Wednesday, June 25, 2008


A few vacation pics for ya. First, the glorious Luna Encantada and the infinity pool: The beach at Xpu Ha, our favorite place. My brother said it best when he said, "When I'm having a bad day at work, and I close my eyes and go to my happy place, this is where I go."
And the crew at Don Mario's, which has some of the best pasta I've ever tasted.
Our own little glimpses of heaven.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

back home

We made it home from Mexico! It's been a bit of an ordeal because our flight was supposed to be on Thursday but then got cancelled. The only reasonable explanation for this is that perhaps the flight crew were just as reluctant to leave the pristine crystal-blue water as we were. They'd rather ship a plane-full of grouchy gringos to the nearest Marriott than have to face their final beach crawl.

That left us to fly to Dallas, quickly show Dad and Kim (tearful with envy) the pictures, and then make the drive back to Lubbock last night. We finally got here, picked up the dog, and came home to the sad realization that our air conditioner was not working. It was almost 90 degrees in my house, and the thermostat was not moving! We did what any resonable adults would do; we made a fort in the living room! Ok, so it was more like a pallet than a fort, but it made sense because the biggest ceiling fan is in the living room. We threw the couch cushions in the floor and covered them with a sheet:

Of course, Clive's droopy sad eyes convinced Cory to let him sleep in the floor with us, so between waking up in puddles of sweat and Clive licking my feet, I didn't get much sleep.

The other thing that is currently engulfing my free time and thoughts is the series by Stephanie Meyer.

Lacey read them and was completely enthralled by them. Since she recommended them, and she's infinitely cooler than me, I had to check them out. Cory and I both read the first one, Twilight, on the beach. (My cousin and soon-to-be cousin-in-law have also read them and loved them.) I've started in on the second one, and I can't put it down. They're teenage vampire romance novels. If you're looking for literary gold, this may not be the book for you, but if you want to get wrapped up in a love story, it's hard to beat. It's actually kind of inspired me to do some more writing, which I haven't actually done yet, but I am vowing to do so over the next few weeks.

I'll post some vacation photos as soon as I have the tenacity to sort through the pictures again, and I'll tell more about the trip. It's a thrilling, action-packed, rite of passage vacation story that you won't want to miss. (It doesn't involve vampires, but all except one of us are frighteningly pasty and especially vulnerable to the sun.)

Saturday, June 14, 2008


In case I don't get another chance to blog before I get back, I just thought I'd let everyone know what it looks like from my corner of the world:

Tearin' up the streets of Mexico. Man, I love this place.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

three years

Happy Anniversary to Us! Here's a wedding snapshot that my dad took: And us three years later on our anniversary date:

We had such a great anniversary. We thought it might be a bit of a let down because our first anniversary we spent in Guatemala and our second was in Seattle. But we had so much fun hanging out together. We watched our wedding video that Lowell made for us- it's truly fantstic. It was so much fun to look back at everyone telling us how they knew we should be together and how lucky we are to have each other. Then we went to Carino's for some Italian nachos, wine, and desserts. Really, it doesn't get much better than eating cannoli and chocolate cake.
What an awesome three years it's been! And it's good to know that even though he will probably never put his clothes in the hamper and I will probably never remember to wait for him to unlock the car door before I start tugging at the handle, we're so good together.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

summer resolutions

This is my quote board that hangs on our dining room wall. Pictures of sunsets, me and Cory, me and my girls, and Teddy Roosevelt are completely normal things to have on it. A bikini-clad woman, however usually has no place on the quote board. I have made an exception, though, because this is the bathing suit I want when we go to Playa in 10 days. TEN DAYS! She helps motivate me to work out everyday. So here are my resolutions for this summer. I am making myself a list so I don't waste the season of no work by taking naps and watching daytime television.

1) Work out everyday until Playa. Run, pilate, or walk Clive everyday.

2) Write! I want to blog frequently and finish something written this season. I either want to finish a novel that I've been working on or start a new one and finish it. That last part is the kicker: I love starting new stories, but I get tired of them and quit. I resolve to stick it out this time.

3) Work a little. There are some grants I want to write, some technology classes to take, and some units to plan for school. A light sprinkling of work never hurt anyone, I suppose.

4) Only sleep in on the weekends. Naps are only acceptable when expressly earned or direly needed. (That sounds harsh, but really, who's going to decide if the nap is "direly needed"? Me.)

5) Read. (But be careful not to fall asleep while reading.) I have 3 books looming right now, one of which is in Spanish, and I need to start it before Playa...which is in 10 DAYS!

6) Be a housewife. Since Cory's bringing home the pasta (we don't eat much bacon) by teaching summer school, I'm going to spend some time cleaning and organizing the house. This is going to be a tough one.

7) Avoid telemarketers and door to door salesmen.

Ok, I think that is a resonable list. Mostly, if I can just avoid sleeping a lot I think I can count the summer as a success.