After 16 days in “hiding”, I decided to come up for a little air and to say hello.  I have missed all of you wonderful silly amigos of mine.  Hope you are all doing well.

I have learned a few things while on my blogging hiatus.  Some good and some not great, but I am determined to crawl back into my generally happy and positive funkiness, pronto (crosses arthritic fingers and toes – ouch….)

What I have learned:

1.  That it is okay to take a break and allow yourself to just be.  When you are known by your friends and loved ones as a strong, positive fighter who never gives up, the pressure to maintain that elevated level of being and coping gets to be too much.  Even if the expectation to be all that, is self-induced.

2.  That my recent brush with death affected me more than I wanted to believe and admit.    It has left me feeling prickly and highly sensitive to all types of external stimuli.  I am not unlike an ostrich burying her head in the sand at the first sign of anything uncomfortable, risky, sad or dangerous.  I find myself craving being in a continuous state of blissful and utter ignorance.   If I don’t need to know, I don’t want to know (la,la,la – cupping my ears and closing my eyes right now.)

3.  That watching the Ellen DeGeneres Show daily, is a MUST!  She truly is the best!

4.  That my life-long love affair with food is going to have to be altered significantly, after getting back cholesterol and triglycerides results that are less than favorable. AY, Damn!  Yet, I must continue to take a medication that leaves me feeling ravenous.   Wish me luck with that one.

5.  That according to my friend, Greg the bartender, Vodka & Soda as well as Gin & Tonics are the least glycemic alcoholic beverages and favorites among the younger crowd.  I’ll have what they’re having.

6.  That I can have and survive another infection without getting sepsis.  Phew!

7.  That there are endless amounts of Jewish words for the word, Penis.  i.e.  Shmuck, Petseleh (a little one), Shlang, Shvantz, Zayin, etc.  I learned this most pertinent information from my good friend, Mama who let me borrow her coveted “Jewish Bible”, Every Goy’s Guide To Common Jewish Expressions, by Arthru Naiman.

I  will check in again soon.

Besos & Abrazos!

61 thoughts on “Peek-a-boo

  1. Hey Maria, I am stopping by to take a peek and see how you are doing, after a long time of hanging far off on the fringe of blog land. I hope you are feeling much better these days, but also, not feeling pressured to be up, down or sideways… but okay just to be whatever you are, this moment. I’ve learned, from these past months of attempted blog presence, that we are all different. And we all do this thing called life, and blogging, differently, and that’s okay! Sending you love and hugs xoxo


  2. A schmuck is a penis? Oh no. Will not confess how inappropriately I have used that word.

    It can be a smacker to make your way back from a health scare. Sounds like you are taking care of yourself appropriately, and when you aren’t, Ellen is doing it for you. Yes, for people like you especially, breaks are good. It leaves your fans hungry. Best wishes.


  3. So lovely to see you here again Maria, I’ve missed you! But glad you are taking time out as you need to, you are right, sometimes it’s just what we need to do. I love Ellen DeGeneres but we don’t see much of her over here. Used to love her show. As for Vodka and Soda and G&T, now you’re talking my language but sadly I can’t drink anything right now, otherwise I’d join you. A tooth extraction last week went horribly wrong and now I’m on my second dose of mega antibiotics and painkillers and praying hard I don’t need surgery. But hopefully it won’t be long before we will both be saying ‘cheers’ once again. Take care my friend and see you soon 🙂 xo

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    1. Oh no, Sherri! Sounds like an awful infection, you poor thing. I will pray that you don’t need surgery! Plus, you can’t go so long without a cocktail! I will come up for air again soon. Please take care!


  4. Lovely to hear from you Maria. Take your time. I miss watching Ellen, I must find out what time to watch her 😉 My hubby is only eating salads right now and has lost loads. I’m going a slightly tastier route and have discovered black beans go with everything. I had a delicious black bean soup for dinner. Have you tried that? Take care x

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    1. Hello Catherine! Of course your husband has lost loads! Don’t they always? LOL. I love black brand and have been incorporating all kinds of beans in my diet. Thank you for commenting. You take care as well!


    1. I need to hire a chef that cooks healthy meals…do you know ANY??? I would like one who will come to my home every Sunday and spend the entire day cooking for the week ahead. Preferably, a chef that tweets his recipes and cooking steps. Oh, and he has to be very GUAPO!


  5. Hey – I sort of took a 3-month mental health hiatus this summer…will get around to writing about it eventually. Nice to see you back – but no pressure if you need to crawl back into your cocoon!
    I love #5.

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  6. So good to see you! Was just missing you yesterday. *big hug*

    I seem to have missed the details, but it sounds like you’re having a hard time lately in the medical department. As a cancer survivor, I’m sending good vibes your way. I have no thyroid, and usually I am most hungry at times when it will most make me bigger than a house to eat. I’m totally commiserating with you.

    Take good care of yourself, seek out humor, and enjoy all breaks necessary. Us good ones will still be here when you come back. 🙂

    I’ll look for you on Twitter and send a DM.

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    1. Hello, Piper!! Thank you for your sweet words! I am happy to hear that you are a CANCER SURVIVOR!!!! Woot! Woot! Thank you for commiserating with me about the eating thing because, food. It’s so tough to break up with it. I don’t know how I am going to survive! LOL. Thank you kindly for being one of the “good” ones. xo

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  7. There are also endless English slang words for penis. And all other body parts that have anything to do with reproduction. Not to mention all the words for sex. I was going to do a post about that. But I couldn’t figure out a way to do it that wouldn’t change my family friendly rating.

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  8. Happy to see you back in the blogosphere. I may not comment often, but I do worry when a blogger who I follow goes MIA. I haven’t had a vodka [please don’t make me drink gin] & tonic in years. Had forgotten all about them, but now that you’ve confirmed that they’re “healthy” I need to order one the next time I’m out. Soon, very soon.

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    1. Hi Ally! You are so funny! Have you ever tried Hendricks Gin? It is da bom! But, I won’t force you to have it, you can stick with Vodka. Red wine is good too but if you want to have multiple cocktails, stick with the V and the G. Like you, I worry about bloggers that go MIA as well. I just need a bit more time to just be. Thanks for commenting. 🙂


  9. I’ve missed you, gorgeous! I’m glad you decided to come up for air and let us know you’re doing okay. Ellen does make everything better, doesn’t she?

    I’ve been underwater for about a week now myself – taking steps towards a big change, career-wise. That plus the home-sale stuff is enough to drive me to drink (more). Ay ay ay.

    Anyway, I’m glad things are improving. I may throw caution to the wind and dare the customs Gods to challenge my cock soup shipment. I’m not sure when I’ll get to LV, so I am just going to ship from right here in Toronto. 🙂 Hope my package brings a smile to your face. xoxo

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    1. Hola muchacha! I have missed you as well. I hope you are taking some time to breathe between all the stuff you have going on! You gotta take care of yourself, girl. Speaking of soup, that is what I have been cooking lately and all I crave. I made a hearty chicken one, a savory butternut squash one and a rich pumpkin soup just yesterday. But, yes. Nothing will taste as delicious as your cock soup! xo


  10. Lately, I can understand this sentiment: “the pressure to maintain that elevated level of being and coping gets to be too much.” Maria, take care of yourself. Know that you’re loved regardless of what you do or don’t do.

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    1. Hello my friend! I hope you are doing well. Thank you for your email check-ins! I am getting there, I sure am trying! I enjoyed my daughter’s visit very much! She only got annoyed with me 50 times instead of the usual 100 times per day. LOL. 🙂 xo

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  11. I’m so glad you posted. I was getting ready to message you and make sure you were okay. And I’m so glad you assured me that my gin and tonic habit isn’t bad for my sugar levels. 🙂 (Though, with Cooper, I’m mostly drinking three-year-old approved beverages. He tried to get me to drink Ovaltine tonight. Ick.)

    I hope the cooler weather isn’t adding to your aches. I’m not too far from you right now, and I know it’s getting pretty cold at night. Here’s a big, but mostly useless, hug. I wish I were closer so I could watch Ellen with you. I agree. She’s awesome.

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    1. Hello my dear friend! I am working really hard at fighting this funk and getting through it. It’s becoming harder and harder to do so, as I age! And yes, the colder months do not help. Mr. B is being great about turning up the heat for me. 🙂 I am so behind on your doings, I must go check out what you are up to! There is a 3 year-old named Cooper in your life right now? Sounds wonderful!! 3 year-olds are known to cure severe cases of the blahs. 🙂 xo


        1. Feliz Cumple to Mrs. B!!! Happy Anniversary too! 🙂 I have two fave bartenders, Greg and Rachel. Mr. B and I frequent the same establishments often and know the staff well. 🙂


        2. Karen and I, here, too, and our bartenders are Billy and Danielle. 🙂 That’s what makes life comforting and comfortable, I think, that sense of belonging. Hell, we know the bartenders and regulars at the neighborhood joint we walk to in West Dennis on the Cape just for that reason.

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  12. Good to see you peek your head out. Yes, Ellen is a must every day. And if you seriously want your cholesterol and triglycerides to dive quickly, drop all sugar, grains, and starchy veggies like potatoes and corn- and yes, that includes grain alcohol. So if you’re hungry, dive into a burger, no bun, and veggies (no French fries!) with a little cheese if you need it.

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      1. Curbing medication induced hunger might not be realistic. But if you can find things that satisfy you that are protein rich and low carb, you won’t gain weight and you will improve blood fats. Hugs!


  13. Amiga!!!! I am so feliz to see you back at it, if only occasionally. I am very happy to hear that sepsis is not a concern for you, but I am ecstatic that further consumption of tater juice (vodka) will not be a cosa mala for your health – except for that hangover thing. 🙂 Keep the menudo handy!

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