Week 15 / (more) Gilmore Girls & lack of gym motivation



I’ve started reading Laurie Penny’s Unspeakable Things (that Lisa kindly gave me!) and so far it’s very good! She’s very angry, which I like.


I’m totally immersed in Gilmore Girls now (and yes, I shed a tear when Luke broke up with Lorelei. They’re back together now though.). I’m on season 6 now, so the rift is there and I don’t like it. And I think it was around here I stopped watching when it was on TV? Logan is quite charming in the beginning, not at all how I remembered him.


I’m a bit uninspired of going to the gym last week and this (sure, it’s only Monday now, but still!). Do I need a break? Wednesday I’m getting a new “plan”, so we’ll see if that helps. If not, I’m thinking a 2 week break + one of Styrkebyråns programs.


Quarterly check up on that TBR pile (part 1)

They always say that accountability helps with achieving things, so here we go.

American War by Omar El Akkad
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Bortom Varje Rimligt Tvivel by Malin Persson Giolito
Bottenskrap by Jørn Lier Horst
The Culture Map by Erin Meyer
De Indische Romans by Helkla S. Haasse
Der Kleine Prinz by Antoine de Saint-Expery (German version)
En Officer & Spion by Robert Harris
The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer
Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett
Fjällfolk by Bernhard Nordh
Freja by Johanne Hildebrandt
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Grottmannen by Jørn Lier Horst
Himmel und Hölle by Alice Munro (German version of Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage)
I Marsfjällets skugga by Bernhard Nordh
Illiaden by Homer (Swedish version)
Independent People by Halldor Laxness
Jesus was Cesar by Francesco Carotta
Love and Friendship by Jane Austen
Matthildur by Roald Dahl (Icelandic version)
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
Odysseen by Homer (Swedish version)
On the Shortness of Life by Seneca
Paradise Reclaimed by Halldor Laxness
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Samlade Dikter by Edith Södergran
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
Snare by Lilja Sigurdardottir
The State of Africa by Martin Meredith
Stjärnklart by Lars Wilderäng
Unspeakble Things by Laurie Penny
Vinterstängt by Jørn Lier Horst
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom
Äta Kakan och ha den kvar by Kristin Emilsson
1793 by Niklas Natt och Dag

Det står ett rum här och väntar på dig by Ingrid Carlberg
A book with 3 stories by Selma Lagerlöf (can’t find it anywhere to link to)
Nederland. Een objectief zelfportret in 51 voorwerpen by Wim Brands

By month:

January – I got nothing.
February – I got 2 and felt like a fucking champion. (Freja & Snare).
March – Culture Map, Bortom varje rimligt tvivel, American War, Washington Black.

Well, so far it’s gone better than I’d expected! I realize that 6 crossed of this very long list doesn’t make a HUGE difference, but it’s a difference nonetheless. Keep it up me!

March Summary

The books

Erin Meyer’s The Culture Map
Malin Persson Giolitos Bortom varje rimligt tvivel (Sophie Weber #2)
Maria Langs Inte flera mord!
Omar El Akkad’s  American War
Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black
Johanna Junekes Swedavien
Look at me read! Best ones were American War & Swedavien, although Washington Black was also a very nice read. (Not saying the others were bad, just less memorable.)

The movies

Isn’t it Romantic
The Dirt. Cause Lisa mentioned it in passing.
Behind the Curve

All 3 were worth seeing! First one with Rebel Wilson (and small cameo by Tom Ellis) and a Hemsworth brother. Movie about Motley Crue (I did read the book, but many years ago). And then the wildcard – a movie about flat-earthers. I would normally never have watched that, but Martin at work recommended it, so I did. And it was quite amusing.

The shows

House of Cards (final season)
Agents of SHIELD
Gilmore Girls
Turn Up Charlie
Wild, wild country

Ok, well now Jess left for California without even telling Rory, so I’m now on neutral grounds. The boys in this show are stupid, and Rory deserves better. I really enjoyed Champions as well, and Turn Up Charlie, but they got their own posts already, so enough with that. Wild, wild Country is a show I’ve watched only during warm-up at the gym (so we’re talking 5 minute increments here), and I finished it now, only 6 months later. My verdict? Meh.

Week 12 / briefly


Hahaha. If you understand Swedish, I really recommend you listen to this episode of “Språket” (“The language”). En kränkt (vit) man skriver in och klagar på att “blåögd” används nersättande och diskriminerande. Fantastiskt. (A – what I can only assume is a – white man writes in to complain about a Swedish synonym to naive – “blue eyed” – which he finds derogatory and discriminating.)

/blue eyed Swede (in all meanings of the word!)


Also, I binged most of Champions yesterday, and enjoyed it! Of course, by now I’ve read that there won’t be any more seasons, so that’s typical. But anyway:


Netflix knows me better than I do

So, 2 weeks ago, Netflix suggested “Isn’t it romantic” to me. And I laughed a little cause it was so spot on (Rebel Wilson! Romantic comedy with some attitude!). Then this last week, it suddenly suggested a show with this selling line:

“Charlie, a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor is given a final chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a manny to his famous best friend’s problem-child daughter.”

And I went: WTF Netflix? Did you completely lose it?



Idris Elba! AND. JJ Feild! (Look, you might not know him, but Lisa and I agree that he was very likable as the Darcy character in “Austenland“. And he was Henry Tilney in the 2007 version of “Northanger Abbey“. He’s totally adorkable.)

So I obviously watched it despite the whole DJ thing being a total turn-off for my interest levels. And it’s really cute! Plus, you get to see JJ talk about feminine hygiene products when his character’s daughter gets her first period on their daddy-daughter day out. I made a gif, cause I enjoyed it so much (first time, so we’ll see if it works…):

And Idris’ character’s aunt singing this song, celebrating that the girl got her period:

And this in a show made by men? I’m quite happy about it.

Week 11 / when it was super windy


Adventurous L was back in Europe to visit family/friends for a month, and we met up in Rotterdam to catch up. As long as I’ve known her she’s been talking about pho, so we went to her favorite place there and I’m sold. More Vietnamese food! Today she starts her journey back to Papua New Guinea, which will take 5 days…




I’ve stopped coloring my hair! While the main reason was that I didn’t feel like spending 2-3 hours at the hairdresser every 4-5 weeks, I’ve now turned it into a “let’s see how grey my hair actually is” and “no man I know goes through that, so why would I voluntarily do so?”.