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?


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!

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!


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.


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! ;)


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!


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?


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,

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?"


Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Creating "life"


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!

Monday, 10 October 2011

Monday, monday


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!


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.


Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Filling up


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.


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.