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Monday, February 13, 2012

Winter! Go away, go away!

I hate heat. Anything above 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit is hot for me. Whenever we have very hot days in summer, I keep telling myself that I would never complain about the cold weather in winter time. Well, that was before I got stuck in Ankara for two consecutive winters! For the last 8 weeks my world is frozen. I have to scrape the windshield every-single-day!

We are not even halfway through February and March in Ankara is also known to be a mean, cold month. 6 more weeks of this? Oh give me a break please. I am hoping with all my heart that, I will be in Istanbul for the next winter!

Sunday, February 5, 2012


I generally like Sundays. I rest, do a little bit of work around the home such as cooking for the week, enjoy some reading and do not much else...

I only dislike Sundays when I dislike my job like now. I dread the idea of going to work tomorrow.

When I started working for this company, I liked it and for quiet a while it was OK and even good. Things have dramatically changed over the course of last 6-8 months. There are external factors affecting the management and they are taking it all out on the rest of the employees. The boss thinks he may be fired soon and he is doing everything in his power to cover his... you know what. He keeps asking for more reports for minute details, he keeps making everyone re-visit old files to see if there are any issues which may be used against him and etc. It is in sufferable. Last week I had a breakdown and was at the verge of quitting.

If I quit now, I will most likely end up selling the investment apartment I bought. I still have 28 months of payment on it. According to my calculations, I should bear this job for another year. Then, quitting is doable but still a bit risky. I am willing to take that risk.

I am actively looking for an alternative but given the economy, it is tough. I just keep counting the days and hope for the best...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

No Spend Days...

It is extremely cold outside and to be honest, I just want to come home at night. Going shopping is pretty unappealing these days.

I am also focusing on cutting all unnecessary expenses as well so, I decided to use stuff out of the pantry this week delaying my grocery shopping until Saturday. The fridge is practically empty.

Two days in a row, I was able not to spend a penny (well, kurusch in my case:). Today, I am having pasta and tuna for dinner. Tomorrow is lentils and bulgur pilaf. Friday, leftovers and soup. I do not need to buy gas this week either.

So, by the end of the week the number of no spend days will be 5! Good for me!

I am planning dramatic changes this year and I am short on cash. Counting the days till October!