week 41 / my latest luxury problem

Food

Finnish brand Gold & Green is available in Dutch supermarket Albert Heijn now. So I immediately purchased pulled oats (b/c curious to try + support veggie alternatives). It was pretty good!

Music

As I’m old and don’t listen to the radio, I was COMPLETELY unaware of Billie Eilish until someone I followed on instagram asked something about her fashion choices (the answer was “we’re too old to understand that”), but now I’ve been listening to her, and I like it!

App

Trying a new workout tracker called Strong. No, I guess this will never stop as long as I continue to go to the gym. It’s pretty! We’ll see how long I like it – to be continued.

Workout/progress

Here’s my latest luxury problem: I am now a member of no less than 2 gyms. Yes. I know. It’s ridiculous, and wasn’t I happy with my new gym?
Yes, yes I am. AND YET. Fall/winter here in the nether lands (not sic, I did that on purpose) means rain, rain and a bit more rain. And none of that silly rain that falls straight down, against which you can use an umbrella. It’s also always windy. Even with my fancy new yellow rain poncho for biking, you get soaked (on the legs). And approximately 3 minutes walking from my house there’s a gym. One of those cheap chain-gyms that I usually avoid. Now I joined that one too. Total monthly gym expense is now 59 Euro (which is still cheaper than when I went to a fancy gym), and I figure it will increase the chances that I go during the rainy part of the year. Visited for the first time on Monday, and found my favorite corner with pretty Technogym Pure Strength machines:

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Excessive? You bet.

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Quarterly check up on that TBR pile (part 3)

They always say that accountability helps with achieving things, so here we go.

American War by Omar El Akkad
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Bortom Varje Rimligt Tvivel by Malin Persson Giolito
Bottenskrap by Jørn Lier Horst
The Culture Map by Erin Meyer
De Indische Romans by Helkla S. Haasse
Der Kleine Prinz by Antoine de Saint-Expery (German version)
En Officer & Spion by Robert Harris
The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer
Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett
Fjällfolk by Bernhard Nordh
Freja by Johanne Hildebrandt
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Grottmannen by Jørn Lier Horst
Himmel und Hölle by Alice Munro (German version of Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage)
I Marsfjällets skugga by Bernhard Nordh
Illiaden by Homer (Swedish version)
Independent People by Halldor Laxness
Jesus was Cesar by Francesco Carotta
Love and Friendship by Jane Austen
Matthildur by Roald Dahl (Icelandic version)
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
Odysseen by Homer (Swedish version)
On the Shortness of Life by Seneca
Paradise Reclaimed by Halldor Laxness
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Samlade Dikter by Edith Södergran
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
Snare by Lilja Sigurdardottir
The State of Africa by Martin Meredith
Stjärnklart by Lars Wilderäng
Unspeakble Things by Laurie Penny
Vinterstängt by Jørn Lier Horst
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom
Äta Kakan och ha den kvar by Kristin Emilsson
1793 by Niklas Natt och Dag

Det står ett rum här och väntar på dig by Ingrid Carlberg
A book with 3 stories by Selma Lagerlöf (can’t find it anywhere to link to)
Nederland. Een objectief zelfportret in 51 voorwerpen by Wim Brands

By month:

January – I got nothing.
February – I got 2 and felt like a fucking champion. (Freja & Snare).
March – Culture Map, Bortom varje rimligt tvivel, American War, Washington Black.

April – I marsfjällets skugga.
May – Äta kakan och ha den kvar & Unspeakable Things, abandoned 1793.
June – Stjärnklart.

July – nada.
August – Grottmannen, Bottenskrap & Vinterstängt.
September – Fjällfolk

September summary

The books

Bernhard Nordhs Fjällfolk
Jenny Colgan’s The Little Shop of Happy Ever After (Scottish Bookshop #1)
Kristin Emilssons In i minsta detalj
Johanna Mos Jag var tvungen att gå

The shows

Jessica Jones
The Orville (season 2)
Merlin
Disenchantment (season 2)

Wow, the Orville! While the first season was fine, this second one was really good.

The movies

Mute
13th Amendment
Dana Carvey: Straight White Male, 60
Katherine Ryan: In Trouble
Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room

Mute was meh (yes, OK, I watched it because Paul Rudd is in it and he’s adorkable). 13th Amendment was an eye-opening documentary. The great takeaway – Katherine Ryan! Man, she’s now in my top list of stand-ups. Watch her!

The workouts/progress

Well, the squats make me hate Stronglifts. I guess I will try something new?

week 38 / “glitter room” & gym progress

Music

Insta/Twitter/YouTube/Netflix

I watched Katherine Ryan’s “Glitter Room” special on Netflix and laughed out loud several times. That’s no small feat, I usually only laugh on the inside. Watch it!

Also watched Amy Schumer’s Netflix special and it was.. ok. I enjoyed the above one far more. (Look, I find Amy the funniest when she gets critical, rather than the Moran-style “don’t be scared of me” feminist approach, and she did that for a total of like 2-3 minutes. The rest was quite “meh”.)

Workout/progress

Yeah! I went to the gym! More than once! Also had to wait to use equipment (for the first time in the new gym). Apparently Wednesdays are chest days? I’m now dislike squats (only cause it’s getting heavy for me? Maybe), but quite like benching. I’m sure that’ll change soon enough though.

Also wore leggings to the gym for the first time ever (no, let me stress – I wore leggings in public for the first time ever. turns out it’s very uneventful).

week 37 /

Music

Listened to Mats Strandberg’s “Sommar” talk and was reminded of this excellent EP:

App

OK, so Stronglifts. I still like it (clean, nice looking design). But why does he want you to do squats EVERY SINGLE WORKOUT? My legs still hurt from the last one, then I have to do it again, just heavier? 😦 (and then bike home? ffs.)

Purchase

I have officially bought workout leggings. Now I just have to gather up the courage to wear them to the gym. (Thanks Fabletics for having plus sizes that not only look good on pictures, but also while wearing!)

 

Follow up – Summer Reading Challenge

In the beginning (well, first half) of June I said I’d do Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge. So how did it go? (Now that I was told “summer is over, it’s September”.)

These were the books I listed:

How did that go?

Children of Blood & Bone. I’m not sure if I just wasn’t in the right mood, but this didn’t thrill me the way Akata Witch did.
Overdue Life of Amy Byler. Well, I really liked this! Picked it based on the cover from a list that didn’t inspire me at all.
Svälten: Hungeråren som formade Sverige. Very interesting! I knew this had happened, but you know, mainly details? Well written.

And that was it. In total 3 books, and books I would not have read otherwise. I enjoyed them all, so despite not finishing the challenge with better stats, I’m happy about it.