October blog challenge 2016 part 4 of 5

Bucket List
Nope. This is like that whole “seize the day” thing which I find BS.

Top 5 Songs Right Now

FM Belfast “You’re So Pretty”
Ólafur Arnalds “So Far”
swedish tiger sound “Odd Man Out”
Roo Panes “Tiger Striped Sky”
Elin Bell “Happy New Year”

You’re so pretty I don’t know if I should
Starve myself
Or change my personality
Make it good

Hairstyle Of The Day
Ponytail! Always. My hair is so thick that it gets too warm if it’s worn down.

Recent Purchases

A new electric toothbrush cause the old one doesn’t hold charge very well, and a stormproof foldable umbrella (from Senz) – cause Dutch winter is months of darkness, wind and rain.

Favorite Quote
Eh. I will go with this: there’s a  Swedish song called “Pessimistkonsulten”. It really appeals to my misanthropic northern Swedish self with lines like “there’s no point in dreaming, everything will go to hell anyway”. For some reason I find that encouraging.

“Det är lika bra att sluta drömma, det går åt helvete i alla fall
För om man drömmer om Paris hamnar man på något vis
lik förbannat i Hudiksvall”

Dream Job
My main skill is in organizing things, so if we should keep this realistic my dream job would be to work for a music festival (like my beloved Iceland Airwaves!)

Unrealistically I would love to be a writer, but I guess you have to actually produce text and have ideas for that?

A funny poem and a poor translation

Poetry is not something I consume a lot of. Since it’s so personal, I think you have to invest some time to find the poets/poems that speak to you, or it’s just a waste of time. I’ve raved about Warsan Shire before, and recently read salt., which was also wonderful. But apart from that… meh. I know I should give Emily Dickinson a try, but haven’t yet.

This past weekend I still ended up at a poetry recital. Someone I know was releasing new collections of their poems, and more people were reading. And one of them made me laugh! It’s the first time this happened, so I’m quite excited about it and wanted to share the poem. The problem is, it’s in Dutch. If you’re sensitive to poor translations I suggest you stop reading now, because I will attempt it here.


“DICHTERSRECEPT” by Fiet van Beek

Visit the library
in a medium sized town
a small one is also fine
ask for poetry
or look at eight-hundred something*
count the number of poetry collections
look for your own name.

Since you’re there anyway
walk on to the local bookstore
inquire if they have the book
that you wrote
and where the poems are.

Repeat this as many times
as there are bookstores
in that place.

Go home
write a poem
about under-appreciated talent;
those are the best.

* I assumed this concerns library classification numbering, but I’m not entirely sure…

October blog challenge 2016 part 3 of 5

I’ll pretend I had better things to do this weekend (got my hair dyed and went to a poetry recital in Amsterdam…), and here’s part 3 of the blog challenge.

Tips For A New Blogger
Clearly I’m not qualified to do this, but I’d say write about something that interests you and don’t go crazy with the colors on your website. Ugly coloring and hard to read fonts can make me abandon blogs I used to enjoy.

Who’s In Your Playlist
Who isn’t?! Well. These are the last two songs added to “my songs” in Spotify:

Things You’re Looking Forward To
Iceland Airwaves! T-minus 10 days now. And on Wednesday I’m going to Stockholm with work. I added a vacation day and get a long weekend there, which happens to coincide with a surprise birthday party for a friend.

Pet Peeves
I will unfriend you in all ways possible if you eat/chew and talk at the same time. Pick one. You’re not starving.

Also, one of my colleagues has a nervous tick that means he keeps clicking his pen while he’s on the phone. So I regularly have to go “Put. The. Pen. Away.” or it’s office assault waiting to happen.

People who talk in the silent cart in the train.

Yes! I have tattoos which will not be pictured. A nautical star on my upper arm and cherries on my collar bone. I want more but so much effort/money!

Wordless Wednesday
4th Nov 2015:


100 Day Song Challenge – #32

It’s time for a song “with a line you would tattoo on your body”. I don’t think I will ever do that, words just seem so fickle? But I’ll play along.

Aaaah. Of course my head goes straight to house god Annika Norlin. Like “Jag ska dansa fastän hjärtat brister” (“I’ll be dancing though my heart is breaking”),

“There is a war in all the heads and there’s a war in mine as well,
And if I could explain it any better, I’m sure I would”,

“I took a train that took me north
And it’s the place where trees speak louder than the people
But if I have to pick that’s what I’ll choose”

I know Lisa said she’s trying to avoid duplicates but I have no such limitations. This will not be the last you hear about/by Annika in this challenge.

Vacation recap

So! This won’t be too detailed cause no one wants to read that. Spent 8 nights on Curacao, and 7 days on the beach, reading. Tropical Storm (later hurricane) Matthew made an appearance, and we were lucky that Curacao is south of the hurricane belt and all that happened was that it rained for like an hour and then it was clouded the rest of the trip. Not too bad!


Left the resort at exactly 1 point – for a walk into the city of Willemstad to see the colorful houses:

So that was my first beach vacation, but it sure won’t be the last! I quite enjoyed being extremely lazy and getting lots of reading done.

October blog challenge 2016 part 2 of 5

In the spirit of “better late than never” I give you part 2 of the October blog challenge.

A Day in the Life
This would then be an average work day. I do occasionally do stuff outside the house, but usually not (if I can help it).

6.02 – Alarm goes off. Most likely I will not get up for another 20 minutes. ❤ snooze.
7(ish) am – Leaving the house and headed towards the train station.
7-8(ish) – Commuting! Oh the joy.
8-12.30 – Work interspersed with coffee rounds and possibly a walk around the building.
12.30-13 – Lunch! Quick bite followed by a 10 minute walk.
13-17 – Work! And this is how my work days tend to end – having drunk too little water and way too much coffee.
17-18.20 – Commuting again.
18.30 – Cooking dinner (or shopping, depends on who gets home first)
19 – Dinner!
Rest of evening – Reading/browsing/watching TV or a movie.
Usually between 22 and 23 – Sleep time.

Top 5 Movies
1) Hot Fuzz
2) Singin’ in the Rain
3) District 9
4) V for Vendetta
5) Pitch Perfect

(Er? I guess I like either dystopia or people dancing and singing. Enlightening.)

5 Things You’ve Learnt This Year
1) I’ve learnt quite a bit about Dangerous Goods regulations, which I find extremely interesting but seems to bore pretty much everyone outside our “DG Team” at work.
2) Sometimes it doesn’t matter how hard you try.
3) Lots of historical things. Like about Lewis & Clarke and what assholes all settlers were.
4) Surprisingly many people in my life believe in ghosts. What’s that about?
5) It’s really worth a lot of my money to have someone else color my hair.

Make Up Of The Day
…my daily “make up” consists of lipgloss. So I guess this is it:


Weekend Highlights
Oh, I actually spent Friday evening + Saturday morning with female friends and it was pretty great. I even managed to monitor my alcohol intake and be decent = tipsy with no hangover. The others did not (and they are older so they should know better!) Got to try Raclette for the first time and it’s delicious. Mmm, melted cheese.

Top 5 Beauty Products
Nou! As the Dutch say. I will interpret this to concern anything I use on any part of my body. “Beauty”, hrmph.
1) Handy Gurugu hand cream. Wouldn’t survive work without it. Works wonders on my hands and I love the smell.
2) Hair serum. This is one of those small everyday revelations I wish someone would have told me about sooner. Thanks to my hairdresser at least I’m in on it now…
3) Pink Peppermint foot lotion. I ❤ Lush.
4) Night lenses! So these are lenses that reshape your cornea while you sleep. Staring at a screen all day in an air conditioned room is not great for your eyes, especially when you wear lenses. No longer a problem. And I can swim and stuff without worries.
5) Tangle Teezer. The hairbrush that means I don’t have to fight my hair anymore.

Places You Want To Travel
This is a combat between my environmental conscience and pure greed I guess. There are more exotic places I would like to go to, but instead I will go with this: it would be fantastic to go on a road trip through Europe. So much historical places and events to visit/relive. So many castles! Such pretty nature. Let’s keep it local 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday

It’s Tuesday and time for another  The Broke and the Bookish TTT!

October 18: Ten Characters I’d Name A Child/Dog/Cat/Car/Etc. After — we did this topic back in 2011 and thought it might be fun to revisit it…feel free to spin it how you need!

Back in the days when I lived at home (this is almost half a life ago… !!) we didn’t have that many TV channels to choose from. That’s what happens when you grow up on the countryside of Sweden (as in, when I was little we had 2 channels – both state-run). This is also the reason I liked Star Trek; it was one of the few things that wasn’t too stuffy. This is also how I and my younger brother learned to love The Man From U.N.C.L.E. And now we’re talking original, 60’s show.


And so with that super long introduction I give you my first two fictional character turned cat names:

  1. Napoleon Solo
  2. Ilya Kuryakin (alternatively two cats: 1) Ilya and 2) Kuryakin)
  3. Hiro (from here.)
  4. YT. See, this is my favorite character from Snow Crash, but I’m afraid I’ll never use it out of fear people will think I say “whitey” (as happens to YT in the book…)
  5. Tekla. From another Stephenson book that I just finished – Seveneves.

And… I think I’ll leave this week’s list a top 5, since this is all I could come up with. What are yours?

Top Ten Tuesday

It’s Tuesday and time for another  The Broke and the Bookish TTT!

October 11:  All About Books You Read Because of Recommendation — Ten Books I’ve Read Because Of Another  Blogger (Or Book Person) or Ten Books I Read On Recommendation From People Outside Of This Community or you could talk about recommendations of books you read from other sources — a magazine, a podcast, a “because you read this” algorithm.

Woah, this is tricky! I’m very careful about reading recommended books, because people in my vicinity try to just push books on me that they enjoyed, without at all asking what kind of books I like. This is not the recipe for success. So I will try to just come up with books that were recommended to me which I actually liked. Not sure that will end up with even 10, but we shall see.

  1. I’m sorry, but this is a repeat. Can’t avoid it. Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves. It’s been years since I read it, and I still think about every few months.
  2. Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones. When talking books with one of the sales managers at my old job (as you do), she recommended this one. I honestly don’t remember any details from it, but I enjoyed it and they built a cathedral!
  3. George RR Martin’s A Game of Thrones. I tried to watch the show first, but the first episode was so slow it was just not possible. A friend then said I should give the books a try, since they gave a better background etc.
  4. My friend Vicky was talking about Haruki Murakami, but 1Q84 was too daunting for me, so I went with this instead – Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.
  5. The person I live with loves this book, and made me read it before we even were a couple. Nowadays I count Neal Stephenson to my favorite authors. Snow Crash!
  6. I think John Green talked about this book in one of the vlogbrother videos, and made it sound nice. So I read it. And while it’s not one of my top reads ever, it was a nice read. Jennifer E. Smith’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.

Aaand, that was that. Those are the ones I can connect directly to a recommendation in my head. There are other books that I’ve read due to recommendations, but then it’s been form multiple sources and I can’t pinpoint who was/had the final straw.