Wednesday, November 28, 2012

"A time for Great Change"


We're getting closer and closer to December 21, 2012 - the "end of the Maya calendar."

What do you think it means??  
Some people think it literally means the end of the world is upon us... some people think it's just another calendar that will go back to the start once it's finishes the full cycle...some people think it's the beginning of the Age of Aquarius...some people think it's just some old stone that doesn't mean shit.

"The Mayans prophesied that from 1999 we have 13 ears to realize the changes in our conscious attitude to stray from the path of self-destruction and instead move onto a path that opens our consciousness to integrate us with all that exists."

" Some alien-enthusiasts, along with some new-agers, believe 2012 to correspond approximately with the return of alien "watchers" or "caretakers" who might have helped the first human civilizations with developing their technology and may have been waiting for us to reach a higher level of technological and/or social advancement. Beliefs range from the extra-terrestrials having benevolent purposes -- such as to help human society evolve -- to malevolent purposes -- such as enslavement of mankind and/or manipulation."

I guess this is on my mind today because I've started going through a "time of great change" in my own life...
The only thing I know for sure is that we should all be planning our  DOOMSDAY PARTY !!

Ideas for doomsday recipes, drinks, movies, and games.

Are YOU planning one?? Am I invited???











Monday, November 26, 2012

Back in "Business"

Heeeyyyy.... long time no see!

The past week and a half has been ridiculously busy and exhausting - what, with traveling to SEVEN different areas of Belize in only NINE days and catching up on six months worth of drama and life changing events in each others (and our other, non-present friends) lives while Kathy was here.

I totally, totally planned on posting while we were in hotel rooms, but the wifi seriously sucked everywhere that we stayed. (What is with that???)
It worked OUTSIDE of our rooms, barely, just about everywhere... but there wasn't one single place where I could just plug in my laptop and sit on the bed in my underwear (the best way to work, I think) and upload some pictures and bang out a half decent post in any reasonable amount of time.

"Ah, the problems of the white man."  <--- Someone said that to me recently (Roary?) and it made me laugh my ass off - but it also put me in check. That's something to complain about - not being able to get a good wifi connection while you're on vacation??
Guilty..... Shit.

Anyway... it's time to tell you a little about where we went and what we did - are you stoked???
I'm sure you are - so let's get to it.



Oh NO!!!!
This was such an unintentional tease!!!
I'm just now finding out that I have no more free storage space left for my blog pictures!! SHIT!!!
(More problems of the white man!!!)

I'm going to be spending the next few hours trying to learn how to switch my blog pics over from my Flickr account (feel free to give free advice, if you know what you're talking about)

Nothing can ever just go smoothly, can it?!?!

In the meantime - you can check  My Guest Post (part 1) on the SanPedroSCOOP!

I'll be back....






Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Quickie

Ok, so, I haven't been able to get my laptop online the whole time Kathy's been here - but I finally got some "tech support," and now we're good to go.

Here are a few pictures that I took while waiting for her plane to get here to hold you all over until I get time again to sit down and bang out a real post for ya...

the airport, outside

the airport, inside

the restaurant upstairs

you can shoot some pool and have a few drinks while you wait...

and watch planes come and go

in case she didn't recognize me....

Welcome to Belize, Kathy!!

So far, we've been to San Pedro, Caye Caulker, Belmopan, Santa Elena, and San Ignacio... and we'll tell you all about it tonight :)

Look for my guest blog on the SanPedroSCOOP, coming soon, and for Kathys guest blog here on LettersToMyFriends... I'm sure they'll be fabulous.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Feeling pretty Rich and Famous....

My blog got it's first donation today... I just wanted to say THANK YOU, publicly, to Mark in Maryland for being so supportive and sending some cash my way to spend while Kathy is down here.
(Yes, that's what it's for - he told me!)


Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Countdown Continues

Only 5 more days until Kathy gets here!!

The itinerary that I was playing with is no longer useful to us because Kathy decided that we're getting tattooed while she's here - so now we're going to do the islands and coastal towns first so that we don't have to worry about keeping our new ink out of the water.
(One night in San Pedro, two nights in Caye Caulker, one night in Cayo, one night in Hopkins, one night in Placencia, one night at my house. Something like that)

We've been talking about getting "bff" tattoos for at least 10 years now... and we finally decided on what to get. Actually, I don't know if we've 100% decided, but I'm pretty sure we settled on one simple word that is very "us," but it will be in the Yucatec Maya language to represent where we were when we got it done.

**** Maybe someone can help me out here - I can only find the word I'm looking for in the Yucatec dictionary, but I'd like to see what it is in Kekchi (Q'eqchi)Maya and Mopan Maya because I know the Yucatec's are mostly in northern Belize, and that's not where I am. Also, I'm just curious about whether or not is sounds better in one of the other languages. If you know where I can find links for those two dictionaries, please let me know!*****

I have to ask Kathy if I'm allowed to put in on my left wrist; "her" wrist.


Christina Danielle Haws

See, about 12 years ago I got a memorial tattoo for my friend, Chris, on my right wrist when she died.
Kathy immediately claimed my left wrist for her memorial tattoo, just in case she dies before me.

Yeah.... we're a little morbid like that.








This will be my 2nd bff tattoo - my very first best friend in the word, Heather, and I got matching tats a few years ago when I went to visit her in North Carolina.
BFF tattoos!





Sunday, November 4, 2012

I haven't heard THAT sound in a while...

Ahhh... the buzzing of a tattoo machine. That sound can instantly make me think of ten designs I'd like permanently inked on my body.
It's been at least two years since I've had any work added, and I'm itching for a new one!

Today isn't my day, however. I just get to watch and take some pictures while Trip works on fixing up one of Jaime's old tattoos and gets his tattoo groove back. (He seemed to ease right back into it, just for the record)

Trip's makeshift work space - complete with shrunken head from Borneo and Hotei statue

"Hotei 布袋. Male. The god of contentment and happiness, guardian of children, and patron of bartenders." If you know Trip, you know why that's fitting.

 Jaime's tattoo - you can see what Trip re-outlined before I took the picture

 the man at work - his tongue is probably sticking out a little, as it usually does when he's concentrating

work in progress

We're losing sunlight now, so they're finishing up for the day.
I'll post a picture of it when it's finished... and of course, pictures of my next one.....

If you have any tattoo pics to share, send me an email and I'll put a post together - either tattoos inspired by Belize or collected in Belize would be cool. Make sure to tell me who your artist is!

carrie@letterstomyfriendsbackhome.com

Friday, November 2, 2012

In My Own Little World...

I've barely been online at all this week, and if you're one of the (few) people who check frequently to see if I have anything new posted.... I'm sorry for the delay!

I haven't been doing anything fun or exciting, so I'm definitely not holding out on you - I've pretty much just had my head in a book all week.
I guess it's good to "unplug" sometimes...

Anyway, I was in Hopkins again last weekend for a job interview and took a few pictures to share with you.

The Curve Bar at the Sittee River Marina, on the Sittee River

inside The Curve Bar - I love that floor!

A good spot to have a drink and look for crocodiles. 

 The parking lot of full of vehicles belonging to government officials attending a meeting here - looks like I missed an opportunity to snap a picture of Dean Barrow...

The marina is about 3 miles south from the center of Hopkins, where I was going to catch the bus to get home. 
I took a taxi to get there, but I had no cell service to call him and ask him to come pick me up again, so I started walking. (Taking the beach isn't an option because of large sections of mangroves that are difficult to get by)

There aren't many houses down that far (yet) but the ones that are there are beautiful..




this one clearly needs some mature landscaping and a little more character... but look at their view!

I'll take this one.

or this one.

Lots for sale.....

 you can stay here at Villa Verano for $325-$3,250 per night.

I don't know how long I walked for - an hour, maybe - but I was hungry as hell and needed some water. I smelled food and saw this "Open" sign, so I went to check it out

"Joe's Place" and "Open - Come on back" were the only things I looked at...

gorgeous house

awesome pool area

I should have read those signs a bit more closely before I wandered back here... I was quickly informed that the restaurant was definitely not open to the public; lunch was for the guests of the bed and breakfast only.
Woops.

I started walking again and didn't get much further when one of the fancy minivans that belong to one of the resorts pulled up next to me and the driver said hello, like he knew me. I must not have looked like I recognized him because he told me that we had never met, but that he had seen me and my husband, "the guy with the big beard and army pants," at the resort that he works for a few times.

I'm not going to say the name of the resort because he isn't supposed to pick up anyone who isn't a guest or an employee, but he ended up giving me a ride all the way to Alta Vista and getting me home about 4 hours earlier than I would have if I had waited around to catch the bus in Hopkins - and I felt exceptionally grateful for that because of what a pain in the ass it had been to get to Hopkins the day before...

Long story short - the first three buses passed me because they were full and they really are starting to cut down on standing passengers. Two hours after I got to the bus stop, I was finally picked up by a bus that ended up stalling five times between my village and Dangriga, making me get there too late to catch the only morning bus going to Hopkins... so my choice was to either wait for 8 hours for the next bus, or pay for a taxi. ($70bz, OUCH)