Sept. 2, 8:02pm

>> Saturday, September 02, 2006

Hello everyone,

This is Craig just letting you know that Kylee is fine and everyone is safe. They did lose power early today so she can't update her blog. The weather is clearing and the hurricane shutters have been taken off. I'm not sure when they will get power again.

I will continue to keep you updated.


11:13 a.m.

We'll, I just read all of the news reports. It appears that La Paz (our neighbors to the North, same city where we took that helicopter ride and I almost experienced a reversal of fortune) got some damage.

It'll be interesting to actually see what happened.

Still windy, still raining. I think we're in the tropical storm part of it now.


7:15 a.m.

It's very,very windy and the rain is still falling.

We've got the pool and the in-house water issue under control.

It's back to bed (with my iPod, because it's too loud) for me.

We're exhausted.


6:20 am. - Forecasters & Media: Friend or Foe?

John is deciding to pay a visit right now.

Pretty windy, pool flooding, water coming in. Blech. However, it's under control.

Here's the deal:

I'd like to reiterate that the satellite maps mean nothing. Take for example the map above: The hurricane should be well past us. Is it?Who knows, we're getting more action right now than we have for nearly 30 hours.

I honestly believe that someone at the National Hurricane Center in Miami is sitting at his/her desk, photoshopping - or better yet, using colored pencils to create our "satellite maps," because none of them make any sense. None of it has even been remotely in line with what we've actually experienced.

Then there's the flippin' media. They've been reporting mis-information for the past 20 or so hours. Hey, that's cool. It's Labor Day. You don't have time to report on what is actually occurring, you have the last summer barbecue to get to. Instead you'd prefer to just write a catchy, "nik the Baja, crashing winds, pumelling the peninsula, thousands evacuated" -style article that scares Americans far and wide. That's coo. Whatev.

**rolling of the eyes**

Forecasters and news media are nuts. They're running the world. And we're believing them.


Sidenote: I am never going to sleep again. I.just.want.a.good.night's.sleep.


9:35 p.m.

>> Friday, September 01, 2006

We're done.

Storm's over. According to the news, we were schnookered, according to me: not. Everything is fine. I guess San Lucas got ankle-deep water (wooh). But that's it!


I am emotionally exhausted. :-) I worried about this (and made so many other people worry for me...) for so long and I'm so sorry I did.

Everyone - thank you for your prayers and positive thoughts! You saved us.



7:25 p.m.


I don't think we're getting anything. Seriously, this is great! Ridiculous, but great!

I can't get over the news media. They have absolutely no idea of what they're talking about. Get this MSNBC article; the headline reads:

"Hurricane Force Winds Wip into Baja;
Worst of John's Fury Expected to Bypass Resorts, Forecasters Say,"

Well, duh.

Not even 2 hours ago, MSNBC was telling people that we were getting hammered. Were we? No. Have we at any point? No. There really is not one forecaster physically down here. So where they're getting their info from, I do not know. I'm amazed. And annoyed. MSNBC has no idea.


6:20 p.m.

Yeah, so I think that really there is NO hurricane, it's just God's way of bringing us all closer together.

We just watched the movie, "Yours, Mine and Ours," and we're going to be watching another one soon, I'm sure.

I think I might be forced to do some more online shopping. (Sorry, C.)


FYI: NONE of the news sources seem to be too on the money. I'd say as a general rule of thumb, don't believe anything they're saying.


4:47 p.m.

Ok, significant wind at this point. In the words of my sister, "It's starting."

So - here we are.


3:35 p.m.

Well, the wind has picked up. It's a bit rainy.

Let's just say, probably not the best time to go for a walk. :-) Or say, a horseback ride on the beach.

I'm kidding. It's nasty out there.

Stil bracing the for eye.



He's here...


1:19 p.m.

Still no hurricane. It's just sitting there, about a hundred or so miles away. Collecting energy so that it can pound us.

The wind has REALLY picked up, as has the rain.

Currently: We're watching, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

I'm feeling the effects of my worrying from the past several days - I'm exhuasted. I'm hoping to sleep right through Mr. Hurricane John. (Yeah...right...) Off to my nap.



11:34 a.m.

Boy, it really is all about the wind - isn't it? The wind is definitely increasing, and it's still overcast. Not dark, yet. Just overcast.

Apparently we should be getting hit anytime now. The eye is coming closer.

The reality of the situation is bearing down a bit more on me. I've also come to find out that my laptop & the internet, and my phone - are pretty much my best friends. :-) Lol.

Anywho - anytime now.

I think that we'll be just fine. I feel much more confident with having my brother, B. here. He's served in two wars and has been all over to help emergency situation , most relevant - Katrina last year. Nice to be near a soldier in times like these.

So - I guess we're here. Waiting.


The house smells awesome right now. T. is making a pot of homemade pasta sauce right now. It smells amazing. So, at least we'll go down in a blaze of glory while smelling an awesome aroma.



10:31 a.m.

Still windy. The rain has stopped for a bit. Hurricane John has slowed down significantly, from about 14 mph to 7 mph. That's not necessarily a good thing. If it had continued at the higher speed, the theory is that it would be here and gone. If it slows, well, obviously, the storms slows and lingers. (Not what we want.)

The "big stuff' was/is supposed to hit us around 11:00 a.m. (in 28 minutes), and I'll be surprised if it does.

I'm totally and 100% over the waiting for hurricanes. Ugh.


Earlier this a.m. we had a bit of water in the house. It seeped in through the low-lying door and the slope that has created a small pool outside next to the family room wall and due to ill-arranged sand bags. Presently, everything's dry (for the most part), the furniture is on bricks, and all is well.

We (my sister, brother, niece, nephew, nephew's friend and I) all enjoyed a superb french toast breakfast (thank you T.). We'll soon be embarking on making pasta for dinner. Just to be ready.

So - that's that.


8:01 a.m.

(As always, click on the maps to make them larger. We're at the tip of the peninsula.)

So, things are windy. And wet. The waves still look manageable and calm. However, I guess I never factored in the sound of the crashing bass-like BOOM that you hear every few seconds. I bet I'm going to go ahead and sleep/nap with the 'ole iPod on today.

Can you believe we have internet access? I woke up this morning really thinking that we wouldn't. How weird.

Overnight the storm has been strengthened to a Category 3. (Looks like these ratings/categories on the Saffir-Simpson scale change frequently during the anticipation process. Interesting.)

Alright - well, nothing new to write about. Just waiting and watching and listening. I think I'll go back to bed.


1:09 a.m.

At this point the rain should be starting any time now.

According to the forecasts, the eye should be hitting us hardest at around 11:00 a.m. Cabo time. (1:00 p.m. T-town time.) Again, I think we're as ready as we'll ever be.

Emotionally, I'm nervous. Not really anticipating the whole, "experience-a-hurricane-your-first-week-here" thing. However, what can you do? When one moves to Los Cabos during hurricane season, one should expect it. (According to my sister, the area is actually due for some good ones.)

At this point, I think that tomorrow, well - I guess today, is going to be a LONG day.


When this is all said and done, I'd really like to just lay in the sun.


You know, I'm not afraid of the hurricane. I'm not afraid of the storms. I'm not even afraid of the thunder, lightening or waves crashing - I'm most afraid of not being able to communicate to C. that I'm ok. That I'm alright.

You know - that man never ceases to amaze me. Throughout this whole week I've been anything but stable. What with the new job, the move, and the distance and all....

Then - this whole "hurricane" thing arises and I'm that much more nervous. Still, my husband is there, all the while being sensitive, caring, encouraging, positive and most of all loving. Quite frankly - Hurricane John is once again underscoring that I married the right man. Seriously, I'm so blessed.


Ok, kids. I'm off to bed. (Yeah, as if I'm going to sleep. I'm more than likely going to go "shopping online." Why wouldn't I want to buy some shoes online and ship them home to C.?)


Last year at this time, I was preparing to go to Chicago for Jimmy Buffett's "Labor Day Weekend show." I got my hush puppies on, I guess I never was meant for glitter rock and roll...


Hasta Luego!


8:08 p.m.

>> Thursday, August 31, 2006

(Click the maps to make them larger.)
Alright, here we go.

At this point, Hurricane John has been downgraded to a Level 2 storm. (Of course, it can pick up speed and increase its' category at any point.) All those Ohio prayers must be working! As I told my sister, I feel much better starting with a Category 2, as opposed to a Category 4.

By tomorrow morning we should really be feeling it, as the eye should be directly on us around 11:00 a.m.

We're sufficiently prepared and are just in "wait" mood.

I'm feeling ok. I'm much more calm and feel better. (Thank you for your support - ALL of you.) Of course, who knows how I'll be tomorrow...

Anywho, at this point, all is well.

Overall thoughts: Its' amazing that these storms change and grow and shrink all at their own whim. I'm floored by this. If you go to this map on and watch the satellite of Los Cabos, it's amazing to see how the storm has decreased in size. But, could be huge again tomorrow morning. You really just never know. Amazing.

**Random Mexico Note:**
We just got back from McDonalds and it was awesome. Why? Because my niece ordered nuggets, pronounced, "New-gets." And, on the napkins, ketchup, straw station they also include an open container of another McDonalds condiment: jalapenos. Awesome. Mexico cracks me up.

Note: The fries totally tasted like "normal" U.S. McDonald's fries. And, the ice cream is super.


3:50 p.m.

Weather: Same as it's been. Warm, calm, overcast

H.J. update: We've been downgraded (phew) to a Category 2 hurricane. Now, that's great! However, the eye is still coming directly toward us. So...I guess we take some good with the bad.

And, the TV is working just fine.

And, I just had a snickers and it was great.

And, that's it.


2:54 p.m.

Weather: Looks overcast. Grey. Kinda windy, but Chloe and Marianna are still swimming. It's warm.

I think we're pretty well-prepared. The men are putting the sandbags around the sliding doors right now. Then, they'll be adding the shutters.

I took a shower. I'm fresh, clean and ready to roll. I braided my hair, put on eye shadow and mascara and my favorite lotion. Hey - why not look good for John? :-)

I think the satellite went. It's got the fuzzy screen-thing happening. I, do not want to be the one to tell Chloe this. She watches, "That's so Raven," "Cheetah Girls," and "Hannah Montana" each and every second that they're on.

(It occurred to me this a.m. that I missed Project Runway last night. Ugh. Yet another reason to hate this stupid hurricane.)

So, all in all - it seems like you just wait. I think the worst part of it supposed to hit at 5 a.m. in the morning. I'll continue to post for as long as I can!

My camera broke. Ok, something is wrong with the memory card. And, ok, I think I did it. Still, horrible timing. I'm going to get that little gizmo to work and take some pics.

I'm doing pretty well at this point. T. took me for a walk up the street so that I could see the varying elevations. I'm terrified of land/mud slides. (Unless they're in a glass in front of me.) I felt better because we're far enough away from the mountains to cause a significant slide, and the grate is very slight, nearly flat. So that made me feel better.

Alright, I'm out. Going to try to fix that camera and talk to my mom and sister.


1:32 p.m.

And the sun is out again.

This is weird.


12:53 p.m.

The first of the rain bands are coming in. It's gorgeous.

The ocean is getting more choppy.

It's definitely getting windy.



I've asked Craig to update my blog as he hears from me.

FYI: Craig's email address is


11:03 a.m.

Just finished getting all of the stuff in the yard, on the roof deck, etc., put away.

Patio furniture is in the house, cushions are tucked away, a million plants are in a good area.

Now, I think we just wait.



9:14 a.m.

It's beautiful here right now.
The ocean is a bit foggy - it's blending in with the land some.

But, you'd never know a storm was a-brewing.


I'd say the worst part about this hurricane business (at this point) is the waiting. The waiting for it to hit.


Oh I forgot...

(Read the post previous to this one first.)

This is amazing.

So, there must not be any sort of "Emergency Planning Network" in Los Cabos because there are people who live here (the natives), who have absolutely no idea that the storm is coming. None at all.

Today T. (sister) told Mena (housekeeper) and Javier (pool guy) about the hurricane. She got out her laptop and let them see. They had no idea. What?!?! We've known about the possibility since Monday. How do they not know? It's so different here. SO different.

So, what that means is that all of the Mexican laborers (even the ones that LIVE on the construction sites) are not preparing for 135 mph winds. Super. That, as my sister said, is when a two-by-four becomes a weapon and it becomes a war zone.

So these poor people, know nothing. UNbelievable.


Along those same lines, I'd like to offer a very sarcastic, "Thanks a lot," to the coverage of this hurricane. ALL of the weather websites are talking about flippin' Ernesto. It's a STORM. GET OVER IT. TELL us more about H.J. Ugh. If you ask me, blows. I may start a boycott right here, right now.


Another interesting thing I'm seeing/experiencing with this first hurricane is the mad dash for gasoline. Today on the 2o-or-so-mile drive from San Jose (where we live) to San Lucas (where Costco is) we passed two gas stations. The first looked as if it had 50 cars in line, the second - I'd say nearly 100. Amazing. I guess gasoline is the first thing to go. Obviously. Makes sense.


On a lighter note, when we went to Mega (the supermarket, similar to a Meijer, but a bit smaller), I had to laugh because all of the ramen noodles and Oodles of Noodles were off the shelves. It's nice to know that those two soups know no international boundaries. Everyone loves them.

Also - I don't think that Mexicans eat any Asian food. I was looking for Ramen, oriental flavor and it's a no go. However, they do have "spicy shrimp." Ew.


Why can't it just be a blizzard?

I was going to post another visual of the hurricane that is coming at us, but quite frankly, it just scares me even more. So. No visual with this entry.

It's early Thursday a.m., (2:13 a.m. T-town time), and I just got finished reading about as many reports as I could possibly find about Hurricane John. (From here on out called, "H.J.")

It's gone from being a Category 4, to be a Category 3. (Ok, ok, that's better...) However, I'm still not reassured. I guess when we wake up tomorrow, we'll probably start seeing the beginning stages of the whole flippin' thing. Rain caused by the bands around the hurricane, or whatever.

Tomorrow (Thursday) the shutters go up and the little things will be taken care of. (I.e. the rooftop deck plants, etc.) We've gone to Costco and Mega (supermarket) and have stocked up on a boatload of water, food, etc. We've got batteries, lanterns and even a small-medium-ish generator that will keep us sane. Not air-conditioned, but sane.

What scares me the most is the possibility of mudslides. I can't even imagine.

This area has succumbed to a Category 3 before. Anything above that? It's been years.

Still, if we could get out - I want to leave. I'm honestly and 100% petrified. However, I'm attempting to remain as positive as possible. My faith is in God, quite frankly, is what I like to rely on. He hasn't let me down yet.

So - the situation is what it is.

I just desperately wish that C. was here with me. I hate being thousands of miles away from him. I would imagine that it's just as horrible for him being far away and worrying, as it will be for me (and the fam) to go through this storm here. I hate this distance thing. To be quite honest, I just hate it.


So - here goes! I shall update for as long as we have internet access.


To see the status of Senor Hurricane John

>> Wednesday, August 30, 2006

(Scroll down to see Hurricane John activity.)


We are going to get smoked

(Click on the image to make it larger.)

This is not how I thought my first week in Cabo would be.

At this point Hurricane John is coming RIGHT at us. If you take a look at the map above, you'll see that by Friday early a.m. we should be getting POUNDED. (We're the tip of that peninsula.)

I'm attempting to see if I can catch a flight out. As of right now, I still don't have all of my VISA/FM3 paperwork finished. That means that if I want to leave the country, I have to have a special "letter" from immigration that will allow me to board a plane out of MX.

I've requested a letter, (as did my sister who is in the process of becoming a Mexican citizen, so she doesn't have her VISA either.), and hope to get it ASAP tomorrow a.m. If I get the letter - and the airport is open, I'll leave. (I've got a flight on hold.)

If I get the letter and the airport is closed, well, then - I'm going to experience my first Level 4 hurricane.

As it turns out, I'm beyond frightened. However, I'm a strong faith-ed person, so I'm trusting that God will sort all of this nonsense out. I'm here, in Cabo, for a reason, no doubt.


(Wow, what a first week.)


Hurricane John increasing momentum


WTPZ31 KNHC 301435
800 AM PDT WED AUG 30 2006

WARNINGS ISSUED... (Katrina was a category five.)

I'm alarmed about this situation brewing. My sister is as well, as this
is her first tornado season as a [beautiful] home owner.
She's taking the necessary precautions at this point.
Put hurricane shudders on, buying water, gasoline, etc.

I, on the other hand, had the secretary check to see if I can even leave
the country. (My FM3 hasn't been granted to me yet,
therefore I need a "letter" to leave legally.)

I should have a letter by tomorrow a.m., at which time
the kids and I (or maybe just Chloe), will head to either
San Diego or Toledo.

I shall keep you all posted.

Your prayers are appreciated!


To quote the Beatles...

"It's getting better all the time..."

Today was a good day. I shall break it down into the highlights:

Emotionally: I'm improving. Not only did I not cry today, but I felt better. I think exercising, talking and taking each day at a time is helping. Plus, I'm surrounded by quite possibly the best support system ever - both physically, over the phone and via email. (Thank you.)

Hurricane: I'm interested in how Hurricane John is going to pan out. Apparently we're going to get hit. Not lightly. It's allegedly a category 3. I'm new to this whole "hurricane" business, but I can't say I'm overly comfortable with the idea. Especially after looking at this. (I keep checking the National Hurricane Center's website...) However, I'm sure all will be well. (Prayers are welcome.)

**Random Thought: Probably wasn't the best idea to check on the movement of the hurricane right before I go to bed. Nope. Probably not.

All in all: I'm excited about the job. And move.

Just as I had suspected: I miss C. tremendously. (If I could underline that, I would.) I also miss my dog.


Bullet Update

>> Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Talked to "Tim the Dispatcher," and my car is still in Wisconsin. It will remain there until after the holiday (Monday), then will get to San Diego sometime next week.

As soon as I've been assigned a driver, I'll receieve his name and cell phone number and I'll be able to chat with him whenever I need him. (Theoretically.)



I want the whole coastal experience...or do I?

>> Monday, August 28, 2006

I soon might be experiencing my first tropical storm and hurricane!

Tropical Storm John is getting larger - (see photo above.) Bring on the rain!

(I'm right at the tip, where the "Fri. 5 P.M." is.)


Overall "Back-to-Cabo" Report

It's definitely a season of change, for me. (To quote RENT.)

I'm very emotional these days - I think just about anything could make me cry. I'm not big on feeling like this, as I'd much prefer to laugh, however...I'm dealing. I'm transitioning, right?

Yesterday I commented to my sister that I couldn't find anything - I keep misplacing everything. If I set something down, I can't even a.) remember where I put it or b.) remember what I was looking for. I can't even speak without stuttering. I think I'm just utterly discombobulated or something.

Work went just fine today. After work, I had a small breakdown. (See above.) Then, went running on the golfcourse next to my sister's house with Kiera, my nephew's blue heeler. (She's awesome. A great running companion, as well.) And, now I feel much, much better. (Thanks to my brother's pep talk and my sister's unbelievably graciousness and hospitality.)

Tonight, I'm co-habitating with my new roommate: Chloe. .(7-yr-old niece). Pictures of her newly-designed room, to come. I am sleeping in her new twin sleigh bed, she is respectively sleeping in the trundle to my immediate right. It's the first night she's slept in her own bedroom in probably 2 years. (My brother had been inhabiting it previous to my arrival.)

Part of my "roommate" duties are that I read to her before bed. (I enacted these duties, as I love to read and I thought it would be good Auntie/Niece bonding time.) Tonight we read the first chapter of Charlotte's Web. And I don't know what was greater - reading a literary classic, or having Chloe lay on my shoulder as I read. **Sigh**


This experience, of living with my sister, niece, nephew and brother is bound to be memorable and wonderful. I'm so excited to interact regularly with these dear family members-0-mine. Quite honestly - this is just the coolest adventure ever.


Husband sidenote: C. is being wonderfully supportive right now. He deals with my emotions ever-so-gently and encouragingly. I'm so blessed and lucky to have him. I do love him with all my heart. It's a pretty great husband who encourages his wife to follow her dreams.


Mark your Calendar

Prepare to fly to Cabo on October 28th for the 8th annual, "Pimp N Ho Ball."

Click here for details.


(Ew. Ew. Ew. Ew. Ew.)

(In no way, shape or form do I encourage anyone to really attend this. Ever. Also, there's no image with this post, as I refuse to post what is on the "Pimp N Ho" website.)


Ohio Vs. Mexico

>> Sunday, August 27, 2006

At this point I only have one reason: TV

I'm a watcher-o-the-awards shows. I highly enjoy them. The fashion, the acceptance speeces, I love it all. In order, I prefer: The Oscars, Emmy's, then the Screen Actor's Guild awards. (The other ones, I'm pretty much over.)

Anywho - EASTERN time gets to see the Emmy's tonight LIVE. Me? In MX? Nope, I have to wait another hour and a half to see them. By that time, I can just go to MSNBC.COM and read the results. They're three hours delayed here. Huge bummer.


Mexican coke can

Check out this great coke can. It's a vase or something, bursting with fun. Word.

(Photo taken by nephew, Max.)

Update: As it turns out, T. just told me it's a coke bottle. I believe her exact words were, "Duh it's a coke bottle, dork." Lol.


Car update

Here's Bullet. On the rollback. Ready to go to Wisconsin, then San Diego, then Los Cabos.

(It was a sad moment. I must admit.)

I emailed the dispatcher today with the directions as to where Bullet needs to be delivered. We shall see! I'm sure all will be well.


Small Mexican Entrepreneur? Or Mini David Blaine?

Who: My brother
What: got scammed by a small Mexican child. (7,8 or 9 yrs. old?)
Where: At an outside bar in San Lucas
When: Buying coronas
Why: It's Mexico
How: This little girl sees B. standing by the bar ordering a beer. She walks up to him, uses two bar stools to stand up and essentially block him into where he was standing.

She shows him her little box of "candy" and wants him to put a peso in and take something.

He drops one in there and takes nothing. Turns away. She then won't leave him alone. Won't move. He can't get through b/c this little 45 lb. girl has him blockaded.

He says, "I already gave you a peso."

She says, "No."

I look through her little candy box to show her that the peso was in there. (I saw it drop in.) Was it there? No. That little scam artist grabbed the money out so quickly that we didn't see her do it. Look out David Blaine. This little Mexican child's slight of hand shenaningans might rival yours someday.


(Note: I think David Blaine is hot. That's why his picture is above.)


First celebrity sighting

Yesterday the fam and I ate lunch at the Cabo Surt Hotel's restaurant. Sitting next to us were:

Enrique Igleseias and his lovely (and hot) wife, Anna Kournikova.

I totally expected to them to be all over one another, but they weren't.

My thoughts:

  1. Enrique is built like C. Same height, size, etc.
  2. Enrique was wearing and odd amount of packed-on facial sunscreen. (Perhaps protecting the sensitive skin where his mole once was.)
  3. Anna had excessively long hair. However, she was wearing a black and white two-piece halter suit (sans a cover up) that looked amazing on her abnormally near-perfect body. (I didn't see any flaws, but I'm assuming that since she's human, she had at least one. However, I walked past her leaving the bathroom and she looked perfect.)
To sum-it-up-thought:
Very cool to see celebrties on my first real "I-moved-to-Mexico" day, however, it would have been a bit cooler had it been someone else. Say Nick Lachey and that Vanessa chick.

Word on the street is that Pink and Carey Hart are building a tattoo place down here, too. I guess they're going to do their next show from it. My sister says that Carey Hart is small, but confident. Pink, is also very short - but not small-boned. Pretty thick. Maybe I'll get to see them. Fun.


I'm here

I arrived in San Jose del Cabo around 1:30 p.m. Felt special because I didn't have to go through the tourist line, I got to go through the citizen line. Cool.

Had a great and eventful day. I'm exhausted.

I'll post more info later tomorrow.