lunedì 7 maggio 2018

What I've Learned This Week |Twelve| English Version

Three weeks in at the new job and I've definitely learned a bunch of useful stuff.

But the English bit still surprises me. How do I not know this things already!?

In any case, blame me or not, here they are:

One. Expressions
"(I)can't be arsed!" Literally "I can't be bothered", because to do some thing you have to get off your arse. Oh my Brits. How I love thee. 
Especially if you came from Manchester and were the biggest boy band in the 90s.

"To make decisions in a vacuum" To make decisions without considering the outside circumstances and therefore consequences. In a vacuum, i.e. in total isolation.
I always wrongly though it meant to make decision in a rush way. Go figure!

Two. Pronunciation.
Chase <> Cease
to chase, (chās), v, pursue in order to catch, -inseguire.  to cease, (sēs),v, bring to an end, -cessare.

Contempt <> Content 
contempt, (kənˈtɛm(p)t/) ,n, the feeling that a person or a thing is beneath worthless consideration , -disprezzo
content, (kənˈtɛnt/) ,n+v, the feeling of peace and happiness, to satisfy, -contento.

Three. Words
plinth : n, a heavy base supporting a statue or vase, -piedistallo
hosiery : n, stockings, socks, and tights collectively, -intimi, calzetteria

Four. #Brits
you know how they say Eskimos have 20 different words for ice?
In England, in a menu you could find:

3.chips on only potatoes 

and they would all refer to the same, wonderful, delicious vegetable. 
Potatoes. Even dipped in Chardonnay vinegar!

domenica 22 aprile 2018

What I've Learned This Week |Eleven|

1. Giving your resignation from a job that just wasn't right for you gives a very good feeling of freedom.

two. I had almost two weeks of time in between jobs. I had a whole list of things to do. I love lists. I love having things to do. I also love having the possibility of having to do something and being able to post pone it to give naps a Netflix the priority, ah!

Three. It felt good to not having anyplace to be or anyone to listen to for a couple of weeks . but I'm sure it was just because I knew I soon was going to have someplace to be and a boss to listen to every morning.

FOUR. How is it that the time spent at home always seems shorter? Or better how is it that I always miscalculate how long a task will take to get done or how long that 30 minutes episode actually ends up being...!

FiVe. I love, love, love new beginnings, and this is a such a big one.
Almost everything I've known for the past year is going to change.
My normal day consisted in a very long and dreaded driving commute to a job I didn't love, before, most days, an hour in a gym that I needed after all that time spent seated.
I now can decide to ride my bike to work, or better take the bus given the raining days rate in Manchester, walk in the city center for fifteen minutes, loving the job for the values and the purpose of the company and and don't feel the physical need to go to the gym given all the walking I will be doing.
This is a big change. And it's going to be good!

martedì 10 aprile 2018

Edamus Bibamus Gaudeamus! Primum Vivere Deinde Philosophari.

Where else in the world can you find graffiti in latin?
Edamus Bibamus Gaudeamus! Primum Vivere Deinde Philosophari.
Let's eat, let's drink, let's cherish. First live, then rationalise.

I have the luxury of, in order:

having a sister and brother in law
having a nephew
having them living in Rome
celebrating him for his birthday every year (but one, so far!)

This time was no exception and I went visit.

We forced them to be a tourist in their own town and walked around for two days: he was such a good sport!
And he's beginning to grasp the fact that he lives in one of the most beautiful, meaningful, poignant city in the world, or he will for sure figure it out when he comes visit Manchester :D.

Good thing he's becoming a Potterhead , to which I take all the blame, and he seems to love anything British.

I told him, beauty is the eye of the beholder, but he'll soon understand that nothing, nowhere, can compare to this.


Always magic, even with rain.
remember: then rationalise.

domenica 8 aprile 2018

London, baby!

"We needed new furniture". 
What a good excuse to go to London for the weekend.
It was pouring rain and didn't stop one second, but London it's very worth it. 
And we did find our furniture, ah!

The very peculiar restaurant we had lunch in ^^

venerdì 30 marzo 2018


On March 30 , for the Easter long weekend we went and visited Chester.
It's just one hour drive from Manchester  and it only take a couple of hours to visit, but we've never been there.
It was pouring rain basically the whole time but we still managed to walk around and wander.

The roman walls arre still up and walkable!

The Rows: medieval black and white buildings with a walking path on the first floor, very unique.

The Cathedral