Monday, 18 November 2019

Ha-ha from the recent

Meet my colleague the unicorn. She is nice, friendly and has an entire ventilation system as a hidden belt to keep the suit in shape. 
Vildana and I had an early breakfast in Stockholm and both pretended to cry when we had to go in different directions. This was on the subway train, and a lady took out her earphone. "I thought you were really crying!" We burst out laughing and I patted her on the arm: we are fine.

Saturday, 16 November 2019

More about the castle conference (Görvälns slott)

 We learned about psychology, planned future events and had cake.
 I also found blackberry marmalade, and got inspired to make my own, but with pomegranate flavour. 
 It is almost always very relaxing at castles which have dedicated parts to restaurants and meeting rooms. Also this time.
 Foggy days on the hill, but the more mystery. On the other side - Kungsängen. I assume views are great for new year's here.
 Below, spread out accommodations.  I didn't stay the night here though, but my colleagues did.
 Also nice in the summer, I conclude. And all the other seasons. 
 Friend particularly asked for castle photos. They were surpringly hard to take when a taxi awaits right behind you. 
Jérémy suggests I need a more colourful jacket to match my persona. Funny that this morning, when I met up with my colleague on the train station, he said: "You were super easy to spot, being the only to wear something not black."

Friday, 15 November 2019

Red shoes at Görvälns castle

Shoes are a great asset, we know, but look how they lift the look!
My feet are clearly having a party. (Fog outside and the taxi is already waiting, these were the last minutes before leaving our conference place.)
Party upstairs.
And can you believe it? They are comfortable!
The business-clad wet-combed glasses-possessing guy focussing hard on his laptop behind the photographer, my colleague, actually showed a smile grace to this photo session.
There are also photos of me lifting the chair.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Ideas giveaway: The "keep it-reuse it" store (KITI)

Hola amigos! Take the idea, use it, spread it. And the idea's origin is this:

This wonderful lip oil pen is something I obsess about. I really want it. But once I have used up all the 18 ml, I will just throw the container away. It will be burned, at best recycled, but with plastics it only means the fibers will get shorter and can be used in a few more products.

So. Launching a KITI [ki:ti] store! Keep it, reuse it. A store where all containers are designed in such a way that once you are done with your lipstick, you come to the store, get awarded with discount and a refill of the jar/can/longer object with a soap, cream or whatever, because it is so well-adapted that new products can go in and you keep using that same container for years if you like.

Now, this is not new. Old Soviet filled old glass jars with sour cream in stores; if you came without your own can, you wouldn't get any. Milk bottles are reused in many countries, etc. But an entire store? Planning to never change its design? Where all products fit? This could be a true winner.
Do tell if you find this somewhere, or if you launch it yourself!

Previous give-aways: 

Monday, 11 November 2019

Nice from the recent

- I made a meal that made me go "Wow! Did I cook that?" Continued reaction: "It must have been a coincidence, just a well-matched adding of salt and a combination of good ingredients."

- I got a super nice gift! Thank you, A.B.! Incredible. 

- If one is to believe in hints and signs, a lot of them point to that I should visit Salsburg next year.

- I will try to buy blue and other cool tulips to have a super-blossomy spring! 

Sunday, 10 November 2019

After the massive success "what's in Jana's pockets" - What's in Jana's bag?

Two winters ago, I carried a jar of jam and broccoli, for example. (I have huge pockets, they can even fit a pocket book.) Taste and needs have changed since. The recipe for success is continuously elaborated. Is it a good idea to always carry a pair of foldable ballerinas? A nut bar? Things to give away to make someone who is sad happy? How many pencils? If I am not at home for 14 hours in a row, or only for three, but still am in the same town, what emergencies and pleasant situations can arise?

Judging from the current content of my bag, THIS is the key:

- facial mask (to be worn for 20 minutes, this is good for a lunch break)
- pretty agenda (always pretty agenda)
- pens (my record is probably seven)
- a book (almost always a book, ofter more than one for the joy of switching)
- shoelaces (I was just as surprised as you)

- jewelry (to wear for a few seconds)
- a tea bag (you never know)
- adhesive tape (you never know)

- patches (others might get hurt as well)
- an onion, it never fails (!). Fresh, of course
- charger for phone (phone goes without saying)

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Captivating news

Jérémy captured my new cap! The bijouterie are discrete versions of disco balls.

Friday, 8 November 2019

I dream of:

- To one day meet a Microsoft programmer/engineer and watch and learn how that person makes all the tricks with Excel, Word and e-mail. How smooth my life would become. I would be like a Superwoman, any hero in Game of Thrones and Wolverine combined.

- To write a book about all the less known characters in fairytales. Cinderella's mum and her habits, etc. In real life she maybe was friends with the grandmother of Little Red Riding Hood? Exchanged favours, such as babysitting?

- A pair of red leather pants that match exactly everything I have. 

(World peace and salary raise for those who need it included)

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Holding rainbows and other things from a fair about sewing and materials

Leather flowers that could have been a great top! Me and a Russian-speaking lady scrutinised this lovely material and discussed possibilities. Now I know that leather is not really a material that breathes and is not for the summertime - and it always needs another layer of fabrics from the inside, the one that will be touching your skin. 
I was able to find a pair of mittens that was for sale! Most of them were not, and this is why:
They are rich in detail and could take a week to make. "We couldn't sell them if we took the price it actually costs", several vendors explained. Hogwarts mittens by KnittingLotta.
"So how many series of 'Outlander' did this pair take to make? Seven?" The vendor who agreed to sell the middle pair gave it a bit of thought. "Yes, that would be correct."
Also not for sale, but beautiful and perfect in size.  
"Can I take a photo of you? It looks like you are holding a rainbow." "True! Go ahead." "My camera won't collaborate, I am sorry, but here is an attempt to show that you are holding the mane of My little pony."
Jenny, one of the vendors! Another happy lady at the fair wore a diadem which made it look like the scissors had cut through her head.
I learned hat for one sweater, you need the wool of an entire sheep (unless it's a bit damaged).
My favourite fabric of the day, week and even month. By Hellin.
For discrete cleavage bling - perfect.
Finnish company which prints fabrics! this is real bubbles photographed, then photoshopped and then printed with a computer's assistance. Also by Hellin.
"Welcome to the candy shop of magnetic buttons."
Miniature homes!
More talent expressed through mittens. By JennyPenny.
This looks like an apple Snowhite has taken a few bites from, doesn't it?
Still in search for:
- a fabric with the world map on it

- fabrics for my jumpsuit

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

My non-victual breakfasts evolving into Jana Research Day

Holy trinity: coffee, cigarette and a newspaper - a world wide known "breakfast" of which 2/3 are not digested. So let's swap those for scientific, complicated articles, I thought. And consume them for a week, and see what happens!

Easier said than done. First, one needs to find articles of interest. Which will need more than the duration of a breakfast. Instead, I decided to introduce Jana Research Day - a day when I take the time to read all those interesting, complicated articles or dig into that topic I noted down a few months ago. On my list right now is to find some psychology journals that describe findings on how humans respond to music (and why), and some to me unknown topic about economics. Two such days are coming up this year and I shall try to worship them.

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Rachmaninov on Thursday

I have 1) already selected a calendar for 2020 and 2) written in it! Marked dates! Rachmaninov in January, a play in April and some exams. It's a butterfly elf with super thin long legs and pink and glittery and shiny. I will show you my collection of all the calendars through the years in sometime - they are all super pretty.

Monday, 4 November 2019

Art on the bus and other nice things from the recent

- A hipster guy made a mushroom stick on the bus. It makes absolute sense when you see it - it's a wooden stick, and out of it grows two fairy tale-stereotyped mushrooms. He sat grinded it with grinding paper. Cute!

- A colleague prepared a fun game for his library friends, a game on words deluxe, authors' names only. It's hilarious and tricky and I will ask if I can copy it and send to a friend for fun. Example of difficulty level:

Why do I have to sit still while Oscar can be ....? (Oscar Wilde)

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Jars of joy

Oh this citrus balm for the hands! I like you so much! Easy to carry in a pocket and apply on cheeks or cuticles or massage the shoulders with. I got it at a museum shop during my lovely trip to Skagen.
More joy, with pumpkin: a smooth moisturizing cream that Body shop calls body butter, befriended with vanilla. Skull alludes to Halloween, but DON'T BE AFRAID. It's sweet like sugar ♡♡♡

Friday, 1 November 2019

Hello from a mermaid

Fun about Halloween parties: when you get there, people offer you costumes to wear. I politely declined the Playboy bunny with net stockings and focused on the wigs. My task as a mermaid was to make the priest's companion to give the druid compliments. He did a good job:
"You know Cleopatra? She is nothing next to you."
"You are the image of a muse."
The man to my left is 'broccoli'. He is wearing a full-body green spandex costume. One minor problem: how to get something out from the pockets the costume is covering. 

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

"The food news"

 Today! On the news! DISHES CONSUMED and new ingredients for inspiration. Inspiration for a plate near you? I am holding French apple-filled pastry.

A "winter dish", because it is heavy and hot and very filling. 

Orzo or risoni!
It's the same thing - pasta that looks like rice. Cooks testify children like this.

Chef's pro trick: Tiramisu with chestnut purée!

Angel hair -
fine chilli strands to decorate and amaze most dishes!

For Swedish speakers: nakenhavre är också kul! Det är mer strävt än matvete.

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Millesgården, and other from the recent

Millesgården had a Lena Andersson exhibition till the beginning of September. As a child, I had a note book with Linnea, one of the main characters in Andersson's gallery. Linnea is curious about plants and the drawings are lovely (at the exhibition, most cute was the hippo child, who wore two yellow dotted shoes on and the hippo parent was cleaning the remaining two). We also had some drawings of Linnea in our French book at school, when she went to see the gardens of Monet.
Then this cute visitor came back. By now, all leaves are almost gone and it has been freezing cold for a while, and I have googled for chic comfortable garments for winter with less success than for the summer. Must be because there is so much less fabrics in summer garments, which makes variation more easy :D