NaNoWriMo

I was thinking about maybe taking part in NaNoWriMo this year, but now Blizzard has announced that the WoW expansion will hit on November 13th. Which means a fair amount of time will be spent playing the new game.

NaNoWriMo requires a lot of writing. 50 000 words in one month, which equals around 200 pages. That means between 6-7 pages per day. Something I suspect could be difficult if I’m spending time in a game at the same time.

Maybe I should make my own NaNoWriMo in October! It’s not the same though… I really don’t know what to do, because I was feeling quite hyped about maybe doing NaNo this year. But I know my guild in WoW is planning to begin raiding when they become released on December 2nd, which means I’d not be ready if I skip playing during November.

Oh, the choices…

Anyone else thinking about NaNoWriMo this year?

Election

On Sunday it’s time for the Swedish general election. Basically, we get to decide who leads the country and which parties get into the parliament. Sadly, one of the parties that’s likely to get a fair amount of votes is a party that is rather… racist. Naturally, they say that it’s a false label and not true at all. While at the same time we read about scandal after scandal where their politicians are found hate-mongering on various websites and forums.

They are usually kicked out of the party swiftly. But one does wonder how many of them there are. There’s obviously something about that party’s politics that attract these people.

Needless to say, they’re not the party that will be getting my vote. To be fair, I’m still not entirely sure who I will be voting for. Definitely not the people who are currently in charge. Their politics tend to favour those already in a good position, while making things worse for people who are sick or unemployed (or, god forbid – both!).

They’re the government that decided that you could be sick for three years, and after that you wouldn’t get any more money. I mean, we all know that serious illnesses never last longer than that anyway, right? So… That worked out awesomely, as I’m sure you can imagine.

Their basic idea was that with a limited time, they’d make sure the cheaters weren’t able to cheat. Sure, I guess not – but what about all the people who were actually ill? The people cheating the system are a very small number compared to the people who are really sick. The rules were ridiculous, and during these last few years we have read stories about cancer sick people being forced back into work. People who could barely move from their pain being asked to work anyway.

So, I guess at least I know who I’m not voting for.

The problem is that there’s not a single party that I can stand behind on everything. To be fair, I think that’s probably the case for most people. It’s all about finding the lesser of all evils, really. I just haven’t quite figured out which one it is, for me, yet.

 

30 Day Challenge

I was browsing the internet for various blog challenges, since I think sometimes they have interesting prompts. Also, if I’m logging on to write something for a challenge, I’m more likely to end up writing my “normal” stuff too. Makes total sense, right?

Anyway, while browsing, I found this absolutely awesome challenge. I think I could actually complete this one!

What do you think, do you think you have what it takes?

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Oh, and also…

My month of driving the Toyota hybrid for the competition is over, so no more weird blog posts in Swedish. You can all let out a collective sigh of relief at that news. I’m sure you’ve been on the edge of yours seats for more news about my very… exciting… life…

Yeah, I can’t even type that with a straight face.

In any case, I’m back to writing only in English. So… hooray!

Yes! Yes! Yes! English!

Yes! Yes! Yes! English! English!

Happy “Anniversary”

Today it’s three years since the boyfriend and I met for the first time. I’m saying “anniversary” though, since we haven’t officially been a couple all that time, even if we were for all intents and purposes. The distance between us made us both wary though, and so we didn’t put a label on it until more recently.

As it currently stands, we’re both waiting for me to be able to move to the UK to be with him. The plan is for that to happen somewhere around next summer. There’s a lot that needs to be sorted before then, so it’s probably a good thing that we have plenty of time still!

Living in different countries is not something I recommend. It gets frustrating very fast.

Anyway, today still marks three years – and I look forward to many more.

Det är över nu..

Idag lämnade jag tillbaka Toyotan, och det kändes faktiskt väldigt tråkigt. Det var en bil som jag verkligen trivdes med att köra, och det kändes som att jag körde lugnare och bättre jämfört med mitt annars något aggressiva körsätt.

Under månaden har jag hunnit med en Göteborgstur, två turer till Uddevalla, två till Strömstad och en till Grebbestad. Inte illa! Och sedan förstås allt småkörande till och från jobb och handling.

Den har funkat bra för mig i allt jag behövt, och att den drar så lite bensin och känns mer miljövänlig har gjort att man inte får så dåligt samvete när man glömde mjölken och måste åka fram till affären en gång till.

Det jag ångrar mest är nog att jag inte kunnat filma så mycket som jag hade hoppats på, men varken jag själv eller min familj är några linslöss, så det har liksom inte riktigt blivit av. Förhoppningsvis har korten i alla fall gjort sitt!

Det är en liten bil, men vi har lyckats åka fem vuxna personer i den, eller två vuxna och två bilbarnstolar. (Med två vagnar i bagagen!)

Mest kommer jag nog sakna hur tyst den var, och hur lättkörd. (Och back-kameran – min favorit!)

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Emma

So… I finished watching Elementary, and while I have a whole slew of other tv-shows to watch… None of them felt enticing at the moment. Then I discovered that Jonny Lee Miller (who plays Sherlock in Elementary) was in the BBC adaption of “Emma” (you know, the Jane Austen novel).

I loved the novel Emma when I read it. And as a teenager I was enamored with the movie Emma, with Gwyneth Paltrow. This BBC adaption is from 2009, so the most recent version of the story – and I decided to watch it.

It’s a mini-series in four parts – which means it can fit a lot more detail than either of the previous movies. There are a few changes made compared to the book (I can live with that, it’s quite common after all), but nothing too jarring. In fact, some things are made a little bit more easy to follow because of them. (There’s a lot of who’s related to who that can be difficult to follow at times in the book/older movies.)

Some people didn’t like the actress who played Emma in this adaption, and I was unsure at first. But as she matured as a person I was liking her more and more. She actually plays the part quite well.

And Mr Knightley. Oh, I *loved* Jonny Lee Miller as Mr Knightley.

The rest of the cast were really good as well. Michael Gambon as Emma’s father was perfect. I won’t go on and on (I could!), but I will say that if you enjoy period drama and then especially Jane Austen; you really should give this a watch!

Does anyone else love the Jane Austen movies/tv-series?

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More Sherlock

Some time ago I was raving about the tv-series Sherlock, after having just discovered it (later than the rest of the world, as usual). Since then I’ve watched all three seasons (easy to do since there’s only three episodes in each!), and I quickly found myself having Sherlock Holmes withdrawals.

So, I started watching Elementary. The US version of Sherlock Holmes. Now, I don’t think that you can compare the two shows; they’re quite different. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about a second Sherlock Holmes, since Benedict Cumberbatch is just… awesome.

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But truth be told.. Jonny Lee Miller makes a version of Sherlock that’s unique to him. And I love this version too!

Elementary is more of a typical tv-series in that it’s got the 40ish minutes long episodes and about 20 of them. While Sherlock of course have the three, hour and a half long ones instead that feel like little movies. Both work.

I did find it interesting that they turned Dr Watson into a woman. And without the typical tv-series “will they – won’t they”. On some level I’d have liked a romance between Watson and Sherlock, since they have such a bromance in all other adaptions. But at the same time I quite enjoy the fact that they don’t.

I wasn’t sure what to make of Mycroft at first, since he was so very different to the Sherlock version. But he grew on me as well.

Elementary is a show in its own right. And as long as you can disconnect it from the show Sherlock – you should be able to enjoy it.

Have you watched Elementary and if so, what did you think? If not… go watch it!

Time Flies…

Sometimes time flies by so fast that I don’t realise that is has. Or something. Suddenly there’s been ages since I wrote something on my blog, and I just sort of go “Oops!”

I’ve been having a horrible tooth ache for the past few days, and have been stuffing myself full of pain killers because of it. Finally caved in and went to the dentist yesterday, and they’ve given me some stuff to use – and if that doesn’t work I have to come back later in the week.

This weekend I went to Gothenburg with my mom, aunt, brother and his two kids. On Saturday we went to the theme park Liseberg, and Viggo absolutely loved it. At three he was able to go on a lot more rides than we initially thought – so it turned out to be well worth it. The first couple of rides, he was a bit afraid and changed his mind as we got to the end of the line – but we took him on them anyway, and he ended up loving every single one.

Sadly the park was quite busy, and we didn’t get to go on as many rides as we’d hoped since the queues were fairly long. Still, Viggo had a great time – and that’s what it was all about.

We then spent the night at a hotel, and on Sunday we went to a kid’s museum called Universeum. Unfortunately Viggo was quite tired from the previous day, and was frightened from the start of the walk that you do. Basically they’ve built up a version of the Swedish nature inside, and it started with a dark, damp mountain pass with dripping water. Not the best idea for a tired three year old.

We ended up having to cancel the walk through, and went straight to their “labs” and play areas. Which he did love and didn’t want to leave.

On the whole, I think it was a good weekend for him. Hopefully next year we can return to the theme park and go on a few more rides!

Viggo's first train ride - on his way to Gothenburg.

Viggo’s first train ride – on his way to Gothenburg.

On one of the kid-rides.

On one of the kid-rides.

Someone's learning to drive early!

Someone’s learning to drive early!

On a flying... thing(?) with grandma.

On a flying… thing(?) with grandma.

On the mini-rollercoaster.

On the mini-rollercoaster.

OMG dinosaurs on the loose!

OMG dinosaurs on the loose!

Viggo being a goalie in one of the playrooms.

Viggo being a goalie in one of the playrooms.

Dinosaur exhibit at the museum.

Dinosaur exhibit at the museum.

Time for a snack!

Time for a snack!

Moa got to go on a ride too!

Moa got to go on a ride too!