Monday, 30 May 2011

Good Morning!

Yesterday we had a bachelorette party for our good friend H. It was a full day of activities and plenty of food. We started out with a picnic brunch. Unfortunately the weather wasn´t brilliant so we ended up eating it on my living room floor instead. Not too shabby. :)

I was responsible for getting it all on film so I don´t have many photos of the event (and I´m not sure people would appreciate it if I put up the few I have ... ) Hehe. But all in all it was a fun day and hopefully the bride to be enjoyed herself.

I was planning to go swimming this morning but the weather (again) was so grey and rainy that I chickened out. Maybe in a few hours if it clears up ...


Saturday, 28 May 2011

It wasn´t me! It was my social, stranger loving, evil twin!

Today I had a sudden outburst of neighbourliness. When I came home from the shops, there was a note next to the buildning´s front door. My new neighbours straight below me wanted to warn everybody that they are having a house warming party tonight, and apologize for any disturbance, and also report that their renovations are done. (They´ve been going on for months.)

Before I knew it, I was writing them a card saying welcome to the building and hope you´re renovations went well, kind regards Madicken, your upstairs neighbour. Then, I actually put it through the mail-hatch in their front door.

Now I feel a bit apprehensive. People in my building don´t have much contact. We hardly say hi if we meet in the stairs. What if my new neighbours think I´m some kind of stalker-person who will start bothering them at all times (at least once a year) and feel they just have to move again. I know I could become paranoid if someone put a welcome card through my mail-hatch. We are after all very keen on our privacy here in Finland.

Oh well, if the police come knocking, I´ll plead temporary insanity.


Thursday, 26 May 2011

Slow Progress

Today I´ve been working on my thesis like a good academic should. The only problem is, while going through the newspapers, looking for relevant articles to code, I find other interesting but not so relevant stories. And so I end up reading them instead. Time flies. I know everything about the latest books and movies but not so much about the current state of social politics. Ooops.

Oh well, better luck tomorrow.


Wednesday, 25 May 2011

The completely pointless list

Today I have:

  1. Eaten two dinners.
  2. Felt totally tone deaf at choir practice.
  3. Had the real Mr Muscle, my dad, on a visit during which he cleaned my bathroom drains. (I could of course do it myself, I´m not helpless, but since he kindly offered ...)
  4. Finished Mr Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood and am now considering what to read next.
  5. Had the leftovers of this for breakfast:

Monday, 23 May 2011

An old fashioned type writer would be too loud

People love to complain about all the technology we use in our every day lives. Apparently it makes us passive, antisocial and just plain stupid.

Well I apologise, but when you sit in a room for five hours, staring at people who are staring at exam papers, a phone with high speed internet is a blessing. If nothing else, I can check my e-mail from time to time and make sure the rest of the world is still out there.

And without that same phone and internet, I would probably (still) be lost in LA, and eaten by mountain lions somewhere in Hollywood hills. :)


Friday, 20 May 2011

Summer First

Strawberries. Mmm. Okay, so I cheated a little bit, they are Spanish, not Finnish. But the Finnish ones were a hundred times more expensive and looked kind of raw.

I also took my first evening walk to see the sun go down. It was really pretty and I would show you a pic of the views if only my phone and computer wanted to collaborate, but right now they are not really friends. Instead you get to see a slightly unfocused photo of my high fashion exercise outfit. Joy.


Thursday, 19 May 2011

High Tech swimmers

A woman at the pool today swam to her own beat. Her hair was up with a large clip, and to the clip she had attached an mp3 player and headphones. It must have been some fancy swimming technology because the player did touch the water when she swam, but neither she, or we, were electrocuted.

I might have to get one myself, now that I´m the owner of a 10 visit card. I swam for an hour and it was good exercise. The semi-storm made every second lap feel countercurrent. Oh the Finnish spring weather.


Wednesday, 18 May 2011

My babies are back!

While on the trip, my flowers had a month long sleep over at my grandmother´s. They had a great time and look healthy and happy.

Now they´re back home. Yay! It´s been so empty without them. You suddenly realise how bare a room can look without a bit of greenery.

I´ll try to keep them as happy!


Monday, 16 May 2011

My "arctic" swim

First swim outside this year!

Okay, I admit, it was in a heated pool at the Helsinki olympic stadium, but still ... just a tiny bit of creds, please. ;)

The water felt really warm as the air was around +12 C . Steam rose from the pool and reminded me and Hanna, my exercise buddy, of the Blue Lagoon, sans the smell of rotten eggs. It was really pleasant!

I think I´ll become an avid swimmer this summer.


Sunday, 15 May 2011


Just for your information: I´m watching the Finland-Sweden ice hockey final. 0-0 after the first 20 minutes. Oh my nerves!

Last time we won Sweden in a world championship final was in 1995. It´s about time! :)


Friday, 13 May 2011

Summer is here!

I´ve performed the seasons first wasp rescue. I guess it wasn´t so smart to leave pink flowers by an open window ...

It´s interesting how I don´t hesitate to capture and release a large wasp that can, if I´m really unlucky, actually kill me, while a harmless spider of the same size (or smaller) would freak me out completely. Oh, the tricks of the brain.

I´m spending a completely antisocial evening in front of the TV. Finland-Russia seminfinals. Go Finland! Tomorrow it´s time for the Eurovision song contest final in good company. Again, go Finland! :)


Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Thank you for leaving. ;)

Flowers and chocolates from my now ex job. (The chocolates have now diminished by five.) Watch out for the red one, it has a real kick to it. I´m not sure what was in it, but I wouldn´t want to do a alcohol test right now. :)

A good day all in all. Hope you have enjoyed it as well!


Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Cruel connections

IKEA makes many people cry. Men, mostly. I´m going there with Hanna today, as moral support, and checked out the food section on their website.

I cried at the sight of the candy cars. My mom loved them. She always bought them. We went there not long before it really began to go downhill for her. It was one of those rare outings that we really treasured because we always knew it could be the last one.

IKEA and candy cars. Emotions are peculiar. How they become connected to certain smells, sounds and items. You can go an entire day feeling just fine and then you hear that one TV jingle ...

Crying is good, I guess, but at some point you tire of it. The only way to become "immune" to those connections are to make new ones. The old ones remain, of course, but not as strong. That´s why I´m going to IKEA today. And I might buy some cars, for old times sake.

And to help Hanna carry her stuff, of course.


Monday, 9 May 2011

I couldn´t be bothered

I happened to read today that there was a riot outside an Apple store in Beijing, China. Apparently someone tried to cut the huge waiting line for the new Ipad 2, and an employee intercepted in a less than friendly manner. Four people ended up in hospital.

As usual people had waited for hours on end to get their hands on the new technology. It made me think, is there any "unnecessary" material thing on this planet that I would actually stand in line for for more than perhaps an hour? How much do you have to want something to actually camp outside a shop for days before the release?

I don´t think there is such an item. I would do it for medicine that could cure serious illnesses. I would do it for food and water if I didn´t have any. I could do it once just for fun as a social experiment. But purely for an object? No.

Is there anything you would stand in line for?


Sunday, 8 May 2011

THAT Sunday

My first mother´s day without a mother. Joy.

The US was boot camp for a motherless "child". Everywhere you went there were signs: "REMEMBER YOUR MOM!", TOP 10 GIFTS FOR MOM!", YOUR MOM WILL LOVE THIS!".

Well I´ll never forget my mom, but at this stage, I don´t think an Italian cook book would do her much good.

Today´s +: I´m visiting my grandparent´s who I haven´t seen in over a month. Last time the sidewalks were covered in ice and snow, today it´s sunny!

Have a great day, whatever way you´re spending it!


Friday, 6 May 2011

It´s not all bad.

I had a wonderful trip, but in an effort to see things from the bright side, here are a few things I´m grateful for at home:

  1. Finnish rye bread! American (and Australian) rye bread is a joke.
  2. Small risk of room service barging in. (Although it was nice to come back to a made bed and fresh towels.)
  3. My own kitchen. Hostels have okay kitchens, but I like having my own fridge etc. and being able to have a cup of tea in the morning before getting dressed.
  4. All taxes and tips already included in the price.
  5. Friends and family (of course!).
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Back in the gym

Good morning sweet peas!

Gosh, I´ve been so slow these past few mornings. I probably wouldn´t get out of bed if I didn´t have places I needed to be during the day. I´ve gotten into a (for me) unusual rythm with late evenings and late mornings. Probably because at this point, I can.

Yesterday I had my first step session after a months break. Murder. Not as bad as when I started in January, but I could still feel the difference. (I don´t know how I would have managed those San Francisco hills without my prior exercise regime). :)
Today Funk is on the menu, something a bit more laid back and fun, but still a good work out. Oh, and cleaning is exercise, no?

I should probably get to that now ... Sigh.

Have a great day!


Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Jet laged or just plain tired

Hello Peeps!

I just wanted to let everybody know that I´m back home in Finland and that the trip went without problems. The past two days I´ve met friends, been to a Master´s seminar, washed clothes and tried to keep my eyes open.

I will continue to blog as usual. Hopefully there´s going be interesting things to report even though I´m not traveling the world. Otherwise, I´ll just keep on rambling. :)

Back soon!