Good manners

Whenever Athina, my daughter sees a bottle of water, she goes nuts. If she doesn’t get a sip out of the content she has a meltdown so bad, that not even a live Broadway performance could distract her. I can’t say I wonder how she got so obsessed with the bottles. Baby see, baby do….

Banana cake weekend

Last weekend we were invited to a house warming gathering and though I’d usually buy some muffins for such an occasion, this time I found myself thinking of making a banana cake, which I’d made once before. It was the simplicity of the recipe that made it appealing and so that Saturday, there we were, ringing our host’s door bell, with a home-…

Today

Today, not tomorrow. Because for every “tomorrow” you’ve told yourself, you have constituted today an imperfect day, a day to be spent on not very important activities, rather than what you really want to do. Today, not tomorrow or yesterday. Yesterday is hopeless and it’s useless to ponder on it.  Tomorrow is full of possibility, but for every…

Let me reintroduce myself

During the courses of our lives, lots of changes will take place. We will be met with different challenges, we will learn and expand our horizons and we will definitely go through periods of sadness, joy, grief, anger, or plain stupidity. Even though it’s the very same person going through those changes, there is a…

Losing our humanity

You wake up in the morning. You make some coffee, read articles online, check out your Facebook feed. You get ready for work, get on the bus, you read the news. At work, you make small talk while making coffee, then sit by your laptop and work. You take a break, check out some websites,…

The blame game

“My parents didn’t let me study what I wanted to”, “I didn’t have enough support to pursue my goals in life”. “My parents never understood me/ weren’t there for me”, “I was bullied at school”, “We never ate healthy at home”. The list of excuses we like to use to justify what’s holding us back…

I’m so busy!

My summer vacation, which begun with a 7 hour drive to my grandfather’s funeral, included a lot of driving every day and ended with two days travelling from Gytheio to Oslo, left me tired. The week that followed, which included work, house wife-ing, volunteering and it ended with a trip to Bergen, left me exhausted….

Why moving to Norway is the best thing I’ve ever done

I thought I’d go for a catchier title this time, but don’t get lured by it. I’m not going to write about how salmon did miracles for my skin or how low temperatures help you burn calories, though the virus-killing cold weather of Oslo, was indeed the end of my recurring bronchitis. Some years ago, I…

Nostalgia

Every now and then, I catch myself being nostalgic. I’m not always sure what it is I’m nostalgic about. The past, good times with my friends, summer vacation, the younger version of myself, the times that everything was possible… You might think I’m exaggerating since I’m not even 32, yet there’s an old lady living…

A wonderful life!

I recently found a new job, one that I have been waiting for in a long time and that makes me really happy. I finally felt like things fell into place for me, and that everything is great. So, I’ve been going to work, learning new things every day, enjoying the sunny days, spending quality…