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Friday, December 4, 2015

December day 4 - Life as a server

As promised I'm trying to be really on top of this, even if that means not sleeping or waking up early to write something. To force myself to document things in december, I'm bringing my camera everywhere. I'll be consistent with december blogs, and will not get embarassed by my bad photography skills, since the lighting in my house when I get home is almost non-existent. 
I never thought that I will ever be a barrista or work in retail, because my people skills aren't as good as I would want them to be. I'm the person that never knows what to say first or will say something really akward that no-one will get. Even worse, I never hear what customers are saying, and if they try to be funny I always just stare and smile. But I've become quite good at it now. More than greeting and  interacting with customers, I enjoy making coffee. My hand's are dry but who cares! I'm now even more addicted to coffee and making it is even more pleasant than drinking it. It gets even cooler when I tell you I have my own Italian espresso machine at home. So everyday as soon as I get the chance I enjoy the most beautiful cup of coffee,instead of the disgusting turkish coffee that I use to make at home. I'm not saying that any turkish coffee is bad, that was just mine. Always burnt and very bitter, Each time I'd make it, I of course forgot to turn the gas off, so it would overflow and the damage was done. Every single day!

What I was trying to say is that working as a barrista is a job that everyone should try at least once. It's not a job that I want to keep, and that means there is no responsibilites what so ever. Meaning that when I finish my work, I don't think about it untill the next time I'm working again. Technically I'm now thinking about it, but it's only because I don't know what to write today, since I didn't do anything special. For now I make enough money, tips are okay and I've bulit a huge wall to keep me away from all the bulls**t customers are trying to throw at me :) It's something else working at quite a posh area, where people are expected to be served left, right and center. That also means you run into a lot, and when I'm saying a lot, I mean a loooooooooot of WEIRDOOOOOS!
Things that probably will happen in your barrista life:
  • a customer asking for a latte with extra milk 
  • a customer asking for iced drinks during christmas season
  • a customer asking for iced water with extra ice
  • a customer asking for a double espresso in a medium cup, when you know they are going to grab milk at the condiment bar to make themselve a drink
  • an impatient customer that can't  wait in line and gives you the death stares from the back
  • a customer that spends half an hour explaining what kind of drink they want (non-fat, less sugar, decaff,..BLA, BLA BLA) and then they order a slice of cake on the side
  • a customer ordering a starbucks drink when they're clearly not at starbucks
  • a customer that invents a drink name, and then looks at you with a face of despair when you don't now how to make a grand mocha jettachinno !?!
  • a customer that doesn't end a conversation on the phone while ordering -That's just rude!
  • a customer that tells you the exact temperature they want their milk to be steamed to
  • a customer that tells you, you made the wrong drink, but you now you didn't
  • a customer that points at a specific cookie that they want  - like it's adopting their child, not ordering a cookie
  • a customer that interprets you being nice, because you have to, for you liking them more than other customers
39 Devastating Moments In The Life Of A Barista

I hope you all had a nice day, I'm starting to get really sleepy and I had to restart the internet three times already to upload this. I hope tomorrow I'll have something more exciting to share with you. To all of you barristas out there I tell only one thing - hang in there!
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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Brand New December - december days 1,2,3

Ooops, ignore my last post when I was eagerly letting you know about all my ideas and new posts coming up. I know what happened. NOVEMBER happended! The craziest, busiest, and very tiring month. Juggling school and work everyday led to me not having a single day off. A month went buy so quickly that I can't even recall when I last had a walk in the park. The only thing that was happening was me making coffees and eating to much pastries and doing make up every single day :) I've finished my first course yesterday and I'm kind of sad that I won't be doing make up everyday until the middle of January, when my next class starts. But at least I'll have two days a week off to do whatever I want. December is already here and I hope we don't get snow yet, since I'm still trying to prepare for Canadian winter that everybody is talking about. In december I'll focus more on my work and spare time and of course holidays. I'll try and make the most out of the two free days a week and I'll try and keep on top of cleaning :)! With more time to do things I hope I'll feel more inspired to write on here. Since in November I didn't have a clue what to write about. I enjoy writing about everyday things way more than I did before, when I tried to keep this blog more beauty/fashion oriented. I hate doing reviews and I feel like that is the most boring and not ME thing out of all. I do make up now everyday and the last thing I won't is to write about it at home. I love doing it in real life but here I want to keep on writing about nothing in particular, as funny as this sounds.

So december started and so did the abnormal quantity of people doing vlogmas, blogmas and christmas themed things. I've already missed the beginning  but let's say I'll summarize it all in today's post. Day one of december was my first day off school. My aunt came to Toronto and we went to ikea to buy a couple of things she needed. After that I came home and tiredly crashed in my bed because I knew the next morning would be an early start of the day due to my work schedule. December 2. was a normal work day. At work we started a bet for december month that no one is allowed to buy lunch, we all have to bring it from home. Since we are all spending a little to much on food every single day. When I came home I went straight to the post office, because I got an unexpected package from my mum. Which contained a lot of christams treats my advent calendar and some other things. So very sentimental and nostalgic, since it's the first chirstmas I won't be spending in Germany with my family. We usually go all out for christmas with food, decorations, and planned everyday trips that I will definitely be missing home this year. But this package brought me an evening of the christmas that I will be missing.

The advent calendar is from a coffee shop that me and my mum always go to when I'm there. Whenever you orther a drink you can choose from their deliscious pralines. So she sent me a whole advent calendar with pralines. Everyday a different one. Here comes christmas :)
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Friday, October 30, 2015

From a cast away to crickets

I'm baaaaaaaack :) wohoooo. All the gadgets have finally found their new home in my bedroom and are going to be living here happily ever after or at least untill their lives will be cut short because of over straining the computer sistem with data. That means I'll be more active and frequent with my posts. Wooop woooop! Let's try with two posts a week. I have so many things to tell you about and many fun new ideas on the topics that I'll share here. From moving to beauty and make-up to general life stuff, to missing my slovenian homies and buying new things. I'm slowly starting to bulid a normal life here, which is now portraited as me overcrowding my room with things that I need and sleeping with books on my bed, because I'm lacking time and space for a good clean up. My room has become a very popular storage, dinning room, coffee shop, wardrobe, hostel with make -up and brushes all over the place since it is my most important possesion at the moment. At least it's all school supplies :) For now the only thing to have clothes on is a white clothing rack that I bought in Ikea and could barely fit in my room, which cannot even be seen out of piles and piles of clothes randomly thrown over it. Oh yeah and did I tell you that my room is now also room for a couple of crickets that escaped from the terrarium. Bassically we just bougth a bearded dragon called King Gunther and because he's still very young we're feeding him live worms and cricekts. It happend that the terrarium wasn't closed properly and they all escaped to my room. The cat killed most of them but some managed to escape in the basement, so now whenever I'm watching Netflix in the basement, I have a very nice background noise. At least it reminds me of family trips to Croatian coast. As you've probably noticed I'm doing a little update today, before starting with normal posts, just to let you know what's been happening. What else...? Nothing important or at least I can't think of anything else right now.

a bit blury photo of me eating a taco (at least it's something)
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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Cast Away

Right now, this moment, I'm lying in my bed after I've been working the whole day. A dog called Frida that also lives with the people I'm staying with is finally starting to trust me, so she's on my bed sleeping and waiting for her real owner to come back from her weekend trip. I'm totally exhausted and I know, I'll have to wake up in 7 hours and 20 minutes, because I already set up my alarm clock for tomorrow morning (5.30AM), again work. If you were wondering why I haven't posted anything, which you probably weren't, since you definitely forgot about me, let me tell you why. I don't have a computer anymore. I was using my aunt's computer for a month and a half because, I have never in my life owned a computer. I know this sounds crazy in 21st century but I just had a tablet or I borrowed it from my sister. Now the charger for my tablet stopped working and I can't be bothered to buy a new one, since the tablet is not a computer and I can't do anything with it. I'm telling you this, just because I want to promise that as soon as I get the computer that my mum now sent from home (my sister's, with all the cool programs and stuff), I will start to post regularly and posts will definitely be more interesting.
The computer I'm writing with right now is a computer I snatched from the woman I live with, since she is not home today :)
Even though I moved away almost four months ago now, I still don't have everything that I need, but I'm getting there. I figured that I'm really missing all the technological things that I had in my house before, like printer, computer, camera etc. For now I'm just using my phone and it's just not the same as on a bigger screen. 
I started school last week, but I'll tell you more about it in another post. For now I just wanted to explain myself. I'm working everyday, going to school everyday and have no time or gadgets to stay connected with the internet or my blog, which basically became my diary, without writing my thoughts down on a piece of paper. So that's all for today because I'm getting tired and have an early start of the day in the morning. I'll probably check in again, when I get my computer, since I'll have to give this one back tomorrow :( speak to you soon, in a week or so. 

No photo material today, so imagine some nice and colorful images of pumpkins, leaves and cinnamon sticks :)
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The 70s revisited

I know that fashion and trends repeat. But why ooh why, did we have to go back to the 70s? I don't know if you love the 70s trend in shops right now or if you're in the same boat as I am.
I'm not going to the shops as regularly as I did before. But last week I got that spending feeling again and went inside to look at new collections and maybe buy myself something nice. I ended up living empty handed, which is something totally new for me. I'm not saying that  I'm really not buying anything at all, there still are pieces and looks from the 70s that I'm gladly incorporating into my wardrobe. I don't like yellow as a colour and it took me a while to become more open to wearing different shades of yellow (more toned down), but now the high-street is just overflowing with the "diarrhea" yellow (which in fact isn't such a bad colour, but it's everywhere). Diarrhea there, diarrhea here! I remember when I was young and the coolest thing was if you wore a wide-legged jean. If it started to rain the jeans would get totally soaked to your knees but that still didn't bother us. Then when I got to high school, we tossed all of our flared jeans away and adopted "the skinny jeans" trend and we all couldn't imagine going back to the wide-legged jeans again. Well I still can't! Some women just pull them off so well, but I just can't seem to have a body type for the style of them. Having said that, I just don't feel like the 70s trend suits me, as I said the yellow colour makes my pale skin look even yellower. Wearing flares, would be the last thing I would go for. The fringed jackets just make me look like an out of place hippy. The only thing that I've noticed and is really starting to grow on me is the bohemian side of the 70s. The long blouses and shirts, the maxi-s, and the over the shoulder peasant blouses. A-line skirts can also be very flattering for my body shape. So don't you worry, I'm still spending money for clothes. I haven't changed just yet. Whatever fashion throws at me, it seems I can still find something I like. Even though I don't feel like dressing as Annie Hall tomorrow, a little bit of a modern Jane Birkin is the look I'm  going for. You wish, Nina!
My love for Zara is never-ending <3
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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Things I wish I'd knew before I moved out on my own for the first time

This title actually isn't right. It should have been something like: Things I wish I'd knew before my parents moved out. In my case at least. For those of you, who have been reading this blog, or those of you who know me, this probably makes sense, since you know that my parents moved away when I was sixteen. But just now, I'm actually thinking about, what that had taught me about life and me in general. Since moving to Canada myself and again living at someones place, I can't help but think that I would prefer living on my own again. Don't get me wrong it's a great to live with someone you like to hang out with and it's great for you financially (shared expenses), but once you get the freedom of living totally on your own and just minding your own business, you can't really go back.  Snacking whenever you want, wearing whatever you want, even if that means wearing pajamas to buy groceries, because you just felt like it. Watching whatever you want. Talking to yourself, if necessary of course. Listening to music as loud as you want and singing. Going out at weird times and basically not caring about a thing. Cooking whatever you want, eating burnt food from you lunch experiment. Obscenely crying when watching a movie about dogs or babies. Having your friends over even if just for five minutes at the time, throughout the whole day - that is some quality time. Not bothering to pick up snow in front of the driveway in winter, and just lifting your knees more for three months. That actually benefits you and makes you do some cardio work before going anywhere. Doing whatever weird thing you want and then acting normal when you live your house and run into neighbors. Because in your world that is just how it is.

Back to the point. Here's what I learned living on my own:
1. I am not normal - this probably doesn't stand for everyone. I'm not saying that when you're going to move out on your own, you'll realize your weird too. But with some people, including me, that will definitely be the case. If you start acting like a freak when you are alone, your probably the same.
2. I will never ever again be able to live with your parents - even if you were able to leave with them for your whole life, the moment you step outside the door into the freedom of your own being. You will never, EVER, be able to adjust to their way of living. Everyone as their own routine and you will soon develop your own.
3. Learn new skills - from pluming, wifi restarting, cooking, cleaning, ... I learned a lot of valuable skills, that I can use in real life situations.
4. Know your money - knowing your money is soooo important. Saving your income for necessary things like food and toilet paper, becomes something totally normal.
5. Don't forget the keys - unfortunately everyone learns this the hard way!
6. Don't buy everything - i had to learn this the hard way, thank you to my sister, for always being so organized with her money, that I could borrow from here in those early months of independence.
7. Cleaning supplys are freaking expensive - go to number 4.
8. Steal, beg and borrow - metaphorically of course ;)
9. It's not a movie - no it's not like an episode of friends, but it still is so much fun
10. When your sick you still have to go shop grocerries - no one is going to get you a blanket and a cup of tea, you will just have to stand up and do it on your own, lazy!
11. When your not feeling yourself outfits don't matter - I would love to see a collection of outfits that I wore when feeling sad, sorry or just funny. It came to a point where I took the garbage out wearing a S.W.A.T. helmet, just because I felt like it.
12. Motivate yourself to go to school - maybe you are a wonder-child like some people I know and just love going to school. But believe me at sixteen the last thing I wanted to do was go to school. The best advice I can give you is ... I'm sorry, thank good I'm not in your shoes anymore.

Didn't know exactly what kind of photos would fit this theme, so I just decided to go with some home decor photos from my Pinterest page. For all of you who don't bother reading this crap and rather skip to the photo material, here you go:
I know, I know, but a girl can dream!
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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Autumn fever or why I love fall


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Cooler weather which means longer sleeves, cozier sweaters, scented candles and a bunch of spices that give our lattes flavour and make our days sweeter. The fall is finally here! My favourite season, not just because of my birthday but also due to the fact it is like a second New year. The year turns (at least for me) when the trees drop all of their leaves, which always translates as me releasing all my worries in autumn and starting to plan new adventures. Okay, enough of my melodramatic thoughts,..., let me focus more on what I was actually trying to say.
After trying to adjust to my life here and finding my MOJO, I'm finally settling down and getting excited for upcoming things. I can't wait to start school, I'm loving my job and enjoying the city. I have so many ideas and plans now, that I don't even now what to do first. Even though I'm quite busy, and am only off Wednesdays and Thursdays, keeping busy always puts me in such a good mood. Being productive with my time is something I always strive for.
In fall I usually get in my zone. Summer really isn't my thing. I mean who likes excessively sweating, showing of their legs and always looking like a burnt weirdo with a body that is always in "getting ready for summer" mode, but never actually gets there? No, thank you. Autumn, yup, autumn is when come in my own. Cover my body with cardigans, layers and, blankets and give me a cup tea, turn on my favourite TV series and let me be. The nature gets prettier and autumn walks are the best. Baking and eating get the attention that they need. Though this year I'll really try and not to eat too much (never ending resolution). This fall my focus will be on still trying to find the perfect shade of berry read lipstick, that isn't to red nor to purple. To master the cozy/homeless layered look that some people just rock. To possibly by a hat (again) and wear it without worrying, if other people are looking at me. To really join the gym for autumn/winter and going at least twice a week. To save as much money as I can. Please my money gods be good to me! Last but not least important - to do as much new things and learn something new.
I hope that all of you are as excited as I am for fall, even though I don't know who all of you are, since the only one I know who is reading this is my mum. So mum I hope your excited. If there's anyone else, I hope you enjoying it too. If it's just mum here, I'm fine with that too!

Have a nice day!

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