When Markus was born back in 1987 he, according to his mother, came out with blue skin. This was because of a serious congenital heart defect, a syndrome called Tetralogy of Fallot. He had his first surgery at only a couple of months old when they took a large vein from his right arm to make new tubing for his heart. This was only a temporary solution though, and at 3 he had the “real” surgery when they patched his heart up for good.

The operation was successful and he went on to live a fairly normal life – until he was 18 when he had a serious episode of Ventricular Tachycardia. It’s like a heart attack (closest example I could think of) except it’s caused by the heart freaking out and starting to beast incredibly fast, to the point it’s not really beating as much as cramping, preventing the blood from passing through. That is not ok. And yes, he could’ve died.

After that they put an ICD in his chest. It’s sort of like a pacemaker except it only activates in case of emergency. Like if he has another VT,

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So Netflix are producing their own shows now. As someone who constantly fail to follow shows on TV Netflix is a knight in pixel armour. Them making their own shows is a rather exciting new form of publishing if you ask me, the biggest advantage being that this way they can release a whole season at once instead of forcing you to wait a week between episodes.

Btw, what do you call a show that’s made for a streaming service? Netshow? Stream-TV? 😕

Anyway, they have two Netflix-produced shows out (in my country anyway) and I’ve watched them both:

Lilyhammer

Lilyhammer

What happens when a New York mobster gets relocated to a small town in Norway? Well for starters hilarity ensues.
It’s not a serious mobster drama by any length, nothing like The Sopranos or the Godfather, this is much more lightweight and comical. The mobsters are very stereotypical mobsters and the Norwegians are very stereotypical, eh, Norwegians.

American Frank Tagliano goes under witness protection after testifying against his boss. He need to hide and chooses the least likely place he can think of (and also because he saw the winter Olympics) which is Lillehammer,

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Yesterday was Beltane/Walpurgi’s Night and the whole country celebrated. Not me though, I’m suffering from one of the most persistent colds I’ve ever had so I just stayed in watching Hemlock Grove and eating candy. I heard lots of fireworks though, and I could smell how every single neighbour were barbecuing.

Spring has officially arrived now, and even though there’s still a few piles of snow here and there it’s getting much warmer and plants have started to sprout.

Spring 2013

The whole front lawn is snow-free now! Only a week ago it still looked like this.

Spring 2013

The grass is still dead though, and now you can see that ugly patch of dirt in the lawn…
But wait, what is that?

Spring 2013

Hey, something is growing! I wonder what it is?

When we moved into the house last fall we saw that empty patch of dirt and figured the previous tenants had a bush or something that they dug up and took with them when they left. I sort of forgot about it during the winter,

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The river Thames

So we survived our trip to London. 🙂 The weather sucked but the city was so amazing it didn’t matter!

I took a million photos but since someone *eyes boyfriend* messed with my phone settings they’re no bigger than 640 x 480 px. Although most of the photos are all dark and blurry anyway because of the crappy weather. Well… no point crying over spilled milk, this just means I have to go back there and take new photos! 😉

Click the “read more” to see the rest of the post. It’s quite image heavy and I didn’t want to put them all on the front page due to loading times.
I’ve also uploaded a set to Flickr if you want to see all of the photos.

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Imaginary Karin - Zappo and Maja

Aww, look how cute they are sleeping next to each other on the couch. :heart:
(Of course the cat got the blanket.)

Imaginary Karin - Zappo and Maja

Huh?

Imaginary Karin - Zappo and Maja

Was that the refrigerator door!?

Imaginary Karin - Zappo and Maja

*ZOOM*

Silly creatures…

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