În mod “downsizing”, adică nu doar mut mobila în casă ci o VÂND

Casa. Masa. Pat. Scaune. Canapea si biblioteca. Scrin. Etajere. Masute. Cosuri. Dulapuri. Cuverturi. Cearceafuri. Farfurii. Cosuri cu flori. Jardiniere. Perne. Si cate si mai cate. Pe toate le-am schimbat. De cateva ori, de-a lungul timpului. Cand ne-am mutat impreuna, pe vremea cand eram doar “boyfriend si girlfriend”, eu si sotul meu am adus in apartament fiecare ce avea. Era un […]

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Ozzie si Karamel petrec weekendul impreuna

Unde se duce Karamel, hop si Ozzie. Karamel vrea sa stea singur, Ozzie vrea joaca. Karamel maraie. Ozzie latra sa il incurajeze la joaca! A intrat o musca in camera. Ozzie alearga sa o prinda. Se impiedica de o jucarie si cade pe Karamel. Karamel maraie, Ozzie continua sa alerge dupa musca. Karamel vrea un loc al lui. Il gaseste langa usa asa ca  si-l marcheaza asa cum masculii stiu sa o faca. Du-te si curata locul si cearta-l un pic pe Karamel. Karamel e vadit suparat si rusinat si ma urmareste cu ochii lui mari si caramel. Ozzie abandoneaza musca si decide sa iasa afara pe terasa. Karamel decide sa vina sub masa la care eu lucrez. Ozzie vede ca Karamel e sub masa si vine pe el. Karamel maraie. Ozzie latra sa il incurajeze la joaca. Eu le zic gata, liniste! Cateii se potolesc si se intind pe jos latiti si obositi. Liniste. Si din cand in cand un marait incetisor de-a lui Karamel. Mai tarziu. Cei doi catei tac malc. Tac amandoi caci dorm. Ozzie din dorinta de a fi mai aproape de Karamel, i-a preluat patutul, caci Karamel il maraie ori de cate ori Ozzie se apropie de el. Ozzie sforaie si ofteaza din cand in cand in somn. Karamel doarme fara zgomote. A vrut sa stea aproape de mine, asa ca a doarmit sub masa, langa picioarele mele. Afara canta papagalii. Soarele s-a ascuns dupa […]

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E-mailul mura-n gura … caci e al naibii de greu sa dai click pe un link

Parte din responsabilitatile aditionale primite de curand, trebuie sa gestionez un nou portofoliu de servicii interne de IT. Si parte din aceasta responsabilitate, trebuie sa particip saptamanal la o sedinta ca sa primesc updates de la anumite persoane. Acesta sedinta consta practic in prezentarea unei liste de proiecte pentru care cei din sedinta aloca niste persoane ca sa lucreze. Asta e, proiectele au nevoie de resurse iar resursele sunt oameni. Asa ca rezultatul acestei sedinte se concretizeaza intr-un document Excel accesibil tuturor celor din echipa. In document avem o lista de proiecte in curs pentru care oameni si ore sunt alocati. Excel-ul asta e un fel de Google Spreadsheet, accesibil printr-un link. Doar ca se cheama ‘the smartsheet’. Toata lumea are link-ul de la acest ‘smartsheet’ si nu trebuie decat sa dai un click pe link ca sa vezi ce schimbari/alocari au mai avut loc. Ei bine, sa dai un click pe un link e prea complicat. Trebuie neaparat ca dupa sedinta sa trimit un follow-up email, un fel de minuta in care sa recapitulez lista cu proiectele in curs si cu alocarile de oameni care s-au facut in aceasta sedinta. Pe langa asta trebuie evident sa mentionez si linkul catre ‘the smartsheet’, in cazul in care the stakeholders ar vrea sa consulte mai multe informatii. Practic sa mai fac inca o data continutul excel-ului cu pricina, dar un pic ma simplificat, omitand cateva coloane. I-am sugerat clientului meu sa […]

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Do you really need me in your meeting?

I work with people living in different time zones than me: US, India, Asia. Sometimes I need to stay late at the office in order to meet some of my colleagues during the conference calls. I am ok with this as long as I get some notice, so I can arrange my schedule. But it really annoys me when people send me meeting invites for 11:00 PM or 01:00 AM one day before and have no clue why they are inviting me to their meeting. Most of the times there is not even an agenda of the meeting, just the dialing details. In these situations I decline politely and add as well the following questions: “May I kindly ask you the purpose of this meeting? Why do you think my presence is beneficial to your meeting? What is the expected outcome following this meeting?”. And the even more annoying part is the type of answer that I sometimes get:  “Well, it is up to you if you decide participating to this meeting”. And then I re-state that I am declining the meeting. Beside, have no idea what is about and it is pretty damn late anyway.

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Why flamenco?

A few years ago, I thought I would be unable to learn any flamenco step. It seemed too difficult, could not follow anything and my back and knees were hurting after my first flamenco initiation lesson. It turned out that the instructor was not not a good teacher. His dance skills were amazing but his teaching skills not suitable for beginners. Meanwhile I decided to give it another chance and went to another initiation class. This is how I met Silvia Leon, whose teaching skills are amazing. She knows how to teach, after all she is a teacher in her daily life. She took us step by step, starting from the basics and patiently taking us further. Flamenco is not an easy dance. It entails a lot of practice, a lot of technique, so many rhythms and styles and it takes years and years of practice in order to feel and merge with the music and to be able to actually give yourself to emotions and dance them. Flamenco is the dance in which the music follows the dancer. If the dancer goes faster, so is the music. Usually we are used as dancers to follow music. Instead the flamenco dancer creates the music and the rhythm. Of course, when his or her turn comes. So, why do I like flamenco? Because it is passionate, proud, conveys feelings. Because pain can be translated into strength. Anger can be released. Because […]

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Cugetare despre “succes”

Era prin 2013 cand mi se promisese subit un rol la un alt client. Tocmai venisem dintr-un concediu medical si asteptam cu infrigurare si stress rezultatele analizelor in urma operatiei. Putea sa fie ori de bine, ori de foarte rau. A fost de bine. Oferta de job venise cand chiar ma asteptam cel mai putin. Faceam de cativa ani buni acelasi lucru, cu orare ciudate, cu nopti partial dormite, cu lucru in weekend, cu stress mult si cu deadline-uri. Stiam ca trebuia sa schimb ceva. Iar acea oferta cumva picase la tanc. Insa imi era teama de ceea ce doctorul mi-ar fi putut spune. Imi imaginam doar ceea ce era mai negru si mai sumbru si imi faceam planul B sau C. Apoi am acceptat postul care ma scotea totusi din zona mea de comfort. Mi s-a promis training si suport in noul rol la celalt client. Pana la urma mi s-a oferit ioc training si ioc suport, si mai mult stress si deadlinuri si mai stupide. In schimb aveam weekendul pentru mine si nu trebuia sa lucrez noptile. Asa ca per ansamblu, stiulul meu de viata s-a ameliorat (intr-un fel). Asa si sanatatea. Noul client era o companie finlandeza. La scurt timp dupa ce am ajuns, un deces a avut loc in echipa. Atac de cord survenit in vacanta, dupa o perioada de stress intensa si prelungita. La o luna, alt deces, infart, survenit tot in vacanta, la o […]

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Why do I still love Zakynthos?

Despite a long, frustrating and painful conflictual situation with a renown jewelery seller from Zakynthos, l actually remain a big fan of the Zakynthos island. This beautiful Greek island, third largest in the lonian see,  has so many things to offer. Here is why I love Zakynthos: The beaches have such a fine sand and so lovely turquoise waters. Zakynthos honey is the best honey I ever tasted. Lesante Hotel was one of the best hotels I ever stayed with an outstanding service. Their meals were amazing and their breakfast and dinner buffets a continous feast. The Greek Night meal and party at “The Sweet Revenge” restaurant was one of the best parties I ever been. Note for the teens: I like to dance, eat and drink responsibly. Zakynthos is the only place in which I could dance on tables, beside the “Le Corbeau” in Brussels. All the trips taken with Nefis Travel were amazing. We even took twice the same trip (The Blue Caves) just to redo the experience of the blue smurf waters. Sea food is amazing and kadaifi is one of my favorite desserts. The yoghurt is so tasty and I love it so much that all the yoghurt that I currently buy is “Greek style” The olive oil produced on the Zakynthos island is as well one of the best olive oils I ever tasted. Every time we returned home with a huge 5 liter recipient. […]

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Those simple little things

It is a glorious morning. Sun is shinning, making everything look more beautiful. The grass seems always greener in the spring, especially if the sun is shinning. It is starting to warm up. It feels warmer, both outside and inside, in my heart. At work, whilst taking the elevator, I met the jolliest employee ever, spreading energy and good-mood. He seemed happy that I was not on Easter holiday like everyone else. Actually I had had some leave, but only for a longer weekend. Anyway, it is amazing how one’s guy good-mood can spread positivity around. At least, it worked on me. If only there would be more people as merry and friendly as this guy. Life wold be more easy-going. Life would seem happier to many of us. Hello Spring! Welcome back!

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