28 September 2014

New Glasses!

I got new glasses and I love them! :)

I went to Nissen (on Tammelan puistokatu here in Tampere) to have my eyes checked a couple of weeks ago, after having noticed I couldn't really see the PowerPoints teachers were showing us during lectures anymore. The optician there was extremely nice and helpful, and she encouraged me to try on glasses that I would never have thought of trying on myself. At first I wasn't sure about these ones, since they are soooo much bigger and so different from my old ones (okay, they're blue like the last ones, but still). As soon as I tried them on, though, I was sold.

It's going to take a little time to adjust to these, because my eyesight has got a lot worse since the last time I went to an optician. The world looks a bit wonky and distorted now, and I feel a bit drunk half the time, to be completely honest. ;)

For anyone that's interested: the glasses are by Gant and cost about 250 euros altogether (can't remember the specific sum), and since I'm a student I got 10% off of my purchase, which was amazing. Any kind of discount is a great thing when living on a student budget!

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24 September 2014

About Bloglovin'

I like Bloglovin'. It's a good way to keep up with my favorite blogs without having to have a gazillion bookmarks on my browser. That being said, there are some things I wasn't aware of until recently (thanks to Lindsay's post on the Newlywed Notebook), things I really think you guys ought to think about when using it.

I like to look at my views from time to time, and I've noticed the Bloglovin' views do not show up in the stats. I know a couple of friends from abroad are reading Noshoes through Boglovin', and noticed a while back that their home countries aren't on the country statistics. That's when I started getting suspicious.

I tested my hypotheses by reading one of my own posts in Bloglovin'. The view count didn't move. I went unnoticed. That means the blog I read doesn't get credit for the post, and the blogger doesn't know I have read and enjoyed their content. 

How do you become visible, then? It's quite simple, actually: don't use the Bloglovin' iframe when reading blogs. It does mean that when you use Bloglovin', it opens each blog post into a new tab on your browser, that is to say it is like opening a link to the post. This way you are looking at the actual blog. If this sounds like something you would like to do, go to your Bloglovin' account settings, and choose NOT to use the frame. The whole procedure looks a little bit like this:

And this is how it looks like on your smart phone (at least on Android):

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21 September 2014

The Hunt for the Dress

If you cannot stand mushiness and sappiness and all that, please do not read this. Consider yourself warned.

My best friend is getting married next summer. I'm extremely exited for her, and her boyfriend, who happens to be one of the nicest guys I know!

My best friend and I met each other at the age of sixteen (seven years, has it really been that long!), when we started high school in Helsinki. We pretty much instantly hit it off, and have been able to talk about everything since. From the very beginning I felt like we had a connection, something that is difficult to explain to "outsiders". She truly is like a sister to me, and it really warms my heart to see her happy. 

On Wednesday I took a (really slow) train to Helsinki to be there to help her choose her wedding dress (!), which is one of the most difficult yet most wonderful things to do when planning a wedding, or so I have been told at least. Truth be told, for me, the whole experience was overwhelming. Too much white, fluff, lace, bling, etc... It really made it clear that even though I am head over heels in love with the Boyfriend, I'm not ready to get married. Thank goodness I'm only the maid of honor!

All joking aside, it was great to be there for her, even if she didn't really need my help or my opinion; she kept pulling the same dress (in different shades of white) off the racks, and that's when I knew it was the "one".  She had actually tried that dress on before. It was just a matter of taking a leap, committing, and making a decision.

She looked amazing and beautiful in it. Am I going to show you the dress? No way, Jose. You'll see it next year. Maybe.

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14 September 2014

Sunday Ramblings

Hi! Sorry it's taken me a while to post anything on here. I've been trying to get back into normal life after six weeks of roaming around and living life like... Like... Well, like someone who has no commitments and is free to do whatever she wants, whenever she wants. My online-life has withered, I haven't even instagrammed in ages. So let's try and get back into the swing of things, shall we?

Last time I wrote I was feeling just a little apprehensive (okay, a lot) about going back to school and starting work again. However, everything seems to be going surprisingly smoothly on that front so far. Lots has changed, and I think I like it.

Things are going pretty good at work. I have to admit it was strange going back there after being gone for two whole months, but also nice: I got a small present for the good work I had done on a project last spring, and that really made my day!!! During the two months I was away a lot has changed at work and there are lots of new developments and practices to learn and remember. Thank goodness I have nice coworkers who tolerate my silly questions!

School is also kind of the same but kind of totally different. It's difficult to explain. Most of my friends are continuing on to their master's just like me (some have taken a gap year or are studying abroad) and most of the teachers are still there, still teaching the same old things, telling the same old jokes we've all heard a thousand times before. I do have one new teacher, though, and she is absolutely brilliant! She actually makes me work really hard, makes me think about things from new perspectives, and encourages me to question the things I see, hear, and read about.

The biggest difference, the biggest change, might actually be in me, now that I come to think of it. I feel happier and more confident, more like I'm actually in charge of my life. I can say 'no' without feeling guilty about it (a big improvement, trust me). I feel enthusiastic about my studies and hopeful about the future. Who knows, maybe I've grown up a bit during the summer!

I didn't have an "appropriate" picture for this post, so here's a picture of Wilma, my cat.
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P.S. If I've said something stupid in this post, please don't hold it against me.