A New Normal

6 a.m., Queretaro

Most weekdays

5:15 a.m.

  • Get up (really?).
  • Feed the dogs.
  • Shower, if time.
  • Dress.
  • Eat.
  • Take meds, vites, etc.
  • Kiss the hubby good-bye while he slumbers
El Refugio at 6:00 in the morning.

6:00 a.m.

  • Leave. If I’m lucky, I’ll get their before the students do. Class starts at 7:00. Ah, traffic!

7:00 a.m.

  • First class of the day. Everyone looks tired. I know I am. Here we go, though.
  • Smile.
  • Get the students talking.

9:00 a.m.

  • Head back home.

10:00 a.m.

  • C’mon mom! Let’s play!

    Take a nap, if possible. (Dogs: seriously? what about our walk? You’ve been promising….)

  • Work on lesson plans.
  • Freelance assignments.
  • Laundry, dishes, housework, pay bills, make calls….

2:45 p.m.

  • Head to Juriquilla to pick up Lyn at 3:30.
  • Hit the bank or grocery store on the way home, or sometimes stop for a bite to eat.

4:00 p.m.

  • Lyn vegges, naps and/or showers while I start dinner.

5:00 p.m.

  • Eat (standing up).
  • Wash dishes.
  • Review lesson plan for evening class.

6:00 p.m.

  • Head back downtown to teach.

7:30 p.m.

  • If I’m lucky, I’m there a few minutes early. If I’m not, I’m running in the door three steps ahead of my students.

9:00 p.m.

  • Head back home.
  • Get the morning’s materials together so I don’t forget anything.
  • Drink a glass of wine.
  • Shower.
  • Prepare clothes for tomorrow so when I wake up in the dark I can find them.

11:00 p.m.

  • Collapse into a coma-like state. 5:15 will be here before you know it.
The Anglo glows in the dark to greet me each morning.


6:00 a.m.

  • Wake up.
  • Slug coffee, breakfast, meds and vites.

6:45 a.m.

  • Leave for school. Traffic is lighter. Phew.

7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Class.

2:00 p.m.

  • Fill out class paperwork, talk with colleagues.

3:00 p.m.

  • Home.
  • Nap.
  • Drink liberally.


  • Thank you, God, for a day off. Well, not really.
  • Grocery shopping, laundry, housework.
  • Me and Jonathan at my favorite place — the pool! He’s helping me with my Spanish.

    If I’m really lucky, a quick dip in the pool.


Repeat as above.

Oh, wait! I have another class starting tomorrow. A business English class on telephone and teleconferencing skills. M,W,F from 4-6 p.m. Looks like Lyn will have to find another ride home.




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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