Monday, September 18, 2017


Okay, so I was a little lazy and neglected the blog...
On the other hand, I was busy with doing stuff and my new work. I finally started switching to my regular schedule though, working 4 10-hour days and having 3 days off . Yay! It leaves me some room to wiggle, so to speak, and I do not mind. Actually, the 10-hour shift is over before I know it, so busy we are.
Anyway, I also signed up for a half-marathon in my area. It was in June. Now I try to keep up with the training schedule, which can be hard since I work full time with irregular hours. Then, I want to stay in touch with my friends and go out sometimes. Last week, for example, we had a silly party. Each of us had to had a hat, a decorated hat, for no reason at all. So here is mine:

It is good to relax from time to time and quit being serious for a few hours!!!!!
And I also started a new crochet blanket. It is almost done. Will post some pictures tomorrow. In fact, I do have 3 knitting/crochet projects going. Cannot finish them timely because the local store I was getting yarn from run out of the particular brands I was using. I did not write down what yarn I need and now do not want to risk buying anything online especially that yarn could be quite expensive. So I just wait for the store to get their supply again! Ha ha, this is how I ended up with several projects at once. One would think I would learn my lesson after running out of yarn for the first time!
Whatever happens, I will report on the progress tomorrow. Hopefully.   :)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

First week at work- DONE!

Survived my first week at new job! YAY!

It is a high pace, sort of an emergency room setting. No scheduled time for lunch- we eat whenever we can. BUT: I just love it. I mean, my brain is overloaded with all the info, all equally useful 45 pages of notes, but once I learn all the ropes, it is going to be fantastic!!!!!
So for now, my plan for the weekend is very simple. I am going to relax, do absolutely nothing -except that I need to read my notes and memorize some stuff by Monday- and SLEEP.

Okay, I will also go for a run because since I signed up for a half-marathon last month I obviously need to train from time to time.

Will post some pictures from my Colorado trip next time. Everything went great, had the best time ever.
 Upon my coming back, my neurotic cats decided to pee all over my clothes, including all the work clothes!!!!!!!! 7 loads of laundry later I was ready to start my new job without smelling funny...


Tuesday, July 25, 2017


I am proud of myself: I put two bookcases together completely by myself!
Not that it was difficult. Actually, it was much easier than I thought it would ever be... Plus they always include instructions, ha ha! The problem is that sometimes it takes a lot of time to screw all the pieces together and I do not have patience. Normally, I probably would not bother with buying furniture in parts. I needed however two bookcases of very specific size, color, and shape, and I simply could not get them. Maybe if I investigated and looked over the internet, etc., long enough.... But I needed them NOW. Or even for yesterday, to be honest.
So when I noticed a perfect bookcase at the local store, I bought two of them on the spot!

And here are two random pictures from my vacation:

Toasts with hummus I made, salsa, and lettuce:

And a hat I decorated for a dress-up party last week:  

That's it for now, I guess. 
Good-night, Wild Bill, good-night... 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Changes (2)

Today morning I looked at the calendar and realized that my time at my current position is practically over. Need to go to work just twice! And then I will be done.   (???!!!???)

Well, not exactly. I will start a new job but since my new office is just down the hallway, in the same building, I kind of failed to register the gravity of this change. Until now. It's going to be a real challenge. For many reasons. For example, scope of my duties will be completely different, so I have to learn a lot of new stuff. The hours will be different too, which means I need to learn how to organize my time in and out of work again. And finally, there is going to be definitely more drama involved... My new boss said that each day is different and when we come to work each morning, we have no idea what we get ourselves into! (Perhaps it was a clue, a warning, that I should run- which I missed, of course, and now it's too late)

I am very excited about all this though because I like when things happen. Sometimes I feel like I start missing quiet life- just sitting, reading, doing little everyday things- but it does not last long. I am drawn to ACTION.


Poor kitties! My professional happiness and work-craziness means much less freedom for them. And that sucks big time because they really love climbing trees and just being... wild.


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Baby raccoons

Yep. This blog turns into a Raccoon Blog...
But then, who cares?
Today two baby raccoons visited with their mother and took a bath in the container I keep for them. Temps are in the 90sF or 30sC, so it must have felt nice to sit in the cool water!


 I just love raccoons. They are super-smart and cute. I wish I could have a pet raccoon but then it's not entirely legal, I think, plus my cats would disinherit me. In a blink.
So instead, I just focused on making some hummus:

It was a very basic one. I used chick peas and red lentils in equal proportions, sesame and an extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice from 3 lemons, salt and pepper, and about a cup of oat milk for blending chick peas. They are kind of dry, so I mashed them first, and added oat milk when blending- makes things easier for the blender's engine. Yummy.... 

Friday, July 14, 2017


The last few weeks have been crazy. There will be many changes in my life coming, including starting a new job. It is exciting but also a little scary to be out of my comfort zone.
But then, challenges are good for us. This is how we grow.
So I just plan on growing a lot, I guess!!!!

Yesterday however... THE BABY RACCOON IS HERE!!!!!!!!!! And it's super cute!!!
I wish the pictures were of better quality but it was getting dark and besides, my phone is dying. Actually I am surprised I was able to take any pictures at all...

Okay, so let me introduce: the Baby!

 Climbing up the tree...

 And the mother Bolek taking her bath...  :)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


Got some yummy peaches from my friend this morning! Yay!
Thank you, E.   :)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

News and such...

Found two interesting articles:

1) Popular “Diet” Ingredient Now Linked to Leukemia and Lymphoma in New Landmark Study on Humans

I do not drink any soft drinks, diet or regular, but many people do. They think they are healthier...
Just restock your fridge with lemons and water, the old fashioned way... :)

2) Measles outbreaks across Europe threaten progress towards elimination

We are doomed...

And the last random thought: There are people who believe that "organic" means you do not have to wash your fruit and veggies! YUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!! Imagine all the bacteria and dirt on the surface! Imagine that the person who packed the fruit was first in the bathroom, did not use paper, then picked with all the fingers in her/his nose, and only then grabbed the fruit...



Bolek, my favorite raccoon mother, came today and spend about two hours chilling next to her water containers. It was almost 90F (33C), really hot and humid. Yuck!
Cannot blame her!
She actually made me think about getting a plastic pool or something like that for myself!

Friday, June 30, 2017


Rainy and humid.
Slept until 10 a.m. but then, why not? I am lucky enough to have a three-day weekend, so decided not to put too much pressure on myself and enjoy the general laziness...
One of my tasks for today is to upgrade my old laptop from Windows7 to Windows10, which may take quite a bit of time. The other task, to upload the French language course. Third, to read some on mental illness and pharmacology, since I realized it is time to refresh my memory. So overall it looks like I am going to be quite busy after all!

And below are some of the salads I prepared last week:

Need to find a recipe for a home-made hummus, so I would not buy any. They always add some chemicals, which is not good if one eats a lot of the stuff.  :( 


A salad with eggs, arugula, tomatoes, some feta cheese, and hemp seeds.


Have you ever tried to make your own hummus? How did it turn up?

Friday, June 23, 2017

Trip to Poland

Time flies. I have no idea how it happened but it is almost end of June already!

The favorite part of the period between the last post and this one was my going to Poland for almost two weeks. I did some sight-seeing and overate on yummy foods, especially pastries and fish. I went for some runs. I met with old friends, local and from Germany. I had an amazing time. And before I knew it, it was time to leave.
Below are some of the pictures I took in Gdansk, Sopot, and Gdynia. And of course, pictures of food!