week 34 / imagine that this is a clever title

Food

While in Sweden I had pizza one day, and with it “pizzasallad”. It’s super common there, and is a “salad” made of cabbage with a dressing of oil and vinegar (plus spices). Some people don’t like it at all, but I love it. In the past, I’ve tried recreating it at home, but never with any particular success. Now, I’ve decided to try again, and to improve my odds, I’m trying two different approaches at the same time. A report will surely follow, but this is how one of them looked on Thursday morning:

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Podcast/episode

I’m slowly working my way through this year’s “Sommar” in Swedish Radio. The talk I enjoyed the most while listening (so far) was by Stina Wollter, but the one I’ve referred to afterwards was this one (link) by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson where she talked about insects.

Music

Personal

We went to friends outside of Utrecht for good food and board games. A good time was had by all.

Workout/progress

I went to the gym! It was the first time in a month, and I could feel that afterwards (like, biking home after doing those squats was not in any way pleasant). It was tough, but went OK, so pretty happy I even went.

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July summary

Ok, let’s pretend it’s 3 weeks ago, and then read this post.

The books

Jenny Colgan The cafe by the sea
Akwaeke Emezi Freshwater

Two measly books! (And the first one I’ve read before, but Lisa recommended the reader of the audio version, so I thought I’d give it a go, and made it through.) Slump month.

The shows

Designated Survivor
Big Bang Theory
Queer Eye
Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Quicksand (org. Störst av allt)

OK. For someone who likes to watch 1 show at the time, this seems like a mess, but it’s actually working out alright. Designated Survivor surely took an odd turn from season 1 to season 2, but I’m alright with it. It reminds me (a little bit!) of the West Wing now. The Big Bang Theory also picked up in the last season! I’ve actually laughed a few times now, which didn’t happen in the previous 2-3 seasons. Queer Eye is just nice to watch if you’ve had a crap day, or you know, read the news.
When I grew up we didn’t have the channels where Fresh Prince was on, but we were thrilled when we managed to catch an episode when visiting grand-mom. Now it’s on Netflix, so I want to see what I missed. And Quicksand is based on a book I really enjoyed. And the author’s dad highly recommended the adaptation. (Like, they didn’t ask him because he’s her dad, but he’s a famous author and criminilogist in Sweden, so it was a side-question during an interview.)

The movies

The Mask You Live in
Dark Phoenix

week 31, 32 & 33 / yes, I went awol for 2 weeks.

So, I was so fed up with work during the last few weeks. But I sucked it up and went “I just need a vacation, it’s been long.”. Well, now I’m back from vacation and guess what? I don’t want to go back to work tomorrow. Bah.

Also, did not work out a single time during my time off. I don’t feel bad about it, but I would have liked to – it just didn’t pan out. I also didn’t read at all, so you know.

Food

Have I had some of the most Swedish meals I know while staying with my brother? Yes, yes I have. Also, Dutchie imported surströmming since we went by car. No idea who he plans to eat that with.

Music

 

week 30 / this is the weather as I imagine it in hell

Food

What tied together the foods of this week was this: take-out. It was 30+ (celsius) here all week, with a peak of 38 degrees on Thursday. At those temperatures I’m busy just trying to be, and will definitely not cook. Most nights the winds turned in the evening, and everything cooled down with the sea breeze, but Thursday that didn’t happen – the winds came from inland, and at 11 pm it was still 33 degreees outside. I have sworn this: if we get a bonus at work next year, I’m buying an airco for the bedroom. I said that last year too, but then apparently convinced myself that we wouldn’t be getting 37 degree weeks anymore, that last year was just an anomaly. But I guess this is the normal now, so I’ll stop pretending it doesn’t happen.

Podcast/episode

I’ve started listening to a new podcast, that I found because they were commenting on someone elses post. Barnfrihet. It’s a pod all about people who don’t want to (and don’t) have kids. And all in Swedish.

Workout/progress

Due to the above rant about the weather, I also didn’t set foot in the gym this week. I’m not that stupid.

week 29 / please, vacation now. ktxh

I was going to do this post for last week, I really was. It just… never happened? I’ll share these new Instagram favorites I have instead.

Insta/Twitter/YouTube/Netflix

“Oh no, did I step on your fragile male ego? I really didn’t mean to but… Actually yes, yes I did. Completely intentional. Ass.”

“Not all men are rapists.
Some tell rape jokes.
Some protect rapists.
Some shame rape victims.
Some remain quiet.”

Also “Mansbebisar” (“man babies”), but that’s very text-based and all in Swedish.

week 27 / rant + workout

Personal

I’ve been in a bit of a funk the last week. I’d guess working out would help me, but when I’m like this, I really don’t want to go to the gym. Not energy level wise, but anxiety level wise. “I’ll do things wrong and will be corrected” (btw, wtf? that’s good right? they’re nice people, giving advise in a very friendly manner). “I’m fat and unfit and people will look at me” (uhmmm, no, no they won’t. and being fat is not a fucking crime.)

And then I realized what the problem this week was. As exemplified in these two images:

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(Although, to be fair, the second one is also me lots of other times.)
AND HOW DID WOMEN DEAL WITH THIS WHEN THEY DIDN’T HAVE APPS TELLING THEM IT WAS COMING? SERIOUSLY?

Workout/progress

I went to the new gym! I’ve officially restarted Stronglifts (through Daily Strength) since it matches my gym’s beginner’s plan. And I snapped a picture (with a lot of floor?) while waiting for the next bench press set:

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Can I also talk about how much I enjoy that they prioritize safety and really tell people that they SHOULD use those straps/bars when they lift?

week 26 / gym + work celebration

Music

Personal

This week was a big celebration at work, due to the American main company having been created 20 years ago. Friday they closed our office, and we had a whole day/evening/night of happening/party. Did I (together with 4 others) bail at 10:30 pm and head back to the hotel while others stayed out until 3 am? You bet your ass I did. At that point we’d already spent 12 hours in each others’ company, and they started playing loud music, which is a safe bet if you want to get rid of me.

Workout/progress

Tuesday I had the second introduction class, that covered deadlifts, military press, hip thrusts, lateral pulldown, pallof press, planking & pushing a fucking sled/prowler. Is it odd to say I quite enjoyed it? (Planking the least, but still didn’t hate it.) I’ve also gone ahead and cancelled the current gym subscription. Yay!