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 better (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.

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.

Tired

If I would rate my current state of mind and body from 1 to 10, 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest, I would probably say tired.

Yep, tired is the best word to describe me at the moment.

The heat isn’t helping either. But, I do enjoy the landscape.

Clouds for a tired mind

I think I bit off more than I could chew when I decided to apply for a higher position. It is too much and I don’t have enough time to assimilate everything. I guess you could say I am overwhelmed. I don’t like to admit this, but its true. Now, I am not one to shy away from work. I enjoy working, but I don’t like it when it changes me.

Being tired makes me very touchy feeling. You could say that I feel that everyone and everything is working against me. Yet, that’s not true. A lot of people have helped, as much as they could, to get me through this period. I am really grateful to them.

So, I am determined to stop being a grinch and get back on track. So, I will get back to my resolution: no more complaining.

On a happy note, I would like to mention that I really like my new position. I like the fact that I get to learn new things and it puts things in perspective. I get to see things from the other side and realize that things are not always as they seem. With that, I do feel bad for the previous owners of this position.

Will, I quit? I don’t think so. Not yet, anyway. When the time comes to move on, I will know.

~~~Quick update on our life~~~

  • we went to the country side, at my parents house, just to have lunch;
  • we went to Fetesti, for a weekend! It was refreshing and it has been such a long time since we paid a visit;
  • we went to the cinema for free since Johnny won two tickets at “Now you see me 2”;
  • we went to Bookfest, where I got three lovely books about cat warriors. YES. I bought books for children.
  • made a new friend which works at a publishing company and she provides me with books! We wouldn’t have had the chance to meet her if it weren’t for Pluto. Owning a dog ROCKS!
  • had a lovely workshop (work related stuff), meet new people. Realized that our entire company is made out of crazy people.
  • got new clothes;
  • paid half of my debt. It took me 4 months to do this, and it will take another 4 to pay it in full. Overtime is my new best friend at work.
  • August is right around the corner and that means Vacation for both of us.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to good things. I might be tired, but in a way I am happy. I am tired because I work and I do things that make me happy.

And no matter how tired I am, I will always have time and patience to take photos of the moments that make my life great.

Pluto waiting for Johnny

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.

Rainy days

We’ve been having some rainy days lately. I really can’t complain since they have their charm as well. That, and I always sleep better when it rains outside.

Rainy days

The last 2 weeks have been hectic enough for us. For me, long hours at work and just a lot of running around to get things done and for John has more responsibility at work. It is tiresome. I really have no idea how others manage their time so well. For us, it seems like we’re always running. And yet, with all the running around things don’t seem to get done.

I guess the term rainy days could be used to determine our current situation, not just the weather.

I am currently trying to keep my mind busy and not think of 2 things. One, which will give us a headache for the next 6-7 months (if we’re lucky, it won’t take longer) and the other which might improve something in this whole work equation.

Long story short, I applied for a better position at work. While I am pretty happy with my overall performance, I am cannot guarantee that I will get it. I haven’t forgotten how disappointed I felt last time when I had to much confidence in myself. That and others have applied for the position. There isn’t anyone who wouldn’t deserve it. So, until next week we all have to wait for the results.

“Optimism is the foundation of courage”

Hopefully, I had enough courage to give out my best during these rainy days.