Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Take a few moments to reflect on this year and prepare yourself for next!

I am taking a mini blog break and will be back in January! But let me share a little secret with you or give  you a little Christmas gift, if you want a new header for your blog keep an eye on RS design in the next couple of days!!

Merry Christmas & Happy New year!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

A week full of excitement

I have always dreamt of having a nice house, nicely decorated and cozy. Well our house hasn’t exactly been like that since we moved in here. We have talked about how we would like it to be but as we haven’t had any money to do anything it hasn’t been possible.

Now three years later it seems as if it is finally changing. This week we have done more around the house than we have in a long time. Or that is; that has made it nice and cozy. In three years time we have; changed the outside tiles from old horrible brown ones to new fresh light colored ones, we have changed the gate as it was falling apart basically, we have also had to make sure the house didn’t fall apart and lay a new ground on a few places on the yard, we have painted inside, moved the living room and no finally we have painted our house!

And the last two things are what have made the biggest difference and they have happened just now within a week, which is fantastic! From horrible looking yellow our house has changed to a fantastic green house. We started to pain yesterday around 4pm and finished around 10 pm. But we still have the back left which will be another few hours. I have advised hubby to do it today as it is me who is doing the little bits and pieces and can finish that tomorrow instead. It’s either that or wait until next Saturday. But at the moment hubby is taking a little afternoon nap so it will have to wait a little longer.

It is so nice to have a new fresh house! Tomorrow I’ll show you before and after pictures! Have a nice Sunday!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

I got a new house!

Well almost, it feels like it anyway. *lol*

Me and hubby, OK I, were talking about how to move the computer to the dining room, which is just by the living room, so that I can be closer to the family at night and don't have to run back and forth like a headless chicken all the time. That was when I came up with this fabulous idea, and I have no idea where it came from; "what if we move the TV rack to the dining room and the dining table into the living room?".

You would have thought that I would say " why don't we switch places of the two instead". Well you see we have talked about rearranging it so many times but we have never talked about moving the TV rack. Somehow its place has always been where it was before, so we have moved sofas etc but never the TV rack. And once I said that it was like "Open Sesame" and we realized it was a great idea!

Hubby liked the idea so much that he bought an extra TV cable so we could move the TV and started drilling and went on top of the roof and all that "man stuff" that I have no idea how to do. My husband is great once he gets started but to get him started can take days or weeks or even months of talking into but this time I didn't need to say anything!

So we moved the living room and now it all of a sudden looks and feels so much cozier! The thought is that we will move my computer desk to the part of the dining room where the TV was and that will be my little mini office corner. Perfect and I can't wait to move it! It will be so much better! I am walking around with a smile on my face actually. Silly me. :)

Now I do have a little problem, the sofa. It was originally red but now it is starting to look more grey/black than red. I have been thinking of hiring someone to clean it for me but I am a little frugal so I want to try and do it myself first. The only thing is that the covers don't come off. I can't even remove the cushions, of course had I checked this when I bought the sofa I would never have bought it... Lesson learned for the next sofa, which I won't be buying for a very long time..

Any of you ladies have a good frugal tips for cleaning a dirty sofa? I have heard baking powder is good for many things, maybe that can help?

I did find a great cleaning site at The Online Maid, but I can't find anything for sofas...
Updated: I found a wonderful Frugal cleaning site: Naturally Frugal Cleaning. Wonderful articles. I am still looking for tips for my sofa though...

Saturday, December 8, 2007

That time fo the month again...

No it's not that time of the month, it's time for the monthly 2 hours agony that I do with pleasure. The monthly shopping. :)

It goes like this:

10.30: I leave little Choriço at my MIL and take the bus to the supermarket.
11.10: I try to find a trolley that is not too big and that rolls like a normal functional trolley should.
11.15: I start doing my shopping trying to be as fast as I can without stressing myself.
12.20: my husband shows up. Calm.
12.30: he starts saying: Linda hurry up! Not very calm.
12.40: we have argued for the first time in the supermarket.
12.50: we are probably standing in the line to the checkout.

I don't know what it is with men, why do they stress so much in the supermarket? My husband always stresses and starts to irritate me leaving me frustrated and annoyed as well. And we always manage to get annoyed with each other.

Even my MIL has said that she will never go shopping with my husband again because he makes her stressed.

See, I try to do most shopping without him but I always wait for him to get the frozen stuff and the meat. Which makes sense really. And somehow he always feels stressed in the supermarket with me.

Well it's 10;04 now, I better get ready or I will be late, we wouldn't want that now would we!?! :) * seeing before me how my husband shows up and sees that I haven't even done half the shopping.*

Does your husband like to do the shopping, any supermarket incidents you want to share? :)

And I am putting this under "dreadful house chores" as it is a chore, it need to be done :)

Friday, December 7, 2007

New management

I went to a meeting last night at my sons nursery. They are changing the management of the nursery. It has been a Pastor and his wife that has been in charge of it until now and now an art organization is taking over. Well I wasn't too impressed with their speeches that they made, a bit too *sorry I'm so shy blablabal*for my liking but they all seemed nice.

Issues that were discussed; the uniforms. The nursery have always ordered their uniforms from a wahm who makes just uniforms. This year they decided to not do that and use another company and sell them at the nursery. That caused a big problem for many parents as their kid only had one uniform. And of course as you can imagine, kids get dirty! *lol*

Second issue: What time can I pick up my kid?
Last meeting we were told that we shouldn't pick up our kids before 4.30pm as then it could be seen as if "we didn't have anything better to do, ie not working". Of course that is an absolutely silly rule but you have to follow orders as well... The new management said " the more time your kids stay with you the better". Great" We liked to hear that. They were talking about scheduling special activities in the morning instead of in the afternoon. makes sense to me, a kid is much more alert in the morning.

3rd issue; If the pastor is leaving and the management is changing; what about my kids teacher?? We were informed that the current teachers can stay if they want to. After having said that they said that actually it depends if they are qualified. They need to have a higher pedagogic degree to work there. That could be an issue actually and we (hubby and I) are thinking that perhaps my sons teacher doesn't have that. Time will tell, I hope she does though.

Well those were the big issues that the parents asked. There were about 15 parents there out of 98 kids! Where were the rest???!?!?

I went up and asked afterwards if they were changing their learning system, the education, in any way. I thought that was an important question but no one asked about it and the new management didn't raise the question. I was told it would not change. And of course I informed them where they could find the lady who makes the uniforms. I am such a good parent.... haha.

I hope everything will be OK in the end, it's in Gods hands and I am sure He knows what is best for our kids. But changes are a bit scary. :)

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Wordless Wednesday- Winnie the half eared bear

Winnie the half eared bear

Poor Winnie ended up in a fight with the dog and lost half his right ear.

More WW here!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

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Thursday Thirteen 13 things I need to do today

My life is way to stressed at the moment but that is OK, I like it as well.

I have  a lot to do today:

1: I need to blog! Yes it is a need actually. Good and bad.

2: Go walking with my friend as I do every Thursday. Not happening anymore, she just called and said she was sick. Poor her. Now she called again, we are walking, better get ready.

3: I need to clean up the house a bit and make sure my hubby get s happy when he comes home.

4: I need to go into town and buy Christmas decoration and some other necessary stuff. I really don't want to, I don't like to go into town and I have lots to do so no time. But I have to so..

5: Once back from town after stressing around I need to stress a bit more here at home I have lots of ironing to do. I have closed my eyes every time I walk pass the mountain of clothes pretending it's not there and I'll do it later.... later may never come I have realized. Better do it now.

6: I have several blog designs waiting to be finished and some waiting to be started. I love blog design but it does take a lot of time.

7: OK by this time it's probably time for some coffee. Highlight of the day.

8: I need to plan a few posts for the 31 Days to A New You challenge that will start on Daily Power Walk the 1st of December. Are you getting stressed about Christmas and New Year? Start the New Year with a new you. 31 Days and you will be fit for fight for New Year.

9: I need to do a pedicure, my feet are crying telling me they look awful. But don't imagine I will go somewhere to do it, I will do it at home by myself. That's much quicker than if I would go for a real pedicure.

10: When Choriço comes home I need to check his hair for lice. Not fun at all but necessary. Can anyone tell me about the biological order here, who eats the lice? Every animal serves a purpose right? I don't get this.

11: I need to visit some of my forums, it's been a long time.

12: Ok now this blogging and design thing is starting to repeat themselves. I haven't got many things to do but the things I have to do takes a long time.

13: I am trying to figure out a way for me not to go into town... I need a car! Taking the bus takes ages... well I guess first I would need a driving license :)

What's on you list of things to do today?

More Thursday Thirteen here!

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On bad terms

I don't wish any bad to anyone but to the dog who keeps peeing on my gate every day: Could you PLEASE STOP that!?!

What annoys me even more is the owner standing just a few houses away and not caring at all. And what can I do? Go and tell my neighbor off? I don't think so.

And it feels like it's just one of those things among many that are accepted. And I believe that if this was my dog in Sweden I had already had one or two visits from the angry neighbor who is getting his gate peed on. Maybe I'm wrong but that's what I believe.

So I am on bad terms with this dog, not with the neighbor though even though I think they should keep the dog leashed. Well well...

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Yes I will buy everything!

- Mom.

- Mom!

- MOM!!!!!!!!!!!!

* Stressed mother rushing to check if her son is in need or what has happened.

- Mom, can you buy this for me?

* Mother looking at  the TV and sees that there is a commercial for toys on.

- Yes of course honey, I'll buy it.

- Mom can you buy  this as well *counts up several toys he wants*

- Yes of course.

- And mom, can you buy.....*more toys*

-Yes! I will buy everything!!

*Mother starting to look and feel a little frustrated.

*Mother leaves the room quickly.

This scene repeats itself at least 10 times per day. Mother says she will buy everything to keep her little star happy but end up not buying everything. Bad mother. *lol*  Someone tell me this is just a phase or I will end up with a "give me give me give me" son. I believe it's just a phase....* crossing my fingers* :)

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

A morning at the Doctors

So 6.20 this morning I got up and made my morning coffee. There is no way I will leave my house without my morning cup! I am still sticking to the small detox schedule so only 2 cups. Although I didn't even drink that but only one. Well it was enough and I didn't have more time.  Here is a recap of what happened at the med center;

6.40 I am standing in the line to the medical center. There are about 10-15 people infront of me. 6.50 I start texting my mother saying happy belated name day. In Sweden each day in the almanac has a name and yesterday was ours. And I never use my cellphone except for when I go to the doctor to know what time it is and that is a good time to text my mother. 6.55 a cochroach comes flying next to me and scares half of the line. 7.00 The doors open and people start going inside. 7.15 I tell the nurse I want to see the Doctor and I am told to sit and wait. 8.40 A nurse calls my name and eventualy tells em she can't find my personal map with my details. 8.50 she takes my pressure and tell me to wait further. Now Im inside the medical area, before I was sitting in the waiting room. 9.40 the doctor calls me and asks what is wrong with me. Gives me antibiotics for my sinuses. 9.50 I leave his room and head to the pharmacy to get the medicine of which they didn't have everything he had prescribed. 10.00 I leave the medical center and head home.

Well that was "only" 3 hours, sometimes it takes even longer and you are not even sure you will get seen.

How is it when you go to the Doctor? Do you have to wait for three hours to get seen? If not, would you accept that is the way it is or would you complain?

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Did I speak too soon?

Hmmm the PR checker shows 0 now? And I was so happy to have at least a 2... Well well... PR or no PR I'll keep blogging anyway :)

Monday, November 19, 2007

Detox day

This morning I had problems waking up the little man. He refused to get dressed and I had to carry him out to the car while talking about buying ice-cream. I am a horrible mother fooling my child ;)

He has his days when he just refuse to go to nursery and I feel sorry for him and let him stay at home. Those days occur about once a month so its not too often. But today it was impossible to let him stay at home. I have tons of things to do and have absolutely no time to "waste" Of course that would not be a waste of time but I would not be able to fully attend to him and his needs.

I'm on a detox day today as well. I really should cut down on coffee. Well this morning I only had 2 cups instead of three, a fruit salad for breakfast and now I've just had a salad for lunch. And no more coffee today. I am drinking licorice tea instead. It is supposed to be good for your sinuses so thats mainly why I'm drinking it.

Why am I on a detox? Well I have not been feeling too great the last few weeks and I have some kind of allergy or something thats not helping and my sinuses are telling me I need to go to the doctor. So tomorrow I will have to spend some time at the Med center. Horrible thought. It takes hours and the only way to be seen is to stand in a mile long line from 6,30 in the morning. And then you might get seen around 9,30. Horrible isn't it! So today I am trying to help my body the more natural way. No sugar or bread today. We'll see if it has any effect. It must be doing something good thats for sure.

Well going to the Doc is free but I do wish I had the money to pay for medical insurance. Thats something to put up on the wish list for next year.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Back to normal

I feel as I've been living in a box for the last week. With all the rain and storms that's been going on here I've somehow lost track of things. "What day is it? What date is it? When is the rain going to stop? I need to work!"- some of the questions thats been going on in my head.

The rain meant no internet connection and frequent power failures. Sure it's nice to sit in the dark with a candle but only for so long.

Well now it's not raining any longer but now I'm getting sick again. OK nothing big, only a cold but still... I feel as if I'm walking around in a thick fog. I'm not sure if the coffee is helping or if it has the opposite effects and I'm not going to try and find out. If I cut down I know it will be worse.

Choriço didn't feel too good either this morning so he is at home with me as well. So everything I had planned for today has been postponed.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Yes I can make Play dough!

Oh yes, yesterday I discovered that I am a real mother. A real funny mommy knows how to make play though. Or at least that’s some kind of pedestal thing that I have in my mind that a real mother does.

On Sunday evening two girls came over to make some tests on Choriço, they are studying childcare and wanted to know how he associates quantities etc. He did pretty well if you ask me. One of the exercises was to say which line had the most balls. They would put two lines of cut balls with different colors in front of Choriço and would then ask him which lines had the most balls. He responded that the line which was closes to him had the most balls all the time, even when it clearly didn’t. And apparently this is all normal. Give it a try with your kid and see what he/she answers.

Another thing was to separate pieces of paper but out into big circles, small circles, small squares and big squares. You can separate them by color, sized or shape.

And the one of the exercises was to play with play dough so one of the girls had brought her own flour pre-made play dough that she made while they were playing with something else. Of course this got a lot of attention and was extra fun as she had added yellow coloring to one piece.

Well last night we went to my mother in law to have dinner and when we came back Choriço had forgotten the play dough over at her house and got devastated and started crying that he wanted play dough. Being a nice mother as I am, read= all I wanted was for him to stop crying, I immediately went into the kitchen to make him some.

It can’t be that hard I thought to myself remembering the girl doing it. I didn’t have any quantities of the ingredients so I did it all by myself. If you are as clueless about it as I was then here’s how you do it:

Play dough:

1 cup (or more) of flour
2tsp salt (many recipes calls for more but its not necessary and probably better if your kid decides to eat it)
Water
More flour
Coloring of your choice

In a bowl combine the flour, salt and coloring, add so much water that you can easily stir it. Then add more flour and when it’s not too sticky take it up on the table and knead it. You will do some kneading for about 10minutes to make sure its not sticky. Add flour continuously.

Tips:
Don’t add too much flour, the play dough we buy can be too hard but this one will be softer and stay fresh for several days. Store it in a container or plastic bag. If you do not have any coloring at home, don’t fear! Use what you have, I added red squash (the drinkable kind not the vegetable) and made red play dough instead.

I might just put this on my CV; “skills: knows how to make play dough”.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Basic things for a basic house

Yesterday me and hubby were cleaning up in our storage room. I then remembered that I need some string to tie the washing machine whose with. But in the same second I also remembered that we didn't have any string.

That made me a bit annoyed because if there is something basic that every home should have it's actually string. I mentioned it to my hubby and he didn't answer but said: what do you want it for? That doesn't matter I replied, the thing is we are supposed to have string at home.

Of course he has a solution for everything so he said; "well you can just cut this off (pointing at some of my laundry string where I hang my laundry) an use that". I knew he would do that! I continued to explain my point and said that in every home string should be included in the home basic essentials.

But then of course the string would just be another thing that would be visible as we haven't got any real garage cabinets for our things. That is another thing I think every house should have. Storage cabinets to hide store (or hide if you want to) all the things that just causes a mess in the storage room. Of course my husband has a solution for that as well: store everything on the loft.

I however would prefer real cabinets to sort everything. Preferably with boxes inside with names on them so everything goes into the right place. That's what I call organized!

I love my husband and I am happy he is so creative but I'm more basic and appreciate a organized home. And he says I'm not organized.. hmmm somehow I don't agree.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Thunder coming in

Yesterday it was really hot! And I mean hot! It was almost 40°C! At some parts of Brazil it was 42°C. Apparently there is some hot waves or something coming from Bolivia, can't remember exactly now, that was not supposed to come over Brazil at all. But here they are!

Its quite dark outside and it1s only 11.40am and I can hear the thunder coming. When the thunder comes and the rain fall it means that soon I will be out of power. We always have a power failure when the stormy winds and heavy rain comes. Well it doesn't have to be a heavy storm, let it rain and the power will go out. *sigh*

Hopefully that won1t happen today as I got loads of things to do. And it means I will have to pick up Choriço when it´s raining. Not funny as I go by foot.

I might have to turn on the lights soon, its getting so dark I can hardly see the keyboard. And then I'll get the candles just in case...

Fall Y'all Bloggy Giveaway

Whoho! Shannon from Rocks in my dryer has arranged another great bloggy giveaway. This time it's Fall Y'all Bloggy Giveaway!

And this is your chance to win some great prizes with over 400 giveaways!

Of course me an Revka are participating! We are giving away blog design to 3 lucky winners! So for your chance to spice up your blog hop over to RS Design and leave a comment on either post that you want to win or why not both?

But there is something else I want you to pay attention to; you might be missing your chance to win some of the prizes you have signed up for!

Simply: Read the instructions on how to be eligable for a prize at the blog you are signing up to! This is something that happened in the Summer Bloggy giveaway. Read the instructions to win! For example: " Win a custom made bag, to win leave a comment telling me what your faorite flower is"

Readers comments: "Oh plese sign me up", "Count me in", "´I'm in", " I love gerberas, thank you for this wonderful giveaway".

Who do you think will win?? The one who said she loves gerberas. It is up to the blog owner to chose a winner and if she/he establish some simple rules they should be followed.

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Spice up my kitchen!

I so badly want to spice up my kitchen a bit but I have no idea how to.

At the moment we have those normal white cabinets but I have been thinking how it would be to have metal cabinets in it. Then I could definitely say that my kitchen is glossy and shiny! I think it looks very nice when its shiny.

Could look quite good actually. Definitely a change.

The only thing would be that I would have tiny fingers all over the place= more cleaning for me...
But if you don´t mind that then maybe a glossy shiny kitchen is something for you?
Like your kitchen? Tell me why! Leave a comment!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

And UP we go!

Whoooooooho!

The PR (down)update may have been bad for some but for this blog it has gone UP!

I have the Goodle bar in Firefox and it said pr2, surely tha´s not right I htought and decided to check.
Here are the results:

PR checker.info: PR 3
PageRank Checker: PR 2 and 3
PR Checker.net: PR2
Smart Pagerank.com: PR 3
Check pagerank.com: 3

Can you see it:


Smart PageRank button

Now can PPP and other places please update their system as well??

*Doing th happy dance! Thank you Google*

Crying in the middle of the night

Last night we saw a film that didn´t end until 01.30. I fell asleep as soon as I put my head on the pillow. 02.30: Choriço wakes up crying.

OK, we have three options to why he is crying: Need to go to the toilet, want to drink water or he is hurting somewhere.

-Sweetie, what´s wrong? Want to go to the toilet?
Crying.
-Sweetie, are you thirsty?
Crying
-Choriço, are you in pain?
Crying.

After some time he tells me he is thirsty. We always have a cup in the bathroom for night emergencies but that cup was not to the little mans satisfaction at all.
OK, I go and get a glass instead of the plastic cup.
NO!
OK, I get another glass, a taller one since he likes those.
NO!

I get the plastic cup again. NO! The crying has now turned into a frenetic screaming.

Now I´m getting quite tired of running back and forth between the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.

Daddy helps him to pee and Mommy get the water, he wants tho drink water from the big 2liter water bottle. How was I supposed to understand that???

Now he is still crying so much that he vomits on the floor. Nice.

I clean it up and we go to bed.

I need to rest!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Better safe than sorry challenge

This is a challenge for all moms! Mayogi is having a challenge for a safer home. When was the last time you actually checked your first aid kit? I know I´m guilty of believing my family will never get hurt but accidents do happen.

That´s why I will participate in Mayogis challenge and update my first aid kit and blog about it!

Update your first take a photo and blog about it. Tell Mayogi and check what others have in their first aid kits and learn from other moms!

I´m definitely in this one!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

I´ve been busy

Unless you are a regular reader to my work at home blog you won´t know that I have just re-designed it. I still got some tweaking left and so but overall it´s finished!
If you take a look and see something that doesn´t look alright please do tell me.

I am also coming down with a cold once again. It´s getting quite annoying this being sick all the time! So tonight I´ll be sipping on hot ginger and lemon tea with basil. Basil is good to clear throats so I´m sure it got some healing ingredients that will be good for me.

Gotta go... dinner is calling... or that is my kithcen is calling me to prepare it...
Have a nice night.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Do you mind giving back my old shoes?

You can call me fuzzy, greedy or whatever you want but this is something that is annoying me.

About a month ago a friend of mine came by, she spent the day here and while we were walking to nursery to pick up my son one of the straps on her shoes got torn off. So she ouldn´t use the shoe and asked me if I had a pir of shoes to lend her.

First of all I´d like to say that this girl/woman is a shoeoholic. She has like 60 pair of shoes or more. Me, I have 2 pair os sneakers, 2 pair of sandals and 1 pair of high heels. And of course a pair of flip-flops.

Well now I only have one pair of sandals because I lent her the other pair. The pair I lent her were the pair that were most used aka oldest. But they were the pair that I used everyday in order to not use the other pair except for when I needed to go somewhere where more appropriate clothing was needed. This was done in an economical purpose.

I simply have not got the money to go and spend on new shoes all the time.

She came on a Wednesday and said that on Friday she would return them. It has been one month and I´m not likely to get them back, nor has she called me once. What kind of friend is this I´m asking myself. Maybe she is looking at my shoes thinking that surely I don´t want them back but I do! I loved those sandals.

Am I overreacting? Surely doesn´t feel like it.

Monday, October 15, 2007

A relaxing weekend

This weekend was great! I have hardly looked at the computer, on Saturday I didn´t even touch it! I find that incredible. It was a very nice feeling not having to worry about work or anything like that.

What have I done? Well I can tell you that I have not been sitting with my feet up or just been lazing around. I have cleaned the house. But it has been very relaxing. I have learned that I have serious difficulties to sit and do nothing. I don´t know how many times I have swept the sidewalk outside our house for example. Something that I normally do once a day if I do it that is.
The weekend has been great for me to reflect on my life and my blogging habits.

And I hope that this feeling I´m having at the moment will continue. The inner peace and calm I feel at the moment. We´ll see.

Now I need to go and play with Choriço. It´s also time to clean up the kitchen mess.
Have a great day!

Friday, October 12, 2007

The first day of the weekend

So far today I have: made 2 different kinds of bread, cleaned the yard, done the laundry, the dishes and lunch.

Now we are on our way to church for some fun games for the kids.  Phew. Who said it would be a weekend filled with rest? :) But it feels good.

Have a nice weekend! 

Thursday, October 11, 2007

A weekend break

Tomorrow is  the Childrens Day here in Brazil. That means that it´s another excuse to have a bank holiday.

So at around twoish we are going to "our" church to participate in the local activities for the kids.  It should be fun. Thy are going to close the street just for the event so that will be good. No need to worry about cars and kids.

And of course this means that on Saturday no one works either. Or it depends on the company but my husband won´t. Sunday is a normal day off for everyone and on Monday is Teachers Day so my son is at home from school. So it´s going to be a long weekend here. Nice! I´ve prepared everything I need to prepare, almost, and then it´s buy buy computer for 3 days! Lovely. I might check my emails but don´t expect a reply during the weekend.

What are your plans for the weekend?

Have a nice weekend!

Monday, October 8, 2007

Living by the Proverbs 31

the other day I was reading the Proverbs 31 and I decided that it was time to "get a grip" and drag myself up from the lazy whole I have been in for some time now.
The one thing that caught my attention was this:

15 She gets up while it is still dark;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her servant girls.

And I thought to myself: This is what I´ll have to do!
I have to get up earlier to make sure I get things done in the beginning of the day. We usually get up around 7am but I told my husband to set the alarm on 6am. He didn´t like my idea at all and started complaining that I would wake him up and that I should stop with those silly ideas.

I, of course, got a bit upset having prepared myself mentally but kept quiet and said "OK then". Next morning I wake up hearing: "Linda it´s time to go to bed". Of course I wake up thinking why would my husband say that if I am already asleep? My husband had gone to the toilet and I asked him what he said- " I didn´t say anything" he says half asleep and goes back to bed.

Me, I know who woke me up and why, so I got up and swept the street, this is one of those dreadful everyday tasks, made bread and prepared my son´s clothes and bag.
And then I got on with my day.

This week I´ll give it another try and I´ll try really hard to keep it up because it makes me feel so much better afterwards.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

I met an Englishman!

Last night I went to one of the English schools here in my city. It was a conversation class that I was supposed to "observe" in case I become a teacher there.

Well half into the class an old man comes in and presents himself as Jack. He had an atlas with him and started showing the map of England as he is from England.. When he found out I am from Sweden he started talking about Europe and all the differences between Brazil and Europe. He was such a funny old man. Unfortunately  the girl, the only student in the room, wasn´t too impressed and seemed to be kind of bored while I enjoyed it all very much. Because I am Swedish I knew everything he knew. Mind you this man is about 80 and I wasn´t even born 1935 which was one year he was talking about.

He said we were the first people ha had spoken English to in two years and I said it was the first time in three years I´d spoken to a Brit! I miss that so much. There was a time when I could be taken for being a brit but that´s not likely to happen today. Because no one understands me properly I´ve had to take on an American accent and skip the British. I don´t have anything against American English it´s just that I´m used to and prefer British English.

It was a wonderful experience to talk to this old man and I hope I get to talk to him again. He gave me his number for me to "give him a ring". :)

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Friday, October 5, 2007

A busy week

No blogging this week as I have been running around town attending interviews. I am officially looking for another job. Blogging is great and I´d prefer to stay home but I need the money so I am forced to look for another job. Unless someone is in need of a blogger, writer, translator, reviewer??? No...? Too bad...for me that is.. and of course for whoever would like to use my services.*lol*

My back is about to break and my feet are swollen and red. Nice´ha. I am in desperate need of a massage but I haven´t got anyone to do it to me and no money to buy myself an hour of wellbeing. That would be so nice! It´s been years since I had a massage. When I worked at a gym in London I had the beauty salon one level above where I worked... You can imagine I went there quite often.

My hubby never gives me a massage but often expect me to take care of his back whenever he is in pain. That´s not fair!

Well I have things to do, people to see, better get going. Wish me luck in finding a new job :)

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Monday, October 1, 2007

Fun for kids

Last night my son was "reading" one of these free magazines that come in the mailbox every now and then. He was very fascinated so I peeked to see what it was that was so interesting.

- I want this mommy!
My boy is almost 4 years old and he loves cars and motorbikes so of course what he wanted was a little vehicle for to drive around in. I just smiled and said that of course I would buy it for him.

Ride-On-Toys has different vehicles and bikes for kids to play with. My son wanted a John Deere Gator but his daddy tried to tell him that a Guidecraft Tilt and Steer Racer would be so much cooler. My son didn´t really listen to him and continued to explore the different kinds of tractors that were on the page.

I am sure that this is a perfect gift for Christmas and all and if we had more space I would gladly buy one for him. The only thing I think is very important is to always supervise your kids. I know of parents who have bought these kinds of toys for their kids and let them ride on the street just as if they were normal cars. Obviously very dangerous!

If you like me have kids that would be interested in a toy like this then Ride-On-Toys have got many different kinds and something for every little boy or girl. They have electric go-carts, tractors, rocking horses, scooters, tractors with trailers, bikes, cars everything from age 0-7. So you can start early and when around 7 it´s about time to get the drivers license. *lol*

Another good thing is that you can buy it over the net. No need to go to a shop full of kids and parents going crazy because their kids can´t make up their mind about which one to get.

Now should I hide that magazine... his daddy might just get him this for Christmas...

Do I need news like this on a Monday

So I was just sitting in the sun reading a little when the phone rang. It was my husband who had one thing to tell me:

I had to send the car to a mechanic, guess how much it cost?

I said 200reais. *I was aiming high because I thought it would never be that high*

He said:300.

So lets do some math: there is not even 100 reais left for us after we have paid our bills and food so how on earth do we pay 300 reais to fix the car????

The only thing I can do now is pray and hope that this is included in some great plan that God has for us. And as for my tiny tiny hope of going to the beach in december, well I guess that won´t happen.

Why is it that these things come just when you least need it?

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Someone said resting?

Well talking is good, getting at it is another thing. or should I say doing it. I have several project here during this weekend that I need to finish!
And I will.

If it is the only thing I´ll do today and tomorrow I will. And then I have other projects to take their place. I love to be busy!

Well unfortunately I am removing This Month´s Mama. makes me a bit sad but who know in the future perhaps it can be reintroduced.

I am finishing my third cup of coffee and I´m hoping there is some more left in the peculator. I woke up 5am this morning, not because I wanted to but because little Choriço couldn´t sleep and wanted to watch TV. And seriously 5am I havn´t got any energy to start fighting a fight that is hard to win so I just take my blanket and pillow and make myself comfortable in the sofa.

Sleeping is not possible, maybe drifting in and out of sleep but not sleeping. "Mom I want water", "Mom I want to eat" ... etc etc on it goes...

So I think I need some more coffee...

Friday, September 28, 2007

Commenting problems

I just want to say that I am sorry if it seems as if I am not answering your commetns. I am. Or that is, I´m trying to. I´m not very lucky in my trying. I´m not sure why but I´ve had this problem for some time now. Someday s it´s ok, others it takes ages to comment. FYI :)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Dreaming of a perfect wedding

I´m not sure why but lately I´ve seen lots of films where the girls are dreaming of a perfect wedding. And you know what, I  never did before I got married. The whole idea of planning a wedding, sending our wedding invitations, being nervous, choosing a dress and feeling an immense happiness never was my thing. Or it has never been.

Our wedding was nothing like that. We got married at the Town Hall, had a reception at home afterwards and then we continued with our life as normal. So unromantic. Sad do you think? Well it was good for us.

But of course I can understand the joy in planning a wedding and all that comes with it. Just choosing your bridal shower cards or dress is a big thing. Girls are often romantic and we should be. You will always remember the day you got married and yes it would

have been nice to have a unique wedding invitation from our wedding to look at and remember that day even more.

Oh and let me tell you I didn´t get married in white but in Pink. Really pink. *lol*

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The middle of the week

How come that one day it´s Monday and the next it´s Friday? Before you know it 5 days have passed and you are still thinking about all the things you need to do this week.

Well it´s only Wednesday today obviously but that means just another two days until it´s Friday. Hey I gotta hurry, I got lots of things to do. Why am I always saying that?

I´m sure there are others who´s got a whole lot more to do than I. Well all is relevant.

Today is Wordless Wednesday, yesterday was Tackle it Tuesday and tomorrow is Thankfuul Thirsday and Thursday Thirteen. Of course I´d like to participate in all but before I know it it´s too late.

I also have a wonderful reward from Revka to put up and another one from Mayogi, I should try and do this this week still. I´ve been delaying it too long.

So it´s in the middle of the week, are stressed or do you not care too much?       I´m stressed...

Monday, September 24, 2007

Cleaning is good for the soul

I had a well deserved computer break this weekend.  And it felt so good. I love working from home but soemtimes ait´s a bit tiring. It feels as if I am alsways available.  So I have started to narrow down my internet time. The consequences  are that I don´t answer emails as quickly as I usualy do, less time is spent in forums, reading posts and networking in general.

But when I do work my productivity is increased. Which is goood of course.

So with somuch time left on my hands all of a sudden then what did I do over the weekend? Well something that has been on my mind for a long time is our storage room. It´s so messy and no matter how many times I clean it it never changes. My husband stores his tools there and I store my cleaning products. But it´s mostly his stuff that is in the way actually.

So I took out everything! Every little piece that was on the ground that is and on the table. And I cleaned and then threw away things we don´t need and told my hubby to put away the things he is not using at the moment or doens´t use very often. A little rearranging and now it looks so good. And the best part is: it´s no easier to clean and keep clean and clutter free.

See I had a calm and relaxing weekend. Now I´m ready for a new week. And a new work free weekend :)

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Friday, September 21, 2007

It´s a hard life being a wahm

Oh yes, it´s a hard life being a wahm *lol* I´ve just cleaned the whole yard, still have inside cleaning to do. I gave the dogs a bath as well, they where more brown than white.

Now it´s time for lunch and then two hours of hard work is awaiting me. After that I need to go and buy some food and prepare some games that I and Choriço can play during the weekend.
It´s just that I am lousy at playing games with kids. All my childish games are long gone from my mind and my imagination is zero. But how hard can it be to play with a child? Shouldn´t be so hard now should it :)

I need a rest, it´s hot hot and everything is sticky. We need some rain so I hope it rains this weekend.

Off to work....

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Thou shall not commit adultery

One of the news programs here asks a daily question to their viewers and the other day the question was: Should you have to pay if you commit adultery?

Good question!

But really I think it is SILLY.

I think four out of ten said yes. I told my husband I do not agree. Com´on we live in year 2007!!!!!!!!!!! It´s time to take responsability instead of paying in money for your sins. If you have promised to love someone you cannot simply pay an amount and the pain and suffering will go away. The pain of being cheated on is not payable!  There is no money in the world that can sompensate that!

So you ask me: why shouldn´t I get paid if my husband cheats on me? Becasue what you need is not money it´s love.

If we start with this kind of things it w

ill be just like a carousel that goes round and round all the time. In the end people will look for signs that their partner is cheating, perhaps even trick the partner into doing something against his/her will just to get compensated. I´m amazed that people even come up with these ideas.

Should you be compensated if your husband/wife cheats on you?

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

It´s going to rain

Are you supposed to laugh or get annoyed when your child says " It´s going to rain"  to each and every person you meet on the street?

Kids. *lol*

That was yesterday and it never rained. Today it was "mommy can you buy everything?" which I of course said I would.

Small things that makes my day.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

The cotton candy man

Every day you can hear a loud beep beep on the street. When you hear that you know that it is the cotton candy man that is walking don the street to sell sweets to the kids.

If you hear another kind of beep beep it is the popcorn man, he comes on a cycle. I have tried to ignore this for as long as possible and have been secretly praying every time I hear the beep that my son would not discover what the men are selling.

Now he knows.

And I have no idea how he found out but now he knows. He just had another cotton candy man on a motorbike to stop his bike just so that he could go and get me. Our gate is closed so my son called him through the gate. And of course I said no.

So at the moment my son is a bit upset with me and looking out to the street hoping that the man will come back.

Oh dear, I just went outside to see what he was doing and he has fallen asleep next to his swing. Tired from crying and no afternoon nap. And now it´s 6pm so I think I´ll have to go and wake him up. *lol

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Friday, September 14, 2007

A weekend trip

One of the greatest things with living in London is the accessibility and easiness to go everywhere in the world.
You can decide from one day to the next that you will take a trip to Paris over the weekend or go to Barcelona for a few days. I love that! There are always offers on for weekend breaks and usually they are reasonably priced that it won´t make much difference to your wallet.

I went for a short break to Venice once and it was the best short trip I´ve done in my life!You can easily find cheap flights and take a quick city break to a new place. I went to Venice and fell in love!

It is so easy to travel when you live in Europe and I wish I had used the opportunities more and visited more places. I´d love to go to Vienna, I´ve heard it is very beautiful there and of course all the images I´ve seen are to blame for that. A fellow food blogger just went to Prague and she ate a lot and had lots of interesting stories to tell about the food and the people. The world is so full of places that it will be impossible to visit them all but we can try. *lol*

Traveling is great! I wish I have the opportunity to do it soon again!

What is the best weekend break you´ve done? I´d love to know so that I can put it on my "possible travels" list.

Tired...

I am feeling a bit exhausted after a few days of stressing around the net trying to find time to do everything. Really nothing special has happened but time just doens´t seem to be on my side. OK that´s a bad excuse, I need to get it right.

Wednesday a friend came over and I stressed too much to get the place in order before she came and as well do everything I need to. I still haven´t recovered from that. How that´s possible.

I am starting to dream about being able to be at home doing nothing. Just have my son here and be with him, play with him and have fun. Included in the fun I try to remind myself it means daily arguing, crying, screaming, me tearing my hair out, yelling, fighting... But maybe not. Because usually when I am at home with my son we have a nice time together. But I would never be able to work with him at home. He keeps calling me 211 times/minute. So I´m not sure that would work, or I´m sure it would not work.

I have great admiration for homeschooling moms. You are my idols! Revka especially :)

Tomorrow is Saturday which means hubby works until 12 and me and Choriço can enjoy a peaceful morning together. We both like Saturday mornings very much.
Have a nice weekend ladies, enjoy your rest. I sure will!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

13 Things about me - Thursday Thirteen


Thirteen Things about Mama Linda


1: You could think I was fed on coffee when I was a baby as I am a total coffee addict and proud of it :)

2: I forced myself to like olives when I was a teenager. I hated the taste but since my mom liked it so much I figured it couldn´t be that bad and sat down with the jar one day and decided it was time to grow up and learn to eat the stuff.

3: I believe anything is possible. The words you can´t doesn´t exist in my everyday vocabulary.

4: I love to read, especially crime my favorite author is Ruth Rendell. She is a wonder writer!

5: I still don´t understand I am a mother and it´s almost 4 years ago Choriço was born so you´d think it is about time wouldn´t you?

6: I try to be a patient mother but I have never been a patient person so it´s not going very well. And it seems as it´s going from generation to generation as Choriço is just the same ;)

7: I love blue. I think my mother has influenced me there as well, she also loves blue. The darker the better. When my mother turned 50 I had a local handy craft man make a blue plate with a golden angel inside just for her. Especially made and incredibly beautiful, she loves angels and blue just as much so it was perfect. I believe it´s one of the most precious things my mother has today.

8: I am a very convenient person. I don´t say I am lazy, I see it as being convenient and laid back. :) But I try to remind myself that the shortest way is not always the best and I believe you need to fight for the things you really want.

9: I hate meaningless talk on the radio. It seems as it´s the same thing all over the world. Always a group of people taking calls from listeners and making fun of them. I´d rather listen to my dog bark than listen to that.

10: I love everything Italian. The landscape, the food, the people, the language, the men. What? No something went wrong there I didn´t type that!

11: It´s only 11,5 and I´m already thinking of coffee and sweets. Bad of me!

12: I blame my bad, terrible, horrible, memory on my son. Before he was born I never had any problems with my memory and now I can´t even remember what day it is. last night I was very confused and didn´t know if it was Tuesday or Wednesday. Thankfully it says on the computer ;) I forget everything! of course I don´t forget to blog or to network but things around the house... *lol*

13: I come up with crazy idea all the time! And thank God for that! What if everyone were the same?? That would be sooooo boring! But hopefully there are other crazy coffee addicted mamas out there for me to meet. OK you don´t need to be coffee addicted, it´s OK if you like tea :)

Links to other Thursday Thirteens! (leave your link in comments, I’ll add you here!)
1. Lori
2. Miss Sniz
3. Nancy j Bond
4. Wolfie

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Header image from Samulli.

Solution for a sore throat

My husband and my MIL just crack me up sometimes! They come up with the strangest ideas that I´ve never seen before and it makes me laugh. And I´m sure you would as well if you heard half of what I hear daily.

My husband has a sore throat at the moment, very unusual for him. Last night he asks me where the alcohol is. No, no t the kind you drink but the stuf you use to lit fires and clean etc. I tell him it´s in the room on the yard and I can hear him go there and after a while he comes back.  When he comes back he has a sock wrapped around his neck.

I look at the sock and realize it stinks of alcohol. I ask him if he has put alcohol on the sock and he says yes. And he tells me it is good for a sore throat. (????)

I just couldn´t take it and started to laugh like crazy. I thought it was hilarious. My hubby didn´t think it was so funny and I asked him how come he has never told med about this before. He sais he knew I wouldn´t do it so there was no point in telling me. And the other day wyhen I had a terribly soar throat, couldn´t he have told me then when he saw I was in pain? No.

This morning I asked him if he was better and he said no. Of course I couldn´t help my self and said: Oh didn´t the alcohol work? (I tried not to laugh but it was difficult)

Has anyone heard of this house remedy for soar throats before? Or any other remedy that works I can tell my husband?

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Mommy can I...

"Mommy can I go to the toilet?"
"Mommy can I watch TV?"
"Mommy can I go and play outside?"

And on it goes...
Choriço has started to ask these questions daily now for most things he does. I´m not sure why, is it some way to get re-assurance that he is allowed to do things? Of course he is allowed to do all of these things and he knows that. What if I were to say that he couldn´t go to the toilet *lol*
I would be the one cleaning up after him then if an accident happened.

Kids are just too funny and we´ll see for how long this lasts :)

Wordless Wednesday September 12


Resting.

The horses in Brazil walks as they please and these horses decided they wanted to rest on the street. In the background is the local health service and the motorbikes to the right belongs to the "Moto-taxi"- Taxi on motorbike. :)

For more WW visit Wordless Wednesday or 5minutes for mom.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Preparing myself

I am preparing myself for Christmas already. It´s getting hotter and hotter here but I´ve decided it´s good to start planning.

I am also preparing my husband.
I have decided to give him a wish list so that I won´t get any "surprises". One of the good thing about Christmas is that there are often some good discounts on offer.There are lots of promo codes around and you can find yourself saving a great deal on those.

I have been searching Coupon Chief for inspiration and I found the following to indicate to my husband what he should get me: My passion in life when I am not blogging is cooking. I love to stand in the kitchen baking and making all sorts of food. I love cooking ware so something from Sur la Table would be great for me.

As for my husband he is a handy type of guy so I´m sure he would like to get tools for the car or something like that. If you have got a handy man as well who loves to play with his car you might want to check out the deals from Home Depot.

And little Choriço? He is not getting anything!
*lol* Of course he is, he is getting the most actually but I think I´ll have to throw away half of his toys then because there is no space for any more toys at the moment.

Of course the planning includes food planning as well and that will be a fun project in the coming months.

Have you started Planning for Christmas yet?

I can see clearly now...

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

My son has had a bad habit of keeping his toys, or a big part of them, in the living room.
Last week I took everything and just shoveled it into a box and put it in his room. I started organizing a bit, separating bits and pieces and so far they are where they are supposed to be.

But the main thing was still there, separating all his papers, books and bigger toys.
This is what it looked like before:
As you can see it´s really messy. Clothes on top of the drawer, all shoes are in a mess, papers and books on the floor.
And the stationary bike.
OK this bike is not mine OK! It´s my husbands and has been before he met me. Apparently he bought it some years ago and used it for a while. He has used it maximum 5 times since we moved here. It doesn´t work very well either, I ´ve tried taking up the habit a few times but the bike is in such a miserable shape that it´s better not to.

So I cleared everything up, threw away lots of papers, no drawings, and a few toys that will not be missed at all.

I felt really good about myself, I don´t like throwing things away and I´ve noticed my son is the same. Whenever I try to get rid of something he says> No mommy, lets keep this. *lol*

So after all this hard work I finally took an after picture this morning. This is what it looks like now:
Now you can see inside the drawer as well. It was not as organized as it is now.

Even Winnie the Pooh is sitting on there watchin over the room. In the paper box to the right are all his drawings squeezed in. I can still fit a few in there but then I will have to think of another way of storing them.

And all his books are to the left. He doesn´t have one book in Portuguese but he does have a few in English and most are in Swedish. The English ones really aren´t his but for my teaching but when I don´t use them he can have them.

And the shoes... well you see we haven´t got a hallway in our house. You either step right into the dining/living room or into the kitchen. And there is no appropriate place to put the shoes there so they are stored in my sons room. That is quite annoying actually but there is nothing I can do about it at the moment.

I´ve wanted to participate in Tackle it Tuesday before but never come around to it, but here it is my first entry.

If you want to participate in Tackle it Tuesday please head over to 5minutes for mom.

Monday, September 10, 2007

It could be you...

This Month´s Mama spot is available again!

If you would like your blog to be This Month´s Mama please leave a comment.

To find out what this month´s mama is, follow the link in the sidebar where it says: Become This Month´s Mama (yes I am changing that button soon).

A safe family

My husbands job changed manager a few months ago and with that a whole lot changed around the place. When my husband told me that he now has a life insurance through his job I became very happy. This is something we can´t afford on our own so it made me happy and made me feel saf to know we are now better protected.

Term Life Insurance is for a specific period of time, so depending on what your family needs a term insurance can be just what you are looking for.

Having a life insurance is very important and something more people should think about. There are different life insurances to choose from, the term life insurance rates depends on what insurance you need. It´s easy to get a term insurance quote so that you can easily find what is best for your family.

Well if something happens to me my husband will have to figure something else out as the insurance he has doesn´t over me. That makes me think that we really should get a family insurance.
Hopefully we will never have to use it but it´s better to be safe than sorry.

If I could be a fly...

I really wish I could be a little fly and sit on the wall and watch over my son when he is in nursery.

I am so curious to know what they are doing there! I know they are playing and drawing and come up with all sorts of things because he comes home with a lot of drawings and things he has made by himself. But it would be fun to watch for a day.

About the drawings; I have started to think about how I will save everything. I´ve thought about buying some kind of boxes and folders and store the drawings in the folders (with month and year dated) and put them in the box.

But I´m not sure that is the best thing, he is only three so how many boxes won´t I have when he is 10? *lol*

How do you store your kids drawings and other stuff they´ve made? Any storage ideas for me?

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Why is it so quiet?

I spend most of my days all alone here at home. And it´s quiet. But it doesn´t get quiet for some reason.

Today is a holiday because of the Independence Day yesterday so both my husband and my son are at home. But my husband went into town to pay some bills and my son went to see his cousin at my MIL´s. So I´m all alone again.

And somehow it feels too quiet. It´s not the same silence as when I´m at home by myself during the week. Maybe it´s because I know that they are supposed to be at home?

I actually like to work when they are at home. I don´t know why but it gives me inner peace somehow. Not said that I work better because of that, probably not because of all the disturbance but I like it.
Maybe it´s the unspoken surrounding love in our house? Whatever it is I like it but I better continue to work now or I will have to hurry when they come home. *lol*

It all adds up

You must have heard about it from many bloggers. They say it´s so good and encourage you to do the same. Blogging for money.
But you are not sure, how do you know that they really pay or that they are trustworthy?

Well hundreds-thousands of bloggers can´t be wrong.
Anyone can get paid to blog. The money can go towards paying bills, buying food, going out or planning a trip (or why not let it pay for a giveaway for your readers). And it all adds up and after a while you will see that the work you put into your blog is paying off.

Smorty is a company that helps advertisers reach a larger public connecting them with bloggers. The pay weekly and on time, I´m talking from experience.

I wish more companies would understand the benefits of using bloggers and advertise on blogs instead of spending a fortune on other types of commercial, it is much cheaper and reaches out to a lager audience than the normal TV commercial for example.

If you want to get some extra money then why don´t you try Smorty, remember it all adds up. Every little penny counts....

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Thankful Thursday Sep 6th



First of all I want to thank the Lord for waiting for me. I´m still not there but his love is growing stronger everyday and I an thankful for that.

I am thankful that my husband is being appreciated at his job. And hopefully this will lead to us not having to watch every penny every month.

I am thankful for the inspiration and the creativity that is finally coming back to me.

And I would like to say that I am incredibly thankful to all wonderful bloggers out there. The blogging world is an amazing place.

I am thankful that every night when I go to bed I can rest in peace with my family around me. Life is so stressing but at night everything is quieter and listening to my sons breath is a wonderful feeling.

What are you thankful for?
Share your thankfulness over at Sting my Heart.

So lets count...

So lets count how many times this year I have been ill.
You know what, I won´t even try. Too many times.

I´m sick again of course, sore throat, the flu.
My body is hurting my head is aching, I´ve managed to stretch my hamstring too badly so I´m walking like an old lady.

So I have rearranged my bedroom today. I am sitting in bed writing this at the moment. It was too tiring to sit on a chair and I need to work so I moved the bed and my work space.
Working in bed is great! I should make this a habit! Really I wouldn´t mind having a laptop so that I could go outside and work or sit in the living room and watch tv at the same time. :)

It´s funny I feel more relaxed in bed and more productive. It´s like I get more energy just because I´m in bed. Had I been sitting on the chair it would´ve been another thing.
Strange..

Well I am drinking chamomile tea at the moment. I had some coffee earlier but it didn´t taste very nice actually.Now lets just hope I don´t get sleepy because of the tea, it is upposed to have a calming effect...

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

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I´m trying to get home

So here is the thing:
I need to go home to Sweden.

I haven´t been home for 3 years.
My mom has had 2 strokes, walks and talks badly and is probably in need of more help than she gets. And I feel really bad that I can´t help her.
I don´t want to go back to Sweden to live there but I would like to go and visit my mother (and everyone else of course).
But, I have no money to pay for a flight ticket. Seriously I mean NO money.

S*cks doesn´t it? Don´t you feel a little bit bad for me? No I don´t spend my money on things or waste them. Everything I earn goes towards our bills. If I put away $20 a month that´s much.
So I have decided that this blog will help me get home!

It was never my intention that this blog would make any money at all but I see no other way at the moment if I want to go home sometime next year.

So I´m in need of help; love, linky love, donations, prayers, used toys, dirty socks-nah not really, what ever you can help me with I´m grateful for.

Let me tell you that I am incredibly bad at lying. I don´t know how to lie at all. Be it face to face with someone or over the internet.
For you to have an idea of how much I need; a trip to Sweden from Brazil for me, son and hubby is 10 000 reais= $5000. And that is only the ticket and with margins for any extra expenses.
All other costs like spending money etc is all on top of that.
So I´m going to set my goal at R$ 8.000.
This is going to take some time that´s for sure but I understand that and there is not much I can do about it.

But my main objective with this blog will not change, writing my everyday thoughts and sharing with other mothers.
I love being a mom blogger and meeting wonderful moms on the net! And that I do for free. :)

Thank you for reading this blog, now I will post my Disclosure policy to get this ball rolling. Any tips you have for me- shoot I want to hear!

" I want it like.. hmm.. well.. something like this..."

This is what I sound like every time I go to the hairdresser.

And this is what I will sound like in about 10 minute.s. I´m off to the hairdresser.
Why is it so difficult to decide on haircuts?

I never come out Pleased from the hairdresser. I´ve had some really bad haircuts here in Brazil. But now I have managed to find a good and very cheap hairdresser. Or at least she managed to sort out the mess the previous hairdresser had done. So I hope she is as good today.

A hair cut here is incredibly cheap; $2.
Yes $2!

And that´s normal price but of course you can pay much more if you want, but you won´t necessarily get a better haircut.

Well I better run if I don´t want to miss my appointment although that is usually no problem.

Wordless Wednesday Sep 5th

Kinder ovo

Daddy, did you buy an egg?
That is the first thing my son says when my husband arrives from work. :) You can solve anything with an egg...

More WW at 5minutes for mom.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

So, has she adapted yet?

My husband often gets the question if I have adapted to the Brazilian lifestyle yet. And of course I get that question too it´s just that they usually turn to my husband before turning to me, thinking I don´t speak Portuguese.

I can imagine that for some it is really difficult to adjust and adapt to a new life in a new country. For me that has never been an issue. From day one I have been totally OK here. In the beginning we had a few rough weeks when we lived with my MIL and family but since we moved to our own house; no problem.

And I am so thankful that I have no problems adapting myself wherever I go in the World. I have traveled to various places without having the slightest idea of what it would mean to me and I´ve been just fine.

I think one of the reasons I have never had any problems here is because I speak Portuguese. I would not want to live in a country and not speak the language. I need to communicate! *lol*
Of course new acquaintances don´t know this so they ask my husband about me when I sit next to them.
Has she adapted yet? Does she like it? Does she speak any Portuguese?

Of course they are looking at me while they speak to my husband.
Hey I´m here, can you please talk to me? If I can I will tell them that I understand perfectly what they say and yes I have adapted and no I have no trouble living here.

Do you think you would adapt easily if you moved to another country?

Friday, August 31, 2007

The darker side of me

There is one side of me my husband doesn´t see very often and when he see glimpses of it he looks at me like I´m out of my mind.
I call it my "darker side".

If you look through my CD´s you will see a vary varied mix of music. But a good part of them are different metal bands. And it´s when I put on one of those that my husband looks at me and says: What is this?

He doesn´t like metal the slightest but prefers to listen to Brazilian Fórro, country music kind of.
And if Faith/God/whatever you want to call it, had´t brought us together I would probably still live in London and be dressed in black most of the time. I still prefer black but it´s not the dominant color in my wardrobe any more.

And I miss that, I don´t miss the stressful life in London but I miss some of that, you think it will never end. I miss going to clubs and going out with my friends. I lived with a bunch of Swedes and we had so much fun.

Well those where the days... good memories.
And as for my husband, well I have never said I was sane...

Thursday, August 30, 2007

What are you looking at?!?!

Imagine this situation: Your kid throws a fit on the street. He screams and cries for blocks, it´s a15 minute walk. You try to stay calm and make your kid quiet.
Nothing works.

To make it worse he is crying because you decided to take another street than the one he wanted.
So he cries like crazy.
And you are getting more and more upset.

And people stare. They turn around and stare.

What do you do in that situation?

Well I don´t do anything but looking straight ahead and walking as fast as I can looking really pissed off. And when I´m angry you can really tell that it´s not worth messing with me.
This scenario happened yesterday and I almost went totally crazy. I wanted to just shout "what the f* are you looking at??? Never seen a kid have a fit before?".
Obviously I didn´t do that.

So here is a serious question for you mommies: How do you deal with your kid after he has behaved this way? We are talking about a very clever little 3,5year old boy.

And the "funny" thing is that he never does this with my MIL when she picks him up. But he always comes up with something when I pick him up. And I do that at least 4 times a week. So when people sees him with my MIL they always comment that he is "scandalous" with me.
How funny is that??

So what should I do?

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Puzzled

Last night i hear my husband saying; Linda, come! Come here now!
He is saying it very gentle and he is almost whispering. Leaving the dishes to themselves I go into the living room to see what is so important.

Choriço is laying a puzzle by himself!

Wow!

We stood there in amazement looking at our son with pride in our hearts.
It was a small little paper puzzle with Bob Esponja(SpongeBob SquarePants). He had laid almost the whole puzzle, which contain about 12 pieces, all by himself.

Do you remember the first time your child laid a puzzle by him/herself??
It´s aboslutely worth remembering.

Friday, August 17, 2007

What a surprise....

I thought I liked washing clothes during the weekend and ironing late on Sunday nights.

I have always argued with my husband about that and kept my opinion very clear: let me iron on Sundays!

Well this week I tried something different, I washed everything twice this week, today as well, and ironed the last lot just now. And then it hit me: Wow! Now I don´t have to think about that on Saturday/Sunday but I can relax. One thing less on the weekend list...

Seriously.. how blind can one be?
I think I´ll try to keep this new thing going.. my hubby will like it that´s for sure! *lol*

When do you iron, weeks or weekends?Do you like it?

If you´re like me, really don´t like to iron, try to get a new steam iron they work wonderfully and it´s even fun to iron.

In my head....

This is what is stuck in my head at the moment. Don´t ask why, I just love this song. I am a fan of both Bono and Mary so of course I would like this song. :)


"One"
(feat. U2)
Mary J Blidge

Is it getting better
Or do you feel the same?
Will it make it easier on you now?
You got someone to blame

You say one love, one life (one life)
It's one need in the night
One love (one love), get to share it
Leaves you darling, if you don't care for it

Did I disappoint you?
Or leave a bad taste in your mouth?
You act like you never had love
And you want me to go without

Well it's too late, tonight
To drag the past out into the light
We're one, but we're not the same
We get to carry each other
Carry each other
One...

Have you come here for forgiveness?
Have you come to raise the dead?
Have you come here to play Jesus?
To the lepers in your head

Well, did I ask too much, more than a lot?
You gave me nothing, now it's all I got
We're one, but we're not the same
Well we, hurt each other
Then we do it again

You say
Love is a temple
Love is a higher law
Love is a temple
Love is the higher law
You ask me to enter
Well then you make me crawl
And I can't be holding on
To what you got
When all you got is hurt

One love
One blood
One life
You got to do what you should
One life
With each other
Sisters and my
Brothers
One life
But we're not the same
We get to
Carry each other
Carry each other

One...
One love

Lyrics from AZLyrics.

If you want to watch/listen to the song, go here!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Wordless Wednesday # 18


Love and caring.

This is Love

What do you see when you look at this picture?
Eeeeh.. a dead plant?

Let me tell you what I see;

Love


You see I took this picture to remind me of Love whenever life feels upside down.

My son and husband were cleaning our yard and my son picked these out of our little garden bush that e have on the front. Then he gave it to me. He wanted me to plant them in a new pot and he put them all there in my half dead basil pot.
I could see how happy and proud he was to give me flowers. He even put one behind my ear and said that I was the most beautiful mom on earth.

And I?
I felt loved.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Hey, I´m a BUSY Mama

Yes, I am busy! Let me tell you something about me, I am always up to something!
If I haven´t got anything to do, I find something to do. But with the list of things that I have on my ¨to do ¨list there is no need to worry that I will sitting on a chair doing nothing. In fact that would be nice. i have to see if I can find some time for that.

That is why the Blogging without obligation button is up in my sidebar. Because the amount of times that I will have to say: I´m sorry I haven´t updated in some time, will be too many.

So instead of wasting time on that I can write something more interesting when I have the time.
I found the button over at Annie´s blog, a very nice blog btw, and decided to follow the link to the button.

Here are the reasons for the button:

  • Because you shouldn't have to look at your blog like it is a treadmill.
  • Because its okay to just say what you have to say. If that makes for a long post, fine. Short post, fine. Frequent post, fine. Infrequent post, fine.
  • Because its okay to not always be enthralled with the sound of your own typing.
  • Because sometimes less is more.
  • Because only blogging when you feel truly inspired keeps up the integrity of your blog.
  • Because they are probably not going to inscribe your stat, link and comment numbers on your tombstone.
  • Because for most of us blogging is just a hobby. A way to express yourself and connect with others. You should not have to apologize for lapses in posts. Just take a step back and enjoy life, not everything you do has to be "bloggable".
  • Because if you blog without obligation you will naturally keep your blog around longer, because it won't be a chore. Plus, just think you will be doing your part to eradicate post pollution. One post at a time. . .
Now I don´t have to worry about feeling bad whenever I haven´t updated in some time :) Of course it will be on my mind but I will try to ignore it. *lol*

Friday´s Feast 155

jabuticabaskal

Appetizer
What is your favorite kind of pie?
Rhubarb pie, too bad there are no rubarbs here where I live.

Soup
Name something that made you smile this week.
My son, he is becoming so clever and says things all the time that surprises me and makes my day.

Salad
What do you do to cool off when the weather is hot and humid?
Here in Brazil most people actually lie down on the floor, the cold tiles cools you off. I don´t, I eat ice cream instead :)

Main Course
You receive $1,000 in the mail with a letter that says you can only use the money to redecorate one room in your home. Which room do you pick, and what do you buy to spruce it up?
Oh dear, I would definitely re decorate my living room. I would buy nice paintings and some comfortable chairs, futons, and I would buy plants and a bookshelf. Oh and I would love to have a glass shelf as well, to put nice decorations on.

Dessert
Fill in the blank:
My __husband___ says __I´m lazy_, but I _don´t agree, I am just very relaxed_.

More Feasts over at Friday´s Feast.

If you wonder what this is I can tell you that it is Jabuticaba. A typical Brazilian fruit that grows on a big tree. It´s quite tasty!

Remembering those little things

My memory is bad. I would actually go to the extent to say that it is cr*p. See there I said it and now you know it.

Of course I remember silly things and non important things but the everyday things I tend to forget. The other day I asked my husband if he remember what Choriço looked like when he was a baby. And he said no, and I admitted that I didn´t remember either.

I remember but I don´t remember the exact looks on his face or so. Of course we do have a photograph up from when he was tiny, we really need to get more photos up, so we can remind ourselves when we look at that. But apart from that, no...
And it scares med, I want to remember! But the thing is that when you see someone everyday you don´t see the changes.

It´s the same thing with remembering what you looked like yourself 10 years ago. Sure you can see the difference, but did you see the changes happening everyday when you looked in to the mirror? I guess not.

So I am eternally grateful to Alhazen (Ibn Al-Haytham)that invented the first Camera obscura! Without that we might not have had a real camera today.

I do hope that I remember what I looked like in my youth when I´m old and got wrinkles :) *lol*

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Tweaking

I love tweaking with my blogs and I always try to come up with something new. The other day I tweaked my comments, as you can see it now says coffee cups on the table instead of comments.

If you click on comments the pop up screen will come with a little message.
Then if you click on a post you will see further tweaking where it says how many comments have been left and my thanks to you and a little different comment section.

Sound confusing? Put some coffee cups on this table and go back and check you cup. :)