My Favourite Things: September 2015

my favourite things linkup

My Favourite Things is a monthly linkup hosted by Raisa and Eirene. Except this month when it’s guest hosted by Tara. :)

I had 4 weeks off from work in July, and now I’ve been back at the office for a month. Work is crazy most of the time, but honestly it feels pretty good. It’s nice to take a break but it’s also nice to have some order and routine back in my life.

I’m also glad autumn is here! The air is crispy cool and the forest is like a rainbow with all the different shades of green, red, yellow, and purple. The best time of the year is here! :D

And here are my favourite things right now:

Our new car

volvo v70

Behold our new vehicle!

It’s a Volvo V70 from -07. The paint is metallic black. I know it will be difficult to keep clean, but I still like it. My favourite feature is the cruise control, I’ve never had that in a car before and quickly learned it’s great when driving long distances!

Our old car was also a Volvo V70, but from -99 and had gone 35 000 (metric) miles. I called it Katla after the dragon in The Brothers Lionheart because it was old and big and green and made unsettling noises.

The car I had before the green dragon was an Opel Omega called Moby Dick because it looked like a big white whale. Sounded like a whale too…

I guess I’m one of those people who tend to give nicknames to their things, especially technology and machinery. I’m sure I’ll end up giving this new car a nickname too, I just haven’t come up with one yet. :)




All I knew about Ghost was that they were a Swedish metal band and that the members looked rather… interesting. When I pressed play I expected some sort of angry black metal, but to my surprise what came out was melodic hard rock wrapped in chanting choirs. It was completely unexpected, but so very beautiful.

My favourite songs are Deus In Absentia, He Is, and Cirice.

Normally I find it silly when bands try to be all mysterious and wear masks and hide their true identities (Slipknot, I’m looking at you), but in this case I’m willing to let it slide. These guys are amazing!


Me and Markus went to see Inside Out a few weeks ago, and it was really good. It was sweet and funny and very well made, like most movies where Pixar is involved. I can definitely recommend it!

Of all the feelings and other characters, Sadness was my favourite. I just wanted to pick her up and hug her, she was so darn cute in her misery. :heart:

Sadness is always portrayed as a negative feeling, but we need it for balance. We’re very complex animals, we can’t go through life feeling nothing buy joy and cheer; we need a bit of sadness and anger and fear too. It’s how we learn and grow.


  1. 16 September 2015

    Niiiiice car! It looks so new and sleek :D And I am now curious on what nickname you will give that car! ^^

    Ah, Inside Out. Sadness drove me nuts; I actually preferred Disgust and Anger more myself XD;; But I can see how Sadness can be cuddly and all, but naw, I’ll stick with the others ^^; You’re right about how we all need these emotions to balance ourselves out. We’re definitely complex species!

    • 20 September 2015

      While I think Sadness were the cutest, Anger and Disgust were definitely the funniest ones! :D

  2. 16 September 2015

    That is wonderful that you have a new car. I really like how it looks and I hope that it will be very good to drive and not cause any problems. :D

    Sadness does look really cute.

    I agree with you, that we do need varied emotions. Otherwise we would not learn and grow and be able to deal with everything that life throws our way.

    I haven’t seen Inside Out yet, but I hope too soon! :D

  3. 18 September 2015

    Congrats on the new car! Looks nice! And I’m listening to the songs you linked now, and I especially like Deus In Absentia. I’ll have to check out more by them. I love melodic-type metal stuff :D

    Inside Out was such a good movie! I thought all of the characters were so cute, and I liked how they showed the importance of Sadness at the end.

  4. 20 September 2015

    I’m listening to those song recs now.. I started with “He Is” and I have to say it’s not what I expected when you mentioned a metal band :P I guess I’ve been listening to too much growly metal (my name for it) – well.. my boyfriend loves viking metal so, that’s generally what is on here – so this was a bit more mellow than what I was expecting :D

    I haven’t seen Inside Out yet.. I’m not much of a ‘go to the movies’ person, so I’m waiting for it to be released and watch it at home.

    • 20 September 2015

      I guess one shouldn’t judge a band by their costumes, I was surprised too. :) Actually I’m kinda glad they don’t sound like they look. Not that there’s anything wrong with growly metal but I think the contrast between the look and the music is pretty clever.

  5. 24 September 2015

    I had no idea how cruise control worked but I tried it recently this year in my car. I was amazed haha, it was indeed very good for long trips.

    Ghost sounds like an interesting band, I might check them out! I’ve always found it a little silly when members dress up, too. The only one that comes to mind for me is Lordi. One part of me finds it intriguing and I guess for the band members it’s interesting that they dress up for their shows. It’s a great amount of effort though!

    I agree that we can’t have happiness without sadness. We need something to compare it to, and as we are such complex characters, sadness can help us understand, be sympathetic, and definitely helps us learn and grow.

  6. 26 September 2015

    I just wanted to let you know that I’m obsessed with Ghost now, thanks to you! :P I’ve been listening to them nonstop for the past week. They’re especially great for this time of year. I love the whole Meliora album, and “Ghuleh / Zombie Queen” is another favorite song. <3

    I still need to see Inside Out! I adore all of the voice actors in it, and of course Pixar always does an incredible job. Hopefully I'll get the chance to see it soon!

    • 13 October 2015

      Haha, you’re welcome! :D I agree, they’re the perfect autumn/Halloween/dark gloomy weather kind of band.

  7. 2 October 2015

    Feeling like I’m one of the only ones that didn’t rate Inside Out! :-o
    It was OK. I thought. Not the best Pixel movie, I think it was more childish than the usual Pixel movies but it had a good storyline and message.

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