I can't say my life has gotten anymore exciting lately. Maybe a little busier, but not a lot more interesting.
First up on the list of semi-interesting happenings was the avocado "shake" I had this week. Apparently here where I live, avocados are used more as a fruit than a vegetable. Pedro and I go to our neighborhood juice bar once a week where one can find about every kind of juice you could ever think of. I usually stick with the "normal juices" like orange, tangerine, passion fruit, guava, and an occasional exotic kiwi juice. But, I've always been intrigued by the avocado juice.
It's avocado, a little milk and some sugar.
I decided this week was the week I would forgo a juice that I knew I loved to try something new.
I should have stuck with the old faithfuls.
I really tried to like it; I drank more than half of it all the while telling myself, "it tastes good, it tastes good, it's not just for guacamole." Then I started to feel really nauseated.
I don't recommend trying this at home.
Oh well, at least I don't have to wonder if I'm missing out on anything anymore. Oh and one more Brazilian treat North American tastebuds may want to avoid? Corn- flavored popsicles. Also not good.
Yesterday I was at school all.day.long attending both the elementary and middle school open houses for my kids. One of the main topics of the middle school portion was the upcoming 6th grade trip to the north of Brazil. The mandatory 4 day trip will cost just over $1,000.00. Luckily, Gaupo's company pays for stuff like that or I'd be a little peeved. But, it's par for the course when your kid goes to a super-rich Brazilian school where money means nothing to most of the students.
Anyway, they opened it up for questions. I was cracking up at the questions that were coming from the 6th graders. It went like this:
"Are we going to the beach?"
"Are we going to have free time?"
"Will our free time be at the hotel?"
"Can we pick our roommates?"
"What time do we have to go to bed?"
"Do we have tv's in our room?"
"What kind of cell phone coverage will we have?"
"Do we get to pick who's in our room?"
"Can I go surfing?"
They were actually better than some of the parents' questions:
"What happens if my child has swine flu?" (Ummm, they can't go on the trip.)
"What happens if my child gets swine flu there?" (Ummmm, they'll get sent home.)
"Are they going to fly on a reputable airline? You know there was a crash a couple of months ago" (No, we just hired some guy off the street who says he can fly who's going to take them in an refurbished WWII plane. But, thanks SO MUCH for bringing up the Air France crash in front of 51 6th graders who are shortly going to be flying without their parents.)
"What if there's someone on the plane with swine flu?" (???)
"Don't you think you should take the school nurse in case one of the kids has swine flu?" (And that would help because?)
Do you see a common theme here? People are just a little bit preoccupied with the dreaded swine flu.
May you and yours (and anyone you may come in contact with) be free of the swine flu. And remember, avocados and corn should be used only as vegetables (except in the rare case of corn bread).