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2016, August 26

Six reasons to smile in August

This month was interesting. I finally broke down and bought a year-round vignette (road tax) instead of the usual week-long one I got every time we decided to take a road trip. It’s good to do the math sometimes ;)

I quite like how these “six reasons” posts have turned into my little “highlights of the month” posts. Because I mostly write about certain topics, DIY, or recipes, etc. which cross my mind at any given time, I feel that I have lost touch a little with this more personal side of blogging these past couple of years. Hence, my previous blog post.

August was long-awaited! I was most excited because after a looong time (six years, to be exact) I finally went on a trip longer than four days. My boyfriend liked Hungary so much, that we decided to go back in the summer as well, and spent 6 nights there. I made the reservations back in January!!! Expect my Budapest-themed travel articles over at Milliver’s Travels in the near future.

It was such a great vacation! We visited Budapest, walked all day long every single day we were there, and since we traveled by car we even visited a few cities near Budapest, and took a day trip to Bratislava as well.

Trust me when I say, it was extremely hard to choose only six pictures to share what made me smile this month!

Here are the reasons I smiled in August:

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The cities shown above are, from left to right then downwards:
Budapest, Győr and Esztergom,
Szentendre, Debrecen and Bratislava.

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

2016, July 29

Six reasons to smile in July

This month we took a road trip, to a quaint little mountain village, Mogos. When we left home at 7am, we figured we’d be back by afternoon. Nope. We arrived home at 9pm, and were absolutely beat.
I took so many beautiful pictures, that my Instagram wall was mostly filled with those throughout the whole month.

On another note, I decided to buy a bike. I saw a cute, black with white polka dots design, so I already have the bell and handle grips laughing Granted, I decided this last Spring as well, so I am really hopeful that this year I’ll actually buy a bike and not be left only with these two parts for it. I’ll post a picture when I have it.

Until I do buy a bike, I signed up for the free city cycle scheme here in Cluj-Napoca. I think that it’s a nice idea to have such a thing! I’m still afraid to bike next to cars, so I only rode to my mom’s on a Saturday morning when there was little to no traffic on my way there, and other than that, I mostly stopped by the park after work and cycled for 30-45 minutes on sunny afternoons. The only issue I have with the cycle scheme is that the bikes are a bit high, for my 160 cm figure, even with their seats all the way down… I’m doing my best to get used to them.

I also crafted an order of wedding favors for a friend of mine. Below are the green magnetic hearts all done and painted. It was a big order, but I had fun creating it. I really do miss this creative side of life, ever since it’s not my livelihood anymore.

Here are the reasons I smiled in July:


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

2016, June 24

Six reasons to smile in June

It’s nearly the end of June, and I honestly can’t believe this month went by so fast!
June started out perfectly! I went to a concert!
As soon as I noticed that Republic band were coming to perform here as part of the Hungarian Day organized at the Gilau Castle during the Transylvania International Film Festival, I bought tickets. I went with a friend of mine. The weather was really weird that day, and it had rained on and off all afternoon. We decided we’d go anyway, we love the band so much. On our way up the small hill on the castle grounds, it was still raining, we could hear thunder and saw a flash of lightning. When my friend asked if she saw correctly, I replied overly-positively “No! It’s not even raining anymore!” We laughed, but by the time we reached the stage, the rain stopped! I couldn’t believe it, but sure wasn’t complaining :)
The concert was amazing. We were in the front row and had a blast. The band was really good, they laughed and genuinely had a great time themselves, no playback or anything like that! One of the reasons I love them so much. After the concert ended, and before heading home, we even got autographs.

I stayed at home for two weeks, because of a clone being made of the Online Help website I am working on, and no one was allowed to make modifications. In the first week, I took the time to complete a Technical Writer’s course, and worked from home the following week on some smaller, non-deadline-related projects.

This resulted in witnessing quite a few funny kitty poses, aside from Pixel having the time of his life being able to get out on the balcony during the day. He also caught his first (and hopefully last!) bird this year, which brings us to a total of four. Luckily, three of them survived his grabby little paws.
The other funny thing was that he measured himself! While I took a shower, he sat on our digital bathroom scale, and got measured. He weighs 4,9 kg.

We also went to the Botanical Garden this month, took the scenic route home several times, went on a few one-day road trips, gathered Elder flowers for lemonade and to dry for wintertime tea, took a short road trip and went out with friends.
It was a full month all in all, despite working from home half of it!

Here are the reasons I smiled in June:

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

2016, May 27

Six reasons to smile in May

May was interesting for me this year. The weather was being all kinds of weird and bipolar from one minute to the next, but luckily we had a few sunny weekends so I managed to go on a road trip and hike, out for lemonade and drinks with friends, on several walks, and celebrated my birthday.

I wanted to see the handmade lanterns placed on the edge of nearly every path in Central Park for the Festival of Light event (sorry, the link is to their Romanian page) – an event I somehow managed to miss three years in a row until this past Saturday.
The Festival of Light is a national event, synchronously organized by the “Romania’s Scouts” National Organization members and young local volunteers annually. It is an event for everyone and anyone, in order to create a quiet space, to disconnect participants from the daily hustle and make them remember that the little things all around them can make their moments, days and lives better.
I am beyond happy that I finally attended, it was sooo pretty!

As the end of May is near, yesterday I went through my photos and chose six photographs to make a cute collage.

Here are the reasons I smiled in May:

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

2016, May 6

Why I won’t be going to my high school reunion

First off, I am not alone in this! Just search “going to high school reunion” on Google and notice how most titles contain the words “not going”, or start with “X reasons” to either attend or not.

Second, I was actually excited when I first heard the reunion was being organized. I figured I could attend for a few hours, if only to celebrate my current life without all the crap and drama from high school. We could get back in touch, reminisce, satisfy our curiosity about who is where in their life, and party like it’s 2006.
I talked to one of the people organizing the event, and he said he’d call me when anything has been decided since I don’t have a Facebook account under my name (because of stalker issues way back when, I still won’t be sharing my pen name but with a handful of people I know in real life). He asked if I knew phone numbers of some former colleagues, or had any ideas for an event hall. I said I’d find out/ask advice from friends and get back to him.
When I found out one of the phone numbers he was interested in, I texted him. After I complied a list of five event hall ideas I knew were good and not too pricey, I texted him.
Both texts received the same answer, that is, NO answer. Two months later there was still no news from him or anyone organizing the reunion.

That half-snapped me out of it!

I started thinking. Or overthinking?
Sure, after suffering through high school and having since built a wonderful, rewarding life for myself despite any bad experiences and setbacks (that’s just Life), showing off my success to the people that treated me badly could’ve been quite vindicating. Then again, when ever I wanted to, I could’ve just friended all my former high school colleagues on Facebook if I wanted to brag or see who is up to what in their life.
However, I have kept in touch with precisely two (2!) people from high school! Another person I ran into on a nearly daily basis when I was working as QA, but she rarely said “hello” back.
If I want someone in my life, chances are they’re already there!

The idea of one hundred people in the same room as me doesn’t really agree with me. You might recall I don’t particularly like weddings either, although one did give me enough material for a blog post. (As a side note, I am already dreading having to go to a wedding this October where I can’t use that clever survival guide, since I’m not really friends with the bride and groom.)
While these people I do somewhat know after four years of high school together, having to make polite chit-chat while old cliques inevitably form doesn’t appeal to me. We didn’t have much in common ten years ago, and I don’t expect to have much in common now after we’ve all changed, defined ourselves and turned into adults.

New York Magazine ran an article about “Why you never truly leave high school”, which discussed how our self-image from those years is especially adhesive. The article asserts that one of the reasons high schools produce such peculiar value systems is precisely because the people there have little in common, except their ages. Since there is no clear way to sort out social status, kids create them on their own based on crude, common-denominator stuff like nice clothes, athletic prowess, and looks, rather than on subtleties in personalities. This results in an unfortunate paradox: Though adolescents may want nothing more than to be able to define themselves, they discover that high school is one of the hardest places to do it. I didn’t have nice clothes, wasn’t athletic, and went through quite a long phase of curtain-type bangs. Maybe (surely) I was one of those kids, not quite fitting into one of those categories, but desperately wanting to neatly belong.

Truth be told, what makes me happiest about my decision of not attending my high school reunion isn’t only all of the above. I could’ve made myself suck it up and go, only for those people who I maybe would’ve liked catching up with. I just didn’t want to after really thinking about all of this. I figured I’d rather go out with friends I do enjoy being with and celebrate my birthday instead.
I texted the guy organizing the reunion, saying that I won’t be going. I wanted to do the right thing so they wouldn’t count on me. This time, he texted back. He said I should’ve checked the Facebook group discussions if I wanted to find out anything about the event before making other plans, that I was the only one who didn’t receive the information he put out there.

OK. That definitely snapped me out of it!

2016, March 25

Six Reasons to Smile in March

First off, Happy Easter to everyone celebrating it this weekend! Hope you’ll have a lovely time with loved ones :)

This month is nearly over, and something that I’ve noticed is that I smile more since I started doing Yoga. I feel lighter. And I actually wake up early on some days to do yoga before starting to get ready for work. (I’ll write another blog post just about this experience.)
Pixel also cracks me up when, after I lay flat on my back for a few seconds, he comes over and curls up on my leg or chest. I certainly like it better than when he wants to tear up my yoga mat.

Some of the reasons I smiled in March are different than in the previous months. I noticed this little photo challenge on Instagram by Jenny Bravo (@blotsandplots), and decided to take part. I love the idea of photo challenges, and I really like this one’s suggestions as they add a little bit more creativity in our lives.
Here are six pictures that made me smile wider as I came up with creative ways to interpret some of the suggestions:

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

2016, February 26

Six Reasons to Smile in February

In January I decided that at the end of each month this year, I’ll post a collage of six pictures here on my blog as part of this year-long “Six Reasons to Smile” series I’m trying out in 2016. As the end of February is near, yesterday I went through my photos and chose six previously unpublished photographs to make a cute collage.

Here are the reasons I smiled in February:

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Another reason for my smiles was attending the TedxCluj2016 event last Saturday with some of my colleagues from work. TedxCluj is on the list of five events supported by NN Romania, a company that believes strongly in the power of inspiration to change things for the better.
The event’s theme this year was myth busting. It was categorized into five sessions, Me & Myths, Me & Work, Me & Tech, Me & My Body and Me & Society, with some of the topics busted being: Data is boring, Is one really more efficient if multitasking, Only rich people can afford a chauffeur, We all see the same reality, and Good parents sacrifice themselves.
There was also a Tech & Innovation expo which I found very interesting. There were booths with several 3D printers, wooden watches, 3D glasses and roller-coaster simulators (which I tried!), really cool headphones, they held some contest as well and there were several other goodies in store throughout the day. (You may have seen my Instagram photos from last weekend.)
Even though I think that the organizers could have approached better-prepared speakers for several of the topics, it was all in all a fun day!

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

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