On March 22, in the year 2005, a litter of puppies were born in a small town in north Sweden. All tiger-striped in brown and black, with white markings. One of them, the male with the white dot on the back of his neck, was destined to be mine.

I visited the breeder and saw the puppies for the first time when they were 5 weeks old, and made up my mind shortly after. They were a lovely couple (the humans I mean) and their dogs were healthy and happy. My puppy came home with me at the end of May 2005, when he was 8 weeks old.

Most puppies are round and fluffy, but not this one. Even that young, whippets are tall and thin and bony. Zappo was all elbows and knees, his head balancing on a lanky neck that seemed far too long for his body. It was the most beautiful little creature I had ever seen. 😉

He was a nice puppy too, calm and gentle, and didn’t chew on anything other than his toys. In hindsight, I got off very easy.

The breeder warned me that whippet puppies can be really destructive,

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As some of you might remember I got a tiny Smaug tattooed on my right arm about 1½ years ago. I was then warned that tattoos can be addictive and it was likely I would want more. Well, I’ve always loved tattoos so that turned out to be very true in my case…

I have gotten more ink. Way more ink. In fact, I’ve gotten a whole damn sleeve. B)

Imaginary Karin - witch sleeve by Ed Perdomo

Yes, as of Tuesday (i.e. two days ago) that is my arm. Of course it’s a witch.

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my favourite things linkup

My Favourite Things is a monthly linkup hosted by Raisa and Eirene. Head over there to participate!
I think it’s a nice idea so I’m going to try and do this every month from now on. 🙂

Music: Oslo Ess

Sometimes when I’m bored I browse the “related artists” lists on Spotify, and during one of those session I stumbled upon the Norwegian rock band Oslo Ess.

They have some quite catchy songs, and I like that they sing in Norwegian.
The song in the video, Midnatt, has been stuck in my head for weeks now! I can’t speak Norwegian but I sing along anyway B)

Tv: Being Human (UK)

I’ve blogged about this show before, but I recently re-watched the first 2 seasons and decided I still like it very much and can still recommend it to people. It’s funny and awkward and kinda weird, with adorkable and interesting characters.

Also, it’s British, which means everyone looks like normal people instead of flawless Hollywood starlets.

My new dishwasher

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Our new dishwasher!

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Thanks to work, I recently got to spend a few days in Stockholm. It was great fun! I got to see some previously unseen areas of our capital, got to eat some really good food (T.G.I. Friday’s has been added to my list of favourite restaurants), and visit some really fun shops.

The best destination by far was The Science Fiction Bookstore. They are a real “geek haven” with a wide selection of books, comics, movies, board games, and merchandise from all corners of fantasy, sci-fi, and horror.

Imaginary Karin - Sci-fi bookstore in Stockholm

I could easily spend a whole day in there. Partly because of their wares, partly because you can sort of actually get lost in the 1½-story labyrinth of shelves.

Those types of messy and cramped shops are actually my favourites. I understand that it looks better to have a small selection of neatly displayed wares, like at those designer stores with very expensive clothes, but imo it’s much more fun to raid a store that looks like someone’s attic. 😉

Fortunately for me, the messy stores usually are the ones selling my favourite types of items as well: the geeky and the odd and the old.

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Imaginary Karin - snowstorm January 2015

It started snowing yesterday afternoon, and shortly after the wind picked up. By evening we had a real snowstorm raging outside.

At around 18:00 yesterday I shovelled the driveway and went to the grocery store – when I got back 45 min later the driveway had already filled up again. That’s how much it snowed. I was lucky my car didn’t get stuck.

Today the storm continues.
The main roads are cleared, but the smaller ones are pretty bad. Our little street has been reduced to a pair of wheel tracks through the snow.
The dog does NOT want to go outside, and for once I agree with him. I normally don’t mind harsh weather, but this is a bit much even for me.

Imaginary Karin - snowstorm January 2015

You know what’s funny though?
Nothing’s closed. The stores are open, and the buses run as usual.

As a child I would hear about the “snow days” they had in the south. How they would close shops and schools and everyone would stay home. I was so envious! I never got to stay home from school just because it was snowing!

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