A thought a day

A thought a day – 1 year challenge

I was hoping I was going to write more, but I’m lazy. So I found I way to make this easier.

Starting today, at the end of each day I will write a few words, for a year. Maybe this way I will succeed in writing more. Because writing is a hobby I want to pick up.

I will continue to edit this post daily until next year, adding something each day. The thoughts will be pretty random, just things I have in mind that day.


May 2017


Days 256-265 – May 5-14, 2017

Less than a week left until the wedding. I’m panicking a little.
Most of the things are ready. There is a problem with the rinds, and we might not have them at the wedding..


Day 255 – May 4, 2017

Sometimes you need to stop giving a fuck and let the shit hit the fan.


Day 254 – May 3, 2017

We were really busy these weeks. Busy at work, busy with the wedding.
Pretty soon the wedding will be over and we will start our honeymoon. I have some new plans regarding the blog and some changes are on the way. Iarina also as a blog now, but more on this later.


April 2017


I missed a few days of March, some of May and all April. I know.


March 2017


Day 213 – March 23, 2017

I finished The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien. It was amazing, I liked it very much.
Maybe I should read the other books too.


Day 212 – March 22, 2017

Got the pants. Now I have everything I need for the wedding.
We still need to decide on the cake and the rings, everything else is pretty much ready.


Days 210-211 – March 20-21, 2017

Got the suit for the wedding (most of it, tomorrow I need to go and pick up the pants because they needed some changes).
We started watching Stranger Things. It is pretty interesting, but I don’t know if we are going to watch season 2.
I finished the Python course from codecademy.


Days 208-209 – March 18-19, 2017

The weekend was really nice and relaxing. We even made time to go and look for a suit for me. Found something and we should go again on Tuesday so I can try it again.


Day 207 – March 17, 2017

Friday wasn’t a good day. Had to fix a lot of problems created by someone else. It was a stressful day, I’m glad it is over


Day 206 – March 16, 2017

I was thinking that maybe it would be a good idea to buy another domain for the blog. And post things anonymously.


Day 205 – March 15, 2017

I’m currently reading The Silmarillion. I like it very much. But I don’t think I will also read LOTR and The Hobbit. It will probably ruin the movies and I really like them.


Day 204 – March 14, 2017

Got them! After the cruise we will be visiting some cities in Romania. And we booked hotels in Brasov and Sibiu.
This will also be a bit of a research trip, since we are thinking about moving from Bucharest in a few months/years.


Day 203 – March 13, 2017

After the cruise we will be traveling around Romania for 1-2 weeks, so we started looking at hotels.


Days 201-202 – March 11-12, 2017

Except the car breaking the weekend was pretty great.

On Saturday we went shopping and my brother moved to his new apartment.
On Sunday we did some cleaning around the house and in the evening went to dinner with a few friends.

I read The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone. I really like the book. It’s a nice insight inside the Amazon world.


Day 200 – March 10, 2017

I worked from home today. Weather was horrible.


Day 199 – March 09, 2017

Cristi is getting ready for his first trip outside Romania. I go to Dublin next month. Hope everything will be alright for both of us.


Day 198 – March 08, 2017

Python is pretty fun. I started doing the tutorial on codecademy.


Day 197 – March 07, 2017

Now Iarina is also sick so she will be working from home tomorrow. We are also discussing about some side projects, fun things to do which could become a small business in time.


Day 196 – March 06, 2017

The week started with me catching a cold .. again. The rest of the day was meh.


Day 195 – March 05, 2017

We made the last payment for the cruise. Quite a lot of money, but I hope it will be fun.

We will have 3 weeks of holiday after the wedding and already have plans for the first and last week. We also have some ideas for the second week, but haven’t made any plans.


Day 194 – March 04, 2017

I read Diary of a Genius by Salvador Dali. Iarina order it but she said I should read it so I did. Dali was an interesting person, but we probably wouldn’t get along that well.

We went for a long walk around Bucharest. Almost 9 km. It was really nice outside, but so much dust in the air. When we got home we ordered 2 pizza, we ate and then went to sleep, from 7 pm to 11 pm. We then woke up, spend some time on the internet and a 1 went back again to sleep.

It was a fun Saturday.


Days 192-193 – March 02-03, 2017

I had two full days, but I finally finished a project that took more time that I wanted. It was a little overwhelming and I hope next days will be more relaxing.


Day 191 – March 01, 2017

Some beers, chips and Catan. We had a nice evening. I won again.


February 2017


Days 189-190 – February 27-28, 2017

Bucharest seems full of dust these days and more polluted than usual.


Day 188 – February 26, 2017

Got up really early so I thought it would be a good idea to go and wash the car.

We spent most of the day at home, Iarina drawing, me reading. I finished Lean UX by Jeff Gothelf. It was alright, but nothing new for me.

In the afternoon we went and did some light shopping.


Day 187 – February 25, 2017

It rained almost all day so we stayed at home.
I finished reading Zero to one by Peter Thiel. It had some nice parts, but I really disliked the first chapters.
I’m doing some SQL and Python tutorials these days.


Day 186 – February 24, 2017

Friday passed fast and not much happened.
Iarina baked a really good cake, one of the best I’ve eaten. I’m trying to eat less sweets and she is not helping..


Day 185 – February 23, 2017

We went and did our passports today. Iarina had her ready in 2 hours, because she chose a short-term one. She is anyway changing her last name, so there was no reason to spend more money. Mine will be ready in two weeks.
It was confusing at first because they lack instructions there and we had to ask people where to go, where to pay the tax and so on. But it went really fast. It took us about 40 minutes for everything.


Day 184 – February 22, 2017

Today was a good day. We finally had a sunny day and it gave me a good feeling. Hopefully winter is over and spring is coming.


Days 182-183 – February 20-21, 2017

A lot of things to do these day. And after a long day at work I don’t feel like doing much. Hope that by the end of the week things will get better.


Days 180-181 – February 18-19, 2017

Most of the wedding invitations are ready and we already sent them to Targu Jiu. While I was putting them in envelopes, Iarina was trying some recipes in the kitchen. They were awesome!

Her parents came to visit, we had a nice lunch together and then went and visited some relatives.

I read The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. I liked this book. And it got me thinking that maybe a career in big data would be a good option for me.


Day 179 – February 17, 2017

We placed the order for the wedding invitations and they arrived a day later. That was fast. Over the weekend we will put them in envelopes, so we can send them to Targu Jiu as soon as possible.


Day 178 – February 16, 2017

Maybe I should start a start-up. It would be fun to build a company. It would be good to start writing down some ideas.


Day 177 – February 15, 2017

I think it would be a good idea to start writing some reviews for the things I buy. Maybe it will help other people and it would be a nice addition to the blog.


Day 176 – February 14, 2017

Beside at work, when we use it for music, we don’t spend that much time on youtube. But we are big fans of the FailArmy channel and almost each night before bed we watch people falling, hurting themselves, etc. I don’t know if we should be concerned that we find these things funny.


Day 175 – February 13, 2017

We ordered the invitations for the wedding, we should have them by next week. We also started looking at wedding rings.

On this day last year I proposed so we thought it would be nice to go to dinner after work.


Days 171-174 – February 09-12, 2017

I now feel a little better. 2-3 more days and should feel perfect again.

Read 2 books, A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking and Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh. Zappos story is interesting and I like most of the things they do and believe in.
A Brief History of Time is an amazing book. I think it would be a good idea to read it again in 10 years. I also want to find a similar book but with more updated content, to see how things changed in 30 years.

I downloaded and played Guild Wars 2. I forgot I played it like 1-2 years ago and was surprised to see 2 lvl 70 chars. I deleted them and created a bunch more, play 10-15 levels with each and deleted them again.
I also started playing The Settlers Online. It is really fun and it doesn’t take me that much time, so I think I will play it for a while.


Day 170 – February 08, 2017

Still sick and it is getting worse. Hope after the weekend I will be better.

I just realized that in about 3 months I will get married. A little scary..


Day 169 – February 07, 2017

Iarina wanted to buy some things from MillyBridal (http://uk.millybridal.org/ / http://millybridal.org) and got scammed. You can read more about it here: MillyBridal scams customers.


Day 168 – February 06, 2017

Sick. I spent all day in bed, working from home.
With the AR project things are progressing well. It seems we will go and implement my idea, which is really nice.


Day 167 – February 05, 2017

We spent most of the day at home. Salem is much better.
Saw 2 movies, Passengers and Moana. Both are bad, you can skip watching them.


Days 165-166 – February 03-04, 2017

Friday in the morning we went with Salem to the vet because we wanted to neuter her, so she needed to do some tests. And Saturday we went again for the operation. But she was allergic to the anesthesia and we had to cancel it. She is ok now, but we had to keep an eye on her all day. It was a stressful experience and Saturday flew by really fast.

I finished season 4 of Vikings. Ragnar had a really bad death. And after his death it seemed they were just trying to finish the season as fast as possible.
I also watched the first season of Alone. Not exactly what I was expecting and I don’t know if I will also watch season 2.


Day 164 – February 02, 2017

Season 4 of Vikings is over, so I finally started seeing the episodes. It is fun but I heard Ragnar will die and I hope season 5 will be the last one.
I want to watch 2 more show from History, Alone and Forged in Fire. But only after I finish season 4 of Vikings.


Day 163 – February 01, 2017

I read Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini. Great book. I think I will also write a blog post related with this.

A lot of people (around 300 000) are protesting in Romania.


January 2017


Day 162 – January 31, 2017

Last day of January, first month has passed pretty fast. A lot of bad things happening in Romania with the new government and parliament.

I read The Conquest of Happiness by Bertrand Russell. I liked it and it’s on the list of books I want to own.


Day 161 – January 30, 2017

We will probably need 1-2 days to recover after the trip, because we both feel a little tired. I am surprised we didn’t catch a cold.


Days 158-160 – January 27-29, 2017

On Friday we finished most of the preparations for Berlin. I read Screw It, Let’s Do It by Richard Branson. It is a short book, but really fun. I gave me a really nice boost of confidence.

We spent the weekend in Berlin, you can read more about this here: Visit Berlin in one day.


Day 157 – January 26, 2017

Most of the preparations for Berlin are ready. It’s sad that Salem will stay alone for 2 days. And she is in heat. We will probably neuter her afterwards.


Day 156 – January 25, 2017

I started making the preparations for our Berlin trip. Did the check-in on both flights and made a list with what are we going to visit there. I also need to find some nice places where we can eat and some maps so we know our way around the town. Maybe I will make these tomorrow if I got time.


Day 155 – January 24, 2017

It was nice to have a free day and we enjoyed staying at home.
I finished Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis. I liked it. It’s a nice book about life and living.
I also decided that I should mark somehow which books I like and buy them sometime, so I can add them to my collection. Zorba the Greek is the first one on the list.


Day 154 – January 23, 2017

We went and signed the contract for Iarina’s dress and paid half of the money. Afterwards we went and visited relatives. They have a Cane Corso. He is big and I enjoyed playing with him.
If we will ever live in a house, we will probably have a dog or two.


Day 153 – January 22, 2017

My brother was playing Civilization VI for a few days and it caught my eye. So I thought I could also give it a go. It is pretty fun and the time flies by. I went to bed at 2 AM..

Tomorrow we are working from home and Tuesday is a free day. So this week should pass pretty quick.


Days 151-152 – January 20-21, 2017

We watched the first season of Rick and Morty. I kinda like it. Is not that great, but the first season was interesting. Iarina fell asleep while watching it. So win-win.

We went to the Opera. I received tickets from my brother for my birthday. And it was great. Iarina didn’t like it that much. But you can only appreciate how much work a show like this implies.

I also had some gift cards, so we went shopping. Iarna got some shoes, I got some clothes.


Day 150 – January 19, 2017

We finally have a dress for Iarina. Now the hard part .. a suit for me.
We watched Forrest Gump before going to bed. Great movie!


Day 149 – January 18, 2017

I feel a little burned out. I don’t want to do much these days and I don’t have a lot of energy.


Day 148 – January 17, 2017

It’s been more than a month from the last German class. First we had the holidays, now the teacher is sick. We don’t seem to make that much progress. I would like to know German, but if we don’t move to Germany I don’t think I will learn that much.


Day 147 – January 16, 2017

Bucharest is really crowded. I don’t know if we’ll be staying for much longer here. Even if we don’t move to another country, we are considering moving to another town.
I moved here in 2011 and other than my job and friends I can’t say there are other things I couldn’t give up.


Day 146 – January 15, 2017

We went out for dinner with some friends. By the way look for Thalia restaurant if you are in Bucharest, good food and low prices. So again gifts.
One more day with “happy birthday” and gifts (tomorrow at work) and then I’m done for this year.


Day 145 – January 14, 2017

Since it was my birthday I decided to publish a post instead of adding a new line here.
Day 145 – A thought a day challenge


Day 144 – January 13, 2017

It was pretty cold these days so my throat started to hurt, which was expected.

Not much happened today.
In the evening we played Catan and I won. We played 3 games until now and each of us has 1 win.


Day 143 – January 12, 2017

Another day, new gifts. Again Iarina and also her parents.

In December I applied for a scholarship for one of Udacity’s nanodegrees. I was accepted and today it started. For the next 3 months I will be learning Android development.


Day 142 – January 11, 2017

Snow! A lot of snow! It snowed all night, so in the morning everything was white. The car is basically buried under snow.
We worked from home today, because there was no point in going to the office. The town was really crowded.

Here are some photos (by Dragos Asaftei).


Day 141 – January 10, 2017

Iarina decided on a dress, we sent the order and paid for it. Today she cancelled it and now we are waiting for a refund. Probably we won’t get back the whole amount. I was kinda pissed, but I’m better now.


Day 140 – January 9, 2017

He are going to Berlin at the end of January. Got some really cheap plane tickets. We payed 32 euro for the tickets.
I already been to Munich 4 times in 2016, but never to Berlin. And Iarina has never been in Germany.


Day 139 – January 8, 2017

Is getting really cold in Romania. Tomorrow we will have around -15/-20 °C.
I finished the first book of 201 (I started reading it in December). The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman. Great book! Probably the best one related with design I read.
I received another birthday gift, now from my brother. It’s a boardgame called Catan. So we spent the night playing it. I think is more fun if you don’t receive all your gifts in just one day.


Day 138 – January 7, 2017

Yesterday it snowed so today we decided to go outside for a snow fight. We also took the snow down from the car. It was really nice, we had a lot of fun.


Day 137 – January 6, 2017

The blender is really nice and it works great. Maybe in a few weeks I will also write a review for it.

I always like working from home. I’m so much much more productive.


Day 136 – January 5, 2017

Our blender arrived so we will test it in the following days. We want to eat more fruits and vegetables.

Tomorrow I’m working from home, Iarina has a free day, we are all 3 at home.


Day 135 – January 4, 2017

My xylophone arrived. It looks pretty nice and I like how it sounds. Probably in the weekend I’ll try to learn to play something on it.

I also received a birthday gift from Iarina. My birthday is next week, but since it arrived today Iarina decided there is no reason to wait.

After work we went and had dinner together. Burgers and pizza, two of my favorite things!


Day 134 – January 3, 2017

Back to work today. Those days of break felt really good. I wouldn’t mind if I had more free days.

I reinstalled Star Wars: The Old Republic. I played it 2 years ago for a few days, but quickly deleted the game because it wasn’t what I wanted then. Now a new start and I kinda like the game. The story is great, but you spend most of the time walking on the map or watching the quest scenes.


Days 132-133 – January 1-2, 2017

First two days were great! We just stayed at home, relaxed, ate, slept, played video games and watched TV.

We ordered a blender and a xylophone. Hopefully in 1-2 months I can add an update saying that I learned to play at least at song.


December 2016


Day 131 – December 31, 2016

A few hours left and here comes 2017.

Staying at home together with Iarina was a great idea. We will probably do the same each year, maybe invite a few close friends. We had everything we wanted.

A 1000 pieces puzzle is a more than I was expecting. Of course we didn’t finished it. And in the morning Salem thought that she should destroy everything we built..

I hope 2017 will be a great year for everyone.


Day 130 – December 30, 2016

We will be spending New Years Eve together at home, so we went and did a little shopping to get everything we need for tomorrow.

Iarina worked from home. We got to spend more time together and also finish with the cleaning around the apartment.

I’ve been keeping a Google Sheet with our income, expenses and savings. It’s been a good year, but there are a lot of things we could improve. So I started creating the new one for 2017.


Day 123 – December 29, 2016

I finally launched the blog. I spent half a day installing stuff and customizing the theme. It looks alright for now. I also want to recover a few of the blog posts I had on my website, so I will start posting them here.

I also did some reading, I hope I will finish the book tomorrow.


Day 122 – December 28, 2016

I may be catching a cold, hope not.. I felt like crap in the second part of the day, so I didn’t do much.
It snowed a little and it looked nice. Winter is kinda sad without snow.


Day 121 – December 27, 2016

Did some cleaning around the house. Read a little, played games and we watched half a season of Supernatural in the evening.
I ordered a xylophone, but they called later on saying that it was out of stock.
Iarina’s Christmas gift hasn’t arrived yet ..


Days 117-120 – December 23-26, 2016

Christmas passed really fast. It was fun going home, visiting relatives, eating a lot. We even had time for a walk around the town.
The road was great. Less cars that I was expecting.
Now I will have some free days, unfortunately Iarina has to go to work.


Day 116 – December 22, 2016

I think I will learn to play an instrument this year (2017). Haven’t decided yet what, but I’ve got a few ideas.


Day 115 – December 21, 2016

Almost done with the year.
I had a nice dinner with my team tonight. I never liked expensive places that have small dishes.
Thursday is my last working day this year.


Day 114 – December 20, 2016

It seems there is an online version for Heroes of Might and Magic, made by Ubisoft. So I spent some time in the last few days playing it. It is pretty ok.
We went shopping after work. We bought a puzzle, we intend to play with it after Christmas, when we are back in Bucharest. Iarina also needed some new crayons. And I received my Christmas gift, two really nice shirts.


Days 112-113 – December 18-19, 2016

I finished reading How I see the world by Albert Einstein. I wasn’t quite what I expected. At least not the first two parts of the book. The third part was closer to what I wanted to read.
We saw the movie Max Steel. Interesting story but really crappy movie. They could have made it a lot better.


Days 110-111 – December 16-17, 2016

On Friday I took part in my company Christmas party and Iarina did the same thing on Saturday. It was nice, but not that nice.
Good food, good music, good energy, but nothing special. And it was the same at Iarina’s party.


Day 109 – December 15, 2016

“This used to be a funhouse..”


Day 108 – December 14, 2016

I had some gift tickets so we went shopping after work. It’s more fun for Iarina that it is for me, but we got to do what we got to do.


Day 107 – December 13, 2016

Played a little too much of Assassin’s Creed these days and I have a lot of reading to do in the next days. I am also thinking about writing 2 books. One is a SF and one a satire to the romanian society.


Day 106 – December 12, 2016

We finally started the Augmented Reality project and it seems it would be really fun and I have a lot to learn. Singapore seems better and better, hope I will get the position. I should have some calls regarding this in the near future.


Day 105 – December 11, 2016

Ubisoft is offering again a few free games this month. So I downloaded Assassins Creed 3 and started playing. I already played the first 2, finished only the first one. Maybe I will also finish this one too.


Day 104 – December 10, 2016

Supernatural season 7. And this was my whole Saturday.
We also did some shopping and cooking, but I spent most of my day in bed. Iarina worked for home, so I tried not to disturb her and played a lot with Salem.


Days 98-103 – December 4-9, 2016

This was a long week..
I missed 3 days of work last week because of some national holiday, so all the tasks from those days remained to be done this week. And also the tasks from this week.
So I did some over time.
I didn’t have to anything else this week..
It wasn’t easy, but I pulled it off and everybody is happy.

I’m still thinking about moving to another country, at least for a few years. And it is great that Iarina supports me and is ok with this step.
There is an opening in Allianz Asia-Pacific, based in Singapore, and I’m thinking to check if they want me and maybe move there for a short period. I was thinking to relocate to some other country in Europe and Singapore is a bit far, but I wouldn’t say no to this opportunity.


Day 97 – December 3, 2016

I found a Pokemon game for my Windows Phone and it is really awesome. I will probably spend some time playing it.

We saw Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children movie. It is pretty nice for a kids movie and relaxing to watch before sleep.

I finished another book, The innovator’s dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen. It is pretty alright. But you are better off not reading it. If it had only 20-30 pages it would have been enough. I skipped some sections because they were repetitive and really boring.


Day 96 – December 2, 2016

We finished season 6 of Supernatural. Next season 7.
Ubisoft is giving away free stuff these days, but the thing is all of them are crap.. No need to bother with them.

I am still postponing opening the blog, part because I’m lazy, part because I will need to start writing more. So I decided to open the blog as soon as I have written 10 articles. Already have 3-4 so probably by the end of the month I will move this to a WordPress blog.


Day 95 – December 1, 2016

We finally saw Doctor Strange. And also Ben Hur.
Doctor Strange is pretty ok, if you know the Marvel universe. But you know each moment what will happen and what comes next.
Ben Hur also .. pretty ok, but not great.
Both are ok movies if you want to see them in the evening before going to sleep, but they are not the kind of movie you want to see again and again.


November 2016


Day 94 – November 30, 2016

Finished The 4-Hour Workweek book by Timothy Ferriss. It is pretty interesting and has a lot of useful parts. But I also disagree with a lot of things from that book. Nevertheless, it is a must read if you want to improve your life.
A read a lot of books in the past weeks, next year my target is 50 books.

Iarina’s parents visited us today and we had lunch together, it was really nice and they should also come on Friday.
I like staying at home and it is a well deserved break.


Days 92-93 – November 28-29, 2016

A lot of work these days. Part to catch up on the things I had to do last week while I was doing the training and part for the rest of this week.
But we now have 5 free days, which is really nice.


Days 90-91 – November 26-27, 2016

The weekend went like this: Supernatural, reading, bed and eating. And it was great.
This week we are working only 2 days and the rest we are on Holiday.


Days 87-89 – November 23-25, 2016

Busy days.
I finished another book, The Bed of Procrustes by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
I did a training for 18 people from AMOS Romania. It was about Design Thinking. Went pretty good, not great, but pretty good.
And a lot of work to do at job.
Friday it was my brother birthday and we went for dinner at JW Marriott, Champions bar. Great food. We also bought a cheese cake for home.


Day 86 – November 22, 2016

Worked a little on the materials/presentation for the course, everything should work fine.
Not much happened today.
Tomorrow I should get the books I ordered from Bookster.


Day 85 – November 21, 2016

We went and saw the movie “Fantastic beasts and where to find them”. It is pretty nice, but nothing special.
I won’t renew next my gym subscription and I started working out at home.


Day 84 – November 20, 2016

Finished another book, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. Really really interesting and a fast read.
The order from Black Friday should come in 2-3 days.


Day 83 – November 19, 2016

Finished a book, The Second Machine Age by Erik Brynjolfsson & Andrew McAfee, and started another one, which I hope to finish this weekend.
Next week I’m delivering a training for some of my colleagues from AMOS Romania, Design Thinking Methodology.


Day 82 – November 18, 2016

We bought an electric hair clipper for me and a cat carrier for Salem.
That was all. We also searched for a blender for the kitchen. But didn’t found anything good and at a nice price.


Day 81 – November 17, 2016

I finished a small side-project at work. I translated in Romanian a file transfer app. The Romanian version should be implemented pretty soon.
Now making plans for Black Friday to see if we can find anything cheap and useful.


Day 80 – November 16, 2016

EVE Online is free to play! I always wanted to play this, maybe I’ll do it now. Maybe during Christmas?
Will see.
I started reading Origin of Species by Darwin. It will take me a while to finish it.


Day 79 – November 15, 2016

“Sometimes, I don’t want to move it move it.”

The day passed fast. I spent a few hours trying to make someone else’s script work, but couldn’t. We got back home, Iarina baked some great muffins and we went to bed.
That was all.

It also snowed for the first time in Bucharest this winter.


Day 78 – November 14, 2016

After work I went with Iarina in the mall and we ate dinner together.
I also finished a book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert. It is a great book and it makes you think how we influence and change our planet.


Days 74-77 – November 10-13, 2016

Thursday and Friday I closed 3 projects. One smaller one that took around 2 weeks and 2 big ones that I started/joined in June. One of the 2 big ones was put on hold/killed in basically the last day, just before the launch. Not my decision, but anyway .. this is how things are sometimes.

We spent the weekend at home, watching Supernatural (Iarina and me started watching from season 1), playing Skyrim (a gift from me for my name day – I can play for hours, this game is so great), reading and playing Rummy (I won).
Salem is finally climbing on the tv and also on doors. She is getting bigger so now she jumps a lot higher.


Days 72-73 – November 8-9, 2016

My name day passed fast. Received some gifts, more than I was expecting, Iarina was really nice and prepared some great things. It was fun.
I decided I will transform this in a blog, so I will instal WordPress and move these to blog posts.
I will probably add a section for projects, since I’m starting the Free Code Camp challenges.


Day 71 – November 7, 2016

I was still feeling tired today after the weekend. I will still need some days to recover.
We finally bought the honeymoon. We are going on a cruise on the Mediterranean sea. Hope it will be fun.

Tomorrow is my name day.


Days 68-70 – November 4-6, 2016

It was a long weekend..
Me and Iarina worked from home on Friday and as soon as my brother got home we left. We though we were going to beat the traffic, but it didn’t happen and it took us one hour and a half just to get out of Bucharest.
Even the rest of the road was congested. So we spent a lot of time in the car.
When we were at about 50-60 km from Targu Jiu one of the tires exploded. That was a first.

Salem also joined us on this trip. It was her first time in the car, but she was really quiet and calm.

On Saturday we spent most of the day at the wedding. Town hall, church, restaurant. But it was somehow nicer that most of the weddings. We even picked-up some ideas for our wedding.

Sunday we slept until lunch and after we ate we set off to Bucharest. Again the road took longer than usual. But at least the trip was without any incidents. Salem was a little nervous on the way back.


Day 67 – November 3, 2016

Finally wrote my CV, it looks pretty nice.
Someone was asking for it so I spent about 3 hours late in the night creating the new version.
Will be going to Targu Jiu at a wedding tomorrow, so I probably sum up the weekend in a sole post.


Day 66 – November 2, 2016

Went alone to the gym today. But my brother told me last night what I should do. Everything went fast. The treadmills seems to get more crowded, had to wait before I could run.
I’m probably quitting games for some time, so I can concentrate on more important stuff.


Day 65 – November 1, 2016

I think I’m catching a cold.. Iarina have been sick on and off for a while now. Hope it doesn’t get worse.
I don’t feel like doing much these days..


October 2016


Day 64 – October 31, 2016

We are thinking to buy an apartment in the near future. Probably a 2 rooms(1 bedroom). Just looking at what’s on the market, checking prices.
By the end of 2017, start of 2018, we should buy it.
It’s an important decision and a big step.
End of October, next follows November. Just 2 more months and goodbye 2016.


Days 61-63 – October 28-30, 2016

I felt tired on Friday so I skipped gym.
We spent most of the weekend at home.
I started and finished a book, “What if” by Randall Munroe. You read it fast and it has a lot of interesting aspects explained.

On Saturday we went to see a play. Iarina really liked it, for me it was more like “meh”. But it was fun.

On Sunday we went at a concert at Beraria H.
Really nice location and we will definitely go again. Beer was good, food was good.

Tomorrow back to work.
Next weekend we are going at a wedding. Not a huge fun of weddings and I wish I could skip all of them.


Day 60 – October 27, 2016

Had the Halloween party at work. Good food and we also had escape rooms organized and I participated at half of one (was really busy and didn’t had time for more), but was fun.
After work I went to see the Accountant movie together with my brother. He had VIP invitations. It was a nice experience and I should see more movies in the VIP rooms. There are only 30 seats and all of them are armchairs. Plus the food is included.
The movie was also pretty good.
I got home pretty late.
Iarina went out with the girls, so she also had some fun.


Day 59 – October 26, 2016

Couldn’t run today at the gym. All the treadmills were occupied by someone and I didn’t wanted to wait so I jumped on the elliptical for a few minutes and the went home.
Again really busy at work. I think I haven’t had a clean mailbox for more than half a year now.


Day 58 – October 25, 2016

It’s been awhile since we last been to the theater so we are going Saturday to see a play. Will also bring my brother together with me and Iarina.
The books will come on Wednesday, not Tuesday. So my bad here. But anyway, tomorrow I will have them.
Got german class tomorrow, so I had to do my homework today. I don’t think I’m learning that much, but still it’s something.


Day 57 – October 24, 2016

Went to the gym last night and was surprised to find out I lost 4 kg from when I started going to the gym in September. I’m also trying to reduce sugar and sweets, plus bread.
Salem finally learned how to retrieve things. She a cat, but is fun to throw things and see her bringing them back.
First two books from Bookster should arrive tomorrow.


Day 56 – October 23, 2016

Pizza dayyy .. again! I really really like pizza. And Iarina makes some great pizza.
Most of the day we stayed in bed. Tomorrow will be really busy, a lot of work to do. But at least I can chose some books from Bookster and in the evening I’m going to the gym.


Day 55 – October 22, 2016

Finished another book from the list: Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street – John Brooks. Interesting, but I can’t say I enjoyed that much. Maybe because I read the version translated in Romanian.
Anyway, I took a look at what books I have and I haven’t read, so I moved them to my nightstand. Only 6 left from what I have already bought. Hope I’ll finish them all this year.
I will probably sale most of my books pretty soon, to make some space in the apartment. And we also decided to not buy books anymore. We have the library and also pretty soon I’ll have a Bookster account from work. So free books.

We also did some cleaning around the apartment. We should sale a bunch of stuff, because we don’t really use them.

The 24 hour fasting went great. The last 2-3 hours were a bit tough, but I manage to resist the temptation. I will probably do this every week, except when I’m away from home.


Day 54 – October 21, 2016

Banks moving slow saves me money.
Was thinking for a while now to buy a new laptop and finally found a great one. The price was alright, about 1000 euro. And I even saw that a few banks had offers so I could buy the laptop right away and pay them in 12 equal pays, with no interest.
How much does it takes to receive the credit card, make the pay and get what you want? At least 2-3 weeks. Enough for me to change my mind.

Tomorrow I will try another 24 hours fasting, let’s see how it goes.


Day 53 – October 20, 2016

We are still looking at options for our honeymoon(week?). Best option right now is a cruise on the Mediterranean sea. It would cost around 1600 euro for 2 persons.
We need to decide pretty soon, so probably in 2-3 weeks we still buy it.


Day 52 – October 19, 2016

I was still thinking if I should go to the gym or work out at home. In the end I will still go to the gym until spring and then work out at home, run in the park.
I’m also thinking that I should buy a bike in the spring and ride it to work each day. The thing is that I don’t know how to ride a bike, so this will be a nice challenge.


Day 51 – October 18, 2016

Today went by pretty fast. All good, just really busy. I made a playlist on youtube. Songs for work, but they are also good for the gym.
Music makes me .. work.

I made my homework for tomorrow’s German class.
A lot of work awaits for tomorrow. Hope everything will be ok.


Day 50 – October 17, 2016

Some reflections ..

Digital skills are really hard to find. Most people I get in contact with have close to none. And I’m talking about young people, in some cases younger than me.

I finally understand why people that are hiring are looking for passion. Most people are not that inteligent. And most jobs don’t require people that are inteligent. You just need to follow some simple things and that’s it. Everything else comes with experience.

It’s sad and boring.

I need to think at a way to better display this “online jurnal” because it is getting pretty big. Maybe add on top the most recent day and not the oldest.


Days 48-49 – October 15-16, 2016

It seems I started writing every 2 days. Need to change this.

The weekend passed fast, I don’t even think we left the house. On Saturday I wanted to see if a can skip eating for a whole day. I failed.
It is hard doing this while people are eating next to you or asking if you want this or that. And all was going good until Iarina made some pizza. I can’t say no to pizza… Never!

Sunday was also fun. I hit the level cap with my wizard on Riders of Icarus, so now I will start playing less.

I decided that I want to read a book every 2 weeks. I also want to reduce sugar and bread. I don’t think I will go to the gym this week either.


Days 46-47 – October 13-14, 2016

The end of the year will be really busy at work. A lot of people are contacting me for new projects, things they need help with. But that is a good thing, everybody is appreciating the things I do. Pretty soon I will start to refuse new projects if this continues.

I started talking with Iarina about early retiring, living more frugally, with a lower impact on Earth. We looking at ways to lower our monthly expenses and increase the percentage of income we save.

Friday I didn’t felt that good so I worked half a day from home.


Days 44-45 – October 11-12, 2016

Again busy days.
I found out my total time (not quite exact, but at least it is something). My total time from the 10 km I ran is 1:05:19. But this also includes the time my colleague spent from the last checkpoint to me, around 200-300 hundred meters, and the time we spent moving the chip from his leg to mine.

The things I do in Allianz got me the title of “Service of the Month”, for my intranet Design and Development services, which is great. This also got my colleagues from Communication to ask for an interview with me, which should be put online tomorrow.

I also got chosen to be part of the project team for the AR/VR project. More work, but I’m exited.


Day 43 – October 10, 2016

We got the team time, which is 05:16:47. Don’t know if I will able to find my individual time. But it seems I was right, it’s around 1h.

It was nice working from home. My muscles hurt a bit.
I got bored of my tank on Riders of Icarus and I started leveling a mage, level 27 until now.


Day 42 – October 9, 2016

I did it ! It felt great to do this.
I was also pretty impressed by my result. Nothing official yet, but I approximate I ran the race (some say it was 10.4 km, some say 11 km) in about an hour. The official results should come in 1 or 2 days.
I didn’t like that I was the last one from my team to run so I had to wait some time. Next year I hope to run maybe first or second.
I will definitely run again. I will stay at 10 km for now, but maybe in the future I will move to semi-marathon (21 km).
I’m really exited about the race. There were some tough moments and it wasn’t easy, but I did it.

My grandma went back home.
And tomorrow I will be working from home, because I will need some time to recover. Also no gym this week. But next week I will start going to gym again.


Day 41 – October 8, 2016

A few hours left until the race.


Day 40 – October 7, 2016

Went for a light run today. Only 2 km, in a little under 13 minutes. I’m still scared, 10 km is a lot for me .. We will see.
Iarina also came with me today to the gym, which is nice. Hope she will come more often.


Day 39 – October 6, 2016

Worked went good. There will be some changes to our intranet, good changes. And things will be fun in the future.
I received the rest of the equipment for running. It seems than I’m the last one to run from my team on Sunday race.
I think I’m catching a cold, which is not good.


Day 38 – October 5, 2016

Today our CEO and 2 other people from top management visited our local branch. While my team leader was speaking about our team, when she started presenting me, I found out that the CEO already knew about me. It was a nice feeling knowing that people have heard about me.
My grandma is visiting for a few days. She has always been the type of person that needs to do something each second. So I’m trying to convince her to take a few days off, just relax and do nothing all day.
We also celebrated Oktoberfest today at work. It was kinda nice, but I can’t understand why do they bring so little food for so many people.


Day 37 – October 4, 2016

Went to the gym today and run around 5 km in about 40 minutes. I also got today my new running shoes and they feel great.
Tomorrow I’ve got scheduled a lunch together with some colleagues and our CEO. It should be a nice experience.
I also got an answer for the job I was interested in and it seems they already have someone for it.
Maybe next time.


Day 36 – October 3, 2016

I’m almost done with a long project at work and I can’t wait to finish it. It wasn’t that fun.
I’m also thinking to apply to an open position in Munich. But I’m waiting to see if I should do it or if there is already someone that will fill that position.


September 2016


Days 32-35 – September 29-30, October 1-2, 2016

I don’t remember much from Thursday. My head hurt, so I didn’t went to the gym.
Friday passed pretty fast, after lunch my colleagues and I left for our team building.
We stayed in Brasov until Sunday and cam back to Bucharest in the evening.
The team building fast really fun and surprisingly I don’t regret going.
The highlights probably are the few hours we spent in Aventura Park Brasov (great place, I hope to go there again) and the play we put in place Saturday evening. I will add some pictures on Facebook in the following days.


Day 31 – September 28, 2016

Yesterday I only ran for about 30 minutes. And today only bike and elliptical.
German was great, but I still got to recover the class I missed.

First month has passed, eleven left.


Days 27-30 – September 24-27, 2016

I was writing the blog updates in the morning. But sometimes I don’t have enough time. And if I’m not doing it in the morning, I won’t do it at all. So I decided to do it in the evening, each night.

The weekend past fast. On Saturday I was kinda sick, but I went to the gym. Couldn’t run so I used the stationary bike and the elliptical.
Most of the Sunday we stayed in house.

Monday and Tuesday were really busy at work, but with good results. Tomorrow I’m starting my German classes. A1.1 .. hope I will learn something.


Day 26 – September 23, 2016

The bill for the website host came and it got me thinking that maybe I’m paying too much so I decided to reduce it. I wasn’t using it at full capacity anyway so this seems a good idea. The price is 4 times smaller.


Day 25 – September 22, 2016

I finally hit the 5km mark and it took me about 38 minutes to run that distance. I probably could have run 1-2 km more. Which is great news.
On Saturday I will do another 5km run. And next week 2 runs of about 7-8km. I’m pretty confident that I would be ok, but still, 10km is a lot.


Day 24 – September 21, 2016

You know you are getting old when you stop playing as DD and you start playing as tank. I don’t know if it is because of Riders of Icarus, but I find the tank to be really enjoyable. I hit the level cap for a while and cleared all the content that is curently available. The level cap will increase next weak and we will also have new content to explore. I also started leveling a healer, never played one. But is more a dd healer.


Day 23 – September 20, 2016

Last week I only ran 2 times. Each time 2 km. It took me 22 min and 20 min (the second time) to run that distance.
This week I decided to run 3 times, each time for about 4-5 km. Today I ran 4 km in a little under 33 min.
I ran the first 2 km in 16 min. So I am improving (a little).
Next week I have a team building planned so I’ll probably only run 2 times. I hope those runs will be longer, about 7-8 km.


Day 22 – September 19, 2016

I am a little scared for the race. 10 km is a lot. It means running about 1,5 hours continuously.
The longest race I participated in was around 6 km, my longest run was of about 7-8 km. And this was some time ago.
It won’t be easy and I don’t have that much time left.


Days 19-21 – September 16-18, 2016

Really busy these days, at work and also at home.
I could have written a line for each day, but it wouldn’t seem right so that’s way I’m grouping them like this.

The “Superhero” idea was a hit and things are getting better and better.
We went out a lot these days, and got to see some really interesting stuff. We had Bucharest Days (557 years since the town was first mentioned), so a lot of things happened this weekend around town.
We got to check the inside of Romanian National Bank and also saw the Brancusi’s Cumintenia Pamantului (Wisdom of Earth), but I can’t say I was impresed.
Discovered a really nice restaurant in Bucharest, Terasa Doamnei. Good food and nice athmosfere.
It was a nice weekend!


Day 18 – September 15, 2016

My body hurts, a lot. Tomorrow we will take a break from the gym.
Went again with Salem to the vet, everything looks great until now. She is growing day by day. We also bought some vitamins for her.


Day 17 – September 14, 2016

Gym is going well. But it will take some time to get in shape.
Today was a great day, had an awesome idea and now I’m a “superhero”, literally. The idea also received a lot of positive feedback. I will see how it goes.


Day 16 – September 13, 2016

So we finally joined the gym. I’m really happy that Iarina also decided to go and it would be great if she will come at least 2-3 times a week with me and my brother. She looks great, don’t get me wrong, but it’s good for anybody to workout a few times a week.
It’s been around 7 years since my last time at a gym, so I will take things slow. Also I’m right now preparing for the 10km I will run in Octomber.
My brother was a gym instructor for a few months 1-2 years ago so it’s great that he can tell me what to do and how. And for free.


Day 15 – September 12, 2016

One of my problems is finding a good barber shop where to get my hair cut. When I moved to Bucharest, it took me around 2 years to find a new one.
I was still going to Targu Jiu to get my hair cut. A few months ago I moved to a new apartment and I’m still looking for a new one near my new home.
Nothing good until now.


Day 14 – September 11, 2016

I started rewatching the Resident Evil film series. Watched the first 2 so far. I wanted to rewatch them for a while now and I’m happy I started doing it.
I also have Lord of the Rings trilogy on the list of movies to rewatch.


Day 13 – September 10, 2016

Forgot to write about this yesterday: I will participate in the Bucharest Marathon. I will do the relay race together with 3 colleagues and each of us will run around 10 km.
The biggest distance I ran until now is 7-8 km and it been a while since my last run. So I have less than a month to be ready to run 10 km. It’s challenging, but also fun.


Day 12 – September 9, 2016

I worked from home today and it was great. It seems that I’m always more productive when I’m working from home.

I was reading about the Edsel car, from Ford, and it got me curious. So I looked it up on Google, it wasn’t that ugly.


Day 11 – September 8, 2016

I catched a cold, again .. But at least tomorrow I’m working from home and I don’t plan to get outside.
I started a new book, Business Adventures by John Brooks. And I think I found a great deal for the honeymoon.


Day 10 – September 7, 2016

I finally finished the last book I said I will finish, Lean Startup – Eric Ries. I don’t know if it is because I read the one translated in Romanian, but I didn’t like it. A lot of text, for only a few ideas.
It took around 3-4 months to read it. Not because is that hard or long, I just didn’t like it.


Day 9 – September 6, 2016

Almost forgot to add this day. Maybe because not much happened.
I saw a really nice CV today and I thought it would be fun to redo mine. I really dislike talking/writing about myself so it would be a good exercise.


Day 8 – September 5, 2016

I only have around 30 pages left to read from the last book I said I would finish, hope to do it tomorrow. Nothing else .. just Monday.


Day 7 – September 4, 2016

A week has passed. It seems this experiment is working.

Lazy Sunday. Some shopping in the morning. Barbecue and beer at lunch. Games almost all day. Pizza, beer and Romania’s football match in the evening.


Day 6 – September 3, 2016

We went to the new mall to have a look around. It’s not that great, but I really liked the food court, it looks nice. The rest feels kinda dark and it is smaller than other malls in Bucharest.

Found a good offer for some Xbox games so we bought two.


Day 5 – September 2, 2016

In finished the second book I intended to finish this week. Original (by Adam Grant) is a great book and I really enjoyed reading it. It was recommended to me by a colleague and I’m thankful for that.

I also applied to join a project related with augmented reality and I hope I will get picked, it would be a really fun project to work on.


Day 4 – September 1, 2016

I decided I should start going to the gym (and will in 1 or 2 weeks). The best part is that I also convinced Iarina to come with me.
I think the last time I went to the gym was in my first year of college, about 6 years ago. I did other things in the meantime (running, playing football), but I’m getting older and I should move my ass more.

I also want to spend more time on design subjects so I will focus more on this for the next months. I remembered I have a premium subscription to Sitepoint and I will have a look to see if there are any courses there.


August 2016


Day 3 – August 31, 2016

I keep playing Riders of Icarus. It has some really cool/unique (I think) stuff. The best is the sistem of mounts and pets.
You can tame most of the mobs you encounter in the game, which is great. You can also fight while on your mount. Imagine fighting mobs while
you flying above them. Today I encountered a mob that had a mount and he fought me while on the mount, which is a first.

After work I went out together with Iarina, we had some pizza and afterwards cake. It was really nice.

Until now I was using Outlook for tasks I had to do at work, keeping emails as unread until taking care of them and flags.
But now I decided to give OneNote a try and created a to do/task list. I want to move there task I need to do, but also ideas and things I want to create for work.
It basicaly has 5 columns:
– Now – working on it today
– Next – should be done next
– Soon – will be done in the future
– Someday – ideas/tasks that could happen someday
– Waiting – waiting for something from someone else


Day 2 – August 30, 2016

Nothing much happened today. I finished one of the books, “Do you think you’re clever” by John Farndon. It’s not that interesting and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.
I’m playing two games these days, Riders of Icarus(MMORPG) and Paladins (really similar with Overwatch, but it is free – still in beta though and kinda laggy sometimes).
Salem acts like a dog and I like it, but Iarina isn’t that happy with this..


Day 1 – August 29, 2016

It’s been almost 3 weeks since we adopted our cat, Salem. It’s the first time I have a cat as a pet so we are still getting comfortable one with the other. She was a lot of energy, but otherwise is pretty quiet.
Today I trimmed her claws and it went better than expected.

Other than that, work is ok, just finished the mock-up for a new portal and things should be pretty quiet for a week or two.
I also decided that this week I should finish all the books I started in the last weeks(months), so I will probably(hopefully) finish 3 books this week. But I am behind a lot on my readings list.