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Last Build Date: Thu, 01 Jul 2010 07:38:36 +0000


A family wedding — family obligations

Thu, 01 Jul 2010 07:38:22 +0000

My brother-in-law’s youngest sister got married recently. Unfortunately, I have to confess that I don’t really like my brother-in-law’s siblings. We don’t get along. It probably has something to do with the fact that they’re awful to my sister. Or maybe I just don’t like them. For some strange reason, probably family obligation or something, I [...]

Daily log — June 24

Fri, 25 Jun 2010 03:42:36 +0000

I stepped on the scale for the first time in a very very long time. No good news. 8 AM — breakfast was a crunchy peanut butter sandwich on white bread accompanied by hot tea. 10 AM — no midmorning snack today. I didn’t pack anything. 11:30 AM — lunch was a lot of food at Maggiano’s for [...]

Daily Log — June 23

Thu, 24 Jun 2010 14:36:33 +0000

I need to start counting calories and actually dieting. Keeping track of what I’m eating is a good start, though. 8 AM — breakfast was one chicken tamal with green Tabasco sauce and hot tea. 10 AM — midmorning snack was a banana. A very yummy banana. 12:30 PM — lunch was the rest of the leftover chicken [...]

Daily Log — June 22

Wed, 23 Jun 2010 20:38:41 +0000

I am trying to get back on track with at least blogging my food. Here goes nothing. 7:30 AM — half a peanut butter sandwich and hot tea. Midmorning snack — I didn’t have anything for midmorning snack. 11:30 AM — lunch wad a visit to a salad bar, which means a very bad salad… plus bread. 7 PM [...]

an ending

Tue, 20 Apr 2010 02:54:17 +0000

(Pre-written while in Mexico; posted safely from the US.) My mother turned to me today and told me that we really needed to go see a neighbor today, since we were leaving tomorrow. “Why?” I asked. “Her sister died,” she answered. “That was the funeral that was held yesterday. We need to go give her the [...]

the place I call home

Tue, 20 Apr 2010 02:51:04 +0000

(Pre-written while in Mexico; posted safely from the US.) I have this belief that I could be dropped into the middle of a Mexican town, blindfolded and without being told where I am, and I’d know as soon as I looked at the houses. But that’s mostly based on my experiences on the architecture of small [...]

life goes on

Thu, 15 Apr 2010 03:37:05 +0000

(Pre-written while in Mexico; posted safely from the US.) I know that I’ve focused a lot on the bad, on the fear, on the negatives about this trip to Mexico. And, yes, a reasonable person would say that that’s a reasonable response considering what I’ve been bombarded with in the last few days. It’s a true [...]

in the aftermath of a family tragedy

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 04:21:38 +0000

(Pre-written while in Mexico; posted safely from the US.) In the two days since we first heard about what happened to my uncles, we’ve gotten a lot of different stories. Even from my cousins we’ve heard different accounts about what happened. What we have had confirmed is that both uncles were tortured and killed, though the details [...]

The reality of living in fear, in Texas

Tue, 30 Mar 2010 05:17:12 +0000

My cousin’s wife is a teacher in the Valley and told me about the kids that are being relocated from Mexico to the US, in an effort to keep them safe. Families are sending their kids here to get them out of the crossfire. And some of them have ended up in Texas because their [...]

taking a trip home

Sun, 28 Mar 2010 19:19:57 +0000

(Pre-written while in Mexico; posted safely from the US.) For me, the trip to Mexico is a trip home. My parents wanted bilingual children, wanted to have us grow up in a place where we could go outside without fear, and so we spent several years living in Mexico. In fact, we spent seven or eight [...]