December 30th, 2016

The end of 2016 is very near. Two more days..

This will be the last day of work for me, for 2016 that is. After working 7 days in a row (on all the shifts possible), I am waiting for the weekend to come. I am happy that I don’t have to work for New Years. It would’ve been too much for me. 

We don’t have any plans for New Years. Truthfully, I don’t want to make any plans. Sleeping seems like a good option. I would love to just sit around all day and do nothing. Absolutely nothing!

2016 is almost done. And, I’m done as well. 

For the first time in many years, we are going to start the New Year with no baggage (no financial responsibilities, no task left undone). We even have money in our pockets. That is the best we’ve done in ages!

Even our furry friends are doing great. Sure, they are a bit chubby (from the lack of exercising) but healthy nonetheless. 

Pictures of Creness

I am also happy that I finished a few personal goals. Not only did I finish my reading challenge, but I read a total of 61 books (the goal was 50). I got promoted (even if I hate every moment of it). The fact that they can’t fire me, makes it a lil bit better (since we are severely understaffed). It gives me time to plot my escape and even set some money aside. 

January will be a time of relaxation for me. 

I guess I am happy, in a very tired way. At least I am tired from manual labor and not anything else.

Getting ready for Christmas

We are getting ready for Christmas, slowly but surely. 

Marlanu and the Christmas tree

Marlanu and the Christmas tree

We have a lovely Christmas tree. It is not perfect, but it is so pretty. It smells nice as well. 

And that’s about all we have ready for Christmas.

We don’t have any grand plans. In fact, we have no plans at all for the winter holidays. I shall be working on the night shift for Christmas, but I will have the last days of the year free. I call that a good bargain. 

At least I will be starting 2017 at home, with my family. I couldn’t ask for more. It seems kinda dull, but we have barely spent time together this last couple of months.

We have missed on a lot of opportunities to have fun and enjoy ourselves. 

I want to change it all in 2017. 


Yes, it is going to be one of those days.

Having the weekend off made me feel like I was on vacation. It was such a weird feeling.

That feeling didn’t last long, anyway.

Realizing that this week I will be on the afternoon shift, killed every spark of hope in me. I will have to socialize with certain people. I will have to socialize with them for the entire week (including the upcoming team building). What’s worse is that next week, I’ll be on the afternoon shift as well. So, 12 days per total. 

I don’t think I have it in me, the patience to spend time with these people. Not for such a long period of time.

If that isn’t bad enough, just found out that someone broke into our temporary car. 

Our car (Volvo S80) is currently in service. It has been in service for the last 2 weeks. The temporary car is just a basic model (Dacia Logan), for John to get to and back from work. We’ve had the Volvo for 4 years or so, and no one broke into it. We’ve had the Logan for 2 weeks and this happened. 

They didn’t even had anything to take from it. We don’t leave anything in the car. A simple glance through the windows would’ve confirmed this. 

Did I also mention that something else broke in the house? 

Yes, it is going to be one of those days. I don’t care if it is Monday or not. It really doesn’t matter. All I know, is that our week didn’t start off that well. 

I am still gathering courage to go to work.

27 days left till the new year

With the last of our social obligations coming to an end, we can happily say that we have no more plans for the Winter Holidays.

There are 27 days left till the end of the year.

I want to say that in those 27 days I will be able to do whatever I want. But, that’s not the case.

My shifts will be a mix of afternoon and night. I will also be away on team building next weekend. On the 24th, 25th and 26th of December I will be on the night shift. I am fine with that. By working the Christmas shift, I secured New Years.

Yes, the year shall end on a positive note. I will not be working on the last weekend of the year.

I shall start 2017 in bed, most likely watching the Vienna concert. For me, that is blissfulness.

I don’t know how 2017 will be. But I do know two things: I will start the year with no debts and no obligations towards no one. No strings attached. That is a fresh new start.

With a full paycheck in my pocket, I will be able to do more things than in previous years. In fact, it will be better for the both of us. We both have jobs with a good paycheck (no matter what anyone else says). Hard work, effort, giving up on many things (including our personal time), paid off. 

I guess I am a little bit happy. It’s just that I am tired, and that happiness doesn’t come out as it should.