Saturday, March 9, 2013

"Get busy living... or Get busy dying..."

Anyone that has seen the movie The Shawshank Redemption knows that great saying. Now, being inspired by the movie, I had always wanted to travel to Zihuatanejo. It's the little, tiny fishing village that Andy Dufresne refers to in the movie, and Red comes to join him in the end. So back in 2003, I did just that. And I invited my little sister... the baby of the family to join me.
little baby sister & lisa in Taxco 2003
So... getting there was quite challenging.  We had to take several buses...  and the last bus ride was the worst travel experience of my life. Let me explain... it was in the middle of the night, and the bus had to curve around mountains on some very bumpy roads... which also made it kind of scary. And in the middle of this bus ride, of course, i had to use the bathroom. Walking with crutches on a moving, bumpy bus has always posed challenges for me.  But i crutched away to the back of the bus to its little bathroom nook. And not only did i get a visit from my lady friend, but i also got Montezuma's revenge.  TMI?...

I know, gross... but it doesn't phase us nurses to talk about poop and diarrhea... even while eating lunch. lol. Okay, back to the bus nightmare... Then after arriving back in my seat, I'm struck by nausea from the bumpy ride.  I grab the first thing that i could find... an empty plastic bag in my sister's backpack. Not only do i throw up, but i also almost choke from some chunks of food that were occluding my airway.  But... i survived... obviously. The funny part of the story is that my little baby sister slept the whole time thru my ordeal.  And to top it off... when we finally got off the bus, she saw her plastic bag in my hand... and screamed at me... "You took my plastic bag!" Typical baby sister. :o)

little lisa lollipop attempting to mount a horse 2003

Well... Get busy living!
lots of love... little lisa lollipop

P.S. Zihauatanejo was beautiful!!!! Just don't recommend getting there by bus.


  1. Love that movie too! You are such a nurse--appreciate your nurse's note, "occluding my airway!!!"
    (I'm eating while I'm reading this, by the way!)

  2. What a relief to have a bag jajajajajajaja kisses and hugs