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November Goals: None! With Johnny & Pluto

Here’s one for the album: Johnny and Pluto on a walk.

In less than 2 months the year will be over. Makes me wonder if there is something I should be doing. After all, we all strive to finish as many things as we can from our to-do list.

Yet, I can’t seem to think of anything at the moment. Sure, there are my hobbies and a few other things, but there’s nothing really important.  So, here I am. Slacking around in front of the computer, looking over my latest photos.

Pluto and John

The last flowers of the year:

Autumn Flowers

The roses were pretty sad looking, but then again it did snow in October. It’s amazing they lasted so long.

Autumn Roses

And the last one is the carved pumpkin, marking the Halloween madness that has come to Romania as well.

scary carved pumpkin

Hopefully I will get back my Allview phone soon. It’s the second time I had to take it to the service shop, since they didn’t fix it the first time. I am getting tired of this iPhone and the picture quality.

Feeling homely! I’ve cooked.

It’s been a productive Monday. I’ve cleaned, washed, did laundry and one thing that I am very proud of, I’ve cooked.

Yup, I’ve become a housewife.

I am happy about the cooking part because I’ve cooked good food for me and John but also for Pluto and Marlanu’.Yes, I’ve cooked for our pets as well.

I’ve made homemade bread (using the bread maker my parents left behind), potatoes with chicken breast, cream and cheese. And for the pets I’ve made grits with chicken liver, hearts and gizzard (a recipe from a friend who used to be a dog trainer). Of course, I’ve only given the meat to the cat, since I don’t think the grits would do him any good.

I am not bragging or anything, but I am happy it all turned out good. After all, it is a rare sight to see Johnny eat the food I make. I am also happy that my parents are not into technology and that they left behind a lot of useful things, like the bread maker.

It’s a small loaf of bread but it turned out really good. And we know exactly what went into making it so we don’t have to worry about the quality.

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For the main course, I’ve looked up recipes on LaLena.ro I like this website a lot, the fact that it is in Romanian is an advantage. It has a lot of easy to make recipes. This is the recipe for today and here is the result:

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I’ve cooked chicken.

I’ve made enough for 2 people. I didn’t made more since I know from experience that we throw away all the leftovers. We’ve been throwing a lot of food and that’s pretty wasteful behavior on our part.

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Over all, it was a good start to the week

A Lovely Sunday

Busy day, but lovely nonetheless.

oday was the first round for the president elections in Romania. We’ve been good citizens and we already cast our vote. We were actually amazed since it was really crowded. In Romania, it’s weird to see people staying in line just to vote.

Now we have to wait for the results. Somehow, I am hoping for a good result, since it’s tiresome to live in country where the politicians are the biggest crocks.After voting, we went out for a car ride till we reached Carol Park.

There we had some fun with Pluto. It was awesome, since there were a lot of people with puppies. Pluto had a lot of fun, and seeing how he is sleeping right now, I think he got more exercise than he bargained for.

There was also an antique fair in front of the park. I didn’t buy anything expensive, just 4 rings. I would’ve bought more since there were a lot of pretty things there, but Johnny was smart enough not to take too much money with him. What can I say, I love rings.

And now, here we are. At home, each doing his own thing. Johnny’s taking a bath, Marlanu’ and Pluto are both sleeping and I’m here rambling about our day.

4 movies that I am waiting for

There are 4 movies that I can’t wait to see:

1. Penguins of Madagascar which will be released at the end of November. Meaning we will be able to see it in December.

2. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Same thing as the Penguind of Madagascar. We will be able to see it in December. It has become a tradition of sorts to see this movie with my brother and my sister-in-law. Hopefully they will come with us to see other movies as well.

3. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. For this one we will have to wait till next year. But it will be worth it!

4. Shaun the Sheep Movie. This one was a surprise. I had no idea whatsoever, until I read an article on Daily Mail.

I know for sure that with The Hobbit and The Penguins of Madagascar we will have to book the tickets well in advance. Last year, when we went to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, I had to reserve the tickets with one week in advance. And I was lucky. The second day after I booked the tickets, there were no more seats available in any cinema.

Hopefully, we will have a good time. As much as I love the movies, I hate going to the cinema. Every time there was someone or something that just ruined everything, e.g. the woman with the 2 yo that cried the entire How to Train Your Dragon 2, the 2 very tall guys that just happened to sit in front of us when the place was almost empty or (my favorite) when they just get so bored that they start talking during the movie.

Progress!?

Walking the dog is not an easy task. It’s like having a part time job taking care of a fluffy toddler. And the weather is not helping me at all. For the past few days, it snowed, rained and it was really cold.

Snowing in Bucharest

Normally, I would sleep in till lunch time. With Pluto, I only get to sleep till 7AM. Once I am awake, I gather all my courage to get out of bed. It’s such a hard task, because the heat is still turned off and it’s cold even in the house. The bed is so nice and warm, even Pluto wants in.

Me and Pluto

Yup, that’s us cuddling in the morning. We’re cute like that.

I must confess sometimes I feel like letting Pluto do his business in the house so I can sleep a little longer. But I never do. No matter what, I always get out of the bed. So, my dear Pluto get’s to walk with me around 2-3 hours a day. This usually depends on the weather. If I’m lucky I may also find another dog walker with a playful pup. This way Pluto gets a playmate. Yet, I haven’t had much luck in that department. Half of the dogs in the area are bigger than my Pluto and they play too rough for my liking. And the rest of the dog population is made of smaller breeds that are aggressive towards anything that moves.

The great part of walking Pluto is no more dog poo in the house. He pee’s sometimes on the hallway, but that’s not a big problem. We can easily clean up the pee. I wasn’t expecting him to be house trained in a week.

Also, after 4 days of dog walking my legs started hurting. It seems I’ve been a couch potato for such a long time that walking is enough to give me a workout. I always say I want to get in shape, but I never do anything to get results. This time, I’m doing it for Pluto and it helps me as well.

It’s funny how I get motivated more for others than I do for myself.

Looking at the bigger picture, we’re making progress. It’s good progress for all involved. I dare say, even for Marlanu’ things are getting better. After all, Pluto is too tired to play with him when he gets home. So the cat gets more time to be a cat.

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Yes, Marlanu’ get’s to sleep more than us. He gets the warmest places. And when the dog is away, the cat will play.

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