Showing posts from February, 2008

Papitis Daddynosis

Max has a serious case of "Papitis Daddynosis". I swear if I hear this kid say (whine) "My Dadddddddddyyyyyy" or "Where's my daddy? Donde esta papa? Want Daddy!!" or any variation on Daddy, Papa, Papi, Papito, I will pull my hair out by the roots and eat it. Now, Max and I spend an inordinate amount of time together, so perhaps he is bored with me but sheesh! We play, dance, sing, colour, paint, run, do gymnastics, do homework, watch movies, he gets snuggles and kisses, anything I can do to make this kid happy, I do it. But in the end it's all about "DADDDDDDY". I can't win.

Mama- "Are you hungry Max? Want something to eat?"
Max- "NO! Want Daddy. Dadddddddyyyy, quiero comer." (Daddy, I want to eat)
Daddy- "Estoy ocupado, preguntale a Mama." (I am busy, ask Mommy)
Max- "NOOO, mi Papaaaaaaaa, mi Papaaaaaaaaaaa, mi Papaaaaaaaaaa." (Um, I figure you can translate this one)

Mama- "Hey …

Karmic Weather

I have a bad habit of taunting my friends living in the cold and snowy lands up der in da north, eh? Yesterday was spectacularly beautiful and I couldn't help but rub it in to a few friends who were shivering in their slush-soaked boots. And here comes karma. Today has been lousy! I am wearing a fleece and fuzzy socks. Grey clouds and super duper windy. So windy that I had hurricane dreams during my afternoon siesta. The windows are rattling and I swear the house is shaking. My computer is telling me that it's 21 C/70 F, which yeah, isn't cold in comparison to the Yukon, but it's pretty chilly for us thin bloods in Cancun. I am dreaming of a fireplace and wishing for a hot toddy.

So. I apologize to all my friends for posting beautiful beach pics and reminding you that I live in paradise. I apologize to the karma gods for my self centred "Nah nah nah nah nahs". Please bring back my regularly scheduled weather and I promise to never taunt again. Well…

5 things.....I've been tagged

Jennifer over at Siguiendo Mi Catracho has tagged me in what has turned out to be a tough meme. The topics are all quite similar and I have gone back and forth between being deep and being funny as I have been writing this in my head. Now let's see what rolls off my fingertips as I actually attempt to get this down for posterity.

5 Things You Want Your Child to Know
1. I love you with all my heart, you are the most important thing in my life (and your father's)
2. Always look on the bright side of any situation, you have to "Accentuate the positive"
3. Bullies can be defeated by throwing a big word at them then running away while they try to figure out what you just said to them.
4. Violence is unnecessary and just about the worst thing you can be involved in. If you can live your life without ever hitting anyone, I will be more proud of that than anything else you could do.
5. Never, ever judge a person by their skin colour, their religion or their sexuality.

5 T…

Poll results- Have you ever been robbed?

Interesting results on this one, I was surprised by how many of you have been victims of a home invasion, and also surprised that a good percentage have never been robbed. Go rub your lucky Buddhas!

Yes, my home was robbed- 13 (28%)
Yes, my home was robbed while I was in it- 7 (15%)
Yes, I have had belongings stolen- 25 (54%)
Yes, I have had a car stolen- 2 (4%)
Yes, I have been the victim of a mugging- 8 (17%)
Yes, I have been the victim of fraud- 6 (13%)
No, knock on wood, I have never had anything stolen- 7 (15%)
Other, just so no one is left out.- 1 (2%)
I am a thief, you got a problem with that?- 3 (6%)

So, if you've got a minute, tell me your story! Where, when, what, how, you know the drill, fill us in!

Oops, I did it again

I went to the beach on Thursday and again today. Yeah, I know, I spend too much time there. Apparently I am an addict but I can't seem to find a support group. We went out this morning for some quality time on Playa Delfines, probably the most popular public beach in Cancun. Sunday is always jumping with families, couples, and singles out with their gangs and their beers. The food vendors were out in full force too, lots of guys with fruit (mango, coconut, papaya) and chiles, donut lady was there, kibi man and seafood guy with his ceviche and the shark quesadillas. An excellent day was had by all, the weather was fantastic, the water was warm and Max was in his element. Hope you enjoy the pics, don't forget to click to enlarge, they always look better bigger.

El Mirador/The Lookout at Playa Delfines
The Birdies of Playa Delfines

Little Quiet Cutie who caught my eye

Sunday is Daddy's Day
(Nice underwear dude)
Sometimes it's creepy when he just stares out to sea,
I am su…

A Quick Trip to Amerimed ER

Max woke up this morning crying. He was burying his little head in his little pillow and I could just barely make out "Owie". I rolled him over and could see his eye was swollen, he couldn't open it. I got it open a little and it was quite red. Having gone to the beach yesterday, the logical Cancun mommy conclusion is sand in the eye. Been there, done that. I tried to flush it out, his daddy gave him a shower and he calmed down. I went to work and called Hubby who claimed that Max was faking. Ummm, he hasn't learned how to do that yet, he loves going to school and LOOK AT HIS EYE. Anywho. I picked Max up from school and his eye was still red and puffy and he started to cry again, only this time he said "Eye hurts mommy, want doctor. Medicine pweeease."

If the kid can ask for a doctor, he can have a doctor and off we went to Amerimed. His pediatrician was not in his office so we headed to the ER (cheaper than the ped consult anyway). I love this…

10 000 visits!

Congrats to my visitor from Savannah, Georgia, USA who checked in this morning at 8:18 am, you are the 10 000th visitor to my blog (since I started using sitemeter which was not right at the beginning, but who needs to get into the little details?).  

Ten thousand visits since the end of October, 2007.  I'm ok with that, I'm no Dooce, but I'll take all I can get!  Thanks to all my regular readers and the new readers that stop by every day.  I hope you all will jump in with a comment to say hi, this post is as good a place as any to introduce yourself!  (Psst, lurkers, this means you, I don't need your address or phone number or where your birthmarks are, just say "hi", no one here bites!)  So, who are you, where are you from, why are you here?  What's shakin' with yo fine selves?

Hello, My Name is Canucka and I Am An Addict

I've had many, many addictions in my life, most of them went by the wayside when I got pregnant, some are harder to give up.

Smoking, still love it, not interested in quitting yet, doesn't matter how much information I have that tells me it's bad, it just feels so good in so many ways. I have a feeling Max will be telling me to stop soon enough, he might be the only voice I will listen to.Coca Cola. This is my one true love outside of my family, I love it, I worship it, if it is taken away from me, I would gladly give one or two limbs to get it back. Forget about Diet Coke, Pepsi doesn't match up, regular old Coca Cola gets my motor running.Swinkles. Oh my god, when I first got to Mexico and saw all the candy with spicy chile I thought "Guacala! Yuck!" but now I have to add Skwinkles to my list of addictions.Books and websites about serial killers. Really, I am a sweet and innocent, non-violent person in all aspects, but I am fascinated by psychopaths.

Random Max Pics

Max on the roof in his Valentine's hat

Max the mad piper

Underwater Max

I thought this reflection shot underwater turned out really cool

Bye bye jungle....

One of the things I have always loved about where my house is is the "jungle" area across the street. Over the years we've seen it destroyed by hurricanes only to come back greener. I've seen parrots and toucans, hawks and a variety of other colourful birds living in this touch of green downtown. Heck, we've even seen monkeys swinging through the trees! And now....gone. We came home from our vacation to find they had been clearing the trees away and revealing an ugly old concrete structure (apparently part of Aguakan's reserves). I almost cried, especially seeing the birds circling overhead looking for their old home. Then I got nervous about what might be going in there, you know they are not tearing down trees to make a nice park for anyone, that would just be crazy in this concrete town.

Sadly, word on the street is that a couple of monstrosities will be filling the space. Apparently ADO (the bus company similar to Greyhound) will either be puttin…

Poll results- Do you keep up on politics in your adopted country?

I was hoping to time this poll with our local election, but since they really stretched out the results (think Bush and Florida), I had to delay. Now that there is finally a winner of the Cancun municipal election, I can post the results of our own vote. The question was for ex-pats, people living outside the country of their birth, "Do you keep up with politics in your adopted country?". Here are the results:

No, I can't vote so I just keep out of it.- 5 (26 %)
No, I don't understand the language so find it difficult to follow.- 1 (5%)
Somewhat, I know there is an election and who the main players are.- 9 (47 %)
Yes definitely, I closely follow the local elections as it affects my investments.- 1 (5%)
Yes, I closely follow the national elections, it's vital that we know about the place I choose to live.- 4 (21 %)
Other- 0

So, interesting results, though they are about what I thought based on my own friends conversations. I admit to paying closer attention to the l…

Robbed in Broad Daylight!

I was happily (if sleepily) teaching class this morning when I received a text message from Hubby telling me it was urgent to call him. When I see urgent now, I automatically think "something horrible has happened to my baby", total mama response. So, in hearing that nothing is wrong with Max, any other news pales in comparison and really can't be that bad. Hubby was calling to notify me that we had just been robbed. At 7:30 am, broad daylight, with people all around. The neighbours saw someone coming down the building stairs with their arms full of copper pipe and called the cops. The neighbour and the cops gave chase, but to no avail, thief and pipes gone gone gone. This might not seem like a big deal, and in the grand scheme of things, it's not, but copper is EXPENSIVE and we don't have water! I didn't quite understand why anyone would steal pipes, but discussing it this morning, turns out thieves can get 200 pesos per kilo of copper. I don't …

Cancun Vacation Picture Overload

Wow, I took way too many pictures for one week. Mostly of the family, boring for you, lovely for us. I've pulled a few that capture some moments, hope you enjoy! (Click for larger versions)

The VCI from the pier

The View From One of Our Three Balconies

Free Food and a Smile at the VCI Welcome Party

Free Drinks and More Smiles at the Welcome Party

Max Going for the Dig in Beach Volleyball

Bananas Flambe at La Parilla

Bananas Flambe (I have renamed it "Flaming Phallus" for obvious reasons)

Daytime Pirate Attack!
Pirates at Night, Arggggh
Sparkly Cupid. Warning, do not touch sparkly
cupid or you will be covered in said sparkles for days
and days and days and days

Max in the Royal Sands Pool
(I was hoping to catch that waiter's eye)
The Swim Up Bar at the Royal Sands
(do not sit next to the man who never gets up to use el baño)

Rough Day Behind the Royal SandsBeach Nap
Knocked Out on the Pier

Reflections on a Hometown Vacation

When I told people I was going on vacation last week, the most common response was "Why?  You live in Cancun, you can't need a vacation!".  Well, living here and traveling here are two mighty different tales.  Living here I work six days a week, take care of my hyper preschooler, sweep and mop and cook every day.  Traveling here, I get to lay on the beach, chill in the pool, snorkel, eat out, drink frou frou drinks and leave Max in the hands of his grandparents and uncles.  I deserved a break and needed it and was happy to have it!
That said, there is something nice about vacationing in the town where you live, no matter where it is. We were able to go home everyday to take care of the pets, I brought all my spices from my cupboards for better cooking in the condo, I got great deals for my family using the "I live here" line (though it's not a line when it's true, right?) and Hubby could use the bathroom at home (he's got a "thing" about us…

Happiness is a Coral Reef

Alright, bringing myself out of the post-family departure blues, I decided to check out the pics from our day of snorkeling in Puerto Morelos. I am so pumped to have the marine pack for my camera! Not only for the chance for some underwater pics, but also just to protect the camera while on the beach or in the pool. It's certainly going to keep sand out of the lens, total bonus. I'm really happy with the performance of the casing, easy to use all the controls of the camera, though with the plastic on the back, the display is kind of hard to see, no biggie.

One day last week Hubby and I left Max with the grandparents and we trekked out to Puerto Morelos to do a little snorkeling. (And as a bonus, I finally met the famous Rob of Alma Libre Books, great guy, definitely stop in and see them while in town). We had a little breakfast at Pelicano's and then walked around back to look for Anna and Paco, a lovely couple we met on our last visit to this sweet little town. They…