Wednesday, 28 February 2007

Elbows, stuff in the mail, and carved dragons.

So, apparently I have a tennis elbow. Without playing tennis. And NO, it is not a form for mouse arm either, it is the left elbow. Comes from lifting too heavy stuff and stretching everything that can be stretched in there. Luckily it will heal, but I feel rather bruised and sore today, after being poked and pinched and bent and cracked by the chiropractor yesterday afternoon. But it is better than it was before I was there, I can turn my head without pain again. My neck had locked up totally.

Apart from that, little going on. First day out of nine in a row spent at work. Hooray. Survived, so far so good. Taking it a bit cool this week, when I did ten days a couple of weeks ago, I was exhausted at the end. So I suppose I should pace myself, save some energy for the last four days.

Package day, got my shampoo (etc etc) and the replacement for the earplug* I lost down the drain while showering in the mail (from separate shops). Whee. Still waiting for my gorgeous moose horn carved dragon plugs!



Cute, huh?

:D

Footnote:
* Of course I mean the piercing jewellery kind of ear plug, not the kind you use to shut out sounds.

Tuesday, 27 February 2007

Curriculum Vitae (aka. The Long List About Me)

Stolen from Michis that stole it from someone else. You see a pattern here?
My comments in italics.

Appearance
[ ] I am shorter than 160 cm.
[x] Sometimes I think I am ugly.
[ ] I easily tan.
[x] I wish my hair was a different colour.
[x] I have friends that have never seen my natural hair colour.
[ ] I have a tattoo.
[x] I feel insecure about my appearance.
[ ] I've worn braces on my teeth.
[x] I wear contacts or glasses.
[x] I would have cosmetic surgery done if it was safe and free.
[x] A total stranger have told me I'm hot.
[x] I have more than two piercings.
[x] I have piercings elsewhere than my ears.
[ ] I have freckles.

FAMILY
[x] I have used swear-words at my parents.
[x] I have run away from home.
[ ] I have been thrown out from home.
[ ] My biological parents are still together.
[ ] I have a sibling less than a year old.
[ ] I want children some day.
[ ] I have children.
[ ] I have lost a child.

SCHOOL/CAREER

[ ] I'm a student.
[x] I work.
[x] I have fell asleep in school/at work.
[x] I have missed more than a week of school.
[x] I have stolen something from my school/work. (Didn't you keep the supplies you borrowed from school?)
[ ] I have been fired.

EMBARRASSMENTS
[x] I have said "lol" in a real conversation.
[ ] Disney films still make me cry.
[ ] I have been laughing so hard I peed my pants.
[x] I have been making weird pig noises when laughing.
[x] I have been crying from laughter.
[x] I have glued my hand to something.
[x] I have been laughing so much my drink came out my nose.
[x] I have torn (accidentally or on purpose) my pants in a public place.

HEALTH

[ ] I was born with an illness.
[x] I have gotten stitches for a cut or wound.
[ ] I have broken a leg.
[ ] My tonsils have been removed.
[x] I have brought a friend with me to the doctor.
[x] My wisdom teeth have been removed.
[ ] I have had to go through a major surgery.
[x] I have had smallpox.
[x] I have had/have asthma.

TRAVELS
[x] I have driven more than 300km in a day. (As a passenger)
[x] I have been flying.
[ ] I have been in Russia.
[ ] I have been in China.
[ ] I have been to Japan.
[x] I have been to the USA.
[ ] I have been to Africa.
[ ] I have been to Asia.

EXPERIENCE
[x] I have gotten lost in my home town.
[x] I have seen a falling star.
[ ] I have made a wish upon a falling star.
[ ] I have been to a public place wearing my pyjamas.
[x] I have pressed all the buttons in the lift.
[x] I have kicked a guy between the legs.
[ ] I have been to a casino.
[ ] I have parachuted from an airplane.
[ ] I have gone skinny-dipping.
[x] I have played Truth or Dare.
[ ] I have drank a liter of milk in an hour.
[ ] I have crashed a car.
[x] I have been skiing.
[x] I have participated in a play.
[x] I have met someone from the internet in real life.
[x] I have caught a snow flake on my tongue.
[x] I have seen the aurora.
[x] I have been sitting on a roof at night.
[x] I have April's Fooled someone.
[x] I have been a passenger in a taxi.
[ ] I have eaten Sushi.
[ ] I have been snowboarding.
[ ] I have gone bungeejumping or done a free fall jump.

RELATIONSHIPS
[ ] I am single.
[x] I am in a relationship.
[ ] I am engaged.
[ ] I am married.
[ ] I have been to a blind date.
[ ] I have been dumped more times than I have been doing the dumping.
[ ] I miss someone right now.
[x] I am afraid of being lonely.
[x] I have been unfaithful while in a relationship. (And it was stupid and a long time ago)
[ ] I have gotten a divorce.
[x] I have been in love with someone that wasn't in love with me.
[ ] I have said I loved someone and lied.
[x] I have said I did not love someone and lied.
[x] I have saved something from an old relationship.

SEXUALITY
[x] I have been attracted to someone of the same sex.
[ ] I have been in love with a teacher.
[x] I have been kissed in the rain.
[x] I have hugged a total stranger.
[x] I have kissed a total stranger.

HONESTY
[x] I have done something I had promised someone I wouldn't do.
[x] I have done something I hade promised myself I wouldn't do.
[x] I have snuck out without being allowed to.
[x] I have lied to my parents about where I was.
[x] I have a secret noone knows. (Not even me)
[x] I have cheated in a game.

BAD TIMES
[x] I have drunk alcohol.
[x] I get drunk more than once a month. (At least tipsy)
[ ] I cannot swallow pills.
[x] I have been diagnostized with depression. (Many many moons ago.)
[ ] I take medicines against depression.
[ ] I have anorexia and or bulimia.
[x] I have slept an entire day without needing it.
[x] I have woke up crying.
[x] I have fallen asleep crying.

DEATH
[ ] I am afraid of dying.
[ ] I hate funerals.
[ ] I have seen someone die.
[x] Someone close to me have tried to commit suicide.
[ ] Someone close to me have committed suicide.

MATERIALISM
[ ] I own more than five hiphop CDs.
[x] I own an Ipod or an MP3-Player.
[ ] I have an unhealthy relationship to anime/manga.
[ ] I own many expensive designer handbags.
[x] I own something from H&M.
[x] I collect comic magazines/books. (Modesty Blaise!)
[ ] I own something from Benetton.
[ ] I own something I have bought on Ebay.
[ ] I own something from Diesel.

RANDOM
[ ] I can sing, and people will survive the experience.
[ ] I have stolen a tray from a fast food restaurant.
[ ] It is easy to open up to new people.
[ ] I watch news.
[ ] I don't kill insects.
[ ] I sing in the shower. (Are you insane? The sound carries through the pipes to the neighbours!)
[x] I'm a morning person. (At least I get up almost two hours before I have to leave home.. no matter what.)
[ ] I paid for my ring tone.
[x] I am a grammar-fascist.
[ ] I am a sport fanatic.
[x] I twirl my hair with my fingers.
[x] I am good at baking.
[ ] My favorite colour is white, pastel pink or blue.
[ ] I would wear pyjamas to work.
[x] I know how to shoot.
[x] I'm in love with love.
[x] I laugh at my own jokes.
[ ] I eat fastfood every week.
[x] I am good at maths.
[ ] I believe in ghosts.
[ ] I can't sleep if there is a spider in the room.
[x] I'm very ticklish.
[x] I love dark chocolate.
[ ] I play computer games and/or console games.
[x] I am good at remembering faces.
[x] I am good at remembering names. (But not at matching them to the faces)
[x] I have no idea what I will do with the rest of my life.

I'll tag a couple of others to post it (if you want it in Swedish, steal it from Michis instead).
Mia and Jassu; you're tagged! :)

Bokrea



This mornings purchases. They just fell into my basket, I swear.

Saturday, 17 February 2007

Stolen from someone that stole it from someone that had probably also stolen it from someone.

10 Favourites:
Colour: Black? I guess...
Food: probably the lasagne I makeself when I succeed. Except I can't eat it without getting sick.
Music: Most things that goes blip and blop and heaps of things that doesn't.
Film: Boondock Saints.
Book: Hard to choose just one. Actually I probably cannot.
Sport: Uhm. Whazzat? ;)
Season: Autumn.
Week day: Free days?
Ice cream flavour: Vanilla with chocolate chips/shavings.
Time of day: afternoon (especially afternoons I spend home alone).


9 Right now:
Mood: Slightly bored.
Taste: None. I could have tea, I suppose..
Clothes: Black pants, red top, black cardigan.
Background: Of what? My screen? A photo from Chromasia
Nail varnish: None.
Time: 16:07
Surroundings: Mother's living room.
Object of irritation: A headache I have had since we came here.


8 first:
Best friend: Christine
Screen name: Can't recall. Probably a name from a book or from roleplaying games.
Pet: Several - when I was a child there was a cat named Murre, a German Shepherd named Bamse (heh), and a streetmix named Lufs (because mother found it easier to say than Tufs). And then we had geese. Several other cats, dogs, some budgies, and a guinea pig are also central in my childhood.
Piercing: My nose when I was 14. Then three years later my ear lobes.
Love: I cannot recall, so presumely it wasn't serious.
Music: Uh.. the children's records I had when I was four? :)
Car: I don't even have a driver's license.
Kiss: A girl when I was 14

7 latest:
Cigarette: May 2005.
Food: Breakfast - dark unsweetened bread with cream cheese and danish salami.
Drink: Tea.
Car trip: When we came here late thursday. Or rather early Friday. *yawn*
Kiss: This morning when he wanted to say goodbye and I wanted to go back to sleep.
Played song: That I played.. or that mother played? She is currently playing Chris Rea for me.
Tv program: Local news last night, about rally.

6 Have you ever:
Dated any of your best friends:
No (not saying I didn't want to).
Broken the law: Yep.
Been arrested: I have been detained and questioned while they called in to check my ID (for what I don't know). Then I was allowed to go my own way.
Gone skinnydipping: No.
Been on TV: Not afaik.
Kissed someone you don't know: Oh yea.


5 No thanks:
Clothes: Too short skirts or too tight pants.
Food: All the food I cannot eat!
Music: Whatever my mother is playing now! (Not Chris Rea anymore)
Drink: Red wine (I become sick).
Personality Trait: Stupidity.

4 things:
You did last night: Had dinner, sprawled on the couch reading, took my medicines, went to bed early.
You can hear right now: Mother's music, her neighbour's dog crying, her mouseclicking while playing solitaire, my own typing.
You cannot live without: Air (the right mix of oxygen, nitrogen, noble gases and CO2), water (preferably clean), nutrition, affection.
You do when you are bored: If I am bored, I usually wind up buying something.. or reading another book.

3 persons:
You can tell everything to: Uhm. Me, myself and I?
You like: Nore, Michis, my brother
You don't like: Better not mentioned, they might take offence.

2 choices:
Coffee or tea:
Tea. Twinings Earl Grey, most of the time.
Spring or autumn: Autumn. Preferably a long one. It is the only season that is neither too hot nor cold for my asthma, and there is no pollen (most of the years).

1 Wish: For a magic fairy to give me lots (and I mean lots) of money, a new functioning body (that preferably also looks good), and super-intelligence. Oh. A realistic one? :/

A photo session went off track, totally

It started with this gentleman posing for camera.














Then it somehow fell apart.. as he SAW something... and he returned to looking like a big kitten instead.
























































The mauling of the camera strap sortof stopped everything. Heh.

Wednesday, 14 February 2007

Happy Friend's Day!

The Finns, rather than celebrating undying (or more correctly, in my cynical view, the very transient) love, celebrate Friendship Day. Much better tradition. Please send all your friends a nice thought today.

Hyvää Ystävänpäivää!

Monday, 12 February 2007

Finally..

My trackball works again. Bliss for my arm.

And I should never ever again use that darn massage chair they bought us here at work. It breaks my back (I tried it twice with the same result). Remind me if I start considering it again!!!

Sunday, 11 February 2007

My absentmindedness continues.

I forgot the batteries at home again. Still sitting in the charger. Meh.

The Boring Blog

For those who don't know me, and thus appreciate my ramblings and nonsense, I suspect this blog is none too interesting. After all, I present no strong opinions, I don't write about things that might upset people, and I don't have a topic, a red thread that I follow.

Am I as shallow as my blog?

I would like to think not.
Of course I would like to think not.
I am filled with strong opinions about this or that. But at some point it seems I stopped expressing these views. What happened? Did I stop caring, or did I merely realise noone listens?

Yet I find that I have strong opinions about most things. Sometimes so strong that I feel a surge of adrenaline as I realise that other people have differing opinions or refuses to see the good sense of mine (or are unable to do so due to their own stupidity). Crass, but honest. I am not perfect. Yet I think everyone should be allowed to express their own views. But never, never, inflict their views on others that might differ. Discussion is good, however. You might convince one person in a crowd that you are right, and if that person also convinces one, and so on, you might win the world over. Or?

I stopped discussing too.
Or rather, I only discuss with people I know do not have conflicting views on the things that matter to me. So that we can all agree together. Safe in my little world. I carefully probe people around me to find out what they think, before expressing myself too strongly.

I have been thinking about this a while, thinking about what to do with my blog. It strayed from being a place to post photographs, to a collection of random musings.
What triggered me to write about it just today? Maybe merely that there is time, a sunday morning, waiting for the washing machine to finish so I can hang my laundry.

So what should I do? Write posts with strong opinions? Can I still present a case, the way I was able to ten years ago? Am I still a strong enough writer, able to find the words and sentences needed?

Would you even read it?

Maybe I should just find a test with questions. Are you for or against abortion, what do you think about burning charcoal for electricity? Should we ban cars, is the road toll in Stockholm a good idea? What do you think of the new government, do you believe in God? Do making war have any sense behind it, or is it merely destructive?

And then I could post all the results here, together with test results telling what I think of hip hop, 50ies fashion, a book I read last week, and horror movies (which I hate, by the way).
Safe and easy.

Will you read it? Do you care?

Saturday, 10 February 2007

Boredom!

It is saturday afternoon, and I am stuck at work.

Okay, so I'd not be doing anything fabulous or revolutionary if I was free to leave, probably nothing more exciting than doing some laundry, reading, or maybe watching some nature documentary on TV if I was feeling in a strange mood.

But being here..

Well. I have taken five incoming calls, answered all the emails.

So what do I do?
More tests, of course. Have to bore you all out of your minds by posting the results here. Because, we all know personality tests on the internet tells the truth!



Are you a slave to fashion?
Your score = 65
What does your score mean?
Looking good is important to you, but you don't go so far as to obsess over building the perfect wardrobe. You appreciate nice clothes and may even fall prey to the occasional trend (leg warmers or suspenders anyone?) but you're generally not a clothes snob. There are two main ideas governing your approach to fashion: the realization that appearance plays a key role in career and personal success, and the old adage "beauty is only skin deep". You do just enough to maintain your style without being an all-out stickler for every fashion rule or trend that comes along. In a nutshell, you're normal!

Well, that was comforting. I'm normal, do you hear that?

Do you have a sense of humor?
Your score = 45

What does your score mean?
Your sense of humor is pretty good. It may not be as wacky as that of some people (like us apparently) but you're pretty cool in our books! You can laugh at most things and maybe even get a kick out of the non-sense you say and do from time to time as well. Good for you! Hey, if you can't laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at right? Just kidding.

Heh.

How paranoid are you?
Your score = 80
What does your score mean?
You're worried about what this result is going to say about you, aren't you? Well, let's not beat around the bush: you're paranoid. In most situations, your mind naturally wonders to the worst possible scenario - your friends are talking about you behind your back, someone is following you or tapping your phone, and your boss scheduling a one-on-one meeting means you're in deep doo-doo. Paranoia can stem from trust issues; when, for example, you get all worked up that your special someone is having an affair because they haven't called. It can also be a reflection of pessimism; you tend to think the worst and it leads to negative expectations. Paranoid thoughts can also come from flashes of insecurity; you wonder if you're good enough and feel anxious that others feel the same way. Overall, these feelings are generally not harmful if they are in moderation - in your case, however, they're a bit on the obsessive side. You should deal with some of the underlying issues before everyone starts talking about you -for real!

I know you are all after me.



How devoted are you?
Your score = 35

What does your score mean?
Your results showed that you are sometimes devoted, but other times you turn your back on loved ones... which is not necessarily a bad thing. Love is not blind for you, which means there is a certain line others can't cross and still expect to have your loyalty. You set boundaries, which sends the clear message that you won't put up with crap. This results in healthy devotion, as opposed to self-sacrificing submission. You've got a backbone and a heart!

I knew this. Next!

How "blonde" are you?
Your score = 60

What does your score mean?
Are you a strawberry or dirty blonde? There has got to be a few drops of blondeness in your genetic makeup, because you've got several of the typical blonde traits. Perhaps you exhibit the occasional ditzy behavior, or you choose to live by the motto "blondes have more fun". Whatever works for you! Just be careful not to let yourself fall too easily into a category. Show others that there is more to you than your hair color!

Hrm. I used to buy my artificial intelligence at the mall, in the "hair dyes" section.

How bitchy are you?
Your score = 60

What does your score mean?
While you're not completely bitchy, you're no saint either. You have the occasional flare up of nastiness, and have been known to stoop low to get what you want. Perhaps you've pulled some dirty tricks in the game of love, or you've gotten huffy with friends when things are not going your way. Whatever the dirty deed, the root of your behavior could be a plain old-fashioned bad mood - it happens to the best of us, but just be careful not to let it happen too often. If, on the other hand, your malice is intentional and calculated, then you should rethink your attitude. You may be making some enemies!

Actually.. I don't think I have ever been evil on impulse. Only calculated. Scarily enough.

How forgetful are you?
Your score = 60

What does your score mean?
Your memory comes and goes, depending on the situation or the number of things distracting you. You don't have a horrible memory, but you definitely find yourself in the occasional sticky situation due to a brief episode of forgetfulness. So why are you able to recall some things, while other times you draw a blank? Memory is a complex phenomena that is influenced by a wide range of factors - stress, for example, can make us forgetful, as can lack of sleep or simply too may things on our minds. The good news is that we can easily improve our memories by learning and practicing specific techniques. Make the effort and you'll definitely see the payoff!

It is only through my efforts that I forget as little as I do. Reminder notes to myself FTW! Today, I forgot to bring batteries for my mouse here at work, so.. hrm. Well, the story is longer, I realised this morning that I had forgotten to charge said batteries, so I put them in the charger, but forgot them there when I left. I did however remember to post the package I have been forgetting for some weeks!

Monday, 5 February 2007

Thief, thief

Swedish test stolen from (surprise) Michis, who stole it from Madde.

For the few readers I have that cannot interpret Swedish (ey, give me a shout in the comments so I can know how few you REALLY are!), the first part is "my female sides" and the second part is "my male sides" and then you count it all and see which is dominant. Or something.

Min kvinnliga sida:

[x] Köpt en hårfön?
[x] Sminkat mig i annat avseende än att se rolig ut?
[x] Följt med som smakråd vid en shoppingrunda?
[x] Pratat känslor?
[x] Tänkt på att matcha mina kläder?
[x] Berömt en person av manligt kön för sitt utseende?
[ ] Ringt upp en person utan konkret syfte?
[ ] Funderat på namn åt mina barn?
[ ] Insett storheten hos Barbra Streisand?
[x] Druckit Cosmopolitan?
[ ] Sett ett avsnitt av "Sex and the city"?
[ ] Sett två avsnitt av "Sex and the city"?
[x] Känt mig sugen på en kopp te?
[x] Känt glädje över att få blommor i present ?
[x] Gjort någonting romantiskt på eget initiativ?
[ ] Blivit arg utan anledning?
[x] Gråtit efter 9 fyllda år?
[ ] Brytt mig om H&M:s val av modell?
[x] Pratat skvaller?
[ ] Varit arg/sur utan att tala om det?
[x] Kramat en kille?
[x] Dansat?

Resultat: 14

Min manliga sida:

[x] Ljugit om hur mycket jag har druckit? (eeh.. hur lite, iaf. Eller var det inte menat så?)
[ ] Ätit en blodig stek?
[x] Läst en biltidning?
[x] Framgångsrikt använt en borr, hammare och diverse andra redskap?
[x] Lovat att ringa dagen efteråt och sedan struntat i det?
[ ] Skött grillen under en grillfest?
[x] Läst en bok av Jan Guillou?
[ ] Läst ett nummer av Slitz?
[x] Dunkat någon i ryggen i syfte att få denne att känna sig uppskattad?
[ ] Känt mig hungrig efter att ha ätit en hel pizza?
[ ] Gått på en Ulf Lundell-konsert ?
[x] Använt händerna till att slå någon i syfte att skada denna person?
[ ] Sett alla Die Hard- och Rocky-filmerna?
[x] Diskuterat bröst?
[ ] Gjort lumpen?
[ ] Läst Nick Hornby?
[x] Känt mig nödgad att bräcka någon i armbrytning?
[ ] Känt mig häftig över att åka jättefort i en bil?
[ ] Enbart stirrat snettuppåt vid besök på en pissoar?
[x] Lagat någonting på egen hand?
[ ] Skrikit "kom igen nu gubbar" på en fotbollsplan?
[x] Tävlat i att dricka öl?

Resultat: 11

Hmm. Jag är både mindre kvinnlig och mindre manlig än Michis!!

Sunday, 4 February 2007

Updated...

Not with lengthy posts or interesting images, but rather the linklists in the column to the left of this post. All of it is worth a look or two, I promise! (But should your tastes differ from mine, do not take offense, just try something else instead. The internet is vast.)