14 April 2018

Cleanin' out my bags closet

Zara bag that I customised with pins, adjusted the strap and covered it with colourful fabric, 130 ron

This is not about Eminem, but did you know that he has a new album out, "Revival"?

4 April 2018

Blue is the colour, perspective is the game


Jardin Majorelle is located on the new side of Marrakech. It is one of the most visited sites in Morocco. In the midst of the town's craziness and colour overload, a special shade of blue brings peace and energy at the same time. It's called Majorelle blue just as  Romania's special is called Voronet blue.

31 March 2018

What I'm reading


It was in my early twenties when I set a goal of reading at least 1 book per month. A very low bar, but even so, couldn't keep up once I became a working mom. Not a mom, because when I was breastfeeding Cristian, was reading a lot while he was attached to me.

24 March 2018

Nailed it: Anti-Bleak


The weather is bleak right now and it was the same few weeks ago when we went looking for the sun in Morocco. Every good trip starts with a good manicure cause nice nails travel better. And sometimes the colour has just the right name: Anti-Bleak from OPI.

18 March 2018

My secret wish


Today is not my birthday. I don't have any candles to blow. I do have wishes. And who needs birthdays to make a wish?!

I remember one vacation at the seaside. We were at a kids party when the most interesting thing happened. The kids in the audience were taught how to make a wish. Unfortunately I can't remember the whole deal but it was such a nice ritual . One thing I do remember is they were told to close their eyes at some point.

2 January 2018

My 3 words for 2018


In an effort to switch from frustrating new year resolutions to new year guiding "lights", this is my sixth "3 words" exercise. I almost forgot about it and my first thought was : "Not this year!". But I soon realized all my yearly 3 words served me well. It only took 3 minutes to decide, as if they were waiting to see the light, be my torch in 2018:

25 December 2017

C from Christmas card, comfort and cooking


Winter break or no break, winter is the best season to spend some time by the fire. As much as I love a good fireplace, I was referring to the time spent in front of the stove. Which I really like especially if it's followed by heartfelt, mouth-watering compliments from the 3 men in the house. Hubby said the duck with cabbage was probably the best thing he ate in his entire life.Thumbs up for such a flattering remark.

11 October 2017

My Black Sea: Sun Up, Worries Down


My summer was not lazy nor crazy. I missed the craziness of a last minute ride to the sea followed by a lazy day on the beach. I longed for long dates with my couch watching Netflix late at night. Instead I was busy with unplanned house renovation due to minor water damage. As if this wasn't enough, September was knocking at the door , bringing Tudor's first day in school. This meant some new routines I needed to prepare and organize for. I felt overwhelmed with worries. There was just one thing that could put a stop to my irritating thoughts.

9 September 2017

The catcher in the hills


"...I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around – nobody big, I mean – except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff – I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I'd do all day."

18 August 2017

The unknown story of a red chair


One red chair made me stop and stare when I was hiking back from The Royal Sheepfold Glade (Stana Regala). It looked like Marina Abramovic set there during one of her performances. Just days before, I watched InnSaei on Netflix and it may be where this weird feeling was coming from. Abramovic, too.

11 August 2017

Storytelling matters: my afternoon with Debbie Millman


Who is Debbie Millman?

Debbie is a writer, educator, artist, brand consultant and host of the radio show Design matters.
Tim Ferris introduced me to Debbie Millman. Through a podcast, obviously, not in person. However I did get the chance to see Debbie in person. She talked about "How to design your creative life".

27 July 2017

The Botanical Garden of Cluj-Napoca


The Botanical Garden of  Cluj-Napoca was opened for the public 92 years ago, in 1925. It was established by Alexandru Borza who was a priest but also the founder of geobotany in Romania. It is big, 14 hectares big. It even has a sector destined for persons with sight deficiencies, created recently in order to meet the community needs.

1 July 2017

Pleasanton pamper


I am eating a big Toblerone triangle. Because I can and because I shouldn't. I will try not to feel guilty about it this time. "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get" comes to mind. I don't think so.

20 June 2017

She who rises early gets the crown


Remember this ?! 2 mildly tanned boys saying "Welcome back" to school and kindergarten? 9 months fast forward school year is over. When I say fast, I mean really fast. So fast I could barely hear my thoughts most days. I have selective hearing when it comes to my thoughts. On school nights I can only hear about what the boys schedule looks like, what will they eat/ wear/ prepare for the next day. Any other thoughts are left behind, at the back of my head. Where I can find them on vacation. Thoughts are waiting patiently, time doesn't.

12 June 2017

Where Do Afternoons Land?


"- Where do they go? The airplanes we never take?
 - I always wander the same thing, anytime I see one.
 - I always think that they go to a place I've never been. They go somewhere else."
 (The Young Pope,episode 8)

4 June 2017

A wet start of the summer


Dear parents,

The days when we get to do everything we want to are: children's day, Christmas and our birthdays. You can't resist because these are celebrations very important to us.

Signed,
Cristian & Tudor

25 May 2017

Spring Alphabet


America is where spring found me. I found dreams coming true there in an experience that felt both adventurous and surreal. When I first mentioned to the boys that I might go away for a couple of weeks, they both laughed in my face."Yeah, right, you never go away mom!" But so I did and it was the best of times.

16 May 2017

San Francisco, always a good trip

Dewey Memorial, Tribute to the sailors of the United States Navy, in Union Square

They say San Francisco is home to a little bit of everything. I say it was cold and windy but still my favorite place from my US adventure. Even cold can have its perks, especially when you are not dressed appropriately. Luckily my first sight in San Francisco, as soon as I descended from the BART train, was Anthropology. So I had to buy a cozy sweater, poor freezing me. And than there was Diesel  and Replay and Macys. When in USA one has to visit Macys, I said to myself. I examined most of the hundreds of bags I could find on the ground floor. 2 hours away I realized I was lost.

6 May 2017

Enigmatic morning


It was the right place, the right time and and the best state of mind. Somewhere over the ocean, in the land of alligators and adventures. Wishing for more mornings like this.

28 April 2017

SeaWorld Orlando - What Lies Beneath the Surface


- I want to go out and play! Let me out! says Auras as soon as she sees this lighthouse. Auras is how my mom used to call me when I was little. There is this part of me still feeling like a child so why not call her by my favorite nickname?! Equipped with sunglasses, boots made for walking and big curious eyes, Auras and I were ready to play.