Oh, So That’s What Life Was Like

(Post 134 of 263. Thanks again to those who participated in the Fundrazr. As I mentioned in the post announcing Bast’s passing from COVID, I thank everyone for your generous donations to the original Fundrazr campaign, which resulted in sponsored 263 posts. I will continue to honour the commitment to write those 263 posts, but I will not commit to more. The link above is to a new campaign to help Bast’s family.)

Today was my first “normal,” by prepandemic standards, day since March of 2020! I ended up having two social events! Mondays are my best chance to get a day off, just because of the cycle of my clients’ schedules, so I worked hard all weekend to clear my desk so I could enjoy my day!

Some fellow digital nomads had organized a brunch at a newish restaurant fairly near me, Alma Lima. I’m way overdue to meet new people since most of my favourite people left during the pandemic. 🙁 I don’t know if I made any new friends today, but at least I put myself out there. This was my first time back at a proper restaurant! The food and service were great, but my favourite thing was that they have a bottomless cup of good coffee. That’s what makes me happy, not fancy coffee drinks, not tiny cups of espresso, just a bottomless mug of coffee that lasts the whole meal.

Their menu was high tech! You take a photo with your phone and that opens up a page with the menu.

They had traditional breakfasts like chilaquiles and molletes, as well as a variety of egg dishes, pastries, bagels, and more. I’d had chilaquiles and molletes this weekend, so I went with a Croque Monsieur, a ham and cheese sandwich bathed in béchamel sauce, followed up with an excellent plate of fruit with so much on it — blueberries, strawberries, apple, grapes, and, of course, tropical fruits like pineapple and papaya. The restaurant also kept giving us free things, like a watermelon/lime “shooter,” biscotti, a lime and mint slushie, and a chocolate truffle with our bills! I will definitely be back since they are walking distance from me.

One of the ladies asked me what I was going to do after. “Swim, read a few pages for work, maybe have a nap, and then go bowling,” I replied. “Sounds like a great day!” Indeed. So, this is what I’ve been working for beyond the mortgage…

I got home and jumped in the surprisingly chilly pool. What a treat after a hot walk! I then plopped myself in front of the fan upstairs, B at my feet, and read for a few hours. I really don’t consider that work-work.

My Uber showed up late to get me to bowling, but the driver knew the city and a shortcut with less traffic, so we did make it in time. Despite enjoying two Indio beers, I played one of my best games ever, 331 over three games, two of which were over 100. Muscle memory?!

I did some window shopping after, popping into Suburbia to look for dresses and Flexi for sandals, but struck out at both. I was properly hungry by this point, having had only a little bit of birthday cake at bowling as ‘lunch,’ so I did another “before” thing and popped into PF Chang‘s to order a pad Thai to go. I love how they park you at a table to wait and bring you a beverage in one of those pretty glasses.

Unlike last week, I had no trouble getting a ride home, so my food was still piping hot when I got in and after spending some time with B who needed attention after being left alone twice in one day!

Dinner was great. There are a couple of other places to get pad Thai, but this one tastes the most like what I’d expect for the dish. I have it with shrimp and tofu, no egg.

Today did me a world of good, as did how I ended it — by putting a deposit on a (day) trip next month! I’ll be going out of state, so it definitely counts as a trip!

So just like that, after 18 months of introversion and focusing on rebuilding the foundation of my life, I am reengaging with the world.

A Nothing to Report Update

(Post 133 of 263. Thanks again to those who participated in the Fundrazr. As I mentioned in the post announcing Bast’s passing from COVID, I thank everyone for your generous donations to the original Fundrazr campaign, which resulted in sponsored 263 posts. I will continue to honour the commitment to write those 263 posts, but I will not commit to more. The link above is to a new campaign to help Bast’s family.)

If you want to skip the video, here are the highlights:

-my “new” kitchen is amazing
-my new office is amazing
-my new bathroom is amazing
-my new reading corner is amazing
-my new bedroom is amazing
-my new master closet room is amazing
-my pool is amazing
-my house overall is amazing
-I made a smart sale and investment last year and bought an amazing new iPad Air
-I work way too much but work is amazing
-Bonita is amazing
-I have, amazingly, started bowling again

Custom Headboard

(Post 132 of 263. Thanks again to those who participated in the Fundrazr. As I mentioned in the post announcing Bast’s passing from COVID, I thank everyone for your generous donations to the original Fundrazr campaign, which resulted in sponsored 263 posts. I will continue to honour the commitment to write those 263 posts, but I will not commit to more. The link above is to a new campaign to help Bast’s family.)

 

My New Home Office

(Post 131 of 263. Thanks again to those who participated in the Fundrazr. As I mentioned in the post announcing Bast’s passing from COVID, I thank everyone for your generous donations to the original Fundrazr campaign, which resulted in sponsored 263 posts. I will continue to honour the commitment to write those 263 posts, but I will not commit to more. The link above is to a new campaign to help Bast’s family.)

After five years of working from make-do offices, whether they be the bed in my Belgrade apartment or just an ugly desk in the wrong room of this house, I finally have a home office that reflects how hard I work. I love what I do and what a blessing to have a room I love to do it in!

This is a long video, so here are a few pictures and details for those not interested in the bla bla bla. Please note that I have provided below links to some products, and some of those are Amazon affiliate links.

I’ve always wanted a turquoise and orange room, so there was no real decision to be made about the colour scheme of this room! I also wanted a wood-look floor. The solid stone desk, pretty much a gift from my contractor, is a more “luxe” element than I would have let myself dream of (yet so affordable!), but the huge splurge of an Aeron chair by Herman Miller was always factored into the budget. New, grounded outlets to allow for the use of a surge protector were another important element of the room.

I get plenty of natural light from the new door and the skylight, which is just a very thick piece of glass over the existing hole in the ceiling.

the colour of the light through this frosted glass changes throughout the day

A curtain rod and valance through this little basket is effective at hiding my tangle of cables! The basket holds external hard drives and the bulk of the wires.

The iPhone does not register colours well. The room is not at all blue like this.!

This is a much more accurate representation of the actual colour of the room, definitely a very greenish turquoise heading towards teal.

Paint from Comex (their off-the-shelf “turquesa” and “naranja” indoor/outdoor paint)
Flooring from MCP in caoba
Photo of doors by Gandi Photographic Art
12-drawer cart from Honey-Do
keyboard by Azio
hub by Satechi
phone/iPad stand
rug from Homestore
desk by local stone mason
doors by local aluminum worker
flamingo painting by local artist
cooling blanket that Bonita actually uses
framing of doors and Bonita picture by Contraluz
turquoise fan and trash can from Walmart
wireless charger from Waitiee
mug warmer from Dimux
coasters from Miniso
bookcase from Coppel
monitor mount by Vivo (and Vivo adapter for older monitor)
fast and reliable internet access from Izzi
world map and typewriter from LEGO
retro tissue box
desk lamp
CyberPower UPS and surge protector from Office Depot
Aeron chair by Herman Miller (through Grupo Dynamic)
cart between wall and desk by AOJIA
valance and rod for hiding cables
snake plant from Campos y Torres
ceiling fan from Honeywell (no longer available, purchased at Home Depot)
inverter air conditioner by Zmartech

Second Dose!

(Post 130 of 263. Thanks again to those who participated in the Fundrazr. As I mentioned in the post announcing Bast’s passing from COVID, I thank everyone for your generous donations to the original Fundrazr campaign, which resulted in sponsored 263 posts. I will continue to honour the commitment to write those 263 posts, but I will not commit to more. The link above is to a new campaign to help Bast’s family.)

Today, I was fortunate enough to be able to get my second dose of the Astrazeneca vaccine.

I’m glad that I haven’t been paying too much attention to any vaccination news besides from official sources or else I would have started to freak out. I don’t know if the supply problems and long lines to get the Pfizer vaccine were a result of a different organisational system (or lack thereof) or people trying to get a vaccine out of turn, but the rumours I did pick up would have been enough to fray the strongest nerves.

A few days ago, I saw a post from the governor’s office about the arrival of the second doses of AZ for the 40-49ers in Mérida, my group, so I was on high alert for news of when and where to go.

A scene straight out of the ending of those apocalyptic movies I love so much!

Yesterday, there was another post from the governor’s office announcing that they had started on the 40-49ers! I found no further information through his account, nor that of Protección Civil and Secretaría de Salud. I know I checked a few other places before a lightbulb went on. Sure enough, the Ayuntamiento de Mérida page had an informational graphic explaining when and where to go based on your birthday and postal code, just like for the first dose.

My date was today and my location was again the Siglo XXI convention centre. I did not receive a text with an appointment, so I decided to go around opening today, which was at 8:00. I don’t know how I timed it so well, but I arrived around 8:30 and I was done before 9:00, no wait at all except in the observation area. It was perfect timing because as I was coming out, a couple of buses arrived and started offloading large groups of people.

Two more weeks to go before I can call myself fully vaccinated, but, at last, I have a date for that!