The Happiness Tag

A happiness tag, from Lisa of all people. Who would’ve seen that coming?! (That’s a compliment of sorts.)

The rules

  • List five things that makes you happy
  • Share five songs that makes you happy
  • Tag at least five bloggers that makes you happy

5 things that make me happy:

  • My family. Sure they sometimes drive me crazy, but in the end, they’re the constant in my life – the ones I know will always be there. (you know, metaphorically. irl we’ll all die.)
  • Randomly getting to hear Swedish. Being surrounded by Dutch and English, it always surprises me. Even that commercial that’s on tv here now, where they sing in Swedish (I was going to embed it, but I honestly don’t know what it’s for. Wasa? Volvo?)
  • Random acts of kindness. (a.k.a. the only reason I haven’t completely lost all hope in mankind yet).
  • Good books. As in physical books. If they’re made of pixels, they don’t exist. (I type, on this blog – the irony is not lost on me.)
  • Good music.

5 songs that make me happy:

(look Lisa, it works!)

And let’s add one video too, of female hip-hop collective Reykjavíkurdætur (Reykjavik’s daughters):


I’m terrible at tag, so let’s just say that anyone up for it should do it!

Let’s play tag

So Lisa tagged me for this uncredited music quiz (of sorts), and who am I to resist that? It’s a bit delayed because of LIFE. (Sometimes I pretend like I have one!)

Which bands/artist do you own the most albums by?
I guess FM Belfast (3)? I don’t own CDs anymore, and the digitalness is messing with me. I’ve yet to find a way to get around having an android phone and an apple laptop that’ll allow me to listen to purchased music on both. I still try to buy the albums by small artists to support them, hence the 3 albums by these guys:

What was the last song you listened to?
I won’t lie, it’s this one (edit: the audio only I linked to has been taken off youtube, this is a clip from the movie it’s in) :

What’s in your CD player right now?
CD players are so passé! 😛

What was the last show you attended?
I guess that was the last show of 2016’s Iceland Airwaves? For me and L, that was Árstíðir.

What was the greatest show you’ve been to?
There are 3 shows I can recall being awed by: the (International) Noise Conspiracy and Le Tigre in Umeå (2005), and Kaizer’s Orchestra in Amsterdam. So I guess one of those!

What was the worst show you’ve ever been to? 
Just like Lisa, I wasn’t overly impressed by 30STM. Jared just takes it too far for me. Either play and do it well, or you have to be a natural at the whole chatting to the audience thing. They did neither. Unfortunately for me, they played the Kill last, so I had to wait for that.

What is the most musically involved you have ever been? 
I don’t understand this question. I’m not involved in any way, I just listen and talk about it.

What show are you looking forward to? 
I currently only have 1 show “pending”, so I guess it’s that one? We’re going to see QOTSA in November (Amsterdam – Ziggo Dome). I really hope they’ll play lots of their older stuff.

What is your favorite band shirt? 
Edit: apparently I just skipped this one. My answer is thus “pass!”.

What musician would you like to hang out with for a day?
That’s gotta be house god Annika Norlin, surely?

Second hand choice: Josh Groban. Because of this (and yes, you should watch the whole thing):

Who is one musician or group you wish would make a comeback?
To be honest I usually don’t even notice when bands stop playing. I’m not that loyal. If I have to say something, I guess Kaizer’s Orchestra? (Which might be considered cheating, since they haven’t technically broken up, just gone on a hiatus…)

Who is one band/artist you’ve never seen live but always wanted to?
I’d really really like to see any of Annika Norlin’s projects, but she doesn’t play that often, and then rarely leaves Sweden.

Name four or more flawless albums.
There’s just no such thing. There are always 2-3 songs I don’t really like.

How many concerts have you been to in total?
No idea! More than 20, less than 100. Your guess is as good as mine.

Who have you seen the most live?
That’s gotta be the guys in Árstíðir (I think we’re closing in on 10 times?)

What is your favorite movie soundtrack?
Is this a thing people keep track of? The only one I can think of is this:

What was your last musical ‘phase’ before you wisened up?
Meh, it’s all good. Someone (who?) said that growing up is a bit of looking at your past self and thinking you 5 years ago was a bit of an asshole. I pretty much agree, and apply that to music as well. Instead I’ll share this – a song from the first CD I ever owned (my dad bought it for me):

What is your ‘guilty pleasure’ that you hate to admit liking?
Aargh. I hate and am embarrassed that I love this song:


I Dare You Book Tag

This tag was created by BookFandom1001, and these are the very simple rules
  • You must be honest
  • You can’t not answer a question
  • You have to tag at least four people

1. Which book has been on your shelves the longest?
Francesco Carotta’s “Jesus Was Ceasar”. I might give this one another try this year, but if it’s still as dull as I remember it’ll be marked “couldn’t bother finished” in goodreads. I think it’s been there.. 6 years?

2. What is your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next?
This is phrased as if I only read one book at the time. Does that happen to people?
Last read: Pride & Prejudice!
Current read(s): Noughts and Crosses (+ Den Blå Rullgardinen, Sense & Sensibility & Fri os fra kærligheden)
Next read: On the Shortness of Life

3. What book(s) did everything like and you hated?
I assume everyone rather than thing…? Hmm, this’ll be Scandi-centric – Knausgård. FFS. Read the first two books in the series, hated everything from the name of the books to the storyline and characters.

Kind of funny story related to this: I was out for dinner with a visiting american colleague. He asked if I knew of Knausgård (since I’m from “around there”) and then continued telling how he enjoyed the books since he “like reading long boring books”. xD

4. Which book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
Probably Salman Rushdie.

5. Which book are you saving for “retirement”?
What? No. Come on. As my colleagues like to say “what if I get hit by a bus tomorrow?”. Read them now!!

6. Last page: read it first or wait till the end?
Ah, see. *cough*. It depends. I usually wait patiently till the end. HOWEVER. I’ve read books by George RR Martin, so I know some authors are completely unreliable in keeping my favorite characters alive. So I occasionally have a peep when it starts getting exciting, if the characters are close to my heart and I don’t trust the writer. Not to see how it ends, just to make sure they’re still alive by the end…

7. Acknowledgements: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside?
Waste of space. I won’t even pick up the book unless it’s been recommended to me or the front is appealing.

8. Which book character would you switch places with?
Hmm. I don’t know, books seem to be other pretty miserable or YA, and I don’t want to live in dystopia, nor do I want to be a teenager again. So… I don’t know?

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life?
There are some that remind me of specific periods. Like I remember reading this book when I was stuck in Sweden due to Eyjafjallajökull’s eruption.

10. Name a book you acquired in some interesting way.
Don’t have any!

11. Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person?
Special reason? More than “this is a good book, I think you’ll like it”? No.

12. Which book has been with you to the most places?
Hmm, nothing really, I’m usually pretty good at finishing what I start reading. Maybe Fallvatten though? I finished it fast but during the first leg of our USA trip, so it went to different 4 cities there.

13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?
Wait.. what? There are people who hate the required reading? I only remember the two books I absolutely detested; in high school – Lord of the Flies, at University – Heart of Darkness.

14. What is the strangest item you’ve ever found in a book?
Just old stuff I used as bookmarks last time I started reading certain books. Old tickets and that kind of things.

15. Used or brand new?
In theory: used, in practice: new.

16. Have you ever read a Dan Brown?
Obviously; the DaVinci Code! Am I supposed to feel embarrassed about that? Put down that Jonathan Franzen book and quit your book snobbery.

17. Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book?
Warm Bodies! Not sure if it’s cause it’s better or if it’s cause I saw the movie first… there’s just this whole level of sarcasm in the movie that wasn’t there in the book.

18. A book that NEVER should have been published.
But… can I be a heretic and just say “most religious books”? Or like this one (easily found by googling “that horrendous book about dating”).

19. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks being excluded from this question?

20. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
Always? No one. Someone whose advise I’ll listen to with an open mind: Lisa!

As per my usual approach I won’t tag anyone directly, but anyone who wants should feel free to do their own list.

Mystery Blogger Award


This is an award created by Okoto Enigma

I was nominated by Lise, thank you!!


1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
2. List the rules
3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself and answer questions from your nominator.
6. You can nominate up to 20 people. (I think the original post actually forces you to nominate at least 10.)
7. (optional) Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
8. Ask your nominees five questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question
9. Share a link to your best post(s)

3 things about me:

  • I love to figure out how to fix/solve things on my work computer, but if people then ask me to also fix it for them, I’m annoyed to no end.
  • My Dutch is decent and I understand everything, but at work I insist on speaking English anyway.
  • I have celebrity crushes all the time.

Questions from Lise:

  1. How do you plan to spend the upcoming holidays?
    With the family in Sweden!
  2. What is your most embarrassing memory?
    Most recently I happily greeted someone cause they looked so familiar (in Reykjavík) before realizing it was a member of one of the bands I like. They were familiar cause I’ve seen all their videos. 
  3. Is there one thing you have always wanted to do, but never dared to do it?
  4. If you had one million in your currency, would you be considered rich? And what would you do with your money?
    That’d be €, and not really? House prices are so crazy here that that’s pretty much what you’d pay for a stand-alone house. I would pay off mine and my siblings mortgages and take mom for a nice vacation somewhere warm. And buy a house in northern Sweden!
  5. What is something you cannot live without?
    All the modern facilities like hot (running) water & electricity. And books.

Questions for my nominees:

  1. What was your reading goal for 2016?
  2. Did you reach it?
  3. Do you enjoy what you do for a living?
  4. If you were to recommend 2 books for me to read in 2017, what would they be?
  5. What’s the best thing with the place you live?

I nominate:

Anyone who’s up for it! Give it a go 🙂

October blog challenge 2016 part 5 of 5

I’m back! And I got a cold to start off this work week so I’m running on caffeine and painkillers. Let’s get the last part of the October blog challenge over with before I continue ranting about Iceland.

Ways To Win Your Heart
Well. You probably come a long way with: humor, common sense and good manners. And being nice. Bad boys are overrated and assholes are not worthy my time.

Bedtime Outfit
These are my newest pyjama pants:

Manicure Of The Day
I haven’t done anything about my nails since before we went to Curacao so I’ll spare you this. Current state: horrible.

Halloween Inspiration
Well, since we don’t really do Halloween here, this is the only thing I can think of:

A Day In The Life
I think I already did this previously in this challenge and my days are fairly similar so whatever. Today I woke up feeling like my sinuses will explode and someone used a grater on my throat. And still not bad enough to call in sick apparently, so here I am.

Nein! I don’t do it, nor do I have any plans to. For me it just means a bunch of Americans spamming social media with orange things and dressing up.

October blog challenge 2016 part 4 of 5

Bucket List
Nope. This is like that whole “seize the day” thing which I find BS.

Top 5 Songs Right Now

FM Belfast “You’re So Pretty”
Ólafur Arnalds “So Far”
swedish tiger sound “Odd Man Out”
Roo Panes “Tiger Striped Sky”
Elin Bell “Happy New Year”

You’re so pretty I don’t know if I should
Starve myself
Or change my personality
Make it good

Hairstyle Of The Day
Ponytail! Always. My hair is so thick that it gets too warm if it’s worn down.

Recent Purchases

A new electric toothbrush cause the old one doesn’t hold charge very well, and a stormproof foldable umbrella (from Senz) – cause Dutch winter is months of darkness, wind and rain.

Favorite Quote
Eh. I will go with this: there’s a  Swedish song called “Pessimistkonsulten”. It really appeals to my misanthropic northern Swedish self with lines like “there’s no point in dreaming, everything will go to hell anyway”. For some reason I find that encouraging.

“Det är lika bra att sluta drömma, det går åt helvete i alla fall
För om man drömmer om Paris hamnar man på något vis
lik förbannat i Hudiksvall”

Dream Job
My main skill is in organizing things, so if we should keep this realistic my dream job would be to work for a music festival (like my beloved Iceland Airwaves!)

Unrealistically I would love to be a writer, but I guess you have to actually produce text and have ideas for that?

October blog challenge 2016 part 3 of 5

I’ll pretend I had better things to do this weekend (got my hair dyed and went to a poetry recital in Amsterdam…), and here’s part 3 of the blog challenge.

Tips For A New Blogger
Clearly I’m not qualified to do this, but I’d say write about something that interests you and don’t go crazy with the colors on your website. Ugly coloring and hard to read fonts can make me abandon blogs I used to enjoy.

Who’s In Your Playlist
Who isn’t?! Well. These are the last two songs added to “my songs” in Spotify:

Things You’re Looking Forward To
Iceland Airwaves! T-minus 10 days now. And on Wednesday I’m going to Stockholm with work. I added a vacation day and get a long weekend there, which happens to coincide with a surprise birthday party for a friend.

Pet Peeves
I will unfriend you in all ways possible if you eat/chew and talk at the same time. Pick one. You’re not starving.

Also, one of my colleagues has a nervous tick that means he keeps clicking his pen while he’s on the phone. So I regularly have to go “Put. The. Pen. Away.” or it’s office assault waiting to happen.

People who talk in the silent cart in the train.

Yes! I have tattoos which will not be pictured. A nautical star on my upper arm and cherries on my collar bone. I want more but so much effort/money!

Wordless Wednesday
4th Nov 2015:


October blog challenge 2016 part 2 of 5

In the spirit of “better late than never” I give you part 2 of the October blog challenge.

A Day in the Life
This would then be an average work day. I do occasionally do stuff outside the house, but usually not (if I can help it).

6.02 – Alarm goes off. Most likely I will not get up for another 20 minutes. ❤ snooze.
7(ish) am – Leaving the house and headed towards the train station.
7-8(ish) – Commuting! Oh the joy.
8-12.30 – Work interspersed with coffee rounds and possibly a walk around the building.
12.30-13 – Lunch! Quick bite followed by a 10 minute walk.
13-17 – Work! And this is how my work days tend to end – having drunk too little water and way too much coffee.
17-18.20 – Commuting again.
18.30 – Cooking dinner (or shopping, depends on who gets home first)
19 – Dinner!
Rest of evening – Reading/browsing/watching TV or a movie.
Usually between 22 and 23 – Sleep time.

Top 5 Movies
1) Hot Fuzz
2) Singin’ in the Rain
3) District 9
4) V for Vendetta
5) Pitch Perfect

(Er? I guess I like either dystopia or people dancing and singing. Enlightening.)

5 Things You’ve Learnt This Year
1) I’ve learnt quite a bit about Dangerous Goods regulations, which I find extremely interesting but seems to bore pretty much everyone outside our “DG Team” at work.
2) Sometimes it doesn’t matter how hard you try.
3) Lots of historical things. Like about Lewis & Clarke and what assholes all settlers were.
4) Surprisingly many people in my life believe in ghosts. What’s that about?
5) It’s really worth a lot of my money to have someone else color my hair.

Make Up Of The Day
…my daily “make up” consists of lipgloss. So I guess this is it:


Weekend Highlights
Oh, I actually spent Friday evening + Saturday morning with female friends and it was pretty great. I even managed to monitor my alcohol intake and be decent = tipsy with no hangover. The others did not (and they are older so they should know better!) Got to try Raclette for the first time and it’s delicious. Mmm, melted cheese.

Top 5 Beauty Products
Nou! As the Dutch say. I will interpret this to concern anything I use on any part of my body. “Beauty”, hrmph.
1) Handy Gurugu hand cream. Wouldn’t survive work without it. Works wonders on my hands and I love the smell.
2) Hair serum. This is one of those small everyday revelations I wish someone would have told me about sooner. Thanks to my hairdresser at least I’m in on it now…
3) Pink Peppermint foot lotion. I ❤ Lush.
4) Night lenses! So these are lenses that reshape your cornea while you sleep. Staring at a screen all day in an air conditioned room is not great for your eyes, especially when you wear lenses. No longer a problem. And I can swim and stuff without worries.
5) Tangle Teezer. The hairbrush that means I don’t have to fight my hair anymore.

Places You Want To Travel
This is a combat between my environmental conscience and pure greed I guess. There are more exotic places I would like to go to, but instead I will go with this: it would be fantastic to go on a road trip through Europe. So much historical places and events to visit/relive. So many castles! Such pretty nature. Let’s keep it local 🙂

October blog challenge 2016 part 1 of 5

Lisa asked if I was up for another blog challenge, and obviously I said yes. Instead of doing this as a daily thing, we’ve divided it up into parts that will be posted on Saturdays.

October Goals
This’ll be a very busy month (according to my social awkwardness) where I have committed to do things ALL COMING 4 WEEKENDS. The horror. So my main goal now is to survive this without being completely exhausted…

I actually had to google this to know what it meant, so that should tell you how into these things I am. And I’ll pass. Today was spent painting again, and I’m sure you can live without seeing the stained and washed out old clothes. I wore this though:


The Story Behind the Blog Name
It’s a sort of pun based on my last name (which contains the word “dither” in Swedish). Pretty sure everyone just assumes I got “hither thither” wrong, and I can live with that.

Who Inspires You
Eh. I don’t know. Think I mainly get inspired by ideas and thoughts, not individuals. Like (my house god) Annika Norlin’s lyrics.

5 Things About you
I have a very good memory for who said what, and when. To the annoyance of everyone in my life.

The worst thing you can do if you have to work with me is lie. I WILL NEVER FORGET/FORGIVE.

Apparently I look angry when my face is relaxed (I refuse to refer to this as “rbf” because wtf). If I’d had a dollar every time someone told me “You look angry”… blabla.

I read books in 6 languages (listed in order of how often it happens): English, Swedish, German, Dutch, Norwegian & Danish.

I refuse to speak Dutch to my colleagues. This is purely out of spite, but I hide this by saying that “there are plenty of people in this office who need to practice their English. I’m just helping them.” (Which is also true btw.)

Thankful Thursday
I’m very thankful for my friends and family who love me and keep in touch with me even when I’m bad at it. And for having been born into, and living in, a peaceful country/region.