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A busy day in our life

Today was a busy day for us. Now busy is very different in this phase of my life. I got out of bed at 7:00 am and wandered into the kitchen. My husband who gets up at some ungodly hour, handed me a cup of coffee and commented on the fact that I was awake. We watched the news while we ate granola. Since we have chosen not to have cable or satellite we have the choice of about 3 stations, one gives the news from Mexico and the other is local. In general use, the people here refer to Mexico City as Mexico or DF (districto federal). I’ll explain all that another time. The big news is that California is on fire. The anchors had a conversation about the fact that they keep building houses of wood in California rather than make them out of cement which wouldn’t burn. They were very confused about it. Obviously, they forgot about earthquakes, and how wood gives but concrete comes tumbling down. Whenever there is an earthquake in Mexico City the damage is horrendous.
Well, we slipped into the twilight zone which is retirement because all of a sudden it was 8:50 and hubby has Spanish at 9:00. So off we went, we arrived at 9:05 which is close enough to being on time in Merida.
While hubby struggles with learning Spanish, I ride la maestra’s elliptical trainer. I don’t know which of us sweats more. I eavesdrop on his class while I watch the calories used slowly add up.
When class is done, la maestra comments that she thinks her little dachie is sick, we pick him up, look at him, and I say “he’s shivering, I think he’s cold!”. So out comes his sueter, this is not a typo, that is how you spell sweater in Spanish. Yup, it’s cold today, 75º F instead of the usual 85º or 90º.
Now, we’re off to the supermarket. Our favorite market, is MegaBalcones, the flagship store of the Commercial Mexicana chain, it’s a Mega store and it’s big competition is Wal*Mart. The balcones part of the name comes from the facade, huge faux balconies all around. I’ll try to take a photo to include here.
Wednesday, is my favorite day to grocery shop, it’s the day the vegetables are on special and the stores are pretty empty. Tomatoes have been $20.00 a kilo lately so they seem a bargain at $12/k, so I buy some. It took me a long time to get used the produce here. Things are riper here than I was used to, and with the normal daytime temperatures in the 80s, things I used to leave out, I have to put in my fridge. Besides, if I need tomatoes, potatoes, carrots or chiles I can always run across the street to the little tienda and pick them up. He usually stocks white and red onions and garlic too.
We get home around 12:30, just in time for me to put away the groceries and start la comida. Wednesdays and Fridays are the days our housekeeper comes, and she eats with us. Lunch or la comida is the main meal of the day here, so it’s substantial. We normally eat between 2:30 and 3:30. Dinner or cena is a light supper usually around 8 or 9 pm, we usually eat a light snack for cena. When we first came here we did the American style dinner but we’ve changed.
Today we had pumpkin soup with ginger. Coleslaw, smoked pork chops (similar to ham steaks but cut like pork chops), brown rice, and garbanzo beans cooked with tomatoes, onions and chiles, . Everyone pronounced the meal a success.
So while dear hubby is partaking of the splendid tradition of the siesta, I am playing with my computer and working on costume for Dickens Fair.

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!

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