Starting a digital library: my first Kindle

As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, I’ve always dreamt of having my own library. Imagine having a whole room with walls clad in bookcases, where the scent of paper fills your lungs as soon as you enter, and all the books are yours.

It’s a beautiful dream, but in reality I don’t actually have room for a library.

All I got is one cluttered bookcase with books crammed together and on top of each other.

Too bad I suck at borrowing from the library… I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but every time (every. single. time.) I borrow something form the library I end up completely forgetting about it until like 3 months later. By then it’s not only embarrassing to return it, I also have to pay an overdue fee.

But I still want to read, and this Christmas I was handed a solution: my very first e-reader!

Imaginary Karin - Kindle Paperwhite

It’s a Kindle Paperwhite, and I got it from Markus. (Last time we moved he cursed loudly and fully over the heavy book boxes, he’s very much in favour of the idea of digital books…)

We don’t officially have Amazon in Sweden, but you can still order a Kindle and set up an account.

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Guess I’ll have to write a New Year’s post too

Seems pretty obligatory if you look around the blogosphere right now.

2012 was one of the most exciting years in my life: I started a new job, got engaged, and moved from an apartment to a house. After a year like that I guess 2013 was destined to be kinda… less epic. Not that it didn’t had some exciting events:

I turned 30

Slice of birthday cake

Yep, the big 3-0. It made absolutely zero difference in my life, and I’m far from having a 30 year crisis, but I confess I do have the occasional “oh god I’m getting old” moment. But how old I feel is mostly dependent on who I’m talking to.

Most of the people at work are a bit older than me, and married with kids, so when talking to them I feel pretty young. Apparently it’s also considered “young” (Or maybe it’s “immature”? ) to listen to metal and be into fantasy and video games, so when talking to someone without these interests I often feel like a teenager. On the other hand, seeing my 18 year old cousin and remembering how I used to babysit her when she was 3 makes me feel absolutely ancient.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

So I watched The Desolation of Smaug on Christmas Day. S-P-O-I-L-E-R-S ahead!!

(Here are my thoughts on An Unexpected Journey if you’re interested.)

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

The movie begins with the company making their way down from the mountains and seeking shelter in Beorns house. I wish I could say it was epic but… it fell pretty flat actually.

The whole thing was over in like 2 scenes: 1 of the party being chased into the house, and 1 of them all sitting ’round Beorns table listening to him talk. It was over before it even started. After all the secrecy I was seriously underwhelmed.

You never got a really good look of how huge bear-Beorn really is, it was mostly just shots of him walking in backlight by himself. Man-Beorn was, in all honesty, sort of silly looking.

In my mind I’ve always pictured a brown, hairy, Hagrid-like person, and this was nothing like that. He was big, yes, but also lean and grey and had a really weird hairstyle. I kept seeing a sleek werewolf rather than a big brawny bear.

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Christmas 2013 – food edition!

Hope everyone had a nice Christmas! And that you will have a happy New Year!

We were at Markus’ parents this year. The weather hasn’t improved at all, it’s been a very warm and wet and slippery week… Still had a good time though.

We have a tendency to celebrate on the eve of holidays, so here all the exciting stuff happens on the 24th – Christmas Eve. Christmas Day we went to see The Desolation of Smaug, expect a review from me soon.

I took a lot of photos of food this year, and since everyone likes eating (right?), I thought I could show you what we had:

Fatost, blana, rödbetssallad

At the front of the picture is fatost. It’s like an.. eh.. omelette I guess. It’s made with milk, rennet, eggs, syrup, and spices. I assure you it tastes a lot better than it looks.

At the top left we have boiled eggs topped with a mayonnaise mix of some sort.

Next to the eggs is a bowl of “blana”. It’s whipped cream mixed with whey cheese and cinnamon. I had never heard of it until I met Markus.

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Dear Winter…

I have loved you for as long as I can remember, you know that. I love your snow and your cold and I tolerate your darkness without too much complaining. You turn my world into a frozen fairytale of glitter and silver and cotton and clean, crisp air and muffled sounds and for that I’ll always choose you over your buddy Summer. I defend you when people whine and complain, because in my eyes you are nothing but beautiful.

But now… we need to talk.

Thing is, it’s December, almost Christmas. Which means it’s winter, it’s your time to shine – or at least should be. This however is not you, this is NOT winter:

December 2013 - snowless

There is no snow, only ice. Crusty white ice and dirty grey ice and shiny transparent ice. Ice so slippery I can barely walk out the door without falling on my arse.

There’s no cold, only luke warm winds and rain. Rain! In the middle of December!?

Because of the lack of snow the darkness that used to be nothing but a mild inconvenience has grown into a claustrophobic feeling of despair as the winter solstice draws nearer.

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