Monday, January 30, 2012

A Must Have

I'm too busy & tired today to write a proper post. However, I wanted to drop a line and give a piece of advice for all women (and men who want to learn more about women):

It's an interesting journey into the chemistry of our body. Can't miss it, if you're interested in this kind of stuff. There are a lot of misconceptions out there: this book helps women to be more informed patients.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Our thoughts affect everything we do

Actually the mantra works! :-) 
I only need to deal with a very tiring Monday and then I'll be more "relaxed" (always busy but in a different way).

I've come to realize that our thoughts affect EVERYTHING we do. I tried to explain to G. that positive thinking is vital to a balanced life. If, on the one hand, he agrees, on the other he doesn't put much effort into it. 

Perhaps my strategies are just different from his way of coping with difficulties. And it is fine. I mean, we just react in different ways. 

This was supposed to be longer but big boy needs my attention ;) NOW 

Ok, ok. I'm coming.

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Living together is great and my life has definitely improved since we moved in. However, we do have very different approaches to deal with problems. I am more proactive, I do all I can to overcome negativity. He doesn't function like that and sometimes it's difficult to deal with tensions as we have antithetic "strategies". 

Yet again, energy makes the difference I guess.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Metaphorically speaking, I'm running more than one "marathon" this week. Lots of work to do and, as I mentioned in my previous post, several concerns. I've been calm so far and my mantra has been "yes, you can".  I just need to plan in advance the "workout".

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Levels of energy

I hope he sleeps, say, until 10 as I like being surrounded by silence on Sunday morning. Not that he talks too much but I like the fact the I can read the newspaper, write & think alone while my "men" are snoring. One is on the couch, the other in bed and I'm in the kitchen reading La Repubblica. I've just read an article on low cost bread made in Romania but sold here which makes me want to clean and use the bread maker again. I'll do it today.

Last week my level of energy was quite low. I like the expression "level of energy" because it's the same he uses. And whether we realize it or not, dogs and humans use energy to communicate. This is why, according to Cesar Millan (don't miss his books if you have a dog or planning to have one), if you project the wrong energy to your dog the relationship will be unbalanced. 

We have all met people with wrong levels of energy. When we don't like someone because he or she seems too aggressive, when we feel that something is wrong but we don't get why: these are clear example of energy unbalance. Having or projecting the right energy is not that easy or natural. When we are sick, angry or extremely tired the energy is low or not centered. 

I wasn't centered last week for many reasons. Moreover, G. and I have very different types of energy. Despite I know have some of  his "calm" energy, I'm usually more excited and nervous which is actually the reason why we get along. I spice things up, he calms me down and is more rational. That said... ops I've lost track of my thoughts...

oh yes, I wasn't centered but I need to be as centered as possible in the coming weeks as I need to deal with professional and private challenges. This is why I've scheduled Pilates 3 days in a row which is a lot but it will be of help to get the sense of balance and of what I can do it.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Sense of wellbeing

You know I am a big fan of Pilates. If don't practice 2-3 times per week I feel bad. I didn't know, though, that doing Pilates (using machines) while having low back pain was fine. This morning I had back pain but after the workout the pain was .... GONE. There's nothing else that conveys me a deep sense of wellbeing like the Pilates method. 

I have been using the machines lately and it's even better. G. says that I'm addicted to it and I think he is right. Pilates is definitely a priority in my week. 

Have a lovely weekend 

Thursday, January 19, 2012


I am a bit nervous this morning. Two days ago I had a fight with my mum and I've just had another one. Sometimes it's hard to cope with her even though I love her so much. She lives 2 minutes from our house. Again, this is good and "bad". Perhaps bad is not the right way to put it. It is both good & challenging, if you can see what I mean. 

She is judgmental and I don't like it. You should do this in this way, G. should do that. This kind of stuff. Perhaps she doesn't realize that we're ... adult! We're not teenagers anymore but the problem is that we now live in the house she lived in for more than 30 years. We understand that she would like to see everything as perfect as it was before we moved in together. It is almost perfect, believe me. We have a housekeeper (bless her) and do our best. Could we do more? Yes. Do we have the right to do less? Yes! This is the point: my parents don't understand that I/we can be different and can decide to live in a slightly different way, can't we? 

Oh well, I need to get some fresh air to calm down I guess. And big boy wants to go out for a walk so... speak to you soon!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Good & Bad


I haven't written in English for a long time and I'm sure you'll notice it. It was a deliberate choice. I was a bit fed up with reading and writing ALWAYS in English. I needed to read, write and think in my own language. It was not that easy though. I wrote a piece in Italian and I didn't (still don't) like it at all. It looks like an article translated from English into Italian. I know, it's ridiculous. My Italian writings are quite "bad" ... I just don't like the way I write in my language. It sounds "fake", God knows why. Anyway, please bear with me as I need to warm up.

So the last months were good & bad at the same time. The very bad news is that one of my former classmates died. This brought a whole set of consequences and I'm still wrapping my head around all the emotions and feelings I have been dealing with. We weren't in touch anymore but it was a shock as I knew him quite well. So I met my classmates after 16 years, can you imagine? We went to visit his family, spent a whole afternoon with the parents and then plan a dinner in order to remember the "good times" The dinner was last week and we all had a BLAST. From November until last week we all had a mix of both terrible and good feelings. And now, believe it or not, I am in touch again with people I haven't heard from for a long time. We call each other, chat, write etc. It's great, I mean, it came as a surprise to me.

Despite the above mention shock + surprise, life went on. Our life together is good and our first Christmas together was great. We spent it with my family and I cooked lunch and dinner! Wow, quite an effort but definitely worth it (I hope so!). Big Boy is always demanding and we love him more then ever ;)  

On a more professional note, I had, yet again, good and (almost) bad news. Good news: brand new stuff published, involvement in projects and (this came one hour ago) in an important editorial board. So the same old story is... can't you guess? I am more and more involved in international networks and still struggle to get a stable position here. Sometimes it's just too difficult to be fine with it. It's NOT ok! Anyway, that's life and there's nothing I can do except for moving abroad which is not an option for now. Either we move or I cope with it. I have to confess that I'm not as passionate for my job as I used to be. However, the projects are exciting and I'm looking forward working with my colleagues. I'm sure this WILL change my perspective. 

I'll travel more and be very busy, especially from February, but this won't stop me from updating this scrapbook.

Well, I guess this is all for now.
It's good to be back!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

This is just

crazy. Can't believe it.

This is not a blog

Actually, this is a project. The aim is writing a post (it does't need to be long) and/or upload a picture or even cut & paste a quote, every single day. Otherwise - I know my self very well- this scrapbook will last for, say, 6 months.

I am not a newbie. I've had many blogs. However, after a while either I was too busy to write or I was bored with my own writing which I am aware it's a kind of weird. So I'm not promising that I won't let you down because I probably will. Perhaps I won't stick to the idea of writing every day. Maybe I'll close this blog the next week. 

In any case, the initial aim sounds good ;)

ps. I'm still on working on the template.