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The End is Near!

Another year gone. Wow, hard to believe how fast time goes by. Seems the older I get the fast time goes. This past year went by so fast, I didn’t get anything done. At least that’s what I thought until I really looked back in time.

In January I started to scan all the photos I had from my life, Gregg’s life and his family and all of my Mom’s photos. It took me 6 months to scan just over 7000 photos and negatives. Since then I have only burned them to DVD. I had planned to edit them all, but I was so burnt out from all the scanning I left them alone. I guess they will get done next year.

In August I reconnected with an old friend. I never thought that I would ever see her again. We now talk and keep in touch on Facebook. I think that if we lived in the same town we would end up seeing each other every day like we use to.

Those are the hi-lights of my year. Not much else happened. I spent a lot of time sick this year. September was the worst. The pain my back had gotten to a point that I couldn’t even stand straight. I finally agreed to see a Chiropractor, (again). Over the years I have seen many and none have helped. Well, it’s been 4 months of going once a week and I can tell you that I am feeling 80% better! He knows of my neck injury and has worked around it, but now he is actually working on it. He wants to help me so that I am not so dizzy every day. There is no twisting on the neck or body. He only hits pressure points using a small tool(activator). I will keep seeing him. What ever he has been doing, is helping me.

So, what will the new year bring?

End of August we will be seeing Cirque De Soleil “Quidam”. I got tickets from Gregg for Christmas! 3 tickets. We are taking Mom with us. Very excited!

It will be our 10th anniversary in September. We are planning and hope that it will happen that we can go back to Playa Del Carmen. We try to go ever 5th year. It’s also my 45th birthday in October. So we want to be there for the end of October so I can have a drink on the beach for my birthday and we can celebrate Halloween and Day of the Dead.

Other than that, I really don’t think there is anything else so far. I do plan on getting in better shape now that my back is getting better. I guess I will just have to see how things go. Take each day as it comes. I won’t make any new years resolutions, it’s just a bit silly to make empty promises that you know you won’t be able to keep. I do want to try to blog more, but I’m not making any promise that I will do it! LOL

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Happy New Year everyone!

What am I Doing? Arrachera

Well I am cleaning. Doing the laundry and then do my workout and after that I will have a shower. Gregg went out yesterday to the local butcher up the road and ordered some skirt steaks that I have to pick up tomorrow. I am planning on making a Mexican meal for Valentine’s Day. Your probably wondering what I plan to make. Well let me tell you.

When we were in Mexico, we noticed a steak that was served almost at every restaurant. Its called “Arrachera” which means flank or skirt steak. Its actually a simple meal. I think its all about the spices and how long it marinates. Anyways, we really enjoyed it. So now I am going to make it for us. We drove into Vancouver on Saturday and stopped by a Mexican grocery store and found the spice we need.

The recipe is very easy, all you do is marinate the meat in the spices for 1 day. Then grill and serve.

Season both sides of meat with GOYA seasoning and lime juice. Cover entire meat with lime and season lightly.
Once the meat is limed up and seasoned you roll it up, like a sushi roll, nice and tight and place all of the meat all rolled up in rolls in a deep dish and pour beer on top making sure it gets all over. If you marinate your meat with beer and you don’t roll it up, you wash off all of your seasonings.
Cover the meat with plastic wrap and leave it in the fridge over night, but 2-3 hours works just as well.
Then just grill each side for like 5-6 min less if you like it medium. The meat will be tender, juicy and full of flavor. Enjoy

I’m really curious if this will taste the same. I hope so! I have been wanting it for a while now. Here is a picture of what we had in Mexico at H&C restaurant/butcher. You get the steak, a baked potato, half an avocado and lime and a hot green pepper. Gregg and Glen both gave me their avocados.

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And with steak you must have a tasty beer to wash it all down.

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The only problem with this, is that I can’t get Leon Beer here. It doesn’t get exported out of the Yucatan. So Gregg will have to have something else. A cold glass of diet coke with a twist of lime on ice sounds good.

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Halloween Memories

Last year Gregg and I and his dad Glen spent our Halloween in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. We had such a great time. We met so many fantastic people. So I am sharing so pictures from the parties that night. I wish we were all there again. It was the best!

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To see all the other pics click here

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October – Mexico

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Image by The Gordons via Flickr

Can you believe it? Its already October. Wow! This year has flown by. Soon it will be Christmas and then a new year. October is one of my favorite months. Yes its my birthday on the 27th, but its more than that. I have always loved October. Even when I was a kid. I love the fall weather. The leaves turning colors and falling to gather around the trees. The crisp air in the early morning as the sun peaks out thru the fog. Yup its a beautiful time.

Its also a reminder that its been a year since our last trip to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. It doesn’t seem like its been a year. I so wish we could go back again. I miss the beach. The sound of the water as it hits the sand in the evening. Or walking along 5th Ave and finding a cafe to sit and have a drink while we people watch. I miss all the friends we made. I really enjoyed stopping by La Ranita everyday for our afternoon beer. There was always someone there to sit and chat with.

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Image by The Gordons via Flickr

We will miss the Halloween party, but we will be watching all the local webcams. That was the best party I have ever been to. We all had so much fun. Glen’s black eye went well with his pirate costume…lol. All I had to do was add the line around his eye so he had a patch.

I hope that we will be back there for the next party in 2009. It could happen.

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Its Almost Gone

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Thats right, summer is almost gone. We hardly even had a summer this year. Gregg and I did make it to Jericho beach once. The weather has been very different this year. Seems that each year it gets worse. Soon we wont even have a summer. It will just be winter and spring. Just another reason to move to Mexico.

So this friday will be 2 months since dad is gone. Time sure flys. Mom got the keys to her new condo this weekend. Now she is starting on all the reno’s. New flooring and paint. New appliancies in the kitchen. So many little things to get done before she can move in. It will keep her busy.

Gregg and I will be staying home and saving our pennies so that we can return to Mexico again in the near future. I was hoping to go back next year, but it looks like it wont happen. We have to come up with 3000 bucks for our share of a new roof for the condo building. So no more going out for dinners. We have to cut back on everything. Maybe we will make it to Mexico in 2010.

I have some projects I plan to finish this year. I want to get all my scrapbooking done. Get some pictures enlarged for the living room walls. Take out my sewing machine and head to mom’s so she can teach me how to sew since I totally forgot how. Get all our Mexico pictures edited and get the videos off the tapes and on to my pc and burn them to discs. I know there are a few other things I need to do too.

I also want to get back into my yoga and start walking more.

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Peanut Pet shelter

There are some amazing people down in Playa del Carmen working very hard on raising money to build new kennels for the Peanut Pet Shelter. If you can help please go to the website and make a donation. Or you can go to Heather’s site and read more about helping out. Every penny counts!

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Mexico Pics

I’m sure that there are a few people waiting to see all the pictures we took on our Mexican vacation. I feel bad that I haven’t done this yet, but I have been waiting for Gregg to edit them all. That could take another few months.  There are some already on our Flickr site. I’m hoping that I will be able to post some kind of trip reports in the next few weeks with pictures. Be patient, it will get done.

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When we were in Mexico we had met some really great people. There were so many of them. Today I want to talk about two people that I think are fantastic. Andy and Jen run the animal shelter in Playa del Carmen,Mexico. We had met them at the big Halloween party and arrange to go to the shelter and have a look and take some pictures. Well we didn’t know what to expect. Andy picked us up in his truck and I must say it was big compared to all the smaller vehicles in the town. I guess a full size pick-up truck does stick out a bit. We got to the shelter if you can call it that. It’s actually their home. All fenced in and dogs of all sizes and ages running around having a great time. We were greeted by a herd of puppies! I could see that they had their hands full. We sat and talked for a while and enjoyed watching the dogs play and chase each other till they were worn out and flopped down anywhere they felt was a comfy spot, which seemed to be a rubber mat that they all wanted to be on at the same time.

After a while another couple showed up. We sat and talked some more. We fell in love with every single dog, but if we could of, we would of taken Sophie home with us. Oh heck! We wanted them all! Even smelly George! We finally were ready to head back into town. Yes we smelled like George, but that was fine. I understand that Andy and Jen are working from donations and no real help from any government office as of yet. I think there is something in the works. So any help that can be given to them would help a lot.

Here is the link to the website they have…..clicky Please take a look and click on the ads so that they can make some money and if you feel that you can donate a few bucks please do! They really need all the help they can get.

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They also need dog supplies like collars and leashes even toys. If you are planning on heading down there for a holiday please bring things with and let them know you want to donate. I know they would be very grateful.

Mexican Beds

The whole time we were in Mexico I had to complain about the beds. Seriously! They are the worst! It was like sleeping on cement. They are the hardest beds I have ever slept on. I missed my bed so much. So now that we are home and I have slept in my soft comfy bed, my back is starting to hurt. I realized that my back pain actually went away those 3 weeks. A lot of my body pain was gone after the first week there.

So yesterday I removed the 6 inch foamy from the bed. I woke up this morning and felt better. Maybe its true that a hard mattress is good for a bad back? I’ll see how it goes for the next week. If my back gets better I will have a foamy that needs a new home…lol.