Monday, June 27, 2011

Happy Birthday Mr. Rant!

Happy Birthday to one of my all time favorite people, Mr. Rant! My darling husband is halfway to 70 today! I know it's easier to say 35 years old but that just doesn't have the same ring.

In honor of his birthday, I thought it would be fun for all of you to get to know Mr. Rant a little better. In order to do this, I am going to answer these randomly chosen "getting to know you" questions for him.

What was your favorite food when you were a child?
Rice, beans, farofa, and carne asada - made by my Mother. Only trumped by Cozido or feijoada made by my Grandmother. 

What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?
Going to the beach, especially diving in the waves. I also love going to the stadium to cheer on Botafogo, so much so that it drives the Mrs a little crazy. You'd think she'd be used to it by now. 

What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
All of the above. Ok, to be fair that is Rachel saying it because he doesn't do any. I'm not bitter. Nope, can't complain at all since he works fulltime, I'm at home, and I have a maid twice a week. Nope, can't complain at all and I never do... I swear! 

What is your favorite form of exercise?
It was Capoeira but I haven't practiced in a while. I currently use stress and running around the entire city to meetings as my cardio. My strength training is lifting my small children and throwing them around, getting them totally wound up before bedtime. I do, however, manage to make this wrestling incredibly charming and sweet looking, even though we are play beating the crap out of each other. 

What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
Mornings when they are slow and lazy, which they never are anymore. Day of the week would have to be Saturday for obvious reasons. Month of the year... I'm going to take a stab at this one with January.  

What is your favorite body part?
This would have to be my wife's legs. You didn't say that it had to be on my body. 

What sound do you love?
The sound of Botafogo fan screaming GOOOOOOLLLLL. See a trend here people? 

If you could paint a picture of any scenery you’ve seen before, what would you paint?
The sunset I saw in Greece. It was amazing! Rachel has heard two versions of this experience, one that I saw it with a female friend and the other that I saw it with my brother. Interesting. 

If you knew the world was ending in 2012, what would you do differently?
I would quit my job and start creating our home base out in the country. We'd start planting, get water, and train the family in fire arm usage. My weapon of choice is a machete, although that's more for zombies invasions. 

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I would love to know how to play the violin and piano perfectly. I would also enjoy knowing how to read my wife's mind. I think she would benefit as much as I would from this, although I'm a bit scared to see what's going on in there. 

If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?
A home for street kids. This is close to my heart and one day I will open a place that will take them in, treat them well, give them a home, and help them start a life for themselves. 

If you were immortal for a day, what would you do?
Throw myself down some ridiculously difficult and high slope on my snowboard. 

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
Pay off any debt of my parents and brother. I would also buy some really freaking cool gadgets. 

If you were reincarnated as an animal/drink/ice cream flavor, what would it be?
Wolf/Limonada Suiça/Vanilla 

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?

Which celebrity do you get mistaken for?
A young Richard Gere

What do you want to be when you grow up?
An independently wealthy, world-traveling philanthropist 

When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?
I watch 30 minutes of a movie or Parks and Recreation. If I haven't already, I read about Botafogo. 

What would you name the autobiography of your life?
Who's Calling me Panties? 

What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
Foo Fighters Everlong, and many more. 

Is a picture worth a thousand words?
Depends on how good the picture is

The best part of waking up is?
Rolling over and going back to sleep


  1. first!

    Haha, this is adorable. What do you think he's going to say about it?

    If your husband is anything like mine, I think there's a little typo in there. For his free 30 minutes, "Mr. Rant" said, "If I haven't already, I read about Botafogo." It's probably supposed to say "I read about Botafogo, even if I have already like 3 times that day. MUST.CHECK.SOCCER.BLOGS."

    Eh? Eh?

  2. Happy Birthday Mr. Rant!

    This post was hilarious, as so many of your posts are. My stomach started to hurt from laughing so hard. Have a good one!!!


  3. Hi Rachel,

    I've been following your blog for a while, and I think this is the perfect time to come out and (finally) say something, so: Parabéns Mr. Rant!
    I'm portuguese and about to move to RJ (in a week or so), and your blog has certainly been an inspiration!
    Thanks for all the laughs!

  4. happy birthday Mr Rant!! Parabens !!

  5. This post was HILARIOUS!
    I loved your initiative reguarding the possible end of the world in 2012! :)
    It's also super cool that he likes Botafogo, it beats Flamengo by 10 fold, he is a good man! :)
    Happy B-Day Mr. Rant!


  6. Hey Rachel you should marry the dude in the pic (:

  7. Thank you all, and thanks Rach for the lovely interview. Its kinda scary how much you got right.

    And thanks for the great nerd fest last night!

  8. For you Mr, anything. I also think it'd be much scarier if I had gotten them all wrong...