Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Noetic Science

I've always been a believer in the power of a human mind, and I'm thankful I now know what's the science's actually called and where to look for more info. Thanks to a random stranger for randomly referring me... to noetic science and The Institute of Noetic Sciences. All very fascinating, if you ask me!..

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Eggs & Chairs

I'm realizing I really have a thing for eggs, or rather starting to develop such thing. I'm totally in love with eggs as a food product - it's hard for me to imagine my breakfast life without scrambled eggs most days of the month; then we have fish eggs which I am so thankful for being able to have on the cheap (compared to most countries in the world); then there we have my dream shower and it's egg-shaped; then there's the famous egg chair, which I like and have been really wanting a miniature copy of lately... Then we have Wendy Brandes and her 'Chicken in Egg' locket, which I just LOVE (I could care less about the cuteness of the hen, but that golden egg just rocks my world, and the fact that it can be opened totally blows my mind). And so I was thinking about eggs a lot today (the whole Easter craze must have something to do with it too), and, just like with chairs a while back, I realized this new weird pattern of mine has already showed silent signs of developing before - I remembered being fascinated with this egg statue I came across in Barcelona...

Not too sure what to make of it, but taking into consideration that Salvador Dali had quite some obsessions and eggs were one of them, and Antoni Gaudi is believed to had thought of an egg as of a perfect form, maybe I'm onto something here! Only one thing is certain now - I am thankful for eggs!!

Monday, March 29, 2010


I'm obviously very thankful that my family and I are all fine - none of us were in the area where the terrorist attacks happened earlier this morning.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sleeping Cutie

I'm thankful for getting to witness my dog's cute and funny sleeping poses. I wish I had enough of the picture proof, but he's not really into taking pictures!..

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Positivity to the Rescue

It looks like I'm making progress in learning to get over and recover from things quicker. Just today, having experienced some unpleasant encounter on the street, the positivity striked fast enough: in about a minute after I stopped feeling so mad the thought of myself actually being lucky crossed my mind. I mean, at least the fathermuckers weren't there to and didn't steal my bag with all the documents, keys and some of the beloved posessions. Oh thank you.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Taste Sensation

My brother thinks that all the food in the world can be divided into two categories: the kind that is absolutely disgusting and the kind that can be tolerated. I guess I should really be thankful that, unlike him, I do find lots of foods to be tasty and well worth the time spent eating them.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

6 Months!

It's both believable and unbelievable at the same time - this little blog project of mine was started exactly 6 months ago. And let me tell you, I firmly believe it was one of the best decisions I made in 2009. I'm halfway now.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Risk Taker

I believe it's always better to make a mistake and learn from it, than to play it safe and regret not taking a chance. One just needs to make sure they're not repeating a mistake from the past. I'm a risk taker and I am thankful for having the guts.

What do you think?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Genie in a Bottle

A while back I was doing a series of thankful posts on my favorite songs and music videos. A few days ago when Christina Aguilera's "Genie in a Bottle" came up on my iPhone I realized I forgot to post about it. I do consider it one of my very few all time favorites - whenever I hear it starting to play I listen and don't rewind, if the video comes up on TV I would never switch off. It's like I can listen to it regardless of my mood at the time. Funny fact is that when the song came out I was a lot more into the alternative music and I used to really dislike Christina, but I loved the song. And still do.

P.S. I couldn't be thankful enough for all your amazing comments and support in the past days, THANK YOU guys!

Monday, March 22, 2010


I have to be thankful for feeling the strength to be able to deal with something that is going on right now... A while back I'd probably feel like giving up on everything competely.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

My Self Analysis Skill

I'm just this type of person - I can't be at peace with myself and sleep comfortably until I know what exactly is going on in my world and why the heck am I stressing. I like to be in the know and I need to know everything. Bad trait, but I am thankful that in my complex personality it's complimented with a pretty good self analysis skill. What's more, if not for it, there's a big chance I'd be in a mad house by now.

So what happened yesterday was I thought I was so confused and was stressing to find solutions... Then I realized I thought I was being confused for a few days and the "knowing" wasn't making me feel any better - I still didn't know how to unconfuse myself. I couldn't fall asleep for a long time anyway, so naturally, I felt like crying (yes, don't laugh - whenever I get bottled up on issues and have no one to talk to for a while, all that's inside is coming out in the form of stupid meaningless tears in the middle of the night when no one knows). Then, as usual, I started brainstorming all my current situations, trying to find that one thing that was causing the tears. That's the way it works for me - once I find the reason, the true reason, tears just stop falling down. Because once I know what the issue really is, I can get down to solving it, and crying has never solved anything. So I was suggesting things to my pity crying self and was I in for a big suprise when I realized I wasn't confused at all. The problem was exactly the opposite - I knew just exactly what I needed to do, when to do it, how to do it. I even knew what kind of benefits some of the things would bring me, and knew that some would not benefit me at all, yet my gut still told me to do it, as there was nothing to lose either. I knew just exactly what my emotions were. I knew that I wasn't scared or intimidated byany of the desicions I were to make in the nearest future. The problem was that I knew. I knew a lot of things were out of my control, a lot of those issues were not for me to take care of. It is what it is. With some of the things I just need to sit and wait and do nothing, and that's what I hate the most - sitting and waiting for God knows what and doing nothing - that's why it's such a stress and such a problem. That's why I kept putting off so many other things that needed to be done. Not because I was scared to make a choice, but because deep inside I felt it was out of my control anyway. But, if that's what it takes to bring back some sanity into my life, be it. Whatever needs to be done even if it's pointless should be done, and whatever bugs me because there's nothing I can do about it needs to be waited out. I realized this and I fell asleep right away. The next day, today, I woke up early and had a lot done, not feeling this daunting pressure I'd been under for so long and not having the urge to put everything off.

Why the heck am I typing all of this? Well, I realized yesterday this skill of mine has been my savior since I learned how to think. And I hope that maybe, just maybe, there are people out there who need to read something like this to make them feel better about whatever they're going through. I know they will appreciate my honesty.

Saturday, March 20, 2010


I really dislike cleaning. I think my mom is partly to blame for that, since her idea of making her kids love it eventually by involving me and my brother in house cleaning activities early on obviously seemed to work the opposite way. But anyways, as I was thinking about all of that while doing the housework earlier today, I realized it's wise to be thankful for vacuum cleaners, dishwashers and such. They do make a modern person's life a whole lot easier.

Friday, March 19, 2010

To People That Were

Maybe sometimes it's just high time certain people in our lives go or be let go of. It's not always easy to part ways with those who were once dear to you or see them drift away, but I guess it's just the way life goes. Not all friends are meant to stay close forever. I still believe that everything happens for a reason, and for the good times and genuine moments that were, I am thankful.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bright Ideas

I'm very appreciative off all these random ideas my brain gives out every now and then, because most of the time they prove to be some worthy stuff... Just sitting here and admiring the sight of one of such ideas that has been just brought to life. Let's say it's a wall decoration element.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Inner Yards

Can I just be thankful for all the cute little inner gardens out there? My blog, so I guess I can, ha. The one pictured is in Milan.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ray Bans

I haven't even got a chance to wear my new Ray Bans outside yet, but the purchase has been making me so weirdly cheerful for a few days now, that I just can't ignore such thankful blessing. THANK YOU, to whoever that thank you is supposed to go in that case!..

Monday, March 15, 2010


I got treated to some truly perfect service at a local Raiffeisen bank today, and good service is something I'm always thankful for. So thanks to my new bank for making me feel happy to have chosen them!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Siblinghood... Sort Of.

I'm thankful for all the intellectual existential conversations with my brother! I honestly treasure each time we get to talk like that.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Just Fine

Even if I could, I wouldn't change my life, 'cause really, my life's just fine. And I am still thankful for this relatevely new realization.

"Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true" - Leon Joseph Cardinal Suenens

Friday, March 12, 2010

Dog Walks

Seeing a dog happily and proudly walking the streets by its owner's side is kind of rewarding. I've always appreciated the experience, especially on nice sunny days like that one in Barcelona.

P.S. The dog pictured is not mine - I just happen to do the most amuzing untouristy things when I travel.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Purple Skies

I'm looking out of the window in my room now and I'm so thankful for such perfect purple sky. I tried taking a picture, but neither my camera nor my iPhone do it any justice. Stunning scenery!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


I'm so thankful I'm not a teenager any more. Every time I see a group of teens or tweens out and about, giggling out loud incontrollably, exchanging all sorts of rude remarks or just looking like they hate the whole world, I'm just so glad I'm not part of that. I mean, everything's only good in moderation, right?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Hangover... Not

Call me a prude or a weirdo, but never once in my life did I have a hangover, and what's more, I'm proud of it. I am thankful for it too. Because, firstly, having a hangover doesn't make you any cooler, secondly, I just know when to stop, and thirdly, I hold my liquor well.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Women & Music & More Music

Since today is the International Women's Day, it's a good idea to give some thanks to a woman, right? So today my thanks go to Shannon Eileen of Happiness Is... blog. Shannon has just recently posted about a song that I happened to get hooked on from the very first sound - "Black and Gold" by Sam Sparro. She is a musician herself, so it's only natural that she would have a great taste in music. I'm feeling thankful for this maybe seemingly small thing, because it's not often that I feel such connection with both the melody and the message in a song right away, she happened to post about it at the very right time too. I was once again reminded that no happiness in the world really matters when you don't have anyone to share it with.

And speaking of heartfelt songs, I cannot not mention my super good friend Mark's new band Wooden Wires - they've just formed it about 6 weeks ago for the UK's Channel 4 competition and made it to the final 20 (out of 1500+ entries). Now it's up to the public to decide who makes it to the final 10. So if you want to make me feel even more thankful, I'd appreciate it if you could stop by to check out their music and help support a friend HERE.

I guarantee you'll feel the beauty of this song if you watch Mark's band partner Dom playing the acoustic version of one of their songs:

Sunday, March 7, 2010


I love mangos, and so I'm thankful for mangos! Love them diced with Greek style plain yogurt for an early summer morning breakfast...

Saturday, March 6, 2010

On the Dark Side

I'm thankful for the movies that show a darker side of a human mind and nature. The darkly dreaming characters make me feel understood. Such a rare feeling, really.

P.S. For your reference, my one and only and all time favorite TV series is Dexter. There's no other show that I've seen each and every episode of.

Friday, March 5, 2010

I Miss You

It's not always easy to find something good about missing someone when you have no idea when you'll see this person again, or if you're going to see them at all. But as I have to find something to be thankful for and document it on a daily basis, I realize that very having someone to miss at all is a blessing in itself. After all, we only miss the good times, and having a person to miss I'm reminded that I'm the type who is able to have genuine feelings.

Thursday, March 4, 2010


I had a bit of an occupation change today at the office - had to help arrange (or rather arrange than help) flower bouquets for the upcoming Women's Day here in Russia (March 8th), and dealing with flowers made me think of this one super nice looking bouquet I had delivered to me to my workplace last year... from the anonymous, uhm, admirer. All this time later, I'm still thankful for it. I actually think it's the coolest looking bouquet I've ever gotten.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

No One Lives Forever

Or no one ever really dies? Glass half full or half empty? It's definately always half full for me, but let's get back to the topic! So, No One Lives Forever is this cool, now very old-skool though, video game I used to beat everyone's ass in! Actually, it's the only PC game I've ever been really good at AND finished (I played their second one too, but got stuck somewhere in Japan - in the game, not the actual country), so I'm definately thankful for it! I loved it because it was a perfect combination of a good shooter, a really good spy story and the character you were playing as was this super hot chick! Any video games you shine at?

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


I'm thankful for sleep and its ability to make one feel better. 2 extra hours last night and I do feel a little better.

Monday, March 1, 2010


As I've been terribly missing being tanned for a few weeks now, I want to say thanks for tan and for being able to acquire one fast and easily... Now where's the sun??