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Booze, booze

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Recently I read an article on how millennials do not drink as much as previous generations. Then I found out that I am a millennial... or am I?

Apparently millennials are defined as the humans unlucky enough to be born between 1980s and 2000s and have lots of publications write so many things about them - why is the media obsessed with millennials? Or maybe we just have a need to generalize everything about generations - I mean, wasn't everyone in the 60s a hippie? Surely millennials act all the same way.

As for what makes one a millennial, that birth years interval might be true for Americans, but I was born in Romania and I am not sure the same qualifies here because Romania was a communist country up until 1989, and the development, culture and media are different.

Now I will shut up about my opinions on millennials and everything surrounding that concept, and talk about my opinions on drinking - and more exactly on my relationship with booze starting teenage-hood (since these…

Lately: Awesome Women and My Newest Obsession

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I am making an effort to watch more films... while I eat TV shows on a daily basis, films are a bit too long and demand too much of my attention. Alas, the same could be said when I watch 5 episodes in a row, but for some reason it feels different. So here's what was on my screen lately:


I finally made the time to watch this epic film Cleopatra from 1963. It is way too long and the story is... meh, you know, there was a better story to tell but alas, the decor and clothes made the film for me. Seeing Elizabeth Taylor in so many amazing costumes was breathtaking. Completely disappointed by how they made the story, but look at Liz being absolutely gorgeous:


I went to see Wonder Woman (2017) with my co-workers and on our way there I was a bit complaining about some things, and then we went in and I was simply amazed by Gal Gadot and the movie! I did not have high expectations but there were some expectations, of course, it's Wonder Woman after all. But the film totally crushed me…

What's Cooking in August!

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Well, you guessed, I am still struggling to cook daily and for months I was thinking about getting a new hobby - cooking Japanese food -, so why not challenge myself and make a list with things I will try to cook in August?

Baking: I saved on my Pinterest a few French Bread recipes and I think it's finally time to do it. Maybe summer is not the best time for baking (it's hot enough), but I will put this on my list just maybe I will feel like it...

Dessert: Something easy, of course. I might be making my usual Banana Muffins for team-building, but I might not have the time (the plane arrives at 10 pm, I sleep, I go to work, we go in team-building so probably there's no time for baking muffins). So if that doesn't happen, then something easy with coconut - I had some Coconut Cookies at a Cafe and they were delicious... or maybe Homemade Bounty. I just feel like coconut anything! Oh, and maybe Sundaes - I never made them and it's not like they are hard to make, you jus…

On the Mind: The Zero Day Challenge

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I am trying to save more money but it is hard to control my spending habits and I am not even sure what my money goes on at the end of the month so I will do the Zero Day Challenge. Basically, what I have to do is track all the days I spend 0 mullah. The rent, bills and food essentials do not count - eating out, takeout or buying sweets does not count as groceries.

So... this is it. Today is the first day. Probably I will spend more time building on this challenge and on what exactly counts as spending instead of saving, but so far I do not want to complicate it. I will just draw a calendar and then track it. This first week (until August) is more of a trial to see what to change and so on and then starting August the 1st I will try to get as many 0s as possible.

Hmmm, maybe it's not the best moment to start this seeing how I am going on vacation on August 2nd, but the more challenging the better, right?

// Andreea

Sunday Catch-Up: Vacation Time

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The weather in Cluj is extreme. I do not remember ever experimenting such high temperatures in this city. Alas. with summer also comes vacation time! Sure, I am not going to Japan for my vacation (at least not this year) and it's no longer a three months vacation because apparently adults only deserve 21 days of holiday but I am still super excited for having even one week of summer vacation!

This year we don't have anything big planned which made me realize I should plan my vacations in time - next year I will book our hotel in January for the summer vacation to the Black Sea, and maybe go to Greece or Italy or who knows. Well, I am kidding, but I will try to plan at least one week of vacation every summer and have it be spectacular!

Until then, this summer I am going on vacation without my boyfriend (busy with driving school and work), but my parents planned a great week in the mountains with some family friends. So I am going home for a few days, then go hiking in the Buce…

Such a Good Girl by Amanda K. Morgan // Review

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Disclaimer: This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review. 
Well, in June, when I just started the book I read only the first chapter, then I found out the place I am renting is getting sold and my life got complicated. Alas, yesterday I finally made time for this book and I read it in two days.

Welcome to the unreliable narrator trend, although it could have been done better and have me suspect it less. Anyhow, the book is hard to put down once you get into the story and even if I did not trust the narrator completely, I was able to ignore that something-could-have-been-way-better-here and simply be entertained by the story.

The synopsis is already giving enough about the story so I will not go and talk about it, but it does have a little bit of Pretty Little Liars strangeness and creepiness which adds points to the book. It is an easy read with a strong main character and there are a lot of twists I did not expect. It is a book that can easily change the tone…

Short Life Update!

I am dog-sitting!!!! 🐶

Favourite Things: Summer Savers

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1. Yves Rocher Exfoliating Shower Gel with Lemon Basil
I am a bit lover of exfoliating shower gels, but I stopped using them because those little bits inside are damaging for the environment so... and then Yves Rocher came up with their own version that is eco-friendly and the exfoliating grains are fruit seeds, hence biodegradable and not bad for the planet! Basil essential oil, lemon extract, fruit seeds and a bottle that contains 25% less plastic makes for a great and energizing shower.

2. PEPCO
Pepco is perhaps my favourite place on Earth. Sure, it is crowded and a mess, but the things are cheap and lovely and it makes my house so so pretty. This is my small table created entirely with Pepco products: a gorgeous wooden tray for my glass and water filter, a big clear vase for my immortal flowers, a vase for my mortal flower that Anda gave me and the cutest decor candle with "What a Wonderful World". And I also have two cute wooden boxes in my bathroom to sort my products -…

A Daily Fresh Start

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My story with a healthy lifestyle and mainly healthy eating is a roller-coaster. I wake up, I decide I am going to join the healthy lifestyle, I do everything perfectly and then I have a bad day when I eat some chips so if I am already eating chips while not eat them all? And then what is the point of eating healthy again if I ruined it... and this is how it goes.

Until a few weeks ago when I decided that going totally healthy from the start is hard and it won't stick to me, so I just turned around and looked at things differently. First I started with cooking more. It's easier to make sure your food is healthier if you make it yourself and use good ingredients and try to avoid the unhealthy things - although even those are better home-cooked than ordered.

That was my start. And then I started losing weight, which is great and what I want and it is hard work, but the secret is - surprise, surprise and so cliche - balance. It is all about moderation and learning that food is f…

You Don't Need a Reason to Help People

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I find myself returning to my thoughts on charity and this feeling that I am not doing enough... Then I found this quote, that one does not have to do it all. That maybe doing even a little bit is better than doing nothing. I mean, of course it is, but is it enough? And what does enough mean? What more can I do?

And the answer is... to be more altruistic. That's going to be my focus for the following months. Help more, give more, expect nothing in return. I don't mean giving my entire bank account to the charity, but learning to give without feeling guilty because I am doing what I can and do more when possible.

These days I am searching for the answer to that century old question: are people good or bad? Or what makes some people good and some bad, or how can people be good and bad at the same time and is it nature or nurture? Maybe I should start with some old philosophers... and in the end I know it is about opinions and beliefs. And I believe that people are mostly good -…

On the Mind #4: Update

This is just a short update on my latest On the Mind post, because sometimes it's good to know where you stand with your projects and huge to do lists.


PROJECT: The Closet Makeup

Okay, now all my clothes are washed, ironed and folded (thank you, dad) and I have WAY TOO MANY CLOTHES! Now that I am aware of that, I will mindfully sort my clothes - but not today - and give them away or sell the clothes I never wore or do something about them. I am not yet ready for a 33 closet project or anything like that, but I am willing to live with less... a lot less.


PROJECT: Perfect Bathroom

The bathroom is scrubbed and clean and nice. All I have left to do is further organize my bath products. The soap tray project is postponed because it is no longer necessary.


PROJECT: The Kitchen Massacre

All done! I am happy to say that my kitchen is super clean, my fridge top is not cluttered and my pantry is sorted and good to go. Currently I am working on using my pantry more and cooking with all those noo…

Writing down your wish...

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It's funny how things work. Earlier this year I made a list of long term and short term goals. I did it to remind me of what I want, but of course I never returned to the list - only a few times when I realized that things were happening...

On my short term I had to learn Excel which was strictly related to my long term wish to become an OMD analyst. I had that down before the position was even available to apply for - I knew or better said I hoped it would be available because they were looking for a Senior OMD Analyst that had to have 9 months experience with the OMD so... so they had to replace the person who was going to be promoted, right?

Then I got the job... and that's when I returned to the list. Some things from the long term were in my head really really long long long term or things that were not going to happen too soon... But now another one is about to be crossed off. Well, it is crossed off, there's just waiting involved and... I don't know, I am happy…

What Am I Eating 001

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So... I challenged myself to cook more and bring home cooked lunches to work. Hence, I will share some recipes on the blog - trying to go for breakfast, lunch and dinner but I usually just make a simple salad for lunch and have yogurt or fruit for breakfast. But, alas, I am making an effort.


Seeds & Cherry Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients:
Banana, cherries, apricot, water, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, granola, goji berries, coconut flakes.

Directions:
Make a smoothie with banana, cherries and any other fruit you have in the house (I used apricots) with a bit of water - you don't want it to be a liquid. It helps if you have frozen bananas, I have no room in the freezer. Afterwards, top your smoothie with some granola and anything you want, especially seeds that are rich in antioxidants and omegas, but anything goes.


Pasta Tuna Salad

Ingredients:
Orecchiatte pasta (or any kind of small pasta), a tuna can, 1 tbsp of capers, one yellow red pepper, cherry tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, olive oil,…

Present Day Goals

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I found this quote and it made me think... before getting the promotion, I was tired. I did not do anything and felt like there was no time for anything. It only felt that way... in fact, I am still working 8 hours a day, I am working more, but the work is also more interesting, challenging and at the end of the day I am not drained. Well, truth be told, although some things annoy me at work, I do not have humans I do not know shouting at me or making me doubt humanity...

Speaking of goals now... it appears that bad events can give us a positive push to work harder on what we want. I am working harder than ever on something that I wanted ever since... forever maybe? When I moved here? When I was 23?

It's not something easily achievable and it does require sacrifice, but I do believe that the good parts are going to outweigh the hard parts. I just need patience... and to worry less, of course. But hopefully this week we will make the big step towards a brighter future. And fortuna…

On War and Charity

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On Friday I went to see Wonder Woman with some of my co-workers and I loved it (of course), but during it I spent a great deal of time thinking about war... The movie talks about the god of war and it takes place during the World War I.. but it's that one scene with no man's land and the suffering that made me think about war today and how although I am living here, in a country with a corrupted political system and all that, I am still doing just peachy, living my life day by day with nothing from the exterior affecting it drastically...

But there is war in the world and there is pain and suffering and there is not much that I could do. I remember once telling a friend that I like charities and donating but it feels like a selfish thing to do, and then she told me that it's not selfish, it's what I can do and I am doing it. Sure, it makes me feel better because I am doing "something", although not much, but I am doing what I can to help. I do still feel a b…