About two weeks ago I really needed to get out. I have been inside all day…by myself. I was missing having friends. I have a wonderful husband, yet there is something magical about having girl friends in our lives. Not knowing the language has been a great struggle when it comes to connecting with people and finding friends. As I was sitting in the room at my suegros’ house, Jose came in and could tell that I needed a change of scenery. He suggested that I go with cunada, Tere, and her daughter, Leilani, on a walk. I was more than willing. Tere and I have a hard time communicating, but she is very patient with me and helps me so much with the language. Lani is just…Lani. Her smile brightens up the house. She is such a precious little girl.
This precious girl steals the hearts of all around her, but especially her tio, Jose.
As Tere and I walked around the back roads of San Tadeo, I asked her what the women in Mexico do all day. Her answer was short and to the point. “Nada” she responded. “Enserio??” I replied. That was not the answer that I had expected. I thought about that for a few days after and watched the women that I was around a lot. They all seemed so busy cooking and taking care of their household. These women definitely did not do “nothing” everyday, all day. I was determined to do the same. No matter what, I would stay busy doing productive things for my family and my home.
This has been a learning experience, but such a great one. Yes, the language has been a struggle, but I learn new things every day. The thing that I am really trying to force myself to do every day is wake up early. When I say early, I mean 7 am. Ha! I’m used to waking up so much later than that. All of my responsibilities didn’t start until at least 10 am before I was married. When I worked at Avs, I was able to get up and be to work by 5:45 am, but when I don’t have a morning job…waking up early is just not a priority for me! Jose, however, he is the definition of a morning person. So, because I am in love with my sweet Mexican, I have been trying very hard to wake up early so I can make breakfast for him.
I decided that even though I don’t have an 9-5 job to go to, it is still good for me to have a schedule. Without children I have a lot to do. I can’t even imagine what it will be like when I have kids…and we want A LOT! So my loved ones…here is what I do all day as the gringa in Fraccionmiento.
7 AM wake up and make Jose breakfast. Usually this consists of scrambled eggs with onions, chili, tomatoes, and garlic. Of course they’re served with tortillas. 😉
8 AM Jose usually leaves for whatever job he is doing that day whether it is putting tile in his parents’ house or painting his uncle’s house. This is when I get back under my covers and begin my morning routine. First I begin by doing 3 pages of free-writing. I got this idea from a wonderful book called “The Artist’s Way”. I read this book and did the weekly challenges while I was in Mexico this summer teaching English. After my “morning pages” I read my scriptures. After that is an hour of Spanish study. This is muy importante para mi!! Each day I need to get in the Spanish mode so that I can talk with the people here and not blank out while overwhelmed.
9:30 AM Yoga. Oh my gosh. I have become such a fan of yoga. This past summer, my roommate and dear friend Kristy introduced me to yoga while we were in Pachuca. I only did it for a few times with her, but since here in Calvillo I have found an AWESOME Youtube channel. It is called “Yoga with Adriene”. Seriously, this has been miraculous in my life. Currently I am doing her challenge of “30 days of Yoga with Adriene”. I get so excited to be able to pull out the mat and begin the daily yoga journey. Cheesy, yes, but I’m obsessed.
10 AM get ready. But before I hop in the shower, I make the bed and start a load of laundry. When my mom taught me that I should make my bed everyday she knew what she was talking about. This simple act helps me to have a clear head as I do my daily list.
11 AM is Almuerzo. This is lunch. Sometimes Jose joins me, sometimes not.
The rest of the day from Noon to about 4 (actually 6 let’s be honest) is spent cleaning and organizing our new home and cooking dinner. It takes this amount of time because I am usually interrupted by cockroaches or spiders that really need to die.
When dinner is ready we eat. I like to eat. Jose likes to eat. We have so much fun eating. There is not much that I do, but Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays I go to Jose’s parents’ house to post on the blog and work with the internet. Tuesdays and Thursdays are my Calvillo days. I go here to teach English for two hours each of these nights. I LOVE teaching English here. I get to choose how I want to teach and what material to teach because I don’t have a boss. It is so fun!
Days here are so chill and I get to choose how I spend each day. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to have a life here in Mexico. I am loving every minute of it!
Well my conbi is on its way so I must sign off! Until Wednesday my friends!