Cancelled the Storytel subscription just before Christmas, thinking it would make me read more physical books. It did not. Restarted, but this time with Bookbeat because even though they don’t sync between book and audio book (who am I kidding, I don’t use the audio book function anyway), the design is superior. Have already finished 3 books there in February. Good for the reading, but it doesn’t make the TBR pile smaller.
My boss is on vacation. I understand that most people like this situation. I, however, quite like my boss, and was also asked to “keep an eye on the team” while he’s gone. This has only made me more certain than ever that I really don’t want to manage people. FFS. People suck. ESPECIALLY generation X*. As much as they like to make fun of millennials, as much they suck at fucking work ethics. Lazy sods.
This is also the main reason for not posting – work is very busy 😦
* “Generation X – Born 1965-1979″
We had a beet-risotto on Sunday. I was skeptical, and it wasn’t my choice, but boy was it delicious!
This week was the Swedish Championships in cross-country skiing. Not something I normally watch, but my mom sent the message “it’s in Sundsvall! if you tune in you can see fairy-tale like scenery”. So I did, and indeed it was. So much snow! Also, having grown up in Sweden, this is some weird comfort thing for me – having the TV on in the background in the weekend, showing skiing (cross-country or downhill). It almost brings me back to lazy Sundays spent at my grandparents.
The accents! ❤
You can thank L for that one. Her direct quote was: “Älskar humor där man måste ha läst classics vid Oxford för att hänga med!”
Soooo. I bought an acoustic guitar. First reaction when trying to play? “There are so many strings!” (Obvs. comparing to the ukulele.) And they hurt my fingers. We will see how this goes. Both my in-laws (who, to their sorrow, are very musical but got kids who aren’t interested at all) are super excited as well. No pressure.
As mentioned last week, I started listening to some new podcasts. I actually quite enjoy The Armchair Expert by Dax Shepard. So, the reason I even gave it a try (given that I mainly know him from Punk’d), is of course that he had his wonderful wife Kristen Bell as his first guess. And that every episode ends with a fact check section, where his friend/editor lets everyone know if he (or his guests) said something incorrect during the pod. Slightly annoyed that he at times get so eager that he interrupts his guests, but hoping this’ll get better eventually?
Went to two concerts this week. This is unheard of!
Monday we saw Snow Patrol in Ziggo Dome (Amsterdam), and it was SO NICE. I know their music a bit, but mainly the two albums from 2003/2006, and thought “sure” when Dutchie suggested going. I’ve rarely seen a band that look so happy to be where they are, and only Kaizer’s Orchestra charmed the audience more. Plus the Irish accent, I mean to my ears there isn’t any nicer accent when speaking English.
So, with that as a start of the week, it was a tough task for Icelanders Árstíðir to live up to this in Leiden on Sunday evening. I’m probably also much harder on them considering that I’ve seen them so many times (don’t know exact number, but two digit for sure, as they’re always playing Iceland Airwaves). And, yeah. The tour they’re on is for the new album, which I don’t like as much as the previous one, so I honestly found it a bit dull. The older stuff is great, and they played some songs from it.
All Snow Patrol.
Still watching Gilmore Girls (still season 2). And yep, Dean is turning into a jealous jerk as we speak. And Jess is getting more likable.
It seems I have kicked the worst of the FB/Insta “addiction” (light) thing. Re-installed the FB one 2 weeks ago after having befriended my brother’s “new” GF there. I check it maybe 3 times a week? That’s fine, so as long as it doesn’t get worse than that, it can stay. Insta stays away, cause that’s much nicer to check 😛
Bad food week. Prepared 2 lunches, which I then proceeded with not eating because I really didn’t want them.
Alltså. I listen less to podcasts now, and got rid of a whole bunch when I did my (unsuccessful) test of Spotify as podcast player. Now I removed I nöd och lyft (p.g.a. två poddar om att lyfta blev för mycket, så jag håller mig till Styrkebyrån), and added some other ones. I’ll report back if any are worth your time.
I’m reading Mists of Avalon! Last time was in 2000, so I remember virtually nothing. I’m about 400 pages in, and still liking it.
Gilmore Girls! I never did finish it in the past, so working on it now. I’m on season 2 and it’s just wonderful so far. Friend L initiated a discussion about Dean vs Jess when we were in Iceland, and so far… I’m torn. Rory’s obviously got more to talk to Jess about, but on the other hand he is also a bit of a twat. I think we can all agree on Dean being boring.
After all the Christmas food it was quite nice to get back into the habitual eating of lots of veggies (and no desserts!)
I’ve started my own sourdough, and have been watching videos on how to get your best sourdough breads. Standing in the way of this at the moment, is our crappy IKEA oven that only goes to 230 C, when most sourdough breads call for 250 C. What?
Bodyshop lured me in with their sale (got two hand creams for half off), but also bought this one, which was at full price:
Still going strong on the Christmas music!
While I haven’t immersed myself in the year summary from Spotify (yet), I’m listening to my most played songs of this year as we speak. It’s like a best-of curated by me, so obviously I find it amazingly good.
Still off the first two (and facebook). Did watch this (was lured in by Tom Hiddleston, stayed cause it’s absolutely lovely to hear people be so enthusiastic about literature) :
I watched two movies yesterday Sierra Burgess is a Loser & I’m Not an Easy Man. Both were good, and both have pretty crap ratings on imdb. What’s wrong with people?
Going to Amsterdam tonight to see Icelander Axel Flóvent perform. Looking forward to it! (Also, A’dam is 35 min away by train now. Just saying.)