Dreams

My dreams can be compared to a cartoon or a tv series with no inter-arching plot and completely different genres of episodes throughout its run, from ones I’m flying by doing a front crawl swimming motion, to running away from a demonic Barney the Dinosaur and killing it with a shotgun.

This post will be about 5 strange reoccurring things that happens in my unconscious mind.

1. Tasting dream food.

I don’t remember how many times this happened before, but I’m sure it was more than once, I can recall what probably was the first time this happened to me, I was a little kid I had a dream that I was on the back of my mom’s car with her and my grandma, she went on a McDonald’s and got me some Chicken McNuggets, I have no clue why I was able to taste it, and even less of a clue on why they ordered Chicken McNuggets considering I liked their french fries better at that age.

I think the same thing might have happened a few years ago when I dreamed about eating some pepperoni pizza, and woke up craving for some, which kinda sucks because pepperoni pizza is probably on of the most expensive flavors in our local pizzerias.

2. Weird ways of waking up.

Sometimes my dreams have an ending scene, even rarer are the endings that I wake myself up

I remember waking up on many different ways over the years, I already slapped myself awake from a nightmare, screamed at my brain to wake me up, running and jumping on my bed and merging with another version of me that’s sleeping in it, zooming out of the scene, slowly waking up by the alarm clock music intruding my dream, crying myself awake, killing whatever monster my brain put me against this dream, so on.

3. The dream within a dream.

You remember when you have the wonderful dream and someone or something woke you up? It sucks right? what’s going to happen in the love story that your dream set you up? what was that one character going to say to you before you woke up?

What if you could go back to sleep and dream about the ending of that story? what if you never woke up? Yes you never woke up, your brain just put you in a dream where you woke up from another dream, how cool is that? not at all? yeah I agree with you.

Oddly enough the Chicken McNugget dream was a dream within a dream, other cases usually involve me waking up but I see myself in third person and I don’t realize I’m in a dream until I wake up for good.

4. Dream’s locations

This one is, rather weird, when I’m sleeping at someone’s house there’s a huge chance that good portion of my dream would take place in that house.

When I was studying, i used to dream a lot about vacations and just simply being outside of school, while when I was on my summer vacation I had dreams that mostly took place in one of the many classrooms I’ve studied over the years.

Sometimes my dream can be kinda like the Black Ops III zombie maps Revelations, because there are so many unrelated locations linked together by a strange reason.

5. Lucid Dreams

Being in control of your dreams is something rather rare, but fun to do once you realize you’re actually dreaming.

I once read that sometimes you’ll look different in your dream so try to look out for a defining feature everytime, usually for me it works the best when I look at my hand, in real life i have scars in both of them, so often when I’m dreaming, there will be no scars.

But even though I’m in control sometimes things aren’t as awesome as they can be, no no no, sometimes instead of just ending my suffering from a nightmare I try to defeat whatever haunts it with my new found powers, sometimes you’ll defeat it, other times you won’t be able to scratch it because the creature is too powerful.

I remember one time being “stucked” on a lucid dream, you know you’re there, you’re in a bad situation you try to get out and nothing works, you try to get an escape to a better realm in your subconscious world, try to get a weapon to defeat what torments, but whatever you do nothing works.

Kinda odd that most of my lucid dreams are nightmares, but at least is nice to take control of it every now and agaim and save yourself from trouble.

In conclusion:

Our brains can be pretty fucked up when it comes to dreams, they can give us something fun, something sexy, something messed up, something completely nonsensical, these things being based on the things you love, the things you fear and the things your brain said it should happen like:

“Wouldn’t it be funny if you were scare you by waking you up in your house but instead of your family you saw people with purple sandwiches for a head? Because that’s what’s going to happen!” Enrico’s brain on what was probably his first nightmare ever.

Most of the dreams and nightmares i mentioned in this post were real, although in real life i wouldn’t be afraid of the source material, they somehow ended up being terrifying when I went to bed…

Sweet dreams!

Snack Time #3 All you can eat Mexican lunch

Mexican food again Enrico?

Yes but this time it’s really Mexican food and not Tex-Mex, So yeah I was actually invited by a group of friends to have lunch on a restaurant called Yucatán, we had discount vouchers so we could have their all you can eat lunch, so the price pretty good, if it weren’t for that I think we’d have paid 50 bucks each, plus the drinks.

So what did I had this time?

Let’s start with the drink, today I’ve had my first Daiquiri Cocktail, I really wanted to try one before, this weird craving started with the perk Deadshot Daiquiri on Black Ops zombie mode, most characters commented that the drink tasted really good, the second strike was a friend of mine, she mentioned how wonderful it tasted and that I should really try it.

So what’s in it? Rum, lime juice and sugar.
Was it everything I hope it’d be? I didn’t know what to expect at first, so I tried it and felt the familiar taste of lemonade with a bit of a kick to it, and I loved it for that, had two of those drinks and I enjoyed every sip of it.

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After our drinks arrived, the next thing that came to our table was a bowl of nachos and some dip, that included guacamole, sour cream, salsa, bean paste and later we had some with chili,  we really enjoyed the nachos, so much so that I think we had 3 bowls (We really lost count).

Also pictured are the Taquitos, little tortillas wrapped with meat or cheese.

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This right here was my first non fast food taco, if I can recall it correctly I had a chili taco, with meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onions and the chili itself, it was the second taco I’ve ever had, but one thing is certain, it’s at least a hundred times better than the one I had at Taco Bell.

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And the final item we ordered was the burrito, I ate a steak burrito and a pork one, the previous burritos I’ve had were the really tiny and looked like spring rolls for some reason, this one however looked more like the real deal, and it taste just like it looks.

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We also had some quesadillas and little taco bowls, the picture quality was very poor so I decided to let them out of the post, but I can assure they tasted quite good.

Final Thoughts

This restaurant was really great, the food was amazing, the drink was pretty damn good, and the atmosphere was pretty simple yet nice looking.

As a gamer I thought it was kinda funny going to a restaurant that has a similar name to my favorite casino in Dead Rising 2 and Off the Record and to drink a daiquiri after being teased by Deadshot Daiquiri.

This place was pretty great overall, if you happen to be in Brazil, whether you’re a traveler or you actually live here like I do, give this place a try, I’d recommend going with a group of friends and/or family with a voucher you purchased beforehand.

Snack Time #2 Homemade Nutella brigadeiro recipe

What’s a brigadeiro?

I’m glad you asked, a brigadeiro it’s a popular Brazilian sweet, they’re easy to make and it tastes really good, they’re very common on birthday parties over here.

Today I was kinda bored and wanted some sweets, so I decided to make a couple of brigadeiros, but instead of doing the regular chocolate ones I decided to make Nutella, and they taste AMAZING.

Here’s how you make a Nutella Brigadeiro

You’ll need :

  • Half a bar of dark chocolate
  • 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 150g Nutella
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Sprinkles

Put all of the ingredients, except for the sprinkles, on pan on low heat, mix them all up, you’ll notice that after sometime, the mixture will start to thicken up, once you notice it isn’t sticking to the pan anymore you’ll need to move your mixture to a plate and let it cool off.

Once it cools off put a bit of butter on your hands and make little balls with the mixture you just made, if the mixture is still a bit soft to mold the balls put it on a fridge for a couple of minutes, shower them with sprinkles and they’re good to eat.

Here’s how they look like, not pictured my happiness and the other plate full of them.

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Side note: If the mixture isn’t consistent enough to roll them up into balls, you could put it on small plastic cups, or a bowl, and eat it with a spoon, sprinkles are optional on this one.

Hope you enjoyed this little treat, do you have your own twist to the recipe? Did I do a poor job explaining it? be sure to let me know.

Random Thoughts #3 Things to come, stars, zombies easter eggs, the blog.

Things to come:

Why are you being so secretive about what’s going to happen?

Trying to build some hype around it, I know to some of you this won’t be so amazing but for me it’ll be the experience of a lifetime, kinda wish it’d last a lifetime but it’ll only last 2 months, I’m excited either way.

One of the confirmations I needed for it arrived, I shall wait until I receive the other ones, but at this point I can guarantee it’ll most likely happen.

To any of my close friends who are reading this, the celebration is still on, what we’ll do is still undecided but I’m sure that your presence will make it amazing!

Stars

I grew an obsession of staring at stars, yeah I know this is pretty random, but this is random thoughts, I can say whatever random thing I want, anyway, I think this probably began a few years ago, I live on an apartment complex in the city, so usually when I look up into the sky I don’t see too many stars, only a few if none because it’s so cloudy.

But there’s one place that is 100% guaranteed that there will be a load of stars there, and that’s at the countryside house me and my family visit on occasions, I remember just laying down at the slide and staring into the night sky, you can see the moon, the stars and on sometimes you could even spot falling stars there, I spotted at least two on my stay there but I’d sure love to spot more.

What’s so special about looking at a sky full of stars?

To me the magic is just letting your mind loose, you can just lay down, relax and think about all sorts of things, the future, the past, the present, things that are logical or illogical, the sky is the limit, and you have tons to explore with that amazing view.

Black Ops Zombie’s Easter Eggs

So recently I’ve been playing Black Ops III on the PC, and I have to say, those Easter eggs are hard as hell, it took forever to find some players so I could redo the Shadows of Evil Easter egg, I had to redo it because the summoning never appeared in my menu after the Zetsubou No Shima update, I did both Der Eisendrache and Zetsubou no Shuma Easter egg on solo and I’m having a hard trying to finish Gorod Krovi one, and I’ll probably have the same trouble with Revelations.

So far the only maps I haven’t completed their Easter Egg quest were Ascension, because it’s reward was pointless, Buried, Origins and the previously mentioned Gorod Krovi and Revelations.

Hopefully I can finish them soon, that thing is starting to give me a headache.

My thoughts on the blog

I don’t upload as much as I would like to on the blog, lack of content is not something I was expecting to suffer here, but then again I’m not the most interesting person in the world.

Regardless of the lack of content I must say thanks for everyone that visits the blog, I wasn’t expecting to have visitors from all around the world, I was expecting only my Brazilian friends who speak English to actually read all of this stuff, but no, I had visitors from the United States, from Canada, from Germany, from Romania and from the United Kingdom, so thanks everybody, I appreciate the views and I hope you enjoy the content featured here.