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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 States.

Even with all the various stresses that have come with moving to a foreign country, I would not have decided to stay in the US. My options were so limited there. My big dream was to go to UNL ...
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 describe my current life situation it would be the 9 of Swords, Lord of Cruelty card. It’s not because I’m being cruel but because I’m feeling the effects of other people’s cruelty. But let me explain. When I say “cruelty”, ...
Friday Night in Guanajuato Capital
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Friday Night in Guanajuato Capital

https://youtu.be/GpBPUpQxrmsA group of musicians plays in the Plaza de la Paz in Guanajuato, Mexico on a Friday night. ...
Accidental Weight Loss and Other Magic Tricks – By Jennifer Shipp
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Accidental Weight Loss and Other Magic Tricks – By Jennifer Shipp

When I was in high school and even junior high, I compulsively worried about my weight. Realistically, I had an “eating disorder”, but let’s not be dramatic. In retrospect, I would say that most Americans have an “eating disorder” in that they wish they could lose weight, they try to diet, starve themselves for a day, and then binge for three days to make up for the lost time. For me, the problem was ...
A Flood of Mud, a Flood of Crud…a Flood of Goobledy-Gobbledy-Gud: More on Construction in Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
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A Flood of Mud, a Flood of Crud…a Flood of Goobledy-Gobbledy-Gud: More on Construction in Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp



Around 9:00 PM last night, John said, “I’m so tired…I hate to do this, but I’m going to bed.” The weeks have been long. There are so many decisions to make all the time. And he bears the brunt of it right now so he’s tired.

What color should the cracks between the tile be? Do you want the grout to be shiny or dull?

Do you want the windows to be 30” ...
What Does it Mean to Be “On Time” Anyways? — By Lydian Shipp
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What Does it Mean to Be “On Time” Anyways? — By Lydian Shipp

I do my best to have a sense of humor. I really do. But sometimes, my sense of humor steams out and all that’s left of it are a few sizzling drops of cynical, dark, and angry commentary on the bottom of the metaphorical dry pan. I tell myself that it’s sort of endearing that our construction workers hum or whistle to themselves, or even break out into song at various, random times during the day as they ...
San Cristobal de las Casas vs. Guanajuato vs. San Miguel de Allende in Mexico
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San Cristobal de las Casas vs. Guanajuato vs. San Miguel de Allende in Mexico

A lot of people compare San Cristobal de las Casas to Guanajuato and there are strong opinions on both sides. Until last week, I’d never been to San Cristobal so I couldn’t weigh in, but now that I have I can say that I’m very glad that Guanajuato is my home. That’s not to say that San Cristobal isn’t a really cool place. It is. It’s beautiful. It reminds me of the higher altitudes in Colorado. But ...
I Have Bad Taste in Men – By Lydian Shipp
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I Have Bad Taste in Men – By Lydian Shipp

The ever-changing landscape of which boys I like and why is a constant source of excitement, terror, and doubt for me all at the same time. Up until relatively recently, I’d say that one of my primary criteria for boys was appearance; I particularly liked Nordic guys (or the ones who looked Nordic, anyway). And although I can’t say that I’m not attracted to the whole tall-blonde-blue-eyed thing anymore, I ...
No Reservations Along the Breadcrumb Trail — By Jennifer Shipp
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No Reservations Along the Breadcrumb Trail — By Jennifer Shipp

I love to write, but I struggle to accept that I’m a writer. Or that I’m anything. I want to be more than a writer. Or not just a writer. I love to travel. So I guess I'm also a traveler. Sometimes I've been other things too, I suppose. Movement and transition is a form of stability for me. I want to live everywhere and try everything I can. I want to live out a whole lifetime in every country or at least ...
Mars in Uranus: Warding off the Evil Eye with Silence and a Saw
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Mars in Uranus: Warding off the Evil Eye with Silence and a Saw

Two days ago, we found out that we can go ahead and build a fifth floor onto our new building. That’s good news in a lot of respects, but unfortunately, our neighbors are turning green with envy. So it’s a mixed blessing, at least at the moment. Two neighbors have aimed an evil eye at our project so I’ve been sitting inside the house today burning incense and chanting to ward off the negative vibes.<br ...
Late Night Race in Guanajuato Capital
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Late Night Race in Guanajuato Capital

This video was captured downtown at the bus stop in front of Del Sol (a department store) in Guanajuato Capital. About 5 minutes before I started filming, runners started coming down the street in hordes like in this video. It took place shortly after 9pm (a strange time for a race, if I do say so myself). The winners came from the other direction on the same street about 10 minutes later. ...
Loneliness in the United States: A Blog Post That’s Too Long, Too Opinionated, and Too Complex — By Jennifer Shipp
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Loneliness in the United States: A Blog Post That’s Too Long, Too Opinionated, and Too Complex — By Jennifer Shipp

Many years ago, in China, I stumbled across a Japanese woman who’d evacuated her home country due to the nuclear meltdown that was going on there at that time. She was sitting in a park with her daughter when we crossed paths and she and I sat while her daughter taught my daughter how to use a Chinese yo-yo. This woman and I shared very few common words but I had a pad of paper and somehow, I don’t remember ...
My Personal Crisis — By Lydian Shipp
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My Personal Crisis — By Lydian Shipp

What am I doing?

I ask myself this question probably at least 10 times every day with a degree of desperation so high that I have to force myself to dismiss the question or risk insanity. Sometimes, the sum of my dismissals comes out in an emotional breakdown of circular thoughts that lead nowhere. I start in one place, and end up right back where I started. And that place that I circle ...
“Gimme Your Guitar” — By Lydian Shipp
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“Gimme Your Guitar” — By Lydian Shipp

I wouldn’t say I’m new to dating/courtship rituals but… well, I’m new to dating/courtship rituals in the “real world.” Since I’m 18 now and working with adults instead of kids, it’s almost like all the “experience” I have from when I was younger is invalid. It’s not, since I’ve thought seriously about every relationship I’ve had from a variety of angles to get as much as I could out of the experience, but ...
Construction in Mexico UPDATE—By Jennifer Shipp
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Construction in Mexico UPDATE—By Jennifer Shipp

There’s a mirror on our bathroom door and I can see the reflection of our kitchen in it. Sometimes it helps to look at things turned backward because it’s easier to see what’s really there. The backwardness makes me look harder and study the parts that I otherwise ignore. Backwardness has that kind of effect on things. Today, when I saw our kitchen reflected back at me, I noticed that there’s a cadence ...
Weather Metaphors Matter — By Jennifer Shipp
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Weather Metaphors Matter — By Jennifer Shipp

Today I woke up in a bad mood. I’m not sure why exactly although I have a few guesses. For one, it’s been really rainy here in Guanajuato…more rainy than usual in fact. Rainy might be an understatement. There have been landslides and torrents, overflowing flood gates. That kind of thing.

I thought last week that we would be moving into our second floor this week, but the rain has ...
Video Update — Our House in Guanajuato Capital
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Video Update — Our House in Guanajuato Capital

In this video we give a tour of our house as it is right now, including the parts that are still being built. Most of our home is still under construction, but we were able to move in about a week ago so we could oversee the work being done and be closer to the centro in Guanajuato. ...
Hey, Blondie! — By Lydian Shipp
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Hey, Blondie! — By Lydian Shipp

"Oye, guerita!" Says the middle-aged man standing next to his truck outside the Mercado, giggling to his boyfriends and working to make eye contact with me as I walk down the street. I shoot him a glare. My best glare. The group of men whistle and hoot in response before rattling off a series of other perversions in Spanish that I can't understand yet, for better or for worse. I've given them what they want ...
My Pixelated Life – By Jennifer Shipp
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My Pixelated Life – By Jennifer Shipp

Two days ago, we moved into an apartment in our new building that we’re constructing here in Guanajuato, Mexico. We moved everything we have in and/or on our little FJ Cruiser. It took 8 trips back and forth from the rental in Marfil. A part of me is impressed that we have so little. Another part of me is pissed off with myself for having burdensome things like furniture. John put our living room ...
A Worm In My Mexican Lettuce — By Jennifer Shipp
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A Worm In My Mexican Lettuce — By Jennifer Shipp

There was a worm in our lettuce that we bought at the veggie vendor today. John said, “You’d never see something like that in the states and…if you did…” I finished his sentence, “…you’d take it back to the grocery store and ask for a new head of lettuce.” But rather than being upset about the worm, John and I celebrated his presence. First of all, our head of lettuce cost us less than a dollar. So whatever ...
Bruised Banana