Category Archives: Puerto Rico

PR next week!

nullI’ll be going to Puerto Rico next week for a big family event! And of course we decided to go because why would we not go to Puerto Rico?! We’ll be gone for a week and I can’t wait. The sun, the beach, the family party! Tons of fun. I think I’m going to take Rob to do more sightseeing. The last few years when we’ve gone down there we usually stay in the San Juan area. I want him to see more of the island.

So we’re going to the beautiful and historic city of Ponce and staying with a cousin for a couple of days. Hopefully we’ll get to the beach condo in Arecibo. And I’m wondering if we’ll have time to see the Arecibo Observatory [wikipedia link]. He’s never been there and I haven’t been there in years.

After all, we do want to relax as well. Oh and I forgot to mention the wonderful Puerto Rican food and seafood! Yum! Can’t wait.

Coffee Week

In my quest for good coffee, the hubby and I drink the local coffee when we are in different countries.

This week I’m going to write about my coffee experiences from around the world. It would be too long of a post to do it in one.

I started drinking coffee when I was little. My aunt and grandmother in Puerto Rico would give me a little bit of coffee with lots of milk and sugar. Does that really count as coffee? It did to me and since then I’ve loved it, the smell, everything.

Ironically I can’t drink coffee anymore because I have to avoid caffeine for health issues. But I do have the occasional decaf, which I know if not as good as regular, but it’s better than nothing. And it still have caffeine in it but not as much as regular.

Before I stopped drinking regular coffee I stopped putting sugar in it, but kept the milk. I just can’t drink black coffee.

Are there any women coffee drinkers who take there coffee black? What kind of coffee do you prefer?

rough times

It’s been a rough weekend for me.

Rob and I are changing jobs after 11 1/2 years of being missionaries with Campus Crusade for Christ. The past 3 weeks I’ve been working overtime to finish up a big project (website) before I leave. And even though I’m going to continue to volunteer as I can, I really needed to finish this project. By the grace of God I finished it at 6pm Friday!

I spent my first week of vacation working. But that’s okay because I wanted to finish well.

Saturday is hit me – I’m unemployed! Our last official day is March 3rd and we’re technically using vacation time right now. In fact we’re going to Anchorage for a week to visit good friends.

Anyway, so all the above, combined with not sleeping well – I’m talking not able to fall asleep until 3-4 am and barely able to wake up at noon – has been rough. Plus I have a lot of paper work to file before the end of February. I’ve been busy and overwhelmed. And when I feel my life is out of control I know that I’m leaving God our of the picture.

So I prayed to and from a friends open house – it was a 30 minute drive – and told God all about what’s been going on with me. It was good to get it off my chest. I’m still dealing with anxiety, but that runs in my family.

Good things about this weekend:

  • I started playing the piano again! It’s been a long, long time and I could tell my fingers were not used to playing. I love it and it was fun. I remember when I would play the piano and it was an emotional and creative outlet for me. I’m going back to that.
  • I had a lot of fun at my Puerto Rican friends Open House. Half the people there were American the other half were Latino, mostly Puerto Rican. The American group left early and I stayed and hung out with the Latino group. It was fun being with people from my own culture. I spoke Spanish, English and Spanglish with them. There’s something about Puerto Rican parties that are so much more fun than American parties. I need to a group of Latino friends.
  • Rob has been very helpful and encouraging with me. Thanks babe, I needed it.

what I did for Christmas by ME

Rob and I stayed home for Christmas this year. It’s the first time since moving here that we’ve stayed in Orlando.

My cousin Maria from Texas came to be with us for Christmas.
Me and Maria

We opened presents on Christmas morning.
Christmas morning 2007

We had a Puerto Rican/American Christmas meal. I made Pernil (Puerto Rican traditional pork Christmas dish), sweet potato casserole, green beans, good wine, rolls.
Christmas Dinner

We stayed busy in a relaxing way. We went to Downtown Disney and then to the Grand Floridian which is beautifully decorated as always during Christmas.
Grand floridian lobby

Maria made some really great Coquito!
Coquito
I tell people that Coquito is a Puerto Rican eggnog. However, I must say that Coquito is much better than any eggnog ever! In fact, I’ve gotten quite a few American’s hooked onto Coquito. It’s typically a Christmas drink so they have to wait until the holidays to get it, from me at least.

In the evenings we watched Season 1 of the TV show “24”.
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Sister’s Wedding

The Wedding Cake My younger sister got married in Puerto Rico at the end of July and I’ve finally put some photos up on Flickr! Rob took these photos when he wasn’t dancing with me. Hope you enjoy them! My aunt and older sister made the cake.

The wedding was beautiful and so fun! It was great having all the family together and partying! My family loves to dance and party. We were only supposed to stay until 11 pm and we finally got kicked out at 12 midnight. Then there was the after party for her friends and our cousins. I left at 3:30am. I heard they were up until 5 am! It had been a long time since all of the cousins on my dad’s side of the family had been together. Anyway, the food was wonderful, the reception was great. Dancing to 80’s music and Salsa and Merengue was too much fun!

FYI, my sister’s wedding dress was blue and beautiful!

I’ll be adding a few more photos tomorrow, in case you want to see more.

Thanks

Thanks to all you who have emailed me and commented on my blog about my grandmother. I really appreciate your prayers.

I’m having a harder time than I thought I would in dealing with her death. It’s hard to believe she’s gone. I’ve been sad and a little depressed. But I’m not so bad that I’m in bed all the time. I’ve been spending time looking at pictures of her and remembering her.

I have fun stuff coming up soon and I’m really looking forward to it. I also have some fun pictures from PR that I’ll put up soon. As for now, it’s time for bed.

Grandmother – Puerto Rico

My dear grandmother passed away on Wednesday night, June 27, 2007. Rob had posted updates here. Rob and I have been in Puerto Rico since Friday June 29th. How we got to Puerto Rico was a big ordeal and story for another post. My mom, aunt and uncle were already in Puerto Rico. My 2 sisters and spouses flew in from DC and my 2 cousins flew in as well.

Saturday afternoon we had a private viewing for the family for about an hour at the funeral home. It was then opened for friends and extended family to pay their respect until 10 pm.

Sunday we were at the funeral home from 10 am – 10 pm for the same thing.

Monday at 10 am was the funeral service and at 11 am we left for the burial site. We stayed there until grave was filled with dirt and then we went out to eat as a family, 14 of us.

It’s been really hard. It’s hard to believe that my grandmother if finally gone. She was the matriarch of our family. We all looked up to her. We all loved spending time with her. We all respected her. We all loved her. She was 92 years old. I know she’s in heaven.

I will miss her very, very much. I’m sad.

On the other hand spending time with my 2 older cousins has been really good. It’s been over 10 years since the 5 granddaughters had been together. It may never happen again – or at least for a very long time.

Waiting

As I’ve sat at home all weekend waiting for updates on my grandmother, I’ve been trying to enjoy the simple things in life.

Each update is worse than the last and with each one I cry in sadness and grief. Why is my grandmother so special? She was more than a grandmother. She helped raise my sisters and me. When my father was out of town for weeks at a time and my mother had to continue working, Mami would fly up to Virginia and stay with us for months at a time it feels like. I’m not sure, I was too young. But I remember her always at our house and when she wasn’t in VA we were in Puerto Rico at her house. We’d go for Spring Break, weeks at a time during the summer, long weekends during the year. That’s why my mom continued working for Eastern Airlines…so my grandmother could see us whenever she or we wanted.

Back to the simple things in life. I planted flowers in my front yard, and they are pretty and make me smile. I go outside to look at them when I need to smile. I had breakfast outside in the back yard yesterday morning, facing the woods. It was nice to be outside early in silence.

We continue to wait. But I have to continue living life and so I’m off to work.