Category: Life

July Digest

How has your July been? I haven’t even noticed how it started, and barely realised that it ended. It always happens to me when things get weird at work. Nevertheless, I did get up to a few things, and wanted to share them with you. Do you like these types of personal/ lifestyle-y posts? Tell me your thoughts in the comments!

Done

The reason I don’t like summer is I don’t usually get much done, unless said something involves sitting in a cooling body of water or consuming ice-cream by the pint. I want to remedy this rather boring July by throwing in some sort of a fun adventure in August. We’ll see what I come up with.

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Book Club

As mentioned previously, my friend and I organised a book club at our work place. Our current read is Tom Sawyer, and our second meeting is some time this month.

I’ve never run a book club before – never even been in one before – so it’s an interesting experience. Herding readers is a bit like herding cats, especially since all of us have such broad understanding of what makes a great book. Some of us have read a tonne, and others are just starting, so deciding on a book list, finding questions for discussion, and even finding a meeting time and place that would work for all members proves to be rather challenging. Fun, though.

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Makeup Challenge

I am on a (seemingly eternal) makeup buying ban (barring the “necessities”, such as mascara, foundation, and whatever else I run out of), and in order to make it fun for myself, I decided to take on a Finish 5 By Fall panning project. I’m panning a powder, two lip products, a foundation, and an eyeliner. As a bonus I threw in a perfume. The bottle is huge and almost full. If I get through about half of it, I will consider it a success.

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Six Good Things Sunday #6

Last time I published SGTS in April. May and June were a blur and at certain points quite hurtful. I had my summer holiday; I have cemented certain unpleasant work decisions; I had a fair amount of financial struggle; it was the 5th anniversary of my grandmother’s death; I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather; I’ve been having bouts of insomnia and nightmares and migraines after migraines after migraines; and, most importantly, I’ve lost two friends.

One is a furry friend and a permanent loss. Musya, my lovely ball of fluff, is no longer with me. She passed on 26 June. I was with her until the very end.

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Another friend is a human friend, and I wish them well.

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The pain connected to these two is of a different kind, but is acute in both cases. In the words of the wise, though, this too shall pass.

Onto the things that have kept me afloat these past months.

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Brother Visiting

I miss him when he’s not around, and I want to punch him in the face every other minute when he’s here (and every other three when he’s back to his place). I suppose that’s what siblings are all about.

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Book Club

My friend and I decided to organise a book club at our work place. To be honest, we thought no one would join, but some folks expressed interest. Our inaugural meeting was yesterday. Our first read is The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. I’ve already started. I gave it a go long, long time ago, back when I was still a kid, but it’s good to refresh, especially seeing as I forget what I’ve read really quickly.

Bookstagrammin’

My friend (who has a lovely bookstagram of her own) persuaded me to start a separate Instagram account just for the bookish pursuits. It’s funny how these things work – I practically forced her to start her bookstagram, and now she’s forced me to start mine. Mine’s empty at the moment, so I’m not sharing it yet, but I kinda like the buzz of planning its content.

Road Trippin’

My friends, my brother and I visited my father two times in June. I might publish a semi-diary of that later, when I catch-up with a bunch of other stuff over at Inner Moldova.

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Biking

Reunited at long last! My father fixed my old bikes, and Oxana and I had fun riding them all over the village. Well… More like back and forth in front of the Villa, but whatever. I still haven’t rented a bike to ride around in city parks, and judging by my budget, I am not going to do that until I receive my next salary, but eh. I shall live vicariously through my memories for now.

Summer

I’ll let you in on a secret – I don’t really like summer. It’s hot and humid, the city is dusty and stuffy, and I feel annoyed and clammy most of the time. But this year it’s been bearable. We’ve had a couple of really hot days (up close to 40C), but right now we’re going through a period of high 20s, and I can live with that. Now all I have to do is finally shake off this annoying cold I must’ve caught under the blasted ACs, so I can enjoy the best bits of summer – ice cream and lemonade and ice-based fruit smoothies. Mmmm-mmm!

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Empty City

Most Chisinau residents always seem to abandon ship on the long weekends, especially on Orthodox Christian holidays. I was born and raised here and have nowhere to go, so I stay and get to enjoy the peace and quiet of an empty city. You don’t know what you lack until it hits you.

Flowers

My friend has been blessing me with fresh flowers for the last couple of weeks. I love having a bouquet in the kitchen, and maybe a small one on my vanity too.

Today is #worldbookday, so I’m following @mediocre_monster’s example and sharing my current bookshelf with you all. 📚📚📚 You will have seen most of these books by now in my recent #tbrpile photo. I did some furniture rearrangements the other day (still in the process of unfucking my habitat #ufyh), and now the #tbr pile lives in my bedroom. Happy World Book Day, and happy birthday to Shakespeare! 🎭 Всемирный день книги. Перетащила шкаф в спальню и сделала немыслимую красоту на полке. 📗📘📙📖😊 . . . . . #книги #люблючитать #букстаграм #моябиблиотека #всемирныйденькниги #worldbookday #bookday #everydayisbookday #shelfie #bookworm #lovetoread #bookstagram #diadeloslibros #mylibrary #tbrmountain #currentlyreading #books #booklover #библиофил #книгоманьяк #читаю

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TBR Pile

Every reader knows that TBR piles have a tendency to turn into TBR mountains, and mine is no exception. With my current reading speed I might have just planned out my reading list for the next five years or so.

duolingo romanian level 7

Duolingo Romanian

I reached level 7! This is a ridiculous non-achievement, if I am honest, but hey! I’m finally getting the hang of articles in Romanian. See, I understand the language. My listening comprehension of a calm conversation without an overbearing use of shortenings and slang is fine, I read books of what I suppose can be classified as ‘advanced’ level of reading, and my passive vocabulary is big, if a bit unbalanced. (For example, I understand an article about economy way better than I understand a romance novel.) But when I need to write or, heaven forbid, speak, my brain just freezes. Over the years I’ve lost the psychological barrier, and came to realise that the only reason I can’t actually speak the language is the absence of a solid grammar base. I was never given it at school, and I never actively pursued it on my own. Duo is helping me with that. Once I reach a certain level, I am going to pick up a textbook, just like I did with Spanish. I hope Duo releases the mobile version of the course soon.

Two Long Weekends

in a row. Unheard of.

wodehouse thank you jeeves

Current Read

Two book-related good things in one post? Is it a cheat? … Nah. Today is World Book Day! My current read is Thank You, Jeeves! by Wodehouse, my first book of his. Light-hearted and funny, though I do have a feeling that stand-alone short stories read better than this novel. Eventually we’ll see.

And the not good at all, but eerily beautiful in parts:

Spring has sprung. Весна.

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Snowpocalypse

I am not going to wax poetic about the April snow that halted the regular life in most parts of the country. I am not an idiot. It was a crisis, it was a catastrophe, and the aftermath will be felt for a while after. But I’m as happy as a dog when I see snow. It’s, I don’t know, like a basic instinct for me. I had to go to work on foot, and the usual ‘a little under an hour’ trip took me two hours. I was not frozen – the temperatures never went below zero – but I was wet, I was cold, I was in constant danger of either being hit by cars or falling trees, I kept thinking of the dead crops, and yet another economy blast this country is going to go through because of it.

Yet I would still stop and admire the eerie ‘winter wonderland’ beauty of it all. Very The Day After Tomorrow. (Don’t watch that movie if you haven’t yet, it’s shit.)

You can see more photos of the April snow in Moldova on my other blog, Inner Moldova. I’ve published part one, and part two is coming tomorrow. Keep your eyes open for that, if you’d like.