Things I don’t need to do before I die

I saw this at my friend Denise’s blog, which she got from the Feministe blog. The idea is to make a list of things you feel no need of doing before you die. So here are some of mine:

  • Climb Everest
  • Stop learning, whether it be a new language or a new craft
  • Eat tongue (or brains for that matter)
  • Eat at McDonald’s again
  • Skip meals at a regular basis
  • Wear high heels to work
  • Have a regular 9-5, two-weeks-vacation-a-year, kind of job
  • Dye my hair
  • Go to a tanning salon
  • Have plastic surgery
  • Stop taking time to smell the flowers
  • Go ice climbing
  • Down-hill skiing
  • Buy a house in the suburbs
  • Actually, I don’t need to buy property. Period.
  • Get a driver’s license (this may change, of course)
  • Move back to Brazil
  • Do an Iron Man Triathlon (although a regular triathlon would be fun)
  • Stop dreaming
  • Wear UGG boots or Crocs
  • Worry about what other people think about me
  • Try to be the same as everybody else
  • Support Harper and the Conservative Party
  • Identify with conservative ideals
  • Be condescending
  • Visit Euro Disney
  • Smoke a cigarette or miss the days when smoking was allowed in bars
  • Shop at Wal-mart

Those are some of the first things that came to mind… what about you?


What kind of food are you?

You Are Mexican Food

Spicy yet dependable.
You pull punches, but people still love you.

There’s a similar application on Facebook, which I actually liked better. The questions were better and my result was “You are Pad Thai. you’ve got sophisticated tastes. you’d feel kinda gross eating at tgi fridays or shopping at the gap. you’re different and tasty, like pad thai”

The Omnivore’s Hundred

I found this in one of my favourite food blogs. It’s basically a list of one hundred foods designed by a British food blogger and the rules are simple:

1. Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2. Bold all the items you’ve eaten
3. Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4. Optional extra: post a comment on Very Good Taste, linking to your results.

I’m short 34 foods! Wow, I did better than I assumed.

Continue reading “The Omnivore’s Hundred”

Four things

Found this at Andrea’s blog.

* Four jobs I’ve had: Clerk at a video rental, assistant at a Law office, freelance desktop publisher, webdesigner.

* Four movies I watch every time they are on TV: Star Wars (any of the original three), Pride and Prejudice (the BBC version), The Life of Brian, and In Search of the Holy Grail,

* Four places where I have lived: Rio, Barcelona, Fort Lewis (WA), Montreal.

* Four TV shows I enjoy: These will probably be terribly outdated since I haven’t had a TV for over a year but… In Spain I was a fan of Aqui no hay quien viva, and here in Canada, Lost and House, and since I got TV back, I’ve been enjoying The Agenda, with Steve Paikin on TVO.

* Four people who send me emails regularly: friends Jaj & Dana, hubby, and blog friends.

* Four things I do every single day: tell Alan I love him, access the internet, eat at least 3 meals, and for the past month I’ve been drinking a glass of warm water with lemon before breakfast

* Four favourite foods: Thai red curry, bobó de camarão, any fresh melt-in-your-mouth fish fillet, Palak Paneer.

* Four places I would like to be: Montreal, Paris, Girona, Ilha Grande.

Anybody else?


Landismom inspired me with this meme. Basically, the idea is to post the last 10 blog entries you checked out through your google reader or bloglines. Here’s mine:

  1. Jeanne, from Invasões Bárbaras, speaks about Canadian labour laws
  2. Rio Gringa, an American girl living in Rio, makes all of us in the northern hemisphere green with envy by showing pictures of the idyllic beaches to which she took her visiting parents
  3. Meanwhile, at BlogTO, we read an interview with Janet Hill, a talented young fashion designer, who started her own independent label fresh out of Ryerson’s School of Fashion Design
  4. At TasteTO, Sheryl Kirby reviews what’s on, foodwise, in the local newspapers. It includes a mac&cheese recipe by Jamie Oliver. Intriguing.
  5. Fer Jimenez talks about illegal immigrants in Spain
  6. At the blog for my naturopath’s clinic, I learn how to do a cleanse of my body properly.
  7. Chez Pim reports on the 2008 Michelin restaurant guide
  8. My brother publishes his top 5 AC/DC songs and challenges me to do the same
  9. Fake Steve Jobs has a conversation with Barack Obama
  10. The Morning Brew at Midnight Poutine, a Montreal blog, reviews the news, including angry homeowners storming city hall over tax bills. I miss Montreal.

Thinking blogger award

Toni is from Tarragona, a town in Catalonia, Spain, about an hour south of Barcelona. He has lived many years in Barcelona and now lives in Salzburg, Austria, from where he writes a very nice and thought-provoking blog about his experiences in a foreign land, speaking another language. He is very thoughtful and open-minded about his experiences and I really enjoy reading his blog. It’s also one of the few places I get to practice my very bad, untutored written Spanish. I tell myself that one day I’ll be able to chat with him in Catalan…

Earlier this week, he honoured this humble blogger with a nomination for the Thinking blogger award. I am now to naming five bloggers that make me think. Here they are:

1.  Erin, from a wandering woman writes from Spain because she’s now wandering through the camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage/walk/trek that I’ve been wanting to do for years. Every time she posts a little note from her eventful walk, I dream a bit more of the day I step on that ancient route…

2. JP, from Narratives: adventures of a history grad student because she reminds me that grad student are also supposed to have fun!

3. Clotilde, from Chocolate & Zuchini for making me dream of savoury scones and wonderful salads

4. Bruna, from Vida em Barcelona, for making me wistful for our life in that wonderful city

5. Cablegirl, from 42, because I knew her personally in grad school, lost touch, and we have now reconnected over the blogosphere. Her blog is smart, funny,and show that there is life outside the academic world.


Sorry for not posting much this past week but the term has certainly caught up with me. I have a pile of essays to mark, I’ve organized a workshop for tomorrow afternoon, and I have some serious Hebrew studying to catch up with. And my thesis? It’s sort of in the backburner…. sigh….

Yet another meme…

The idea here is to remove the blog in the top spot from the list, bump everyone else up one place and add your blog at the bottom. You then have to answer some questions.

Whee! All The Way Home

Melanie in Orygun

Mommified Me

Bumblebee Sweet Potato

building bridges

What were you doing 10 years ago?
-exactly 10 years ago I was counting the days to my first visit to Canada on July 13 1997. That was the day Alan and I met for the first time in flesh.

What were you doing 1 year ago?
-Starting my research at the archives in Barcelona

Five Snacks You Enjoy

-nachos & homemade guacamole
-nuts in general
-chips fried in olive oil that we had in Spain
-olives & cheese

Five Songs That You Know All The Lyrics To

-Faroeste Caboclo (9min monster by Legiao Urbana)
– Wish you were here (Pink Floyd)

…. hmmm, I don’t think I know any other lyrics… I used to know Hamlet’s soliloquy and W.H Auden piece from Four Weddings and a Funeral

Five Things You Would Do If You Were a Millionaire (well, a million doesn’t go that far anymore. I’ll assume that we’re talking more than one million)

-buy a Harley Davidson for Alan
-go on a trip around the world
-buy an apartment in Paris and Barcelona
-iPhone with an unlimited plan (I’m with you landismom)
-take a Cordon Bleu cooking course

Five Bad Habits

-too much time on internet
-not enough time picking up after myself
-too little focus
-too much worrying
-not enough time spent with friends

Five Things You Like To Do

-discover new libraries and bookstores
-browse the internet
-eat dinner in expensive restaurants with my spouse

Five Things You Would Never Wear Again

-shoulder pads – gosh, what were we thinking???
-green clothes when visiting a Botanical Garden – I merge into the background in every picture we took…
-a miniskirt and short shorts – my legs are too long, I just don’t look good in them
-6″ stiletto heels (I agree with you landismom!)
-baggy t-shirts

Five Favorite Toys

-my laptop
-my Nikon D80
-my new cellphone
-my Minolta
– my palm pilot

And finally, the tagged:






But feel free to join in and do it as well…

Wayback Wednesdays

I know, I know, it’s not wednesday yet. But I just came across this meme at Bumblebee Sweet Potato (where else? most of my memes seem to come from there) and I couldn’t resist. The idea is to resurrect some old posts so that newer readers can see them. I guess not many people, like me, has the patience to read an entire blog from beginning to end ;)

So, here are five posts for your entertainment – or not.

1. The Game of Threes – this was my first meme, in which I had to list three things I did 20, 10, 5, 1 year ago…

2. Bonfires – Very surreal experience at St John’s Day (Sant Joan) in Barcelona when we watched as people made 5-story high bonfires

3. St Pol de Mar – After we discovered St Pol de Mar, we never again set foot at the beach in Barcelona…

4. New Year’s Meme – It was not so long ago, but a fun meme. The idea here was to take the first line of the first post of every month.

5. First Day in Lisbon – How could I not include our trip to Lisbon?