Sunday, July 29, 2012

Mother and Child Reunion

Holy crap. I've got news. My mom and Joe sold their house last week and they'll finally be moving to Chile! They will hopefully be here by the end of September. This is especially awesome because I'll finally get my baby back!


This has all been a long time coming. Before I even decided to move to Chile my mom had been talking about wanting to move here. I just happened to get here first.

I know it's a little premature, but this occasion calls for some Paul Simon.



Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Summer Olympics

Man, I love the Olympics. It is the only sporting event that I will actually watch on television. I root for athletes I’ve never heard of. I get teary eyed during the medal ceremonies.  (This part isn’t really all that surprising. I can’t watch an award show without a box of tissues.) I watch sporting events I've never heard of. I love it. All of it.

So yesterday I practically ran home from work to catch the Opening Ceremonies. Unlike in the US, there was no time delay. They began airing here sometime between 3 and 4pm. Personally, I think it makes more sense to air it with a delay in the evening, when most people are out of work. But hey, whatever. The 2016 Summer Olympics will be in Brazil. That’s practically the same time zone and much more convenient. 

My favorite part of the Opening Ceremonies is the Parade of Nations. It should probably be renamed the Parade of Smartphones. I know the US team got a bunch of slack for wearing uniforms that looked too "European" but at least they were not wearing hot pink jackets. Germany, I'm talking about you.  

Those jackets don't even match their flag.

Anyway, this morning I woke up at 8am (not on purpose) and I turned on the TV to a major Chilean network to find men’s gymnastics. (Score!) The reporters seemed to be able to talk about only one person. Tomás González. (That’s okay, I’ve never heard of him either.) Well, apparently he’s a pretty big deal. He is the first Chilean to compete in men’s gymnastics at the Olympics.  And he’s actually good.

I watched his vault and floor routine pretty much all morning. They are still airing it now. Whenever there was a lull in the activities it seemed like the network would replay his routine. At this point I have seen his floor routine so many times I could do it myself. Though I’m sure it would be substantially less graceful. According to NBC’s website, he is currently ranked third on vault and sixth on floor after the first round.

Hopefully it doesn’t come down to him and another athlete from the US. I won’t know who to root for.

 Tomás González, or as I like to call him: the guy who needs to shave off his mustache.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Princess of China

Not a huge Rihanna fan, but Coldplay can do no wrong in my book.

Here's their latest video from their album Mylo Xyloto. Maybe one of these days I'll actually figure out how to pronounce that.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Public Transportation

I promise I'm really not a bitch. 

You know when you’re having one of those days when everything seems to get on your nerves? I had one of those days last week while I was coming home on the metro. Oh, the metro. How I loathe thee. Let me describe who I had the pleasure of sharing the metro car with.

1. One lovely gentleman standing next to me thought it would be a glorious idea to listen to music on his cell phone. Loudly. Without headphones. Sorry buddy, you have terrible taste in music. Be thankful I didn’t rip the phone out of your hands and throw it out the window.

2. Standing in the corner was a couple pretty much fornicating in the upright position. Really? Really? Sometimes I have no words. This is one of those times.

3. Sitting nearby was a group of adolescent boys. They apparently missed the memo that mullets and rat tails are no longer in fashion. In the future I’ll need to remember to carry scissors with me at all times. You know, just in case.

4. I had to resist the urge to scream at a group of middle-aged women. Listen ladies, no one, and I mean no one wants to see you walking around with your mid drifts exposed. And perhaps wearing neon colored bras under white shirts was a mistake.

5. I know I’m a teacher and so by default I’m supposed to actually like children. But that doesn’t mean I can tolerate screaming children running up and down the metro car. Put a leash and/or a muzzle on them next time.

6. And finally as I reached my destination and was finally able to get of the metro ride from hell, I was rudely pushed by a group of old women trying to get onto the metro. Uh, hello? Didn’t you listen to the announcement? You’re suppose to let people get off the train before boarding. Duh. That’s like common sense.

Thankfully there is an easy remedy for situations like this. It’s called wine. Lots and lots of wine.

Smog. Ugh.

A few weeks ago we got a ton of rain. Of course, I loved every second of it. One of the perks of the rain is that it clears away the smog that is constantly hovering over the city. One day at work, after it had rained for most of the night, I wandered around to find a perfect view of the Andes. 


Of course, this was a few weeks ago. With no rain the smog has returned. There are days when you literally cannot see the mountains.

I found this online. It made me laugh. And then cry out of disgust.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Somebody That I Used to Know

I know this song came out last year, but I only first heard it about a month ago. I know. Strange. Particularly because now that I've heard it, I hear it everywhere. And I can't stop listening to it.

I love it. And I love the video.

And I love this video.


Friday, July 13, 2012

Scintillating Sunset!

Check out those colors!

My roommate, Júlia, snapped this picture while we were walking home from the gym. Yes, you read that last part correctly.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Bertie Bott

(Mom, this post has to do with Harry Potter.)

So any fan of the Harry Potter books or movies should be familiar with Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans. In case you live under a rock and have never seen or read Harry Potter (shame on you) I will tell you what they are. Or rather, I’ll have Ron Weasley do it for me.

“You want to be careful with these. When they say every flavor, they mean every flavor – you know you get all the ordinary ones like chocolate and peppermint and marmalade, but then you can get spinach and liver and tripe. George reckons he had a bogey-flavored one once.” - (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)

(What the heck is tripe? Never mind. I just realized I don't care.) 

So, yeah. They are basically regular jelly beans with strange flavored ones thrown in for fun.

The last time I was in the States I ordered two boxes from Amazon. Oh, that’s right. They actually make these. In fact, they are made by Jelly Belly. Not being brave enough to try them, I bought them with the idea of sharing them with my students (Or possibly using them as a form of punishment…just kidding).

When I told my students about them they were beyond ecstatic. They kept asking me when they would get to eat the nasty flavored candy.

So finally on Wednesday I let my students try them. They were in near hysterics when I listed the flavors on the board. 

Those who wanted to try a bean came up one by one and ate it in front of the class. I took pictures as the kids tried to guess which flavor they had. Using the flavor guide I was able to tell them if they were correct. A few braves ones were actually able to swallow the candy. Others used the nearby trashcan. Some even had to run to the bathroom to drink some water.  It was awesome.

Here are some of the best pictures of their reactions:

Judging by their responses, the worst flavors were vomit and earthworm. 

Thank you J.K. Rowling. You're a genius.

Sweet Disposition

I usually save all my work for Sundays. A day spent writing lesson plans requires some mellow music.

This is "Sweet Disposition" by The Temper Trap. It doesn't get any more mellow than this. Okay, I'm sure it does, but whatever.

Saturday, July 7, 2012


 One of my students drew a picture of me!

How cool is that?!?

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

A Pointless Post About Soda

Okay be warned. This post is probably the most pointless thing I've ever written. Worse than the post I wrote about TV. Really, you should just stop reading right now.

I like Coke Zero. I buy it in small bottles to bring to work. It has 591 thirst-quenching ml in it.

Wait, what? 591ml? Why not round up to an even 600ml? Or at least round down to 590. What is the point of that extra 1ml?

This just may bother me til the end of time.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Thinking 'Bout Somethin'

It's music video Sunday again. And I have a secret to tell all of you. I'm a Hanson fan. There I said it.

They've come a long way since the days of MMMbop, which in case you were wondering was released 16 years ago. Holy crap. How many bands can you think of that have been together for that long?

Thinking 'Bout Something' is from their latest album, Shout it Out. And the video is awesome for many reasons. The song is catchy and who doesn't love large groups of people dancing in the street?

Make sure you look for the cameo by Bruce Jenner look-alike, Weird Al.

And yes, it should remind you of The Blues Brothers.