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Six Good Things Sunday #5

empty chisinau

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.

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.

spanish reader fairytales

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.

striped rainboots on a tree stump

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.

peter principle blog

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.

spring sunny

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!

candles

Candles

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.

CHRISTMAS

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.

notebooks

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?

This.

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.

chocolate

Chocolate

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!