You don't get what you deserve.
You get what you take.

-Nemi

Friday, 26 April 2013

Aurinko paistaa ja vettä sattaa, taijjetaan olla Aberdeenissa.

Seriously Aberdeen, what the hell?! You can't be all sunny and look nice and then 5 minutes before I go to tutorial start hailing. Look at this for example:
It looks like really nice weather (for Aberdeen, elsewhere it's a mediocre) but there's a catch. It's not visible but it's still raining. So when I'm leaving home thinking "Ooh, maybe I'll wear my supercool sunglasses when going to campus and be all supercool myself then" as soon is I get out of my door I realise that brushing my hair and putting on make up was useless. Aberdeen must be on the Twilight Zone of the weather.

But besides that this week has been great! Rob is back, so on Monday we went to Jamie Oliver's new restaurant in Aberdeen, and oh my god the food was amazing! And surprisingly reasonably priced. My pasta could have been slightly bigger plate, but since I'm a food monster I don't stop eating before I look like a balloon. Afterwards we went to a bar called Tippling House, where Rob's friend works and he made us amazing drinks. I've never even thought about mixing a single malt into a drinks, but I got this amazing smoky ale, single malt & blended whiskey drink.


It's also been actually sunny, even without rain, yay! I got 18 (!!!!!) from the group presentation I had on Monday, which was amazing especially considering how little all of us actually cared for it. And now I'm done with all my course assignments! We get dissertation marks next week, I'm a bit terrified to be honest. Sadly I didn't get any of the internships that I was applying for (Washington and Tel Aviv) but I've already started to apply for other jobs for next year in case I stay in Aberdeen for Masters. But all of you had better keep your fingers crossed so that I'd get to go to Paris for Masters!


Saturday, 20 April 2013

11 things about me

I got this challenge from the lovely ladies of Hello, roommate and because I need distraction from uni work, this seems like a plausible way to procrastinate. Here's the rules:

The point is to find new blogs and help those with less than 200 readers.

1. Everyone challenged needs to tell 11 things about themselves.
2. You need to answer the 11 questions asked by the person who challenged you.
3. You need to come up with 11 new questions for the people who you are challenging.
4. You need to choose 11 bloggers with less than 200 readers.
5. You need to tell whom you've challenged.
6. You can challenge the person who challenged you. 

So, let's begin! 11 things about me:

1. As you might have noticed, I have a horrible wanderlust. I get anxious after spending two months in one place and it's absolutely killing me that I'm spending my summer in Aberdeen.  Given the opportunity, I'll travel ANYWHERE. Any opportunity to go somewhere new, I'll take it.    
2. I'm absolutely fascinated by the space, and if I wasn't studying social sciences, I would study astronomy. 
3. I'd love to work for MI6, but as I'm not British national, I'll never be able to work for them. Finnish intelligence service doesn't interest me too much though.
4. I used to be a huge idealist on my teen years. For example, I didn't think I could be in a relationship with anyone who did the military service. Compared to now, as my boyfriend will join the army officer training after graduation. 
5. I don't know my limits when it comes to wine. As I have a friend with the same issue, it's usually best if we stay home. If go out to drink wine, things get messy (see the Nemi picture couple of posts down)... 
6. "I'm drunk, I just have tiny feet!" is probably my most used phrase when drinking. As I do fall over A LOT. Even when sober. But it's just basic physics! You can't expect a 172cm height to balance on size 36(EU)/3(UK) feet. 
7. It's hard for me to get really close with new people as I always assume that no one outside my immediate friend circle would find me interesting person. I'm always shocked when I realise that I've made a new friend and that they are not just being polite when hanging out with me. 
8. I've always been very independent and never had had any long lasting relationship plans. I'm still getting used to the label of relationship and I absolutely hate it when people treat me as a one part of the relationship instead of just an individual (for example, don't ask "Where's Rob?" before you "How are you?"). Especially when I've known those people before the relationship as well. But I've also discovered the wonderful things of relationship and as long as people remember that I'm still my own person I wouldn't want to change it to anything.
9. I get annoyed very easily, but I hardly ever get very angry. I also get easily excited and the seasons really have an impact on my moods. 
10. I can't play any instrument or sing, but I do love music passionately. To the point that I defend my favourite band until the end. Music is personal issue to me and I will never understand the people who just listen to whatever without feeling it (I'm not saying it's bad thing or wrong, but I just don't understand it. The same way those people don't understand why I start a passionate rant on 70's rock music after someone asks who's Jimmy Page). If I had lived in 60's-70's, I would have totally been a groupie. I would have moved to States and followed Led Zeppelin everywhere they went. Like this:
(Also, I love this movie)
11. I have obsession for flea markets and second hand shops and I do most of my shoppings from them. I have recently made amazing findings and my friends have been curious of them, would anyone on my readers be interested in reading some sort of "Second-hand fashion blog"? I'm not saying that I'm very stylish, but if anyone's interested let me know :) 

Then to the 11 questions the girls gave to me: 

1.What animal would you like to be and why? 
This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone, a cat! Oh god I'd love to be a cat, sleep all day, run around all night, getting cuddles when wanted and most of all, looking stunning all the time ;)

2. What summer plans do you have?
I'm planning on working all summer, getting money. On August I'm hoping to travel somewhere and then I have my brother's wedding in August as well. Oh, and I'm graduating on July. Hopefully I'll get to see some more Scotland on June :)

3. 80's or 90's?
This is hard one. I guess I have to say 80's though, because 80's gave some of the best trash metal albums. But 90's ha Backstreet Boys! I DON'T KNOW, THIS IS TOO HARD DECISION.

4. How many times have you moved during your lifetime?
I'll count this as how many addresses I've had, though Iceland and Indonesia addresses were for fairly short periods of time. Finland 2, UK 3, US 1, Iceland 2, Indonesia 2, Hungary 1.

5.Rock or Pop?
Rock. OBVIOUSLY. (Except BSB <3 font="">

6. Favourite tv-show?
I don't watch tv (I hate people who say this with a smug face), but I do watch The Big Bang Theory, Californication, House, Green Wing, Monty Python, Sons of Anarchy The Black Adder, The Black Books etc. (wow, that's a lot of comedy and mostly already ended series, I need to start watching something more serious as well. I'll see if I get to add The West Wing and The Twilight Zone here, as those two are the one's I'm currently starting to watch)

7. Your best characteristic?
Oh this is hard. I guess I have to say that I'm just so perfect that it's hard to choose.. I guess it would be that I'm pretty easy going. I like to joke around and many people do compliment me from being funny company. I'm also quite sensitive about other people's moods and can adjust my behaviour to that. As far as I've noticed, not too many people seem to mind.

8. Movies or books?
Books, though recently I've hardly read anything. But I haven't seen many movies either. If I see a movie I usually need to read the book later on. This happened last time with the Hunger Games. I didn't like the movie that much but I still felt that I should read the books to judge the story and I was right.

9. What do you think about recycling? Do you recycle?
I don't recycle as much I'd like to, partly because it's not that easy here and partly because I'm lazy to find out. For example, recycling compost is harder here than in Finland. But I do sell basically everything that I can on flea market and I buy most of my stuff second-hand. Does that count?

10. Your biggest dream?
To see the world. That's it in it's simplicity. That's my biggest drive for my future, I want to see as many places as possible, as many cultures as possible. I need adventures. As long as I am pursuing to go to new places, I know I will live happily ever after :) Travelling is my choice of drug. 

11. What do you want from your future?
It's quite the same as the previous answer, but I also want to work within the field of International Security, I want to be part of peace negotiations, reconstruction of conflict ridden areas, challenging myself on conflict resolution. I want to make an impact, but I don't want to be famous. Unless I become the Secretary General of the UN ;)

As I don't read that many small blogs, I'll just challenge the one's I do read. If anyone else wants to do this then be my guest :)

Here's my questions:

1. Train or bus?
2. If you got 10 000€/£/$ (use your own currency) what would you use it for?
3. What's worst movie you've ever seen?
4. If you could meet any historical person, who would you meet and why?
5. Are an evening or morning person?
6. If you could learn any language fluently, which would it be and why?
7. Where have you travelled that you rather didn't go back to?
8. Who has influenced your thinking the most?
9. Cats or dogs? 
10. Have you ever hitchhiked?
11. What's the most extreme sport you've tried?

And I'm challenging:

http://www.missinggalway.blogspot.co.uk/
http://houseofelliots.blogspot.co.uk/
http://minunaberdeenissa.blogspot.co.uk/

Hmm, I guess I should start reading more small blogs...

Friday, 19 April 2013

Hyperactive duracell bunny.

Apparently I can feel sympathy pain, as my flatmate had an operation in her leg this week and she has to use crutches for 6 weeks. I might have fallen at some point this week and my knee is absolutely killing me right now. The ski is completely gone and moving it or touching anything is unbelievably painful. I have a similar situation in my right wrist.. Oh well, skin will grow back.

Today hasn't been my day anyway, but luckily my coworker came to our workplace to introduce his newborn girl and OH MY GOD IT WAS TINY. I've never seen myself as a person with motherly instincts, but OH MY GOD IT WAS TINY. Most of my friends would consider me quite cynical when it comes to reproduction and it's never been in my agenda, but OH MY GOD IT WAS ADORABLE AND DID I MENTION HOW TINY SHE WAS?

Also, 3 days and I have Rob back to cuddle! We're going to Jamie Oliver's restaurant for a proper date night on Monday, it's been ages since our last one (the premier of last James Bond to be exact)... I just hope he wont be too tanned, after New Mexico I've started to miss being nicely tanned (thought people would call me extremely pale even at the end of the year, but it was the tannest I had ever been!) and my tan from Indonesia is gone by now (except for the tan lines from my bum, but I burned it REALLY badly in Bali).

Speaking of which, I never realised that starting regular exercise would make you need jeans size bigger... The jeans I got last August are starting to feel really tight on my thighs, which I assume can ONLY be caused by the HUGE muscles I've been building.. Or not. Oh well, at least I've gotten a proper ghetto booty! I might be a bit of a freak among women as I've never had issues with my bum but I just realised that it's really starting to show off now ;)

I just realised that this is such a adhd text, but oh well. Maybe it shows that I still have some energy left from Finland, as I've gone from this:

To this:

LALALALALALALALALA. I have energy for everything else but this stupid presentation.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

There's the first time for everything.

This week has been bizarre, not the least because this picture isn't too far from the truth:

Good night anyway :D

Though now I really need to get back to studying, as since I came back from Finland I've been just seeing people and pretty much just came home to sleep and change clothes and then move again. It's been great, though I do miss my man, who I have to wait for another 4 days. That's probably why I've kept myself so busy. Though I do need to stop drinking in public with Anneli as that always ends up "not so respectably", to put it nicely.

Also this week was the Aberdeen University Student Association Sabbatical officers' elections, and though I wanted to help out my friends who were running, I did get quite fed up early with the election spam on my facebook wall.. I was supposed to go to the election results party tonight but I think I've used my going out-cards for the rest of the month now.

Now back to that presentation, I have been lured to pub and out too many times this week and yesterday was a horrible hungover day then, that I need to pull some late nights with this now. But at least it'll make time go faster and Monday will be here in no time. 

Sunday, 14 April 2013

"Missä sie oot, tuunko mie sinne?"

You know the energy and feeling that you can do anything and you think that the whole world is designed to make you happy? I know, this sounds shocking to me too. But that's exactly what I've felt ever since I landed in Finland. Something in Finland just recharged my batteries fully and made me feel brand new. Seeing sun first time this year probably had something to do with it, but there was something in that visit that just made me glow. Surprisingly, after coming back to Aberdeen on Wednesday I still feel like it. This must be some kind of supernatural energy, as Aberdeen isn't exactly the most inspiring place ever. Seven months here and I could feel the city slowly sucking the life and joy out of me. It's like huge version of those things in Harry Potter (I don't know the name in English).


For example, I was working for seven hours yesterday and my legs were super tired and I was just completely knackered but as I had made plans to go out, I was determined to make it. When I walked home from work, I was listening to Rolling Stones and I couldn't stop smiling for the whole time. I felt so alive and full of energy (I NEVER feel full of energy after work) and almost started skipping on my way home. I even ended up dancing in my room while getting ready because I was so full of energy AND I didn't even have any pre-drinks! And what a great night it was, a proper girls night out where you can dance like no one's watching!

Ready to go out!


Everyone knowing me must be reading this while in shock, because I'm not really known for being very positive person :D I've scared myself for noticing that I'm almost glowing positivity. Which is really concerning. First I could see in the way I move. I move my hands a lot when talking and especially when I get excited, but now I seem to put my whole body in when I'm explaining something. This means that from now on I need to hide everything within 2 meter radius when I start talking. It used to be only glasses within my hand's reach (I got quite a reputation spilling drinks on the table when I started to explain something).



Also, I still have some parts of Finland to keep up this feeling:

 But fear not people, I'm sure this is something very temporary and I'll probably be my old negative self in no time!

Monday, 8 April 2013

Home is where your heart is.

I don't think I've ever actually enjoyed being home as much as this time. Usually I just come home and maybe see one or two friends and mainly just sleep and stay home. This time I've been seen so many friends and family and running around doing stuff so that I've hardly had time for being a sloth!
Easter hot mint-chocolate with the cubs.
As an introvert it is shocking to find out how empowering seeing your dear friends and realising how much energy you can get from the friends you see maybe once a year but you never get let the distance in between.

Of course, it's been great to spend some time at home, being the crazy cat lady, drinking tea, playing Wii Fit on my underwear and realising how hard work playing with an imaginary hula hoop can actually be. Also, I've been trying to sell my stuff on a flea market, so people in Joensuu you're more than welcome to go buy them from Jättikirppis ;)

But the main reason why I came to Finland, was for my best friends BACHELORETTE party! It's still uncertain if I can make it to her wedding, so it meant the world to me to at least make it to her bachelorette party. I'm not going in too much of a detail, but at the end, when we asked Minna how she felt about the party, she said that she'll remember that all her best friends are sitting around her smiling and wearing a moustache.

Maid of honours at 6 am, ready to let the ball roll.

The weekend was a huge success and everyone had great time, which kind of was the point.

Now I'm just getting ready to leave this wonderful little country called Finland, and going back to work and study. I also had to come to Finland for this long because I had to renew my passport. I was worried that I wouldn't have time to get the new one before leaving, but luckily being nice to people can help you even with bureaucracy. I got the express passport delivery (without even asking for it) for the price of normal delivery, which made my life a lot easier for this week.