We’re rapidly approaching Septi-hambre here on the rock. For the uninitiated, it’s a combination of the word Septiembre (September) and hambre (hungry) Which basically means that none of us have any work and all tighten a notch or two on our belts.

Septihambre comes every single year with alarming regularity. Now, I’m no math whiz, but after 12 years here, I can pretty much predict it arriving, right at the end of August. Frankly, it’s all I can do to keep my big fat yap shut when people exclaim how broke they are this time of year and what a surprise it is.

I was sitting in this temezcal (mayan sweat lodge thingy) and we were tying knots on this string about all of our worries, doubts, fears, etc. last week, when I had an epiphany of monumental proportions.

We’re talking Blue Brothers, “The band!” level of brainstorm. Septihambre for me is going to be a totally planned event of rest, exercise and care.

The husband and I are going to take the dogs to the beach in the early afternoons, when he gets home from work early. I won’t be missing yoga due to work constraints. I’m actually seriously considering playing squash a few times a week. I’ll have more time to create fantastic culinary delights using farm fresh ingredients! I’ll blog more, I’ll read books!

And thusly, we’ve just come full circle, no? I mean isn’t that why people move to tropical Caribbean islands…..to slow down and enjoy life a little more?

Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
Laura Wilkinson is the Editor for Cozumel 4 You. An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 15 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weekly Cozumel 4 You news, promotional articles about the island, and her very own blog, which she finds hilarious. Her long suffering husband, the Fabster, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.

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6 Comments
  1. Lisa..... 9 years ago

    That’s exactly why I want to be an ex-patriot and move to an island. It’s that or England for the single payer health care. But I hear the weather there sux.

  2. cozzie laura 9 years ago

    we have the best of both worlds here, healthcare-wise. public and private are available!

  3. Ms. Moon 9 years ago

    Oh my God, Laura- I can’t believe this- I was writing a thing today that I am trying to polish up for submission to a magazine and I cited that scene from the Blues Brothers about “The band!”. Seriously.
    How weird is that?
    Enjoy your Septi-Hambre. I will be thinking of you.

  4. SkylersDad 9 years ago

    Can I come down and do backup vocals if you really do get the band back together? ;^)

  5. Melinda 9 years ago

    All I have to say is that I am *so jealous* of your life! My husband’s and my dream is to move to the Caribbean and we are hoping to do that in another 10 years or so. What a lovely life you have there–and I am so happy that you are able to enjoy it.

    We will be there in October though! Not to live, but for a heavenly 2 weeks! 🙂

  6. Kori 9 years ago

    Sigh, it sounds lovely, and what a great way to look at it! An opportunity, for sure!

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