Throwback to the blog-slow year 2019

[Suomeksi]

This year, 2019, has probably been the slowest one ever, when it comes to posting blogs. It’s not like I’ve stopped thinking and having opinions, it’s just that I haven’t seemed to have the energy to form full blog posts, write actual articles. Maybe I’ve also been a tad more turned toward myself than usual. I’ve been reading books rather than writing anything myself. According to the Goodreads stats, I’ve read approximately 1,5 times as much this year than either of the previous ones (when using Goodreads) – and the year ain’t even over yet.

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[My Year in Books]

However, there’s more to this year than books, too.

January
Pic of the month: 

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We sure had snow!

New phone (iPhone8), son bought his first car, took a heartbear tattoo on my left arm (my tribute to the animals of my life)
Book of the month: Playing with Fire, Tess Gerritsen – an excellent psychological thriller
Quote of the month: “The fact that Ewan McGregor’s brother Colin McGregor is a pilot in the Royal Air Force and his aviator nickname is ‘Obi-Two’ is my new favorite bit of knowledge” – im not right in the head.com

February
Pic of the month: 

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Horse football at Ypäjä open doors day

Just life, I suppose. Ypäjä (where my son studied) open doors day
R.I.P. Matti Nykänen (the Finnish ski jumping hero)
Book of the month: The Tinker’s Girl, Catherine Cookson – an interesting story from the poorer side of the 1800’s England (than Austens)
Quote of the month: ”Feelings come and go, unless you don’t feel them. Then they stay, and hurt, and grow pear-shaped and weird.” – David Duchovny (Holy Cow)

March
Pic of the month: 

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It ain’t spring till the great tit sings…

Overnight in Uusikaupunki (business trip) and while I was gone, daughter and husband changed our broken dishwasher to a new one
Book of the month: Karhunpesä, Venla Hiidensalo – a beautiful story of being a finn over the past hundred years or so
Quote of the month:
“The inner battle of an AD(H)D/OCD:
– okay, good enough
– but it’s not neat!
– okay then (hasty tidying)
– still messed up
– but I don’t have the patience to do better!
– aaarh, that hurts my head, my eyes, I can’t live with that!
– you have to!
– I can’t!
– ok, fine (some more touches here and there)
– well, better, but…
– no! no more buts! walk away and forget!
– but…!
– no!” – me

April
Pic of the month: 

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My beloved orchids <3

Youngest one turned 16, my orchid family got three additions, growing chilis, parliamentary elections (I voted), MRI of my head (no regrowth)
R.I.P.
Lasse Pöysti (a Finnish actor who also used to read children’s stories on TV)
Book of the month
: Perunkirjoitus, Roope Lipasti – a humoristically written story that actually delves surprisingly deep into human nature
Quote of the month: “I’m a mother. I catch things.” – me

May
Kuukauden kuva: 

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One persistant little violet growing through gravel

Eldest graduated from Ypäjä, youngest finished junior high and thus ended her mandatory school, long weekend in southern France with the middle one, European parliamentary elections (I voted)
Book of the month: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Roy Arundhati – slight bit slow and detailed, but very intriguing book about India and sexual diversity (in India)
Quote of the month: “What about the worm? He got up early and died.” – Rat (Pearls Before Swine, Stephan Pastis)

June
Pic of the month: 

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Kayaking with my colleagues

Muse in concert at Suvilahti, kayaking with colleagues, company summer party, building our deck
Book of the month: The Miniaturist, Jessie Burton – a beautiful story about secrets and diversity in middle-age Amsterdam
Quote of the month: “I always feel kinda warm inside when someone says fuck more than me” – me

July
Pic of the month: 

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I read just a few Harry Potters during my vacation (all of them, of course)

Got our deck ready, got a hot tub on the deck, built some boxes and a small storage cabinet on the deck, and I had my four weeks of summer vacation!
Book of the month: Antautuminen, Anja Snellman – a biographic book about life as a hyper-sensitive person (HSP)
Quote of the month: “Toisinaan taikuus on turhaa” [Sometimes magic is unnecessary] – Wizard (The Wizard of Id, Parker & Hart)

August
Pic of the month: 

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Crawfish party in our own yard

Terrace warmer! Company kick-off in Suomenlinna, slow-juicer (that has been used weekly ever since), little extension of my library, 25th anniversary meetup of my theology class
Book of the month: Uskollinen lukija, Max Seeck – a thriller of the best sort (published in English as The Faithful Reader)
Quote of the month: “You’ll never find another me. Not sure if that’s a good thing or bad thing, but it’s the truth.” – i’m not right in the head.com

September
Pic of the month: 

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There were still some summery days left

Middle one turned 18 and got a proper party, eldest turned 19 (and partied with friends)
Book of the month: The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern – a beautiful dreamy fantasy
Quote of the month: “Teen beating around the bush about my schedule after work.
Me: What are you getting at?
Teen: I was wondering if you could make me some dinner.
Me: But… you only just ate yesterday!” – me and my youngest

October
Pic of the month: 

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Autumn came, again

Conch-piercing in my left ear, daytrip to Tampere (on business, but got myself some lovely new Laura Vitas from the trip too), “Mies joka rakasti järjestystä” (The man who loved order) in the theater
Book of the month: The Clockmaker’s Daughter, Kate Morton – a mystery woven so talentedly, that the mystery itself is almost like an afterthought
Quote of the month: “Do we have enough wine for you to take all the seeds out of these?” – Husband, when looking at the about million rocoto chilis waiting to be de-seeded

November
Pic of the month: 

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We had first snow in November (but nope, it did not stay)

Eldest moved to his own home, I bought myself an Apple Watch, postal workers were on strike for some weeks
Book of the month: Winternight Trilogy, Katherine Arden – a romantic fantasy adventure in the Russian winter
Quote of he month: “Whenever you cry, I wish I was a spider. Then I would spin you a tissue.” – Walter, 6 years old (@fearlessfranny)

December
Kuukauden kuva: 

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In the opera. Husband’s iPhone 11 takes excellent photos in the dark

Crsis that broke our government, company Christmas party weekend in Lehmonkärki, La Bohème in the opera, Christmas break
Book of the month: Surrounded by Idiots, Thomas Erikson – a book everyone should read. Helps understand yourself and others, and maybe communicate a bit better
Quote of the month: “You know what it takes to make a star shine? A shit load of fuking darkness.” – unknown

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