January 1st, 2017

We finished 2016 with a bang, and started 2017 with a road trip. 

We both got the chance to see our favorite artists on the stage. We enjoyed the fireworks, and had fun last night. It was actually more fun than spending the New Years at home or at a restaurant. 

It was cold! But it was totally worth it. It was less fussy as well. No need to worry about guests and if they are having fun. No need to clean afterwards. No need to dress up for the occasion. For me, that was the best ever.

2017 had a good start. We had our January 1st road trip to our parents (at the country side). Pluto enjoyed himself. There was snow and he had playmates. The food was also good. In fact, in the last week we had only homemade food. I guess we’re starting the New Year with a few extra pounds as well. 

Pluto Snow

I actually had fun and even got the chance to rest. I couldn’t ask for more. 

Dogs in Snow

I hope the good times will keep on rolling this year and that we won’t stress out so much because of work. I hope that we’re going to make lots of happy memories. 2017 has a good start so far. I am very hopeful of what is to come. 

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. 

 

Just Autumn Things

September is coming to an end, slowly but surely. The days are getting shorter, while the nights are getting longer.

Thinking about it makes me nostalgic. I keep remembering moments from years ago..

Truthfully, I don’t remember last autumn and winter. We were so busy that I don’t have any memories of what happened. I know that Christmas was cute and that we had a tree in our house; that New Years was short and spent with friends. But, my memories stop there.

I don’t remember what I did with the rest of my time? Did I have fun? Or, was I so consumed in what I was doing (work most likely) that everything else just faded away?

I feel robbed.

I am sure that things will be hectic this year as well. We have so many projects and tasks to complete, and time is just slipping away. Yet, I am able to enjoy sweet simple moments. For example, drinking tea while eating homemade strawberry jam, while reading and cuddling with Marlanu’.

Marlanu' loves to cuddle

I miss cooking as well. I don’t know why, but autumn is the best season to cook. It might be me, but the food tastes betterĀ (especially homemade food).

I have a lot of things planned out for the next few weeks. I am hoping that I won’t lose my motivation along the way. There will be homemade food. There will be moments to enjoy. I will make sure to enjoy them all as they come. Sounds like a responsibility, but it’s more like a reminder of sort.

Autumn Stitching

True to my word, I stitched these last couple of days. I just didn’t want to do anything else.

I even picked a nice theme (from my goodies basket): Autumn Landscape. It goes with the weather!

Autumn Stitching

It is a big project, but the fact it has large parts to stitch with just one color helps. I think that’s why I was able to stitch so much. I missed it. I am amazed how I could go an entire summer without picking up the thread and needle. I will not say when I will finish it. I always do that and I never finish them. Well, I finish them in a couple of years. There is no rush when stitching, especially if you stitch for yourself.

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Thinking about it, there are a lot of things we haven’t done this summer. We didn’t go to the sea side. We didn’t go out as much as before. Considering everything that went on, it is more than justified that we focused on other things.

I am also waiting for October for one good reason. It will be the last month to pay off whatever I have left to pay. I will be debt free and I will be able to enjoy my entire paycheck. 15 days to be more precise. I just can’t wait to get it over with. Enjoy is not the best word. There are other things that we need to take care of as well.

Winter is coming and we will need new tires for the car and a few other things.

It feels more and more like a grownup talking and making plans.

Weekends are for fun!

Weekends are for fun! I’ve missed going to the park to walk the dog. I think Pluto missed it as well. In fact, it’s been well over a month since we went to the park.

It was a refreshing afternoon! It was spent walking around, eating ice cream and some people (like Johnny and co) playing Pokemon Go. I guess there was something for all of us to do. Even Pluto was smiling from ear to ear.

Pluto smiling

I walked the dog and looked around in amazement how things have changed (once again). It really made me feel like I haven’t left the house in years. We didn’t have doggy company, since our friends with dogs were out of town but we managed making new friends.

Cute husky mix Pluto and a new friend

There was even a library set up in the park. They provided chairs, blankets, comfortable places to sit on and books. They had small libraries from which you could pick up books, in case you didn’t have one with you.

Cute library in the park

I also loved the fact that it wasn’t crowded. Usually, the park if full during the weekends. This time it was relatively empty. I’m guessing people are still on vacation, taking advantage of the last days of warmth.

In a way, we were taking advantage of the last days of warmth. But, I can’t wait for the cold to come. This way, we can walk Pluto without having to worry that he will overheat. We even had a few family photos taken. Some were derpy, some were cute. In fact, I can’t wait for the chance to create a new photo album.

By the way, this weekend we’re also going to the park.

Two years ago

Two years ago on this day, we got a dog! And now, that said dog sleeps next to the very couch that he slept the day we brought him home.

It is really amazing how a simple event can change your life altogether. There are a few things in my life that I do not regret, and this is one of them.

If we wouldn’t have gotten Pluto, there would be a lot of friends that we would’ve missed out. A lot of things that we might never had the chance to do. Marlanu’ would’ve missed on a playing / sleeping buddy.

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I am in a pretty good mood, considering I’ve only slept 4 hours after being on the night shift. Did I mention that I will tonight as well? It can’t be helped at the moment, since I do need money like everybody else.

But, I am happy! Yes, I am happy because f*ck it all. Why shouldn’t I be happy?

I officially applied for a new job. It comes with recommendations from friends. I have a pretty good shot at it, and I decided it is worth the risk. It is now or never and I should do everything possible to get the job. That includes practicing my English grammar. There is one sucky part. If I am to quit, I will have to stay 45 working days at the current job, till they find someone to fill in my position. That’s the only drawback of having a leadership position. Normally it would be 21 working days.

Oh well, we shall live and see where this will go. After all that has been going on this year, all that I can say is “bring it“.