May Summary

The Books

Patti Smith’s Just Kids
Meg Rosoff’s How I Live Now
Jenny Colgan’s The Endless Beach (Summer Seaside Kitchen #2)
Kristin Emilssons Äta kakan & ha den kvar
Laurie Penny’s Unspeakable things

The Movies

Avengers: Endgame
Annihilation
Rough Night
Nunnan (“The Nun” – Swedish documentary)

The Nun is a documentary I initially saw when it was released in 2007, and I was looking for it again a few years ago to see if it still holds up. The answer is… eh, kind of? It’s the story of how a relatively normal Swedish teenager from a catholic family decides to join a convent. Mind boggling to me.

The Shows

Gilmore Girls
Agents of SHIELD
Mästarnas Mästare
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj
Jack Whitehall: Travels with my father (S02)
Lucifer

Oh come on, Tom Ellis is just killing it as Lucifer.

The Workouts/progress

I’ve gone back to the gym! Now I just have to keep it up. Am currently doing Stronglifts at beginner level weights (and still, damn the muscle pain I keep having after the squats is just crazy).

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week 21 / first bbq of the year!

Food

We had the first bbq for the year this weekend! Went to the market and got fresh trout, that was cooked in aluminum foil with lemon and herbs. Possibly the healthiest bbq we’ve had in years?

Podcast/episode

Started listening to two Swedish podcasts that my younger brother recommended. Both from SR (Swedish state radio) – USA-podden & Så funkar det.

(Svensk fotnot: Vet inte hur jag känner inför Anders & Måns än, de var liksom inte “kända” när jag emigrerade. Lite flamsiga, men lite roliga också? Första avsnittet, som jag lyssnade på när jag cyklade till centrum handlade om varför en inte ska lita på holländare, så det skrattade jag faktiskt åt på riktigt.)

Personal

My baby bro bought a house! It’s 2 km from where we grew up (i.e. where he’s dreamt of living since moving out) and just the right size for him. So, so happy for him!

Reading list

There should be nothing wrong in waving Palestinian flags at Eurovision

Workout/progress

I went to the gym! Only once, but hey, it’s a start. I didn’t quite stick to plan (shocker), which was to being Styrkebyråns Bli en Beefcake (2 day split). Instead, I’d happened upon this app that looked neat called Stronglifts. The main pull for me was that it tells me what weight to start with. Cause look, I get the reasons for people NOT wanting to do that, but how do I have any idea then? So sure, this one starts with 20 kg (essentially, just the bar if you’re at a decent gym), but it then keeps adding as you do successful lifts. It also contains a calculator so you don’t have to think 😛

And, essentially, the workout is almost the same. It’s the same basic exercises, and almost the same assisting ones (haven’t touched those yet).

week 20 / when I didn’t go to the gym a single time

Book/story

I have a problem with giving up on books. It feels like when I start reading it, I make a commitment to finish! So I pat myself on the back as I did this:

1793

That book… It’s gotten raving reviews in Sweden and I hated it from the first chapter. Also, at like 25% through, part of the story is revealed, and then you know there’ll be frigging disgusting things happening in order to get to that point. I will have no part of reading that. At least I can say that I appreciated the murder victim not being a woman, for once. Gave it to little brother (“Here, I didn’t like it, you can have it”. He: “…thanks?”)

Reading list

We froze the salaries of 20 executives – and it improved the lives of 500 employees

Purchase

Was complaining about my VPN provider (HMA! (I’m not so excited about them I add the exclamation point, that’s their name)) to little brother, and he recommended Windscribe instead. Tried it and have now immediately paid for a full year. Works like a charm, plus has both the normal VPN plus an add-on for the browsers to give extra protection. Five stars!

Week 19 / so, so late

Insta/Twitter/YouTube/Netflix

I finished Gilmore Girls. Yes, also the new season. While I really liked most of  the new season, I’m quite bummed about the end? HOW COULD RORY AND LOGAN NOT END UP TOGETHER? I also think I’ll have to re-watch GG every 2 years or so, since I like comfort watching things (is that a thing/name?). I did read a thing about how it helps people with anxiety to watch things over again as it comforts/calms them. Hello anxiety, you and I will watch Gilmore Girls again! (I mean, not right now, but later.)

Personal

I flew back to Sweden for 4 days (yes, hello, I know the world will end due to environmental issues, but also I want to spend time with my mom, even if it is in the hospital as she’s getting treatments) and got to participate in both a surprise birthday party (brother’s gf turned 40!) and see my nephew play football in 1C degree weather.

Question

Rory and Logan… whyyyyyyy?

Workout/progress

Did exactly 1 workout, and it actually went very well. Really didn’t want to go (lazy, lazy), but did. Had muscle pains for several days, which I normally don’t at all.

Week 18 / Endgame! (& Gilmore Girls)

Insta/Twitter/YouTube/Netflix

Gilmore Girls! I’ve reached season 7 now, and man, Chris is a bit of an ass, isn’t he?

Personal

Went to see Avengers Endgame, and it did not disappoint! We even traveled to see it in a nice cinema (sorry, not sorry cinemas of Leiden. you suck).

Also went to meet up with a friend + family, and it was so nice. Extra points for a bilingual 2,5 year old with whom I had this conversation (retold in original language):

Kid: Ich bin ein Räuber!
Me: Är du en rövare?
Kid: Nein. Räuber!
Me: Ja, rövare.
Kid: Nein! Es heisst Räuber!!

Alright then.

April wrap-up

The Books:

Bernhard Nordhs I Marsfjällets skugga
Torgny Lindgrens Ormens väg på hälleberget
Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Grey
Lena Anderssons Utan personligt ansvar (Ester Nilsson #2)

Meh. Most memorable is the environment/nature in the first book, and the storyline of Dorian Grey. Still enjoy Lena Anderssson’s language though. (And only the first one was a physical book… that TBR pile is still staring at me.)

The Movies:

Someone Great

Basically, I’ll watch anything that has anyone from Pitch Perfect in it. In this case – Brittany Snow. The other two leading ladies were also very worth seeing!

The Shows:

Gilmore Girls (season 6 now!)
Black Mirror (yes, I’m slow)