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2018, July 22

Chewed shoelaces

Some of my shoelaces have chew marks. I need be careful they don’t rip when I tie them up in the morning. Their role is to remind me that I once had a Pixel kitty. And that he was mine. And that sometimes, when I didn’t notice, he’d get to my shoes and play with them. And that he was loved, so very loved.

I’m keeping the shoelaces when I (eventually) throw out the shoes.

In loving memory of Pixel, 2014-2017

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2018, May 25

Six Reasons to Smile – Spring 2018

This Spring has been busy. Well, that’s an understatement. I feel overworked, and not rested enough. But at least the not rested enough part also comes from being able to do some work around the house, and also enjoy some great warm weather during weekends.

I participated in the 8th Wizzair Marathon’s 10K race, and came in 118th, placing me in the first quarter of female participants. That’s not bad at all considering I only ran 5-6K races before and only a handful of 10Ks on my own. The winner ran the 10K in 35 minutes, so that is my goal for next year – getting my 10K as near to 35 minutes as possible (if not shorter!).

Aside from starting running regularly again, and as much walking as we can fit into our everydays, the BF and I finally got to take bike rides. We’ve ventured for longer and longer rides, now riding from home all the way to the city and back. That’s a 30km or so ride if we’re not taking detours. With detours we made it to 43km – our longest ride as of yet.
For my birthday, I wanted to go ride our bikes around Geamana Lake, but it was rainy last weekend. We’ve tried it in Autumn, but only got to half the lake’s length on account of it getting dark too early. I want to write a travel article about it, so it’s definitely happening sooner or later this Summer.

The scenes from nearly all my walks, runs and bike rides made me smile. It was hard to narrow it down and choose only three photos from them to include in my collage. The sunset, the poppies, and the black swan.
Talking about that, the black swan is one of the best sightings, ever, for me. I’ve never seen black ones (not even in a Zoo) before going on a run with a colleague in April! I looked it up and they’re not cygnets (which would be grey), they’re fully grown black swans. And so, very pretty!

We tried a sushi place we’ve never been to before, which turned out good. Not spectacular, but it was a nice evening out with friends. We had few evenings out with friends actually, because we did try to spend as much time outside during weekends as possible. Kinda wish our friends would be more outdoorsy, but on the other hand, I do enjoy spending time just the two of us and not having to adjust schedules to anyone else’s needs, so not complaining!

We did some home renovation work, putting down carpet in the living room-bedroom combo, building some doors for our closet so the kitty can’t munch on my shoelaces and tank top straps anymore, and did a major cleaning of the balcony throwing away everything we didn’t need anymore or that was broken and organized the stuff we did keep, like tools and such.

I had a lot of fun, even taking the kitty out on the balcony with me, setting up a pretty little balcony “garden”. I’ll share pics of flowers in my Summer six reasons post though, as most of the plants newly potted are very nice and green, but haven’t bloomed yet. Hmm… or I might write a separate blog post about my balcony garden and detail what plants I’ve got.

Did you smile a lot this Spring? This month? What were your reasons? In case you’ve also captured them on camera, I’d love to see!

2018, March 16

Six Reasons to Smile – Winter 2017/2018

This is my fourth blog post in the “Six Reasons to Smile” series.

Winter was more 2018 than 2017, but hey, it’s a pretty season anyways, right? I was incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity of taking a longer period off from work during the holidays. I got to finally adjust better to my surroundings and all the new situations in my life, to mindfully rest and decompress even though I was still very much active physically.
I wasn’t as much into the whole holiday festive season as I usually am, but I made it work. The highlight of my Winter was definitely the trip to Skopje, Macedonia we took with my boyfriend. We just had the best time!

On the other hand, I am posting this in March because Winter decided to give it another go in my country. While schools were closed for a few days last week, and national roads were closed off to traffic, here in my city we enjoyed a beautiful chill Winter scene with snow-globe-like snowfall, chilly-yet-lovely and crisp weather. I went to the ice skating rink two more times before the season ended. Actually, I went nearly every week this Winter and I called that me-time my ice skate dates with myself.

I walked my usual running routes in a pretty Winter setting and loved every second of it! While on such a walk near my home the other day, I even discovered, after three and a half years living in this town, that one of the churches bells sing Ave Maria.

Here are the reasons I smiled this Winter:

Did you smile a lot this Winter? This month? What were your reasons? In case you’ve also captured them on camera, I’d love to see!

2018, January 5

My 2017 in books

In 2017, I challenged myself to read 25 books and made it one book past that, to 26 instead. It was a true challenge as unexpected circumstances got me depressed and in no mood to do anything, let alone sit down and read. So what I did read was both for fun and for work and barely anything stands out.

The total page count comes to 4417, with the longest book being “Tools of Titans” by Tim Ferris at 707 pages.

My top favorite reads of 2017 are:

  • “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert – I loved my friend Janel Gradowski’s, “Facing your fears”guest blog post inspired by “Big Magic” so much, that I looked forward to reading the book last year. I actually received it for my birthday in May 2016, except in Romanian which I didn’t care for, so it was really great to finally dive into it in English. I can honestly say I loved the book and Janel’s impressions of it are so very true.
  • “House Sitting Secrets Revealed: Learn to excel at house sitting from a successful full-time house sitter” by Crystal Gabrielle – This is one very long title, but I absolutely adored the book. I have a friend who house sits on a regular basis and I’ve been asking her questions sometimes, and have to admit was at times jealous of her being able to visit so many nice places and explore those cities while she’s house sitting. I loved the book because it explains so well what house sitting means, it is full of examples, resources and of truly great tips and advice drilling down to the specifics for those who wish to pursue this as a side-hustle or even as a full-time endeavor, while still remaining an easy read.
  •  “That Was the Year” by Jenny Bravo – I looked forward to reading the newest novel in the TATM series which I bought right after it was published in December 2016. It took me back to my younger years, it was a somewhat frenetic read, but a good read about friendship with romance thrown in, which is how life turns out to be so often.

Below is a print screen of all the titles I’ve read last year. Take a look, and check out the list itself on Goodreads. Who knows, you might see something you’d also like to read.

Now, please let me know in the comments below how many books you’ve read this past year? And what are your favorite reads for 2017 (or previous years)? Don’t hold back, I always love a good book recommendation!

I am challenging myself to read 25 books in 2018. Here’s hoping it’ll be much easier than it was last year.

Here’s to a great 2018, filled with lots of reading!

2017, November 10

Six Reasons to Smile – Autumn 2017

This is my third blog post in the “Six Reasons to Smile” series.

Autumn this year was marked by grief, pain stress and sickness more than anything else. At least the weather was nice. I didn’t smile a lot, so while I usually struggle to narrow things down, this time I had to really think about and dig through photos to be able to share the below six. Good thing we went on a short trip!

Here are the reasons I smiled this Autumn:

Did you smile a lot this Autumn? This month? What were your reasons? In case you’ve also captured them on camera, I’d love to see!

2017, September 1

Six Reasons to Smile – Summer 2017

This is my second blog post in the “Six Reasons to Smile” series, which I have turned into a seasonal one after a year of monthly blog posts.

Summer was a mix of good, of bad, of worse, and everything in between. I honestly still don’t really feel like talking about it, so I’ll simply leave you with the collage.

Here are the reasons I smiled this Summer:

Did you smile a lot this Summer? This month? What were your reasons? In case you’ve also captured them on camera, I’d love to see!

2017, June 30

Goodbye and good luck!

The card below I received from the wonderful people I worked for/with, from the UK.

I visited their offices for handover of my work, and aside from the fact that out of a five people team I was the only one invited to do my handover sessions on site, I was floored that everyone there was genuinely interested how I was doing and if I have found another project starting July. I did, just for the record, a pretty interesting one, yet the gestures still made me all teary.

Thank you for the best two and a half work years of my life (so far)! I will truly miss working for you!

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