Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Tackling the Beast

... or re-drafting my play, whatever you want to call it. I had a costume fitting this morning so I didn't go to the office, instead I spent the afternoon tentatively getting to know my script again, pondering how to make it into what we want it to be. Exciting things might lie ahead! But there's a lot of work to do ...
Sometimes you have to feed your stomach to feed your creativity ...
I bribed myself by working in a cafe I hadn't visited before, trying to find new writing spots close to home. Thumbs up! I'm also in love with nature around here right now. Spring is really pushing the pretty and the parks and gardens are alive with colour. I'm just waiting for our own little garden to catch up. I can feel some summer BBQs coming ...

I hope your week has started off well!

Sunday, 29 March 2015

House Warming

I wrote earlier that I'm in the process of moving. Well I've moved now and we had our house warming party yesterday/today. It was great fun! How many PhD students does it take to change a light bulb? I don't know the actual answer, but I have a feeling these guys could've programmed a robot to do it for them. (And that doesn't make the fun-statement ironic.)
As it was a Fenno-Sweish "tupare", there had to be mockarutor (mocca squares).  Having worked all day before the party, I nailed way too many because a) they were tasty and b) I needed the caffein boost.
Unfortunately I had to work this morning too so when the clock made a cruel extra leap forward I had to be boring and take a nap while the others kept going. I woke up to a landing decorated with shiny Easter eggs and someone sleeping on the sofa. Both are signs of a good party, right?
Chocolate eggs on the steps makes perfect sense at 3am ...
As I ventured out in the early morning rain it felt a bit like there was only me, some builders and the off-license guys left in the world. Luckily, no sign of Will Smith.

Despite the slightly rough start to the morning, it's been a pleasant day and I might end it with a bath. I'm so excited to have a bath!

I hope you've had a great weekend!

Monday, 16 March 2015


To Tottenham ... IKEA. We came, we saw, we conquered and my love/hate relationship with that place is as strong as ever.
Hello again ...
 I keep telling myself I'll never do it again, one day I'll buy "real" furniture, and every time that blue and yellow grin welcomes me back. It's even named a furniture series after me ... (Okay, maybe not me specifically.)
The proverbial check out queue. 
A small victory though, I managed to walk past the scented candle section without buying a single candle. Not a single one!
I deserve a medal or something ...
At the end of the day we got everything we needed and I'm really looking forward to seeing how it all comes together in the flat. Move-in-day is soon upon me! (I just have 1000 pieces of wood and 10 000 different screws and bolts to figure out first ... Joy.)

I hop your week has started off well!

Friday, 13 March 2015


Yes I am. Not very far though, just a bit further North. It's all happened very fast but fingers crossed, knock on wood everything's now sorted and I can focus on the important things like what to do with my new room. It is tiny, I've used the word minuscule several times, but I have grand plans! If the BBC or Channel 4 wants to make a 45 minute documentary about my trials and tribulations, and then of course magnificent success, welcome!
My new set of keys!
I'm moving in with two cool dudes who also happen to be Swedish speaking Finns like me and who grew up in pretty much the same area of Finland as I did. It's a rather strange thought that we'll now suddenly live together in London, but it also feels quite nice and comfortable. I'm sure we'll get along.

The next few weeks are going to be a mayhem of packing, unpacking and flat packing before our planned house warming party. It's going to get ugly before it gets pretty, but bring it on!

Have a brilliant weekend!

Monday, 9 March 2015

They did it!


You might remember that I in August last year wrote about my friend Elizabeth's  new literary magazine Back then she and the rest of the Sixpenny team were looking for short stories for their very first issue. I thought I'd follow up on that entry because I can happily announce that they've made a great success of it and it's now all available on their website!
A virtual tray of cupcakes for Sixpenny Magazine!
The magazine, which also had a limited print edition for its first issue, is a co-operative. You can read the stories for free online, but then you can also support it by subscribing to the magazine and becoming a member of the co-op. And you pick your own subscription fee! Any profit is then split equally between all the writers, illustrators and editors.

A big congratulations to Elizabeth and everyone else at the magazine! It's incredibly inspiring to see someone take an idea and actually make it happen. And by the way, if you'd like to get involved, they now accept submission for their second issue. Hurrah!

I hope your week has started off well!

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Taking a break


If you've missed me, I'm sorry. I've entered a proverbial transition period, which is sending ripples through most elements of my life, but with some hard work and a bit of luck everything should turn out just fine.

To give my head a bit of a rest, I was very happy to join some friends for a late Saturday brunch and a sunny ice cream in the park. Amongst all the chat I think I found a second life calling, disgusting beverages! What about a sparkling Beef Juice Lemonade or Banana and Boiled Egg Smoothie?
"Summer's" first ice cream in the park! Mint choc chip. 
Change can be tiring and a bit scary but it has also once again reminded me of how many wonderful and generous friends I have and how very lucky I am. Just knowing I have their support whatever happens makes things so much easier. Onwards and upwards!

I hope you've had taste of spring today as well and a good weekend so far!


Friday, 13 February 2015

Don't worry, be happy


I read another column. And this time, Elizabeth Gilbert told me not to stress. Too many women are stressing about not doing enough with their lives, even though they're doing plenty.

"By all rights, every one of these clever, inventive women should be radiant with self-satisfaction. Instead, they twitch with near-constant doubt, somehow worrying that they are failing at life."

I guess it resonated with me because I can be a bit of a worrier. There are the practical everyday things, and then the more philosophical conundrums that all seem to double in size at 2am. Am I doing enough? Have I come far enough? What about all the bits that are still "missing"? What if I wake up one day and realise, like properly realise, that I'm not very good at the things I love? Why didn't I admit this to myself sooner and make "smarter" choices? Would I be any happier?

"Can we draft a joint resolution to drop the crazy-making expectation that we must all be perfect friends and perfect mothers and perfect workers and perfect lovers with perfect bodies who dedicate ourselves to charity and grow our own organic vegetables ..."

We all have our existential doubts now and then. It can't be helped. Creative slumps come and (hopefully) go. Sometimes worrying can lead to good things, but often it just drains you of much needed energy. What if we (or I) actually learnt to live the "Gilbert way":

"Let's just anticipate that we (all of us) will disappoint ourselves somehow. Go ahead and let it happen. Let somebody else be a better mother than you for one afternoon. Let somebody else go to art school. Let somebody else have a happy marriage, while you foolishly pick the wrong guy. (Hell, I've done it; it's survivable.) ... by taking wrong turns that lead to surprising passageways that open into spectacularly unexpected new worlds. So just march on. Future generations will thank you -- trust me -- for showing the way, for beating brave new footpaths out of wonky old mistakes."

Elizabeth Gilbert confesses that she stresses as much as the next person but is still hoping there can be change, if we would all just "lighten up a little". So that's what I'm going to try this weekend, some uplightened living. What's the worst that can happen?

Have a great weekend!