Monday, November 6, 2017

Eating chicken like a fat bastard

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Since Halloween is over, and we don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Finland, the next holiday to look forward to (apart from our 100th year of independence) is Christmas, and I'm definitely starting to get in the Christmas mood. Nothing major, I promise you, but I've definitely had some hot glögg on occasion already. Also, it's getting darker and darker as we speak (I swear it's already dark outside at 5 o'clock), so all you really want to do is curl up under a blanket and never leave the house. 

All in all, last week was pretty relaxing. I didn't really have any work shifts or any classes during the weekdays, which meant I had lots of time to focus on my pro gradu thesis. Currently I'm up to about 12 pages, which is a good start, but I definitely have a long road ahead of me. The good thing is that I'm really interested in my subject, so the writing process has been quite fun (at least so far, I'm sure I have a few meltdowns ahead of me). 

Here are just a few snapshots from last week:

Our Amaryllis is looking crazy. It's really trying to reach out for any sunlight it can possibly get // Peasoup and finnish pancake, one of my favoritedishes as a child// As it's getting colder, I'm finally able to use one of my favorite jackets!


This weekend we slept over at my parents home from Friday to Saturday. On Friday we also had our second home game of the season, which we won by clear numbers, but I have to say that we could've played much much better! This was also the first game that all of our team member could make it to the game, which was exciting!


Let me present to you: All of my lovely Sun City Sisters!

On Saturday me and André utilized the fact that we could borrow my mom's car and went shopping, and also helped my brother take down the trampoline from the backyard (or should I say that he helped us do it). We also had dinner at lone star which is a restaurant which claims to have the best burgers in town. I was actually quite full from eating earlier in the day, so I just ordered some wings and onion rings and cannot therefore comment on whether that claim is true or not. Not usually a fan of finger food like that, but it was definitely good (not as good as in the States though, sorry!).

I thought the quote from Austin Powers would be fitting in this context


On Saturday I also worked a shift from eight in the evening until two in the morning at a restaurant/bar, which was a new experience for me. I was a bit nervous going in because in all honesty, I've tried working behind the bar a couple of times and I don't feel comfortable doing it. I mean I can make basic cocktails like mojitos and gin and tonics, but every time I've worked at the bar somebody has requested some crazy cocktail I've never even heard of. Luckily, I didn't have to stand behind the bar this time, instead I got to help out with carrying the food to the table and picking up glasses and plates from the table. It was definitely a full house at the bar, so there was lots to do and in the end the shift went fine, so I was worrying about nothing!

This week I'm continuing to write on my thesis as much as I possibly can, because starting from next week I'll be doing some teacher training in a school and I'm assuming that most of my time will be dedicated to that. 

Hope you all have a wonderful start to the month! ❤

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Horror film watch list

Since today is officially Halloween I thought I would compile a short list of some of my favorite horror movies and/or films I've seen recently. This is also kind of inspired by a literature course I took last semester called "Horror" (my plan as I might have mentioned before was to watch as many of the movies on the watch list out lecturer gave us but in the end I didn't really end up watching that many.)

Some of these will have made the list because I relate them to some fond memories (if you can even say that about horror movies?). Anyways, enjoy, I guess?

The Exorcist (dir. William Friedkin, 1973) 

This was probably what traumatized Emppu

I have to start with the Exorcist because it's a classic, and I'm pretty sure it might have been the first horror film I ever saw when I was around 12 years old. I also remember forcing my Emppu to watch it again with me a few years later. She had apparently been traumatized by the movie and I was trying to convince her that it wasn't as scary as she remembered it to be. I also forced my friends to watch Silent Hill on my birthday (sorry you guys and thanks for still being friends with me). 

Carrie  (dir. Brian de Palma, 1976)


I have seen both the original and the remake, and like with most remakes, it just doesn't do the original justice. Either way, I love Carrie as a story, and even wrote an essay about menstruation as a symbol in King's book which the movies are based on.

Get Out (dir. Jordan Peele, 2017)


I'm sure a lot of you have seen (or at least know about) Get Out, since it is definitely one of the most talked about films of 2017. It is one of those movies that technically isn't a horror movie, but still creeps the hell out of you. Also the commentary on contemporary issues is brilliant.

The Babadook (dir. Jennifer Kent, 2014)

*goosebumps*

This is the latest horror movie I saw, which is why it makes the list. The best way I can describe the movie is 'creepy', it definitely gave me goosebumps on several occasions. I guess I would say it was just scary in a subtle way, not many jump scares. The Babadook itself though - not something you want to imagine standing in your closet.  

The Witch (dir. Robert Eggers, 2016)


Who doesn't love pagan, satanic rituals and creepy children? Also makes me very grateful that I wasn't born in the 17th century.

The Orphanage (dir. J.A. Bayona, 2007)


This must be the one horror film I have seen the most, and one of my favorites too. This movie came out when I was 13, and at the time there was this Spanish TV show, Los Serranos, which was really popular in Finland (I know, it's quite strange when you think about it). Now the lead actress of that show starred in the Orphanage, so I remember it being advertised in Finland a lot. I recently watched it with André, and although he usually isn't a big fan of horror movies, he actually liked it.  I also remember watching Los Ojos De Julia (dir. Guillem Morales, 2010) which starred the same actress, but it didn't really have the same impact on me as the Orphanage. 

My Bloody Valentine (dir. Patrick Lussier, 2009)

*drool*

This movie wasn't that good, but I remember being so excited about it coming out because it starred Jensen Ackles, who I was absolutely obsessed with. 

Annabelle (dir. John R. Leonetti, 2015)

Whyyyyy would you ever want a doll that looks like this?

This is a movie where I didn't have high expectations going in to the theater, but ended up being absolutely terrified. I remember taking the bus home from the movie theater, and literally running the last 20 meters to my front door, because I was so scared. 

Anyways, those are just some of the horror films that I have seen, and I still have lots to watch (like IT, still haven't seen it, like I said, my bf isn't that into horror movies but he promised we could watch it when it's released on DVD and Blue Ray! Any other movies that you think I should watch?



Monday, October 30, 2017

Halloween twenty seventeen

It's been a while and last week was probably the busiest week I've had this fall, so buckle up because this post will most likely be quite lengthy!

Last Saturday (and by this I mean the weekend before, so over a week ago) I had a shift at a restaurant in Mylly. Since I'm currently working for a staffing service company, I don't just work at one restaurant, instead I pick up shifts here and there where I'm needed. This suits me really well at the moment since I don't have a lot of classes, but I still need to reserve time for writing my pro gradu thesis. Basically they will call me up from the staff service company and offer me a shift, and then I can either accept it or reject it. I've been really enjoying it so far and I feel it's a relief that I'm not obligated to accept any job, which makes things a lot easier for me (I'm usually the type of person who cannot say no, and then I end up working way to much and stressing about combining school work with actual work. This has not happened with this job, at least not yet!)

Anyways, the shift went fine but what was even greater was that my family surprised me by showing up at the restaurant during the last hour of my shift! So once my shift ended I sat down with them for dinner and it was really nice to just hang out with the whole family for a while. Plus they gave me a ride home, which was much more comfortable than taking the bus!. I had also made plans to meet up with Julle and Emppu, so I went to sit with them at Tårget for a while. I had a really nice evening, but was feeling pretty sick so after a couple of drinks I thought it was best to go home and get some rest.



Sunday was very relaxing, we only left the house once and that was to go have lunch at Delhi Darbar - definitely the best Indian food in town!


On Monday I had a super early wake up, and that was because I was going on a picnic cruise with my workmates from the restaurant where I worked this summer. I had not seen them for a while so it was definitely fun to catch up with everybody. A picnic cruise is basically a day cruise where you take the ferry to Åland and back. The day was spent eating both breakfast and late lunch at the ship buffet, playing bingo, singing karaoke, doing some tax free shopping and well, drinking. When we arrived back to the harbor at around 8 o'clock, the plan was to continue the night at a pub. I however was still feeling pretty sick and definitely knew that if I didn't go home now, my cold would only get worse. And quite honestly, I was super tired. I definitely had a really fun day, but going home after the cruise was the right way to go!


On Wednesday I was again working another shift, this time at a hotel where some company was having a Christmas party. My shift didn't end until an hour or so after midnight, so I figured I'd ride my bike to the hotel despite it being cold and rainy outside, since there were no buses going at that time anyways, especially not on a weekday. Well, that rain turned into snow, which resulted in me having to walk my bike home and my shoes getting absolutely soaked. The first snow didn't last for long, but winter is definitely on its way to Finland.

Friday was the day of the week I had been looking forward to the most. This was because of two reasons: 1) I was finally going to the hairdressers, and 2) we were hosting a Halloween party. So for the hairdresser I only knew I wanted some natural looking, lighter highlights. As always, the hairdresser kept commenting on how thick my hair is, and she suggested that we cut it a bit shorter and thinned it down a little so that it wouldn't be too heavy and flat. I thought that sounded like a good idea, and basically gave her free hands to do whatever she liked. I really liked the outcome - I mean, it was definitely way shorter than I had planned to go, it's probably the shortest it's ever been. And the styling she gave me made my hair look like "The Rachel"reeaally 90's. But when I got home I curled it a little bit myself and I instantly fell in love with it!


Now for the party we had done quite a lot of prepping. We decorated the living room with mostly DIY decorations and I had also baked monster cookies and some Halloween cupcakes. I'm really happy with how it all turned out, and I got a lot of compliments on the baked goods, which was great to hear!



This year I dressed up as a scarecrow, and I took inspiration from a picture I saw on pinterest. Definitely an easy costume to pull off (you just need a flannel shirt, a hat and some ripped jeans) but I have to say that I was really pleased with the how my makeup turned out!


I was also really happy with the fact that literally everybody came dressed in a costume! That is pretty rare in Finland, because Halloween has only recently started to become a mainstream holiday here. And all of the costumes were super creative too, but this year Julle won the costume contest with her "Naked Sims" costume (which, I have to take a little bit of credit for because it was something we planned together that Saturday in Tintå). 







Saturday was super chill and I may have spent the whole day in my pyjamas. I also watched The Babadook while I was alone at home. It was a bit creepy, but I figured I had to see at least one horror flick this Halloween!


And now finally to yesterday, which was game day for me and my teammates. We lost by three points, and it sucked. That's pretty much all I have to say about that. Our next game is on Friday, and you best believe we are going in it to win it!


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

#metoo

I usually don't "go deep" on this blog, but today I want to share my thoughts on this topic which I definitely feel is a very important one.

I'm sure most of you have seen this hashtag blowing up on social media for the past couple of days. I've been spending a lot of time thinking about what actually counts as sexual harassment or sexual assault, and how I have or haven't experienced it.

My initial thought when I first read about the hashtag and the idea behind it was "Yes, of course I've experienced it". I thought about all the times I've had an unwanted hand gripping my waist on the dance floor, or even worse - trying to reach down my pants. Or the times I've had a customer comment on my looks, as if it has anything to do with how I perform at work. This summer I had a man ask me to come up to his hotel room, and another one ask me to sit on his lap while he payed this bill. Those kind of comments are totally unacceptable and it is frankly disgusting behavior. Luckily, my real life experiences are pretty mild compared to other cases of sexual harassment or assault. It still doesn't mean that they are ok.

Which brings me to my second thought, which was "I can't post this". I contemplated for so long whether my experiences of sexual harassment were severe enough to actually matter. Unfortunately this is a thought process which is very much alive in victim blaming culture, and one of the reason why victims are afraid to speak up. And I guess this is the whole message of the hashtag: anyone, man or woman, who has experienced sexual assault, harassment or injustice shouldn't have to feel like they are an inconvenience. And that's one of the reasons I wanted to share my thoughts in this post.

(By this I don't mean that victims have to come out with their stories. My cousin shared a text on her page which I completely agree with: "Reminder that if a woman didn't post #MeToo, it doesn't mean she wasn't sexually assaulted or harassed. Survivors don't owe you their story")

I also want to say that I by no means think that all men behave this way, I don't think most men do (and obviously it doesn't just have to be men who harass and women who get harassed. The main point is that it shouldn't happen). I was discussing feminism with my mother the other day when my boyfriend jokingly said "Just don't start hating me". I have so many wonderful men in my life, like my boyfriend, my father, my brother and lots of men I know from school, or work, or who are friends who I know would never act like that. I also know that there is a difference between sexual harassment and for instance flirting. Because I've had hands gripping my waist, and they have been welcomed. I've gotten flirty comments and replied back in the same manner. And in these cases I've made it very clear that I too am interested. But when I've made it clear that I'm not interested and someone won't stop touching me, that's when there's a problem. Or when I'm working and someone makes an inappropriate comment where I can't help but smile and laugh it off because I'm supposed to act professional, that is an abuse of power. 

Anyways, hope you get a sense of how I'm trying to contribute to this conversation. And I do think it is important to highlight just how many women (and men) are affected by this problem. 



w. 41

Monday: A very ordinary Monday. School. Practice in the evening. Also been very into listening to podcasts, mostly when I'm cleaning or sitting on the bus on my way to and from training. "Shane and Friends" and "Not Too Deep with Grace Hellbig" are my current faves.

Tuesday: Britannica's & ESN's welcome sitz. Caught up with friends, met some new exchange students. Had a good time but left after the sitz.

Wednesday: Went to check out Hullut Päivät (translates to "The Crazy Days" because a lot of things are on sale which makes people go cray-cray. Didn't buy anything for myself (well, I bought food so I guess that counts?)


Thursday: Friends came over. Had a great time catching up with everybody ❤

Friday: Second game of the season. It was in Tampere (which is about 2 hours from Turku) and the game started at 20.15, which was a bit of an inconvenience. But we ended up winning 31-102 which totally made it worth it. Was back home just before midnight, super tired.



Saturday: Although our 3-year-anniversary was on Sunday, we agreed on the fact that it's more fun to go put on a Saturday. We had a table reservation at E.Ekblom, which is a restaurant just by the aura river. We've been there before, and really liked it. Plus you get a three course meal for a little over 30 euros, which is a really good deal. Had a really nice night!

Was really feeling my look (which resulted in 300 selfies which look almost exactly alike)


Can we just take a moment to appreciate Turku at night?


Sunday: The real date of our anniversary. Exchanged gifts in bed. I got a gift card to a hair salon which was great, because I very rarely go. André got a bathrobe which is perfect for fall as it keep getting colder and colder. We also made some brunch. The weather was perfect. The evening was spent at my parents house, just chilling. Got some great pictures with Maya.

Pancake master André