21 October 2014

October

Well, the month of October has certainly flown by.

This month Hector and I embarked on yet ANOTHER new adventure...we've moved out completely on our own for the very first time in our lives!

Our new home is a tiny one bedroom apartment in the same neighborhood we have been living in- basically I don't have to walk up anymore hills to get to anything. Apartments in Tijuana never come very furnished, so we've been learning how to live without a refrigerator or stove. Basically, it can be done and it is very humbling.

I've been dreaming of October in Portland, with the trees yellow and bright and the cool, crisp fall air. I've been dreaming of pumpkin patches and hot apple cider, sweater weather, and soup bubbling on the stove. Octobers are my favorite time of year. Not only is October my birthday month, but October means that winter is on it's way. I'm a sucker for cooler weather.

Fall doesn't exist here. Sometimes, I think I may catch a glimpse of it in the cooler evening air, but the sunshine and heat of the day keep the leaves on the trees green. There are no pumpkin patches. People are getting ready for Halloween and Día de los Muertos. Yes, the marigolds are a beautiful yellow, almost reminiscent of the trees in Oregon, but they are hardly the same. The bright colors of these holidays don't fill me with the wonder of fall. There is no hint of spice in the air. The only feeling I feel these days is a great homesickness for Sauvie Island and the days I used to spend in the country.

My phone is broken, so I have not taken a single picture in almost a month. It's been a nightmare for someone who scrapbooks week to week, but it's just life. What has come over me the most, is that I realize how humble I've been made my experiences here. In Portland, if my phone or camera broke, I simply bought a new one. I didn't care about the expense. Before I came here, I couldn't live without a refrigerator, but now I do (most unwillingly, I should mention). I wouldn't have ever thought about walking up a big hill, now I leave the car at home. I used to drink Starbucks and Pepsi every day, now I drink soda maybe once a week. Money doesn't fall from the sky. I've learned that I'm no better than anyone else. I don't deserve these luxuries more than anyone else does. Yes, I am blessed and grateful to God for my minimum wage job that barely pays the bills, because I know there are so many people in the world that would love to be in my place. I understand that now.

I don't feel like the same person who left Portland on a bus just four months ago. I feel much, much older.

01 October 2014

26 at 26

I've never really been one to ponder my age. Years and time simply go on- there is no cream or magic spell to make it stop.

However, today I am turning 26. It does strike me as odd that I am 26 and just beginning my adult life. I remember turning 16 and I can't believe it was really ten years ago. My mom threw me a huge Sweet 16 party with a big fancy dress and a DJ and catering... there is not so much pomp and circumstance this year.

This is a list of things that I have done or things I would like to do, and maybe a few things I've noticed about myself.

  1. I would like to learn to sew. Not just clothes, but my real desire is to make a quilt for me to cuddle up in, even though I think it will forever been too hot here in Mexico to do so.
  2. When I was 11, I cut my hand open almost to the bone, and now, 15 years later, I still don't feel part of my hand. 
  3. The reason I scrapbook and take so many pictures is that I have a horrible memory. I can barely remember one moment to the next.
  4. I skipped the third grade and the hardest part was not learning how to write cursive.
  5. I didn't know how to cook or clean until I was over 18 years old. 
  6. My favorite childhood snack was frosting on saltine crackers.
  7. I had an imaginary friend name Rikki. Like Rikki Lake, the talk show host. 
  8. I also had a cat named Rikki.
  9. After my last childhood cat passed away, I have never loved another cat. I am a dog person now.
  10. I learned Spanish by copying dictionaries. I have that kind of natural knack for languages.
  11. My favorite Starbucks drink it a hot chai tea latte. 
  12. I always get the same haircut, and only once a year.
  13. My hair has been dark brown, ash gray, magenta pink, black, royal purple and natural strawberry blonde. My preferred color is black, however I don't think Hector would like that one too much.
  14. Speaking of hair dye, it took 9 bottles to dye my hair the last time. My hair is that thick.
  15. I was in TAG program as a child. I began reading somewhere around the age of three or four and the love of it has never left me.
  16. My favorite animal is a frog. I like tree frogs more than toads, but I like them all pretty much the same.
  17. I tried to write a novel once. Everyone said it was great, but I never sent it to a publisher. I read it now and realize that it was complete crap. I'm glad I never published it.
  18. My biggest fears are bugs and the dark. I'm most afraid of the bugs that come out in the dark.
  19. My favorite colors are dark purple, dark blue, and black. I'm also a big fan of kelly green.
  20. I want to start a business selling chapel veils or chapel caps here in Tijuana and spread my love of veiling. Right now I've been practicing sewing them by hand.
  21. Tillamook Ice Cream is the best ice cream ever made. Although, Ben & Jerry's Chunky Munky is a close second.
  22. The Simpson's live in Springfield, Oregon.
  23. Seattle has been and will always be, our team.
  24. The number one thing I miss most about Oregon (besides my parents because they don't get a number) is rain. I never thought I'd miss the rain.
  25. On my 21st birthday Hector bought me a camera. It was the best gift I've ever gotten, from anyone except the Lord.
  26. I like spice cake with cream cheese icing and apple and walnut filling. My  mom made me one once and it was the best thing I've ever eaten. 
So, there ya go. A little look at me and my life. I guess you could say I'm just your average white girl, but it has taken me a long time to realize that.