Sunday, May 18, 2008

essa é nossa contra cultura

I got inspired by Rayna at RCS & made a bookmark.

Do it yourself in portuguese (yes, i'm in a portuguese fase right now, guess it's my brain that's trying to prepare for the eventual trip to Mozambique).

It turned out a bit bigger than I'd planned, but at least it works for coffeetable books.

Friday, May 9, 2008

anger is a gift

& to celebrate my new lifeplan, here's the (almost finished) cross stitch that I'm gonna put on a tote bag that I made a month ago.

The text is in portuguese & comes from the Brazilian hardcore/trash band Infect's song Cansadas the ódio. In english it would translate to something like "tired of hate & oppression, it seems like the anger is the solution".

hello africa, tell me how you're doin'! (or: trying is the first step toward failure)

I know that I promissed that this woulden't be yet another "hey, I'm putting my diary out on the internet for all to see!" blog, but i just can't control myself right now. I'm so excited! The future looks so unthinkable bright right now!

The thing is that I realized the advantages of distance tuition/studies. Went to my sister's & her boyfriend for dinner yesterday & we discussed what I was planning for this autumn (quitting my job, continuing my studies to get my masters) & I joked about the fact that I should move home (to my parents) like people do when they wanna cut the costs of living, except that I don't have a "home" to move to (well, not in this town at least). & then my sister's boyfriend said "But why don't you? If you've applied for a distance course (is that the right term in english? you know, studying over the internet) why don't you just move down to your mom in Mozambique?". & I thought, yeah why don't I?

The last couple of weeks I've joked a lot about my goal in life, my dream job; to sit in southern Africa and "do some blogging" (a plan that is both childish & neo-colonial, I know). & here's the perfect opportunity! I don't have to wait until I get my degree, wich was the original plan. So I texted my mom this morning & told her to make the bed in the guestroom, 'cause I'm on my way & her response was "Okay, get down here asap!" more or less.

& no, I refuse to listen to people who tell me that no one I know ever managed to finish their distance studies. That it didn't turn out that well last time I went to Moz to do field work & that I will hit myself hard for being stupid again, when I'm back in about a year with yet another unfinished course at Uni to deal with...

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

project increased salary

Mine, Sofia's & Gabriella's version of the knitting cupcakes:

It's all a part of our mastermind plan to guilt trip our co-workers into buying us presents & bakeing vegan goodies for us. Hasn't worked out that well yet...