zimena: (Misc - Doll-like woman)
Can July be over soon? Or rather, can the national holiday period be over soon, so that it will be possible to do things without planning them an eternity ahead again?

I'm trying to plan a Sweden trip for my mom and her friend. Technically it is possible to travel there and back in a day, even from here, but it can be stressful and it's definitely better to stay one night in a hotel there. But - surprise, surprise - everything is full (or overly expensive) until at least the 6th of August.

Ehm, they wanted to travel now or soon, not in August. For now I'm having no luck finding them a place to stay, though. There is one possibility left, but that hotel is not answering their emails, and I kind of don't feel like calling them on the phone... because, seriously, what kind of place doesn't answer its email in 2017, anyway?

I just get a little bit frustrated with the holiday season, sometimes - especially if it affects my plans or wishes in a negative way.

Maybe it's not a good reason to whine, though. At least I had a nice enough day otherwise. I've been to Lillesand (=the neighbouring town) today, so at least I did something slightly out of the ordinary. Had dinner at the roadside café there, too, so that was also nice. Now I'm a bit tired, though - also because it's rather hot (+30 degrees) today.

Coffee time, now. And maybe watching Tour de France for a bit.
zimena: A cup with a hot drink inside. A heart drawn into the liquid, and the text "Coffee, love?" diagonally across the pic. (Misc - Coffee)
Good news first: I feel better today. I was still headache-y and dizzy during the night, so I'm still a bit tired and such, but other than that I'm okay. That's a good thing at least.

In other news, we have - wait for it - 33 degrees centigrade outside my window right now. It's also sunny and the sky is completely blue, without a single cloud in sight. It's actually too hot to be outside for very long, but I'm going to find a nice shade spot on the veranda soon, and hopefully I can sit there for a little while.

Also, I haven't been online all day. Now that I finally have some computer time, I'm not really doing anything useful with it. All those nice things I planned to do while I wasn't here? Just escaped my mind now that I can do them. Instead, I've been playing around with Avatar Maker (for now, this is me). I also tried to clean up an old and mostly unused Gmail account. It's full of junk, except for some stuff on the Google Drive, so I guess I can try to download that, and then just get rid of the account.

... That's a task for tomorrow, though. Mom is off to Denmark with Mrs Neighbour then, so that should mean a nice evening by the computer for me. Yes, I'm looking forward to that. If all goes well, I might actually write something then, too. Or do some more Swift lessons? Let's see what will happen - it should be fun, either way.


Saturday, May 27th, 2017 16:40
zimena: A cup with a hot drink inside. A heart drawn into the liquid, and the text "Coffee, love?" diagonally across the pic. (Misc - Coffee)
It's summer!

...or at least we've had the first couple of truly warm days this summer. As you probably all know, I suck at tolerating hot weather. While I like reasonably warm weather that allows me to go outside without putting on a jacket or any other "extra" layers of clothing, there's a long step between that and having 27-30 degrees, like we've had for a couple of days now.

Luckily, it doesn't stay that hot almost around the clock, though, so at least I'm still sleeping well and still feeling better in the evenings, when the temperature is more to my liking (or perhaps even bordering on cool even by my standards, but there's no way I'm going to complain about that!)

It's only May, and I'm already mildly complaining about temperatures? Errr, that's what I usually do in July or August. Not May. Warm days in May are supposed to be Good Things. Why am I such a weirdo about this?!

Perhaps I'm strange, but I'm already mentally counting months and days until September.

It's not that I don't want summer, though. I like summer - or at least I want to like summer, and sometimes I like it, too - but I don't like things like hot weather or feeling bad for not being outside enough or this whole feeling that "this is supposed to be the best time of the year, so you should try to be sensible and enjoy it!"

September is much more "my" month - it can still be warm and beautiful, but in a much more pleasant way than the summer months. Also, it's the beginning of autumn, which always makes me feel more inspired and alive. Plus, it's on the right side of summer, so the winter sports season doesn't feel quite as far away anymore either. (Yeah, can you tell that the list of cross-country World Cup races for the coming season was released today?)

Of course, the first race isn't until November...

Daily update

Friday, April 21st, 2017 15:26
zimena: A cup with a hot drink inside. A heart drawn into the liquid, and the text "Coffee, love?" diagonally across the pic. (Misc - Coffee)
I've been out from before 9am today, and I just got home now - at about 3:15pm. Yes, I'm very tired, thanks for asking. Ideally, I'd like to have a long nap right now... or perhaps just lie down and sleep until tomorrow, because it feels like I want to do that. I don't think I could do it for real, though, so maybe I'm just an expert at exaggerating things.

Only...Ronnie's match is on in a few moments, so I also want to follow that one. Not sure I have the energy to sit down and watch (especially as I also want to sit here for a bit...), but at least I want to know how he's doing. He was pretty impressive last night, though, so he has a 6-2 lead against Shaun Murphy ahead of today's session. If he keeps playing that impressively today, there is a small possibility that he can book his place in the quarterfinals already this afternoon, but that is a tough ask. It's first to 13, and they're only playing 8 frames today, so it would require him to win 7 of those... and I don't think Murphy is going to let that happen. He was playing badly and doing many strange things last night, though... but today is a new day for both. I'm just hoping that Ronnie can keep performing well, and at least win the match without giving me a heart attack - most likely the match won't finish until tomorrow's session, though.

Okay, long snooker ramble there. Not sure how many of you even read or followed that, but there you go. I'll try to move on to the next topic now.

Yes, weather... we had 20 degrees today! I put on both a scarf and a jacket when I left home in the morning, though, so I think you can imagine that I felt "a bit" overdressed later in the day. Also, it was nice and sunny almost all day... but just as I got home it suddenly started raining - for about 10 minutes, before the sun came back out. It seems we've had all sorts of weather in half a day today. Morning cold, then sunny and warm, then rainy, and then finally sunny again - with no rain in sight, as far as I can tell. At this rate I might say something else in five minutes, though.

This is a strange place, sometimes.

I still feel like sleeping... Zzz...

SNOOKER UPDATE: Ronnie has a 10-6 lead after today's session. The last four frames were rather painful to watch, because Ronnie made some mistakes which gave Murphy chances... that he suddenly knew how to use well, so he won three frames in a row. The last frame of the session was very close and very intense to watch, and if Murphy had won that as well, it would have been 9-7, which is madly different from 10-6 - also from the mental perspective. Let's just say that I would not have liked it if Ronnie had to go into tomorrow's final session with 0-4 in the bag from the last four frames today. Luckily he managed to win the important last frame, though. I screamed "YESSS!" in front of my TV when he potted the final black, I'm not joking. Seriously - it was such an intense last frame, and I was literally sitting with my fingers crossed much of the time. Even when that frame was over, my heart was still beating madly for quite a while.

The match is far from won yet, but for now the scoreline is positive... and it can still be settled before the mid-session interval tomorrow. Let's see how that goes.

Little update

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 17:57
zimena: (Text - Sad but still rad)
I'm in a bit of a weird mood today. Maybe I can blame it on the weather, which is grey and cloudy in the worst possible way right now. I don't mind cloudy weather per se, but sometimes it just makes me depressive. Don't know if that's the weather's fault or just my fault for having an off day, though.

It's probably not necessary to mention that I didn't get much useful stuff done today either. No writing, at least. And not much else either, honestly. I slept for a while, then tried to make some icons... which didn't work as I suddenly couldn't come up with a cool text even though I had made a text space... so I just ended up resizing a couple of pics that I had found online to icons instead. That's not really "making" something - it's just taking something and adjusting it to my needs.

Now going to look up a video on how to get arrows easily in Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, as I seem to ALWAYS run out of arrows... and there's supposedly a glitch to get them easily, except I don't understand how it works yet. Next stop: Youtube. Then there will hopefully be some game time later tonight.

And more sleep. Or maybe a tiny bit of writing, if my mood will be better by then. Let's hope for that...

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