Saturday, March 31, 2007

Making progress...

Today felt very positive. We submitted our passport applications. Everyone, but Mike's. The Office of Vital Records in Los Angeles is very slowly searching for his birth certificate and should send it any day now. If necessary we'll pay extra to expedite his application. We also finished our last lesson of Pimsler's Basic Portuguese and have moved on to Pimsler's Conversational Portuguese. I can now have a very lame conversation in portuguese, as long as the other speaker sticks with the small collection of words I can respond to. Still, it's something to build on, and it's kind of fun.

This week we found a Brazilian lawyer who's agreed to help us with visas and finding a realtor in Curitiba. We also lowered the price on our house and Trish (our realtor here) has placed an ad in the local papers. This is all getting pretty real.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

An afternoon at McDonalds

We brought the kids over to the play place at the McDonalds this afternoon, while a realtor showed our house. Mike and I sat there with our noses in our portuguese book ready to endure the fabulous McDonald's ambiance. Instead we found ourselves talking to Janice at the next table who was keeping her two young boys busy while her husband was laid up with the stomach flu.
It turns out her oldest son was born while they were living in Hong Kong, they came home on her mother's request when she became pregnant with her second. It was great to talk to someone who's lived as an expatriate. She was so enthusiastic (and jealous) about our plan. We actually had a lot in common. She's reformed Jewish like Mike and her husband is really into comics. I hope we get to meet him. She said they've been talking about New Zealand, I hope they get to go! I guess you never know who you'll meet in McDonalds, that is where we found Enzo (our dog).

Friday, March 16, 2007

The Storm

Right now we're getting hit with another "Nor-easter" , the paper said to expect 10"-12" of snow. The snowflakes are very small and sting your face when you walk outside. Just walking from the car to the house my face and hair got pretty wet and frozen. From inside, the storm makes our house seem cozy and safe. I like how a blanket of snow cleans up my yard, and the multitude of scattered sand box toys disappear from sight. I've lived with snow storms like this one my whole life so far, it's strange to think this could be the last one for a long time. So far this winter's been really easy so I can't complain, or could I? Isn't that why most people blog?
We're almost done with our basic portuguese CD's only one (and a half) lessons left, then it's on to conversational. It's great to be making progress, I only wish the kids were more interested. A few years back I decided to get the Muzzy DVDs in french. We bought some french children's books and even found some dolls that speak in french. The kids picked up a few words, and Mike and I learned a lot.
Ever since we started portuguese they've been asking Why? Do we have to? Why are we learning this? Since we're waiting till two months before the actual move to tell them, all we can say is "Just in case we go to Brazil some day". I guess this isn't a good enough answer, last week Chloe told Mike that she was working hard to "ignore the portuguese". Oh well, they say kids pick up languages quickly once they're immersed in it. I guess we'll be testing that... If only they would try.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Chloe's Play

My 8 year old, Chloe, has been working on creating a boat for the "Boston Tea Party" play she was involved in with her friends at school. We had the giant cardboard boat in our studio for a couple of weeks. Then we brought it up to the school on Friday, and set it up. It looked great and all the kids were really excited. Her teacher invited us in today to see Chloe and her friends perform, but it was at the exact same time as the pre-school art class I teach, so just Mike went.

When he got home he told me Chloe had written and directed the play as well and the whole class was in it! Now I desperately wish I could go back and cancel my class. Lame Mommy of the Year award goes to....

Monday, March 12, 2007

The latest...

There was an article in the paper yesterday about Global Warming and the news was so dire. Food and water shortages for billions within the next 20-50 years. It was of course on page three and when I picked up the paper today, I noticed there was no mention. Mike said sarcastically, "Well, that was yesterday's news."

It's really brought me down these last couple of days. Today I mentioned it to my friend Julie Anne, who runs the story time I bring my three year old to. She was so relieved to hear someone else was as affected by it as she was. Her husband could care less and her brother called her a "Gore Lover" (I image Al's wife would be thrilled to hear that particular term).

I'm so tired of these "flat-earthers", even president pin-head has admitted global warming is a reality. I guess on the plus side it's all moving fast enough that no one will deny it in a few more years.... That's a really lame plus side, I wish I could let myself be a "flat-earther"

Friday, March 9, 2007

New Beginnings

My name is Carolyn Watson Dubisch, and if you're reading this I'm simply amazed.  I currently live in the tiny town of Greenville, New York in the shadow of the Catskill mountains.  My husband, Mike Dubisch, and I are both commercial artists and teach children's art classes out of our studio. We have three little girls, an old gray dog, and a young gray cat. 

I decided to start blogging about our latest journey.  The biggest thing we've ever decided to do.  We're moving our life and our family to South America.  We have many reasons, not the least of which is the cost of our health insurance, which is now more than our monthly mortgage. 

The city we've decided on is in Brazil. It's called Curitiba, and is situated on a plateau in the southern part of the country. The city has good public transportation and is very focused on recycling.  Recently they even found a world famous painting in the trash thanks to their careful sorting!  We think we'll be able to get the visa, but Brazil is tricky. They have a reciprocal program.  Whatever your country's immigration policy is for Brazilians, that is the process that you must go through to enter Brazil.  Unfortunately since 9-11 it hasn't been easy for Brazilians or anyone from the Third world to get in this country.

Anyway this is the beginning of our journey and the beginning of my blog.
“As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance”-Calvin (Calvin and Hobbs)


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