Friday, September 21, 2007

Just a little sibling rivalry...

I would like to direct your attention to the comments section of my previous post. With a chance to beat her oldest sister, who just so happens to be my own mother (who just so happens to not have left a comment, despite my mention of it twice, now thrice,) my Aunt Barbara commented, requesting for the title of Favorite Aunt to be bestowed upon her as a result of her efforts as first Aunt to visit the commenting page. Then, in an act of defense, my Aunt Nell swooped in to defend the title, claiming that she had, in fact, herself, been the first aunt to comment back in the infant days of this blog (which is true,) just had forgotten to sign her name due to inexperience with Blogger, but had told me by phone that it was she who left the mystery comment (which is also true.) Not only does this make me laugh, but I would like to pose a question to the oldest of the Buchanan girls (Mom): will you stand for this? Will you be outshined by your two younger sisters? I've never known an oldest child to pass up a challenge like that. We younger siblings know this. I now will introduce to you a new feature of this blog, Buchanan Commenting Feud 2007. We have Team Oklahoma and Team Arkansas, with the obvious captains being Barbara and Nell. It is up to you to recruit your sisters (and husbands, and daughters, and father) to accrue points for your team. So far, Arkansas is winning, 2-1. Come on, Team Oklahoma.

In completely unrelated news, I discovered this week that I really must be a true Brazilian. Although I have a "cara de Americana" (an American face, I keep hearing this), my Passport doesn't lie. I'm legally as Brazilian as the next guy. And this week I gained proof. Since the 5th grade I have been teased for a strange aberration in digitary formation on my left foot. My middle toe is the exact same size, if not smaller, than his neighbor on the left. Look at your own foot right now so you can understand that this is not normal. In college, a friend affectionately dubbed the toe "Stubbs," but even still, I have never in my life known another person with this problem and source of grief. That is, until I came to Natal. It must be a Brazilian thing. Take a look:Stubbs and I are on the bottom, he is painted red. At the top is Pollyanna and to the right is Fernanda. Stubbs is a triplet, and I hereby declare myself a true Brasileira.

The apartment search/renting process might be coming to a close TODAY! I am fully prepared to post the Apartment Search Outline within this next few days, along with pictures of my new, furniture-less abode. But still, it will be mine, all mine!! This is a milestone for my time in Natal, and in case you can't tell, I'm just a wee bit excited about it.

This week, week 3, has been great. It flew by as I was keeping busy all day every day working on logistical stuff or in my reading sessions. I made many new friends as I met my readers for the first time, and am excited about the time we will spend together over the next few months! Each day I grow to love this place and these people even more. They have taken such wonderful care of me, and have fed me well. Today was the first day I didn't eat a papaya for breakfast, because I think I finally learned that even if I don't have it today, it will still be available tomorrow. What a luxury!!!

Have a good weekend!

8 comments:

Nina said...

Hello there. You don't know me, so let me tell you how I got here. I'm a friend of Rachel Schwartz, we met online many years ago but have since met in person, too, both in my native Germany and in California. In fact, I stayed with her family in Santa Barbara for over 2 months in 2003 while observing classes at the high school (I'm working on becoming a teacher, that's why). Anyway, in Germany, I live in a city called Mannheim which is right next to Heidelberg. When Rachel stayed with me, I also met your sister, as they were studying in Heidelberg at the time. I met her once more the year after in Malibu. So I followed a link to her blog in a comment she left in Rachel's blog, just to say hello, and then, intrigued by her living in Japan at the time, came back a few more times to see what they were up to. And that's how I got here.

Phew, that was long.
Anyway, I was hoping that it would be okay if I kept on reading here. I myself have lived abroad (in New Hampshire for close to a year, and then shorter stints in Santa Barbara, and Prague) and always find people's stories about adjusting to life in new surroundings really interesting. Just thought I'd let you know, in case you were wondering where the dots in Germany on your little visitors' map might be coming from :)

Nina from Germany

Mark and Kelly said...

Aw, Nina! If only Americans could speak and write in English half as well as she does...and while I'm being critical of our countries of citizenship, I want to declare that Brazil is obviously a nation of freaky-footed people.

Cris said...

Nina, I don't know how to get in touch with you other than here, so I will respond with a comment myself! Of course you may continue reading! I am happy to know you want to. And yes, I had been very curious about those dots over in Europe. Now I know! Thanks for saying hello. It made my sister very happy! Happy reading...

Anonymous said...

Oi Cris. Penso em o todos os dias e gozar que seu excitment está aí em Natal.

Tia Glenda

hehe, how did I do?

Carol (Brazil) ;-) said...

Funny picture! rsrsrs
Kisses!

Aunt Nette said...

Okay, Cris, I'm totally new to this blogging thing, and technologically challenged, so it took me a while to figure out how to leave a comment. But I want to make it clear that I am NOT competing for title of First, Best, or Most Insightful Aunt here. As is my habit, I'm not competing, only going for a personal best, and since this is my first blogging experience, that's not hard to achieve. As for your mother, I have it on good authority that you talk to her on the phone regularly, so get off her case.
You seem to be in very good hands there. I was interested in your comments on Portuguese, because I'm interested in language learning and was curious to see how much you'd remember. (Yes, Glenda, I'm impressed with you, too.) I hope by now you've found an apartment.
Loved the toes picture.

Melanie said...

I'm jealous of your counter. It says 742 or something like that and I just want to say that while I was in China I had about 50 total for mine haha. I think I enjoyed my blog more than anyone else did... you now how I like to tell stories. Oh well. I was thinking of starting a new one but I think I might have to pass now that I've come to the realization that not very many people are really that interested.
I just sent you a long message on facebook so I don't really have much else to say except keep blogging! Love you!

Patrick said...

I linked you, explained a new chapter in life, talked about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and used a MT phrase. Let's just say I am turning over a new (blog) leaf. Eat some traditional food and think of all your friends who are expats.