Monday, September 12, 2011

wading out of the muck...

So it's been a while. Things have been busy. I've been away. Yadda, yadda, yadda.

Curious to know more about what's been going on with your's truly? Be forwarned, things have been messy in Faye land.


Here goes:

I moved my baby brother out of the house. After a little over 1.5 years of him living with us and getting his shit together, we have successfully reached the point where he is capable of going back to school and building his own life again. Depression, anxiety, coming out of the closet, short term memory problems related to being in a coma, and learning to cope with ADD as a student :it's been a long haul getting him back to a place where he is confident and autonomous. So this September marks a huge milestone in his life and a turning point in my marriage, in that my husband and I were only married 3 months before he moved in with us. It's nice to be able to just be us again. And it's nice to see my brother out in the world, chasing his own dreams.

My very good friend with Cystic Fibrosis has been struggling with meds for the past year and was in need of a break away from things and a good pick me up after being on some rather brutal and draining treatments. So we booked, 3 weeks ago, totally spur of the moment vacations to the Mayan Riviera in Mexico. As a teacher it was a terrible time to go on vacation, but I managed to work things out and so we flew off to Mexico for a week in the sun last week. (Let's not even talk about the fact that our down payment is due mid Sept for our house).

Of course, life being ironic and all, the trip that was meant as a morale boosting adventure for my friend, ended up beng a much needed break for me too. It was like the gods knew what was coming my way and the universe set me up for the time away that I needed.

First, work politics exploded. Then my car broke down, twice. I love my little blue lovebug, but damn is she a high maintainence car! And then, my biological father died.  I'll spare you the details beyond the quick run through but suffice to say that the time away was much needed!

So last week I enjoyed some quality time with one of my nearest and dearest, while doing:

  • ziplining through the jungle
  • atvs
  • swimming in a cenote
  • seeing a ginormous tarantula in the bathroom in said jungle
  • visiting Mayan ruins like Coba & Tulum
  • visiting a rural Mayan village and watching a monkey steal chiclets from the car and then eat them
  • swimming in another cenote.
  • seeing another tarantula on the road!
  • snorkelling
  • sailing day trip
  • swimming with a shark (which is totally cruel... had I known how bad it was I would never have done it)
  • eating new Mayan (vegetarian) cuisine (which was yummy but totally unlike anything I'd eaten before)
  • watching a fire show
  • beach, drinks, swimming...
  • and having lizards in our hotel room
  • pottery painting of our very own souvenirs (I painted a cool candle thingy... I'll take a pic and share later)
  • shopping! (less than expected but still... I admit it, I have a shopping problem. I'm working on it)
More goodness? Photo sneak peaks:

All in all, it was a blast and even though it was full of heavy emotions and and that stuff, it was what we both needed at this moment in time. Isn't life funny how it works out? Sometimes the gods are there for us even when we don't even know we need them.


  1. Damn, girl, you've been through the ringer lately; very sorry to hear it. But I am so glad you were able to get away and let Mother Nature (or perhaps Great Mother Tarantula?) rest and rejuvenate you. Looking forward to more pics from your Mayan adventures.

  2. Yes, yes I have. But such is the way things go. I like to think of it like the Tower card. Everything falls apart in order to be reborn/rebuilt into something better. Creation grows out of chaos and I feel like things are lined up for a big shift in my life so it's good. Thanks for the kind words and thoughts.

  3. oh boy a lot going on for sure how wonderful you were able to take this spur of the moment trip it's good to take opportunities when they come up, it's often needed :-) great pictures!


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