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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