The office has been closed this week since we can’t ship things out anyway, so I’ve been home wed-fri while my partner’s been at work. Apparently I’ve grown out of being able to do nothing all day, so besides slacking I’ve also done some useful things like clearing up my own mess. When cleaning I like to just gather my things and stuff them into cupboards where no one sees them. Alas, this only works for so long. One of the things I sorted out was my nail polish collection, which was previously organized (not) as such:
But now, my friends, now! It’s like… properly organized. Before laughing at how though, I’d like to point out that “alla sätt är bra utom de dåliga” (“all ways/means are good except the bad”). And that the title of this post is supposed to be a joke. Here’s what an old shoe box and duct tape can get you:
My niece and nephew really adhere to traditional gender roles. The boy wanted star wars lego and the girl lego friends (the dumbed-down version where you barely have to build) and nail polish. Oh, and what the girl wanted most in the whole world was a singing Elsa doll. She got it from her parents and spent hours proclaiming her love for the doll and singing along to Let it go. Bliss… At least she’s hilarious too, to make up for the girliness, and she’s bossy and he’s obedient.
Before the kids started daycare/school their interests were much more diverse, so I can only assume this comes from other kids and the teachers there. Which is a shame, cause how do we get away from it then?
I don’t really do new year’s resolutions, but do agree that a fresh new year feels like a good time to start with good intentions. For 2017 mine are:
- thinking of my health and start moving more. no numbers, explicit goals or deadlines, but simply that – move more, be kind to my body.
- favorize women! more female authors and artists (I challenge you Lisaanni! especially for the music part)
- continue learning stuff. my work is honestly in a rut and going nowhere, so I have to compensate by learning other things. first up? a uni course in cartography cause why not.
That’s it. There’ll be monthly reports on how I’m doing.
For today – how can I not have heard of Ida Maria until today?
It appears I took an 8 day break from the blog! Not even Music Monday or Feminist Friday made the cut. I’d apologize if I were sorry about it, but I’m sure everyone was too busy with their own Holidays to notice.
Due to my job’s inability to give a proper head’s up regarding when we’ll be closed or not, I managed to spend a whole 3 days with the family in Sweden and there wasn’t even any snow.
At least Santa found the kids this year again (although, on Christmas day the middle kid told me he thinks his grandfather was pretending to be Santa) and they had the prettiest tree my brother’s ever managed to find. All in all a lovely time was had.
A song “with a great keyboard solo” – that has to be by the guys in Árstíðir with “Nú gleymist ég”:
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3 things about me:
- I love to figure out how to fix/solve things on my work computer, but if people then ask me to also fix it for them, I’m annoyed to no end.
- My Dutch is decent and I understand everything, but at work I insist on speaking English anyway.
- I have celebrity crushes all the time.
Questions from Lise:
- How do you plan to spend the upcoming holidays?
– With the family in Sweden!
- What is your most embarrassing memory?
– Most recently I happily greeted someone cause they looked so familiar (in Reykjavík) before realizing it was a member of one of the bands I like. They were familiar cause I’ve seen all their videos.
- Is there one thing you have always wanted to do, but never dared to do it?
- If you had one million in your currency, would you be considered rich? And what would you do with your money?
– That’d be €, and not really? House prices are so crazy here that that’s pretty much what you’d pay for a stand-alone house. I would pay off mine and my siblings mortgages and take mom for a nice vacation somewhere warm. And buy a house in northern Sweden!
- What is something you cannot live without?
– All the modern facilities like hot (running) water & electricity. And books.
Questions for my nominees:
- What was your reading goal for 2016?
- Did you reach it?
- Do you enjoy what you do for a living?
- If you were to recommend 2 books for me to read in 2017, what would they be?
- What’s the best thing with the place you live?
Anyone who’s up for it! Give it a go 🙂
Monday morning is not my most enthusiastic time of the week. To cheer it up a bit I’m joining Music Monday! It’s initiated by Lauren;
Every Monday share one or two of songs you’ve been enjoying lately. It doesn’t have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites – just something you’d like to share with others. If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).
So now Musikhjälpen is over and this will probably be my last mentioning of it this year! It was on in the background most of the weekend, and they had some great guests. None were of course as good as this:
And I’ll throw in a Christmas song since it’s that time:
For a song “with a great drum solo” I could just repeat my rant on guitar solos. Except drum solos are infinitely more cooler and rarer! To be honest I don’t listen much to music with drum solos either though, but this is close(ish)?
Last Friday, after having posted my first Feminist Friday post, I watched the Graham Norton Show. And it was their most feminist episode ever! (Eh, to my knowledge at least.)
Season 20, episode 10. It’s available illegally on youtube (link, which might disappear at any point) if you don’t have BBC. I realize it’s 40 minutes and you might not want to watch all that, then just jump ahead to 10:50 when they start talking about the redundancy of traditional masculinity. And Sandi Toksvig is in it and she’s just awesome.
And for anyone who’s lived in a cave and go “not all men”; watch this video, then read the comments.
And that video makes me think of this comic by Lina Neidestam:
(“Thanks but no thanks.”, “No.”, “But understand that I don’t want to talk, dance or sleep with you, respect a fucking no!”, “”I have a boyfriend.””, “My sincere apologies, miss!”)
A song “with a great guitar solo”. Eh. Guitar solos are so passé! And I’d have no idea what constitutes a great one.
As it is I don’t really listen to very guitar heavy music (I think?). Instead I give you this oldie but goodie:
Yeah, it’s time to gush! And it’s about a book again. When I ordered salt. from Amazon, they suggested that I might also like this book:
And since I already mentioned the gushing that is about to happen, you will know that they were right. The book consists of short poems – most are just a few lines. This format really appeals to me since I find it much more accessible. And it’s feminist!
I can imagine that the world would be a better place if everyone thought this way before reproducing – “marry the type of man i’d want to raise my son to be like”. Just replace man with person and son with child.
You’re not supposed to start sentences with “I” if you want to write well… or so they say. But look at this:
Ah, these women and their poetry – loving it! (And you don’t have to be a pretentious high culture snob to be able to read it!)