Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy Ash Wednesday

I haven't written in awhile...I'm sorry!!!

Lots going on up here...people dying, abortions being had, Pope's resigning, babies being born, blizzards dumping 3 feet of snow....


BUT today, is Ash Wednesday. 'Tis the start of my "No Beef" Lent.

Tonight, I will be going to the Brazilian Ash Wednesday Mass. I'm curious to see the differences, besides the language!

I will report more later on how it goes..UNTIL then, Happy Early Valentine's Day and Happy Ash Wednesday.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Parabens pra Voce! (A Happy Birthday Memoir)

So my lovely best friend and I were chatting on the phone the other day, and she brought to my attention that my blog boasts being about my adventures exploring my new Brazilian family…but yet, not a single post had been about them.


So, hence forth I am forcing myself to write about them, and my attempts at learning how to be bilingual. STARTING…….NOW!

This delectible cake shown above is traditional Brazilian Birthday cake. Also known as Bolo de Brigadeiro.

It is heaven on earth. Seriously the yummiest thing I've ever tasted. We ate some at a birthday party I was at a few nights ago.

--->> STORY TIME! <<-----

The other day was my newly acquired Niece’s birthday. She was turning 10. Fabio was working so I went out and purchased a few Pandora charms to go on her brand new bracelet, and then proceeded to his sister’s house to deliver my present.

I walked into the house, and was greeted with so much kindness, and an adorable screech of “TIA GABRIELLA!!!!!”  (Mind you, TIA is pronounced CHEE-AH in Portuguese, and not TEE-AH like in Spanish.)

I’m not going to lie though, I loved how excited they were to see me, and that they all call me auntie! It really makes me feel like part of the family. J

While this was just a small gathering, myself, his two sisters, his brother in law, and his brother in law’s mother (or as I like to say it, my sister in law’s mother in law.—How is that for a brain teaser?) and then the 5 cousins, it was still a small gathering of fluent Portuguese speakers. With me being the oddball/outsider.

They are all extremely friendly, and welcoming, but never the less, I always have to be on my toes, ready to try and translate all the side conversations.

The whole point of me talking about this, is that I would like to mention a few things that happened that night…

The first being the birthday song. We sang the traditional:

“Happy birthday to you, you live in a zoo, you smell like a monkey and you look like one too…”

—Well, that’s what the 8 year old boys sang anyways. J But then, when I thought we were done, we went into the Brazilian “Happy Birthday”, which I sung to the tune of Happy Birthday, but with Portuguese lyrics of course.

The entire time they are clapping, just like they do if you go out to eat and tell your server it’s your birthday…
Parabéns a você,
Nesta data querida.
Muitas felicidades,
Muitos anos de vida.

Hoje é dia de festa,
Cantam as nossas almas.
Para o/a menino/a _____,
Uma salva de palmas.

And then they go on, just when I thought they were done, to this weird thing where they say something that sounds like:
but is actually É pique! É pique! É pique, é pique, é pique!
Then they say something like,
É hora! É hora! É hora, é hora, é hora.
Then, Rá-tim-bum.

It was definitely interesting, and I’m going to have to learn all the words to it. It made it much more exciting than our normal Happy Birthday BS. J

Then it was time for cake. The birthday girl cut the cake, and then gave the first piece of cake to the person that have been very influential in their past year, someone nice, and that they loved very much. She chose he vovo, grandmother, but THEN I got the second piece! (Much to her aunt’s dismay.) This was a neat tradition, and I liked how she got the last piece of cake, instead of it all being about her, they make it about her loved ones.

While we were all sitting down enjoying our ice cream cake, everyone started chatting. It was really sweet, to see the 5 kids all conversing in perfect Portuguese with the 4 adults like they were all in Brazil. And then flawlessly switch to perfect English to include me into the conversation. Definitely made me want to practice my Portuguese harder so that maybe next year I can sit there and join in on the chatting!!

Espero que voce tenha uma dia maravilhoso!
Tchau Amigos! Beijos.

Friday, January 18, 2013

The Whole Point of the Week

"The whole point of the week is the weekend.” ― Angela Montenegro

I can't wait for this weekend. Not because I'm going to see Blue Man Group like my coworker. Not because I have the weekend off. There really isn't a TON going on in my life this weekend, but for some reason, today I am more excited about the weekend than normal.

I remember that when I was younger Fridays were my favorite day of the week. My aunt and I would get together on Friday nights to watch ABC's TGIF lineup. Boy Meets World, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. My week wasn't complete until I had my TGIF time with my aunt.

Nowadays, I look forward to my one day of the week where I don't have to wake up super early if I don't want too. That day is Saturday, since I work on Sundays.

This weekend seems to have more excitement going on though. Tonight I get to spend some much needed time with my brother, Anthony. Then tomorrow, I'm going to get up and make breakfast for the four of us.

My dad's dad is meeting us for lunch with his girlfriend Pat. I really like Pat. She very much reminds me of my dad's mom. And I love my Grammy so much. But she lives in Las Vegas, so I only get to see her once a year. :(

ANYWAY! We are going out to lunch. They requested we pick a "Fancy" restaurant. Wonder why? Maybe they are going to tell us that they are getting married?? That would be exciting! SO, my dad chose The Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA.

**Side Note: I wanted to have my wedding reception here... :( But it's SO expensive!

For those of you that haven't been there, (and this includes me!) It's adorable. And old. here are a few pictures of it. They have a ton of weddings there, and the Martha Mary Chapel is featured in lots of movies because it's so picturesque!

It's just an old inn, with lots of scenic areas around it. VERY New England!

There is the Grist Mill:

Then there's the Martha Mary Chapel:

And then there is the Inn itself, like I said, very New England!

After lunch, I have some down time. BUT then the Bruins are playing their first game of the delayed season tomorrow night. AND it's poker night with the guys!

Gonna watch me some Boston Hockey and win me some Money!

Also, every poker night, we are supposed to bring a treat to share. In honor of the Bruins first game, I am going to make Bruins' Hockey Puck Cupcakes!


I got the recipe from Delicious Dishings blog. I can't wait to make them, and post about them!!! :)

And then Sunday I have to work. :(

Happy Weekend and  TGIF!!!!!
Oh, and GO BRUINS!!!!!!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

House Rules

My book that I read this week was House Rules, by Jodi Picoult.

I will start with the fact, that I adore Jodi and all of her books. They are always so enrapturing! Seriously, the past 3 nights, Fabio has fallen asleep while I am still reading. --This never happens! I'm always the first one out cold!

To sum up the book, it follows the events surrounding a murder in a small Vermont town, focusing on an 18 year old boy named Jacob. Jacob has been coping the majority of his life with Asperger's Syndrome. The police come to talk to him about the death of his tutor, Jess, and in the following days, he is believed to be the murderer.

I'm not going to go into details, because like many of Picoult's books, the details of the book are what keep you reading like an addict.

I will say though, the dialogue of the book did make me physically and actually LOL several times. Jacob's literal translation of the world was just so funny! I also really enjoyed how this book focuses on the themes of family, healing, and coping with disabilities. I have a few family friends that are like my younger siblings, and the majority of this family has Asperger's. The entire time I was reading, I was comparing Jacob's antics to those of my friends.

One thing I didn't like, is the way that some information, and some stories are repeated from different  characters' perspectives. Besides that though?

I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars!

The only problem I have now? Which one should I read next?!?

I'm thinking either Salem Falls, Mercy or Lone Wolf???

Life Update!

I've totally given up on the NaBloPoMo. I have just been far too busy and preoccupied to worry about posting everyday. So now my goal is to just post as much as I can.

...SO I have some good news!!!!!

I, Gabriella, got a new job. Rather, I verbally accepted a new position at my company!

While it's not 100% final, I still feel it's okay to be excited about it!
(A new job means no more working weekends!)
I can finally get my life back!!!!!!!
**Cue the music**


I'm sorry, I just had to boast about that for a minute.

So much has happened in the last 6 months! I've moved out of my parents house, gotten married, become a step-mom, and now have a new/better paying position!

Here's to a 2013 that is shaping up to be AWESOME!

Have a happy day everyone! :)

Friday, January 11, 2013

My Childhood Idol

As a child I had quite a few idols.

I had the normal ones, the Disney Princesses: Pocahontas, and Belle from Beauty and the Beast...and then...there was David Bowie! (So normal for a 5 year old, right?)

David Bowie captured my heart at a very young age. It was his movie Labryinth that made my childhood self obsessed with him. Something to do with his accent, and the interesting way he said "Cruel". Or maybe it was the way he sang the soundtrack to the movie? Regardless of what caused it, I can still remember the first temper-tantrum I threw over David Bowie...

This is the face of my child hood idol :)

Let’s go back in time…….

I remember it all clearly…as if it was yesterday.

The TV sat on the floor, in the corner of the room, near the kitchen.

It was the day my mom's fried Topher gave me the etchasketch. Near Christmas I believe…

We were sitting there while my mom and dad were in the kitchen. We were watching Sesame Street, and I didn’t want to watch it. I wanted to watch Labryinth. And my mommy told me I had to finish Sesame Street and then I could watch Labryinth because she had just rewound the sesame street vhs for me. And that was not the answer I wanted to hear.. I wanted to watch Labryinth. I wanted to sing and dance like David Bowie.  I remember being so upset about it. J And Topher just laughing at me.

And now here we are, 17 years later, and David Bowie just turned 66. With his birthday he released a new song, and announced a new CD will be coming out.

My 21 year old self can't be more excited. My childhood idol is still alive and singing. While my favorite songs will always be those from Labryinth, I still am extremely looking forward to new music from him. AND DARE I DREAM...? A TOUR??

I mean, why couldn't he tour? Mick Jagger Tours! Stephen Tyler Tours! Why can't Bowie tour one last time?

It would be the event of my dreams if I could go see him live in concert...but I'm not going to hold my breath!


Successful Failure

I'm a failure.


I officially failed at blogging everyday! Oh noooooo!

I'm so disappointed in myself, but to my defense, I got called for an interview, and that took up all of my extra mental space (that I normally reserve for my blog.)

Anyways! I interviewed yesterday, and it went reeeeally well! Hopefully I get that one, or the one that I have an interview for next week! One of them would be nice!..

Cross your fingers for me!

..or your eyes.

Or toes.

Just cross something! Pretty please with a cherry on top!???