Name of the Exodus

Inspired by the movie challenge I decided to list the books that have most impacted or influenced me in some way. This was way more difficult than picking ten movies and I simply could not restrict me to 10 but decided to go with 15 instead. I have read way more books than I’ve seen movies, and I love reading way more than I enjoy watching a movie.

  1. Saariston lapset (Astrid Lindgren)
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    This is the the book that made me a book dragon. I devoured the book and then continued to devour book after book, first the other Astrid Lindgren books I had, then everything else in my own book case, then everything from the local library.
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  2. The Tripods (John Christopher)
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    My debut SciFi read. My friend recommended this trilogy and borrowed me the book too, and I loved it. I think I read it multiple times after that, once in my adulthood too. I never owned the book until a couple years ago when I decided it was something I needed to have in my own library.02tripods
     
  3. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
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    This WSOY series of “girls’ books” <3 All of the Anne of Green gables books, the Emily of New Moon books, I had them all, I read them all, and I loved them all. 2020-05-16 18.01.42
    I guess this one got picked into the books that made an impact on me simply because it was the one I modeled my first attempt at book authoring by. I wrote several chapters of something sort of similar to this story until I moved on to something else.03littlewomen
     
  4. Watership Down (Richard Adams)
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    We used to have a bunny. Well, actually several, but when I was 9-13 years old, we had the first bunny and I got this book for Christmas or birthday or something during that time. It made me cry, it made me think I somehow understood the bunny better, it gave me a new partial language what with the rabbit language invented by Adams. I still remember a tidbit like Narn = good and Hraka = poop. And rabbits only count to four, after that everything is Rhair (million).04watership
     
  5. Exodus (Leon Uris)
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    Mom had this book – like all of Uris’ books, and I did read them all too, some many times – in her book case. It was one of the first books I read from her collection, probably after having read some Ian Flemming’s Bond books and Peter O’Donnel’s Modesty Blaises first. I loved the story and later on it prompted me to read e.g. Bodie Thoene’s Zion Chronicles series.05Exodus
     
  6. Name of the Rose (Umberto Eco)
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    I actually saw the movie first (so it could’ve been in that list too). We watched it in school maybe some religion class thing? It made a strong impact on me – the story, the monks, the mystery, the sex on the kitchen floor :D – and I went and got the book from the library and read it and loved it every bit as much as I had loved the movie.06nameofrose
     
  7. Trinity (Leon Uris)
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    Trinity and Redemption really go together, I mean they are two parts of the same story, after all. However, Trinity came first and obviously I found it in my mom’s books, read it and was immediately smitten with Ireland. Have been too, ever since. Later on, when Uris released Redemption, I immediately bought it (I already had all of Uris’ books in my own collection at that point).
     
    In my late teen years my mom also introduced me to the series The Emerald Ballad series by B.J. Hoff and that more or less sealed it. Anyhow, I think I used to be Irish in one of my previous lives. Most probably a leprechaun of sorts ;)07Trinity
     
  8. Daddy-Long-Legs (Jean Webster)
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    Out of all these “Nuorten toivekirjasto” books (that included books like The Little Princess, The Secret Garden, Huckleberry Finns, all sorts of adventure books and classics and whatnot), this was my favorite. You can believe I was thrilled when I learned that Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn had made a musical of the story!08setapitkasaari
     
  9. Tuntematon sotilas (Väinö Linna)
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    The Unknown Soldier. One of the absolute Finnish classics, the book about the WWII in Finland. One of the rare classics that I have loved and read multiple times (I usually find classics somehow pretentious in the high-culture-boring kind of a way). I’ve seen all three movie versions of this book, the newest one being my favorite.09tuntematon
    Favorite quote
    Hietanen: “Mää ole hiilest tehty ahvena.”
     
  10. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
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    I can thank my mom for this one too. She told me when I was a teen that she really loved The Thorn Birds and that prompted me to read the book (in Finnish). I fell in love with the story and through this book started reading other McCullough books too. I have read this book dozens of times, in Finnish. Only a few years ago did I finally order the English copy, but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.
     I love this book so very much that it was quite the disappointment, when my mom finally confessed to me – not long before she died! – that she actually had never read the book. Her fascination had more to do with Richard Chamberlain than the story itself. Chamberlain being Father de Bricassard in the 4 episode TV series, which I also do love. It’s actually funny how the storylines mix sometimes, for I can fully picture the book with the TV series characters playing each scene of the book in my mind.10thornbirds
    Favorite quote
    Meggie Cleary: “And there’s one thing you’ve forgotten about your precious roses, Ralph, they’ve got nasty *hooky* thorns!”
     
  11. Tim (Colleen McCullough)
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    I read this one right after the Thorn Birds and it touched me possible even deeper in some ways. Tim, the simple man, who finds love with a lonely older woman. Tim, whose family thought him just a simpleton and a burden. Beautiful story!11tim
     
  12. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)
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    I was just about fourteen when I read this book, more or less the same age as Anne Frank when she wrote it. It touched me deeply! Later on in the early ’90s, I also read the sort of similar more contemporary book “Zlata’s Diary”, taking me to the war zone of Bosnia. Reading the stories of these girls made me solemn in a way. Just so sad, yet grateful.
     In 2012 I went to Amsterdam for the first time and one of the things on my bucket list was to visit the Anne Frank House. We did – I was traveling with my current husband – and it was practically a religious experience for me.12annefrank
     
  13. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
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    I hijacked my dad’s old copy of this book already as a teen, when I first found it at our summerplace and read it and the sequels. This wasn’t my first Dumas book – I’d already read the Three Musketeers and it’s sequels – nor was this the last, for I went to read quite a bit more Dumas books after this one; my great-grandfather was a fan and we have a proper collection at the summerplace.13montecirsto
     
  14. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
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    Out of this collection of books, this is the first one I actually read as an adult; all previous ones I read as a teen. Somehow I just had never even known about this book until my sister, who fraternized with nerds, talked about it. Still it took me quite some time to get around to it. At first it was a “I guess I should read what it’s all about” but then it ended up being one of the best books I’ve ever read, and definitely my most quoted book.14hitchhiker

    Favorite quote
    Ford Prefect: “There is no point driving yourself mad trying to stop yourself from going mad. You might just as well give in and save your sanity for later.”
     

  15. The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
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    The most recent of these books. This was a really strong, wonderful story of wartime Europe and a little girl stuck in the midst. I also got the movie, after reading the book, and while it too was awesome, the book was just something in its own sphere.15bookthief

Other little trivia about my books and reading:

  • The other Astrid Lindgren books I had and loved were ‘Veljeni Leijonamieli’, ‘Mio, poikani Mio’, ‘Marikki ja kesäkummun Tuikku’, Ronja ryövärintytär’, and ‘Rasmus ja kulkuri’
  • I still have the others in my bookshelf, but my son hijacked Veljeni Leijonamieli and Ronja Ryövärintytär when he was younger, so he has them now
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  • The first ever book I tried to read was “Pelastuspartio Bernard ja Bianca” (The Rescuers, by Margery Sharp), but somehow it only bored me and I never got further than maybe 50 pages in the book
  • In the summer of 1984 (when I had just turned 9) my mom tried to challenge me to read five books during my summer vacation. I thought it impossible, and it was. However, during the following autumn I found that Saariston lapset, and haven’t stopped reading since
  • During my pre-teen and teen years I frequented our local library and read basically every book I could find that interested me even remotely. Later on, I moved on to some bigger libraries for more selection
  • I did get a bit of a reading exhaustion when I was studying in the Uni and had to read so much for my studies
  • When I was on sick leave while pregnant with my daughter, I read a book a day; I had borrowed a pile of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books and read all day long while my son was in day care (I was in bed rest due to preliminary contractions)
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  • I’ve been an Evanovich fan ever since and have read all of her books
  • When my kids were small, I had really little time to read, so I restricted my reading to the new releases of a few favorite authors: Janet Evanovich, Tess Gerritsen, Patricia Cornwell, John Grisham, James Patterson, and Michael Palmer
  • Sometimes, if a book really has me hooked, I may cook and walk dogs and do whatnot with my book in the other hand
  • I love “real paper books” and I love my own library, but there is no way I could fit all my books in a normal home, so I read a whole lot of books in Kindle too
  • Besides, Kindle is easy since it’s always with me right there in my phone
  • I usually have two books going at the same time: one paper book and one Kindle
  • I currently read more in English than Finnish, but one of my favorite authors is Finnish: Max Seeck – I love his thrillers!
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[Find some book recommendations on my About Books page and recent reading history in Goodreads]

From Dirty Dancing to Totoro

There’s this challenge circulating in Facebook, challenging people to post pictures from movies that have impacted them somehow, ten movies, one per day. I did – or rather am still in the middle of doing it – but thought I’d make a post about them too, explaining why exactly they’re important to me. Since that’s “forbidden” in all of these FB challenges for some odd reason.

There’s plenty of movies to choose from – so many good ones and even some bad ones that have left some sort of mark on me over the years. Still, instead of having to select from too many movies, I found myself struggling to fill the ten with truly important ones. Many movies were good and touching and whatnot, but did they leave a permanent mark? Mostly not.

This is the list I came up with. First four were a no-brainer, so huge were they to me. The rest were more difficult to pick.

  1. Dirty Dancing
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    If you were a teen girl in the eighties, it was more likely for you to fall in love with this movie than not. I think I was only 12 when it came out and I needed to have a parent with me to watch it; for some reason it was my dad taking me, not my mom.The movie opened a whole new world to me!

    Somehow, even though it’s set in the fifties, it opened the teendom to me. Launched me into teenhood. I remember wanting to become a dancer/actress/singer/writer/animal caretaker combo after seeing the movie.

    Favorite quote
    Penny: “Oh, Come On, Ladies. God Wouldn’t Have Given You Maracas If He Didn’t Want You To Shake ’Em!” 

  2. The Sound of Music
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    I mean, obviously. The movie that made me fall in love with musicals. My grandma had this on a VHS and I first saw it with her, after which I watched it over and over again at her place. This movie was also my first brush with Nazis and what they did.

    Favorite quote
    Maria: “Excuse me sir, I don’t know your signal.” Captain: “You may call me ‘Captain’.”
     

  3. Victor Victoria
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    Man, this one was an instant hit with me! Absolutely wonderful musical with good humor and great music. I absolutely love the scene where they do the “You and me” with a bunch of good natured bickering that just gives the audience the feeling that they are totally at ease with themselves as well as each other.

    Favorite quote
    Toddy: “I taught him everything I know.” Victor: “That’s why he has so little left.”
     

  4. Mamma Mia!
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    Mamma Mia! What’s there not to love? I mean, Greek island, Abba songs, love and humor and Meryl Streep. It always makes me think of Tinos, and it always makes me cry. With every watch I find new things that touch me one way or the other. Dot dot dot!

    Favorite quote
    Donna: “I used to have fun.” Lisa: “Oh, we know!”

  5. Top Gun
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    Great balls of fire! Not too many things that would be more iconic eighties than Top Gun. Take My Breath Away was played in every school disco, multiple times. Motorcycles, riding into the sunset, all that testosterone in the sky. Man, I was so in love with Tom Cruise.

    Favorite quote
    Maverick: “It’s classified. I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.”

  6. Brother Bear
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    I just cry every. single. time. There is something absolutely beautiful about the story, that touches me somewhere deep deep inside. I love the way the spirits fly in the northern lights, how Kenai learns to care and love, all of it. Of course, the moose bros make me chuckle through my tears.

    First time I saw this movie was in the theater with my kids who were maybe three and five years old. I was struggling to hold myself together so that especially the very empathetic younger one wouldn’t get scared or start to cry too.

    Favorite quote
    Sitka: “Bonehead, just because his totem is wisdom doesn’t mean he’s wise. I mean, look at him.” 

  7. Les Miserables
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    One time my son was watching this in the living room while I was reading in the library. There’s no door so I could hear the movie prefectly. Despite trying to concentrate on my book, I cried. Just cried. Another one of those movies with so much feeling, so much human tragedy, so many aspects that touch my soul. not to forget the amazing music.

    Favorite quote
    Fantine: “I dreamed a dream in time gone by… when hope was high, and life worth living…” 

  8. Coctail
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    Another eighties movie, another Tom Cruise movie. Beach Boys Cocomo. Dreams of the sun and just life. The movie made me think anything was possible for me, too.

    Favorite quote
    Bonnie: Excuse me, do I have “fuck me” written on my forehead? 

  9. Pretty Woman
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    And another one from the eighties. It was a debate between this and My Fair Lady, but Pretty Woman won. Maybe because there’s more I can relate to, kind of. Champagne, strawberries, hot tub scene. More modern cinderella story.I love the scene where Vivien tears down the street in Edward’s car noting that it “corners like it’s on rails”, and the one where Edward thinks Vivien is doing drugs in the toilet, when she’s just flossing after eating strawberries. Oh, and the hot tub scene.

    Favorite quote
    Vivien: “Did I mention, my leg is 44 inches from hip to toe. So basically we are talking about 88 inches of therapy wrapped around you for the bargain price of three thousand dollars.”

  10. My Neighbor Totoro
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    The troubled kids whose mom is in the hospital. The friendly Totoro and cat bus and all, that help them cope in the new home while dad is working. Plus, those siblings always remind me of my own kids. The dynamics are so similar.

    Favorite quote
    Tatsuo Kusakabe: “That’s wonderful. Good for you! I’ve always wanted to have a haunted house. It’s been my lifelong dream!”

     

Some other movie trivia of my life:

  • First movie I ever saw in the theater was Bambi
  • I went to see it with my friend and her dad
  • At that time, there was no dubbing in Finland, so parents all over the theater were whispering the subtitles to the kids
  • Other important childhood movies were The Fox and the Hound, E.T. and this Finnish movie “Kuningas, jolla ei ollut sydäntä” (King who had no heart)
  • My strongest negative memory stamp is from the movie Electric Grandma; the scene where she poured milk from her finger icked me bad
  • When I was a kid, my dad was more likely to take me to the movies
  • He always bought a bag of popcorn (no fresh popcorn in Finnish movie theaters at the time), a Royal chocolate bar and a box of “Amerikan pastillit” (m&m type sugar coated chocolates, in the Featured Image pic)
  • At home I watched a whole lot of old Finnish movies from the Ansa Ikonen & Tauno Palo era with my dad
  • I have never been big on horror movies; they give me nightmares for a long time
  • I gave in to my sister once and watched Pet Sematary when I was maybe 20
  • Other negative impact movies are The Thing and Bladerunner
  • The first movie I went to see underage (K16 movie when I was 13) was Tequila Sunrise and I loved it
  • I went to see every single Tom Cruise movie in the theater
  • I love old MGM musicals and have a nice collection of them as DVDs
  • Some of my favorite MGM musicals are Summer Stock, Singing in the Rain, Top Hat, Swing Time
  • Other beloved musicals are e.g. Mary Poppins and Mary Poppins returns, Grease, Footloose, The Greatest Showman
  • I have a Holiday Time movie list I watch through almost every Christmas time: Borrowed Hearts, White Christmas, Holiday, and Love, Actually
  • I saw It’s a Wonderful Life so many times as a teen that I can’t stand the movie anymore
  • Some favorite contemporary movies contain Out of Sight, Avatar, Tron Legacy, Star Wars series, Marvel Avenger movies (Thor movies, especially), Kingsman movies
  • I usually prefer reading to watching movies and only watch movies when my daughter asks me to watch something with her
  • I go to the movies usually once of twice a year, generally with my offspring
  • The last movie I’ve seen is The Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

ADHD alphabet

Just because it’s fun. This thing was in my Facebook memories on Friday. Here we go, first word that comes to mind for each letter – and the first thoughts said word inspires. Here we go:

  • A – ape – Distant relative, who might well get to test a vaccine before people
  • B – basic – When all else is ripped from life, back to basics it is.
  • C – champagne – My favorite drink.
  • D – dude – Dude, dudette, whatever.
  • E – evening – Sun goes down and it’s time to chill.
  • F – funny – …as a heart attack. Life is.
  • G – garage – We have one, full of stuff. In our previous home it was H’s mancave.
  • H – hair – I really need a haircut. I really need to at least snip my bangs.
  • I – irony – The irony is that there’s nothing ironic in Alanis’ “Ironic”.
  • J – joke – As long as we have a sense of humor, we’ll be fine.
  • K – keeper – I just finished Kate Morton’s The Secret Keeper a few days ago.
  • L – laugh – It’s good to laugh, it helps your mind stay healthy.
  • M – manhole – Learned this word some seven years ago and it became a favorite.
  • N – novel – Well, I do love reading.
  • O – ornament – I like peculiar ornaments.
  • P – paramount – Pictures? Also one of those words I really like.
  • Q – quarantine – Really, was there any other option here?
  • R – rice – H keeps telling me that soon we’ll all be just eating rice.
  • S – sushi – Not eating this favorite food of mine while avoiding fast carbs.
  • T – tornado – None of them generally here in Finland.
  • U – usher – Another favorite word, but I myself don’t like to be ushered.
  • V – variety – It’s good. Because we’re different and like different things.
  • W – water – Clean water is the most important thing for life.
  • X – X-ray – no xylophones, ok!
  • Y – youth – …is stupid. Like those students in Florida despite Corona.
  • Z – zebra – In Finnish it’s spelled with an S and double E, seepra.

Bonus track – the scandic letters (and obviously Finnish words):

  • Å – åsikt – Opinion (in Swedish). We all have one.
    Really, this is a totally Swedish letter, even called “the Swedish O” in Finnish. I don’t think there are any Finnish words containing, let alone starting, with Å.
  • Ä – äiti – Mother. Me.
  • Ö – ötökkä – Bug. Soon it’s summer and all sorts of bugs are out again.

No, I’m really not bored

People are complaining about being bored at home now that the world is kinda closed and everybody should just stay home. That, being bored, is an opportunity I have yet to have. Even though our dance school is closed now and I have two more evenings at home during the week (yes, really, that was the extent of my away-from-home hobbies), I feel like I have even less time for everything.

I have always a gazillion small or big projects and ideas just waiting for me to have time for them. I work long hours – really, remote working hasn’t slowed that down in the least; more like I’m working even more than average right now. It’s the busiest time of spring for me at work, remote on not, Corona or not. I have dozens of books just waiting to be read and always a couple in the reading. We have remodelling projects going on always, and there’s the daily and weekly tasks like cooking for people and dogs, laundry and other such stuffs.

No, I do not have idle time. On the contrary, I still pick and choose and prioritize what I do in my free time. I try to have time to read every evening, but it doesn’t always happen. I try to spend some time with daughter every evening; she pretty much makes sure that at least happens always ;) I go out with the dogs, and now that the weather is getting nicer and daughter is getting bored at home, we try to go out for longer walks with the dogs together.

Sometimes I dream of having so much time on my hands that I actually get done with everything and find myself bored shitless. I know you should be careful what you wish for, ’cause you just might get it. No, I don’t want to be unemployed or anything and it’s not likely either being that our company is exactly in this modern remote working business as a cloud consultation company. Just, a few month sabbatical or something would be nice.

Is suppose there’s three things here:

1) I’m quite good at entertaining myself with writing, reading, and photography, all of which go before any Netflix series or movies currently. There’s times I watch a lot of Netflix, then there’s times when I only watch movies when daughter asks me to watch one with her.

2) My husband is quite good at keeping me busy – no, don’t go there, nothing X-rated about this! As I said there’s the remodeling and renovation stuff going on in this house of ours and when my husband does things, he doesn’t do things half-assed, so things take time. He also has a bit higher domestic standards than the bohemic little me, so there’s always stuff to do around the house (even as under-cleaned the place remains).

3) I don’t live alone. There’s always stuff to do when you have dogs and kids (though there’s only one left here now). Oh, and a spouse. Not to forget the spouse :)

If I now had too much time and too little to do right now, while stuck at home, I’d do some online dance classes (not to say I might not get to that anyway!), since due to this Corona stuff our dance school is offering video dance classes on their website. I’d also watch some Broadway shows, at least for the seven day free trial (if I had too much time I probably would get the subscription too). I’d also go more for longer walks outside, as long as the weather permits. I’d take my camera with me – and be fiddling with the photos a long time again afterwards.

In case you’re very bored, you can also read my daily jaddajaddas about my #coronageddon on my diary page :D

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