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.

Early morning thoughts

I woke up this morning, and the first thing that came into my mind was stitching.

I haven’t stitched for a very long time. It felt weird to wake up and want to pick up the floss and just stitch. Stitching is one of my favorite hobbies, but I haven’t had the time for it. I guess I’ve been focused on so many things that I forgot that I have hobbies of my own.

I think I will indulge in some stitching today. It is my day off, after all.

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I’ve also decided that I should quit Facebook for a while. In fact, I really don’t know I even bother to go there. If I really miss someone, or need to talk to someone I can always call.

There are a lot of things that are really useless to me right now. There are a lot of ways in which I waste time. Considering there are three and a half months left of the year, and time isn’t slowing down I don’t want to regret anything at the end of the year.

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I’ve also taken the decision to postpone any job change in the near future. I actually turned down the offer that was made to me. I don’t regret it, maybe the fact that I disappointed the person who recommended me. But, it is my choice no matter what and I will stay by it.

Another important decision: weekends are weekends! I will not go to work on my days off, no matter what.

 

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.

A Dog’s Purpose

I can’t believe I’m setting up reminders for movies that will be released in 2017. Yet, this is what I am doing. “A Dog’s Purpose” is the first one on the list.

Yes, we love dogs a lot. We even went out with other friends dog owners to see “The Secret Life of Pets” when it came out.

I don’t mind that the movies comes out in January. In fact, it gives me plenty of time to read the novels before we see the movie. “A Dog’s Purpose” is based on the novel with the same name, written by W. Bruce Cameron. There is also a sequel named “A Dog’s Journey” written by the same author.

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I realized I love books that have pets in them. I loved “Chez Stinky” by Susan C. Daffron and I am looking for her other books from the An Alpine Grove Romantic Comedy series. They are a bit hard to find, I must admit that. Buying them from abroad is not an option. So, most likely I will go for the electronic format or audio book version.

These are feel good stories, and maybe that’s why I get excited when something like this gets released.

I actually realized that most of the movies that do come out now are based on novels or comic books. In a way that is a good thing, but from experience that is not always the case. The movies turn out to be a real disaster and leave a bitter taste.

Then there are those few that break the rule, for example those movies that are as good or even better than the books (like it happened with “Stardust” or “The Princess Bride”).

The trailer for “A Dog’s Purpose” looks really nice, so I’m hoping the movie will be as lovely as possible. *fingers crossed*

A bit of luck?

I got the call that I was waiting hoping for. I know that I shouldn’t get my hopes up. I’ve done this in the past, in similar situations, and was disappointed with the results.

I really want this to happen. Monday will be the first step towards a new possible beginning.

Until I know for sure that it will happen, I cannot move a single muscle. I cannot let others know about it either. To put it bluntly, things are not going so well at work. I guess it is frustration that has been pilling up. I want so bad to rant about it. To get it out of my system, but that will not change things nor will it make me feel any better.

The thought of working during the holidays again, doesn’t warm me either.

Being in a position of leadership, doesn’t make things easier. If things go well and if I were to quit my job, I would still be stuck there for another 45 working days. That is almost 2 months and it is not a good thing. I will need to use diplomacy in order to get out early, with both parts agreeing to it. Considering I am not the only one that wants to quit (2 people already submitted their resignation), it will be very hard to come to an agreement with them.

The understaffed part and the inability of the management to get new people, will make it hard for anyone who wants to leave. They will try to keep us for as long as possible. Maybe with a bit of luck, things will go my way.

Did I mention that I want this really bad? You could say that I’ve become desperate for a way out. Unfortunately, I cannot quit without knowing for sure that a new job is secured. Until I sign the new contract, I will be patient and do my job (even if that will kill me inside).

Reply 1988

I finished watching Reply 1988 recently. I can honestly say, that this has been one of the best series that I’ve watched in a long time.

Reply 1988

Plot:

“In 1988, Duk-Sun (Hyeri), Jung-Hwan (Ryoo Joon-Yeol), Sun-Woo (Ko Gyung-Pyo) and Dong-Ryong (Lee Dong-Hwi) are high school students and Taek (Park Bo-Gum) is a go player. These five people have been friends since they were little kids. They all grew up together and are neighbors to this day. Their families are also very close to each other. They always hang around Taek’s room and spend time together.”

It was cute and funny, but it was also a bit sad. It made me miss my childhood friends. This is one of those series that tugs at the heart strings and makes you wish that you would’ve done things differently in life. It’s that good.

I admit, I only started watching it because it has one season (of 20 episodes). I wasn’t expecting each episode to last almost two hours. I thought it would be a nice way to fill my free time and relax. Instead, I cried my eyes out at the final episodes.

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“Time will always flow.
Everything will pass by.
Everything will age.
That might be why youth is beautiful.
It shines, blindingly bright, for just an instant.
But to it, you can never go back.
A time when many tears were shed.
The time of my youth was like that as well.”

— Sung Deok Sun – Reply 1988

I feel old now. I am 29 and I feel much older than that. All of my childhood friends have moved on and made a life of themselves. They followed their dreams and took their chances. I think this is how being left behind feels like. Sure, not all of us have the same aspirations and dreams. Some of us might be slower when taking decisions or might not be sure of what we want from life. But, it still feels sad.

Even feeling like that, I know for sure that I will re-watch Reply 1988. It is not a filler series for my free time, but a sweet reminder of times gone by. A reminder of what we had, what we are and what we can become.

“In the end, fate and destiny do not just happen out of coincidence. They are products of earnest, simple choices, that make up miraculous moments. Being resolute, making decisions without hesitation, that is what makes timing.”

— Jung-Hwan – Reply 1988

Back to school?!

It might be back to work season for us, but why not make it back to school as well? I miss learning something new. I miss my self taught Japanese lessons. In fact, I miss the feeling of being awesome just for doing something on my own, for myself.

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I can still remember most of the Hiragana that I’ve learnt, so that means I was doing something right.

Working on the night shift is tiresome, but it does give me plenty of time for all sorts of activities. It allows me to take care of the house, of our pets and different daily tasks. It allows me to watch different series and TV shows, that otherwise I wouldn’t get the chance.

Basically, the night shift allows me to do whatever I want during the day (including those few hours of sleep in order to survive).

I plan on starting my Japanese lessons and to add Spanish lessons as well. Spanish and Italian are very similar to Romanian. It is easy for us to learn those two languages. I do know that I may never use Japanese, but I do have the chance to use Spanish at work. Foreign languages are in high demand. I would like to throw myself at German, but that is a bit harder.

I feel giddy with excitement.

I will have to chose my material, notebooks, pens and different stuff to make it easier and fun to learn. I can now put to good use all of the notebooks that I have hoarded over the years.

 

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“.

One down

Today is back to work day for the both of us. In a way I wish it was back to school day, but those days are long gone. Pay day is coming and that will make things easier for the both of us.

I am happy that the summer heat is gone, and slowly autumn is making its claim. I do love autumn. In fact it is my favorite season.

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Four more months and the year will also end.

It wasn’t a bad year, if I think about it. In two months I will be debt free. I finished my reading challenge, and if I try a bit harder I might finish other things till the end of the year. It was a challenging year and I’ve learnt a great deal about myself.

Four more months of making decisions and taking action.

It might be that it is early morning, but I do feel that there are a lot of opportunities and chances to be taken. It is an optimistic feeling that I am having. I don’t know if it is a good feeling or that I still need a cup of coffee and to take a good look around me. I like feeling optimistic and making plans. Soon enough I will be free to make bigger plans. I cannot wait for October to come, to feel financially free.

In fact, I can’t wait for tonight to come so I can see my friends from work. I missed them. I missed being around them. In a way, I miss them more than old friends that I haven’t seen in a very long time.

So, it’s back to work day and I am feeling happy. It is a good feeling to have.

Summer vacation

Our two weeks vacation is almost over. Time really flies when you’re having fun.

My only regret is that we couldn’t take Pluto with us. He would’ve enjoyed all the places we went to. So much freedom, places to run and have fun.

Our vacation was not exotic, nor did we go abroad. We went up north to visit relatives and places that we never saw before. There are a lot of places in own country that we haven’t seen. So going abroad makes no sense to us. We could’ve went to the sea side like we always did. But, this time we focused on the mountains.

It was the best decision ever.

Clouds

The weather was amazing. I loved the chilly mornings and evenings. It made me realize how much I want Autumn to come. The food was great. In fact I think we both gained a lil bit of weight.

I really have no complaints.

Road to Oteleni

It kinda sucks that we have to go to work on Monday. But, then again we do need money. I am hoping that we will get other chances to go out and have fun. I am hoping that we will have the chance to go on a vacation just the two of us. Until then, we are left with the memories and the photos we took.

It was lovely, even if we went mostly to old churches or monasteries (like Voronet Monastery).

There also a few other stops that were planned well ahead.

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Others were not planned..

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Some were just to cute to pass by.

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And some were amazing, like driving through the clouds.

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Overall, it was a good experience. It is a pity it will end soon and we will all go back to our daily routine and even forget about these lovely two weeks.