life

Getting my weekly spreads sorted

Well. It’s getting there.

I’ve concluded that for my weekly spreads I like boxes. And lines that are less than neat and straight.

So basically. I’m merely reminding you that you don’t have to be an artist to have a bullet journal. In case you forgot.

Best part: when you make your own weekly spreads, you can make it so that you have all the writing space you need. Love that!

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music

3 bands I’d rather

Adept is opening for Architects in Malmö.

I’ve known for a while and I’ve a hard time accepting it.

Like really? One opening act? And it’s Adept? Really?

Yeah yeah, I should probably a. get a hobby, and b. remember that attendance is not mandatory. I can stay in the bar.

But still.

Seems to me there are other and better choices.

Northlane. They’ve released a record and far as I know no Swedish date booked. And they were so good back in December when they opened for Amity Affliction. (..maybe even slightly, just a little, dare I say, better than Amity..?)

I simply cannot understand why not.

Annisokay. I like Annisokay well enough. But I don’t particularly want to see them play (no reason really, just don’t). Still I’d much rather see Annisokay than Adept.

Casey. I mean, just look at this:

If I’m being honest. It is specifically Casey my brain has decided it cannot accept that they’re not on the bill. There is no logic behind it. Could be because I keep getting tweets in my feed saying how Casey is the band to see. As if I didn’t know already. Doesn’t mean that it would be an obvious choice for opening act for Architects. But still.

This is not a comment on Adept’s skills or talent. I’m sure they have it. (For now…) But they do strike me as a band geared towards men. And I find that insanely boring.

When I could be seeing Casey.

It makes no sense to me.

That’s all.

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life

Preparing to move; Decluttering my record collection pt. 2

I have. Thrown out. About half of all the CDs I owned.

It was not easy and I don’t want to think about it too much.

The empty corner in my living room not exactly helping. Trying to hide it with a lamp. Not quite sure it’s working. I’ll get used to it eventually, right?

What little CDs I’ve got left, i.e. those meeting the criterion I might want to listen to this in my car. One day., I’ve stuck in here:

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Sure, there’s another row of CD:s behind this one, but they all fit into this tiny shelf and I can keep them out of sight. Success seems an apt word?

Next: get rid of the actual CD player. Which has been sitting in my closet for years.

Why is throwing out things so hard?

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life

May wrap-up

May in Sweden. It’s kind of disappointing. Someone on Twitter made this striking observation “Do we even have seasons anymore or is it just on shuffle?” It was an insane mix of snow, sunshine, warm and cold. Just make up your mind!?! I can’t dress for this!

Listened to

Unbeliever and Red Eyes by Architects. New favorites (old tracks). Odds that they’re in the current/future setlist…? (Might be pretending I don’t know what’s in the setlist. Mebbe.)

Sea Change by Thrice. New Thrice track, and it’s such a treat! Surely we’re not so lucky it means a new album is in the works? It was just a one-off right? How does one get news about Thrice anyway?

Read

Storytel. Apparently my book streaming service of choice. Turns out I was wrong thinking audiobooks were definitely not for me, even if I’m on the distracted side as suspected. It’s also the one thing that’s currently keeping me “reading”.

Fördömd. Novel by Johanne Hildebrandt; clearly my favorite writer of all the writers. Was an excellent company on my walks.

Wore

Best eyeliner in a while:

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Clearly so rare it needs a special mention.

Come to think of it, it was in fact not in May but the end of April when I went to see Little Jinder, but never mind! Loved the outfit too, men’s camouflage hoodie + fave H&M shorts, biggest hoops I could wear and Vagabond boots. Sis has OK:ed for wearing to maybe a more appropriate occasion such as metal gig. (What’s the fun in that?! I’ll dig out some flowery dress or something such. Because being inappropriate is highly entertaining?)

Gave eyebrows another go. It’s as if I’m not meant to have eyebrows. Or I’m now so used to having no brows I just think it looks wrong (on me). May as well clear out all brow products. Not that I have many, but still.

Watched

Reign. On the one hand, Catherine is some sort if carrier of feminist ideas, on the other, all other women on this show are malnourished. Severely. I don’t particularly approve of this ambivalence. Surely it could have been avoided? And I miss Francis. They’re ignoring history anyway, couldn’t Bash die instead? They could just pretended that it was Francis because he wanted out of the whole being king deal. Or something! I dunno. It just makes no sense to ge rid of a perfectly good character like Francis and keep a pointless character like Bash.

The Handmaid’s Tale! 💕

And can we just quickly mention Twin Peaks…first two episodes, not bad. Third one. Third one I could just not get through and gave up. Mistake?

Food things

Red wine. As in tried to learn to love red wine (again, used to be v. v. fond of it) failed miserably. It just makes my stomach turn. And I’m not even talking about as a result of much wine, we’re talking one small glass (I don’t normally do small glasses of wine).

Cava. Might be even better than Sauvignon blanc. Had some Freixenet and it was amazing. And yes HI I’m a wino, what of it?

Protein. I’m all about the protein these days. Top 5 proteins (in no particular order): Bean pasta; which I like to add to bean dishes. Edamame beans; add to some rice, sprouts and roasted broccoli + mustard or wasabi and that’s all you need. Rice protein; add to pancakes. Sea weed tofu; add to purple cabbage, aubergine puree, mushrooms and pasta. Veggi fake meat; fry up with strong spices, add kale and roasted beets. Bit of roasted garlic mayo (Astrid & aporna ♥♥.)

Miscellaneous

Penntricket. I do still love Penntricket, but the episode where they collab with Lillelördag was kinda painful. I mean suuure, it aptly illustrates how some women are completely clueless when it comes to feminism, but that also means that they more or less had to step away from the feminist topic because you can’t discuss any topic with people who are not aware and apparently also lacking interest. The conversation just went in the wrong direction and never found its way anywhere near back.

Maria Nila. I hate it that Maria Nila is so expensive but so undeniably the best. I was using Lee Stafford’s heat protection, which works really well to keep your hair straight once you’ve straightened it. However. Turned the ends of my hair into all knots, basically, so I switched to the Maria Nila heat protective cream spray. It is good. Similarly, disappointed with Lush’s Retread conditioner, so, again, switching to Maria Nila.

Plans for June

  1. Architects! Just the one show, because I’m practicing moderation.
  2. Catch up on actual reading. I’ve got a week off work, is there anything better to do with a week off than try to get out of this reading slump?
  3. Spend quality time with cats.
  4. Resist the urge to book a trip because I’ve got no business going anywhere and it’s bad for the environment and my finances. And I should suffer. I’m sure it’s what I deserve.
  5. Last hair dye in a while. I love having red hair, but I hate how the dye stains literally everything for weeks afterwards. I can’t deal. But I’ve still got some dye left. So. One last time.
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books, life

3 thoughts on Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology

I was off to a slow start with Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology. It is a pretty straightforward retelling of the norse sagas and I’m not overly keen. To be honest. Mythology interests me just fine, the sagas for some reason not so much. Probably because a. the Norse gods are not likable, and b. their concerns are kind of foreign to present day people.

Despite the slow start, I got really into it. I would have liked the book to never end.

Can we have Neil Gaiman read all the books? I listened to the audiobook. Neil has one of the most pleasant voices there ever was. Sometimes even bordering on Alan Rickman. (Obvs another fave.)

The Aesir got what they deserved. I don’t know if it was the way Gaiman told it, but I just really felt for the Fenrir wolf; knowing they would lose in the end, it felt right.

Why aren’t any of the stories about the norns? I love the norns, the Norse version of the fates. My favorite characters of all the characters. Not even sure why that is, it’s not as if there’s a lot of info about them out there.

Actually. I’m currently reading a new interpretation of Norse mythology focusing on the female deities. I’m hoping it’ll shed some light on the norns. Because who cares about Frigg or Freya? No, not even Gaiman managed to make them anything like interesting.

Gaiman’s got a nice intrepretation/rendition of the norns in Sandman, which you really should read if you haven’t already. Not only because of the norns, but that is defnitely one reason of hundreds to pick it up.

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books

Top Seven Sunday; Instant attraction

I’ve been meaning to finish this post for literally months. It’s really one of the Top Ten Tuesday topics from The Broke and the BookishTop ten things that will make me instantly want to read a book.

I’m just going to ignore the fact that I’m so late the party’s been over for a very, very long time now, and just get on with it anyway. Because I really did like this topic.

And because I’ve already written the post, I know this list does not include 10 things, but rather seven, so let’s keep with the alliteration and just call it what it is.

Disclaimer: I may want to instantly read a book for any of the following reasons, but there are still any number of things that will discourage me a second later.

Norse mythology. I have  a long-going Norse mythology obsession. To be fair, I’m quite interested in mythology in general; what I find most appealing about Norse mythology is that we seem to be missing pieces of the puzzle, it makes little sense at the best of times. Which means you can fill it with content of your choice. I love it when authors take the basic idea of Norse mythology and runs with it. Examples: The Valhalla Saga, Sandman, American Gods.

Music references. Not music in general, specifically music I know and/or love, obviously. This also applies to fictive music, e.g. books set in a music industry context that also manage to be convincing, such as How to kill a rockstar. Other examples: Röta, Eleanor & Park, The Sex Revolts.

University setting. I’m a sucker for university setting. I was even before I started working at uni. Examples: You had me at hello, Rebell med frusna fötter, Fördömd – I also hear Stephen King’s Lisey’s Story is set at uni. I keep meaning to read it for that very reason.

Feminist satire. Is there anything better? Examples: Egalia’s Daughters, Hur man botar en feminist (English: How to cure a feminist), Jag är din flickvän nu (English: I’m your girlfriend now).

Feminist anything. In general. Fiction and non-fiction alike. I will give anything a go, the problem is, there are writers with faulty understanding of what feminism is, i.e. writer and me are not on the same page = they are wrong, and that will make me stop reading. I prefer feminist works of what people would probably call radical or extreme. A few favorites: Feminist Political Theory, Dirty Weekend, The End of Men, The Women’s Room, Det kallas manshat (English: It’s called hating men).

Well-written biographies. I don’t limit myself to people I know/like. I do prefer music bios about musicians I like, but I will read about just about anyone. At the same time, I’m quite particular when it comes to the quality of the writing. Which is unfortunate in this genre, as it tends to be a poorly written genre. And yes, I will immediately want to read if a reviewer says it’s a good bio. Can’t seem to learn that in general, reviewers and me don’t have the same idea of what constitutes a good bio. Examples: Scar tissue, The Heroin Diaries, It’s So Easy, The Long Hard Road out of Hell.

Books that put interesting historical figures (fictive or real) in new contexts. For example if you make up a story Karin Boye, or Medea. I know I’ve read several books like this but right now I can only remember Texts from Jane Eyre.

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Preparing to move; Decluttering my record collection

This getting rid of most of my CD:s business is way harder than I thought.

I have started. I did a first cut. And a second.

(Why am I showing yout this? I don’t even want to see this myself.)

Explanation: CD:s placed horizontally are the ones I’m getting rid of. While I’ve made some definite progress using the following mantra: Will I ever pick this recod out to play it in the car? Yes > keep, No > throw.

Number of records I’m keeping: far larger number than I care to count.

Let’s distract ourselves with my tiny vinyl collection instead. It’s been kept under excellent control, making decluttering a piece of cake.

Really. If I made any sense, I’d get rid of the lot; my record player has been in storage for years. But one simply does not throw out:

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Did you know Sisters of Mercy’s  First and last and always actually has a better sound on vinyl than any other format? Yea. That’s just an attempt at an excuse. I have literally no excuses. I just really like it. Throwing it out would be blasphemy. (I have my own religion, OK?) In short, I ♥ First and last and always. And you should too.

If you haven’t already, give the title track a listen. You won’t regret it! Promise!

Ach Andrew Eldrich. Such a lovely voice.

Similarly, if you listen to Janis Joplin and own Janis vinyls and you don’t just get rid of them. You just don’t. In addition, this one is actually my mum’s, so you know, permanent fixture in my life until something truly horrific happens.

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Another must have, Bruce, you don’t throw Bruce out:

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In general, I don’t listen to Neil Young, Harvest is the one exception, and I love it.

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The next one was one of the very first albums I ever owned/stole from parents/listened to, plus, I just really like this artwork. And I do still like the record. It’s a keeper.

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Coincidentally, Marie Fredriksson is also featured on this lovely covers records, which otherwise reads as the Swedish 80s rock elite sing songs by folk singer Cornelis Vreesvijk, which probably sounds awful but it is truly brilliant. Also a steal from my parents; wouldn’t feel right to throw it out.

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…I might be keeping this next Echo and the Bunnymen record on account of the fact that the cover is by Anton Corbijn. And I like it. As good a reason as any?

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Speaking of which, artwork is the only reason I’m keeping this record by The Churches. I can’t even remember a single song on it. But I love the cover.

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Obviously, you need your AC/DC Highway to Hell on vinyl, keeping.

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And it makes absolutely no difference that I probably haven’t listened to these Hole 7″s since I was in my 20s. Never throwing out. You’ll have to pry them out of my cold dead hands.

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So there you have it. A study in unreasonable.

I did also get rid of a bunch. What I’ve got left is just a few stray copies, completely manageable. Even if makes no sense to keep a format I’m not actively using.

Did I mention that I fail at minimalism?

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