Monday, March 30, 2009

Daylight saving and other stuff.


Daylight saving time started yesterday. But this year it didn't bother me much, because:
  • wasn't feeling well on Sat, so I took a walk in the afternoon, but wasn't able to go out at night - was in bed at 10:30!
  • on Sun, went to mom's for Sunday lunch, then got back home and relaxed. Again, in bed by 10:30.
I have to say, going to bed early really made a huge difference! I feel - I wouldn't say rested, but at least as any other day.

Besides it's a really good idea to stay home and relax, reading or watching movies, from time to time. We cooked a really good dinner, and I even made a cake for breakfast, yesterday night!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Friday!

So happy it's finally friday!
I showed up at mom's place, she said- how comes you are here? And I replied - I am hungry.
So I had dinner there!
And now it's not even 10:30, I am home under the sheets, and not a little ashamed of my wild friday nights!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Yay!


I am very happy, today, although quite sleepy.

It's a beautiful chilly day, the sun is shining, I got here at work early so I can leave a bit earlier.
After work I am gonna take a walk to the bus stop, , and check the shops on the way. Then look for a little gift for little niece, go home and cook fish. And if I have enough energy, I want to make a small dessert too - otherwise, I'll just buy something sweet.

Life is good!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Why?


Why eat pasta made with fresh tomato sauce, when you can just drop it on the floor, clean everything (including the kitchen cabinets) and eat bread with cream cheese instead?

It never ends!


I learned today, that on April 22nd I'll have an exam for a public selection for another position I applied for.
So, I now have to start studying for that too, and ask for a half day off from my new job! I'll have to invent an excuse, because I can't really say - I am taking half day off to go to a selection for another position!
I feel like there are too many things happening one after another, and I can't never really relax!
Oh, well. I am going to see my niece today after work, so, yay!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Exausted!

I am feeling like I was running the whole day today!

Actually, I didn't do much: woke up slightly later, as I had the day off, and stayed in bed reading until it got time to get ready. I had an appointment with the human resources lady at my new job (which looks so much like Ellen De Generis, it's almost scary!) to sign the contract, but I got there early so I went windowshopping to the nearby mall.
Signed, came back home, and while preparing lunch I was on the phone with my old job human resources to figure out how to present my resignation letter. I did the letter while eating, then headed out again to go to the city hall. Now I am back home again, and I feel like I have been standing for the last 3 hours - which is not the case, of course!

But I am really satisfied I did all I had planned to do today. Tomorrow I'll announce the big news at work, hoping nobody gets angry!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Weekly to-do list.

More than for the week, this list is mainly for the next 2-3 days... Here it is (I post it here, so I won't loose it!)
  • Sign the job contract (on Thu) with the new company.
  • Call the company I am working for to ask if they want me to bring them my resignation letter, or I can just fax it.
  • Send/take the resignation letter to the company I am working for.
  • If I have time, still on Tue, go to the city hall to bring some paper for a damage they did on my car with a traffic sign, to have a reimboursement.
  • Talk with my boss, here at the detached location I am working now, and say to him I am leaving in a month.
  • Buy orange juice (totally random, but I promised bf I'd do it)
I really hope I can get everything done tomorrow, since I took the day off work. Sign in the morning, fax the resignation letter, go to the city hall...

Thursday, March 19, 2009

This is funny!

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Inland North

You may think you speak "Standard English straight out of the dictionary" but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like "Are you from Wisconsin?" or "Are you from Chicago?" Chances are you call carbonated drinks "pop."

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Philadelphia
The Midland
The South
Boston
The West
North Central
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I never ever got asked if I was from Wisconsin. Pople have asked me if I was from Russia, from Brasil, from Germany, even from France.
Nobody ever asked if I was from Italy.
But for sure, I don't sound like Wisconsin!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Done?

I am almost done deciding. I think I am gonna accept the position at the pharmaceutical company, and will participate in the selection for my current job whenever it will be held. I think an experience in a private company would be a great experience, and would look good on my resumé - I'll be able to take advantage of it to apply for jobs in other companies, should I need to.
The only thing that keeps me perplexed is the distance. Not the time (I spent one and a half hours to get back home today!) as much as the fact that I will have to drive... But I guess it's some thing I'll get used to .

Going to sleep over it now, and will call human resources at work tomorrow to ask for how much notice they need.

Goodnight!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

News



I didn't post yesterday... was too tired to do it!
I got a phone call in the morning, from a company I interviewed with in September. They offer me a 6 months contract, from April 'til September. The contract I have at my current position will expire in October. And If I accept the other job, I'd have to take a pay cut of almost 50%. Plus, the commute expenses would go up really a lot, since I have to drive there and back, there's no public transportation.

The only thing that makes me consider the offer, is that they can confirm me after the six months. May be. May be not. Plus, the job would be more in my field than the job I have now.

I really have no idea what to do... I am going to talk to them in a couple of hours (took the day off just for this), and see what are they offering.

I have been thinking about this all day yesterday... Can't wait to go and be done with it, whatever my final decision is!!!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Thoughts...


Today I am still upset and frustrated. I am trying to concentrate on the positive, but, boy, it's hard. And above all, I don't feel like going to work tomorrow, because I don't want to hear my colleagues complaining for this same thing. I want to forget about it for a while.

I am trying to focus on the fact that everything is in my power, I will do. And I have plan b and c lined up.
The frustration comes more from the unfairiness of the whole situation, than from real lack of hope/plans.

I am also trying to focus on the lovely things that fill my life. Here they are, in a random order:
  • My beautiful, pretty, young niece. She 'll be 2 months old in 2 days.
  • Boyfriend, who is always there for me when I need.
  • My loving parents, granma, sisters, and relatives.
  • The fact that I have an apartment and food in my fridge.
  • I do have a nice job that pays really well and in this very difficult time that is not a given.

I really cannot complain. I know life is not fair, but I have a really hard time accepting this.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Disappointed!!!

Welll... The source of my disappointment is that this morning I read the job-search announcements for my position. Basically, my contract expires in Oct. If I want to stay where I am now, doing the work I am doing, forever (which I do), I have to pass this selection.

Now the thing that disappoints me is that, when I read the evaluation criteria I saw that- THEY DO NOT CONSIDER MY PhD NOR MY PUBLICATIONS!!! Meaning, I'd be at the same level as someone who just graduated from his/her Master's.
Now, I have a PhD and about 10 pubs on international, well -known, scientific journals, AND THIS DOES NOT MEAN A THING!!!!!
I am going to ask the person who wrote the requirements, on Mon, to see if I can at least include the fact that I have a PhD in the certification.
And another thing I can do, since they want people to speak english, but give points if you speak either french or german, is to ask to be evaluated for french, and look for someone whom I can do some speaking in french in the meantime - I just need a quick refreshing course.

I know I'll partecipate to the selection and try to do my best, but the fact that my little accomplishments are not even looked at, it's really frustrating!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Uninspired...

to write anything.
It's Friday, can't wait to get out of here and go take a walk in Via Cola di Rienzo...
And tonight I have a fish-based dinner at my sister's. I'll go visit my beautiful niece... And I am hingry, for a change!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

About personal style...

I found this post I wrote in 2005 on a fashion forum "10 things about my style". It is really funny to read it today, and see how things have changed. Here it is, with my comments in italic.

15/12/2005


1. The bag. No matter if big, small, simple or full of detail, expensive or cheap. It has to be fabulous and fit the outfit. I change my coat if I think it looks funny with the bag I have chosen. I love bags, but lately (thank god) I have found I discriminate more, and buy only after many thoughts. I still love bags, but I have come to a few reliable ones which fit most of what I have. Now I choose the bag around the outfit, and not vice-versa. And now I have the added requirement: that bag must be big, to contain all my normal stuff, my diary, and books if I have to teach after work).

2. Unless I am going out or I have a presentation in front of people, the shoes are low heel, often the work boot type (hey, there’s snow here! But I try to make the rest of the outfit nice) or low heel boots. Even during the summer, platforms or low heel. NEVER EVER flip flops. I guess I outgrew them… Still NO FLIP FLOPS! Only for the beach! But there is no snow in Rome,and I have discovered low-heeled shoes and ballet flats. I still wear mostly boots during winter, but I am not afraid of a nice pair of comfortable, heeled shoes. I have a couple I really love.

3. Shoes and bag have to match. Not necessarily the same color, but they must go nicely together. Same for gloves. Same thing now.

4. No miniskirts (I gave all mine to sister when I turned 30), but the skirt has to hit above the knee or be long-and long skirts with work boots is my fave! Still no minis, but in the winter I often wear an above-the-knee dress which I love, only with dark tights. And I still love long skirts with work boots, but unfortunately they are not appropriate for work...

5. The jeans: can be cheap or expensive, again, but must fit me well, since it’s my uniform most of the days. NOT, unfortunately. Still love them, but I don't find it advisable to wear them to the office... I have a very nice pair I bought last spring, but wear the only during the weekend.

6. I change my colors with the season, as my skin color changes (despite the sunscreen, I spend lots of time outside in the summer and become darker, while my hair gets lighter): black, black, black (and some colors here and there-but I love black on black, esp if the texture of the fabric is different), during the winter, burgundy, beige and, of course, black in summer. Never pink. Still do this. But now I wear pink too, sometimes, and some kind of pink only.

7. Dramatic makeup (dark dark eyes and nude or dark lips) in winter, natural in summer, no matter if it is day or night. And very very few people saw me without make-up. I now go for a more natural look in winter too.

8. Real gold jewelry or cheap plastic one (I am allergic too, too bad b/c I love little silver earrings). The real jewelry I own has a history or is related to something important in my life. I find that if I wear costume jewellery for a few hours I don't have allergic reaction, so now I wear whatever I like!

9. Coat has to be a great one. Possibly the most expensive thing of the outfit. Of course. Preferably a borrowed expensive one!

10. If it’s not comfortable, I don’t buy it, whatever it is. Before buying I ask myself if I can wear it for 10 hours and still love it. Of course!


What surprises me the most... is how much thought I put into dressing, and how stern I was in some statements (e.g. the pink rejection). May be I softened with age...
Overall, I am impressed!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Shopping anticipation...

I am so excited, in a few minutes I am leaving work and going shopping. I have a 20% off coupon, which is not a common thing here in Italy, valid 'til Sun. Need some spring tops, and one or two bottoms, if I find something interesting (in my size-this specific store seems to have size issues).
I feel excited like a kid on Christmas day...

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The magic of proportion.



I usually find Sally's posts at already pretty fun and sassy and inspiring and very very wise. But this one really hit home with me. It pretty much says what's important when choosing an outfit is to create some kind of shape, the one we prefer. She is partial to hourglass shape, but I love that what she emphasizes is shape and not thinness.

Some gems from her post, with my comments:

"Proportionate figures are attractive to me, and hourglasses are balanced and proportionate. I've gotten to a point where I really, truly don't see weight; I see proportion. The two women pictured above weigh different amounts and have very different body types. But they look equally amazing to me. And it's all because they are balanced and proportionate in their hourglass-highlighting dresses. The woman on the right is thinner, but she doesn't look BETTER to my eye. She just looks like a narrower version of the shape I find most pleasing. The woman on the left is heavier, but she doesn't look WORSE to my eye. She is perfectly balanced and flattered by her ensemble and looks like a total vixen."

I like her point of view. I am more and more convinced that fashion is strictly related to architecture, which means, proportions are fundamental. And I really think that the choice of fabric and color really depends on the architectural effect an outfits wants to convey, hence it all comes from proportion.

"We are told over and over by countless sources that thin is the goal. Thin is the ideal. Thin is beauty and sexuality and goodness. Thin, thin, thin, thin, THIN. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and assert that proportional is a cut above. Forget starving yourself thin and see what you can do to proportionalize your physique. If the hourglass isn't your shape, find one that works for you. Figure out your figure, then balance your bod. And if it doesn't make you feel womanly, strong, gorgeous, and goddesslike to look perfectly proportioned, you let me know."

I really have nothing to add here. It's perfect and beautifully stated.

The sense of proportion is something I have always kept in mind when choosing what to wear. Even before I realized it, I know I had some "rules" that had something to do with it (I'll talk about it in another post...). And I find it very reassuring to be able to come back to a set of "rules" that help you look and feel your best, no matter what shape you have, or better, thank to the shape you have!

Chose a picture of the Michelangelo's David, for this post, as it is considered to respect the "ideal" proportion of the human body. Plus, it's just perfect!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Wedding pics...

These are the pictures I took last Thu at the wedding. I wanted to show the delicious paleo-Christian (just made up this word!) church where it took place:
Here is me near some roman statue, and in the middle of the little church:


Whish I had taken more pics of the outside walls, but the rain was pretty annoying!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Following on Women's Day...

We (bf and I) went to the exhibition on Futurism at the Scuderie del Quirinale. It was interesting, but mostly I love the view from that place. Here's a picture of it!



Then we stayed a little on the square in front of the Quirinale Palace (the residence of our president). I loved that they decorated the entrance with mimosas, which is the flower symbol of Women's Day. You can see it in the background, behind me.





And that's another wiew of the square, viewing another side:



I bought two books in the meantime... I have to stop this trend! But overall it was a lovely afternoon.

Song of the day!

Women's day!

Today is International Women's day. Here in Italy is remembered and celebrated more than in the US, which I like. It was instituted to celebrate all the social right women have conquered during the last century. I like to remember than here in Italy, women voted for the first time in 1946, to decide whether we wanted a republic or a monarchic State.
We were talking with bf some days ago - he was saying he doesn't really approve how it is celebrated now: it usually involves going to have dinner with girlfriends and that's pretty much it.

I like to think this is a chance to remember, not to celebrate. To remember how it was before, and what a long way we have came. I realize I am now lucky: I was able to study in the same school as the boys, I earn as much as my male colleague who does the same job I do, and so on.
But at the same time I want to remember that in many parts of the world women are still considered somewhat less than men, don't have rights, are just "baby making machines".

It's all good, but much more has to be done!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Sick...

I wasn't able to post anything yesterday. I collapsed again on the bus, on my way home, got stomach sick, and when at home realized I have fever too! Now it's lunch time, hopefully I'll be able to eat something...
I shall return soon, hopefully!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Today...

I took a day off and went to a friend's wedding. We went only to the ceremony, not to the reception, for a series of reasons I am not going to bore you with. So afterwards, it was about 1:30 pm, and bf and I decided to go try the japanese restaurants near his place. It was good, and fun, because we were al dressed up!

Pics are coming...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

News


I found out this morning the date of the exam for a position at the university. Since I applied, I have to go take the written exam (and the oral one too, hopefully, later). It's all about laws on waste management, which means that I have been downloading stuff on this. I have a little more than two weeks for this, and in the meantime I have to come to work.
So,I do have to study hard.
We'll see how it goes...

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

upset!

Well, looks like we aaren't going to any wedding this Thu. Bf cannot take the day off - and he learned it today!
I am pretty upset. I even bought a dress for it. He says he can give me back the money, but that's not the point. I am angry, and that's all.
End rant.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Song of the day!

saturday at the MACRO Future exhibition!

Last Saturday bf and I went to the MACRO (Rome Museum of Contemporary Art) Future to see two art exhibitions. We walked there from bf's place, since it was a very pleasant day, not cold at all. Here's me on the bridge on our way there



Among the two, I liked the "Italian Genius - back to Rome" exhibition best, it was all about Italian design. There were all kinds of things: the Vespa, couches and chairs, paintings, gadgets, and so on. Here is a sample of stuff I enjoyed!




These were kitchen gadgets! You can buy them in fancy house stores...

And these - these are Ferragamos!



I am planning to check the exhibitions at MACRO more often (this was my first time there): it's free entrance, so there is not a thing not to love!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Song of the day.

Whishing I was wiser...

On my previous post, Kelly wrote: I found my grade school diary a while back, while moving out of my parents' house after college, and I just wanted to knock some sense into my former self, or give that little girl a big hug for the shit I put up with.

This really resonates with me. From time to time, I start remembering how I felt socially akward, uninteresting and boring, ugly and fat in high school. Not always, but pretty often, especially the first years.
Now I realize I was none of that, and if I could go back in time to slap my former self on her face, I'd do it! I don't understand why teen-agers never believe to what adults tell them, about them being smart, beautiful and interesting, instead they just keep self-bashing.

It's really a waste of time and energies. I could have done so many more things, had I some more self-confidence...

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