July 29, 2013

A new week... new opportunities!

Monday....
We count it as the beginning of the week... MG always asks me: what  will this week bring to us? I always try to reply: I'm sure a lot of great things.

Today I have a job interview... tomorrow another one.

I do hope this week will bring great things!

gotta run to get ready!
see you soon,
S.

July 26, 2013

So, I'm back... again.

There's no excuse this time... it has just been more of a "tomorrow I'll blog" and then there's not blogging.
Life is good and that helps a lot with everything.

I can't say that life have been hectic or anything. Of course we've had a lot of adjustments, changes in our days, our routines and habits. There had been great days and some that are not so great.
We are almost settled in, and the house looks like a real house now.
We hadn't brought any furniture from the States, so we had to start all over buying things, borrowing, arranging, cleaning and all those things that have to be done after a moving...

I only have a few more minutes to write before lunch is ready... but I'll try to write as much as I can.
Part of my new routine is having lunch with the family almost every day... I say almost because it really is a daily thing except when them or me have something else on the way.
Maybe you remember that the house we chose to live in was in the same street as some of MG's family?? Well, they have been a real blessing... they are amazing to us and have taken us in totally as family. I didn't know them very well but it has been amazing.

Every day, they come to ring the bell, or call or text on my cell, to let me know they're home and we are ready for lunch. So I just cross the street and enjoy a home made meal and great company and daily conversation. It has been wonderful for me. And I don't get to have lunch alone like before.... not that I matter that a lot, but still, it is nice to have lunch with family.

We eat around 2.30pm which is late for an US lunch but pretty normal for Mexico.
And then we get on with the afternoon, either together or each one to it's own, and then most likely we have dinner together again but this time with MG whom have come from work.

And Friday it is my turn to cook for the family. So today I'm making Beef Bourguignon.... and, as Julie Powell once said (at least in the movie Julie & Julia), not any Beef Bourguignon, but Julia's Beef Bourguignon...

I got a copy (YAY!!!) of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, by Julia Child, just after getting back to Mexico as someone has given away a lot of books to my Uncle and it was seating there in his living room... I asked for it and now I'm in happy possession of a copy.

I'll tell you later how it was. I've cook for 3 straight hours today already!!! Wish me luck!!!

See you soon,
S.

May 31, 2013

Back to life!

I cannot believe it has been almost 2 months since I last wrote a post!!!! Oh my! it has been a really long time. The worst part is that this time has been barely documented... you know how I like to have our life documented!

So, we had The Move... from our lovely city in the Mid-West to Mexico City.
We are so lucky that my twin friends went to pick us up to the old place to help with the suitcases and the trip over here.
We had lots of suitcases... I'm glad I had made those crocheted tags because we had a lot of suitcases that we didn't recognize as they were purchased or given to us by friends whom didn't need them any more. We also shipped 13 boxes by regular mail, and I was afraid they wouldn't arrive but they did, fast and in excellent conditions.
It was hard to leave life there and to come here as we didn't have a clue of what we would do or where would we live. It was awesome to come back after 4 years and get to be around family and friends... We came just in time for Mother's day and I got to be with my Grandma!
We arrived to Mexico City on a Friday night... and we were so incredibly blessed that MG had an interview a couple of days later and by the end of the week he had a job already!!! so we spent the next 2 weeks doing paperwork and figuring out a new move.
The job is close to Mexico City but not quite there. It is in a smaller city about an hour away in the State of Mexico, which surrounds Mexico City.

We had to do a whole house search.... did you read that!!??? H.O.U.S.E!!!! not an apartment any more!!!
So looked with real state agents and went to see about 8-9 houses... not the right size, not the right place, we don't like that one at all!, too far away, to expensive... and so on.
Because our good star kept on watching us, MG has family in this new city. So I guess my wish of being close to family came true.
After looking for a house 2 whole days, we came back to Aunt M's house and she suggested we asked to the neighbor who was renting a house. Well, have you guessed it??

It was the perfect house for us!!!!!!!!!
Nice location, nice size, pretty inside, good price... it even has a back yard!!!!
We said yes and the following week we were moving in.

May I present to you..... The Blue House...
So here is where I've been now spending my days... starting life again. Organizing, getting into the place, the town, the house.
I'll be back with more stories about the house and how my settling and organizing is going.
MG is mostly at work and I'm happy that he is settling just fine.

I have to run,
See you soon,
S.

April 05, 2013

All that knitting and crocheting....

One of this past days I was getting ready to pack my yarny pieces... I took my knitted and crocheted garments from the closet and dropped them on the bed to fold them and pack them.
While I kept bringing things out, MG got into my pieces and I just had to take some pictures of him...
Isn't he fun???
I love that man!
See you soon!
S.

Preparing a move.

I don't think you can see a lot from that photo... I took it with the iPod and it doesn't have a great definition and the light is weird from this angle. This is what I see from the computer while typing this. Our living room looks like there was an explosion there... things are everywhere. Suitcases and boxes that are already packed fill the rooms and hallways.
Things that are on their way to be packed or donated or given away to friends are in piles all over the place. Things that we haven't got around yet, change places as we need to clear out furniture to be taken away.

It is hard to see your things go. That table or book shelf that have been with us since we started our life together... that chair we bought on special or a cute thing that we got at a fair... and so on.
I listed our furniture on Craigslist... we've sold a few things. Friends had also come and bought several things, some others have come and taken a lot of things, hangers, food, kitchen ware, etc.
We'll hope to have a few more friends over to take things with them. I'm making an appointment with the Salvation Army to come and pick up whatever is left at some point mid next week.

We bought a couple of suitcases from Good Will and non of our suitcases match and I don't recognize those that we bought... so I made suitcase tags! just to have something unifying and be able to recognize them all.
Just a few rounds of sc in 3 different yellows and a last round of red, then a chain. Made out of cotton, they came out great.

We are moving mainly with suitcases... and shipping some boxes of books and things, specially yarn and jewelry crafts.

I'm sad because yesterday we found out that my dearest friend from this place, the owner of the shop, won't be here when I leave. She's been out of town for the past week on a family emergency and it seems totally unlikely that she'll be able to come back before our leaving. It might be easier to not say goodbye... but I know it'll be hard on both of us.
Since she's away, I'm taking care of the shop today and tomorrow for a part of the day. I've never done it for more than half an hour on my own!
We are having a farewell party at the shop on Sunday... it'll be really hard without her there... but I'll be very happy of having all my friends there to say good bye. It'll be really special and I get goosebumps just thinking about it.

Finally, I finished a top last week. (well, 3 actually but haven't take a picture of all of them)
It's crochet... no pattern. although I hope to write it soon.
It's made with Shepherds wool. Such a nice yarn!!! perfect top for a cold spring day.

See you soon!
S.