Music is one of the two things that inspire me the most in life. The other is nature.
Just about everything I do, from the way I dress to the people I choose to be friends with, can be traced back to those two things: music and nature. You don’t have to know me very well to figure it out either. 😛

Well, today I was listening to Raubtier – one of my favourite bands. I think I’ve mentioned them before somewhere? They’re a Swedish band playing industrial metal and they only write in Swedish, so I doubt anyone outside Scandinavia will ever hear about them. Anyway, they’re awesome.

One of my favourite songs by them is Polarvargen (The arctic wolf). I spent most of today listening to it over and over and over again and… this is what happened:

Imaginary Karin - polarvargen drawing

“Your love is too wild and harsh.
You have the eyes of an arctic wolf,
you have hunger like a wolverine.
Fear for you is sinking in,
burning my skin.
You swore to be forever mine…”

“Din kärlek är för vildsint och kärv.

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After my previous announcement I feel like talking a little about marriage.

The thing is, marriage has never been on my bucket list. I can honestly say I’ve never dreamt about my wedding day (like all girls are “supposed” to do) and I’ve never thought about it as something I want or need to happen. That doesn’t mean I don’t want a life partner though. I’ve always hoped I would meet someone and spend the rest of my life with that person, but the actual wedding ritual and having the legal contact that is marriage? Never.
It’s not like I’ve been against it either, I see nothing wrong with it, I just… never cared. *shrug*

And then I met Markus.

Markus was pretty clear from the start that he wanted to get married at some point. “Not right now and probably not for many years to come, but eventually I will want to be able to call someone my wife.
He’s such a hopeless romantic. 😛

In the beginning I found it a little silly. We don’t follow any religion that requires marriage and we live in a modern society where just cohabiting is seen as perfectly normal.

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Yep, looks like I’m getting hitched.
On Friday, February 17 I proposed to Markus – and he said yes! ^_^

Imaginary Karin - engagement 2012

On Friday evening, after dinner, I set the scene in the kitchen with some fancy ice-cream desserts and lit candles. On his side of the table I placed a stuffed bunny holding a heart and a handwritten love letter with reasons why I love him. He sat down, read it and then I took out the box with the rings, dropped on one knee and asked him to marry me.

I knew he would say yes as we’ve been talking about it for years, but I was still a nervous wreck! I’m so glad I decided to do it at home, just him and me and not out in public somewhere 😛

FYI: Markus wants me to make it perfectly clear that he did NOT cry. No, no he didn’t.
Ok, maybe one manly tear, but no more. Honest.

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It’s been very cold here for the past two weeks (ranging between -18°C and -30°C) so I have avoided going outside, but now it’s getting warmer again so I’ve been taking my new phone on some test drives. I wanted to try the camera outside and see how it works. Turns out it works quite well. I’m pleased 🙂

Winter 2012
The “back side” of the mountain I live beneath. Nothing but trees as far as the eye can see…

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As you might know we have had a foster cat named Bella living with us for a while. Almost 6 months to be precise, she came to us from the local animal protection association in August last year.

And now she has left.

They called this weekend and told me a woman was interested in adopting her and yesterday evening that woman came to our apartment to pick Bella up and take her to her new home. For a while we talked about keeping her, but truth be told I think Bella is better off somewhere else. This lady apparently lives in a house out on the countryside, has no other pets and is retired so she’s home all day. Bella would love that! She could get all the attention she wants, be allowed to go outside and no annoying dog 😉

I’m definitely going to miss her though.

Imaginary Karin - Maja the cat

Every morning for these past months she would come up in our bed when the alarm goes off and curl up against me and purr (like she’s trying to stop me from getting up 😛 ) and this morning…

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