Movie list

Because I had a “to do” to write a blog post, and instead joined this game on Facebook, decided to share it with my Twitter and Blog followers as well. As you can see, I have a somewhat non-conventional taste for movies 🙂

•Movie I Think Is overrated: Groundhog Day
•Movie I Think Is Underrated: Melancholia
•Movie I Love: The Constant Gardener
•Movie I Secretly Love: Irreversible
•Favorite Action Movie: Kill Bill
•Favorite Drama: The Barbarian Invasions (Les invasions barbares)
•Favorite Horror: The Shining
•Favorite Comedy: High Fidelity
•Favorite Romance: In the Mood for Love
•Favorite Fantasy: Pan’s Labyrinth
•Favorite Disney Movie: Nah. Shrek!
•Favorite Science Fiction Movie: Donnie Darko
•Favorite Book to Movie Adaptation: Gone Girl
•Favorite Animated Movie: Persepolis
•Favorite Superhero Movie: (Can it be a TV show?) Daredevil
•Favorite Musical: Singing in the Rain
•Favorite Western: Butch Cassidy
•Favorite Documentary: Exit through the gift shop
•Favorite Ridiculous Movie: The dinner game (Le diner de cons)
•Childhood Favorite: ET
•Favorite Franchise: 007
•Best Trilogy: Before sunrise/Before Sunset/Before Midnight
•Favorite Director: Almodovar
•Favorite Actor: Mark Ruffalo
•Favorite Actress: Kate Winslet
•Favorite Movie This Year So Far: Haven’t seen any
•Worst Movie: Once upon a time in Mexico
•Movie I Have Recently Watched: Boyhood
•Favorite Movie Of All Time: Mulholland Drive

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Paciência (Patience)

Mesmo quando tudo pede
um pouco mais de calma
até quando o corpo pede
um pouco mais de alma
A vida nāo pára…Enquanto o tempo acelera
e pede pressa
Eu me recuso, faço hora,
vou na valsa
A vida é tão rara…Enquanto todo mundo
espera a cura do mal
E a loucura finge
que isso tudo é normal
Eu finjo ter paciência…

O mundo vai girando,
cada vez mais veloz
A gente espera do mundo,
e o mundo espera de nós
Um pouco mais de paciência…

Será que é tempo que lhe falta para perceber?
Será que temos esse tempo para perder?
E quem quer saber?
A vida é tão rara
Tão rara…

Even when everything asks
for a little more calmness
Even when the body requires
a little more soul
life does not stop…While time speeds up
and asks to hurry
I refuse, take my time
and slow down as a waltz
life is so precious…While everybody expects
the cure for evil,
and madness pretends
that everything is normal
I pretend to be patient…

And the world goes around
even faster
We expect from the world
and the world expects from us
a little more patience…

Do we lack time to realize it?

Do we have this time to waste?

And who wants to know?
Life is so precious…
So precious…

“Slicing time” – a new year’s poem

The person who had the idea to cut the time in slices,
which was given the name of year,
was a great fellow.

It industrialized hope,
by making it run on the edge of exhaustion.

Twelve months are enough to make any human being feel tired and give up.

Then it comes the miracle of renewal and everything begins again,
with a new number comes a new hope
to believe that from now on everything will be different …

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

This is a translation of a beautiful poem has been erroneously attributed to Carlos Drummond de Andrade, but it’s actually from Roberto Pompeu de Toledo. You can read the original poem in Portuguese here.

Data and running junkie

Science and research requires a lot of discipline and careful management. One of the things that gave me more pleasure during my years in academia was getting a fresh raw list of results and plotting it along the different groups and graphing them. Running consistently also requires a lot of discipline and management. So when I saw this blogpost from the lovely Carly about plotting her runs, I decided to do the same for mine! I also used Excel and Powerpoint (a real copy cat…) and I was so happy to find a clear increase trend on my running mileage!

Running trend

I don’t remember exactly when I started to run, but I guess it was around the time of my ‘divorce’* on 2011. I used to be a heavy smoker, and started with intervals on the treadmill. I remember first time I was able to run a full mile! Slowly I was able to run a little bit longer, until being able to run 5k.

 

It was only on 2013 that I started tracking my running activity using MapMyRun, sporadic runs along the year. There were probably some treadmill runs that I didn’t know how to log at that time. On 2014 I trained hard to complete my first 15km race in November, what helped increase my mileage. 2015 was a year full of personal ups and downs, when I left academia and I was unemployed for 4 months. Even without any running plan or management I was able to almost double my mileage run of the previous year. I guess that’s when I became addicted to run and running became an escape valve for all my problems!

In 2016, the year started with our #200kChocoCardio twitter challenge (run 200k in 40 days, until Valentine’s Day), and this really motivated me to be more consistent with my runs. I set up a running plan on Excel, and it made me log carefully every run. As a result of that, January and February are the top two dots of my whole graph, when I was able to run about 2.5 miles/day (about 75 miles/month). Those months were followed by my vacation trip to Brazil, when I nearly run zero miles. Clearly motivation and goals are, albeit not essential, very beneficial for my running. I joined a challenge to run 1000km in 2016 (#YouVSTheYear) and this is keeping me going so far – 449 km until today – and I believe I can do it!

Even though I run consistently, I still don’t like to call myself a runner. Although I love to run, I’m such a night owl and super lazy person in the mornings. Almost all the races are set to start around 8am on the weekends and I HATE TO WAKE UP EARLY, even if it’s for running. So I haven’t really ran many official races, probably around 5 or so. I’d love to be a morning person, be able to sleep before 1am and wake up without the annoying alarm. After I quit smoking and started working from home, I gained a lot of pounds (about 15-20) and as I’m quickly approaching my 40s, those pounds are stubbornly not going away easily. I hate doing XT training. And I know I should work more on my core strength. And more interval training…

In the end, I don’t run because I want to run faster, or better. I run because I love it! I’m simply addicted to the way my mind gets away from all worries and my body feels a nice runner’s high every time I run. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep it up for a while 🙂

 

*’divorce’ is between quotes because although we were never legally married, it was difficult and painful as if we were…

 

The purple hat

This morning I shared an article on Twitter about 24 THINGS WOMEN OVER 30 SHOULD WEAR. It reminded me of “Chapéu Violeta”, a Brazilian poem from Erma Bombeck. Here goes my amateur translation of the poem:

“At 3 years old, she looks at herself and sees a queen.
At 8 years old, she looks at herself and see Cinderella.
At 15 years old she looks at herself and sees a horrible nun.
At 20 years old, she sees herself too fat, too lean, too tall, too short, too straight, too curly, but decides she doesn’t have time for that and she goes out out anyways…
At 40 years old, she sees herself too fat, too lean, too tall, too short, too straight, too curly, but says at least I am a good person and she goes out out anyways…
At 50 years old, she looks at herself and sees how she really is… she goes out and does whatever she wants
At 60 years old, she looks at herself and remembers all the people that cannot look themselves in the mirror anymore… she goes out and conquer the world…
At 70 years old, she looks at herself and sees wisdom, laughter, skills… she goes out to the world and enjoys life
At 80 years old she doesn’t bother to look at herself anymore… simply put a purple hat and goes to have fun with the world… Maybe we should put that violet hat earlier…”

You can read the original poem here.