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Category: Mexico

Going Vertical

These blog posts are definitely demonstrating the “I didn’t have time to make it shorter” problem. When I do something formal for Nine Lives, I do a lot more editing, including trying to tighten things up even after I have a complete draft. I don’t do that here, because it would take too long and then I’d not just be…

Hurt Tail

I think it’s going to take me three posts to catch up on what is now a month of Dog News. <sigh> I would have gotten to this earlier but then the founder of Substack went and publicly advertised that they were happy to keep platforming and making money off actual Nazis, and I spent two weeks — the weeks…

Video Is a Game-Changer

So for the past almost-two weeks, I’ve been focused on adding buttons for words that Tashi definitely or almost definitely already knows, and that we use a lot. Having a camera always on the board — being able to go back and review video to see exactly what words he pressed (including ones missed by the Connect speaker or app),…

Alone and Together

No flight cancellations this time: hooray, Jak is home! I survived just over 153 hours this round, 50% longer; I’m not as much of an emotional mess, but I’m more physically exhausted. However, I think I made another mini-breakthrough on Tashi’s biting behavior while Jak was gone. Giving him time outs when he becomes unmanageable is not a new idea…

Dark Horse Cat

Well, it’s been just over two weeks; I’m still not quite done with the aforementioned Nine Lives essay (almost! almost!), and meanwhile things have moved so fast with me and the pets that it’s going to take me three entries here just to catch up to the present, including the crazy thing that happened just this morning. (Edit: essay now…

Learning to Grow

Part two of three on “What the hell happened to June?” (It’s not so much that I think even the five people reading this blog will care that much about my garden, but that I guess I’ve reached the point where I want to write things down as much for my future self as for anyone else, my memory being…

Here Comes the Rain Again

This is a three-part update, subtitled “What the hell happened to June?” So one thing about living in Mexico that is very different from the US (or Canada, or the UK): we don’t really have four seasons here. That’s because the spring-summer-fall-winter progression is a phenomenon specific to temperate latitudes, and most of Mexico is sub-tropical or tropical. In Köppen-Geiger…

Kitchen Remodel: After

I believe Jak was the one to first point out that we had relatively useless kitchen-adjacent space which might be brought inside, an idea that I grabbed onto desperately in my quest for kitchen improvement. Even with that expansion, though, there were still a lot of pre-existing constraints in play, so everything about the design was an exercise in tradeoffs.…

Kitchen Remodel: Before

I have so many things swirling around in my head right now I’ve decided to let them settle for a bit and instead, give you the long-promised before-and-after shots of The Great Kitchen Remodel That Took Actual Years Off My Life (But Goddammit Was Still Worth It). The brief recap: in January 2017, Jak and I bought a small (2BR…

Cooling Off

Right up front, I confess that I am mainly writing this post because I am procrastinating work. I can’t really run the household and associated projects and write a novel and do freelance work, so I have not been actively pursuing any proofreading gigs this year. But when an offer falls in my lap the way it did a few…