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The Case of Not Enough Time

Time is passing me by so quickly I don’t even realize. With a full time job and some freelance to-dos I had no time for image editing, drawing, designing or writing. Worst of all, I did not really have time for the Sacred Creatures, either.

As a result, Málna stopped talking to me days ago and “someone” stole my homeshoes. Feket lives in the laundry basket lately and grew some bellyfat as well. He is  -by the way-  huge. 6 kilogramms and not even a year old.  Maybe I should cut back on the meals. On the other hand, Málna eats a lot more and she is so small and skinny, she does not even look 6 months old. She already turned 2. As I said, time flies….. 🙂

As I promised, here are a few photos of the autumn colours. They are unedited. I could also blame this on not having enough time, but in fairness, they turned out to be the bests I’ve taken since I am learning photography. I really wanted to give you an insight on how it goes with the photo taking part, not the manipulation part 🙂

As usual, any feedback is welcome 🙂 (if you’d like to use any, please email me and I’ll send you the original size)

autumn sunsetIMG_0103 leaves IMG_0113 IMG_0093 IMG_0084

Weekly Life Update: Creativity and Water

On water:

It is high time that I gave some insight on how the water challenge goes so far. Well, it is a lot more difficult to manage from home than it is from the office.

At work I fall into a pattern, everything is scheduled and I just sit at an office table and work. No major distractions.

However, at the weekend we went shopping, cleaned the flat, visited Lukacs Bath and the grandparents, worked a lot and it just became harder and harder to manage.

I got so carried away with all the things I had to do that I only managed around 1.5-2 litres per day on Saturday and Sunday. Shame on me.

As an attempt to find a solution for this I downloaded an app called Waterlogged. It is not bad, but the free version lacks many useful options (e.g.: warning me every hour to drink). It is perfect for measuring the amount of liquid that is consumed though.

On creativity:

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Not long ago, when I was whining about the fact that I am soooo-soooo handicapped at image editing by being mixed handed I got a little gift from life (and a very nice client of mine :-))

I am a strange creature, I am not only left handed but mixed handed, meaning that I do everything with my right hand, apart from eating and writing, which qualifies me as a lefty. Anything that is not a spoon, fork, pencil or pen literally falls out of my left hand but can not hold any of these items in my right… 😀

Now the issue is, that I can only draw and edit with my left hand, but can only control a mouse with my right one. Umm, yeah. That’s what I thought. So the only solution for this is a digital pen and tablet set. Being as broke as I am usually, a digi tablet was nowhere in sight.

Until the next morning, when I received an Amazon gift card from someone I do some work with 🙂 So I ordered my new Wacom Intuos and after some usual Hungarian hassle and paying an insulting amount for delivery, tax and customs, it arrived last Friday and I drew my first……..Simon’s cat… 😀

Also, I took some photos over the weekend, here is two as teaser and I’ll show you the others in my next post. Keep tuned 🙂

photography autumn sunset
Autumn Sunset
photography moon


Heating A Room Up With 4 Candles – Tested

You may have or have not yet come across a video that has recently gone viral about heating a room up with four candles and two flower pots. If you have missed it so far, here it is:

This really got me interested as I already pay a lot more for heating than I should, even so, that the radiators have not yet been turned on for a single minute but the bill has gone up significantly. I did not plan to heat up 55 square meters with a few candles, but it would be great if we could make our small livingroom cosy for the coming winter days.

So we got 4 candles and two flower pots out and tried it.

candle heater

The result: It produces some heat, but don’t expect anything huge. 🙂 It is nice to have, you get some warmth around it and it is also a nice addition to any livingroom 🙂 I appreciate it more as an accessory than a heater.


Weekly Life Update: The Story So Far…

The water challenge so far…

I know I promised weekly updates on this and it has only been five days but there are already some changes I’ve spotted. Obviously, I have to pay visits to the rest room more often but that’s not all that changed. First of all, I don’t feel sleepy all day. Finally! This has been a long going issue for me. I was tired in the morning, before lunch, after lunch, later in the afternoon and I was struggling to stay awake ’till half past ten. For the last three days I have been feeling more and more awake. I’m up until midnight and wide awake in the morning. So far, so good.

The other thing is, that I finally got to enjoy the sauna and the steam cabin. To be honest, I have never been a big fan of heat as I usually felt dizzy and was unable to sweat a lot, or at all. Anything above 30 degrees Celsius was literally making me sick and uncomfortable. I blamed it all on being a winter girl, but the fact is I was lacking proper amount of fluid so badly, that my body simply could not cool itself as it should.

The learning process so far…

I bought a book on photography! Yeeey!

photo book

I finished 80 pages already and now I know (okay, have a rough idea) how DSLR cameras work, what the basic differences are and what happens exactly when a photograph is taken. I already looked into some settings, but I still don’t get the images I want.. Well, learning photography is not something that magically happens after reading 80 pages, so I might just keep on reading a bit more.

Here are a few pictures I have taken today to see if I can use any of the things I’ve learnt so far.

Budapest City Park


Heroes’ Square, Budapest

More photos

I promise I’ll upload some photos of the cats as well, soon.




Photos Of The Great Outdoors and The 30 Days Water Challenge

Big news! I am starting the 30 days water challenge tomorrow. I have always been told off for drinking 3-4 glasses of water a day (tops!) so it is high time I started doing something about it. I know this is not normal, but I really don’t feel like drinking more than that. The “How drinking 3 litres of water a day took 10 years off my face” article was the last drop in the glass (how poetic) and gave me the final push. I have been warned by relatives, boyfriend, work colleagues and my doctor about this and I have been trying, but never managed to take in more than 1.5 litres, so I am really curious if I can manage 3 litres… Sounds like plenty… But if only half of the achievements listed in the article prove to be true it’s all worth it.

Let’s see! I’ll report about how I managed – this time next week 😉

I also wanted to share a few photos I took over the weekend, while learning my camera’s settings. Any feedback is more than welcome and much appreciated. I hope you like them. xoxo

Learning New Things

It’s been a year since I bought my Canon 1000D. Funny enough, I hardly used it… ever. Mostly for the reason that I had (ok, have) no clue how to use it properly.

Having a professional camera and using it on auto settings always grossed me out. Pathetic… I spent all that money to push a button…? Noooo, that wasn’t something I am into.

So, I had to find the time (and quit the excuses) to actually learn how my camera works. Aperture? ISO?

Since I don’t have any money to spare and spend on pricy courses I begun my search online. I found a great tutorial on Lifehacker and started playing with certain settings…for the last two days.

I have been learning Illustrator (and created my new logo, ha!) and Photoshop for a little while, so I might get everything together to do some creative work I always wanted to and had been passionate about.

Here is the first set of my photos, I hope you like them. Any feedback is much appreciated.