Posts Tagged ‘moving’

tomatoes and whatnot

July 22, 2008

So things are slowly resolving themselves, and not always in the ways I want them to be resolved, but questions are answered none-the-less.

I did not sell my car to Adolfo’s sister’s friend, but that resolves one issue. We are not getting answers from the Mexican Consulates (yes, multiple) in the US regarding a power of attorney for my father, in order to help us buy our apartment, but that just means that maybe my father will come and visit us soon so that he can sign the paperwork in person.

I got my visa amendment amended, yea! I am looking forward to next month when I get to start the visa renewal paperwork (blech). I also made my lawyer some cookies as a thank you and I just need to get over to her office to deliver them before they mysteriously disappear.

Also, and somewhat unrelated, it seems like everyone is moving, which strikes me as very interesting as I am desperately trying to stay in one place (specifically, buying our apartment) and Juli is heading to England, Wendo is heading to France, Max is heading to Ecuador. Usually, that’s my job! I’m the girl who moves!

I’m not jealous.

In gardening news, I have eaten all but one of the viable radishes (there is one that is so beleaguered that I do not believe it will survive whatever trauma I have bestowed upon it to produce an edible radish). And, I am debating on weather to sow the dill or the onion seeds. The lettuce is going well and I continue to pick the leaves that are getting big enough to go into a salad. But, the crowning achievement is that I have two very small green tomatoes on the tomato plant! There are lots of little yellow flowers and I am looking forward to picking some garden tomatoes soon.

To the Other Side

June 12, 2007

I’m not sure if I can accurately describe the title of the Blog, but I can try to give some context to the creation. Since we first decided to try to make this move I’ve been recalling my previous international moving and living experience. It was brief and I was much more naive. However, I also don’t have a lot of the e-mails from that time. I can only now, exactly 10 years later, recall some of the major emotions and moments. I’ve lost all the nuance. I had a few other moments of recollection and I also have been told by many friends and colleagues: You should write about this experience so you can reflect upon it later. I’m terrible about keeping a journal and I decided this is probably a better way to write mass e-mails.

In addition, I attended a conference workshop in which the presenters discussed the U-curve or W-curve. The emotional ups and downs the expat, or study abroad student, or other long-term traveler is told they will experience. The presenters were debunking the theory. One of their points was that the studies have mostly been based on people’s recollection of their emotional well-being. A sort of, well I felt pretty good, and then I felt kind of bad and sad and now I’m feeling better than ever! But, blogging, like journal writing, can record some (almost) honest emotional reactions in the moment.

For example, right now I’m a little freaked out about my passport.

Also, I wanted to write about this because I’m moving closer to ‘home’. I feel like I’m moving farther away, because I’ll be on the other side of the border, but I’m actually moving into the same time zone as my parents (and most of my family). What a strange feeling!

Right now, the other side is Guadalajara, but I’m also hoping that at some point the other side becomes the US.