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My birthday books
My birthday books

My birthday books! I loved them and will keep reading all series. :)

OT: A futile long walk

Today, we ventured outside the old city center to go to Lidl. In Sweden we frequently found great bargains on vegan food, clothes, household appliances and much more. Guess what? That will never happen here in Denmark. Apparently, it’s the only country in Europe where Lidl doesn’t sell vegan food and even though there was some stuff other than food, it’s clear we’ll never bother with Lidl again. We needed sheets for our new beds and more clothes for my kids. Grr. That long, long walk in the relentless heat all for nothing. Well, there was vegan ice cream and ’accidentally’ vegan chocolate. At least the kids enjoyed the ice cream. And chocolate makes pretty much everything at least a little better. Now I’m semi-passed out on one of the new couches trying to simmer down and get over my disappointment. I didn’t take any photos. Out there even our cool new home isn’t very pretty. 

No reviews for a while

As you might have noticed I haven’t posted any reviews for quite a long time. I have been reading though, but haven’t felt up to reviewing yet. When I settle down here and things calm down a bit I’ll get back to posting again.

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My new home
My new home

I haven’t had time to do much sightseeing, but this is from our little corner of the city.

We’ve moved

Since I’m on my phone (the computer still isn’t working) I’d like to ask anyone who’s interested to visit my links blog for this post. Sorry about that. 

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Cool image
Cool image

So we’re on vacation but will actually move here. I just picked the photo of the poster for the music festival because I like the image. It’s the city we will be living in. I’m excited about this. I hope we’ll be happy here. More about it all later.p

 

Oh, no. I can’t turn the photo right way up. Sorry about that. :(

OT: Cute

Yesterday, my sister, my children and I went to a larger town to do a bit of shopping. On the way to the shop, we passed a playground. My daughter loves swings and slides. 

 

Here she is on the swing: 

 

Swing

 

It was grey and rainy, hence the rainjacket.

How time flies

I didn’t realize how long it’s been since I was last logged in here and even longer since I posted. Sorry about that. I’m still having computer problems and having to post whole reviews on a phone isn’t much fun. The last physical books I read were my Christmas presents. On the other hand I’ve also read plenty of great free ebooks. There will be reviews of them as soon as my sister fixes my computer. Unfortunately, my Bookeen Cybook is broken again. One of my nieces took it and dropped it on the floor. The little button with which you turn the device on and off or turns on the screen saver fell off and disappeared. Sadly, it seems it’s almost impossible to get spare parts for this type of device. Also, it’s quite old. But it annoys me to have to let it go when it’s still working more or less perfectly. It’s just so hard to start it or shut it down. Sigh. 

 

For other updates, please visit my Wordpress blog with photos. (http://veganlynx.wordpress.com)

The new EU law

Does anyone here know if it will still be legal to post book reviews online after the new EU law about links to copyrighted material? I’d really like to know. As far as I can tell it’s now all over for links to articles etc as well as posting fan fiction online. I might still be able to post links to donations sites and petition sites online but I’m by no means sure about that. What a sad ending to most of my internet life. Reminds me of the title of a book classic and an eighties song by the same name. We do live in interesting times... :/  

Bad news for my blogs

Does anyone here know how the new EU law about copyright etc will affect this blog site? Apparently, links are more or less banned. If I’ve understood this correctly, blogs can be shut down or the blogger may be prosecuted for any content that the blogger can’t prove ownership to.

Ads or not?

I was going through my Tumblr dashboard and someone mentioned that there are ads on people’s blogs there. It’s something I haven’t noticed but if it’s true I don’t want my photo blog there. Could you take a look at it and let me know?

 

You’ll find it here.

OT: 40 Questions and Answers

1. Is trust a big issue for you?
Yes
2. What is the last beverage you had?
Since tap water and mineral water probably don’t count, I’ll say tea.
3. Do you own a pair of skinny jeans?
Haha. No.
4. Do you think you’ll change in the next three months?
Yes.
5. Who do you feel most comfortable talking to?
My sister.
6. The last time you felt broken?
Sadly enough almost all the time.
7. Are you in a good mood?
At the moment yes, at least in an ok mood.
8. Are your eyes the same color as your dad’s?
My dad is dead, but yes. 
9. Is your current hair color your natural hair color?
Yes, but I’m considering dyeing it blue or green.
10. What was the last thing that made you laugh?
My children’s antics. 
11. Do you really truly miss someone right now?
Yes, my maternal grand parents, my dad and my aunt.
12. Are you one of those people who never drinks soda?
Yes.
13. Do you ever write in pencil anymore?
In the past years, not for a long time, but actually this past year, I’ve been making some notes about my children and my nieces in a very cute calendar.
14. Do you believe in love at first sight?
Yes.
15. Who did you last call?
My mother.
16. Did you hug/kiss one of your parents today?
No. I don’t get along with my mother.
17. Who was the last person to call you?
Probably my sister.
18. Ever use a bow and arrow?
Yes.
19. Last time you had a portrait taken by a photographer?
When my sister graduated from high school. I didn’t want to be in the photos and looked grumpy in them.
20. Is Christmas stressful?
Yes.
21. Have you ever had a pierogi?
Yes. I hope that’s the correct spelling. I found these questions on Tumblr.
22. Favorite type of fruit pie?
I mostly have apple pie so I’ll pick that.
23. Occupations you wanted to be as a kid.
Archaeologist, astronaut (lol).
24. Do you believe in ghosts?
I’m not sure.
25. Ever had a déja vu feeling?
Yes, many times.
26. Do you take a vitamin every day?
Yes. Vitamin B12. I had a deficiency and nearly died.
27. Have you ever taken dancing lessons?
Yes, classical ballet. Not seriously, just simple dancing for small children. But I did get to play the king in Sleeping Beauty at the end of term.
28. Is there a profession you picture your future spouse having?
I’ve been thinking about that a lot. It’s hard to guess at an unlikely future, unfortunately, but maybe an archivist, librarian, teacher, architect or engineer.
29. Can you curl your tongue?
Yes.
30. Have you ever won a spelling bee?
We don’t have them but I might have won if we did. When we had spelling tests I usually aced them. Not that I want to boast about it. School was really bad for me. Like in a really good Swedish song: ’real life killed me on the school bus’. It was like that except I never went on a school bus. For me it should be in the school yard or in the class room.
31. Do you study better with or without music? 
Without.
32. Have you ever been in love?
Yes.
33. Hot tea or cold tea?
Hot tea. 
34. Tea or coffee?
Tea.
35. Can you swim well?
I used to but I haven’t done it in a long time. They say those skills don’t last.
36. Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?
Of course.
37. Are you patient?
Yes.
38. Have you ever won a contest?
Yes, an art contest in high school.
39. Black or green olives?
Black.
40. Do you want to get married?
Yes, if I could find ’Mr Right’.

OT: The current situation

This summer has given me much food for thought. Mainly it was the heatwave, the drought and the forest fires that were beginning to strike too close to home, but also the hunters that have been shooting close to our cabin. 

 
Also, the political situation is reason for concern. It seems to me that in just a few short years we’ve gone from circumstances resembling those shortly before the First World War to what’s more similar to the time just before the Second. (Even though Sweden was spared both wars in the end, by playing ’hedgehog’. ) Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying we’re heading for an actual world war or even a more limited conflict in Northern Europe. The enemy is most likely smarter than that. At least for now. But there are other serious crises we’re risking. Maybe even civil war. Again, I doubt this will happen in the next year or two, but there are plenty of other scenarios that could unfold that could have equally serious consequences. Foreign powers subverting our election. Acts of terrorism. Desinformation campaigns. Coordinated acts of sabotage against water supplies, electrical companies - maybe even hospitals. 
 
Worst of all, the impending climate collapse. What can you do when forces far beyond your control are at work? Business as usual? That’s what most people here in Sweden want to play at. Barbecue in the countryside and start fires. Fly to Thailand and back again a couple of times. After all, everything is always someone else’s responsibility. 
 
Xenophobia is rearing its ugly head again. Recently, a homeless Romanian man was brutally murdered by minor boys. And most people don’t even care. 
 
I’m terrified of the future. At the moment mostly of the results of the election. Anything might happen.
 
When trouble comes looking for my family I hope we can find a safe place to hide.
 

 

L’inconnu du Pont Notre Dame by Jean-Francois Parot

I’m going to read this next. As far as I can tell, it’s not here in Booklikes’ database and I don’t feel up to adding it manually from my phone. I’ve probably said it before, I really hate typing on a little screen. My regular phone is broken. 

 

 

The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman
The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman

Just like the other books in the series this was fun and well written. Maybe those 1930’s gangsters aren’t my favorite subject for a book but somehow that doesn’t matter. I’m just enjoying myself. This book is for anyone who likes this series or books, libraries and history. But if you haven’t read the earlier books in the series you should. It’s not that you have to to be able to enjoy it; it’s just that you’d most likely love them.

OT: Body image

These days there’s much talk about body image. Women and young girls who dare to post photos of themselves looking different from the current ideal receive negative comments and even threats. As a reaction to all this we are now supposed to love our overweight and less than toned bodies. Personally I couldn’t care less how other people choose to portray themselves. After all, it’s their lives. None of my business. Incidentally, it always seems to be females. Men seem to have no problem loving themselves without posing photos online or elsewhere. But that’s a different (though related) matter. However, I reserve the right to hate my body, while still liking my personality. Being a good person doesn’t require having a perfect or attractive body. So yes, I kind of like myself but kind of hate my body. I’m not going to apologize for that.