Okay, so I haven’t been as good about keeping this blog up since my work schedule got crazy. It isn’t that I don’t think about all of you all the time. I’m just tired. You remember that I spent the last four years being “retired.” I loved that part of my life. Now I’m back to work. And I’m tired.

Not a bad tired, just a tired tired. 

Teaching for a language school that caters to businesses means that we work odd schedules to accommodate our clients. For example, I have classes that meet from 8 to 9:30 in the morning and then classes that meet from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The school’s operating hours are typically from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Right now I am teaching four classes, including a three-hour class on Saturdays. The time I have during the day is usually spent preparing for the next class, or, if time allows, taking a nap and catching up on laundry and housework.

Having regular meals is a struggle with the schedule. Lyn and I don’t typically work at the same times and have to catch meals on the fly. Pancakes have become a staple on those days when we don’t have to be at work too early. In the evenings, a premixed salad or cereal substitutes for dinner.

Not exactly healthy. I have been craving vegetables. Yes, I could make some for myself, but I’m a social eater and prefer not to cook for just myself, so I typically don’t. Lyn is a little better. He will have some fruit, yogurt and a salad or sandwich.

Teaching is still new to me, so I likely spend more time than necessary planning for my classes. Because the students have also put in a long day or week, I like to keep the material interesting with music videos or movie clips when I can find them. There is nothing worse than teaching to a room filled with bored faces.

Let’s face it: Grammar is dull. I was an English major, and I have trouble with it. It is no wonder the students struggle!

Things I Miss

We have been out of the US now for the better part of five months. In that time, I haven’t once played tennis. I really, really, really miss tennis. I miss my tennis friends, I miss all of my friends. I miss the Boise foothills and hiking with the dogs. I miss camping, and I miss spring in my Boise back yard. I miss my bicycle. I miss knowing where everything is.

Don’t misunderstand! I LOVE Mexico! I love the people, the culture, the climate. I love being on an exciting new adventure. I love that my husband finally has a life that is more manageable for him doing something that he loves to do (teach).

But I’m human, and there are times when I would just like to have coffee with a few close friends, a few sets of tennis in the park, or a glass of wine at The Tavern.

VISA Update

Lyn and I have been going through the VISA process and will finally have what we need within the next few weeks. I’m supposed to go for my fingerprints this week, and he should be getting his resident visa card.

Once that is done, we can get license plates (placas) for our car and be legal once again. (I’ve been driving on an expired provisional permit for the past two months.) Then we can start exploring the many wonderful places near Querétaro. On the list of places are:

I, of course, will keep you posted!

Love to you all!

Donna

 

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