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Bloody cold

I am just stating the obvious here: It is bloody cold!

Yes, I am aware it is winter. I am also aware, that we are in January and this is the coldest month of the year. I would not have any problem, if I wouldn’t have to take the dog out or go to work. 

This is the first year that we had to get Pluto doggy footwear. It wasn’t hard to convince Johnny to buy them. It wasn’t a want, but more of an urgent need for the poor dog. Pluto seemed to love them as soon as he was outside and he was able to run around. I was hoping he wouldn’t drag me along anymore, but that hope was soon lost on me.

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Taking Pluto out for short walks is fun, and we do get some exercise in. But, we do have those moments when enough is enough. Those are the moments that we slowly go back home. The moments when something warm is all that we want.

I do love winter, just not at the moment.

Maybe I am a bit grumpy, since I didn’t get enough rest in the last 2 days. All I know is that the bed is the best place to be at the moment. It is warm and comfortable. I also love it when all four of us are cuddling (Marlanu’ and Pluto like spending time with us as well).

Marlanu’ knows best since he seems to be sleeping more. 

A visit to the in-laws might cheer me up. After all, they have the good food and a soup would go perfectly.

Break from the city!

At last, we had a much needed break from the city!

Break from the city

It’s been a hectic period for us. I still can’t believe that almost half a year is gone. Time really flies when you run around, trying to get things done. You would think that waking up early and going to bed late at night, would offer you plenty of time to do as many things as possible. Well, it doesn’t work like that.

It has been one month since I went from the night shift to the morning shift. Two weeks since I got promoted (still deciding if it was worth it or not), and a very long time since we went out, just the two of us.

We even left the dog at home.

Sure, we went out to the movies (Deadpool was the last one we saw at the cinema), we went out with friends; but it’s been a very long time since it was just the two of us.

The best part of this specific break from the city, was that Johnny decided on the location. He never decides on the location. He just lets me pick a random place and goes along with it. Today it was his pick and it was a beautiful one.

It wasn’t very far from Bucharest, just half an hour away by car. It wasn’t crowded, the food was great and I got the chance to feed two ostriches.

Feeding time IMG_20160514_162222

It was fun and relaxing. It was a breath of fresh air after all that has been going on in our lives.

November Goals: None! With Johnny & Pluto

Here’s one for the album: Johnny and Pluto on a walk.

In less than 2 months the year will be over. Makes me wonder if there is something I should be doing. After all, we all strive to finish as many things as we can from our to-do list.

Yet, I can’t seem to think of anything at the moment. Sure, there are my hobbies and a few other things, but there’s nothing really important.  So, here I am. Slacking around in front of the computer, looking over my latest photos.

Pluto and John

The last flowers of the year:

Autumn Flowers

The roses were pretty sad looking, but then again it did snow in October. It’s amazing they lasted so long.

Autumn Roses

And the last one is the carved pumpkin, marking the Halloween madness that has come to Romania as well.

scary carved pumpkin

Hopefully I will get back my Allview phone soon. It’s the second time I had to take it to the service shop, since they didn’t fix it the first time. I am getting tired of this iPhone and the picture quality.

It’s official!

I don’t even know how to start this post. I think I should be happy, but I can’t seem to feel a little uneasy as well. It might be from the weather (we’re in June and it’s still cold and gloomy) or from being tired (I work on the night shift now).

I just quit my job. I have one more month at work (last day of work is on the 22nd of July). I did promise myself that I will not work longer than 2 years in customer service, and I should be proud for keeping that promise. But, I will miss my co-workers/friends and it feels I will not find people like them anywhere else.

It’s funny because at the first job I had, I loved what I was doing by not the people that I’ve worked with. And now, I love the people I work with but I hate the job. I should make a new promise to myself to not lose touch with my friends.

And there’s more..

We (me and Johnny) are officially living alone. Yup, just the two of us and Marlanu’.

I can honestly say I haven’t had a cooked meal in almost 2 weeks. That’s my only complaint. Not only that I don’t have time (because of the night shift), but I never actually cooked meal that involved more than potatoes and meat. So, at the moment I’m on Google looking for easy and quick recipes, like chicken soup. I also have to find recipes that Johnny would eat. After all, he’s a fussy eater while I could eat anything.

There is also the cleaning (which I love!), shopping (groceries and things needed in the house), making sure all is paid on time and the usual stuff that involves keeping up an household.

I think this is a milestone for me.

~~~~ An update on the chicken soup ~~~~

chicken soup

It’s done! It tastes good. I have FOOD!!!

An awesome 4 day weekend


It was an awesome weekend because nothing special happened. We just hanged around like we used. I really missed the good ol’ lazy days, when time was on our side and we were able to get bored.


Of course the first thing I wanted to do was to go out to the park and just enjoy Spring.

It was really nice these last few days. It was sunny and warm, it only rained one afternoon but it wasn’t enough to bother us.

What I do like about this weather is that with the sun coming out cats are also more likely to come out and bask in the light. And that means, more cat photos for me.


Now I have a good camera to take good photos even from a distance. So I will probably have a blog with a lot of stray cats in the near future.

Another thing that I enjoyed this weekend was the good food. We went out to eat at our normal dinning spot. We’re just creatures of habit and its hard to break a habit when it involves good food and good company.


Of course I am the one with the soup and Johnny is the one with the meat and mashed potatoes. But I really do like cow belly soup (ciorba de burta) and there are very few places that make it really good.


 Then there was also the coffee. Honey coffee, the best way to get sick! It looked so nice but it was really sweet. Basically, espresso with lots of honey. But after you drink one glass of that, you don’t need another cup of coffee nor a desert.


We even went to the movies (saw “A good day to die hard”) , had a little bit of shopping (got new shoes),  went out with friends (from work, and I got tipsy), went out with family, watched cartoons and anime, played Sims, got new books  and the most important thing, we spent good quality time together.

I think that was the best part of them all, having a good time with Johnny. No quarrels or anything of the sort. Just the two of us enjoying our free time together.

Nothing can beat that.

The weekend before Christmas

Can you believe that Christmas is just one week away?

I can’t. I’m just stunned how fast time went. In a way I just can’t wait for this year to be over with, but then I realize that nothing will happen in 2012. Everything will be the same. I guess reality sank in so much that I can’t even enjoy the thought of a fresh new start in 2012.

But who knows, once the holidays start I might have a change of heart.

This weekend was pretty cool. It was cool because I spent it with Johnny and because we went to the I.O.R. Park (or Titan Park).

We got to see the Christmas lights. Johnny got a new hat and we ate buns with sausages, which were really good and much cheaper than the ones in Herastrau Park. We also played air ball, and we tied. I won the first game (10-6) and Johnny won the second game (7-3). It was a good exercise for getting warm, that and drinking hot wine.

At first I wanted to take lots of pictures and post them because this year the Christmas lights are really beautiful. But that didn’t happen. I blame the bitter cold and the fact that I was really not dressed for going out: just one sweater and my autumn jacket. I’m surprised of myself because I’m still healthy, no running nose, no cough, no sneezing. I was expecting to get really sick after freezing my ass off yesterday.

Well the point is the pictures are blurry and it wasn’t intentional, I was just shivering and I couldn’t hold the camera steady.

I’m consolling myself with the fact that I’ll take better pictures next weekend. Hopefully, it will snow till then.

Johnny’s pigeon and the morning bus ride to work

Another bitter cold autumn morning!

Strangely, I am finding it harder and harder to wake up at 6:30 AM. I am not physically tired, but more like mentally tired. That sounds so wrong but it’s true. I am tired of everything!

I guess I’m a bit sad that another year has passed and yet not much has happened or better said I haven’t done much this year. Am I being harsh on myself? No, I don’t think I am. In fact I think I’m being too soft on myself. I need to get moving or I will see how many years will pass and I’ll be doing the same things over and over. And that’s just sad.

Moving on, my usual ride to work has become even more annoying than it was. Today I had the pleasure of staying right next to some geezers. They had such an insightful talk about the personal life of one of their co-worker. Apparently that other geezer married twice and just couldn’t find the right woman to wash his underwear.

My God! What is this world coming to??? Women aren’t doing the laundry anymore? Blasphemy!!! We should burn the witches.

~~~~~~Moving on~~~~~~

On a brighter note, Johnny has made new friends. He even bragged about feeding them from his own hand. And just to prove it to me he sent some really nice photos (but I’ll post just a few) of his new friends.

Hello there neighbour. I was wondering can I borrow some bread crumbs while you're enjoying your coffee?

Yup, Johnny has made some pigeon friends. It’s quite funny, considering we both had our share of bird poop over the past few years.

Hmmm, is that an iPhone?

Yes, Johnny’s iPhone 4 takes better pictures than my Nokia X2. I could brag that my camera takes even better pictures but unfortunately I lost the charger. Maybe I misplaced it, I seem to do that every time.

This side makes me look thin!

It’s okay I’ll find that charger and I will be back with lovely pictures. Hopefully I will find it before it starts snowing.

Precious memories

I regret that my parents didn’t have a photo camera when I was little. There are lots of moments in my life that I wish I could remember or at least have “proof” that they happened.

The world was beautiful back in those days. Everything was new and fresh. Things weren’t as complicated as they are today. Everything was fun even on rainy days as today.

I regret that I don’t have any pictures with my childhood friends. I miss them, but I know that if I would see them today, my childhood memories would be stained. People do change in time, and I know for sure (from experience) that we might not be friends now if we meet.

Ironically, now that I do have a camera, I miss all the important moments. For example, last weekend, my high school best friend got married (well they just exchanged vows; the real wedding will be in October). My camera batteries were dead and I couldn’t take a single photo.

That was my first mistake.

So I decided to rely on her friends to take decent pictures and maybe include us two (me and Johnny).

That was my second mistake.

Not only that we are in just one (group) photo, but the rest of the photos are horrible. They are all dark and you can’t even see the faces of the people who were there.

The worst part is my friend decided not to buy the pictures from the experienced photograph because she already has the photos from her friends and they are “perfect”. It hurt; she doesn’t even remember when we left (we even had a Goodbye photo which we never saw).

I got mad at her. That was my third mistake.

These are her memories and if she feels that the pictures from her friends are enough, that’s her decision. If she feels that a group picture with everyone in it is enough, that’s her decision. It was nice that she did invite us and that she is willing to share these moments with us. Hopefully, in October we will be seen in more than two pictures.

I can truly say I’ve learned my lessons: I should only be concerned about the memories I make and I should check more often the battery on my photo camera.

In the meantime, here’s a sweet memory with me and Johnny:

Cho Shin Sung and T-ara

I just “cleaned” my MP3 player (which it’s still alive and going, thank God).

There were a lot of songs that I just lost interest in or I didn’t like from the start (me and Johnny have so different tastes in music). And I’ve added my latest obsessions on it with some old songs that I’ve missed.

Plus, I’ve found another Korean group that I’m interested in: Cho Shin Sung (English name: Supernova). The are an older group but I’ve never heard of them until I heard “TTL” (Time To Love). The song is a collaboration between Cho Shin Sung and T-ara (a rookie Korean group). I really like the song and I really like the boys in the group. Plus, they’re in my age range so I don’t feel like a pedophile for liking them.

I’ve searched for some other songs of them and I’ve found two that I really like (it’s a good thing that the music videos come with subtitles).

PS: On national television (TVR1) they are airing Korean dramas and my parents are crazy for them. I don’t think they have missed an episode. But I can’t complain cause Korean dramas are like a breath of fresh air considering all those soap operas on other channels.

How do people keep their sanity?

I’ve been asking myself these question quite often these past few months and I still can’t figure it out.

Lately, I’ve been feeling like hitting myself with something, hard preferably. Then I would have an excuse for having such bad headaches on a daily basis. And it’s not because of money, love, family or friends (problems). It’s about a co-worker.

Wow, what a shocker!

I know that everyone has one or two co-workers that are so annoying you could feel your blood rush to your head just by mentioning their names. But mine is worse. In fact I don’t think I ever met such a person in my entire life.

I try hard every day not to pay her attention. I don’t look, talk or even mention her name. But she still gets to me. I don’t know why or how, but she does. The funny thing is that if you meet with her after working hours she’s not such a bad person, but during the 8 hours a day we spend together she’s insufferable.

She badmouths anyone and everything. She doesn’t care (or is stupid enough not to notice) that other people are around (like me) and can hear her badmouth Mr. X with Mrs. Y, and after that, she badmouths Mrs. Y with Mr. X. And she can do that while having her lips really tight on everyone ass. But that’s nothing, compared with how she treats her husband.

She really doesn’t see herself as being a bad person. She say everything like it’s a joke, but she isn’t joking. That’s what she’s thinking. I’ve read a lot of articles on the Internet about how to handle bad coworkers but none of them are of any help. It’s like I’ve discovered a new species of “co-workers” and I’m suffering for it.

The worst part is, that unintentionally her husband kinda got me and Johnny together by asking him if he wants to work at our company. And I’m sick and tired of complaining about her. It’s like she’s the main topic of each workday. It’s getting tiresome and it feels like I’m a broken record, always talking about her with Johnny.

So how do people keep their sanity with people like that around them?