Recent discoveries

This post is part of the Endless Blog Challenge.

Recent discoveries.

This could be done in a number of different ways; an obvious way would be to do it on a theme, say music. Or it could be something more abstract, such as something you’ve learned. Or, if you’re not a fan of the theme idea, you could just list a few things you’ve discovered lately. If you want to make it easy on yourself you could list for example:

a track:

(yes, sorry, I realize I just posted this as a separate post, but this post has been in drafts for a while…)
an author:

Yaa Gyasi who wrote this wonderful book:

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a food:

I had Vietnamese food for the first time, and it was delicious. Can’t wait to have it again.

an insta/twitter account:

I was going to go “naaah”, but you know what? I suggest following never2sure on instagram (and here on WordPress). Friend and soon-to-be ex-colleague Lina is going on an adventure with her BF beginning of May – starting point is Bogotá! (It’ll be in English and random posts in German, so if that doesn’t sell this to at least Lisa, I don’t know what will?)

leave-in conditioner – this shiny fellow, which works like a charm:

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Reading tag

The post is part of the Endless Blog Challenge.

Amy at Curiouser and curiouser did the Currently Reading Tag a while back. Let’s do that!

Questions:

How many books do you usually read at once?
2-5, I guess. 1 while commuting, 1 as e-book, 1 as audiobook, 1 on the nightstand table.

If you’re reading more than one book at a time, how do you decide when to switch books?
That depends on how interesting the book in question is, usually they’re separated by where they lie (see above), and that’s where it’ll be read.

Do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re partway through a book?
Nah, I don’t care about bookmarks. Usually it’s an old train ticket or something.

Where do you keep the book(s) you’re currently reading?
See point 1!

What time of day do you spend the most time reading?
While commuting, so 7-8 and 17-18 (ish).

How long do you typically read in one sitting?
Probably 30-40 minutes. 

Do you read hardbacks with the dust jacket on or off?
Off!

What position do you mainly use to read?
Sitting up. Reading while lying down makes me fall asleep.

Do you take the book you’re currently reading with you everywhere you go?
Only if it’s really, really good.

How often do you update your Goodreads progress on the book you’re currently reading?
Almost never. Only on long books to show myself that I’m actually making some sort of progress.

The zzZzz list

This post is part of the Endless Blog Challenge.

The zzZzz list

At what time do you go to bed?
Between 22 and 23 most days (including weekends, because I’m old and tired).

At what time do you wake up?
6:30 during the week, and between 8-9 in the weekend.

Are you a morning person?
I’m an “as long as I get enough sleep anything goes” kind of person.

What type of bed do you have?
Look, I am of the firm belief that something you should spend as much as you can afford on, is your bed. We have a rather expensive Swiss Sense bed and I love it.

What’s on your bedside table?
A wake-up light and this book I’m trying to read.

Which is the best song for falling asleep?
No, no, no. I require silence to sleep.

How do you sleep? Really?
What how? Good enough? On my side? I don’t get it.

What do you wear to bed?
That depends on the season – in winter, PJs, in summer, much less.

Bed hair?
Usually it puffs up a bit, but the advantage of long hair is that it’s still pretty manageable.

What do you do in the middle of the night?
Snore, apparently.

How do make your bedroom cozy?
I don’t, really. We have these metal blinders that makes it pitch black, and that’s all it takes.

What’s the weirdest place you’ve woken up?
There aren’t really any. I like to sleep in beds.

How do you make your bed?
I don’t. Waste of time!

What’s your best tip for a good night of sleep?
Don’t use a device with a screen just before sleeping. It really made a difference for me.

What do you do in bed before falling asleep?
Read. But not too much fantasy or action, cause then the story invades my dreams.

5 bands/artists

This post is part of the Endless Blog Challenge.

5 bands/artists that have been recommended to you. And that you actually like. Do mention who or what recommended!

Aah, this made me slightly nostalgic about people who used to be in my life but that aren’t anymore.

  • Let’s start off with a friendly neighbor (i.e. Norwegian). I used to work with one, and her (also Norwegian) friend recommended Sivert Høyem/Madrugada:
  • And then we’ll continue by tagging Lisa who came up with the Endless Blog Challenge; Dustin Kensrue. Lovely voice, and look, he even made a cover of my favorite Imogen Heep song:
  • When both friend L (*wave at L*) and big brother recommend the same artist, you know it’s something special:
  • My old (as in, several years ago – he was not that old) Paul promoted this Norwegian band, that turned into one of my absolute favorites (and best live bands):
  • Before I met my SO and moved to NL and all that, I also knew one of his friends (who then got a gf, moved out and was never heard of again). This was one of his recommendations, and while I think it starts off a bit slow, I still quite enjoy it:

5 x 5

This is part of the Endless Blog Challenge. Some topics I came up with 5, others – not so much.

5 lists about 5 things. I’ve borrowed this from a Swedish blog and translated it.

5 things I often say
“Did you Google it?” (cause my colleagues think I’m their tech support)
“Did you try turning it off and on again?” (cause my colleagues think I’m their tech support)
“Går det bra?” (“Is it going well?” – sarcastically, when something is obviously NOT going well. I’m nice like that)
“Men allvarligt” (“but seriously”. To myself, when I do something dumb)
“Oj oj oj” (to myself, when I am clumsy)

5 things I often think
“men var tyst” (“shut up” (but slightly nicer) to other people in the train)
“näääeee” (drawn out “no”)
“are they seriously asking me this?” (when talking to some people at work)
“get to the end of your fucking story” (when people have a question, but start with a 5 minute introduction for said question. i. don’t. care. get to the point.)
“sluta!” (basically whenever someone does something I don’t like)

5 things I dream about at night (I remember 3 things:)
Missing flights, nights before having to catch a flight
Storylines from books
That we’re moving
Losing teeth!
That I mess something up/forget something (important!) at work.

5 things I order abroad
Well I mean… abroad? From here? Cause then Sweden counts!
My favorite Swedish snacks. Although not so much order as just buy.
Proper cider (when in GB)
Nice beer (when in BE)
Flammkuchen (in DE)

5 things I wish would happen before the end of the year
I certainly hope we will sell our house well before that
That mom can come visit in the new house
Next book by Nnedi Okorafor?
A new Austen adaptation in the cinema would be nice, but I guess movies have a longer lead time than that.

4 things in my pantry

This post is part of the Endless Blog Challenge.

4 things in my pantry. Maybe you want to say a word or two about them? Such as what your plans are for them?

I love sourdough bread, but it’s not very common here. The last year I’ve been thinking I should start my own culture for it, but yeah. So when I was home for Christmas I found this, and promptly brought 2 back. Now I just gotta use them before they expire. Mom suggested that I could maybe use one as a start of my own culture?

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The range of peanut butter is growing here in NL, this is the latest one I’ve tried and it claims to be 100% peanuts:

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In some things I’m really Swedish. Like when I feel I really need some knäckebröd:

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Fair chain coffee (from here). Almost time to order more!

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