Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Girl!

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Where to start? Sigh. May and June have flown by, complete with its ups and downs. The downs... they have been real downs. I have been constantly and continuously sick since February... sick as in hugging-the-porcelain-throne-multiple-times-a-day sick. So many times in a day that I've often found myself crying at night wondering when it'll stop. It's rendered me sleep deprived, cranky, and after a few months, approximately 10-12lbs lighter. "I'm only one stomach flu away from my goal weight." BUT... on the extremely bright side, it's not been for naught. Rather for a little small … [Read more...]

The Pros & Cons of Living in Brasília

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We've been living in Brasilia for about eight months now and it's safe to say that we're over the honeymoon period, and possibly almost over the culture shock stage. In any case, it seems it's about time to share some high-level thoughts on the pros and cons of living in Brasilia. Pros (1) Weather. The weather in Brasilia is almost always comfortable. Temperatures typically hover around the 70s or low 80s. Of course, in the summer, they get closer to the mid-90s, and with a slight breeze and the shade under our pool, it's actually perfect swimming weather. Usually there's never any question … [Read more...]

Road Trip To Rio

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Hellllooooo Blogosphere! Brasilia living has been a bit hectic these days, what with a new secret project on our hands here at home, plus all the traveling, potty training, and working on top of it all. Essentially, it's been life as usual, but with a few curves along the way. But anyway, that's a different story for another time. Several weeks ago (and I'm using this term very loosely), we were invited by some friends to join them for Carnaval in Rio. To be honest, Carnaval in Rio was something I've dreamed we'd someday do during our two-year stint here in Brazil, but with two kids and … [Read more...]

How I’ve Been Learning Portuguese

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At the beginning of last year, I set out a number of goals - including learning a new language. The goal was born out of necessity, as well as a long time wish of learning another language. Sometime early last year, we found out we were moving to Brazil, and shortly after that - boom. I started this whole language learning journey. The last time I seriously attempted to learn a language was in high school. I took Spanish in high school, and following a summer-long trip to Italy, I learned to speak a little Italian and vowed to keep learning (but clearly that didn't happen, except for a … [Read more...]

Sunday Night Futebol

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Last month, the US Women's Soccer Team came to town for a torneio (Portuguese for tournament). I can't recall ever having attended a professional soccer match (is that what they call it?). In fact, the only games that have ever held my interest were my 5-year-old's U6 games. So, I'll confess - naturally I wasn't that interested and didn't exactly bother to make plans to go. But apparently with a bit of persuasion, i.e. Jace winning free tickets at work, I was game. The hubby's raffle tickets to the first game of the tournament - US vs. China, put us in one of the boxes, just about at … [Read more...]