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my most recent date, or what the hell is wrong with you, man

19 Aug

lovelies,
i’ve very recently gone on a date that was not all that. actually, it really sucked. big time. after it was over i felt like going home, curl up on my bed and cry into my cat’s fur- he wouldn’t have liked it, but he’d take one for the team, i’m sure.
how did it come to the date? well, a friend of mine suggested i get ”tinder”. it’s an app that locates people in your vicinity with the same application. it’s very woman friendly, as you get to ”like” or ”nope” the people that show up on your locator feed, before they see your profile. basically, if you ”like” someone, only then they can see your profile. once there’s a ”match” (both liked eachother), you can start chatting. my girls and i installed it- just for fun, of course! r-TINDER-large570
after some browsing through the app, this blurry picture of a guy’s profile shows up. despite the blur, i felt like there was something i can work with- i could see just about enough of him to give it a go. what do you know- it was a match!
we get to chitchatting, mainly about what we do to keep cool in the crazy heat we had in vienna. i mentioned going for viennese ice coffee was a regular thing besides being poolside most of the day, and he suggested to meet up for a coffee. he seemed nice enough, so i agreed. we set for the next day, early afternoon. around noon that day, he texts about trouble at work, and if we can postpone to the next day. sure! no problems, sunday afternoon it is!
right, i’m getting ready to go meet this guy, i choose a cute yet effortless outfit of dark denim shorts with tiny little white stars, and a blush pink cami top. we were set to meet at 4 pm- we were only meeting for half an hour, as he had plans with friends and was catching a plane later that evening- totally fine for a first date. at 3:55 he texts me ”if i know how long i’m going to be”.
ummm, ok… it’s not that i’m late, and was just around the corner, so i text back ”2 mins”. once at the cafe, i perform a quick scan of the place but don’t spot someone that could be my blurry date, so i text him that i’m there, and am finding a place to sit. maybe he is running late, that’s why he asked how long i was going to be…
as soon as i sit and whip out my phone, i hear chairs moving and a figure appears by the table. i look up, and the guy asks: ”nadia?”
two thoughts cross my mind instantly- 1. we’ve been texting for two days, the name of the user is right at the top of every chat window- and you STILL get my name wrong? what the hell is wrong with you, man?
2. i’ve seen this guy during my scan! but dismissed him right away because he looks sixteen, not 28!
whatever, i’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, even if i’m a little irritated, stand up and shake his hand, saying ”it’s nadine actually, but close enough i guess.” as soon as he sits down, he asks me if i’m still up for ice coffee, as it’s not that hot anymore. given that it still was 29 degrees C, i was seriously wondering if this guy just has a pretty lame sense of humor, or if he’s serious. i told him i thought it was warm enough to still get two scoops of vanilla ice cream in coffee, yes.

viennese ice coffee

viennese ice coffee

moments later the waitress shows up, and wants to take our order. he asks her if they served ice coffee, she says ”yes of course”! then, he asks how much it costs. when she answers 5 euros, he deems it a fair price, as he says ”thats ok, i’d like an ice coffee”. i’m honestly speechless by now. seriously, how much did you think it was going to cost? this guy is not doing himself any favors…
i proceed with ordering one too, and try to start a conversation. i ask what kind of job entails an emergency on a saturday afternoon, and he informs me that he ”actually lives and works in london, but is in vienna for business over the weekend.” is this guy for real? how in any way, is that an answer to my question? so i make myself clearer: ”what is it that you do?” ” oh finance, investment blablablabla (don’t actually remember, i was so fascinated, obviously), but i don’t really want to talk about what i do, as it doesn’t have a very good reputation. what do you do?” so i tell him that i’m in between jobs right now, and enjoying the summer, but that i used to work at a bank in the communications sector, and didn’t really like it. at that, he proceeds to freely recount how the firm he works at just pulled a gajillion euro deal with said bank, and just keeps on going on and on about money and work… i’m sorry, didn’t you not want to talk about work? why am i being treated to such a riveting tale?
when he’s done, he asks me if i’m still going to the pool today. i answer that it’s too late now, but that i was looking forward to spending the whole next day in the water. you know what his next question is? ”when do you get off work?” i kind of blankly stare at him at this point, and explain very slowly that right now, i’m not working, but when i used to work, i would get off around 5 pm. wow. did this guy not listen to a word i said? what is wrong with you, man!?
as the allotted time for the date comes to an end, i’m beyond happy, and when he starts getting antsy, i beckon the waitress over so that we can pay and i can get the hell out of there. needless to say, he doesn’t even attempt to stop me paying for my own ice coffee, and proceeds to pay for his own. don’t get me wrong, i really didn’t want him to pay for it, but it’s about the gesture, the principle of gallantry- no, not gallantry, manners!
when we walk out, he suggests we should add eachother on facebook- i say sure, but my mind is saying no way. i ask him for his last name. ”i’ll whatsapp it to you.” wow. such mystery. not for the first time, but what is wrong with you, man!?
at the end, he looks for a car2go, and i spot one across the street; when he makes no move to go to it, i ask him ”don’t you need it? well then bye!” we shake hands, and i speedwalk into the distance.

this is the second date i’ve been on recently, and even though the first one was great, but sadly there was absolutely no chemistry, this date made me feel really frustrated, disappointed, sad, and most of all hopeless. where are all the good guys? taken. or gay. or just want to be friends. isn’t that great? time to get another cat, i think. or maybe i should spice it up with something a little more exotic like a chinchilla or a mini horse. i think my cats would like that.

hello, i'm your new roommate!

hello, i’m your new roommate!

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the next step

14 Dec

lovelies, as you know, i am not particularly fond of my job.

it’s not fulfilling nor challenging me, and it sure as hell isn’t interesting.
usually, at least the co-workers are a highlight… well, mine aren’t. save for maybe two people, i really don’t care much about any of them. doesn’t sound like much fun, right?

3rndhx

i am very happy to tell you, that today is my last day at work.

i handed in my resignation three weeks ago. the feeling i got when i walked out of my boss’ office was of sheer joy and relief. i took that as a good sign.

suddenly my work ethic and outlook changed- i became more relaxed and focused, fending off the negative feelings, because i knew that there was a time limit. every day i chanted a little mantra of “only x more days to go”- believe me, it worked like magic! i was no longer bothered by my colleagues, or the petty things happening at the office. a calmness enveloped me, ever since i made my decision, and it’s a wonderful feeling.
i might walk out the building dancing the macarena, who knows. maybe i’ll hop out gangnam style.

it’s really not worth it, doing a job you despise. of course everyone needs the money. but there has to be some quality of life left. one shouldn’t have to dread going to work every morning of every day, it’s just such a heavy chunk of negativity to carry- it will eventually bring you down. and i don’t want that for myself. i could almost see my joie de vivre dissipate, month after month, and decided it can’t go on like that- i refuse to lose my energy and positivity because of a job. just no.

so now the job search begins again. i’m not picky, i have a wide range of interests and capabilities and i’m a quick learner- i like to think of myself as quite versatile. i don’t expect to find my absolute dream job, where i will be so happy i don’t want to go home, but i’ve learned my lesson: i need a job where i have at least the slightest interest in the subject, or where i can honestly say “i’m ok with doing this for the next x years”.
it’s not going to be easy, but i’m looking forward to the challenge.

has anyone of you been in a similar situation?
have you quit your job before, because you were unhappy with it?
i would love to hear your stories!

hiatus over

23 Oct

lovelies- my hiatus is done.

i promise.

this past month, i’ve been absent from the blogosphere because of… well, life actually.
i’ve had friends visiting, work keeping me busy and uninspired, general writer’s block, books i’ve been reading, and been hanging out with friends. all activities that had me invest my time, leaving no room for sitting at the computer.

don’t think that i haven’t been thinking of you though! oh no. i’ve been diligently taking pictures, baking and cooking, so that i can show you what i’ve been up to this past month.

stay tuned for the next posts, in the meantime, here’s a picture of yuki at dinner last night. he’s fancy like that.

pumped up kicks

23 Aug

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
You’d better run, better run, outrun my gun

if you haven’t guessed by now, this post is about sneakers- more specifically, the 2012 holy grail of shoes: the wedge sneaker!
of course by now everybody knows the designer that started it all, isabel marant. her willow sneakers come in many different colors, and have taken the fashion world by storm!
honestly, when the trend started i really hated the look of these shoes. maybe it’s the velcro straps that make them look like orthopaedic children’s booties- i don’t know, it just didn’t convince me.

isabel marant willow sneakers

and it still doesn’t. by now though, i’ve warmed up to the concept of the wedge sneaker, and -thank the fashion gods- numerous designers followed suit. so it’s been a while that i was on the lookout for the perfect wedge sneaker (which i decided, for me should be with laces, and maybe a top strap- but not necessarily), and found myself browsing innumerous online shops and catalogs. until i stumbled upon the nike website. i was like, what? why did the search bring me to the nike store? because of these babies:

nike dunk sky hi

i died and went to shoe heaven, because these are exactly what i was looking for! i don’t have to tell you how fast my fingers clicked on the “view item” button, right?
the dunk sky hi come in two colors (as far as austria or europe goes, i’ve seen some very colorful ones on google though), and just look so effortlessly casual, that they just might pass for regular nike kicks!
i wasn’t convinced with the navy-white combo (so. much. white.) so i bought the gray-white ones.
when they arrived, i was so happy that i wore them around the house, just for fun (no one has to know i was in my pj’s). i wore them to the office a couple of times, and took them with me to copenhagen as well, they are just really really comfy! here is a pic of my darling kicks- i will wear the hell out of these!

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bubblegum hair! or not?

9 Aug

hello lovelies!

hope everyone has been having a good week and that everyone is as excited as i am that tomorrow is friday!

 since my brain is already on weekend mode, i’ve spent my morning browsing pinterest (which bytheway, i’ve just discovered! i know, i know, super late, but better than never!) and stumbled upon some amazing pictures of hairstyles.

now, my hair is relatively untouched- when i was twelve i sprayed sun-in one summer, but that’s as far as i ever got to altering my hair, until two years ago i’ve tried henna for the first time. i used the reddish one, and it gave my dark brown hair a beautiful mahogany-red shine. right now, i’m in the mood for change! i’d considered jumping on the ombre hair bandwagon before, but after seeing these pictures, i’m seriously thinking of doing it!

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it’s a beautiful and understated look (well ok, not the pink one), and would fit well in a “regular life” scenario. i doubt i would go to such a blonde shade though, probably more honey blonde than white-ish platinum. 
i feel that if one doesn’t live in california, new york, london or melbourne, and/or isn’t an “it-girl” or a model, the pink hair might look a little odd- especially since i’m still working at a bank. maybe when i get a new, cooler job i’ll pink it up.

i would like to ask for your opinion, my lovely readers, and am asking you to vote in the below poll!
please help me decide what to do with my hair!
ps: if you don’t know how my mane looks like, you can see it here.

a book a week

10 Jul

about two months ago, on my way to work my ipod died. the silly battery ran out, and i was in the middle of my commute. shit! i hate when that happens, especially because the battery status was half full when i left home. then again, my ipod is a little older and it’s been surprising me in this way quite often lately.

still, didn’t change the fact that i was music-less and forced to look out of the window, listening to people’s conversations. damn i wish i had something to entertain me- believe it or not, the lady next to me recounting her dog’s grooming appointment to her sister was not so thrilling.

the next day, after having endured the commute back without something distracting me from the atrocious body odours surrounding me, i realized before i left home that i forgot to charge my ipod. seriously, brain?! really? whatevs- i spotted my pile of “not read yet” books, grabbed the first one and dashed out the door.
pile of books you say? why, yes. ever since i learned how to read, i’ve been an avid book devourer. i’m kind of proud of my ability to read a book in depth in little time. reading is one of my favorite pastimes- i rarely go to sleep before having read a few pages! my guilty pleasure? well ok, one of many… opening, smelling and reading old books. there’s something very comforting about the yellowness and smell of old pages…
anyhow, back to my story: i started reading that first book from the pile (you’re the one that i don’t want by alexandra potter) while commuting, and was happy to find it a much more rewarding entertainment than listening to music, because i didn’t even have to look at anybody. ha!
turns out that with the commuting pace, i finished the book in a working week. the next week, i picked up the next book from the pile (good girls don’t… by victoria dahl), and so on.

so far i’ve read two more novels by alexandra potter, what’s new pussycat and going la la, the gift by cecelia ahern, something from tiffany’s by melissa hill, i heart london by lindsey kelk (the latest of the i heart series!) and i’ve just started the second book of the all souls trilogy by deborah harkness, shadow of night.   
i might make an exception of shadow of night, because it’s such a compelling story, and the book is huge- i doubt two sets of 30 minutes a day will be enough to finish it in a week.

in the house that i imagine myself living in at a later stage in life, i will definitely have a reading niche, preferably an inbuilt one like these:

how amazing are these reading spaces? i can just picture myself sprawled in the niche for hours, with a cup of tea or hot chocolate, reading to my heart’s content.

ridiculously idyllic!

18 Jun

hello lovelies!

i’m writing you from quaint little eugendorf by salzburg! i know, i had no idea about this place either, and i’m not here by choice…
i was dragged here because of a convention at which my whole (work) team is presenting, and yours truly is freakin’ moderating the discussion!
we actually just finished our second round of rehearsals, and it’s not going too bad!

needless to say i wasn’t thrilled to be attending, but the surrounding environment is reaaaally making up for it! take a look at this freakishly sound-of-music idyllic view!

hotel gastagwirt is where we’re at- it’s so ridiculously cute and folksy and all-things-heidi that i seriously expect a little white goat to merrily saunter into the conference space.

there are about 10 golf greens in the area, horsebackriding opportunities, hiking and biking trails, and the food is amazing!
i have to get back to rehearsing now, but i just wanted to let you partake in my austrian-folk- extravaganza.

toodles!
ps: got confirmation from my brother that the internet at home is up and running!

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