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The State of Bother-dom: Meteorological Parables from Malaysia — By Jennifer Shipp
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The State of Bother-dom: Meteorological Parables from Malaysia — By Jennifer Shipp

We’ve been in Mexico for two years this January. With the exception of three trips back and forth to the U.S. for various reasons, we’ve been stationed in one place for what seems like a ...
The So-Called Curse of Being a “High-Maintenance” Woman — By Lydian Shipp
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The So-Called Curse of Being a “High-Maintenance” Woman — By Lydian Shipp

I like for my bedding to be clean and tidy. I like to cook my own food the way I want to cook it. And I’d rather not use cosmetics that use ingredients that are designed to kill me slowly. I ...
Travel as a Self-Imposed “Time Out” — By Lydian Shipp
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Travel as a Self-Imposed “Time Out” — By Lydian Shipp

What is travel?

I ask myself every time I go on a trip somewhere. What am I doing? What’s the point? And I don’t mean that in a deprecative, bad way. Just in an ...
Baggage and Bullshit: Thanksgiving in Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
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Baggage and Bullshit: Thanksgiving in Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp

Moneen is downstairs knocking on the door. He’s persistent today, probably because he’s having withdrawal symptoms and he wants to go buy some alcohol. We don’t usually answer the door when ...
As Many Impossible Things As Possible — By Jennifer Shipp
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As Many Impossible Things As Possible — By Jennifer Shipp

It’s been just a little over two years since we did a major excursion out into the world. I don’t count moving to Mexico as a travel excursion because this is now “Home”. We never intended ...
Deep Drifts and Warmly Lit Windows — By Jennifer Shipp
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Deep Drifts and Warmly Lit Windows — By Jennifer Shipp

Last night, I dreamed that I was walking through a deserted city in the dark with my computer. Deep drifts of snow covered the streets and the moon was full it cast a blue glow over ...
Finally Finished: Our AirBnB Properties in Guanajuato, Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
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Finally Finished: Our AirBnB Properties in Guanajuato, Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp

A long time ago, John and I talked about owning a six-plex. That was back in the days when we struggled to buy bread and eggs. We looked at six-plexes in those paper publications put out in ...
Under the Sheen of Perfection — By Jennifer Shipp
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Under the Sheen of Perfection — By Jennifer Shipp

It could be some time until all of the things arrive. The things that I need to make all of this look and seem like perfection.

It could be some time until notable ...
Half-Truths and Manipulation of Myself and Others – By Lydian Shipp
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Half-Truths and Manipulation of Myself and Others – By Lydian Shipp

So… I’ve taken up clubbing.

And yes, I’m going to say that I’ve “taken it up” because it’s not something I plan on doing for the rest of my life. Someday, ideally sooner ...
Update on John’s Spot: At-Home Cancer Cures and Cancer Prevention Everyone Should Know About – By Jennifer Shipp
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Update on John’s Spot: At-Home Cancer Cures and Cancer Prevention Everyone Should Know About – By Jennifer Shipp

John still has a lightly colored spot on his forehead where he developed melanoma last year. The spot doesn’t look or behave like melanoma now. No doctor on earth would diagnose him with ...
Life Without Facebook — By Jennifer Shipp
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Life Without Facebook — By Jennifer Shipp

About a year ago, I started wondering what life would be like without Facebook. What would I do with the time that I normally spent on Facebook? I knew that I’d fill the time with other ...
Flag Theory and the Financial Benefits of Crossing Borders — By Jennifer Shipp
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Flag Theory and the Financial Benefits of Crossing Borders — By Jennifer Shipp

Today we went to INM to re-up on our temporary residency permit in Mexico. I try not to get nervous for these tramites, but it makes me tense. There are lots of reasons why. One reason is ...
Humans: A Natural Disaster (More Construction in Mexico) — By Jennifer Shipp
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Humans: A Natural Disaster (More Construction in Mexico) — By Jennifer Shipp

You know what?

Life is hard.

There are tornados. Earthquakes. Fires. Hurricanes.

But the worst natural disaster is humans.<br ...
Dear Janet… – By Lydian Shipp
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Dear Janet… – By Lydian Shipp

When people ask me if I miss living in the United States, the answer is always a strong and resounding “NO.” I wouldn’t trade what I have now here in Mexico to go back and live in the United ...
On Getting Scammed: Construction in Mexico – Part 1000 — By Jennifer Shipp
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On Getting Scammed: Construction in Mexico – Part 1000 — By Jennifer Shipp

I wish I could be cynical about things right now. Cynical would be a step up from where I’m at emotionally at the moment. I’m working toward cynicism. If I could pick one tarot card to ...
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