“Currently reading” is certainly an understatement. I bought this book four years ago, back when I was studying in Portugal during the summer of 2014. I’ve read it on and off over the years but I haven’t finished yet. I have a hundred pages left, not counting the appendices.

Maybe this year I’ll get around to finishing it. But maybe not. This book has lived in so many purses and carry on bags. I’ll disappear into it for a little while before I’m overwhelmed. It’s an escape, but it’s not an easy one.

This is anything but light reading. This is something you read in fits and starts, because that’s how it was written.

I’m worried that once I finish it, I won’t be able to escape with Fernando anymore.

This blog is a bit of an escape for me and my posts lately are a reflection of that. We might still be living in the Darkest Timeline, but I’m not really writing about it anymore. Quidditch is an escape. Appearances are an escape. But if this week has a theme, it’s that shit’s gonna get real for a few posts.

I wish I could say that my Year in Review series is ending on a high note, but (spoiler alert!) the ups and downs of my professional life aren’t exactly the most uplifting or inspiring content. But hey, I learned some things, and there’s something to be said for that. Read about that on Tuesday.

On Friday, I’ll be driving down to SoCal for a small quidditch tournament that you probably haven’t heard about and isn’t worth mentioning. You’ll be reading about a moment from last week brought to you by yellow tights and #metoo.

For another take on #metoo and how to consume content you love created by problematic (ugh, I hate that word) figures, check out my friend Cupcake’s post on that very topic.

Don’t worry, I’ll get back to the harmless escapism soon. Promise.

It’s 2018 and already the score is Barcelos 0, Perfectionism 1. In spite of my best efforts, I couldn’t quite get my second blog post for last week into a state I considered for public consumption.

But if you follow me on twitter, you knew that already.

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As this blog is ever in a state of me experimenting with it, I’m trying something this month to keep me a little more accountable. Every Sunday for the rest of the month, I’ll be posting a preview of the week’s blog posts. I’m shooting for a leisurely Tuesday/Friday posting schedule for January, so let’s see how it all works out.

Quidditch? On this blog? Groundbreaking.

This week is quidditch themed. (Surprise, surprise.) Tuesday will kick off my 2017 Year in Review series. I’ll be reflecting on last year’s ups and downs (but mostly ups, I swear!) in my favorite nerd sport.

On Friday, I’ll be writing about competition but comparing quidditch to one of my other favorite things: the Great British Bakeoff.

Miscellaneous shameless plugs

If you liked my first Beauty Box Battle, my January subscriptions should be in by Friday. That means I’ll have an update ready for next week!

My friend/teammate/fellow opinionated person Ra Hopkins just started their own blog! It’s called Cupcake Does Things. If you enjoy my attempts not to write about quidditch all the time because I totally have other interests, really!, then you should check it out. Their new year’s resolutions are far more ambitious than mine but I can’t wait to see their progress.

Shoutout to my Instagram boyfriend Jimmy for taking the cover photo for this post after brunch this morning. There’s no connection to this week’s content; I just really like that mural and my outfit today.

Oh, and follow my blog with Bloglovin if you’re into that sort of thing.

Oh man, it’s been just over a month since I posted. I swear I haven’t been lazy. If anything, it’s been the opposite problem. Here’s a quick rundown of what I’ve been up to in the last month:

  • Portuguese school started again!
  • I joined the board of the Silicon Valley Portuguese Education and Culture Foundation.
  • I traded in being a non-playing manager for the Argonauts for being a playing manager of the Skrewts.
  • I started coaching SJSU Spartan Quidditch.
  • I returned to NCQC after applying unopposed for the community commissioner position.
  • Oh, and the day after I flew home from the MLQ Championship, I started working at the Los Altos Town Crier as a reporter covering schools as well as business and real estate.

Phew, just looking at that list is exhausting. It’s mostly been the last thing on that list that’s been keeping me from blogging. I’m definitely writing, just not necessarily here.

It’s taken me about a month to (mostly) bury my impostor syndrome and get used to working at the pace of a weekly print newspaper instead of a purely digital publication, but I think I’ve got it under control. Mostly. I have moments sometimes where I feel like I’m punching above my weight class, but let’s save that for another post.

I’ve decided to update my blogging schedule (yes, again) and not let all this content I’m creating elsewhere go to waste. I still want to write two original posts a week. Those will be published on Mondays and Fridays. On Wednesdays, I’ll be linking to my stories in the Town Crier, and most likely giving a little background info on one or two of them.

Spoiler alert: I am pretty damn proud of something I wrote for this week’s paper. Come back Wednesday and check it out.

Barcelos Knows turned one sometime in the last month; I only know that because got billed for another year of owning this domain. A year ago I was struggling with unemployment and wondering if I’d ever make it professionally as a writer. I’ve gone from intern to blogger to reporter in that time, with a few relapses into funemployment sprinkled in there, but that mostly upward trajectory wasn’t all my doing. There was a lot of luck involved, but also the support of you, my readers.

Every time you tell me about something I’ve written, in person or in the comments section, helps validate me and what I’m trying to do with my life. That’s kept me going when I’ve felt like quitting, which has been more often than I care to admit. Thanks for sticking with me as I continue to figure myself out. I wouldn’t be where I am today without all of your support.

This is the first meal I made for James in our new apartment—aka Casa Gold Bar. As you can see, we’re still unpacking and figuring out how to put our stuff together. It’s a simple meal; breakfast is pretty hard to screw up.

I’ve been under the weather this week and in the midst of starting a new job, so I haven’t been pulling my weight as much as I’d like on the apartment set up front. Meanwhile, Jim’s been building our furniture and tolerating boxes of my stuff building up in any spare corner I can find. So I decided to make him breakfast to make up for my shortcomings.

Now he’s doing the dishes.

I don’t know what I did to deserve him, but I’m glad I did it.

I’m waking up at the start of the end of the world,
But its feeling just like every other morning before,
Now I wonder what my life is going to mean if it’s gone,
The cars are moving like a half a mile an hour
And I started staring at the passengers who’re waving goodbye
Can you tell me what was ever really special about me all this time?

The Electoral College votes today. The last chance for a time traveller to come along and save us from Trump and the Darkest Timeline. I have my hopes… but they’re far outweighed by my doubts.

Holidays coming. Job interview today. Side hustles going strong. Trying to be optimistic about my smaller picture, even if the big picture looks bleak. 2017 could easily be my year.

What’s that? A Russian ambassador was shot in Turkey?

Time to blast apocalyptic pop music. Comment/tweet/holler at me with your suggestions for a #DarkestTimeline soundtrack.