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.

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A Year in Review

Another 365 days have flown by. I say it pretty much every year, but as it has always been true: It’s hard to believe how fast the days went! This year even more so, as there is something happening really soon that I booked during the first week of January 2015. Then it felt like the day would never come. But more about that a little later.

So! What happened in 2015? Simply put, the year was pretty great. I’m so glad I participated in the Project365 for a second time (a picture each day) after all. The pictures are very useful now when looking back, let me tell you! So much happened that I already forgot they even happened last year. Let’s take a look at the most memorable things.

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Traveling for concerts?



That is something that is very important to me. A day doesn’t go by that I don’t have some kind of a music player with me, ready to be listened to. An year ago you wouldn’t see me without my iPod Classic. Now it’s usually my iPhone with my current favorites on it. Music is a way for me to put some emphasis on my feelings, like if I’m feeling particularly sad or happy. Sad or bittersweet music helps me be even more sad so that I can get over it more easily, and happy music only makes me happier (Because I’m happy, Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof—). Sometimes I just need to get my feelings out by belting out some really nice lyrics all by myself where nobody can listen to me or during karaoke night. Nightwish, Kamelot, Imagine Dragons, Celine Dion, Rihanna, Adele, Katy Perry… You name it. But what is even better than listening to music, or singing? Listening to live music.

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Start the day at 5am

The weather’s been very cold this week. We had our first snow in Helsinki and the roads were icy, so I didn’t take my bike to work this week at all. Instead, I went to the gym in the evenings that I could and took a spinning class. If someone had told me last year that I’d rather be cycling outdoors than indoors, I would have laughed at them but that’s how it is now.

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Meeting Yonebayashi-san

Today I had a slight change of plans once Mr. Holmes was over (it was really good, btw!) and we were walking back to the train station with my friend. I’d read an article online that Hiromasa Yonebayashi, the director of the newest Studio Ghibli animation, When Marnie Was There, would be attending the Helsinki International Film Festival for the screening of said film, and that he would be signing movie posters before the screening. The amount of posters was apparently going to be so limited that the media was telling people to go “get this collectible treasure” as they were thinking it might become a “collectible rarity” poster.

IMG_6329I’ve loved all the Studio Ghibli movies I’ve seen so far, and of course, I just had to go and see if I could get to meet him and get a poster for myself. There was a little problem, though, and I needed to check some information to see if I’d even be allowed to go to the signing event in the first place.

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Start the weekend with baking


I thought it would be great to start the weekend by baking something good instead buying it when I started craving something sweet once I got home from work today. When I started going through the drawer of recipes, I noticed one that I usually favor. Do you have that one dear recipe that you’ve printed out and made so many times that it’s starting to get a little dirty with ingredients? I do.

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