The Happiness Tag

This tag is slightly overdue as I’ve been away from my desktop. Yeayea, I know it is possible to post via mobile devices but I just cannot be arsed. Too much effort. For me.

I was tagged by Lise, now let’s go!

The rules

  • List five things that makes you happy
  • Share five songs that makes you happy
  • Tag at least five bloggers that makes you happy

Five things

Coming home. I wasn’t far away. I’ve been staying at my parent’s house the past week, keeping the cats company while my parents were off hiking. It was nice, it is still home in a way. Even so. Coming home home, to my apartment, makes me v. v. happy. I want to argue that it’s because for my uses, my home is practical. Practical makes me happy.

And also. My things. People who say things don’t make you happy lie. They do. It might be temporary, but still. I take anything I can get.

Cat company. I always feel so special when cats choose to hang out with me. In truth, I’m about as special as a piece of furniture, but never mind that! Prefer it when they choose to lie next to me tho, as opposed to on.

This guy, for example, does not generally keep this distance:

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He prefers to be as close to your face as is possible. For me, this is the perfect distance. Means you can get up and make a cup of tea, do a load of laundry, water the plants, or any of the bizillion things my brain comes up with. It doesn’t seem to be a big fan of sitting still for more than 15 minutes at a time.

Feminists. In general. Feminists are without a doubt some of the funniest people. A recent example: assholesonline. Let me explain. This account is run by Linnea Claesson. She receives a threat from some guy, as per usual, this one says he’s going to “get his boys and visit her” unless she takes down a picture she’s posted. She refuses. Which is enough for me to cheer.

It gets better.

She posts this little clip (watch watch watch!):

The sign on the door reads Welcome Fredrik (name of the guy) and in brackets and his boys. In the caption she’s written I don’t get visitors too often so I’m VERY excited! 

The fact that someone had this idea at all makes me insanely happy.

It doesn’t end here.

Dinner with Fredrik and his boys. She’s set the table and is waiting.

As I was saying. Feminists are hilarious.

Super enthusiastic people. You know, people like Beth Ditto.

 

Vegan option! A vegan option that has been making me quite happy lately, is this ice cream:

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This is not only the best vegan ice cream, it is better than their non-vegan ice cream. I.e. it is creamier, and the flavor is all there.

PS. They also make dairy and soy free ice cream, in case you’re not a fan of the soy. It has a rice base and it’s just as nice.

Future plans. As in future plans to have time off work to go somewhere to see a band.

If I thought some more about going to the UK to see Deaf Havana, I’d be a slightly less miserable person. Can’t quite seem to remember to tho.

Five songs

In general, happy songs do not make me happy.

There is one glaring exception: Die Ärzte. I can’t quite explain this. I don’t think they do anything except for happy songs. Is it because I read their happy as sarcasm?

I’ve already mentioned their Monsterparty which always and without fail puts a smile on face because it’s beyond ridiculous, but I guess 3-Tage-Bart isn’t far behind?

…and you kinda need to understand German for this to make any sense at all. If it wasn’t for the lyrics, I’d never listen to this. In fact I didn’t, until my German was good enough for me to understand what the songs were about.

The type of songs that frequently do make my happy, are songs like Stray from the Path’s First World Problem Child.

Because aggressive. I like it.

There is also something about Diamanda Galás that makes me happy. Her mere existence makes me happy.

Like feminists, that someone would even think about doing what she does, it makes me happy. For example, she did an entire record of screaming, called Schrei X. It not exactly made for everyday listening, you probably can’t listen to it more often than you would watch a movie. It’s a performance piece I would say.

This is one of her more accessible tracks:

I’m also going to list Thrice’s Black Honey. Because. Not only is it a great track, which in itself is enough to make a person happy, but also. Every time I’ve been to see Architects they play it pre-show, and it makes me v. v. happy to have someone other than myself playing me this song.

Also. Miserable/depressing songs make me happy. Amity Affliction, they just do it so, so well.

 

Tag

Hitherdither? You up for it?

I have a lot of questions #4

Can I has another cup of tea!??!?

Why is quinoa advertised as a great source of protein? Far as I can tell it’s the exact same protein content as pasta. Not the right quinoa? I’m confused.

How do everyone else listen to music? Everyone else: This is my favorite band! They played this great track when I went to see them live, never heard before! …but the track is from 2011 and v. v. popular + it’s your favorite band? (According to Spotify, and why would Spotify lie?) I don’t understand. How is this your favorite band??

Where can I find a cruelty-free toothpaste that doesn’t turn my lips into dry flakes? I’m at my wits’ end. I’ve tried just about all brands I can get my hands on (not counting the ones that were not bad that I got in the UK; for obvious reasons I can’t keep buying toothpaste in the UK).

…when can I go back to Scotland? Yeah. That Scotland vlog I just watched was a mistake. I need to save my monies, not go to Scotland. I have no business being in Scotland.

Is there a barley shortage? I never find barley in the story anymore. Not happy about it, because it is a favorite.

Why is there no tracking rage function on Clue? I want to track irrational rage! I have lots of it. Also rational rage, but this irrational rage. It’s getting old being furious because your headphones are in a tangle, or it’s raining, or can’t get jacket off quickly enough because HOT. For example. Also would like to track not cravings, but rather when you want to eat ALL THE THINGS ALL THE TIME.

What is Linkin Park even doing? What do they want and where do they come from? The new album. So many questions. Also: would their sound improve if someone introduced them to saaaayy..the latest Architects record? I’d like to think so. But you know, who knows?!??

Whyy is Nick Cave playing the Globe? Why?? I’ve finally come around and do want to go. But this Globe thing, it’s a problem. I don’t like it.

Is Glasvegas ever going to release a new record? (Did I ask this qustion before? Still wondering tho!)

Is it just me, or is the latest Korn record actually really good? Yea, yea, I know it was released last year. It’s not as if I actively follow Korn. I mean it’s not Tura Satana, but you know, as close as it gets.

Is there anything a person could do to make Thrice play Sweden? Anything??

OK then.

I think I’ve managed to illustrate the point my sister was making on Wednesday, that really, I’m the main character of High Fidelity. I don’t have many thoughts that are not related to listening to music.

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.

New in my playlist • February 2017

I feel the need to explain what I mean by new in my playlist. I clearly don’t listen to new music exclusively, or even to a great extent. It’s not new in that sense.

What it refers to is songs recently added to one of my many playlists, songs that I haven’t been listening to much lately; only sometimes never listened to before. I like the mix of brand new, old favorites, and songs I’ve known for a long time but only recently come to love/like.

So far this month, I’ve made two new playlists.

The first is a Thrice playlist. My own personal best of Thrice. It’s basically all of To Be Everywhere is to Be Nowhere + a few random songs from previous releases.

This one is a track from their 2011 release Major/Minor: Disarmed.

Initial reaction before listening to the song: is it a Smashing Pumpkins cover?! Obvs no, becaue the SP track is called Disarm, it’s not past tense, but my brain don’t think like that. Clearly a new track to me.

The second playlist compiled was an update of my sad-song playlist. Don’t we all have one of them? This time I decided to just scrap the old playlist rather than update it and make a completely new list.

The one track that always makes this list: The National’s Sorrow. Not only because it’s called Sorrow, but because of the lines Sorrow found me when I was young, sorrow waited sorrow won. It’s basically mandatory to include it. Plus, brilliant song, lyrics aside.

I’ve also added an old Tori Amos track, Gold Dust. For me just a mood. The only part of the lyrics I seem to remember, despite having listened to this track hundreds of times by now (I have it on CD which is saying something), is We held gold dust in our hands. Which only demonstrates my lack of attention when listening to music.

Band with highest track count in this playlist: Portishead. I sometimes love them and sometimes not so much. Regardless, their debut Dummy has to be one of the many things making ’94 a great year in music. As a whole, such a brilliant album.

There are (surprise surpirse!) also a few tracks that were released this decade on this playlist.

Elliphant’s Could It Be was released in 2013. In general not my type of music, too much reggae, but this track I love.

And Kristian Gidlund quoting the line beväpna dig med vingar (arm yourself with wings) in his book, resulted in adding Beväpna dig med vingar by Thåström.

Is the fact that he references a song I already know and like yet another reason to like Gidlund’s I kroppen min? You bet!

End of year summary; Albums

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Listing my top albums of the year has never been this easy; they’re three in total:

Thrice; To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere // The Amity Affliction; This Could Be Heartbreak // Architects; All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us

I really did like Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds’ Skeleton TreeRoddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire’s Swithering is still getting a fair amount of play, In Flames’ Battles was every bit as good as you would expect an In Flames record to be (and that is not bad), and Jonathan Johansson’s Love & Devotion was insanely catchy there is no denying that.

But compared to the above mentioned, they just don’t register.

Other albums I’ve played a lot this year:

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Clearly, my taste is kinda narrow.

What have you been listening to?

xo,

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End of week; Summary

This week I’ve been loving

» Salvation by Editors
» Broken Lungs by Thrice
» That we’re closer still to the end of October, counting down the days!
» The Sleek highlighter palette Solstice, I mean just look at its shiny self:

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» Vlogtober! You just wish some people would do vlogs on a regular basis. E.g. Leila Buffery.
» Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist, JFC I am so happy I abandoned The Queen of the Damned to start on this. Was putting it off because I was afraid it wouldn’t read well; but I was madly in love by the end of the prologue. We’re going to have to get back to this wonderful read at a later time.
» This outfit

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Appropriate work attire; CHECK! PS. Loving this jumper from H&M despite the fact that it smells so strongly of chemicals that I’m no convinced I will get cancer. Or at least terrible allergies. This is after washing. Few more washes will surely solve this problem..?
» Crudo; best glass of wine I’ve had since discovering Fumées Blanches. This one, it’s not even my fave Sauvignon Blanc, and I bought it purely because there’s an octopus on it. Octopus! (Did I mention poor impulse control?) It is so good, soo citrusy and nice.

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And on that note.

xo,

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Fall prep; 13 songs for a playlist

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I make some of my best playlists in the fall.

Probably because my taste in music goes quite well with the overall feeling of fall; I like my music dark and miserable.

The following mix of new releases and old favorites that I will be listening to this season.

13 songs to keep me company this fall

  1. Whistleblower by Thrice. Thrice’s latest release has been with me since it was released earlier in the year, the track Whistleblower is basically my H&M shorts of music; the track I’m still not ready to let go. I’ve no idea what my obsession is with this song; it wasn’t included in their setlist back in August, is it just me? Isn’t this song just all sorts of brilliant??
  2. Stay by Dream on Dreamer. Don’t let the post-hardcore tag put you off, this is a nice little track. It’s their latest release to date, making me look forward to their next album, and I really should make an effort to see them live. But why oh why do all bands insist on playing the same time of year? Spread it out people, spread it out! (Or come to Sweden, OK thx bye.)
  3. Skeleton Tree by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. The entire album is made for fall, this track has quickly become a favorite.
  4. Big Ideas by The Boxer Rebellion. In theory I should love this band. Not quite there yet, but I really do like this song and Diamonds from a previous release is frequently included in my playlists.
  5. Terrible Love by The National. I feel like this is an obvious choice; like Skeleton Tree the album High Violet was made for fall.
  6. I Still Want You by Richard Hawley. If there is one thing you need in your fall playlists it’s a little Hawley.
  7. Gone with the Wind by Murray Macleod. The original is brilliant; to no one’s surprise the cover is equally brilliant. Makes me wish for more Architects covers.
  8. Dezemberluft by Heisskalt. Because any playlist should always include at least one song in German, don’t you think? This is an odd little track; I want to like the rest of their body of work as much as this track. Maybe one day.
  9. Search Party by Enter Shikari. I’m not as in love with this bad as most people. I’ve been including a few of their songs in my playlists lately, but for the most part, this band is lost on me. This one though, is a quite recent find, thus making it into my fall playlists. Was made aware of its existence via the playlist mentioned here.
  10. Secret Truth by Glasvegas. Patiently waiting for the next Glasvegas release, at which point I’ll abandon all this metal silliness. In the mean time, I’m quite happy returning to their previous releases, which work particularly well with cooler weather I feel.
  11. All Summer Long by John Cale. While I like to claim I love Cale, in actuality I only like the albums Fragments of a Rainy Season and Black Acetate, and this song. But oh, when he’s good, he’s very, very good. The sound of this song; ach, I want more of it.
  12. Fight My Regret by The Amity Affliction. Because it’s just not time to let This Could be Heartbreak go just yet. This one is my favorite track from the album – not that this means much at all. The album as a whole is a good one.
  13. Cracks in the Earth by Architects. You didn’t think I’d make a playlist with no Architects did you? I’ve already got a playlist based on this track, but that doesn’t mean anything. Other than I just really like it, despite it being quite uncharacteristic for Architects; it’s more of a “straight rock” track.

 

What’s on your playlist?

xo,

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Week summary

It’s fall! Have you noticed how it’s fall?? It is here anyway. So many reasons to love fall. Morning walks in the mist is one.

Before you know it, it’ll be October. Can’t wait!

I got more boots. And with that, I’m all set for shoes for this fall/winter.

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Black bootcuts from H&M. Yes. You know my why do people even bother with pants when there’s dresses!?!!?? claim? I take it back, take it back! I still love my dresses, that goes without saying, but I do see a use for bootcuts as well. At least now. Because these are bootcuts every bit as good as last time they were popular. And I don’t usually like H&M pants. So that’s a pleasant surprise. Also: they go really well with my Roobin’s.

Decided the gym going, it has to stop. I didn’t want it to, because I identify with this gym. Apparently. I’ve been going since 2003; it was one of the main things I missed about Sweden when living in Scotland. But it’s just not what it used to be. I didn’t use to leave raging (crap music! people! barely sweating! grumble grumble and I had to stress here too!), so you know, considering my own sanity, I’ve decided enough’s enough.

Telling myself it’ll be OK, and dragged these guys out:

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Fave makeup of the week: pairing up my orange eye with a red, red lip.

(Clearly I’m v. v. busy at work.)

Basically fell into a black hole of Thrice live. You start watching one video on YouTube and that just leads to the next, and the next, and the next, and there’s just so many good one out there and I just don’t know how to stop.

I should probably get that turn off the internet app.

Love Thrice’s acoustic sessions, like this one:

Yess. It’ll be a while yet before I stop crushing on Dustin Kensrue’s voice.

Realized I’m not the Nick Cave fangirl I used to be. It used to be a main priority. But a) the Nick Cave movie One More Time with Feeling was actually playing in the city where I work and I didn’t even know. b) Decided against going for no good reason really. I mean the fact that it played during working hours (14.30) isn’t really an excuse; there are plenty bands I’d skip work for. Apparently Nick is no longer one of them.

But I take comfort in the fact that I’m still able to change and haven’t stagnated. I live in dread of just having the same fave band forever. I mean imagine loving Sisters of Mercy for the rest of your life? Seems a horrible fate indeed.

That being said. I still spent the weekend watching 20,000 Days on Earth, and listening to the new record Skeleton Tree. A nice change from what I usually listen to/watch.

If you hurry, you may still manage to catch it on YouTube before anyone realizes it’s there and takes it down. It’s bound to happen.

Muralgranskaren. My reason to get up in morning. OK, maybe not quite. BUT, it has had me sniggering every single morning without fail. My fave on Twitter by far. Example:

(The local population was ready to face the Spanish killer snail. And if anyone know how to get Tweets to embed properly, do let me know! I’m completely out of ideas and tearing at my hair.)

I do need something to put me in what at least resembles a good mood. For a while. Keeps me from killing Hans-Ingvar.

xo,

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Better late than never; Weekly summary

Needless to say, the soundtrack of last week was mainly Architects, with a bit of Amity Affliction and Bring Me the Horizon thrown in for good measure. In fact, my brain was so into listening to Architects it down-prioritized sleep. Slowly starting to accept that sleep is not at the top of my to-do list. Not last week, not this week, unlikely to be any time in the near future.

We’re all loving Gone with the wind an extra lot. How unpredictable.

First workout class of the semester. And I worry. I worry that I’m over Friskis. I was so thoroughly bored I nearly left. And they’re still not playing Throne. How is no workout class ever playing Throne? That is just wrong.

Spent my last couple of days of summer vacay in the UK. 24 hours in London, followed by a couple of days in Brighton. Lots of walking and lots of shopping.

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Oh HELLO it’s you again

Saw Thrice play at the Forum. It was all sorts of good. Just a shame about the complete lack of oxygen at the venue. I was about one song from unconscious by the time we left. Also: opening act Milk Teeth. How I wish it was my cup of tea.

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Pic stolen from Upset Magazine

Discovered my new fave look: orange eye! It must be good because complete strangers have complimented me on it (??).

Had lots fab vegan food. Seriously, Food for Friends and Rootcandi; basically reasons to visit Brighton.

Got some good wear out of my platform sandals. The fact that I didn’t break anything while teetering around London, carrying all of my luggage, and all over Brighton, including the pebbled beach is nothing short of a miracle. I feel as if I’ve got mad skills. Had to order me a more season appropriate pair, a pair of Roobin’s.

All and all: good week. Should have prepared me for the hell that’s first week of the semester. It obviously did not.

xo,

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