Days (cont)

day30, aug30

Days in school, teaching and whatnot, have begun. Full-throttle. And of course this (as in the blog) has suffered already. I swear I am trying to change that, but it’s just not easy. It was only a week but it felt like a full whole month, seriously. In the beginning it’s always chaotic, and it’s very easy to get overwhelmed. And I know that! And I know I should take it easy, but I don’t. I always try to do more and step a little bit further…it almost always comes back to bite me in the a$$. 

Anyway, here are the last few days’ 365days. 

day31, aug31 

day32, sep1 – oats and chia pudding, and fruit. 

day33, sep2 – plants all over. 


day34, sep3 

day35, sep4 

day36, sep5 

day37, sep6

day38, sep7

day39, sep8

day40, sep9

day41, sep10


Enjoy the week. 

NYC from the lens.

I’ve been around here for a while now, and it’s amazing the amount of people who come and go from this world. Then there are the ones who stay and we still keep contact, and the ones who go and never come back, and the ones who go and come back after a while. That’s the case with this girl. I’ve been in love with her photos for such a loooooong time, and her blog was one of the first I really started following.

I’ve been following her for so so so long that I don’t even know for how long, but she’s amazing. She’s the kind of girl who, despite all struggles, always has a smile on her face. If that alone wasn’t enough, she takes awesome photos. I’ve been in love with her photos for such a long time now. I love her candid style and how she manages to capture so many emotions in every pic. She’s one of the young photographers/bloggers out there who really inspires me. She inspires me to smile everyday and to live life to the fullest, while taking photos. She’s amazing. She has moved to Copenhagen with her husband and pug, and her new blog is precisely about that. CPHbound is her new place. I found out she moved to Copenhagen not long ago, and got a little sad, because we were booked for a trip to Copenhagen this summer, but opted for New York instead. Oh well… One day.

Make sure you take a look at her blog, even if you have to use the translation feature.

Also here are some pics from NYC.

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Have a great day!

31st of December, 2015. 

Today is the last day of the year 2015. And what a year!

• A year ago I was nearly 5 months pregnant with a barely noticeable belly. 

• I had my 30th birthday as just a girl.

• I couldn’t be more excited to go on a week trip to NYC. 

• Had complications with the pregnancy due to stress, had to stay at home and no NYC trip for me – those were dark times. 

• Got back to work knowing I had to keep my cool and work with boundaries – not easy. 

• Went home 3 weeks earlier to rest due to low baby weight. 

• On June 13th my life changed forever – Baby L was born with enough weight not to stay in the ICU. 

• The next few months were a roller coaster of emotions. 

• In October I ran my first official 10k with Keoshi by my side (or a few minutes ahead). 

• In November I went back to work – it’s hard to go back after being gone nearly 6 months.

• First Christmas with Baby L was wonderful. 

• On Dec. 26th I made back on a plane again, after not traveling for more than a year. 

And now we’re having a wonderful time in Berlin these last days of the year.   

Day 148/365Dec 28, 2015 – sugary breakfast. 

I missed Dunkin’ Donuts. Now I don’t. 

We’ve been strolling around town and enjoying the views, while indulging in some really good food. 

   
    
    
    
   
It’s been getting colder and colder though. 

   
  

Day 149/365Dec 29th, 2015 – beautiful Berlin.

  
    
 
Tacheles has closed. I’m glad we were there the first time we were here. It’s a shame they closed it up. 

  
Last time we were here we found a Japanese ramen place, Cocolo Ramen, that was the real deal, so we tried to go again, it was closed however, for the holidays. But we found another place! Makoto Ramen. The meat wasn’t as tender as it should be but it was still very very nice. 

   
 
And while seeking another good place to eat, we ended up in another Japanese place, surprisingly. When we got in there was a certain Harajuku/Omotesando vibe. Easy going and effortlessly beautiful. And the minute we exchanged a few words with the waiters we knew we were at a Japanese place, the House of Small Wonder (we should’ve noticed that its name is giving it away).

   
Croque Madame.

We ordered three dishes: croque madame for me, that was simply to die for, soboro don, and okinawan taco rice. Delicious. We also had hot apple cider with rum that was marvelous. So good that I’m sure is the cure for many winter ailments.

   

Matcha latte.

  

Okinawan taco rice

  

Day 150/365Dec 30th, 2015 – House of small wonder(s) indeed.
 

Soboro don

Everything’s delicious there, and we felt we were back in Japan, so it doesn’t get better than that. 

And just like that we reach the end of another year. I wish you all a wonderful New Year’s Eve and and an amazing 2016. 

Much love to you all! 

A bunch of days/365

Turns out that having a baby and working at the same time is tough. Who would’ve guessed?! 

When I got home after work on Wednesday I wanted nothing more than to lay down for a bit with my baby and relax for a bit. Everything was going great until Baby L didn’t fall asleep before 1 am. 

Let’s hope this changes a bit during the next days. 

 

Day 91/365Nov 2nd 2015 – finally the iPhone is back. Apple sent me a new iPhone, or so they say. It came in a bubble wrap only, so I have no idea if it’s new or not. It’s definitely not the one I had before though… All this had me extremely disappointed with Apple.

  

Day 92/365Nov 3rd 2015 – gift from a sweet friend to Baby L. It came from Japan and it’s Baby L’s Japanese astrology sign, the sheep (hitsuji)! 

     

Day 93/365Nov 4th 2015 – burgers for dinner. 

Day 94/365Nov 5th 2015 – ups, I didn’t take a photo. The only photo of this day on my phone is a screenshot of a complaint I filed to the police about a neighbor mistreating his dog. Everyday I listen to that poor dog getting beaten up, so I had to do it, unfortunately…

  
 Day 95/365Nov 6th 2015 – candy from Japan! A small thing that made me so happy. I still need to write a proper post about this day, though.

 

Day 96/365 Nov 7th 2015 – there’s pie in the oven.   

Day 97/365 Nov 8th 2015 – walk around Lisbon. The weather was pretty great so we decided to go out and enjoy it. Baby L was a tiny bit fussy which would make Akira get a bit nervous, but everything turned out okay.

   
   
Have a great week! 

Day 37/365

Since the Grandparents were here for the weekend we had the chance to go out to a small music festival here in Lisbon. It was nice to go out for something like that! I almost forgot what it was like.

We listened to Jazzanova and Todd Terje (you can still see some videos of mine on Periscope and Beme) and I drank apple cider and ate a delicious ice cream. The event was nice and there was nice food also, and the whole open air space was very very nice. One could see families with their kids even. 

The only trouble was I was completely exhausted when I got home… And we got home at 10 pm. Maybe I’m getting old? Or maybe I’m just not used to it anymore? What matters is that we had some fun and listened to really nice music. 

       
Day 37/365 – ice cream. 

    
  
Have a nice Monday! 

Day 22/365

Ups! 

First slip! I swear I didn’t forget, but I ran out of battery on my iPhone and I fell asleep before it turn back on. Oh well. 

I’m writing this one while roing around the flat, swaying from side to side when I stop, with a very sleepy baby on my arm, who immediately wakes up if I sit down. 

Yesterday was a fun day. We went out to eat lunch, got Pastéis de Belém, came back home went out again for pizza, and came back to have dinner with the grandparents, while watching funny videos on YouTube. 

It was indeed a fun day! 

  
Day 22/365 – sweet treats for breakfast. 

   
    

Have a great Sunday! 

 

Pieces of life.

So. Orders from the doctor: get fat.

So here I am, making the baby grow fatter and making myself grow larger. Massive. But it’s okay, after the baby’s born I’ll take care of that. The baby’s healthy and growing a lot, and now we just have to wait until the due date.

Here are a few shots of life lately — I do realize that these are starting to get boring. I’m sorry. But I actually enjoy these…

French croissant with nutella, yum.
French croissant with nutella, yum.

Pretty soon I'm not gonna be able to get up from bed.
Pretty soon I’m not gonna be able to get up from bed.
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trinkets.
trinkets.

Neighboors' laundry.
Neighboors’ laundry.
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Checking the cook out.
Checking the cook out.

Cooking tortilla.
Cooking tortilla.

Akira trying to find out what's in the fridge.
Akira trying to find out what’s in the fridge.

Say hello to my swollen feet/ankles.
Say hello to my swollen feet/ankles.

Our bamboo is growing as well.
Our bamboo is growing as well.
It’s Friday! Say hello to the weekend!

Welcome to Oporto.

Finally a break. I hadn’t realised how much I needed one until I was in it. It’s nice to finally relax and unwind for a while, and for me, these will be the last days I’ll have off without a daughter. After the break I’ll be in school for the next month and a half and then that’s it. The thought still seems a bit daunting to me, but extremely exciting nonetheless.

Because I’m in my last trimester (which in birth terms means, pretty much, anytime now) we travelled by car to Oporto. A calm relaxed trip, where we’ve been doing nothing but eat, stroll around (slowly) with Akira and sleep.

I had never been in Oporto for so long and it’s been nice to see the colorful side of the city, and actually see each little street.

            

So far we have visited Cantinho do Avillez, Miss’Opo, Casa de Pasto da Palmeira and Café Santiago for the best Francesinha in the world.

          

Hope you liked it!

Have fun!

Lately through pictures.

Life’s been busy. Work and feeling tired all the freaking time has had its toll on me. Everyday when I come back home I just want peace and quiet and a few hours of sleep.

At 28 weeks (6 months, roughly) I’m starting to feel the weight. Two months ago I had nearly no bump and all of a sudden it kind of blew up. It’s huge and I feel huge and heavy and it’s hard to keep myself light and active, but I try. It really bothers me that I can’t workout like usual, so I do what I can… I went from 500 squats a day (at three months), to none due to the bed rest I was put on, and I have now slowly built it up to 300 squats a day. But still I feel like I’m fighting against my own body. Which may be just the thing. It’s just very difficult to adjust to the idea that your body refuses to do some things…  Aside from all that I will finally have a break soon and I’m so looking forward to it!

And since I’m done uploading pictures from trips, here are some pictures of life lately.

French toast and red berries.
French toast and red berries.
breakfast.
breakfast.
another breakfast.
another breakfast.
unmade bed.
unmade bed.
mirror shot.
mirror shot.
My parents' kitten, which I am not allowed to touch now, due to toxoplasmosis issues. Bah.
My parents’ kitten, which I now am not allowed to touch due to toxoplasmosis issues. Bah.
Akira getting ready to sleep on K's lap.
Akira getting ready to sleep on K’s lap.

These are all edited with RNI Slide — I really like it! I have to experiment more.
Hope you enjoyed.

Have a great Thursday!