12 October 2014

Second-hand Reflections

On Friday the Boyfriend and I went around most of the flea markets and second-hand shops in Tampere. To be quite fair, there is always some weird stuff for sale (I mean, opened bottles of Head&Shoulders, really?!), but often you can find real gems in the middle of all that junk! We both love walking around flea markets, looking for old books, and trying on the silliest outfits we can find.

This time we were looking for a grey tweed jacket for the Boyfriend. They are kind of hard to come by here in Finland, and usually cost a fortune. I kept my eyes on home stuff, since we are still in the process of making our apartment a home (and I expect we will be for some time). I've grown just a tad tired of the empty white walls, and was looking for some affordable posters, paintings, window frames, or mirrors we could hang up.

No luck on the jacket front, but we did find this mirror we both liked. It's quite simple, not too big, and exactly the same shade as the doors in our apartment. And not a scratch on it!

Not much of a haul. Except for the Boyfriend, who had to haul the mirror across Tampere...What's the best or weirdest thing you've found at a flea market or second-hand shop?
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8 October 2014

End of Summer Celebration

It really is autumn (or fall) now, isn't it? The leaves have turned red and yellow and started falling down. Summer is truly over.

Last weekend we travelled to my hometown again (see previous trip here).We hung around with my family, ate a lot, went mushrooming, walked the dogs, prepared the garden for winter and next spring, went to the sauna, and had a crayfish party to celebrate the end of summer. (Crayfish party is a party where you basically just eat crayfish. Simple as that.)

We've had quite a lot to do these past few weeks, so it was nice to get away from it all for a couple of days. Even if it means we've got things to catch up on now that we're back in Tampere and our everyday lives. I mean, honestly, don't teachers want us to have any spare time? I should be reading Mallarmé's Crisis of Verse, making a term list for a translation project, writing an interview, two papers and three lecture diaries, and editing a poorly written doctoral thesis (don't even get me started on that), but I just wanted to linger in last weekend for a little bit longer.

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5 October 2014

Boyfriend tag

We did this tag one night when there was nothing on the TV and we were both extremely bored. Sorry if that comes across in the answers! (My comments are in the parentheses.)

1. Where did we meet? -At the choir auditions. (We both sing in the Tampere University Singers.)

2. What was our first date? -We didn't really have dates as such. We just walked and had fun and stuff. The first proper date was probably going to see Star Trek, which was awesome! We had been together nearly two months at that point, though.

3. Where was our first kiss and how was it? -In a pub called Ylä-Ale (one of the sleaziest places ever...) and it was great.

4. Did you know that I was the one? That's not a good question! Noooo... I don't know!

5. First impression of me? -You were nice and said nice things. And I was really out of it, since I was so nervous about the audition. It was always easy to talk you, even when we didn't know each other that well.

6. When did you meet the family? -Too soon, like all of a sudden. Two weeks into it!

7. Do we have any traditions? -Not yet.

8. What was our first road trip? -We haven't had a proper one yet. Just a 13k ride around my hometown.

9. Who said "I love you" first and where were we? You approached the subject first, but you had all kinds of other words in between. So I said it first.

10. What do we argue about the most? -I really don't know. We don't really argue about... Stuff.

11. Who wears the pants in the relationship? -We both have pants. Even though I do like you in a dress.

12. If I'm sitting in front of the TV what am I watching? YouTube, nowadays, and some movies, Grey's Anatomy and Doctor Who.

13. What dressing do I get on my salad? -Olive oil, lemon, balsamic vinegar. No "proper" dressings.

14. Whats the one food I don't like? Mango. And you have a vendetta against bananas. (That's because I'm allergic...)

15. When we go out to eat what do I get to drink? Water or cider or wine. Depends on the occasion and place

16. What size shoe do I wear? 38 (That would be about 4.5-5 in the UK)

17. If I was collecting anything what would it be? -Raccoon plushies and books, especially Agatha Christie -books. (What else? They're everywhere in our kitchen?) I'm drawing a blank here... Oh! Of course! Cookie tins!

18. What is my favorite type of sandwich?-Halloumi, pesto and avocado. That's just amazing and everybody ought to have it on their Best Ever -list

(These questions are really weird. Plus, at this moment the Boyfriend found out he can control the TV with his new phone, so the answers became kind of... odd and short.) 

19. What would I eat everyday if I could? -Chocolate. (No question about it...)

20. What's my favorite cereal? -Crunchy müesli and Weetos (Because of the chocolate, again.)

21. What is my favorite kind of music? Country, classical. I suck at trying to define music.

22. What's my favorite sports team? -Hmm. Probably Gryffindor. (That's how interested I am in sports. Sorry.)

23. What is my eye color? -Greenish with a secret. ;)

24. Who is my best friend -Meee! Of course.

25. What is something that I do that you don't like? -You make me answer stupid questions... I don't know. You snap at me for doing weird stuff with my toes. I don't like it when you snap at me. (And I don't like toes.)

If you'd like to get to know the Boyfriend a little bit better, head over to his blog.

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1 October 2014

Run for it

I love running. Trust me, a couple of years ago I wouldn't have even dreamed of saying anything like that. But I really do love it.

If you are thinking about starting, here's what I have to say to you: Go for it, and take it easy. It's going to take time until your body gets used to it. It's going to take even more time until you start enjoying it. And when you do start to enjoy it, you won't want to stop running. Trust me.

I started by walking. I used to walk for an hour a day or even two on the weekends. Then I moved to Nordic Walking, which is more efficient than normal walking, believe it or not. Then I started jogging a little bit at a time. Now I run 5 kilometers multiple times a week.

For me, running is a way of letting go of everything for a while. Just me, the shoes, and the road. Running is zoning out, relaxing, meditation almost. I concentrate on my breathing and on my shoes pounding on the path. And when I come home from a run, I'm happy and calm, yet full of energy. That feeling is the reason why I run.
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