Mexico time, ya’ll!

The time has finally come.
I’m done with my crazy busy work week and tomorrow I’m leaving on a jet plane!

My flight leaves at 5:30am. I have yet to figure out how to get there. The MAX line runs that early (I love public transportation in Portland!) but not from my house. I’m on a different line. So I think I’ll have to take a cab to the Rose Quarter Transit Center, which will be about 3 bucks or something, and hop on the MAX from there.

I’m taking car parts with me, in my suitcase.

So, I will arrive in Veracruz at 5:50pm. That’s 3:50pm Portland time. 10 hours. Not too bad. Abby and her dear deported hubby Isnardo (Nardo, for short) will pick me up, and then we will commence the 6 day 5 night festivities. They live in a tiny town called Luma de Guadalupe, which is close to Cordoba. Here is a map.

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I will take many pictures, and have quite an adventurous time finding vegan food to eat, and will go exploring and hiking and to ruins and to beaches and meet Abby’s bird, Capitan and drink cervesas and meet her extended family and play and pretty much encapsulate the word “Vacation.”
I’m not sure if that’s the correct usage of encapsulate, but I like it like that.

Also, Nardo’s 2 best friends John and Jeff are coming down 2 days after I do, so we’ll have lots of adventures!

Abby tells me people keep asking, “Where’s the gringa? When is the gringa arriving?” 🙂

I can’t wait!

I’ll be back Sunday night around 11:30 pm, so until then, bye bye to computers and phones and internets and all that jazz. Hello, Vacation!

Modified Style

Andrea, her boyfriend Ryan, and I all made the quick drive up to Seattle yesterday. We saw a cute dog on the way:

This Seattle trip was for a fashion show called Modified Style. Each designer paid ten dollars and received a bag of scrap material. After choosing a model, the designer has to make an original dress. Andrea, who had never sewn before, decided to jump in and do it, and she picked me to be her model. She’s been working on it for a few months, in addition to a full-time job and finishing her MBA. Busy girl!

The dresses are sold in a silent auction, with the proceeds going to charity. There were 9 of us models total, 2 of us being under the age of 10. 🙂 We all had a blast.

I don’t have any pictures of my dress yet, but I’ll post them when I do. Here are some pictures of the night:

Alice, on the left, co-produced this fashion show and made a dress. Rose, to her right, was her model.

Me and Erin Wong, who lives in Seattle now.

Here’s Andrea and Ryan:

I drank *way* too much wine and sangria, ate *way* too many nachos after it was over, and the 3 of us passed out by 9:30 pm. Yikes! I woke up really early though and went for a walk along Green Lake.

This was a blast and Andrea and I are already in the planning stages for a Modified Style: Portland.
If anyone is interested in designing or modeling, let me know!