Friday, July 31, 2015

in July

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  • I feel like there were about two days it didn’t rain.
  • Our fridge broke and we got a new one, and a new freezer, too.
  • We got a Moccamaster, it really is very good. Mmm, coffee.
  • I travelled to Cambridge.
  • I almost got a 20 000 step day on Fitbit, 19 634, gah!
  • I did get 2048 on 2048.
  • Jake spend a week at a meet-up playing old Nintendo games and caught a cold.
  • I binge watched The Honourable Woman in two days.
  • We had our fences taken down, hopefully they’ll be replaced, too.
  • Jake bought himself a Batman bathrobe and for me a Jedi one. My life is complete.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Thrift Finds: another owl

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Sorry for the dark pictures, but I wanted to get started straight away.

I found another owl thrifting, for 3€.

I hope this time we can all agree that this one is ugly.

And that, unlike last time, I’m right wanting to paint it.

And if you disagree, well, too late!

Because I already painted it!

Ta-dah!

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What do you think?

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I love it.

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I love all the little details that were hiding under that multi-colored paint.

And the beard.

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Hoo hoo hoo.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

We went to Cambridge!

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This is just a big photo dump, mostly of buildings. All taken by my phone, so don’t expect any amazing images. But first, a few thoughts on the trip.

We stayed in an apartment, which I prefer over hotels. It’s nice to wake up when you want to, make coffee and have breakfast in your pyjamas. Just like at home! Haha. But really it is nice. Also you can do laundry.

I think the best start to a stay in a new place is to… take the sightseeing bus! Corny, but it works. You get a really good idea of the place and after that it’s easier to wonder around yourself and pick the sights that interest you.

There was a Titan arum or corpse flower, which only blooms once in a decade or so, blooming at the botanical gardens right when we were there, so of course we had to see it. It did not smell anymore, thankfully. It felt sort of surreal to see a flower so rare in real life.

Speaking of smell, Cambridge has really good public toilets.

You can drink the tap water! Yay!

We went punting. I think it’s the thing to do in Cambridge. It looked very difficult, so we opted for the guided tour. It was very nice.

I managed to pretty much pack the perfect amount. The first time ever! The only things I did not use were my eczema cream and a lip gloss. I did wish I had brought two more tops, but I simply did not have anything to wear in such a hot weather (#arcticproblems). It was Finn melting 25 degrees in Cambridge. I thought I’d buy a t-shirt there (I don’t own any!), but didn’t find any I liked. But yeah, I was really impressed with myself for my minimalist packing skills. All I needed (minus the tops) and nothing more.

I also bought just one souvenir for myself. One! Who is this person and what have they done to Riikka?! I got this Emma Bridgewater owl mug. I love it so.

I think that’s about it. On to photos! I tried to exclude all the ones that had innocent bystanders in them. But there were plenty of people there, I promise!

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Pele

I’d love to have a dog, but Jake is allergic. So, I’ve been getting my dog fix by walking our neighbours’ dog, Pele. Here are a few pictures from our round today.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Lilacs

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One good thing about this constant rain: there are blooms everywhere.

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Every yard seems to have at least one lilac bush, some have a whole hedge.

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They are mostly these pale purple ones, my favorite.

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But we have this dark purple one.

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It’s pretty, too.

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There are a few white ones as well.

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I used to think lilacs were a bit granny-ish, but nope, they are beautiful.