Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Hoje, eu ando com o cachorro....

That means today I walked the dog. On my (very slow) walk (Enzo is showing his age these days) I mulled over my goals for when I get to Curitiba.
#1 I'm writing a comic book series called "The People that melt in the Rain" I have five issues written and have at least that many to go, hopefully I'll get this done soon . It's a complicated mystery about a young girl trapped in a cursed mid-western town.
#2 I'm writing and drawing my first graphic novel called "The Horribles". It's a gothic children's book about a family of horrible monsters.
#3 I'm also hoping to work on my linguistic goals. I want to achieve fluency in Portuguese,and make progress with my understanding of french.
#4 and lastly I'm planning to get TEFL certified (teaching english as a foreign language) while I'm there.

Thank goodness our visa is for five years... maybe I'll get it all done :)

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Check it out.. I'm Superman

You Are Superman

Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.
And pretty cute too. No wonder you're the most popular superhero ever!
What Superhero Are You?

As I filled out this quiz, Mike said he's Spiderman (of course, he wore a spiderman costume to kindergarten under his clothes). He also said no one is ever superman!!!

CLUE #1 - I said I'd like to jump long distances (I've always wished travel could be instant)

Sunday, May 13, 2007

On the mower pondering our "rash" decision

Today I mowed our massive three acre yard. Perched on our careening mower, I felt like I was bulldozing the rain forest as everything from toads to mice to baby bunnies scurried from my path of destructive order. I hate mowing as the ground is extremely bumpy and filled with subtle inclines. This is not something I'll miss I muttered over and over all afternoon. Then I 'd cruise onto a nice even patch at the top of my yard where I could see a majestic view of the catskill mountains, and overhead an eagle cried out as it soared gracefully past....well maybe I will miss this.

We've broken the news of our planned move to some of our family and friends. There's been a huge range of reactions. Most of our friends have been supportive and encouraging. Some have suggested trying it themselves, others are just sad that we're leaving but have encouraged us none the less. Family members have been a different story. My father in-law's wife was very angry, and yelled at us. Mike's aunt doesn't think we can handle this and called us "rash". My Aunt and Uncle found my blog and told my other aunt and uncle.... They were excited for our adventure ahead and hoped to visit us in Brazil. You only live once! (Unless the Hindus are right).

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

the cat's out of the bag...

Well, we told the kids about the move. Chloe cried a little, but then became incredibly excited. She's very concerned about learning portuguese, and has borrowed my CDs. Phoebe's slowly getting used to the idea, and Naomi's mainly concerned that there are spiders in Brazil.
They all immediately told their friends, who didn't believe them, but my kids are persistent and their friends are coming around to the idea.
This week we had our neighbor Joe paint the bathrooms and the stairwell (he's a painting contractor). He did a great job and is moving on to painting the kids rooms tomorrow. We're also getting an estimate on the kitchen. Hopefully these final touches will sell this house!
Anyway, the kids have told everyone they know about our move. It's a little overwhelming for Mike and I. We've kept it to ourselves for so long that we got used to it being a secret... I still have to tell my family though.
"People are willing to take these extraordinary chances to become writers, musicians, or painters, and because of them, we have a culture. If this ever stops, our culture will die, because most of our culture, in fact, has been created by people that got paid nothing for it--people like Edgar Allan Poe, Vincent Van Gogh or Mozart."-Kurt Vonnegut

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