_____jstray 6:32am, 2 January 2007

Flash back to 2006:
+at the start of the year, back from the holidays and i've never felt so down with no job (quit before the holidays) and virtually no money.
+march - graduated with a b.soc.sci in criminology
+april - full-time job in business
+june - finally moved into my own apartment
+september - started another degree in terrorism and arabic language (not sure if i'll continue with the language)
+meanwhile bf and i still going strong after almost 3 years
+finally happy and content, less guilt and less worry and most importantly, loved and healthy.

I hope it continues to 2007.

Happy New Year to everyone.



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_____jstray 12 years ago

01.01.2007 - Monday

savouring the last of my holiday. had a walk at night and took this of one of our neighbours backyards. their house is open to everyone, people can donate and they're aiming for $10,000 to donate to the hospital.
Samrag 12 years ago
Happy New Year !

Love the looking back at last year - and I am sure that 2007 will continue to be good to you.

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
_____jstray 12 years ago
Thanks Sam. To you too!
Android9 PRO 12 years ago
Sounds like 2006 was a good year for you. Here's hoping the trend continues into the new year. I like the picture. It's quirky.
zesty house [deleted] 12 years ago
Luna Park seems a terribly frightening place. "Enter via the big scary mouth."

=) I'm with Android in hoping this year is as good as the last.

-Sontra (A Day In My Life)
_____jstray 12 years ago
Thanks Sontra + Android. Hope 2007 treats the both of you well.

_____jstray 12 years ago

02.01.2007 - Tuesday

first day at work after 10 days off. the days went by so quick. fortunately, because i was so busy with work today, the day went by quickly too.

pic above is a late christmas present from my friend's mom, a lovely silk scarf with flowers and butterflies. i'm wearing it today and it feels so good. also had a lovely thai dinner with bf.
_____jstray Posted 12 years ago. Edited by _____jstray (member) 12 years ago

03.01.2007 - Wednesday

black day for me today. at 3am in the morning, a very negative person has entered my life with very negative and cruel thoughts via the phone (by sms). i knew it wouldn't take long for that person to take me down again. had a sleepless night and i'm still feeling it today. i'll try and stay upbeat and learn to ignore these kinds of people. people whose main purpose in life is to make everyone feel as bitter and as down as they are. *sigh*
Samrag 12 years ago
Dear Jelenie, So sorry to hear that someone has managed to get you down. Wish I knew something great and profound to say, that would make everything better. The only thing that springs to mind, is that just now you are doing something very postive and fantastic - you are taking part in a project with several people around the world - a project that not many people have a character, patient, or the will to stick to. And that says something about you - and about what sort of a sharing and caring person you are.

Anyways - I hope something will happen that will make your day pan out better.

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
zesty house [deleted] 12 years ago
I'm with Sam on this.

People... can be rough sometimes. You can't let them get you down. Find ways to avoid them and if that's not possible, find ways to make what they do into a joke. It's hard to take someone seriously if you can't stop thinking of them wearing clown make-up.

=) This is a year for happier things.

-Sontra (A Day In My Life)
_____jstray 12 years ago
Thanks guys. I am feeling a bit better. I guess I just have to busy myself with other stuff. Although at the back of my mind, I'm still a bit apprehensive.

I love this project and I'm happy I joined. I'm already in contact with some wonderful people!
zesty house [deleted] 12 years ago
Wonderful people? Where?! =)

Good to see you feeling better, jelenie.

-Sontra (A Day In My Life)
leroyer 12 years ago
And I thought we only asked rude and bad people to join in...
The admin team will have to work on this, and ban every wonderful person from this group. Must not be more than one or two.

[philippe leroyer - the milky bald guru on a day by day basis : too much pleasure for all !]
_____jstray 12 years ago
Two is enough to make my day feel better. :)
satrina* Posted 12 years ago. Edited by satrina* (member) 12 years ago
Glad to see you're feeling better now.

I like your retrospective from last year, I'd try to do mine but I'm sure the whole thing would make me feel worst than I am feeling right now.

Satrina: av meg
_____jstray 12 years ago
thanks satrina.

i hope 2007 would be a very good year for you to look back on.

*did that even make sense?
satrina* 12 years ago
Yes, it made sense, thanks a lot for your wishes :)
_____jstray 12 years ago
04.01.2007 - 004

04.01.2007 - Thursday

another busy day at work. i hate phones esp. work phones. i think i have a phobia now. Everytime i hear it rings, i start to panic and i want to hurl my phone far far away.

had sushi for dinner = healthy

we were given some free movie tickets by a friend so bf and i watched blood diamond last night.

anyone else seen it?
Sandra.Pi 12 years ago
well...i have to say that i'm sorry for the bad calls, you seem to be a really nice person and i hope whatever is the problem with the caller, it is solved for good, keep smiling and taking pictures :)

haven't seen the movie...ups!!

_____jstray 12 years ago
thanks sandrapi. almost everyone in the office is on holidays so we have to help the call centre people plus answer our phones and it would ring every 5 minutes or so. really very disruptive to do my work and to my flickr time.

Samrag 12 years ago
Love that - disruptive to my flickr time...lol bad girl!!

Heard of the movie, and look forward to seeing it... was it any good?

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
satrina* 12 years ago
:D the disruptive of my flickr time part was the best

I once worked at an office and when the girl of the call centre didn't show up (which was at least once a week) I had to answer every call in the afternoon and it was really annoying so my simpathy goes to you.

Satrina: av meg
_____jstray 12 years ago
+ samrag - i'm at work almost 9 hours a day. might as well add some flickr time with the mix to make it more interesting.

i liked the movie. i thought it was a real eye-opener. performances were good all around too.

+ satrina - i knew someone would understand. :-D

NB: my friday and weekend photos are coming up. i'll put them up on monday.

hope everyone had a nice weekend!!
cautious range [deleted] 12 years ago
Best wishes that 2007 will be as good, maybe even better than 2006! :)
I keep my fingers crossed that you neighbour gets the money together. Crazy but wonderful idea :)!
The scarf looks beautiful - I have a Kimono from a material like that, it's so soft :)

Uh, sorry to hear about that Wednesday.
If you can, ignore that person. They usually give up after a while when they don't see that their effort has success.

Oh, I miss sushi :)
How as Blood Diamond? (Ah, scratch that question, found the answer :)

And I feel you pain with the phone calls. I worked in a Hotel for 13 years. Most of that time at the reception. Not a call center, but a constantly ringing phone :/ (Besides clients right in front of you as well....)
karinga 12 years ago
I used to have the same phone as you do! Well, it was borrowed from my boyfriend but for a long time:) One woman I know never answers the phone if the number is unknown. She might miss something important but in this way she stays away from unpleasant surprises too..
_____jstray 12 years ago
05.01.2007 - 005

05.01.2007 - Friday

as Sontra said... average days are good for everyone.

this is pretty much an average day. there's still no one in the office, all my friends are on holiday and the phones are still driving me crazy.

my bf went to the office to have lunch with me (chicken kebab for lunch... yum!) so that was really nice, to have a little break.

finished work around 5:20 today, i'm always so tired after work, maybe i should be taking vitamins? i just take a shower then go straight to bed and have a little nap. but i always feel tired after my nap anyway so i try not to do it all the time. mark cooked some teriyaki chicken for dinner. we were planning on getting a movie tonight to watch but decided against it at the end.

so i just watched the rest of charmed season 5 and read some more. i'm just glad it's friday!
_____jstray 12 years ago
ouch nicole - 13 years? did you get a phone phobia as well afterwards?

+karinga - i hate this phone. it's so old and the battery dies even when it's fully charged. i need to get a new one but it's not on the budget at the moment. haha i hardly answer the phone when it's unknown either.
_____jstray 12 years ago
06.01.2007 - 006

06.01.2007 - Saturday

yay! Saturday. Ever since working 9-6 everyday, i really couldn't wait for Saturdays to come and I try to do different things on my saturday.

for breakfast, we cooked some pancakes with maple syrup and blueberries.

pic above is of my bf resting on the park after having lunch. we went to the city first to get some book shopping done, we received some vouchers for christmas so i got 3 books for myself (blind assasssin by margaret atwood, shalimar the clown by salman rushdie and perfume by patrick suskind) for free! then we took the bus to paddington markets to have lunch (steak burgers with cheese and fresh lemonade with chocolate covered strawberries for dessert).

then we went to my bf's place to have dinner. we rented freedomland on dvd which turned out to be quite a disappointment. but al in all, a very good saturday.
_____jstray 12 years ago
07.01.2007 - 007

07.01.2007 - Sunday

my bf and i went to terrey hills to visit some gardens and some nurseries. we came upon this nice place with bonsai gardens, japanese gardens, lots of fishes and shops filled with unique homewares, etc.

visit my page for more pictures of the same. i love this statue. i want one in my garden looking after my carp. :-D
cautious range [deleted] 12 years ago
I still like to make phone calls to friends and family, but I hardly use it on other occasions any more.
Due to being away that long from all people we mainly use Internet as communication now. When somebody tells me about skype, etc. it's like "talking?" - "who? me?" No way ;)
Weird :)
I actually love to talk. Mh, maybe it DOES have something to do with my former job ;)

Your weekend sounds great :)!
Now you made me hungry, especially for pancakes :D

NicoleB / Rainmountain: Share the weirdness with me ;)
_____jstray Posted 12 years ago. Edited by _____jstray (member) 12 years ago
i love to talk to friends... i just don't want to talk to nasty customers anymore. haha

mmmm.. the pancakes were yum! although i could only have them like once a month cos i tend to eat a lot then it makes me really doughy. :-D
cautious range [deleted] 12 years ago
For me even talking to friends is weird sometimes now, 'cause hubby and I speak English all the time and my Mom and friends German. It feels weird for me to talk to them in German :)
durhamyankee 12 years ago
Looks like the garden was nice. Being outside in places like that is often calming. Sometimes I get creeped out when they're too manicured, but a fish pond will cure that any day.

DWM's return to the everyday
satrina* 12 years ago
I'm glad to know you had a great weekend, hope this weeks goes well for you.

And those pancakes sound great

Satrina: av meg
Android9 PRO 12 years ago
Weekends are the best, and yours sounds awesome. Love the picture of the statue.

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sunshinecity 12 years ago
wow, your flower up there is so beautiful!! biscus, right??

~ sunshinecity - a picture, a story
_____jstray 12 years ago
+ nicole - i know what you mean. it's weird when you speak two languages and converse with people in only one particular language. my bf doesn't speak my first language too.

+ dave - this garden was so nice. there's a restaurant there and some homewares shops but everything was so serene. we just sat there and chilled.

+ thanks satrina - the pancakes were yum!

+ thanks android. i love garden statues. too bad i don't have a garden. haha

+ sunshinecity - thanks!! i think that's the name for it. :-D
_____jstray 12 years ago
08.01.2007 - 008

08.01.2007 - Monday

Soooo tired and this is my half-ass attempt at a photo but I DID IT!!

After months of researching gyms (i hate contracts) and procrastinating, I FINALLY JOINED ONE. Hurrah!!

Oh my god! I'm so unfit. I had my fitness assessment done and even though I got top scores for being ultra maxi flexible, I was dying when I had to go on the bike for 10 minutes to measure my heart rate and oxygen intake. it was like the longest 10 minutes of my life. but my trainer's pretty cool. and even though it's a unisex gym, it's not really very busy.

i can't wait to start the classes but they're so inconvenient at the moment since i'm at work from 8:30 to 5:30 most days. and i hate going to gym in the mornings.

but I'm glad I finally took that first step. :-D
ebilflindas 12 years ago
Two of those class names really popped out for me. "Bodyattack" and "Crank". The former doesn't sound like fun, unless you're allowed to hit back; the latter sounds like a class for learning how to cook dirty meth in an old toilet. I'd start with that, and then go to Bodyattack. The pounds will melt away! ;)
ebilflindas: Everyday Dad
_____jstray 12 years ago
ha ha now if you think of that way, then it would sound more interesting and less scary.

it actually says on the sheet that...

_____jstray Posted 12 years ago. Edited by _____jstray (member) 12 years ago
09.01.2007 - 009

09.01.2007 - Tuesday

Gym again tonight.......... I'm sore. My thighs are sore. I'm going to be feeling this tomorrow, for sure! Had my first go with my PT. I hate bikes, have I mentioned that one before? I couldn't even go down the stairs in the gym. Ha!

pic above are some of the books i've currently finished, gonna post about them in the books theme page.
satrina* 12 years ago
Wow! that gym schedule sounds like fun, at least you won't get bored easily since there are so many things to do. I've never joined a gym but I really think I should...

Satrina: av meg
Samrag 12 years ago
SamRag came by to you!

You just finished all these books in 2007.... hhhmmmm

Nice phots - congrat on the gym... I'm like on my way to one... maybe... soon.. jawnnnnnn... better get another coffee

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
_____jstray 12 years ago
+ satrina - they're actually adding more classes in february and there are going to be classes for 6:30 in the morning which is much better for me.

for what i see in your pics, you so don't need to go to the gym! :-D

+ samrag - i only finished the top two. i'm still struggling through the eight and the pact i finished last year.

it took me 6 months to actually join up! there's still hope for you. haha
sunshinecity 12 years ago
... yeah I too started going tothegym only recently... it sure kills the first week or two, but afterwards, you start to build a bit of muscle and are able to keep your breath... it feels so good to work hard!

"Crank" sounds awful!!! Do enlighten us!!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
_____jstray 12 years ago
i should try and aim to go around 5 times a week to get my body's and money's worth. and also to keep my fitness up. i'm going to get an assessment again in 6 weeks and if i haven't improved at all then uh oh!! i don't even want to think about it.

i haven't tried crank yet... it does sound pretty scary haha
_____jstray 12 years ago
10.01.2007 - 010

10.01.2007 - Wednesday

after work today, we had dinner at my friend's place because her mom was visiting from china. her mom made 200 dumplings (photo in my stream)!! as in hand-made every dough and the meat fillings inside. it was so delicious. we also had indian chicken curry, chinese pork, some kind of corn and nut mix, vegetables, potatoes, lots of wine and *cough* ice cream. all in all, a very good night with good company and great food.

ILIGHT 12 years ago
Great looking group photo, too!
And the food...(why is my stomach rumbling)...sounds scrumptious!
~images& words: 2007
_____jstray 12 years ago

i just don't know why we left that chair in the photo. it was originally my chair, i just ran to the back. :-D
msspider66 12 years ago
dinner sounds wonderful

[Ms Spider66]
satrina* 12 years ago
I'd kill right now for some of that food, I don't know why I'm feeling hungry, glad to know you had a nice evening

Oh, and I do need to go to the gym, some things need a better shape :P

Satrina: av meg
Ladybadtiming PRO 12 years ago
_____jstray 12 years ago
+ spider - it was wonderful. i quite enjoyed it. :-D

+ satrina - thanks. i ate so much that night. i had about 15 dumplings. haha

+ hi ladybad! glad you could stop by. :-D
karinga 12 years ago
Oh, I so miss chinese food! Had a blast when my friend Ling cooked dinners to all the international crown at dorm few years ago.. Yum yum!

I HAVE to go to gym... But I feel somehow awkward and intimidated there... Even more tricky here in FIN with my broken Finnish:) But Im slowly working on a plan to start looking for a place to work out. You inspired me!!

(Inga in Finland All Year Round)
satrina* 12 years ago
I love dumplings!

Satrina: av meg
sunshinecity 12 years ago
sounds like you had fun!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
_____jstray Posted 12 years ago. Edited by _____jstray (member) 12 years ago
11.01 to 12.01 - Thursday and Friday

my camera battery died for two days hence no pictures for these days.

nothing interesting happened.

nothing was missed.
_____jstray 12 years ago
13.10.2007 - 013

13.01.2007 - Saturday

alone... alone at last. my bf went back to the academy yesterday and this is my first saturday in ages without him. usually we would have some sort of couple activity going on but now, i'm just ALONE.

i did all the washing, some light cleaning, etc and ventured to the city by myself.

bought some japanese lunch (only my favorite ever), got the latest marie claire and sat in the park for ages just chilling out. no deadlines, no one waiting for me at home, nothing i have to do and see. and boy it felt good.

had a healthy dinner - tuna with some boiled veggies.

and watched grey's anatomy ALL night. oh my god! how good is that show? bugger that season 1 only had 9 episodes.
the picture without the text is not really good for me but if you read you can feel the lonelyness because this bench was the one you use to sit on with your boyfriend and he is not here anymore :)

good work :)
_____jstray 12 years ago
+ karinga - don't worry, it took me months to build up a courage to actually go. haha but now that i do, i love it!

+ satrina - these dumplings were awesome!

+ i did sunshinecity. :-D
_____jstray Posted 12 years ago. Edited by _____jstray (member) 12 years ago
thanks brian... i wasn't that lonely. :-D

sometimes it's nice to have moments for yourself.
_____jstray 12 years ago
14.10.2007 - 014

14.01.2007 - Sunday

i was going to do a yoga class today but i'm not comfortable to take a shower in the gym so i just went for a 40 min. walk in the morning around the neighborhood.

i met my friend (photo) in the city today, we had lunch at pancakes at the rocks, went to the contemporary museum (so we could rant on all the contemporary "art" and i'm saying art very lightly here - please don't get me started), i perved on some lomos (i will eventually get one someday, they're so pretty) and had some copenhagen ice cream (there goes the diet). then we hung out at borders and read some magazines before watching the pursuit of happiness (i didn't cry).

all in all = a good busy day and a great weekend.
dda1605 12 years ago
I love Copenhagen Ice cream on the rock (just after I had some fish in the fish restaurant on the corner - I don't remember its name)

(Didier 2007 )
sunshinecity 12 years ago
true, sometimes alone time just feels good!

i love love LOVE grey's anatomy tooooo!! I'm waiting for season 3 to start here, I can't wait!!!!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
satrina* 12 years ago
Yep, I love Grey's anatomy too.

Glad to know you had a good weekend.

Satrina: av meg
_____jstray 12 years ago
+ didier - it's my first time to have copenhagen brand ice cream. i had the copenhagen flavor (love it) and cookies and cream (my number one fave).

+ sunshinecity - you're so lucky!! i have no reception so i have to wait for the dvd's to come out. right now I'm waiting for the season 2 boxed set to drop in price so i can get it. i think it's about $80 now. too expensive for me. haha

+ thanks satrina - i want more mcdreamy! :-D
cautious range [deleted] 12 years ago
I'm a bit scared to be alone for a long while soon, but in some regards it will be good for me.
I'll finally do my sightseeing tour through Hungary and take some pictures I wanted to take since a long while.
And visit friends - yeah :)

I really envy you for your courage to go to the gym. I always feel like people stare at me :/ Like I'm really THAT interesting ;)

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