2017, September 29

Feelings can get hurt, so think before you talk

I am at a point in my life where my bullshit-radar is on “high”, and I get frustrated with people who speak before they think things through. Here’s a few examples:

Pets are family to me, and if anything happens to them I will be sad. For weeks on end. And you saying “Stop being sad, it was just an animal.” will bring resentment from my part, even though I can understand that not everyone thinks and feels the same way I do.

Replying with “Oh, but who’s going to feed the cat?” when asked about going on a trip together with the person who usually feeds your cat is probably going to result in me looking at you like you’ve gone insane. I will also need to find someone else other than them to feed my cat, so if this is your first thought out loud, I am already regretting asking and will look less forward to the trip.

Having lunch with colleagues can be fun. The moment one of them makes a snotty remark about the cheap food I happen to eat five days in a row because I am on a tight budget and have no time to cook myself a yummy-er lunch, I will stop having lunch with them. Simple.

Same goes for colleagues who only talk about their team issues and project during lunchtime. I have nothing to add to those conversations, so if I want to sit and eat without talking to someone because they’re immersed in team-talk, I can do that on the balcony by myself and enjoy the fresh air at least.

Telling me, an unmarried and supposedly friend of yours, that “I don’t know who to ask as bridesmaids, all my friends are married” will hurt my feelings. Very much so. Especially if my boyfriend is a best man in said wedding and aside from feeling left out it also keeps us apart for half a day.

All of these result in getting my feelings hurt, actually, and as only one of the above happened this year, it seems that they hurt me enough to still think about it. Over-thinker with a mild case of OCD at her best… Here’s hoping this little rant-y post helped clear my head of these.

I’m sure you’ve had your fair share of such comments and questions in your lifetime. What was your worst one?

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2017, September 22

Recipe of the Month: Easy three-ingredient Chia Pudding

I’ve mentioned before, that Chia pudding quickly became a favorite after trying out new recipes. It is still in the running, five months later.

Now, I don’t want to fill this space with a ton of recipes everyone has already heard about because you can in fact find more than plenty of Chia pudding recipes if you Google search it, or check out Pinterest. Instead, I’ll share with you my humble idea, of which there are few recipes on the internet as far as I could tell (I only found them after specifically typing in the search terms).

Easy three-ingredient Chia Pudding

3 tbsp Chia seeds
1 cup Chocolate Coconut milk (or which ever kind of milk you like best)
1 tbsp jam/preserve of your choice

Combine all the ingredients in a jar. Cover the jar with a lid and give it a vigorous shake. Let it chill for about an hour, then return to the jar and shake it up so the seeds aren’t clumping. Leave it in the fridge overnight.

The Chia seeds will expand and turn into a pudding about the consistency of applesauce, or a creamy tapioca pudding. I love this because Chia seeds have no flavor so the pudding will taste like whatever liquid and mix-ins you’re using.

Both simple, and chocolate Coconut milk taste delicious in this recipe.
So far, I’ve tried making this with Strawberry, Blueberry, Eglantine and Plum jams (my favorite was the Blueberry). I am really loving this idea since I am using up the jam in my pantry which has sat there for way too long, and also, there’s no need to add any other sweetener since the jam is already sweet.

Serve cold with sliced fruit, sprinkles or nuts on.

Bon appétit! ;)

2017, September 15

Three beautiful gardens at Hampton Court Palace

I was very lucky to have been able to travel to Kingston Upon Thames three times for work these past three years, and one of those times I was also lucky to get to walk through Hampton Court Palace’s world-famous gardens.

Head on over to Milliver’s Travels to find out from my travel article, “A Glance at Three of Hampton Court Palace’s World-Famous Gardens”, which three gardens have filled my heart with so much beauty and joy!

2017, September 8

Study

I conducted a very exact study a few days ago while waiting to meet with someone, and my findings are as follows:

  • 13 out of 20 people will try to jump (unsuccessfully) over a large puddle spreading across the sidewalk
  • 5 out of 20 people will strut right through said puddle
  • 2 out of 20 people will take the time to actually go around it.
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, August 25

Time for busting myths

Back in 2016, I attended the TEDxCluj event organized at the Florin Piersic cinema in downtown Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Its theme was myth busting and there were several interesting topics to listen to.

To see the picture I took of the sign stuck on the washroom door (it’s totally worth it!), visit Milliver’s Travels and read my travel article about it, “Funky Signs: Mythbusting at TEDxCluj”.

2017, August 18

I did it again…

Years ago, I got confused by the camera’s highlight mode and accidentally deleted all the pictures from a holiday. Every. Single. One.
Good thing was, I (ok, not I, but someone more tech savvy at the time) was able to recover them. Only about five came back faulty, yet still usable.

Then two days ago, I decided to make some space on my phone’s internal memory and on my memory card. I copied pictures onto my laptop and deleted the duplicates and empty folders from my phone.
Well, at least, what I thought were empty folders.
Apparently I haven’t checked a duplicate folder and deleted two week’s worth of pictures along with it. Because my phone decided to save those in its internal memory, and I forgot about them.

I only lost one and a half day’s worth of pictures from a recent trip this time around, but out of a two-day trip, that’s still a lot! However, I surely won’t be paying for someone to retrieve them, nor buying any data recovery software.
The three pictures I would’ve hated to lose have been e-mailed to a friend, so I still have them. Though less in amount than mine, I’ll copy mom’s pictures from the same trip onto my laptop.
And I set up auto-sync for my Google account, so it won’t happen again. Hopefully.

Still annoying though…

PS: please excuse any typos, typed this on my phone. I’ll correct them later.

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