I have been absent from the writing due to my inability to sit still long enough to write something worth reading. Emotions have been as crazy as gnats on a hot summer night in North Carolina and I have not been able to face that through my writing.
Soo there as been a lot of change in my life over the past couple of weeks. Heres the short & skinny: My living situation has rapidly deteriorated and I needed to move on. My brother-in-law family had been so gracious to let me stay but the time had come for me to move out. The search began and with any move, it was stressful. I swallowed my pride and had to ask countless people for help which I am so humbled by the overwhelmingly gracious response. People at my work have been so supportive and generous with their time and advice giving. I am so lucky to have found an apartment very quickly. I looked at it twice during the week and signed the contract on Friday, August 1st. Talking about jumping in head first!
In Ecuador apartments come completely empty. I am talking no stove, no refrigerator, no nada! Not to mention all housing furnishings are imported so a simple Rubbermaid plastic three-drawer container cost 100 bucks. I have had many "almost" panic attacks on the investment that I am making but feel that it is the necessary thing to do for my well-being. The apartment has two bedrooms, 2 baths, a tiny kitchen and an awesome balcony! Repairs are needed to the shower, including no hot water but it really hasn't been a problem because it is so hot naturally.
I have bought a stove, refrigerator and bed which was a small fortune for my salary and will slowly buy everything else I need. Creativity is the key to this game, thanks Pinterest, not to mention my best friend is a talented interior designer which will be helping me even if it is miles away! I am excited for this new experience of living by myself. I think it is going to be challenge because I do like to be social but know its all part of getting to know myself. Meeting myself halfway. You might be thinking, what about a roommate? Well the cultural norm here is that women do not move out of their parents house until they get married so that cuts off any teachers from school that is from Ecuador and all the gringos(What they call white people here) already have a place to live. Maybe next school year a new foreign hire might want to move in with me but for now I am content. The possibilities to have visitors is endless...this is my formal invitation for you to come:)