As a matter of fact, I had wanted to start this post with a phrase from one of my favorite games, Command&Conquer Generals - "Congratulations, General! You have been promoted!".
You'll probably want to know more...well, effectively I have been appointed manager for the auctions department of the company I've been working for since 2001 - ETA2U. It will undoubtably be one of the greatest challenges of my professional life, but I am determined to learn with patience and to go forward. On the other hand, I am satisfied that my efforts have finally been recognized by the top-management, and that they decided to invest their confidence in my strength and skills. I hope and pray that God be by my side at every step, and the rest shall be just fine.
On the other hand, the vacation I've been waiting for is almost over...Soizic and Didier have been here in a visit, and we have seen virtually half of Transylvania. Of course, we have begun our journey in Timisoara, with a short 1-day visit. They found the city very beautiful, although the visit took place in a very, very hot day which chased us directely to a terrace so we can have some refreshments...this is where Didier realised that his favorite drink, Coca-Cola mint was not available, so he ordered a Coca-Cola and some mint syrup. Well...I guess I'll still keep my beer in the future! :)
They were impressed - you may not believe it, but it's very true - by the countdown clocks under the traffic lights that indicated the remaining time of each color, green and red. Especially Didier found this element very useful and interesting. Surprinsingly for all of us, this "traffic accessory" cannot be found in Nantes. Or, at least, not yet!
We continued our journey by going to Oradea to visit Alina's parents and our little Daria. They were all glad to see us again, and I had the chance to meet - absolutely by chance - some of my old acquiantances in Oradea. We didn't spend much time in Oradea either, as we were on our way to Arieseni mountain resort. We have visited Bran and we made a tour of the region - Brasov, Poiana Brasov, Peles, Sinaia, Busteni. Finally, we ended our journey with a quick stop to Baile Herculane and finally Resita, my home town.
On the other hand, the event that has marked my last year and my life more than any other thing was my marriage. Yes, you read it right, I got married in september to Alina, and things are settling down. How is it? After 3 months of marriage I can tell that it is conforting, quiet and it gives me a feeling of belonging to a place, a feeling of silence and stability. A feeling of home. A feeling of family. I should also mention that the little Daria makes the picture complete, we're getting along very well and, yes, sometimes we even play together! And you may find a picture of the three of us in the day of my marriage with Alina, below.
...and a quick reference to my bachelor party and to my friends - Horea, Marius "Merce", Ovidiu and Gabi! :)
The rest? I do not know. It has been a year of tourment, a year of up's and down's, of certainty and uncertainty, of war and peace, a year of life at its climax. I think it helped me grow wiser, find a little bit of what I've lost of me in the past years, a year when I actually re-invented a part of myself. And a part of me is still yearning for those past years when I was young and careless, deep in thinking and feelings, believing that there is only one love and one way to God.
Am I going in the right direction? I do not know. Am I doing the right things? Again, I do not know. I just hope and pray for enlightment so that things work out just fine.
I wish to be able to live my dreams, to touch the sky and never crash to the ground. I wish for love and peace. I wish...I wish for this year to bring me health, wisdom and progress in my profession, to prove to be a year of stability and quietness, a year of good things and peace, to bring blessings over my house and my new family. I will keep my faith in God and will put all my hopes and dreams in His hands.
Peace&Love to You!