100 Day Song Challenge – #92

A song “cover better than the original”. So many choices!! I listen quite a bit to covers. There’s just something about another artist interpreting a song and giving it a different meaning that appeals to me.

That being said… I picked a punkish cover of an r’n’b song. So not so much feelings, but it has ukulele in it! It’s Me First & The Gimme Gimmes I Believe I Can Fly:

Also performed live here, but they’re talking and stuff before, so skip to 2:45:

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Project 2017 – Update #6 (Q2/H1)

What? We’re almost half-way through July you say? Oh well…*

I have three goals for this year, and will be making monthly updates on them. 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 month four gone?

Health: Look. I had vacation, in my home land. And my mom is of the kind that encourages people to keep eating until there’s nothing left. Soooo…. (I didn’t eat any of my favorite snacks though! So gold star for that. Oh, my dear ostkrokar….)

The Ladies: To be honest – not great. I read too much by men this month, it’s screwing up my percentages (72% women atm)… I will fix it!!

Learning: Meh.

*When I was little, it amazed me when adults went “time goes so fast”. I was all “wtf? no it doesn’t!!!”, with the arrogance of a child. NOW THOUGH. God. Yeah, I’m one of the oldies. Where’s the time going?? Half the year is already over!

Vegan Paella

A few weeks ago we had this dish – Vegetarian paella (through our weekly food box). I’d sooner call it risotto than paella but fine. While we eat vegetarian around 3 days a week, my partner is usually ok with the food, but not super enthusiastic. Until we had this. He couldn’t stop saying how nice it was. And I agree. Turns out, when you read the recipe, it can as well be vegan (just don’t use butter and check the stock cubes), so all the better.

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4 servings:
4 garlic cloves
1 onion
400 gr mushrooms
2 bell peppers (they used green)
1 can of kidney beans
40 gr pumpkin seeds (if you find pre-roasted ones you save a step)
300 gr risotto rice
4 tsp paprika powder
2 tsp turmeric
70 gr tomato puree
1 lemon
60 gr black olives
8 dl vegetable stock
2 tbsp oil (or butter..)
parsley
Then you prepare it like you would a risotto (which… you really should know how to).
Save the lemon, olives and half of the chopped up parsley for the end.
Roast the pumpkin seeds in a pan and use as garnish.

Top Ten Tuesday

So I realize that TTT is now on a summer break, but since the one from last week is one I’d actually not mind doing, I shall do it now! (Also – Hello! I’m back! It wasn’t a break, I just went on vacation without telling (again). I also ran into Lisa‘s brother for the first time in… idk, 15 years?)

Last week’s topic for TTT was: Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 So Far. It turned into a top 9, which is close enough! Two of the books have links to amazon rather than good reads – that’s cause their English versions were only available there (books 2 & 8).

  1. Siri Pettersen’s troll-trilogy (Korpringarna in Swedish, Ravneringerne in Norwegian). I re-read parts 1 and 2 to get in the mood for the final part. Oh man. How are they still not translated into English?
  2. Bea Uusma’s The Expedition. I never thought a book about a polar expedition would intrigue me. I was wrong. Now I’m trying to get more people to read it. Do it!
  3. Goldy Moldavsky’s Kill the Boy Band. Girl friends who bond over a boy band.
  4. Malorie Blackman’s Noughts & Crosses. Apartheid the other way around. Very good read.
  5. Angela S. Choi’s Hello Kitty Must Die. It involves a serial killer, but not in a scary way.
  6. Elena Ferrante My Brilliant Friend.
  7. Val McDermid’s The Vanishing Point. Ah Val, my favorite thriller writer.
  8. Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s Everything I Don’t Know.
  9. Brandon Sanderson’s Words of Radiance. Part two in a series. Fantasy and a bit of a brick.

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