01/21/2020

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The boys were trying to teach me how to make this face they make, with limited success. Photo by Oliver. (Sometimes you gotta outsource, you know?)

01/18/2020

Behold. My Lisbon fabric skirt. It’s the Linea skirt by Wardrobe by Me.

Location: TJ Maxx dressing room

I mean, sometimes you just gotta go with a pic from the TJ Maxx dressing room. What can I say?

01/16/2020

The boys play for the varsity (7/8 grade) soccer team at school, even though they’re only in 6th grade. And last night their team won the championships! Their team was undefeated, and I’m so proud they were a part of it, and that they played with older (and bigger!) kids, even though they were nervous about it at first.

Linus’s smile after the game is the best thing about all of it. They will not smile with their teeth showing (I have no idea why, they have perfect teeth) so catching this genuine, huge smiles from the boy who was most upset about not being put on a team with his classmates is the real victory.

01/14/2020

Technically this was taken on January 13 (in US time anyway) but it was 3:04am in Lisbon. This is one last view of our street when the Uber came to get us for a 5:20 am flight. It was so quiet. (Because smart people are sleeping at that time.)

At this point I still had 24 hours until my last flight landed in New Orleans, and I had slept about 90 minutes. So that was a fun day.

01/11/2020

We walked around today in between working, and it was a gorgeous day. So I’ll share all of those pics when I get home in a big ol’ post but for now, my best purchase of the day (and I bought dreamy fabric so you know this is a big deal) is a copy of Notes from a Small Island in Portuguese. Look, I know I can’t read Portuguese, but that’s neither here nor there.*

* if you’re a Bill Bryson fan, you’ll get the joke.

01/10/2020

I went to a Benfica game with two of my teammates last night. It was fun but nerve wracking. They are the top ranked team and they played the bottom ranked team and were losing for much of the game. Pulled it off and won 2-1, thank goodness.

In related news, I think the boys are mad at me for going to a game. But I did get them souvenirs, at least.

Enjoy the giant head in front of me, btw.

01/09/2020

Today I am 45 years old. I like sewing and pizza and sweet tarts. My best friend is Kristina.

It was a good birthday. We worked a lot but also went grocery shopping which is my favorite thing to do in foreign countries. We also ate yummy food. They sang Happy Birthday to me in Portuguese at dinner. It was nice.