The State of the Mexico Experience

Jul 25, 2007

Seems like all my friends ask me if we've made any more plans regarding Mexico every time I see them. For some people, like my personal trainer, that's more than once a week! Anyway, I figured I should post about the state of our plans so that anyone out there who reads this thing can know where we are.

Hans is working on site with a client trying to finish up a major software launch on a project that has been ongoing for over a year. He has been on site for a year so far, before that he was managing it remotely. The software was supposed to launch in June '07 (which is why we originally thought July would be when we moved). It hasn't launched, obviously. Right now we're sort of in a holding pattern and, as anyone who has ever worked in software development knows, these things never launch on time. Add to that the fact that this software is a major undertaking that will effect all 11 offices the client has worldwide and all departments of their business... this is no 6 page website.

SOOOO, they have finally set a launch date of Sept. 15, 2007. The problem is that the way that these things go, we'll need to stick around for quite some time providing support and fixing bugs.

In the meantime, I have a major project that is rearing it's head for round 2 which is due to start in the fall with a launch date of the end of the year. So between my job and Hans' job, it doesn't look like we'll be getting out of here before January '08 at this point. *sigh*

I alternate between feeling ok about this (I do have a great life here with lots of great friends and whatnot) and feeling depressed and like it's just never gonna happen. I am, however, hopeful now that we will miss the brunt of winter weather up here. I really would be better off if February was the beginning of spring up here and we had 85 degree weather by March.

Wes Anderson Rocks My World

There is a God! Wes Anderson is releasing a new movie this Fall called The Darjeeling Limited. I LOVE his movies! Here's the preview:

If you're not familiar with his movies, you really owe it to yourself to rent these, particularly if you like dark comedies:

Bottle Rocket
The Royal Tenenbaums
The Life Aquatic

Two More Casualties

Jul 23, 2007

Yesterday, while we were preparing the pool so we could have some company over, it was discovered that the evil pool has taken yet two more lives. This time there was a bird and another chipmunk swirling around in the skimmer basket.

On a more positive note, I saw the little frog that lives in the very small fish pond above the pool. He is small and very dark green and he likes to make noises at night. We are very hopeful that he won't become suicidal and make a leap for the pool any time soon.

Tanglewood and other Cultural Excursions

Jul 17, 2007

I spent the weekend in Lenox, MA with some good friends. What a lovely town Lenox is! The weather couldn't have been better, warm, sunny days and cool, crisp nights. All in all it was a weekend chock-a-block full of culture. We saw a Shakespeare play, went to Tanglewood to hear the Boston Symphony Orchestra and even had sessions with two different psychic/intuitives. All in all, it was a wonderful weekend and I hope to return to Tanglewood with hubby in August... not to mention a possible trip in the fall with the same ladies to get more extended readings from the psychics.... do I sense a new addiction?

For a more detailed account of our trip, check out Anna's blog.

This would be a great tattoo...

Jul 9, 2007

Crab Catchers Restaurant in Little River, SC

If you are ever blessed with the opportunity to spend some time at the beaches near the NC, SC border, I highly suggest you check out Crab Catchers Restaurant in Little River, SC. We went there for dinner and it was excellent. It's nothing fancy, just really fresh seafood (mostly fried as is the tradition in that region) with seating on a dock on the intercoastal waterway. We watched as a shrimp boat came in to deliver it's catch and saw lots of little crabs on the marshy area at the edge of the water. Several people arrived for dinner on their boats and docked up next to the restaurant. So, if you're looking for a great relaxing place with an excellent view, hot food and cold beer, check out Crab Catchers. mmmmmmm

Lots o' Life Stuff

Sorry I haven't posted in a while! I've been traveling and working and just kinda busy.

After my b-day party I went to the beach in SC with my family for a week, which was wonderful. I seriously doubt there are beaches in the US as nice as those in NC and SC. Montauk, NY came close when I went out there several times as part of a work perk, but the 60 degree and rainy weather there in June and July made it not feel like summer to me. I'm sure that New Yorkers think that's nice, but me, I like sunshine and water that is warm enough to swim in. I like a house that's right on the beach, not one where you have to use a car. Anyway- I'm not knocking Montauk at all, it's great in August and Sept. when the air temp is summer-like. You can even swim there for a couple minutes in September... but you'll want to brush up on your hypothermia rescue skills before you try it.

Anyway- After that I spent a lovely 4th of July at my friend's apartment in Jersey City with a perfect view of Liberty State Park so I saw the fireworks over Lady Liberty and Ellis Island. Is there anything more American than that?

Finally, this weekend I went to Coney Island, NY with some friends. I had never been and it was a great time. We rode the Wonder Wheel and some people rode the Cyclone. Then we hung out on the beach for a while, saw the freakshow and then headed home and all went out to dinner once we got back to NJ. I thought of the perfect motto for Coney Island, "Coney Island: Way less sucky than you think." (Remember when NJ was looking for a motto and someone suggested "NJ and you: Who farted?") The beach is actually pretty nice there (although there is ALOT of broken glass in the sand, so shoes are necessary). The diversity there is excellent, people of all ethnicities, shapes and sizes.

Yesterday I went down to Spring Lake for a day at the beach. It was a lovely time- a really nice beach. The sand is clean because they charge $8 to get on the beach and you aren't allowed to bring coolers or food out on the sand. It might be the nicest beach I've been to in NJ, though I only have Manasquan and Island Beach State Park to compare it to... and I think Manasquan is free.