You know what today is? Today is the spring equinox! :yay:
Day and night are equal now and soon the scale will tip over and we’ll have more day than night. It’s not very spring-like yet though. This is what our house looks like right now:

Our house

Plenty of snow as you can see. It’s been really cold too, with absolutely FREEZING winds. The real spring warmth probably won’t be here for another couple of weeks. But I’m in no hurry. ๐Ÿ™‚ My only problem with winter is the darkness, and now that that’s out of the way I can be outside and enjoy the snow a lot more.

I managed to find some birch branches to decorate for Easter too. Now that I finally have a house I can start doing all that fun decorating stuff I’ve never been able to do before. You can put branches outside your apartment door too but… it’s not really the same.

Easter branches

I probably could’ve found prettier branches, but these were already dead and laying on the ground so I picked them anyway as I don’t like cutting of living branches.

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Gifts from Markus parents

We spent the weekend at Markus parents and did some light celebration of my upcoming birthday.
It’s still 2 weeks early, but who cares? ๐Ÿ˜›

I got a beautiful flower in a vase with pink sand on top and what looks like pink jelly at the bottom. Hopefully it will survive for a while, but I don’t feel very confident. The prettier the flower the sooner I kill it usually…
I also got some bed linen, a cook book (muffins and cookies), a card and a fat purple chicken. ^_^ I’ve talked before about how my birthday and Easter usually are connected.

LOTR LEGO

See what else I got! Me and Markus were doing a little shopping in town and since we’re adults (*snort*) we of course visited the toy store. In the LEGO section we noticed they had Lord of the Rings sets. And The Hobbit sets. HUGE sets with whole castles and dungeons and everything! Star Wars sets too, but LOTR is cooler than Star Wars in my world.

After a rather silly debate about whether or not it’s ok for grown-ups to buy LEGO just for themselves (would it really be such a bad idea to have children for the sole purpose of being allowed to buy and play with toys?) he decided I should at least have a little LEGO Gandalf.

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We built a snowman yesterday!
Because we’re two adults with nothing better to do on a Saturday afternoon.

We're building a snowman - 1

Putting the face on… The eyes are beer bottle caps.

We're building a snowman - 2

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We're building a snowman - 3

Tadaa!
I hope I never get too a stage where I think playing in the snow is silly.

“Growing Old is Mandatory – Growing Up Is Optional”
Chili Davis

EDIT 26/2: IT DIED! ๐Ÿ˜ฅ Curse you weather – it’s not supposed to be this warm in February!

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Hope you all had a nice day, whether you celebrated or not!

As a non-romantic I’ve never bothered much with this day, but it’s still cute so see all the hearts and cards and teddy bears. ๐Ÿ™‚ Markus had to work overtime tonight so we haven’t done anything special. On Sunday it’s our 1 year engagement anniversary so we might do something then instead.

Sidenote:
I’m so happy I managed to finish some pixel art! ๐Ÿ˜€
I’m rusty as shit and could barely remember how to shade, but at least I finished something.

It’s sad how difficult I find it to get pixel work done these days – mostly because I spend 8 hours a day in front of a computer at work, so I really don’t feel the need to spend a whole evening in front of one when I get home. Not to mention how sore your hand and wrist get from tightly clenching the mouse for hours while making a million little micro-movements to move the cursor one pixel at a time.
If only there was a way to pixel on the iPad while laying on the couch…

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I found this reading meme on Lauren Reads YA and since I’m a sucker for questionnaires I wanted to participate. ๐Ÿ™‚

Physical book or e-book?
I’ve read a few books on my iPad but I find my eyes gets really tired from it. I don’t know if it’s because the iPad screen isn’t optimised for long periods of reading? I’ve heard Kindle screens are amazing so maybe it would be different if I used one of those?
Regardless, I don’t think e-books can compare to the feeling of holding a real book in your hand, manually flipping the pages and smelling the paper.

That sounded almost dirty, didn’t it?

Audio or book in hand?
I can’t listen to audio books. For some reason I find it difficult to concentrate on the story unless I drop everything else and just sit still and listen, and in that case I might as well read. Strange as I have no problem listening to a TV show (having the TV on while walking around doing other things) or listening to music, but audio books makes me stressed. Weird.

Paperback or hardcover?

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