Monday, May 27, 2013

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Looking forward to August

Only nice things are happening to me lately.

My dear bloggie friend, Mali, is coming to my country in August.
Can't wait to meet her in person!

The year that I am turning 40 will be full of beautiful meetings. It means a lot to me. To really talk to women who walked the path of leaving their 30s behind them and realizing & accepting that motherhood will never be a part of their lives.

It is a beautiful Saturday morning. It is cold and it is raining cats and dogs. I am home alone. So I have time to visit my two nieces.

One luxury that aunts can have (and mothers can't): I can have the favourite child. It is my youngest niece, who is a year and a half. She starts to scream with joy, whenever she sees me. 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Life is more than good: meeting friends in Dalmatia

We spent a wonderful week in Dalmatia. I am attaching some photos of Zadar, Dubrovnik, island Hvar and Split. 
The best part of our holidays was meeting our friends. It is hard to imagine that 2 years ago we didn't even know each other. And now we are like dream team – having so much fun together. Some deep conversation. Lots of tasty Croatian beer. 

We feel safe with them – nothing that they say can hurt us (majority of the people we know have kids and even if we know it is not intentionally, we are hurt sometimes). For example– it was lovely to watch both men discuss their nephews & nieces (all four are approximately the same age). Proud uncles! You can not discuss nephews & nieces with people who are parents –unintentionally they give you the feeling that nephews don't really matter. But for us – who don't have children of our own – nephews and nieces are the closest to our genes that will remain when we are gone.  
While driving back home we kept seeing cute billboards with commercial for Karlovačko beer. And whenever we saw it, we thought of our friends & all the lovely moments we had together.

Slogan in Croatian says: "Ništa ne može razdvojiti prijatelje & Karlovačko"
Translation: "Nothing can separate friends & beer Karlovačko"

Dear P&A: we are already looking forward to our next meeting!!! 











Thursday, May 9, 2013

Good bye for a week

Yesterday was my last day at work. I am packing my bags today and leaving tomorrow, heading south, to the sea.

I will be back in one week with lots of beautiful photos.

That's our only holiday for this year. And I am really really looking forward to it!



PS: on the photo is Dubrovnik, where I am meeting Pamela (used to be only my bloggie friend, now a real friend) on Mother's Day. We are lucky - in this part of Europe e Mothers' day is celebrated on another day. So nothing will spoil our perfect day together :) :) :) :)

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Life is...

I really like this Lennon's quote.

There are so many plans that did not work out. So I am trying a new recipe: less planing, more living.  I am not always good at this, but I am at least trying...

I had a lovely day today. My DH had a business meeting with a potential client in Austria and since he doesn't speak that good German, I went with him as a translator. At the end it turned out that the clients speak perfect English, which made things much easier...

It was a perfect day. We have seen some beautiful parts of Steiermark for the first time, it is lovely landscape, full of vineyards. Really worth visiting, if you ever come to this part of Europe: 
(nick name: Austrian Tuscany)

***I still very much enjoy planning my holidays. I just booked a room in a private BB in two different towns of Dalmatia.

Friday, May 3, 2013

I would rather puke

I needed a gift for my beloved nieces (1 and 5 years) today. I wanted to buy something small and nice for them so I went to a shop for babies.

I used to have problems with entering to baby shops years ago. I overcame this and now I usually really enjoy looking for things for them. Not today.

Before entering to the shop there was a huge sigh in front of the shop saying:

1st Friday of the month is the day of lucky pregnant bellies
10 % discount

I remembered The Catcher of the Rye and his famous sentence "I would rather puke".

I did not enter the shop.
I will never enter that shop again.

Luckily there is Bookdepository so it is always very easy to order a book online.

Another 7 days until our main holiday for this year. I can't wait!!!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Seriously, how many?

Seriously, how many Mothers' Day are there in a year? 
I just got a newsletter from the New York Times with a special offer:
30% off a subscription for moms who love to be in the know

I did what I always do when I get a special offer for moms: I block that sender for good!

(message to marketing department of the New York Times: not all women are moms!!! I just thought I might let you know - just in case you haven't heard that before)

Lots of free time

My country is the only country in European Union where we celebrate International Worker's Day for two days: 1st and 2nd May. Remaining of ex-communist times...

The majority of people that I know (including me) took also Friday off to get 5 days of holidays. People with children either went to the seaside (=the ones with enough money) or they enjoy time with large picnics.

We stayed at home. We don't like the sea when everybody else goes on holiday. And we don't like family picnics with crowds of young kids - because it is always so obvious that we do not belong there. 

We do belong to the forest & our beloved Wolf.

I dedicated two days to creating my very first composter. It will be great to have 100 % natural compost for the next year.

I try to eat extra healthy so I made myself today:
- smoothie made of banana, chard and parsley
- soup of nettles (yes, nettles are very very healthy): 
- dandelion salad *

The advantage of being childless: I do not have to think whether a child will eat a super healthy dish or not.

(I eat extremely healthy only when I don't have to go to work and when I am home alone)

**I grew my own chard and parsley on balcony. I collected the nettles in the forrest today. My mum picked up dandelion.