the times (well, the gym) are changing

As you may or may not know, we moved to a different city in May. The first 6 or so weeks, we were busy every weekend and did not prioritize going to the gym.* And then we were lazy. Three weeks ago was the first time my partner went to the gym, and yeah. We’re going to switch. The old gym (in old town) had a pool and relaxation area, which is why I thought it was fine to pay the fee we did every month. This new one does not, and it’s tiny, and they barely have any machines.

But next to my work (I’m not joking, it’s like 150 metres) there’s a gym. It’s pretty busy from what I’ve seen, but it’s new(ish) with up-to-date equipment and friendly staff. And a lower monthly fee than we used to pay, even with a “family discount”.

Yesterday I had an “intake” chat with one of the trainers. I could do a rant here, but I’ll cut it short and just say that after I insisted that I want to get stronger(!) and hence preferably not do 2 sets of 20 reps, he adjusted the plan for me to be 3 sets of each 8 reps, and 6 different machines. I know, I know, machines, but hear me out. The plan is 6 weeks with the machines to build some starting strength, then to move on to free weights (note: he said this, not I). I’m fine with it. Means I have time to get my socially anxious self used to the gym, and less intimidated by the machine-hogging males.

And the machines are super techy and keep track of your program (through a smart key) and how much weight and reps you should do. Once finished, it tells you the next machine you should go to according to your plan. I like it (yeah, yeah, after 1 time).

We shall see how it goes!

*I would like to point out that I was right though. I had already told my partner that I don’t like the location “our” gym has in this city. He is a man of rational thought and convinced me we should at least try it out.

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I’m easily amused (another TS post)

It’s been a while since there was a TS post, so here we go!

I’m home alone (woe living with a sales person at a bank, so much “representation” (no, but seriously, I like my alone time)) and may have had several glasses of wine with my dinner. Now I’m watching Youtube (of course) and this. This cracks me up – one of the clips is from some Dutch talent show, featuring Nick & Simon. They are very well known here, but the thing is, I have no idea who is who of the two since they always appear together. Look, they even have a joint chair cause they’re inseparable!

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There’s also a new podcast from Swedish Radio (SR) about TS. I equally want to listen to it as not. Yes because TS, no because it’s called “Amerikas hämndlystna sweetheart” (idk, “America’s revengeful sweetheart”?)

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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Best of 2017

 

This post is part of the Endless Blog Challenge.

For the final week of December I propose skipping the monthly summary/favorites and focusing on a Best of 2017 post.

The Books:

Akata Witch. What Can I say, I’m just a sucker for teenage witches. I blame Buffy.
The Hate U Give. Wonderful YA that should be mandatory reading for majority groups.
Expeditionen: min kärlekshistoria. Sure, when Lisa said I should read a book about a failed arctic expedition, I was like… “…whaat?”. Totally worth it.
Kill the Boy Band. A YA book that deals with the sociology behind boy bands. Yes please.
The Way of Kings. The one male writer that made my top list – the best fantasy-brick I’ve ever read. And the second part was even better (but you shouldn’t start with that, so I recommend this part).

The Movies: (that I saw this year, not necessarily movies FROM this year)

The Lobster. Yes, OK, it’s weird, and gross at times, but it’s stayed with me.
Logan. The darkest Marvel movie so far, where like everyone’s on the verge of dying.

The Shows:

The Orville. Yes I know this is quite the Star Trek rip-off, but it’s like Star Trek and funny. It’s become somewhat of a favorite in the house, and I look forward to season 2.
Star Trek: Discovery. The darkest Star Trek (except maybe DS9?) with (brace yourself) a black woman as main character. Also a favorite in this house.
The Crown. Look, I’m not a big fan of monarchy or anything, but who can resist a good costume drama? Wonderful actors!

The Songs:

This Week’s Favorites

This is, again, for the Endless Blog Challenge.

THIS WEEK’S FAVORITES. Weekly feature at The Mustards. Who doesn’t like listing favorites? If you want to make it extra challenging, have theme.

It’s been an uneventful week so far, so this’ll mainly be music. Two songs I’m loving right now:


As I was working from home yesterday, I was listening to this week’s Discover Weekly on Spotify in the background, and suddenly I heard Dutch. It really made me aggressively angry with Spotify, mentally going “WHY?! I don’t listen to anything in Dutch, WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?”.

Then, I realized it was Danish. *cough* So yeah. (I haven’t listened to anything in Danish either, but I can live with that appearing in the list.)

 

I’ve also started using VPN, like a sane person, and it annoys gmail and Youtube to no end. Gmail is all “SECURITY WARNING!!!! someone logged in to your account from another IP” and Youtube does this (note: I’m using a Dutch IP):

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