What On Earth is Going On in Guatemala?

The kids and I have been ridiculously ill the past couple of weeks and while the boys are doing fine now, I’m still feverish and not doing a lot, hence the severe lack of posts here. However, some of you may have noticed that something is going on in Guatemala. Something big.

I’m not going to go into it all here, but you can read about what is happening in this Buzzfeed article. It gives a very good overview of things.

What I am going to talk about is my thoughts on this whole thing. I’m proud of Guatemala. This may not be my natal country, but it is most definitely my country now and I have never, in 13 years, seen the people of this country pull together like this. It’s amazing and beautiful.

Guatemala has a bad reputation for being violent. There have been many, many protests in the past, but never have I seen this many people involved, from every social level in this country, protesting . . . not just together, but peacefully! Millions of ┬ápeople in cities across Guatemala are coming together, sick of the corruption and ready for change. Will it change? Will Guatemala become the country it has the potential to become? Maybe . . . maybe not. I don’t think it will happen all at once, but this, the people of Guatemala getting upset and taking a stand against corruption is what is needed here.

Kids Say the Darndest Things: Episode 91

Me: “Dorian! You’ve grown again!”
Dorian: “Yeah, I know.”
Me: “Who gave you permission to grow?”
Dorian: “Um, God?”
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Dominic had an accident outside because the bathroom was occupied.
Me: “You peed EVERYWHERE!”
Dominic: “No, I didn’t pee on the toilet seat this time.”
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Dorian: holding up a flat tortilla chip. “This looks like the symbol for the Illuminati.”
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Me: “Boys! Dinnertime!”
Dorian: running into the house “It feels like we’re a real family! You know, where the kids play outside until dark and then the mom calls them in for supper.”
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Overheard in the living room. “NO! NO! NO! What if Dominic gets hurt?!”
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Dorian: “I’m taking The Impossible Quiz. Okay, it says . . . is the glass half full or half empty? Wait, I can’t even SEE a glass!”
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Dorian: “Did you know in Ireland they call potatoes ‘spuds?’ I love that word! I’m never saying potato again. I’m only calling them spuds!”
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Dorian: “I noticed you were already awake when we had the earthquake.”
Me: “Yeah, Dominic wasn’t sleeping well.”
Dorian: “He kept you up all night again? Is that why you’re tired? You know, I’ve heard there are sleeping pills, maybe we should get him some . . . ”
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Dominic: “Mama! There’s a spider!!!”
Me: “It’s just a bitty one, don’t worry about it.”
Dominic: “Just PUNCH it, Mama!”
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Dominic: “I have an angry eye and a good eye. What eye do you see?”
Me: “Um, the good one?”
Dominic: “No, that’s the angry one. I’m good and I’m bad, but right now, I’m angry.”
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Dorian: “Dante could get a job in paperwork.”
Dante: “That’s really hard!”
Dorian: “Yeah, you have to make thousands of notes and stamp things and pile papers up. Actually, I’m not sure they pay for that.”
Dante: “I can pick my OWN job!”
Dorian: “They might give you food.”
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I cut Dante’s fingernails, which grow ridiculously fast.
Dante: “I feel so strange without my claws.”
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The boys were watching a YouTube video and I heard familiar music.
Me: “Hey, that’s the music from the Titanic movie I told you about.”
Dorian: “Yeah, we know. This is a Frozen/Titanic mashup. Elsa sinks the Titanic. That’s the REAL story!”
Cue hysterical laughter.
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Me: “Note to self, don’t play Agar.io when baking.”
Dorian: “Why?”
Dante: “Because you get distracted and burn stuff, right, Mama?”
Me: “Yes, I burned these a little.”
Dorian: “So, would that be a life lesson, then?”
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Dominic: “I see ants. Everything has a name and these are named ants. And I call them ants.”
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Dominic: “Mama, do you have bad dreams?”
Me: “Sometimes. And you?”
Dominic: “Yes. I have bad dreams with trees and snakes.”
Me: “Snakes in the trees?”
Dominic: “They climb the trees, so yeah. And they fall on the head and bite and make you sad. It’s a bad dream.”
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Overheard in the living room. “If you don’t stop bugging me, I’ll become hostile.”
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Dominic: “Hey, these jammies have pockets!”
Me: “Oh, nice, I didn’t notice.”
Dominic: “For the money can get in! And the cars.”

The Expat Freelancer

As everyone knows, I totally need more projects to keep me busy. So, I’ve started to work more on a site that I’ve actually had for a year and have been mucking about with from time to time. I recently revised my main writing site, Ink Your Way and it seemed natural to build up the side blog, too. The “new” blog is called The Expat Freelancer and as the name implies, it’s mainly for expats who are looking to earn a living writing.

Part of the reason this all came about now is that I joined Gumroad’s Small Product Lab and my product is a pricing guide for freelance writers. It ties in perfectly with the website, so I figured I’d start building it up again. I’m really enjoying working on this side of things, teaching people instead of just writing for them.

That being said, writing is going fairly well. I am working on a number of client projects, some exciting, some not-so-much, but there’s at least a steady stream of work, for which I am grateful!