catmint1: (KellyVivanco)
    
There's been talk about the big egg down by the railroad tracks.
There's been talk about the Egg Day parade, with princesses riding in an Egg carriage.
There's been talk about the free egg salad sandwiches at the elementary school, after the parade.
There's been talk about the concrete and metal sculptures all around the town.

They are ROOSTERS.
catmint1: (cloning)

Type in the following and choose the first choice.

That my moniker matches a certain Robert Pattinson is a Twi-Mom’s delight (and a tad bit creepy).  


1: Type in "[your name] needs" in the Google search:
Patz needs a lot of work (eat a burger will ya?)
Can I have chips with that? And a shake? 

2: Type in "[your name] looks like" in Google search:
Patz is hot like always and looks like a dream
`Nuff sed  

3: Type in "[your name] does" in Google search:
Patz Does New York  

4: Type in "[your name] hates" in Google search:
Patz hates sharks
I don’t like sea slugs either  

5: Type in "[your name] goes" or "has gone" in Google search:
Patz goes shirtless on the New Moon set
Oh my, heck no. I’d need sunscreen  

6: Type in "[your name] loves" in Google search:
Patz loves the ladies of Twilight
Only Alice, the others scare me  

7: Type in "[your name] eats" in Google search:
Patz eats a lobster like this
Nuh-unh, seafood makes Patz break out in spots  

8: Type in "[your name] has" in Google search:

Patz has your Lady Bits covered
Not goin’ there  

9: Type in "[your name] died" in Google search:

Patz died 1896 (age 7 months)
No wonder I’ve been feeling puny  

10: Type in "[your name] won't" in Google Search:

Patz won’t be on the New Moon soundtrack
You can thank your lucky stars 

11 : Type in "[your name] can't" in Google Search:
Patz can’t get a date
`Nuff sed  

12: Type in "[your name] wants" in Google search:

Patz wants to be Latino
Close enough; Patz wants to be living on a beach in Mexico

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catmint1: (KellyVivanco)
Sightseeing is more pleasant before noon... We spent 6 hours around the Canyon today, and the early hours were far more enjoyable.

Then we headed south, away from the national parks. We'll take the next two days to get back to Vegas for our flight home.

Tonight, we're in Kingman, AZ, on historic Route 66.  Even our motel follows the Mother Road theme, with lots of memorabilia and a cute soda shop breakfast room.  It was 96 degrees when we rolled in at 6pm, so I was happy to try out their big swimming pool.  Bliss.


catmint1: (ants)
Page to Horseshoe Bend to Tuba City to Cameron to Grand Canyon to Tusayan today. 
Back to the Canyon in the morning.  At least it isn't as hot here-- only 87 degrees and bright sunshine.


I thought it was cooler, until I stepped into the outdoor heated pool,,,  Brrrrr! the pool was only 84 degrees!  I nearly froze,  Luckily the jacuzzi was a toasty 104 degrees...
catmint1: (cloning)
Sunny Arizona is just fine, thanks for asking. It's 91 degrees and there's a light breeze. I can see Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon dam from my balcony. Both kids are snoozing while I'm online. Life is good!
catmint1: (face)
Can you see this angel in both photos?
Look near the center -- he's there.





    

26 Feb. 2009
MEXICO 190 to Puebla
Left Oaxaca at 9:00 a.m. for a short drive to Puebla. Got there at 2:00 p.m.
catmint1: (academia)

                              Locals call this Oaxaca cathedral "The Dollhouse"


catmint1: (PutDownTheCat)
The house that the bano built.
(I notice that they have a TV satellite dish.)





 

24 Feb. 2009
Bahias de Huatulco is on the Mexican Riviera, It is home to upscale boutiques and fishing boats. We stopped at a viewpoint for a last look at the Pacific Ocean. The rest of our trip would be inland.

Read more... )

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23 Feb. 2009

Surrounded by dozens of traditional Tzotzil and Tzeltal villages, San Cristóbal de los Casas sits at 7800 feet elevation. Two local weavers, Juana and Catalina, guided our bus to their village.

 


 

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22 Feb. 2009



Palenque is a national treasure and one of the best examples of Maya architecture in Mexico.
Palenque's huge temples rise from the mist; a jungle canopy of green surrounds them.
It is otherworldly.


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21 Feb. 2009

Bus departed Ciudad del Carmen 9:00 a.m.

Another day, another state. And another. We lost time waiting for traffic stalled on the bridge into Tabasco. Armando borrowed binoculars and clambered on top of our bus to investigate. Ria Grijalva meets the Gulf of Mexico with a mud brown line.  The state of Tabasco is a flat, steamy lowland; prone to flooding.



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20 Feb. 2009

Bus departed Mérida at 7:00 a.m.

Reserva de la Biosfera Ría Celestún is a wildlife sanctuary west of Mérida. It is a brackish estuary where much of the water is only knee-deep over sandbars. Mangroves line the shore.

We saw roseate spoonbills, pelicans, egrets, herons, terns, cormorants, coots, storks, and FLAMINGOS on our two-hour boat tour. The horizon line was PINK

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catmint1: (KellyVivanco)

19 Feb. 2009

MEXICO 180 from Cancún to Villahermosa

Bus departed 7:00 a.m. 

It was a three-hour drive to the crowded most-famous Mayan site, Chichén Itzá (Mouth of the Well of the Itzáes) (Everyone wanted to check off seeing one of the new Seven Wonders of the World). We passed into the state of Yucatán on the way there.

We arrived at 10 a.m. and it was already 95 degrees. Our tour guide was Abel, a young man with a gift of persuasion and a trusty backpack binder. He contrasted “urban legends” of bloody sacrifice with compelling alternate views. We walked around the pyramids trying to imagine the history of this powerful city.

 

catmint1: (Saawariya)

As Emily Litella would say, "Never mind."

It rained.  Snow melted.  Roads flooded.

flood

catmint1: (weather)

No. More.
Don't. Want.
Make it Go Away.

Welcome to my world.  Really.  There's no escape when the hill where we live is blanketed with snow.  Sure, some folks have 4-wheel-drive trucks, but not me.  I stay home. 

Welcome to Cabin Fever:  Population 3.


My computer died while I was stuck at home.  My Internet connection-- GONE.  Assembling bits of gamer's, javabean's, and my cast-off pc bits has allowed us access, but it's crowded in my computer den (clearly marked on blueprints as a closet).

The snow did melt-- briefly.  On New Year's Day, we drove to the folks' place to celebrate Christmas.  Only a smattering of white stuff remained. 

Black ice greeted the unwary on Friday.  Welcome to 2009.  Vehicles were off the road, over embankments, against the freeway median.  My car slithered through intersections, but got me to work without incident.  Occasional snow showers taunted; no one was amused.  Roads were still icy Saturday morning; my car fishtailed on Main Street.

Sunday broke clear and cold.  The roads looked good.  I made plans with friends to go shopping in Portland tomorrow.  Then the flurries began.  Again.

I have tickets to Cancun in six weeks.  My vacation can't start soon enough.
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Even tho' snow is finally melting
, the slush is still over-my-boots deep, so we celebrated the holiday at home. Grownup-kids JavabeanDreams and CRCgamer were stuck here with me, as were the resident cats.

Said kids woke me up early to empty the stockings and open gifts.  I now have fuzzy slipper Crocs and plenty of chocolate to tide me over until the spring thaw.
We spread black oil sunflower seeds across the frozen patio for the nourishment of little birds and the entertainment of little kitties.

I am listening to slack key Christmas music and munching cookies.  Lil' javabean is catching up with Heroes, Season 2.  Gamerboy has been doing reconnaissance with his newest module of Dawn of War:  Soulstorm.


It hasn't been this snowy here since 1998.

catmint1: (Default)

That's enough
Snow here usually falls and fades within two or three hours.
 
This is ridiculous.


   

My road is frozen solid, and I don't have tire chains.  White Christmas, hmphh.


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`Tis the season for... Shopping!  Last week, my mom and I went tripping to Victoria BC on the big purple bus.  Had a great time seeing the Festival of Trees at the Empress Hotel, shopping in Chinatown, and seeing the Christmas lights at the Butchart Garden.



     

Tomorrow, I take the big purple bus to shop for mis-dips from the chocolate factory and sweatshirts from the Morning Sun outlet. Be still my heart.  The Auburn Supermall, too, barring blizzard conditions.  Did I mention that it's snowing?

Yes, I'm still trolling for Twilight icons, scanning news for the New Moon movie, and lapsing into other OCD behaviors...

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