Quick Rewind

Well. It’s been quite a long time since my last post. As you can probably guess, work got really busy. Overtime, late nights, angry phone calls from customers, stress. The whole deal. But you just gotta do what you can, and hope it gets easier after a while. Of course, after 6 months of applications after applications, seeing the end gets harder and harder while the pile of certificate applications only seems to rise higher and higher. Hopefully we will have a normal situation by March, haha! Just in time for spring rush.

Luckily I’ve had time to enjoy 2 weeks of summer vacation, as well as going out for cycling rides after work. Lately I haven’t even gone out riding so much, as I had a flat on my mountain bike twice in a week a while ago, and haven’t gotten around to fixing it yet. I’ve also worked late nights, getting home after 9pm and then going almost straight to bed.

The days I’ve managed to cycle to work or gone to the gym for indoor cycling sessions, have been heaven. Next month I will start a ‘new’ sport as well, so that is something to look forward to.

My new sport? Not so new, really – swimming. I’ve been meaning so start swimming again, mostly during the mornings for a while now, but I’m a terrible morning person. I just can’t wake myself up early enough, haha. Maybe if I just can try long enough it will get easier? But I doubt it. I love my snooze button too much, haha.

That is why I will go to the swimming hall during the evening, to start with. I just need to see if it’s really crowded there during the evenings, and then try to find the best evening hour to swim. But I think I might need to start waking up early, and go in for a morning swim. It just might be so popular a place during the evenings that I would lose my mind trying to swim there then, haha. Swimming in a full lane is horrible. It doesn’t help that the one I’m going to is a really popular swimming hall in Helsinki. But we’ll see! I’ve even signed up for a beginner’s course in freestyle swimming, but at the moment it is full. I’m hoping someone will cancel and I manage to sign up before anyone else. This course starts during March, so it’s quite a while still. But I couldn’t take the earlier courses, because I’m traveling to Iceland again for a little over a week in January, and I would miss a class because of it. Also, those classes are also full. Why is freestyle so popular? 😀

After I get used to swimming again, it is time to try running properly. (I’m guessing you can see where this is going, haha?) I’ve always said that I’m just not made for running, but I need to eat my words. I just need to train for it properly. Running a few times on a treadmill before killing yourself on a 10 km run is not training, haha. Running would also help me get in better shape, so that’s a bonus. You can never know unless you tri (no, can’t believe I went there, haha!).

What else has happened, other than my not-so-newfound interest in triathlons? Well, I got eyeglasses again. And contacts for the first time ever. It’s taken some time to get used to my glasses again, and I still have some days that I forget to put them on, haha. For those who don’t know, I had glasses from age 4, I think, until I turned 20. I had a lasik surgery during October 2008 because otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to continue my studies in maritime technology (had a sight too bad for deck service), so surgery it was. During the last year or so I’ve noticed some difficulties during meetings while trying to read the board. I finally went to see an ophthalmologist, and left with a new prescription for glasses, haha. I also made another appointment to see an optician so that I would get contact lenses as well. I do not want to be wearing glasses when I go cycling/do other sports 😀

Other than that, nothing worth mentioning has really happened. Christmas came and went, I ate too much as always, and the presents I received were lovely (yay for a gift card to help me buy Garmin’s Forerunner 920XT!). I will write a separate post about my short trip to Italy soon. I will also try to be a more active blogger in general, but I make no promises 😀

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Midnight Mass about to start on Christmas Eve
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