Sometimes you don’t have anything worthwhile to post, so instead you do a silly survey. This one was found at Utterly Bookish.

Part 1: Classic Princesses

Pinocchio — The boy whose nose grows when he lies.

Is there a book you lie about, because you feel ashamed for liking it?

Sometimes I’m a bit ashamed to admit I really like shallow chick lit á la Jane Green and Sophie Kinsella. Which is actually pretty stupid. People shouldn’t be ashamed of what they like. Not everything has to be of Nobel price standard, humans need simple and effortless entertainment too.

Beauty and the Beast — The girl who fell in love with personality.

Which book do you love that has a hideous cover?

My Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy collection. It looks so cheap, and old. Looking at it, nobody could guess it contains 900 pages of pure gold.

Liftarens Guide till Galaxen

Snow White — Hunted down for her beauty.

Do you ever buy a book based on the cover alone and if so, what is the last one?

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After I got my little Smaug tattoo, I knew it wouldn’t take long for Markus to get some ink too.

“You can’t be the only cool person in this relationship”, he declared, and made an appointment with a tattoo parlour in Piteå.

Piteå (pronounced like p-t-o) is a small town about 1 hour north of where I live. It’s mostly known for its pretty archipelago and beach resort, and for its many forest industries.

I lived there for a couple of years when I was around 20, and I still like the town very much. So when it was time for Markus to get tattooed, I tagged along. Partly for moral support, but also for getting a chance to visit my old home town and take some pictures.

Piteå - tiny viking ship

Piteå
Piteå - Stadshotellet
 

No self-respecting north Swedish town goes without viking references. I didn’t have anything to put beside it for comparison, but it’s very small, the dragon head is just below knee height.

The other photos are of the main shopping street and an old hotel.

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Happy easter everyone! Are you doing anything fun this weekend?

This is one of the busiest weekends of the year here, not because people care much about celebrating easter, but since you get a few days off work and school EVERYONE goes on holiday. The stores are packed with shoppers, the mountain resorts are packed with vacationers, and the roads are packed with traffic.

Normally we’d go somewhere too, but I have a cold and don’t feel well, so we’re just staying home. Which feels really good actually. 4 days of just relaxing and sleeping in, how lovely doesn’t that sound?!

Easter 2014 - decoration

As is tradition, I’ve put up some decorated branches outside the front door. This year I got not only birch, but also some willow branches with catkins on them. I love catkins, they’re so cute and fluffy, like little botanic kittens.

In addition to the coloured feathers and wooden eggs, I also got a bunch of little witches to decorate with. Gotta love how easter gives me an excuse to go crazy with colours and cute decorations! Less is not more if you ask me – more is more and less is a bore.

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Imaginary Karin - Lumia 1020

Behold my new shiny! Ok, not that new seeing as I bought it in February… but newer than my old phone. My previous (and first) smartphone was a Samsung Galaxy S2, which I loved it dearly, but after 2 years I felt compelled to upgrade.

The reason I went with Android last time was simply because it seemed to be the more open and customizable alternative for mobile phones. I have an iPad and when comparing iOS to Android I thought Android looked much more fun to work with. In hindsight I belive it was the right choice, Android suits me way better than iOS.

At first I was aiming for another Android device, but in my search I stumbled upon a bunch of info about Windows phones (WP for short), and got interested.

I like trying out new technology, and the look of both the phones and the user interface really appealed to me. In the end I decided to take my chances with a Nokia Lumia 1020.

Imaginary Karin - Lumia 1020

The Lumia 1020 comes in black and white too, but I chose yellow because why not?

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You know, turning 31 is considerably less traumatic than turning 30. Going from being a 20-something to 30 felt like such a huge step, but now that it’s done it’s like, well, done. I’m going to assume the next age crisis won’t come until I’m turning 40.

But I have to tell you about my birthday, because it was fantastic!

Markus had told me in advance that he had planned something for the evening, but he wouldn’t tell me what. Up until I left work on Tuesday, I had no idea what we were doing. And I love surprises!

First stop: pub dinner

The Bishop’s Arms is arguably the best pub/restaurant in town, they serve real nice food and have pretty much any beer you can think of, and that’s where we headed for dinner. I had an amazing club sandwich served with french fries, salad, coleslaw and aioli. My stomach is still stuffed…

My birthday 2014 - dinner

Second stop: the great shopping challenge

There was an event in town that night called the “Inspiration Evening”. It was like an indoor faire with a bar, fashion shows, lotteries, and a bunch of other events.

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