lördag 31 juli 2010

Someone is turning 30...

... and we had no idea as to what to give as a present! So, if you happen to have:
  • some cardboard
  • A4 white papers
  • invisible paper glue + superglue, poster paint and stickers (or you can découpage some pics!)
  • 30 Moomin lollipops
 You can create a GIANT birthday card with the present (the 30 lollipops) glued to the card itself.

This is how mine turned out. Took about 1 h to make, as the paper glue had to dry before I could continue with the painting.

Needed a larger work space, as desk was full (again) with stuff.
The hallway had to do in a pinch.

Okay, the cardboard's been covered with white paper,
painted with red letters, and gotten some découpage pictures on it.

Next, super glue the lollipops on it.
I got glue (again!) on my fingers. Micke had to come and bring me the nail polish remover.



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This weekend, they're having DBTL in Turku. That's short for "Down By The Laituri", or down by the pier. It's a music happening, and it takes place in the city centre, between the Aura-bridge and the Teatteri-bridge. Since the music played can be heard - at least a little - off the main area, people take their drinks and friends and sit around the Aura river's shores during the event. Because it's cheaper, and because there it's not off limits for under aged persons.

What is the result of this? A weekend full of:

Men peeing everywhere there's room, even though many public places, like the library, are open until at least 8 pm.
People vomiting or passing out, because they're stupid enough not to limit themselves for just a few beers.
Litter everywhere, especially glass.
Every restaurant around the area is packed with people. Good luck to you if you didn't book a table in advance.

Since I hate when people behave like pigs and force other people to clean up afterwards, I must say that however nice DBTL might have been once, now it's like every other Finnish city-festival. Bad.

The police sometimes ride around, exercising their horses early in the morning or in the evening when traffic is slow. This is the first time though that I've seen a horse and carriage in the centre of Turku. Typically, it's the restaurant Amarillo (western cowboy wannabe food theme) promoting their own.

A lot of people. Yupp.

fredag 30 juli 2010

Privacy online... and some other things

Where to start?
Randomly (because I usually don't do that)with saying that the prayers for rain and thunder has sort of worked. We'we gotten showers these last days, but they only come at night, and in the morning everything dries up again.
So it's still hot, only slightly more humid.

Then, what I thought I should write about was how online privacy works when less... tactful persons write about themselves (or use social networks like e.g. Facebook) online. But now I find myself less inclined to write anything on that subject, and just write about how I've been this last week and a half.

Me and Micke went to visit his family in Ostrobothnia. We stayed a week, which was both good and bad. Good because we had some time to unwind, but bad because after 2 days my back started aching (from sleeping on a bad mattress) and thus making me both cranky and sleep-deprived. Plus, we didn't do important things, mainly just ran away from spending time with Micke's family. Hated that.

Still, I'll post some happy photos from this week. Scroll down to the end if you want to skip ahead and see them.

Then, after we got home, my Mom called and told me Gran had taken a turn for the worse, and I should prepare for the fact that we might be heading over to Sweden - not to visit with family, but instead attending her funeral. Which got me so sad.

Then, we got the news on the 26.7 that she had passed away. Nothing left to do, she just went to sleep and didn't wake up anymore. And I've been crying on/off ever since, and not been myself at all. Micke asked me if there was a nything he could do to make me feel any better. I replied "just be there, having you near makes it easier to bear". But I feel as if he now - on day 3 - just is waiting for me to "snap out of it" and make his vacation easier. As in: cook, wash, clean, while he gets to sit in front of the computer. Like usual.

THIS is not something you just snap out of. I've been trying to ...distract myself with small stuff around the house, but sooner or later I start crying again. Mourning is as terrible as depression, and I know that you can seek help for it, but... I don't know. Maybe I'm just too tired from trying to "think of nothing" all the time.

Micke at Café Fredrika.

Me at Café Fredrika.

Me and Micke's Mom, outside the yellow gazebo in Aspegren's garden.

Micke and his Mom at Aspegren's garden, by the gazebo.

Lots of teacups at Villa Sveden.

Mutant flower at Aspegren's garden. I was fashinated by it.

Me at Fäboda, sitting at the restaurant.

Watching the start of Jakobstad's Marathon.

I know it's not paleo, but eating these in Jakobstad is something of a must for Micke, so we just had to buy some.

fredag 16 juli 2010

This finnish summer weather

It seems everything from TV, newspapers and friends' status updates on Facebook are all agreeing on something:

It's mighty hot outside.

Summer in Finland suddenly got warmer: up to 30 degrees Celsius here in the south. And even though every sun-lover is celebrating, I would guess most people find the oppresive heat annoying. If only because I've heard of folks sleeping outside on their balconies or verandas, because their homes are 35 degrees and more on the inside. But what can you do, when finnish houses are built to conserve heat inside (think: scandinavian winter!), aided by triple window panes, heat isolation in celings and walls, and of course radiator-lines under the floors.

Me, I been praying for rain. And thunder, because I like the action that brings, but mainly rain. Yesterday, I got my wish, because it rained hard for less than 20 min around noon. Then, it took perhaps 30 min for everything to dry up and go back to "oppressive heat" again.


Me, I'm a winter child. So I'm positively melting in this heat. Fast. I feel as if even (!) running around at home in just bikini's is too much clothes to have on. We have to have our balcony doors and every window open 24h/day, and the celing fan on all the time in the bedroom. I put away our blankets, because there is nothing more awful than sweating yourself to sleep.

Taking cold showers - at least 3 times/day! - was never my favourite, but right now, it's one if the only ways to keep cold for more than 5 min. The air is so dry that you can actually "air-dry" yourself - forget using towels :)

Every plant I have needs to get watered every other day, and I must say that if I had had anything outside on the balconies, those plants would have died like *zipp* in this heat. Awful, I know.

torsdag 15 juli 2010

Be careful what...

"Be careful what you wish for, because you will most certainly get it"

I seem to remember that Margaret Atwood (one of my favourite authors by the way) wrote that in the introduction in one of her books. I can't remember which one, and that's awful. my memory is usually better than this.
Anyway, her point was that if you every bad thing you wish for, will most certainly happen to you. In the most horrid way possible, usually.

So, today I spent 35 euros on clothes. Because a long time ago I wished I was slimmer. And then, last November, me and Micke started eating paleo. And I went from slightly plump and 60 kg, to something else and 56 kg. And now, 70 % of the clothes I own doesn't fit me anymore: they look either too baggy or make me look weird. Nearly anorectically weird. I mean, if you're used to buy clothes of a vertain size, and then suddenly isn't that size anymore... I seriously don't feel like an XS-sized girl (or 34 european size, what I guess is 4 or 6 in UK size?), but that's the size I had to buy today.

So, summer sale is apparently on full scale at the stores. If all the BIG signs around town is any indication. Thanks to that, I got 3 simple summer-dresses, of which one looks a little like a fake vintage dress from the 1950's. Usually I go for somber and natural colors, but like a friend of my said just the other week:

"Why is it only children who get to have colorful clothes?
We grown-ups wear such boring colors, no wonders people feel like they're boring"

Maybe vintage red and white isn't me at all, but at least I'm not the one who'll look booring in a crowd. Perhaps it might promote better self-esteem for me, who knows?

fredag 9 juli 2010

Visisting my parents for a week (part 2)

So, one of the reasons I also wanted to visit them for was to be able to take Mom and go browsing for antiques at the Fiskars Antiques Market (see here). The village of Fiskars is really lovely in the summer, when everything is in full bloom and there's lots of visiting people.

Mom and Dad, posing for a pic at one of the ponds with water lilies in Fiskars.
Again, why do Dad look so suprised?

I took a lot of pictures, mainly because photos are cheaper than buying the stuff itself. These are some of the things I saw:

I have this cookbook, but a more current edition than this one (the 1st).
12 euros.

Another cookbook, this time in Finnish and with recipes from the chef of Louis XV.
25 euros.

Some red kitchen utensils. I loooove red kitchen utensils!

Mom bought me one of the timbles for 20 euros. The 3 things above them that look like small pears are actually hollow cloisonné-beads.

Mom's friend Birgitta (who we spent Midsummer with! see here) had an ex-husband by the name of Helge Sten. We found one of his paintings for sale at Fiskars! Mom had to comment that "He always painted such dull and colorless picures!"
2400 euros. (!?!)

Look! It's the rest of Mom's porcelein-series. She had to buy a few more of the larger plates,
so that she can serve more than 2 people on them. She bought 4.
22,50 euros / large plate.

Mom's great friend Bettan has cooking pots is exactly this porcelein-series. I put my sun hat beside it as a size reference - it's HUGE. This one will fit potatoes for maaaaany people.
580 euros

These are all the things I came home with:
a lilac teapot (12 euros)*
a red pot (18 euros)
a timble (20 euros)
a little mirror with antique framing (6 euros)

*this is the SAME teapot I found on the Turku art and Antiques fair back in spring of 2010! The same vendor still had it for sale :) This time, I HAD to buy it, and now I don't have to feel bad anymore because I didn't buy it back then :)

These next pics are all the pics I took just to show Mimi what kind of crazy stuff you could find there. At least, that's what she specified I should photograph: crazy and whacky stuff.

Spoons in bright colors. Kinda like the ones Mimi has, only these are much smaller.

Aaah, the famous round white ball chairs by Eero Aarnio.
Maybe this one was really made in 1963, and thus is an original.

More antique jewelley!

A pale turqoise dress, just my size (size 6-8). Not really my color, though.
85 euros.

Visisting my parents for a week (part 1)

Since Micke's vacation doesn't start before the 10th of July, I took the liberty of visiting my parents back in Kyrkslätt - after me, Mom and Micke had been to Raseborg to see the summer play showing there.

Mom and Dad's lovely little garden.
Dad's terribly proud of it.

Sorry Mom, but I couldn't resist adding this pic!
She wen't to sit down, so I could take a pic of us all eating,
but she sat on the side of the bench and fell down *poof*
Good thing she didn't hurt anything more than her dignity.

Me, little Astrid and her mother Ingrid (my cousin),
posing for a pic at the Havis Amanda statue in Helsinki.

Aaah, Helsinki open air market (Salutorget)

Yes, it's my old room. I was going crazy from slight boredom,
so I decided to put some decorations on the sun hat I got from Mom.


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