Sunday, August 22, 2010

It Ain't All Bad

So last post was a bit of a downer. It was a hard decision to make as to whether or not I would make that post, because I didn't want to stir a pity party in my honor, and I didn't want to overly upset my family and friends.

By the way, thank you to everyone who posted their concern and offered some suggestions. It was much appreciated.

That said, I thought it was necessary to post that times aren't always great being a foreign service spouse. There are definitely challenges. And many people - at least it seems to me given some of the remarks I heard State-side - believe that it is a 24-7 vacation.

If that is your expectations or chief reason for entering the life of a foreign service spouse, then you are in for a rude awakening. It isn't all fun and games. But hey, when life (or your neighbor) gives you limons, then I say cut 'em up and add them to your beer. (Corona, we can talk later about trademarking. And to the rest of the Mexican beer companies, in no way is this an official endorsement of Corona. I'd be more than happy to accept advertising from the highest bidder.)

Those limons - ping-pong-ball-sized limes - were courtesy of our newest American expat neighbors who were fortunate enough to have a home with a limon tree in their backyard and kind enough to share their bounty. Blessed with a bag full of limons, we just had to buy some Coronas to go with them. Otherwise, this little fruit seems to be the favored flavor (trying saying that a few times fast - it was even difficult to type) to add to tacos.

I also get the irony in pointing out that the foreign service lifestyle isn't always a vacation when I spent today at the beach. So it isn't always a vacation here, but you can make it one from time to time.

Here is a quick little riddle for you? At Bahia de Kino, what does a roaming beach mariachi band and tiki hut have in common? Tick tock, tick tock...give up? They both cost 50 pesos (less than $4 USD).

That's me before in a true comedic, can't-catch-a-break moment, my chair broke and I landed on my butt in the sand.

So that's the hut. Then where is the mariachi band? Well, ladies and gentlemen, for your listening and viewing pleasure, I'm pleased to present to you one of the several beach-roaming, 50-peso-per song, all-Mexican Mariachi Muchachos (my name, not theirs).

Note to users: A little useful tip if you are uploading your own video. Start uploading the video first as you can type away while it uploads, which takes a very long time. Then, when you are done typing, go out and see movie. Then come home and take a nap Rip Van Winkle style. After waking up, get a bite to eat, and then wait about 10 more minutes to publish your post.
Or just upload it on YouTube and embed the link. For once, going through a middle man actually expedites the process.


  1. Okay, chiming in way late here (sorry), but I know what you are going through, it's perfectly normal and I agree 1000% with those who said to get a maid/housekeeper. Not only is it someone to practice your language with, but someone else who is just...there...even if only for half a day.

    Glad you got out a bit and things are looking up...and don't worry about venting, we have all been there, done that and will likely be there again soon...

  2. ay, cielito lindo...
    i can't believe that guy lugs that cello (?) around the beach- all the mariachi bands I've seen usually just have guitars, I think!
    anyway glad you are doing better. I totally understand that it's not a 24/7 vacation. And I too think you should hire a housekeeper!

  3. oy! glad you didn't pay more than 50 pesos... those muchachos need a tuning!

  4. I've been following your blog for a while, and I like the fact that it is very informative; you need to snap out of the "Bleak House" mood :) Have you thought about going out there and finding stories/ subjects for a book (short novel maybe)? Or, just walking around and observing the locals (yes, I know, it's hot!)?
    Unless you have to live in a Pakistani villa with a 2-year old child, and a gun in the underwear drawer (in case someone shoots the armed guard and climbs over the 3 meter concrete wall), I suggest you brighten up :)

    I'm with everyone who suggested hiring a maid!!!
    Nice video btw.

    It ain't all bad! Cheers!