Tiny Pleasures #2

This week’s Weekly Small Pleasures, seen first at A New Life Wandering, are really simple. It’s all about relaxing here at Cedral, SJRP, Brazil. Between dinning with friends, wondering around the grounds or chilling by the pool with a glass of caipirinha with chickens and cattle on the background, this has been quite a wonderful few days 🙂 !!!

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After 24 hours, I arrived!

I’m in Brazil! I’m excited, though it’s hardly my first time here. I came here twice before to visit friends, and that’s exactly what I’m doing now. After 3 hours at Lisbon airport, a 10 hour plane ride, a 6 hours wait time and a 5 hours coach ride, we finally arrived… yeah, 24 hours… you read that right!

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But now we’re at a small town in the interior of São Paulo and it’s wonderful, it’s family within a magical place full of good weather, a lot of flowers and trees and cattle.

The 10 hours plane journey was quite alright, I finished reading my book (and cleverly had no other at hand, all of the others were in my very huge suitcase), I wrote a lot of blog posts to post at a coming time, I watched 4 episodes of different TV-shows, until my PC battery died and we were almost landing.

When we arrived at São Paulo, a friend picked us up and took us to have dinner at a nearby shopping mall, where I could not help myself and bought 3 new books… I realized that I can’t get inside any bookstore.

When the time finally came for our coach ride, we were very pleasantly surprised by the beds… yep, they have very huge chair that transform into bed, with a pillow and blanket, and I slept for the whole of 5 hours.

We arrived at São José do Rio Preto at 5 a.m. =)

This Week on TV (13 – 19 April)

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Jane the Virgin: Chapter 18

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The most lasting relationship on this show: Rafael and his cell phone! Seriously people… why are you messing this up, my heart break a little each time Rafael and Jane share a screen lately, I want them all lovey-dovey again.

Ok, I’m crying here, Rafael? Really? You want a break? Heartbreaking!!!

What’s up with Andie? Seriously?! Is she totally crazy?!

Roman is in the house! Can’t wait to see his reasoning for killing his own brother.

   

Scorpion: Cliffhanger

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Wow… talk about nailing a title for an episode!

They will all make their peace, right? Cabe is not really leaving, right? Paige will go back on her word and get back to Scorpion, right???? And more importantly, Walter is ok… right?! He’s freaking ok, right?

   

iZombie: Flight of the Living Dead

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First things first: oh yeah Lowell!!! They played his introduction so damn well, revealing that he’s a fellow zombie at just the right time, and so smoothly that Liv forgot to even question the basics, such as how did it happen, or how does he feed, the only thing she cares about is that he’s really cute and looking for a date! – I totally get you, girl!

Turns out there are a lot more zombies out there, and in high places… yeah, even the chief of police…. they’re everywhere.

Speaking of zombies and dates, Major takes a major kick down from a zombie, the last we see of him he’s unconscious at the skate park, bleeding all over. The next scene is Lowell asking Liv out on a date and a new corpse appearing at the morgue… my heart stopped, at this moment I thought for sure that Major was the one lying on that gurney, maybe coming back as a zombie or whatever, but no, no word yet on how he left that park, but it seems that he’s alive for now… major sigh of relief!

Have I mention that I really like Lowell?! Yeah, and It took me way too long to recognize him… shame on me! Oh Arthur, I mean, Bradley James, I really missed you on my screen!

Also… Ryan Hansen!!!

   

The Flash: All-Star Team-Up

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Poor Eddie, I was never so sorry about the poor man. He’s in trouble with Iris because he’s keeping secrets about Barry, at Joe’s request. So she moves in into the house where Joe lives with Barry, living Eddie all alone.

I do like the new dynamic between Eddie and Barry though, the new crime-fighting trio is amazing.

“It’s like I’m dating Barry, but in Oliver’s body”… oh man, Felicity, when are you gonna learn to keep your mouth shut?! But she’s so adorable!!!

Also, does she and Ray always have to be touching?! It creeps me out!

How is Cisco having daydreams about something that never actually happened?!

   

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Melinda

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Poor Melinda… this episode really makes you feel for her. She had so much live before that incident and then it’s like it got all sucked away from her. 😦

So Skye now knows about her story, her parents, her birth, etc, and Lincoln realizes that Raina has another power… she has visions of the freaking future. Well done Raina.

Best 2 minutes of the episode are the last ones. Fitz is able to open Fury’s toolbox and communicates with Coulson and Hunter, and Hunter talks him through ditching his tailing detail… great 😀 !!!

Even if Coulson is setting up a new base for powered people, Melinda knows better than not to trust him, right? He’s the director, he’s bound to have some secrets…

   

Weird Loners: Weirded Out

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Still not convinced… at all…

    

Arrow: Broken Arrow

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I just want to kick Lance’s ass so damn much, how dare he? Destroying the foundry like that?! And the love fern?! OMG!!!

Laurel however, just keeps getting higher on my consideration.

Oliver and Ray “team up” in one of the best things ever. Oliver teaching Ray how to be a hero is priceless. The hint that Palmer and Felicity might be related?! Oh Ollie, you jealousy is showing.

Damn it Felicity! “You’re the man that I believe in”? Really? How hard would it be to say “the man I love”?!

Oh Roy… I will miss you most of all as well… I cried so much when he showed up at the foundry, even though I knew it was going to happen.

I really hate Ra’s al Ghoul right now (though I admit that I hate Lance just a tad more).

     

Supernatural: Book of the Damned

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I so want to see the Winchesters on a beach somewhere, with sand between their toes…  please, make it happen!

Charlie’s back, bitches! Oh yeah! Better than that is Charlie and Castiel being “besties”, seriously, I did not know how much I needed it before it actually happened.

Oh Sammie… Rowena?! Are you out of your damn mind?

   

Criminal Minds: A Place at the Table

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Poor Hotchner… is it not enough that he will never be able to forgive himself about Hailey’s death, but having his father-in-law rubbing it in his face… poor guy! Still, no doubt that he’s an amazing guy.

I need more Reid with Penelope, ASAP!

    

Young & Hungry: Young & Old

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Such a funny episode… poor Gaby just keeps messing things up.

   

The Big Bang Theory: The Communication Deterioration

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I’m glad that Penny got out again of the whole acting gig, they should not get down that road before.

I’m also very glad that Raj and Leonard had a storyline about themselves.

Daredevil gets a 2nd season

Best news I got yesterday when I was getting ready to go to sleep: Netflix has renewed Daredevil for a second season, which will be available in 2016.

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I’m still a few episodes short of finishing up the first season, but I’m really excited about this. I just hope that all the other Marvel/Netflix series to come are as good and receive the same treatment.

“With the first season of “Marvel’s Daredevil” proving a smash success with both audiences and critics, Netflix and Marvel will continue to create further adventures of the Man Without Fear! Doug Petrie (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “American Horror Story”) and Marco Ramirez (“Sons of Anarchy”), who worked closely with Executive Producers Steven S. DeKnight and Drew Goddard during the first season, will serve as showrunners for Season 2. Petrie, Ramirez, Goddard (“Cabin in the Woods”), and Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) will serve as Executive Producers of Season 2.

“While previous commitments unfortunately prevent me from continuing on with Daredevil into its second season,” DeKnight explains, “I could not be happier that Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez are carrying the torch. They were invaluable collaborators during our first season, and I for one can’t wait to see what they do with the show moving forward.”  – Marvel.com

Shadowhunters has found its Jace!

Jace Wayland has been cast! Dominic Sherwood was announced today as the leading man of the new ABC Family show based on The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.

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I for one think this might be brilliant. I am not familiar with Dominic’s acting, he was on The Vampire Academy and on Taylor Swift’s video Style, but there’s no denying that the man is gorgeous. And he’s british, so another point for him.

I am curious though as to the eyes… Dominic certainly has amazing and unique eyes (he has  heterochromia), but Jace’s eyes are gold… so, I’ll be waiting to see how they decide to manage that (I’m fine with either of the options – real eyes vs. contacts).

Havok will be back in X-Men: Apocalypse

This just keeps gettin better!!!

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Bryan Singer has confirmed that Lucas Till, who played Havok in X-Men: First Class and made a (very) small cameo on X-Men: Days of Future Past, will be back for X-Men: Apocalypse

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This is amazing news. There’s a small question of the ageing up… Young Lucas Till will now be in the 80’s, that is, 20 years older than on X-Men: First Class. Other big (very big) question, is what will his relationship with Scott Summers be. On the comics Alex is Scott’s younger brother, but given that here Scott is a teenager and Alex will be pushing 40, I wonder how will they spin it.

Ana Moura: Desfado

Fado is a music genre typical of Portugal, a lot of people like it… I was never one of those people… actually, if I’m being totally honest, there is not a handfull of Fados that I can actually stand. However, I’m totally obsessed with this new music, Desfado, by Ana Moura (and if you’re wondering, yes, it is totally a fado).

Quer o destino que eu não creia no destino
E o meu fado é nem ter fado nenhum
Cantá-lo bem sem sequer o ter sentido
Senti-lo como ninguém, mas não ter sentido algum

Ai que tristeza, esta minha alegria
Ai que alegria, esta tão grande tristeza
Esperar que um dia eu não espere mais um dia
Por aquele que nunca vem e que aqui esteve presente

Ai que saudade
Que eu tenho de ter saudade
Saudades de ter alguém
Que aqui está e não existe
Sentir-me triste
Só por me sentir tão bem
E alegre sentir-me bem
Só por eu andar tão triste

Ai se eu pudesse não cantar “ai se eu pudesse”
E lamentasse não ter mais nenhum lamento
Talvez ouvisse no silêncio que fizesse
Uma voz que fosse minha cantar alguém cá dentro

Ai que desgraça esta sorte que me assiste
Ai mas que sorte eu viver tão desgraçada
Na incerteza que nada mais certo existe
Além da grande certeza de não estar certa de nada

Ai que saudade
Que eu tenho de ter saudade
Saudades de ter alguém
Que aqui está e não existe
Sentir-me triste
Só por me sentir tão bem
E alegre sentir-me bem
Só por eu andar tão triste

Ai que saudade
Que eu tenho de ter saudade
Saudades de ter alguém
Que aqui está e não existe
Sentir-me triste
Só por me sentir tão bem
E alegre sentir-me bem
Só por eu andar tão triste

Tiny Pleasures #1

I’ve seen this great tag  called Weekly Small Pleasures, at A New Life Wandering  and I thought, “well, I should give this a try”, so here it is, my wee’s tiny (they were very small) pleasures.

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1. Coffee please!

Waking up at 6 a.m. sucks! Coffee is a very HUGE pleasure somedays!

2. The English Language!

It might not seem like a big thing, but when you live in a place where the first language is Catalan, and the second Castellano, the opportunities to speak English (my favorite language) are very rare – they’re not big on English here. But after months of speaking Spanish at our lab group meetings (where there’re foreign people), my director finally decided that these meetings would be a good opportunity for everyone to practice their English… HALELUIA!!! It has been a couple of months since I had the opportunity to have real conversations (spoken) in English, so I relished the opportunity to do so at the meeting.

3. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries!!!

OMG! I can’t believe I had not watched this before, this is epically good! I laughed, I cried, I love it and I will be watching it again several times.

4. Coming home!

There’re little pleasures in life than compare to sleeping in one’s own bed…

5. Cooking for the family.

I just love it. And sunday lunch with family and friends is so good! Today it was a lot of work, between entrees, main and dessert for 12 people, but I love it…