Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Help

When I first moved to Africa I realized everyone had house help. In fact, many people I know employ at least three people at all times. A gate/security boy, a gardener, a maid and if you are really fancy a driver. Now we all know cost of labor is cheap in Africa, so often times all of this help will only cost you about $400.

Therefore, it was only right I join the ranks of the bougie and get my own house help now since I have my own house. After these past three weeks, I can't believe I ever went so long without house help. Now when I want breakfast, I simply call out her name, order appropriately and it's served within a short period of time. I dont have to run errands anymore or haggle with the sellers, because that is what she does. Never again will I have to sweep or mop, unless its superficially, and did I mention she does laundry? All for $100 a month.

It's like I have died and gone to heaven. *sigh*. In fact, I wish more Americans could enjoy the pleasures of having someone to help around the house. Some of you may think having house help means you are lazy, because that is how we are conditioned to believe. However, you will notice most  rich people have help. It's because they realize, what I am just now realizing, having help lets you focus on the big picture.

Its not like I can't cook my own breakfast and do my own cleaning. I have been doing that for years, but having someone help allows me to put all my energy and attention into other areas of my life. Since bringing in a house girl, my productivity level has shot up exponentially. Now, I can run errands and research at the same time. I can edit my book without distractions or interruption, and most importantly, it gives me time to think and plan.

In fact, I have turned my house into a five star hotel. It is definitely in heavy competition for being one of the most fabulous vacation experiences of my life; except its not a vacation, its real life. Yeah, I think this just sealed the deal on why I am never coming back to the States.

*Sidenote: I must take the time to say that using the terms boy and girl for your house help is not considered  derogatory here. So, in case you are wondering, I have not gone Uncle Ruckus on you. LOL

Until Next Time. Smooches.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Squatters and No Water

Well, its been like two weeks, but I am still hanging in there. I would have had great updates for you, but unfortunately, as mentioned before, blogger doesn't like my mobile modem- go figure.

So for those of you who haven't talked to me or kept up, I moved into my own place. Perfect as could be; two bedroom, one bath, directly across from the ocean. The only issue is when I first arrived I had a squatter. That's right a squatter, also known as the land lady of the house. I must take the time to say, she really isnt the land lady, she has really laid claim to the land of her ex-boyfriend who resides in the UK and is too financially strapped to come back to Ghana to claim it. Yeah, it is a lot. But don't worry, I am working on my book and the full story is in there, so pick up a copy when it comes out next year.

In the meanwhile, the last two weeks have been spent pushing her out the door, literally. Finally, I just lied and said I had visitors coming. And no, I dont feel bad about it. So now the house is mine and I am moving right along in making it a home. I laughed to myself when she thought that she was leaving for a few days and then coming back- I'm sorry, I paid rent for the year, get your shit and leave." In the end, as always, I was victorious and that is all that matters.

It has been quite an adventure though. I learned how to live in a house with limited running water. Which for me, was a struggle within itself. We all know, I need water, which is part of the reason I wont do village work. Although fetching water is fine, I just miss the comfort of turning on the tap. On the bright side though, if the world almost comes to an end tomorrow and there is no running water, at least I know how to self flush a toilet. Yes, it was that crucial.

I also have a few big things brewing so keep your eyes out for that. I will blog about it as soon as I get my final contracts, but I am excited. I also launched my cell phone rental business, so please refer all of your friends to the site,ghanacellphonerentals.com, if they are visiting Ghana. A sister definitely is appreciative of the support.

So yes, overall, I am still holding on. Acting like a Ghanaian and hoping to have a prosperous year. In the meanwhile, I have a new blogging strategy that is sure to keep you updated so check back soon.

Until Next Time. Smooches.