Out and about

We’ve been out and about, doing our business. Johnny always at work, me with the two bastards (doing house work and job hunting).

We’ve settled into a new routine. While I do enjoy slacking around, there’s been a bit off too much slacking for me (7 months to be more precise). I am happy that the job market started moving a lil bit.

On Monday I’ll have my first interview. I know I should be happy for this, but I am not. It’s not that I don’t want to get back to work, it’s more that I do not want to get back to work in a certain field. Either way, I decided that I will go and see what they have to offer and if it’s enough to renounce my sanity.

Until then, I shall be out and about with Pluto. I love dog walking. I cannot believe how many people I’ve meet and how many friends I’ve made, just because I have a dog. I also noticed that when we just walk around, Pluto looks a bit down. But, if we meet other (playful) dogs or we just play with a ball, he is the most happy.

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I hope that this weekend I will have the chance to take him to the park. There are a lot of dogs there and I’m sure he will have lots of fun. Until then, we shall play on the back streets, making sure no cars come our way. I guess that’s the only disadvantage of having a dog in the city.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.