O zi istorica

June 27, 2016 § Leave a comment

O zi in care aproape tot ce putea merge prost, a mers. Incredibil de prost. M-am prabusit intern, fara zgomot, si zac acolo, pe fundul butoiului cu pulbere, privind in sus la un cer negru.

N-o sa uit prea curand acest 27 Iunie.

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June 23, 2016 § Leave a comment

M-am trezit incetisor, casa dormea. Pesemne ca jocul de carti prelungit pana spre 3 dimineata ii rapusese pe prietenii mei. In drum spre balconul insorit am spart intre dinti o cireasa uitata pe masa, lasand sucul rosiatic sa imi invadeze papilele. Era frumos tare afara. Cativa fericiti faceau jogging, unele terase isi scosesera deja scaunele afara pentru turistii matinali, magazinul cu chinezarii isi desfacea taraba cu palarii, magneti si te miri ce alte fleacuri. Mi-am tras repede costumul pe mine, am inhatat niste bani si dusa am fost.

Pe plaja, nisipul inca un pic rece – asa cum imi place mie. M-am intins pe bucata de batic pe care il luasem cu mine si am dat drumul visarii. Marea clipocea la cativa metri de mine si eu imi intindeam oasele inca prinse de somn sub soarele caldut. Am lasat vantul sa imbratiseze fiecare milimetru de piele in timp ce pe fundal distingeam glasul unei fetite ce tocmai aterizase pe plaja impreuna cu mama si bunica si reclama acum lopatica si galetusa. Mai era glasul unei doamne, sa tot fi avut inspre 70 de ani cerandu-i sotului sa ii intinda crema pe spate. Si glasul meu, cantand incetisor, dar fara sunet. Cantecul unei stari de fericire.

Am ramas asa vreo 40 de minute, apoi mi-am amintit ca azi ne facem bagajele si simtul datoriei m-a pus in miscare. Si totusi… imi spuneam in timp ce scuturam baticul de nisip, tragand cu coada ochiului la marea imbietoare… Ce-ar fi sa imi beau eu cafeaua la o ultima sesiune de aerosoli? Si uite-asa, cu pas sprintar m-am indreptat spre cafeneaua unde deja comanda imi era cunoscuta: café largo, muchas gracias. A fost printre cele mai bune cafele din viata mea: cu soare, cu gandurile mele, savurand linistea.

Buna dimineata! 🙂

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Pentru E.

June 14, 2016 § Leave a comment

Care astazi implineste nici mai mult, nici mai putin de 30 de ani! O nimica toata, tinere, mai vorbim la 90! 🙂

Un mic cadou: words of wisdom de la noua mea prietena, Gretchen Rubin. In lumina ultimelor intamplari, mi-a placut mai ales ‘The things that go wrong often make the best memories’.

Pai da. :))

8 Excellent Tips for Living My Parents Gave Me
My parents never gave me relationship advice or weighed in on my boyfriends (true, I only had two real boyfriends, one of whom I married, but I’m sure it was hard to resist nevertheless).
However, once when I was home for vacation, both of my parents remarked on the requirements of a happy relationship. Maybe they’d had a conversation between themselves, which was why it was on their minds. Anyway, it was so unusual for them to make this kind of remark that both statements made a big impression on me:
My mother said: “In a relationship, it’s important that a person is kind, because eventually, if he’s not kind to other people, he won’t be kind to you.”
My father said: “In a relationship, it’s important that a person be able to have fun, because you’re not going to have a happy life with someone who can’t have fun.”
I’ve thought hard about those two excellent pieces of advice on relationships. Also, here are 8 more tips, from some of the most meaningful advice they’ve given me:

4 Tips from my Mother

1. Stay calm.”
My mother probably reminds of this three or four times each time I see her. I really need this advice. Every day.
2. “The things that go wrong often make the best memories.”
My mother told me this when we were getting ready for my wedding. It’s a very good thing to keep in mind, because it’s absolutely true, and it can also help you laugh at a bad situation while it’s happening.
3. “Gretchen, you like to have a few things that you really like, instead of lots of choices.”
Okay, this advice might not be widely applicable, but it was a huge revelation to me about my own nature. My mother made this comment in the context of clothes, but it’s true in many areas of my life.
4. “That’s so wonderful! Be grateful, because you worked hard for what you got, and you deserved it, but others also worked hard, and people don’t always get what they deserve.”
My mother made this observation when I called home to report that I’d been elected the editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. I repeated her remark to a friend, who thought it sounded like a little unenthusiastic, but in fact, it was reassuring, especially in the long run. Because it’s TRUE. You don’t always get what you deserve, even when you work hard, and my mother’s observation has been very comforting to me in other circumstances, when things didn’t go my way.

4 Tips from my Father

1. “If you’re willing to take the blame, people will give you the responsibility.”
This was perhaps the best advice for the workplace I ever got.
2. Energy.”
My father always reminds us of the importance of energy, in so many contexts — for instance, it’s more interesting to listen to a speaker who exhibits lots of energy; it’s easier to work for a boss and with co-workers who have lots of energy; it’s easier to tackle my to-do lists and keep my good habits when I have lots of energy.
In fact, the first chapter of The Happiness Project is devoted to energy. (Here are 9 tips for giving yourself an energy boost in the next ten minutes.)
3.Enjoy the process.”
If you can enjoy the process, you are less concerned about outcomes. That’s a big help in the world. Even if things don’t turn out the way we’d hoped, if we enjoy the process, we feel that the time and energy were well spent.
4. All you have to do is put on your running shoes and let the front door shut behind you.”
Good advice for all those who are trying to pick up an exercise habit. Just do that much! That counts!

Ganduri de vineri (8)

June 12, 2016 § Leave a comment

Prezentate voua cu intarziere. 🙂

Saptamana asta a trecut ca vantul si ca gandul. Momentan sunt in trenul care ma duce spre Zurich. Azi am avut treburi administrative, am semi-facut bagajul pentru vacanta si unii dintre noi au inregistrat si victorii contra preotimii. :)))

Pe puncte:

  • Nunta – dureros subiect! Sa spunem doar ca saptamana asta ne-a maturizat cu vreo 7 ani asa… Nimic nu te pregateste pentru tampeniile cu care te intampina viata. Cel mai fain e ca oricat te-ai stradui tu,oricat de disciplinat ai fi, viata tot te ia peste picior in cel mai nasol mod. Noua ne-a zis preotul ca e plecat in vacanta in ziua nuntii noastre, dar ca poate veni contra unei sume… Si daca asta nu era destul, avem probleme si cu cununia civila, mai precis in acest moment nu e clar daca vom putea sa facem cununia civila inainte de nunta propriu-zisa sau nu. Concluzia? Iti trebuie nervi tari si mult umor pentru a face fata vietii. Si avem un preot nou… speram sa ajunga la nunta noastra. Acum suflu si-n iaurt si mi se pare normal sa fie asa.
  • Viata – caci da, mai exista si altceva pe langa nunta, lumea nu sta pe loc pentru ca ne casatorim noi. Nu mai stiu ce am mancat saptamana asta – am incercat multe salate,insa pe final m-am plictisit grozav sa imi pregatesc singura toate mesele. Sport nu prea am facut, pentru ca m-am simtit supta de energie. Nu am avut chef de nimic.
  • Carti. Mai deloc. Un singur articol notabil.Ideea de baza este: cum o dai cu casatoria, tot prost o sa iasa, asa ca nu te mai agita atat, si casatoreste-te! Asigura-te ca sotul/soata impartaseste aproximativ aceleasi valori ca tine si that. is. that.
  • Alte chestii. Am facut in sfarsit trecerea la garderoba de vara, desi temperaturile sunt mai degraba de toamna. Am triat la sange si sunt multumita cu ce am in sifonier. Nu mai planuiesc nici un shopping spree… desi… s-ar putea sa ‘recalculez’. Ah da! Am inceput un ruj nou – un portocaliu turbat despre care as fi jurat ca nu are cum sa imi vina bine, dar care simt ca ma scoala din boala.

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Saptamana urmatoare:

  • E. implineste 30 de ani. Nu stiu cum s-a ajuns el asta :D, insa eu simt ca pentru amandoi trecerea pragului de 30 de ani este de bun augur. Nu am nostalgii fata de trecut si nici nu ma grabesc prea tare sa ajung la pensie.
  • Plecam in concediu in Spania, cu inca patru prieteni. Mi-am propus doar sa ma odihnesc si sa ma simt bine. Cluburile nu m-au atras niciodata, cat despre plaja si bronzat… dupa niste ani in care ajungeam pe plaja numai pe la 10.30-11.00, am ajuns sa fiu foarte precauta cu soarele.

Si voi? 🙂

Healthy, quick, delicious salad

June 9, 2016 § 1 Comment

I’m always on the look-out for meals I can put together quickly. Normally I like to run by a weekly meal plan, but lately I’ve had to improvise a lot. This salad was the result of a brainstorming session – you know, when you go to your kitchen and think the pantry and fridge look pretty bare? That’s when the best ideas emerge.

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Sweet potato chickpea salad

~ yields 2 portions

To make this recipe, you’ll need:

  • 1 big sweet potato
  • half an avocado
  • half a can of chickpeas
  • greens – I used baby kale because I love it, but spinach and rocket work just as well
  • random veggies – I used a scallion, red pepper, radishes. But feel free to use whatever veggies you have on hand. [Tomatoes may not work so well here]
  • 1 heaping table spoon capres
  • fresh goat cheese [you could always use feta if that’s what you prefer]
  • chilli, salt, olive oil

How to:

  • Wash and drain the chickpeas, then pat them dry with paper towels.
  • Cube the sweet potato and place it on a parchment sheet together with the chickpeas. Bake in the oven until sweet potato is soft and chickpeas become crispy. No need for any kind of oil at this point.
  • Slice your veggies in any way you want and place them together with the kale in a large bowl. Sprinkle the capres and toss with a bit of olive oil and salt.
  • Once the chickpeas and sweet potato are cooked through, add them to veggie bowl. Toss gently. Sprinkle chilli and adjust the taste per your liking.
  • Slice the avocado and cube the goat cheese. Add to salad.
  • That’s it! Serve and enjoy!

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I can’t begin to tell you how lovely this salad is! It’s packed full of fibre, protein, good carbs and an endless array of minerals. It’s ready in under twenty minutes and incredibly wholesome! It’s best eaten immediately but you could also store it in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy it later.

If you try it, will you let me know? 🙂

 

Nu mi-am iesit din ritm

June 7, 2016 § Leave a comment

Iunie imi miroase a tei. Dar mai mult decat a tei, imi miroase a examene. Nu o sa uit in viata mea BACul, si acum am cosmaruri cu examenul la istorie, unde in realitate am obtinut cea mai mica nota (9,25). Iunie imi miroase mai mult decat orice a invatat si a emotii. Am obtinut printre cele mai mari medii din scoala la nebunia numita ‘BAC’, dar retraiesc si acum emotiile cu toata fiinta mea. Eram bine pregatita, si totusi m-am consumat grozav.

Cand vine Septembrie, imi caut instinctiv calimara cu cerneala si caietele, sa le iau la liniat si imbracat. Septembrie e despre nostalgia unei veri coapte si trecute. Dar Septembrie e si despre curiozitate, avant, energie, necunoscut.

Pentru mine inceputul si sfarsitul anilor nu se masoara calendaristic, si nici macar financiar (FYx,y, z). Ci se masoara dupa scoala. Am ramas scolarita vesnic constiincioasa si mi-e teama ca voi fi asa pana va suna clopotelul de iesire.

Pierdut preot. Il declar nul

June 6, 2016 § 2 Comments

Saptamana asta a inceput grandios, atat de grandios ca desi ziua de Luni nici nu s-a incheiat, ma simt epuizata. Pe scurt: de dimineata, E. l-a sunat pe preot ca sa ii spuna ca duminica viitoare mergem la biserica impreuna cu nasii pentru a discuta planul pentru nunta noastra care are loc in mai putin de 2 luni.

Throw back: sa tot fi fost Martie-Aprilie cand dupa o intamplare nefericita (si de nepovestit pe blog) cu celalalt preot roman de aici, am fost sa discutam cu cealalta fata bisericeasca din regiune. Care ne-a explicat ca nunta noastra pica tocmai prost, ca atunci voia sa isi ia concediul, dar hai ca totusi vine la nunta. I-am platit atunci si lumanarile, si taxa. Nu am primit nici o chitanta.

Fast-forward to today: azi ne anunta domnul preot ca el in ziua nuntii noastre va fi in… (insert drumrolls)…. concediu! Ca nu ii convine sa isi intrerupa concediul din cauza noastra, si daca totusi vrem sa vina, sa ii platim biletul si deranjul, si anume vreo 500 EUR asa…

Ei bine, cred ca tensiunea mea azi s-a ridicat si ea la 500 azi. Am trecut prin toate starile posibile, inca nu m-am hotarat daca raman la rasu’ sau la plansu’. Un lucru este sigur: dupa aceste intamplari, increderea mea in preotime este grav zdruncinata. Nu am de gand sa ii dau nici un ban acestui om. Daca banii acestia mergeau spre o cauza nobila, atunci DA! Dar sa fiu trasa pe sfoara de catre slujitorul lui Dumnezeu… dupa ce i-am platit deja o taxa generoasa… Asta NU!

Nu credeam ca trebuie sa ne luptam si cu asa ceva. Credeam ca bunul simt conteaza, ca daca facem lucrurile din timp si cu buna credinta, ajungem undeva. Pe mine nedreptatea, uratenia sufleteasca ma epuizeaza complet. Si ma mai epuizeaza si gandul ca desi avem o nunta cu cununie religioasa anuntata, nu avem preot. Sau am putea avea, dar unul scump, la pret de lux…

 

 

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