Wednesday 1st June 2016
Still no sign of the luggage at Pound stretcher. Apparently they were supposed to be delivered today but no sign.
Lav’s mom offered to give us Lei to spend rather than us using our own monies. Lav thinks this is a good idea. I guess I think so too.
However, Lav’s parents also revealed they want us to spend the first few days of our trip with them. They’d booked a hotel in the mountains for themselves and us.
Lav’s parents seem to be the kind of people who’re like it’s their way, or no way. Absolute control freaks who don’t seem to understand that other people need to do their own thing, even if they are related by blood.
However, when Lav protested, Lav’s mom pointed out Lav is there to visit them, not go sightseeing in Romania. I suppose they have a point there.
So I guess we gotta put up with it. It’s only a few days, after all.
Thursday 2nd June 2016
Lav is already much happier at the new care home. It’s so un-busy there that she actually ended up spending a couple of hours sitting watching TV or playing on her phone!
Saturday 4th June 2016
Lav and I had a bit of a discussion. Seems before we met each other, we had both pretty much buried our lives in the internet and Second Life to the point where we knew practically nothing else.
Now we want to build a real life together. Though it’s not going to be easy.
I need a job. We need our own place together. And that’s just for starters!
While all my life I’ve dreamt of being famous somehow, Lavander doesn’t think she’s ever really had a dream like that.
Tuesday 7th June 2016
So I’d been working on a new reference sheet for my fursona for a few days now, only I’d failed to inform Lavander of this fact until now, when a I kind of revealed it during a conversation, and Lav got upset because she felt I was keeping things from her.
I Posted on Reddit to see if I can get an explanation for why I’m keeping things secret for no reason but Reddit got the idea that I was acting normally because I wasn’t really doing it intentionally.
Really Lav was just upset because she was worried I was keeping bigger secrets from her but right now I don’t think there are any.
Wednesday 8th June 2016
Lav + I decided to meet up in Stockport to see if we can get a luggage case from Argos because we saw one we liked on their website…but then we couldn’t find the one we saw on the website in their catalogue, so we decided to just go home and order it online, something we should have done in the first place.
We should be getting it on Friday.
Thursday 9th June 2016
I pretty much 100% completed the reference sheet for my fursona I was working on.
Making it an animated gif was a stroke of genius on my part. More information can be included in a limited space, like with Furaffinity’s max image size dimensions.
Now to start work on the reference sheet for Lav’s awesome kitty fursona.
Friday 10th June 2016
We got out luggage case, now to start packing.
Monday 13th June 2016
Arrrgh, it’s only two more days till the Romania trip, and we still have quite a bit to do to get ready.
Lav still needs summer clothes, She also needs a shower and to wash her hair.
We also got to decide what to take for food, and get some pounds to take to exchange at a bank in Romania because we don’t want to rely entirely on Lav’s mom.
This is so new and scary.
Tuesday 14th June 2016
So this happened.
Thursday 16th June 2016 – Romania Trip Day 1
It was such an unusual experience flying in a plane for the first time.
I got used to it after a while, though.
It was an uneventful flight, not much turbulence. Textbook landing.
We were expecting our transfer to the hotel to be a bus or a van or something for multiple people but actually we got a guy taking us in his car.
I was kinda half expecting him to be not our driver but some shady kidnapper taking us to some Romanian mafia gang to harvest our organs but nope, he got us to our hotel just fine.
We spoke to the hotel receptionist and apparently they didn’t have our booking in their list.
So something went wrong somewhere. Lav was telling me they were ringing other hotels finding a room to transfer us to, but in the end it turned out someone cancelled, and we could stay at a room for tonight and then switch to another room for the rest of our time here.
Lav’s parents came and brought us pizza with chicken and mushrooms…I guess I can say I tried mushrooms for the first time but I didn’t really pick up any mushroom flavour. I think it’d be better if I tried mushrooms on their own from a packet rather than off a pizza.
Friday 17th June 2016 – Romania Trip Day 2
We spoke to reception asking what our do is, turns out we get to keep the room they put us in. Cool.
So we went to see what we can have for breakfast, and they had a very weird selection.
Hot dogs and sweet buns and cheese and tomatoes and cereals among other things.
I tried the cheese but it wasn’t very nice. Tried tomatoes to see if I like them but I don’t.
Then Lav’s parents came to pick us up and they took us to a cable car in the mountains. Pretty fun.
It could only take us about half way up, apparently it was too windy for the full trip to the summit.
We tried to walk uphill a bit to a restaurant, but turns out that it had been closed for a few years now. Bummer.
So we just went back down and had food at a barbeque place at the halfway point.
I got to try Romanian sausages and mustard for the first time. The sausages were good, but I didn’t like the mustard.
Then we tried to find the hotel in the mountains Lav’s parents booked. It was very well hidden.
Ended up having a local Romanian kid running along chasing our car till we found the place!
Saturday 18th June 2016 – Romania Trip Day 3
Long car ride to Lav’s grandma. I kind of thought the whole point of being out so far from Bucharest was that the grandma was way out there, but actually she was just a few miles out from Bucharest.
Still, I thought the back yard looked rather stereotypically Romanian…not that I know what a stereotypical Romanian garden looks like, I just kind of got that vibe.
Tried some traditional Romanian dish that was like meat and rice wrapped in a cabbage leaf called sarmale. It’s…edible. Much nicer if you eat it with bread.
Anyway, after the grandma, we were taken back to our hotel. Seems we’ll have most of the rest of our Romania visit to ourselves.
Anyway, we decided we wanted to try order something from the hotel menu to be delivered to our room.
So we decided on breaded chicken and boneless chicken legs with mashed potatoes and pancakes with ice cream for dessert.
But then the phone wouldn’t work, so we had to go to the front desk, who informed us that the restaurant that served the meals on the menu was discontinued for some reason.
Which is weird, because if you’ve discontinued your room-delivered meals, why do you still have a menu in the rooms?
So we ended up ordering a pizza from pizza hut with profiteroles and some Fanta.
While we waited for that to be delivered, we were really thirsty.
First we had some peach drink from the minibar, but it was tiny and did not satisfy, so we looked into having some tea since we now have milk to put in it, but one of the cups was chipped, and the plug cable for the kettle doesn’t reach the socket.
We got really stuffed from the pizza. We seem to be getting stuffed from Romanian food a lot.
Guess we’re used to smaller portions thanks to what I picked up from weight watchers.
Tomorrow we’re checking out a market and a local park…I need a hat and some sun tan cream. Romania has some seriously sunny weather!
Sunday 19th June 2016 – Romania Trip Day 4
Lav and I went to see if we could find a ticket booth so we could ride a tram to the market and then the park.
We ended up finding the market on foot first, so we went around and bought sun tan cream for me and some other stuff for lav. Sun tan cream was very expensive though.
We ended up with not a whole lot of money left from the 250 Lav’s mom gave us on day 1.
We continued walking down the road and spotted some recycling bins. Lav informed me that Romania doesn’t have much of a culture with regards to recycling…at least, not as much as England does.
However, it is then I noticed there wasn’t much litter blowing about the streets. Definitely not as much as there is in England.
Lav informed me that there are sometimes people of foot sweeping the streets, keeping them clean.
So, despite the lack of recycling, Romania is suprsingly cleaner than England.
Anyway, we finally found a ticket booth.
Lav was able to pay for 6 travels…she has to pay twice for the two of us on each travel though so really we had 3 travels.
Anyway we got a tram to the park and found a big lake there with boat rides.
One of the boat rides was 10 monies per person, and we only had 17 monies on us.
Then we found another trip going for 5 monies per person. We debated going on it for a while but we agreed we’d need more monies for drinks and snacks.
So we just walked some more. Saw a couple of black swans and some unusual brownish duck I’ve never seen before.
Lav took some pictures with her phone so we can look it up later.
Then we found some peacocks. I had no idea there were other species of peacocks, until I saw normal ones with harlequin ones and a gorgeous imperial white.
We spent what was left of our monies on ice creams and juice.
Then we had to go visit Lav’s parents at her former home.
Had steak and mash there and got some money from the country grandma from yesterday and a bit more from Lav’s mom.
We’re gonna use it to pay for more travels so we can go see the train station and then ride that boat on the park lake tomorrow.
We want to have a cup of tea, but the kettle in our hotel room has what appears to be a tiny bit of rust at the bottom and some weird black stuff on the filter. Lav thinks it’s wasted.
We asked to see if we can get a replacement but the hotel checked and it seems they not only don’t have any better kettles, but they also have some even worse ones.
Lav got upset because she feels she finds too many little problems and she’s worried I find that weird in a bad way.
She gets weird about being weird. Weird-ception, but I’m always able to help her feel better.
Also it appears we picked up some fleas from being around unclean animals in the mountains and Lav’s grandma’s house.
Monday 20th June 2016 – Romania Trip Day 5
We figured out which trams to take to get to the big train station…so then we hopped on the tram to get us to that ticket office and get more travels…but then we realised the tram we were on also stopped at the train station anyway.
At the train station we got to see a few interesting trains, going to various places such as the mountains we went to, plus the beach and other cities far away.
When one train pulled in to the platform we were watching from, we decided to be random and go inside, walk through and come out the other end.
I tell you what, those carriages may look dirty and banged up on the outside but it looks very nice on the inside.
Talk about don’t judge a book by its cover!
Then we got on a bus that supposedly went to the park we went to yesterday but then it passed our hotel and Lav got confused and we got off and walked a bit and then took the tram we took to it yesterday.
Only this time we paid for a trip around the lake on one of the boats. It was pretty fun.
After the boat trip, we had some bubblegum ice cream from one of the stalls, then we tried some lemonade but it tasted weird. Lav says it was too sweet.
On our way out of the park we passed a street vendor selling those bubble pots, and Lav bought one coz she wanted to play with one since yesterday, apparently.
We took turns blowing bubbles, coz we’re both kids at heart.
We then made our way back towards the hotel on the tram but then stopped at a restaurant to have dinner because we were fed up of having pizza every night.
Romanian chips and sausages. Not bad.
Also they had their own lemonade…and I think it’s the best lemonade I ever had!
Such a strong taste…all the other lemonades I’ve had must have been watered down or something.
We then got a whole load of dessert stuff from a shop in the market and then returned to the hotel to relax.
Tomorrow we pretty much got nothing to look forward to but the plane journey back to England.
Not as nervous now that I know what to expect.
Tuesday 21st June 2016 – Romania Trip Day 6
I actually think I’m gonna miss being in Romania…I don’t know, maybe because we were able to do so many fun things, and there aren’t many fun things to do around where I live in England.
I’ve definitely picked up on the language a little bit, especially since some of the words are very similar to English words, like ambulanta for ambulance, poliţia for police, florarie for florists, I guess magazine for general shops since those shops do sell magazines and newspapers, scoala for school, aeroportul for airport.
Yes is da (bit of Russian there), no is nu (I keep thinking of the “nuuuu!” gesture in SL)
Then there are words that’re not so close to English.
Thank you is mulţumesc, fine or good is bine or bun (pronounced boon).
Strangely enough, Romanian for room is camera…and photo camera is camera too!
Anyway, we got our cab to the airport, got through customs, got a Romanian flag fridge magnet souvenir from the duty free shop, and then had to take an airport bus to our plane.
Flight was pretty standard again. Lav and I were able to buy a model of the plane as another souvenir.
Bus from airport to Milton Keynes, train from Milton Keynes to Stockport, bus home.
And it looks like we’re doing it all again next year. Sheesh!
Friday 24th June 2016
So yesterday the UK had a vote on a referendum to decide whether to remain in the EU or leave the EU.
Originally when the debate over our EU membership started, I was all for us leaving.
But then I met Lavander…and my love for her made me question my reasoning.
Then I joined debates on the subject on Reddit…and discovered many of the reasons the government is telling us we’re having our vote aren’t very good reasons at all…they’re issues that’ll still affect us whether we stay or we go.
Reasons like immigration…just because we’re leaving the EU, you think that’s gonna stop people coming across our borders if they really want to? No. Sure, we can try to impliment more controls but ultimately people will still come…and it’s not necessarily a bad thing, so long as those people contribute to our economy like with a job or something. if they have a skill England can use, it’s all good. The real problem is people who come here and sponge off our admittedly way-too-generous benefits system, or those who are here with malicious intentions.
Reasons like the NHS…If I understand that situation correctly, the NHS has one paw in the grave and three paws on a banana peel as it is even if we had stayed in the EU. Lack of funding, lack of workers, lack of equipment, lack of everything.
Reasons like the economy…there’s no guarantee the UK’s economy will boom or bust after leaving…(sure, bank shares are plummiting now, that’s to be expected, the market is in panic mode)…nobody knows for sure what the economy’s gonna do…you COULD make the argument that it’d be stronger as part of the EU economy as a whole, but I’ve come across some rumors that the EU superstate is doomed to fail as well. Though it also has greater ability to bounce right back with all the countries working together.
Reasons like the nation’s security…to this day terrorists are still getting into major cities all over Europe and causing havoc. No matter how tight you make the net, they’ll find a way through. Need I remind you of the 7/7 bombings? In our out, There’s still a chance something like that could happen again at any moment.
Ultimately it all boiled down to where you wanted the UK’s political powers to be, home in Westminster, or abroad in Brussels.
But here’s the thing…you know all the seats the UK had in Brussels? Apparently, somehow, they’re all held by members of the UKIP party, and guess what? They refused to attend any negotiations with the EU out of pure spite.
So we don’t even have a voice in Brussels anyway!
They had the power to override any UK political decision we make, and we couldn’t object!
And now, 52% of the population has shown the UK as a selfish, self-centered, entitled whatever of a country who believes it deserves better than any other.
Uh, no. No country deserves better than any other. that’s not how it works.
Sure the EU is looking shaky and you may not like it, but relatively speaking, it’s still in it’s infancy, and still trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t.
The UK should have just been patient with it all.
Why were the general public even tasked with making such an important decision without even knowing all the correct facts?
I was even kind of expecting this to go to an even 50-50 split down the middle. The first honest tie in voting history.
Though it is pretty close to an even tie. Heck, the fact that it’s so close might even trigger a do-over. At least, I hope it does, and this time I hope the UK public can make a more informed decision.
Even Nigel Farage admits the result being so close means, to put it in his words, “unfinished business”
Either that or the governments will probably just go “nah” and ignore their decision and keep the UK in the EU anyway.
The only reason I still voted leave is because I honestly felt it’s actually better for the EU. They hate the UK’s guts for various reasons, they just refuse to admit it.
We’re much friendlier with America, anyway.
We shall have to wait and see what the future holds.
Lav still has another week or so off from work, so we decided to spend that time trying to find a couples rental for ourselves, and today we went to a viewing we had booked.
I tripped on a pet gate at the bottom of the stairs before climbing up. Didn’t realise there was still a metal bar at the bottom when you open it.
The room was very small, and the landlord looked very young. I think she was a teenager.
So I think we’ll pass.
When we arrived home, Lav ordered a computer monitor for me online. She’s really concerned about my eyes still occasionally getting wasted from the TV screen I’m using.
Saturday 25th June 2016
Today we were going to view another property.
We had walked but a meter or two from the front door of my parent’s house, and in an instant it was absolutely throwing it down.
Fortunately we decided to grab my umbrella before leaving because we had actually heard thunder a few minutes before.
Then as we were crossing the main road, lightning struck, and it must’ve been somewhere very close by because Lav actually felt a tiny electric shock hit her ear from the metal pole of my umbrella.
Then we got confused finding the place because we thought the address was 108a, and we had walked, like, halfway down the long road it was on before we double-checked and found it was 180a and we had walked right past it…we even SAW the correct number on one of the doors!
We and a bunch of people showed up because it was a group viewing, and the place was a full flat with plenty of room.
But then we found out that bills weren’t included in the rent. Rent was £430 a month, electric bill was estimated at another £50, gas is yet another £50, there’s council tax, and a whole bunch of other stuff. Yeah, no, not in our budget unless I get a job.
Speaking of me getting a job, we then went on to Davenport with some copies of me CV, because I heard from my mom there’s a SPAR and a pharmacy there looking for staff.
After handing one of my CVs into the SPAR, we decided to buy a couple of bottles of strawberry milkshakes from it coz we were thirsty. I had Lav go to buy them because I thought it’s be weird for me to buy something right after applying for a job there.
Anyway, after handing my CV into the pharmacy, I managed to get a papercut from the packaging of the milkshake bottle I had, and then Lav did right after from hers.
It was not our lucky day today at all.
Anyway, we’re thinking we need to save up a bit more money first before we try again. We’d need to pay a deposit on any rental we get, and deposits are usually the value of 2 or 3 months’ worth of rent, we find.
Monday 27th June 2016
The new monitor arrived in the mail. It’s a VGA connection.
We discovered my PC tower’s VGA socket is covered by some hard plastic thing marked “do not remove”, which is kind of strange, and it’s screwed in with screws that have star-shaped heads.
Managed to find a star-shaped screwdriver in my dad’s toolbox. Lav wants to find out what’s going on with my PC’s VGA.
We opened up my PC and found the VGA is connected direct to the motherboard along with everything else, so it should work.
We tried it to see what happens, but the monitor showed no input signal.
So we tried plugging in the VGA from the ancient-as-the-Egyptian-pyramids Packard Bell desktop to see if that works, and it does.
We tried the Packard Bell VGA cable with my PC, but no dice.
I guess my PC’s VGA socket just doesn’t work for some reason.
Lav found an article on the internet that it might just be disabled through the BIOS or something.
She was thinking to ask Reddit to see what they say about it.
My dad then pointed out that my eye strain what we’re trying to fix with this new monitor might just be from me spending hours staring at a computer screen indoors every day rather than getting some natural light every once in a while. He has a good point, I suppose.
That, plus me not really liking how small the new monitor is, made us decide to go back to the digital TV I’ve been using before, and let my dad use the new monitor with the Packard Bell since he’s been thinking of replacing the Packard Bell monitor anyway because it has some kind of chip on it, and he’ll try and pay us the 60-odd quid we spent on it.
Lav looked up the issue again, and found the graphics card is on a separate circuit board from the motherboard, so even if we did find a way to make the VGA work, it still wouldn’t work very well if at all.
So yeah, I don’t think we would ever have known this beforehand.
At least the new monitor will find a use with the Packard Bell.
I made the finished reference sheet for Lav’s fursona into an animated gif and uploaded it.
It looks pretty awesome if I do say so myself. She definitely loves it.
Tuesday 28th June 2016
Huh. We thought the care home would only pay Lav a couple of hundred quid since she only worked a handful of days this whole month, but nope, they gave her the full monthly amount.
Anyway, she’s back in work today. Not too happy about it, but she gotta do what she gotta do.
Well, I think that’s about all I have to update you on so far.
So until next time,
Ciao for now,
Cordially, The Blue Fox.