Book meme- Day 22

Apr. 24th, 2019 05:46 pm
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22. Out of print.

Mt parent’s childhood books had their own shelf in their bookshelves, and there I found many books I enjoyed, which has not been printed in Sweden since they were kids.

The Snow Ponies by Ursula Bruns. Dick and Dalli are sisters in their early teens. They live on a horse farm with their grandmother and aunt, passionately invested in the care of their Icelandic horses and Shetland ponies. They are also passionate about Vikings, and when they learn their cousin Ethelbert will be coming to stay with them for a while, they think he must be a real Viking- with that name! Unfortunately, Ethelbert is no only sickly, but very spoiled and self-obsessed. Most of the book is about Dick and Dalli’s antics, but also a character arc for Ethelbert, where he learns to be a better person. An adorable Shetland foal named Saroti plays a large part in that. It’s a very funny book, and I reread it several times. It was my father’s copy, and it was rendered very personal as his dog had taken large chunks out of it too…

Inkaindianernas fångar (Prisoners of the Incas) by Gustaf Bolinder, another one of my father’s books. Set in the late 19th century a dashing Swedish doctor travels on boat of South America. Among the passengers is a lovely Spanish lady he falls in love with, which is mutual, but their plans are disrupted when they and a number of other passengers are abducted by Incas, who has lived in secret in the mountains. Apart from the abduction bit, the Incas are pretty nice, and when the doctor heals the sick king they get very friendly. Apart from that bit of being prisoners. And when the king decides to marry the pretty Spanish lady against her will, they have to fell. Lots of perils abound. I’m not sure how well this book stands up to time- probably not at all. I don’t want to reread it to find out.

My mother had a large collection of Christina Söderling-Brydolfs books for girls. She had similar books by other authors, but Söderling-Brydolf stood out because she had a really good sense of humour. Her heroines are plucky teenagers who get into (slight) troubles, often family oriented. She also had a knack for titles which made you want to check them out, like Brothers Are the Worst, Kerstin Chooses A Mother, Almost Triplets and My Sister’s Diary- and they usually had good covers to go with them.

But the price in the collection, the book I return to again and again- at least once a year, was Gwendoline Courtney’s Elizabeth and the Garrett Theatre (Also published as Stepmother and Those Verney Girls). It’s about four motherless sisters, aged between 10 and 17 who suddenly have to cope with their father’s new wife. They are determined to hate her, “stepmothers are always awful”, but Nan turns out to be a very nice person. The sisters are also mad about theatre, and large parts of the book are about their endeavours into amateur theatrics. It’s a charming book, full of good humour and lots of sumptuous meals. I always reach for it when I feel low, and it never fails to cheer me up.

Reading Wednesday

Apr. 24th, 2019 06:14 am
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Currently Reading: Spark Joy by Marie Kondo. I'm going to do a more detailed entry about this book after I finish it, but I will say - this one is both more stripped down than Tidying Up (fewer personal anecdotes) and more detailed (lots of kitchen tips!).

Also Currently Reading: Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom by Tom Holland. Basically about what was going on in Europe around year 1000 or so (give or take a bit of time in both directions). Not very deep into it, but so far it's quite readable. My knowledge of Nordic history at this period is decent, even if I can't remember dates, but as for the rest of Europe, I've forgotten pretty much everything I learned from those university classes, so this should be a refresher at the very least. I'm not particularly interested in church history, but for a lot of periods in European history, it's impossible to separate that from anything else, so I'll just roll with that part, I guess.

Reading Next: I have Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner on hold at the library. ;) I've been trying to take my time with this series because after this one it will be DONE and I'll have to wait for the next to be published, oh no.

Beetroot lentil salad

Apr. 24th, 2019 01:02 pm
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1 tin green lentils, drained
circa 2 peeled cooked small beetroots, finely chopped (I use the pre-cooked vacuum-packed ones because they are a boon to humanity
circa 1/4 to 1/2 red onion, chopped
handful or two green leafy stuff (spinach, wild garlic, mixed salad leaves, whatever you have that can be eaten raw)
optional: hard goat's cheese, cubed -- as much as you want! keep adding until it looks right to you!


2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp cider vinegar
1 or 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
pinch salt, pinch black pepper
optional: 1 pinch to 1 tsp curry powder, depending on heat of curry powder and personal preference

Mix the dressing, pour over everything else. Lasts reasonably well in the fridge without going soggy (though the beetroot will start tinting the other ingredients pink). This is excellent with some eggs fried in olive oil and put on top.

N.B. I am ambivalent at best about beetroot, so anything that makes me choose to eat it has to be pretty good.

endgame thoughts

Apr. 24th, 2019 09:22 pm
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issues )

In short: it's a fitting end to the movie series. All the things you'd expect and well done.

I mean, I liked my version better. But that's also not a surprise. :)

And now I'm going to go pet my cats and listen to some music very loud so I hopefully don't have the Avengers theme in my head when I go to bed tonight...

best part of Endgame?

Apr. 24th, 2019 09:18 pm
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Making a new friend in the theatre.

And the movie wasn't terrible.

it's an amnesty, baby

Apr. 24th, 2019 11:06 am
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I've been avoiding the internet for days because I've been overwhelmed so this is my official comment-and-otherwise amnesty! I've deleted all the comments from my inbox, am not going to backread beyond page one of my reading page, and have closed, oh, probably 80% of my open tabs. So! [personal profile] used_songs, I have your playlists open to look at. Everyone else, if there's something you posted for me or that you wanted me to see, let me know in the comments!


(Whisperspace: why the hell did my browser decide to change the default search engine to bing, and how did it take me multiple days to notice?!)

(no subject)

Apr. 24th, 2019 12:46 am
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Spoiler Endgame 'analysis' )


last post before the madness

Apr. 24th, 2019 02:26 pm
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There's a women in permaculture group on FB which I joined when it started up. It's relatively new, but the creator seems very intent on not just being an FB community of women, but being codified with a set of rules or agreed behaviours, being formally recognised (she wanted to apply for proper club/association status) and a bunch of other things. I don't know why; I just joined because it looked interesting.

But she does about 90% of the posts, and when she was trying to set it up as a formal club, was putting out dozens of posts asking people to be involved. Which, oh honey, no. You may be retired or on the verge of it, but many of the rest of us are busy women; we don't want to add to the chaos of our lives by putting another thing on.

I think it's a problem that she's trying to boss us around when most seem to just want some social interaction with other women who are permaculturists...

Anyway, I’ve thought that with International Permaculture Day coming up in early May, perhaps some people might be willing to post pictures of their gardens? IDK if that will be a bit confronting for people? Sharing something a little more than they’d like? Also possibly outing them to the creator as people who might be willing to do things in the formal club that she'd still like to get out there.


Apr. 23rd, 2019 07:40 pm
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After this and the Magicians finale it's going to be a cold day in hell before I throw my heart into another canon run mainly by white males, I can tell you that.
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Working through some Norwegian this evening. Trying to nail down some grammar (again).

Poking through details about present perfect, and came across a note that present perfect progressive, as it's used in English, does not really exist in Norwegian. There's only straight-up present perfect form.

So -
I have been reading three books
I have read three books
are both the same phrase in Norwegian:
Jeg har lest tre bøker

Which is good to know, since in English these would have different meanings to me. I can easily see myself trying to force Norwegian into a progressive form, leading to frustration when it doesn't quite work. (...I probably have done this at some point. I would not be surprised.)

My grammar book doesn't make mention of this, oddly enough. But I've found various places on the internet that discuss it (here, for example, and also the Duolingo grammar section for present perfect is surprisingly detailed) so I'm willing to take it as A Thing for the time being. (Now, if I could only remember this.)

I read the Endgame spoilers

Apr. 23rd, 2019 06:15 pm
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and WOW fandom is going to continue to explode. There is something to make nearly everyone ticked off!

Man I feel tired. I miss just enjoying these movies. I think I will go back to my Black Widow comics.

Vague spoiler )

Game of Thrones, season 7, episode 2

Apr. 23rd, 2019 09:15 pm
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I'm on tenterhooks waiting to see what happens next.

Best JJBA moments of AB

Apr. 22nd, 2019 08:00 pm
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- The extremely tall Giorno at the Friday shoot (like, easily 6'6". TALL BOY)
- The older couple cosplaying Oldseph and Suzie Q at the shoot
- Honestly, most of the Friday shoot, even if it was chaos (the assigned space was waaaay too small for the number of people who showed up, so there was wrangling)
- Giving all my trash children bucellati
- Kira who organized the shoot: I just took a cookie from Abbaccio and stuffed it in my mouth without questioning or thinking
- Getting distracted like four times on our drunken wander from the Sheraton bar to video gaming by moar jojos
- Very drunk friend who has not reached part 5: *squinting at Doppio and Diavolo cosplayers we ran into* Are they the same character???
Me: ....Yes... and no. You're too drunk for me to explain. Actually I'm not sure I could even if you were sober.
- The Mista who like, clocked themselves in the face attempting to hastily salute us outside video gaming
- Finally meeting one of the other JJBA fans in my local EGL comm (who has excellent taste in characters)
- The Bruno wearing a DARE t-shirt that we ran into
- The way any conversation about JJBA just attracts more jojos fans
- Going to the Gender Bending Fashion exhibit at the MFA on Monday and just picking out what jojos character would wear what

(hopefully I'll post photos eventually but it turns out I'm very bad at selfies and didn't get any myself)

anzac day

Apr. 24th, 2019 07:23 am
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Well, tonight after Endgame, I think there will be dumplings at the downstairs dumpling place. I suspect I'm going to need them.

Tomorrow, though, I'm thinking that spending the day at home alone is probably a bad idea. I'm trying to rally friends to go in to see the Black Anzac March in Redfern, but several of them are spoonies and it's rough.

I could ask some of the friends from church, but right now it's the middle of school holidays, so many of them are away, or have other plans. I guess it doesn't hurt to ask, though. If nothing else, I might find something else to do!

I'm wondering if I could ask friends from gardening groups. We're not close-close, mostly just friendly.

And this is why B1 living over at the parental house for a year is a BAD IDEA. It'll take her down, it'll take ME down, and all because my stepfather is too afraid of letting B2 manage the house, and too cheap to hire a housesitter.

Book meme- Day 21

Apr. 23rd, 2019 08:31 pm
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21. Summer read.

For some reason, I tend to reread Lovecraft and M. R. James during the summer. Possibly because summer nights in Sweden aren’t dark at all, and it’s much easier to not being frightened by scary stories when it isn’t dark outside. However, I spend much of my summers in our summer house, which is on an island in the archipelago outside Stockholm. It isn’t really a good idea to read Lovecraft by the sea, especially if I’m alone in the house. Even worse if I follow up rereading Anders Fager* who mix Lovecraft mythos with very Swedish folklore. The island our summer house is on is specifically named by Fager in one of his short stories which feature the Deep Ones…

And if I reread Laurie R King’s Kate Martinelli books, I do it during the summer too. Not because they feel especially summery, but because those books live in the summer house. I don’t care for King’s books about Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, but I really like her standalones as well as the ones about Kate Martinelli. Especially the first one; A Grave Talent. I love the description of art and artist, and I also think it’s a fairly clever murder mystery.

author feelgoods

Apr. 23rd, 2019 09:10 pm
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It's a lovely feeling to see people bingeing on my fics. Or even slowly reading through all the fandom/pairing fics over the course of several weeks.

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