Friday, January 6, 2012

One of my goals - Support my family

I'm not quite sure how to put this in words, but a conversation I had with my brother today made me sick to my stomach. Delicate topic and then I had to convey it all to my parents with my brother in the room. I was scared, nervous, and still don't really know how to help. But it definitely opened my eyes!

This year, I want to do a better job at keeping up with my family and supporting them through times of need. I want to call them more often and actually find the time to have meaningful conversations with relatives, rather than the usual "I'm just calling to say hi. I really don't have a lot of time." conversation. It's sad that life has become this way - where I don't even have time to pay enough attention to everyone that means so much to me.

All this to say, I had a rough evening that made my goal even stronger.

I need to be there for all of them! It's the least I can do.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The banquet!

I wanted to share with the world the big banquet I had with my grandpa yesterday. He goes hunting for thrushes (I believe that is the word for tordos in Protuguese - at least according to Wikipedia) on Thursdays and Sundays. He invited me over for lunch yesterday for a meal of two thrushes and rice with beans (assim como quem diz arroz de feijao).

It was delicious and it looked delicious, so we took some pictures.

The appetizer -  a nice salad with cucumber, tomato, cheese, egg yolk, and prosciutto (ou presunto). He even tried to make a face. (It took a good half hour of preparation, in which I wasn't allowed to look!)

Once the thrushes were ready...

We had them with arroz de feijao!

Doesn't it look delicious?

It's always such a great meal, we call it a banquet!!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Gotta start somewhere...

So, I decided that this year, I should actually blog, rather than just keeping up with other people's blogs. I didn't know where to start, so I decided I should begin here, and wish everybody a

Happy New Year!

I intend to come back and blog more often, twice a week is my goal. I do have other goals for this year, which I intend to share later this week on a different post.

For the time, enjoy the new year. May it bring you health, peace, love, success, and everything you wish for.