Thursday, March 15, 2018

What I've been up to

I've been terrible at blogging lately and to be honest, even right now I'm not feeling inspired at all to jot down anything about what I've been doing lately. But since I have managed to snap some pictures of my life these past few weeks, here's a very short summary of what has been going on in March so far:

I've been able to see and hang out with my friends, which has been a lot of fun! We met up on international women's day and also watched the Melodifestivalen final together. Not doing anything special is my favorite thing to do with these ladies!

My team has been playing well and we won both of our most recent games. Now there is only one game left in the season, and if we win that one, we will for sure rise to the second division!

Writing on my thesis, what else? I'm almost up to 50 pages at this point, which is pretty good, but man it feels like I've been writing for forever and there's still so much to do!

Monday, March 5, 2018

I walk on water (but only if it freezes)

I'm finally starting to feel better, this morning was the first time I didn't wake up and cough my lungs out so that's a start, right?

Yesterday was a pretty perfect day - the sun was shining, it was finally a bit warmer (meaning that it was less the -10 degrees) and since I'm borrowing my mom's car while she's on in the States, we decided to take a mini roadtrip to Pargas. When we got there we saw a lot of people out on the ice, which we obviously also wanted to try out. Even though Finland is a cold country, it hasn't been this cold in a long time. Basically what that means is that the ice is so thick you can walk on it, even drive your car on it. I read somewhere that right now it's even possible to walk all the way from Turku to Åland on the water, which is pretty crazy when you think about it. 

After snapping some pics and enjoying the sun, we drove back to Turku and had lunch at Pizzeria Dennis. I had a pasta carbonara which was really delicious, and also a great way of loading up on some carbs before my basketball game which was later in the day. Because I had been sick, I took it pretty easy and focused more on cheering for my teammates. We won (our 6th win in a row!) which means that we're still leading our league and have a good chance of rising to the 2nd division!

Unlike many years before, this year I decided not to stay up and watch the Oscars which are aired in the middle of the night here in Finland. We did however watch two more of the nominated flicks, The Shape of Water and Call Me By Your Name. I really enjoyed both, and definitely feel they were worthy of their nominations and wins!

My favorite part of 'Call Me By Your Name' was definitely the 80's dancing

Thursday, March 1, 2018

March 1st in the past

Before I get into what I've been doing today (spoiler alert: It's not much and also not exciting at all SO STICK AROUND WON'T YA) I thought I'd start this post with sharing a picture I snapped of myself yesterday before meeting up with some friends for lunch. Also, since I'm very bad at wearing my glasses and people are at times surprised when they see me in them, I put two pictures of me wearing glasses as a little child as reference. These are just a few examples of the very fashionable specs I've been sporting for the last 20 years or so!

So today I woke up at 5:30 and felt awful - my throat was even worse then yesterday. So I decided to get up and have a cup of tea (which honestly didn't help much), and since I was already wide awake and didn't feel sleepy at all, I ended up watching some morning cartoons, which I honestly probably haven't done since I was a teenager. I spent most of the day laying on the couch, once again alternating between watching TV (Grey's anatomy this time) and writing on my thesis. By afternoon, I felt much better and also super bored. I've spent the last couple of days at home (well, I did go to school yesterday for lunch and a study date) and I already feel like I need to get out of the house. I was snapping my friends about this and one of them who is pregnant and due in a couple of weeks replied with: "Now you know how I've felt for the last 3 weeks". So maybe 2 days isn't so bad after all! 

This morning when I was checking facebook, the 'on this day' feature (which shows you posts from the past) included a picture from March 1st where I was wearing A LEATHER JACKET! Meanwhile in the present, we're still enjoying -15 weather. It inspired me to check the blog to see what else I had been up to on this day in the past, and here's what I found:

2017: Had lunch with my fellow exchange students at the Tier in Nottingham.
2015: Bought some tulips (note to self: buy tulips)

2014: Wore a leather jacket (I should note that I did say it was a little bit too chilly still to wear it. Also wrote on a literature assignment.
2012: Got ready for Emppu's 18th birthday. Also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Cristel and Emppu who are celebrating their birthdays today and on Saturday!
2011: Celebrated the arrival of spring weather (I feel like I might have been a little bit too optimistic here, you can clearly see that there is still snow on the rooftops in this picture. This just proves that it's the same thig every year!)

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Caught a cough

Happy Tuesday readers! This morning I woke up feeling pretty awful, my throat was itching and swollen, and I realized that after months of successfully avoiding getting a cold while everyone else was being sick, I had finally been infected. So today I have not left the apartment, I've basically been curled up in a blanket on the sofa, alternating between watching trashy reality TV (Ibiza Weekender and Married at First Sight Australia, for those of you who are wondering) and writing on my thesis. 

-18 but feels like -28? Thanks Siberian blast chill

Last week was somewhat of an emotional roller-coaster for me. First I was delighted with the news that one of my friends from exchange who lives in Germany is coming to Turku to do an internship in March! I'm really excited to see her again, and show her around my home city and country, I've already started to compile a mental list of all the things I want to show her!

I'm not sure if Kerstin (my friend from Germany, sitting in the front) will be as impressed by Turku as the Lake District though :D

Last week my mom also called me with a rather crazy suggestion - she asked me if I wanted to come with her to Florida for a week.. in a week! I quite honestly didn't know what to say, and after speaking for a while she told me to think about it. Even though I currently don't have any courses per se, and not even that many work shifts, I knew that if I left for a week, it would be difficult to keep up with my writing schedule. Also, me and my boyfriend have been planning on going on a trip together for quite some time now, so this whole time my mindset has been to finish the thesis before summer, and save money for our trip together. At the same time, I definitely miss my family overseas, especially my cousin whom I haven't seen in over two years now! I'm the type of person who has a hard time deciding what to order from the menu at a restaurant, so you can imagine the anxiety this decision was giving me. I'm also very conscientious and in the end I decided that the responsible thing to do would be to stay here, but it was definitely a hard decision to make. I wasn't sad because I was missing out on the Floridan heat (don't get me wrong, I would much rather experience the humidity than the Siberian blast chill be have going on in Europe right now), but because I wouldn't get to hang out with my family, as we always have so much fun together. But I'm glad that my mother and brother get to go (they're leaving this Thursday and they literally booked the tickets two days ago), and my mom assured me that we would all go together as a family soon enough!

I MISS YOU NADYA! Ok now I have to stop writing this post before I get emotional again 😀

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A glimpse into my weekend


I didn't have practice because the gym hall where we practice on Fridays was occupied due to the 'Eldest dance', where the juniors celebrate becoming the eldest in their schools when the seniors are studying for their matriculation exams, by performing traditional ballroom dances such as the wiener waltz and the tango. I've written about this many times before, but since I really loved dancing the eldest dance back in the day, here's a couple of pictures from when I got to do it:

Later in the day we went to visit my family and spent some quality time with them. I also contemplated getting up in the middle of the night to watch The NBA All-Stars Rising Star Games as Finnish basketball player Lauri Markkanen was playing for the world team. Although I didn't set up an alarm, I randomly woke up at 5 and saw the last quarter. The world team won, but I have to say the game wasn't really that exciting to watch, as there was practically no defense at all. I'm still super stoked that our only NBA player is doing so well, and I'm also stoked that so many more people are getting into basketball in Finland!

My parents with their daughter who has replaced me.

Homemade burgers, YUM!


On Saturday evening we met up with some friends at Julle's place for a Mary Kay beauty night, where a representative from Mary Kay told us about the products and we got to test them out. There was obviously the option of buying the products as well, but they were quite pricey and as a student, I don't have the best financial situation. I did however end up buying an eyeliner pencil! Every eyeliner pencil I've ever owned has either been too smudgy, too hard, or broken immediately after purchase, so I figured it was time to buy one which was actually good quality. I'll have to try a smokey eye with it once it arrives in the mail!

The whole beauty thing was fun and it was great to get pampered, but the best part was just hanging out with the girls. We'll definitely have to plan more nights like that!


After what seems like weeks, the sun finally came out on Sunday, so me and Julle decided to go out for a walk. We walked around the river and up the Vartiovuori stairs which were very slippery, and met lots of cute dogs on the way. A perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon if you ask me.

Later in the evening me and André watched the Oscar nominated film "Florida Project". I definitely enjoyed the film, I think it was a good reminder that although USA is considered a first-world country and a world leader in politics and economics, there are so many Americans who live in poverty and frankly, in third-world conditions. What I liked about the film was that it didn't highlight this issue in a "sob-story" way, but through the eyes of children, who maybe didn't quite understand how their lives differed from so many others, which made the tone of the movie playful and innocent. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing some of the other Oscar nominated films as well, like Ladybird and Call Me By Your Name!

Been rocking the white, fluffy hat this past week and will continue rocking it, as it's only getting colder and colder. Maybe winter will be over in time for my birthday in April?

Friday, February 16, 2018

Valentine's or Friend Day

It's been a while since I last wrote, but to be honest, my days have mostly consisted of working on my master's thesis and playing basketball. Not that they're is anything wrong with that, I've really enjoyed writing and I've felt really inspired about my thesis lately, and I always look forward to going to practice. Plus we've won all of our games recently, which obviously has been even more fun!

Tuesday was 'Shrove Tuesday' so obviously I had to eat a Shrove bun, I like mine with a jam fillin instead of the almond paste//The Swedish ESC competition 'Melodifestivalen' is back on, and i'm definitely keeping up with the show every week. This year Finland has no competition per se, as Saara Aalto has been chosen to compete in Portugal. We will however get to vote for which song she'll compete with, so I hope we'll end up with a good song this year!

Feels good to be number 1, right ladies?

Valentine's day was this week, and I was surprised with flowers and a card from my wonderful boyfriend. I hadn't gotten him anything which made me feel a bit bad, but we did go for an extempore dinner at Nerå later in the day, so I hope my company made up for the lack of presents on my part. The pizza we had was really delicious and the salted caramel creme brule I had as dessert was really good as well!

My Valentine's outfit and the delicious prosciutto & fig pizza 💗

Later in the day I had a date with my teammates, as we went to see a men's 1st division basketball game. In Finnish and Swedish Valentine's day is actually called 'friends day', so I'm glad I also got to spend the day with some good friends. 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Basketball & Birthdays

It's February and so far it's been pretty great!

Last Friday we had a game against a team who had won us with 3 points the last time we met, so we were definitely in it to win it this time. I was super nervous the whole day, and so was pretty much everyone else on our team. But we ended up playing great and winning with over 30 points, which felt amazing! I'm so proud of our ability to play as a team and I'm so happy to be playing basketball again, it's truly one of the things I love doing the most 🙂

On Saturday we celebrated Ansku's birthday, and I was super excited about going out with my friends because it's been such a long time since we last had a girl's night out. In fact, I didn't go out in the whole month of January, and I wouldn't count New Year's Eve because we didn't go out to a bar or a club. My expectations were definitely met and I had a blast with Emppu and Cristel! Now my 'night-out-needs' have been met and I'll probably be good for another month!

Our attempt to take a decent mirror picture quite frankly failed

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Things have changed

Good afternoon folks!

It's been almost a week since I last posted, and to be honest, nothing too interesting has happened since I last checked in. I've mostly been writing on my thesis which is coming along slowly but surely. I even had a study date with Julia which was really nice and we were surprisingly productive. I remember studying with Julle when we were teenagers, which mostly consisted of making after-school-snacks, trying to come up with a funny facebook status and watching MTV. It's truly amazing we ever got anything done, considering that we hung out almost every single day. I guess we're really adults now, huh?

We also spent a lot of time taking pictures of ourselves (and no, they were not called selfies back then!)

Here is a picture which quite accurately showcases what I did at julle's house

Look at us now, being adults and writing thesises!

On Saturday we also slept over at my parents', and it was really nice to see my family, especially my little brother and little sister (aka the dog) whom I haven't seen in a couple of weeks! I can't believe how big my brother is becoming - he's already much taller than me! It feels like only yesterday the top of his head would barely reach my chin when he gave me a hug. Now it's almost the other way around!
Then and now

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

One of them slow days

I'm back at it again with a super quick update!

ONE: Last Sunday was probably the prettiest day this winter. It was cold, and frosty and sunny and the park close to us looked like a winter wonderland!

TWO: Our footstool arrived and I absolutely love it! Now both of us can actually sit comfortably in the sofa at the same time, and it's also work really well as a temporary coffee table. 

Today I've been writing and taking care of André who is sick with a fever. Other plans include binging Grey's Anatomy, which I started watching from the start yesterday. In other words, it's been a slow day but it's actually quite nice - especially since there's a literal snowstorm outside!