Week 12 / briefly

Podcast/episode

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!)

Insta/Twitter/YouTube/Netflix

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:

 

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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?

BUT THEN. I SAW THIS:

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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

Food

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…

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Makeup/beauty

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?”.

Week 10 / when it rained the whole time

Reading list

‘It’s a man’s problem’: Patrick Stewart and the men fighting to end domestic violence

I don’t want to achieve anything on the weekend – I just want to watch TV

Insta/Twitter/YouTube/Netflix

OK, so now Jess was a jerk again in Gilmore Girls, but Luke kind of made him stop acting like a baby? I hope it’ll last… I’m not a fan of the “oh boo-hoo I’m so misunderstood” attitude. In anyone.

Also, this:

Recommendation

Went to see Captain Marvel yesterday (with modest expectations since the imdb rating was 6.8) and it was really, really good! Apparently the man-babies online are upset again, because the “original comic had a male protagonist!!!” In hindsight I know the proper reviewers rated it favorably. As an additional plus point, it passed the Bechdel test. One of very few superhero movies to do so.

February wrap-up (a.k.a “week 9”)

Can we just start with this song? I can’t say that I know the National at all, and having listened to the original afterwards, I still prefer this cover by my favorite Icelander:

The Books

Marion Zimmer-Bradley’s The mists of Avalon
Maria Langs Farligt att förtära
Karolina Ramqvists Den vita staden
Lilja Sigurðardóttir’s Snare
Jenny Colgan’s The cafe by the sea
Johanne Hildebrandts Freja
Malala Yousafzai’s I am Malala
A.J. Jacobs’ The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

They were all pretty good, I have to say. Looking back, I remember Snare (not necessarily the storyline, but the feeling the book gave me) and Freja. Meanwhile Jenny Colgan has become my most reliable read when it comes to chicklit.

Concerning Maria Lange though – I rather enjoy the books, but the mortality rate in them is close to Midsummer Murders numbers, and you as a reader wonder how this woman can be welcomed into any circles.

The Movies

Decoy Bride

Yep, rewatched it. David Tennant is in it, and they speak Scottish – what’s not to love?

The Shows

Orphan Black
Gilmore Girls
Derry Girls
The Good Place
House of Cards
Star Trek: Discovery

We finished Orphan Black! And yeah, it was pretty great. Very impressed by Tatiana Maslany’s portrayal of… dozens (?) of characters and still managing to make them feel genuine. Meanwhile, in Gilmore Girls, I’m completely on team Jess (sorry L! you were right all along) and Dean is a jerk. And Sonequa Martin-Green is the coolest main character in Star Trek that I’ve seen.