Friday, 29 January 2010

Scrapbook Mayhem

Just thought I'd show you the current state of my photos and mementos from Australia. Yes, you can say it; Chaos.
It's been looking like this for weeks now eventhough I work on in it from time to time. It's just a bit overwhelming. I did so many things (and still less than a fraction of everything you can do i Australia). And getting the pictures straight and spelling correct (I can't spell in Swedish either) takes nerves of steel.
But I'll do my best and get it organized as soon as possible. That tabletop is needed for other things!
Have a nice evening!

Thursday, 28 January 2010


Yesterday evening I visited Nifin to hear Håkan Nesser, a famous Swedish author, talk about his books and writing. He's written 22 novels, many of them crime novels, and he's lived in cities like New York and London while writing.

It is always so inspiring to hear authors talk about their craft. It's like a surge of energy and optimism comes over you. And when the authors, like Nesser, seem really nice and down to earth, it's even more fun to listen to them.

My friend Hanna, (not the one from Aussie Bar, another one) came with me to the talk. We hadn't seen each other since I left for Australia so it was great to catch up a bit. She recently came back from a trip to Thailand and brought me these really cute "smelly sticks". ;)

I hope there will be other inspiring writers in Helsinki soon. It's always fun to meet the people behind the books, although it can be disappointing sometimes.

Hope you have a great day despite the cold weather!


Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Aussie Tuesday

Yesterday was Australia Day, a day when Australians get a day off to celebrate their nation. Being in Finland we didn't get a free day but I did go to Aussie Bar here in Helsinki to meet a friend and some new exchange students from different parts of Australia.

The students are here with the GEJI project, the same EU-Australia project that I went with to Sydney. The Aussie students spend three months in Helsinki and then two months in Lapland so they will have seen plenty of snow before they go back home. :)

(My outfit for the evening)

The small bar was packed with people from around the world and there was a great international atmosphere.

Joel from Melbourne and Hanna from Helsinki

After five hours of talking and dancing it was nice to come home and fall into bed. My feet hurt! And oh my it was cold walking home from the tram. Brrrr.

Tonight I'm going to attend a talk with Swedish author Håkan Nesser. Really looking forward to that!


Monday, 18 January 2010

My dishwashing robot!

Confession: I am completely hopeless when it comes to doing the dishes. It's the one household chore I really dislike. I never get around to it and the dishes stack up on a wide range of surfaces, many of them unfortunately in the living room. BUT! The solution has arrived! My 25th birthday gift is now installed and ready to work! Ta Daa!

My dad, MacGyver, installed the dishwasher inside an old cupboard so it's lifted up from the floor and on a much more ergonomic level. I don't even have to bend my back when puting stuff in!

It's a smaller model, enough for one or two people.

I still have to paint the trims white, but that's no biggie. I can't wait to try it out! (I forgot to buy washing powder ... Ooops.)

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Step it up

Today I did something I've been dreading for days. I bought indoor gym shoes that I can both dance and work out in. I hate buying gym shoes because it's usually such a big purchase. They are not cheap! And they really need to fit, you can't take them off in the middle of the work out because they pinch (unlike with some party shoes, or is that just me?)

Anyway, I bought these and on sale they weren't actually horribly expensive. Tomorrow I have my first dance class at the university gym so I'll get to try them out then. They can't be worse (I hope) than my old ones, they are so clumsy it feels like dancing with bricks on your feet. Or maybe it has nothing to do with the shoes ... Maybe it's me ... Oh well, we'll see tomorrow!

Ps. Tomorrow I'll show you my new dishwasher! (Okay, I might be the only one excited about that one ...)

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Svine flu vaccine? Check!

I dragged myself out of bed and to the student health care centre this morning. Finland has now started to vaccinate healthy grownups against svine flu (25 year olds and up), and I thought it would be good to get it, just in case. It's nice to know the vaccine might save me from getting sick and even nicer to know I won't transmit the flu to other people.

I'm now waiting to see if my body reacts to it in any way. Most people get at sore arm, but you can also get for example fever as a side effect. But it shouldn't be dangerous. I'll know within a few hours.

It was really quick. I had to wait in line for a few minutes, but the actual vaccination took only about 30 seconds, and it didn't hurt at all. Let's hope it works!

Monday, 11 January 2010

Radiant Moose

May I present: Marley the Moose. My dad got him for me from the ongoing "Finnish Medical Convention" (edit 12.1) here in Helsinki. The doctors visiting the trade fair are given all kinds of (cheap) promotional stuff including (my favourite): candy. Dad also brings home a years worh of pens so we seldom buy any. (Although I have started to avoid pens that promote rather ebarrassing medical problems.) :P

Marley is a reflector. I am notoriously bad at using them even if it´s dark outside. I don't know why, I mean, they are a really cheap way of staying safe in traffic. But maybe Marley will stay with me for a while. Look how he shines in the flash of my camera!

Other things that shine and sparkle right now are the trees ouside. It was close to breath taking when I walked home this evening. Now that it is "only" -5 degrees instead of -25, the snow covers the branches of the trees and bushes like crystals, and it reflects sun and aritificial light beautifully. I hope the weather stays like this for a while, it's perfect winter weather.


Saturday, 9 January 2010

Home, sweet (itchy) home

I have now officially moved back to my own flat. In other words, reality is kicking in. Unfortunately reality is making me sick.

I've been cleaning for a few days now but I just can't get rid of whatever is giving me an allergic reaction. I'm allergic to guinea-pigs, but there hasn't been one here for years. I now fear I've become allergic to dogs. My brother and his family stayed here for a month while their place had a forced makeover (their neighbour had a water accident) and that included their lovely pooch Nemo.

It's either remains of the dog or something I can't see. Mould? Monster dust? Ghost of Madicken's past? I don't want to be allergic to dogs! I love dogs! Sniff.

Anyway, I ran downt to the pharmacy and bought some antihistamines. Now I'm just waiting for my lungs to stop fannying about.

While in the grocery store, stocking up on EverYthinG, I decided to spoil myself a bit. I bought a magazine and my favorite chocolate, Fazer with salmiak filling! Now that I've worked hard all day I'm just going to sit back and relax.

Just one question to my brother: Where did you put the remote control?!


Friday, 8 January 2010

My photos!

Wohoo! I picked up my photos from the post office today. (The parcels were to big for home delivery).
Most of them are really nice and I'm going to try and make some kind of scrap book with pics and mementos from the trip. Old tickets, brochures and post cards might be trash to anyone else, but to me they are treasures. I just hope I can make it look nice and don't get glue trauma as usual. :)

I might get larger prints of some of them as well ... Hmm.

Hope you've had a good week!

Monday, 4 January 2010

Happy New Year!

Yes, I'm a few days late, but it's still the new year, 2010, isn't it? Who's to say when it becomes the "old" year?

I've done my best to spend money these past few days. On New Year's eve I bought myself a netbook with the birthday money I got from my grandparents. Thank you!
I chose this Eee PC 1000 HE because it got good reviews within the price group and it has a great 6-cell battery. It's not the smallest or lightest one in the group but hey, I drag around books heavier than this thing so a few hundred grams one way or the other doesn't really matter.

It doesn't look very small here, but it has a 10 inch screen.

Yesterday I sent 375 photos for development via the Internet (just a fraction of what I took in Australia). I chose the company because they have special prices right now and should be trustworthy. 39 euros in total! That's okay, isn't it? I just hope they turn out well ...

And today I went to check out the winter sales. I've gone sweater-mad! The bigger and woollier the better. It's just so nice to be warm and cosy instead of sweaty and unconfortable ... (Yes, I will mostly likely be longing for warm and sunny weather in just a few weeks, but let me be disillusioned for a little while, okay?)

I bought three sweaters, a west, a couple of long-sleeved t-shirts, a few movies, some moisturizers etc. I would love to find a pair of nice leather boots on sale, because retail they are just so darn expensive! But no luck yet ...

I'm in a grey phase I notice.

Now I feel satisfied and poor. (Don't get me wrong, I could always do more shopping, but I need a little break for the bank account's sake.)

As always in the beginning of a new year I feel eager to plan and organize. A few weeks every year I actually want to clean and throw away things. Gee.

First of all I need to sort out my studies. What subjects should I take and should I stay with the theme I had in my bachelour's work for my master's thesis? And should I even think about the thesis now or just procrastinate until fall?

I also need to give my flat a good clean. I've spent most of the holidays with my parents so I haven't really dealt with all the dust and grime that has landed during 5 months. And I didn't really leave it in pristine condition when I flew off in July either ... Krhm.

But no worries, I have my handy red calender in which I can jot down all the important stuff and the rest will sort itself out one way or another. (Student sticker, new driver's license, pass to the gym, new gym shoes, fix the camera, get a tutoring job ... the list goes on.)

Anywho, cheers to you all! Hope you had a great transition from 2009 to 2010 and have many things to look forward to this year!