Friday, December 31, 2010
by Jenjinha at 01:11
Saturday, December 25, 2010
I had a really nice Thanksgiving at Lawry's with Andrea, Thiera, Beth and Aaron.
Don't take yourself too seriously!
Ahhhh, my cousin Beth and her husband Aaron. They are real cards, those two. Bless 'em!
Fast forward through a December full of work to last Friday. I was super-tired, nearly to tears, as I stood silently on the L platform at Jackson, waiting for the red line to carry me home to my dirty laundry and packing duties. Suddenly the guy next to me exclaimed, "Are you seeing this?" and I peeked down the subway tunnel at the approaching train.
It was the Holiday Train, or, as it should be known, The Jingle L!
Thank you Universe, for the sense of humor when I need it most!
The train is *decked* (Fa La La, Ha ha!) inside and out. The conductor is Santa-suited and full of cheer and jokes on the loudspeaker, which simultaneously broadcasts the Chicago CTA's unique blend of Holiday Hits: from James Brown to The Chipmunks. People were actually singing along!
by Jenjinha at 06:22
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
That "walking in a winter wonderland" lyricist was an idiot.
Snow is gorgeous! [1) When it falls, and 2) you don't have to navigate through it.]
Otherwise it's just...
On a few occassions this winter, though, I escaped with a soak in the Chicago Hilton hot tub, which comes with a view.
I don't know about you, but I call this a french press. In my experience, they are not at all easy to come by in Brazil, and when I have found them, they were pricey. So when I saw this one for sale at Metropolis (a café that is grossly overrated, by the way), I chuckled. Yeah, right.
The old lime/lemon-limão/lima debate!
[Blog note: you will notice the formatting is all off--fonts, colors, spacing. That's because the computer at hand is a Microsoft product and I'm too tired to argue.]
by Jenjinha at 11:11
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Mmm, pancakes at Bananas Foster. Only, they aren't just pancakes, they are Hot Cakes. So, they're, like, deep fried. Essentially it's like eating funnel cake for breakfast.
by Jenjinha at 08:00
Monday, December 13, 2010
One aspect that makes The Museum of Science and Industry so great is all the interactive stuff. Buttons, levers, mirrors, videos, whisper chambers, scientists and docents everywhere will ensure that you are as entertained and stimulated as you are educated by your day.
by Jenjinha at 19:51
Saturday, December 11, 2010
As you might have gathered, I'm curious. I love space stuff, underwater stuff, size-changing stuff, and random question stuff. I received my new iPod Touch last week. I have been working a lot lately, so I haven't even had a chance to hit a wifi café to set up most of my new applications, but I am having fun with the new toy nevertheless.
I discovered iTunes U and promptly downloaded a variety of free podcasts and video lectures: a Critical Reasoning seminar from Oxford; French 102 (to see if any of my high school French lessons still reside in the crevices of my brain); an introduction to Game Theory; a Yale lecture on The Speeches of Joaquim Nabuco (in Portuguese!); and Brazil's Gold: How Rio Won It's Olympic Bid from Wharton, to name a few. I also discovered Ask the Naked Scientists. By gum, it's brilliant! The 30 minute podcasts, in which scientists answer questions submitted by listeners, provide an absolutely perfect accompaniment to my L commutes. The British accents lull me into my happy place while I learn just-enough about all sorts of interesting topics. This morning, for instance, I heard about some Mexican cave-dwelling, blind scorpions that evolved the ability of sight again after migrating to the light of the surface; how scientists study the moods of octopuses; how genetics plays a role in our individual pain sensitivity; why falling hot water sounds different than cold; and more. Neat, Jeeves.
[Speaking of educational diversions: octopuses, octopi, octopodes.]
Fittingly, as I'm on a science bent at the moment, tomorrow I am going to my favorite Chicago museum, The Museum of Science and Industry. Of course I'll visitmy favorite happiness exhibit. I'll also check out two fascinating new ones: the Hubble IMAX show and Jim Henson's Fantastic World.
Yay for Muppets!
by Jenjinha at 20:12
Thursday, November 18, 2010
It seems to me that this has been a much sunnier November than usual. It has certainly been warmer--with the first couple weeks of my stay well into the 60s F (10s C). For all of my bellyaching, I have greatly enjoyed the walking I have been doing along quaint, quiet northside streets and among autumn foliage.
by Jenjinha at 17:29
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
(That's what I had just exclaimed to my friend Andrea as she snapped this photo.)
by Jenjinha at 13:24
Friday, November 12, 2010
Since then I have been working and working out. Determined to not carry 15 pounds of "holiday baggage" back to Brazil with me like I did last January, I have a pretty strict exercise regime in place to counter the reunion dinners and holiday parties. Among the initiatives: "training" for the upcoming Turkey Trot and Santa Hustle, and doing the Dailey Method about four times a week. Exhausting like woah, friends.
But that doesn't mean I'm not managing any fun. Fully capitalizing on my pseudo-tourist status, the calendar is peppered with social/cultural events that I always meant to do, but never got around to when I lived here, like First Fridays at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Adler After Dark, and a dance performance by the Chicago Human Rhythm Project. Not to mention the parties...
'tis the season!
Have a great weekend everyone, in all parts of the globe!
by Jenjinha at 20:04
Thursday, November 11, 2010
While waiting on Paulista for the airport shuttle last week, I overheard a woman inquiring about the same. A taxi split three ways is the same price as the shuttle, so within minutes, we were exchanging introductions on our way to Garulhos.
Edelweiss warned me not to skip Machu Picchu when I succeed in making that Bolivia/Peru expedition that's been burning a hole on my hotlist. She also told me to look into Arequipa, the "white city," which I will include on my (eventual) itinerary. In fact, Edelweiss and I have been emailing since our chance meeting and the articles and photos she has sent are making my feet itch.
Whenever I get there, I would be grateful to meet that wonderful pair again.
And, what an entertaining surprise during an otherwise-dull commute to the airport!
by Jenjinha at 18:06
Sunday, October 31, 2010
by Jenjinha at 16:28
Something cool happened tonight.
by Jenjinha at 02:22
Saturday, October 30, 2010
"I've only had three bad breakups in my fantasy world."
by Jenjinha at 18:31
Friday, October 29, 2010
Last weekend we changed our clocks ahead an hour for summertime. Que chato que voltarei pra Chicago novamente bem na hora de inverno!! Bah!
by Jenjinha at 19:21