Wednesday, April 09, 2008

I'm stupid or what?

Just solved another mystery: pudin is actually pudding (read related post here). Oh, well, British English, what can I do?

I'm crap

So many emails to write, so many people to see, so much to talk and do. I lost my ability to multitask. I still love you all and think about you all the time. :-) Yeah, I had some funny champagne drink with some sort of yellow juice.
So here are some messages:
* Anca, I do have an email for you on my draft folder. I will write you very soon!!!
* Eriquinha, Mau & Baby Bo: I'm so happy when I see pics for Vinny with Pingu around. It's great to see that he liked it - Cipri has one as well but he doesn't give a shit. :-( By the way, Bo is just so so so gorgeous!!
* Ioana: been checking your blog from time to time. :-) I guess I will end up learning some Romanian through you.
* Carmen: Andrei is so gorgeous too! Love seeing the photos and following his steps.

Geez, I feel like an auntie, with so many babies around and checking their evolution and telling Cipri the news "Andrei is walking", "Baby Bo is going to the nursery", "Felipe loves the Backyardigans", "Look how big they are!".

By the way, Cipri hates this baby talk. I guess he thinks I will freak out and get one for myself. I wish life was that simple. Love babies, but too scared of having one. I guess I will wait Anca give the first step. hahaha No pressure, take your time.

Good Friday

Not the religious holiday but in fact next Friday. Our company will all go to a free screening of Spiderwick Chronicles (what?) at 1.30 pm next Friday. Then I guess I'm going to the gym and then for some leaving drinks. To make it a perfect Friday, the weather just need to be nice.

The Cure

Forgot to mention here that The Cure's concert was one of the best things that happened in my life! Totally worth it... I wish I had one of those every month. Man, they are just so good. *sigh*

Top ten stress busters

1. Smile
Smiling is the first line of defence against stress. It’s quick, easy, and free! When you smile your body releases feel-good hormones, while the stress hormone, cortisol, is reduced. Smiling helps you feel calm and in control. It lowers your blood pressure and makes you feel good about yourself. Does fake smile work as well? I try to smile as much as I can, but sometimes it's just impossible.

2. Exercise
As well as its undoubted benefits for your general health, exercise is highly effective in reducing stress. It improves blood-flow to the brain, helping you think more clearly. Exercise is also another great way to release endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers and feel-good hormones. There is also evidence that fit people are better able to handle the long-term effects of stress. So the feel-good hormones are in fact endorphins? Good to know. I've missed gym twice this week already. Since I'm not a fit person, I have a good excuse to freak out when I am stressed.

3. Get enough rest and sleep
Taking a rest isn’t only about not doing anything. A rest from work can mean putting the emphasis on what you do in your leisure time – hobbies, holidays, sport – to counterbalance work or everyday stress. And we all need sleep for energy, good concentration and general health. Chronic sleep-deprivation can affect your performance at work, which can be a key factor in raising stress levels. My friend Guilherme should read this. At least the sleeping part I'm doing - I try to sleep AT LEAST 8 hours per night; 12 is the ideal, but then they call it depression.

4. Positive thinking
Changing your thoughts is not as difficult as you think. Try to adopt an outlook on life that stops you seeing external events as determining your happiness. Instead, see your thoughts as the determiner of your happiness. It takes practice, but if you can do this you’ll reduce the negative tension that leads to much of the stress in your life. a.k.a. Pollyana.

5. Reach out to others
When you need to reduce the pressure in your life, you can’t always do it on your own. Everyone should have a support network of friends, family, co-workers and other people they can call on to help take the strain - whether it’s practical help or a sympathetic ear when you feel down. Help me if you can I feeling doooooown. Yeah, I cried for help and now we have a cleaner once a week. The best investment ever!

6. Achieve a good work-life balance
Don’t let work dominate your life. No matter how ambitious you are, it’s important to make time for relaxation and fun. That might mean reducing the number of hours you work, or changing to a job that’s closer to home so your commuting time is reduced. Use time management techniques to ensure you’re more productive during your normal working hours, rather than continually staying late at the office. With London's weather is a bit hard, but we keep trying. By the way did I tell you that I used the roller blades (once)?

7. Relaxation
A good relaxation technique is an anti-stress weapon that you always carry with you, to help you deal with any stressful situation as it arises. Make relaxation a regular part of your daily routine. There are so many relaxation techniques, from deep-breathing and visualization to meditation and self-hypnosis. Find one that works for you – check out the many books, CDs and DVDs that can help. I find relaxation techniques very stressful. Am I sick?

8. Eat a healthy diet
A balanced diet that delivers all the nutrients your body needs to function at its optimum level is essential for dealing with stressful situations. And cutting back on stimulants like caffeine and sugar and depressants like alcohol and nicotine will keep your blood sugar levels constant and help you to avoid mood swings. I'm trying, I'm trying! :-(

9. Hugging
Make sure you get and give your fair share of hugs. Not only does hugging feel good, it has been proven to help reduce the stress level, cortisone. Oh, I love hugging and being hugged. It's sooooo good. Doesn't happen that often though; nobody loves me. :-(

10. Seek professional help if you need it
If you feel that despite all your efforts stress is getting the better of you, there are lots of people who can help. The International Stress Management Association provides referrals to stress management. In London? I wonder if there is someone that brave...

Monday, April 07, 2008

Thank goodness I didn't try to pursue a career as a manicure. It doesn't look that bad but believe, it's really hard to do a good job with dark nail polishes.

I've been trying to paint them often to protect them. I don't have an explanation (the water? the weather? my work?), but my nails have been very weak, breaking and peeling off. Manicure here costs around £10/£20, a no-no for my budget.

This baby gown was supposed to be shipped to Baby Bo in the US, but I am in love with it and decided to save it for my own little one. I have two: Led Zeppelin and Sex Pistols. Last Friday I discovered a store selling loads of these lovely stuff.

By the way, just found out that another friend in Brazil is pregnant to a baby girl.
A long time ago I was having lunch at Burger King and had some very unpleasant guests around.

I hate pigeons - still wondering what their purpose and role in the food chain is. Do they exist only to give very old people with no grandchildren a reason to wake up at 5 in the morning?

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...

After a "warm" week, with the temperatures up to +18°C (really hot for London), last Sunday we were surprised by .... snow! It was the heaviest snow I witnessed in London so far. But since poor people hapiness doesn't last long, it was a few hours until it started melting.

Says the weather forecast that we will have some snow today again, but after that it will be rain all week long.

Mondays, headaches, laziness vs tiredness

Yuk, I should update this more often. I rather sleep though, because I haven't been sleeping that well lately and I always feel guilty if I don't sleep enough. I have a horrible headache at the moment. And I wish I was sick at home.