The Chronicles of Narnia

This year I’ve set the biggest reading challenge so far: 100 books. Am I showing off? Well if I finish it, I might. But, I actually want to see if I can do it. I really want to do it. So, I’ve started with on of the series that I’ve been trying to read for the last couple of years (but never got to it): The Chronicles of Narnia.

On the Internet, there are many views in which order the books should be read. Now, I’ve just followed the list on the back of the books I have. So, I’ve read them in the following order:

- The Magician’s Nephew
– The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
– The Horse and his boy
– Price Caspian
– The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
– The Silver Chair
– The Last Battle

The Chronicles of Narnia: Magician's Nephew The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeThe Chronicles of Narnia: Horse and His BoyPrince Caspian Voyage of the Dawn TreaderSilver Chair Last Battle

It makes a lot more sense to read them in this order, since they have a certain continuity, rather than read then in the order they were published.

I did enjoy each and every book of this series, but my favorite by far was “The Horse and His Boy“. I liked Shasta and Aravis more than Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy. Shasta and Aravis felt more like real children than the main 4 siblings. I actually remembered trying to read this book (The Horse and His Boy) when I was in school. It brought back some obscure memories of my younger version, hiding in my room trying to read and understand what I was reading, at the same time.

Yes, this usually happens to people that read books that are not in their native language. Still, I am glad I’ve come a long way since those times and that I was able to enjoy books. I am glad that school has not taken this joy from me.

It is a beautiful series to enjoy, especially during winter time. It’s a nice series to read in the evening, before going to bed.

It’s very enjoyable, and it gives one some nice dreams.

Pluto and Marlanu

Pluto and Marlanu'

Sleepy time for Pluto and Marlanu’.

It seems that my two furry friends, Pluto and Marlanu’, started getting along. I cannot describe how much joy these two bring me.

I actually feel like a proud mother that needs to show them off, even if I am fully aware it is annoying. After all, there are so many pets out there, probably with owners that have better photography skills than I do.

Yet, I feel there are no two pets alike. And I also feel, that no one has a labrador retriever as Pluto or a cat like Marlanu’.

Marlanu' and Pluto Marlanu' and Pluto relaxing away

As one might say, they are my precious.

Why the sudden need to gush over them? Because I can. That and because they really do bring out the best in me and John, they make our days better and because they love us at our worst as much as they do at our best. I hope, they will have a great life and many adventures with us.

I also hope, that one day I will print out those albums that I’ve been working on for the last couple of years (for Marlanu’) / months (for Pluto). Not many people have their photographs printed out these days, but I love them. I love arranging them all over the house, or in lovely albums that I can show to close friends.

Hopefully, I will get my chance till the end of this year. That means I still have 11 months and 22 days left to make it happen.

Keeping up with the New Year’s Resolutions

Keeping up with the New Year’s Resolutions is not as easy as many make it to be.

Everywhere I go (on the net) there are articles on how you can keep up with your New Year’s Resolutions. Yet, it’s easier said than done. It’s even harder when your main goal is to get a good job. Yes, not just a job but a good one.

I’ve been working for 8 years now, and I have nothing to show for it. Absolutely nothing. I might sound bitter, but that’s the truth.

After a few days of job hunting (if I could call it that), I’ve realized that the demands have increased. It’s not enough to have experience, to know a foreign language and have a higher education. I’m a bit taken aback by this.

Job hunting funny

But, I knew this would happen. It’s very hard to keep your spirits high when you are looking for a job and there seems to be nothing for you out there. It’s very easy to give in to pressure. I’m glad by past self thought of many things to keep me busy and motivated during this period (reading, learning, playing and enjoying my free time).

So, this is what I learned from a few days of job hunting:

- Everyone is looking for a German/Spanish/Italian/French speaker (but mostly German)
– Office Pack is still in high demand
– There are a LOT of Customer Service jobs disguised out there
– No one is looking for a secretary or an assistant anymore

Further more, there are a lot of online jobs out there. Jobs that allow you to work from home. That sounds awesome, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, there are a lot of scams and very few websites offer protection. Being a free lancer is the dream of many, but it also come with great risks.

There are two things that I can do at the moment: have patience and improve myself.

Let the job hunting begin!

~~~~ Let the job hunting begin! ~~~~

It’s Monday and everyone is going back to work while I am home, drinking my coffee and looking over job ads. I shall start slow, updating my CV and then just browse around to see what it’s in demand and what I would like to do.

I know for sure I won’t have any chance of getting a job in January, but I’m still hoping *fingers crossed*.

Even Pluto was happy to sit like a boss at Johnny’s workplace.

Like a boss! Let the job hunting begin.

Truthfully, I am scared a little bit. Once again, I’m out of my comfort zone. I am hoping that I won’t end up in another customer service job. I don’t have the nerves for it.

I will update how the job hunting goes and I will try to keep my spirits high and my mind busy. I know last time my spirits went downhill after one month of going to every interview possible and getting no results.

I will keep busy, I have a household to run. And it’s not easy with two pets (one which is not house trained, yet) running around.

My goal/resolution for January is to put everything in order: the house, my personal schedule and my hobbies. That means a lot of cleaning and organizing, waking up early and setting a regular schedule for Pluto (for his walks) and just enjoy my hobbies while I still can (after all, I decided this year I shall read 100 books, that alone should take up considerable free time).

Pluto on his morning walk Marlanu purring away

So, let the job hunting begin (and let it be a good job hunt).

Good Morning 2015!

Good Morning 2015!

Good morning 2015

Enjoying a good cup of coffee.

And what a beautiful and sunny way to start of the new year. If it weren’t for the bitter cold, I might’ve enjoyed it more.

I admit, we had a slow start this year.

The 1st of January was spent mostly in bed, sleeping off the New Year’s party. We had a lovely party with a few close friends, family members and mostly strangers (but nice ones).

I would also like to mention, that while everyone was either going home or already sleeping (this was around 7AM) I was busy cleaning up the house. I’m not complaining, I’m actually bragging. First of all, I was the only one still standing, still clear headed and full of energy. Also, I didn’t want my pets (Pluto and Marlanu’) to get their paws dirty, drunk or to break anything.

So, as far as I’m concerned I’m right on track with my resolutions.

On the 2nd of January we had our trip to the countryside. It the second year in a row that on the first days of the year we visit my parents. On our way there we also had the chance to see the red train.

Red train Red train on its way.

This year we weren’t alone. My brother, his wife and my 2 nieces also came along. It was a nice surprise for my parents. They live alone and during the winter months they don’t get many visits from us, because of the snow and the condition of the roads. We saw an opportunity to make them happy and we took it.

We also had Pluto with us. At first we were reluctant to take the dog with us since it was bloody cold and we knew my parents would not allow him in the house.

But, there were no problems. He spent 3 hours outside, playing with 2 little dogs that my parents own. He was the most happy and derpy dog ever.

2 little countryside puppiesDerpy Pluto

There was snow, good food and good company. It was a nice outing.

My parents "Christmas" tree. Winter landscape

This year I will try my best for us to have as many road trips as possible. They are much better than long vacations in far away places. But for now, we shall stay at home and work our butts off to get back on track financially. It’s the most important thing for the well being of our family (at the moment).

Till then I will be busy with the house chores. I want to get this place clean and organized. I know I have no chance of getting a job straight away, so I better keep myself as busy as possible.

Pluto and Marlanu'

And as a bonus, here are my two lovelies: Pluto and Marlanu’ enjoying a tender moment.