Since everyone else is doing it… (Yep, I’ll jump off the bridge too, why not?)
Bed size: Queen
Chore you dislike: Dishes. Seriously, I hate doing them. I rather clean the toilet than do the dishes. No joke. But seriously, there’s not one chore I actually enjoy doing. That OCD gene totally skipped me.
Dogs: Have you met Lily?
Essential start to your day: Some quiet time, even if only a couple of minutes. I’m definitely not one of those “go, go, go” people in the morning. I wake up grumpy…
Favorite color: Blue!
Gold or silver: Silver
Instruments you play(ed): I used to know how to play a couple of Christmas songs on the piano. When I was like 7. I don’t remember how to, nor can play a thing nowadays.
Job title: I guess “Diplomat’s Wife” is my job title now? How quaint. Can you believe Friday it’ll be a month since I left my job?
Kids: No kids yet, and getting the puppy made us think we can wait a little longer for it. Before we were open to the idea, but now I’m thinking stay at least a year in Manila so I can really travel and enjoy everything before even trying to have babies.
Live: Arlington, VA for another month and a half. Then Makati area in Manila, Philippines will be our new home for the next 2 years! So exciting!!!
Mom’s name: Ines (with a little ^ on the “e”. Portuguese is fun.)
Nicknames: My nickname is always pronounced wrong and misunderstood in English. Seriously! It’s Cacá. Which in Portuguese means nothing, it’s just because in Portuguese my name, Carla, is pronounced with an open “a” like “Cah-rla” so Cacá (pronounced Ca-cah, and NOT Caca) makes sense. You know, like the Brazilian soccer player who has the same nickname? I also have Carlinha (meaning “little Carla” — it’s like a term of endearment, making things “little”). Karl calls me babe, or sometimes Goldie (from Goldie Locks).
Overnight hospital stays: None.
Pet peeve: People who take the elevator to go up/down a couple of floors. Basically everything DC drivers do (not signal before stopping to wait to make a left turn so you get stuck behind them, not moving when the light is green, constant tapping of their brakes even when no one is in front of them, slamming on their brakes when the light turns yellow, not paying attention to the road, going too slow on the left lane, not pulling over after a minor accident and stopping in the middle of the road instead, not yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks despite the local laws, etc, etc, etc). Gosh I can think of a lot more pet peeves too. I got quite a few…
Quote from a movie: I don’t have the talent to remember movie quotes (seriously, I suck at them). The only one I never forget is “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” (from my favorite movie, Gone with the Wind).
Righty or Lefty: Righty
Siblings: A younger brother, plus an older half sister (who lives in Springfield, VA, with her husband and 3 kids — the oldest is 19!) and a half brother from my dad’s side. Both my brothers live in Rio. And for what is worth, there is nothing “half” about my sister and older brother. They’re my siblings just the same, even if we are offspring of different marriages.
Time you wake up: At my last job, I’d wake up around 7:50 to get to the office by 9am. Now, my wake up time varies from 8 – 10am. I still haven’t gotten into a routine since quitting.
Underwear: I LOVE the mesh/lacy boyshorts from Old Navy, super cute and NO wedgies. Not one bit! But they stopped making them. I wish I knew so I would have stocked up 😦
Vegetables you don’t like: Peas and green beans. To my mom’s horror, I pick them out of every food, including rice and soup. In public, I always apologize that my mom did teach me better, and I know it’s bad manners, but sorry I just can’t eat them.
What makes you run late: I always underestimate the time it takes for me to get ready. Always.
X-Rays you’ve had: Teeth, feet, hip, ankle, shoulder, thumb, arm. Ah, the joys of volleyball and running injuries!
Yummy food you make: I make awesome desserts! I will post the recipe for the easiest and quickest dessert ever… (And super yummy!) Stay tuned! Not many desserts take 10 minutes to make, and still make people go for seconds (and makes it look like it took a lot of work!).
Zoo animal favorite: Have you seen a giraffe running? LOVE! But, truthfully, I got no favorites. I love love love animals (really hope to go on a real safari one day, here’s hoping we’ll end up in a good Africa post in the future). I oooh and aaah at EVERYTHING I see at the zoo. Everything.