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Spring?

It’s actually nice and sunny. It’s warm!

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Spring? Is that you?

Oh, last day of work than a 4 day weekend. I can’t wait to just slack around and do whatever I want. I think a walk in the park would do me me good.

Even Marlanu’ likes this weather.

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I tried a little Spring cleaning in my closet and when I was trying to put the clothes back he wouldn’t let me. So, for an hour or so I let him have his fun. And I had my fun as well. I like taking photos, so what better subject than a fat cat.

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Feeling refreshed

Routine can make one feel tired. The days pass so quickly and so uninteresting that it makes me feel like I’m wasting time rather than being productive.

But its a miracle what a little change in the daily routine can do to one spirits.

Just by leaving one hour earlier and going to the park before work, by visiting a friend during my day off, even reading a book or two. I really do feel much more refreshed and I’m in a better mood than before.

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I must admit the weather was really nice and it was a shame not to go out for a walk. Even if I was by myself. I guess being alone doesn’t bother me at all, especially on a lovely early Spring morning.

Yes I do consider that Spring is here. I can actually smell it!

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What can I say, when Spring will come in full force all the parks will be full with people so I should enjoy them and their solitude as much as I can.

After that I know for sure that everybody will come out and the parks will be much to full for my liking.

And yet, even staying indoors has it perks when you have a cat.

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Sinaia 2013

What better way to start the year than with a vacation. When everyone went back to work we actually went on a vacation.

Our mini vacation consisted of 4 days and 3 nights at Sinaia. I must say it turned out to be one of the best vacations ever. We went by train, it took us 2 hours to get there, and surprisingly the train got on time, no delay what so ever.

The weather there was beautiful: sunny, lots of snow and very, very cold.

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We planned on not doing much except eat, drink and sleep. And even so, on the first day we went by foot up to the cable car and from there up to 1400m. There we took photos with Lord, a beautiful Saint Bernard that we took photos with last year at Busteni.

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The owner was kind enough to let us take a few more personal pictures with the dog. Well, it wasn’t such a big request since we paid 20 Ron just for one photo.

Well, at 1400 m above sea level, if you don’t have a sledge, skies or a snowboard, there’s not much you can do. We actually stopped and ate lunch but when the bill came we had the shock of our lives. Eating at high altitude is very expensive.

The next day it was cloudy and we decided to visit Pelisor Castle.

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We saw Peles Castle a few years ago, we really liked it even if the tour was 10 minutes long and they basically rushed us out so they can make time for the next tour. Well, at Pelisor it was the exact opposite.

Me and Johnny were the only ones visiting Pelisor at that time since everyone was heading for Peles. Basically, they gave us the go ahead to visit the castle at our own pace. They even begged us to take pictures, but we declined. It wasn’t that expensive to take pictures but we just wanted to enjoy the castle not having to worry if we took photos of this or that.

What I really loved at Pelisor were the painting of the french painter Marguerite (Gamy) Montaut. The paintings were in the children’s bedroom and they just caught my eyes. I’m actually thinking of reproducing a few of her paintings in stitching.

The interior of Pelisor was beautiful. Some of the rooms were amazing just by concept, leaving out all the decorative things.

On the third day we decided to brace ourselves and hit the high slopes at 2000m. We took again the cable car and basically we didn’t see anything besides fog. Yup, 2000m above the sea level and all around us just fog.

DSC00028It was disappointing since we were so high and we wanted to see the views and all around us was just white fog. When we found a place to eat we were even more shocked of the prices they had. Seriously, eating on top of the mountain its a very expensive hobby.

I’m not saying that we didn’t spent money in our 4 days at the mountain side (we spent a lot of money in 4 days), but seriously 25 RON for a bowl of soup. I’m sorry but that’s just way over the limit of common sense.

In the end all we ate was a bowl of baked potatoes with goat milk. IMO that was one of the best meals I ever had in a very long time. It was healthy and yummy at the same time.

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Also, we had good company while we were enjoying our meager lunch. A tabby cat, a very fat one if I might add. We actually had a discussion, where ever people are animals will always be close by. In this case lots of big dogs and a very fat cat that was enjoying the heat and hospitality of the cabin.

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I also made a list (of photos) with the best foods I ate while I was on vacation. Don’t be surprised if you see lots of ice cream photos. I actually lots more food, like deer jerky, cow belly soup, pizza and so on, but 75% of the time I was very tipsy and photos were not on my mind.

“Bulzul Boierului”  (the fourth picture) was one of the few things that I was not able to finish. It was so good but very fat.

And to end the mini vacation, in our last day we had a few more hours to kill before taking the train back to Bucharest. So we actually went to this Trains exposition. It was awesome on so many levels. First of all, we were in minority there. Actually all adults were in minority there. And it was easy to see why, there were a lot of mini trains, a place to do puzzles, draw, play with toy trains, an area for tea and coffee and they even had some cool souvenirs. And all of this was actually within the train station at Sinaia.

It was such a good vacation! I can truly say for the first time in my life I had a stress free vacation.

October.. and its gone

We’re already in November. There is less then two months till Christmas and the New Year is coming fast.

And here I am wasting my days, sleeping away my youth and just being annoying most of my time because I don’t get enough good rest. There is one thing to get a good 8 hour sleep and another to stay in bed for 12 hours at a time but not being able to sleep because of all the noise and not being able to do things because of being to tired to stand or walk.

So, there’s no solution for me just to stick it out and hopefully they will give me an afternoon shift.. or else I might go Hulk on their asses.

Moving on…

So, last weekend it was Nijikon and I didn’t went.

I know, you must be wondering what in Gods name came over me not to go to the only anime convention that I like. Well, someone *cough*Johnny*cough* got a hold of a car and we went on a road trip. It was nice, not awesome nor awful, just nice. The company was OK, well most of our company.

I don’t know if I am becoming more grumpy because I’m just tired in general or the people around me really are annoying. I’m going to say that both options sound about right.

Either way I was out of the house and into the open fresh air and it was perfect for me. The weather couldn’t have been any nicer, the food was good, I did get some sleep in the afternoon even if I was rudely awaken by someone who was grumpy because they were hungry, but we’ll let that one slide.

So of course I’ll have to post pics or else it will be like it never happened.

Not many pictures to post because most of them are with people and I don’t like to post pics with people in them.

Either way, it was fun. I enjoyed the ride but truthfully a part of me regrets missing out on Nijikon. This year there were a lot of events that were pretty cool. You see, I could’ve always went to friends and family but that damn convention is only once a year. Am I being an idiot, probably but there some things that mean a lot more to me than they do to normal people.

Some nice areas of Bucharest

There are a lot of places in Bucharest which I never been to. And its a pity because some of them are really interesting from my point of view.

For example, last week we went to Obor train station to pick someone and the train was late as usual and we just strolled around. It was such a lovely Autumn day, sunny and warm.

And then out of nowhere a beautiful cat…

It was so pretty and it kept meowing but never came close to us. I think she probably knew I was going to steal her if I would’ve gotten my hands on her. I know, I know, I already have a cat at home and he’s been keeping me busy lately and it’s not nice to steal.. but it was so pretty.

Anyway, as I was saying we strolled around and went to the park, we went up on the old bridge that overlooks the train station, we went to a nice bistro had an omelette, and I even managed to buy some new clothes.

It was such a nice day. I rarely have such nice days when I can just go on long walk, eat whenever I want and wherever I want, buy stuff and just take photos like a tourist.

The nice weather is still going strong and I can truly say I miss the sunlight. I have 3 more weeks on the night shift and then I hope to get an afternoon shift.

David Stern – Nightmare World

Last year I purchased some second hand books, mostly in English. They were cheap and I said to myself why not.

I must admit that even to this day I have not read them. Well, from 15 books that were purchased I only read one and that one was on a train when I was going at the sea side. And even then, the only reason for which I started it was because it was a small book perfect for travelling for short distances.

And that book was “Nightmare World” by David Stern, which is books nb. 5 from the Dr. Bones series.

Yes I do know that I started with the wrong book but it is the only book from the series that I have. And I just now found out that there are 6 books from the series and I am looking them up. Maybe I can find them at a sale or second hand, or if I can find them in audio format then everything should be perfect.

Well, I am not looking them up because the book was amazing in any way, but it just feels weird not to know exactly where things started, what happened in the first 4 books and why are the relations between the characters like that (what brought them together, what separated them, etc.).

As I said it wasn’t a great book, but it was OK. I mean at least I didn’t throw the book to the dumpster like I did with certain books in the past, nor did I regret purchasing it.

The only thing that really annoyed me was the name of the characters, well the alien characters. They were really hard to read and truthfully I didn’t even bother pronouncing them.

Still, it was a science fiction book, it was a good change from my Hercule Poirot novels and who knows maybe I’ll read and the rest of the books in the near future. After all, I made a resolution that this year I will enjoy immerse myself in reading and watching movies (especially Bollywood movies).

And yes I know, such a redundant post no actual information has been given. Well, I’m sorry for that, here’s a cute picture of me and Marlanu’ enjoying the afternoon, one listening to audio books and stitching and the other sleeping.

Cross stitch birds

I started a new Lanarte project.

I’m an idiot I know. I have at least 10 ongoing stitching projects. In fact I don’t remember the last time I actually posted a completed project on the blog. I should feel ashamed but I am not.

Really I just like to work at more things at once. And if I get bored with one project I can switch to another one.

Here’s a more detalied picture of the project:

This project is actually pretty big and I am thinking of doing it in two parts; what I stitched so far I am thinking in making into a bookmark and the other part I am thinking of framing it after completion.

And there goes August

Summer is technically over, but it will be a while before we will have to take out our Autumn jackets. I actually can’t wait for the warm weather to just go away. It’s has been a very warm Summer and I am not one to like the heat.

But still, the Summer has been good with me. I am starting to believe that Karma has not forgotten me. I had lots of fun these past few weeks. Going out with friends/family, going to the gym, getting good feedback from work and so on.

One of my favorite outings this summer was going to the Zoo. It was my fourth time visiting the Zoo and I can actually say that I will never get bored of it.

This time I was actually prepared and had my camera with me.

I think I was more excited than all the kids there. I was looking at the big cats and the reptiles while the kids were just bored. It was really a shame because I wanted to stay just a bit longer and just enjoy those beautiful tigers but my company got bored easily.

So we only stayed there for half an hour.

I don’t regret this because I think I’ll go again in the near future and I will be with better company this time since Johnny is in town. And I can’t wait to hear the lion roar again.

After the Zoo we went to the park. It was very crowded being late in the evening but I still had a great time. I had ice cream, took some nice photos of the swans and just enjoyed the walk.

I also wanted to mention that this outing happened right after I got off from work. So let me explain, the day before the outing I did not sleep at all, I worked all night, got home around 8AM, we got ready and left around9AM. We got home from the Zoo around 14 PM. I got to sleep 3 hours then in the evening we went out again and then back at work till the next day when straight from work I took them to the train station then back home where I slept for another 6 hours or so.

It was an interesting experience.

Before & After

I don’t know exactly why, but whenever I see the old photos of Marlanu’ I get this fuzzy feeling.

It may be because I did a good deed by taking in a helpless animal. It may be because I finally have my own cat. It might be because this little fellow has grown on me so much. It may be from many other causes. Yet it shocks me when I see the pictures from the first day I took him in. He was so little and cute, and now he is so big and cute.

Do parents feel the same way about their children?

Back from vacation

I am back!

This year I had the longest vacation I had in ages. 2 full months! Well, I did had my exams (today was the last one) and I had to look for work, but only good things happened to me.

Where should I start? So many things happened I actually don’t know where to start.

I did well at university. I believe I will pass all my exams; there’s one exam that I am not so sure but overall I did good. I now have to wait for the results to come out. This might take a week or two. But what I enjoyed the most at university is the fact that I actually belong to a group. And they are really nice people. Friends in the making? I hope so.

I also found a job!

It’s something completely different from what I did at my last job but I am feeling confident that things will be OK. The company is pretty big and there are a lot of young people, actually I was feeling a bit old during the first interviews considering I was the only one that was 25 and had so much work experience (5 long years).

I start work on Monday and I am actually anxious. The first 3 months are crucial if I want to keep my job and I really do want this job. I like the workplace, the people there, the main building is right next to the circus and you can see the animals in the park, and the salary is considerably bigger. And I say that comparing the amount of workload I had at my old job and the workload I will have to do here.

The only thing that makes me anxious is the night shift.

I enjoy sleeping and I don’t know how I will manage staying awake during my night shift. But I will tackle things as they come. It’s the best strategy.

Besides work and study, I am enjoying my hobbies as much as I can.

I started knitting a new scarf. I am actually getting good at it and I plan on making scarfs for all my friends and relatives. I finished the first scarf pretty fast because I was listening to audio books. I read The Hunger Games, I am currently half way through Catching Fire and The Hobbit. I think I’ll finish The Hobbit first because it’s “lighter” in content and a bit more cheery than Catching Fire.

I am also sad to say that I slacked with my Japanese lessons. I will have to start all over but I am not bothered by that. This way I’ll see what I remembered and if my learning method has payed off.

Oh and I almost forgot, I love trains!

This was the fourth time I rode the train by myself. On the train I sat next to two Americans that came to Romania to attend a conference and woman that came back from Italy. Those 3 hours have passed so fast and I actually got to practice my English.

All is good…