Monday, April 18, 2011

**********Sorry but a-hole Blogger won't let me use space to create PARAGRAPHS so, sorry about the reeeaaalllyyy annoying format!**************** Vacation!!...................................................................................... Kind of? With two weeks left until the new baby is born (I hope!) I'm finaly done with teaching at the school for the year. It couldn't have come at a better time as my feet decided last week to impersonate balloons during the day. Kankles are a hard look to accesorize yall.................................................................. I say "kind of" to the word vacation because I've got a certain year and 4 month old baby girl at home to contend with. At least with the 400 or so kids at school I taught I could yell "BE QUIIIEEEETT!!" and they'd sort of acknowledge my presence. But Daisy? Naturally, not so much. ..........................................................................................................................She finally learned how to walk a couple of weeks ago, and it only took her 15.5 months to get it! My little trail blazer...... I wasn't too woried about her lack of walking though because she HAD learned to blow a whistle, impersonate the street sellers calls "PaaaAAAAANNNNN!!!" and even spit on comand........................................... Who needs a baby that can walk if she can spit?............................................................ She picked up the spitting thing one day over at her uncles house. He's always spitting, not chew, just his thing, and I'll be damned if she didn't come home doing the same. ............................................................................She speaks quite a bit now although it's all in Spanish. It kind of freaks me out but I imagine she'll catch up eventually. And at least her favorite word "No." "No no nooooo NO NNOOOO" is international. It kinda counts as English!? .......................................................Anyhoo. I'm thrilled to say that I've found side work tutoring students in my home. AT HOME!!! It's not enough to quit a regular job but it's extra and it's easy and I really enjoy it. Tutoring one or two students at a time is so SIMPLE compared to 20+ kids at once! They LISTEN and don't run around and scream or hit anybody............................................................... I can see improvement and progress so quickly right before my eyes and develop a relationship. I love it! ..................................................................It was tricky getting started and finding people that would actually SHOW UP, but this is Mexico and it's just the way of the land. I'm used to it now and it didn't phase me a bit when the first 4 clients would swear up and down to the time and date and never show. It's no biggie as long as you don't count your chickens before they hatch!............................................................................ If there are any Mexpats curious about rates - here you go! I don't know about other places but here in Reynosa a foreign teacher can charge around 150 pesos per hour for a single student. That's if they come to YOUR home, if you go to their home you can charge 200 pesos. If you get more than one kid from the same family in the same hour (gravy!) it's normal to charge a little less per student, say 100 pesos each. It took me a week of going around and begging other tutoring teachers to let me in on what rates are but for YOU my Mexpat friends, not neccesary. ;)............................................................................... Next school year I'm going to offer Violin lessons at the school as well. For such a big, important, supposed to be the best private school around, our school has NO music program! Nothing!! There's one guy that comes after school and offers guitar lessons but I'm thinking some of the parents would like another option, maybe something a bit more refined. And here I AM!! Thank You MOM and DAD for all those years of Violin, I can finaly USE IT!! .................................................................I feel really ...... AWESOME actually putting skills that I posses to work for me here in Mexico. I felt so useless for the first couple of years here, not being able to speak Spanish and find good work in Texas. It was a huge blow to my self esteem to have to work the min. wage craaaaaappp jobs over in Texas just to stay alive. Now though I'm doing better making a living right HERE in Mexico!............................................................................... Look to yourselves fellow Mexpats and see what YOU have to offer! (lol, excuse me while I take a sip of water at the podium) Anyhoo, I've had tons to say lately but well you know, no Internet for a month and then no time - booooo. But I'm still here and I'm doing better than ever. Who woulda thunk it!? Tell me what some of YOU do down here in Mexico to keep yourselves afloat, I'd love to hear what others are offering!