(For now...)

>> Sunday, October 28, 2007


Dear friends & Readers,

I’m at a standstill with this particular blog.

Originally, the intention behind Dos Pretzels was for C. and I to chronicle our life transition from Toledo to Cabo. It’s been more than a year. We’ve done that. I don’t want to keep boring readers about such things as, “we got a stove,” or, “The internet doesn’t work again” or “Look at my courtyard lights.”

Plus, the lines between what I post on Two Pretzels versus what I post on Dos Pretzels is getting awfully blurry. “Is this a Mexico story? Or a regular life story?” Oddly, my “regular life” and “Mexico” have seamlessly melded into one. And keeping up two blogs, I’ll tell you, is extremely time consuming.

So, I’ve decided that it’s time that Dos Pretzels moves in a new direction.

What direction? I’m not sure yet. I’ll get back with you on that. Until then, keep checking back and reading (and commenting) on Two Pretzels. ( Look for “MexMo’s” (Mexico Moments) on Two Pretzels. I must continue chatting about Mexico... I mean, really. There's just so much material. :-)

In closing, I must offer a thank you. Dear readers, friends and family - I appreciate all of the support you’ve offered during my time of transition. I say this so sincerely, Thank you.

See you at Two Pretzels.

With love,


"Um, do you have flower pots at this grocery store?"

>> Sunday, October 07, 2007

"Ah yes, in the refrigerated section next to the milk."
I'm not kidding. The milk is to the left.


Let's play, "Guess how much in Mexico"!

Tell me - how much do you suppose 3 28 oz.* jars of JIF peanut butter would be at a Los Cabos grocery store?
Click the comments and I shall tell you.

(*The 28 oz. Jif is NOT the biggest jar, keep that in mind.)

While we're at it, how much do you think a regular-size spice container of the spice cumin would be?


it's friday night and we're going to the movie's.

>> Friday, October 05, 2007

Guess what we're going to see?

"Knoked Up" as they called it on the Puerto Paraiso Mall website.


Who cares if I'm seeing it in the theater when you can buy it on DVD in the States.

Who's pleased?
Me. I've been waiting a while.


Passport update

>> Friday, September 28, 2007

You can only travel on a passport application UNTIL September 30, 2007.

After that, you MUST have a passport.

See more info here.


Fun little thing...

>> Monday, September 24, 2007

Some scenes in the the new Ben Stiller movie, The Heartbreak Kid, were filmed in the development that C. works at down in Cabo.

The day they were filming from the air, we were actually having a broker event complete with live music and they were waiting for us to calm down so they could resume shooting. HA! Fun.


It's raining! Alert! YAY!

I drove to work today on something other than dry pavement!
It was WET!
And, I used my front winshield wipers and my back winshield wiper.


Note: The rain we are experiencing is nothing more than a light sprinkle. The stuff that in Ohio we would still continue to cut our grass in. Still, it's wonderful.

Update: 9:49 a.m. The rain stopped.


Well said.

>> Sunday, September 23, 2007

I think they perhaps should have run the verbiage by an English
dialect expert before sending to print.
Made me smile.
(Doesn't that guy crack you up? In the left hand corner? Lol.)


C. put the courtyard lights up. Fun.



Where do we go from here?
When we're finished here in Cabo, where do we go next?
We live in paradise.
It's exhilarating and exciting knowing that we could go anywhere.
But I really wonder where will top this weather and this view...


The "hurricane" ended up being nothing...just a tropical storm.

See, not even really hitting us. Cool.


And it has a name...

>> Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Looks like we'll get some "weather" on Saturday or Sunday.



>> Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Let's see what "Tropical Storm 12-E" will end up as is. (What kind of name is that?)


Well, they both start with an "H"

>> Sunday, September 09, 2007

My sister and I took our puppies (Fergie Lupita and Buttercup) to the vet for some vaccinations.

We get to the vet's office and the lovely woman working there asks (in Espanol) what kind of dogs they are. Fair enough.

They're Havanese. (From Cuba. Ok, ours are from Nebraska, but whatev.)

We look at one of two dog charts on her wall and we say (ok, my sister does) that Havanese are in the Bichon family...blah, blah...

Vet-worker lady nods, yet clearly has no idea. (I'm slightly alarmed.)

She then proceeds to prepare the vaccinations. (I'm still alarmed, slightly. I see no handwashing. No gloves. Nothing. However, my sister's calmness makes me feel as if everything that's happening is ok. I attempt to relax, all the while sweating like a pig and trying to soothe my high-strung dog.)

My sister and I then go check out the other dog chart on the wall.
We found the Cuba flag.
Next to the Cuban flag, is the name, "Habanero."

In Mexico, Havanese dogs are called, "Habaneros."


This made me smile.
Buttercup and The Ferg did fine with their vaccinations. Buttercup/ball got sick and Ferg was just lethargic. All good.



>> Saturday, September 08, 2007

"Hurricanes, hot, humid."
--by K, regarding September in Cabo



When I first moved here, I laid in the sun every weekend. EVERY weekend. Yeah, I had SPF on, but still - I was ALL about the sun.

Now, about a year later - I look down at my cuerpo (body) and see that I have a solid dozen or so NEW age spots that I didn't have last year at this time. On my face, too. (ugh.)

I now, stay out of the sun.

Each time I'm in it, I can't help but think, "Ah! My hair color is fading! Ah! I'm getting age spots!"
Amazing how time changes perspective.


Viva Mexico. ONLY in Mexico.

This is an actual email from my sister the VP of the company I work for, regarding the maids who clean our carpeted office.

Hee hee. Only in MX.


Hurricane update

>> Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Hello friends - indeed, Hurricane Henriette is soaking/smoking Cabo.
Power is set to go out today (from the city) at 1 p.m. and it's been raining for hours and hours.

As luck (and God) would have it, my sister, niece, C. and I are in L.A. today. Will be shopping and seeing Wicked later.

My brother and new sister (bless their hearts) are back in Cabo holding down the forts and watching Buttercup and Fergie. (THANK YOU!)

Apparently no one is allowed to drive anywhere and it's

So - my family is safe...just waiting it out.


Now THIS is a good lunch.

>> Thursday, August 30, 2007

Fish Tacos from Rosy's.


Extermination Update

The house has been fumigated again and we have been safe and good.
We actually have a formal agreement now and will be exterminated on a monthly basis.

So, who wants to come visit?


Only in Mexico

See? They're technically using this toilet bowl scent thing correctly.
Yeah, it's supposed to hang on the toilet...
And, they are technically hanging it on the toilet.

Just not in the bowl.
I love it here sometimes.
Who needs to dissolve that air freshener thing in water when the actual air will suffice?

(This is the ladies' loo at Barometro.)


'Aint no sunshine

view from my window at work

I guess now is currently Mexico's "rainy" season. Let me tell you -- I LOVE it.
It's still hotter than all get out (think, super-humid) -- but it's so nice to experience weather variances. NOT sunshine everyday. (I know, "shut up, K."), but really. Who doesn't love a good overcast day? It just screams, "Stay in bed! Watch a movie!"


My favorite Spanish words:

>> Sunday, August 26, 2007

1. cuerpo (body). I think this is the cutest word.
2. esquina (corner). I don't know why, I just think it's cute.

Well, right now... that's it.


So, I'm in the shower this morning.

>> Tuesday, August 21, 2007

I usually dry my eyes with a dark colored wash cloth, you know, just in case I still have eye makeup on. (I don't like to get it on our white towels.)

I grab the brown wash cloth and guess what crawls out of it, onto my face then down my body?

As I screamed?

A cockroach.

We haven't had a cockroach in our house for quite sometime. 'Tis time to be fumigated again.

**Recovering from the heart attack still.