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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!


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 #3

Feeling Better

For the last couple of weeks my system has been giving up on me from all directions. The stress of September and October (not my best months, by far) has finally taken its tall, and I spent a large chunk of the last two weeks of October and the whole of November in random pain. Stomach, back, head, respiratory system – you name it. I don’t want to jinx it, but I’ve been feeling better for the last week or so, and I hope this trend continues. Being ill always feels like such an invasion of privacy to me. I pray to God I will be able to keep my health into a very old age.

… I pray to God I reach old age.

Moving on!



Some two weeks ago I finally caved in and bought a locally produced scented candle. It is a mix of several scents that are supposedly revealed gradually as the candle burns down, but I really only smell peonies – and I absolutely do not mind. It is also offensively pink and burns quite well.

Other than that I bought some generic candles for my antique (no, really) candle holders, and also stuck some into empty wine and water bottles. Whenever I’d be glum in the evening, I’d light them all as a bizarre imitation of a fireplace.

… I really want a house with a fireplace. *sadface*

From the list of more realistic wishes: Yankee Candles have appeared in Moldova on the grey market, and I think I am going to give myself one for Christmas. I’ve heard so many good words about them, and been wanting to try one for about 8 years now. The selection of scents available here is not large – aside from a few other selected scents and gift sets, here’s what’s available. The site is in Romanian, but the titles are in English.

If you have any recommendations for the scents off the list, do let me know. Right now I’m torn between Peach, Peony, Strawberry, and Grapefruit. I will only be able to get one so I have to choose wisely.


YES ALL CAPS. IT’S NEAR AND I FEEL IT AND UGH SO EXCITED. I’ve already cracked out some light decor and mulled wine. So much mulled wine.


Starting a New Notebook

I finished the Blue Cats and Butterflies notebook from Paperblanks’ Fantastic Felines series, and started a new one. This one is much smaller and not as fancy, but I had wanted it this way – I’m going to carry it around with me daily, mostly for to do and shopping lists. I bought this one on my trip to Saint Petersburg many years ago, so it’s high time I use it.

Full-on Declutter Mode

What happens when you move a full flat’s worth of stuff into your living room?


I’ve been going through all these things, trying to sort through at least one bag or box each day, but to be honest it’s been much slower than that, as on most days I cap it at two 15-minute sessions – there is simply no time to do more, what’s with all the other activities on my daily list.

There are also about a dozen huge boxes of stuff (mostly books) in the library, and some more things in my father’s room. If I get through this in time for New Year’s, I’d be very surprised.

Though this note doesn’t make it sound like it, this is a good thing, because I am finally going through all my earthly possessions, getting rid of many of the things that I do not need. I just crack out Pimsleur Spanish, and go. I’ve also been able to rent out my second apartment, so yay.



I finally let myself eat a piece of chocolate candy. And then even several pieces of a chocolate bar, with coffee. It was a very happy moment.

What’s been keeping you going this week? Share in the comments!

Six Good Things Sunday #2



I started learning Spanish via Duolingo.

… OK, well, no. I started learning Spanish a long time ago using a textbook, but never got anywhere. Duo helped me pick it up again (read: start from scratch) and learn the very basics, and now I’m back to textbooks and additional reading material. I’m nowhere near as proficient as I would like to be, but I’m getting there.


Painting My Nails

I go through these phases where I don’t paint my nails at all. And let me tell you, these phases don’t make me happy. Having my nails painted is such an insignificant part of the great scheme of things, but for some reason it makes me feel like 20% better about myself.

Cooking, Cooking, Cooking

I had to get back to my special diet (health stuff, no one cares, moving on), which means that nearly everything I eat needs to be cooked from scratch. That’s what I’ve been doing, and on most days I don’t even find it annoying.



Hallowe’en has come and gone, and although I have not put up much decorations at home and even skipped decorating my desk at the office entirely, I still felt the holiday spirit this year. I love Hallowe’en, and every year I promise myself to go all out with it, but then stall. Let’s see what I come up with for Christmas and New Year’s then, which I love even more than Hallowe’en.

Book of Intentions

(Oooh, aaah.)

After attending a seminar with Brian Tracy (maybe I’ll write more about it later), I felt really focussed on my goals. One of the things that has helped me keep going was my ‘book of intentions’ – which is basically a journal upon which I have bestowed such a dramatic title. I keep track of my goals there, and every night I give myself a grade on how I have performed in this or that area. It has really been helpful – and quite insightful as to where my priorities really are and how to shift them to where I want them to be.

My Library

Admittedly not much reading done this time around – I’ve been focussed on tidying and sorting the library instead. It is an unfathomably large task as there are hundreds (thousands, really) of books in the house. But I keep going. Just minutes before finishing up this post I took out about 20 books to be sent to better homes, and tidied two more shelves. Out of like a hundred, but like I said – we’ll get there.