Monday, December 17, 2007

Well Of Course It Did

The car died last night. In Ixtapa. Ibis was leaving work when it just fizzled out. My extensive experience leads me to believe it's the alternator (I had a Corolla that wanted a new one every year) but I'll leave that up to the experts. Fortunately the buses are very reliable so Ibis can still get to and from work. He biked to the store this morning to get our staples, and the market is close by so I can walk there as needed for everything else.

I've discovered I have more readers than I thought - many of you are afraid to post and email me questions instead. So, I will respond to your comments by placing your name in parentheses. How's that for anonymity?

The town is decorated for Christmas so last night we walked to the plaza to people-watch and grab some food. (Kevin) We had a couple beef tacos, then one of my favorites: a cup of corn with salsa, cheese and mayo mixed in. Que bueno! As we watched the local children play on the basketball courts, we noticed there are a lot more tourists these days. We'd heard that would happen in December, but we hadn't seen much change yet. (Tony) There were even a few Asians.

(Gramma) Ibis has only been at his job a few days but so far he likes it. He's quickly discovered why servers always complain about lousy tips - they get lousy tips! A few have made up the difference, but he's already full of stories of people he busts his butt for, then leave him nothing.

(Gary) We still have a bees/hornets nest on our window, but they seem to have grown bored with us.

(Mom) I'm not sure how much it'll cost to fix the car or how quickly we can have it done. (See what I did there? I preempted your question!)

(Amani) We're not getting a Christmas tree, even though they actually have real pine trees here. They ship them from further inland where it's not so hot.

The cinnamon seems to be helping with the ants (thanks Janna) but I haven't figured out how to get it to stick to the sides of the cabinets. Perhaps a cinnamon/white vinegar mixture...

And last, but certainly not least, (Jes) I will have my bunny story for you soon. :)

Oh! I started John Robinson's Look Me In the Eye yesterday and I love it! I'm halfway through and I thought I'd be worried his story would be written so well I'd give up writing forever (just kidding Gramma), but his style is somewhat similar to mine. Not to compare myself with Mr. NYT Best Seller, but you know, good on me.


plaidearthworm said...

Whew, not busted. I drop by often but usually just get to read a post, then get back to work. I do have a question though, something I've been wondering: Are there any unique Christmas customs in Mexico? Inquiring minds want to know!

Melanie Avila said...

Aside from the fireworks? They celebrate El Dia de Guadalupe on Dec 12th (I think) and there was a parade. There's a nativity scene set up beneath a Christmas tree in the plaza and lights and music everywhere. And I've heard Christmas Eve is the day they really celebrate here, so I should wear my helmet (on NYE too). Bullets can kill!

Jes said...

Midnight on xmas eve in Mexico, that and the Posadas are what I miss about xmas in Mexico. Vroom Vroom! :D

Janna said...

Yay! Let me know if the vinegar with cinnamon works.

I think it's awesome you've found similarities to your own writing with others'. There are a couple (yeah, they're NYT bestsellers, too) I have similar voice/style of, as well. I believe those pros will serve to motivate us in the end!

Did that just come out as a bunch of mumbo jumbo?