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!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Pretty (cold)

After being finished with substituting I've had to focus on my own school work more. I met up with my supervisor on Thursday to discuss my thesis and to my surprise he actually gave me a lot of positive feedback. Not that I haven't been doing my best on it, but the point of having a supervisor is to receive some constructive criticism on your work. That meeting really gave me a lot of new motivation and energy to work on my thesis, which I'm actually excited to keep working on now! I'm also going to try to go to the university more to write. It's nice to get a change of scenery and I also met friends who I haven't seen for the longest time. Hopefully I'll be seeing a lot more of them from now on!

On Thursday we also had a very special guest visiting us as Andre's mom was in town. We had dinner with her at Grill it Marina and everything I had (whitefish with roasted potatoes and warm chocolate cake) was super delicious. 

I also got some nice souvenirs from the game, they're blue and all over my legs 

Yesterday my team had our first game in 2018 and we played against the number one team in our league at the time, so it was sure to be a tight game. But we played really well and ended up winning the game by 25 points! I'm so proud of our team and I can honestly say I had a blast playing yesterday. 

Today we are going to the movies with my parents to celebrate my dad's birthday which was yesterday, but before that I'm not doing much, other than doing some laundry and chilling. It's still super cold outside so I'm constantly freezing my toes off. The positive about that is that it is absolutely beautiful outside right now because the trees are covered in frost. But I'm happy to admirer it from inside the apartment! (I lied, just as I was finished writing this André asked me if I wanted to go out for a walk... brb, just putting on 100 layers of clothes)

My outfit for the last couple of days has looked pretty much the same - my warmest hat and my thickest jacket + my backpack which is decked with these super cute pins from primark!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

3 + 3 things

!! Pictures in random order !!
🙂 On Sunday Cristel and Reko came over to our place to watch football and for cheese and crackers. As you might have suspected, I was not that interested in the football but the snacks were good!

🙂 I bought a footstool which I have been wanting to get since summer! I saw it six months ago in a furniture store but it was a little bit too expensive. Now when I checked online it was on sale, so I ended up buying it! Can't wait for it to get here, I'll promise to take some pictures as soon as it does.

🙂 Substituting has gone really well! Yesterday was my last day at the school so now it's back to my own studies.

😐 I lost my favorite headphones. They must have fallen out of my backpack when I was running to the bus. They were just the ones I got with my phone, so it wasn't like they were super expensive or anything, but I used them every day so I was totally bummed out. 

😐 I also broke my backpack. I got it from Urban Outfitters in England, so it wasn't the cheapest, but I guess it wasn't really suitable for carrying heavy stuff. The zipper basically broke, but I did get it fixed temporarily. I really like the backpack and I'm really not one to buy a new bag after just using it for one year, I mean my last backpack I had for over 4 years, so hopefully it'll be as good as new after André has a look at it. 

😐 It's been super cold lately. And by cold I mean that the weather forecast says it's -5C (which is still pretty OK), but then when you examine the prognosis closer you notice that it actually feels like -15C on your skin. Fun fact: when I was in primary school, we had to go outside and play if it was -15C or warmer outside. I always think of that when I read about "snow days" in America. Anyways, the wind has been super chilly, so it seems like winter is here to stay for a little bit longer.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Asian TV shows & Korean cooking

I've spent the last few days doing mostly three things: substituting, watching Asian shows and cooking. The substituting has been a lot of fun so far, and the good news is that I still have a couple of more days left of doing it. Now the 'watching Asian shows' I might have to explain. I've probably mentioned here on the blog at some point that I have occasionally in the past watched Korean dramas. This summer i also watched 'Good Morning Call' which is a Netflix original based on a manga series, and the second season recently came out so I've been watching those episodes as well.

But a few days ago I read an article about three Finnish men who became TV-sensations in South Korea recently, when they appeared on a show called 'Welcome First Time in Korea". The premise of the show is that a foreigner living in Korea invites their friends over for a couple of days, they film everything they do and then there's a panel that comments on the cultural differences or the reactions of the visitors. I looked up the show and somebody had posted videos of all the Finland episodes with English subtitles, so I ended up watching all of them. Apparently people all over South Korea fell in love with the calm and respectful Finnish men, and I must agree that they gave a very positive image of Finland in the show. If you're interested in seeing what I'm talking about, you can find the episodes here!

The three guys from the Korean show: Sami, Vilppu and Ville

One of my goals for January was to not only try to cook a lot of different dishes at home, but also try some new recipes. So inspired by Asian cooking (oh man I got so hungry watching the Korean series, I felt like all they did was eat food which looked delicious), I attempted making Korean chicken. It wasn't obviously like the real deal (and I haven't actually been to Korea, I've just had the dish in England and it was soo yummy) and I don't have a deep fryer but I think it turned out pretty good anyways! And obviously I forgot to take a picture of it, by the time I was ready cooking yesterday, I was so hungry I just went ahead and ate straight away!

Here are instead other things I've been enjoying eating, like natural yogurt with honey and müsli, and homemade sweet potato soup! (and coffee, lots and lots of coffee)  

It seems as if winter has made a comeback in Turku after a pretty warm Christmas in December. I haven't had to go outside today since I had a day off, and I spent most of the afternoon prepping for the lectures I'm substituting in. I do however have to print out some stuff, so I think what I'll do is that I'll walk to the University and do that. Sometimes is actually really refreshing to go out and have a walk in the subzero weather, and afterwards, you definitely have an excuse to just curl up in a blanket for the rest of the day!

Another psostive is that it's gradually becoming lighter and lighter in the evenings. This picture was taken right before 5 o'clock yesterday - one month ago it would have looked the same a couple of hours earlier!

Monday, January 8, 2018

I haven't done this in a year

(Yes, the title is a little bit clickbaity, but in my defense, I've been watching a lot of YouTube lately)

It's Monday again, but before I go into what I'll be doing this week let me tell you how last week ended. 

On Saturday we went to my parent's house for the night and we had a nice and relaxing evening with wok and Trivial Pursuit. It was a master's edition which meant that the questions were quite hard, but I ended up getting a lot of pretty easy questions and actually won the whole game. That being said, I was pretty impressed with how I did!

On Sunday the weather was absolutely perfect - the sun was shining for the first time in what has felt like months! So me and André decided to go ice skating which we haven't done yet this winter. I have to admit that I did feel a little bit like bambi when first stepping on the ice, but after a couple of rounds I definitely got the hang of it. They also had a stand where you could buy hot beverages, which tasted wonderful after an hour out in the cold!

This week will be very exciting, because I'll be working as a substitute teacher at one of the schools where I did my teacher training! My other goal for this week is to get some work done on my thesis. It doesn't have to be a lot, I just want to start somewhere. I'm treating every small step as a victory and hopefully in the end I'll be rewarded with the biggest price - a finished pro gradu thesis!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

50% procrastination, 50% work

Happy Weekend!

The first week of January is almost over, and in some ways its been a slow start. Mostly I've just been super tired in the morning which has resulted in me laying in bed much longer than I had initially planned. I was stressing out about sleeping in when I realized it's still only the first days of January. I mean most children haven't even gone back to school, so why am I stressing? 

Besides, sleeping in doesn't mean I haven't been working. In fact, I finished the essay like I said I would (and it feels so nice to know it's done and that I don't have to think about school stuff at all this weekend), I've been going to basketball practice and I just came back from a short morning shift, so I've definitely been keeping myself semi busy.

Tea and biscuits definitely helped me in the writing process // 5000 word essays, amarite?! // This morning I wished I could've just stayed in my red jumper, it felt so cosy!

I also hung out with my friends the other night, which was super fun. We played Monopoly which I haven't played in ages, and even if I was the first one to file for bankruptcy I still enjoyed the game very much. It might also be proof that I was right in choosing to study humanities rather than economics. 

Cristel was the worthy winner this time!

Today after work I quickly went out to check some of the sales, and just bought a few fun pieces. Well, most of them are not really anything special, but I am really interested in trying the foot peeling pack. I get calluses on my feet from playing basketball, so I'm hoping this peeling pack could be the solution to making my feet as soft as a baby's skin! I'll definitely let you know if it worked once I've tried it :)

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Resolutions and what not

Good morning everybody!
(or should I say good day?)

The last two mornings I've woken up pretty late and felt super tired, and I don't know why? Usually I do that in January because I'm jet lagged after a trip but this year I obviously cannot use that as an excuse. But that doesn't mean I haven't been working! I promised myself I would finish my horror essay (yes, I'm still working on it) this week and I have about 1,500 words left. My motivation to write this essay hasn't been the greatest but I'm gonna push forwards and hopefully I'll get it done by the end of this week.

I've also been getting into a new show called The Good Place, which tells the story about Eleanor who gets into "the good place" after her death, although she probably shouldn't have. I think the show is really funny and easy to watch, the first season is available on Netflix and the episodes are really short so I basically binged it in two days. Me and André have also been watching Black Mirror and I have to say I really like the fourth season so far! The one show I'm gonna get into but haven't started yet is Liar which is a show I was recommended by a friend. Do you know of any TV series you think I should watch in 2018? 

I'm usually not big on new years resolutions but i guess it is good to set up some goals for yourself every year. So here are my resolutions for this year:

Blogging: My blogging was quite up and down this year, I did post throughout the year but in for instance November I posted three times. So this year I'll try to be more consistent!

I would let André write a blogpost but he just comes up with the wildest stories (which are definitely not true)

I'm determined to have my thesis ready by the end of this semester. I literally have no other courses (other than this horror essay which will get finished this week) so there is no excuse as to why I shouldn't get it done!

Trip: Me and André have been talking about going on a trip together later in the spring somewhere in Europe. This is a fun resolution, but also works as a motivator for me to finish my thesis!