Random Monday #4: Best Halloween Episode EVER

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1. TV shows love holidays and they make great great episodes about them. I love all of the FRIENDS thanksgiving episodes, they are my favorites ever, but My So-Called Life’s Halloween episode is the best out there. Sure, the Pretty Little Liars have Halloween episodes and they are great, but no TV series compares with the quintessential show for teenagers. My So-Called Life is a piece of art, the writing is especially great and the best episode is, of course, the Halloween episode (actually, it’s really hard to pick one).

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The costumes were out of this world or anything, but can we talk about Angela’s costume? The cat eye glasses and the lime button up sweater. Oh, dear… it almost made me want to change my Halloween costume.

2. I have not finished Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan). The anime.

3. Homestuck is on a huge pause again and the next update is going to be the final update. I kinda like that.

4. Did you know there’s a thing called bubble tea? Where can I get one? How do I make it at home? I so want to try it!!

Yes, this Random Monday was more of a “let’s talk about how great MSCL is and then add three short other things”, but that show is really great, ok? Did you watch it already? What are you waiting for?

 

Herbstfest! and Best Thing in the World: German Shepherds!

Herbstfest is a German festival that I attended this weekend. It doesn’t take place in Germany, but it’s fun anyway! So October is officially my favourite month – it’s Halloween, it’s sunny and rainy and awesome and Cluj has tons of festivals going on! I mean… just this weekend we had three or four festivals – isn’t that crazy?

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me and my boyfriend changing roles

Saturday was a great day for me! It started with an awesome brunch. We had a friend over and made crepes with Nutella, bananas and biscuits. And then we went to the German festival where we had a 10 minute course of German – and now I want to learn the language (but I will do that next year, hopefully).

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Then we went for a walk in the park and visited Bookfest again. We entered the contest to win any three books from the fest and I want to win because my books are awesome – I picked Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (since I didn’t buy it), Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides and a book by Truman Capote. They aren’t much, they aren’t that expensive so pick me, choose me, give me those lovely books!!

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After the walk and picking chestnuts and colored leaves we went to eat and I had a delicious Falafel, since I rarely eat meat.

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And then Herbstfest had a nice show with German Shepherd dogs and get ready to see tons of pictures with those awesome dogs (also… more on my tumblr). German Shepherd is my favourite dog breed because I grew up with them. My uncle has a huge passion for dogs and he had a German Shepherd called Lassie – I don’t remember her because she died when I was about three, but then he bought another German Shepherd called Lord and he was my pal until I was 15! Then he moved and I only saw Lord from time to time, he died when I was 17. So yeah… those dogs were my best friends for a long time – I don’t remember my adventure with Lassie but my family told them to me hundreds of times and they are part of my memories now.

Spam with bad quality pictures (I was way to excited for the show to pay attention to the camera) of awesome dogs (most of the dogs you are about to see are trained and prepared to be loyal friends, protectors but also to save people and some of them participated in missions and helped saved the life of humans so they are really really great dogs!):

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October List: Eating Habits&Food Journal

I said yesterday about my October list with things to improve about myself… or just do. Anyway, you can find the list here, but I want to go into details with the whole eating habits and food stuff.

I am a student and I don’t live with my mum anymore and it’s really easy to eat only instant ramen or instant mashed potatoes or to eat out, and that’s not really healthy. Fortunately for me I love cooking. But finding time (and the mood – I am such a lazy cat) for cooking is rather difficult.

I was never able to keep a food diary. So this summer I kinda did that on my tumblr with pictures because it’s way easier to photograph what you eat rather than writing it down. But guess what? I think it’s better to write it down. Since last week of September I started a meal diary that I want to continue this month too. Since then I discovered some unhealthy eating habits that I have so this month I’ll also try to work on those.

About the meal journal: I have a binder and I write everything down in there because it’s easier to organize it and I always work better on plain paper than on a notebook really. I usually write after I eat if I’m at home, if I’m not I just make a note on my phone. I write down the meal, the hour and what I was doing while eating (it’s hard not to multitask while eating and I know it’s not good, but IT’S HARD!). I don’t think to much about how many calories I have on my plate, I try to estimate them after I’m done eating but it’s ok not to be exact – because it’s hard especially with home cooked meals.

But a meal journal is great for observing what you tend to do like I tend to snack a lot between my meals, I also snack more when I’m in bed with my laptop. And the best part about the diary: it helps you get better because you are aware of your bad or good habits.

Eating habits list: Here is the list with things I want to improve or work on when it comes to my meals.

  • try to respect the three main meals – being in college makes it very hard to do so, fortunately this is my last year and I have lots of free time because I need to work on my big project and all that jazzSo I’m gonna try to have breakfast early in the morning (11 am is not early in the morning), lunch around 1 pm or 2 pm and dinner… well, dinner is the tricky one because I have days with classes till 7 pm or even 9 pm so… I’m gonna try to eat it around 6-8 pm depending on my day.
  • eat breakfast daily – I got a lot better at this one, but it’s still hard to do it every day and sometimes I just pretend it doesn’t exist. Not good! 
  • stop snacking so much – I will try to snack once between the meals and maybe once after dinner because sometimes I go to sleep at really late hours.
  • no fizzy drinks or “natural” juices from the supermarket – I am not a fizzy drink person, but I still drink them when I visit my friends or when I go out. I will continue to drink Frugo from time to time because that it’s just the best juice ever!
  • cook a new thing weekly – because cooking is fun.
  • don’t eat on the street – it’s just a trick to keep me from snacking and also, it’s not that nice, is it?

I’m not gonna try to stop “doing stuff” (and by doing I mean watching tv) while eating because that I really can’t. And I think this is it. Wow, I really expected to have more things on the list but it’s great, right? Well, wish me luck. I guess.

Week in Review: Late and Short?

I really wanted to post this yesterday but I kinda felt asleep really really fast. I have no idea why I was so tired, but it doesn’t matter, I am not that late, right? So let’s start reviewing the previous week:

I… lost my keys! I freaked out and to be honest I was more scared because I lost the key from my locker than for the key from the house. But after organizing and cleaning the entire room I managed to find them so I grabbed a bunch of key-chains and added them to my keys to make sure I won’t misplaced them too soon!

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I ate a lot of banana pancakes for breakfast! It’s a really easy recipe and it’s delicious and healthy! You only need two ingredients (well, three if you count the oil/butter you use for frying): two eggs and a banana. Mash the banana (I like leaving some chunky pieces in there, but do as you please), then add the eggs and mixed them until you get a mixture like the one in the picture and this is it! Now put it in a pan and do what you always do with a pancake (flip it!).

Speaking of foods and eating, last week was the Food Revolution Day and I cooked a Japanese dish and watched the live footage from Jamie Oliver’s FoodTube! It was really fun and inspired to eat better!

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And just a little bit more about food: we ordered pizza! It probably was a bad idea, but it sure was delicious! And also got a new plant! It’s a basil and so far he is not doing well – I am really good at killing plants no matter how hard I try not to!

Now let’s stop talking about food and talk about TV! Most of the TV shows are over, but fear not, others will start (the Spring/Summer season is not as big or interesting as the Fall/Winter one but it’s better than nothing)! Oh, and the nerd won Survivor and lately I’ve been into point-and-click games!

Week in Review?

First of all, why the fudge does wordpress signs me off on every single Monday? Like what’s the logic behind that? And now back to our subject! Since I recently made a tumblr where I post almost daily and mostly pictures about random and boring stuff I do or eat I figured that there’s no need for my Week in Photos posts… but there was a hole on Monday (when I don’t post late Otaku Sundays) and I decided to just change the Week in Photos a bit. So here it is *drumrolls* the first Week in Review!

Last week I was on Easter Break (also known as Spring Break, I guess…) and I went in my hometown to visit my family and friends, and the most important one, my cat:

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No other cat is as spoiled as this Monster is, but let’s face it there’s no other cat as adorable and beautiful as he is so I guess this is way the entire family treats him as a king! I washed him, watched him sleep and tried not to wake him up. There is nothing better than a fluffy sepia cat, trust me!

And because I rarely get to see my friends we had a picnic – but I already did a post on it! I also had a slumber party with Mih and it was one of the greatest slumber parties I ever had!! Soon after I had one with my little cousin (she is a teenager, but a good one) but it still couldn’t top the one I had with Mih. And Alecs came home especially for me and that was really nice of her and awesome! I influenced my friends a lot this holiday: I convinced Mih to watch Game of Thrones and I also convinced Alecs to watch Survivor  – I made her watch the 25th season because it’s one of the greatest and probably the first one ever when my favourite person wins!

I barely had time for internet or TV shows (watched by myself, I did a lot of watching of stuff with my friends), but I managed to watch Game of Thrones (missed last night’s episode but I will make time for it… soon), Survivor and Naruto!! And better than internet and TV shows is reading a book! I finished just one, Salem’s Lot by Stephen King and I tried and write a not so proper review on my tumblr and I might soon or not too soon talk about it here too (probably on Friday?).

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I spent Easter day with my family visiting other relatives. It was really fun, but way too much food. The other part of the day was spent with a book – is there a better way to enjoy a holiday? The day before Easter was a day for close friends and nature! We went to a forest near some kind of river and I tried fishing (and failed – and my dad is a fisherman!!) and did quite a lot of swimming!! Swimming is like my favourite type of sport to perform if you don’t count Pilates as a sport!

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I ate too much pizza and had way too much ice-cream and sorbet (I even had it for breakfast!), but I still managed to do some work outs – not too many because I was pretty busy spending time with people, but I try to recover now!

For the weekend I was back in Cluj and after a day spent with my friends from here (and after sleeping on their couch because I don’t sleep during train rides), I managed to do some shopping for the house and some delicious pasta!

It was a great week and I feel so refreshed after it! Usually train rides are tiring, but the holiday had a way greater effect on me and no train ride could ever take it away! Hope the Summer is going to be just as fun if not more!

A Spring Picnic

Well… a Summer one since the weather is crazy. So Mih, my dearest friend, suggested we go somewhere near for a picnic and you know that I am crazy for picnics and sometimes I just take my boyfriend and go to the nearest green place and eat on the grass, right? So I was thrilled! More than thrilled actually which is why I convinced my mom to make her delicious pizza with the greatest sauce ever – a secret recipe (it will evolve in a family recipe once she reveals it to me).

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So we had pizza, I made a lemonade early in the morning, R. made sandwiches and Mih and her boyfriend brought blankets and snacks and crisps! We didn’t go to the forest near the city, ’cause we find a closer place with cute surroundings.

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We met these cute pups and they were adorable. I also loved their Mom. She let the puppies eat the food we gave them even if she was probably hungry too. We also gave them some water. They were so energetic and funny that I couldn’t help but film them in slow motion.

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The picnic lasted a few hours, until the sun was too bothersome to stand. We played some card games and kinda did some math because of a certain Russian card game that Diana taught us last Christmas.

There were bugs kinda all over the place but that’s the beauty of a picnic right? I personally had fun because I love everything that has to do with nature (and also observing animals and bird). More pictures here!

Last Week in Photos #9: Talking Too Much About Toothpaste!

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Einstein | Turkish Delight | Fluff’s belly | a new buddy | Lime My Cola
new coat | beer&friends | another buddy | toothpastes | Spring

Einstein is the newest cat we befriended! He is still scared and doesn’t really know if he wants to stay and be patted or run away from us but once he sniffs your hand he is all yours. Also, can you see how big Fluff’s belly is? Can’t wait to meet the little cubs!! And the bug is another friend we made this past week… but then he flew away without leaving his number or address. Oh, bugs.

We tried a lot of new weird stuff this week like special Turkish Delight (I used to eat a lot of those when I was a kid because Mom was obsessed with them) and the Lime My Cola yogurt that has a very kinky Cola bottle.

Mom got me a new coat that I simply adore! Mom buys me a lot of stuff from second hand stores and she understand better and better what I like to wear and what not and this coat is just the best thing she purchased for me ever! And even more, it was new! With the label still on and everything and it’s from Stella McCartney for H&M collection and it was probably more than 10 times cheaper than its original price. Isn’t that crazy?

And the dog from a some Last Week in Photos ago. He is too cute not to mention it. Also, this week we went out quite a lot despite the fact we had no money. But Spring is here so YEEY!! Oh, and we got some new toothpastes… the one for gums is gone (we both have sensible gums so…) and I loved it, the baby one appeared out of nowhere (well, Vlad got it from a guy who went to the dentist and got a lot of free toothpaste samples) and the Total Advanced Whitening is our new toothpaste – I wanted to repurchase the one for gums but they were sold out.

Anyway, Spring is here so yeey! (Saying it twice is always better!)