Thursday, 29 December 2011

Maybe dullest entry all year. Going out with a bang!

So, the year is coming to an end and so is my time to write the thesis. Then you'll never have to read about it again. Congratulations!

A quick and extremely dull pic of my progress. Promise to be more exciting as soon as I've handed the bugger in on the 16th of January. After that it's party all day long!


Cheers!

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Decking the halls

It's the 4th Advent and I brought home my Christmas tree. Or if we're being honest, my local tree salesman helped me carry the tree home because it was as usual a bit bigger than planned. That's real service and kindness, leaving your trees and an unlocked van unattended to help a stranger. It left me with real Christmas spirit. Thank you!

I've put all my decorations in the tree, but it feels like it still needs something. Lucky there's still almost a week to Christmas so I can keep adding if I find anything nice. I'm celebrating at home with my grandmother this year, so I'm glad there's a proper Christmas feel in the flat.

Check out last years tree and you'll notice it's a bit bigger this year. :)


My homemade snowman got a prime spot in the tree.

Hope the season is treating you well and you're not feeling too stressed!

Cheers!

Sunday, 20 November 2011

I'm still here!

Hello peeps!

Sorry for the very poor blogging lately. It's been a slightly stressful week with work, studies and my granddad's funeral.

But! Things are looking up. I just sent my first application for future studies, and next week I'm going to London to celebrate my 27th birthday. Wohoo! Can't wait! Lots to do before that though so I need to stay focused. Tam ta daa.

What was I supposed to do now? Oh right, pay the bills. Lovely.

Cheers!

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Frosty the Snowperson

We don't have snow in Helsinki yet, so what do you do? Make your own snowman of course. Anything to distract yourself from cleaning, or thesis writing or maybe taking that walk although it's pitch black outside.

Here's my man, or woman. You decide. I'll make another one later so it won't feel too lonely.


Oh dear, you should see my dinner table right now ... It looks like an arts and crafts store has exploded.

Cheers!


Sunday, 6 November 2011

Old fashioned balls

I can't help myself. Here's a "christmas ball" even the weakest Christmas tree can manage.


I have to find some other kind of yarn because this white one wants to unravel. And yes, this is a ball with edges, but hey, at least it looks home made. :P


Cheers!

Friday, 4 November 2011

Badly timed Ballads

There's slight madness in the shops today because tomorrow's All Saints Day and everything will be closed.

I had two missions:

1. Buy candles for the graves. I bought two in case I want to light one at my grandfather's family grave as well. My granddad died on Monday so he's not buried there yet, but it might still be a nice thing to do.
Now, I don't mind music in shops, but in the candle section, on the day before All Saints Day, it might be decent not to play songs like "All by myself", sung by Eric Carmen. People are there buying candles for dead loved ones and in that situation, you don't really need to be reminded you're alone. Just a thought ...

2. Buy some goodies to eat. My brother and his family is coming over for coffee tomorrow before we go to the graveyard together, so I wanted to treat them to something tasty. Though I haven't tried the cake yet, so it might still be a disaster. Oh well ...

Have a good weekend!
Cheers

Thursday, 3 November 2011

PRETTY


I bought myself a bunch of roses. Because I'm worth it.

Cheers!

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Green Christmas

I decided to recycle some of the candy wrapping paper I had at home, and here's the result: Partially home made Christmas decorations.


I'm going to make more than two, only I have to redo some of the "balls" because I had a "glue accident". They got stuck to the wrong part of the project and the paper ripped. Still, I'm quite happy with them. Difficult to photograph though because they insisted on dangling.

Anywho, time to clean up the mess.

Cheers!

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Red Hot and Nutty

My first cup of Glögg this season. I had a leftover bottle from last year and thought why not? Christmas will be here before we know it. I didn't have whole almonds at home so I used chopped ones instead. It looks a bit weird, but was just as good.

Now, where can I get a christmas tree?

Cheers

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Going back home

Good morning,

Waiting at Vaasa train station for my train back South. Sometimes mobile internet is a blessing. I have four hours on the train and I can choose between working (aka more transcribing), sleeping or doing something enjoyable (reading or writing fun stuff). We'll see what happens. I can't fall asleep before Seinäjoki, because then I might miss the train change and end up somewhere in the deep forests of Finland.

Now I'm getting a cup of tea before boarding.

See you later!
Cheers


Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Uhm ... Öööh... Well ...


Not as inspired today. I have transcended into transcribing hell. Anyone who has ever transcribed a longer piece of conversation, knows exactly how mind numbing it is. You go back and forth, back and forth to get it right, and oh god, my voice! I sound like a creaky door. I want to pull my own tongue out.

A library in Vaasa.

I'm halfway through the first interview now. It's not because I'm lazy but because it takes ages. Three and a half to go. Somebody give me strength. At least I'll see my dad today, hurrah!

Cheers

Monday, 24 October 2011

Done! (Until transcribing hell begins ...)

Greetings from Vaasa!


I've now done my two final thesis interviews and landed at my hotel. So nice to switch off the brain for a while, it's been going overdrive since 5 this morning.

I'm trying to decide if I'm going to the cinema this evening or staying in. It's just a 50 meter walk to the theatre but I've seen most of the films already and the rest seem rather dull. Oh well, I have a few more hours to think about it. :)

Until then, I'm spending some quality time with my computer.

Cheers!

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Rail trip!

Packing my overnight bag for tomorrow's trip up North. I'm taking a way too early train to Vaasa to make two interviews at Vasabladet, and after that it's time transcribe all the clever things the journalists' have said.

I went to school in Vaasa so it'll be nice to see the city again. I haven't been there properly for a few years now, I usually just get off the train there and then drive to my former home town. I'm staying an extra night so I can see my dad as well. When you live far apart, you have to make the most of the time that's available. Looking forward to it!

Two down, two to go. Wish me luck! ;)

Cheers

Friday, 21 October 2011

The good in life

If nothing else, this is a reason to go to work: A beautiful sight right outside the door.


Another beautiful sight: My favourite food is back in season! I had it for the first time today, and I'll eat it many many times before they stop selling it again after Christmas. How can something this good be sold only a few months per year?


Have a lovely weekend!

Cheers

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Scary Movie Intolerant

I saw the new Finnish thriller Syvälle Salattu today. The film had good and bad features, but what stayed with me was the recurring notion that I'm not built for scary movies. I would love to enjoy being scared, but I don't. Being thrilled by a thriller isn't thrilling.

Why do some people love horror movies? What makes their experience more pleasurable than mine? Today's movie was all right because it was mostly "psychological" scares. It's even worse when there's blood and guts because then I'm not only scared, I'm also nauseous. I'd never watch a scary movie on my own at home since that would result in weeks of paranoia. (I made the mistake once, watching The Sixth Sense, and I swore I wasn't alone in the flat.)

Is there a cure or should I just accept that my danger instinct is still on a primitive "this isn't a joke, run for your life" level?

Cheers

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Romanticising the turn to winter

Pitch black and +2 degrees celsius this morning when I got up. Not the most motivating circumstances I must say. Still, the Finnish fall does provide us with some beauty. Found these pics from a weekend in the country. They make me think having four seasons is rather nice after all.


Hope you're having a nice weekend,
Cheers!

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Asking the difficult questions

This is Carl, my buddy in crime. He's the one who tapes all the interviews I do for my thesis.


I did the first out of four interviews today, which was a bit scary, but I think it went well. To my great relief the conversation was caught on "tape". That was what made me most nervous, possibly forgetting to turn the recorder on, or in this case, not pressing the record button twice to actually start it rolling. Otherwise it's just on stand-by.

Three left then. I'm doing one on Monday and then I'm traveling up North to interview two journalists at another newspaper. Hopefully Carl will keep up the good work and not let me down. It would be massively embarrassing to realise a whole hour of talk hadn't been recorded. "Could we do it all again, please?"

Cheers!

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Creating "life"

Morning,

Nothing exciting happening here right now so I thought I'd show you one of my earlier "projects". I should have become a surgeon, or biologist because, ta daa, I've made a frog. (Sorry if I've shown it already and my brain just melted ...)


I made it some socks and a scarf. It doesn't really do anything but sits there and keeps me company.

Yes, it does sound sad.

Anywho, have a lovely day!
Cheers

Monday, 10 October 2011

Monday, monday

Cheerio!

I'm once again spending my day at uni, trying to get something done. I feel fairly content with my progress so far, as I this morning managed to pick up the recording technology I need to tape the interviews I'm doing in the next few weeks.

What makes me even happier is the knowledge that I yesterday booked a plane ticket to London! I'm celebrating my birthday with Lotta who's been living there for a few years now. Really looking forward to it!

A couple of more hours here and I'm off to my weekly sewing class. I'm actually making progress there as well so maybe I'll be able to show you some sewn together pieces of my raincoat soon!

Cheers

Friday, 7 October 2011

Swedish invasion for the evening

Sitting in a downtown cafe having lunch. Was just asked by three middle-aged Swedish men if I wanted to join them in their hotel room after I had pointed out the hotel for them (just in front of us ...) . I politely said no thank you and continued on.

Helsinki is filled with football-crazed Swedes since it's the Finland-Sweden qualifying match for EURO 2012 tonight. Finland's pretty much out of the race already but the points could be important to Sweden. I'll probably watch the match at home on TV. We'll loose of course, but it would be nice if we could make life even a tad bit uncomfortable for the Swedes. Finnish head coach Mixu Paatelainen went as far as saying Finland will win 1-0. Yeah right.

Of course, it would be lovely to be wrong.

Cheers!

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Filling up

Hello!

I Should be writing my thesis. I really should. But you're allowed a break now and then, right?

I feel the flu coming on. It's filling my nose and throat and brain and it's hard to think logically about anything. You just hear a loud thump. Thank g for nasal spray!

Alright, maybe you're not too interested in my excess of bodily fluids, I know I could do without it. But it keeps reminding me. I couldn't stop sneezing in the tram! Over and over again. I sound like an elephant when I sneeze. My friend has a cute kitten sneeze. Not me. And why can't you just sneeze once and then be over it? Why five or six or ten times? Lucky I wasn't the tram driver or we would have dereailed.

Okay, back to work. The faster I finish, the sooner I can go home and stick my head in a bowl of hot tea.

Cheers!

Monday, 3 October 2011

NOW I´m back in business.

Jihuu! My computer is finally working again! Bliss!!

I took it back to the Mac-doctor and they admitted they had screwed up the user rights so that I couldn't access my own files, and they fixed it in a few hours. So relieved to finally have my Nr 1 computer again, although my back-up did a valiant job.

Now a cup of tea and some Tyrkisk Pebers.

Cheers!

Friday, 23 September 2011

Twittering in the rain

After a few unsuccessful attempts, I have finally found a fabric for my home made raincoat. It's not the fabric I really really wanted, that was way too expensive for an experiment like this, but I think it might look decent in raincoat format.


I also wanted to report that I´m now on Twitter. (I know, I know, late bloomer.) You should be able to find me HERE. Give me a tweet if you feel like it.

Cheers!

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

The bright side of ... Something.

Cheerio from the dungeon called my university study hall! (Actually it's on the top floor and very bright, but that doesn't sound very dramatic.)


I'm back at it again, trying to forget yesterday's apocalyptic mood. It's not totally hopeless. I'm not bogged down by hundreds of newspapers any longer. A few weeks ago my everyday life looked like this:





At least now I can leave the flat without a massive backpack. Progress!


Cheers

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Who touched the off button?

Oh Dear. A completely useless day. All right, lets not blame the day, I feel completely useless. Can't get anything done, ambition levels are at rock bottom and I'd like to just lie on the floor and stare up at the ceiling.

Fall depression? Thesis blues? General laziness disguised as something potentially paralyzing? I need some kind of shot so energy filled I just can't wait to get out those research method books again and read my own mind numbing texts one more time, cringing at the horridness of it all. Aaargh! (I genuinely believe I have lost every atom of writing talent I might ever have possessed. It doesn't matter what genre I'm trying to put together, it all turns into rambling, third-rate mush. As you might have noticed by now ...)

I need my mojo back!

Cheers

Monday, 19 September 2011

I need it, and I need it now!

Is it sort of ironic that I got completely drenched by the rain, looking for suitable raincoat material?

Just a thought.

Cheers!

Friday, 16 September 2011

Flashy bathroom door

Hello!

spent a couple of hours at a large interior design fair today, looking at everything from knick knacks to gorgeous furniture to bathtubs and kitchen cabinets. The only problem is, I have everything I need, and as it happens, like almost everything I have.

Most pieces of furniture in my flat are "second hand" passed down to me by my mom and my grandparents (who are still alive but moved to a smaller space). It's become a mix of old and new, comfort and memories, present and past that I really enjoy. So the thought of chucking something out just to be able to buy something new, isn't too appealing.

My only tiny purchase of the day was this "mirrored" sign to put on the bathroom door. (Guests sometimes have trouble finding it, too many doors apparently ...) It´s a bit blingy perhaps, but I couldn't help it, it caught my eye. :)


Cheers!

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

It´s done!

My new shawl! Here worn as a scarf. It´s made out of a soft wool mix and was perfect for keeping the throat warm during choir practice.


Now that this project is done, I´m on the hunt for the next one's fabric. This week the sewing class began again and this time I´m making a rain coat. It won´t be one of those superduper water resistant ones you can use anytime, anyhow and anywhere, but more of a city model
that keeps the worst out when it´s too windy for an umbrella. Looking forward to it!

Hopefully your week has gone well so far!
Cheers!

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Filled with food and inspiration

Cheerio!
Gosh, I´m so stuffed with food, I can barely move. I just got home from dinner with friends and it was really good but oh so filling.

A good weekend over all. It kicked off with a party, bringing many of my former study buddies together and we ate and gossiped the night away. I didn't stay horribly late since I had a bit of work Saturday morning but still long enough to feel the lack of sleep the next day.


Today I also went to a large Design Market where lots of Finnish designers sold their products to a reduced prize. There were plenty of really nice things, clothes, furniture, jewelry etc, but I didn't buy anything, partly because I thought I can make most of the things myself. It´s a blessing and a curse.


Thanks to all the great ideas I got at the market though, I am now bursting with inspiration! If you haven´t seen me in a week, I've glued myself to a table.

Hope your week starts off well!

Cheers!

Friday, 9 September 2011

Crochet rescue!


Yesterday I wanted to rip my hair out because I didn't seem to understand the simplest of crochet patterns. I moaned about it on FB and voilá, my dear friend and almost neighbour came to the rescue! I popped over and she helped me figure out how to get the shawl started. It was very easy once you understood the designer´s way of thinking. We then spent the afternoon together, chatting while working on our own projects (there were momentary pauses while we counted), and then had a lovely dinner.

Maybe I´m getting old, but that is a very nice way to spend an afternoon!

Cheers!

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Back to the Future ... No! The other way!

I´m doing a live case study: Life in the 1980´s. In other words: I forgot my mobile phone at home this morning. Aaargh!

Why do I feel so helpless without my phone? It´s not like I make or get hundreds of megaimportant calls everyday. And if somebody did try to call, surely they could wait a few hours until I called them back? There could of course be an emergency, I might need to reach someone or someone might need to reach me, but what are the odds?
We can´t always be a call button away, can we? How did people manage hundreds and hundreds of years before it was possible to reach people even in the privacy of the loo?

Besides, I´ve alreday told the all mighty FB that I´m without a phone today and people should contact me via FB or e-mail messages instead (since I´m sitting at uni in front of a computer all day).

So ... Not so 80's after all.

Cheers!

Monday, 5 September 2011

Stressed Jaw

Okay, so no cavities or other major problems with my actual teeth. Relief!

Instead: Stress related muscle tension in the jaw. Apparently the muscles on the right side of the jaw are tense, most likely because of biting and teeth clenching during night, which happens more often when you´re stressed and can cause unspecified pain and even headaches. I received a brochure with stretching exercises, and if it doesn´t get better with time, I might get one of those plastic braces you can wear while sleeping.

I´ve now told my jaw to relax so we´ll see what happens.

On another note: After the visit to the dentist I popped in at my friend´s house and helped her organise baby clothes according to size, use and cuteness. As a thank you she cut my hair for me. Now, having your hair cut by a pregnant, slightly emotional nonprofessional might seem risky to you, but it turned out rather well! I just wanted to get rid of all the split ends, nothing complicated.

I hadn´t actually cut my hair even once since it looked like this! So it was about time ...



Hope your Monday hasn´t been as exciting as mine.

Cheers!

Please try again later

Good morning!

I'm trying to get through to the student health care service for a dentist appointment. I have some annoying aches in my lower jaw. Only all I get is a woman telling me that I should call back later because there are too many callers right now. Great.

I've never had a cavity so I'm not sure what that feels like, if it feels like anything, or if this might be the result of tight jaw muscles or something, but I would really like to have it checked before it gets too serious.

Oh well, who needs teeth anyway?

Cheers

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Global celebrations

Fun party yesterday evening! We were people from all over the world; Finland Peru, Nepal, Italy, Germany etc. We sang the happy birthday song in seven different languages!

I finally went for colour and comfort. The dress code for "home parties" usually feels more casual than for example a night out with dinner and clubs. Although I´m rarely the one with a lot of bling, where ever we go.

Today I visited my grandparents and had lunch and coffee with them. My grandmother and I did our traditional Frasier marathon (one of the TV channels show multiple episodes on Sunday afternoons) and I tried to fix her e-mail. Now I´m ready to spend the rest of the afternoon/evening at home, trying to stay awake until it´s time for bed.

Great weekend!

Cheers!

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Birthday

Hello!

Off to a birthday party this evening. I'm trying to figure out how to get there ... Tram and then metro I believe, and finally ca 700 meters on foot. In other words, sensible shoes.

I made a hair decoration as part of her gift. I'm hoping she won't visit the blog between now and 7pm.



Obviously I didn't make the plastic part. But I saw a similar decoration in a shop and it was horribly expensive, and even if I say so myself, not in anyway superior to my home made one. (That does of course not state that mine is pretty, only that it's not worse than the original ...)

Anywho, back to the wardrobe conundrum.

Cheers!

Friday, 2 September 2011

Please sign this liability form before entering ...

My flat is currently a mine field. I´m in a frenzy of sewing, crocheting, cutting and designing which has resulted in pieces of fabric ready to be slipped on, lost needles in sofas and cushions and a hot flatiron waiting to be knocked over.

Maybe it´s the oncoming fall that makes me eager to produce "homely" things. I can´t show you everything just yet, because some of it is gifts for friends. (Poor friends? Maybe.) But at some point I´ll post some pics of my creations. They´re not all brilliant. I might be lacking the all important patience when it comes to arts and crafts. I want it to be ready NOW! I want to see the end result.

Most of the stuff I´m making are also prototypes so I can´t expect them to be perfect just yet, but maybe if I keep at it ...

... and don´t slip, stab or burn myself on the materials.

Have a great weekend!
Cheers!

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Adorable parrot in "action"

I stumbled upon this clip a while back and thought I´d share it. It´s the cutest parrot I have ever seen, especially when it´s trying to breed with the photographer. It´s a Kakapo, an endangered bird in New Zealand that can´t fly and is very affectionate. It doesn´t understand to be afraid of predators. The series stars Stephen Fry.

Hope you enjoy it!

Shagged by a rare parrot - Last Chance To See - BBC Two




Cheers!

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Do Re Mi ...

The first choir practice of the fall season tonight! So naturally I have a soar throat and a slightly stuffy nose. Sometimes I wonder if it´s my body´s way of saying I should give up singing. Like "Hey, you´ll never be the next Cecilia Bartoli anyway, so give it a rest!"

How I wish I was a brilliant singer. I´m not bad, I manage fairly well in choirs and smallish groups, and as an alto I´ve learned to sing all kinds of weird harmonies, but sometimes I long for that brilliant, huge voice that makes people go "wow!" and wins you the top price in whatever talent competition you enter. Maybe a role in a Broadway show.

My soar throat might also be a symptom of the fact that I´ve always had a bad relationship with my own voice. It´s the first thing that acts up when I´m nervous. I used to hate listening to myself speak on radio and tv (which was compulsory in journalism school).
I also had problems reading aloud from my book, often to largish audiences. An old lady once came up and told me "That was nice dear, but you have to slow down, I could hardly understand a thing." Well, you have to speed up if you´re going to read a whole chapter in one intake of breath.

Luckily things have improved. Now a days, I can quite comfortably give presentations and readings, and even the odd song without too much discomfort, but it´s still the one thing that makes me nervous before a performance. Keep calm, remember to breath, in AND out, and don´t worry if there´s a slight tremor, it will only get worse. If you listen to your own voice enough times, you´ll slowly stop going "UGH!"

So, where was I? Oh yes, choir practice tonight. Should be fun.

Cheers!

Monday, 29 August 2011

Finished!

Wohoo, my summer-long scarf project has finally come to an end! I´m rather pleased with it which doesn´t happen too often when I make things. It doesn´t look like much draped over a chair like that, but I´ll see if I can´t get a better pic of it "in action" later on.

Long and wide enough to use in many different ways.


Fall is after all on it´s way! I don´t mind really. I´m in a fallish mindset right now and enjoy a spot of rain. And who can resist a really warm and chunky cardigan!


Have a good start of the week! I´m planning a visit to the fabric shop (so many projects on the go!) and then a visit to the gym.

Cheers!

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Artsy Evening

Yesterday we had The Night of The Arts here in Helsinki. For one evening the city filled up with people on the hunt for literature, dance, music, theatre, film and arts, mostly for free.

I walked around downtown for a few hours an enjoyed whatever came in my path. There were famous Finnish authors like Matti Rönkä and Leena Lehtolainen.



Dance students who showed their talent in the street.



And musicians entertaining in streets and parks. Some of them play in the street everyday during summer but mostly go unnoticed . Yesterday evening they were stars and generously rewarded by the people who walked by or stopped to listen for a while.

Classical:


Slightly eccentric:


My favourite!


Later on I met up with some friends and went for a drink. A good way to end an entertaining day.

Apparently someone else in my street had also had an "artistic" night. Now if you write "Welcome!" outside the door, is that an invite to anybody who passes by?



Tomorrow I´m attending a rather "alternative" dance performance. It´ll be interesting!

Hope you´re having a great weekend!
Cheers!

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Chocolate overdose


Oh dear, I´ve eaten so many of these in the past 24 hours. I bought them for some guests yesterday and I´ve been munching on the left overs ever since. I´m high on sugar!

Luckily I was invited to a friend´s house for tea so I brought the last ones with me and we shared the burden of finishing them. Oh life is cruel, hehe.

Have a nice evening!
(I´ll probably never fall a sleep ...)

Cheers!


Sunday, 21 August 2011

Sunday


I´ve enjoyed my Sunday. It´s been both productive and relaxing, including tasks like washing the kitchen floor and having a nice cup of tea downtown while working on a project. I also picked up a few films that were on sale ( possible reviews later on) and put in a 30 minute visit at a friends house. She had kindly supervised a book of mine while I was away (just in case it needed to be given back to library while I was out of town).
She´s soon having a baby and had earlier in the week received the child care packet that expecting mom´s in Finland get from the state. So many cute things for the baby! Almost everything you need to get by in the beginning.

Anywho, tomorrow a new week rolls in, packed with things to do. Hope you´ve had a good weekend!

Cheers!

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Picasso!

I just saw one of my absolute favourite films, The Adventures of Picasso, a Swedish comedy from 1978 written and directed by Tage Danielsson, starring Gösta Ekman.

You have to see it to understand the brilliance. It´s funny and absurd, the jokes ranging from the childish and banal to clever and educated. I´d say you have to know Swedish to understand it fully, although there is an English version where the narrator speaks English and they´ve tried to "translate" the jokes. But so much is in the language and delivery.

The film is very close to my heart as my brother and I, together with our maternal cousins, used to watch it over and over again as kids, visiting our mutual grandparents. We knew all the jokes by heart and used to slip them into normal conversation. I was a bit anxious watching it again. I was afraid it would have lost its edge or maybe I had grown out of it, but no, it was still wonderful and I still remembered it all. :) So glad I decided to buy my own DVD online!

Pling Pling!

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Double 0 nine and a half

Whoever cracks my oh so intricate code, will receive an amazing reward. ;)



Can´t tell you how much this bugs me right now. Pretending to be a top secret agent for MI5 (or whatever they´re called ...) doesn´t really help. You think you´ve finally fixed it, and suddenly there´s a whole new problem. Joy.

I will still be going over these numbers when I´m 80, certain I have missed something.

Cheers!

Monday, 15 August 2011

Moday

Good Morning!

Today´s plan: 1. Go to uni and work on thesis. 2. Begin the workout season again after a rather lazy summer.

First of all I should probably get dressed ...

Have a great day!

Sunday, 14 August 2011

One of those skies


I know, it´s the pollution. But isn´t it pretty? And even prettier in real life. Helsinki is a nice city because the buildings are quite low so you easily see the sky, and in winter you can spot a star or two. Some days I´d like to just sit on my living room sofa and watch the clouds go by.

Hope you´ve had a nice weekend!

Cheers

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Green Porno

I might be the last person to stumble upon it, maybe you´ve seen it all before, but I still thought I´d share.

Now don´t be alarmed by the headline, it´s nothing (completely) sordid. Isabella Rossellini, the famous actor and model, did a few years back a series of short "documentaries" showing how different animals reproduce. But instead of going out into the wild, she dressed up in absurd animal costumes and acted out the different mating rituals with equally absurd dolls in rather artistic settings. It´s all very educational, funny and ... Well sort of anatomically correct. I know I´ve learnt a thing or two.

In an interview Rossellini said she did them because she had always liked animals and she thought it would be fun. They were made for the Internet but now there´s apparently also a book.

Here are a few examples:

How bees mate:

How whales mate:

And spiders:

Today´s biology lesson over,
Cheers!

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

One Year

Today, one year has passed since my mom died. It´s quite hard to grasp. It has probably been the longest and the shortest year of my life. So many emotions, so many moments, good and bad, so many changes, and yet such a clear memory of those last hours watching her pass away. The sandwich I ate afterwards because the nurses told me to. Like it was yesterday.


We went to put some candles on her grave last night. It wasn´t possible to go together today, because to the rest of the world it´s just another Wednesday.

I´ve linked to it before, but on a day like this, this song might do some good. If nothing else, it helps me cry properly.

Take care!

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

A large yellow flower to brighten up the day!


(The real colour is more yellow than in the pic ...)


Cheers!

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Series: Part 6

The story of Mary Clarke, Part 6

- You don´t recognize me, do you?
- Of course I do! You´re ... You´re ...
And suddenly it hit her, although she could still hardly believe it.
- You´re Peter Pratt!
She barely managed not to call him by his popular school nickname which naturally had been the oh so funny PeePee.
- Peter!
- Mary. It really is a surprise. What in the devils name are you doing here?
Mary looked around, as if she was wondering the same thing.
- Your father invited me, she said and tried to explain how they had met in the shop, how he had recognized her and finally asked her to tea. She only left out the bit about the bananas as it suddenly made her blush.
- Do you live here as well? she asked curiously.
- No, not here exactly. A couple of blocks down the street. Only I forgot my mobile phone. It should be here somewhere.
He began looking around in the obvious places but couldn´t find it. Mr Pratt seemed restless and finally pulled out his own phone and dialed a number.
- I´m calling you so you can locate your phone.
A second later, La Marseillaise began to blare in the flat.
- Dad! Have you been changing my ringtone again?
- That rap music you had on last time was uncivilized, Mr Pratt muttered.
Peter grunted something and walked closer to Mary who had decided to stay out of the whole treasure hunt.
- I´m sorry, he said.
- Oh, no worries, Mary answered.
- No, I mean, I´m sorry but I think you´re sitting on my phone.
- Oh!
Mary rushed up and sure enough, the music sounded even louder now that her comfortable frame didn´t dampen it. Peter rummaged around under the seat cushion of the armchair and finally managed to resurface his phone.
- Voilá! Mr Pratt shouted.
- Brilliant, Peter exclaimed as the final bars of the French national anthem came to an end.
- Oh wow, what a spread.
He had suddenly seen the cakes and sandwiches on the coffee table.
- I´m terribly hungry, he said and looked at his father. I wouldn´t mind eating something before my shift begins.
- Alright, alright. Sit down and have a bite. But at least take of your shoes, you´re getting mud all over the carpet. And put on some slippers!
Mary wanted to laugh when Peter, in full police uniform, shuffled his way back to the sofa with a pair of red, dotted slippers on his feet.
He really was kind of cute ...

Friday, 29 July 2011

Still going strong

Summer isn´t over yet!

Today I spent a few hours at an outdoor café reading and writing. It can´t get much better than that.


Afterwards, walking towards downtown, I passed this fisherman. He must certainly be eager with at least 6 fishing rods!


Digging through my photos I also found a pic from earlier this summer when I spent a day at the beach with a friend. Look! I´m almost seethrough!


Hopefully there will be more beautiful days before winter comes. (That doesn´t mean it has be 27 degrees though.)

Cheers!