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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Hitchhiking to Canada with a Potty? {Drivel}

Potty Training

If you've come here looking for Toilet Training tips or Hitchhiking routes from Mexico to Canada then you've come to the wrong blog.

Okay, maybe not on the second point.

If you've come to hear about puddles in the corner, Teddy's gender, and broken down vans,

You've Hit the Jackpot!

Toilet Training. Remember all those "signs" that Artemis was sending me in November 2011. Well, one year, 4.5 months later (but who's counting, I AM, I AM!) and it seems like she's decided that "diapers are for babies".

Well, there's more to the story than just that (isn't there always!?).

It all started February 24. She decided to wear underwear and that was that. Two weeks later, after NO accidents, she decided that peeing in the closets, under tables and generally wherever she wanted was way more fun. And don't get me started on #2.

Then, a few days ago, she decided that underwear was once again the rave and we're back to using the toilet. I can't believe that I'm going to write this but I wish that she was still in diapers because it would cut down on "accidents" and washroom breaks for the ride home.

Next up, Thing #2 (a.k.a. Max).

Note that Artemis is still wearing a diaper at night but only because she shares a bed with Max and the Water Shortage Issues.

Bazar. We opened up the Bazar again on Sunday and had our best day so far! We made $1,515MXN or $150 as we finally managed to sell one of our three rooftop boxes. Every year, we drive down with one and then leave it here.

This week, I had two neighbours knock on my door asking if I was going to open my Bazar. Another woman wanted to know if I purchased items and/or sold on consignment.

Culturally, Mexicans don't like to sell things. The only time they do is when they really need the money. Then, they definitely don't want their neighbours to find out. Next year, I will definitely take in consignments.

Hasta Luego. After 12 weeks here, we're getting packed up and ready to leave for Canada on March 21. We still have some loose ends to tie up like trying to get the $100CDN back that the bank "stole" charged us and getting Buchephalus fixed...

Buchephalus. To make a long story short, the van is broken.
Good News: We know what's wrong with it (same problem as last year).
Bad News: We can't get the parts without a vehicle and we can't drive our vehicle without the parts.
Good News: Our neighbour fixes cars for a living.
Bad News: Ed called everyone in the city and we can't they get parts in time.
Good News: This is Mexico...

Ed has found a person that can weld the part. Hopefully we'll make it the 5,000km back to Canada. If not, think someone will give The Zoo a lift!?

Teddy Bear is a Girl
Teddy or Teddie? For the past three plus years, I just assumed. And you know what they say about that.

It turns out that He is in fact a She!

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  1. Please don't get stranded in the desert - and get a non-homemade part when you get home? Wishing you safe (and dry) travels!

  2. Oh dear, I hope the weld holds.
    Godspeed! (((HUGS)))

  3. Hoping this homemade part lasts you to get into Canada at least! Safe travels. And my daughter just decide to regress on the toilet training too..Apprently her Princess panties are a perfect spot to go #2 in...every day...