Monday, March 31, 2008

Okay, time to go.

So I just had yet another confirmation that it is time to repatriate. Today I took the Bunny up to school, it being the first Monday after a two week break and all. We get up there and the only other parent is the woman who we normally car-pool with (who incidentally C and I waited on for 10 minutes before finally deciding to leave this morning ) and who is a recent transplant from Colorado. The headmaster guy comes out with a big smile, oh no! There's no school today! Of course not! We're making up the official holiday that fell on Good Friday this year! Wouldn't want to screw the kids out of an official holiday now would we?
HE thinks it's really funny that we didn't just know. Not that there has ever been a freaking school calendar passed out or anything. Oh right, the day before vacation they probably wrote the notice on the dry erase board they stick at the gate for important notices. And putting up the sign a few days in advance just wouldn't be freaking Mexican!!!!

Okay. Time to go home.

How fun to find that by cutting a pasting my post from the dingo board that the little smileys come too!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Before and After

Before - December 31 2007

After - March 30 2008

Well, there it is. It's not quite as dramatic a transformation as I'd dared to hope but the past four weeks have been far less conducive to focused body work than I'd planned. Between the drama of finding renters, the massive upheaval of our kitchens, the long weekend in Mexico City and just that general sense of stress and urgency about packing, sorting and procrastinating, I'm totally okay with where I made it. I've got if not a lovely wardrobe at least a functional one.

And so the plan from here is to fit in some runs when I can, walk when I can, and if I ever find my fricking yoga mat, keep up with push-ups, crunches and stretching. I know my sanity will hinge on it as we start our slow move northward (in 8 days).

Now back to our scheduled freaking.
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Friday, March 28, 2008

10 Days left!


The good news is, we have finally found the perfect renter!
She is single, no pets, a landlord herself, retired from a mechanical drafting career. She seems totally sane, very calm, realistic and wouldn't you know it but she lost a baby at birth too. There sure are a lot of us out there.

So that's a huge load off. Oddly once the deal was done although I feel great about our renters (the other one is a single guy with no pets) I didn't feel the elation I'd expected, I felt sort of depleted and weak. I almost thought I was catching something but I feel fine this morning, I'm just up two hours earlier than normal trying to get my head around the next steps in the process of uprooting our life and moving it into the great unknown.

The Bunny is freaking. She has finally opened the floodgates and she claims that she's not going. Poor little kid. Dh and are trying to just be with her, we know we can't reassure her much more so we're taking the only other option which is to just try to be very present.

Ali G is doing great. She of course is oblivious to the big changes happening around her but she's prepping up a couple of teeth to pop out when we all load up to head north. But she is super sweet. I really would never have dared hope that we could have another baby as sweet and easy as the Bunny had been but we got one!
So, even though my brain is teeming with things I'd like to write, now that I'm here I can't think of anything! Argh.

Well, I'll be back, next time with more pictures and maybe even some deep thoughts.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Mexico City isn't so scary! But the US Embassy is Butt Ugly!

Here are pictures of our very happy trip to Mexico City. After getting Ali G her final piece of documentation, her US Citizenship at last, we embarked on a full scale touristy weekend in el distrito federal.

Here's one giggly baby. Three points to anyone who can identify the movie she isn't laughing at!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Body For Life time almost up!

Whew! Well, I have been keeping fairly disciplined with my BFL weight training since December 31. Not too bad, a few missed workouts (all lower body). I have dropped the interval training in favor of a walk and coffee with my buddy and Dh and I have switched over to doing Atkins in the past couple weeks instead. So it isn't all quite as focused as I had envisioned when I began but considering all the rest of the things happening around here I'm not really worried. I've gotten back into the skinnier of the jeans I was in pre-Ali G and that was really where I wanted to be by now. SO success! I did just find my workout journal from the Spring of 2005, pre-Wendy pregnancy and I can see that I was significantly fitter. So that gives me a nice solid goal to continue working towards. I remember that I felt really fit and comfortable in my skin those days and I recall that size 8 is the easiest size to find good deals on at thrift shops. But for now I'm cool.

Last week I threw some push-ups back into my workout and I was frankly astonished at how many muscles I could feel recovering from them a couple days later. Yesterday I tried to repeat the same sets but had to resort to girlie push-ups. In any case, today in the NY Times I saw this article. I gave myself the test, counting up to 35 (and doing girlie push-ups since there's no extra credit for doing *real* ones.. I figured that if someone was holding a gun to my head I could do some more without pausing but it seemed like a fair place to stop for a baseline. My score was 78 and considered "good". I'm cool with that too! I do love these quantitative fitness tests (at least when I pass! lol)

Sunday, March 9, 2008

A tooth story.

Sunday, March 2, 2008


So now I'm this card, based only on my name. I was going to try to get the code right so anyone curious could take that first quizzie I posted but this is all I could come up with. Oh well! What is it about these doey quizzes that makes them so irresistable? Now I'm going to go see what Monster I am!!!

You Are Strength

You represent both fiery energy and steadfast will.

You are innocent and naive - yet unafraid and undaunted.

Perhaps you don't have the most powerful physical strength...

But your mental powers make up for any amount of muscle.

Your fortune:

Lately, you have been a pillar of ethics and moral strength.

And while things may be difficult, your faith in yourself will come through.

You may need to conquer the animalistic nature of yourself or others, with gentle force.

Although this may seem like the darkest hour for you, victory is near.