What tied together the foods of this week was this: take-out. It was 30+ (celsius) here all week, with a peak of 38 degrees on Thursday. At those temperatures I’m busy just trying to be, and will definitely not cook. Most nights the winds turned in the evening, and everything cooled down with the sea breeze, but Thursday that didn’t happen – the winds came from inland, and at 11 pm it was still 33 degreees outside. I have sworn this: if we get a bonus at work next year, I’m buying an airco for the bedroom. I said that last year too, but then apparently convinced myself that we wouldn’t be getting 37 degree weeks anymore, that last year was just an anomaly. But I guess this is the normal now, so I’ll stop pretending it doesn’t happen.
I’ve started listening to a new podcast, that I found because they were commenting on someone elses post. Barnfrihet. It’s a pod all about people who don’t want to (and don’t) have kids. And all in Swedish.
Due to the above rant about the weather, I also didn’t set foot in the gym this week. I’m not that stupid.
I was going to do this post for last week, I really was. It just… never happened? I’ll share these new Instagram favorites I have instead.
“Oh no, did I step on your fragile male ego? I really didn’t mean to but… Actually yes, yes I did. Completely intentional. Ass.”
“Not all men are rapists.
Some tell rape jokes.
Some protect rapists.
Some shame rape victims.
Some remain quiet.”
Also “Mansbebisar” (“man babies”), but that’s very text-based and all in Swedish.
Phew, last week was pretty awful, and I need vacation, so I’ll leave it at this:
This week was pretty terrible, but I did manage to get to the gym one time – Friday morning, and it was pretty fabulous. I was there for an hour, and it was me and 1-3 others.
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]
I’ve been in a bit of a funk the last week. I’d guess working out would help me, but when I’m like this, I really don’t want to go to the gym. Not energy level wise, but anxiety level wise. “I’ll do things wrong and will be corrected” (btw, wtf? that’s good right? they’re nice people, giving advise in a very friendly manner). “I’m fat and unfit and people will look at me” (uhmmm, no, no they won’t. and being fat is not a fucking crime.)
And then I realized what the problem this week was. As exemplified in these two images:
(Although, to be fair, the second one is also me lots of other times.)
AND HOW DID WOMEN DEAL WITH THIS WHEN THEY DIDN’T HAVE APPS TELLING THEM IT WAS COMING? SERIOUSLY?
I went to the new gym! I’ve officially restarted Stronglifts (through Daily Strength) since it matches my gym’s beginner’s plan. And I snapped a picture (with a lot of floor?) while waiting for the next bench press set:
Can I also talk about how much I enjoy that they prioritize safety and really tell people that they SHOULD use those straps/bars when they lift?
They always say that accountability helps with achieving things, so here we go.
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
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.
While not as good as the first quarter, I find this acceptable. 11 down in total, not shabby at all.
Well, Stormlight Archives still holds up – the first book was as good as I remembered. Second book was a bit more “meh”. It was of course not bad at all, and the story caught my attention, I just haven’t thought about it at all since putting it away. The book about Amy Byler was the big surprise in this list. I picked it as part of the summer reading challenge. It was the one in a list whose cover seemed to be in my taste. I really really enjoyed it! GW’s book was far from interesting, but I still finished it. Sjärnklart was not bad for a Swedish dystopic book, but not as good as Swedavia (also (spoiler alert!) the second part makes it clear he’s going with the alien invasion as reason… so boring.)
The Big Bang Theory (trying to finish it…)
Designated Survivor (S01!)
Friends from College
Always be my Maybe
A Star is Born
A Simple Favor
Ok, so. I’ve mentioned the first two earlier (recommend both!). A star is born was underwhelming, but maybe my expectations were set too high based on the hype. Bohemian Rhapsody was quite entertaining. Ex Machina was good. However, the by far favorite was A simple favor. I mean it has Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively as the main characters!
This month has been a bit on and off with the workouts, mainly as I finally had enough of the old gym and how busy it is (only took close to 6 months). Found a new gym and have done a trial week there to see if I like it (I do!). Hopefully July will be more consistent in this area.