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 10, 2017

How do you like to spend a rainy day? I love a rainy day, as long as I can be indoors for the most part. Since we get *very* little rain in L.A., any little bit of it brings me great joy. On such days I like to watch movies, catch up on the various TV series, read, or work on curating my photo library. And when if and when the rain tapers off, I venture out to take some pictures around the garden or on the streets. There’s nothing prettier than photos of wet streets, people holding umbrellas, their reflections, or plants and flowers covered with real rain drops.

List at least five favorite treats. (They do not have to be sugary). Mine will be mostly sugary…. 1. A Brazilian treat called “Brigadeiro” made with condensed milk and chocolate and rolled into little bite-sized balls (sinfully delicious and sweet); 2. Italian gelato (pistachio is my favorite flavor); 3. Brownies! 4. Oysters! Large ones preferably; 5. Caramel Flan.

Where’s your favorite place to take out-of-town guests? I like to take them to the Getty Center, which houses the Getty Museum and other programs of the John Paul Getty Trust. The Getty is known for its fabulous architecture, beautiful gardens, and 360 degree views of Los Angeles, as it sits atop a hill. It’s a place to spend the day exploring art, nature, and food. I can’t remember how many times I’ve been there, but I always manage to find something new to enjoy and photograph. And the guests love it, too.

You are trapped in an elevator, who would you want to be trapped with? I feel I should say I’d like to be trapped with someone intelligent and interesting who would make the time fly until the elevator was fixed. Except that, being slightly claustrophobic, the last thing I need is someone brilliant watching me start hyperventilating and slowly just lose it… In this situation, as I always say in real life, I’d want someone like a US Navy Seal. You know, the type of person who’s been through all sorts of situations and would look me in the eye and say: “Don’t worry ma’am, I’ll get us out of here.” Then I would take a deep breath, close my eyes, and wait while he called for help! 😀

This is not my shot. I got it from the Internet as I unfortunately haven’t come across a real Navy Seal… 🙂

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I am grateful that I had my routine checkup last week and everything was A-OK. There’s nothing special happening this week but I look forward to some wonderful surprise. Who knows?!

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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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