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How Summer Feels Like in Cluj...


On Happiness and Other Demons

I've always found summer to be perfect for sadness. It is quite unusual, seeing how it is sunny and full of festivals, parties, fun things to do, pool time and relaxing time... however I always associated it with sadness. I read sad books and watch sad films and enjoy them so much more in the summer because they just go so well together.

Maybe because I am an introvert. Or maybe because happiness is not something easy for me. I think I am happy, I actually am happy but there's still sadness inside. It is probably going to be there forever. I just need not let It stand in the way of my happiness. Sadness is not the opposite of happiness. Unhappiness however...

And I do have a tendency towards unhappiness. And it is somewhat easy to find reasons for unhappiness. My boyfriend tells me quite often that no matter what happens in my life I will always find the one thing that bothers me and be unhappy about it. I could be happy for 23 hours in a day but one hour of unhappiness will …

Summer Vacation

Starting right now!🌄👪

Booze, booze

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

Stressed and Gloomy (And What I Do to Relax)

This week is a very weird one. Worked stressed me. Okay, that's much. Work can be stressful, but it only annoys me. It's not that type of stress that harms, it's more that there are stuff that annoy me. But they stay at work.

Instead, what worries and stresses me is when one of my life fundamental needs is in danger (I am not talking about wi-fi, not directly): a roof over my head. In a very unprofessional and unexpected ways I found out that the place I currently reside in is going to be sold. They told me sometime, more like they wanted me to stay here a few more months. Well, guess what? I want to leave NOW!

The well I write pretty much shows how annoyed and stressed this makes me, right?

But, oh. well, I will focus on moving on and on moving literally. I will make sure I get enough vitamin D to keep my nerves in place (does vitamin D help with that because it should). I will also try to get more sleep - mostly because when I sleep I do not worry and also because being…

In the Moment

A big part of my day was spent reflecting on the way I do things, think and prioritize. My friend K. told me to do more of what makes me happy, but the truth is I find it hard to decide what makes me happy and this way of doing things is not good for me because cleaning does not make me happy although having a clean and organized house does. So... it is easier said than done.

Over the past couple of months I talked a lot about living more in the moment and doing more of the things I want... I think this is a better way of putting it, as there are some things that make me more happy than others but I have things I want to do more than some of those happy things - do I even make sense? Or is want and happy the same?

Let's just say I am flexible and I can switch between those two? I mean, it makes me really happy to spend a Saturday reading in a bubble bath, but obviously I could not do that all the time. So for now I will simply concentrate on building habits, finding balance, bein…

On the Mind #4: All About the House

Long time no see. It appears I went to sleep thinking of On the Mind and I woke up way before my alarm - so here I am, typing (if it wasn't obvious already).

Now, it's been more than a month since my last post in this series and I accomplished all three things on the list: I did the small table decor in May, but sorting out the clothes and cleaning most of the room were done last week (tbh, cleaning the room and getting rid of boxes also happened in May). So it seems that I can do stuff, if I put my mind to it. Having a week as a deadline is what disturbs me so I will write these posts once in a while (hopefully no longer than a month apart). That being said, here's what's on my list!

PROJECT: The Closet Makeup

I donated a big part of my clothes, but I want to work more on this and be more mindful about it. Try to get over my feelings and keep only the clothes that I need (I am still allowed a maybe category for 6 months only). To break it down, here's what I have …

The One with the Mores

Yet again I find myself wishing for some kind of routine - that being said it is almost 1 am and I should be asleep, my alarm goes off at 6:26 am. It is not that I want to wake up and do the same things over and over, I just want to be more organized. Maybe routine is not the word I am looking for.

It feels like time is passing and I am not doing anything. That is not true, of course, but it feels like it and I want to stop that feeling. I want to do more, dream more, achieve more, learn more, maybe sleep more on the weekends, read more, save more, try more. I just want to be more... And at the same time I want to... simplify more (it is still a more, correct?) and make life easier.

It is a work in progress. Life is a work in progress. A healthy lifestyle is another work in progress. Sometimes I am just expecting these things to happen, you know? To get there and be like "yup, I am living that healthy lifestyle where I eat my greens and workout daily" and to have those thin…

Lately: New Albums, Old Procedurals

Well, I have about 10 minutes to write this thing because it's Saturday and I promised myself that I will clean the entire house - or at least a decent tidy up so I will have room to move around. I am not kidding. Life is a mess - on the house front, cooking and managing my time, but that's about it (if I ignore some other issues), what's important is safe and sound and that is what matter, right?

While I avoid organizing my closet and doing dishes, I want to share some of the things I enjoyed lately:

I must admit I was excited for Humanz, the fifth album from Gorillaz. Granted, when I first listened to some songs before the album was realized it took a while for them to grow on me (about a listen and a half or two), but the album was a whole different experience. I embraced it immediately and although it is different from what we knew Gorillaz sounded like, it is not bad - wow, it seems I embrace change quite easily these days.

The second album that took me by surprise wa…

Things I Want To Do in Bucharest

This weekend I am going on a trip to the capital with two awesome girls. We have an apartment in the Old Town (the centre of Bucharest) really near to the Cismigiu Gardens which I heard we have an amazing view of and I am super excited.

I am not the biggest fan of our capital - well, I would never want to have to live there, but a three day trip is always welcome because I have a list with things to do!

1. The National Museum of Contemporary Art
I've been here before and I like it - last time I went to Mircea Cantor's retrospective and I obviously loved it (it's the reason I went there!). Now I have no idea what exhibitions they have but I have to go.

2. Carturesti Carusel
It's the big Carturesti bookstore that is white and fancy and monumental and everyone talks about. Now I am not the biggest fan of Carturesti in general (because I prefer other kinds of bookstores), but I want to check it out.

3. Street Art Delivery
It seems that Street Art Delivery will be in town just…


Each day I wake up with a strong desire to jump out of bed. I wish this excitement for life will never go away, but I accept if I will have lazy days when the blanket will hold me tighter and the bed will be too comfy to get out (especially if he'll be next to me sharing the same laziness, but that's another story) or my mind will just decide that it will not allow me to live at my fullest. Because no doubt it will happen one day... I will not lie to myself or anything like that, those days are not in the past nor will they ever be. They are part of me now and I learnt how to deal with it sometimes.

Luckily these days I am the happy-go-lucky active me and I plan to take advantage of this Andreea. I am still on the I-have-so-much-time high that I talked about for the past couple of weeks (can I say something new, please?!). But it is time to take this energy and concentrate it in another direction - that of becoming a better me with a healthy lifestyle and lose some weight in …


Last time I was talking about that beautiful quote. Now I realized just how much time I have with the new job - even when I come home later because I stayed over at work, either to talk with my friends from my old position or to get the help of a coworker for something on my new position, I still get home around 6 pm and I am amazed that... there are still 4 hours until 10 pm (and I don't even go to bed at 10 pm!!) and I could do so many things...

It is nice, to finally be out of the not enough time for the things I love... I am learning and studying and working and yes, I cannot do everything in one day, but I am living more in the moment and I do what I feel like (and sometimes laundry, because you have to *getsupfromthelaptoptodolaundry*). Okay, laundry is doing itself and I am back to my blog post, mellow music and banana milk.

This Saturday is pretty pleasant so far (and it's only 10 am). Yesterday I went to my ophthalmologist to get new glasses (I lost my own). Going to…

A Better Me

I am trying to be a better me each day. For the past few weeks I worked a lot on many areas on my life, but now I am also working with a new motto:
One today is worth two tomorrows; what I am to be, I am now becoming. (Benjamin Franklin) Especially the first part of it - I am only now beginning to realize how important it is. For example, we got back from a wedding that was in a different city and we planned to do some cleaning tomorrow. But why wait? So I took half an hour and did some fast tidying up which will make the cleaning tomorrow easier.

It is a small thing but it matters. The thing is, now that I have a job with a normal schedule I can return to creating a routine and some habits that will help improve myself. It is a work in progress and I do believe that this is a thing I will have to work on quite a lot before I will declare myself content with my progress.

But I am willing to take the time. And most importantly I am learning from others and I let myself be motivated an…

Glass Half Full

Happiness or simply feeling content is an aspiration for most people, but far in my mind was something I believed I would never achieve. Yet for the past months... I've just been so happy, or mostly happy.  It is a weird situation and I talked about it before - it is completely new to me... and unexpected.

I still have grey days, naturally. And most often I experience moments when I feel like crap and low. Just recently I felt awful over something stupid. The main thing is, though, that now the glass is half full in spite of those moments when I feel down. Because of this I feel motivated and ready to grow even more and become a better person.

// Andreea

On the Mind #3

It has come to that point where I realize that the house is in such a state that it has to be the only thing on my mind. Plus, this week I start on my new position so I cannot put too much on myself.

Quickly talking about last week: I tried searching for the birth certificate with no luck, and did nothing else from the Miscellaneous section, however I donated almost all the clothes from the balcony (and it's time to sort the other clothes again) and we replaced the electrical things - all the light fixtures are working!

As for the tidying up... it is a work in progress. I started from the boxes with papers and stuff we had under the bookcase because I was also searching for the birth certificate - now those are organized really lovely in two smaller boxes (and cute) from Pepco - which makes the under-the-bookcase-area look more pleasant and also leaves access to the socket (I should remember to buy an...extension cord for it). So this week we are continuing the tidying up!


Pizza Wednesday

I got the news. I am starting on my new position next Tuesday. And I have days off until then. And I will have a normal work schedule afterwards, which should mean normal sleep schedule, eating schedule and... life, maybe?

I am looking forward to adapting to this new way of life and trying to make the best of it and find balance. I am craving balance in my day to day life, especially when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. But why wait until Tuesday, right? So I went to the gym today. Because all I have to do is start - it does not even have to be a good start!

So I am somewhat more determined this time. I want to go to the gym more often and do my best there. But the most challenging part is food. I am not even sure where to start and I know controlling myself is not easy at all... but I am not giving up.

I will go the moderation route, of course, because taking out unhealthy foods from my diet is never going to work. I like to eat junk food, I just need to focus on eating more of the…

On the Mind #2

Easter's On The Mind Conclusion: 

The family vacation was awesome and the important thing turned out quite well. That's all I have to say about this (plus I did a life update quite recently).

As for this week... I have two morning shifts left and then I am free all week. If the weather is pretty, we are going camping this weekend - but it snowed a few days ago and a bit yesterday (hello, it's April). To be honest, I miss Spring and I want warm days and I want to wear my Spring clothes and shoes. Out of topic: I wasn't the biggest fan of Pantone's color of the year but I think I am way too suggestible and I bought two greenery-sh items in the last week. That being said, here's my weekly to-do list!

PROJECT "Make the House Pretty!"

Where I live has a great influence on my well-being and mood. We plan to buy a place of our own in the next couple of years, but since the rent on this flat is cheap that means I will have to live here and save more money. So …


Hello. Lately I've been in a "chatty" mood on the blog so let's do a bit of a life update. April is almost over and so far it was one of my busiest months - I prepared for a new position at work and I studied quite a bit. In the end, it all paid off and I got the job. It is a change I've been craving for a while now because working three shifts is not something I want to do for a long time - and now, after one year with the company, I got a new position that has a normal schedule and other benefits (of course).

April is a lovely month - we celebrated our 8th anniversary and also went on an Easter vacation with my family and some family friends. We are closer than ever and life is just too damn pretty (I don't want to jinx it or whatever, but I am happy). As I said recently, not all the areas are pink and fluffy, but I am trying to be content with what I have and work on what I want.

After the madness of this month, the family vacation was just what I needed.…

Friday Reads || 21st April

I am behind on my reviews and I do apologize for that, but work and the Easter vacation were in the way - not using them as an excuse because I had enough time to read these books. But I am getting there and this weekend these are the only books I will open!!

The books I get the most for review are romance books because on my day to day life I do not usually go for romance. Hence why I am always glad to go for romance books, especially short stories or novellas from the Timeless Collections. That I way I am absolutely sure there is at least one story that I will enjoy - or most of the Regency novellas because that is my guilty pleasure.

Valentine's Day Collection features six short stories set around Valentine's Day. I already read five of them and I enjoyed four of them. I am around half the final story and it is not bad. I admit I did not have big expectations for this collection mainly because Valentine's Day is not something I care about.

As for A Season in London, I a…

Yellow Thursday

I am home. It is snowing here which is a bit depressing because I did not expect snow... For the Easter Holiday I went to the mountains with my family and we had great sunny weather while it was raining in the rest of the country. Then I returned home and found snow. It is depressing. And sad. The trees are covered in snow and there's probably going to be a problem for the fruit. Climate change much?

Today is his birthday. I find myself constantly surprised by him and his love and my love for him. I did not think I was capable of loving someone this much or that this love is constantly growing. Life. Especially life with him is... so good that I cannot find the words to describe it. We made a snowman today. The weather can easily affect me, especially when it ruins my plans. However, there he is... ready with a plan, with a snowman, a great dinner idea and the best salad for lunch; he makes the best salads.

The turbulent weather and atmosphere does not reflect my life which is wh…

On the Mind: Easter Vacation

I said last week that I will not put too much on my plate but I ended up doing so... I should know better next time I have night shifts. In any case, this week I am going home to my family and then we are going to a cabin, so there's not much time for challenges. But until I get to that, let's see last week's conclusions.

On the Mind #1 Conclusion:

Starting with the "Make the House Pretty!" Project - I am close to what I want. Most of the house is tidy, the kitchen is awesome and although the pantry is not truly organized, the things are not cluttering the space. Also, I did laundry, changed the bed-sheets, removed some boxes from the room and did some tidying up. But there's room for more, of course. Anyhow, the main task (that of tidying up) was accomplished! But all the other house chores are... not.

I did not do anything from the Miscellaneous part of the week. Nothing to say about that.

Same with the Reading Plans, but I did finish the book I had to read…