Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 16:13
zimena: (Misc - Doll-like woman)
I'm back after one week in beautiful Harrachov, Czech Republic!

Bits and bobs

Friday, July 7th, 2017 13:18
zimena: (Misc - Meow!)
1. I went to Denmark for the day yesterday. Nice trip - perhaps the nicest Denmark-daytrip in a while. The past few such trips have been so exhausting, and I've practically felt like I needed extra sleep for a week afterwards, but yesterday it was quite okay. I wasn't even that tired during the day, except for being tired early in the morning - which I usually am, so that's normal enough.

2. I have a new handbag! It's quite small, but still with two main compartments, plus two small pockets. It also has a clip-on shoulder strap. This is one of my main requirements for a handbag, because it means that I can also wear it around my waist, as it will clip easily on and off as needed.. My plan is to use this as my main everyday handbag - as in, that thing I need for carrying money, keys, phone and perhaps some other small items when I go out to do random stuff. I have a couple of bigger handbags that I also like, but they're less practical for everyday use, really.

3. My desk needs tidying. I have all sorts of papers and magazines and random junk lying about right now, but I'm not sure I feel like sorting through it all today. Might have to, though. Soon.

4. There are lots of news and pics about Johannes, even though it's summer and he's been missing a couple of training camps due to illness. I want to make a picspam/fanpost about everything, though, so I won't ramble that much here. I don't know when I can do that, though - it feels like I'm online much less than I would prefer these days. I don't always know why that happens, though.

5. Also, related to the point above: Ola Klæbo liked a couple of my comments on IG, and even replied to me once, a few days ago! I'm probably more excited about this than I should be. It's just very nice and cool, okay?

6. I started a large-ish project to sort through all my digital photos. Back in the old iPhoto days, I had some kind of system where I would sort photos by event/category every time I imported new ones, but when iPhoto became Photos, I sort of hated it and therefore fell out of the habit of keeping things organized. Time to make a proper try now. Also, I used to save only own photos in this/these apps, but with the amount of screencaps and pic saves I make from the mobile phone nowadays, I guess it makes sense to make some categories for these as well.

7. Yes, I caved in: There is now a "personal:fangirling" tag. Next project: add old posts that belong there to it. I have a feeling that it's going to be a huge job.

I have a feeling that there were more things on my mind when I started writing this post, but it has escaped me by now. Therefore, I'll stop here. Have a nice evening, okay?

Denmark trip

Monday, June 12th, 2017 18:09
zimena: (Misc - Doll-like woman)
I went to Denmark for the day yesterday. The trip was mostly nice, and I also managed to buy a bag/backpack (well, it has straps for carrying on your back, at least) for the Portugal trip. Now I just need to see that I can fit everything I need in there, but I think that should be okay.

Today has been significantly less nice, though. I woke up hurting absolutely all over - headache, nausea, cramps, dizziness, you name it... It feels like I spent most of today either sleeping or moaning about being in too much pain to even do anything useful. Even trying to eat has been difficult, and I only managed to eat properly after sleeping for another hour just half an hour ago or so.

Right now I feel a bit better. I'm still tired, but not hurting or feeling like I'm about to throw up anymore. I guess I will still go to bed very early tonight, though. (Perhaps there is still something not quite right if I'm sitting by the computer at 6:30pm thinking of "going to bed early"?)

On a nicer note: I rediscovered some old writings on my Google Docs account - including some half-written fics that I had more or less forgotten about. I don't think these are fics I'm going to finish anymore, but it's still interesting to see them again.


Thursday, June 1st, 2017 18:29
zimena: (Misc - Doll-like woman)

I'm going to

I have flight tickets and a hotel room booked now, so this trip just got real! I'm going with the best friend to Lisbon for a week later this summer.

In fact, he has been trying to convince me to come with him to Portugal for a few years already, but somehow the trip never turned out to be until now. I'm sure you can imagine that I'm very excited about it!

Lisbon is a city I would most likely not get to visit in any other way, because I don't travel by plane unless it's with exactly this friend. Therefore, there is a kind of double excitement here - I get to visit a cool place that feels "out of reach" otherwise, and it's also only the (I think...) 4th flight in my adult life (not counting multiple flights during the same trip separately), so that should be fun, too!

This is amazing, and I can't wait!

Quick update

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 01:37
zimena: A stack of books (Misc - Books)
Okay, so it'll be past 2am before I finish typing up this note. I just got home from another day-trip to Denmark about an hour ago. To be honest I wasn't too keen on going there today, because I still don't feel fully rested after last week's traveling. We had some things to do, though, so I guess I would have had to make this trip soon anyway, even if I hadn't made it today.

It was a good day, though. Better than I feared, anyway, especially after a few hours when I wasn't so painfully tired anymore. Can you tell I dislike getting up early, even if it's needed for some reason? It always leaves me feeling too tired for too much of the day. Let's just say I had a good time mostly, but I'm also glad this trip is over and done with for now.

Tomorrow my plan is to plant some more flowers, so that there's something in every flower box we own before Thursday (Ascension Day, which is a holiday here). This should be possible, I think.

After that, I plan to Not Make Any Big Plans for a week or so. Just sleep, read, rest, be on the computer, write and sit on the veranda a little bit. Let's see how that goes. ;)

Now it's night for me, though. Good night!
zimena: Cross-country skier Johannes Høsflot Klæbo looking even more gorgeous than usual. (Scenery - Night sea)
I wonder what's in the take-away food from the local Hong Kong restaurant? It's been a while since I've had food from there, but now I've had it twice in a relatively short amount of time. Both times, the result has been the same: The food is delicious... but I end up getting super-sleepy after finishing my meal. Sleepy as in: "Can I go to bed now - at maybe 8pm - and sleep until morning, or preferably for half of tomorrow as well?"

I don't think food is supposed to work like that? Today I actually went to bed before 9pm, but after resting for a bit (not sleeping), I'm now up again - at least for a little while, to type up this post and try to catch up on my online activities.

As for other things, I've been in Denmark for a couple of days this week. Mostly, this was to escape the May 17/Constitution Day celebrations - a day that used to be a lot of fun when I was a kid, but nowadays it's too noisy and crowded for me (plus we don't have kids in the close family anymore), so escaping to Denmark has been almost tradition for a few years. This time we stayed in Agerskov for one night (the inn there is absolutely fantastic - I think they actually won an award as the best inn in Denmark both last year and this year!), then in Hirtshals for one night - mainly so that we could get a daytime ferry home and avoid coming home at midnight. Of course, staying in Agerskov - only a good half hour from the border with Germany - also meant some shopping across the border, so I've been to Germany as well during this trip. That's always nice, of course.

I don't think I bought anything particularly exciting, but just getting away from normality for a few days is a good thing. Unfortunately, it's also quite draining, so I've not been in the mood to do much today, except the obvious unpacking/tidying.

Other than that, I have a poem to type up and a fic to work on, but I'm not sure I will get much done on that tonight. I also have a fanpost/picspam to make, because there are quite a few cute May 17-pictures of a certain someone on IG. Some things were also posted as IG stories, and as I wasn't at home and able to save them properly, I have a few screencaps on my phone. That means I need to transfer/upload pics first. I hope to have some proper computer time tomorrow, so that I can spend some time making a nice post then.

Mom's birthday

Monday, May 1st, 2017 17:26
zimena: Cross-country skier Johannes Høsflot Klæbo looking even more gorgeous than usual. (Scenery - Pink beach)
Today is my mom's birthday. We celebrated it by travelling to Denmark on a half-day trip, so I got home just a little while ago. She didn't want to stay there for the whole day (maybe because it's the third (!) visit to Denmark in a week for her, so she doesn't have a lot to do there right now), so we had practically just one hour there before returning with the same ferry we arrived in.

The ferry trip became rather more memorable than expected, though. As we both travel to Denmark quite a lot (as you might have seen from my journal), we know quite a few of the people who have their workplace onboard. Especially those people who have been working there for years. I mean, I've practically seen some of those same people since I was a kid or teen - there's especially one Portuguese brother and sister who have been there for as long as I can remember, and they're both very friendly and nice and always come to talk unless the ferry is crowded and they don't have time.

Well, today I mentioned to the Portuguese guy that we were celebrating mom's birthday. I was maybe hoping that he'd do something nice for her, like give us a little flag to put on our table or something minor like that. What I didn't expect, was that he would bring drinks (complete with a cocktail-style decoration) and a wrapped gift (chocolate éclairs) from himself and everyone else on his shift that we also know. So, actually, three people from that same shift came to give her these things, and she got hugs and congratulations from everyone, and they also said that this is from them and everyone else that also know her around the ship.

It was very touching, really. I also got a nice photo (I hardly ever remember to take photos. Then afterwards, I think of how I should have taken some... but this time I remembered), but I don't think she would appreciate it if I posted her pic online, so I won't do it.

I think she found this whole thing very lovely, actually - especially after the initial surprise had faded.

At least I think she had a memorable birthday so far, so I'm happy about that :)
zimena: Cross-country skier Johannes Høsflot Klæbo looking even more gorgeous than usual. (Scenery - Sundown)
Back from a two-day trip to Denmark/Germany. Well, to be honest we stayed in Denmark, and only visited Germany for a few hours of shopping just across the border. That still counts as the first visit outside Scandinavia this year, though.

I'm very tired now (it's 2am, and I got home a bit after midnight), but in short: Traveling is always great. Getting home safely and getting to sleep in my own bed is also great, so I'm gonna do that now.
zimena: Cross-country skiers Johannes Høsflot Klæbo and Didrik Tønseth after winning the NM teamsprint 2017 (Skiing - It's not like you think)
I went to Denmark for the day on Saturday. Just the regular day-trip, mostly just to travel a bit... and of course to do some boring everyday shopping as well. You know this already, I'm sure. To be honest, I wasn't too keen on the trip this time around, because I've been feeling increasingly tired and listless for a few days now, so getting up before 6am and home well after midnight didn't feel like such a tempting thing to do. Of course I did it anyway, though - and it was quite okay, so it's not like I'm complaining.

Anyway, while sitting on the pier waiting for the ferry home to arrive, I was clicking around the Internet on my phone. Much to my joy, I found a long Johannes interview - of all things, from our local newspaper's website. The reason for this is simply that our paper has the same owners as one of the most famous Trondheim newspapers, so they tend to repost each other's articles if they consider them interesting for their readers. As these articles are always posted behind subscription-lock on either paper's website, it's very handy for me to get them from the local paper that I actually have a subscription to. From the beginning I wasn't quite aware of this type of "article exchange", so I hardly ever checked our paper for stuff about him, but I've definitely learned my lesson now. They write about him more than the national papers/news outlets do, honestly!

Wow, long ramble just about finding an article. How about getting to the point, maybe? He said so many lovely things in that interview, so I have a lot of fangirl feelings right now.

First, there were a couple of nice photos. Now you can see a bit better what he did to his hair. I'm maybe not so happy about this, but he's still very cute of course. Have a look:

Beautiful, expressive eyes. And smiling, a little bit. That makes me happy.

We already know that red suits him fine after that photoshoot from September. Here is more proof of that, if needed. I must admit that I also kind of love this pose; I don't know why.

As for the interview itself, it starts with a paragraph on how he keeps getting stopped by fans on the street nowadays. They ask for his autograph and/or want to take photos, and he says that it was a very strange feeling for him during the first week or so when it started happening. Now he's getting used to it, though. He also says that he appreciates it, and that he finds it important be nice to his fans, and to give something back to those people who care about him in this way.

I love his wording about this. And it's also beautiful how he admits that it was strange at first, but still he understands so well by now how to deal with all of this. This bit also reminds me that he said in another interview that he had to make an autograph for himself and practice writing it earlier in the season, because he never had a proper one until now.

As for other things, he also gets asked about the money he made this past season. FIS (aka The International Skiing Federation) published a list of seasonal earnings in prize money, and so the press are wondering what he did with all of that. His answer? "I don't really see it that much, because I let my mom take care of that. Then I know that everything will be done correctly."

This is lovely as well. If I had got rich at 20, I would have done the same thing, so I fully understand him about this. It's still adorable how he admits it like this, though. He admits that he bought one extra item for himself, though - just one thing that he would not have bought otherwise.

What it was? One new pair of jeans.

Seriously, this guy and his absolute adorableness. <3.

There is more to say about this interview, because it was very long. I have to leave the computer for a while now, though, so I'm just leaving you with this for now. But before I go, can I just say that I adore him so, so much? He's so very unposed and real and wonderful, and I love that about him.

Little mini-update

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 03:16
zimena: Cross-country skier Johannes Høsflot Klæbo looking even more gorgeous than usual. (Scenery - Sundown)
I've been to Denmark for the day today. "Denmark" in this case means Brønderslev, Hjørring, and Hirtshals. This means that I had to get up at 6am, and I'm only going to bed now, probably around 03:30am when I finish this post. Yes, I'm exhausted, thanks for asking.

The trip was nice, though. It's always nice to spend a day traveling, and I also got to have lunch at a Chinese restaurant I had not been to before. Delicious food + good prices + friendly waiter is a good combination. It might be worth visiting Brønderslev again later just for this, really.

Other than that, the day was spent doing the kind of regular everyday shopping that is simply a lot cheaper in Denmark, so there's nothing much to tell about that.

Danes and numbers, though... They literally say "three times twenty" when they mean 60. "Four times twenty" is 80, of course. The real madness comes between the numbers that can be divided in full twenties. 50 and 70 are literally said as "half three times twenty" and "half four times twenty", respectively.

How does this even make sense? Do they honestly expect "half three times twenty" to compute in a foreigner's brain as "three times twenty minus half a twenty"? Because yes, that's how their numbers work.

Even though I've known about this from a young age, it's still not automatic to me. Whenever Danes say a number greater than 50 to me, I feel momentarily lost until I've had a second to work out what the heck that was, again.

Now it's bedtime, though. I guess I'm going to fall asleep rather quickly... Good night!
zimena: (Misc - Meow!)
So, I'm back from Stavanger. I've known about having to go there for a couple of weeks already, and I must admit that I kind of dreaded it ever since I learned about having to make this trip. There are a couple of reasons for that. Most importantly, I wasn't too keen on going there because it also meant going to an unpleasant official meeting of sorts. It's not that important what the meeting was about, as I don't feel like talking about it in detail on here, but let's just say it was something unpleasant to me because it meant that I had to talk about rather personal topics with total strangers, and do so in a way that would convince them of my viewpoint.

As it turned out, it was just one "total stranger", though. Which helped a lot. Last time I had a similar meeting, about 12 years ago, I had to sit in front of a whole group of people and talk about these same topics. That was much worse. As far as I can tell, the meeting was a total success, though, so I'm happy about that. But, I must admit, I might be just as happy just because this thing is now over and done with, and I don't have to dread it anymore.

Sorry that this doesn't make much sense, by the way. I can see how I'm "telling without really telling anything" above. I just feel like having something about this here, even though I don't want to think about it more than necessary and spend time talking about all the details.

Anyway, the other reason I dreaded the Stavanger trip was the fact that it's a very long drive to get there. 230km might not sound like much if you're used to the highways of mainland Europe, but the roads from here to Stavanger are nothing like that. Most of the time there are a lot of curves and narrow roads passing areas where landslides are fairly common, so just getting there is much more unpleasant than what the distance would suggest.

...so it's probably not surprising that we didn't want to make the trip by road twice? In the end, we decided to take the ferry from Stavanger to Hirtshals, Denmark, and then catch our more "usual" ferry from there and back home. More expensive than just driving back and forth, obviously, but it also meant that I got to travel for more pleasant reasons during this trip. Especially the ferry trip from Stavanger was interesting, because I had never travelled on that ferry before. I had a nice evening on it, though - nice food, sitting in a bar listening to some half-okay piano player/singer for a couple of hours - this was fun especially because it also meant watching a group of guys (probably around 20 years old or so) singing along to every song and being generally in a very lively mood, but never obnoxious or anything. For me it's kind of cool when someone so young are familiar with and are clearly enjoying the songs on offer in such a place - usually songs that are "old" even by my standards, or possibly from my childhood, too.

Anyway, I got home today afternoon, and I'm still a bit tired after the trip, so I'll stop here. Hope to be back online in the evening, though, because I have more things to post about, and some very beautiful comments to answer.
zimena: Cross-country skier Johannes Høsflot Klæbo looking even more gorgeous than usual. (Default)
I don't feel like writing a long and coherent post, so a bullet-point list it is.

* I've been on a two-day trip to Denmark since yesterday morning. Mostly just to spend some time away from home, and of course to do some basic shopping. We also renewed our ferry-card, which means we can go to Denmark as often as we like for a year. The card itself is quite expensive, but we don't pay for each individual trip, and we usually always get tickets as long as we have the card.

* If I ever win the lottery, I'm going to buy an apartment in Denmark and move there, seriously. Money would last so much longer there because almost all the daily necessities are sold at half price or less compared to here. Besides, I like Denmark, and I wouldn't mind living there, I think. Unfortunately, winning the lottery isn't so very likely, so I'll probably continue to go there a few times each month instead.

* I finally started building a proper offline archive of my fics and writings. It's something I've wanted to do for years, but I never found the right software or enough motivation to work out a system to organize everything. Perhaps it's not even possible to decide on everything before starting, though. Either way, I'm using Ulysses for this, and I'm finding more uses for it all the time. For example, archiving info about games I play (quest solutions and such), as well as some lists that it makes sense to keep and add to as needed. The most important is getting all my fics sorted into some kind of system, though. So far, I have them grouped by year, and it's also possible to search by tags (just the fandom for now) and free text search (so I don't need a tag for each character featured. I add this in a comment under each fic instead, and then it'll be searchable and I can still find everything featuring character so-and-so)

* I finished episode 7 of Yuri on Ice before I left for Denmark. So, a couple of short comments. Guang-Hong Ji is very adorable and cute, and I want to see him some more. Can I? Also, unpopular opinion time: The famous kissing scene could have been done in a much better way. It's beautiful, of course, but why use exactly this important moment in a humorous way, with them falling on the ice and so on? Also, it doesn't take an over-active fan imagination to figure out what's happening, but obscuring it (behind Victor's arm, kind of) was also not necessary.

* That's all for now. Have a nice evening!

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