Sunday, July 24, 2011

An emotional meeting with friends, a weekend in Starnitza, a new job in Sofia and a wedding anniversary...:)

 

Once again a lot happened since I've last written... On July 6 /Wednesday/ I met three of my High School friends for a drink and it was such an emotional evening...:) To top it off they gave me an icon as a good-bye gift... So touching and thoughtful...:) This made me realize once again that I have the best friends in the whole world...:) I'm so lucky!!!:)

On July 8 /Friday/ after work hubby went to Karlovo to pick the children up and brought them home...:) The following morning we drove to Starnitza because our friends had invited us for a BBQ. We had a great time as always - yummy food, great company, beautiful nature, fresh mountain air...:) We didn't feel like getting back to the hot city on the Sunday at all... But we had to, because hubby and I had to work the next week...

So we brought the children back to Karlovo on the Sunday evening and left for Sofia... I was supposed to start my new job at the law firm in Sofia on Monday /July 11/ but my boss had phoned on the Saturday telling me that he would be away then so I should start working the following day /Tuesday, July 12/. Actually I didn't mind starting work a day later... Still, I was a bit annoyed that I found out about it a bit late...:( If I knew earlier that I would start on the Tuesday, I could have gone to the second job interview I was invited to /which was scheduled for the Monday/...:( Oh, well...

My first days at the new job were super busy and stressful...:( But I'm slowly getting used to the new working environment and I'm a kind of enjoying it now /even though I still miss the freedom I had when I was self-employed;)/...:) My boss seems to like me too, so I guess he'll keep me after my one-month probation period is over... I guess we'll just wait and see...;)

As the kids are in Karlovo this month, hubby and I miss them a lot, so we're visiting them every weekend...:) It's so heart-warming and relaxing to spend the weekends with them...:) Still, Vlado and I are enjoying our time as a couple as well - we meet for lunch every day and two evenings we also met for a cup of coffee after work...:) It felt like a date, so romantic!!!:)

On July 22 /Friday/ hubby and I celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary...:) We had a very special and delicious lunch at a nice Italian restaurant, called 'Capriccio' /which is officially one of my most favourite places to eat in Sofia now:)/ and as soon as we finished work in the evening, we drove to Karlovo to be with our dear kids again...:)

I haven't seen many movies lately because I've been too busy... Still, I could see a few: 'The Librarian: Quest for the Spear' /great entertainment for the whole family:)/, 'The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines' /somehow not as interesting as the first movie, but still fun to watch...:)/ and  'Beastly' /an OK teen movie, but to be honest, I was slightly disappointed.../. I hope that I'll have more time for movie watching in the next couple of weeks... Fingers crossed...:)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Big changes...

 
Yes, June has definitely been a month of big changes...:) Lots of things happened which made me realize how close we are to our moving to Sofia...:) It feels both scary and exciting at the same time!!!:)))

June 8th /Wednesday/ was a very nice day...:) First, in the morning I thought I would miss the bus but the driver was so nice to pick me and Vanyo up from the building where we live /even though he is not supposed to stop there/...:) 

Then I met Minnie's ex-class teacher and she gave me a red rose /my most favourite flower/ saying that it would suit my dress...:)

In the afternoon I left for Sofia because Vlado and I had to attend the first parent-teacher meeting at Vanyo's new school. It went fine and all of his teachers seemed very nice and experienced...:) So we both hope our son will like his new school and will enjoy going there!!!:)

After the meeting hubby and I went to see a flat we were offered to rent. It's not perfect, but it's bigger than we expected /consists of three spacious rooms/ and has all the necessary furniture. The location is great - it's situated at the centre of the city, a walking distance from Vanyo's new school, from the Palace of Justice and from the metro station /Minnie will need to take the metro to her school/ which makes it very convenient... So we decided to rent it and we'll move there in the beginning of September...:)

The following day while picking up Vanyo from the Kindergarten one of his little friends came up to me and told me 'You are very beautiful. You look like a bride'. How could I look like a bride with my black-and-red dress is beyond me, but I was definitely flattered by this young man...:) My little admirer kept coming up to me and making me compliments every day since then... So sweet!!!:)

Unfortunately not everything which happened to me in June, was that nice...:( A few days after my trip to Sofia I started coughing...:( And my cough became worse and worse...:((( So on June 16th /Thursday/ I went to see my doctor and it turned out I was having bronchitis...:( My doctor prescribed me some medicines /including some quite strong antibiotics/ and told me I should stay at home for a few days... I followed her advice and the medicines and rest made me feel better in a short time...:)

During my sick leave I got a call for an interview from a law firm in Sofia. The interview took place on June 23rd /Thursday/ and it went perfectly fine. I was offered the job but as the payment was a little lower than I wanted, I said I would think about it... I didn't think too much, though, and called the law firm on June 27th /Monday/ to tell them that I'll accept the job...:) We decided that I'll start working there on July 11th /Monday/ so the last June week was quite busy for me - I had to finish all the pending work, to inform the owner of my office that I was moving out, to arrange the moving itself /and I'm extremely grateful to my parents and hubby for helping me with the last task which definitely was the most difficult one...:)/. Luckily I made it all in time and now I have a whole week to relax at home before starting my new job!!!:) I'll do my best to enjoy it to the fullest!!!:)

The funny thing is that today I got another job offer but as the interview was scheduled for July 11th /which should be my first day at my new job/, I had to reject it... Now I can't stop wondering if I have done the right thing... Sigh...

June 30th /Thursday/ was the last day at the Kindergarten for Vanyo and at school for Minnie. My son was very sad to say 'good bye' to his little friends and his teachers... I'm sure he will miss them a lot...:( 

As for Minnie, once again she made it to get 'excellent' 6 /the best mark in Bulgaria/ for all of her 8 grade subjects - Bulgarian Language and Literature, English, Latin, History, Geography, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Culture, Music, IT, and Sports. We got a very touching e-mail from Minnie's class teacher who congratulated us for having such a hard-working and determined daughter...:) Needless to say, we are all very proud of Minnie doing so well at school and we hope she'll keep it up that way!!!:)

Last weekend we drove both children to Karlovo where they'll spend the first month of their summer holidays... My mother-in-law had such a wonderful surprise for them - she had taken a little male cat!!!:) The kids were so excited and happy as they've always wanted a pet!!!:) I hope Tommy /as they called the cat/ will be strong enough to survive their love!!!:)

Besides full of changes June turned out to be a great month for movie watching...:) I saw ' I Want Candy' /a very fresh comedy, some moments were simply hilarious!!!:)/, 'Mission London'/a Bulgarian movie, very weird and funny:)/, 'Doubt' /to be honest, the movie didn't touch me too deeply but it made me think, which was good enough... The acting was great and Meryl Streep was simply incredible...:)/, 'Michael Clayton' /very good and deep movie...:)/, 'Keeping Mum' /it turned out to be much better than I expected... Perhaps I should see more British black comedies in the future...:)/, 'Red Riding Hood' /I loved it!!!:) Very fresh and suspenseful!!!:)/, 'The Jane Austen Book Club' /such a beautiful and touching movie, I greatly enjoyed it!!!:)/, 'The Burning Plain' /the only two things I liked were the acting /great job, Chalize Theron and Kim Basinger:)/ and the way the story was revealed /like putting together the pieces of a puzzle/. Other than that, the movie was pretty ordinary.../, 'The Last Legion' /putting aside the fact that the story doesn't seem historically correct, the movie isn't that bad...;) And, most importantly, it has Colin Firth in it...;)/, 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' /the special effects were just as breathtaking as in the first Transformers movie... But once again that is the only good thing I can say about it...:) Oh, actually there is one more - I saw it together with my son and it was so funny to observe his enthusiasm!!!:)/, 'Australia' /the story was beautiful and touching - there were moments which made me laugh and others which put tears in my eyes... The actors were great too /especially Hugh Jackman, who was such a pleasure for my eyes:)/...:)/,  and 'Pope Joan' /I loved this movie!!!:) Beautiful, touching, thought-provoking...:) Two thumbs up!!!:)/. 

In June finished the first season of 'Game of Thrones'. It's our favourite TV show now and we just can't wait to see the next episodes!!!:) I'm also planning to read the books... some day...:)

So far this month I've seen only one movie - 'American Gangster' /great actors, but the movie was somewhat slow and even boring at times.../, but we're still in the beginning of July, so there is still hope!!!;)