Project 2017 – Update #1

I have three goals for this year, and will be making monthly updates on them to keep reminding myself why/how. They 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
  • continue learning stuff.

So, how has the first month gone?


Eeeh. I was down and out one full week due to the flu, so it didn’t start off great. The cold (minus degrees!!) meant slippery bike paths, meant me not biking to the gym. And that’s the only way to get there. So no gym yet. (Obviously this is an excuse, it’s a chain of gyms and you can go to any of them. There’s one next to the train station where I work, and one next to the train station where I switch trains. If I REALLY had wanted to, I could’ve gone to either of those.)

The Ladies:

Börjar starkt! As we say. Going very well so far. Out of the 11 books I’ve read, 9 were written by women. Musically it’s about the same. Spotify suggests about half half to me, and my favorites are usually female.


The cartography course has begun, and had its first assignments to hand in. And… big bucket of nope. Look, I even enjoy books about maps, but this course (at Stockholm University) was just ridiculously boring.

Music Monday

Music Monday is initiated by Lauren!


Sometimes I like to state really obvious things, just cause they suddenly hit me like they were news. Today that is: there are so many incredibly talented female musicians.

I’ve been listening to this song quite a bit, and only realized just now that the singer is one of the sisters from Pascal Pinon (whom I’ve shared several times in the music challenge!). Love it.


Last night, when waiting for QI to start, I came across this (I’m not even gonna make something up, I wanted to hear blank space again). And… if this isn’t proof that she would’ve succeeded whatever type of music she chose to do, I don’t know what is.

It also makes me realize how much value we (? at least I) put into the kind of music artists perform. Cause honestly – if this had been Taylor’s song, and if she had done this kind of music, I’d have loved her from the start. Simple as that.

Feminist Friday

Lisa has requested that I dedicate an FF post to this question. Please note it was not written by her (her English is too good for that), but appeared in her social media feed:

What do you think of feminism? Do you think it has gone to extreme?

I mean, I can’t even read this question without sighing audibly.

As a start, the definition of feminism according to Merriam-Webster is:

  1. :  the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes

  2. :  organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests

So, short answer: no. We obviously haven’t reached the goals yet.

Long answer: I don’t even know where to start on this one, but I’ll try to filter out what’s relevant for the “discussion”. Due to the lack of social and political equality, men and women are obviously not being judged by the same standards. As soon as some (radical) feminists say the slightest thing against men, it’s all “ooooh, man-haters! it’s gone too far!”. Meanwhile women’s rights to their own bodies is something that’s in the hands of white cis-men and a man accused of several cases of sexual assault (this and this and this list) has been elected president.

These examples are from America, but this is obviously not only an American problem. Here’s a Swedish example which involves one of the links above and this lady (the post has been edited since the video I originally embedded has been removed from YouTube):

In 2015 Zara Larsson was scheduled to play at a festival (Bråvalla). In their marketing for the event, they highlighted (less well-known) men. When Zara commented on this (stating the fact that of the acts, she was by far most played on Spotify) as well as questioning the festival’s (lack of) gender perspective… the men on internet went berserk.

Let’s just recap this. She states facts: the festival is male dominated & she is the most played on Spotify of the acts they’re paying to play. And men go crazy. The response from men* included hate, rape threats, rape wishes, death threats, death wishes et cetera.

Just… no.

As long as such a large group of men can behave like this, I think feminism cannot possibly be “to extreme”. Bring it on sisters.


*sure, not all men. however an overwhelming majority of the comments and threats were made by men.


100 Day Song Challenge – #61

A song “you liked when you were younger”. Aah. Let’s go with the band I saw my first official concert with; Roxette. My 13th birthday present was to go with my mom’s colleague’s kid (André) to see them in Stockholm. Although my love for them wilted a bit, André and I are still in touch. I think this one of those bands I should laugh at having liked (in the spirit of guilty pleasures)? Hell no. And I have to say – again – how cool was/is she?! Damn.

100 Day Song Challenge – #60

This song needs this little story as an intro. I don’t curse a lot. My parents never really did, and Swedish curses are kind of mild (hell! shit! damned! devil!) compared to other languages. The worst curse I’d ever say is “helvetes jävla skit” (approx. “hell’s damned shit”, which is a for real Swedish curse), but then things must have gone very, very awry. In English the occasional “fuck” will slip in if I’m upset and want to emphasise something. But that’s it. The same goes for “bad words” of any kind.

So. Some lines of this song still makes me twitchy (“what? you sing that in front of people?”), but whatever. No guilty pleasures and shaming, right?

A song “you liked this time last year” will be Tami T’s “I Never Loved This Hard This Fast Before”.

Top Ten Tuesday

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

January 24:  FREEBIE — that super specific list you want to make?? All yours to tackle this week!

I thought I’d do one with favorite (touristy) cities. This will be Europe-heavy since that’s where I’ve seen most (have only ever been in Europe and North America).

  1. Reykjavík. To be fair, this is partially because it’s linked with Iceland Airwaves in my head. It’s a lovely little city!
  2. Lisbon. Oh, Lisbon. So pretty! And the food! And the wine! And friendly people (who speak English! Nothing to take for granted in southern Europe).
  3. New York. I mean.. yes. This should be self-explanatory.
  4. Zürich. I was just amazed. If you’re there in summer a boat tour on the lake should be mandatory.
  5. Helsinki. My last memory of Helsinki is from the summer I was there for a friend’s wedding. Cute city but just like with Stockholm I’d recommend going in summer.
  6. London. Obviously! The city we’d live in if money didn’t make a difference and Brexit wasn’t happening.
  7. Amsterdam. As much as the main streets of A’dam (as we call it) are horrible (packed with souvenir shops, “coffee” shops and tourists) the outer “rings” are lovely and the city is just so pretty.
  8. Florence. Ponte Vecchio & Uffizi! Amazing food, good wine and easy travelling distance to also see cities like San Gimignano, Pisa and Siena.
  9. Paris. My mom’s favorite city. First time I went I wasn’t a fan, but I’ve warmed up to it since and would even consider living a year or two there.
  10. Washington DC. The first city I ever visited in the USA. We had a great time, with lovely weather and even biked to mount Vernon in the sun on my birthday.

Music Monday



Music Monday is 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 I still want to learn to play an instrument, but the cost of a (digital) piano was just a bit high knowing how I tend to not follow through. So instead I impulsively bought a Ukulele. I figure 4 strings = easier than 6?

Goal: learning to play this version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Or anything from Eddie Vedder’s ukulele album.