I’m getting ready for my trip to Oaxaca on Friday, and I have to admit I am pretty excited. It will be great to meet everyone but also to get to work on the plan for spreading the word about the México we all love. The picture above is from our trip to Oaxaca last year.
It’s been frustrating for lots of us who live here and love it here to read and hear inflammatory news reports, many of which present information totally out of context. I’ve used this blog as my own forum for presenting the reality of my life in México partly so that people will read my words and see that there is another side of the story. The Mexico Today project is just what is needed – I believe that all of our voices together will make a chorus that hopefully will be heard.
So to get ready to get back in the workplace, (!) I had to take a look at my wardrobe to try to come up with some new looks. Mazatlán is not the greatest for shopping and since I usually only visit the US for a week in August I had to get creative. But for a change it wasn’t me being creative…a friend was taking some things to her seamstress and I got to tag along. I had two old, beloved shirts that were too worn out to wear. I had one skirt that I liked a lot.
I bought two meters of fabric for each item for probably around 600 pesos ($51.00 US) and a couple of weeks later we picked up our new clothes. Four shirts and two new skirts for me! $550 pesos ($47.00 US) for all of this, perfectly done, just as I wanted. How about that?
Then I thought that I’d better get a haircut so I headed to Tippy Toes, a new beauty salon in Centro. The owner, Deb Rodriguez, is a talented and knowledgeable hairdresser and her salon is so fun – beach murals and surf decor of course, since they are a half block from the beach on Sixto Osuna. They don’t open until July 4, but she has been training staff so a few of us lucky year-rounders have been getting pampered during the soft opening. You may recognize Deb as the author of The Kabul Beauty School and A Cup of Friendship. She gave me a fabulous haircut, too!
I haven’t started packing yet, but the dogs seem to know something is up. My office/craft room doubles as a guest bedroom and the dogs have been keeping a close eye on me lately. Here are a couple pictures showing how they keep me company!