7 Things to feel better

7 Things to feel better

Sitting here on my couch, way too late for a school night (due to a three-day weekend so night is day and day is night), feeling a bit pleased with myself as the laundry basket is empty (that means I’ve done all the laundry) and the fridge full since I managed to leave my couch long enough to do grocery shopping, contemplating my life (and the length of this sentence). The result?

Wow, it’s been long since I did a 7-things list, the last one I can find is from is from the beginning of February last year (not sure what happened with the rest of that year to be honest, might have to go back and read my own blog on that topic). That means it’s time for another one, it’s gonna be a 7-thing/project type of thing since it’s been a while since my last little project as well.

Ready? Here we go…

  1. Be a tourist in my own city – being in Essen this past weekend the conversation came up again, what one do and don’t do in your hometown. At least I’m real bad at going to the museums and sites here in Malmö, so I figured that I would make an attempt to be better at it. I think I’ll start with the Lonely Planet list to make it easy…and if anyone has some good ideas let me know.
  2. Cook more food at home – during my poor student days (not that long ago) I became real good at planning weekly menus and cooking at home. Now I spend too much time eating out, both for lunch and dinner – because I can. I do really love cooking though so I wanna get back in it. Starting today when there will be a box of food complete with recipes, delivered at my door. Ok, so starting it off half-lazy.
  3. Become less materialistic – I have noticed that I use shopping a little bit like therapy. I buy something and it makes me feel good…every time. Not a lasting feeling at all, so I figure that I will attempt to buy less things.
  4. Declutter – I’m a piler…there I said it! I have piles all over my apartment and we share the space in a co-existing kind of way. I think that it would be a nice change to attempt to get rid of them. It also ties into point three, I don’t need all this stuff.
  5. Take better care of my body – Yes, I run and I bike (faaaar) I just don’t exercise that much in between. I’m not planning on becoming a health nut or anything, I just feel that maybe I should move around a bit other than biking to and from work. And also maybe start my day with something else than coffee and a cancerstick…just saying – there’s probably a reason why my booty haven’t liked me or treated me nicely the past few months.
  6. Think more about the environment – I’m getting a bit better at recycling and I usually bring reusable bags to the grocery store. So I guess, being even better at recycling, try to avoid buying things with too much packaging, turning of the lights and all that jazz (maybe start with reading up on how to be nice to the environment).
  7. Less screen time – I spend most of my days at work in front of a computer, and my phone and then I come home and spend time infront of the TV with my computer or phone as well. So I want to do less of that, I mean, I can just turn my radio on when I’m home if I want background noise, and a book will keep my company just as well as the TV and computer will, right? So more of that…

That’s that, starting today! And since I’m not too keen on rules, there are no rules really…other than that I want to include one of the points in my everyday life everyday…

 

 

Life In General

Fun with work

I still haven’t really gotten my head around the swedish way of doing after work that includes booking people’s calendars about a month in advance, make reservations at places to eat and as this time – planning activities.

For me an after work is when you spontaneously go for a beer after work.

Anyhow, this Tuesday the after work fun started during work as my colleague pulled a floor piano out of his magic bag and I got to have a small BIG revival in the office.

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A bit after four the general fun started with hanging out in the park. As I made my way to work in the morning it was absolutely pouring down rain and I had low faith in the park part of the plan, however dad pulled through with the remote control again (it’s all about having connections in the right places) and the sun peeked out.

We then headed for the restaurant (and this is where it’s not really and after work anymore, rather an evening out I would say) where our table was waiting for us.

It was a place I haven’t visited before and had no idea what to expect, it turned out to be a Tapas place with soooo much yum yum food. Took some time before I felt hunger again I’ll tell you that.

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It was a nice evening with no drama, despite alcohol being included, so I have a feeling that this thing with my new colleagues might actually work out.

We ended the night with me dragging the still standing gang to my corner, closed it down and an even smaller group finished the evening with one last beer at Lilla Torg, the place to go for the last beer of the evening. However there are no pictures of this part of the evening so you have to trust me when I say that no colleagues where harmed and all of them were returned home in one piece.

Reading

Recommend reading

Remember how I fell for the old “put-things-on-the-counter” trick at the airport while flying to Essen? Well, I’m happy I did! I’ve been giggling myself through this one.

The year of living Danishly by Helen Russell.

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As a Scandinavian I laugh at the way she sees us vikings. As a swede I laugh loudly at her comments about the strange Danes. And as someone that spent a couple of years living in Denmark and even more years working there, I agree with a lot of what she is concluding.

Even if you aren’t planning on moving to the cold north but want a good laugh and some tips on how to hygge, I recommend you reading it.

Quality of Life

Travel not always required

Since I’m still in the honeymoon phase at my new job (please let it last forever) Monday mornings aint that bad. A tad bit tired after arriving home late last night and not being able to sleep straight away, still fun to go to work.

Haven’t been cooking that much lately (for recurring readers, you might have noticed) so I had no food to bring with me to work today, thus I had to go out for lunch with a couple of my collegues. Can’t really go wrong with Cesar Salad.

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Then, for some reason I’m not completely clear about, there was ice-cream in the office (again!) today. It tasted amazing.

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Not working overly late I decided to go do some shopping, it was time for a new toy! Just so that you know, it’s my sisters fault that I bought it, she has one and let me use it. It’s just too much fun and I’m sure that my home will become more organized with one of these in here.

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So, you don’t have to go travel to eat good food, nice ice-cream and do random shopping for things that you don’t really need, you can do all of that right at home 🙂

Essen 2016

A tradition has been created

After another sleep-in (seem both me and my friend was much in need for sleep) we had a quiet brekkie at home.

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We then headed out for a walk and something I learnt all about while visiting Essen last year, Spaghetti Eise. It’s ice-cream with food names that taste totally fab. We eat it in a really beautiful area of Essen, so it’s not only the ice-cream we are after it’s the scenery as well.

This time around we followed the advise of my friends dad and visited a church in the area;

And as I have been in almost every church since my dad passed away, I lit a candle. The poor very much non religious dad must be turning in his grave, as it’s also churches of all different faiths. That’s what you get for dying! (note that I only lit one of them)

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After beautiful nature we stuck with being cultural and visited an art museum. The museum is free on Sundays, however it wasn’t appreciated that we walked in through the back door anyhow. I think that maybe they shouldn’t leave the doors open then…but that just me.

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As usual with museums there are nice paintings and then there are the weird paintings that make you question who decides what’s art and what’s not. One painting was just a canvas painted black (????).

They did have a pretty cool section on Asian posters, where I found these two. They make a very valid point;

After being all arty serious we stopped for dinner, and I must say that Essen provides a very wide selection of yum food to decent prices. I stopped counting the times where I’m sure that they must have missed something on my tab.

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After dinner it was already time to head to the airport, and of course my flight was delayed. At least my gate was located right next to the smoking lounge (dear Camel, any advertising money is more than welcome in my bank account) and I had a good book to read.

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Even with the delay we arrived in Copenhagen on time, still I missed my train with a couple of seconds only. Travel isn’t really for me, is it? At least it seem like the Swedish police have decided that scary refugees don’t arrive late Sunday night so we were spared the passport control on the Swedish side so the trip wasn’t to painful.

As much as I like travelling, it’s nice to not have any plans for doing more so in a while.

Peace out ma peeps.

Essen 2016

A perfect Saturday

Doesn’t happen often, however when they come along they need to be thoroughly enjoyed – the perfect Saturdays.
Sleeping in until ten before being whisked away by Racer…

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…to eat yummy breakfast with crazy fun company from all over the place. Three different languages where spoken over this beast of a meal;

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After breakfast it was time for shopping, the rain stopped for us and my favourite Essen store had 20% of their discounted prices. Might have another pair of shoes (50%) and a new sweater.

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Then we need a rest so went home and watched some football and played silly Facebook games until dinner time. Asian!

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I loved the rolls so much that I had to have two of them.
The evening then ended with an Irish pub…serving Kilkenny in Guinness glasses, oh dear!

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A perfect Saturday indeed.

Essen 2016

Ich bin eine Berliner

Sitting in the airport togheter with my trusted companion, waiting for my flight to Germany, not Berlin though.

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The train Gods where surprisingly kind to me today. Not only was the train that was due before mine late and rolled into the platform just as I arrived, the best neighbor on the planet was also there so I had company across the bridge.
There’s a crazy amount of people travelling today, however when travelling from Copenhagen Airport that’s fine, their security check is very efficient and smooth running and I was through in a few minutes.
I also managed to fall for the “we put this on the counter to get people to buy it” trick, accidentally buying a book while getting my snacks.

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It’s fine though, I can afford it and I’m already hooked. Maybe I can learn to be as happy as the Danes…