Lessons to Learn

I’m a bit impulsive. Sometimes that is good, and sometimes not so good. In this case, I’ve been learning a few lessons about how we should have approached moving to Mexico. Before I do that, however, I want to introduce you to two new friends, Tiffany and Tom.

Lyn and I met Tiffany and Tom at a car dealership. Tiffany walked in the door wearing an AdvoCare tee shirt. I immediately shrieked with joy and ran up and introduced myself. They, too, had recently relocated from the US to Querétaro, from Orlando, FL to be exact, and were looking to buy a car. Needless to say, we exchanged information and have been texting and talking for the last several days.

On Sunday, I invited them to join us at the Tribeca Bazar, a small event where local artisans sell their goods. Our Airbnb host, Andrea, was one of the event planners and we wanted to support her. The venue was interesting. The Glotonería is someone of a food truck place that surrounds an open air bar. There is a stage area where they also have live music. There weren’t many booths, but the food and drink were plentiful, and the Beatles cover band was decent.

Tiffany and Tom met us there and we swapped stories about our mutual moves. They had done it the right way. That is, they first secured residency status and arranged to have their household materials moved through the embassy. Hmm. I had no idea such a thing was even possible!

Tom went on to detail the process for permanent residency, which is actually quite simple. You only need to prove you have had more than $116,000 in the bank (cash, investments, 401K, etc.) for the last 12 months and have the requisite application and photos. If I had only known! Seems Tom and Tiffany did a lot of research before they made the leap, while Lyn and I just jumped on a plane.

Oh well! Not that it is a big deal. Lyn and I have all of the paperwork we need and just need to get an appointment at a Mexican Consúltate in the US so we can bring it all there and get the job done. Yesterday I emailed the consultate in Dallas to make an appointment. Now we wait.

Of course, the interesting part will be what to do with the dogs while we are gone. So far we don’t have anyone we could ask to watch them. I’m trying not to get ahead of myself, but, hey, this is Donna. It’s what I do.

The Job Search Continues

Looking for a job has become my full-time gig. I have been putting out proposals through UpWork (nothing yet), and sending out resumes through LinkedIn Jobs and Indeed.com. So far, nothing.

ISQ, where I interviewed, is apparently not interested in me due to my lack of teaching experience. Their loss. I know I will be a great teacher. I’m organized, thoughtful, creative and fun. Perhaps after I get some experience they will reconsider me. In the interim, I’ve sent them Lyn’s CV as well. His credentials are a lot more impressive than mine.

Speaking of Lyn’s job prospects, we have been working on his academic CV so he can start applying to universities. We are hoping that VIA will provide some contacts for him. It isn’t as easy down here to get contact information for faculty as it is at most US colleges.

In the interim, we are trying to enjoy being unemployed. It gets a little worrisome when all you do is spend money and send out resumes. We try to take the dogs out walking when we go exploring the city. Now that we don’t have a car, though, we are a little more limited in where we can go.

Other Issues

The past few days I have had some trouble with my Achilles’ tendon. It feels better today, but yesterday when I first got up, I couldn’t walk without limping. Then, this morning, my teeth were incredibly sensitive. I’m hoping that is just because I’m clenching them in my sleep. I will work on that! Unfortunately, I am going to miss my six-month dental check up and cleaning, which is scheduled for later this month.

The Apartment Hunt

We haven’t heard back from the real estate agent about the apartment. We put a deposit down on it and sent them three months of bank statements. I need to get back in touch with them to see what is going on.

In the meantime, I saw a lovely apartment around the corner from us that is for rent. Now, if I could just figure out how to call the number listed! Jeez!

I don’t mean to be negative, but I’m feeling the stress of this move. We are very much committed to it. I’m just a little tired and a bit bored. I did locate some tennis clubs, but that will have to wait until we have some sort of income.

Speaking of which, I’m also trying to get my Circuit City pension that I received in my divorce. Hard to believe that was almost 22 years ago! Anyway, if I can get that we will at least have a little bit coming in every month instead of just going out. Two more years and I can collect my Social Security, and then we will be pretty well set.

Not sure if I’ve ever mentioned it, but patience is not my strong suit.

Published by donnageisler

Former marketing professional turned teacher of English as a Foreign Language. Living in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Lover of poodles, large and small.

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