch pink flamingo. I couldn’t help myself.

Sandy Toes 2.0 is officially mine! Papers signed. I’m one step closer to some quarantine-modified beach livin’.

Making it a point to drink a minimum of 2L of water per day. The slice of lemon makes all the difference to my success.

Don’t know what to do with yourself staying at home? I’m a fan of this quarantine routine.

My latest series find: I Love Dick. A funny and feminist, but sexually explicit series.

June Recap-Week 3

SamSam continues to maintain her hummingbird vigilance.

My current read is The Great Gatsby. I hate when I see a movie before the book. Just as I thought, the Hollywood visual will not escape my mind while reading it.

I made Keto Lemon Cheesecake jars. SO FRICKIN GOOD. I tasted no difference from the real thing and it literally took about 10 minutes to make.

Using a mixer, blend: 8oz cream cheese, 3 tbsp heavy cream, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup Stevia, 2 tbsp melted coconut oil, 1 tsp lemon grated lemon zest (optional). Set aside. For the crumble: 1/2 cup Almond flour, 1 tbsp Stevia, 1/8 tsp salt, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tbsp melted coconut oil. Use a fork to blend into a crumble. Layer in a jar and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Speaking of food, Sr. Elizondo made one of my favorite soups: Pork, Squash, and Corn. I’m set for quite awhile!

I finished my 40 day Kirtan Kriya Meditation, along with my gratitude journal. Next milestone: 90 day.

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.

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 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.

April Recap-Week 2

The Quarantine Edition.

It’s official. Mexico has been quarantined stay at home. Looks like everyone got the memo on our street.

I ran out of my specialty loose leaf teas and now I’m saying, “Hello again” to the grocery store tea bags.

I also had to make a quick run to GNC in the mall and the parking lot looked like this. GNC was one of 3 stores in the entire mall still open. Super weird.

Beautifully blooming roses from Sr. Elizondo when it was still okay to buy things from people on corners.

The next door neighbors thawing fish outside on their balcony, and in the sun no less. Are they trying to get sick??? (Yes, I am paparazzi photog’ing now. #quarantinelife)