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10 signs that your life is good

1. you don’t have to be at the office at 9.
(To be honest I think ‘you don’t have to be at the office at all, ever’ but some people do like work. sick. freaks.)

2. you can eat out of your own garden

3. you siesta

4. you have a hammock and you use it

5. your pancakes come out with smilies on them

6. you spend very little money and create very little garbage

7. you drink champagne on wednesdays

8. you make stuff, with your hands, just for fun, just ‘cos you can

9. the chickens roam free on the streets (wookie suggested this one)

10. there are no queues, no traffic jams, and no parking tickets


back on track

So, what are your signs? 😉


  1. Paulo Reis February 11, 2010 9:06 pm Reply

    Menos é mais … um ditado antigo japônes . work sucks…

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  2. mary February 11, 2010 9:11 pm Reply

    11. it’s hot enough to swim EVERY day

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  3. Celia February 11, 2010 9:22 pm Reply

    um bom dia (a good day)! 🙂

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  4. Derek February 11, 2010 9:52 pm Reply

    Woa what a second — that is defiantly a Cyclops (your thumb is hiding) and the other guy is obviously a ghost. This might explain why this ‘fixer-upper’ was such a good deal (and on the market for so long) ; )

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    Emma   Reply: February 17th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I have been feeling an other-wordly presence lately… but I thought it was just “good vibes”. Haunted…mmm… I’m sure that can work with the right ‘spin’…. 🙂

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  5. Kathleen February 11, 2010 11:00 pm Reply

    Well, I suppose you’ve found those 10 signs in your live – you’re a lucky woman! Maybe I could add: 12. You still enjoy building a snowman (I can’t think of anything else right now, as snow and winter in Denmark doesn’t seem to stop this year …)

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  6. Rodrigo February 12, 2010 3:44 am Reply

    Baah! Your pancake smiles are fake! They are digitally inhanced. You cheating the masses! (Jealous outburst)

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    Emma   Reply: February 17th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    stand aside jesus-face-toast, we have The Miracle of 2010! x

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  7. Susanne February 15, 2010 4:39 am Reply

    11. You don’t mind waiting in a queue, you take it as a Portuguese lesson while the old woman is talking.

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  8. Celia February 15, 2010 9:58 am Reply

    Since I am also starting a blog of my own, and buying a house in Portugal. ( the plan is to move there very soon. )
    10 signs of a good life is exactly the reasons for the move. I presently live in Canada, and I have a very low score of 1 out of ten on your list, (#7) but the rest are all highly possible when I move.
    I will add you to my facebook page…

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    Emma   Reply: February 17th, 2010 at 8:22 pm


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    Emma   Reply: February 17th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Yay Celia! Although moving from canada sounds as silly as moving from australia… but there you are… you won’t be a lonely canadian here: atomicdogma.com 🙂 Keep me posted!!!

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  9. CJ February 17, 2010 4:16 pm Reply

    My signs are: being able to drop my stepdaughter off at school in the morning AND pick her up…..I could never do that with my own daughters due to work.
    Also being able to walk my dog along the beach each morning is pretty special…..stopping along the way to gaze at the surf reminds me of how work sucks.

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  10. Emma February 19, 2010 1:02 am Reply

    1. You are your own boss. Though she may be a bitch & not pay you for hols…
    2. The vinho collapso is free.
    3. I can pick oranges from my patio
    4. Unlikely that the cats will get run over on the street
    5. There’s never a queue in the post office when you go in
    6. The Dr. sends you for a cholestrol test & it comes back ok, even after all those bolos.
    7. A little money goes a long way.
    8. You can take 2 hours over pancakes on a school day
    9. I get to hang out with my best mate every day
    10. The car tax costs less than a night out down the pub

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    Emma   Reply: February 21st, 2010 at 8:45 am

    #9 is tooo sweet! and oh yes I fantasise about #6, and #10 deserves a prize. Thanks Em.

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  11. matt March 29, 2010 1:47 pm Reply
  12. Ana November 12, 2010 2:22 pm Reply

    Hey all, I was born in Lisboa and moved to Canada with my parents almost 22 years ago. I too am moving back with my partner (he’s Canadian) in August next year. I don’t need to reiterate all the reasons mentioned here, but I am super excited and nervous. We will be living right in Lisbon, hopefully we can all keep in touch. Emma- I just found your blog and am having a great time reading it :). Cheers e Saude. Ana

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  13. Tom August 2, 2012 8:26 pm Reply

    Ok. My life is not good. I haven’t any hammok and any garden. So I have booked a seat in a plane to Lisbon in August.
    Great blog, you have really nice pets 😉

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