Endless blog challenge

Amy at Curiouser and curiouser did the Currently Reading Tag a while back. Let’s do that!


How many books do you usually read at once?

If you’re reading more than one book at a time, how do you decide when to switch books?

Do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re partway through a book?

Where do you keep the book(s) you’re currently reading?

What time of day do you spend the most time reading?

How long do you typically read in one sitting?

Do you read hardbacks with the dust jacket on or off?

What position do you mainly use to read?

Do you take the book you’re currently reading with you everywhere you go?

How often do you update your Goodreads progress on the book you’re currently reading?

Top 3 reasons I ♥ Depeche Mode

ONE. Dave Gahan

This has not been in the case in the past, but the older I get (or the older Dave gets..?) the more I enjoy what Dave brings to Depeche. I’ve deeply underestimated him as a singer. One of my all-time favorite voices for sure. Could he just sing all the songs in all the bands?

Yes yes, Martin is technically superior to just about everyone, I still prefer Dave (if I need to choose, which obviously I don’t, I can love them both, but I do love Dave a smidgen more).

TWO. The Enjoy the Silence video

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I’m still struck with just how brilliant Enjoy the Silence really is. There aren’t a lot of videos you can watch over and over and over and still sometimes catch yourself thinking gawd this is so good.

To be fair. They have put out some of the best videos ever, but none of them are quite as absurd as this one, which is its main appeal to me.

THREE. 101

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This is what got me into Depeche in the first place. The 101 documentary was on TV and I’ll watch any music documentary served to me, so I did. Sure, I knew about Depeche before, but this documentary turned know of into obsessed with quite quickly. It’s just the general vibe of 101; if it was just about the music it would have made no sense to me, I needed the context.

I’m still dreaming of that summer I’ll spend following Depeche around.

So that’s. What I’ve been thinking about lately.

You know how people are sometimes “if women didn’t spend so much time on makeup and clothes they’d have more time to do important things and start a revolution”?

Yeah. I wouldn’t do that.

I clearly have time available. And I spend it thinking about Depeche Mode. Soo ja. Lost cause.



ONE. Most recent Insta like

This post reads: Could it be that women’s lack of physical strength has some sort of connection to being constantly encouraged to starve to be attractive for men 🤔🤔🤔


TWO. Twitter

I just love a good grumpy cat.

THREE. YouTube

I absolutely love Lex’s take on the 26 things I’ve learned in 26 years; it is pure brilliant. Because negativity + sarcasm 💕

FOUR. Spotify

Genius move on Tonight Alive’s part, invite Lynn Gunn! If only more songs could feature Lynn Gunn.

FIVE. Another Insta-like

Home @edmasonphoto

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I cannot tell you how much I want this coat. Parka? Just look at that lining! It’s amazing. Love it that there are hordes of pics of this coat in my feed.

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5 things I’m getting (if I ever move)


Been looking forward to killing this beaut for the better part of a year at least:

I obviously don’t want to kill it, but let’s be realistic, it is going to die. It’s my USP; there is literally no plant I can’t kill, and with ease. Nifty trait when you’re moving, less things to move.


In my current bedroom I have this amazing dark grey wallpaper with a water lily pattern (I weep at the thought of leaving this wallpaper behind). While I do love the wallpaper, it doesn’t really work with anything but plain white sheets.

The walls in my new bedroom, however, are white. Which I’m pretty sure I’ll hate, but I’m trying to look at the positives. I could get something other than plain white bed linen. I’d love these:

They’re currently on sale, so by the time I’ve moved, I’m sure there will be none left. Equally sure there will be other nice ones.


This wee thing from IKEA which I’m sure just about everyone except me has by now:

It just looks so damned handy and I’m sure I need it for the bathroom. Although probably not in white…


Because apparently my apartment doesn’t come with any, and I’ve long since lost the power to sleep through Swedish summer without. Good news: I get to pick which type blinds.

And I’m going with the type that does not require regular cleaning, nor re-stringing. Like this:


A huge enormous snake plant!

I’ve had ones in the past, yes I killed them, but I do want new ones. Ones I don’t have to move. Hoping the general climate in my new apartment will make them last longer, because I haven’t got the faintest what I’m doing.

I’m desperately hoping this is all I need. Moving in itself will be expensive enough. Never mind the fact that I’ll probably be paying double rent because of the shitty moving in date I got.

What I already did get for my new place:

Towels. One set for the kitchen and one set for the bathroom. Least you can do for your brand spanking new apartment.


So ja. The fact that I have a moving date has thrown me into full planning mode. I’m also sitting around staring at my bookshelves trying to decide if it’s too early to do that second declutter.

It probably is..?

Endless blog challenge

Surely, we’ve got nothing better to do than write blog posts??

This week, I’m back to suggesting three topics (surprise!). Here we go!

5 likes. I propose the following sources; Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Spotify. You know you can like or dislike tracks Spotify plays you if you use the autoplay setting, right? The dislike button is insanely satisfying.

5 podcasts. Straight up listing + short note on what the episode in question was about.

5 things in my freezer. Make sure to stock your freezer with some good bits!

Best of luck!

Recent discoveries


Smashbox BB cream + NYX Lingerie palette. Attempt at long story short: snow came pouring down, truck drivers showed particularly poor judgement, roads were closed off and traffic redirected. Rather than spending over 2 hours on narrow, narrow roads in the dark I opted for staying with my parents. Had not planned for it so I went to get a few bits to get me through the workday.

I.e. this was a more or less necessity purchase, but I have to say I’m impressed!

The BB cream. A. Exactly the right shade for me. B. I am happy with this light coverage. C. SPF 35?! I can tell you now this will be my go-to for summer. I’m just very happy with.

The eyeshadows. This looks like the most boring palette ever, I have similar shades. But I can use this for my whole face easy, and I love using it for a grungy eye. Love how the shades blend too. Current go-to!


ACO shampoo. So. My scalp recently turned into a dry flake. Cold water—not helping. Soft water—not helping. Washing hair a maximum of twice a week—not helping. Expensive hydrating shampoo—not helping. Other hydrating and/or moisturizing treatments—also. not. helping. This drugstore shampoo though, has worked a treat! It’s even friends with the stupid hard water in my apartment.

Will stay away from all hair products for now though, including dry shampoo, because I don’t know what was the cause of the dryness to begin with. Sure, it is cold out—we’re talking between -10 and -20 the past few weeks—but I’ve been around for a while, cold weather doesn’t usually have this effect on me. Only difference is washing hair less often and using dry shampoo. Shouldn’t that counteract any dryness..? I just don’t get it.


Lentil cakes! I’m sure this is a result of Sweden’s fear of rice, but it’s a brilliant, brilliant idea. Not sure this particular flavor was for me though, will get the plain ones next time.

Madeleine Olivia. Makes videos about vegan food and minimalism. Also talks eating disorder. 💕


Can I also mention the dinosaur kale again? My current favorite veggie!

On a similar theme, this insta account/blog:

Idag är det söndag och söndag betyder 😍MATLÅDEPREPP😍 och idag lagade jag ”bara” av sånt jag hade hemma. Och det blev fasen inte så bara! Herregud vad gott det blev. En klick röd curry, ett tofublock, lite kryddor, ris, quinoa, kokosmjölk blev marinerad tofu med en djävulskt god 🔥RÖD CURRYSÅS TO DIE FOR🔥 Alltså! Prova den! Tricket är att fräsa med ingefära och att ha i lite grillad paprika i såsen. Dra mig baklänges. Det där ovan kostade alltså i stunden noll kronor men kommer spara mig flera hundra kronor istället för utelunch. Recept på såsen finner ni om ni svajpar 👩🏻‍🍳 Jag körde som sagt marinerad och stekt tofu till men den här passar till så mycket, det är jag rätt säker på. Sojafärs, linser, kikärtor, ja vad som helst typ. Gah! Är så exalterad över att få äta dessa i veckan! Ps. Ni frågar ofta var jag köper tofu och tempeh och det gör jag i asiatiska butiker. Det är cheap 🌱 Jag säger det igen. Prova såsen!!😍 Vad har ni lagat lagat idag? 🙏🌏🔥🙏✌️💃🏼 #staycheap #matlåderi #sås #supersås #superdupersås #nöjd

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Tips on meals to make that are under 10 SEK/serving (translation: dirt. cheap.). And as I’m sure you can tell by the pictures, there are some v. good tips, just look at all that color!


Less happy discovery: the Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Primer has a tendency to pill up. It doesn’t do it all the time, but because it does sometimes, enough to keep me from using it. Can’t figure out why it does that; it be easier if it behaved the same way every time.

On a similar note, apparently chia seeds make me nauseous. (???or I imagining things again???)

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What I ate a day in February


For breakfast: buckwheat porridge + fruits, berries and roasted nuts.

I used to make buckwheat porridge all the time. With rice milk and blueberries; it’s like having dessert for breakfast. The reason I stopped is quite simply I’m lazy. You need to rinse the buckwheat before cooking it, the horror, which is just too much for me and that’s why it fell out of rotation. But on a weekend, it hardly feels like an extra effort.

As per usual, I’m cooking the buckwheat in soy milk, adding cardamom and cinnamon, serving with roasted nuts + seeds, a kiwi, bits of mango, blueberries and black berries. A zinc supplement and a cup of my favorite mint/licorice herbal and that’s me!

For a snack, I’m having oat yoghurt, a heaped teaspoon of hemp protein, a pile of banana and roasted coconut flakes.

I know lots of people who are less than keen on the hemp protein; my trick is a decent dusting of cardamom or cloves. It disguises the hemp flavor sufficiently.


For lunch, let’s see what I can find in my cupboards.


This is brown rice, zucchini, cabbage and spinach fried in rapeseed oil and onion powder, a pesto hummus (green lentils, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic salt, kale, pesto), bit of nooch and roasted chickpeas to top it off. This was not bad! Will definitely make again.

Also. I’m curious, is the rest of the world as terrified of rice as we are in Sweden? I’m looking for a reason to consider this fear of rice exaggerated; I want to have rice everyday of the week. The Swedish National Food Agency says no. Because of the arsenic. How bad can it be??

For dinner, I’m using this lush green as my starting point:


I went to the store intending to get regular kale, but this just called out to me. Just look at that green! Not sure what you’d call this, in Swedish we call it black kale, I seem to recall someone referring to it as dinosaur kale. Not sure if that’s actually what it’s called. It’s a type of kale, do we need to be more specific? I’m thinking no.

I’m just doing the usual: tear the kale into pieces, fry it with garlic in rapeseed oil with what’s left of the cabbage, add some cannellini beans and ch*ck*n, few pieces of walnut and vegan roasted garlic mayo and this is pretty much my favorite meal.


That was most of what I ate that day. There might have been a pile of supplements. Probably a raw cookie dough and a piece of fruit. But who’s counting, right?

Endless blog challenge

For this week, I’m proposing the following topic: Recent discoveries.

This could be done in a number of different ways; an obvious way would be to do it on a theme, say music. Or it could be something more abstract, such as something you’ve learned.

Or, if you’re not a fan of the theme idea, you could just list a few things you’ve discovered lately. If you want to make it easy on yourself you could list for example:

a track
an author
a food
a YT channel
an insta/twitter account
a skincare/hair/makeup product
an app
a drink
a blog
a podcast/TV show

Enough ideas, yes?


9 hours until I get to wash my hair. Sometimes 3 days between washes just seems like an eternity. Might even treat myself to a hair treatment! (...it really shouldn’t be a treat nor optional.)

2 days until the DVD release of Väck mig när ni vaknat, the Silvana Imam documentary. ..not that I’m getting it on DVD. I don’t think? I’m assuming it’s released to various streaming services too?

6 days until a glass of wine + the Lady Gaga docu. Sis claims she’s coming up north and these be our vague plans. Unless she makes a date with a horse. Which is not entirely impossible… But I’m sure this can be done with or without sis.

2 weeks until my apartment is put up for sale. This entire thing is making me insanely nervous. I started thinking about the money involved in the move, in the selling, and my income, and the fact that I’m one person (if my income fails, I’ve got no one to rely on), and I’m now so anxious I’ve been awake since 1.41 this morning. Such fun! Why didn’t I just get a rental? I really should get a glass of wine for later, to shut my brain down. (Jaja! I’m clearly an alcoholic, I think about wine only.)

89 days until the snow’s melted. I’ve decided we can’t be having any snow left by June, right??

110 days until vacation. Constant countdown for anyone who works, I’m sure. Regardless of whether or not you’re doing anything special. I’ve got no plans, but I’ve got 5 weeks off. All it takes to have me quite excited!

123 days until I get the keys to my new apartment. (Wouldn’t it just be so funny if something happens and I won’t be able to move after all?)

Less than 302 days until the release of Robyn’s new album. Probably. There is no set date, but I hear it’s set for release this year.

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7 empties


Apoteket Hjärtat cream deodorant. I was quite thrilled when I found this. Cruelty free, budget friendly, available at my local drugstore. But, as it turns out, it’s not great. I don’t sweat much so it’s fine, but I do think there are better cream deodorants.

EOS Hand Lotion. Packaging is fun, the sent is nice, if you like cucumber which I do, it’s not greasy, but doesn’t keep my hands moisturized. I need heavier stuff.

Vaseline Aloe Vera. Oh how I loved this. And then I went cruelty free and this is no longer an option. Shame, truly.

Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Charcoal Face Mask. Yes! My second tube of this truly useless mask is finally empty! Will never buy again.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. Honestly, I don’t know why everyone loves this. It’s 0% better than my usual and cheaper Lumene primer. It might even be not as good in fact. I’m just not impressed. I see no reason to repurchase. Also, hate the applicator.

IsaDora Twist Up Gloss in Biscuit. I’ve already told you I do like this gloss, but rather than repurchasing I opted for the cheaper and similar Wet n Wild balm in Caffein Fix.

Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex. It’s not bad, doesn’t sting my eyes, hydrates sufficiently, but not at all sure that it’s better than No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Eye Cream which is way cheaper. So for now, I’ve gone back to No7.