Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Friday, 26 June 2009
It must have seemed a bit suspicious though. Two people as dark as my brother and I could never create something as blonde and blue eyed as my nephew. And I´m very happy being just the brown eyed aunt that gets to spoil her favourite guys now and then. (And afterwards when they get cranky, give them back to the rightful mother and wife-to-be.) ;)
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Personally, I like wearing a decent amount of clothes, but I did also spend the day enjoying the warm weather. After reading on the balcony I took a nice walk down to the seaside park and had an ice cream by the water.
Unlike the rest of Helsinki, I wasn´t ready to take a swim but my feet did get a little taste of summer, not as freezing as one might think. Maybe next time ...
Monday, 22 June 2009
The Stig was so likeable in his own way and I´ve never been a big fan of Schumacher. He was the ultimate bad guy when Mika Häkkinen drove F1, the one to beat if you wanted to win the Grand Prix. Schumacher and his red Ferrari equalled the enemy! And now they say he´s The Stig ...
Have to melt this piece of news for a while. It will not stop me from watching Top Gear in the future, I love the show, but The Stig will probably never be the same. Of course I´ve always wanted to know who he is but this was a shocker. I wonder when they will show the first episode of season 13 here in Finland. I need to see it with my own eyes ...
Maybe it isn´t Schumacher after all. Maybe it´s all a hoax. Maybe they were faking it saying it´s him but it´s not. Why would they tell? The whole point of The Stig is the mystery.
Hmm, time to google for more info. :P
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
- Investigative Journalism (with focus on the environment)
- Advanced print features
- Sport journalism (specialist reporting)
I have to admit that this set up is scaring me a bit. Heck, I´m always anxious before (and during) journalism classes. They can be pretty daunting and this time there´s also the challenge of working in a semi foreign language and in an entirely new environment. My brain gets into panic mode and starts coming up with crazy ideas for articles like "Maybe I can do all my stories about Koalas?" Or even worse, can´t come up with a single subject that would interest any reader let alone impress the teacher. Aarrgghh.
Still, I know there´s no use panicking before hand. I´ve survived before so why not this time? Yes, the subjects will probably be demanding, and a bit scary, but I will learn alot and might even have some fun doing it. The one thing I really have to learn is to stop putting so much pressure on myself and to stop worrying. There´s no point. Things will sort themselves out one way or another. They have to. So, ignoring that knot in my stomach I have to say: I´M LOOKING FORWARD TO IT!
I´m rather excited about Sport Journalism. It´s something that´s not offered here in Helsinki and I´ve always liked sports. I´m now trying to read up on the different kinds of rugby (yes, there are many!) and will soon take on cricket. Hehe. Don´t think there´s alot of ice hockey or ski jumping going on down there ... :)
Saturday, 13 June 2009
Friday, 12 June 2009
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
It´s not the first time I`ve been taken for a teenager. I should probably be flattered but by now I´d like to get into a bar without having to show ID everytime. I didn´t have any make up on today so maybe that somehow influenced his guess. On the other hand, I did wear my glasses which usually gives me a more "serious" look.
Oh well, I know I´m not the only person with this "problem" and it can be rather fun at times. As long as people take you seriously and respect you at for example work. I´m just happy I´m NOT 17 anymore, it wasn´t the easiest time. So, better to be 24 and look 17 than to be 17 and look 24. :)
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
Now I can let my head relax for a bit and regroup, enjoy summer or whatever you want to call this chilly not so sunny June. I´ve tried to induce a bit of summer into my life by eating an entire water melon and by catching these wonderful flowers with my new camera. Talk about vibrant colors!
Monday, 8 June 2009
I really really really need to lodge that application soon or all the other applications will be as good as useless. Without that Visa I´m not going anywhere.
Sigh. I´m getting a bit stressed as you can hear. I´m sure everyone is doing their best but it is so frustrating to just sit and wait and hope that everything will turn out fine when the time is ticking and deadlines need to be met. And I feel like a witch constantly (it seems) writing people reminding them about me and my problems. I´ll be the most unpopular person at uni when I arrive. (If I arrive.) The time difference doesn´t make it any easier.
Okey, enough, I apologize for all the moaning. I just needed to vent. These problems just make it clear to me how much I want to go. I need to get out of Helsinki for a while, see something else. So I really really really hope (once again) that I´ll receive all the needed answers or documents toworrow. Please?
Saturday, 6 June 2009
It´s got 12.1 mega pixels and 12 x optical zoom. The zoom was one of the main reasons why I wanted it. It´s not very common for a camera this small to have that kind of zoom and a larger camera would have been to impractical. When away I want to be able to carry the camera with me wherever I go.
Many reviewers have been critcal to the pop-up flash, saying it´s in the way. I don´t mind it at all. I guess I hold the camera in an unorthodox way. I had more aesthetic problems with it at first, it looks kind of retro, but it´s growing on me fast. And it doesn´t actually pop up. It´s more of a smooth, silent rise. You hardly notice it.
Friday, 5 June 2009
Anyway, the workout was good. I was out of breath afterwards but not "OMG I need to puke" out of breath. It was fun. I really liked the boxing element and it will be even more fun when I´ve learned the routine properly. Today it was a bit too much random flapping and twirling and "HUH?" for it to look good. :P So back at it again soon.
Sorry, no pics of a crimson Madicken. It´s in your own best interest.
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Today when I called the tax lady I didn´t think twice about it. I also didn´t mind the people sitting next to me. Afterwards I started analyzing the change. When did it happen? How? My final conclusion was: Journalism School. Studying journalism I just couldn´t avoid it. A journalist calls, often with not so pleasant intent, to all kinds of people. Bookin interviews, asking difficult questions, tracking people down. And you can not sound wimpy doing it.
The first couple of years I was petrified. I always tried to find an empty room where I could phone in peace, where no one would hear me and perhaps laugh at me afterwards. Phoning in Finnish made me even more nervous. But somehow I still made those calls and little by little they became less and less scary. Simply overcoming by doing.
The final step towards a relaxed relationship with the phone came when I worked in PR. Some days I was practically glued to the phone, communicating in every other language I could comprehend. I even got lazy and started phoning people instead of going next door and meeting them in person. The curse was broken! What a relief!
It is only now I´m getting a bit shaky again, knowing that I will soon be in another country with another phone culture. Can you call a politican in Sydney just like that? How do you address people? How do you start and end a conversation? How do you find all the important numbers? Will they understand me when I get a bit nervous and start to fumble?
Oh those familiar nerves ... But I guess there´s only one way to find out. Again, by picking up that receiver and dialing.