Husbands Who Cook

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Today’s nice thing was that we had some more folks over for dinner. Dan decided that this year he’d like to have people over for dinner on most weekends. We had found we were getting a little too socially isolated, and we wanted to re-connect with friends and re-establish a social life. After all, “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” as they say.

So today’s nice thing is that we had a lovely family over for dinner. I met Chris when I performed in my very first play last spring – an adaptation of the Princess Bride. I like to joke that I was in a play with Johnny Depp, because it’s uncanny how much this dude looks like the actor. Anyway, after doing the play, we became friends with Chris and his lovely family. So we invited them over a couple of times, one of which was for yesterday’s dinner. Their kids and ours get along well, so they played and we actually got to have a fairly uninterrupted conversation, which was nice.

But the other nice thing is that the entire meal was cooked by Dan. Dan really enjoys cooking, so he takes pride in making the meals when he invites people over. And sorry, family, but he also makes the best “pudim de leite condensado” I’ve ever had. I don’t even make the stuff (I refuse to, ’cause there’s no way it can compare). When we first got married, Dan was a better cook than me. Now I think we’re pretty much on par. It’s nice to have a dinner cooked for me though 🙂

Today I’m grateful for an involved husband and father who can cook, dance, fold laundry, change diapers and clean toilets, and who enjoys entertaining guests. Looks like I hit the jackpot (but I already knew that).

What nice thing happened to you today?

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Mermaids, Frozen Queens and Mad Skills

So I’ve made a commitment to write down at least one nice thing for every day of 2017. But I figured, why wait? Writing down all the nice things that happen each day is such a great way for a mood boost, and at the end of the year, I’ll have a wonderful list to bring me happy memories. So here are the nice things that happened this past week!

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Taking K-girl to see The Little Mermaid on stage.

In 1989, my grandma (Vó Sylvia, my mom’s mom) took me to the movie theatre for the very first time. We watched “The Little Mermaid,” and I cried at the end. I was 7 then, and The Little Mermaid is still my favourite Disney movie (it’s sort of tied with Monster’s Inc, though, and I do love Frozen. But Ariel and her love for all things human will always have a special place in my heart).

In December of 2016, I had the opportunity to take my almost 7-year-old daughter, K-girl, to see a play at a local high school (Regiopolis Notre-Dame). The play was so good, I almost cried at the end. I got to meet “Ariel” after the play was over, and I told her how special this outing was. “Ariel” (Emma Battel) smiled and said “that’s so special.” Yes it was 🙂

M-girl loves to sing “Let it ‘doh'” from Frozen (with all the actions) but she also loves to hear me sing it.

M-girl, who’s 2, loves to sing “Let it go.” She can’t say her g’s and they all sound like “ds,” so it ends up sounding like “doh” instead of “go.” She asks me to sing it all the time, and she keeps asking me to sing it again when I’m done. I love singing, and having my little girl asking me to do it is super special.

My writing and editing career is taking off

My editing and writing services are taking off.I started writing for fun a the beginning of this year, and I can’ wait to see where this business goes next. I’ve got a beginner’s writing course in the works, and I’m looking forward to moving forward with my career. It’s wonderful to be able to be home with my kids while also pursuing my passion.

I visited Brazil

I visited my family this year, after 5 years of being unable to do so. I will always cherish this visit, and the fact that I was able to pay my way there with income earned from my writing.

K-girl has some mad jump rope skills

December 12th, 2016 was K-girl’second jump rope show. She’s been taking jump rope lessons and she’s got some mad skills! She can do backwards jumping, cross overs, one-legged, pretzel, and more stuff that I don’t even know the name for. I’m especially impressed since I only learned how to jump rope properly about 2 years ago. Up until then, I could only jump one foot at a time.

That’s it for now (at lest that’s what I remember). I’ll be writing more soon, and I can’t wait to review “all the nice things” at the end of the year.

Until then, keep living life on your terms.

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