If We Were Having Coffee – Part I


If we were having coffee…

I’d tell you that I wear glasses now. Not always, but I need them to watch TV, go to the movies, drive (I don’t drive but if I did), etc. I’m short sighted and it’s not that bad but the glasses make a huge difference. First couple of times I wore them I keep taking them off and putting them on to see the difference. Literally. I think I began to see there was an issue, again literally, about 6 months ago. I could have been before that. I was at the movies and kept asking Rui if the screen was blurry or unfocused. It looked fine to him. Then it started to get worse while watching a movie or a TV show at home. Everything was blurry, even faces. And God help me if any letters or signs came on the screen. Then I was at work and it was hard to focus someone’s face at a distance. I could see them but their face was a blur. Same for street signs. I could go on. A couple of weeks ago I finally got tested and they confirmed I needed glasses. What a HUGE difference it makes. Do I think I look good wearing glasses? I mean, I don’t know yet. It’s weird. They keep getting dirty and I’m kind of obsessed with them being spotless. Rui thinks I’m crazy and that I’m going to end up scratching them from cleaning them too much.

Yes, I’m wearing pajamas. Don’t judge

If we were having coffee…

I’d tell you that I quit sugar. I won’t eat anything with added sugar or add sugar to my coffee or tea. I do eat sweeteners because I’m not that good. I have a major sweet tooth. I’ve had a slip up or two but one of them was accidental. I had no idea my stevia had added sugar. WTF? It’s very hard to be sugar free, honestly. Not in the sense that I’m constantly craving it because it has been easier than I thought but it’s definitely harder to find food you can eat. Your options get pretty limited. EVERYTHING has sugar. Why does BREAD need sugar? We are lucky that our bread, Portuguese bread, is not that sweet so we can find a few varieties with no sugar added but in general, most bread contains sugar. I’ve been getting creative and trying to come up with sweets and desserts with no sugar, using vanilla extract, applesauce, ripe bananas, coconut milk and cinnamon to add flavor. Sometimes I do use some sweetener as a substitute for sugar because again, most recipes ask for sugar. I’ve actually been trying to cook a lot more lately. Would you like a list of recipes? Some of them I find online and adapt, others I kind of make up myself. I’ve discovered this very easy 2 ingredient pizza dough: Flour and plain Greek yogurt. The pizza (I made the sauce too) turned out pretty yummy.


If we were having coffee…

I’d tell you that I began having my eyebrows threaded and I’m never going back! It’s the perfect method for me. It’s relatively painless (definitely less painful than wax or tweezers), natural and they look so perfect and well defined. The lady I go to is awesome! She has being doing this for 10 years and she only charges 8€. I had never tried it before because I thought it would be too expensive but I’m so glad I did.

Awkward photo so I can show you my eyebrows…

If we were having coffee…

I’d tell you I’ve been getting gel nails and it’s great. I bite my nails to the bone and they look so miserable all the time. Even when I paint them they still end up in my mouth. It’s a horrible habit and this seems to be the perfect solution for me. They last 3-4 weeks, they’re not terribly expensive and my hands look so much better. I instantly feel like a lady and more put together. I feel way more confident if my nails are done. It’s the third time I’ve got them done and they look more natural each time because my nails can grow freely since I’m not munching on them.

First time – I may or may not be sitting on the toilet here.
Second time – Looks kind of black but it is dark blue
Now – That’s my driver’s hand. I’m marrying him.
Now – The red is slightly sparkly but my shitty iPhone SE didn’t pick that up

If we were having coffee…

I’d tell you that we got our wedding bands last week. I absolutely love them!! I can’t wait to marry the love of my life so we can wear them together, even tough Rui has this phobia of getting a ring stuck on his finger and having to get his whole arm amputated. Or both arms. I’m serious, the guy can’t even try on a ring without asking “what if it doesn’t come off????” Now he’s gonna kill me because I’m sharing too much. Or maybe he won’t because if he tries I’ll put a very tight ring on each one of his fingers and watch him cry and call emergency services. Phobias are weird, aren’t they? I’m always afraid I’m gonna fall in the shower and die. I’m not 80 years old, but still. Don’t like to shower when I’m home alone.

I won’t show you our wedding rings yet so here, take a photo of our pupper begging for the hamburgers I was making for dinner.

If we were having coffee…

I’d tell you that between November 27th and today, I’ve read 41 books. I’m currently reading book 42 and 43 (yes, at the same time). I’m so in love with reading right now. My goal for 2019 is 100 books and I’ve only read 24 so far. Better hurry. Do you follow me on Goodreads? https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/25856029-cheila-cruz 

A few favorites from the past couple of weeks:


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If we were having coffee…

I’d tell you about the movies I’ve watched lately and ask if  you’d seen any of them. If you’d like to check how I rated them you can follow me on Letterboxd: Chey23


If we were having coffee…

I’d ask you to tell me all about you. What’s happening, what you’ve been doing, how’s life, what’s making you happy or sad. I’d ask all the things. I’d love it if you’d share what you’ve been up to in the comments.

This post is now longer than I intended. Anyways, if you do get to finish it, thank you for coming by and putting up with my randomness.



***All book and movie covers were stolen from google images***

***Spelling mistakes may be present because I don’t have glasses for my brain***



16 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee – Part I

  1. There is nothing better than a good dose of randomness 🙂 I love your nails. I use to bite mine all the time so I giggled at “to the bone” I was going to ask since you got the rings to see them but the picture of the pup was a good compromise 🙂 haha 🙂 OH and the pizza looks great. Sugar is in everything. It’s the “refined” sugar that gets us. I struggled with everything having sugar. It got frustrating LOL.

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    • Hi Margaret 🙂 It’s lovely to hear from you. Biting your nails is such a nasty habit, hopefully I won’t ever get back to it. Email me at: pinkfordays@outlook.pt and I’ll send you a picture of our rings. You’re my friend, I’ll be happy to show you 🙂 The sugar thing is a constant struggle. It’s like you’re inspecting your food for poison lol You get suspicious, you read the label and, of course, it’s there. Thank you so much for coming by. Much love.


    • Thank you so much 🙂 I tried gel polish but it doesn’t work for me because my nails are super weak so it doesn’t really “stick” for long. But many of my friends do gel polish and love it. You can get a few weeks of beautiful nails without having to worry about them. Will you share it with us then? The added sugar is crazy. I think most people don’t know how much sugar they’re eating daily. I know I didn’t. You begin to read all the labels and it gets very scary. Even when cooking at home, say a simple spaghetti and meatballs recipe, sugar can be one of the ingredients. I always skip it, of course. Thank you so much for stopping by. 🙂

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  2. I think the glasses look good, and well done on going without sugar, that’s something I couldn’t do and have no desire to try! The nails are cool, and if it makes you feel better than it’s definitely worth it. Yaaay, glad you’ve got the wedding bands. How are you feeling about the wedding prep now, how’re things coming together? Lovely to hear from you again, Chey! xx


  3. Hey Cheila! Lovely to see this update from you on my Reader & even better that it’s a coffee chat post! ♡

    The glasses look so great on you & it must be nice to be able to see now. 🙂 Go you for cutting out sugar– don’t think I’d have the self-control myself! & the little pizza you made looks so yum!

    I used to love getting my eyebrows threaded, too, but now I am going for the thick, natural look & they are taking foooorever to grow back. 😭 Yours look beautiful though!!

    You are doing amazing with how many books you’ve read. I’m only at 9 for the year or something low like that. Just added you on Goodreads!!

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  4. love your coffee posts! I totally agree about nails – when I paint mine I feel so put together, but I bite my nails too! I should probably paint mine again so I will let them grow out… Have you every tried nail wraps or stickers? I have a friend doing a party for them, so I am thinking of buying some…
    Congratulations on your upcoming wedding and finding wedding bands!! That is so exciting! I am thinking about getting married… we are still talking about it but I am thinking about it and praying about it a lot. Definitely a big decision!! 🙂 I’m happy for you!! ❤


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