2020 TBR (Q2 follow-up)

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
De Indische Romans by Helkla S. Haasse
Der Kleine Prinz by Antoine de Saint-Expery (German version)
En Officer & Spion by Robert Harris
Educated by Tara Westover

The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer
Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett
The Five: The untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold
The Fish Can Sing by Halldór Laxness
From the Mouth of the Whale by Sjón
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Himmel und Hölle by Alice Munro (German version of Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage)
Honeysuckle & Pain (The Familiar #3) by Mark Z. Danielewski
Humans – A Brief History of How We Fucked It All Up by Tom Phillips
Illiaden by Homer (Swedish version)
Independent People by Halldór Laxness
Ink (Skin Books #1) by Alice Broadway
Journey to Portugal by José Saramago
Jesus was Cesar by Francesco Carotta
Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Miracle
Love and Friendship by Jane Austen
Matthildur by Roald Dahl (Icelandic version)
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Normal People by Sally Rooney
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
Odysseen by Homer (Swedish version)
Omgiven av Idioter by Thomas Eriksson
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
On the Shortness of Life by Seneca
Paradise Reclaimed by Halldór Laxness
Persuasion by Jane Austen
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Revolution Song by Russell Shorto
Samlade Dikter by Edith Södergran
The Sealwoman’s Gift by Sally Magnusson
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
The State of Africa by Martin Meredith
The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3) by Neal Shusterman
Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

January: The Fish Can Sing
February: An Officer & Spy, Ink
March: On the Come Up

April: The Toll & Educated, The Sealwoman’s Gift, Normal People
May: Purple Hibiscus, Humans – a brief history of how we f*cked it all up
June: The Five (…), Let it Snow, The Oathbringer, Winter in Madrid

May wrap-up

Books

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus
Tom Phillips’ Humans: A Brief History of How We F**ked It All Up
Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Obviously not my best reading month, but also not the worst.

Shows

Stranger Things
Never Have I Ever
The Man in the High Castle
Sanditon
Normal People
James May: our man in Japan
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Really enjoyed Never Have I Ever and Mrs Maisel (and yes, it took me 2 full seasons to realize that the people behind Mrs Maisel are the same ones that created Gilmore Girls). Looking forward to season 4 of the show!

The other shows were also all good, but I have to say that Sidney Parker in Sanditon is a fucking jerk and I at no point did he win me back over on his side. (Also doesn’t help that the actor playing him make me cringe. He looks mean.)

Movies

None!

Workouts

Slowly but steady. Still doing Home Strength, but not very often (1-2 times a week). Better than nothing!

week 18-19-20 / where nothing happens

Look, I’m no really complaining. I’m an introvert from Norrland, I’ve been trained for this exact situation my whole life. But what are you supposed to write about on the blog when nothing happens?

We have started playing Gloomhaven again (with colleague/neighbor). And this weekend my in-laws visited as my partner turned 35. So that’s the most social interactions I’ve had in the last couple of months.

Podcast

Music

Insta/Twitter/YouTube/Netflix

Purchase

Tempted and hesitating at spending 500 Euro buying Dyson’s Airwrap. As a compromise I purchased the 50 Euro Philips , with the agreement with myself that if it works & I use it regularly, I can get the Airwrap for my birthday.

haargrej

Workout/progress

Last week marked a new thing, as Dutchie joined me in doing workouts from the Home Strength program. After first one: “my ass hurts” & “you’re strong!”.

week 16/17 /at a standstill

Insta/Twitter/YouTube/Netflix

My boss had watched Tiger King (like everyone else?) and was SUPER enthusiastic about it, saying I really should give it a try. So I did. I’m four episodes in when typing this and my opinion is “meh”. Didn’t finish it, and don’t care at all about these people. Did finish Downton Abbey, and that was nice. I kind of miss it already, it’s enough drama for the current situation.

App

I’m into Duolingo for now (as always, who knows how long it’ll last) to help me practice Japanese vocabulary.

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Workout/progress

Sooo. I actually did something these weeks! Started Lucy’s Home Strength program, and that was my first real exercise in a month. Go me?

week 14 & 15 / social distancing blog entry

Yeah, I realize we’re half-way through the next week by now, but seriously, what’s there to write about in these times? I work from home, we get food delivered. Everything’s closed except stores (where I don’t need to go, since we get deliveries). All I do is work, sleep, read and watch tv-shows? Not super exciting.

Podcast/episode

I’ve been listening to Morgonpasset (as previously mentioned) and P3 Historia. Gotta keep up my Swedish somehow…

Insta/Twitter/YouTube/Netflix

Purchase

Already the first week when they announced the restrictions they wanted people to adhere to, I ordered a desk from IKEA. I had been thinking about it before, that it’d be nice to have my own spot to work from home (the existing home office is Dutchie’s, and his desk is too high for me to comfortably use). So behold, the corner of our living room:

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The little sun is there to hide the company logo in work-gmail. So now we sit on a floor each when working from home, and that’s pretty nice. And yes, the second laptop is my personal one, for when I was typing this when work was quiet.

Workout/progress

I got nothing.

March Wrap-up

Books

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s The Thing Around Your Neck
Jenny Colgan’s Christmas at Little Beach Street… (Little Beach Street Bakery #3)
Angie Thomas’ On the Come Up
Johanna Mos Svarta änkan

Meh. The first book was not as good as her others. The one by Angie Thomas was not as good as The Hate U Give. The one by Johanna Mo was not as good as the previous ones. And the one by Jenny Colgan is the least nice in that series. So yeah.

Shows

Merlin
På Spåret
Bäst i Test
Star Trek: Picard
After Life
Jills Veranda
Downton Abbey
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Valhalla Murders
Unorthodox
Miranda
Agents of SHIELD
Mars

Yeah, this is social distancing while working from home (and having been sick). Favorites are Unorthodox and Miranda. (Although, to be fair, I’ve only watched 1 episode of After Life. I’m sure I’ll love it.)

Movies

The Post
Taylor Tomlinson: Quarter-Life Crisis
Life of the Party
Game Night
The Intern
MIB International
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Avengers: Infinity Wars
Avengers: Endgame
The Christmas Cottage
Where’d you go, Bernadette?
Downsizing
Mary Queen of Scots

Yep. Favorites: Game Night & (surprisingly) The Intern. Worst were Men in Black: International & The Christmas Cottage.

Workouts

I did some Gateway to Gains, and then the gyms closed and then I was sick. And that was March. Let’s hope April will be better.

week 12 & 13 / corona times

So. We have “most likely” (according to the doctor) both had Corona now. I’m starting to get back to normal, it’s just the energy levels that are lagging a bit behind at the moment. And I have revised my original “it’s just a flu” thoughts – this was much worse than the flu, and much worse than the swine flu (which we also had), and we were both completely healthy going into it.

I also want to be clear in that, despite thinking it was just a flu, I completely follow the rules and instructions set by the government. This is a very obedient Swede typing. In addition to this, my mom spent 10 years as part of the risk group (before passing away last November). I would never do anything to increase the danger for anyone in the risk groups.

On the upside – we’re (probably) done with that now! Yay. One less worry going forward.

Food

Lost all sense of smell and taste due to the above, so these have been the most boring 2 weeks in food I can remember. It’s starting to come back a little now, but it’s going slowly.

Podcast/episode

Have been trying to keep up with Morgonpasset. It’s not going super well since they broadcast 5 days a week, but I like most of them.

Music

Axel Flovent released his new EP:

App

Trying to keep up with Japanese classes after having been sick and missed 1 class (lucky! they cancelled the previous week, when I was also not doing well). Downloading all the apps:

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Purchase

Did I order dumbbells to make sure I can work out at home when I feel well again? Yep, you bet. I had the kettlebells already.

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week 11 / a mask & 2 workouts!

Mask

I used a mask! For the first time in I don’t even know how long. This little fella:

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Personal

So, at work they’re doing this initiative to try and lower sick rates. As part of this they have work-shops on eating healthier, mindfulness etc. After the last one, they suddenly sent this to the whole NL office:

“Starting today, there will be no more cookies available in the kitchen…..
Instead of the cookies we will provide vegetables on a daily basis as well as extra (season) fruits!”

😦

Dudes! Sometimes you just need a cookie in the afternoon.

Purchase

Did I follow Lisa’s recommendation and purchase both Clinique’s eyecream and the Ordinary’s niacinamide? Yes, of course I did!

Workout/progress

Soooo. I went to the gym on Tuesday, and did (a modified version of) Gateway to gains workout #2. Then on Sunday, I was hesitating – should I go to the gym? Holland was in partial lock-down already, and while I don’t have any symptoms, I obviously want to do my part in preventing risk-group people getting infected. So I did a kettlebell workout at home instead, and an hour later, the government instructed all gyms to close until (at least) 6th April. There you go. Now I’ve ordered som adjustable dumbbells so I can do some proper workouts at home while this is going on.

week 10 / tired, I’m so tired.

Music

When looking up Asgeir music videos on Youtube, it led me to this:

Which led me to this:

Obviously I will cheer for Iceland in the Eurovision.

Plans

One of my colleagues lives across the water from us. We’re talking less than 100 meters (a bit further by foot, as you have to walk around it). Quite recently, we realized that we share a love for board games, and she asked if we would maybe be interest in trying this super complicated board game they have. Of course we were! Now we’ve spent 3 evenings at their place (they have small children, we come over once they’re in bed) playing Gloomhaven. (AND it was on Sunday evenings, and we got home around 1:30 am, then up for work the next day. SO TIRED. Totally worth it.)

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Workout/progress

With some encouragement from Lisa, I actually went to the gym this week. Only once, but still! Progress 🙂 Going to try for twice next week.

February summary

Books

Halldór Laxness’ The Fish Can Sing
Brandon Sanderson Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archives #2)
Brandon Sanderson Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive #2.5)
Johanne Hildebrandt Idun (Sagan om Valhalla #2)
Robert Harris An Officer and a Spy
Alice Broadway Ink (Skin Books #1)
Jenny Colgan Det lilla bageriet på stranden (Little Beach Street Bakery #1)
Jenny Colgan Sommar i det lilla… (Little Beach Street Bakery #2)

Oh, wow. I had to double check if this was correct as it seems like so many books. But it is. 3 of them are re-reads, and 3 I may have read when having nothing to do at work. (Handy with Bookbeat on my phone…)
And Brandon Sanderson is my by far favorite fantasy author. It was a re-read of Words of Radiance, and it was still as great!

Shows

Nobody’s Looking
Fake or Fortune
Ragnarok
Merlin
Wisting
The Good Place
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
A Confession
Jills veranda

Ragnarok was great, and I’m really enjoying  the Marvelous Mrs Maisel so far. Turning Norwegian detective Wisting into a TV-show was done pretty nicely I think (as in, remained true enough to the books).

Movies

Cargo
Shaun of the Dead
Dolly Parton: Here I am
Now More Than Ever: the History of Chicago
Last Christmas

Cargo! I’d had it on my list for quite a while, after seeing a short film version of it. Martin Freeman is great as always, and it’s zombies without being too scary. Thumbs up!