Monday, 29 December 2014

My New Year's Resolutions

The tree has moved to the balcony, the last pieces of wrapping paper have been tidied away and I feel that familiar itch to organise. A new year is on its way.

I sometimes catch myself saying I'm not a person who makes New Year's resolutions, we all end up with the same promises after all and break most of them before the first month has come and gone. But then I do make them anyway, if only in secret, because January 1st feels like a day when anything can happen and we can start our lives with new conviction.
I might not be doing the half marathon in Hyde Park just yet, but if you do, you get free bananas!
Before my 30th birthday I wrote an entry about how I would like to improve as a person. Those ambitions still stand and I hope I've made at least a tiny bit of progress. In addition to that, I would like to spend 2015 taking better care of my body. I believe mental and physical wellbeing are closely connected, at least that's the case for me. I know how much happier I feel when I exercise. I know how much more energy and creativity I have when I eat right and sleep well. And still I find myself neglecting my body a lot of the time, often for no better reason than that I just "can't be bothered". What a load of bovine excrement. I can't be bothered to be healthy and feel happy?
This guy used to be a prop in a short film. He now sits on my window sill. 
Years ago I posted Buddha's wise words: "To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear". It inspired me then and hopefully it will do it now. I'm one of the lucky ones, at this point in my life I can choose to be healthy. Not everybody gets that choice. They find strength in other ways of course, I guess I partially disagree with Buddha there, I believe you can have an immensely strong mind even when your body is giving way, but for those of us who have both, it would be disrespectful not to take good care. Or at least that's what I feel, and this year I will do my very best to practice what I preach. Hopefully it will also help me embrace new experiences, new people and new opportunities throughout the year, and spend lots of time doing the things I love. I guess when it comes down to it, my resolution for 2015 is to pack the year as full of life as humanly possible. 

I hope you had an amazing time over the holidays and look forward to the new year! You still have a couple of days to think about a resolution, but if it's not your thing then don't stress! Just enjoy yourself.


Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Finn vs swede


It's the evening before Christmas Eve and the Queen and I are getting excited! Looking at my massive grocery shopping you would never guess I'm cooking for one this Christmas.

I headed for uncharted waters today. I got off work early and decided my craving for the Finnish Christmas dish Kålrotslåda/Lanttutlaatikko, a sort of swede casserole, was greater than my fear of making it.

The swede put up a good fight, tough as nails. I quickly gave up on the idea of evenly chopped cubes and hacked away like a mad woman with a massive knife. My flatmate also gave me a hand and together we conquered. 
Don't get me wrong, it's not exactly dangerous cooking, I wasn't Heston Blumenthaling it, I'd just never made it before. In my family we usually buy it ready made because one brand makes such a good job of it. I was just dreading that first bite after all the anticipation and hard work (it does take some time and effort) only to realise it's nothing like what I'm used to.  
To the mashed swede is added a mixture of egg, cream, Nordic dark syrup and spices, so it's not for the sugar shy. 
But! Whether it tastes like my childhood Christmases or not, it is now out of the oven and I'm actually a little bit proud (if I may say so myself). At least I made it! I'll have to wait a while before I can try some, but even if it's not exactly the same, I'm sure it's going to be fine.
It looks quite orange, like I made carrot casserole instead, but I'm pretty sure it was swede! The "decoration" on top didn't quite reach its potential either ... But hey. 
I've decided to make some of my other favourite Christmas foods as well, but that will all have to wait until tomorrow. Christmas in Finland is basically watching potatoes boil and cursing them for not doing it any faster!

I hope you have most of your prep done as well and can enjoy the time to come. Merry Day before Christmas!


Sunday, 21 December 2014

Chatty Woman

Puh! My ten days of Christmas marketing have come to an end and it's been a blast. I feel a bit like Santa, having supplied so many people with Christmas presents. Some sales were pretty stealth as the recipient was standing just around the corner. Between an American drama teacher, a Brit who runs guided tours in North Korea and many more, I also had some brilliant chats and realised all over again how very nice people can be.
I had to say goodbye to my headless friend. His name was Ralph. 
Only two more days in the office and then it's time for Christmas and over a week of nothingness. I can hardly believe it. I don't know when I last had that many days off without any task or mission. I do have a holiday goal though: spend time outdoors in actual daylight!

I hope you had a great weekend and look forward to the festive week ahead. Eat. Rest. Read a book or watch a film. Try not to stress!


Thursday, 18 December 2014

My Christmas Tunes

I wrote about some pretty gloomy music in my last entry so I thought I'd present you with something a bit more festive! I love Christmas music. Growing up, we began listening to it in November. And I was always in one choir or other and therefore practiced harmonies for the Christmas concert well before the actual holiday. 
When I came home yesterday evening a package filled with overseas Christmas gifts were waiting for me. It cheered me up no end after a long day. 
 There's always been a mix of Nordic, American and British music. Finnish Christmas songs can be quite melancholy, but still beautiful. My favourite Christmas music however is anything sung by the King's College Choir. To me, they're Christmas. We would save them until just before Christmas Eve, when we decorated the tree. My grandparents had them on LP, my mum on a rather worn out cassette and I now have them on CD and iTunes. I'd love to hear them live some time!

I'm always a bit sceptical of modern, newly written Christmas music, I just don't have that same emotional connection to it, but today at the office I heard a new song for the first time and did actually quite enjoy it. Here it is:

What's your favourite Christmas music?

I hope you've had a good week so far!

Sunday, 14 December 2014



How's your weekend been?

I had the pleasure of spending mine at the Barbican Christmas Market selling Plane Clothing. The customers and fellow stall holders were all lovely and I made some decent sales so I'm very happy indeed. Happy and tired. But no rest for the wicked! I'll be doing it all of next week as well, in addition to my days at the office.
Oh crap, that one t-shirt has unfolded itself. Photos don't lie!
Why not come along and have a look? I can't promise you an extra discount, but I will give you a smile and wish you a lovely evening.

Have a great start to the week!

Friday, 12 December 2014

My play's playlist

Music has played a huge part in my life. It might not be obvious because whenever I'm asked what my favourite music is, I get flustered and forget everything except Itsy Bitsy Spider and Mary Had a Little Lamb. But most of my spare hours as a child and teenager were dedicated to music, mainly through playing instruments, and music has always had a considerable influence on my emotional state. 

When I wrote my MA play I didn't set out to find a playlist for it, but three songs became important to me quite quickly. They sort of introduced themselves at key moments and got me in the right mind set. I admit, they're not the most uplifting songs, and the play does touch on some dark subjects, but they still have a special place in my heart and the play does have lighter, humorours bits as well! (I can't bear to watch anything that is nonstop doom and gloom.)

Now that the play is "done", I thought I'd share my unofficial writing playlist with you:

Gunfight - Laurence Fox

Live and Let Go - Anna Bergendahl

Some Die Young - Laleh

I'm interested to see what kind of music future projects bring along. Do you have songs you keep going back to for any reason? 

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

I have a tree!

Ho ho ho! How are you? I bought a Christmas Tree today. Granted, it's a tiny tree but it stands prettily on my desk and I'm very happy with it!
I always struggle to photograph Christmas trees, they're never as pretty in pictures.
I was even happier when I remembered I'd brought some of my favourite decorations over from Finland. I'd forgotten about them until I began looking for last year's Christmas wrapping paper. Sometimes I do think ahead!
Most of the decorations carry special memories. I still have the origami star my cello teacher made me when I was 18. I also have the Sydney Opera House I bought while living Down Under. There are also several decorations I made myself or bought for my first tree when I moved away from home.
The tree is carefully watched over by my traditional looking Santa. My mum loved Christmas and had a growing Santa collection that came out of the cupboard every Christmas. I'm glad I managed to get at least one of them back with me.

Do you have a favourite decoration? I hope your week has started well!


Friday, 5 December 2014

A Stealthy Christmas


With plenty going on, I haven't really had much time to think about or prep for Christmas yet. But you don't escape that easily! Christmas sneaks up and pounces when you least expect it. Like today when I did my regular lunch outing and a group of Santa hatted younglings had lined up to sing Christmas songs to passers by.
London hasn't really embraced the winter wonderland look just yet ...
Now these things might not always be as cute as planned, unless your own child is involved, but there I stood all misty eyed before even the first song had ended. It got even worse when they started singing a traditional Lucia song. A slightly odd choice I thought, while recovering from sentimental flashes. The UK doesn't celebrate Lucia on December 13th the way the Nordic countries do, but then it turned out that the kids were from a local Danish school so mystery solved!

Aah, Lucia, the annual popularity contest disguised as a celebration of light and Christ and the one day of the year when girls fight to have their hair ruined by melted candle wax. (Please ignore my sarcastic remarks, it's actually quite lovely.)

I hope December is supplying you with Christmas cheer in suitable dozes and you don't feel too much stress. Relinquish the stress! And have a great weekend,


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

The Enablers

Enabler: one that enables another to achieve an end; especially :  one who enables another to persist in self-destructive behavior (as substance abuse) by providing excuses or by making it possible to avoid the consequences of such behavior. 

I've received some lovely notebooks in the past couple of weeks. People know I'm a bit of a notebook and stationary junky, and as a professional (?!) writer I tell myself it's almost okay. 
How can you say no?
However! I wish I could handle the situation better. In human relationships I'm a very faithful and monogamous person, but when it comes to notebooks I'm a massive cheat! I can never finish one before starting on another. Sure, my intention is always to stick with what I've got, but then along comes something new and shiny with all those empty, inviting pages and off I go! 
I have coerced other writing tools to help in my deceit.  
I lie too. How many times have I promised a notebook to treat it nicely, to write in it with my prettiest handwriting, only to fill it with scribbles barely I can read. Day in and day out it gets knocked about in my bag and only appears when I feel I have something important to say. 

Is this fair? Is it okay to have several notebooks on the go at the same time? (I'm working on different projects after all!) And do they take offense when I write in haste, trying to keep up with the thoughts in my head? If so, I apologise. It is never my intention to be hurtful, but at the same time I can't promise to massively improve. Time for an intervention?

If not, please do feel free to feed my habit. 

I hope your week is going well!

Sunday, 30 November 2014

DAY 100: Challenge Completed!


One hundred days ago I set myself a challenge. Every day, for 100 days, I would pick something that made me happy or I was grateful for that day, big or small, and write a blog entry about it. Back in August it felt like a long time indeed, but as usual it has flown by.
This is what everyday goodness looks like to me. 
And so much good has happened! I've made wonderful new friends. I've spent great moments with my wonderful old friends. I had my first play staged. I graduated. I'm working on an exciting new project. I turned another year. Of course there's been low moments too, but I've had so much support from the people around me that whenever times felt rough, it didn't last for long. Thank you!
And this.
And thank you to everyone who read the blog, whether you popped in now and then or honoured me with a visit every day. This isn't a goodbye, I'm going to continue writing, but maybe not quite as diligently as before. (That might be an entirely good thing.) And I will continue the "challenge" in my own head, because it never hurts to remind oneself of the good things!

Right, I hope you've had a great weekend, and here's to the next 100!


Saturday, 29 November 2014

DAY 99: Feeling Lucky

It's days like this that I remember just how lucky I am to live in place like London. Having sent off some work, I went for a walk, picked up a coffee and sat on a park bench and wrote until the sun set. It's the second to last day of November but the city still decided to treat us to some lovely weather.
Walking home I spotted several people carrying Christmas trees. I couldn't help feeling a bit excited! I've decided to get myself a small tree this year, for my room. It might not have the same scent as a large tree, but it would still look lovely and if I get one of the ones that are planted in a pot, I could then move it out on the balcony after Christmas. I'll have to keep an eye out for some nice fairy lights ...

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend, whether it's sunny or not!


Friday, 28 November 2014

DAY 97 & 98: A Happy Birthday Round 2


How are you?

I felt royally spoiled on Tuesday when I received so many lovely birthday presents and cards and good wishes, and yesterday it only continued when my friend and I had our joint birthday drinks at a local pub! A huge thank you to everyone who ventured out into the darkness and spent the evening with us, it meant a lot.
I adore my new bookmark, and I want it to get cold so I can wear my new fuzzy mittens. I call them my Ewok-mittens! My dad also sent me a whole selection of chocolates (and some xylitol gum for after) which I'll try to eat in small dozes. (Yeah, right!) 
I now feel thoroughly celebrated and I've received so many pep-talks about getting older, from people on both sides of the 30 mark, that I'm pretty keen to see what it's all about. My bookmark-making friend told me about an 80-year-old actress she'd worked with who never celebrates her birthdays, she doesn't care about age, and who is still energetic as anything. That is something I want to strive for! 

I had so much fun that I think there's enough for two days. :) Thank you again and have a lovely weekend!


Wednesday, 26 November 2014

DAY 96: Secret Agent Woman


It's days like this I feel like a double agent; office worker by day, word warrior by night. After work I shot off to meet the theatre company I'm collaborating with. We're in application mode and with a few chops and slices we managed to get everything we wanted to say down to the allowed amount of pages. After the meeting I then took the Madmobile home to edit a magazine column and a book chapter. (The first my own, the second not my own.)
You have to be ruthless. They should never see it coming. 
I think I've written about editing before, how it can be both a pain and a pleasure. Like most people I find it easier to edit bits of text that are not my own. I'm not overly attached to anything and I haven't become blind yet to all the small details. As soon as the text is my own the ego begins to protest. On a bad day it thinks everything I've written is absolutely brilliant and there shouldn't be any reason whatsoever to cut or change anything. On those days you just have to give your ego a good talking to and then be ruthless.

With two deadlines by the end of the week I'm hoping I'll get everything done on time. I'll just have to play it cool.

I'll have my diet coke shaken, not stirred. Please. Lemon? Sure. But no ice. (Do you have any straws? Ooh, mini umbrella!)


DAY 95: A Happy Birthday


Greetings from a happy 30-year-old. I had a lovely birthday, celebrating it with cookie baking and decorating in good company. I wanted to do something low key since the actual "party" is on Thursday when Lotta and I are having joint birthday drinks in a pub close by.  
Traditional and not so traditional cookie cutting.
 One of my friends congratulated me on Facebook and asked if I'd had my crisis yet. I don't think I'm having more of a crisis today than I had yesterday, even though your 30s do determine a lot. But I look forward to all the great things that might come along!
The concentration was fierce.
 I received some lovely cards and gifts and I was even presented with a surprise cake with candles and everything. Thirty years on I still get embarrassed when people sing happy birthday to me. But in a good way! I managed to blow out all 13 candles, one for every letter in Happy Birthday. (That's not unlucky is it?)
 I didn't remember to take photos of all the cookies so here's just a selection. These were some of the first ones we made so we hadn't quite gone crazy yet. My flatmate had bought some fab stuff for the decorating, she'd gone all out and it was great fun!
A massive thank you to everyone who made my birthday special, whether you could be here in person or sent me a kind wish. I look forward to seeing many of you in the upcoming year and celebrating your birthdays too!

Thanks again!

Monday, 24 November 2014

DAY 92, 93 & 94: Sitting in the dark


It's been quiet around here since Friday, I know. But I'll rectify that now by doing a weekend round up!

A friend was visiting London for the weekend. She's a great dance lover so I took her to Sadler's Wells Theatre for Triptych. I'm embarrassed to say I hadn't been before despite living close by. It was a great evening and I'm always amazed what the human body can do! It got extra exciting when the lights on stage suddenly went out and we all sat in complete darkness for a while. First we thought it was part of the show, but when the live orchestra stopped playing as well we realised something had gone wrong. The unpredictability of live entertainment! The audience shared a few worried glances before deciding it was all quite amusing and there was lots of clapping and cheering.
On Sunday I did another first. I ventured East to Stratford for some shopping. It was either that or Oxford Street and Oxford Street on a Sunday, in torrential rain, just seemed like the most miserable option ever, so I decided on Westfield instead. At least it was all indoors! I wasn't the only one who'd had the idea, but while the corridors were quite busy the shops weren't too bad. No queuing for the fitting rooms! 
Swedish dough - Close enough
Today I finally took the tube to Scandinavian Kitchen for the gingerbread dough. Birthday Baking tomorrow! I ended up with a few other things as well ... But like I told the shop assistant (in Swedish!), it was still cheaper than flying to Finland and getting the stuff there.

Right, time to enjoy the final hours of my twenties! I hope you had a great weekend! 


Friday, 21 November 2014

DAY 91: Oops I did it again

Ladies and Gentlemen!

Drum roll please ... Or not, that's fine too. Although it's been quite an exciting day for me because I received the final mark for my MA! I have officially graduated! (Except the graduation ceremony isn't until January.)

I achieved what I had set out to do so I'm pretty pleased. I was proud when I received my MA in Social Science at the University of Helsinki, mainly because it had been hard work and I'd done a large research project which resulted in my thesis, but this MA means even more  because it taught me the thing I really want to do. And having someone say "Hey, you're not half bad at this", is always highly appreciated.  
So, I guess I should stop introducing myself as a student now. Should I even get used to introducing myself as a writer? The thought!

I hope you've had a good day too and have a great weekend!

Thursday, 20 November 2014

DAY 90: The BBC thinks I'm ancient


Greetings from my sushi coma. Some good food and good company made it a very pleasant evening indeed. I might have had a bit too much green tea. Hopefully it won't make my current nocturnal tendencies worse.
Good but evil.
In other news, I was listening to BBC Radio 2's Non-Stop Oldies at the office and this song came on, Daniel Powter's "Bad Day".

My brain did a flip and went "Hang on!". That's not an old song. Definitely not old enough to be part of Non-Stop Oldies. For that segment I'm thinking Elvis, The Beach Boys, some Beatles and maybe a Barry White or two. Not the biggest hit of 2005! I refuse to think that my early 20s are now None-Stop Oldies material. I was still quite pleased though because I'd completely forgotten about the song and I suddenly remembered how much I liked it back in the day (me and the rest of the world). I'm not sure it has aged very well but it was still a nice bit of time travel. Who doesn't want to meet "The One" on a rainy day under a red umbrella? (And vandalise a piece of advertisement in the tube.)   

To be fair, it's not the BBC that picks the songs, people are allowed to send in their own playlists of oldies and then the BBC chooses a suitable list (so they do make a judgement call of sorts ...) Anywho, I didn't have a bad day and I hope you've enjoyed your day too!


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

DAY 89: A slightly less lethal lunch

I know, I've already written too many "Hurrah, lunch in the park!" entries, but come on! I'm Finnish. To me having a sandwich and a coffee in the sunshine, outdoors, in mid-November is pretty much a miracle.
No rabid penguins, just a few covert doves. 
Back home I'd be keeping one eye on my numb feet and the other on the rabid penguins watching from the shadows. It's hard to run from a penguin when you can't feel your feet and you have tomato and mozzarella, frozen solid, stuck halfway down your throat. (Okay, I should point out that there are no actual penguins in Finland (or polar bears for that matter). Way too many people still believe there are. No. Not even up North. We have normal bears. And wolves. Lots of flesh eating bunnies (they might not be flesh eating) and worst of all THE SEAGULLS. But you don't see them much in winter. Not the bears either, they normally sleep.) What I'm trying to say is, I really enjoy living in a country where I can sit down for an al fresco lunch without freezing to death or at least catching a urinary tract infection.

I could also tell you about the meeting I had this evening, but let's leave the shoptalk for another time. (My head has gone a bit too night time mushy by now, as you might have noticed.) I'm very happy to be involved though and excited to see where it might all lead!

I hope you've had a great day!

Monday, 17 November 2014

DAY 88: Sweet sweet art

Hurrah! Scandinavian Kitchen in London sells ready made gingerbread dough! There will be gingerbread cookie-baking/decorating this year as well! Why ready made dough you might ask? Well, ideally I would like to make my own but I have a nagging feeling I won't have time, and finding all the right spices in London is a pain. Previous years I've had to leave some out because I just couldn't buy them.
Last year's dough, which had already spent a year in the freezer ... Krhm. (Nobody died! Nobody got sick! ... I think.)
The fun part is decorating the cookies anyway. In Finland we would usually go for the traditional Nordic Christmas motifs but since my flatmates joined me here in London, we've gone off-piste a bit, as you might remember from 2013 and 2012. Lots of fun anyway!
Hopefully I'll be able to pick up a bottle of glögg as well (Nordic version of mulled wine which you can drink with or without alcohol). The risk of going to places like the Scandinavian Kitchen is that I get all food nostalgic and spend way too much money on things like Felix Smörgåsgurka. Oh well, it could be much much worse!

By the way, if S Club 7 was my office radio soundtrack on Friday, today it was all about Queen and "Don' stop me now".

Hope your week has started off well! (I'm definitely feeling better so the resting cure seem to have worked! Knock wood.)


Sunday, 16 November 2014

DAY 87: A break from the break


I had geared up for a meeting this afternoon and when that got postponed, I decided to take a break from all the resting and use my stored up energy (real or imaginary) to go out for a coffee and some window shopping. I want to find a birthday outfit (any "we're all born naked" jokes can be checked by the door, thank you) and did spot a couple of maybes. I just need to go back when I have the stamina to actually try something on. I might even pop out the heels! (Normally I'm very much a fan of "Sensible shoe day".)
How about these? I'm sure the museum in LA wouldn't mind lending them to me. I'm sure Judy Garland would have wanted me to have them. 
And what I wouldn't give for an outing in my running shoes. After two weeks of almost no decent exercise I fear my legs might be plotting mutiny. I just haven't had the time! (And running with a bug is never a good idea ...) Anywho, as you might have noticed there's not much to report today either but I did give you glitzy shoes. What's a Sunday without glitzy shoes?

Have a great evening!

Saturday, 15 November 2014

DAY 86: Milk + Herbal = True

Hello there,

Not much to report today, I'm just trying to rest and hopefully avoid a full-fledged cold. There's no time for that! It's moments like this when I really wouldn't mind some kind of house-elf that brings nice cups of tea and checks that the heating is on.
Oh well, there's an upside to making my own tea, I can put as much milk in it as I want! It doesn't matter if it's black, green, fruit or herbal, I enjoy a splash of milk in most kinds. I know, I'm weird. People give me "the look". But I don't care! I left the flat long enough to buy dinner and stash up on ginger and lemon tea. There is no cure for the cold, but a hot drink is always comforting and I think there's some Strictly on in an hour or two ...

And tomorrow I'll be up and running again as normal, right? Right?!

I hope you're having a great weekend!

Friday, 14 November 2014

DAY 85: Stars and Rainbows

Hello! How are you?

I'm battling an itchy throat and spending the evening at home. I'm quite happy though with a tidied room, clean sheets, fresh flowers and some "throwback" music.
The song first came on at the office and reminded me of those teenage years when I was still quite good at popular music. Sure, music snobs might crinkle their noses and have 99 reasons why it's not good enough, but today I couldn't care less because it makes me happy (and it's a great song for cleaning).

I hope you're also dancing, whether it's in a club or in your bedroom. Dance like everyone's watching and it doesn't bother you at all!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, 13 November 2014

DAY 84: Radio!

My office job can be a bit antisocial at times (in a shared office you don't want to disturb everyone else by constantly chatting) so I spend a fair amount of quality time with my headphones and the radio. BBC radio 2 has become my go to station for everyday live listening, their mix of talk and music suits me well and it keeps me in a good mood. Sometimes I feel like a duck on a pond, upper body all calm and professional while under the desk my feet are dancing.

Speaking of feet, it's lucky my office is a relaxed kind of space. I got dressed in a bit of a hurry this morning and didn't realise I'd picked the shoes I wore at last week's filming. Our holding area was rather muddy and I hadn't had time to give my shoes a good clean ...
Oh well, I think my shoes are the worst sufferers. They keep getting drenched and dirty whenever I'm out on "adventures" and somehow they still manage to pull through. A good old pair they are.

Have a good evening!

In my next decade ...

... I want to be three things. I want to be a kinder, braver and more generous person. I don't think I'm a bad person, but I do feel like I could do better.

It might sound weird, but I've begun to look at emotions and behaviour like muscles. If you don't exercise certain muscles enough, for whatever reasons, it might become difficult to use them. And if you exercise the wrong muscles too much, you might end up a little bit crooked.

I want to become better at listening to others and expressing myself, without fear. The good and the bad. Be more open and less defensive. I want to bring out the sides of me that I know are there but remain hidden because perhaps it feels safer that way, even when it has damaging effects in the long run.

We don't always get second chances the way we want them, and maybe that's a good thing, I don't know. But I do hope that past mistakes can help me in the future, whatever it brings. And I look forward to improving my posture.  

Right, time for bed, it's been a long and fruitful day. Sleep tight! (Unless you're somewhere in the world where you're just getting up and in that case, have a great day!)


Tuesday, 11 November 2014

DAY 82: Mamma Mia!

Hurrah! An evening free to cook! I'd been waiting to try my friend's recipe for vegetarian lasagne ever since I came back from Finland. I now have lunch for most of the week. Is there a limit to how much pasta you can eat before you automatically turn Italian? 
It's not very pretty. It's not for weight watchers. But you will at least enjoy yourself while your cholesterol shoots through the roof. Mmm, cheese.  (Who says vegetarian food is healthy?)
My friend had promised it would turn out good and luckily it did! Of course if it hadn't I wouldn't have blamed her recipe, but my varying cooking skills and my tendency to tweak any recipe I use. (And that frickin' onion made me cry proper tears this time! Like watching ET all over again. Twenty years on and I'm still not over it!)

Right, after this rather early dinner I'm going to do some reading and I'll see you tomorrow!


Ps. I'm not overly superstitious but when I looked at my office computer's clock today it said: 11:11, 11/11/2014. Sign or just random timing? ;)  

DAY 81: South Bank by Night

It's getting dark early now but that's okay because many of London's gems are just as great at night. The lights and the water makes the city sparkle. I spent a splendid evening at the Southbank Centre and mourned the fact that my camera and I can't do the world much justice.

It was pretty anyway. I hope you've had a great day!