In Case You Were Wondering…

Friday, June 18, 2010

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For the past few weeks, I’ve been frantically searching for my mojo.  It just skipped out on me one day and I’ve been trying to find it ever since.  I got a tip that it was last seen sipping a margarita and doing the Macarena on a sunny beach in Cozumel. So, I hopped on a cruise ship and set sail to go and get it back.  Unfortunately, by the time I got there all I found was this mariachi band,

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and this:

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But, my mojo was nowhere in sight.  Sigh…..

I drank the margarita (no sense letting it go to waste), and asked some nearby beach partiers if they had seen that slippery little rascal.

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They said they had, but that it suddenly took off the minute it heard that the cruise ships had docked.   They heard it mumbling something about the rainforests in Costa Rica.  Crap!

If I wanted to catch that darn mojo, I didn’t have a moment to lose.  I texted Mr. SGCC and told him to tell the Captain to sail without me. I needed to get to Costa Rica fast, and I could make better time on my own.   I hitched a ride with this guy on his jet ski and off we went!

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When I got to the Costa Rican coast, I headed straight for the lush Monteverde Cloud Forest.  As one of the most outstanding wildlife sanctuaries in the Americas, it is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in Costa Rica.  The cloud forest is home to over four hundred species of birds, over one hundred species of mammals, over five thousand species of moths and over two thousand species of plants.  I had a feeling that it was just the place where my mojo would try to “blend in”.

The Monteverde Cloud Forest was quite a trek from the shore.  I wasn’t about to give in, though.  I took a taxi as far as it would take me, and then I hiked the rest of the way up the Cerro Amigos mountain to get there.  (Whew! I realllllllly need to get to the gym more often!)

What a breathtaking view!  But, still no mojo……

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DRAT!!!

At this point, I was getting pretty frustrated.  If I didn’t find my mojo soon, how would I get out of my rut?  What would become of SGCC? 

AAARGH!!!

For the sake of my sanity, I decided to go back to the cruise ship and have a nice relaxing dinner (and multiple mojitos) with my family.  Our next stop was Panama, and I had a feeling that I’d find my mojo there.

Here’s me and Mr. SGCC:

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And, here is the rest of the crew:

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Doesn’t everyone look like they’re having fun?

When we docked in Panama, I headed for the Panama Canal Railway station to continue my quest to find my mojo.

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The Panama Canal Railway Company is a railway line that links the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean across Panama in Central America. The route stretches approximately 50 miles across the Isthmus of Panama from Colón to Panama City.  Construction of the railroad began in 1850 to provide a cheaper, safer and faster route from the East to California during the Gold Rush.  It was completed in January,1855, when it made its first ocean-to-ocean journey.  Prior to that, the actual east to west transit across the isthmus of Panama was by native dugout boats up the treacherous Chagres River, and then by mules for about the final 20 miles over the old Spanish trails. Until the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914,the railroad carried the heaviest volume of freight of any railroad in the world. In fact, the existence of the Panama Canal Railway was one of the keys to the selection of Panama as the site of the canal.

Nowadays, the Panama Canal Railway is owned by the Kansas City Southern Railroad.  A popular tourist attraction, the railroad has a fleet of several historic passenger cars in service and runs daily shore excursions for the cruise industry.  But, don’t be fooled by its age. That train is fast!   Here’s a shot I got from the observation deck as we zoomed through one of Panama’s rainforests.  Not bad, huh?

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After searching through every car, I’m sad to say there was no mojo onboard.  I still had a glimmer of hope that I might find it at the canal.  When we arrived at the Miraflores Locks I took another look around.

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There are three sets of locks in the Panama Canal. The Miraflores is the set on the Pacific entrance to to the canal.  Without getting into a detailed explanation of how the whole Panama Canal system of locks and lakes works, let me just say that the process is fascinating to watch.

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As much fun as I had watching the ships going through the Panama Canal, I still had no mojo.  As I boarded the cruise ship for the long sail home, I wondered if I would ever find it again.  I knew that the past few months had been kind of stressful for me and that my mojo didn’t like stress. But still, I never thought it would just desert me! The idea that it might be gone for good was so depressing!

During those last few days at sea, I really tried hard to decompress.  I sat out by the pool, played mindless trivia games, drank lots of fruity rum drinks topped with little paper umbrellas and spent way too much money at the casino.  I figured that if my mojo could see that I was learning how to “chill out”, it would eventually come back to me.

When my sorry little mojo-less self finally got home, I began to unpack.  As I unzipped my suitcase, look at what I found inside.

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MY MOJO!!!

It must have been there with me the whole time.  I just didn’t realize it.  The two of us had a happy and heartfelt reunion. I promised not to take myself so seriously all the time and my mojo promised never to run away again.

So, as soon as I remember how to turn on my oven again, my mojo and I will be back with lots of tasty treats to share with you!

37 responses to In Case You Were Wondering…

  1. On June 18, 2010 at 6:44pm, Paula said...

    Great post! looks like you had a wonderful vacation! Glad you found your mojo;)

    • On June 18, 2010 at 11:15pm, Susan said...

      Thanks! 8)

  2. On June 18, 2010 at 6:50pm, Valerie @ City|Life|Eats said...

    That was such a cute post to recap your vacation. Your dress (in your picture with Mr. SGCC) is so pretty too. My blogging mojo waxes and wanes – changing my blog name has helped things, but developing a bunch of food intolerances has really changed the foods I blog about and makes the mojo harder to find, you know? Glad you are well :)

    • On June 18, 2010 at 11:16pm, Susan said...

      Thanks, Valerie! Glad you liked the post and the dress! I’m totally in love with that dress too. :)

  3. On June 18, 2010 at 7:14pm, Ciaochowlinda said...

    Oh my goodness this is just soo darn clever. I’m so glad you finally found that sneaky little mojo and it looks like you had a great time searching too. You and the hubby look so gorgeous all cleaned up!

    • On June 18, 2010 at 11:18pm, Susan said...

      Hehe! That mojo sure is a slippery little sucker! Hopefully, I can hold on to it a while. ;)

  4. On June 18, 2010 at 7:19pm, Margaret said...

    Best reason to go on a journey. Missing mojo!! Too funny!! Looks like you had a wonderful time.

    • On June 18, 2010 at 11:19pm, Susan said...

      I did. But, somehow I think the mojo had an even better time than I did! ;)

  5. On June 18, 2010 at 7:24pm, Daily Spud said...

    Hope you’re keeping well Susan – those mojos can be elusive little buggers at times! Looks like cruises (not to mention mojitos) help :)

    • On June 18, 2010 at 11:20pm, Susan said...

      Thanks, Spud! Hope all is well on your side of the pond too. :D

  6. On June 18, 2010 at 8:05pm, SMITH BITES said...

    Thrilled to see this Susan – and looking forward to the many dishes to come!! Welcome Back!

    • On June 18, 2010 at 11:21pm, Susan said...

      Thank you, my friend! I’m glad to be back! 8)

  7. On June 18, 2010 at 8:38pm, Rosa said...

    I love that cocktail picture! I hope your mojo will be back soon… We all have our ups and dows. Looking forward to your future posts!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

    • On June 18, 2010 at 11:22pm, Susan said...

      Thanks, Rosa! :)

  8. On June 18, 2010 at 10:20pm, ingrid said...

    LOL, it! Glad to have you and Mojo back!
    ~ingrid

    • On June 18, 2010 at 11:22pm, Susan said...

      :) :) :)

  9. On June 18, 2010 at 10:22pm, Memoria said...

    O-M-G!!!! This is too freaky. I was just thinking about you last night when I couldn’t fall asleep (why I was thinking of you in the middle of the night, I don’t know haha). I was thinking, “Where is Susan from SGCC? I haven’t seen her online in a while.” Then you made this too cute post the very next day!!

    I’m so glad you found your mojo, but I’m happier that you were able to take some time off to relax and go on a cruise. I’m so glad you had fun. Welcome back, Susan!

    • On June 18, 2010 at 11:24pm, Susan said...

      That is too funny, Memoria! You must be psychic! The cruise was great! Just what I needed to shake me out of my rut. Thanks! :D

  10. On June 18, 2010 at 10:25pm, Marie said...

    You never lost it, you always had it, it just needed a little break! Welcome back to Mojo Land! You look refreshed and renewed!

    • On June 18, 2010 at 11:25pm, Susan said...

      Aww! Thanks, Marie! You’re such a sweetheart! :)

  11. On June 18, 2010 at 11:45pm, Tracey@Tangled Noodle said...

    My mojo’s been skipping out on me lately, too! Instead of a cruise, the hubs and I drove around the western US looking for the little snot. I think that for the moment, its wanderlust is satisfied, so here’s to refreshed and relaxed blogging for all of us this summer. Thanks for taking us along on your adventure!

  12. On June 19, 2010 at 12:36am, Wei-Wei said...

    Looking forward to the reappearance of your mojo on the blog! It looks like you had a wonderful vacation. Of course you never lost it – your culinary genius is there, always. :)

    Wei-Wei

  13. On June 19, 2010 at 12:38am, LizAnderson said...

    Your mojo resembles the new Ramen cup sitters — designed to hold the paper lid down on Cup a Soups. Seriously.

    You and Mr. SGCC are what they used to call a handsome couple :)

  14. On June 19, 2010 at 7:18am, dani said...

    haha – best little narrative i have read in a long time :)

  15. On June 19, 2010 at 9:19am, bellini valli said...

    You had fun searching for your mojo Susan, but glad it is back:D

  16. On June 19, 2010 at 3:44pm, Joan Nova said...

    Susan, this is hysterical. What a fun post – and a beautiful family!

    Been meaning to tell you I found Garofolo pasta at a local market and really enjoy it.

  17. On June 19, 2010 at 4:15pm, nina said...

    Glad to have you and your mojo back!!! Missed your wit around here!!

  18. On June 20, 2010 at 8:03am, 5 Star Foodie said...

    What a fun post! Looks like you had a great getaway there!

  19. On June 20, 2010 at 8:59am, Mary said...

    What a great adventure your mojo led you on! I was worried that you wouldn’t find it, but was thrilled with the happy ending. Great photos and text!

  20. On June 20, 2010 at 9:25am, shelly (cookies and cups) said...

    I seriously need to get my mojo back too! I like your way of finding it ;)

  21. On June 20, 2010 at 3:41pm, Lucy said...

    This story made me smile :D What a great way of sharing your holiday, which looks fantastic! Hope that you had a marvellous time.

  22. On June 20, 2010 at 4:53pm, MaryBeth said...

    WOW…that was a huge boat. Looks like so much fun

  23. On June 20, 2010 at 9:45pm, The Food Hunter said...

    Very cute! Sounds like a great vacation

  24. On June 21, 2010 at 8:37am, Katrina said...

    Cute post, Susan! Glad you found it.

  25. On June 21, 2010 at 9:40am, Sophie said...

    This story made me smile :D What a great way of sharing your holiday, which looks fantastic! Hope that you had a marvellous time.

  26. On June 21, 2010 at 10:51am, Rachel (S[d]OC) said...

    That cruise looks a lot like one I went on a few years ago. I went on that train on the Canal too! It’s was Christmas time and the female conductors (all of whom were unnaturally attractive) sang Spanish and English songs to us.

    We welcome back your glorious self and your glorious mojo!

  27. On June 21, 2010 at 2:35pm, Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen said...

    Nice to have you back Susan! Sometimes we really have to give ourselves a break!!! Glad your mojo came back! :)

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