04 December, 2012

...and life keeps on rolling

Just because you write a post doesn't mean life stops, no? Time keeps passing and events take place, moments happen, and so what was maybe true one day has transformed the next. Or even a few weeks later.

Since I last posted, broadcasting from the land of doldrums and dark thoughts, many things have happened. In fact, I even changed locations twice. My last missive was sent while I sat on my mom's couch in Chicago, enjoying an extended summer-esque break in the city where I grew up and that I missed so much. In the middle of my Stateside sojourn I hopped down to Texas and stayed near the Houston-area for a few weeks, spending time with Chuck and his mother, and of course the rapscallion poodle Rio--who is as adorable as he is a knucklehead. When that stay wrapped up, I migrated back to Oaxaca.

Now I am here. It's nice to be back, although I wish everything was a lot less stressful and that I could actually enjoy being in the sunshine and flowers surrounded by mountains. The little joys and pleasures are still there...our first meal back we went to our favorite comida corrida and we ate as if we had been starving for months, the flavors cause neuron explosions in my brain, it was so fantastic...but the stress makes it hard to really feel the mountain breeze and take pleasure in the colors, sights, and sounds of Oaxaca.  

Despite the stress, everything is much better than the last time I posted. Because its a good kind (sort of) of stress, the stress of finally doing business--we have a 2 pallet order that just came in, our first order for the United States, and its going to Chicago!!! We've been running around putting out little fires here and there while also trying to light a fire under the collective asses of our people down here, trying to get them motivated and understand that this first order is just one of many, and it is VERY important. We've been delayed three weeks longer than we wanted (ARG!) but we're almost at the finish line (THANK GOD!). Then we can relax until the next order, and I can stress myself out about other things!

Other things such as my upcoming (possible) dissertation project. Yep. Something is finally happening, and I feel pretty good about it (though I knew that eventually something would happen, I still battled a pricking sense of hopelessness for the past few months, ya hear). I'll have to tell you about it in the next post.

And I promise, there will be a next one! I know I drop and pick-up this blog often, but I want everyone to know that its always niggling in the back of my mind, reminding me that I need to post and get my thoughts out there into the wild internets. So I'm going back to my promise of 2 a week (which does not preclude more than that, who knows I may have a lot more to say here and there)--this time, you can count on it.

Just like I can count on a sunny day in beautiful Oaxaca. Til next time!


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