books, life, music

January wrap up

Music

Have we talked about ooold neeews? Makes me forget about my lack of excitement the last time I saw Jonathan play entirely! When can I go again??

Reads

Technically, I finished Hela Kakan back in December, but surely it could be mentioned again? Loved it!

Other than that, seems reading is coming along quite slowly this month.

Wearables

Puma Ignite trainers. Been a while since I had a pair of trainers this good. Last pair I had that I was madly in love with were also a pair of Puma. Really should stick to this brand, they’re my perfect fit.

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Puma Ignite + a nice new sports bra from H&M + vest

No7 pore minimising primer. Did I tell you about accidentally opening a new No7 primer, and it turned out it wasn’t the same primer I’d been using but instead a much better one? Well I did. The fact that No7 products are too much alike, both blessing and curse.

On the screen

Emma Blackery’s video on her 20 Placebo songs. Need I explain why? 1) I do like Placebo, but we’ve lost touch lately, 2) Love it when you find material with a quite narrow target audience and you’re actually in that target audience, 3) It’s my kind of music nerdiness.

Stumbled across Hannah Witton on YouTube, love this:

Gilmore Girls got nothing on Caitlin.

Swedish Come Dine with Me (Halv åtta hos mig). It’s a sick obsession.

Food

Does anybody really want to think about food in January?

Although. I did invent a wicked pasta mushroom combo: aubergine roasted until is practically black, mushrooms, Oatley cream, mustard, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, smoked paprika, pasta and some fresh tomatoes with that. V. v. pleased.

Miscellaneous

Cleaned up my layout. Currently using the theme Ryu; love the clean, simple + contrasty layout.

Villfarelser. On Insta/Twitter/Pinterest. Suddenly had lots of pictures like this in my Pinterest feed:

"Självinsikt" #villfarelser #självinsikt

Ett inlägg delat av VILLFARELSER™ (@villfarelser)

Turns out, it’s the creation of Villfarelser, you can follow on Insta and Twitter. The text reads I lacked self awareness. I was a wonderful human being. So in love with this. Old pics and absurd, bitter captions, it doesn’t get any better than that.

Plans for February

Winter makes me want to die. I just want to hibernate until April. OK?

Might pull myself together enough to:

1) Restart my HBO subscription so that I can watch Vikings and Girls.
2) Visit Stockholm. Not as much of a plan as I’m being forced.
3) I think I’m starting a bullet journal? Maybe? Pinterest has me brainwashed.

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100 day song challenge #82

#82 A song from a musical

In my world, there is only one musical worth while: Kristina från Duvemåla. Obvious choice: Du måste finnas.

I’ve tried liking some of the usual suspects, e.g. Hair, The Phantom of the Opera, but none of them has got anything on Kristina. In some things, I am so very stereotypically Swedish.

I’ve even seen it performed. However did that happen?

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Reading the books; Det är något som inte stämmer

You know what I suddenly realized? I’m currently prioritizing going to the gym over reading. Fewer books are being read.

I don’t like that this is who I am.

So I shall proceed to ignore this fact; let’s talk about a book I read instead!

…and let’s also ignore the complete insanity that is writing about Swedish books in English.

I picked up Martina Haag’s Det är något som inte stämmer [Something’s not right] at the library the other day. Lovely little read you can finish in an afternoon.

The story is loosely based on the author’s own life, her fairly recent divorce, and focuses on what happens to a person who’s been deceived.

It is heartbreaking, even if the text never dwells too much on this. I do like the glimpses of what goes on in other people’s minds, especially when their behavior is, at times, less than rational. As is the case here.

I also love how Haag ignores chronological order and mixes scenes from the past and the present. The past: her life at home in the city, with her kids and husband, and how the marriage falls apart; The present: the time she spends in a cabin up north, middle of nowhere.

I’m starting to realize how I love reading about inaccessible places, places untouched by man. Surely not uncommon, but personally, it’s a surprise because I’m scared witless of being in places where there’s no running water even. Never mind places where there’s no civilisation. Reading about it tho! Makes me think I want to go hiking. Because in my mind, hiking = looking at the scenery.

A couple of things though.

The protagonist brings her cat to this nowhere place. And just lets it run free. And it doesn’t run away? I struggle with this. This isn’t how I know cats to work. Bit caught up on that. I know it’s a silly detail, but non the less. She also whistles and the cat comes running. Tell me, what breed does that?

The dialogue. At times it just reads kind of unnatural. This is a frequent hang-up I have, books and movies alike. Maybe it’s just me? I dunno.

But all and all, I cannot help but love a short book, clearly written, not overly discriptive, letting the reader fill in all the blanks. Not the best book I’ve ever read, but a perfect way to spend a Sunday evening.

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100 day song challenge #89

You may have noticed I kind of love Einstürzende Neubauten. Little bit.

Listening to the absolutely lovely track Die Wellen the other day I started thinking is there no way I can include this in my challenge???

Let’s review what’s left of this challenge:

A song that means a lot. Yes that’s going to be a stretch at best.

A song that reminds you of summer. Er. No. No Neubauten song ever reminds me of any other season than fall or spring. Which is why A song that reminds you of winter is also out of the question.

A song that’s a guilty pleasure. You crazy? NO. Neubauten’s pretty much the coolest band you could possibly listen to /unbiased opinion.

A song that you need to be in a certain mood to listen to. This here song is universally good, no matter the circumstances. If you don’t hear it you need to listen to it again.

A song that’s connected to a memory. Does reading an explanation of why the song is so quiet in the beginning count? (It’s so that you’ll turn up the volume. Blixa is a clever man.)

A song with a name in the title. Noooo.

A song with the word “go” in the title. A song with the word “under” in the title. A song with the word “eye” in the title. We’re all decent readers here; obvs no.

A song with a great keyboard solo. Mm yes. I’d like to see Neubauten do that.

A song with great vocal harmonies. Well, that’s subjective, sooo…?

A song you wish you could play on an instrument. For me, that’s a no. Not this one.

A song you can’t help but sing along to. Wellll..I hate to say no. But no.

A song you used to love but now hate. How could you hate this???

A song you would choose for karaoke. Let’s not go there just yet.

A song by a band with more than 5 people in it. Blixa, N.U, Jochen, Rudolf, Alexander. That’s 5. Dammit.

A song from a musical. They did a play once I think? This one wasn’t in it though.

A song from a TV show theme. If only.

A song currently stuck in your head. Again. I wish.

A song by one of your favorite bands. Well I mean yes, but I already have plans that doesn’t include this partiuclar song.

A song. Actually, not just “A song”. THE SONG. While I love it, I’d be lying if I picked this one.

A song you had to look up the lyrics to. WELL OBVIOUSLY YES. To see if it fit this damn challenge. But I don’t really think that’s what this prompt means. (Since when I care about that? I care temporarily. At this point in time.)

A song for moving on. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner! Bleibst du hier oder was? I’m interpreting it as a song on the topic in general. Because you either move on or remain. (In English: Are you staying here, or what? Sounds far better in German.)

 

Also I can stop thinking about Sarah Dawn Finer’s Moving on every time I read this prompt. Not that it’s not a catchy tune, but it’s certainly no Die Wellen.

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I ♥ last.fm

The new version of last.fm still has some issues, but this brand new weekly feature they’ve got, I like it!

They do such good statistics. Look:

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It’s dead funny how Roddy Hart is his own genre.

In general, statistics bore the life our of me, but this, I’m obsessed with. Completely pointless but I’ve accepted that’s how I work.

Conlusion: 1 day 18 hours total of listening to music in a week??? I must up my game!

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100 day song challenge #37

#37 A song with more than 5 words in the title

You know how sometimes you watch something on the telly and a song comes on and it’s so pretty and you’ve got literally no idea what it is?

That’s when I wonder how people ever got by without the internet.

I was watching the Kent documentary and this song came on: Young as the morning, old as the sea by Passenger. Which I obviously didn’t know at the time. Because I would not have given it the time of day.

Up until this point I’ve hated Passenger with a passion. Why? I’ve a vague recolleciton of some song they played on the radio I just couldn’t stand, but mainly because to me, Passenger was the name of a project In Flames’s Anders Fridén was involved in. How very dare he steal that name? (Yes no, when it comes to In Flames I make no sense.)

And also. This day and age, don’t you google the name you’re considering before taking it on?

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And I want • jan 2017

See Casey play again. They announced a tour on Monday, but the dates/places are simply no good. So keen to see them again.

Take up running. ???? Something has to be wrong with me, I absolutely hate running. But I keep wanting to feel completely out of breath. Maybe it’ll pass? Or maybe, I’ll device a plan to get started soon as the roads are ice-free?

More daylight. Obvious one. Should make it a point to fit in as much vacation as humanly possible during these horrible months.

New and improved bands in town. Seriously. I want to think that at one point it did work as it should, but right now, it doesn’t feel updated at all. I don’t trust it for a second.

More cats to sit. What I mean is, family sometimes use me as cat sitter. Because I’ve decided I can’t have a cat where I live now, being a cat sitter is the next best thing.

New PVRIS record. I hear it’s coming, excited!

Band merch. I’ve come to the conclusion it’s perfect gym wear. Plus, I do want to support all of my favorites, of course.

New Editors record. No idea if it’s in the works. I can’t work out how to get news about this band. Or maybe there are no news? But their latest offering was so my taste I need more.

A notebook that can be used as bullet journal. You’d think that’d be an easy one. But no. Finding an appropriate notebook around these parts is apparently not easy at all. I’ve been to multiple stores already, I’ve found literally nothing. I’m not prepared to order the official bullet journal just yet, need to try it on for size first. See if it sticks.

Lush hair products. This! I could get at any time. I just want to smell like an entire Lush store. Problem: I don’t actually need any hair products for the time being. And I’m trying to be a bit more mindful shopper.

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