Hello, folks. We are back in action and prepared to provide a few updates…
1. My laptop has officially obtained a virus and after several hours of googling “how to murder a computer”, it still isn’t working properly. Hence, the lack of posts & recent pics.
2. The daily letdown I experience while using shoddy Brasilian body wash has finally led me to a correct translation of the bottle. It is lotion.
3. My husband received his first professional Brasilian haircut at the neighborhood joint around the corner. Mattos did not disappoint and the husband is no longer apprehensive (although, my presence is still required for moral support and to ensure a successful trim).
4. I reluctantly submitted to my first Brasilian haircut. It was painful. (worst.layers.ever.) I kindly informed the woman I would kick her in the shins if she came close to my bangs, only to have her immediately use a never-before-seen instrument to trim them. Apparently, my translation wasn’t spot on. I have invested heavily in hair binders and am counting down the days until my return to Minnesota where real blonds exist and hairstylists speak the lovely language of English.
5. Teaching kiddos consumes the majority of my energy these days. Along with the fancy new job I receive benefits like a ‘Cesta de Alimentos’. Which is essentially a large box of staple foods that is delivered once a month to all teachers in Brasil. Regardless of our inability to consume over 30lbs of rice and 10lbs of sugar on a monthly basis, it continues to arrive and I continue to donate it.
6. BIG news! Jeff’s parents were in town for a visit during the month of October. After introducing them to life in the city, we road tripped to Rio de Janeiro and the old colonial town of Paraty along the coast. While the entire trip was SERIOUSLY memorable, a true highlight was my birthday celebration where we gathered with both family AND friends.
Like I said, INCREDIBLE. Those are real. nutella. cupcakes. Quite the contrast to this time last year where we put my birthday on hold until we could make friends… because that was sort of sad. Thanks to everyone who made this night so special, I am completely blessed by your love and friendship.
Lastly, we are looking forward to a visit home in December to catch up with family and long lost friends. (ie. Invite us to your holiday parties, people.)
As always, we welcome phone calls and would love to hear about how cold it is in Minnesota. We have a local number that serves as our home phone (612.928.5288). Please note that with the daylight savings change that recently occurred in both countries, we are now four hours AHEAD. For instance, if you call us at 9:00pm on a Tuesday… it will be 1:00am here. That sort of behavior may also result in early morning wake-up calls the following day. No pressure.