Wednesday, February 15, 2017


I've been slacking on posting. Things have been busy around here. Both the kids started school - shout out to Brazil for providing free eight hour schooling with free snacks and lunch for the kids. Points are taken away for the 7am start time though. I thought moving here meant I could finally wake up after the sun was up, but I was wrong. Even more points are lost for the kids having to attend two different schools. (Maicon's school doesn't accept students until they are three).

On the work front - I've accepted three job contracts and I've been creating lessons and filing paperwork basically every waking moment. One of the jobs is a limited time, consulting position for two college courses. I've always done editing and consulting for college papers on the side, so this is pretty familiar ground for me. I've also accepted an in-home English tutoring position for a local student who holds dual Brazilian-Canadian citizenship. Her mom said she's lost a lot of her English skills, so I'm going to provide some lessons for her. And on top of that, I accepted a position with Open English to teach English online. The paperwork process with them has been somewhat of a nightmare, so I haven't actually started that yet. I did receive an email stating that they were close to filling all of their teaching positions, so maybe they'll meet their deadline before completing my paperwork. We'll see. It will mean missing out on a ton of money, but I won't be too upset if it falls through.

I've also been extremely homesick. Feelings of homesickness come and go, but lately I've been very bored with Brazilian food, and annoyed with how difficult everything is. I don't even have the energy right now to go into all the details of those aspects. It's just under six months until the kids and I are in the States for a six month visit, and I think the closer we get, the slower time moves. I'm in a bit of a slump, and that's okay, but I'm ready for it to be over. 


  1. The schools in your town offer 8-hours days??? Let me tell you that it is definitely the exception in Brazil! My boys have attend a private school in Rondônia, then public school in Goiás and again public here in São Paulo and they were all offering either morning OR afternoon shifts for the students. I always opted for the morning hours because though it means waking up super early, I know that their minds (and mine) work better when the temperature is a bit cooler outside. :)
    Congrats on the jobs!
    And I totally identify with the homesickness and the extreme annoyance with the difficulties of Brazilian life.

  2. Haha, yes! I have heard from many people that my city is blessed with 8 hour days. Although my nephew, who is 10, goes to a municipal middle school that is only 6 hours long. One of my huge annoyances here is trying to PRINT things. I brought a printer to Brazil, and even though they sell the exact same printer here, the ink cartridges won't work in my printer because they have "a foreign code." I mean what kind of ridiculousness is that? I had a black cartridge shipped to me from the States...then the color cartridge went, so I still can't use it. In order to print anything, I have to save it to a memory card, walk to the internet cafe, give them the card, have them print it, pay for the prints, gather everything and return home. Imagine having to do that with every round of HR paperwork! Why, Brazil, why!?