Ten Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me

If there is one thing I love, it is getting to know people better and the feeling of newness and getting to know new people and things. Soon I will be moving and having a life filled with newness but I though, in lieu of getting to know new people, I would share : Ten Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me!

1. I love coffee. I am addicted to coffee. I probably drink a liter and a half a day. If you are my student, you already know this for sure. If you aren’t, it might be new news.. but I am also a picky coffee drinker. I love coffee. It is my vice. However, I also love GOOD coffee. I am talking about coffee made at chacáras or specialty coffee. It is my hobby, my addiction, my passion.

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2. I have Test Anxiety. I am horrible at taking tests. I know the answers, I know how it works, I know everything… but give me a test and I forget EVERYTHING. I know how to parallel park and I do it pretty ok. When I took my driving test I practiced before thousands of time, even 20 minutes before my test, but I completely bombed parallel parking on my test. Why? Being nervous in taking the test. Wonderful, I know. But I still got my license;)

3.  I may or may not be addicted to shoes. So I have over 30 pairs, who cares?! hahahaha #ineedtobuymore

4.  I love nuts.  (lol, anyhow..) I love anything with nuts in it, peanuts, roasted nuts, pé de moleque, paçoca, peanut butter.  My body, however, seems to think they make me fat so I avoid eating them because I eat them un til they are gone.

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5. I was a vegan for 5 years. I was a Christian, Baptist, Missionary’s daughter… Vegan. Completely misunderstood. Yes, I did feel guilty eating animals because I love animals, but I also knew and still know that it is a healthier lifestyle. As I got older I realized I didn’t have enough time to cook like I needed to and ended up gaining weight, so I quit veganism. I tried it again when I was 22, but it only lasted 9 months and I went back to eating meat. Funny story: I have actually argued with a visiting pastor from the US ( we were here in Londrina)when I was 15 about veganism because he was trying to convince me that I was wrong.The conversation went nowhere because he was using verses out of context and I told him so. Needless to say, we didn’t get along very well.  Just a side note: He is a nice person, we just misunderstood each other haha

Shucks, I was A-DO-RA-BLE!!

Shucks, I was A-DO-RA-BLE!!

6.  I am an avid book reader. Which is, surprisingly, why I don’t buy books here in Brazil. I only read in English because I think Portuguese is boring. The problem is… it only takes me 3 days while working a full schedule to read a book of about 1,000 pages. Sooooo that is an expensive form of entertainment. When I am in the States I SO will be getting good use out of a library card:D

7. I have been to Jamaica. It was with my church’s youth group for a missions trip. My dream is to go back there.

Only 16 and looking like I was 30 :(

Only 16 and looking like I was 30 😦

8. Speaking of dreams…. My dream is to go to Australia. And hug a koala. Actually, more like cuddle a koala. And love and care for him and try to take him home. I need a pet koala to hug me all day. Please.

9. I’m actually not that patient. Since I am a teacher everyone says, you are soooo patient, I don’t know how you handle it. With students and teaching them, yes, I consider myself patient. Take me out of a classroom scenario, no, I am not that patient. I can’t stand waiting in line or waiting for things to happen. To me, everything needs to be instant. I hate traffic. I hate long dating relationships. I hate waiting for a special day to arrive…which is also why I love countdowns!

I'm the redhead!

I’m the redhead!

10. I was born a redhead. AND ONLY GOD KNOWS WHY IT CHANGED TO BLONDE. Whyyyyy oh whhyyyyyyy oh whyyyyyyyyyyy?!?! May I please have my red hair back? Please? Pretty Please?

So there it is, Ten Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me! And what about you? What is a fun fact most people probably don’t know??

The Cat Is Out of the Bag

As many of you have probably seen on facebook…. “The Cat Is Out of the Bag” and I can finally, finally tell everyone that we are moving back to the States!!

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Hubs and I have been working on getting a greencard for a year now and we have finally been approved! Hooray! When I went to the States last year I had an amazing time…when I came back Hubby had the idea of moving back there and so we decided: Let`s move! Now, this was a huge decision to make and took a lot of thought and processing, but we decided it is for the best. We want change and I would like to be near my family for once, so we have decided to move back to Georgia.

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Happy face in receiving documents from the states!

The greencard process was definitely the hardest thibg I have ever done in my life. I had never worked with so much documentation, ever. Never ever ever.  But the moment the consulate lady said, `YOU ARE APPROVED!` was the most exhilarating moment I have ever felt! It was incredible to know that finally, after  a year of waiting.. we were approved and able to move! 

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Our WE HAVE A GREENCARD!!! Face 😀

We have decided to move in January so we can spend one last Christmas with our parents. We have been doing many Lasts and trying to divide ourselves among the family members haha. We aren`t so stretchable, but we are making it work 😀

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Our cool airplane coming back from Rio!

I have been so focused on the greencard part of our move that I haven`t focused on anything else. I have not focused on running nor eating healthily and I need to get back to that!
I have no idea what we will work with in the States, I know we will find something because God will provide, we will make this work. I am so excited for change. I have been stable in Londrina for 8 years and I need a CHANGE it has been 3 years that I have been living in our apartment and I have been itching to move already.

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Paperwork arriving in the mail!

In November we will sell everything in our apartment. In December we will pack up and live with someone for a month because we need to paint and rent our house.

I just can`t believe we are moving in less than four months!! This is just AMAZING and I hope time fliiiiiessss by!

“Maú Olhado”

I know this is a somewhat  polemic subject, but I just can’t get it out of my mind.

I would first, and foremost, like to say that I am not trying to offend anyone, nor am I giving examples of anyone in particular because I have talked about this subject with EVERYONE, friends, family, students, and everyone has a million examples to give, these are just examples. 

Why on earth do Brazilians believe in Maú Olhado? I mean, seriously? Is this cultural?

Just to explain, maú olhado is,according to the Brazilian dictionary and some other sites, a phrase attributed to people who bring disgrace to others simply by their “evil look”  and are capable of causing harm through sickness, wounds, or even death.

So, in summary, people actually believe that through other people’s looks you can affect someone’s life. Common examples are, someone sees your potted flower that is recently blooming  and comments, “Wow, what a beautiful lily!” but in actuality they are jealous of your plant and thinking how they wished they had it and are jealous that you have it, so the way they are looking is with the “evil look”. Therefore, two days later your plant is all dried up and dead simply because of the “evil look”.

Seriously? I mean, come on. Let’s be grown adults here. Do you really think a jealous intent can dry up your plant? Don’t be ridiculous. There are thousands of factors, the weather could have changed, you could have forgotten to water it, there could have been a bacteria growing in your plant that killed it, a million things could have killed it, but an evil look? No, it could not.

Another scenario, people travel to a really awesome place and post pictures of some really cool stuff and on the  ride home they start feeling really sick and return sick. The people believe that the sickness was caused because other people with the “evil look” saw the pictures and because of this they are sick.

You guys, it is impossible for someone to look at a picture and make you sick. Even if they are jealous, they could not possibly make you sick. I hear comments about the “mau olhado” all the time.

STOP BEING SUPERSTITITIOUS!!  I think that if you believe in the maú olhado, you do not believe in God. Some people have the courage to say that because they are Christians, the mau olhado does not affect them. Be REAL. The “evil look/mau olhado” does not affect anyone because it does not exist! There are always factors behind things that happens, the plants die because you didn’t water them, you get sick because you were in a different place and didn’t follow your usual habits and there was a bug going around, your car dies because you haven’t changed the oil in like, 5 years. These things don’t happen just because someone is giving the frigging “evil look” because they are jealous!!

If that were so, I would not be married, I would not have a house, nor a successful job, nor a car because of all the friggin “mau olhados/ evil looks” the people have given me. I feel the look people give me, I know the way they look at me sometimes, I know when people are jealous or have evil intent, but I also know that they way they look at me can not possibly affect my life!

My cake doesn’t burn because someone is jealous I am making a three tier cake, my cake burns because I was occupied skyping to my sister or checking my facebook feed. My lamp doesn’t stop working because someone is jealous I bought it for half price, my car doesn’t start stalling because someone wants my car, things happen for external factors, not because of LOOKS!

If you believe that “mau olhado” can control the bad things that happen to you, then you are not trusting in God. You are believing that what other people do can affect your happiness. DON’T do this. Trust in God. Stop being superstitious. Be happy!