And so there was spring.
I had five waffles today, and while that’s not a record for me (more a tradition really), it really killed me afterwards. Am I getting too old for waffles? I don’t want to think so…
Anyway, today was one of those days where the Swedes decided to celebrate their (yes waffles are Swedish do not question me) epic food again. Today is the National Waffle Day! That means that today is the only day of the year where you’re allowed to eat as many waffles you want to without being judged, woo! 😃
Aren’t these super cute? Yesterday when I went to one of my favourite second hand stores – Erikshjälpen – I saw them and just couldn’t resist! I can’t remember the last time I bought clothes, it happens only a few times per year lately (which is good, of course!). I prefer second hand over totally brand new clothes mostly because of the lower price and you also get a bigger variety of style than in any other store.
After been living in Seoul for many years, I came to realise the cost difference between Sweden and Korea. Of course, they also have boutiques and expensive clothing like us, but they had way more stores (not just clothes, but pretty much everything) with cheaper stuff. So when I came back to Sweden, I totally changed my shopping behaviour. I bought most of my clothing there, as it was cheaper, and could easily spot an overpriced item here in Sweden. Overall, I stopped buying so much! You know, when you’re younger (especially when you’re a teenager) you care way too much about how you look and the latest trends. And you buy too much clothes. At least that’s how it was for me…
Anyway, simply said, shopping at second hand stores is not just beneficial for your wallet but also the climate (even though our world is pretty much lost already), and the store I went to is also supporting humanitarian projects through its own fundraising which is just so great!
This is unacceptable. Preposterous. I found DJUNGELSKOG today. You know, that incredible charismatic chubby soft bear from IKEA that almost won the Swedish president election once (remember?). 100% pecan brown silk-like fluff. Irresistible. Uh, where were I… Right. I found Djungelskog today. Where did I find him? At a second hand store. *takes a deep breath* I repeat. At a second hand store. This is not okay. We are talking about Djungelskog!
Do people actually think that you can just buy Djungelskog (firstly, you’re not the one who choose Djungelskog, HE chooses you), and then move on with your life like nothing happened? I’m sorry, but that’s not how it works. Once you get Djungelskog, it’s a lifelong commitment, no matter if he will be the end of you. You do not dump him in a second hand store, he’s worth more than that!
Every February (?) the annual book sale in Sweden starts. Even though I’m not the type who buys all the newest and hottest books, there are a few that might interest me and this time it was Hudbibeln (The Skin Bible) by Johanna Gillbro – simply a book about our skin! It sounded super interesting, and I bet there’s a lot of stuff for to me to learn.
And as usual, Murakami books because I love his books. Then, I finally found the paperback edition of Jackie by Anne Swärd, I’ve been waiting for months! Can’t wait to read all of these! Right now I’m on the last chapters of book number 4 in the Earth’s Children series, but who says you can’t read two books (or more) at once? 😎
Last Christmas I received those DNA test kits from 23andme, from a friend! I’ve been long thinking of doing this in the future, so I was so happy to finally get to do it! Anyway, early this morning I finally received my results and it’s so cool. No real surprises, except for the Eastern European part where I got 2,1%? 😮Anyway, I’m almost 100% Scandinavian and it’s mostly from Denmark (I had no idea I’m so Danish!) and Southern Sweden/Skåne! 🇩🇰🇸🇪
I spent several hours just reading about my ancestry report, DNA relatives and traits – you’re given so much information it’s just fascinating…
In Sweden, we have many days were we celebrate different food. For example the Fat Tueday (Fettisdagen), is when we eat a semla (below), and this year we celebrate it the 16th of February. A few decades ago, if you wanted to upset the Swedes you would eat a semla weeks before the actual date (just like I did yesterday). There were even people who wanted to forbid bakeries to sell these buns before the actual date it was celebrated (the date changes every year)! It still upsets some today… But I just cannot help myself (like most people, I guess).
Anyway, the semla is simply a bun with whipped cream and almond paste. January isn’t over yet but I’ve already managed to eat three of these. You can’t stop me.