Summer Sounds and Welcome Back

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  1. Dulce says:

    Carrie, you are an amazing writer! Whatever the subject, your thoughts are worth sharing. <3

  2. I remember that Bilingual in the Boonies was one of the first blogs I found back in 2007 when I was searching for Latina blogs. Welcome back to one of your first loves!

  3. Annakate says:

    Carrie! Love your blog/s. You write as you speak, and I find both interesting and hilarious. Look forward to following along with you online and hopefully in person down the road. Be well!

    • Carrie says:

      Aquacate, thank you for visiting my little corner.
      It was wonderful to meet you in person this week. And, I too, look forward to mas hangeando.

  4. Brigid says:

    Welcome back! So happy to see you here. I could listen to you talk about blades of grass, so whatever you decide, count me in.

  5. Maria Amelia says:

    Yay!!! I’m so happy you are back. Now, less “feisbuc” and more “booniebuc”!!

  6. Natalie says:

    Welcome back, Carrie! I’ve been following you over at Tiki Tiki but it’s good to see you back in the boonies!

  7. Unknown Mami says:

    Gurrrl, you know I love coming by your house.

  8. Babybloomr says:

    Love you, love your blog–basically, just a big steamy pile of LOVE coming your way from Brentwood!

    • Carrie says:

      I imagine that steamy pile of love all perfumed and perfectly made up, and dragging the coolest little carry-on bag ever!

      Muah to you.
      Must see you soon!

  9. Silvia says:

    Welcome back!! I missed “the boonies” as Joscelyn mentioned, your blog was one of the first I started reading.

    You have so much to say and you say it very well, so really the topic doesn’t matter, just one request, more vlogs!!! you are fantastic, amazing, funny in camera, love it!!


  10. Love your voice, your writing, your time of reflection, and always the possibility of reinvention — for all of us. Adelante…

    • Carrie says:

      Aurelia, thank you.
      I have enjoyed getting to know you and your work in our little circle and glad we can connect in yet another place.

      Reinvention for sure!

  11. Jenny says:

    You are such a wonderful writer! your stories are a joy to read!!

  12. Jamie says:

    Love seeing you back here in this space. Your space. You are a great writer!

    Also? “Full-time Blogging makes you Gordita. The End.”


    I have actually worn a bikini top (ok with a black skirted bikini bottom but a bikini no less) in public this summer. I have been sitting on a crazy exercise ball for months at work…a neon obnoxious ass green…and doing 100 to 150 crunches daily. And by GOD it is working! I hate every second of it, though. My goal was to be in a bikini at 40 and I’m nearly 42 so I guess better late than never. I just ignore the rampant spider veins.

    • Carrie says:

      You give me hope, you give me hope! Wanna Beach Body with me? LOL

      I want a photo of your abs too.

      Thank you for the support on the blog, too…I need it. Not sure how I will keep it up…or the weight loss, for that matter…it won’t be doing 100 crunches!

  13. Bren says:

    welcome back. long before we “met” in our group and our campaign, I had visited all of your blogs, namely this one and sent an email… I was tickled and more amazed there was a cubanita living in TN. How random, I thought. But it seems to fit you well and gives being cuban a new dimension and appreciation. we truly are all over! And, I agree with you. Blogging full-time will make you gordita. Now go run! :) Or have some damn cocktails.

  14. Cant wait to read your stories here!

  15. you beat me to it :)
    certainly feels like coming back home and I’ve missed you here.
    besos Y abrazos!!

  16. This is my first visit to the boonies. I’ve been to the tiki tiki several times…. always happy to feast my eyes on something NEW! Can’t wait to read on!

  17. Diana says:

    I am new(er) to blogging but in my exploration of finding blogs with a latina voice I stumbled onto yours. Unfortunately, it was right around the time you began your “sabattical.” I did find you again at TikiTiki and I am glad I did. I am happy to see you here again. And about the blogging turning you into gordita? That is the truth. My bathing suit will probably stay put away in a drawer this summer. :(

  18. Mack says:

    Awesome! Welcome back, and you best believe that F/B cannot kill a well written blog. Heck, mine isn’t all that well written, and I’m still around!

    • Carrie says:

      Mack, gracias!
      From your lips to God’s ears, right?
      It is hard to stay away forever…it’s good to have a personal space.

      Hope we get to meet sometime!


  19. Evenshine says:

    Hace tiempo que no nos vemos por aqui, amiga. Que bien verte otra vez.

    Shall we dive back in to (personal) blogging togethah?

    Hugs from moi.

    • Carrie says:

      Too much time! So much time you up and had a baby!!!

      And yes, I will dive in if you do.
      You are a great writer….Love reading what you write.


  20. Elaine says:

    I just moved to Nashville and stumbled upon your blog. I had a Cuban mother who did NOT teach me Spanish so I applaud your desire to make your daughter bilingual.
    Long story but I have really struggled with this subject for years and finally decided to learn Spanish at age 50. In Nashville, I am not sure where to plug in. I found the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute online and am going to try classes there this fall.
    I just ret’d from a trip to Cuba with my mother’s brother and her first cousin, Chachita. (My mother passed away in 06) Cuba was wonderful and awful, beautiful and ugly, charming and alarming. I met many Cuban relatives but was so frustrated because I could barely speak Spanish.
    I subscribed to your blog.
    Elaine VanCleave

    • Carrie says:

      Elaine, mucho gusto!
      Welcome to Nashville.

      Thank you for hanging out and leaving a message.
      Please contact me via the blog: carrie at bilingualintheboonies dot com so I can put you in touch with the rest of the tribe!

  21. lisarenata says:

    I love visiting your casita! It was the first Casita Bloggera that I ever visited. Nice to see you here again.
    lisarenata´s last essay ..wearable art ♥ usando arte

  22. Jenny says:

    I don’t know how I ended up here, but I did!! I love your writing, and I am inspired by you to create a blog! I do feel the same way you did (with respect to your feelings of no one following your blog). I feel that I have this fear of having a blog, and well, not wanting people to read it because I feel shy/embarrassed, or having people read it and not think it’s interesting…(I think it’s more the latter, which is something that I just need to deal with.) Actually I am attempting to raise my children to bilingual(multilingual) too, and I am always inspired by other people who do it. Anyway, thanks for sharing your thoughts to a complete stranger!

    • Carrie says:

      Jenny, the blog world is a little magical and knew discoveries are fabulous and inspiring, aren’t they.

      I didn’t tell anyone for a long time that I had started the blog. It allowed me the space to write for writings sake and to enjoy the freedom.

      There is definitely a desire to be found, to be known, to be accepted, and yes, loved.

      But, in the end, a blog is about you and your complete and total ability to express yourself in any way you like — from the words to images to the template to the customization.

      There is great freedom and joy in it when you don’t get too wrapped up in Others. (We talk a lot about that at conferences…)

      If you go for it, let me know.

      Best of luck.

      And glad you stumbled here.

  23. Andrea says:

    I am so glad to see you are back, even though I am a few months behind. You are an awesome writer. Can’t wait to read more!
    Love you in Tampa!

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