Change the World Wednesday – 8th May

I have had a complaint…

I haven’t put up CTWW yet. I’m working on it, but I need more coffee and the floor is cold with no shoes on. See, I have read CTWW, just haven’t done it yet.

Update first: This is my third beefless week. Last two weeks were beef weeks because of a quirk in the calendar. Monday’s menu was  cold pork sandwiches, yesterday’s was sushi, today’s is a big fat pork chop, haven’t even thought about tomorrow’s yet could be four-cheese cannelloni, or lasagne, depends on what moves me.

lobthermLast week, apart from the BBQ was mainly leftovers and shark.

Not so sure that I achieved the $1.50 mark or not. *Fidgeting in chair having admitted failure*

At least I didn’t have anything as extravagant as Lobster Thermidor; that would have killed the budget totally.

My main meals were shark, although it was a beef-week.

During my peregrination in town I bought one of these at the fish market…



When I got home, I turned it into these…


Lixo was pleased, because he got the scraps of raw fish as I sliced the fillets into a friable size.

It became this…

Fish and Chips

Fish ‘n Chips

Doesn’t that look yummy?

The shark provided six meals, cat food and bar snacks… R$26.00 (+/- $13.00) plus the flour, milk and egg to make the batter.

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This week’s CTWW…

I think we deserve an easy challenge this week. Did you know that your shoes are responsible for bring pollutants into your home? Further, that those pollutants (E.g. pesticides and lead) can contaminate your indoor air? So let’s resolve that. Here you go …

This week, remove your shoes at the door. Simple!

Okay, I am bare foot. Challenge achieved!

The problem is Rio has just had its coldest night of the year; and as my floors are slate, they are equally cold. I put a mat under my PC to prevent frostbite. But it does make it difficult to get coffee…

You see, in Rio we wear chinelos (jandals, thongs, flip flops, etc) all year round. I have one pair. I use shoes only for work or more formal occasions. I don’t have slippers or indoor wear.


The corner of my coffee table

But I appreciate that the air in our homes is contaminated which is why I have five sanseviéria plants growing around the livingroom. They are reputed to purify the air.

“Sansevieria species are believed to act as good air purifiers by removing toxins (such as formaldehyde, xylene and toluene)” – Wikipedia

So it is with freezing feet and healthy plants that I claim to participate in this week’s CTWW.

Until next week…

10 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by smallftprints on May 8, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    LOL … not really a complaint … but now that I see the time I realize that I somehow managed to be on the computer earlier than usual today so … when I didn’t “see” you, I worried.

    Panic abated! 🙂

    We always leave shoes at the door and during the warmer months, I’m barefoot or in chinelos. But, this year I have yet to thaw out so I layer up … socks and boot-style slippers. Two pairs of socks on some days. What do they say … cold hands (and feet), warm heart? Hope it’s true. 🙂



    • >Small, my use of ‘complaint’ was more theatrical than my real understanding of your comment.If I were the owner of decent woollen socks, I too would use them, especially this morning… Brrrr! (Posting on that later in Life). Yes, I am familiar with that saying.




  2. Warm or cold I rarely have anything on my feet I enjoy being barefoot. That said I do avoid stepping on the cold tiles by my front door .

    For a beef eater you are doing well avoiding it. I’ve never had shark, but your meal looked delicious, I definitely would have sampled it, fantastic deal on the shark too. I would hate to think what that would cost around here



    • >lsf, so you understand my dilemma of cold tiles… Shark is good, it’s not actually the full blown ‘Jaws” type shark, but a smaller species called dogfish.I don’t know about now, but it was the mainstay in New Zealand fish ‘n chip shops when I was a kid, and until at least 20 years ago.

      The advantage of dogfish is that sharks have cartilage and not bones and the flesh is dense, so easy to slice thinly; which makes it one of the most economical fish because there is less waste per kilo than ‘normal’ fish.




  3. Posted by Alex Jones on May 9, 2013 at 2:14 am

    I take my shoes off in the house, but wear socks rather than be barefoot.



    • >Alex, I would too… but woollen socks are not common in Brazil and the local ones would be holey within days; we don’t have quality products here, at least at a price the common folks can afford.




      • Posted by Alex Jones on May 9, 2013 at 9:10 am

        What is the price in local currency for quality socks?


      • >Alex, common socks in department stores run around R$5 (USD2.50, don’t know pounds). Cheap socks in the market 3 pair for R$10. To get a decent pair of socks I would have to go the Brazilian equivalent of a tailors and would pay in the order of R$20/pair, which is exorbitant by Brazilian standards. Also, the wild west area that I live in, doesn’t have this type of store. I would have to go 45km to Barra, or 80km to the city centre. Rio is a big city.



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