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weeknotes 47/23

we spent the week in beja!

we had a postcard meeting this weekend and used our house swapping membership to spend a few extra days there, in a cozy and super central apartment. the week was passed birdwatching, walking the narrow streets of beja, people-watching in centenarian cafés, admiring all the pretty tiles and filling up our bellies with alentejo’s many delights.

we went into a local museum with works from jorge vieira, and only later did i realize that he was the same artist who did the huge “man-sun” metal sculture on expo 98. the museum focused more on his ceramic works, and the boy and i admired the one above, which we both thought was a pig until someone pointed out the horns… 😅

and naturally, there was some birdwatching too! nothing too fancy, but we logged a few new birds, like a red kite, eurasian jackdaw and a spanish sparrow, which looked rather mean!

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weeknotes, 32/23

… what a week.

– the boy’s doctor appointment was like one of those meetings that could have been an email. we’re no closer to discovering the cause of his asthma, but at least we know some of the things that are not causing it, i guess — more tests will follow.

– my caffeine sensitivity has risen to new levels: i now get heart palpitations after 1 coffee cup. it would be almost comical, if it wasn’t a little scary. my heart seems fine (i had it checked by a geeky cardiologist, who showed me the ecocardiogram machine’s features in all their glory), and the flutters seem to wear off a few days after the last coffee. (maybe i should start looking for another domain name? a caffeine + lactose intolerant “meiadeleite” is a little silly 😅)

– we launched the world postcard day card for this year… and then promptly recalled it 2 days later, when we found out the work submitted to the contest was not original. sigh. :( we’re currently working on releasing the second place design, but what an unpleasant experience the whole thing.

– in need of stress relief, i found myself drawn to ali hazelwood’s stem-themed novels, that read a bit like academia fanfiction. i’ve read the love hypothesis in a couple of days, and am halfway through love on the brain.

– the good news is that we came back home after three weeks in the north, and it feels amazing to be here, in our quiet (but very hot) place. hurray!

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weeknotes, 18-26/23

so… where were we? so much time has passed since the last weeknotes, it’s hard to think back at everything that took place since we arrived back from taiwan. i’ll try though, because i really missed these!

– more than anything, we’ve spent these two months catching up with family and friends. there were many dinners and visits, and also hosting family here at home. i was asked to be my niece’s godmother, saw friend’s babies for the first time, and just spent a lot of time basking in and enjoying it.

– the boy came back from taiwan with a mighty cough that took him almost 2 months to get over. :( after having coughed his lungs out, hurt all his muscles in the process, and maxed out on his asthma inhaler, he’s mostly fine now, the cough having left as mysteriously as it came.

– i’ve been reading *so much*. the day seems filled with little spaces where reading can happen: bedtime winding downs, sitting in waiting rooms, house tasks with an audiobook… i’ve read silly novels and books about tuberculosis, asia-themed books and art books, memoirs and books from my childhood authors, and it’s been a pleasure.

– i turned 41, and the boy gave me a new kindle, with backlight, and now i can read even when insomnia strikes, in the middle of the night! :) my brother (who was spending some time with us) built me a spice rack on the cupboard that has been empty ever since the gas heater was removed, and it’s the best!

– i went for a check up because my heart was doing a funny dance, and after some blood tests, got diagnosed with low iron reserves… which makes sense, with the kind of heavy periods i get and the fact we don’t eat much meat these days. luckily, it’s an easy fix: some more meat here and there, and an iron supplement to build up those reserves.

– st. john in tavira, with fireworks and ice-cream, and the traditional play of the enchanted moura.

festival med took place this week, and we went to see lavoisier and amadou & mariam! the first was a mellow affair at sunset, sitting in the lawn by the castle basking it all in, and the second was the opposite, everyone on their feet, dancing and cheering along. what a brilliant night in loulé!

– met some new and old dogs!


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june 2023 — one second everyday

and here is last month’s video, so that i can catch up on these.

it started in the north, then we brought my parents south for a week, then my brother, his girlfriend and dogs came too for some time… and it was great, but it also feels like we didn’t stop for three months straight. now i have nothing on the schedule until late july, and i’m going to cherish it. :)

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may 2023 — one second everyday

may was… all over the place. we spent the first days in taiwan, flew back straight into family life in the north, came south for a couple of weeks and then it was back north for doctor appointments and more family errands. pffeew! 😅