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.
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.
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.
Axel Flovent released his new EP:
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:
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.
New songs from 2 of my favorite Icelanders! Axel’s is a single, but Ásgeir’s is a new album.
I got company! Louise is currently visiting, so I’m showing her Leiden.
Kid’s toys! Somehow I’ve managed to plan that next weekend we’ll go to Germany to visit friends there, and their youngest turns 1 on Thursday before we get there. The weekend after we’re visiting friends in Utrecht who have a 4 month old kid. Busy busy, and all the kids. I’ll be exhausted.
Do I remember week 4? Not really, no. Week 5 however, was partially spent in Lisbon, so we tried ALL THE FOOD (and many of the wines).
I’ve now been sick 3 times in 2020. This seems unreasonable to me, and is obviously impacting my workout (which is, so far, basically non-existing). Boo 😦
Can we also talk about the fact that work flew me in to Lisbon for one (1!) workshop? I find it completely ludicrous, but everyone tells me I should just enjoy it. So I did. Dutchie flew in with me, and we spent 3 days there before said workshop. Still one of my favorite cities!
I can’t even remember last week (4 that is, this was written in the past)? What did I do? Did I work out? At least week 5 was active, albeit not in the gym. 4 days of being a tourist in Lisbon means involuntary cardio (fucking hills). Totally worth it.
Also started/finished season 1 of the Umbrella Academy, and it’s not bad!
I went to the gym again! Didn’t really want to, and chose the worst day and time to start going back – first Monday after New Years, at 5 pm. Go me. Despite Lisa‘s recent promoting of a (seemingly very tough) routine, I went with the one she’d recommended when we met at Christmas – A Muscle Building Workout Routine. It’s the first time I’ve tried a 4-day split, and let’s say it was maybe a stupid choice for first week back? lol. Thursday, when I was supposed to do “upper body B”, I could barely walk and decided not to. So first week this was a 2-day work out. We’ll see how week 2 (irl week 3) goes!
As I’m trying Lucy’sStrongaholics, 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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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:
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”.)
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).
This week I spent 3 days in training, redoing my IATA dangerous goods regulations for work. The exam has to be passed every other year, and I nailed it again (95%, thanks for asking). It meant very long days out of town, and that I didn’t go to the gym.
Saturday we had friends over as they had agreed to try fermented herring with Dutchie. I had provided ALL sorts of disclaimers before, to make sure they knew what they got themselves into. After the first bite, the other woman in the company said “j’adore!” (not sarcastically), so that was somewhat surprising.
Fall is upon us, and I ordered a yellow rain poncho to eliminate one of the excuses I made for not going to the gym this week.
Nein! I was knackered and made up all kinds of excuses not to go. New week, new opportunities.
This post was written in the past, where I might have had a glass or two (too many) of wine. But I want to talk about Weeping Willows. Not the tree – the band.
I know I’ve mentioned Danny Saucedo in this blog before, and not Magnus Carlson, and it annoys me. I literally ONLY know Danny because of the Little Jinder cover he did and that Louise saw him in an airplane, while Magnus’ voice gives me goosebumps and his band make great songs with amazing lyrics. This must be corrected!
Back in my youth, there was a show on Swedish state TV (yes, we had 2 channels when I grew up. deal with it) about three brothers whose jobs it was to take care of a skiing slope (seriously, idk.. Pistvakt, click the link if you want details). I’d share a clip just to give you an idea of my cultural background, but it’s just ridiculously Swedish and I won’t do that to you. You’re welcome.
HOWEVER. There is a point coming up, I swear. The theme song of said show! Was by a band called Weeping Willows (I mean.. is? they still exist and make music). This:
I mean it. Goosebumps!
And with lyrics like:
Why must I be this kind of guy
Who never dares to look straight into your eyes
The truth would make you cry
So I’ll leave it up to you
I’ll treat you worse and worse ’til you’re forced to go
[When you are asleep]
So I’ve been trying Styrkelabbets app (yes, yet another fitness app.), and I like that it offers both recommended exercises and alternatives! If you’re like me and don’t want to spend an extra second waiting for gym equipment, this comes in quite handy. Still haven’t given up on Stronglifts though…