Share Your World – August 7, 2017

What was the last URL that you bookmarked or saved? Coincidentally, the last thing I saved was about photography! It was a link to “The Most Influential Images of All Time.” Wonderful photographs that I want to look at over and over again.

Do you believe in the afterlife?  Reincarnation? No, not really… But if I were to come back, I’d want to come back as a man, so I wouldn’t have to endure some things that only women have to endure (you all know what they are), plus I wouldn’t be discriminated for my gender; would be paid the right/fair salary for my work; would not have to blow-dry my hair every time I washed it; could be ready in 20 minutes; could wear the same suit several times and nobody would notice or mind… And so on and so forth… 😀 Sorry, was that too much of a feminist statement? No offense, guys. Really.

If you were or are a writer do you prefer writing short stories, poems or novels? I used to write poems in my teenage years. They were not bad… If I were to become a writer, I would definitely write short stories because they’d go well with my short attention span. 🙂

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.  Unfortunately, this past week was filled with things that didn’t inspire me at all… Sad political news from Brazil, terrible news from Venezuela, Trump in the USA, and, to top it all, I managed to catch a cold that I’m still fighting as I pack for a long trip to Brazil tomorrow.

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Share Your World – July 31, 2017

If you had to have your vision corrected would you rather: wear glasses or contacts? Or what do you use if you need to have your vision corrected? I have been wearing contact lenses for many years. I still wear glasses at home early in the morning and at night to give my eyes a break. I think contacts are great. I adjusted very easily and can’t imagine what it would be like to wear glasses all the time.

Are you more of a dog person or a cat person? I am definitely a dog person. My family had three dogs when I was growing up: two German Shepherds and an adorable mutt, who was my most beloved companion for years. We had a lovely Cocker Spaniel in D.C., who unfortunately died very young, and now we are “grandparents” to our daughter’s wonderful Cockapoo, Kaya, who is a total delight. I’ve never had cats and haven’t been around them much. I don’t dislike them, though. They have interesting personalities and can be lots of fun, but their aloofness would not go well with my idea of a pet. I wouldn’t know how to deal with it. So, dogs it is! This is Kaya:

If you were to buy a new house/apartment what is the top three items on your wish list?  Being in Southern California, one of the items would have to be a pool. When we were house hunting in L.A. we couldn’t find a house that met all our needs and had a pool, so we decided that wasn’t a priority, although it would’ve been great to have a pool with year-round sunshine… The second wish would be that the house or condo be on the ocean front. We are just a 10-minute ride from Santa Monica Beach but I’d love to live on Ocean Ave. with a view of Santa Monica Bay. The other day we were walking on Ocean Ave. and I noticed there is a Senior Living Facility there, so I told my husband that perhaps we should plan to move there when the time comes… 😀 😀

The third wish, and don’t laugh please, would be to install those Japanese toilet seats that do everything for you, clean themselves, even play music while in use, in all the bathrooms in the house. 😀 😀 😀 That’s actually not a wish at all, but I couldn’t think of anything else so, why not that? I hear it’s one of the craziest experiences people have in Japan. 🙂

What inspired you this past week?  First, let me clarify that I am not an American citizen, so I don’t vote and don’t belong to any party. But I pay a lot of taxes as a permanent resident and thus have great interest in what the government does or doesn’t do for its citizens and residents. Last week I was very inspired by what three Republican Senators did when they voted against a bill that would take away health care from millions of Americans. It was especially inspiring that two of them were women –Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski– who held on to their convictions and their constituents best interest, in spite of enormous pressure from the party to vote yes. The third was Senator John McCain, who went back to DC only 10 days after having brain surgery to extract a malignant tumor just to participate in the vote. He not only voted against the bill, but also gave a strong speech urging members of Congress to work together, across party lines, for the good of the American people. He proved himself to be a real maverick and a man of principles. His vote was essential to defeat the bill. Kudos to the three of them!!


The images above are from the Internet. From left to right, Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senator Susan Collins, and Senator John McCain.

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Share Your World – July 24, 2017

List some of your favorites types of teas.  I’m not much of a tea drinker. I am a Brazilian living in the USA so that means coffee all the way! But I do like some teas and occasionally I feel like having a nice cup of tea. Especially if I am sick or in London, one of my favorite cities in the world. I enjoy herbal teas like Camomile, Peppermint, and Raspberry Leaves. But when in London, my favorite tea is High Tea!! 🙂 And with that, I usually have Black Tea with milk, just like the Queen has hers, I suppose…

If you had to describe your day as a traffic sign, what would it be? If we’re talking about today, it would have to be SLOW because it’s been a very slow and uneventful day.

What are a couple of things people could do for you on a really bad day that would really help you? Probably respect my feelings and move on. But depending on what’s making my day bad, just listening to me vent would be very helpful, or giving me a nice hug and introducing some humor into the conversation.

Regardless of your physical fitness, coordination or agility: If you could be an athlete what would you do? Remember this is SYW, dreaming is always allowed. I would be either a Tennis pro, or a professional Volleyball player. I played both sports through my 30s, but never seriously. Tennis was a problem because I get easily distracted and any noise, movement, airplanes or butterflies flying by could break my concentration. Needless to say, I lost a lot! I was pretty good in Volleyball but at only 5’4”, I was an eternal setter. That’s an important position because you set the ball for the attackers so you are the equivalent of a quarterback in American football (minus the prestige). However, anyone who plays volleyball knows that the hitters and spikers have all the fun. They make most of the points! So, in my dreams I’d be a Wing Spiker for the Brazilian National Volleyball Team. 🙂

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I can’t remember last week, so I’m pretty sure I have nothing special to be grateful for, except being alive and well. This week will probably be just as uneventful. And that is fine.

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Share Your World – July 3, 2017

For your main meal do you prefer sweet and sour, hot and spicy, spicy and sweet, bitter, salty, bland or other? I can’t stand bland or bitter food. Other than that, I’m open to all kinds of things. I like sweet and sour, because I have a sweet tooth! I love spicy food, except those that leave your whole mouth numb. But while I appreciate well seasoned food, I don’t need my daily meals to have special herbs and spices. HOWEVER, salt and pepper, in reasonable quantities, are an absolute must. Non-negotiable. A friend once told me that when she eliminated salt from her diet, after a few days she was able to appreciate the real taste of various foods, which was “awesome.” Well, I tried that once and decided that I wouldn’t be able to do it long enough to reach that point of awesomeness…

Where do you hide junk when people come over? My house is not so messy that I need to hide junk from visitors. But the eventual stuff that might be lying around would probably be shoved in some closet or something like that if there was no time to tidy up.

What daily habit would you like to introduce to your life? That would have to be exercise. As much as I like the idea of exercising daily, I often have a hundred and one reasons to skip it. I enjoy walking and do it as often as possible, but that’s obviously not enough…

If you were to perform in the circus, what would you do?  Oh, boy! I’m glad this is not a real choice I need to make because, other than maybe a Clown act, I don’t have any skills that would allow me to perform a circus act. So maybe I could be part of some talentless act, like being an assistant to the magician, or holding balloons somewhere… Speaking of the circus, something tells me this form of entertainment is on its way out. Good for the animals!

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Last week was fun as we hosted a good friend visiting from Brazil and were able to catch up on many things and people we haven’t seen in a while. This week, there’s 4th of July, but we’ve decided not to celebrate it with barbecues or any special food because we’re both on a serious diet. May God help us all! 🙂

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Share You World – June 19, 2017

What is something that people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?  Definitely Twitter. I find it annoying and weird. Can’t understand how people like it. Of all social media platforms Twitter is the most conducive to aggression and vitriol. There’s so much aggression and mean-spiritedness happening on Twitter, sometimes I wish it would just disappear. And now that the US has a Tweeter-in-Chief instead of a President, I dislike it even more. Anyway, I am a Facebook user and I have my blogs (one is actually quite abandoned) and that’s how I communicate with the world. I can live without Twitter, Instagram, and the rest.

What quirky things do people do where you are from?  I live in Los Angeles and, as the whole world knows, Angelenos drive a lot and traffic is their main concern. People here are constantly looking for ways to beat traffic, looking for shortcuts that will get them to their destination faster, and talk about it all the time. Drivers can get very aggressive whenever something slows things down. They honk and exchange “pleasantries” quite often. I always say that Angelenos are very nice people who turn into monsters during rush hour. 🙂 Another quirk of Angelenos is their inability to handle rain. Meteorologists here talk about 2 inches of rain the same way their East Coast peers talk about 5 feet of snow. It’s hilarious. And since it rains so little here, people don’t have umbrellas or raincoats, and can’t drive in the rain. So any little rain causes panic, car accidents and gridlock on the roads. That’s LA…

What are some things you wish you could unlearn?  I can’t think of anything I wish to unlearn. On the contrary, I can think of many, many things I wish I had learned, like play the piano and the cello; speak French and Italian; drawing and painting; and many more. Hopefully I can still learn some of these…

Who is someone that you miss having in your life?  I don’t miss one person in particular, but I miss having family around. I’m lucky we live close to our daughter in Santa Monica, but all my family is in Brazil and sometimes I wish I had them here. Well, not *all* of them… 😉

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I’m grateful things have been quiet and the weather has been beautiful. It will change as a heatwave is approaching. This week we are hosting a good friend from Brazil who is visiting LA. We haven’t seen him in almost ten years and it will be fun catching up.

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Share Your World – June 12, 2017

Time to share a bit of my world with Cee

What do you do when you’re not working? If you are retired, what do you that is not part of your regular daytime routine? I like to take classes, especially of Art History and Photography. Consequently, I go to art exhibitions and visit museums quite often, and roam around a lot taking photos for my classes or for my own projects, like the 365 project.

What would you do if you won the lottery? I honestly don’t have a plan because I really don’t believe that will ever happen. I never play but my husband does when he remembers. But, if I won the lottery, I’d like to think I would not change much about my life and rather do something meaningful with the money, like creating a foundation with educational purposes or something geared to children. And, of course, help our daughter become financially secure and free to choose what to do in her life without needing to have a job just because it pays. I’d also help anyone in our families who might need it.

What makes you laugh the most? I love to laugh, I love comedy, I’m a bit of a clown myself. I like funny people, with a witty sense of humor and just talking with people like that makes me laugh and feel happy. A guilty pleasure: those crazy cat videos and GIFs we find on the Internet make me laugh every time and I just love them.  Please don’t tell anyone…

What is your biggest pet peeve with modern technology? Where do I start? Perhaps the fact that it takes me a while to master these gadgets and when I’m finally feeling comfortable with them, they change stuff and I’m at a loss again. I have also become very wary of smart phones. I think they are spying devices that serve the interests of Google, Apple, Facebook, and the like. The fact that they are tracking our every move online, collecting our data and selling it to their sponsors is quite unsettling. I try not to think about it too much… I still like my iPhone, though… But I hate Siri, never talk to her, refuse to ask her questions and the few times I did, just for fun, she gave me stupid answers because she misunderstood me. Blame it on my Brazilian accent… 🙂

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I’m grateful that I was able to keep my diet and even lose some pounds in spite of skipping exercise altogether…  This week promises to be quiet and I just look forward to a nice family lunch at a fun place on Father’s Day. I am still not sure I’ll get him a gift because technically I don’t have to since I’m not his daughter… 🙂

Share Your World – June 6, 2017

What’s your strongest sense?  My hearing is fine, but not perfect. My husband, for example, can hear distortions in lower quality sound systems and I can’t even tell the difference… My sense of smell is good, especially to detect unpleasant odors, but I suffer from “seasonal allergies” all year long so… 😀 My taste buds are totally messed up. I’ve confused tuna salad with chicken salad more than once. That bad! Considering I can easily detect motion (say, a small bug walking around) using only my peripheral vision, I’d have to say it’s my eyesight, even though I don’t have perfect vision and wear contact lenses. But seriously, I am definitely a visual person. I learn better through visuals, I enjoy everything related to the visual arts, I can’t forget a face, and so on… The eyes have it!

Which of Snow White’s 7 dwarfs describes you best (Doc, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey)? Gosh, I don’t identify much with any of them. But I can be all of them on different days…  Can I just be Snow White? 🙂

If you could be one age for the rest of your life, what age would that be? I could say that I am perfectly happy with my current age and that wouldn’t be untrue, but I’ve always said I’d love to be 35 again (or forever). Why? Well, at 35 you are done with studies (even graduate studies), probably have a decent job, and know enough about yourself and the world to make sensible choices, but you’re still young enough to do a 180-degree turn in your life. You can start something completely new and still have time to excel at it, whether it’s a new job, a new field of study, marriage, motherhood, start your own business, or what have you. I did some of these things too early and others a bit too late. So I wouldn’t mind being 35 again. But truth be told, I am a firm believer in change and improvement and continue to challenge myself with new things whenever possible. I just wouldn’t do a 180-degree in my life because that would affect others, nor a 360-degree because that would bring me to where I am today. 😉 By the way, that’s me at 36 below, in Paris. Please forgive the perm…

List of Jobs You Think You Might Enjoy: Even if you aren’t thinking about a career change, it can be fun to think of other jobs you might enjoy. [Remember: This is SYW where even your dreams can become reality.] I would have liked to be a writer of fiction, or a serious journalist. Definitely an excellent professional photographer. And in my wildest dreams I would love to be a great singer/performer. LOL!

Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Last week was very uneventful and I don’t expect much excitement in the week starting. Uneventful is good. I can live with that. Cheers!

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