UAB, A Piece of Home, is Finally Here

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I should be sleeping, or unpacking, or working, but I am way too excited to share this news: after eight long weeks of living in Brazil, we finally have our UAB (Unaccompanied Air Baggage)! We are officially no longer living out of our suitcases! Between the round-the-country-traveling, the pack-out, and the move, we were actually living out of our suitcases for a total of 11 weeks!  Needless to say, I'm ecstatic to have some of our belongings again! Our UAB came this afternoon and with the help of the delivery company, we unpacked almost everything in our living room. First, we … [Read more...]

As a TeleWorking Mom & DiploSpouse…

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So about that job.. I mentioned before that I was going to continue working, despite my new trailing spouse status. Well, I thought that note deserved a little more explanation, and here it is.... I work as a consultant, consulting on all things related to technology implementations, project management, technology programs, policies, etc. If you haven't heard me say it before, I'll say it here: I love it. I love what I do, the field, the tasks, and probably best of all, I love having a career. AND I am incredibly grateful to be afforded the opportunity to take this job overseas with me. I … [Read more...]

Home Sweet Home… for the Next Two Years

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Six weeks ago when we entered our home for the first time, I was filled with grand delusions of documenting our first impressions of our new home - with pictures and everything, like right away! But as it turns out, traveling overnight for 13 hours with two kids really wears you out... So once we arrived, we passed out. (However, I did manage to snap this one photo for my instagram friends to see). Fast forward approximately five weeks later and I finally manage to take some pictures.. Behold, our new dwelling: The house is a comfortable five bedrooms (including one office) and five and … [Read more...]

How Do You Say Hammock in Portuguese?

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Greetings! I survived solo-parenting for the first time in Brazil this past week as the hubby traveled for work to a small beachtown called Recife. To assuage my jealousy worries of not having my partner in crime with me in a new town (state, country, etc.), he made sure I faced the week with a tool for relaxation: a hammock.  Where does one procure a hammock in Brasilia? Why, the ol' Torre de TV de Brasília, of course! The first time we went to the TV Tower to try and buy a hammock, we went on the wrong side of it. We actually hung around that side for quite some time - walking around, … [Read more...]

Trial By Brazilian Fire

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We've been in Brazil for three weeks now and so far, every day has been a continuous journey towards getting adjusted and settled in every aspect you can think of. Our three main goals since we arrived were: (1) get the kids settled and enrolled in school; (2) get to work; (3) have a normal routine. It's been a tough three weeks... First off - we finally have the Internets at home! Well, temporarily. Because we're still waiting on our CPFs (Cadastro de Pessoas Físicas), we can't yet sign up for a cable/internet plan, cell phones, and probably everything else you need in the 21st … [Read more...]