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I woke up and it was Wednesday

Monday, February 27th, 2012

This is what happens when my children are on vacation (you know I still find it odd to write that I have “children” – plural – when did THAT happen?! But, I digress…)

I get sucked into some sort of time vortex where:
1) I wake up at 6 AM even though there is NO reason to – besides feeding them breakfast because their tummies stay on school day schedule

2) Days last a lot of hours or too few, depending on how I look at it. If it’s time spent breaking up fights, preparing/planning meals, cleaning up after them, etc. – then it’s way too long. But, if it’s time spent doing the things I like to do (reading, writing, watching a good movie) then it lasts about 2.5 minutes

3) I go to sleep on a Sunday praying that I’ll get to stay in bed past 7AM the next morning and when I look at a calendar again it’s Wednesday

Woe is me, right? Beginning today I’ll get some peace and quiet during the day, but that comes at the lovely price of waking up at the inhumane hour of 5:45 AM. Another benefit, I’ll know what day it is and you know why…because I have to keep track of their extra-curricular activities and what time to pick them up and all that jazz. I really have to work on making more “me” time. It’s amazing how quickly time passes while doing stuff for other people. I’ve even put my Spanish classes on hold while I get a handle on my days. I know me and I need alone time to recharge or else I’m going to be useless. I’ll just add “balance my time” to the list of goals for 2012 – I’m big on check-off lists, so it WILL get checked.

In the meantime, any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

Why I can’t in good conscience recommend this place…

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Hotel Tibisay - Mérida VenezuelaWe stayed at the Hotel Tibisay while in Mérida, and unfortunately it was a disappointment. Before I get to the problems, I want to say that it was a nice kept, clean hotel and the customer service was great. But, for a 4 star luxury hotel, I had the following issues:



- They had a group of marketers promoting their location on Margarita Island and they were aggressive. It was the type of marketing ploy where they simply want to “show you how the hotel works” and the whole family had to participate and after an hour you ended up in a room, sitting at a table with a bunch of paperwork in front of you.

- During our entire stay, the Wi-Fi on our floor wasn’t working. To the hotel’s credit, they came and installed a cable connection, but this did nothing for my iPad connection.

- The room – which I think was a double – was on the small side.

- Our last two mornings there, they were running low on hot water (there appeared to be an influx of guests).

With all that said, according to some Venezuelans that I spoke to this is the nicest place to stay in Mérida. So even though I wasn’t all that impressed, I would stay there again if I ever find myself back in Mérida.

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