Nov. 1st, 2012

Here in Portugal we don't celebrate Halloween (well, in recent years people have started to organize fancy dress Halloween parties, but they're still seen as a curiosity imported from foreign lands) but instead celebrate All Saints' Day on the 1st of November. On this day, Portuguese children have the equivalent to trick or treat, which we call "bread for God", though, obviously, they get sweets rather than bread. The only difference between bread for God and trick or treat is that the former is done during the daytime and there's no costumes.

Anyway, this is just to say that the girls have spend the day out asking for bread for God with their friends, and came back with a tummy full of sweets (I foresee that they'll be celebrating Stomachache Day tomorrow) and a bar of chocolate for each of us. And eating crisped rice chocolate while watching Karen Gillan teaching Conan O'Brien how to swear (and order chips) in Scottish Gaelic is probably the best thing ever. :P

Sep. 15th, 2012

There was a SNAKE in my kitchen just now. It was so small that at first, when I opened the door and saw it hiding, I thought it was an earthworm, as I often have those little critters lose their way and enter my home in search of shelter. However, when I lifted the bag under which it was hiding, in an attempt to grab it and put it outside like I do with all earthworms, it hissed at me. I managed to trap it in a corner with my broom, but I didn't dare to get any closer as it kept hissing and assuming an attack pose, so I screamed for my mother, who then hit it with the tip of the broom handle and swept it out.

My mother assured me that she crushed its spine and so the snake won't live long, but as she said it I saw the thing lift its head and hiss at my kitten, who got curious and decided to check this strange creature. I went to have a cup of tea to calm my nerves, and when I stepped outside just now to see how everything is the snake was gone. Let's hope I won't get to see it again because this was freaky.

I miss the days when my house was visited by earthworms and baby toads. At least they don't hiss.