Saturday, May 23, 2009

not the usual

There are plenty of things in my current daily life that are different from how they used to be. Some of them, well, most of them are now the norm for me. But, the other day we were driving to the store and I was thinking about the things that are different. Not really good or bad, just different.

I thought you might be interested in some of them so here they are...

  • Since living here I have only drove the car one time. Jorge does all the driving.

  • We eat fast food about twice every three months.

  • When I cook a meal, most of the time I have to make everything from scratch.

  • Even on hot days we don't use the air conditioner in the car.

  • We don't use an alarm clock unless I have a flight to catch.

  • We don't have an automatic water heater. If you want hot water you have to light the water heater manually. It takes about 20 minutes to get the water to the hottest temperature.

  • I only use the dryer for loads of towels.

  • We set our trash out daily for it to be picked up.

  • I have to manually light the stove and burners after turning on the gas.

  • We unplug all unused appliances and turn off power strips because the electric company sort of penalizes you for using electricity. The more you use, the more they charge per kilowatt.

  • I never close the windows. Now that we have screens they are always open.

I'm sure there are plenty more things that could be listed, but these are the ones that come to mind.


Cutzi said...

Good call on the driving. From what I recall - slowing down and honking at stop signs hardly qualifies as safe. ;-)

Liz said...

Always open windows... sigh. I love that.

And the thought of driving in a foreign country would terrify me. I'm not so good at driving HERE. :)

Amy Strain said...

The idea of preparing ahead of time for a hot shower would be hard for me...I am such a last minute person!

Valery said...

Hey Val my brother in law just got the Solar power attached to his house it cost 6000 pesos, I am going to get one because I hate lighting the gas. Also my stove down there has a switch so it automatically lights.

Monica said...

All I can say...