Reformando o Escritório

Olá Pessoal! Quanto tempo, né? Eu sei … é que a vida está MUITO corrido e estou trabalhando MUITO!

Nestes ultimos dias eu não tenho feito muita reforma porquê estamos com projeto de guardar dinheiro ( meu dios, como é difícil guardar dinheiro!!) Eu sei que tem reformas que não gastam muito, mas no momento não quero gastar nenhum centavo a mais!!

Mas mesmo neste tempo de poupar ( que na verdade começou este mês ) eu ainda mexi um pouco com o escritório. Não sei se vocês lembram, mas quando comprei o meu apartamento o meu escritório se encontrava assim:

101_2710Éeeeeeee…não tinha muito cara de escritório não!

Mas como o passar do tempo, a gente compra uma coisinha aqui… uma coisinha alí.. e por aí vai. No momento o meu escritório está praticamente só com os móveis. Nós pintamos o quarto e compramos alguns móveis, mas não fiz nada na decoração ainda.

Ok, ok, para não dizer que não fiz NADA de decoração, meu lindo esposo descobriu minha paixão por animais de ceramica e me comprou duas corujas ( os primeiros dois itens da minha nova coleção, agora quero mais e mais e mais ahhahahaha)

Então bora lá conhecer meu escritório com cara de metade acabado? ( pq está! kkkkkk) Let’s go!100_5054

Escritório pronto para dar aula, xícaras de café inclusive! haha

Como podem ver, o escritório está meio branco, sem cor. Estou pensando no que vou fazer na parede atrás da cadeira ( esta cadeira branca vou ter que trocar porque ela está ruim de ficar sentando!). Eu tenho um quadro de Nova Iorque na casa da minha mãe, acho que vou buscar e pelo menos colocar ela na parede para dar uma corzinha até eu decidir o que farei. Eu adoraria fazer uma parede amarela com um mural de quadros atrás, mas o Mr. Husband precisa aprovar e ele é demoraaaaaaado para decidir as coisas!

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Esta prateleira eu comprei em uma promoção da Americanas. Genteee, compram na Americanas de madruga pq os preços são mais baratos! Eu estava olhando meia noite e acabei pagando 119, na próxima manhã estava 197!!! Como eu estava achando tudo meio branco, eu comprei papel crepom e papel de seda para colocar no fundo do armário e nos espelhos de luz.

100_5059Espelho decorado com papel crepom- amo papel!!
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O fundo da prateleira- sim, todos os livros são em inglês! A prateleira é minha e o armário com portas é do meu esposo.

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Armário de Livros do Mr. Husband, viu como esta parede é branca de mais?? 100_5067Ao invés de comprar recipientes de plástico para guadar as coisas, achei liquidação na estrada para Curitiba em vasilhas de ceramica! Acho que foram 2 ou 3 reais cada se eu não me engano!

Tenho muitos planos para este quarto ainda, mas por enquanto está assim. Comecei a usar para dar aula depois de colocar o ar condicionado pois estava MUITO quente!! Mas agora com o ar as coisas melhoraram mil vezes!!! Deveria ter feito isso BEM antes!

PS. Não sei se escrevo no blog em inglê sou português- HELP! O que vocês preferem?? #problemadeduplacidadania

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Having a Puppy at Home

Well, for those of you who read my blog, you know that I have had a puppy for over two months now. You might be asking yourself, I wonder what it has been like?

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It has been AMAZING! He hasn’t been allowed to go outside because he didn’t have all of his shots ( he got his last one yesterday and we FINALLY took him out to play, on the weekend we are going to take him walking at the park- I know he’ll love it!)

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I have been working on potty training him.. I think he may be finally getting the idea. ABout 75% of the time he does it in the right place, now I need to get into the habit of taking him out to walk in the morning and at night so he can learn to do his necessities outside.

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He is a joy to have around, he has so much personality it’s insane. He knows when he has done something wrong, he’ll try to sneak away and pretend no one saw him. He loves to play and chew things because his front teeth are coming in. He LOVES fruit and veggies but he can’t eat too much of it.

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He will follow you every you go. If you are in the kitchen, he will be there. If you are in the den, he will be there, if you are in the bathroom, he’ll be there, in the room, he’ll be there. He will follow you EVERYWHERE! It’s so cute but sometimes I feel bad for him because I will be cleaning the house and he will be walking behind me the whole time, poor thing.

 

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He LOVES kids, anytime he hears a kid screaming and play8iing he starts getting desperate to  leave the house and find the child to play- it’s adorable!

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To anyone looking at getting a pug, my recomendation? GET ONE! You will love them to no end and they will love you forever!!

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New Lighting

Well, I have always wanted a chandelier in our home, but things in Brazil are uber expensive so I was thinking that I would have to pay about 2,000 reais for one. Well, one day I was going with my husband to my father-in-law’s chacara when he stopped at Leroy Merlin to pick up a load of ciment, since it was in the early morning and I hadn’t had coffee yet, I went to Leroy to get a cup of coffee, while I was there I saw that they were having an anniversary sale, so I went to take a look at the chandeliers. There was an attendant there so I asked her about a couple of chandeliers, she showed me one and I was interested in one that from 2,000 reais it had a 70% discount so it ended up being only 600 reais- a good price considering it was made entirely of crystal ( it had 700 crystals).

Well, since I was in a hurry I decided to just let it go and we went to the chacara and had lunch and had fun. The next day my father in law called us to tell us that laminated floors were on sale at Leroy, for us to come take a look. We went there and saw that it actually was just a farse because they lowered the price of the floors in themselves and upped the price of all the edge work and charged an installation fee, so it ended up being the same price as normal price *sigh* Brazil and its silly sales that almost never amount to anything.

Since we were there, my husband was interested in seeing the 600 reais chandelier, and I showed it to him and called a salesperson to ask her exactly what the price was. When she went to go look at the piece, it didn’t have a code or anything so I asked them to look again and see if they could find it, a promoter ended up heping me and he was able to find the code from another smalled piece, he found one that was the same brand but a bigger size. I was right beside the promoter so I was able to see the price, 999 reais. I asked him how come it was 999 if the salesperson had told me 2000. He asnwered that the salesperson was probably just trying to impress me, so she told me a higher price in order to say that it was a 70% discount. So I answered, well, if she said she was able to give a 70% discount, then you should be able to get a 70% discount on that piece.. he went and talked with his managers and they said it was fine since the salesperson had told me there was a 70% discount, so I ended up paying only 300 reais for a crystal chandelier! Yay!!!

I tried to take a million pictures to capture the beauty of the chandlier, but to no avail. I think it may have to do with the lighting since now it’s more of a romantic lighting, which is better to receive guests and have dinner- I love it!!
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100_4570Aaaand off. Can we say beautiful? hahahha

Sooo the next thing to do is great of those decorations that every day I find more and more horrid.. soon they will be substituted- YAY!

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Better Bed, Better Dreams, Better Storage

You’re probably wondering how a better bed can bring better storage.. better dreams, of course, that’s obvious! But better storage? You must think I’m crazy!

Well fear not, I am not crazy, I promise:)

Let me show you what I mean..

 

100_4205We have a new box spring ( that actually is called a baú ( chest) in Portuguese) and bed!

The bed that I had was from my adolscence, and when I received it, I had already received it used, so it was probably about 15 years old.. every mornin we were waking up with aches and pains so we decided that it was time to change, and SINCE we were changing, we decided to get one with a baú so we could fit more things in it.. and let me tell you… This baú holds more stuff than a wardrobe… that’s for sure!

My goal here at home is to not have a wardrobe, it seems like every apartment here in Brazil has a wardrobe, and I just don’t like it. It seems like the wardrobe takes all personality out of the room and just takes up so much SPACE. So my goal has been to get rid of the old wardrobes that came with the house and were falling to pieces and replace with them with other pieces of furniture. This has proven to be rather difficult to accomplish quickly since when we moved we didn’t really have any furniture and this is our first year of marriage:)

So far we bought some furniture for the office where I was able to store books and paper stuff, we bought the end of the bed chest with a seat thingie ( not sure what to call it, lol) which I stuffed full of blankets and sheets and towels. The problem I was encountering though, was all the junk in this room:

100_4219 100_4220My goal is for this “junk room” to become my walk in closet, which is nonexistent in Brazilian apartments. I’d love to have a room just for me to get ready in and get dressed and have for all of our clothing and other stuff, right now we are working on the first phase of our walk in closet, but I will post more on that later when it’s a little closer to done. For the meantime, I’ll be talking about how I’ve been getting rid of all that junk in the trunk;)

So back to the bed, the pictures that I showed you guys above of the junk room, I just realized were AFTER I took all the boxes out and put in the baú… just to give you guys an idea of how much stuff I had, haha.

100_4213I LOVE our new bed, it’s a lot higher than the other one, but that’s kinda hard to tell in pics. It’s really comfortable and I have been enjoying it a lot , sweet bed, even sweeter dreams!

I haven’t done anything else in the room, but hopefully soon I will at least be able to work on some of the projects I have for it!

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A Big Person Sofa- Finally!

The end of the year brought a few surprises here at home..

For a long time I had been wanting a new couch, the one we had was from my kitchenette and it was way too small and uncomfortable, I couldn’t wait to get what I call, ” A Big Person Couch” aka a couch where more than two people can sit on, haha

We had some money set aside and we had decided that we would be getting new floors for our house, but since we got Bonhoeffer and he isn’t potty trained yet, we decided to wait until the middle of the year until he is fully trained. So we changed our minds and decided to spend the money elsewhere, one of the things being a new couch.

This was a really hard decision to make since it’s a pricey item and something that will last around 10 years.. so I was a little unsure about what to get. I wanted a corner sofa, but my husband wasn’t going for it, I also wanted a light grey sofa.. but he also wasn’t going for it, haha. So in the end of everything we got an L shaped sofa 2,5 long in dark brown ( later on I will put a white throw blanket and red pillows to lighten things up a bit) 100_4264Much better than this, isn’t it? :)

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100_4265I still need better throw pillows and I need to add some more white in it, but I’ll get to that soon!

100_4267My living room is by no means finished, but I am so glad to see things slowly evolving over here.. sometimes it seems like it takes forever, but little by little we’ll get things done!

 

 

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Christmas Season

This year is our first Christmas season together, living in the same house. (Just to remind you guys, I got married at the cartório on December 7th and married at church on January 5th, and I moved to my house at the beginning of April). Last year I didn’t have a place to live in December ,so my lovely sister in law invited me to live with them for a month ( Thankyou Kelly!) So last year I wasn’t able to do anything for Christmas, but this year I really wanted to.

In September, I found a woman who was selling new Christmas trees for really cheap to help a church out. I know it’s kind of odd to buy a tree in September, but that was when I found it and I only had to pay 40 reais:) Aaaand just to remind you again, here in Brazil they don’t sell live Christmas trees, only artificial ones.

I didn’t have any decorations, nor money to buy some this year, so my mother kindly gave me some! Thanks Mom!

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Well, I know it’s really simple, but I am glad to be able to have something that reminds me of Christmas, next year I will try to get some more decorations:) ( RACHEL, if you’re reading this.. please go Christmas ornament shopping for me;) )

Thankfully, Christmas is arriving quickly.. I only have to work this week and next week and then I am free to celebrate this holiday!! Yay! I love vacation and not having a scheduled time for everything, it’s good to sit back and relax for a week or two:) Buuut, as you guys already know, I won’t be relaxing.. I will be painting!! Anybody want to help? hehehehe

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Reflections on the First Year of Marriage

 

20121207_163925On December 7th, 2013 my husband and I completed on year of marriage ( at the cartório). It was an amazing year, I would say that it was the best year of my life.. but if I do that I will have to say that every year because it seems like every year is better than the last one!

I believe that this year was the year of change, this was the year where I stopped being a “jovem” and became an adult. Many friends stopped calling us to go places and to do things when we got married, at first I really felt it and was depressed for a while, but then I started to work a lot and get involved in my house that I ended up not having any spare time- which is actually great! It helped me a lot during this first year. Everyone who knows me knows that I love my job and I love to work. Nowadays I feel like things are different than last year, there are some things that I don’t spend money on anymore..  I don’t go so often to bars or to eat out.. We do that about once a week just to get out of home, I don’t spend so much money when I’m out and about on the street, but this is where we changed a bit because when people call us to go places, it always involves spending money.. and sometimes I just don’t want to spend it without reason, you know what I mean?

100_4203I was talking to my mom yesterday and she started encouraging me saying that for my age and the first year of marriage, I have gotten A LOT done. I have been looking back on pictures of this last year and have seen the differences in our lives from a year ago.. we planned a wedding and had an amazing party, we had an incredible honeymoon, we lived with a friend for 3 months before our house finally got done and we were able to move in, then we started remodeling things at home.. and here we are ( continuing with the remodeling, I haven’t quit don’t get me wrong).

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When we got married we didn’t have much furniture.. and here in Brazil it’s not like in the US where you can buy some off of craiglist, or from a thirft shop, or loan them from friends… they don’t have that here. Buying things used here is complicated because usually it’s in a such a dipalated condition that it’s not even worth trying to fix ( structural problems, for example). So when we moved we had, a table ( which we had bought BEFORE even getting engaged), a two place sofa ( which came from my kitchenette), a stove ( a wedding present from his sister), a refrigerator ( a wedding present from a friend), a tv rack ( wedding present from my sister), a tv ( wedding present from someone I don’t even know), and a bed ( which was mine from when I was a teenager.

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Slowly but surely we started buying furniture and begin to fill up this house, I look here and there and thank God for everything that he has given us.  We were able to get furniture for his house, get rid of old closets that just didn’t work with what we had, get rid of an ol dhutch that was falling to pieces ( the foot was broken), get some furniture to store things that works better than what we had , buy some small things that help build a home ( lamps, trinkets, organizers, etc).

Yesterday, we did the unthinkable and FINALLY bought a decent sofa, an adult sized sofa, hahaha and a new bed. This may seem like nothing to you, buy hey..  a new bed and sofa to get home at the end of the day and be able to relax? This means he world to us! It was pretty stressfull to not be able to feel comfortable watchinga movie or lying in bed at the end of the day.. we were waking up with aches and pains due to the old mattress, so yesterday we went crazy and decided to buy both big ticket items to start the year off! Thankfully my husband is a great negotiatior so we were able to get a discount and a better payment plan on the mattress. Later I will post pictures, but we got a mattress and a box spring like thing that opens up so you can store things underneatj- a must for small apartments! I am already thinking about everything that I am going to shove in there:) We ended up taking the mattress home already and shoving it into the back of our pickup.. we had a friend coming over to get a present someone asked us to give them, and we remembed that their kid loved double beds and had one that wad falling to pieces, so we offered it to him and he happily accepted, so that night we took the bed and mattress over to his house. Right now we are sleeping with the mattress on the floor because the box spring will only arrive on Friday. I can’t wait! For the meantime, Bonhoeffer isn’t sleeping in our room because he thinks we bought the mattress for him since he can climb up on the bed easily, poor thing, last night he slept in his bed in the hallway whining to come in:/ Our couch will be ready next Tuesday ( today is Wednesday), but I will only be free for them to deliver on Friday, so by next Friday we will have a couch too:)

So I guess this is what started my reflections, because sometimes I feel like I have done nothing in the past year, that my house isn’t becoming a home, but then at other times I sit back and think about everything that God has given us and just smile:)

20130113_102902Now, about our first married year.. it was wonderful. We should have gotten married sooner. Everyone says that the first year is the hardest.. I disagree. I don’t think this year was hard at all.. it was spectacular! Did we argue? Yes, who doesn’t. Did we have fun and enjoy ourselves? Yes, much much more than we could ever have imagiend! How come when you get married no one talks about the good part of marriage? The only thing that people told us about was bills, bills, bills , and disagreements. Well, guess what you negative advisor givers.. The first year is AMAZING. There will always be difficulties in marriage, but what friendship doesn’t have its ups and downs? The important thing is companionship and being with the person who you love at the end of the day.

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As many of you already know, a month ago we adopted Bonhoeffer our baby pug.. Many said that we were doing the wrong thing, we shouldn’t have spent money on him, it would be a pain.. Guess what, is cleaning up his pee a pain? Yes, but he’s learning. He’s only been here a month and he’s working at learning… but it isn’t instant learning.. it takes a while, just like a baby ( and a baby takes 2 to 3 years, haha) But Bonhoeffer has brought so much more love and fun into our marriage, we wouldn’t trade him for the world. My husband who didn’t like dogs is now inseperable with Bonhoeffer, he loves him to death and wouldn’t let anyone take him away.

To onlookers my husband and I may not have done anything spectacular this year like win the lottery or climb Mt. Everest, but being beside the person I love is more important to me than anything else in the world, and it’s amazing, even more than amazing!

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