Pretty much the very best thing about this year in Mexico so far is being reminded, yet again, of what incredible friends I have. Friends that in my opinion give a lot more than they get at times and accept me for who I am in all my absent-minded whirlwind craziness over the years. There hasn’t been too many opportunities to wallow in loneliness (wallowing does happen to be one of my favorite activities) because we’ve been blessed with a near constant stream of good friends coming down to explore with me and spend some quality time (not to mention all those who’ve kept in touch by skyping, facebook and emails).  It’s been one of the first times in my life that I’ve been able to give undivided attention for more than 3 hours at a time, so having entire days and weeks has been incredible!

This last weeklong hiatus from blog writing can be attributed to a fabulous visit from one of the best friends anybody would be lucky to have, and she just so happens to be mine, the talented nose-spoon hanger, Rona P. She was the first person to cast me in a play in college, and even after I forgot the only piece of blocking I had up until the final dress rehearsal (perhaps a foreshadowing of my personality) she has continued to be an unflinching support to me well beyond the realm of the stage and in every aspect of my life. She continues to be the glue holding together our close-knit but communicationally-challenged group of friends, and certainly the glue that helped turn a bunch of random details into a wedding a few months ago. In short, she’s the best.

We had fun! Lots of it! From the sparkly spandex of the Lucha Libre ring, the towering pyramids of Teotihuacán, the moving walkways of the Basilica, learning the origins of life in the Zocalo and sophisticated musings (and a few “tee-hees, we don’t get all this art business”) at the Frida Kahlo house, we were able to pack a lot in. But my favorite part about hanging with this lady is the downtime. We can spend hours doing whatever strikes our fancy, from game playing to having serious discussions on how to save the world (or our health care system) or just being ridiculous- entire days spent speaking with a Happy Texas-inspired underbite, endless living room dancing,  late-night drives from Canada thinking of the world’s most inappropriate wedding songs, the list goes on.

So thanks Rona for being who you are, one of the world’s greatest friends. I miss you already and look forward to our next adventure, wherever it may be!

At Teotihuacán (gotta love the self-portraits)

At Teotihuacán (gotta love the self-portraits)

The lovely lady herself at Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera's house

The lovely lady herself at Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera's house

Two lovely and distinguished ladies at the Basilica

Two lovely and distinguished ladies at the Basilica

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