Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
(Above) This wall of tombs held babies and children. These were the ones you could see inside.
(Right) They have built the sidewalk and covered half of this tomb. I guess this person has been buried twice.
(Left) There were several tombs like this one where the concrete slabs were missing or broken. Scary!
(Right) This was a window on the side of one of the personal buildings in the cemetery.
(Right) This shows you how deep each plot on the ground is. It allows them to stack 5 coffins on top of one another.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I took pictures from my last hair cut in the States so the lady could see exactly how it should be cut. Well, I guess she is either blind or dumb because she got it all wrong.
And after I chopped at it for a few days to get it to look like a style, this is what I got.
When I left the salon I could have killed the lady with just my look. I think I was capable of shooting laser beams out of my eyes. She told Jorge we didn't have to pay (but he did). She cut about 2 to 3 inches more than she should have. Oh I was so mad!
I told Jorge we need to go for a walk downtown and try to forget about our bad luck. I might take the camera and take pictures for all of you.
I promise a happier more upbeat post next time.
Friday, October 24, 2008
The whole way up I didn't feel anything, just anxious to get this drive over. Once we got into Nuevo Laredo I started thinking about how close we were to the US border. The road that leads us to the building to do all the paperwork runs parallel with the small river that separates the US from Mexico. I could have thrown a rock and have it land in Laredo, TX.
I was MAD! Almost crying mad. I didn't think I would have any bad feelings, but being so close and seeing the US was heart wrenching. You could see Wendy's, McDonald's, hotels, banks and homes in the US. I just sat there in the car thinking how ridiculous it was that we can't cross that stupid border. Well, I can but my husband can't.
How is that OK? I know he did something that by law he was not supposed to do, crossed the border illegally. But, why is it not OK for some people to come to the US? The United States is a melting pot of every nationality. My great grandmother came from Germany. What family can go back a few generations and claim to have been from the US?
It is just so frustrating going through this whole process. The not knowing is killing me and I am just short of 6 months into the situation.
I have been so removed from the US this whole time that it is easy to not think about it. Yes, I think about things I don't have here (like groceries and such), but I don't really think about *it*. I stay in the house most of the time and avoid reality.
Being yards away from the US just put a stake through my heart. It is something I want so badly but feel helpless to get it.
I know I should just accept this and be thankful for everything I have but sometimes that is not easy. We have our health and that is more than some people can say so I will try and think of it that way.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Before the show even got started there was a nervous feeling that came over me. We walked into the tent and I looked at the bleachers and refused to sit anywhere except for the row that your feet were on the ground. The part your butt went on were overlapping (yes, I said overlapping) boards of wood. Rope was securing them to the steel support beams. What the...? I was expecting them to collapse at any moment.
It first started with a man (Tarzan) and a woman (Jane) swinging around on those long scarf looking things. In the middle of their routine the music started skipping and they finished without the music. With the lack of music you can hear the wench pulling and releasing the cord to raise and lower them. I thought any second it would snap. I think they used that same wench when the ark was built (that is if they had wenches back then).
Then there was a guy that was on this trapeze type swing in the air (it was operated by the same wench) and in one of his balancing acts he lost balance and I almost lost my bladder control.
Then they brought out the elephant and since the evening was starting off with a bang, scenes from those crazy moments caught on tape type of shows with elephants going wild in small areas kept going through my mind. They say third times a charm and THANK GOD this was the third act. No problems!
Then the circus crew took about 10 minutes to set up the net for the trapeze artists. Three guys (one was Tarzan) in army fatigue were standing under the net and music sounded, boy band music followed by "I'm too sexy" and they stripped off their outfits to reveal white skin tight pants. They might has well been naked. I thought I was at a strip club and asked Jorge if he had any ones.
Then Snow White and 5 out of the 7 dwarfs came out. I guess the other 2 had a little too much tequila. Snow White then removed the bottom part of her dress revealing a semi-thong. Half of her butt-cheeks were showing. I guess it was only fair to the men to have a half dressed women since just an act earlier we had 3 male strippers. She proceeded to swing around in the air on this hoop (operated by the same zillion year old wench).
They did bring out a horse and a goat and a llama. Tarzan was handling the animals as well. And between acts he was selling those twirly light things. I guess you have to multi-task when they only charge $2 for admission.
We ended up leaving early because our nephew was hungry and likes warm formula. Of course there was no microwave or any other contraption to warm the water.
I can only image what the rest of the show was like.
Forget commercials or any print ads to advertise. They just put the animals directly in your face. This is what gets your attention. Maybe a little dangerous with the elephant but that adds the excitement.
I am sure we will have a blast as long as the tent is not a million degrees inside. I let you know how it turns out.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The photos he make most fun of me are when I run outside to take a picture of some bug or whatever else has stumbled onto our porch. You just don't see a variety of bugs and critters in Indy.
Here is a tiny little frog that we found on the front patio last night. He was very willing to let me take his picture. I didn't want to touch him because that would be gross and I don't know anything about what kind he is.
I really hate beetles. I hate when they touch me with those sticky little legs of theirs. It grosses me out just thinking about it now. During the months of May, June and July there were a million of these guys. We don't have any screens on the window. I kept the windows closed because I didn't want them getting into the house. This particular one scared the crap out of me. I was watching TV and heard something (like the size of a dinosaur) hit the light in the kitchen. I was a bit hesitant to investigate. I walked over to the sink to find this giant beetle. I made Jorge remove it AFTER I took a picture.
It is a daily occurrence to find lizard on the patio. They can get in easily but have problems getting out. There are steps that you walk down and once they are in it is hard because of the tile on the walls. They just can't grip it to get back out. This one is by far the meanest looking one we have found. He is the biggest as well. We did see one the other day I swore was straight from the Crocodile Dundee movies. So I exaggerate some times. Bella gets excited when she sees the little ones. She recently held one in her hand.
I am sure I will take plenty more pictures to share of weird bugs and such. Nothing can make me stop!
Monday, October 13, 2008
I have been living in Jalostotitlan, Jalisco, Mexico for just over 5 months now. It is definitely a different world down here. Third World to be exact.
It has been great (most of the time) to be with the girls as a stay-at-home mom. Seeing them grow and learn everything is something I wouldn't have been able to do as much in the US. Bella is already 21 months and Emily is 7 months.
Life is predictable down here. Every day is pretty much the same as the day before. It is easy to lose track of what day it is. Surprisingly time is going by quickly. Not quick enough as far as our 10 year stint. Hopefully (crossing fingers) it won't be 10 yeas. We don't look ahead that far anymore. We concentrate on the present. The lesson was a hard one to learn.
We have been blessed with the support of everyone and the understanding that this is unfortunately something we had to do. It is hard being thousands of miles away from all my family and friends. I get homesick every now and again.
For Jorge this has been a double-edged sword. He gets to see family now, but he had been Americanized so he misses the States a lot. We had a great life started there and we had to up-root everything and start over.
I thought I would start (again) writing a blog so people can see what my life is like down here. Also, it will be interesting to read older post to see how my attitude changes about different situations.
I hope you enjoy reading the entries and hope that I can make them interesting enough for repeat business.
Thank goodness for technology. It has kept me sane in all of the madness of this whole mess.