Wow, it is amazing that we are closing out October 2017. It won’t be long until I will be chatting about Christmas. October in Mexico City is pretty nice. The rainy season is finally over! (Insert super happy me!) It is amazing that when the sunshine is out, everyone is happier, and, quite frankly, the city is more attractive. The sun doesn’t make it hot, like in Texas. It just adds a little warmth after the morning chill. We have been dressing like it is fall for a few months, and now it is perfectly appropriate to dress like fall! Tall boots, scarves and pumpkin spice are the themes of October.
Halloween is tomorrow and Day of the Dead is November 1, which they celebrate from Nov 1-3. They have had, and continue to have parades and festivities. Chris gets Wednesday and Thursday off, and he took Friday off, and Ryan gets Thursday and Friday off. A BIG deal, indeed. We are still deciding if we are going to stay here for the weekend or try to make a quick trip to another Mexican mini-vacation. We need to get on the ball!
Our condo units (5 tall buildings of approximately 36 units in each) had a giant Halloween festival on Friday night. They had food, inflatables, a choo choo train, trampolines, a haunted house, and trick or treating door to door. Unfortunately, we told them we wouldn’t be here after Ryan’s football games. We made it back in time, but they just skipped us. It was a little sad that our kiddos are too “old” to enjoy the festival. Chris and I walked down to check it out. Everyone was really decked out. Parents, grandparents and of course the kids. I am sure we stuck out….not only are we not Mexican, we were not dressed in our Halloween costumes. Oops.
As Christians, it is a little tricky on how to handle the “Day of the Dead” holiday. We do not believe that we need to pray for our deceased relatives, nor do we need to pray for them to come back and visit. I am fine with remembering them, but am not big on having an alter, etc…., which is a huge part of the celebration. The skeleton face is associated with this holiday, and there are skulls everywhere! There are skull candy, skull bread, skull clothes and skull decor. The “elegant” skull is a woman dressed up like an upper-class female with a skull head. “Catrina” figures are quite popular, as you see them everywhere. She is the “face” of the holiday. Life is fun and full of strange traditions and beliefs. We are just in the midst of it……because we live here!
I got a lot accomplished today. I went out to run some errands. First, I got gasoline in the car, which is super easy here, as they pump the gas for you. Reminds me of the “good old days” in New Martinsville, WV. As a child, we would go to Newman’s Exxon and they pumped the gas for you and cleaned the windshield. Here, the only difference is, the gas attendants don’t know English, so I get to practice my Spanish skills. I then made it to a mini-mall, that is built into the mountain. (From the street, it just looks like a few stores, but once you get in, it is really deep, and there are many shops.) After parking, a man came and asked if he could wash my car, which needed it BADLY. I said YES! 🙂 I paid him after I was done with everything. It was 65 pesos! (about $3 plus a small tip)
I took in an art piece that I purchased at a bazaar last week to get framed. With help of Google translate, I got what I needed ordered—for a mere 155 pesos! (That is about $8!) *note to self—> framing is another thing to get done here! It included the frame, the glass and the mat board. I then got a Starbucks drink and got a pedicure. (2 very awesome parts of the day!) After that, I went to Superama and got a few groceries. I paid, took care of the parking ticket, which means going to a little kiosk and putting the ticket in, and then scanning my receipt. I made the parking 10 pesos instead of 30. (win!) I then went to another kiosk to pay the parking ticket, walked with my groceries to my car, and then paid the car washing attendant. This is why, once you get home in 1 piece, you are thankful that A. you survived B. you got what you needed and C. you feel accomplished. I can maybe conquer the world…..today. OR NOT, depending on how the day goes. 😉
Ryan is doing well in school, and even got an award for the 1st quarter. He doesn’t really admit that he is doing well, because he SO misses his life and friends in Texas. But, he really is making friends, liking football, and making good grades. The teacher that gave him this “AB” award says that he is “very” well balanced and she thinks that he is really thriving here. Wow. I am super proud of him. 8th grade is a tough year to move, let alone to another country. Most kids in his school have either been there since Kindergarten, or are used to moving every 2-3 years. He hadn’t moved since right after kinder, so The Woodlands is really all he knows. Somehow, by the grace of God, he is hanging in there! We don’t know where we are going after this Mexico City adventure, so another transition is coming for him, and for me.
Hope you enjoy reading about daily life here. Remember, our doors are open if you want to come and visit!