Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy new year!

A new year is soon here, with new possibilities and adventures ahead. I always have a calendar book, where I write down everything I'm gonna do so I remember them. I love the beginning of the year, when the pages of the book are completely white and you have no idea what's gonna come your way. And I'm never expecting bad things, eventhough you never know, good or bad, all the same. I always feel that that book is gonna be filled with great experiences.

So for this new year I'm gonna paint EVEN MORE, let the TV be off more often, read more, put on something that will make me feel as if I've made an effort to look good every day, start a new hobby, and a secret new year's resolution that I will keep to myself for now.

Happy new year!

Thursday, 30 December 2010

Where to go next?

Simo and I have been talking about travelling again, probably in march. When you live in the north it's always important to have something like that to look forward to, since the winters here are so dark and long. At that time of year you've had plenty of time to prepare for your winter depression. When we were in Thailand last year it was so wonderful to leave Finland and the cold and wet, only to come back to the spring and sunshine.

But where to go? We have been thinking about The Bahamas, Haiti, Phillipines, Bali, Seychelles, St. Martin and Thailand again.
If you have been to any of these places, please share your opinions.

Monday, 27 December 2010

Back to the gym, back to reality!

This christmas has been different. My first year in Finland for this holiday, and eventhough I missed my friends that I see so rarely, I had a very nice and relaxing couple of days. Another thing: usually I have about 2 weeks off in christmas, now I had 3 days and that's including the weekend. So I guess 1.
So I went to work today, and I had the earliest shift. After a really bad night sleep, I got up at 5:00 in the morning to go to work. I notice that I'm sick of the candy and bullshit that I've stuffed my face with during the last week or so, and I can't wait to get back to the gym again tomorrow, before the big new-years resolution-craze starts next week.

Saturday, 25 December 2010

It's not Christmas before...

Presents, presents and more presents!

Eventhough we were only 2 (OK, 3) here for christmas this year, it wasn't exactly lacking presents under the tree! We opened them pretty late since the food was delayed. But we had a really nice christmas, and ver very relaxing.

Besides from the sewing machine and surround sound system, here are some of my favourite presents this year:

Inside socks/shoes that has soles made of pillows filled with rice that you can take out and put in the microwave to heat up. You put them back in, and it's sooo nice. Something tells me I'm gonna wear those a lot this winter, since they say this is gonna be the coldest winter in many years.


The coolest belt I own!

My new favourite perfume.

More baking coming up!

Merry Christmas!

A day too late, I wish you all a merry christmas! Actually, come to think of it, most countries open their present today the 25th, but in Scandinavia (and Finland) we open them on the evening of 24th.
Simo made Finnish food yesterday and I also had ptarmigan that Dad had given to me. That's been my christmas food for many years.
The Finnish christmas food is basically different types of herring in mustard or tomato for example, ham and different casseroles. In Norway it's meat, meat and more meat. And potatoes.
I have to certain things on christmas eve, call it traditions if you want. First up is eating riceporrige with butter, cinnamon and sugar.

The porrige has to have a hidden almond in it as well, and the one who gets it gets a prize. While I eat my porrige I have to watch a Czech film called "3 nuts for Cinderella" that goes every year on TV in the morning in Norway.
My granparents had send this film to me on DVD along with another that I watched when I was little; a calendar. Of course Macaulay Culkin and Home Alone 1 and 2 is also part of getting the christmas spirit.

Simo has to see "The Snowman" every year.

And here are some of the other things to get me into the christmas spirit:

Disney's "From all of us, to all of you" christmas special!

Home made cookies and candy!

Home made Norwegian Sandcakes!

Norwegian traditions: christmas marzipan and milkchokolate!

And last but not least; COCA-COLA!!!

The time is near...

On the 23rd of december I stressed like crazy. But why? It was just gonna be Simo, Milla and I this year, and I stood in the kitchen like a maniac baking my life away.
It didn't help that the last shopping wasn't done, and as soon as Simo came home from work we went to the store and got the last of the food. Actually, that relaxed me a bit. I figured it was the cold (-20 these days) that freezed my brain and therefore also my stresspoint, and when we got back and it started to melt again, it was too late. I decorated the tree while we watched Home Alone 2 and we cleaned the rest of the place a littlebit.

It's funny how you see the difference in the people in a "big" city and a town around christmas. In Norway where I live most people say merry christmas to eachother eventhough they don't know eachother, and here people just look at eachother like "That ham is MINE!"

While all the things get done around the house, some creatures live DA LIFE!

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Homemade anyone?

This is one of those things I never actually though I would buy ever. Or get.
A sewing machine.
I actually got it from my granmother as sort of an "early christmas present" when she was here. I have been thinking about getting a sewing machine for a while so I can work on my costumes without being too dependent on my friends for help. In the beginning I looked like a questionmark though, when I tried to understand how and where the thread (and UNDERTHREAD) was supposed to go in the machine, and horror images from highschool in sewing class started to appear and I just had to go to sleep. But now I think I actually understood it.
Well. I guess if something goes wrong you'll see me wearing my clothes in the future. I mean really. WEARING.

Monday, 20 December 2010

Go Kendra, go Kendra!

It doesn't take much to be in a reality show in Hollywood. All you got to do is to be skinny (or if you're fat, the show has to be about that terrible fate) and shake the little you've got. Though it would be best if you had a lot. On a small body. On sale. This is what you need if you're not trying to win a price or learn a craft in the end of the reality show, but simply want a camera to follow your extreemly exiting life, that is 100% REAL of course...

When I turned the TV on today after a day at work, this is what came on. A reality show about Kendra whats-her-name, who used to be with Hugh Hefner (and two other girls) and in their foursome realityshow. I guess she got a taste for the reality life, but honestly, just the one of the crazy groups just isn't that interesting. I think the best part of the show was the opening theme which was completely ridiculous!
No wait. Actually the best part was when he dog fell into her pool and started to swim calmly toward the edge and she freaked out completely and threw herself into the pool to save him while she screamed. She got up and her friend asked if the dog didn't know how to swim. -"No", Kendra said, terrified. She hasn't researched enough to know that ALL dogs know how to swim, by nature.
Now she's on her own, "independent" and ready to take on the reality world! All you need to do is to shake your boobs, kiss random people of the same sex, create drama with your boyfriend and scream when you talk. That'll show them who's independent!
(A crazy laugh doesn't hurt either...)

Friday, 17 December 2010

Save the world - pay up!

"Do you really know what goes in to your food?"
That's the beginning of a information site on the net about organic food. The site is very neat and all, but how do I know that the cynical "I can't believe you're eating NORMAL food"- undertone gives me the right information?

Simo and I went to a organic food store today. Not because we buy organic food or are...lets say experimenting, but simply because they have some products there that he likes that you can't really get in many other places. He got what he wanted and we took a stroll around the store. A pattern that I saw was that everybody looked very worried and occupied with reading the ingredients of whatever they were buying, as if they didn't believe blindly that everything there was completely the way they wanted. The stresslevel in their eyes seemed to come naturally by the intense need of control and I felt like going to Mc.Donalds.
I'm not a healthfreak by any means, but I've always tried to take as good care of my body and mind that I can without making it a source of pain.
I was a "vegetarian" (a fake one, mind you) because of my love for animals for 10 years before my doctor TOLD me to start eating meat again. I did.
I don't see the point of POSSIBLY saving the amount of years that you're probably using worrying about what you're eating anyway (or die by stress?), and as long as I treat my body with some sort of sense.

But anyway, so we were walking around looking at all these homemade products and healthy looking things. I saw a massage stick that tried before that are made of wood. I've been wanting to buy it for a while. That kinda changed when I leaned that it cost 45 Euros (60 Dollars). Two peices of wood. Screwed together. They better drop the prices if they want to save the planet and avoid people cutting down trees to make their own massage sticks!

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Michael Jackson The Experience release party!

Yesterday I had a party for the release of the new game called Michael Jackson The Experience. It can be bought on Wii already, but I know that it won't be out for many consoles before next year. We were about 10 people at my place yesterday, eating taco's and TRYING to eat all the stuff I made (there's a LOT left...something tells me I should bring it work or something) and trying out this game. It was so much fun to play it with hardcore MJ fans who already knew many of the moves! But the game surprises even us though, and many times the dance is different from the music video or performance in this game, and that's allright.

Some of the classic movements could have been used a bit more, like for example the "flying" part in Beat It only comes in the end of the dance in this game. Surprisingly, some of the more difficult dances are actually the ones you would think are easier, like Working Day and Night for example. Ghosts is ungodly. Most of the time you can chose the difficulty level in a dance by chosing if you want to be Michael or a backup dancer, and you can play up to 4 players. There's 26 hits to dance to and it's a fantastic work out that will get your sweat going!

You can't really see the screen very well. Sorry about that.


Saturday, 11 December 2010

Christmas baking, ready to go!

All these goodies are made by MOI! Yes you heard me; all alone. Tonight I'm having a Michael Jackson; The Experience party, and I hope people are hungry! At least for goodies!

Monday, 6 December 2010

Stockholm Science Fiction Convention 2010, DAY 2.

The next day we didn't have to get up so early, since all our stuff was already at the Center. We had a good breakfast before heading to the train again and we made it in good time. I bought the Han Solo t-shirt that I had been drooling on the day before, and decided to get some autographs before the biggest waves of people would arrive. In the beginning I was just gonna get one for Simo, by Edward Furlong who was in Terminator 2 and American History X, but I also decided to get one of Robert Englund who was THE Freddy Kruger from Nightmare on Elm Street and Joe Flanigan from Stargate Atlantis for myself.

After getting Robert Englund's, another trooper and I decided to ask him if he wanted to come and take a photo with all the troopers for free. He was very easy to talk to and didn't even doubt for a second if he was gonna do it or not. He just said -"Sure. Right now?" He came to our stand and waited patiently while all the troopers gathered and got ready for the photo. He was so talkative and kept going on about what films he liked and didn't like. When the photo was about to be taken he told me that he wanted to hold my backpack that is a little Chewbacca.

We did a sort of parade around the huge place to show off what we did and get people to the stand. Getting ready to start, Darth Vader came out from the changingroom with half of a Ewok hanging under his face as a beard. Merry christmas. More troopers came out with various christmas decorations in various places of their bodies/armours.

After the parade another nice actor came to join us for a photo. Joe Flanigan from Stargate Atlantis. I was thrilled, because I love that series! He came to stand next to me and sort of looked at me for a moment. Then he said: - "Wow, you REALLY look like her!" Then he turned to the people standing nearby and went: "Doesn't she?"
- "Thank you. That's quite a compliment", I answered.
- "Yes, that IS quite a complement, isn't it", he said, "Natalie Portman is beautiful!"
That pretty much kept me smiling for the rest of the day.

Later when I got the autograph though, he had written that I was the best "Princess Leah" he'd ever seen. Hrmph! Even the fellow Sci-Fi geeks AND actors don't know that I'm AMIDALA! Time for a new costume WITHOUT the hairbuns maybe...? Hehe.

All in all I had a GREAT time with old and new friends, and can't wait for the next troop together!

Friday, 3 December 2010

Stockholm Science Fiction Convention 2010, DAY 1.

Last weekend I went to Stockholm, Sweden as I mentioned in my last post about being sick, and you're probably wondering what I was doing there.
I was at the 2010 Stockholm Science Fiction Convention. It was SO much fun!

We we're 501st and Rebel Legion members from all over the nordic countries: Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway there, to collect money for Children Cancer Foundation in Sweden by having our own stand at the convention where people could be photographed with us.

We came to Stockholm on friday and spent some time in the center before heading back to stay at a fellow troopers place. On saturday we got up REALLY early to go to the convention with all our stuff. It looked like we were taking over the whole railway platform as we came rolling with boxes, suitcases and bags in our hands and under our eyes.
As soon as we arrived at the Center I wanted my costume on so that I could have it over and done with and start walking around.

I got some time to walk around before it became too busy and too many people showed up, and already decided for some items that I would buy later.
Before I knew it I was dragged along the crowd with some other troopers to what apparently became a TV interview for the main TV channel in Sweden.
You can see the interview here (eventhough it's in Swedish...):

I started to feel a bit ill though...and I realzed that I had to really fight to keep focused. I felt like the whole floor was constantly rocking from the boat and the dizzyness didn't end. So when many others of the gang went out to eat I had to pass and went back to the house with the Finnish gang. I had to make sure that I could troop the next day as well. I decided it was a good idea to buy about 7 bags of chips and feel sorry for myself in the company of good friends.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Remember, remember, the 1st of december.

It's soon christmas again. And I'm sick. I just got home from Sweden yesterday and went straight to work feeling very ill. I started getting sick on friday, the day after we arrived to Sweden, and I have been trying to just keep going strong since then. On monday I started feeling REALLY bad though, and I already then knew that it was gonna be terrible to go to work on tuesday when I got back to Helsinki.
Today I had to stay home though, and try to get well, and I will also tomorrow.
The calendar is waiting for me with chocolate in it. Simo's also got one and so does Milla. (Dog-chocolate.)
I have a norwegian TV series ready as well, so that can have so stabile Christmas routine to get me in the spirit. Some lights are already up, and more will be done this weekend.