One Lovely Blog Award


Hello. Today I’m doing another round of weird facts about myself. I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by Brooke @Brooke’s Books, Zhana @Confessions of an addict and Sara @Freadom Library. Thank you! And you guys should go check out their blogs.


  1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog
  2. List the rules and display the award
  3. Add seven facts about yourself
  4. Nominate seven other bloggers and let them know about their nomination

Let’s see what facts I come up with today… I think I’m doing this food related! Yep, sounds good 😀 .

1. I don’t appreciate plain chocolate, my favorites are the ones with hazelnut or almonds in it. Actually, anything with hazelnut is awesome.

2. I’ll drink tea over coffee 98% of the time. I drink it at least 3 times a day and my favorite is Earl Grey. Though I’m a sucker for a peach tea I have that I bought in London a couple of years ago. I save it for special occasions though, and it’s hidden so my dad won’t drink it.

3. I love to eat salads. If my fridge is stocked with raw veggies, tomatoes, onions, avocado and fresh mozzarella cheese, I’m happy!

4. Actually, tomatoes are one of my favorite things ever. I used to eat them like apples when I was younger. My favorites are the the elongated ones, oh boy… love them. Incredibly, my dad doesn’t appreciate tomatoes one bit.

5. Another that I love to eat raw is carrots. I’m just too lazy to peel them whenever I’m in the mood for them. Interesting fact: my mom hates raw carrots!

6. I love omelettes, but they’re only perfect if they’re onions and tomatoes omelettes. It’s my favorite! Whenever I’m at a hotel and I can ask for it, that’s the 2 ingredients that go in my eggs.

7. I love to drink occasionally – simmer down, I don’t do it nearly enough – but 98% of the time, I’ll choose a beer over everything else. My favorite is stout and if it’s Guinness, all the better. I LOVE IT!

One Lovely Blog Award

Hello, welcome to another Blog Award Post! This one is new to me 😀 !!! This time I have to thank @betwixt-these-pages for nominating me – THANK YOU SO SO MUCH!


The Rules:


  • You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • You must list the rules and display the award.
  • You must add 7 facts about yourself.
  • You must nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  • You must display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you. (not really…)

7 Facts About Myself:

  • My favorites superheroes growing up were the X-Men, Jubilee and Rogue will always have a special place in my heart. I never really liked Spiderman until the movies came out.

  • 80’s and 90’s music are my favs.

  • Big part of my closet is composed of fandom related t-shirts and pajamas. I have 3 HP t-shirts, 1 Marvel, 1 Captain America, 1 Iron Man, 1 Flash, 1 Avengers tank top, 1 Doctor Who dress, 1 DW t-shirt, 2 HP sweatshirts, 4 HP pajamas, 3 marvel pajamas, etc… (I don’t remember everything…). I love them all, and I want more! Not even going to mention my Avengers day planner, HP and Avengers socks, …


  • I’m a bit like Magnus Bane, guys with black hair and blue eyes are my weakness.

  • The only reality TV I can watch are the cooking/baking ones and the several ones of wedding dresses. My favorite Masterchef is still the Australian one. And my least favorite is probably the UK.

  • I’m a sucker for beautiful covers on books. I will add books to my TBR without even reading the blurb sometimes… ups!

By now I’ve done quite a few Award posts with random facts about me, so here’s the complete list:


  • My love for books is fairly recent. I’ve LOVED reading for a few years now, but my new found obsession has begun at the end of last year.
  • I hate waking up early and I love to fall asleep late… which doesn’t go so well when I have to be at the lab relatively early.
  • I think that everything sound better in English. Seriously, the conversations inside my head are in English, although I was born and raised in Portugal and nobody in my family and immediate friends is foreign.
  • I don’t think my meal is complete unless it has some kind of green salad.
  • My favorite drink is tea! Is one of the many reasons why I would be great living in the UK…


  • I love to travel! It’s a silly fact, because it’s quite obvious from what I write, but I do. If I could earn my live by travelling, I would do it.


  • I would love to be able to bake, cook and sew every single day! Oh yeah! I would be a bloody good housewife from the days of future past… if only without the husband and kids at tow…


  • I see dead people almost every single day! Don’t freak out, lol, my PhD is in Anthropology and we have a lot of skeletons in our closets – and in our lab we have a lot of loose teeth and bones from long dead people.


  • Rainbow Rowell is my “spirit animal”!!!!
  • If I won the lottery (or something like that), my first stop would be a bookstore… outside Spain or Portugal, because our bookstores here suck!
  • I have two dog “nephews”, I even speak to one of them through Skype, whenever he’s at my mom’s house… he lives in Angola and I only get to see him once a year, but I absolutely adore my Snow.


  • My goal in life is to move to London… and also finish my PhD and keep doing science, but really, the London thing…


  • My middle name is Alexandra, and all my family calls me Xana.
  • There is only one person in the world who calls me Alexandra, and she’s the only one allowed to do that.


  • I hate the heat, seriously, hate it with all the power of my being.
  • I have one tattoo on my shoulder blade, which my brother paid for when I was 19.
  • I sometimes buy clothes at the men section, yep, pajamas, sweat pants, super heroes t-shirts… the works 🙂

  • Once when I was 16, I wanted blue highlights, so after the whole process, the color didn’t take, and I ended up with blonde highlights, which I hated. I vowed never to mess with my natural hair color ever again.
  • I have 2 older half-brothers and 1 older half-sister, I’m an only child from my dad’s side.
  • I hate discotheques and partying all night out… my sister hates this.

  • A music that’s ALWAYS on my mp3 player: Joni Mitchel – Both Sides Now. I would go as far as saying that it’s my favorite music.
  • I played Volleyball for my school team when I was 12-13 years, I still miss it.
  • I just bought my plane ticket to go to South Korea and Japan in October (super excited!)



  • I procrastinate… a LOT, this month in general has been terrible… I know I have a lot of work, but the more I think about it, the more I don’t want to do it… it’s bad 😦

  • I hate living with people. Not even kidding! Roommates that aren’t your friends are the worst. I live with 2 guys and a girl that I’ve never seen, but man, one of those guys is messy and always puts things the wrong way in the kitchen and it drives me mad!

  • I look just like my dad! The only physical think I inherited from my mom is the curly hair (the crying at all movies and the same predisposition for diseases – it sucks!). I could have her blue eyes, but nop!!!

  • I have a degree in Biology (microbiology and genetics) and a Masters in Human Evolution. I’m currently in my last year of my PhD in Biodiversity and Anthropology. Working in Academia and doing research was always my dream!

  • My favorite movie when I was little was Gone With the Wind. I remember it was so large, that it was usually divided into 2 screenings on sequential days, and it would generally air after midnight. So I, with 9 years old, would go into the living room, curl up in a blanket and stay until 3 a.m. watching it, a lot – it aired a lot when I was younger, now not so much. I haven’t seen it in ages, but that movie always made me fell good! I was not a normal child, I had watched Gone With the Wind more times than I could count, and it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I finally saw The Sound of Music!