I just got the results for my university exams. I did good!

  • Microeconomics: 7
  • Mathematics: 4
  • Accountancy: 8
  • Informatics (IT): 6
  • Management: 6
  • English: 10

Well, I did fail my math exam but the grade I got was better than what I was expecting. One semester done, one to go.

End of February

February is almost done.  It’s actually sad, I was hoping of getting more things done this month, but then again it could’ve been worse. I did had a lot of fun during the weekends and made a lot of memories with Johnny and close friends. By the way, I think I just made a few new friends. Should I cross this resolution or wait till the end of the year? I think I shall wait.

One of my Resolutions (number 14) was “Have photos with Alexandra and me in all the seasons (Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn)“. Alexandra is my best friend, and because we have such different lives we don’t get to hang out pretty often. So, this week we went to the park, had some fun at the kids playground and we took pictures. I won’t post a decent picture because I have this ban on posting pictures with my friends.

I am thinking we should repeat the outing.

I can also cross off number 83 “See a 3D movie“. I’ve seen Underworld (awesome movie, lots of blood and packed with action) at IMax with Johnny and a few friends of his. After the movie ended we decided Happy Feet 2 must be seen in 3D no matter what.

Number 57 is also crossed of, since this weekend we visited “The Hard Rock Caffe” in Herastrau Park. It was really awesome. The music was amazing (classic rock); it made me think of those awesome moments as a kid when MTV was actually airing good music. Such good times…

Hmm, I think I did more things than I originally thought.

I still haven’t seen the last 3 Harry Potter movies; I kept myself busy with “Lie to me” and season 1 of “Hercule Poirot” (with David Suchet). I just wasn’t in a Harry Potter mood and truthfully there’s no hurry. Also, I couldn’t bring myself to see a Bollywood movie.  Those kind of movies last at least 2 hours and truthfully I didn’t had that much free time on my hands.

I did read a novel Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption and I started reading the second novel “The Apt Pupil” (from the “Different seasons” book by Stephen King). 48 more books to go and my 2012 reading challenge shall be complete. No stress…

About the kniting, well I took a break from it and made the mistake to start a cross stitch project and that’s the end of my kniting. Hopefully, after my stitching fever subsides I will pick up kniting once again. As I said, I’m really happy that the day is getting longer because I could really use more sunlight.

There are two things that I failed miserably: learning my Hiragana (I still have a few characters that just won’t stick with me) and gettinga  great gift for Johnny for Valentine’s day. The Hiragana issue I can live with, but the gift thing, well we didn’t celebrate Valentine’s day. We just went to a club and left things as they were. But Johnny’s birthday is coming up and I am determined to make a great gift.

March goals:

  • Hiragana serious practice. Every week photos with progress made.
  • Great gift for Johnny.
  • The last 3 Harry Potter movies.
  • Finish my current cross stitch project.
  • Pick a cross stitch bookmark.
  • 10 good photographs.
  • DragonBall T-shirt.
  • Read 2 books.
  • Go out with my new friends

I’m starting to like this monthly check of my Resolution list. It feels fulfilling and I realize that I actually had a good time. And just to end this on a very much random note, here’s a picture of how nice the weather is:

Is Spring on her way?

Is Spring really coming? I hope so. Me and my cat can’t wait for the days when we can actually be lazy and not have to worry if it’s warm enough in the house. That and I want to see if Marlanu’ will still sleep in my lap or give me up for all those places where the sun shines.

This weekend has been great. We had great weather, we actually went to new places and – my favorite – we went to the park. But I guess I really enjoyed myself not only because I spent a great weekend with Johnny but also because of the weather.

I was really starting to hate the dark grey skies, the bitter cold and having to wear so many clothes. But this weekend I was in a tee and my winter jacket. The skies were blue and birds were singing and even if the snow hasn’t completely melted it just made me happy.

I can’t wait to get rid of my heavy boots and just enjoy daylight more aka have more time to stitch, read books, go out more, take more photos and so on.

Picture perfect.. almost

I like myself more and more and no I’m not turning into a narcissist. I just like the fact that I am getting things done and it feels so good not to put myself and my wants/needs on second place.

Yesterday I actually made an effort and had a quick run to the park to meet with one of my friends. But because the buses were late we only had like half an hour to spend. I had a doctor appointment at 6:30 P.M. so I couldn’t stay. But it was a fun half an hour.

I didn’t took many photos yesterday, just a few and I only like two from those few:

Because I wasn’t pleased with the photos I took, this morning I decided to just go to the park near my work place and practice a little bit more. The weather was on my side. I love foggy mornings; the trees were frozen and all white. It was really pretty.

While the dogs were barking at me, I was focusing on taking some macro photos. It was really hard because it was bloody cold and I had no gloves. But I think I took some decent photos.

The best way to start a day is by doing something you like. And truthfully, I was wasn’t even late for work. In fact I was the first one to get to work. Next time I should focus on taking photos of the crows. The contrast between the white landscape and the crows really fascinates me. I also should work more on my macro photos.

Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King

My first novel for the year 2012 is Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King. This novel is the first of four who make up a single book called Different Seasons.

I like how that sounds, Different Seasons.

It makes me melancholic.

I usually stay away from Stephen King books because his main genre is horror and suspense. While I can handle suspense on its own, the combination of horror and suspense written by Stephen King is too much for me. I remember starting reading one of his more recent books and I just gave up after the first chapters because I started feeling sick.

I thought that the movies based on his books were bad, but the books are even worse. And I don’t mean that they are bad in quality. I mean the way they make you feel if you’re not a fan of the genre.

I really can’t handle horror books or movies. I blame my wild imagination and being a coward. I flinch at the first weird noise I hear especially if I’m home alone.  Should I even go into details about the invisible guy in my room that breaths heavily? Either I have a perverted ghost or I can hear the next door neighbors breathing.

~~~Moving on~~~

I wanted to read Different Seasons, especially The Body novel.

I said it makes me feel melancholic. Well, it does. When I was little the first real movie that just made me stay glued to the screen was “Stand by me” (1986). The movie was based on The Body novel. And I also saw “The Shawshank Redemption” with my family on a summer weekend. So this feeling that I have is probably because I really do miss those days.

Things were really different back then.

Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, the first novel of four, is narrated by Red an inmate from Shawshank Prison.

He starts by explaining why he’s in prison (on the charge of murdering his wife, a friend and her child) and how he manages to stay on the good side of everyone while he’s serving his sentence. Red is an expert in contraband aka he can get anything for the right price. This in prison makes one person pretty important and this is also how he meets and eventually becomes a good friend of Andy Dufresne.

Andy Dufresne is a very intelligent accountant (but very quiet, calm and composed) that ends up in jail on a false charge of murdering his wife and her lover.

Most of the story focuses on Andy and his prison experience.

Red: [narrating] I wish I could tell you that Andy fought the good fight, and the Sisters let him be. I wish I could tell you that – but prison is no fairy-tale world. He never said who did it, but we all knew. Things went on like that for awhile – prison life consists of routine, and then more routine. Every so often, Andy would show up with fresh bruises. The Sisters kept at him – sometimes he was able to fight ’em off, sometimes not. And that’s how it went for Andy – that was his routine. I do believe those first two years were the worst for him, and I also believe that if things had gone on that way, this place would have got the best of him.

But as Red puts it, he might’ve talked more about Andy but the story is about the impact that Andy makes on the people around him. It’s about the impact that Andy makes on Red.

It’s about not giving up, using your time, having patience and getting your sense of freedom. A good combination if you want to achieve something in life, no matter what.

You know, Stephen King is really something. After reading this novel I got the feeling that prison isn’t just a place for people that commit serious offences, but it’s more of a feeling that most of us get in our lifetime.

I got the feeling that my life is a prison. That my daily routine (work-home- repeat) is made up by others that dictate how things should be. It’s like Red said:

Prison life consists of routine, and then more routine.

Routine does kill everything! Change isn’t hard, we just make it hard because we are so used with what we got that anything else seems too dangerous and risky. Mental boundaries are harder to break than stone walls.

Am I the only that feels this way? I can’t be! There are so many people in this world and I’m sure I’m not the only one that feels this way. You know, I said this year will be all about change. I’m starting to think that not only the things and people around me are changing, but I’m changing as well. I’m starting to think that the first step of change is realizing.

This was a good novel, perfect for my current state of mind.

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