Well, hi.

This is the English version of Quietude Ideal. It is much shorter than the Portuguese one – which has been on for almost 10 years now! I will slowly translate the older content into this page. Or maybe I’ll just start fresh…

❤ , Shell

Colored Pencils

I don’t quite understand how my brain works. The way a smell triggers a memory or the way there’s a certain song that will always make me cry as if something terrible had happened. There’s one thing though that I know it’s very planted in my brain and even though I don’t get the mechanism, […]


This picture is perfect. Real photographers could criticize it enough, I am sure. But it is perfect, look: This is a picture of my dad’s ultimate dream life. That’s him sitting on that chair. In the water, you can see my mom and her grand-kids. This is all my dad wants from life, he told […]

I’m not Lula Mae anymore

I think I’ve changed. Hopefully for the better, although, not entirely. I used to think that the universe would punish me if I ever got mad at anyone. I actually googled “what would Jesus do?” at one point trying to suppress negative feelings. That’s the part where I think I’ve changed for the worse. I […]

Letter to myself

I found a letter I wrote to myself 5 years ago. Apparently, I’ve been this dramatic for a very long time. Dear future me, Beyond all the crying, the screaming and them not doing what you tell them to, there’s a moment you visit from time to time as a parent. It doesn’t matter how […]

I like David Spade and I am probably not a feminist.

Do I get the “worst mom of all times award” just for liking David Spade’s book? I mean, I had no clue! I thought it was hilarious and I was also totally under the impression that David and I were best friends because: We basically lived the same life in high school. He (or his […]


To be honest, I always thought Halloween was kind-of-ok at most… but ever since I moved to this country and realized how much effort the gringos put into it, it started growing on me in ridiculous proportions! So, this year, I got a little carried away. But just a little, ’cause I’m still relatively poor […]

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