2015 List

It’s that time of the year! It’s time for the 2015 List of Resolutions.

2015 List of Resolutions from Tumblr

Looking back at 2014, I can say it wasn’t the best of years. It was a challenging year and I’m proud to say we’ve managed to get past every obstacle. Sure, we’ve had our down moments when we just felt that it wasn’t worth it, but we’re over it. We’ve grown up! I believe it’s for the first time in my life that I am feeling my age, and I say that in the best way possible.

Heck, we’ve reached a huge milestone as well. We’ve been together for 7 years now. 7 years!

I am proud of us.

I am proud of everything we’ve accomplished and how far we’ve come. I am proud of our two beautiful children, Pluto and Marlanu’. I am happy about us.

I can honestly say that I do not fear what the future will bring. I know we can handle it. If that’s not a good feeling I don’t know what is.

On this note, I would like to mention that the most important resolution for 2015 is to keep up the good work and move forward. Second, I would like 2015 to be a memorable year in every aspect.

Motivational Picture from Tumblr

Of course, I cannot start the year without making a resolution list. I do not want to break this tradition. It’s a fun thing, even if I don’t always complete them.

~~~~ 2015 List ~~~~

 1.Get a good job

– make a good one page CV (nobody reads CV’s that are long)
– take a professional photo for the CV
– take your time and be patient
– don’t give in into pressure, and don’t lower your expectations
– research about each company and the reviews for current and former employee’s
– dress for the job

2. Take the Cambridge exam (planned at the end of the year).

– complete resolution number 1
– put money aside for the exam
– make sure you register for the exam
– Date of completion: no updates yet on the Cambridge exam schedule for 2015

3. Learn a second language and get a diploma for it.

– choose the language that will help you the most in today’s economy
– practice daily at set hours
– find the proper organization and sign up for an exam.

4. Learn new recipes.

– find the best recipes taking into account the food budget and what’s available in the fridge
– blog about it (making sure I keep up)

5. Have a daily routine and set days for cleaning.

– Work in progress

6. Stop smoking. If possible get John to stop smoking as well.

Quit smoking on the 4th of January 2015 (Failed)

7. Plan ahead.

– don’t wait till the last moment.
– plan, organize and put into action
– don’t wait for others

8. Learn how to dance.

– research and practice
– don’t be afraid to look as a fool
– pick different genre’s

9. Cross of as many things of my random list as possible.

10. Be happy.

11. Put money aside for rainy days.

~~~~ End of List ~~~~

If there is one thing in particular that I am grateful for 2014, is that it taught us hardship. It taught us to survive on the bare minimum and still be happy. So, 2015 will be a simple year (for me at least). Where I will try to use what I have and say no to the urge of spending money on useless things.

I wish you all a Happy New Year!

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Alas, our 3 year old tradition is over. We’ve just been to the cinema and saw the last part of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies

I believe it was my first time crying in the cinema. I was really heartbroken because I finished the book long ago and the movies were all that I had left.

It was splendid. Everything about the movie was beautiful and it just rocked my socks. I actually wished for the story to not end. I even wished for the movie to alter the ending of the book, so 3 of the main characters (and my favorite ones) would not die. But they did keep the ending.

I guess, I can’t complain. I still have The Lord of the Rings books to read (and the movies to watch). Yet somehow I doubt I will find another Fili and Kili in literature.


Yes, I have a crush on two fictional characters. I guess that happens a lot these days. I am also sure I am not the only one, since there is a huge fanbase out there as heartbroken as myself.

The Battle of the Five Armies Fili and Kili

All we can do now, is find new movies that will keep us glued to the screen. 2015 is looking pretty promising in terms of movies. That means we will have plenty of opportunities to go out and enjoy ourselves. And 2015 is not that far away; 2 more days left.

I am anxious on how things will turn out in the new year *fingers crossed*. We shall see…

A Christmas Adventure!

We’ve had the best Christmas adventure!

Our Christmas tree.

Our Christmas tree.

Adventure is always welcome in our family. But we never had a Christmas adventure till now.

We weren’t even sure if we would have a proper Christmas this year, with all the problems we had so far. It seemed liked everything was against us. Even the car broke down 2 days before our planned trip.

We made plans to spend Christmas at the country side, at Johnny’s uncle. He lives pretty far away, in the north of the country and the roads are not exactly good. There is no highway and there was also the chance that it would snow so much the roads would be closed.

But, luck was on our side. The car was fixed with a day delay (can’t complain at all, we are happy it got fixed without killing our budget for the holidays). And it didn’t snow at all (on the day of our departure).

Johnny’s parents went ahead by train on Sunday, and we left on Monday. It was me, John, Pluto and we had two guests with us. A friend from with her dog, Maya.

This is where the Christmas adventure starts.

We had to meet up an hour early so the two dogs would burn their energy. It was chaos in the house. It was so funny to see two huge dogs running around and hitting things, while the cat (Marlanu’) was watching unimpressed by what was happening.

Maya and Pluto drinking water

 When we got in the car, Maya wanted to see everything while Pluto just wanted sleep.


It took us 6 hours to get to our destination. It was already late when we got there and all we could think of was food and sleep.

But we spent 4 wonderful days. Johnny had his fun while I had my peace and quiet. I finished 3 books: A Painted House by John Grisham, Animal Farm by George Orwell and The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis. I’ve read late into the night near the fireplace, while Johnny and Pluto were sleeping like babies.


It was fun, it was relaxing and most important it was a Christmas spent with family and friends. That and on the 26th of December we’ve reached a huge milestone: 7 years of being together, for the good and the bad.

 Our Christmas adventure has come to an end and we are now waiting for this year to end (hopefully without anymore incidents or problems). 2015 will be a full year with a lot of changes. It will also be a year where we will have to work harder than ever so things could go back to normal.

Our Christmas adventure at the country side

A cold and wet winter

We’re having a very cold and wet winter. It just won’t stop raining and it’s bloody cold.

For a couple of days I had no problem with the rain. It was fun walking Pluto to the park and seeing him turn from a cute puppy into a filthy pig. He made a few friends and he was just the happiest dog ever.

Pluto and his friendsPluto and Archie, a swiss wolf dog Pluto and ArchieArchie, his owner and Pluto

We used to hang around in the park for 2 hours each day. It was so nice to see Pluto exhausted from playing and not having to worry that he’ll destroy the house (puppies tend to do that when bored). Of course, Pluto had to take a bath everytime we got  home.

Dirty Pluto

 Now, nobody will let their dogs play. They don’t want them to get dirty. While I do understand that I have plenty of free time on my hands, I cannot understand why people won’t let their dogs be dogs. So what if they get dirty? You can rinse out the dirt in a couple of minutes. So what if your dog gets you dirty? Thank God for washing machines.

It really sucks, cause December started off so well. It snowed for 2 days straight.

A good way to start #December #snow #Bucharest #Romania

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Everything was covered in snow and the skies were a beautiful gray color.

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I was so happy. Then it started raining and it just won’t stop. So, instead of taking beautiful pictures of Pluto, snow and just us enjoying the winter holidays, we are stuck inside the house.

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2 more weeks till the Christmas holidays. I want snow, lots and lots of snow. And a lil bit of sunshine if possible. Until then we shall make the most, even if we are having a cold and wet winter.