Friday, November 30, 2012

❄ Shopping ❄

Gosh, can you believe it? Tomorrow is 1st Dec. already! November really passed by in what seemed like a few days to me... I feel like I should be blogging a bit more - less nagging, more daily life, maybe? :'D
So here we have a super blatant and shallow... shopping post!

I went to this mall today with a friend - I haven't been there before, only to the city center. I found so many nice things in the shops there! I wish I would have more money to spend, but I'm trying to save my money for my trip to Lapland...

Oops, that pic got a bit greenish -__-

Monday, November 26, 2012

Stockholm in 10 hours

As you may have already known, I went to a one-day trip to Stockholm last week end.
Conveniently, there is a ferry from Turku to Stockholm, and the trip takes roughly 11 hours, so it's perfect to travel over night.

As I have mentioned before, I had never in my whole life been on such a FREAKING HUGE SHIP (look at the car in comparison!!). Silja Europa is indeed really really big, it's more like a swimming hotel and shopping mall. At first I was also bit afraid because I am slightly agarophobic (i.e. I am scared of vast open spaces like the ocean) but it was dark during the trip anyway, and in the beginning we could still see a lot of lights on the isles of the archipelago.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

New Bloglayout! :)

Hello dear readers!

Finally, it's here, the blog layout I wanted to do for such a long time. For quite some time I wanted this kinda semi-transparent, very simple style with less bold colors (pink an purple now replaced with light pink and my favorite color blue) with an interesting background.  Thanks go to Shirisu for helping me out with coding ♥

So here's the original drawing for you to see!

Extra bonus points for those who can find & name the song referenced in this picture.... hehehehe

The design itself was no tremendous amount of work (since I don't know how to code I just used a template), however I put a lot of effort into the drawing, so I hope you like it!
There's of course still room for improvement, for example I really wish I had buttons to make following this blog easier, but I have no idea how to make something like that :'D But maybe I'll figure it out somehow.
I'm also not entirely sure if I like this alignment to the right. Actually the text is more centered now, so while reading it doesn't really make a difference I guess... but it looks a bit weird if you scroll to the very bottom where the side bar has already ended etc.
Let me know what you think! Should I put the body in the middle and cover up a part of the pic or should I leave it like this?
I also updated my pages with current info etc.
I am still thinking I should add an imprint page, but I really can't bear the thought of my real name being presented publicly here on this blog... .__. It's a dilemma...

Well anyway. Let me know in the comments if you like the new layout!
Also, please let me know if it looks weird with your screen's resolution!


Hallo meine lieben Leser!
Wie ihr sicherlich schon bemerkt habt gib es auf Dunkelbunt&Bittersüß nun ein neues Layout!
Ich bin noch unsicher ob mir die "Rechtsbündigkeit" gefällt, oder ob ich nicht doch lieber einen Teil des Hintergrundbildes verdecke und den Body in der Mitte belasse. Was meint ihr dazu?

Außerdem interessier mich eure Meinung zum Thema Impressum. Soweit ich weiß müsste ich ja eigentlich meinen Namen + Adresse (wobei manche Quellen wiederum behaupten Postleitzahl und Ort reichen und es muss nicht die volle Adresse sein?) angeben, aber der Gedanke dass mein Realname hier steht geht mir einfach gewaltig gegen den Strich =/ Ich muss mir noch überlegen wie ich das am Besten löse, im Moment ist das ein echtes Dilemma das mir Kopfzerbrechen bereitet...

Nun, wenigstens ist mal das Layout soweit fertig, und ich hoffe es gefällt euch! Lasst es mich wissen wenn das Ganze bei eurer Auflösung seltsam aussieht oder so!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Jouluaika /// Christmas Season

For some of you this might come off as a kind of surprise, but it's just a caouple of weeks till Christmas! :)
I love Christmas season, all the kitsch and glitter and happiness and peace that comes with it, the darkness of the winter nights, and the bright lights of Christmas decorations.

It is one of the reasons Winter is my favorite season, because it is by far my most favorite holiday of the year (Well, with birthdays out of the game, there is not so much left, actually.), primarily because for me, it's all about family and being close to your loved ones. I know that I am very, very lucky to have such lovely friends and family members who always support me, and Christmas is the time of the year to celebrate that uinity and these deep bonds.

That being said, I am also supper happy that I can go home for Christmas.
Despite already having made up with the thought of staying in Turku over the Christmas break, when my parents announced they would buy me a ticket for a trip home, I was unbelievably relieved and happy. I am so glad I will see them again, and not just spend 14 days of boredom and loneliness in Turku (because I'm socially awkward and a loner and a loser, so what else should I do during my holidays? :'D) !

Why am I telling you all about this?
Well, as you might know, Turku is something like the "Christmas Capital" of Finland, despite Santa Clause's office being situated in Rovaniemi, Turku is the capital of Christmas itself as a holiday. It is here that on every 24th of December the Christmas truce is called. And also last week end, there was an event in the city to celebrate the beginning of "jouluaika", the Christmas season. There was a parade with a marching band and dancing Christmas elves or something (I more or less missed it because I was late, actually) and then, during a festive speech the season was welcomed.

I took some pictures during the speech, but they're actually not that good. But it was also during this event that the lights for Christmas decoration were lit, and I got some photos of that at least :)

It was not so easy to take good photos during the event, so I came back a while later when there were less people on the streets and it got a bit darker :)

The speech was actually pretty funny to listen to, because I did in fact understand some single words, such as "joulu" and "aika" (obviously) but also "sydän" which is one of the first Finnish words I learned years ago, because I used it as a nickname for my boyfriend :)

Monday, November 12, 2012

Bad Project

Today was the absolutely worst day of my internship so far.
But on the other hand, when I reconsider the past weeks I find that every day was slightly worse than the last. Well, mostly, that is.

If you want to know how I feel, just let me tell you that when I discovered this video a while ago, I didn't know whether I should laugh or cry, because I can so damn well relate to that.

With a whole lab based on Finnish language it's really not so funny sometimes to find your way around. With no basis to work on because previous documentation in the project was more or less terrible ("Can't read your lab journal because it's in Thai Finnish. What's in this box?!") and no clue what I'm actually doing because every time I think I found something my supervisor tells me that I've been doing it wrong all the time, I'm getting frustrated to a point where I can barely manage to get up in the morning.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Stuffed and happy

Last week I went to a Finnish cooking course organized by the local Erasmus student network. We went to the neighboring building of our school, where there's also a school for cooks, where the event took place. I have never seen such a huge kitchen before (despite having worked at a restaurant as a waitress once, haha! But it was a rather small restaurant)! Fifteen people were taking part in the course, and despite the description is was rather an "eating course" than a "cooking course" ;D And of course I took some photos too, though they're only taken with my cellphone. I still hope the food looks at least half as good as it was on these photos :3

We helped to prepare several of the dishes, though most of the food had already been prepared in advance before we even went there, by some cooking students. Their teacher gave us an introduction to Finnish cuisine and we also got a bunch of recipes to take home.

Rosolli preparation :D

My friend and me were preparing Rosolli, a kind of salad where the main ingredients are potatoes, carrots, apples, and beetroot. Yes, freaking beetroot! I think I told you before how much I loathe that stuff, to the point where I feel really really sick when I just smell it D: Therefore I asked my friend to cut the beetroot, while I cut the onion to make up for it, haha. The person who organised the event then came to us and talked to us a little bit, and I mentioned how much I actually dislike beetroot, I promised to try the salad in the end though.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Skeletongirl 2.0

(Deutsche Übersetzung weiter unten!)
Hello everyone!

As I told you before, I was attending a Halloween party yesterday evening and as promised I'll show you some pictures of my improved "Skull look"!
I think I did a much, much better job, but it was good that I had practiced it before. I wanted to be a Skeleton for Halloween, so I got skeleton-print gloves from H&M and also wore skeleton print tights. They're of a rather cheap quality, so they didn't really look very good and the position of the knees etc. was kinda off. I would really love to get skeleton tights or leggings with a high-quality print!

I don't have any pics of my outfit anyway, because I was in a hurry before I left :'D

Did I ever mention that I'm a huge fan of Rick Genest aka Zombie Boy/Rico the Zombie? :D