Day 17. March Blog Challenge β˜˜

Clear your head: make a list of things you’re anxious about and a declaration as to why you don’t have to be!

Well first of all, Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all my Irish subscribers! Here’s a kiss from me to you! πŸ’‹

My anxious list:

1. Anesthesia.

2. Pain

Those basically are the two things I’m anxious about. I just have specific questions for the anesthesiologist about it. I’m sensitive to things like that. Last time I had it, I was shaking like a leaf, cold and extremely nauseous I almost threw up while lying down. Maybe it was a combination of other things I was on. It’s just scary when they ask you if you have a will etc & tell you all the risks.

Pain. No one likes physical pain. It’s normal to feel nervous & I know it’s expected after surgery.

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My declaration, with the comforting words of my friends, is that God is in control & that these are the same surgeons that work on Olympians & professional athletes. So I’m pretty much in good hands with the anesthesiologist & the medical team is there to make sure you are comfortable. I’m glad my friends are being so comforting because I feel like I’m acting like a chicken. Lol. They don’t judge. They’re just there for me & it means the world to me.

Tomorrow I’ll find out the day of surgery. Will be nice to finally get out of the house again!

xoxo πŸ’•πŸ’•

Day 16. March Blog Challenge

Name your 5 favorite songs & why.

Hello lovely,

Today’s original challenge looked boring, so I decided to make up my own for today. I made it easy for myself because I love music. Ok let’s begin shall we?

Mozart’s Piano Concerto 21- Adante

Why: I love Mozart. Simple as that! My mom brought me up listening to the world’s greatest composers & I took a liken to Mozart because of the way his music made me feel. This particular song just is so moving & beautiful.

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I was Glad- Parry

Why: What girl doesn’t dream about getting married one day? Over the years I’ve had several on mind, but until recently I finally decided this is the song. I decided about a month ago & I’m sticking to it. I love the singing & orchestra sound to it, everything flows so beautifully. When I hear this song, I picture everyone I care about there, most of all God blessing the union. If you follow me on Twitter you’d have seen my wedding dress. It’s a gorgeous regal bohemian dress. No, I’m not getting married. Lol. Calm down. Wedding might be in a forest, botanical garden, beach or at Glen Eyrie Castle here in Colorado Springs. Yes, we have castles here.

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Globe Trekker Theme Song- Lonely Planet

Why: If you’ve been a traveler like myself, you get wander lust just hearing this song. I have this song as one of my ring tones. If I hear this song too much I’ll seriously book a flight somewhere which isn’t good. I’m trying to save for a nice getaway. This song brings back a lot of memories of watching this travel show! I always thought Ian had the dream job of traveling all over the world.

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A Fifth of Beethoven- Walter Murphy

Why: There’s nothing not to like about this song! Walter did an excellent job adding some major groove to this famous piece.

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Summertime Is In Our Hands- Michael Franti

Why: The first time I watched this video I cried. I had heard this song many times, but I never saw the video to it. The song just sounded so happy & it made me smile and feel good. I love this song because it reminds me of my mom before she passed away. She had gone on a trip with a friend of hers to the Grand Canyon. She telephoned me & said she wished we were there with her & that she’d like us to go with her someday back to see the Grand Canyon. She said it was so beautiful. We were also supposed to go visit Prince Edward’s Island as well. Those two places are still on my travel bucket list to go to! My mom was always encouraging me to explore and enjoy life & I know she wouldn’t want me to stop just because she’s gone. My son wears one of her rings (it looks like a King’s ring) and I also wear one of her rings. So in a way, my mom is always with us in all our adventures. The end scene where she is lying face up in the water with her eyes closed is exactly what I did in Bermuda. That inner piece & connection with the one you love in heaven for that sacred moment is precious. You just want to keep floating… but! Then you realize there might be sharks nearby like you encountered in the Bahamas and you snap back to reality and swim back to everyone on the beach. Lol.

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xoxo πŸ’•πŸ’•

Day 15. March Blog Challenge

Describe your perfect breakfast

Well hello there!

I’m a breakfast girl! I’ve always loved the continental breakfast because it has the cheese, meats, breads and juices. In Brazil, you get several choices of fruit juices other than orange juice. I grew up with freshly squeezed orange juice with lots of pulp in it. I need extra pulp or else breakfast isn’t breakfast! Lol! But I can’t make continental breakfasts everyday, that’s a lot of food.

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A perfect breakfast includes everything in that picture. I don’t have that everyday, obviously. I definitely love fruits like bananas & papaya. I’ve cut down on coffee, so I have tea or almond milk. Toasted wheat bread is amazing in the morning!

This morning I only had a cinnamon roll and English tea. Tomorrow I’ll probably have Muesli. Cheerios with cut up bananas is also a favorite. Other days I have oatmeal with brown sugar, almond milk and cinnamon. I get easily bored with breakfast so I switch it up.

I never had an English breakfast so I made it myself last year. It was fun to make and very delicious! It was approved by all my English friends. I must make it again soon.

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Cheers to the weekend!

xoxo πŸ’‹πŸ’‹

Day 14. March Blog Challenge

How important do you think education is?

Hey guys!

How important do I think education is? I think kids shouldn’t go to school at all. In fact, they should stay home all day, stuff their faces with as much food possible and be slugs. Yup. And I’m sticking to that!

Just kidding! I think education is extremely important for our children. I would have gladly homeschooled my son if I could have afforded to. But I had to work during the day. I would have loved to have sent him to a private school, but it was too expensive. So the only alternative was the public school. Granted I wasn’t always happy with all his teachers, but most of them were wonderful and my son really adored them.

I think when our children start struggling with a certain subjects like math and writing, the parents can make it fun where the child doesn’t feel intimidated and insecure. I would use everyday objects like his toy trains or visiting the zoo for math if we went out.

“Ok. See those zeebras over there?”

“Yeah!”

“How many do you see?”

“Um…one, two, three…8!”

I’d silently pray one of the zeebras would move so we could subtract it from the group.

“Hey, look! Three of the zeebras walked away. How many are left now?

“5!”

“Great job! What other animals do you want to count?”

“Snakes!!!!!”

Omg.

My son would beam with the cutest smile on his face feeling accomplished. He’s actually very good at math now that he’s in High School. I couldn’t help him with chemistry though. My eyes glaze over just writing the word.

My personal opinion is that every child on the planet deserves a chance at learning. But I also believe learning should be fun & interactive.

My son & I are all about having fun & learning. We went to an old mine called Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine in Cripple Creek a few years ago.

The little cage we went in was so cramped! You could only fit 6 people in it. Read the sign! Hilarious!

It was a long way down. This is not a ride for people who have claustrophobia. I don’t have claustrophobia, but I am scared of heights. I had to not think of the cords breaking and falling to my death 1000 ft below the surface. Stuff of horror films, amirite?

Once down there, the air was damp. It really didn’t feel like we were down so far. This was one of the long halls we walked.

We took a cart ride and we all screamed for dear life as we turned and swerved on the railroad!

I kid. We actually moved 5 miles an hour wearing our hard hats. It was fun because at one point it was complete darkness & you had no idea what was going to happen, you were just moving along into oblivion…

We learned a lot about mining back in the day & even got a tiny stone of gold down there. Riding back up was fun and it was so nice to see sunshine again.

Day 13. March Blog Challenge

Name something you discovered today

Hello everyone!

The wind is crazy outside! I had my hot chocolate earlier so I’m good. How is everyone? I’m good. Feeling relaxed, happy and chill. I opened my door to see how bad the wind was and shut it closed within seconds. Nope. Apparently we are in the midst of a bomb cyclone. This only happens when the air pressure suddenly drops within 24 hours. Being way up above sea level during this has given me a tiny headache.

Thornback. This is a term given to any single lady not married over the age of 26. The name itself is pretty cool! If you were 23-26 and unmarried you were called a spinster.

So welcome to the return of the word THORNBACK.

I’m still thinking of my oven roasted chicken on this blizzard of a day. Oh well. I guess it will be worth it tomorrow. I think the high winds will stop. The airport down the street was clocking in at 96 miles per hour & no, it was not sustained. It was the gust. I’m learning so much about the weather today! πŸ€—

xoxo πŸ’‹πŸ’‹

Day 12. March Blog Challenge

What was your favorite thing from yesterday or today?

Hello loves!

I’m getting out this blog a bit late. Sorry! Not sure if anyone cares, but my daily blogs will end this month. If I’ll do it again, I don’t know. I tend to go in hibernation with WordPress and not blog for months. We’ll see. I have more time on my hands, so I’ll write about weird places again. Ok. So here we go.

My favorite part of today was getting a surprise dinner from my son. Yesterday I had told him that ihop was going to be serving free pancakes all day. I know he likes hanging out with his friends after school so I thought they would like this. When my son is out, we are in communication. At one point I asked where he was because it was time to come home. He said he was at ihop & would be coming home soon.

When he came home, he had a grocery bag and 2 containers. He told me he got me pancakes for dinner! 😍 I mean, how much more can I love this kid? I already love him so much! He’s been so good to me during my knee pain by being extremely helpful around the house. I was surprised and so appreciative. He does come home bearing gifts like a candy bar for me, cookies from a party etc. But I’ve done the same too when I’ve gone out. I always make sure to bring him back something from somewhere I’ve been. Many times during my staff meetings, we’d have sandwiches and drinks, so I’d come home with an extra sandwich and desserts.

Plus, it’s a snow day tomorrow! Woo! This mama is happy her son will be home! I ordered from Instacart today, but got an email saying my delivery was canceled for tomorrow. I had wanted to make roast chicken with stuffing tomorrow while hunkering down during the blizzard. Guess it’s egg sandwiches tomorrow! Hey, at least I have hot chocolate with whipped cream!

xoxo πŸ’‹πŸ’‹

Day 11. March Blog Challenge

What is one goal you can accomplish in the week ahead?

Hello my loves.

I would have to say rearranging my living room. Not much has to be done but it’s an achievable goal.

So we’ve been under an avalanche warning for a week now. I don’t live anywhere close to being directly under the path of a potential avalanche. It’s just a very broad warning to the people living in high country and the front range. It’s funny how before moving to Colorado I never had to remind myself exactly how high in elevation I live in. This is important to know once you live here because the weather reports always include the elevations. For example: heavy snow accumulation above 6,100 feet or avalanche potential above 7,100 feet and so on. I live about 6, 300 feet above sea level. Everything is about elevation here. No one cares about the population of your fello Coloradan’s town. It’s about how high your town is. People like going into the high country which means “mountains”. The natives say high country while outsiders say mountains. After living here for 5 years, saying high country has become natural. We also wouldn’t describe living “under the mountain ” of Pikes Peak. We instead say, “front range” which covers all the land in front of a huge mountain. Anyways, this is all lingo I had to learn when moving here.

To give you an idea of how high above sea level I live at, check out this diagram. Compare it to the Freedom Tower in NYC! I’ve been to Leadville, Colorado the highest town in the USA and that’s at 10,000 feet! It’s a cool little town. Reminds me of what maybe Colorado Springs would’ve looked like during the Gold Rush.

xoxo πŸ’‹πŸ’‹

Day 10. March Blog Challenge

The best part of the day is…

Relaxing & spending time with my son. Today is Sunday after all, so I’ve been a bit lazy today. I got to sleep very late, I must confess. 5:45 am. I got caught up researching things online. It’s also when the clocks move an hour ahead?

I’m missing my Brazilian hammock. It doesn’t look like the one shown here, it’s a real hammock. I’ll show everyone once I get it out of storage in NJ. The picture reminds me of St. Martin… beautiful place. For a while I wanted to move to the US Virgin Islands. I don’t know where I’ll end up. I love being close to my son.

I remember relaxing in the hammock at our beach house down in Sea Isle City. It’s a piece of home from Brazil and they are super comfortable to sleep in. I don’t know if they still do this, but long boat trips (consisting of 2-3 days on the boat) would have people hanging up their hammocks to sleep on. There were no beds on the boat! So, there we were. Maybe 80 people sleeping in hammocks? The loud sounds of the engine roaring deep into the Amazon jungle as the boat made its way down the wide Amazon river. Then when it was morning, you just rolled up your hammock at the place you chose & found a place to sit. I was fairly young, so maybe it wasn’t 80 people.

So I went digging around YouTube to find you all what it’s like to travel by boat down the Amazon. I found a great video that just shows that. Here ya go. Check out their channel for other adventures they go on.

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Anyways, I got off track, but today’s question was so bland I wanted to make it more interesting.

xoxo πŸ’‹πŸ’‹

Day 9. March Blog Challenge

What is the best gift someone could give you?

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Time.

The best gift someone can give me is their time. With time, you get their full attention, care, thoughts, communication & bond.

In a world where people are accustomed to and need instant gratification, spending time or giving of your time is scarce & ingenious.

I know I like it when someone has an incoming call & they ignore it only to tell you who it is & will call them later after they hang up with you. I know I’ve done that before. You feel important!

xoxo πŸ’‹πŸ’‹

Day 8. March Blog Challenge

What is your favorite piece of clothing that you own & why

Hey ohhhh….

I’ve recently shopped for some clothes and I am in love with my Ralph Lauren grey turtleneck. It’s so comfy & soft! It’s a bit too big on me, so I’m basically swimming in it.

It’s just comfortable. I feel secure in it and it just makes me feel good. Everyone has a piece of clothing we love to wear that makes us feel extra good.

Anyways, sorry this is so short today!

xoxo πŸ’‹πŸ’‹

Hope everyone is having a lovely Friday!