fredag 29 juni 2012

Friday MV

Haven't been posting videos for a while, but today is definitely all about this song. I'm not too impressed with the video but love the song. Makes me very nostalgic, too.

onsdag 27 juni 2012

happenings and weekends

Wow. I've actually enjoyed going back to work after the long weekend. However fun it is to have days off, three Sundays in a row is a bit too much for me. At least getting things done now.

This weekend there will be a medieval fair here in Turku, see pictures from two years ago here and here. I got a peek of the preparations yesterday on my way home from university, some of the stalls were in place and the actors were practicing. This happening is both touristy and well... a bit tacky to be honest, but I still love it! I keep telling myself that as an ethnologist I should see through it, but that doesn't mean you aren't allowed to enjoy something, does it?

söndag 24 juni 2012

Quote of the day

"What people think of you is none of your business. "
Deepak Chopra

fredag 22 juni 2012

on karate and midsummer

I did have use for my course diary. One of our main istructors got the flu too (the one I just recovered from) so I got to do the instructing last Monday. And then again in Pargas last night. Both sessions went ok, Thursday was of course a bit more nervous with wo club instructors around but for the same reason also more of a learning experience for me. I was happy to have the chance to try instructing again, after my last attempt at this went as it did...
I've now sent in my application for Summer school, and remembered to ask for time off from work for that week- was ok. I also asked bout working extra as I'll have so much time off this summer (compared to last year), and the wage is already low. Can't wait to get there! How often is it really that you sit around in June anticipating the end of August..?

Today is Midsummer's eve. I'm spending it in Turku center this year. Think I'll take it quite easy, will be heading for the park soon for some barbequeing. Looking forward to this, especially as the weather is so nice today! (and here I am - in front of the computer)


söndag 17 juni 2012

Quiet Sunday

Had a better day today. My (extended) workday was made so much nicer by an old lady who was trimming her hedge when I came by. As an exchange for my handing her the papers she gave me a beautiful pink rose from her garden! She was even nice enough to warn me about the thorns. I just thought it was too sweet! The rose is in my kitchen now, in  a champagneglass, looking lovely and smelling even better. Absolutely made my day!

The rest of the day has mostly been spent working on my art - a new idea finally hatched last night, and I'm still feeling good about it after a bit of testing.

Today I got myself a twitter account. Because what I really need is one more social media excuse to stay away from more important tasks.

Still hoping I'm well enough to attend practice tomorrow.

Been listening to: David Bowie, Anathema, Heather Nova, Kiss.

lördag 16 juni 2012

out of energy

I wish I had more energy. There are so many things I want to do, and I've been getting nowhere this week. If I really wanted to make excuses, I guess I could blame part of it on the flu -this has been the worst day of ot so far, had to give in after about half of todays work was done. (Now I have to do the rest tomorrow, so not looking forward to that) I haven't been able to go running because of the flu, and I miss that a lot. Also had to skip practice, when I would so have liked to go through some of the things from last weekend's course. To only sit on my ass and work (write) is so hard when I'm too tired to focus, my brain doesn't feel properly connected (thanks to the flu) and at the same time I can't do any of the things that normally make my day. On the other hand I remember already struggling with (and writing about) motivational problems before last weekend, so I should probably just skip the excuses then.
I should probably try to get back to my artwork even if I officially "don't have the time". Especially as I know this can sometimes work as a kickstart for me... And after a while, when I haven't, I'll feel empty. Just have to get to it, I guess. I wonder why I still so rarely prioritise my art, even though I once took on to make it my profession? I have fought myself more than a couple of times about this, but so far neither side of me has ever won.

onsdag 13 juni 2012

update on the weekend

I had the greatest weekend, event though sometimes it seems it takes longer and longer to fully recover after the courses. The first two days after my return I pretty much spent reloading on calories, trying to beat a flu before it really hits me (seems to be failing) and being generally ineffective. And once again, just as after the June course last year, I know that I absolutely have to got to Summer school again in august. So I guess you could say that I'm working on that now.

I've also been transcribing my course diary, to be able to share it. This has been the first course that I've actually done a diary on, and it did start well but...  I never managed to finish it, as once the course got going there were both the socials and the tiredness from practice. So the first practices were documented in great detail but then it just trailed off... But I still know I learned from the parts that I did write, because it had me go through everything again in my mind and analyze it at least to some extent. I think I'll try do the same thing again next time I attend a course. And now that I think of it, I wonder if my main use of this blog isn't too far from that either...

Now, if I could only get back to reality, too...

onsdag 6 juni 2012

weekend off

I have had a rough week or so. For no particular reason, as I know of, just lack of inspiration and overall energy. I hope that this weekend's karate course will be just the break I need. I'll be leaving for Estonia tomorrow morning, and even though I'm really excited about it, I still haven't even started packing, and my home loke like hell just broke loose. Guess that's what I'll be doing tonight then.
I'm so looking forward to this. Simply being off work would be good enough for me right now, but ttending one of the best karate courses of the year is quite a good bonus! See you on the other side.

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