Archive for May, 2010

2010, May 30

All planned?

I love spring, and am not totally ready to welcome a melting hot summer (even though right now it’s raining away and I’d rather stay in bed all week!).

But I’m certainly excited at the idea of a break in my schedule, some free time, and why not, even the hope of visiting a place I’ve never been to before? To my wish list I’ll add the following: Hungary, maybe some trips here in Romania, and lots of walks with my fiancé… but it’s not all planned for sure yet. And for once in my lifetime, it’s not a problem!

I’ve been thinking of erasing most of my plans from the face of the earth. I know, it won’t be easy, but it will be interesting and new for me.
So goodbye plans!
And hello wishes needing to make come true! Doesn’t that sound great?

Do you have any plans or wishes to make come true for the summer yet?

And to prove the point of erasing my plans, I’ll just link to a video of mine now, forgot it yesterday ;)

2010, May 28

The birthday – by Estrella Azul

The doorbell rang insistently.

It was seven in the morning, time when I wasn’t usually up, and he always slept up to two or three in the afternoon. So it could only be a dream…

The ringing stressed.

I rolled out of bed and stumbled slowly down the hallway.
He was standing at the front door, tall, thin as a late teenager, with his cap over his eyes and calmly sticking his finger to the doorbell.
I suddenly snapped out of my trance of sleep and opened the door.
He had his arms full of tulips. I loved them and was even more astonished because he has never brought me flowers before. I think he may have bought all the flowers in the shop. His face radiated with happiness.
He took me in his arms and enveloped me in its tenderness; love seemed so sweet in the morning that I forgot about the flowers and the question which remained suspended somewhere between dreams and the greed of love.

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2010, May 26

Betraying gestures

How good or bad nervousness is, I couldn’t tell you. But what I can tell you for sure is that blushing or trembling hands aren’t the only ones giving our tenseness away. It can be a nervous habit, typos while writing a letter to someone dear, a look, the pause between two words… or maybe the extra thought we put into hiding them.

We’re usually aware and not necessarily fond of being nervous and embarrassed in front of others, because it makes us feel vulnerable. But again, the details make the difference: a stutter can be charming, while a tantrum couldn’t.

I think being nervous says a lot about our personality. And excluding excesses, which I haven’t experienced, I think it makes each of us special.

This is why I don’t always mind tense gestures betraying me. It would be a shame.

2010, May 24

Giraffes – one million of them ;)

Ola Helland from Norway is attempting to collect one million giraffes through the internet by 2011.

Such a fun website! I’m amazed at how many giraffes are already up and how much imagination people have :)

It’s extremely easy to contribute, the rules are: hand make a giraffe and send in the photo.

But even if you don’t feel like getting dirty and creating your own, go take a look at all the giraffes, you won’t be disappointed!

After a few friends from the US told me about this website (the news about it really does travel worldwide!), I knew I had to create a giraffe.
At least one.
And maybe even more by the end of 2010… so stay tuned.

Gave it a bit of thought and yesterday I sent in a giraffe I made (inspired by a leopard made along the same lines) and it’s up already, here’s my giraffe in a million ;)

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This seemed like a perfect post for this week’s Arts, Crafts (& Recycling) category, clothespins can turn into the most interesting paperclips (I’ll be posting more ideas soon).

Clothespin Giraffe

wooden clothespin
paint
small pieces of fabric (or cardstock, crafting foam)
craft glue
optionally – a small (strong) magnet

Paint your clothespin yellow, add brown giraffe-like spots, and wait for it to dry. Then glue ears and tongue to it, draw on eyes and you’re done. If you want to, you can glue a small (strong) magnet to the back and your giraffe will turn into a cute clothespin fridge magnet.

You can also make other animals with this method, ex. zebra, leopard, tiger, skunk, Dalmatian, etc.

So, will you join in the fun and make a giraffe? :)

2010, May 20

Special kitten :)

It probably doesn’t qualify as a surprise for most of you that I have a total of four pets: 1 bunny and 3 cats.
And most of you probably watched
videos of them too.
I adore all my pets, but today I’d like to talk about just one of my cats.

Ever since he was born, Onyx is very special to me.

Aside from being sweet, adorable and a cutie, he’s special because he’s the first kitten born in our house (while I was behaving like a concerned family member in the maternity waiting room), the sole survivor of 4 kittens, broke his hind leg (with the precision that I always get sick with, right before holidays) and suffered through 3 days of pain before he somehow managed to come home so we could take him to the vet and have surgery…

But what makes him the most special to me: he was born today, on May 20th, on my birthday. I feel so privileged to share my birthday with such a trooper!

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Have a Mice Birthday my sweet little fur ball <3

As for myself, after a friend of mine sent me the link, I thought I’d give this a go. It’s pretty accurate, so I’m impressed ;)

 

– May 20 –
You love literature and the arts and dreaming and traveling. You love attention and are constantly attracting people with your charm. People find you very stimulating intellectually. QuizGalaxy.com
Positive Traits:

humorous, sympathetic, charming, affectionate, imaginative

Negative Traits:

sarcasm, self-pity, critical, unrealistic, irrational expectations

 

http://www.quizgalaxy.com/

My life is way off of the track I wanted it to take when I was little, when I was 18, 21 or even last year! But I like most of it. Even though, my life is still hectic, crammed-full-of-stuff and stressful some days, good days seem to come around more often than not.

So as a review of my past year: I’m happy to have achieved as much as I have in just one year.
So many wonderful things have happened which bring me joy that even though I’m still learning to act how I want to feel…
I’m thankful for being alive and having such a loving, supportive and amazing fiancé, family and friends! Thank you! ;)

Happy birthday to everyone who also celebrates his/her birthday today!

2010, May 18

Essential Oil combination ideas

Just a few ideas for how to combine essential oils for different uses.

 

essential oil in actionMixes for sensual massage oils, natural shower gels, bath salts, etc.

Sandalwood
Sage
Ylang Ylang
Vetiver
Ginger
Patchouli
Cardamom
Basil
Pepper

Mixes used in anti cellulite products:

Pepper
Grapefruit
Fennel
Juniper
Geranium
Rosemary

Mixes used for shampoos, hair oils, homemade masks:

Rosemary
Cedar
Patchouli
Cypress
Ylang Ylang
Tea Tree

Note: When preparing any kind of homemade care products with essential oils, pay attention to possible allergies. Do not use more than 10-15 drops of essential oil to 100 ml base oil!

2010, May 16

Recipe of the month: Eggplant Salad

Eggplant Salad is one of my favorites dishes.

I’ll be honest with you and admit: I’m a very picky eater! Sure tastes can differ, but that’s how you should know that what I recommend, really is the best :)

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Eggplant Salad (Vinetta)

2 or 3 medium sized eggplants
red or green onions (this is how I like it, you can use which ever you like best or skip this part entirely)
mayonnaise (I advise you not to buy it, homemade is best: 1 egg yolk, 1 teaspoon mustard, sunflower or olive oil)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vinegar or lemon juice

Grill eggplants until their crust turns into a charred crust, then clean the crust off.
Finely mash the cooked eggplant with a blunt, thick wooden knife or wooden platter.
(The resulted mash can be frozen – we always buy a huge amount of eggplants in the fall, prepare them and make eggplant salad or Zakuszka (I’ll share this recipe next month) of them during winter.)

Prepare the mayonnaise by adding small amounts of oil to the egg yolk and mustard while mixing vigorously to disperse the oil.
You can also make this in a food processor, just be sure to set it on low speed so the end result won’t separate.
The mayonnaise is done when the emulsion is more resistant to mixing and has a considerably light color compared to how it started out.

Chop (or file) the onions.

Mix together the mashed eggplants with all the other ingredients and your eggplant salad is done.

Spread it on bread and serve as is or with tomatoes, etc. whatever you like.

Bon appétit! ;)

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