January Recap-Week 1 2021

The first day of 2021! We went to Punta Esmeralda public beach. A pretty beach, but WAY TOO crowded. So naturally, we opted for eating instead.

La Cueva del Chango. We were all super happy with our food choices in this jungle atmosphered restaurant.

This chair was calling my name after eating, but we walked for a bit instead.

Day 2 and we made it to the beach, Playacar to be specific. By far, the best beach in Playa Del Carmen. Get a day pass at one of the resorts, cop a squat, and enjoy the beauty.

Current read: Travels with Charley, written in 1962 and still relevant today.

I tried tacos arabe (arabic tacos) and they were pretty darn good. The tortilla is flat bread and the meat has different seasoning than the Mexican taco. Add a little white garlic sauce and yum.

Tulum has become insane with traffic and congested with people. Sadly, I feel it’s no longer worth a visit anymore.

And then we visited the polar opposite: Akumal Beach, where the turtles go to have their babies and you can help them back to the sea.:) It’s also a great place for snorkeling. If you just want to chill and relax, this is the beach for you.

2021 Mindset (via Hope Hall)

When I feel overwhelmed or stressed or lose my center, I draw on one or all of these things: 

Be kind & be useful. 

Slow way, way down. 

Let the world speak to you. 

Rest your mind on your breath. 

I am only as good as the company I keep. 

How can I best support my own vulnerability? 

Compassion is the highest form of critical thinking. 

My life—which includes my work—is only as good as I feel. 

Try to put how you want to feel ahead of what you want to be or even do. 

This is what I’m doing, this thing, right now; drop the words, stick with the feeling. 

Be ready for opportunities & openings as they come along; change is the only constant. 

Go toward the good—the good people, the good moments—& let the rest of the static, noise & drama fall away. 

While we’re breathing—which is miraculous, and won’t be happening some day—all we’re doing is learning and growing. That’s all, learning and growing. 

Follow your interests, wherever they lead will be somewhere that lights up your eyes, or floats your cork; notice when you get excited &/or confused by things, write down these moments & let them guide you.

When I realize I am distracted, I ask:
“What is standing between me & being present right now?”


When I’m confused by someone else’s behavior:
I try to imagine what it feels like to do or say what they’re doing or saying & feel that it is good, correct, right, justified, chosen, the way I typically feel about my own choices. More often than not, we believe we’re right. Everyone makes sense to themselves. Sometimes I call this personal logic.


When I’m humbled by a moment when I’m fumbling:
I smile & wave at the world and say, “This is me learning, right here & right now,” & to myself, gently, trying to
remember to laugh while I say it, “Challenges are opportunities for growth.”


When I feel myself shutting down in a stressful situation,
proverbially clenching my fist:
I imagine what it would be like to open my hand, gently, so that a feather or a bird could land on it (I know how cheesy that sounds, but I say it anyway). I dial down the seven inputs of experience (five senses, thoughts, and feelings) and tune in to the constant current of my witnessing consciousness. I notice my heart when it closes, then let the waves of feelings flow through my heart, unstuck.

The gifts my father left me:
I refuse to be insulted;
The trick is to be ready;
How lucky are we to live in this beautiful place?

I think I’m done blogging. Bye.:)

December Recap-Week 5

Had I known a BIG pork leg makes Sr. E this happy, I would have been buying him one every Christmas.

Sandy Toes completion date has gone from December to mid 2021. It’s called, “Mexican Time”.

A typical Mexican restaurant for tourists on Quinta. Art on the walls, table side food demos, skilled waiters, swinging barstools, and good food.

The last day of 2020. It seems even the planet is feeling happy it’s finally over.

New Years Eve. A quick dinner and rainy walk on 5th, then…Adios 2020. Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out.

December Recap-Week 4

Love these that I bought from a Playa artist.

Lunch at Mayami Bich with swinging barstools and wall painted flamingos.

This little white house in Centro caught my eye. I could give it a little TLC and happily live there with Sr. E.

My 2021 custom made agenda book is here. I am a Golden Coil fan for sure.

I bought this mosquito spray from a chic boutique named, La Troupe. It smells like the super relaxing oils you get with a massage. I’ll be wearing it as perfume and floating along my merry way.

Christmas Eve dinner at La Briocherie at Quinta.

Merry Christmas!!!!

December Recap-Week 3

Current read: The Magdalen Girls

The faux marble I chose for Sandy Toes 2.0.

And this sofa

Dinner at Schnitzel Garten. The ghoulash was que ricisimo!

My latest “So good” series find: HBO’s The Undoing. Watch worthy. I wasn’t sure whodunnit until the last episode.

This months stoplight entertainment….dancing Santas!

The best Mexican tradition: tacos for breakfast with a cup of Cafe de Ola.

Sam is completely obsessed with Tucker. And Tucker…well…not so interested with Sam.

December Recap-Week 2

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

I finished my 9 day liver cleanse. Is my liver clean now? I have no idea.

The Playa Christmas Craft Bazaar. Masks and disinfectant sprayed throughout by a guy who looked like he was the bug exterminator. I was in and out pretty quick.

Sandy Toes progress is happening faster now. Fingers crossed its only 2 more weeks.

It was my birthday! Woke up to birthday flowers, had some pastries from Das Brot, shopped, dinner at Amate38, and lastly a craft cocktail from Oyster.

December Recap-Week 1

Goodbye November and HELLO December..hopefully it stays bright.

The sun is out today and so is my wallet. I bought a couple of handcrafted goods from a little store off 5th.

A cheeky embroidered Mary I need to frame.

And a goofy monster incense burner.

I’m currently doing the 9 day liver cleanse. It’s a celery juice and all things green bonanza…my worst nightmare.

Akumal, about 20 min south of Playa del Carmen.

Slowly adopting Tucker, the jungle kitty. It took a few weeks to actually pet him. We’re still in the beginnings of the relationship.

November Recap-Week 4

A Playa Del Carmen visual.

My new kitchen inspiration and final decision. Concrete, open style. I not only like the style, but it seems to be the best option living in high humidity.

A couple of weeks ago on Post Secret was the secret below. The recipe has now gone viral. I want to make it too.

This recipe has been a family secret for 100 years. It’s a great pie, and deserves to be shared. My petty vindictive aunts don’t deserve to keep it to themselves. I love and miss you, Grandma!

I’ve resurrected my Garmin step tracker from probably 2013. So now I’m one of the counters trying to hit the daily 10,000.

Cereal Magazines, “Autumn 2020” playlist on Spotify. Grab a throw and a glass of wine, and relax.

Rainy day boredom buys.

  • Oysho tunic dress (much cuter in person & it has pockets)
  • Oysho bralettes (the best)
  • Zara top
  • Old Navy tunic (in a large size and I’ve been wearing it as a dress…ALOT)
  • Pull & Bear cotton maxi. I have all 3 colors now and basically live in them.
  • Stradivarius top. Random on sale purchase that I love.

This is a torta de pollo milanese (chicken sandwich) I bought from a man selling food from the back of his car, which is common in Mexico. (BTW: It reminded me of Subway, but better.)

November Recap-Week 3

Sr. E just left this week and we already miss him.

The Crown Season 4 on Netflix is just as good as the first three seasons. I’m slightly obsessed.

I ordered my planner for next year. Yay! This time I made a custom one through Golden Coil.

The usual.

Current read: The Stone Crusher. The true story of a jewish father and son who survive the camps together, Auschwitz included.

Trump is going to stress me out until the very end. Started a 40 day Kirtan Kriya meditation.

Bienvenido to this guy who’s making a life in my tiny and unloved gravel patio.

It’s slowly happening. Sandy Toes 2.0 is getting a little bigger. 🙂

My latest food find was just outside the community. A couple of Argentinians set up a Choripan (Argentinian sausage sandwich) station, along with empanadas, tartlets, and alfajores. It’s all made from scratch and it’s all delicioso.

Started 9 days of morning celery juice. It’s not a pleasant drink, but my sister swears by it’s benefits.

November Recap-Week 2

For the past month plus, it has rained non stop. I’m so over it.

And then on Nov 7, the clouds parted…:)

A visit to the beach on this day was necessary I think for everyone.

Apparently my left ear canal is defective because the AirPod just won’t stay secure in that ear. So below is my necessary headphone purchase.

Lunch at Los Aguachiles in Playacar. I’m not normally a huge ceviche fan, but I was today. Mmmmmm.

Some Sandy Toes 20 progress. Bathroom tiles are actually happening.

There’s actual progress happening outside of Sandy Toes as well. A new plaza being built just outside the community. Yay!

Sam has started laying on my foot these days. Not sure why, but as always she’s melting my heart.

Seafood again, this time at La Barracuda. An unassuming place, but Oh So Good. Sr. E said it’s the best seafood he has had in Playa. I think I agree.

November Recap-Week 1

Due to the endless storms, I had no electricity. After 31 hours, I gave up and went to a hotel. Hotel Lahun is in a great location in Centro on 10th, and has huge clean rooms.

Sam loves a hotel bed.

Met my reading goal of 15 books for 2020. My top 4 from this year:

  • The Hearts Invisible Furies
  • In the Garden of Good and Evil
  • The Five
  • Ill Be Gone in the Dark

Next up: The Lover by Marguerite Duras

Waiting for election results is agonizing, but hopefully worth it.

My Ah-Ha moment. I realized that for the past 2+ months, I have been completely happy in a small condo, driving a cheap car, wearing a 20 item wardrobe, and a kitchen food pantry that’s actually just a cabinet.

The usual.

My first day dog walking for Voluntarios Perrunos was a bust. Long story short, I couldn’t find the shelter. I ended up on the outskirts of town in front of the Mens Detention Center. Not gonna lie, I panicked and left. Only to find out, the shelter was on the other side of the jail on a dirt road.

Discovered the onbeing.org. Their website states: Pursuing deep thinking and moral imagination, social courage and joy, to renew inner life, outer life, and life together. Its full of podcasts, interviews, art & poetry, and articles on how to live a better life.