Life on Mexican Time – NOT!

I’ve been a neglectful blogger, I know that, but really, I’ve been just too busy. Right now in this house we are adjusting to a new busier schedule. Who says living in Mexico means having a relaxed schedule, ha ha ha I say. I haven’t been this busy in years.

First off, my husband is trying his hand at real estate, hoping that it might mean he can someday soon leave his government job. This means he is working his normal gov’t schedule, which is usually (4) 12+ hour days per week (plus being on-call, travel and some night-shifts); then on his days off he’s working his real estate job. He’s currently repping for Residencial La Playa, which is an upscale condo development project being built on the beach in Cancun just north of Puerto Cancun (more on that later). So basically I never see him and when I do he’s tired.

The same day that we heard about the job at Residencial La Playa we also heard from a local acquaintance who wanted to help her muchacha (her house-cleaner/maid) find more work. The maid has been working for this woman for over 7 years, has keys to her house and is very stable. So I immediately set about getting an interview with this maid. But in the process of hiring her I found myself in a “maid-war”, competing with another friend for this maid’s services. Who would win the battle, who would pay more, whose house was less work…it was very tense for a few days.

But in the end my opponent blinked….and this sweet lovely trustworthy muchacha is now taking care of my house for me a couple of days a week. Every time she comes she tackles some new area of the house and scrubs it beyond recognition. My house hasn’t been this clean ever, and she’s not done with her quest for long-forgotten dirt yet.

Now some more serendipity is that the same day that we hired this great muchacha was also the same day my kiddo and I decided to join a local fitness club. Prior to that I was running 3 or 4 days a week in the beautiful Parque Kabah, but it wasn’t enough exercise and my kid didn’t want to go (she needs a/c to work out since she can’t sweat like normal people and easily overheats). So ever since we got with the program and got a maid we’ve been heading to the gym each day.

It’s great to be working out “for reals” again. It’s been over 3 years since I did any weight training and I sure did miss those Elliptical Cross Trainer machines. I already feel a little lighter though I haven’t stepped on a scale. My kid spent the first week crazy-excited to try every machine out. Now she’s settling into things and is finding a rhythm there. And it was fun to train her on the weight resistance machines. I didn’t realize how much I knew about weight training, but I have been doing it off and on since I was 15, so I guess I must know something.

And then on top of all of this new adjustment my work is very busy. I think I may have enough work now to finish the year. In fact there are moments when I’m too busy and my clients are paying for it by being neglected. If what I did required less training I might look for someone to help me with at least coding the projects but I’m too picky about my code for that. And the rest of it I can’t even considering letting someone else take on for me. I wouldn’t mind having a partner who is at or beyond my skill level but I think finding a someone with only part of my skills would just turn me into a micro-manager. And that would stink. So I’ll keep working weekends and stop taking new work and eventually I will catch up. And I think I’ve learned this year how many active clients would be ideal for me. So next year my goal will be to maintain that number of clients only!

Ok, so that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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5 Responses to “Life on Mexican Time – NOT!”

  1. JoyceJ
    September 24th, 2006 11:40

    Thank you thank you. I love that it worked. What club did you join and how much if you don’t mind my asking (you may have told me but I have retention issues)(besides, I am just curious only).

  2. RiverGirl
    September 25th, 2006 10:26

    We joined Super Fitness Damas, with the 2-year plan. It’s $400 pesos a month, and worth every penny! Great club! I don’t love all the music they play. But they have great machines and lots of them. And they have good classes. And they have decent hours.

    The only problem is that now no one is dragging my husband out on 4 runs a week…so he’s got to find something else to do.

  3. adam bair
    February 13th, 2007 21:44

    I am glad that you love my gym. You have probably seen me in the gym. I hope you continue to work out and get great resutls. Are you still working out?

    Adam Bair
    Super Fitness Damas

  4. RiverGirl
    February 13th, 2007 22:23

    Hey Adam – I’m not getting there as often as I would like to. But I do love it there. I’ll probably be there tomorrow.

  5. aafl
    August 22nd, 2007 11:42

    hello I’m someone who had also been in cancun super fitness gym, there the ladies who help, are very nice and always available, but you don’t imagine how are the ladies that are in super fitness Monterrey so rude and not available that’s the reason I won’t go back to that gym… installations and classes are very good also, I was in San Jeronimo but a friend that goes to plaza Real said the same to me that the ladies that work there were so rude. Byee

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