- I hang my laundry out to dry. I did this sometimes in Portland, but not often because of the weather. I am grateful that we have a washing machine, however, because I actually HATE washing clothes by hand. I have done it, I hate it, and I probably won't go back to it. I'd rather just buy new clothes.
- I don't eat out. In fact, I don't really eat all that much here. I think the hot weather is getting to me because I just don't feel hungry at all anymore.
- I sunburn. In Oregon I have sunburned before, but it was only on the very hottest days of the year. Here I turn red just hanging up the laundry. Right now I am nursing some extremely painful burns all over my body. Thank the Lord of Aloe gel.
- I walk to Church. I did this in Portland, too. In Portland, however, this didn't mean a cross country hike up a giant hill in long skirts and church shoes. No wonder so many people go casual to Mass around here.
- I spend less time online and on my phone. I can't afford the data coverage to use my phone when I'm not on the wifi. I am finding that when I am out and about with my family, I'm actually paying attention to them, rather than checking Facebook or Instagram. Who knew one could actually go an hour without checking Facebook?!
- I cook on a gas stove. Some people love gas stoves and have done this all of their lives. I have not. I really miss my electic stove. Something about the fire and having Cecilia learn to cook just makes me sick to my stomach.
- I don't feel any different than I did in the US. Yes, my family is reunited and that is AWESOME, but I don't sleep any better, my body still aches constantly, and I am exhausted all of the time. It's not from work or the lack there of, it just feels like I'm exhausted completely. I am out of emotion here. Maybe I'll feel differently after I've been here more than a week.
Right now, my main focus is spending time with my kids, avoiding the sun like the plague and eventually looking for work of some kind. I am really missing Oregon's cool and comfortable weather. I don't really feel like I stick out all that much in the neighborhood, but I haven't been out a lot.
I haven't felt like I really want to make friends or meet anyone just yet. There are several mamas in TJ and they know who they are, that I AM most certainly ready to meet and hang out with, but meeting "new" people seems like too much for me right now. Maybe soon I will feel like doing that, but right now I just want to get settled and recover from my burns.