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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!

Six Good Things Sunday #5

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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.

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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.

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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.

Six Good Things Sunday #4

Hello, hello! I’ve taken quite a lengthy pause from publishing new installments of SGTS. I want SGTS to be as genuine as possible, and with that in mind I try to compose these posts of things that have really kept me going during the last two weeks or so. These lists were difficult to write as of late. Instead of forcing it, I just let it slide.

But I’m back! Sometimes you just have to push yourself a little.

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Spanish

When I look back through all the SGTS I’ve posted so far, I see that Spanish has appeared in at least half of them. It’s not the only language that I am learning, but it’s the one that gives me most emotional satisfaction. I’ve been a bit slack in my studies for the last week or two, but in the past few days I’ve made a bigger effort, and it feels good.

dyninno umbrella spring

Spring

Spring has been quite temperamental. Isn’t it always? We’ve been through really warm days (20+ C), and we’ve had some cold ones (2 C). Of course, it’s the weekends that get all the cold and the wind. But the trees are in bloom, and the grass is getting green everywhere, so it’s all good.

spring temperamental

makeup inventory sgts

Makeup Inventory

I’ve been tallying up the amount of make-up and skincare items that I own, and the numbers have left me a bit discombobulated. I’m on a self-imposed make-up buying ban. Judging by the size of my skin and hair care stash, I might ban myself from purchasing those items as well.

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Walks

Walking to and from work and taking long strolls in the evenings and on the weekends is doing wonders to my disposition – and health. I’m not quite in a happy place, but meh. It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.

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Ideas

Some time this week my father visited me and dropped a bunch of books at home. Amongst them was the book on the Peter Principle. I’ve been familiar with the concept for a while, but it hasn’t resonated with me as strongly before. Certain events in my work and personal life were not pleasant, and they continue to disappoint. This book has been a great reminder to take my side projects and ideas more seriously. This, too, has been aiding my otherwise low disposition. Moldova is not known as the land of opportunities, but sometimes you just have to take a risk, because you’re tired of constantly feeling cramped and trapped.

Prodigy

As any other person out there, I run a list of things I want to achieve and experience in life. On that list is a section on bands and artists I want to see performing live. Hearing the news about The Prodigy’s show in Kishinev was amazing. I’ll be buying my ticket next week.

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