October 30, 2012

Go Away Sandy!

 Being a TV free home, we don't deal with the constant tragedy seen on the news channel every night. We stay informed with the good ol' fashioned newspaper, as well as online news websites. I've been following up on Hurricane Sandy's temper tantrum on the NY Times and I'm fidgeting again. See, sometimes I feel quite small. I'm a student, a girl on the other coast, and I'm not exactly influential, or rich, or powerful, or anything. But I do have this blog. It's small, and I don't pretend I can help even a third of those affected by Hurricane Sandy. However, I'm going to do my part and I invite you to do the same.

 For every ad purchased, 100% of the proceeds will go to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Daddy will personally see that our Welfare Department gets the proceeds and all will go to helping those affected by Sandy.

So here are the ways we can help:

The Big Helper Ad!
A 200x220 ad on the top of our left side bar. Runs for 30 days! You'll be making the front page for a whole month! Shout outs via Twitter and Facebook!

The Big Helper Ad
The I Can Help Ad!  A 125x125 ad on our left side bar. Runs for 30 days! Shout outs via Twitter and Facebook.

The I Can Help Ad
If have, or haven't, bought a space, please spread the word and help me help those who need us.

October 25, 2012

TidBit Thursday.

 Hmm, what we've been up to. ..

 Lots of schoolwork, driving lessons (yeah, that's happening. I'd say a prayer or two for my driving instructor), work, picking up Daddy from the airport, he's back! :) Victor has a newspaper route now.. so he's excited about that. We're still on the lookout for a house. Mother is experimenting with growing sprouts. I've found something out. I have a fear of sprouts. I am serious! Sprouts scare me. I know. Ridiculous. Still true.

Now, enough about me. What have you been up to?

Time for TidBit Thursday again!



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As always, thank you so much for linking up, I so appreciate you all!

October 24, 2012

Reader Appreciation Award.

Guess what I got. Guess what I got! 

I got a Reader Appreciation Award.

See?

Loki-Lou from The Modfather gave it to me. 

It comes with the usual rules.
  1. I have to answer 10 questions that have been posed by the person who nominated me.
  2.  need to nominate 15 5 blogs for this award! (I'm sorry but five is gooood)
  3. I have to ask 10 questions of those I nominate.
I shall follow these rules in order. 

Questions:

1. If you could live anywhere in world where would it be? And why?
I honestly really don't know. I have this image in my head of having my own apartment somewhere above a city. Sometimes it's in L.A., sometimes it's in NYC, sometimes it's in Chicago, sometimes it's in Dublin, and sometimes it's in a small town in rural somewhere or other. I'll have my own puppy and if I lose sleep I can get up at three in morning to bake or paint the bathroom or something. It really won't ever happen because I don't think I'd survive more than a week without my family, but still. .. sometimes I think about it. 

2. What was your favourite TV show when you were a kid?
We've always been a TV free home, but I did have a favorite Book Series. Hank the Cowdog. (He was funny ok!) And Amelia Bedelia. Oh I loved Amelia Bedelia

3. Kindle or actual books?
Kindles are Blasphemous. I refuse to partake of such things. Real books. All the way.
(Please note: iBooks is completely different and therefore much more acceptable because sometimes you can't carry fifty books along with you, but you always have your phone. Completely different.)

4. If you were picked up by the Tardis which Doctor would you like to travel the universe with?
I'm sorry what? I know. I know. That's another blasphemy, to have no understanding of Doctor Who. But I just cannot fit another obsession into my life right now...so *sigh* I have to be clueless on this one. 

5. Gary Oldman or Alan Rickman? (If you like neither….unlikely I know but it might happen! Then – Benedict Cumberbatch or Tom Hiddleston).
So Alan Rickman is Cl. Brandon from Sense and Sensibility. Tom Hiddleston is.. Well ... besides a good many other things (*winks to Loki-Lou*) Loki ... Benedict Cumberbatch is apparently Sherlock Holmes now? But who is Gary Oldman? How about Richard Armitage. :) Yeah. Richard Armitage.

6. If you could invite 5 people (famous or otherwise) to a dinner party who would you ask?(Excuse me while I change this.)  5 people (famous or otherwise real or otherwise) to a dinner party
Uh.. umm.. uh.. House, Tony Stark, and Sheldon Cooper. Then I'd find a topic they disagreed on and get them to argue. Following that I would sit down with popcorn and absorb. Laura Ingalls because I've always wanted to see what would happen if you brought someone form the olden days into today's world. Mark Twain. After dinner we'd travel someplace and I'd observe him observing things to write about later and how he did so and well... I'd ask him to give me writing advice but in my mind it seems he'd be more inclined to arch an eyebrow at me, push me through the door and throw me out into the real world. "There. Live and put it in words." But I'd like to know for sure.

7. In the event of a Zombie apocalypse would you sacrifice yourself to save a stranger or would you fight for your own survival?
What? Oh man I've never thought of this. I think if such a thing as the zombie apocalypse did happen my mind and sense of reality would be so befuddled I'd be one of the first to go without having the chance to make this choice. 

8. Do you prefer salted popcorn, sweet popcorn or half and half?
What's half and half? Never had that before. Probably should try it some time. 
Salty. No. Sweet. But sweet done right. But salty. Oh I don't know! I like popcorn.

9. What is your favourite sport (and team)?
I'm not really into sports and teams and well. .. I will tell you but these are teams I have on hand just for such questions, but know I can't name more than one player on each team and please don't ask me questions other than uniform colors because I really will not know. Basketball - LA Lakers; Soccer - Brazil in World Cup and Palmeiras/ São Paulo in Brazil. (I picked both teams to pacify both sides of my family.) 

10. If the world was going to end and you only had time to tell one person that you loved them, who would it be? And why them.
One of my parents, and it'd go along the lines of "I love you three.."
Now, le five blogs I pass the award to:

  1. Bear & Lion
  2. Rose Colored Photos
  3. A House & Yard
  4. Little Cheesehead on the Prarie
  5. Raspy Wit
Now, le questions:

  1. If you had to recommend one book regardless to whom, as in to the general public, your all time You-MUST-Read-This-Book would be...?
  2. What's one of your biggest fears?
  3. One of the most annoying songs you've heard?
  4. Do you want to learn a new language? Which one? Why? 
  5. What was your first job?
  6. Do you have a power outfit? As in, that outfit that makes you feel like you could absolutely conquer the world in? What is it?
  7. What's the best part about blogging to you?
  8. Did you collect anything as a child?
  9. One of the best places to go in your town?
  10. What's your favorite comfort food?
  11. Bonus Question! Will you come to my linky party tomorrow? This is for all of you! Tomorrow is TidBit Thursday again! Please come?!




October 21, 2012

Object Silliness.

 It's time for another Object Silliness post! Some of these you might have seen on my Instagram account,  but not everyone follows us on there, and I haven't posted allll of them. Every time I browse through my photo library on my phone I see these and remember I have to add them to an Object Silliness Post. So today I'm putting all of these photos in one collection .. it's Object Silliness iPhone edition!
Saw this outside the pet store.. Cars always look like they have faces on them.. this one had help from eyelashes .. some things people do make me smile.
Hose holder is unhappy.
This slice of bread.. looks like Jr. the Asparagus on Veggie Tales.
Salt Shaker is happy.
Crayola smile is creepy... 
Vaccum hose has a face!
And there's a face inside the car too! :)
Is it cheating if I draw a line so you can see the face better?

Have you seen any Object Silliness faces lately?

October 19, 2012

A Cliché.

And a picture of ducks. Because ducks are birds.

TangledLou at Periphery has asked us to Think Outside the Dead Horse and come up with something for a cliché of our choice. When I first read the post a specific cliché and story came to my mind. It's useless to fight first thoughts and choices that I make so I've decided to go with that first idea no matter how silly it might be.

The Cliché:

"The early bird gets the worm."
The Story:

My father had this friend named Arlindo. (Yes. That's a Brazilian name.) Growing up, Arlindo wasn't exactly the richest of kids. His cousin, however, was quite a privileged child with access to toys, candies and delicacies of his choice. Needless to say, Arlindo loved visiting his cousin and every time he did so his Aunt pleasantly observed that he would eat everything placed in front of him with enjoyment that was delightful to see. Her own boy would refuse most everything except, perhaps, his favorite food dishes. Hoping Arlindo's appetite would spur her own son to have at least an interest in his food, Arlindo's Aunt would invite him over often. 

 Years passed and circumstances proved Arlindo to be an active and hardworking young man. He was still the appreciative boy with a hearty appetite and his aunt still invited him over often, though now she hoped he would spur more than just the appetite of his cousin. You see, much to the chagrin of his mother, Cousin had grown up to enjoy laziness and squandering of time. He'd stay home, sleep in often, and hold no interest in any activity except that of being a couch potato. 

 One day Arlindo passed by his Aunt's house on his way back from work and excitedly mentioned that that morning he had gotten up early as usual. The streets were still asleep and empty and as he walked towards the bus stop he noticed a couple of money bills on the sidewalk! As he told his story a sleepy-eyed cousin who had just gotten up walked into the room. His Aunt beamed and turned to her boy, 

"You see, honey? Arlindo wakes up early and he finds money on the street before someone else does!" 
Without skipping a beat Cousin answered 
"Yeah, but the guy who lost the money woke up even earlier." 



P.S. Have you left your link at this week's linky party yet? It's quite painless really and would make my day:

October 18, 2012

TidBits Thursday.



 And it's time to party again! Boy did that week pass by fast! Here we've been quite busy lately, house-hunting, Daddy's traveling again, Victor's violin classes have resumed, I'm again doing two weeks worth of schoolwork in one and Mother's turning the house upside down... it's Autumn cleaning time. The rain that hadn't come our way for the last couple of weeks..no months, is pouring down with a vengeance this week. 

 Now it's your turn? What have you been up to? What was your favorite post this week? Which one would you like to share?


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(Edited to Add.) This link up is open 'til Tuesday so you have 'til then to link up and visit! :) 

P.S. Don't feel you have to write a special post for this link up. It's actually open to any post you'd like to submit so feel free to share whichever you'd like. Of course, we don't mind reading new posts either!

October 15, 2012

Thumbs Up. Thumbs Down.


 Today, we're going house hunting. Again. We've scouted neighborhoods, scribbled down addresses as we pass by, spoken with a realtor, have had our first and second dates and now we've set a third. We've (and by we've I mean Dad, Victor and I) set our hearts on one or two already, but Mom is still oh so hesitant. House hunting is dreadfully full of particulars, you know. It's been a while since I've done a Thumbs Up. Thumbs Down post, and I feel I need one this week, so here we go: 


  • Summer's gone gone gone and has taken so much with it. 
  • My senior of high school. Not going as well as I thought. 
  • Blogging will get less and less frequent I'm afraid. I have no time now; I'm trying to do two days of schoolwork per day in order to finish by January. Let's see how that works out.
  • Indecision. A burden. That I'm sure of. I think.

  • House hunting. It's so much fun to dream, and stand around in the living room when we get back, each of us with objects in our hands full of things to do, but taking time to pause and engage in an exciting conversation full of dreams and thoughts of houses and fulfilling its potential the best way we can, the way we want to.
  • All the participation and support on our first Linky Party! It was awesome and I can't thank you all enough for participating and sharing. You are each amazing and with each submission you make my world a brighter place, Thank You. 
  • iBooks. Honestly, this would have to by on the Thumbs Down list too because I promise you this app will be the ruin of me. Having so many books from my book-list at my fingertips for free without having to wait for Library Hold lines is divine. I read two of Louisa May Alcott's work in five days without staying up 'til dawn or interfering with my schoolwork. Blogosphere, that's a feat I never thought possible. Have you any recommendations for books I should download?
  • Real books. Will always have first place in my heart when it comes to reading methods. I'm envious of all Americans with a thrift store in their town. When I go to the States I make a point of rummaging through thrift store book aisles. You have so many classics and books in good shape in thrift shops and used bookstores that it kind of seems pointless to buy books in bookstores (although you might catch me doing that from time to time). This time, when we came back from Virginia I returned eight books richer. We don't have it that good here in Canada. *sigh* 
  • Autumn. Although I'll always be loving Summer in the back of my mind, I can still appreciate fall. It's my second favorite season. Something, dare I say.. magical? about the winds of Autumn. There's something in the air, I'm not sure what it is, but I like it. I love the colors, the smells, the snip in the breeze, the heralding of another winter... 
Life's Good.
P.S. Please feel free to add your Thumbs Up/Down in the comments!

October 11, 2012

Canadian Thanksgiving.

Being Brazilian, growing up in America + having an America born brother, and living in Canada, is quite an interesting thing, especially when the holidays come around. For example, for us there are two Independence Days, 4th of July and 7th of September, plus Canada Day on the 1st of July. 

Thanksgiving is a funny one because in October Brazil's already standing on its tiptoes looking straight ahead for Christmas, in the US the days 'til Thanksgiving start being counted right after Columbus Day and while you're busy with Columbus Day, here in Canada we're celebrating Thanksgiving. Quite a funny mess, huh? 

We make the best of it, especially Thanksgiving which we do something special for. So this past weekend after arriving home from Virginia on Thursday, we picked Daddy up form Seattle on Sunday and came home to .. well sleep. On Monday, however, Thanksgiving preparations began and soon supper was ready. 

Did I mention we're vegetarians? We are. :) So our menu will have no Turkey, but I can guarantee you nobody missed it.

This was our very simple menu that took no longer than a morning to prepare and filled us quite nicely as well as provided plenty of leftovers for the week.

Vegetarian - Canadian Thanksgiving Menu

Beet Salad
Shepherd's Pie
Zucchini/ Tomato Bruschetta 
Meatballs
Heart of Palm "Pastelzinhos" 
(I'm sorry there's just no other name for them. There's a picture 
below so you know what they look like. Yes, they're Brazilian.)

Dessert

"Little Pumpkins" Pumpkin/Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread
All Natural Ice Cream

Heart of palm filling for the pastelzinhos.
Dough for the pull apart bread.
Beets for the beet salad.
Rising doughs.
Measuring out homemade breadcrumbs.
Vegetarian Meatballs, with a creamy surprise in the middle, made with dehydrated PVP, ready to go into the oven.

Pastelzinhos. Aren't they adorable? Bite sized and filled with heart of palm goodness.
Tomato and marinated tofu bruschetta.

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie. PVP for the beef and frozen veggies, well-seasoned and then...
Covered with creamy mashed potatoes and sprinkled with sesame seeds.
Getting the zucchini bruschetta ready.
Ready for the oven minutes before supper is served.
Table is set and supper is served.
(We're also a non-alcoholic household, so sparkling water was served instead.)



Victor's favorite thing I've cooked so far. Pumpkin pull-apart bread baked in a cupcake pan to form individual breads. Just don't tell him they have pumpkin in them. He thinks we call the "Little Pumpkins" because they "look like pumpkins." Shh! I'm trusting you not to tell!

We've got so many things to be grateful for it'd be so hard to list them all. But here's a summarized version of my list, I'd like to share with you. 

God. Salvation. Hope He Gives.
Family.
Friends.
Health.  
Freedom.
Opportunities. 
Plans.
Books.
Our blogging community, 
(This means you.)

October 9, 2012

TidBit Thursday.

Hello Blogosphere! A couple of weeks ago I posted a "Party With Me" post in which I linked a couple of linky parties I often link to. A couple of you suggested I host my own party and you know what, I've decided to do just that. But you know, hosting a party is lots of work and also lots of fun. It's not as much fun, however, if guests don't show up. So we are inviting all of you to come to our Link Up Party this Thursday. That's tomorrow!

  
Our party is really quite simple... 


So here's a button (I don't mind where you post it. Sidebar, put a link at the end of the post, place the button on a link party page, whatever works best for you), invite a couple of friends if you wish, and it'd really be very nice if you followed Papa is a Preacher, it'd make it much easier for you to keep up with us. :)

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We'll be here tomorrow morning all the way 'til Tuesday. We can't wait to see you and can't wait to read up on all the posts!
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