Back at home. Things have been pretty amazing. Let me first say that I think I have the very best landlady in all of Tulum- possibly Quintana Roo. The is her home. This is not a rental for her. She regrettably had to move to Cancun because her son is sick. the people that lived here before us totally trashed the house. There used to be a yard and some nice plants and all of them where trashed because the people had their cloths in the front yard. the bathroom and tile in the shower is all screwed up and black. I do not know if he was like a mechanic or what but WTF?!?!?!
Anyway. We spoke to our landlord and told her about the improvements that we have already made. She knows that she will have to paint when we leave and because she used the cheapest paint (I would have too) It is all messed up. You cannot wash it or anything. So she said that she would pay for the materials and that we could fix up the house a bit!!!
And the best part is that my mom and step dad are coming to visit me soon and so all of this stuff is going to get done soon! We are painting, re- tiling the floors in the bathrooms and fixing the garden. I am so excited.
Posted at 3/24/2010 10:00:00 AM | | 2 Comments
Okay, this has been a little while but here is my "hell yeah- Happy anniversary to me" post.
Well, it has been a very interesting past few weeks. But before I get into the catch up and where the hell we disappeared to let me first say... Yes we are safe, fine happy and living in a small Mexican Caribbean town. I dropped out of circulation for a week and my family got really freaked out. I am so sorry for causing concern. But there is one thing that gave me a good laugh once all the calls where done. Right on my FB info page is my Mexican cell phone number. Again I am sorry for any scare. We are just fine. Better then that in fact.
Well, I quit my job. They were willing to work with me on the part days but there is a big problem. I need 4 things to be in place for me to work, 1) school open 2) kids not sick 3) My friend picking them up 4)my babysitter. If 1 of those things is not there (and that happens frequently) I have to run around and stress out about who is going to watch my kids. And that is the life we ha in the USA and I live in Tulum, Mexico. I do not need to be living that life here. So with a little sadness but knowing it is the right thing I have quit the jungle tour.
But this means I have to get going with Tulum Living. And I have found what I want to do. I am making a calendar of Tulum. All of the Happy hours, live music, dj parties, yoga classes, community service projects etc all on one calendar. This is leading into my really big project ... The Tulum Living School Project.
We have designed a 3 part community service project for the schools here in Tulum.
1) Community: pulls together donations from locals, businesses, tourists and the online community to buy each school their big need. (most of these projects are between $5,000-7,000 dollars.)
2) School: as part of the donation we will get them recycling containers and set up regular pick up (our recycling center in Tulum is open again)
3) Kids: after school 1 afternoon the kids will walk the streets and pick up the garbage separating out recycling. After the street clean the kids will be treated to a pizza/ice cream party.
I used to work with Women for Children for Doernbecher Children's Hospital and I remember my mom telling me that amazing things can get done by people who are willing to put in the time and get organized. Well, I see a huge need and a huge community of people who are willing to help. It was actually the kindness I received after the kids bikes that told me to kick this into gear. I have friends willing to help pay for my kids bikes. And while that is so sweet- we did get them new bikes- it took all our money which is why our cable and elec got shut off but it was totally worth it. But anyway. It showed me that there are people in the world who would love to donate to this project and these are not HUGE projects.
Anyway. There will be more on that later.
So I will update more about all the specific fun we have been having but let me say we have been having a great time. I better go. My internet was turned on yesterday and I have sooooooo much writing to do.
I am so glad to be back.
Well, the past few days have been filled with everything wonderful. I came home Friday night and got a lot of writing done - which I really needed to get done. On Saturday- had coffee- sex- tacos - treats- then more coffee- then a killer day at work- Live music at Zamas on the beach- almost full moon and chillin' under a palapa. Had WAY too many Margaritas. Well, not really too many -- 5 really well made drinks- a quick smoke with the band on the sea the dancing on the sand. The night was still pretty young so it was off to the Full Moon Beach party at Om. I just did a quick appearance but it was great fun. Most of my very best friends were there and Lucrecia and Jackie did a great fire dance.
Then Sunday!!!! Yeah- that was all on Saturday. Sunday I woke up--- to a day off and it was finally a clear day. I was very happy. I promptly gathered the kids and headed to Ruben's work. The beach was as perfect as ever. Sunny and perfect.
I made the decision to tell the tour guide company that I can only work for them 3 days. I mean, I live in Mexico- I do not need to be living the both parents getting home in time to do dinner and bed. We left the USA- that is not what to do here. I think they will say yes. O am really good at my job- the only native English speaker and I get along with everyone. I hope it works out. Besides I have so much to write for Todo Tulum.
Okay- I am really tired. I am going to go to sleep.
Posted at 3/01/2010 11:27:00 PM | | 4 Comments