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

-Nemi

Thursday, 23 October 2014

I would stand in line for this.

It's been a bit over a month now since I returned Finland and it has been one of the biggest culture shocks that I have ever had. And still is. I'm now gathering some of the things that I've noticed, as well as some photos of what I've been up to.

Like baking.

And building a tiny snowman to guard our door.

I know Britons think that they love to queue, but I found it so hilarious when I went to see a film screening in Kerubi that during the intermission, people queued to the bar in pairs. Not like in UK, when the whole counter is full of people, but that the only people at the counter were the two people getting served and everyone else were in a nice queue behind these people. Luckily I realised how the social norm works here now, otherwise I would have just parked to the counter without realising that the people in queue were first.

I was not happy when the Finnish class I teach had no students one Monday afternoon.
But today my class had 9 people and it was a great day anyway with the beautiful weather!


I've always thought of myself somewhat less social person than average, depending on the company of course (the only people who think that I'm quiet are the ones who never allow me to say anything or listen when I do say something, so I've stopped wasting my energy on them). Now that I'm back home, I find myself a bit too social to the Finnish standards. Apparently small talk has grown on me, and I find it more difficult to engage with some people in here than in Scotland. Likewise, when I think that I'm saying something really funny, I only get a blank stare (this could also mean that I'm not as funny as I think I am...). I still need to learn how to be social in Finland (though being drunk works always but I can't afford to do it here!), because after spending so much time inside, I'm getting desperate for some human contacts!

I wore heels that I thought I had lost and realised when looking down that I do actually have ridiculously tiny feet compared to my height. Like paws (NOT hooves, Rob!)

I love the Finnish autumn. I have yet to felt miserable because of the weather, and that was a weekly thing in Scotland. The weather is getting cold but it's absolutely gorgeous in here! I love ruska, and now that the thin veil of snow and ice have arrived, it doesn't turn into grey, dirty slush instantly. This morning it was -13'C when I went to town, and I was perfectly comfortable, because the air was dry and there was no humid chill wind trying to reach my bones. As my friend posted on fb today, Finnish -10'C feels warmer than Scottish +10'C. I think it has a lot to do with the housing as well. For the first week back in Finland I couldn't even sleep with my duvet on because it was too hot! After living 4 years in flats that average room temperature was +16'C, coming to a house where the temperature rarely drops below +21'C was a bit of a shock. A positive one, though!

I realised that I needed new winter shoes and went to explore the options. I was quite tempted to get these!

However, I'm still disappointed of the lack of proper tea cup in Finland. Seriously, everyone who's lived with me that I need litres of tea daily and it's frustrating to drink it from those tiny coffee cups that are enough for a one sip! In addition, who thought that a 0.33 l is acceptable size for a pint?! Especially when I still have to pay for it as much as I would have paid for a pint in UK?! I went for few drinks with some friends to go see our old regular places (this time it actually was just few) and since I've been broke for the rest of the month.

I broke my phone and proved that even new Nokias can last (I glued it back together and it still works)

I went to the doctor here to continue the examinations with my heart (which are not fatal so good news!), and the doctor was so much more down to earth and I have to say that I liked the fact that she was instantly saying that it was probably nothing that required much action, to the doctor in the UK that was needing me for all tests despite telling me its nothing absolutely serious.

I'm sure there are other things as well, but I can't think of them at the moment...
I've also been as lazy as Otto (the doggy I borrow sometimes) here.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Noora 2.0

I think it's time for a new introduction with the "new" leaf on my blog. Or at least recap who's the person behind all this. As I'm feeling very lazy and I don't have enough readers to ask questions about me, I found this silly questionnaire from the depths of internet, so let's use it.


What is your earliest memory? I'm throwing a tantrum as I'm leaving the Honkalampi ice pit as I couldn't ice skate properly. I was maybe 4 at the time.

What did you enjoy about school? Which school? I have to say I never really enjoyed elementary or secondary school. The latter a bit more though. University I did enjoy.

Name 1 thing you miss about being a kid. Being naive.


When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I must admit, at one point I wanted to be a model :D Then the reality hit me and I realised that not with this face or body :D Then I wanted to become a lawyer but luckily I got a reality check with that one too.

What was your favorite childhood injury? I've never "properly" hurt myself, 
but I was quite proud of myself when I hit my leg with an axe (only a scratch, it hardly even bled). I was always very proud of my tiny scars after I had scratched myself on  something minor. Might explain why I'm still so accident prone and don't really mind.

Worst roommate you have ever had? I've never had absolutely horrible roommates, just once me and my roommate were very different people who didn't enjoy the mutual living situation.

What is your worst dating experience? I've been to maybe five dates ever on my life, so hard to say. However, the other one was just incredibly awkward as I had promised to meet someone after a party where I ended up talking to the host and he seemed to interpret my politeness as flirting. This happens quite often actually, I just think it's polite to keep up the conversation but this gets me into trouble ever so often.

Which is the most funniest prank played on you or played by you? My friends aren't really pranksters, nor am I. I can't think of any that happened to me, but I remember having a sleepover at my friends house when it was her birthday and her brother woke her and me up by throwing a bucket of water on us.

What is the craziest thing you have ever done? With the same friend, deciding on Gothenburg train station to jump off the train to Oslo and take the train to Paris via Copenhagen and Cologne instead. The biggest adrenaline rush I've ever had. I need to do it again, I haven't had a proper adventure in ages!

Do you have any hidden talents? I think some people are surprised by the fact that I'm actually quite funny (at least I make myself laugh, and that's something!).


Name one thing that not many people know about you. I do more stupid stuff than people think/expect. 
These situations usually get me into trouble.

You wouldn’t be caught dead, where? Solarium.
Was there ever a time when you were frightened for your life? In an amusement park in Budapest. The vehicle had had huge gaps in it and as it went upside down I had to hold with all my strength to stay in and not fall through on my head to the pavement. Horrifying.

What outdoor activities do you like to do?
I haven't had a chance to do many outdoor things in a long time because of lack of time and money, but I love swimming in lakes in summer. I do enjoy hiking as well (to extent). I think I would enjoy climbing as well.

Where is your most favorite place on this earth?
Norway. I love the scenery so much. Though of all the places I've been to, there's something I love in all of them.

Why do you like living in this area?
To be honest, I don't. I've never really liked my area nor my city. But being back here should be a short term situation.

What do you consider the most important event of your life so far? I think it was when I first moved abroad. The ability to independence on a new country was just a feeling you can't beat.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I think overall proving to myself that I can live successfully in several different countries is an achievement I am very proud of.

What is the one thing for which you would most like to be remembered after your death?
What an awesome person I was.

Do you have any phobias?
Tons! I'm actually very worrisome and anxious person.

Do you feel you have a purpose or calling in life? Kind of. I don't think it's anything coming from above, but I know what I want to do with my life. If only employers would understand it and hire me to the work I want to do.

Name three exotic countries you would like to visit.
Peru, Cuba and Vietnam. But what I really want it to travel through the whole world.


If your house was on fire and you could grab only 3 things before leaving, what would they be?
I hope my cat will be able to walk out himself so he won't be included. Besides my family everything is replaceable. I don't know! Stupid question.

Do you believe in extraterrestrials or life on other planets?
Yes. It would be a huge surprise if the Earth was the only one to develop life in any form.

Do you believe in ghosts?
Not really, but I'm not very happy about the noises our old wood house makes during the night.

What do you value most in life?
Knowledge or freedom.

If you were one of two people left on this earth, and the other was the same sex as you; would you go gay? Yes. This is incredibly stupid and biased question. I need cuddles even in the apocalypse despite the gender.

What do you think the greatest invention is in your lifetime and why?
I feel really boring saying this but probably the internet. It's just amazing how it has changed the world in such a short period of time.

What do you think the secret to a good life is?
Enjoy and make your life happen. Don't expect anyone else to do it for you.

What would be your dream job? The King/Queen of the Universe. And it will happen. Watch me.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
London, Paris or New York. I have a feeling I would be happy in one of these cities. I've been to all of them and loved them, so it's not any overly romanticised "hunch" I have from movies.

What is important to you right now?
Creating my future and finding employment from my field.

What is your goal in life? Do you think you will achieve it?
I want to make an impact. I want to be known and respected, but behind the curtains.

If you knew you were going to die in 24 hours, name three things you would do in the time you had left. I don't want to do this one. I'm incredibly sensitive and even thinking of this kind of question can make me weep.

What crazy activities do you dream of trying someday? I want to bag my rucksack and leave for a road trip/adventure for an unknown period of time. I want to see the world and try the crazy activities it has to offer.

If you could go on a road trip with any person (dead or alive), who would you choose and where would you go?
Would Jack Kerouac be too cliche? Then maybe I'd finally make the road trip to the Arctic Sea happen with my Minna.

Monday, 6 October 2014

I'M BACK BABY!

Not the least because I'm back home to Finland, unemployed and need to fill my days with something else but the endless conversations with my cat. I'm sure I've been greatly missed here.

A lot has happened since my last post as Alba Gu Bráth, and I will write a catch up post sometime soon. But the current situation is this:

I moved back home about 3 weeks ago. I'm looking for a job (anyone wanting to hire me?). I'm having a bit of a culture shock here at home, and I'll be writing a lot on this. For example, WHY DOES NO ONE SERVE FULL CUPS OF TEA? Seriously, I forgot that Finland serves tea from coffee cups, which here are about the size of my shot glass. And even then you're lucky if you get 3/4 filled up. Where are my tea mugs the size of a pint?! This is seriously a problem for me. But Finland has flea markets, yay! Two days back in and I already found myself a leather jacket in mint condition for 6€.

Rocking my new jacket.
I feel extremely depressed for having missed a great summer now two years in a row (damn you Aberdonian summer!), but I got back home just in time to see ruska take over the country. There's no word (that I know of) for ruska in English, but it means the process of leaves changing their colour.

I have quite a few plans for my future, but I'll get to them more when they get more current (or when someone realises how awesome hire I am).

This post is an announcement that Alba Gu Bráth is now buried (as is Scottish independence pursuits) and it's time to see how I'm coping while touching the void.


Ruska in action <3 br="">

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

These words are just rules and regulations for me.

I feel like I'm just being extremely boring with my posting even if I need sum up a month's worth of stuff. I have been *surprisingly* mainly working and studying. After the Easter break I had probably the most intense period with my studies so far, with deadlines after deadlines to meet. Because I'm feeling lazy, I'll just post few pictures showing what I've been up to lately.

I did manage to go see the dolphins here in Aberdeen though! While Rob was still here we walked down to Torry Battery where you can see quite often dolphins playing in the sun. We were lucky, as I think there were about four dolphins playing. Couldn't actually catch them jumping but anyone wandering around Aberdeen, I'd definitely recommend making that slightly daunting walk through Torry.

On the other news, here's what I've been up to (be prepared for ultimate selfie collection):


Coffee breaks in the sun with the cat.


Finished my first freelance translating job.

Got ready for PIR ball. Who says you need to make a duck-face to get high cheek bones?
 ... Which then turned into celebrating vappu.

Did some daunting studying on transformational leadership.

Been surrounded in the sofa after a furious cat-attacks.


And had my heart beat monitored for 24 hours. Nothing serious though! I'm not dying or having any serious health issues. It was interesting sleeping with those wires though... 


I seem to have gone a bit crazy taking pictures of myself now that I have an actual smart phone... Have to say though, absolutely love having a phone that actually allows me do other stuff than send and receive messages and call (which my old phone didn't even do properly). For me it's especially essential at the moment to have 24/7 access to my email to receive all those rejection emails from employers.

It's the revision time again, so I can't promise any more interesting posts than this one, but blogging is a good way to procrastinate so you might hear from me.

Monday, 28 April 2014

Catching up: The Reels Ball in the Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst.

Since it seems to be one of those Monday's, I decided that maybe I could spend this time in bed by updating this blog. So let's start with the biggest event of the spring, the Reels Ball in RMAS (the British military academy, to which Rob would say "the most prestigious military academy", but who knows?). The main cause of stress to me was having to wait for my dress for over a week, which would have been perfect for the event, but apparently it had been delivered to wrong address, and I got the parcel the Monday AFTER the ball. So needless to say, I had to go do some panic shopping on Friday afternoon to find a ball gown.

The back of the dress in the TKMaxx changing room.


I didn't even realise how big deal the ball was, since Rob had managed to invite few of his friends for it, until I heard that people were actually begging for tickets on social media and from each other (for example, I doubt that there are many events where people will post "will blow for a ticket", but again, this is army so who knows). I've been to Sandhurst once, in September when I was taking Rob to start his army career there. It's such a beautiful estate actually, and completely hidden from the city of Camberley, though the entrance is right in the city centre. We arrived there on Saturday 5th and we were taken to our accommodation where we got a chance to change, take shower etc get ourselves ready for the night.

The night consisted of welcoming drinks (of which we obviously took our fair share), then a bit of informal socialising, followed by fire alarm going off. After the excitement of the fire drill, we were ready to go to our table, where we were served amazing dinner! At this point I realised that I had enjoyed a bit too much of the welcoming champagne, so I kept it cool with the wine that was flowing.

Following the dinner, was the Reels, which are quite similar to the Scottish ceilidh dancing. Too bad that I had no idea how dance them, and the instructor was this tiny angry man shouting at everyone that they were doing it wrong, but not telling us how to do it right. After the folk dances were over, the disco part began, to which apparently the OCdts who had not gotten ball tickets sneaked in to join the rest of the party.

Overall, it was an amazing night and I can't wait for the Commissioning ball, which is supposed to be one of the top 10 parties in Europe. But I must say, I had no idea that the officer were so posh as they were (despite spending few nights out in London with them), as for example our table drank the last three bottles of Bollinger from the bar, and some of the officer cadets came to complain to us because now there was only Lanson champagne left (talk about first world problems...).

Needless to say, the next morning was ruff. But it was so worth it. I hadn't slept in two nights now and was dead tired when I got to Heathrow to fly back to Aberdeen. Luckily my professor was in the same plane and he kindly gave me a lift to home from the airport, so I didn't need to get the taxi or bus to get home.

PS. I have finally joined year 2011, and I have instagram! You can follow me here!

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Babelogue

I haven't fucked much with the past, but I've fucked plenty with the future.
Over the skin of silk are scars from the splinters of stations and walls I've caressed.
A stage is like each bolt of wood, like a log of Helen, is my pleasure.
I would measure the success of a night by the way by the way by the amount of piss and seed I could exude over the columns that
nestled the P.A.
Some nights I'd surprise everybody by skipping off with a skirt of green net sewed over with flat metallic circles which dazzled and
flashed.
The lights were violet and white. I had an ornamental veil, but I couldn't bear to use it.
When my hair was cropped, I craved covering, but now my hair itself is a veil, and the scalp inside is a scalp of a crazy and sleepy
Comanche lies beneath this netting of the skin.
I wake up. I am lying peacefully I am lying peacefully and my knees are open to the sun.
I desire him, and he is absolutely ready to seize me. In heart I am a Moslem; in heart I am an American;
In heart I am Moslem, in heart I'm an American artist, and I have no guilt.
I seek pleasure. I seek the nerves under your skin.
The narrow archway; the layers; the scroll of ancient lettuce.
We worship the flaw, the belly, the belly, the mole on the belly of an exquisite whore.
He spared the child and spoiled the rod. I have not sold myself to God. 


- Patti Smith

Patti Smith and Albert Camus. That's my weekend summed up.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Ramble on.

I realised that when I was writing the last post I was so tired that I have actually no idea what it even said when I published it. Anyway, I have now recharged my batteries after having to morning off (luckily one of my "kids" sent me an email asking if this week's tutorial was taking place, otherwise I would have gone to the class for nothing).

Yesterday was such an odd day anyway. Somehow, everything seemed to go wrong. It started when I thought about going for a run in nice sunny weather. I probably should have eaten more than a yogurt before, because I had absolutely no energy whatsoever and barely made it halfway to my planned route. That really put me off for the rest of the day, and my mood wasn't helped when I went to uni to print an application, but forgot the picture that was supposed to attached. I fixed it by attaching a picture from my facebook, but then I had to spend ages trying to figure out how to crop and attach it on the uni computers. Few more bits and pieces, and it's probably no surprise that I needed a pint. And then fell asleep on the sofa while the guys were watching Top Gear.

However, yesterday I also got an unusual reply via LinkedIn, and I'm really hoping that it'll lead to something. I might talk more about it if it does. Also, Rob told me to pick a destination for Easter break for few days, which means a new adventure!

I started today with a bit better mood and Body Balance-class took the edge off from yesterday. And I took advantage of the 2 for Tuesday-offers most pizza places do. Luckily my flatmates are very persuadable when it comes to pizza. I only need a pot of tea anymore and I'll be a happy bunny. Though I need to write few more applications for some EU institutions. I don't have any deadlines this week so I'll be focusing on them.

I wish I had any interesting stories about weekend, but I was just working and pretended to be good by staying home the night. But if the weather continues to be this amazing, I might have to have a bbq or something this weekend. I even got to dry my laundry outside yesterday and today! Mmm, it's the little things.

In my new hoodie that I won! Yay!


Thursday, 6 March 2014

Mama always said you'd be the chosen one.

I'm starting to like London more and more everytime I go there. Three years ago I still didn't like it but apparently it has grown in me. Obviously, it doesn't hurt that I now associate London to seeing Rob, which is always a nice occasion. Thus, again I had an amazing weekend.

On Thursday we met up in the Waterloo-station and headed together to our hotel, The Union Jack Club, which luckily was located right next to the station. After a quick change of clothes we headed to somewhere around/close-by to Chelsea, meeting some Rob's mates, following going to the Embargo-nightclub, which seems to be "the-place-to-be" for these officers (if anyone in London has a weak spot for army guys, I can provide some inside information of their locations on their weekends off ;). I had forgotten how expensive London was, especially when it comes to drinks!

On Friday we had a nice long lie in, which I definitely had needed! It happens to be that Rob's weekends off are the only weekends I take off as well so I really don't mind spending most of it in the bed being sloth. When we finally made it outside, we took a lovely stroll towards the Covent Garden, where I refilled my Moomin tea-stocks. Yes, they have a Moomin shop there and you can buy Nordqvist's tea from there! After plenty of walking we headed back hotel to rest and change, as Rob had booked us tickets for the Lion King-musical!! Oh my God, IT WAS AMAZING. I was just sitting at the edge of my seat, mouth open the whole time. It was such a beautiful masterpiece. I can't believe that I even cried 5 times during the show! But oh, the actors were amazing, the choreography was amazing, the setting was amazing. If you ever get a chance to go see it, DO IT.

On Saturday, we had to leave our hotel so we ended up carrying all our belongings while browsing the city. A friend from Uni came to see us and took us to Borough Market, which is located next to the London Bridge. I wish I could have gotten more pictures from the place, but because I was already carrying a massive duffel bag in huge crowd, I thought that I had already filled my public-annoyance-levels. Anyway, another great place to visit! There were countless food stands, and if I ever live in London, I know exactly where to get my cheese and weekend brunches from. I wasn't too experimental this time though, so I tried a burger from Brooklyn Sausage-stand, which didn't disappoint me. The only bad thing about the market was that there was too many choices for an indecisive person like me. And the crowd was a bit ridiculous.

Happy hungry-hippo!
The Bank of England.

After the weekend I've had hard time getting back to reality, especially because I had an essay due for today that I had to quickly write after coming back on Sunday. I'm also extremely stressed about looking for trainee-ships and graduate opportunities within my field, because I'm really bad at writing cover letters. I just have to hope to impress even a one employer. But to make it a bit more easy return, Tuesday was Pancake Tuesday! Mmm, pancakes. I also started to plan for a brief escape on April by myself but I will get back to it once I have more plans. Meanwhile, if anyone has a great idea for a budget-adventure without a car in/close to Scotland, I'm up for hearing about it!
PANCAKES.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

I ain't down here for your love or money, I'm down here for your soul.

It would probably be easier to have another short story compilation, but I'll just try to tie them up somehow.

UK architecture. Looks amazing to a new-comer and I do get nostalgic when looking at it at times. When the sun is out, it's actually even beautiful. Even Aberdeen. BUT. Living in here is another thing. I can't stress enough how much I hate these houses and the non-existing insulation. The windows that let the wind, rain and snow inside. The fact that I have to keep my curtains closed all the time to minimise the draft. Floor-to-floor carpets EVERYWHERE. Luckily in my house there's no carpet in the bathroom but I've seen it. It's disgusting. Leaking roof. The amount of humidity inside the flats. But before a bit over a week ago, I had never experienced the worst so far, the heating breaking down. For over 4 days we had absolutely no heating in our house. 4 DAYS. IN FEBRUARY. UK doesn't hit minus degrees often, but as all Finns know, no matter how cold it is outside, it's always warm inside. But when the house leaks like a Swiss cheese and it's actually occasionally warmer outside than inside, it starts to be a problem. After finishing my Master's, I'm definitely out of Aberdeen. The housing here is absolutely ridiculous. I had to escape the coldness to library and I blame it also to my mild hangover on one morning because I had to go out to in order to go somewhere warm :P At least I got to wear in my new Icebreakers, as it was unthinkable to go to sleep without wearing a base- and mid layer.

Okay, I'm still wearing two layers of merino wool though the heating has been fixed.
Last week I also had another "first", as I went to the MRI-scan for the first time ever. It was surprisingly relaxing. It's odd to say, but I actually enjoyed it. 40 mins of staying as still as possible, listening to music. Needless to say, 5 mins in, I was borderline conscious for the rest of the time.  I had to stay awake after a while because I started to get those annoying falling-asleep-twitches. Now just waiting for the results, whether I have to have another operation or not. But nothing serious should be there.

Despite how much I hate my house, I have to say that the people I live with really make up for it. I love the fact that if I'm feeling really sluggish and sloth-y, no one hardly ever has objections to watching Spongebob or Futurama from tv. (There seems to be ALWAYS at least one channel that shows Spongebob and as some may know, I'm obsessed with Futurama so when ever it's on tv, I'm recording it) In general, I guess it's quite typical for Finns to spend the whole evening in the same room, minding their own business/watching something together, hardly speak at all and at the end everyone thinks that they've had a great night. You can always take the piss out of each other, and everyone just finds it hilarious. Though sometimes it's painfully spot-on but oh well :P

And of course there's our semi-adopted cat, Hitler. You gotta love Hitler.


Hitler doesn't give a fuck.
Next weekend in London again! I might or might not make a post about it, depending on what I'll get up to there. I'd quite like to just chill now between my deadlines.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Moments in Life.

I thought that instead of another descriptive post about my week/month/year, I'll just write down few moments from my recent past.

- Wearing my old Nokia Wellies (<3 a="" and="" bottom="" class="goog-spellcheck-word" old="" rob="" s="" span="" style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% yellow;" tracksuit="">hoodie
to go to the corner shop to buy some crisps and the cashier recognises me from a party few weeks ago, where I didn't maybe behave in the manner expected (or rather, behaved exactly as my, lovely, decadent, self).
- I hurt my wrist when I fell from my chair as I was trying to cuddle the radiator like a cat (my room is like a freezer).

- I am extremely nervous traveller so when I got extremely nervous when my train was badly delayed on Sunday while coming back up from Coventry, especially because it meant that I wouldn't make it to my connecting train in Glasgow, I obviously nearly panicked. Especially since it's UK, I wasn't sure what the procedures here on such occasions are, I got to Glasgow Central station not knowing what was going on (my connection had left 5 mins prior from the Queen Street Station). Luckily the system was same as in Finland, which meant that I got a private TAXI ride from GLASGOW to Aberdeen (for people not knowing much about the Scottish geography, it's 160 miles and about 3 hours ride). But I'm sure Sir Richard Branson can afford it. It was actually quite funny as in the beginning of the ride the driver was really excited but after we made it to my front door at 1:30 am, he was not too excited anymore. I did give him a chocolate bar for the ride home. The total of the ride?
To be honest, I was a bit disappointed, I hoped it would have been more.

- I ordered new running shoes through work, but they might be a bit too large for me. This wouldn't be a problem if it wasn't also the smallest size the company makes... Inov8, if you read this, MAKE SMALLER SHOES. I have quite ridiculously small feet compared to my height. It's kind of my party trick, I take off my shoes and 10 minutes later someone yells "Who has such a tiny shoes here in the lobby?!"

- My Icebreakers have now arrived at work! I might have to show them off in a fashion blog style, just because Icebreaker is cool brand. Though I didn't get my first choices but oh well. It's still free so I can't really complain.

- Having yet another awakening to realise myself after a mixture of great night with friends, overdose of Patti Smith and Bill Hicks and remembering that in the end "it's just a ride". I might have been repressing myself for who knows why and I think it's time to start embracing my natural depraved essence. Not that I've been unhappy or depressed in the same sense like before, Ive actually been very happy with my life recently but it's just shocking what doing the things you actually enjoy of doing do to your mood. Like playing cards against humanity with people who share the same dark sense of humour while drinking red wine.

-LEGO-MOVIE COMES OUT THIS WEEK!!!  I just saw The Wolf Of Wall Street and it was amazing! I dare anyone to point me one bad movie made by Scorsese. But LEGO MOVIE COMES OUT THIS WEEK.

- I had my first class as a Teaching Assistant and I survived! It's quite odd being there in front of the room judged by little people. It was especially weird to realise that I was being taken seriously and the students were actually listening to me. People who know me know that I'm quite ridiculous and like to joke a lot so when I tried to break the ice and only got blank stares from the students, it was really weird feeling.

Cool, now that I got the writing going on again, it feels weird to stop! But I guess I should save something for the next post. Which might even happen within this month! Who knows...


Wednesday, 29 January 2014

What do I do now?

I feel very lost right now, as my exams are over and I don't need to start studying just yet for the other courses. After spending yesterday on sofa eating pizza after a night out (but I didn't even cause any disapproval!), I have so much energy now. Today I've already done the laundry, tidied my room, changed the order a bit, went through my wardrobe and took pictures of the clothes I'll be selling on ebay the next time they have insertion fees for free, returned my work contract to the university (!) and finished watching the first season of Breaking Bad. I also made amazing sweet potato soup! But now I'm starting to feel anxious because I feel like there would be more to do. It's weird to do all the things you do for procrastination and then when you're allowed to do those things you don't feel like it anymore (I have no idea if that sentence made any sense).

Anyway, to even better news, I'm going to be a teaching assistant at the university next semester! Though it's for a course that I haven't taken, so that will be interesting and this time persistence really paid off. But I'm very excited for starting! I'm going to power-trip so much on that class! I hope the students will be nice to me though, luckily they'll be more afraid of me than I'll be of them. I also might have to tidy up my language here... Though this might mean that I have to officially quit in the bar where I've been working (on and off) for over two years, but I guess I can't be working there forever.

My February will be busy enough anyway, but I'm quite excited for the next semester, especially now that the horrible Business Strategy course is over. I might go read a book now that I can, just for fun. And one of favourite tunes of the moment:



Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Time may change me but I can't change time.

I haven't been too inspired to write this blog recently (as some of you might have noticed), so I think there will be some changes happening soon. I will keep writing but might find a new point of view as this is also my primary personal diary. I'll see what I'll come up with this after the exams.

I can't be bothered covering too much of the previous month, let's just say that if I had to describe it with song title, it'd be "It's Only Rock'n'Roll, But I Like It". However, since New Years tend to be the new beginnings of everything (no, I didn't make any resolutions), I have gotten rid of most of the issues bringing me down in life and I can say that already last autumn was probably the easiest one I've had in Aberdeen, without any seasonal depression! I've had a very good start with my Master's course and will intend to continue with that.

To make this maybe the most positive blog entry I've ever written (at least after the baby leopard one), I have to say that I've had an amazing beginning of the year! I got back to Aberdeen on 3rd and were already back to work on 4th. On Monday I then found out that I won one of the staff incentives for December and get a very generous Icebreaker-treat! I had just thought about ordering their base layer, but luckily I didn't as I get it for free now! I was over the moon for the rest of the on Monday when I found about it and I still can't believe that I won it! 

Also, my revision for the exams is on very good condition and I still have plenty of time before my first one. Though I should be reading now as well but somehow after spending over 5 hours in the library I just can't get around to reading more about the Chairman Mao's thoughts about the revolutionary war.

Today, my amazing boyfriend surprised me as the postman brought couple of big parcels addressed for me and for my greatest surprise on top of a huge Moomin-notebook and a 1kg chocolate bar there was a Suunto M5-watch! I had been drooling over Suunto watches for a while already but because of being a poor student I hadn't even dreamt of ever getting one. And now I do! I can't wait to go for a run later today and see what this amazing little tool can do!

I won't promise I'll be writing soon but I hope I'll get back to more regular pace within a month and hopefully know  by then what to do with this blog :)
Okay, one picture from Christmas.