29. joulukuuta 2013

My Christmas in Chronological Order - joulu järjestykseen

This is where it all began: sleep. Don't mind the Apple.
Voiko joulun odottamisen paremmin aloittaa: simmut kiinni ja huovan lämpöön. Läppäri kuvausrekvisiittaa (, kun sattui sängyllä lojumaan).
Our Christmas tree, only lights and ornaments by my mom.
Meirän joulukuusta koristi tänä vuonna ainoastaan jouluvalot ja äidin kutomat villaiset joulupallot.
Me trying on my dad's Alpine hat (bored).
Joulupukkia odotellessa kävi aikakin pitkäksi. Päätin sovitella isän tirolilaista hattua (itseäni hauskuuttaakseni).
mr. Ukko, the boxer, making faces. Don't mind my messy room, pliiz.
hra Ukko vääntelee naamaansa (lue: haluaa kaverin leikkeihinsä).
This is how it looked like December 26, 2013.
Jos ei jouluna ole lunta...
Local waterfalls (it has been raining a lot - pure water).
Jyllinkosken putouksia ihastellessaan uhosi lanko laskevansa näitä putouksia kumiveneellä. Sitä odotellessa, Opa!

26. joulukuuta 2013

tbt (26.12.2013)

It feels like a Monday.

We've been partying, again.
If you recognize yourself in this pic, give yourself a tender pat on your shoulder.
It was one time that our paths crossed.
Thank you for that!
Thank you for being in my life!

Cheez - that's me on the right. In Dmitri's arms.

23. joulukuuta 2013

Merry Christmas

I didn't come up with anything else than two pics of my precious Christmas tree - lights off, lights on.
My Christmas tree has got some horse figures hanging, and Christmas lights made of plastic horses!
I'll be heading to my parents' place this afternoon. I just can't wait to eat all the Christmas food, do you?

Merry Christmas to you all!


20. joulukuuta 2013

Mammals

When I was a kid I loved reading. It didn't matter what it was I read it.
As early as I can remember there were for at least two groups of books that I loved the most:
horror and animals!

I loved everything Stephen King (even under his pseudonym Richard Bachman) wrote (except for The Dark Tower series). I got a brand new King every Christmas (- and a Guinness Book of Records)... But I also had a softer side to me: animals, and especially wild animals. I read everything about elephants, hyenas, gorillas...

When I saw this video I couldn't help but cry. Big tears, elephant tears. I think I'm an elephant myself. Never try and fool me - I'll remember it for as long as I shall live.  (Elephant brains are the size of over 5 kg (11 lb).



Just like my idol, Stephen King, I'm a huge fan of ac/dc. And I'm on the highway to hell. Thank you for asking!

19. joulukuuta 2013

tbt (19.12.2013)

It's that time of the week, again.
Now it's time to give some love to my dear cat, Aune. I had her for almost 15 years by my side. She was my true friend. There was no night when she didn't cuddle with me. She helped me with my homework. She always had her eyes on me. She never left home.

When I was staying in Uppsala, Sweden, in 2002, I got a phone call very early in the morning. I had been partying the whole night and was still a bit drunk when I heard my phone ringing. It was my mom. She was crying. Aune had passed away in the morning. Peacefully. 

I knew my friend was leaving for Finland in the evening. I called her and asked if I could join her. I could. The very next day we held a small funeral for Aune with my mom and dad. Everytime I pass her tombstone I cannot help but cry. She was my first love. I miss you so much, Aune!


16. joulukuuta 2013

Greetings from Me

It wasn't me, it wasn't me.
I just want some of those doggie cookies that mama made me, I know they are on the kitchen table, I know. Those cookies are a Christmas gift for my dog friend, Väinö. I like to play with Väinö, a lot. Usually we just run and chase after each other.

I wish you a Merry Christmas, and lots of gifts!
Can you say "hippopotamus" - fast, ten times?

Yours truly,
mr. Ukko, HRH


13. joulukuuta 2013

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11. joulukuuta 2013

Leipuri Hii-iivaa-aa (trallallaa)

Olen huomannut itsessäni varsin omituisia piirteitä. Nimittäin.
Olen alkanut panostaa ruokaan pyrkien valmistamaan sen alusta alkaen mahdollisimman lähellä tuotetuista kotimaisista raaka-aineista. Tällä kertaa en tosin viittaa isääni ja hänen hirvisaaliiseensa. (http://apinkglove.blogspot.fi/2013/10/kasassa-keiton-ainekset-soup.html)

Skribenttinne, Leipuri Hiiva, pyöräyttää pari kertaa viikossa sämpylätaikinan!
Sämpyläresepti on kirjoitettuna punakantiseen reseptivihkoon, joten en ala sitä tähän sen tarkemmin kopioida. Eilen tulin heittäneeksi taikinaan mm. spelttijauhoja, leseitä, kurpitsansiemeniä ja pellavarouhetta. Lopputuloksia katsoessani aloin miettiä, mitä mahdoin unohtaa?


I love baking. It's my new hobby, you could say. Last night I baked buns. And something was definitely missing in my dough.

10. joulukuuta 2013

Alive

It's good to be alive.
By that I truly mean what I say: feels great to be alive.
I've been writing about being diagnosed with major depression almost two years ago mostly in Finnish. The reason for that is as simple as Finnish being my mother tongue, and thus making my writing more colorful - with meanings with greater depth. I apologize for that.

Now that I'm finally getting back - being the person I a m and h a v e been all my life I started to think about Peter Pan - a boy with elf-like ears and dark red hair. Peter symbolizes childhood for me, mostly in a good way. He may act selfish and careless but, yet, defends childhood and, I think, that inner child we all have in ourselves. Or that's something I personally treasure myself. I never want to grow up if it means being dull, being too conscious of one's actions, being too crafty... If I had to sum up my life in one sentence that sentence would definitely be: "If growing up means it would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree, I'll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up! Not me!" (J.M. Barrie) 

Why I address all this with first telling how I was diagnosed with major depression almost two years ago leads back to the matter that when I felt most depressed I couldn't find any happiness - not in my past, in my future, or in my present, either. I had put that inner child of me somewhere I couldn't find her, I didn't ever remember her, her existence. I lived in my past.

There are people who (say they) live in the moment. I guess I'm one of those people who try and live in the moment but who also plan for the future to make it a better one. By doing that I also treasure my past, try to raise things that I want to keep with me, in me. When I had those feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and worthlessness I couldn't find any happiness in my past, in my future, in my present. My past = mistakes, wrong choices, my future = no hope, black hole,  my present = emptiness and depression. Now that I think back it seemed like I only had made mistakes in my past, mistakes that had ruined not only my future (not to mention my present) but also all the relationships I had made in my past. And that's something I didn't recognize in me - I have always had (big) hopes for the future (travels, relationships, hobbies...) but, yet, have I always lived my life, if not to the fullest, to the limit. 

All this being said I start making (big) plans, not only for my future, but also for my present.

"Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting."
J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Uppsala, Sweden, winter of 2001: Someone was knocking on my door. It was Mike, my Australian roommate. - Hey, Johanna! It's snowing outside! - Gosh, Mike, I'm sleeping. I hate snow! - Johanna, let's go outside...

5. joulukuuta 2013

Mää ja mun Ukitsu


Täs me köllötellään hra Ukitsun kans. Mä päällä, Ukitsu alla. Mut ei sitä haittaa.
Mulla on näköjään pala veskipaprua rillien sangan takana. Täytyy vissiin käydä optikolla... Mut, joo, me toivotetaan Ukitsun kanssa kaikille hyvää itsenäisyyspäivää! Mä lähen kotia iskän ja äiskän luo. Me katotaan äiskän kans Tuntematon sotilas. Äitillä on konjakkia, mulla likööriä lasis. hra Ukitsu nukkuu huomenna pitkään, ku sen mammalla ja papalla on vapaapäivä. Ukitsun pappa on ollu tänään pikkujouluus, joten se pitää herättää aamulla.

Eiks me olla kuiteski aika söpöjä? Tai ainaski mä.


"Me emme saa katsoa toisiamme niin, että totuuden paljastamme.
Laskemme sisään ja iäksi viereen. Tämä sääntö kolmas jo on.
Emme saa tarvita toisiamme niin, että vajotaan.
Emmekä elää voi omillamme. Tämä on sääntö lohduttomin."


We are having some quality time with mr. Ukko. Me on top but he doesn't mind. If you look close enough you can see tissue behind my ear. It's because of those stupid specs. But with this photo I just wanted to wish you all a happy December (and if you happen to live in Finland, Happy Independence Day)!

LOVE

Selfie (#geek)

#another #day #another #specs #no filter #geek #oscarmagnusonspectacles

4. joulukuuta 2013

Rebus

Do ya know what this is?


Frozen banana (or what's left of it) - of course!
Yeah, I've got nothing else to do than take (bad) photos of frozen bananas. An idiot...

1. joulukuuta 2013

I'm Frustrated

Man, I'm frustrated by the fact that, in this world, there is so much amazing music that I won't ever hear in my entire life! And that is killing me. Do you know what I'm talking 'bout?

Until recently I rejected Spotify as a way of listening to music. I thought that my collection of music was all that I needed. That I got myself covered. But, then, I signed up for Spotify. And my life changed for good! I found myself traipsing in all sorts of music collections; browsing new playlists and highlights. And finding new artists and bands that I've never heard of before. (Plus some of my very favorites that I've forgotten(!) along the way, of course.)

Not only has my life changed but also my way of listening to music has had its rebirth. Now I take my favorite artists with me almost everywhere. Before hooking up with Spotify I only listened to music while at home (or in my dad's car). Now I take my music everywhere I go. And I dig it.

So, now you know that I finally got my very own Spotify account. This is not to promote Spotify but to tell you that if you see me stretching my hips while walking on the streets I'm just listening to my music.

(btw, you can follow me on Spotify. You find me by my name. And I can always give you a follow!)