2017/06/29

Currently reading

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Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre, a classic most people have heard of. I bought it about 15 years ago, started reading and got bored. When I was younger, I was much more interested in stories and didn't bother too much if the language wasn't very good. The goal was to start a book, hopefully liking the story which preferably went from A to B to C and so on, finishing and then filling in my list of which books I had read. I did this from 1993 until around 2010. Moved to Berlin and stared living life more. My eyes have opened up more and more to loving single sentences, words that are written in a way that make me cry, laugh, admire and so on. I think it was The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt that opened up my eyes, every sentence is a piece of art in that book.

If you haven't read the books above, I won't tell you more details about them. Personally I like starting reading a book or watching a film knowing as little as possible.

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When I opened the book, sensitive to typography as I am, I remembered back in the days when reading something with too small frames around the text - how difficult it was to get a good reading flow. In this case, it doesn't matter as Mr. Sartre had a great flow in his writing.

I asked yesterday what you are currently reading, feel free to continue sharing, it's so much fun to read your comments and to read books in general :)

2017/06/28

Buildings, toast and an idiot

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Pic 1. Sun sun sun.
Pic 2. Buildings buildings buildings.
Pic 3. Toast with pesto, cheese, ham & tomato.
Pic 4. An idiot.

The newspapers were warning about storm and intense rain today, even my dad texted me to stay indoors. Not much happened though, maybe tomorrow? It's 11:30pm and I'm about to head to bed and read a book. Reading a lot again and the stories make me so inspired. Going through a rough depression for such a long time has brought some good things on the other side: I'm more open to things I don't identify myself with (depression makes you extremely self-centered, I would say), I have started to become interested in expressing myself in writing, I see other people and their good sides much better, I can take people's bad sides without freaking out or thinking it has to do with me, I have more patience with close family and friends and so on.

What are you reading at the moment?

2017/06/27

Happy Squid

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Went by Happy Baristas (great café in Friedrichshain, close to Ostkreuz, they are very good at posting beautiful pictures on their instagram) today to check out Johan's latest logo work for their Squid Nitro Brews.

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If you haven't tried a nitro coffee, I highly recommend it. They also serve nitro tea.

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One of my favourite cafés in Berlin.

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Hello, Blondi!

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Also great logo work!

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And the beautiful coffee cups.

In the mood for coffee now? :)

Haircut

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This morning I stood up and went straight to Eili for a haircut. Some kitchen sink realism (without the sink).

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We had breakfast on her balcony.

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And then she cut off a lot of my hair, yay! Trimmed a bit after this picture was taken as well ;)

2017/06/26

Hello!

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Hello Kevin!

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Hello fake peaches!

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Hello green vases!

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Hello container!

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Hello posters!

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Hello restaurant!

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Hello dancing flamingos!

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Hello Pomes!

Some shots from today.
I have a good feeling about this week.
Happy Monday!

Midsummer party

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On Friday we celebrated midsummer with Eili. She did my hair, she's a great hair stylist and takes appointments, check out her Instagram!

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Right on time for sandwich cake, Otto came by with Ramona and Antti. It was Otto's 1st birthday, so we celebrated him until he passed out.

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While Eili was doing my hair, Johan was in the kitchen making the cake, a vegan version, and playing good music. As I wasn't involved in the cake making, I don't have a recipe to share. All I know is that he took inspiration from this one with more herbs, salt and some other filling instead of the 1st one. The recipe is in Swedish, but I'm sure a translation page can help you. After all the food we were ready to hit a techno club to dance the night away and I found a photo booth, the front of my hair wasn't as curly anymore as I had been sweating like a pig on the dance floor ;) Was a great midsummer! The rest of the weekend I spent talking walks, eating sandwich cake leftovers & finishing a great book; "Horrific Sufferings of the Mind-Reading Monster Hercules Barefoot: His Wonderful Love and His Terrible Hatred" by Carl-Johan Vallgren. Most well-written book I have read in a while!

2017/06/22

Thunderstorm

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Right at the moment when the thunderstorm broke out, my friend Eili was buzzing the door to bring me a flower and enjoy coffee and lightning on my balcony. What a great daytime activity!

Tomorrow we're going to celebrate Swedish midsummer with vegan sandwich cake, cava and some hair styling + photo shoot. Looking so much forward to it!

2017/06/21

Niemals!

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A beautiful flower shop in my neighbourhood.

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Niemals! Made me laugh :)

Met a friend for a brunch burger today.
It's a good Wednesday. Going to spend the evening by my desk creating stuff with music from the street as soundtrack, it's Fête de la Musique today!

2017/06/20

A list about me

Long time ago since I posted a list!
I love to fill in lists like this, used to have books for my friends to fill in as a kid. My friend Maria and I were weekly making lists for each other to fill in until we were in our mid teens. This list is translated from Swedish (I saw it on some Swedish blogs when I got the idea to get a Sweden fix recently), hopefully I did a good job.



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DO YOU?

Have beer in the fridge: No, my fridge is broken since a few weeks. There is a kiosk in my building, so luckily I have easy access to cold beer. Though I don't go there for beer right now, decided it was time to have a break from this fluffy, yummy beverage for a while.

Have a pet: No.

Have a favourite sweet: Strawberries and raspberries, I don't really have a sweet tooth and prefer savory stuff. A few times a year I go to the Swedish pick & mix candy store to get my fix.

Wear powder: No.

Have any plans for the future: To make plans for the future, currently I'm lost because I stopped making plans.

Have any "best" grades from school: Typing, Writing short stories + poetry & German language.

Have an addiction: Cheese & Carmex.

Have fika today: Black coffee!

Wear nail polish: Usually on my toe nails in the Summer. Right now I don't and my feet look a bit naked. I usually go for a dark tone, like very dark grey.

Have a friend who lives in another country: I have friends in many different countries, I live in "another country" myself since 6.5 years.



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WHO?

Do you despise: Despise is very harsh, though there is a person who made me doubt myself and people around me in a very horrible way. Wouldn't say I despise this person, I feel more pity.

Share most memories with: After almost 13 years together, it has to be Johan. And my baby sister.

Do you long most for: My family in Sweden.

Annoys you: People who are in touch with others only to ask for favours have been annoying me a little bit lately, sometimes a How are you? is also a good way to be in touch.

Do you cuddle with: Johan's long hair.

Cooks: I've been cooking most of the meals lately. Making simple salads and pasta dishes to enjoy on the balcony. On Friday Johan will make a sandwich cake, yaaay! Swedish midsummer feast.

Does the dishes: Most of the time I do, I have started to find it pretty stimulating, omg, who would've thought.



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WHICH?

Magazine to you read: Berliner Zeitung every day, oh well it's a newspaper and I read it online.

Bus do you take the most: If I don't walk, I usually go by train, subway and tram, so I'd say it's the bus to the airport (ha ha, maximum once a year).

Day is your birthday: December 15.

Season do you prefer: The in-between seasons, you know when Spring turns to Summer and Summer turns to Fall and so on.

Town did you grow up in: Luleå, the largest town in northern Sweden. Although it's small, it really made me a city person.



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WHAT?

Are you doing right now: Thinking of which pictures to post with this list.

Is good about you: I'm thoughtful, emphatic, can't lie and I always try my best to do as I have promised.

Is bad about you: Sometimes the way between my brain and my mouth is too short. Being face blind puts me in awkward situations pretty often. Also I'm bad at getting things done if I have something planned later in the day.

Do you want to work with: Illustrate more and do more fun collaborations on the blog and on Instagram with companies I like and trust.

Is most fun at the moment: Hanging out on my friend Eili's balconies (!) during hot Summer nights, laughing out loud together about important and silly things.

Are you wearing: A grandmother nightgown from Humana & black leggings from H&M. It's hot in Berlin today.

Kind of shoes do you own: I have 5 pairs that I wear on a regular basis: A pair of curling boots for Winter, two pairs of very comfy sandals (black & silver), a pair of sneakers and a pair of lovely Dr Martens that I found unworn for €5 thirteen years ago and started wearing last year as I had no patience before to break them in.

Is your shoe size: UK 5.5.

Are you reading: "Horrific Sufferings of the Mind-Reading Monster Hercules Barefoot: His Wonderful Love and His Terrible Hatred" by Carl-Johan Vallgren.

Are you going to do now: After I have posted this, I'm gonna take a shower and take a walk to see Eili before closing myself in my bubble again.

Hope you enjoyed! Feel free to post your own version of this list on your blog if you want :)

2017/06/19

My weekend in 12 pictures

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On Saturday morning I went to Boxi for a cheese soup and a stroll. Love my entrance so much, the light is amazing.

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Had coffee on the balcony with Johan and ate a salad with feta cheese. Chili flakes and oregano on feta is one of the most beautiful things I know when it comes to food.

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Johan heard you sleep better if you place an aloe vera next to your bed.

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In the evening we had a drink with Johan's sister and her friends who are in town. Afterwards we had a night of fun with our sweetest Vincent.

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On Sunday we slept in and started the day with a cup of Hendrick's gin punch and took a walk to Prenzlauer Berg.

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To meet Johan's sister again for a drink and then a long walk home again, buying cheese in a shop that smelled like vacation.

Was a great weekend and this week has already started in such a good way, got a very fun job that I will tell you more about when it's done :)

2017/06/17

What you see is what you get

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Keeping it simple. It's exactly what you see (WYSIWYG, a term that reminds me of when i started writing HTML in 1998, which means I've been blogging for almost 19 years now); cucumber, tomato, basil, mozzarella, red onion, olive oil, salt & black pepper.

Been living without a fridge for almost 3 weeks now, I have learned a lot about what kind of groceries you can store in room temperature. Had no idea butter lasted for over a week like this, for example. Looking forward to being able to keep things cool again, though.

What are you up to this weekend?
I'm up to a lot of things and what I really look forward to is to finish watching the latest season of Orange is the new Black, it's soooo good!

2017/06/16

Happy pill

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Sandra, I'm going away for the weekend, let's meet!

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I met up with Eili in a bar drinking sparkling water for a couple of hours as I had been fasting for a couple of days.

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Then Johan showed up and I decided it was time to break the fast with beer. Like a pro.

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I'm obviously into blondes ;) Eili is my happy pill, she makes me a better, braver person. I love those two.

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We had a great evening bla bla bla-ing and watching the street getting cleaned.

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Later we went to another bar and then Johan went home earlier, took this picture and texted me Be careful, there is action going on on the streets.