Tiny Pleasures #15

Hey guys!

Once again I’m here to share some of my good moments from the last few weeks, ok?! The Weekly Small Pleasures is a weekly feature created by A New Life Wandering, and the goal is to show you some cool stuff that happened in the last week or so. So, here it is…


1. Nepalese food and fun

A friend from work decided to set a dinner for a few of us, and we had an amazing dinner at a nepalese restaurant near the office, and I loved it. SO GOOD!

2. Everything, Everything with Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much

The movie opened, we thought it was a good time to go and watch it together, so we could comment on all the things the movie did and did not get right.

3. Beach time

I was able to go to the beach twice in the last couple of weeks, which was a nice reprieve from the deadly heat that could be felt in Lisbon.

4. Popcorn!

I already said I went to the movies with Cátia, where we ate a huge bucket of popcorn each, but then I ended up going to the cinema again with my mom, and guess what… MORE POPCORN!

5. Another hair color: burgundy

It was time to try a more pinkish color, and I love it. I also tried another brand this time, and while I really liked the texture and feel of the paint, it didn’t last nearly as much time as it should.

6. 33rd Birthday!

Yeah, it was my birthday! 😀 33 years, and I heard that phrase a lot more than I should have.

7. Rooftop Bars

This week I went to a couple of rooftop bars in Lisbon, with my mom and friend, and we really liked it, gorgeous views of the city and the river.

8. “Santos Populares”

We have our popular parties in Portugal during the month of June, and I went to one yesterday to see my niece’s parade. It was fun, and the food was amazing, better sardines of the year 😀 .


That’s what I’ve been up to lately, what about you?
Any small pleasures?

Tiny Pleasures #14

Hey guys!

Once again I’m here to share some of my good moments from the last few weeks, ok?! The Weekly Small Pleasures is a weekly feature created by A New Life Wandering, and the goal is to show you some cool stuff that happened in the last week or so. So, here it is…


1. Deadpool & Friends

Last week me and a couple of friends from work did a movie session of Deadpool, McDonald’s, popcorn, ice cream and a sleepover. It was so much fun!

2. Day off and Lisbon Book Fair

I took advantage of my day off to go to the Lisbon Book Fair for the first time this year :D.

3. But no time…

For anything else! I spent my day off at the fair, and that meant that I didn’t quite have the time to write posts for my blog, which means this week I failed 2 days of blogging. Oh well…

4. Book Haul

My day at the book fair meant that I bought 3 books. Yeah, 3! I hadn’t buy physical books in months. But they were just so pretty…

5. Matcha Iced Latte

It’s just so hard for the guys at Starbucks here in Portugal to make my matcha latte right… but this one was yummy 😀 .

6. #ILoveBooks

Yeah… that’s what the picture says. That’s the book fair for you.

7. Book Fair day 2 

Today was my second day off this week, so what did I do? I went to the Book Fair with Cátia 🙂 . And did we find after the book fair? Well, we found the new edition of Carry On, and we just had to buy it. WE HAD TO! Because look at it!!!!

8. Beautiful Lisbon

I just want to say how pretty my city is 🙂 .


That’s what I’ve been up to lately, what about you?
Any small pleasures?

Tiny Pleasures #13

Hey guys!

Once again I’m here to share some of my good moments from the last few weeks, ok?! The Weekly Small Pleasures is a weekly feature created by A New Life Wandering, and the goal is to show you some cool stuff that happened in the last week or so. So, here it is…


1. Downtown

I met Cátia once again, at our usual spot in downtown Lisbon. It’s so awesome that we now can meet whenever our schedules allow for it.

2. My first work party

This was a totally new experience for me, but I’m really enjoying my new job, so I went to the first party organized by my place of employment, and it was super fun.

3. Family time, and my beautiful snow

My brother is home, which means his dog is also here. So this week I spent some time with them, and I also tried some Angolan traditional dishes, and I really enjoyed it.

4. Beach and Ice Cream

In the middle of the week I went to the beach with a friend, followed by ice cream at Santini’s, an old ice cream parlor here in Portugal. Yummi!

5. All about my niece

My youngest niece had some busy couple of days, as she had a hip hop and gymnastics presentation yesterday, and today she celebrated her first communion. Which meant she was happy and gorgeous, and I was so super proud of my princess.


That’s what I’ve been up to lately, what about you?
Any small pleasures?

Tiny Pleasures #12

Hey guys!

Once again I’m here to share some of my good moments from the last few weeks, ok?! The Weekly Small Pleasures is a weekly feature created by A New Life Wandering, and the goal is to show you some cool stuff that happened in the last week or so. So, here it is…


1. Family Time

After a few months of not seeing my aunt, I finally had time a couple of weeks ago to be with her and the family 😀 .

2. My hair is now Purple!

Yeah guys, remember how last time I had dyed it turquoise? Finally the color faded and I went for the purple and I love it. I left it messy on purpose, and I bleached my hair a lot to prepare it for the color, and then I applied 2 different kinds of purple to have more craziness. So, some of my hair looks pink-ish, and then I have some stronger purple. I LOVE IT!

But I have to say that I won’t use the Colorista L’Oreal again, the color is very faint and the effect is very minimal. While the Stargazer Rinse Purple ended up being cheaper, easier to apply and the color is much more intense.

3. Salvador Sobral won the Eurovision 

If you’re from Europe, you know about Eurovision, and I’m so happy, so damn proud, that Portugal won for the first time ever. And I have to say, I’m kind of in love with this song.

4. Royally Matched

I finally read Royally Matched, I actually listened to it, and I loved it so much. Henry and Sarah are amazing, and this is one of those books that just made me smile like crazy 🙂 .

5. Guardians of the Galaxy

I had some time last week, and I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2, and I loved love loved it!


That’s what I’ve been up to lately, what about you?
Any small pleasures?

Tiny Pleasures #11

Hey guys! So, this feature is one I haven’t done since November of 2015. Yeah, it has been a long long time. But I think I might just get back to do it, because I kind of miss it. The Weekly Small Pleasures is a weekly feature created by A New Life Wandering, and the goal is to show you some cool stuff that happened in the last week or so. This will also be a means to update you on what’s going on in my life at the moment, eheh.


1. I started working!

Well, sort of. LOL. So, as you guys know, I’ve been doing my PhD for the last few years, but my grant ended at the end of 2015, and even though I’m still writing my thesis, I needed to start working ASAP, because money is needed to actually eat and stuff. I obviously looked and applied for a lot of things in my area, but that didn’t pan out. I was called for something else though, and I have to say, I’m super excited about this. I’m currently on my third week of training, and I’m loving the subjects and the people, so I really hope ir all goes well.

2. Starbucks with Cátia

You guys probably know that me and Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much live pretty close by, as in, we’re both close enough to Lisbon. So, last week, we met for coffee again, for another afternoon of talking books, blogging and life, Starbucks and walking. 😀

3. Nephews + Easter

Because it’s Easter, I had all my nephews here, and look how huge they are! My oldest nephew is past the 1.8m, and my niece is now my height… *sigh*

4. The Raven Boys

I finally started reading The Raven Boys!!!

5. Movies

I actually went to the movies 3 times in the last week, but Demain Tout Commence is definitly a highlight for me.

6. My Hair changed color

I never dyed my hair before, but I did it today. You guys know the Colorista line from L’Oreal? I’d tried the turquoise the other day, but my hair is too dark, and even though the product tells you it will work on dark hair, it really doesn’t. I tried it, and to be honest, you had to hit it with the right angle of light to actually see some semblance of color. So I decided to try another product of theirs, the Colorista Effect balayage, to lighten some parts of my hair, and then apply the blue dye, and it worked! The lighting part was a bit uneven, but it definitly became lighter, and now my hair is bluish-green.


That’s what I’ve been up to lately, what about you?
Any small pleasures?

I’m still here (and I didn’t want to ruin my blogging streak!)

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Guys, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but even though I’m still posting everyday, I’ve been kind of absent from the blog and the blogging community. I feel super bad about that, and it’s been so hard on me =/, but it has just been impossible to spend more time in the world wide web – I had comments to answer from over 2 weeks ago… I suck!

The main reason for this absence is that I decided to come to the south of Portugal for the summer, to work for the summer months, and I’m staying with my sister (and her family), which means I seldom have time to socialize without it being in person – which is in part positive. Also, I did start working… and it’s grueling. I decided that for a couple of months, any kind of work would be cool, so I accepted a job at a local supermarket, and I went from being at home working on my PhD thesis, to being on my feet for 8 hours a day, carrying boxes and serving customers.

I have to say, even though I hated it for a couple of days, it’s kind of interesting to get completely out of my academic world and contact with people who have absolutely nothing to do with it. Even though I have to admit – and I hate to sound kind of snobbish about it – but I sometimes feel like my 13 years of college education make me too qualified so this type of job… and I’m only doing it because I know it’s temporary. Still, I like being able to prove to myself that I can do it, and that I can do something a bit more physical on a daily basis – I’m guessing I’m gonna lose weight by the end of this summer… eheh.

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A great thing about being here, in  Albufeira – south of Portugal, apart from being with my sister and nephew, is that the beach views are amazing, and it is a much calmer life than in Lisbon. Also, we have someone new at the house almost every week, and that’s kind of awesome.

I will have to find a balance soon between the new work life and my internet life, also because I do need to work on my thesis… I need to do that a lot! So, I hope I’ll have some more availability in the coming weeks, and I do hope that I won’t break my blogging streak, 😀 !

Lisbon, here I come!

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Today I’m going HOME! Yep, Lisbon here I come! I’m actually at the airport right now!!!

I’m so tired that I’m super excited to get home, but on the other hand, I’ll have so much other type of work to do, that I would gladly shut myself inside the lab for the next week or so…

I love Christmas, I really do, but this year everything is gonna be tricky… I’ll just run down some of the things I’ll have to do this next week, shall I?

Friday:

  • Pick up my mom’s car from the workshop;
  • Pick up my brother’s house keys from our housekeeper;
  • Visit my grandmother in the hospital – I hope she’s still at the hospital by friday, otherwise my day will get worse;
  • Have lunch with my BFF (possibly at the hospital, while visiting my grandmother);
  • Try to get some christmas shopping done (and probably failing);
  • Serve as a taxi for my brother in law;
  • Wait for my sister to deposit her kid and 2 dogs at my brother’s house, so I can babysit;
  • Pray for all that’s mighty that my nephew is calmer and not setting things on fire just because (yeah… I don’t really know what’s going on either);
  • Wait for the couple to return home so I can finally go to sleep in my bed – read: my house!
  • My grandma will be released for the hospital tomorrow morning, so after I pick up the car, I have to go pick her up at the hospital;
  • Pick her bag from her house;
  • Figure something out for lunch;
  • Convince my BFF to go meet me at my bro’s house to have lunch with my grandma and me;
  • Find time to go to a supermarket – his house doesn’t have a thing in it;
  • Figure out how to get my brother in law to his diner;
  • Say NO to my sister – and resist her psychological blackmail;
  • Get some Christmas Shopping done – good thing that the shopping malls are open until midnight.

Saturday:

  • Wake up at an ungodly hour in the morning;
  • Go to my older brother’s house to retrieve my younger brother’s card;
  • Go to Ikea to buy 2 simple beds – hope against hope that they’re able to deliver by Monday;
  • Go home – very close to Ikea;
  • Go to lunch with my dad and my aunts near the beach – a bit away from home;
  • Get back on the road around 4 p.m. because it will take me more than an hour to reach the airport;
  • Wait for my mom to come out of the arrival area, carrying my precious 4 legged “nephew” (yes, I mean a dog!);
  • Think of something to do with the dog, because my mom needs to visit my grandmother in the hospital right away (possibly);
  • Get the dog to my mom’s house;
  • Go to my brother’s house to leave the dog and collect my sister;
  • Have dinner with my mom and sister;
  • Attend a concert.

Sunday:

  • I don’t know… I reckon I’ll be dead by then…
  • Christmas shopping;
  • Visit my grandmother in the hospital at my brother’s house;
  • Supermarket.

Monday – Wednesday:

  • Grandma will probably leave the hospital;
  • Christmas shopping… a lot of them… all of them…
  • Watch over my grandma
  • SLEEP!

As you can see I’m going to have a super fun week… yeah, I’m super happy about that! Hopefully my grandma will be ok when she leaves the hospital, and Christmas will go down without a hitch and everything will be super super marvelous! But somehow, I think it will be an exhausting week and I’m so not looking forward to that.