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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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? ūüė¶ (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.

August wrap-up

The books

Lars Wilderängs Stjärnfall (Stjärnklart #2)
J√łrn Lier Horsts Grottmannen (William Wisting #9)
Lars Wilderängs Stjärndamm (Stjärnklart #3)
Sara Lövestams Som eld
J√łrn Lier Horsts Vinterst√§ngt
J√łrn Lier Horsts Bottenskrap
Sarah Morgan’s One Summer in Paris

Well, look at that! Apparently I just read in Swedish now? (The last book was also in Swedish, just used the English one when logging it.) At least I’m reading.

The shows

Quicksand (finished off)
Derry Girls – season 2!
Explained
Charité
The Big Bang Theory (finished!)
Jessica Jones
The Good Place (finished!)
The Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj

Can we talk about how fun Derry Girls is? I love them all, but especially sister Michael. I have already watched season 1 more than once, and am being really careful not to finish season 2 too soon.

Can we also talk about how horribly Big Bang Theory ended? For like a whole season, there was a recurring discussion between Leonard and Penny because he wanted kids and she not. Then in the last episode of the show she has suddenly just changed her mind? And it’s just explained like “before I didn’t, but now I do”? Is it that provocative that a women doesn’t want kids? Geez.

The movies

Falling Inn Love

It was a cute (Netflix produced) movie, but could they not have found a cuter male lead? Yes, sure, shallow comment, but I mean it.

The workouts/progress

So so. Obviously already told that I didn’t work out at all during vacation, but I have been a couple of times since we got back. Not yet back to normal schedule, but I’ll get there!

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.