Yikes or My Portuguese Lesson
Wednesday, March 09, 2011      5 comments

Oh I think I'm doing ok. I have this big test coming up - Portuguese for Strangers - given by the Minister of Education. It is notoriously difficult to pass. I took it when I had been here nearly a year and nearly passed it. After tha... Read more
Sunday, March 06, 2011      5 comments

I'm feeling very Brazillian this weekend. I'm staying in for Carnival. This whole attitude took me by surprise the first year I was here. When I asked people about their plans for Carnival most told me, "Oh, I'll just stay in - maybe watch... Read more
Felipe from Brazil
Tuesday, March 01, 2011      4 comments

I am really trying to treasure my remaining days here. Paying attention to the unique beauty of my south american home. Here's a story I want to remember told to me by the sweetest colleague. "I was walking with my mom in the neighborhood.... Read more
Afraid of the Floor No More
Friday, February 25, 2011      7 comments

Ok, so this is embarrassing. I don't know when this started exactly but it became harder and harder to get up off the floor. I'm a teacher and often sit with my students on the floor and I noticed that instead of getting up gracefully or even wi... Read more
What's Brazil Like?
Saturday, February 19, 2011      6 comments

A new spark friend asked me this question and it really made me think. I've been here in Sao Paulo, Brazil for a little over three years and will be leaving at the end of June as my husband is being transferred. What is Brazil like? Amazing, ove... Read more
Little Steps
Sunday, October 31, 2010      3 comments

Again, thanks to all who have read and commented. It really does help to have your feedback! I feel calm and good in the decisions I have made. Instead of throwing out the baby with the bathwater which is something I tend to do I've decided... Read more
Decisions, Decisions
Sunday, October 10, 2010      3 comments

Thinking hard about this change. Researching, soliciting advice (thank you friends). Talking to my husband, looking at it from all angles. Maybe too much thinking. I've come to the conclusion that I'm looking at this very either/or - very bla... Read more
Thursday, October 07, 2010      3 comments

My dear Spark friends, I need some advice. I am contemplating leaving my perfect little job at my perfect little school. It is literally one hundred steps from my house - seriously, I look out my window and can see my classroom. I speak ... Read more
Little Match Girl
Friday, September 24, 2010      2 comments

This is what my husband likes to call me when I am in a especially- what he calls - an "Ohio" mood. He is referring to the fact that I grew up on the wrong side of the tracks in the industrial town of Akron, was raised by parents over educated ... Read more
An Interesting Life
Saturday, September 11, 2010      5 comments

'May you lead an interesting life' is actually a Chinese curse. Some days I feel this more than others. Last night I had a breakdown - maybe meltdown is a better word. I struggle with anger and depression. It has gotten more violent since moving... Read more
Two Big Events
Thursday, July 15, 2010      3 comments

I am an incredibly fortunate individual. I am going to get to see Maccu Piccu - traveling to Lima on Saturday, then on to Cusco, and then a great friend and I are going to tour this amazing place. I am so very excited and grateful for this chanc... Read more
Learning Portuguese?
Sunday, June 27, 2010      2 comments

Ok, I've been here three years now in September and have studied faithfully. First with a private teacher who was a bit confused about my goals-actually wanting to communicate, not just go shopping at the fancy malls here. Now with a teacher who... Read more
Back on the Horse Two
Tuesday, June 01, 2010      1 comments

Back on the horse. Wish he'd move a little faster but it's coming down slowly. Two good weigh ins but not great. That's ok. It's progress and I'll take it and believe me be thankful for it. Slow and steady will get me there. Down from 55.5 kilos... Read more
This time it really will be different
Thursday, May 20, 2010      2 comments

Ok. Time to get back on the horse. A little background - got down to a personal and unheard of best (115) last June, stayed there until October and then the weight started sneaking back on. Went up to 120, down - up - down - up and now two weigh... Read more
Plastic Surgery
Saturday, May 02, 2009      1 comments

There I said it! I'm wondering if anyone has had brachiolplasty - the surgery to remove excess skin from under your arms. I did and am starting the third month of healing and am curious about others who might be willing to share. My surgeon I be... Read more

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