7 April, 2015
What I am missing from home
We have been in Mexico about 6 weeks now. Long enough to start to miss a couple things.
The list is, thus far, short and inconsequential. Here it is nonetheless:
- My slowcooker/pressurecooker combo: my go-to for bone broth, quickly cooked beans, and numerous one pot meals.
- Easy access to faddie health food ingredients such as coconut flour (which I just found!), paleo products, fair-trade dark chocolate and other things that will go the way of agave nectar, bee pollen and oat bran. (let’s collectively pray that does not happen to the chocolate!)
- Ethnic variety in food: We’ve always lived in cities large enough where you have your choice of countless Thai, Vietnamese, Italian, Middle Eastern and well, Mexican restaurants. Guanajuato is large enough that we can choose between a couple of Chinese places (all specializing in ‘comida rapida’ – so think of it as dining at Panda Express), a handful of pizza joints (10 pesos for a slice and beverage; that’s under $1USD folks!) and two Italian places (one of which is fabulous and a favorite). There are a couple other options for crepes, pasta, and hamburgers, but I am really missing some good Asian flavors; lemongrass, ginger, coconut, and abundant crisp-tender veg.
- My acupuncturist/massage therapist/chiropractor: my health care team keeps me moving! Without them I feel a little older, a little achier, and less fluid and mobile in my body.
Recently I found a location for a chiropractor/massage therapist; appointments are by phone call only and that is probably going to much of a pain to initiate unless something acute happens while we are here.
- My Crossfit Box: Speaking of that which keeps me moving, I miss Crossfit DeCo community which was the best place I have found to stay fit since I ran with a group in Seattle a decade ago. They are located in Denver, and honestly they are among the most compelling reasons to relocate there if we move back to the states (a very excited grandpa is at the top of the list, naturally).
- Parks and Kid-Centered Play Spaces: While Mexico is far more welcoming of children and accepting them into the fold of everyday living this seems to result in a lack of necessitating special places for kids to run around and play. Consequently SquishNoms gets less stimulating activity from parks and other kid-centric places even as he gets more exposure to more people.
A surprising list, even for myself. The things that matter most to me about the USA – a residence, friends and family – are not on the list! Our ability to visit friends and family with great frequency was pretty limited simply because life in the US is so hectic and busy that it’s unreasonable to expect seeing the closest of friends more than once or twice a month. Facebook has become the way we stay in touch even when living a couple of miles away so it does not feel like a huge loss. Yes, lack of friends and family to give us the occasional night off is noticed but it was so infrequent even when living in close proximity that its not much more burden to bear. The places we have been staying while traveling have been mostly of better quality than we can afford at home . In Colorado we traded posh living for living with family, meaning SquishNom had daily access to his grandfather and NomPa to his business partner. Everywhere else we have been has been a step up in both quality of home (nicer, better views, etc) with a fantastic walk score and no need for a vehicle for the most part. So why miss an expensive home in a neighborhood we can’t afford so we can walk to the grocer or trade that in for suburban living with horrid traffic?
Truthfully, the moment SquishNom was born and our love grew into a family my home became within this unit. It no longer matters if we are in Greece or Kentucky, these two boys make my home. That said, I will choose Greece over Kentucky.