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Beached whales

I just read about the beached whales in Tasmania. It’s very sad. Apparently only 108 out of roughly 350 survived. There was more that I don’t want to quote, so I’ll just get to the point of this post. The news article referred to the dead whales as ‘cadavers’. I don’t like that. It’s so cold and distancing. Dead animals have bodies too, so why not call them that? Isn’t that enough? What do you think?

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It’s bigger on the inside!

A little update about our caravan, which, I have learned, is also called a travel trailer and a camper. We’ve been able to make almost everything work, except the water in the tap at the sink. The heating works – a bit. Sometimes it’s too cold, sometimes too hot and occasionally, just right. All in all, everything works great. We still love our little home. I know some people actually live in their caravans/campers but most of those people probably don’t have kids. For us, it’s enough that we can stay in it while we’re settling a few things here and on similar outings.

To make it more comfortable we’ll probably buy a few things like a tent. I’m not sure what it’s called in English. It’s a special type of tent that you attach to the side of the caravan. Some of them can almost double the space you have access to, and some are actually made for use all year round. I’d love to have one. So we’ll see how that goes. Since we’re not staying for very long, and it rains almost every day we might not unpack the tent until we get where we’re going to be staying for a longer time.

If we are. If we can get a ‘real’ house we can put the caravan/camper away in a garage or barn or something for the winter. If that’s the best thing to do. Apparently, we have to worry about damp. So it might be better to use it or at least sit in it regularly during the winter and open a window. There’s so much to learn, but almost everything we’ve done so far, has turned out to be quite easy.

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OT: Moved again

We finally managed to move out of our apartment and at the moment, we’re back in Sweden, to move out of our house (and the cabin). To have somewhere of our own to stay (we’re really tired of hotel rooms and other rented places) we bought a caravan. It’s completely new for us. We’ve never had one before or gone camping. We really love our caravan. It’s so cute and actually bigger on the inside (LOL) than we expected. Here it is:

There are only two beds for grownups so guess where the shortest of us three grownups ended up having to sleep? That’s right. In one of the bunk beds for kids. It’s really cramped and at first I was a bit uncomfortable with that. Since then I’ve grown used to it, and I’m more comfortable lying there, but it’s still really difficult to get out and onto my feet, since the bed is actually on the floor.

We’ve had a few problems (like how do you get the water flowing from the taps? and how can we get the toilet working as it should?), but the worst part is probably how cold it is. When we ‘moved into’ the caravan, the salesman had turned the heat up and that got far too hot for us so we turned it off. Big mistake. Now it’s quite cold in here (not during the day, but at night). It was really hard going to sleep in that cold. Autumn has really come now and the last of the leaves are falling off the trees.

Despite all that, we’re really happy with our purchase. From now on, no more hotel rooms for us. 🙂 Most importantly, no more dragging lots of luggage around Scandinavia. It can all go in the caravan. This may sounds silly, but we named it Cassiopeia. I think the mostly white trailer looks a bit like a spaceship and since Cassiopeia is a star, it seems appropriate somehow.

We seem to have picked a good camping. The service building is really close by, there’s a McDonalds almost as nearby and right across the street there are a couple of shops. Less positive is the fact that there are no really nice paths to go for a walk and we’re quite far away from the town center so we can’t get our phones fixed easily (not without a bus ride).

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OT: Lazy?

All my life I’ve been told I’m ’lazy’. My closest relatives/family members have said ’it’s like it hurts her to…’ (do whatever chore I had to do). And: ‘All you do is sit and talk (or read)’. Frankly, I’m really tired of hearing those words. It’s as if people who are more active feel they have a right to criticize those who are different from them. I realize that society favors those who are quick and active over us who tend to sit and think. The former are probably more useful. Be that as it may. I have begun to resent being described that way. I’m low energy. I tend to be pensive and think before I act. Is that necessarily bad? So from now on, I’d like to ban the word ’lazy’. Call me a low energy person. I can live with that. My dad was one too, and my aunt (his sister). In return I won’t call the high energy people hyper.

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Old meme again

1. Is trust a big issue for you?
2. What is the last beverage you had?
Since tap water and mineral water probably don’t count, I’ll say tea.
3. Do you own a pair of skinny jeans?
Haha. No.
4. Do you think you’ll change in the next three months?
5. Who do you feel most comfortable talking to?
My sister.
6. The last time you felt broken?
Sadly enough almost all the time.
7. Are you in a good mood?
At the moment yes, at least in an ok mood.
8. Are your eyes the same color as your dad’s?
My dad is dead, but yes.
9. Is your current hair color your natural hair color?
Yes, but I’m considering dyeing it blue or green.
10. What was the last thing that made you laugh?
My children’s antics.
11. Do you really truly miss someone right now?
Yes, my maternal grand parents, my dad and my aunt.
12. Are you one of those people who never drinks soda?
13. Do you ever write in pencil anymore?
In the past years, not for a long time, but actually this past year, I’ve been making some notes about my children and my nieces in a very cute calendar.
14. Do you believe in love at first sight?
15. Who did you last call?
My mother.
16. Did you hug/kiss one of your parents today?
No. I don’t get along with my mother.
17. Who was the last person to call you?
Probably my sister.
18. Ever use a bow and arrow?
19. Last time you had a portrait taken by a photographer?
When my sister graduated from high school. I didn’t want to be in the photos and looked grumpy in them.
20. Is Christmas stressful?
21. Have you ever had a pierogi?
Yes. I hope that’s the correct spelling. I found these questions on Tumblr.
22. Favorite type of fruit pie?
I mostly have apple pie so I’ll pick that.
23. Occupations you wanted to be as a kid.
Archaeologist, astronaut (lol).
24. Do you believe in ghosts?
I’m not sure.
25. Ever had a déja vu feeling?
Yes, many times.
26. Do you take a vitamin every day?
Yes. Vitamin B12. I had a deficiency and nearly died.
27. Have you ever taken dancing lessons?
Yes, classical ballet. Not seriously, just simple dancing for small children. But I did get to play the king in Sleeping Beauty at the end of term.
28. Is there a profession you picture your future spouse having?
I’ve been thinking about that a lot. It’s hard to guess at an unlikely future, unfortunately, but maybe an archivist, librarian, teacher, architect or engineer.
29. Can you curl your tongue?
30. Have you ever won a spelling bee?
We don’t have them but I might have won if we did. When we had spelling tests I usually aced them. Not that I want to boast about it. School was really bad for me. Like in a really good Swedish song: ’real life killed me on the school bus’. It was like that except I never went on a school bus. For me it should be in the school yard or in the class room.
31. Do you study better with or without music?
32. Have you ever been in love?
33. Hot tea or cold tea?
Hot tea.
34. Tea or coffee?
35. Can you swim well?
I used to but I haven’t done it in a long time. They say those skills don’t last.
36. Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?
Of course.
37. Are you patient?
38. Have you ever won a contest?
Yes, an art contest in high school.
39. Black or green olives?
40. Do you want to get married?
Yes, if I could find ’Mr Right’.

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OT: Autumn

I guess autumn has come. It’s much colder now and today it’s rained quite a lot. Normally, I’d be a bit sad, but these days with global warming and forest fires, I’m rather pleased. Except it’s quite cold at night. At least that’s quite easy to do something about. As long as it doesn’t rain too much it will be ok. I’ll just need my warmer clothes and my boots. I’d love a couple of new books too, but we’ll have to see about that. The kids always need so much and naturally, they have to come first. If I bought all the cute clothes and boots and so on that I find for my kids, I’d probably go bankrupt.

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Ok, PETA, explain this…

Why should I write an email ‘in my own words’, make a phone call, take a selfie or whatever else it is you want me to do for the animals? Let me tell you this: there are hundreds of organisations that help animals and since I love animals, I try to help as many as I can. Explain to me why I should pick only you, with the stupid naked women, over all the others? When I have, at best, a minute or two for each petition?

Just ask me to sign a petition, that’s all I have time for. I’d be happy to do it. OK?