Ethical shopping list

You think that when I write my own prompts, I’d make it easy on myself.

Apparently not how I roll. I can’t even quite stick with my own prompts.

As previously established, I can barely be bothered to read labels on food I buy. It goes without saying I’m not that ethical in my purchases, I mean, it requires even more than reading labels. (How funny is it that complain on a daily basis that students can’t read, they keep asking about things that are right on our website. I’m exactly the same. Except I don’t email anyone about it.)

However. I’m easily swayed by someone as much as mentioning possible better choices.

I still believe in legislation and regulation, but I do think that some ethical choices/purchases could be good for you on a personal level. As in some choices takes away some of the stress of consuming, consuming, consuming.

(Even if the consuming is sometimes fun too, not to mention being able to open a drawer and voilà! there is whatever it is you need exactly this minute. I love that. See why I need legislation??)

Blahblah, let’s list some things!

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Ecolabeled tampons. Yes, a menstrual cup would be better but I’m old, OK? Can’t learn new things. I expect to never bleed again aaaaany second now.

But until then, I will switch brand, as evil o.b. is not cruelty free (Dear, o.b. GET WITH THE PROGRAM), nor ecolabeled.

I am considering two options:

  1. Your happy period. Subscription, not only good for the environment but also they donate a month’s supply of mensskydd to a girl in need. You just have to love that. What has me considering another option is the fact that my period has a history of being unpredictable. Sure, it’s been what is for me extremely regular the last few months, but it could just stop at any time. Could end with me having purchased products I don’t need and that is a waste of resources.
  2. Just regular ecolabeled tampons from COOP (Swedish grocery chain); I’ve done my research and I’m told they’re good.

Raw bars. Ingredients to make my own raw bars. For a while now, I’ve been in the habit of snacking on raw bars, and I feel very guilty about the amount of wrapping, never mind that it’s more expensive than making your own (I assume?).

Yes well. That ends now. I am making my own. Found a supersimple recipe where you just mix together 250 g dates, 3 TBSP peanut butter and 1 dl (approx ½ cup) oatmeal and make it into 8 bars or balls. I’mna tweak it just a tiiiny bit; almond seed butter instead of PB and I’m adding cinnamon, and protein powder. Probably some water too so that it doesn’t end up as dry crumbs because of the protein.

Reusable cotton rounds. Let me tell you about the illogical word used for reusable cotton rounds in Sweden; it so illogical that I can’t remember what they were actually called. I once stumbled on them at a eco website, so I know where they are, but I can’t find them again because they’re not called anything near what you’d think they’d be called. If the world made sense, reusable cotton rounds would be suggested even if I was just searching for regular cotton rounds, but apparently no.

While I’m quite happy using my hands for most of my products, I’ve unfortunately found there are times when one could use a cotton round.

Reusable produce bags. There is just one thing that has kept me from getting them: I’ve never in my life seen anyone use reusable produce bags where I shop. I fear that it might lead to a confused conversation with the poor lady in the checkout. And I don’t want to talk to anyone ever. Dilemma!

Scented candles. I need to switch to eco-friendly scented candles asap!

Garbage bags. The fact that I am not already buying biodegradable garbage bags is just embarrassing.

Soap bars. You know what’s good about bar soap? The kind you get at Lush wrapped in a piece of paper? Less. Plastic. Packaging. I hope I’m not the only one who just didn’t think of that. Until recently. Problem: the Lush soap, it gets stuck all over your sink. But I guess there are other brands?

Couple of things I want to work on:

Buying second hand. I can do furniture (although nothing quite beats what has been left to you buy your grandmother, no matter how crappy), but clothes. The only second hand things I have are a few bits my sister has sorted out of her closet. Second hand stores are just so daunting; they require patience. I am the queen of knowing what I’m looking for, going into a store getting it and walking out. That approach doesn’t work with second hand.

More feasible than me becoming a second hand person any time soon: buying less things or buying “conscious” ranges. And to be honest, that’s also not happening soon, I don’t think.

Organic beauty. It was probably a mistake not start with organic beauty, because I’m afraid the non-organic is. Better?

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Experimenting with skincare

I’ve quickly abandoned my environment obsession and replaced it with a keen interest in skincare.

Currently, my skin seems to have two settings: oily or flaky dry. Like WTF?

I care for one reason only: you can’t put makeup on that. Unless you like your makeup patchy. (Did I also have to try just to make sure? You bet I did!)

Enter research skincare.

I have binged skincare by all my favorite YouTubers, added some Caroline Hirons, Under huden med Kakan Hermansson obvs (why didn’t I get on this train sooner?? Her combination of feminism and skincare is beyond brilliant!), and checked cruelty free status of a bunch of brands. It’s pretty much all I do. Read? But why? When I can watch another Pixi cleanser review??

Previously: sorta didn’t watch skincare at all, because what do I care? (Exception: hand creams. Care A LOT. But no one ever talks about that.)

So far though, this has gotten me to a point where I’m more confused than I was before. Certain about one thing only: there’s lots of trial and error to come.

Speaking of which. Went on a wee shopping spree. Sorta wished I’d stumbled on the cheat sheet on Caroline Hirons’ site before that; it’s a what products to spend money on, and what products you can buy for cheap. And grouped and sorted according to age! You have to love that.

Not that I’ve really splurged so far, but I was contemplating an expensive clay mask. However. You can make your own for barely any money! Didn’t even know you could; want to try this asap! Not least because that has to be better for the environment, right??

For similar reasons, I have purchased the camomile cleanser from the Body Shop.

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Not sure if it’s a cleanser one should be using if the skin sometimes is on the oily side, but oh, it melts away makeup and makes me forget all about my favorite Superdrug wipes. Also, no wipes=better from an environment point of view. (…apparently didn’t abandon the environment completely..?) Bonus: can keep my contacts in, which I find is frequently a problem with any makeup remover, somehow they get in your eyes an leave a film or some gunk on your contacts.

Unfortunately. Making up for whatever decreased environmental impact the cleanser involves by using C-vitamin peeling pads. People in the know say these specific ones are good. I’m not so sure. Don’t they make me more orange? And sticky? Or is that something else?

What I am most definitely loving tho, is this spatula for mask application.

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The feeling of spreading your mask on with this thing is so satisfying.

I’ve settled on this routine as my starting point, but as per usual, I’m not great at following instructions.

I did a wee experiment. Because my face felt sticky, I wanted to see if I was using too much product. So I sorta didn’t moisturize. Until I really felt I needed it and then only with a tiny bit of cream at a time.

Do you know what happens when you do that? (You probably do.)

You get yourself two sizable dry patches, that’s what happens. Skin in general feels kinda tight and itchy too, but that’s a minor problem. By comparison.

And so, mission of the day was to get an exfoliating sponge, preferably an AHA moisturizer, and a good night cream, possibly also an oil for nighttime use. According to online sources, that could maybe work for dry patches.

So I’ve now slathered my poor abused face with the youth concentrate Body Shop gave me, when I bought this serum in oil:

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Which I put on top of the concentrate (as instructed, dunno what the concentrate does), serum in oil btw, feels so, so nice on the skin, followed this with a layer of AHA moisturizer:

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My skin is not unhappy. Happier than it’s been for weeks actually.

Super excited to see what mood my skin decides to be in tomorrow, if this combo actually was as good as it seems or if it was just for now.

Not quite getting my hopes up. My skin seems just about as fickle as my menstruation.

It wasn’t supposed to be used like this

For the most part, I like to use things for that which they are intended. Unsurprisingly, tends to work best that way.

I do try out life hacks every now and again, but remain unimpressed.

For example; tried roasting sweet potato in the toaster recently. Supposed to work? Trust me when I say it didn’t.

There are exceptions of course.

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How I love a good blurry picture. 

Absolute favorite one:

Baking soda

I love using baking soda for cleaning. Originally I used it to clean my tea cups when I had no dishwasher, but this stuff, is -the best- for cleaning sinks. If baking soda doesn’t get it clean, it’s not getting clean, that’s my motto.

I also like to use vinegar for cleaning. Someone mentioned it was antibacterial and I was immediately sold on the idea. Bonus: good for the environment. It does smell a bit, but I like to mix in organic oils (pine!), and anyway, the smell fades quickly when used in the small amount required to make your own cleaning spray.

Another cleaning favorite:

Miscellar water

No not for your face, for when you inevitably get your Manic Panic hair dye on something other than your hair. I wouldn’t depend on this trick to work, but for me, so far, works every time. Much prefer this use over using it on my face.

Gawd I wish that was on my agenda today, cleaning with either of these guyes. Instead, I am clearing out the attic. Fortunately, my new apartment has no attic or any other type storage space—this is going to be my last attic clean ever! Because I am not moving again. For real this time.

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Perfect carrot cake cool oats

For practical reasons, my go-to breakfast this past year has been cold porridge. Or as the Mustards call it, cool oats.

(At least I think they settled on cool oats? There was a discussion I might be confused.)

Usually, I’ll cook oatmeal with soy milk, stick some flax seeds in it, sometimes cacao, cloves, and/or cardamom, put it in a container, top with cinnamon and some seeds and/or nuts put it in the fridge over night and serve with a banana the next morning.

Always a banana. But sometimes other types of porridge. Always cold.

As you may know, I’m concerned about my banana consumption, for environmental reasons. Bananas have no business being a staple in any Scandinavian’s diet.

SO. I was looking for a way to turn my regular breakfast into something that didn’t depend on anything being shipped from halfway around the world.

With the exception of apples, I could only think of carrots.

There has to be recipes for carrot cake porridge!? 

And there are! Lots of them. But they fail to mention a few key points. Because my first batch, it was not entirely successful. Kinda odd for someone who has been making porridge for breakfast (and sometimes dinner) for over 20 years.

It’s not that it’s difficult, but a few hacks are in order.

ONE. I recommend making three servings at a time; the oats will be just fine in the fridge for three days, and it minimizes time spent slaving away at the stove. If, like me, you need to transport your oats, use jars. That way we avoid some pesky plastic, and have a new use for them jars you probably drag home from the grocery store anyway.

TWO. I would say, use your regular porridge recipe and add three medium peeled and finely grated carrots, maybe less, but definitely not more!

For the first batch, I used two large carrots and one slightly smaller. And I used the grating size I always use in cooking (which is not fine by any means), also did not peel the carrots because I usually don’t. This works well if you roast them with spices, otherwise, not so much. Point is: the main problem with the first batch was it was like having carrots, with a twist of oats. Not necessarily bad, but not exactly what I like for breakfast.

THREE. I’m sure you know how to make porridge, but just to give you an idea of the proportions:

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3 dl oats. Or a mix of grains. Which is what I use most of the time. My current mix is oats, spelt (flakes obvs), oat bran and flax seeds. Spelt is particularly nice if you like a bit of texture.
3 medium carrots. As mentioned, peeled and grated.
4.5 dl plant milk. I like soy, but any milk will do. Almond is really nice if you don’t like or if you’re not used to soy. The soy milk tends to require practice.*
0.5 dl water. You want your carrots and oats to be covered in liquid, not necessarily swimming in it, but covered. You could add more water if you want a more watery consistency; I like mine on the drier side of the spectra.
Salt! At least 0.5 tsp. Recently forgot the salt. It was not good. But then I like salt..
Sugar. Yes sugar. Organic raw sugar to be specific, because the flavor is so nice. If you have an aversion to sugar, I guess you could skip it, but I wouldn’t advice you to. About 3 tsp does the trick.
Raisins. About a handful. If it’s going to be cake flavored, we need some sugars. If you don’t like raisins, cut up some dried apricots or dates. In fact, if you use dates, that is where you might want to skip the sugar, they’re that sweet.

FOUR. Spices! They get their very own section because they’re that important. It is what makes this carrot cake flavor.

I’ve seen lots of recipes calling for nutmeg. Why. Would you do that? I tried, and just no. Instead! I’m recommending cloves. Cloves! Admittedly, is a tricky spice and it can be overpowering. So unless you’re already a believer, I would say just a wee sprinkle, but don’t skip it. It’s such a nice contrast to the cinnamon.

Basically, these are the spices:

Cloves (ground!), a pinch
Cardamom ½ tsp
Cinnamon 1 tsp

Tip! You could use more or less of the spices, just keep this in mind: you want to use twice as much cardamom as cloves, and twice as much cinnamon as cardamom.

And if you’ve been making Swedish gingerbread cookies for decades, I need not tell you.

FIVE. You will want to stir the porridge while it’s cooking, because the milk will get stuck in the bottom if you don’t. And no, you do not want to microwave it. While this works well for porridge in general, you want the carrots to be nice and soft, which is difficult if you use the microwave.

SIX. When the porridge has reached preferred consistency, transfer to bowls or jars. Leave over night in the fridge to turn into a breakfast pudding. This also lets the flavors develop nicely, so you know, win/win.

SEVEN. Serve with an extra dusting of cinnamon, bit of nuts and seeds, OR, if you can find a nice/colorful granola or muesli that is brilliant. Just to dress it up a bit. Because it makes the eye happy.

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You could serve with banana and/or other berries, obviously, but it sort of defeats the purpose of this particular version. It’s supposed to be better from an environmental point of view. (Ssh! Not a word about the raisins! Just get organic ones, and pretend everything is fine, OK?)

 

*Let me know if you want a guide on how to learn to love soy milk. Because I know. Never thought I’d say that. 

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Five days of environmental awareness

DAY ONE

Starting out easy. I’ve joined the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (Swedish: Naturskyddsföreningen). Membership is v. v. cheap, should have joined ages ago.

Copy-paste from their website:

The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation is a charitable environmental organisation with the power to bring about change. We spread knowledge, chart environmental threats, propose solutions and influence politicians and authorities, both nationally and internationally.

Basically, I am counting on them to keep me up to date on a variety of environment related topics.

 

DAY TWO

Lately, I’ve been thinking about bananas. I eat a lot of them. Bananas have no business being in Sweden. Not really.

And that was when I realized I don’t really know where most of my food comes from. Bananas aside, not even vaguely aware.

Let’s find out where some of the things I usually buy comes from!

Fairly regular weekly food shop:

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Shame the beets I bought are completely obscured, because I have never seen prettier beets in my life. You have no idea how genuinely excited I am to cook them. (To be specific, they’re heading for the oven, will roast with olive oil, and probably rosemary. Or maybe. Wasabi sesame..?)

This is what we have:

Beets; Swedish, because it’s harvest season, lots of cheap roots in the shops. These were 4 SEK. (Why didn’t I get more!??!! Could just stick in the freezer.)
Chickpeas; organic, from Italy. Here is something I frequently wonder and should Google: is it better to buy locally produced or organic?
Carrots; organic, from Sweden. The one thing I make sure to always buy organic because the organic ones taste way better in my opinion.
Ginger; ehm. Not sure where it’s from? I feel confident saying it’s not from Sweden. According to Wikipedia, probably Asia.
Kale patties; made in Sweden. Not clear if the ingredients are from Sweden or if the patties themselves are made in Sweden. And can I just mention this: yes this is processed food, but it’s all natural ingredients and no sugar. Main ingredient is cabbage. It’s a recent find and I’m in love.
Brussel sprouts; French.
Soygurt; they don’t want to say where it’s from. Also, you don’t want to read the list of ingredients.
Raisins; Australia. At least they’re organic…
Dijon mustard; France obvs.
Apricots; from Turkey.
Spelt; organic, from Sweden.
Apples; Swedish! The Swedish apple season is on the short side. Which is a shame because theeeessseee…they’re what you want apples to be. You can smell them from miles away.
Bananas; well they are fair trade and organic. But they are from Ecuador. And they’re also sold in plastic bags. ?? Doesn’t that cancel out the organic part ??
Soy drink; So this is a fun one, it’s either from Austria, France or Italy. Says on the package. At least it’s organic.

I need to read more labels. Really.

 

DAY THREE

I do extremely little for the environment. For the most part, I am happily ignorant.

Let’s change that! Let’s calculate my environmental footprint. (It is meant for UK residents, but I’m sure it can be used for indication.)

It does not look good. Although, this is not quite what I expected.

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home 59%? But why? And what do you expect me to do?? I live in an apartment, I have no say! ..is this because I am one person in a 2 bed apartment? And because someone likes to keep our building warm? I resent that. PS. My new apartment is a. smaller, b. has a heating system that is so up to date we don’t even have radiators. Slightly concerned that I’m going to freeze? Understatement—I am terrified. I can’t even begin to comprehend how that even works.

But yes, I do agree, I should by more seasonal food, and my new apartment was carefully selected so that I can walk to work. Second hand. That. Is going. To take. Some practice. Furniture is fine, but clothes. Not quite there on account of lack of patience. I’ll take into consideration.

 

DAY FOUR

Let’s talk about soy!

Don’t worry, this is going to be short and sweet.

Sometimes I meet non-vegans who are concerned about the amount of soy vegans consume.

Sure, us vegans, we do love the soy, there is no denying that. And yes, it is a problem that we are cutting down forests we so badly need to grow soy.

But you know who we do that for? Let me tell you, it’s not for vegans. First of all, vegans consume 6 percent of all soy produced. SIX. OK? Not all of that soy comes from destroyed rainforest. Not nearly.

You know who we grow all this soy for? The meat eaters. The majority of soy (80%) is fed to livestock so that you can have meat on your plate and milk in your glass.

So if you’re concerned about that, well then you gotta cut out meat and dairy.

Remaining 14%? Oh you know how we like to stick soy in all sorts of processed food. Which isn’t good for us anyway soooo…

I do a lot of shitty things from an environmental point of view, but consuming various soy products is not one of them.

For more exhaustive info about soy, go read this article, trust me, well worth your while and such an easy read.

I just wish everyone knew already.

 

DAY FIVE

Here’s something I’ve been thinking. For me, as a person, the environment is to large and abstract for me to grasp. Makes it not enough motivation for me in itself to make me do things. I need smaller goals, more tangible.

For example, I can get on board with making greater effort to buy local, because not only good for the environment, but also good in the sense you retain knowledge locally, gives people work, and just the fewer trucks on the roads the happier we all are, to be sure.

I’ve also been thinking about this: maybe it is a good thing to stop chasing the good deal. Maybe it’s not such a bad thing that some things are a bit more pricy. If for no other reason than it means you are forced to consume less. Consuming less strikes me as more important than the choices we make. Not that they are mutually exclusive, but if we had to order them according to importance.

But what the hell do I know really. (Not as much as I’d like to.)

 

Which is why I’ve gathered me some sources, started my research and I’m all set to implement some changes. Not that I particularly think it’s my responsibility, I’m still with Klein on that, we need legislation and regulation, companies shouldn’t be allowed to do anything and everything for profit, because the crisis is not going to be solved by individuals recycling.

But you know. For my own peace of mind.

The cutting down on consumption is going to be so hard.

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The Endless Blog Challenge

Sunday! Time for another few topics you may use at will the week to come.

The theme for this week’s topics is inspired by others. Yea, I’m more or less stealing topics I’ve recently come across.

First one may just be my favorite:

WOMAN CRUSH WEDNESDAY. Mentioned in passing by Rhian Hy in one of her recent uploads. The idea is to write about a woman you love for some reason. (..but it can’t be just because she’s attractive. Because I say so. Because it’s boring.)

There is clearly something wrong with my feed because I’ve never seen any posts on this topic, but the idea appeals to me IMMENSELY.

THIS WEEK’S FAVORITES. Weekly feature at The Mustards. Who doesn’t like listing favorites? If you want to make it extra challenging, have a theme.

FIVE DAYS OF ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS. I’ve been thinking of ThaTaylaa‘s 15 days of foundation, which is such a fun idea, but, as mentioned, I’m in the middle of Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything, and I’m not in a encourage-consumption type of mood.

Instead, let’s take five days and reflect on our consumption.

Could be anything, finding out where your food comes from, challenging yourself to only buy food that’s locally produced for a week, investigating if you can switch to a more environmentally friendly option, cut something out that isn’t strictly necessary, maybe use and review an environmentally friendly product each day, a list of things you do that you feel guilty about, spend a day reflecting on things you already do for the environment—it’s simply an exercise in awareness.

Optional: split it into several posts and/post over a longer period of time.

I also want to suggest starting to prep for a classic empties post. Not necessarily the usual makeup/beauty empties, anything that came in a package will do. Gum? Tea? Lentil crisps? To make keeping garbage bearable, find yourself a nice looking container, or you know, make one?

Currently reading

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I’m reading two books: the fourth book in the Jessica Darling series, Fourth Comings, and Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything.

Jessica Darling, I am reading primarily to not think. But if I was going to say something about it, it’s less problematic from a feminist point of view than the first three books. However. The narration choice is a weird one. Sometimes confusing. And this is my third read, mind you.

And yeah. Third read because I love it, as I think was previously established. So not complaining about it, it’s just an observation.

Naomi Klein’s book gives me so many thoughts it’s distracting. 

It took the book no more than an hour of listening to have me in a state of panic.

I can’t go on like this! I need to get my shit together! I have to stop driving to work, recycle more, buy second hand only, if at all, only buy local produce, never travel, stop dyeing my hair, chewing gum, buying fruit that cannot possibly come from anywhere but really fucking far away….I CAN’T HAVE TEA!?! oO

At the same time.

I don’t think the environmental crisis can be solved on an individual level. It’s a structural problem. We need policies, regulation, corporations to take responsibility. I think that is what Klein’s book says too. Can’t be too sure, my thoughts drift.

Also. The book makes me absolutely furious. It explains how corporations are free to roam and wreck havoc in whatever way they please, and we, as individuals, have to take responsibility, and try to do research which we probably haven’t got the time or energy to anyway, just because governments are too weak to lay down the law.

This conflicts with my general attitude that What the hell do I care? I don’t have kids. I don’t even have kids in any sort of close proximity in my daily life and so, if the world ends…what’s it to me?

I’ve thought about it. And what makes me care isn’t what happens or doesn’t happen to the Earth, but rather that I don’t approve of a small group of people being able to avoid any sort of responsibility, and instead dumps it on the rest of us. Taking responsibility for my own goddamn actions is hard enough! What is this?!

And when I don’t take on this responsibility dumped on me—I am vaguely aware that I frequently make poor choices in terms of environment—I feel guilty about it. Even if I’m not at all sure there is anything I can do, i.e. that there are choices I can make as an individual that make any sort of difference. Until proven otherwise, I believe in legislation and regulation. Whether or not my carrots are organic? The fuck difference does it make? (Well…organic carrots are much tastier, but that’s beside the point…)

I’m upset.

I’m also concerned that Klein’s book, the way it’s written, makes in inaccessible to the majority of people. It’s a brick. And it’s wordy. And even for me, who’s a semi-decent reader, it is a daunting read. We’re talking 20 + hours if you choose the audio version. That’s half a working week. The message of the book is too important to exclude most people. As I was saying, I’m concerned.

Those are some of the thoughts I have listening to this book. And I’m only a few hours in.

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Preparing to move #3

I’ve been meaning to sort through my book shelves for aaages.

But it’s hard. I mean books. Even if you don’t read them, I just like the way they look. For the most part.

I have to face the facts though; I cannot be moving books I know there is no way I will not be rereading. I’ve enough stuff as it is.

This is where watching minimalist videos on YouTube comes in handy. The other day I watched Jenny Mustard who had the following brilliant tip: get rid of any book you’re just not going to read again. This is extremely useful advice.

First edit:

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I’m planning on a second edit closer to the date of the move; I’m keeping some of the books for now just so that my apartment won’t feel so empty.

In case you were wondering, hardback books can only be recycled if you remove the back, at least in Sweden. If you can’t be bothered to remove the backs, they go into bulky waste (again, at least in Sweden).

Paperbacks can go straight into the recycling bin for paper.

Since most of my books are old books from course reading lists, there’s no way I’d be able to sell them. Not even give them away. Otherwise that would be my first option.

And can I just say; the Keith Richards biography, it’s one of the worst bios I’ve ever read. Kim Gordon’s bio deserves the Nobel Prize by comparison. Thought that’s important to mention, seeing how everyone seem to be misinformed, thinking it’s not only readable but good.

It’s not.

Up next: sorting through my CDs. I want to and don’t want to at the same time.

In which I use a nomination to rant about menstruation

 

Lovely Lise has nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award, and you’re all about to regret it.

Rules:

You have to thank the person who nominated you for this award and provide a link to their blog.

Link the nominees and inform them about their nomination.

Nominate at least 15 bloggers of your choice

Share 7 facts about yourself.

Them rules are structured real weirdly. Also, stating some obvious stuff. I don’t approve.

But no matter! I’m going to use this nomination to rant on my favorite topic: menstruation.

  1. I’m currently on day 68 in my cycle. For me, it’s perfectly normal, having PCO and all.
  2. My last cycle was 46 days, and my period was 7 days long. I wasn’t happy about that. I usually get away with 90–120-day-cycles and 3 days of bleeding.
  3. As I’m growing older, my PMS and my periods are basically growing more unpredicable. SUCH FUN.
  4. Currently, I seem to be on week 4 of PMS. Which doesn’t seem to make sense, who has 4 weeks of PMS?? But it’s either that or I’ve got some sort of serious illness. Which I simply do not believe because I’m prone to hypochondria. Also considered if it could be menopause. Can’t find any evidence that it could be.
  5. If science focused on women’s bodies to any extent, I’m sure there’d be some way to tell if this in fact is PMS; I could take my Provera, have my bleeding and be done with it. But because I doubt it just a tiny bit, I don’t want to take hormones unless absolutely necessary (if it is in fact PMS I will be bleeding eventually); I hear hormones are bad for the environment, and also, if it doesn’t work, I’m going to have my period and feel crap on top of that? I don’t think so! So PLEASE if you have a period go use the Clue app so that we can collect some data and figure this shit out.
  6. Main PMS symptom currently bothering me the most: waking up in a pool of my own sweat. Like what the fuck. It COULD be that my building is just well-heated. I mean it is, because I’m never cold when at home and pretty much anywhere else always. At least I’ve figured out that if I open a window before going to bed and leaving it open just a bit throughout the night + put my hair in a high pony I’m fine. At least so far. It is still winter after all. Not sure what will happen once winter is over…
  7. Other fun PMS symptoms: joint and breast ache, throwing fits of rage about just about anything, you know, phone not starting up quickly enough, someone having moved your salt, painkillers not having the desired effect, in addition to feeling as if you’re running a fever, soar throat, having to go to bed at nine to not wake up still feeling exhausted and furious that you have to get up, HUNGER for ALL THE THINGS (is my doctor SURE I haven’t PCOS, like really??), being constantly reminded that you have ovaries because goddammit, I CAN FEEL THEM, that’s not right. It’s not as if I sit around feeling my liver.

There! I’m sure that’s exactly the type of facts the creator of this award had in mind. And my apologies to Lise too. I dare say, I’ve effectively made sure that I will be nominated again.

If you feel like sharing 7 facts about your period, consider yourself nominated! (Rules? What rules??)

Let’s talk about snow

I finally got around to watching Before the Flood – if like me you’ve been putting it off, no need to. Yes it’s a serious subject but they’ve made it such an easy watch, even if I do feel kind of embarrassed about my own ignorance.

For example, I had no idea that there are people who don’t believe in global warming – as if it was a matter of belief and not science – and who are also allowed to broadcast this view to millions of people – and not as a joke. I’m just speechless.

Also didn’t know China is making large investments in renewable energy. Doesn’t that give you some sort of hope for the future?

These things aside.

I’m bothered. I’m bothered by the argument that we have to take care of this planet so that future generations get to see snow.

There are so many valid arguments, this one however. If I never saw snow again it’d be too soon.

Let’s have a look out my window.

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Started snowing on Thursday. This is where we’re currently at. It hasn’t snowed this early for a few years. NOTE. I do not consider this evidence of global warming being a lie, myth or similar. I’m stupid but I’m not that stupid. I’m just complaining that we’re not as lucky this year as last year.

I know there are places with far more snow by this time of year, this isn’t exactly the polar circle (let me just google it real quick to verify; yes, good, it’s not).

That being said.

Only people who don’t live with snow would think that this is a climate people should experience. Honestly. The human being; not made for snow. I spend winters worrying about suddenly finding myself in Andrée’s expedition. I.e. sudden collapse of our infrastructure, snowed in, no electricity, heat or contact with the outside world AND WE DON’T EVEN HAVE ANY POLAR BEARS TO EAT??!!

I’m on board with the whole we need snow because no snow = polar circles will melt and all hell will break lose; I get it. But we’re not going to save the planet so that people can enjoy snow. We’ve got no business being in places with any amount of snow.

OK then. Breathe.

Let’s sum this rant up; saw Before the Flood, loved it. Go watch it if you haven’t! Yes that’s an order.

PS. it is also excellent vegan propaganda. We all need a bit more of that. Yes, in case you weren’t aware, as an individual, there is hardly anything better you can do for the environment than going vegan. But, as pointed out by Liv Strömquist (and I’m sure millions of others), our current environmental problems aren’t going to be solved by individual choices. I.e. doesn’t matter which tomato you pick at the supermarket. Cause for relief and despair all at once I’m sure. What we need is political change. 

Also. If being vegan seems daunting, apply Roxane Gay’s approach to feminism; I’d rather be a bad vegan than not vegan at all. That’s what I do. 

And I’m not a fan of snow.

That’s all, bye now!

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