Thursday, May 13, 2010


I want to start off by apologizing to everyone for not blogging in a very long time and mostly, for worrying some of you. Recently, I have received several e-mails from concerned readers wondering if I was alright. Also, today I was alerted to a discussion on Tomzap, a local informational website, that some people were wondering if I had moved back to Canada and/or were worried about my well-being. I appreciate everyone's concerns and am very sorry to have worried you.

I am still living here in Mexico and doing very well. I had decided to take a break from the blogging world for two main easons: the first of which were some harassment issues that arose from someone who discovered my blog and secondly, I was super busy with my job and visitors.

The last 6 months have been a whirlwind. Here is the coles notes version of the last 6 months:

-I stumbled upon a wonderful job last fall and have been enjoying my work immensely.
-I went to Canada for a vacation last Christmas and visited my friend in Montreal and my brother and family in Ottawa..... and practically froze my ass off! Seriously, it was a wonderful visit but have since decided to limit visits to the great white north in summers or times where you nose doesn't feel as though it is going to fall off. Oh, and did I mention that I forgot how to walk on ice? OUCH!
-Returned from Canada and ended up with Dengue Fever and was seriously ill for a few weeks. For those of you who do not know, this is a virus transmitted by mosquitoes and I ended up bedridden for almost 12 days with over a 40 degree C temperature and crazy pain. I know understand why it is called "bone break fever". I would not wish it on anyone and can only remind everyone to use bug repellent or wear long pants at night. The only other thing I can say about it is that I would rather find another method to lose almost 15 pounds.
-I have been super lucky to have had friends and/or family visits each and every month this new year. It is definitely challenging having visitors in paradise when I am working but I managed to find time for everyone (just not as much as before). A big shout out to all my visitors this year - it was awesome to see you and thank you for coming down!
-my dad and Lorri came for a visit which was a huge bonus since I was not able to see them at Christmas
-my brother and his family came down for a completely unexpected and SURPRISE visit! How lucky am I??? My bro is the king of surprises and I had NO idea they were coming until he scared the living daylights out of me one afternoon.
-the animals have been doing great for the most part. One of my dogs was hit by a motorcycle while camping up in La Manzanilla but luckily managed to walk away with just some bruises and inflammation.
-I have 5 animals in the house at the moment as I am fostering a little kitty for one of my friends until we find a home for her.
-My roommate is doing great and still living with me. She also had Dengue Fever while I was in canada but has bounced back to her usual self.
-I have been having fun and dating and have lots of funny stories to share. But I will save that for another time.

So between work and all my visitors, I have not had much time for anything else. Life is good, I am enjoying my work, my friends and the beach.

I never tire of the sunsets here.


Anonymous said...

those pictures are awesome! i was one of the worried ones. i even asked steve cotton how you were doing some time back. i am glad to hear that all is well and that you got over the dengue fever. as much as i would love to lose 15 lbs. i don't think that would be my choice of how to lose it either.

take care and have a great weekend! i look forward to your funny dating stories.

teresa in lake stevens

Anonymous said...

Hi Chantel; Thank you so much for the update, and it's great to hear you are doing so well. Don't forget to come and see Marie and I here in Vancouver where the only painful bite you'd experience this summer will be the new HST tax starting in July. Wishing you lots of happiness in your life and adventures. All the best. Ben

Chrissy y Keith said...

I am so happy for you on all accounts other than the dengue fever part.

Anonymous said...

I too have been checking your blog nearly every day. I'm glad to see you back. I was sorry to hear of your illness. Take care and continue to enjoy.
Elaine in Canada

Steve Cotton said...

Good to see you back online. And I will see yo soon when I return to Mexico.

el jubilado said...

Good to hear all is well. Yep a number of us were wondering

Ted said...

Thanks for the update.

Ted said...

Hey,,Please tell us about your job
Best Wishes

New Beginnings said...

Thanks to everyone for your comments and well wishes. I will post about my job and all that is new very soon.

FaolanMX said...

I'm sorry to hear about the harassment issues. Just saying hey on here to let you know that there are locals here that support you and like hearing your stories also.


Mary Dee said...

I'm glad to see you back, I've always enjoyed reading about your adventures. Keeps me connected while I'm in Minnesota