We got five things done today. FIVE! That’s a new Mexico record for us.
When Steve and I arrived in Merida, one of the first things we noticed was that life moves at a slower pace here. And that was exactly what I was looking for. I was never very good at multi-tasking – I’m a linear thinker and can only work on one thing at a time. When I was teaching and working on something while the class worked on their own project, if a student walked up to me and asked me a question it would take me a moment or two to break away from what I was doing and turn my attention to focus on the student. They usually had to repeat their question. I guess they thought Mr. Hines was a bit slow.
But life in Mexico has really agreed with me. I move from task to task, working at my own pace, and have learned to slow down in some areas of my life. (Not walking, however…I still walk like there’s a fire behind me.) So the fact that you can usually get only one thing accomplished each day has actually been a way for me to force myself to slow down. If I can go to the bank and pay the electric bill, that’s a good day. Shopping for new shoes? Takes a day. Buying groceries: a good afternoon when you add in the bus rides to and from Mega.
There are other projects, such as sealing the roof, painting the metal staircase, or cleaning the air conditioning filters that allow more leeway. I can finish three or four of THOSE each day. The problem is whenever I leave the house. Anything you must do that involves other people, just plan on completing one project each day and consider yourself fortunate. And get used to standing in line. It’s just a way of life, here. I've stood in so many lines in the past 2 years that now I am drawn to them like the proverbial moth to a flame. If I don't have anything to purchase when I leave a store, I break out in a cold sweat and my upper lip trembles as I by-pass the checkout lines.
So, one project per day is the norm. Still, there are projects that take even longer. Take renewing your visa, for example. The first day we went to immigration we were given the forms to fill out and the list of other items we must bring with us when we returned. The second trip we turned in the documents. We were told to look online for our appointment date. Three weeks later our third visit resulted in us leaving with documents to take to a bank to pay our fees. The fourth trip was to turn in the payment vouchers. The fifth trip was to turn in our photos (they would not take the photos from us until we had paid the fee). The sixth trip I was certain we would receive our renewed visas. Our seventh trip was to have all documents stamped “approved” by someone somewhere in D.F. The eighth trip we walked out with our visas good for another 3 years. Yay!
So except for that fast-walking thing, I’ve adjusted pretty well to the slower paced life. So color me hyper-excited because today I actually got FIVE things done.
It all started with an appointment with our attorney, who needed some documents from us to file some annual something about our whatever. From there we headed to Home Depot to pick up a couple of items – we walked out with a dozen in three bags. Then we walked across Prolongacion and down a side street to catch a bus on Technologico to Costco. Did our weekly shopping for the B&B, then hopped a taxi stuffed with 4 cases of water and sundry other items, and dropped Steve off at Hacienda to pay our June taxes. I know, I know…I hear you. We cheated because while Steve stood in line at Hacienda, I continued home, put away all our purchases, and walked to a copy shop down the street to make more copies of a map we give our guests. But I DON’T CARE! We bucked the system – We looked death in the eye – We fought the law and the (Uh!), law LOST!
Five things in one day. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL.
A new world record, ladies and gentlemen!
And I still have time to watch an episode of Modern Family.