torsdag 28 januari 2010

Turned loose at the library....

It's an unwritten rule that people are supposed to read the magazines that you find at your hairdresser, when you are sitting in their domain. *fact of life*
Still, there is only so much Cosmopolitan or Me Naiset etc. that I manage to stomach before the laughter in my brain wants to make it out through my mouth. I mean, how am I supposed to read articles concerning "How to survive when your BFF grows up" or "Är din karl en mussla" (srsly! the last one is from the Swedish Cosmo, the December issue). I just had to quit before I made a fool of my self...

I still have the worlds best hairdresser, though! I'll defend her with the steel in my sharp wit and the hard heels of my stilettos if needed   :)

So, after partaking in the urban ritual that gets my hair to look nice again, I went to the library. Just to look, mind you. And I came home with the books you can see in the picture....

Finally! A copy of Stephenie Meyer's book "The Host" just for me! For me!

*feelings of rapture*

Well, the 13 arts & crafts books about jewellery under it are... well... reference books? Yes! Reference books!
It's not as if I went crazy and grabbed as many as I could before anyone noticed.... or that half didn't fit in my bag and I had to carry them home (1 km).

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some things I want to read....

*sound of computer shutting down*

onsdag 27 januari 2010

My working lunch...

... is also Chicken soup for the soul. (Hah! Thus making a pun of me eating chicken soup, and this phenomenon).

Yep, I use pink Post-Its. Heart-shaped. Also, the weather outside is really nice today, look!

måndag 25 januari 2010

If you were a caveman.... what would you eat?

Woolly mammoth, nuts, berries, some water perhaps? And how would this differ from the things that "normal" monkeys eat? Homo sapiens as a species has had about 10 000 years (since the last interglacial period) to become what we are today. And still we are so much like our ancestors. Only with an addition of antibiotics, dietary supplements, more sterile living and city dust.

Anyway, there is (apparently) a community found online that came some time ago to the conclusion that maybe we should be eating in accordance with how our ancestors did, 10 000 or so years ago. When a diet made up of mostly fats, proteins and only some sugars were "the" diet of choice.

Query: If man hasn't changed physiologically very much in 10 000 years... then why are we eating as if we really have?
This online community of people decided that "this won't do", and promptly went "paleo" (from the word "paleolitic"). If you check out Wikipedia for "paleolitic", you'll find that

"The Paleolithic (from Greek: (paleo-) "old" + (lithos) "stone") Age, Era, or Period,
is a prehistoric era distinguished by the development of the first stone tools, and covers roughly 99% of human technological history. 
It extends from the introduction of stone tools by hominids such as Homo habilis 2.5 million years ago, to the introduction of agriculture and the end of the Pleistocene around 12,000 BP. or 2.6
During the Paleolithic, humans grouped together in small societies such as bands,
and subsisted by gathering plants and hunting or scavenging wild animals"

"Paleo"-people eat a diet high in fats and proteins, only eat some carbs, strike all additives and "non-natural" preservatives from their diet, and eat food they've made from scratch. Some of them think it's okay to eat dairy-products, and some don't. So, the "pure" paleo-diet contains no grains, no dairy, no potato, no beans, and no sugar. The people that include dairy argue for it by saying that it's a sure way to get the required amount of calcium.

So, why am I bringing this up?

My dearly beloved boyfriend Micke, he has these ideas from time to time. All men do (it's a fact of life). He decided to try out CrossFit, and by that route read about paleo. Now, before November 2009, we ate what I cooked. And my type of cooking can be described as "from scratch, as much organic food as we have money for, lots of fruit, and NONE of the things my food allergies react to". So, when he said one day out of the blue in October 2009 "I think I'm gonna go paleo in November", I had to read up. Because he knew his skills in the kitchen were... not so optimal as to be able to plan ahead on this diet.

So, November came and went, and some of the dishes and comments can be read on Micke's blog. And although I at first missed a lot of carbohydrate-rich things like potato and bread, it wasn't so bad. (Seriously girls, it wasn't). And I went down from 61 kg  to a very stable 57 kg. For me - 168 cm with a normal bone structure - it's an ideal weight even if 60 kg would be better. The thing that went away though, were the fat deposits on my calves and butt. And my stomach and bowels actually felt better. Better enough that, when Micke asked if we should continue with this, I said yes. So, with the exception of Christmas dinner and the times we've wanted to eat out (you can always leave the bread and the fries!), the times Micke has had his "manly" cravings for pizza, and Sally's and J's birthday cake and cookies, we've managed to keep to the diet.

So, I read a newspaper article some days ago about a doctor named Annika Dahlqvist (Hbl 21.10.2010), promoting a diet called  LCHF (Low Carb, High Fat). She absolutely thought that she had had everything to gain from switching to LCHF from a "normal" diet. Most obvious benefit, she said, was that her bowels got back to "normal".  She had been suffering until then from both over-weight, gastroenteritis (sv. tarmkatarr) and fibromyalgia (sv. fibromyalgi), but with the change of diet these things "went away" too. [I've shortened her article severely, and used words that are more figures of speech. Check out the article instead]
Apparently, this means that other people and not just those in communities online, are finally starting to question what we ARE actually eating (insert E-code here...), and what we perhaps SHOULD be eating instead.

I'll leave you with a few pictures of the paleo food we've eaten :)

Polenta patty with some topping.
Slight mishap, since maize is as carbohydrate rich as potatoes.

French fish soup with carrots instead of potatoes.

Beef, carrots and a tomato salad.

Me being so tired, and beef + mashed carrots.
Wine isn't paleo, but it's one of them "shush" things :P
That day was so horrid, I needed a glass.

Filled zucchinis.

Minced meat-sauce and salad.

A salad with lots of topping.

Some paleo cupcakes going into the oven,
made with freeze dried strawberries and nut flour.
We ate the whole plate the same evening.

fredag 22 januari 2010

Super-glue is dangerous!

Guess what folks: I managed yesterday to glue together two fingers on my right hand....
The experience can be summarized very aptly using Mimi's advice: "Using gloves when you're using super-glue is reeeeeally smart". Yupp, my middle and ring finger can attest to that. Such a fail of epic proportions. And it really hurt getting them to come off one another. Lost some skin in the process. Yuck!

Anyway, we managed to make jewellery for perhaps a few hours more than we should have.... We packed away everything at about 24:00, making Mimi definitely miss her last bus. Micke happily played some computer game, so even though I had asked him to kindly come and tell us when it would have been time to stop (22:00), he forgot. And we forgot, so apparently time is really very relative :)
I taught Mimi how to make/knot pearls into a necklace, and what a star pupil she made! I started making a new one too - this time in red - after the mishap with the glue.

So, today is J's and Sally's joint birthday party. Hooray! I hope they'll like what we have bought them. I went and got flowers too, on top of the presents. I just like flowers, so when I saw the roses I thought, "why not?". I just hope that their cats won't nibble at them - but if they do, roses aren't poisonous. For cats or humans.

onsdag 20 januari 2010

Yesterday I felt so weird, I thought...

... I was going to get ill. Seriously, it felt like the beginning of a fever. Today however, I feel.... not so sick and not so warm as yesterday. Whatever it was, I hope it doesn't return with vengeance tonight!

Anyway, tomorrow some of the girls are supposed to come over, since I decided to host an "arts and crafts" evening. Last time it was just me and Sally... and (a few) midnight margaritas. That time, the "crafting" took over the dining-room table completely. (See the picture below if you don't believe me).

Anyway, this time is going to be similar, as I've planned for us to continue with the same theme. Jewellery. We'll see if we have enough creativity to go around - but if we don't, then we'll just talk girl-talk and relax.

Last - as well as this - week, when I've had some spare time, I've been surfing the net for "creative ideas" concerning jewellery. It's amazing how much you can find online, from DIY-manuals to design to people blogging about how they make their own, as well as thousands of sites selling jewellery. Everyone is competing with everyone else, but I guess women over the world have started to realize that they actually CAN create their own trinkets and necklaces from scratch, and that it's actually not that difficult.
I borrowed a few books from the library on how to make "easy" pieces, and when you've 'mastered' a few basic techniques, you're good to go. It's amazing what type of materials people actually use to create their jewellery, as well as how science has enabled a change from more "natural" materials (like stone, pearl and precious metals) to plastic, 'junk' and so much more....

Anyway, this week I tried my hands on knotting pearl necklaces, and after reading a few tips and tricks, I managed to fix my old "fake" pearl necklace from 1999. The clasp had managed to sever the thread keeping the last pearl and it together, so I used the silk thread I'd bought to redo the necklace from scratch. It took longer than I thought, mainly because I had to redo some of the knots that didn't turn out so great. (See picture of the necklace).

Speaking of making things from 'junk', the black necklace in the last picture is one of my favorites. The black wooden pearls are actually some turquoise Ibero-pearls I found while going through a 2nd hand store with Mimi. Just painted them black and put them on the wire. Easy!

tisdag 19 januari 2010

We have a feng shui problem....

...and IKEA is partly to blame!

We have this "Leksvik" dresser in our bedroom. It's a nice and ordinary sort of dresser I guess. I bought it when I first moved to Turku (in 2001...) and it's been hanging on ever since. When me and Micke moved in together, we painted it brown (it used to be 'oldies grey') because otherwise our bedroom's theme of red & dark brown & white wouldn't have been. Anyway, I've taken apart this dresser quite a few times, and me and Micke have taken it apart at least twice, so now it's getting "rusty in the seams" so to speak.

There's a wooden peg at the front of the lowest drawer that comes loose ALL the time now. It's highly annoying, because when it does, you can't get the drawer to close. And on top of it, it feels as if the dresser is LAUGHING you in the face because you can't get it in. So annoying, to say the least. I've glued the peg twice - won't hold btw - and I've tried to open and close the drawer really gently, as not to disturb the peg. Nope, it still comes loose.
So, soon we'll have to get a new dresser. And they only make them like this one in light brown with tree growth rings. Which doesn't really go with our "feng shui" theme....

torsdag 14 januari 2010

Being lactose-intolerant :)

My family, and I think most of my friends as well, knows that I have lactose intolerance. I have friends who are too, and many times have we laughed at our good fortune in the matter. Living in Finland gives you one HUGE advantage in having this dietary deficiency: the innovation of LACTOSE FREE dairy products :)

When I was little (as in kinder garden and elementary school little) all you could get was milk with some of the lactose enzymatically hydrolyzed, making it more tolerable for people like me. Or actually, SOME of the people like me. Some people (like me!) can't even stomach dairy products marked HYLA or Into (the trade names for these hydrolyzed products). That's why it's soooooooooo sweet that finnish scientists came up with a way to make lactose free milk :)

*me likes!*

Anyway, when me and Micke went grocery shopping yesterday, I found out that now you can get Organic Lactose Free Milk (zomg!!!) from our favorite store k-Puhakka.

*me likes even more!*

onsdag 13 januari 2010

"Tjugondag Knut kastas julen ut"

Today's the 13th of January, and by tradition all Christmas decorations have an invisible "best before 13.1" sticker. So, in accordance with tradition, this is the last day we'll have "our Miss Christmas tree 2009" in the living room. Finally, there will be no more spruce needles stuck under our socks.

*looks at the Christmas tree*

But I think I'm still going to miss it. I mean, it WAS mine and Micke's first own Christmas tree. First REAL Christmas together.

*gets a bit emotional*

Aw well, I think the best way to get it out and into the trash is to use the wire-cutter and demolish it into smaller pieces first. Otherwise there'll be too many needles in the stairwell and the elevator. And I don't wanna clean them up.

tisdag 12 januari 2010

Sensory deprivation part 1: No voice

I knew I should have written this down immediately afterwards the "event" itself, but I still think I can sum it up pretty decently.

I managed to keep quiet for 24 h and 17 min. The only 'mistakes' I made was to snort a "hah!" at a book I was reading, and say "sheesh" at a thing that spooked me. Oh, and I laughed. Once.

First, being without a voice (sound) doesn't make you able NOT to communicate. In fact, suddenly you start to come up with all of these OTHER ways to tell people something. I didn't use Facebook or MSN, in fact all I wrote down the entire day was a shopping list together with Micke.
But I did draw a few pictures, point at different things, and nod or shake my head when Micke suggested stuff. I even whistled once, just to attract his attention, when I noticed that he doesn't register all that well when I wave at him.

Secondly, because I did it on a Sunday, there wasn't really that much interactions I needed to make. If I had e.g. gone to the store or someplace more social, I'm certain I would have messed up and used my voice. It's really annoying - not the fact that you kinda HAVE to speak at times - but the fact that sometimes you say things automatically. When I go to a store and pay for my stuff, I always thank the clerk. It's automatic. Someone holds up a door for me, I also thank them. Such things you just do, you know.

Thirdly, not using your vocal cords makes them... itch. As in, you want to clear your throat ALL the time. Damn annoying if you ask me.

So, what else did i learn? Well, Micke just doesn't say much during a Sunday. In fact, he either only speaks when spoken to, or when he wants to know something. So very unlike me, who speaks just to fill the silence. Figuratively speaking. Apparently, it's me who's the social one in this relationship (as if I didn't know that one already).

Oh, and my Mom didn't call me at all on Sunday evening, she did it on Monday morning instead :)

söndag 3 januari 2010

My mental to-do list

In the legend of King Arthur, one of the stories is about how 
"a woman's highest wish is to be able to decide for herself".
What more could anyone ask, but to be able to choose for yourself?
To always be yourself.
- me

lördag 2 januari 2010

Silence is a spell

People make promises at New Year's Eve. Some people even make more than one. I make one that I'm sure to strive for every single day during the year. And then I re-promise it at the next New Year.

*won't tell you what it is though, it's my secret*

Anyway, this year I also made a few other CHOICES. Not promises, mind you. Choices. I want to see - for a period of 24 hours - how you can live without some of your senses. Yes, you have it right - sight, hearing, smell, voice... The senses I think I can come up with a way too do without.

I've read that sensory deprivation can make you mad. Because the mind cracks from being without stimuli. It is supposed to turn inwards, and create its own stimuli, making you go crazy from it.

Anyway, in 30 minutes it will be Sunday, and then I will be silent. It will be hard to uphold, since ANYONE who knows me knows that I love to talk and chatter. I think I'll try hard also NOT to use any other means of communication (Facebook, MSN, paper and pen), just to see what will happen.

I know my Mom is going to call me Sunday night, as she and Papa is taking the boat from Stockholm then.
Well see how well I can keep my promise then.....


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