week 1 / not so new or shiny

Food

Aah, I never appreciate our normal meals as much as just after Christmas when you’ve had Christmas food every day for close to a week.

Podcast/episode

I’m a bit bored of all of my podcasts (except the 2 that only release once a month). Any recommendations are very welcome. My requirements are: they should not release more than once a week, and the episodes should not be longer than an hour.

Music

Insta/Twitter/YouTube/Netflix

tenor

I had saved half of season 2 of Derry Girls because I like it so much and did not want it to end. But now I’ve seen it, and my love for it is even stronger. Especially sister Michael.

Workout/progress

I have yet to set foot in the gym again. Last time was end of October.

Year-end update on the TBR pile

They always say that accountability helps with achieving things, so here we go. I set out 2019 with trying to reduce my TBR pile. My year end verdict is “eeeh”. Could’ve been better, could’ve been worse.

American War by Omar El Akkad
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Bortom Varje Rimligt Tvivel by Malin Persson Giolito
Bottenskrap by Jørn Lier Horst
The Culture Map by Erin Meyer
De Indische Romans by Helkla S. Haasse
Der Kleine Prinz by Antoine de Saint-Expery (German version)
En Officer & Spion by Robert Harris
The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer
Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett
Fjällfolk by Bernhard Nordh
Freja by Johanne Hildebrandt
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Grottmannen by Jørn Lier Horst
Himmel und Hölle by Alice Munro (German version of Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage)
I Marsfjällets skugga by Bernhard Nordh
Illiaden by Homer (Swedish version)
Independent People by Halldor Laxness
Jesus was Cesar by Francesco Carotta
Love and Friendship by Jane Austen
Matthildur by Roald Dahl (Icelandic version)
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
Odysseen by Homer (Swedish version)
On the Shortness of Life by Seneca
Paradise Reclaimed by Halldor Laxness
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Samlade Dikter by Edith Södergran
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
Snare by Lilja Sigurdardottir
The State of Africa by Martin Meredith
Stjärnklart by Lars Wilderäng
Unspeakble Things by Laurie Penny
Vinterstängt by Jørn Lier Horst
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom
Äta Kakan och ha den kvar by Kristin Emilsson
1793 by Niklas Natt och Dag

Det står ett rum här och väntar på dig by Ingrid Carlberg
A book with 3 stories by Selma Lagerlöf (can’t find it anywhere to link to)
Nederland. Een objectief zelfportret in 51 voorwerpen by Wim Brands

By month:

January – I got nothing.
February – I got 2 and felt like a fucking champion. (Freja & Snare).
March – Culture Map, Bortom varje rimligt tvivel, American War, Washington Black.

April – I marsfjällets skugga.
May – Äta kakan och ha den kvar & Unspeakable Things, abandoned 1793.
June – Stjärnklart.

July – nada.
August – Grottmannen, Bottenskrap & Vinterstängt.
September – Fjällfolk

All in all:

This actually did help me. Not in that I felt forced to read these books, but it served as a constant reminder that they were there, and that I (at some point) had wanted to read them. I’m still reading a few of the books in the list, but haven’t managed to finish them yet (like Gone with the Wind…)

week 43 +44 / Strongaholics

Food

As I’m trying Lucy’s Strongaholics, I’ve been tracking my food. Apart from the mind-boggling “there is no bad food”, turns out I’m not eating enough protein. Also, how will I manage when I’m spending a week in Iceland? Time will tell.

Music

Insta/Twitter/YouTube/Netflix

Plans

Tuesday (I guess today? I’m scheduling this for Tuesday to not have multiple posts in one day) I’m going to Iceland with Louise! It’s time for our yearly catch-up called Iceland Airwaves. Can’t wait.

October wrap-up

The books

Kristin Emilssons Den som väntar
Bernhard Nordhs Undan frostpiskan

Meh. I don’t even have an excuse – I spent a week reading on the beach and all. I just don’t feel like it?

The shows

The Orville
Jessica Jones (finished!)

The movies

Wine Country
Jem & the Holograms
Step Sisters
Dumplin’
Whitney Cummings: Can I touch it?
Iron Man
Iron Man 2

Can we talk about how cute Dumplin’ was? And how it’s the best role I’ve seen Jennifer Aniston in? And how the fat girl got the cute guy (not the other way around)? The main character is Danielle Macdonald, who was also the lead in Patticake$, which I quite enjoyed as well. We have Disney+ for free until November, so obviously had to re-watch some Marvel stuff.

The workouts/progress

Also this was nothing spectacular, but I did go twice a week, every week (except the first when I was lying on the beach).

 

week 42 / a week in Sweden

Personal

This is the view from my brother’s kitchen window. I am envious and happy for him at the same time:

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Workout/progress

As I spent the week at my brother’s, I asked if Lisa was up for working out together, and she was! She does so many exercises and repetitions guys 😛 It was fun though, and the thing that made me feel that I was (am? I’m still in Sweden while typing this) back in Sweden was the fact that you have to take your shoes off when entering the building:

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It’s like kindergarten all over again 😛

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.