I'm online again! Well, actually I've been online at work every day, but the firewall there blocks LiveJournal and AIM. But I finally got my computer back, with a borrowed 120GB HD (my old one died on me) until I manage to buy another one. Bigger! Better (hopefully)! We'll see... Although I'm starting to believe that there's something else wrong with the computer, since it's crashing an awful lot lately, especially when I use graphics-heavy programs (which is obligatory to vidding, so you can see my conundrum). I'll have to have it checked again soon. But for now, it's home, and working (kind of). So I'll just make a big update while I can.~*~
I'm currently very much in love with Paco de Lucia. For those of you who don't know, he's a spanish Flamenco guitarrist, and he's amazing. I love his work. If you like Flamenco, check out his site
I am, however, very nervous about a presentation I have to give tomorrow for my spanish class. I chose Paco de Lucia as my subject, and I have to speak 15 minutes about him. In spanish. Now, I suck at presentation in general. Even when I have to give them in portuguese (or in english, in which I'm kind of fluent ;) ). I'm already trembling at the prospect. I plan on playing a 5 minute piece on the CD player, that way I only have to speak for 10 ;)~*~
My dad was on TV today! Well, he's on TV every week, actually, but this time he was on for a whole hour! He was interviewed about his political views on the whole corruption scandal that's been going on here in Brazil. Pretty cool. Also, they showed a picture of me and my sister! So I was on TV too! Yay! *g*~*~
I am currently working on ripping my Smallville DVDs into small MPG files, so that I can remaster my old videos, and possibly make a few new ones. I have a few movie vids in mind also. The ripping process is taking longer than I anticipated, though, especially because my computer keeps crashing on me. But I'll get ther eventually.
Also, I wanted to put up a website. That involves finding a good hosting service. I'll probably host in the US, it's hard to find a hosting service here in Brazil that gives me the kind of freedom you guys have as to what can be put up. I'm still searching, though. Any ideas?~*~
Don't know if I mentioned it, but I'm going to Peru this Friday. Me and two girl friends are walking the incan trail to Machu Picchu. The three of us make an interesting group, one is a very girly type, loves pink, is taking cologne and is horrified at the idea that we'll have to use bushes as our bathrooms for 4 days (not that I love the idea, but I'm not losing much sleep over it). The other is very practical, and is the one taking care of all the arrangements, booking hotels, making check lists, that kind of thing.
As for me, I'm just in it for the adventure. I love camping out, being in the wilderness, walking trails and taking pictures. Not to mention the whole spiritual aspect of the journey. I have been given a few tasks by a psychic I went to the other day (and yes, I go to psychics. I've been to three in my lifetime, and although I'm kind of skeptic, I still think there's some truth in what they say). One of this tasks involves writing all the stuff that I think are wrong in my life, and that I want to leave behind in order to get a fresh start. I should then take it on the journey, and bury it somewhere along the way. I have to tell you, the list is LONG. But, you know, even if you don't believe in this kind of thing, just the act of making the list already gives you clarity of what you need to change, and it does seem like a good start, doesn't it?~*~
Another superstitious thing I'm doing: I have this apartment that I've been trying to sell for almost two years now. It's an apartment I bought with my ex-husband when we still believed we were going to stay in São Paulo. When we decided to get divorced, he didn't have enough money to pay the mortgage on it, so the arrangement was that I'd pay for it until I managed to sell it. I paid off his part, so what actually happened was that he got his money upfront, while I got stuck with the debt and the ordeal of selling. I know, very very stupid, but then, I just wanted the whole divorce negotiation over and done with, no matter the cost (it was an extremely tiring and nerve-wrecking process for me). Anyway, it's been on the market for almost two years now, and it's just not selling. So this psychic told me to light an orange candle over the contract on wednesday, which I did. And now all I can do is basically pray that it works. I figure it can't do any harm, so... The candle's been lit for four days now. We'll see.~*~
Also, I went to a podiatrist(sp?) today, and had all my ingrown nails trimmed. I then proceded to paint them pink. I am in love with my new feet :)