Right Now...

Last week was not a good week for me.  Officially, I'm calling it the Worst Week of 2012.  I know the year is still young and a lot could happen in the next 10.5 months, but that's exactly what it felt like to me.  It was a difficult week that started last Monday with the death of my puppy and ended on Friday with me having a major panic attack.  

It's going to take a while for some of those problems to work themselves out and when they do, I might write about them here.  But for now, I really need to get my mind off of the negative stuff and focus my attention elsewhere.    So...when I found this post from Grace at Arms Wide Open, who got the idea from The Paper Mama, I thought it was just the thing I needed to get me on my way to being my regular happy, chipper self.   

Right now I'm...

Obsessing over...

  • Where the heck the first half of February went?  
  • The rash I've broken into because of all of the stress from last week, wondering if it could possibly be the chicken pox, even though I know it's not, and worrying about it anyway.
  • The weather.  It's either not cold enough, too cold, too wet, too gloomy or not warm enough.    (I'm getting old!)  

Working on...

  • Staying positive and finding joy in every moment.  I know "this too shall pass", so I'm not going to let one bad week keep me from living my life and enjoying it.
  • This blog post and getting back into the groove of blogging.  (I've missed you guys!)

Thinking about....

  • How awesome the Chili Cheese Fries I made for lunch were!  (Swoon!)
  • How I haven't posted a new recipe on my food blog in over a week.
  • When I'm going to go finish enrolling Hope for High School. (Only have 2 more weeks left.)
  • Valentine's Day.  
  • Our favorite aunt's birthday tomorrow.  
  • The pile of dishes I should be washing.


  • A much better week than last week.  
  • Warmer weather.
  • Doing something romantic with Hubby this week.
  • Our Semana Santa camping trip. 

Listening to...

  • How quiet the kiddies are when they're doing homework..  
  • Hubby working in the shop just a few feet away.
  • Hope singing along to Adele's Rolling in the Deep that she's listening to on her MP3 player. 
  • The Van Halen song that inspired the title of this post.

Just finished eating lunch, but I could use a cafecito to help warm me up.  The sun may be shining outside, but it's still plenty cold.


  • It weren't so cold. 
  • That time would slow down and my kiddies would stop growing up so fast.  
  • I had a clothes dryer so the laundry wouldn't pile up when it rains all week! 
  • That everything will turn out fine.  



  1. this post spoke to me... i'm so sorry your puppy died. i know the feeling and will keep you cheery! and the weather, too! i want cold, wintry weather and it's been sooo mild! ugh. I want to burn candles, burn marshmallows and listen to jazz.... I love that 2nd picture of you. I went to HS with your doppelgänger! 

  2. Sorry to hear about your pup. I love your hair in this blog post though! :) 

  3. Amen sista, you NEED a dryer!  I got one last year after 8 years of not having one, it has changed my life.  I can do 3 loads of clothes, washed, dried, folded, and put away in 3 hours.  It was a lot cheaper than I thought as well about 3,500 pesos and it's gas!  Beg Hubby for one, it will make life grand!!!!

  4. Oh Leslie, I am so sorry to hear you have been going through such tough times. As someone who suffers from panic attacks it pains me to know that your bad week culminated in one. You will get through this. 

  5. So sorry about your puppy!
    “Life is too short, or too long, for me to allow myself the luxury of living it so badly.”

    Paulo Coelho

  6. You definately are deserving something to lift you up right about now! Hope it comes your way! Just how cold is it in Mexico right now??? Just to note: anything above freezing is WARM this time of year!! =)

  7. I'm right there with you on the dryer part. we have to go to the laundromat to dry... or clothes line. Here's to a better 2012! *clink*

  8. I'm so sorry about the rough week you've been having.   I'm sending you positive vibes and hugs.  Stay strong because "this too shall pass."  <3

  9. Ugh! So sorry you are down in the dumps! Next week will surely be better! Glad you "played along" - love your pic - those are some sexy eyes you've got Mama!!!

  10. Leslie... the sun will come out tomorrow..... look to the light! Things will get better.... I want the chili fries. 

  11. Sorry you are having such a tough time right now. I know how you feel with panic attacks. I have had problems with them for the last two years. I am not enjoying the cold  weather either. I hope things start looking up for you and Happy late valentines day. Take care.

  12. Sending lots of happy, positive vibes your way! And so sorry about your pup. Dogs are family so big hugs as you grieve. Love this journaling type of update post. It's a good way to dump out everything that's taking up space in your mind. And when life gets me down, I find sometime alone - a movie, a trip to the bookstore, dinner, or just a stroll - helps a lot in finding peace. GL!