Talking about the weather

It seems we only got about 2 months of winter this year… January and February were cold and snowy, just like they should be, but now it’s warm again. It’s been above freezing for over a week, and most of the snow has turned to slush and ice again. This is just wrong.

January 2014

Took this a few weeks ago, on one of the few nice days this winter.

I know I talk about the weather a lot, but I’m afraid you’ll have to live with it. Thing is, the weather isn’t just smalltalk to me, it’s actually really important.

First thing in the morning, after putting on my glasses, I look out the window to check what mother nature is serving today. Partially because the climate dictates what clothes I can wear, which roads will be safe or unsafe to drive, and which paths in the forest will be walkable, but also because it’s important to me to feel connected to nature and the changing of the seasons.

My mum is an urban soul who dream about life in a big city, but my father and my grandparents are/were outdoorsy people who made sure I was taught to love and respect nature.

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When Karin met Markus

WARNING: This post contains romantic drivel. Don’t read if heartbroken or otherwise have an aversion to lovey-dovey crap.

Friday was Valentine’s Day, but it’s not really celebrated here, so never mind that. Today, however, is much more special – it’s mine and Markus’ engagement day! On this day, two years ago, I asked him to marry me, and got a “yes” in return.

In honor of this day I’m going to tell you how we met:

In the spring of 2006 I had, on little more than a whim, applied for an education program called “Interactive Media Design”. It wasn’t university, just some post-secondary program, but it sounded interesting enough in the brochure. Mostly I just needed something to do with my life, and when you live in a country with free education you might as well take advantage of it. So I applied, and got accepted, and in August that same year I found myself in a classroom at the local campus.

When I arrived on this first day the classroom door stood open, so I walked in and took a seat. I was the first to arrive, which allowed me to study my new classmates as they came dropping in.

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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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