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Back to the hospital
Today I went back to the hospital where I had the twins. It was time to return the baby seats that we had rented. I was a bit nervous that they would find our cleaning of the seats inadequate. Fortunately, that wasn't the case. On our way from there, we had about thirty minutes to wait until the next bus, having just missed the last one by a minute. We decided to walk around the hospital, or at least almost, since there was a big machine digging up the ground and would have been in our way. So we walked and walked and walked and on the way back we ran out of time and almost missed the bus. Fortunately, the driver was nice and stopped to pick us up on his way out of the hospital area. While we were waiting for the train, suddenly we heard a big boom sounding a bit like a fast train roaring through the station area at full speed. Actually, it was a military plane flying so low I thought it would hit the electric lights. I didn't think it was allowed. It was quite scary.
OT: Health issues

Today I went back to the clinic to have my blood pressure checked. To begin with, I had to wait for quite a long time. Then I found that my blood pressure is higher than the last time, when I wasn't even taking the medication. For two weeks I've had headaches that I think are related to this medication. Ironically, this is the best one I've had to take, so I don't want to stop taking it, for more reasons than one. Now I'm worried, but since the results of the other tests were fine, I don't think there's any real danger. Still, this is so familiar. Every time I find out I have elevated blood pressure, I somehow feel ashamed. As if I've done something wrong. Which is absurd, but I keep feeling this way. I think I'll have to return to check the pressure again quite soon. The doctor will probably raise my dosage. That's all. But I can't help worrying. :(

Source: http://crimsoncorundum.dreamwidth.org/175159.html
Hacked email

When I found out that Yahoo was going to buy Tumblr I immediately deleted my accounts there. The reason for that is another story for another time, but if you’re interested you can comment on this post and ask me. I was concerned that Yahoo would keep the info from newly deleted accounts, possibly any accounts that people have had on Tumblr at any time in the past.

 

Until now I haven’t known what Yahoo did, but now I do. Apparently, many email accounts have been hacked and these evil lowlife hackers have gained access to our passwords.

Great work, Yahoo, thanks for stealing my info! Shame on you!

 

Now I’m going to have to change my email password. It’s so hard to find a new, good, strong password.

Missing dad

I've posted about my dad before, so I won't go into that again. Today all I'll say is that though I miss my dad every day, it's worse on Father's Day and today was Father's Day in Sweden. :(

OT: An appointment with my doctor

Yesterday I had an appointment with my (new) doctor. That was quite generous of them, as it turns out. These days you hardly ever get to see a doctor unless you're truly sick, usually hospitalized (and even then, you get to meet up to a dozen different doctors in a week or two). Bearing this in mind (the usual seriousness of the situation if a doctor becomes involved) I was a bit concerned about my test results.

Fortunately, I was wrong to worry. The doctor merely informed me about my new dosage. I should have realized that when I'd run out of my pills, and I didn't have them for a week or more I might get side effects once I started taking them again. That was all. Now I'm supposed to take a lower dose for about a fortnight, then return to the clinic and have my blood pressure tested and if it's normal, I can continue with the lower dosage. He tested it again during the appointment, but since I clearly suffer from 'whitecoat hypertension' the pressure was quite high. He also listened to my heart. Then he told me that all my test results, other than the blood pressure, were perfect. So that was a relief.

Baby related (don't read, if not interested): After that visit to the clinic, we had rather foolishly, as it turned out, decided to take the train to where mom was having her eyes tested. Since at the moment, Sweden is covered with snow, it somteimes gets a bit slippery, especially this town that is located by a fjord, it's frequently slippery, even when there's no snow. It was so difficult to walk on that icy surface. We saw a guy slip and fall on a couple of really dangerous sidewalks that are sloping down to street level. I don't understand how that's even legal. It looked painful, but at least he was able to walk away afterwards.

We went to meet mom at the bus station (since this town is one of the few I know of that has a separate bus station and railway station.) Most Swedish towns has a 'travel center' with both railway station and bus station combined, all except the ones that don't have a railway station at all. We left the babies with mom and went to Lidl to check out the new stuff (clothing etc) that's advertised on Mondays and Thursdays. This time we got some weatherproof jackets for the babies (to wear on top of their warm cardigans and jackets). They seemed to love them. We also got some warm socks for ourselves.

When we returned to the bus station, it turned out my daughter was crying. An old man, not quite sober, I suspect, just walked up to us and shoved an ice lolly into her mouth, without asking me first. Knowing P as I do, I could tell from the look in her eyes that she wasn't happy about that. He handed the lolly to me and I thanked him, then threw it in the trash when I was far enough away so he couldn't see me. We're under strict orders from the child care clinic not to give them any sugar for as long as possible. P didn't have any idea of what that thing was and she didn't like it. Still, it was very nice of him to give her the lolly. Obviously he meant well. Just for the record though, she couldn't have been hungry, since we'd brought several bottles of gruel and she'd had most of them, since S didn't seem to be as hungry. She was just tired after a long day. We were actually about to go to the railway station to get back so they could get some sleep.

Source: http://crimsoncorundum.dreamwidth.org/174506.html
Nordiska filmer, tv-serier och böcker

About my favorite Nordic movies, tv series and books. In Swedish.

 

På en nyhetsajt (en finlandssvensk) läste jag en artikel som ställde frågan  Vilken nordisk film tycker du är bäst genom tiderna? Den är lite svår för mig att svara på eftersom jag nog inte sett så många av de äldre filmerna och inte heller de allra senaste, men eftersom det står "tycker du" så kan jag väl ändå svara utifrån mitt perspektiv.

Jag väljer att svara även på mina favoriter bland tv-serier och böcker. Det är faktiskt en ganska svår fråga att svara på, eftersom man ju inte minns listor på det sättet. Därför blir det bara vad jag kommer på just nu. De är väl egentligen utan inbördes ordning.

Filmer:

Änglagård, Fanny och Alexander, Mannen på taket, Cirkeln, Italienska för nybörjare samt Fram för lilla Märta.

Jag har sett ett antal andra nordiska filmer under åren, men tyvärr är det bara de här som jag kommer på just nu.

TV-serier:

Spökafton
Ebba och Didrik
Dårfinkar och dönickar
Huset Silvercronas gåta
St Mikael
Operation Stella Polaris
De drabbade
Jordskott
Anno 1790
Hotellet
Försvarsadvokaterna
Mordkommissionen
Örnen
Brottet
Fångade
Midnattssol

Dessutom vet jag att jag har sett flera bra norska, isländska, finländska och finska serier, men tyvärr minns jag inte så mycket om dem.

Böcker:

Ronja Rövardotter
Mio min Mio
böckerna om Madicken
Tappa inte masken
Missne och Robin
Sandor slash Ida
Agnes Cecilia
Tordyveln flyger i skymningen
Johannesnatten
Månfågel
Gengången
Serien om SubRosa-detektiverna
Danni
Cirkeln
Anna Lihammers deckare - Medan mörkret faller och Än skyddar mörkret
Skämmerskans dotter Lene Kaaberbøl (och resten av serien)
Udda verklighet och Särskild av Nene Ormes
Mysteriet på Hester Hill
Böckerna om tvillingdeckarna, särskilt Frimärksmysteriet på Loberga
Fia-böckerna
(och några gamla Wahlströmsböcker som jag fått av mamma och mormor men som jag inte minns så mycket om just nu)

Jag har förstås läst massor av andra svenska och andra nordiska böcker som jag inte kan komma på just nu, bland annat en serie isländska deckare som är riktigt bra. En del har jag inte tyckt så mycket om, andra var ganska bra, men jag hoppas och tror att jag inte glömt mina favoriter. Förresten kan jag nämna några gamla böcker som jag läst som liten - Vi som går köksvägen, Ett köpmanshus i skärgården och serien om Catrin Ambrosia av Alice Lyttkens. Den senare borde verkligen ges ut igen.

Decided not to read the other one
The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman

After weeks or even months of putting off reading that other book, the title of which I've already forgotten (it was soo boring), I've decided to allow myself to start another one. I'm hoping this one will turn out a lot better and so far it seems to be (after reading once chapter). :) I'm also reading another Louise Penny mystery (as a library ebook, translated into Swedish) and I'll get round to reviewing them later. At the moment, all I'll say is that they're good. Well worth reading in any language.

Living in the countryside

I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before but a few days ago, a mouse bit through our internet fibre cable (not sure about the technical term) and that way several mice got in through the tiny opening. Since then we've been using our humane trap that we got in the summer when we forgot that out here, you can't leave the front door open even for a short while... That mouse was shut into the bathroom and mainly hid behind the shower or the washing machine so it wasn't too difficult to handle - except for the first time I saw it. It was probably a lot more scared than I was - I was just startled - because I'm not really scared of any rodent, just spiders, snakes etc. Anyway, this time around there are a lot more and they're hanging out on our floor, not the cold and more or less empty ground floor. And these clever, cute little creatures can reach in and get to the bait (mainly bread, oats, pasta etc) and not get caught in the trap. Even so, we've probably released about ten-twelve of them in just this short time and we still have at least four in here. They're everywhere! Climbing on drying laundry, on clean laundry we hadn't yet put away (but we have now). One even got on my sister's back when she was sitting in her armchair! We're quite worried we'll accidentally hurt these tiny creatures, but so far they've been more or less fine, only scared, but not nearly as scared as I expected. The few mice I've seen earlier, when we lived in the cabin in the woods, were a lot shier of us. Even the rats that we had in the garage in town were gentle, polite creatures that never did us any harm, though two of them hissed at us, when they realized they couldn't get into the living areas. I've had it with living in this farming area. It must be the wheat fields that attract all these mice. Add to that the lack of communications and culture - well, I just want to get out of here. Not back to where we came from, because that place sucked big time, but somewhere else. Somewhere better. In a way, I feel guilty for not appreciating this place more. It's a nice place. People are nice. We're not used to that. And it's cheap. And several of our ancestors came from here. I should have known there was a reason our family moved away from here...

Source: http://crimsoncorundum.dreamwidth.org/174310.html
Litsy again 2
So, once again I'm the outsider who gets to look in on the cool kids having fun.
Litsy again 2
So, once again I'm the outsider who gets to look in on the cool kids having fun.
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The Book Babies
The Book Babies

This is how much my babies love books. :) Just like their mommy.

Source: http://crimsoncorundum.dreamwidth.org/173831.html
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Library
Library

I was in town today and dropped by the library - an island of culture in this town. This pic was intended for Litsy, but I really can't figure out that site, so I'll just stick to dear old Booklikes.

Book blogging

I think that for now, I'm going to be book blogging here and on Dreamwidth. Unfortunately, the Booklikes site issues are only part of my blog related troubles. As my followers probably know by now, my homepages still aren't working - the malware is still doing its evil work on my sites. It makes me wish I could create a nifty little script that could follow the malwarers back to their homes and crash their sites. Sorry. I digress. I think all I can do at the moment is spread myself thin on other book sites that I'm not quite happy with, but that are all I have right now.

 

If this goes on, I may have to do a bit of book blogging on Blogger and Wordpress as well, but I'd rather not. For some reason these days I find Blogger hard to use and I don't really like the ads on Wordpress.com, so for now, I'll use Dreamwidth. People who aren't members of the Dreamwidth community don't need to worry about following my posts there. I've set it up to be visible to non-members. But really, you should consider joining. In many ways it's a great community.

 

Soon I'll be off to the clinic to have my babies weighed and measured. Keeping my fingers crossed that they have grown ok this time, since the last time apparently they had deviated slightly from their projected weight gain curve, if that makes any sense.

More site issues
Sigh. Now we're having site issues again. At least I am. Related to comments. I guess most of you do. So I guess I'd better do a post about where else you can find me, if something happens to Booklikes. I'm on Wordpress.com (http://veganlynx.wordpress.com - though my active blog isn't related to books). Actually, I'm also on Blogspot, but again, that blog isn't about books and I'm also not active there. The same goes for Twitter. I am using Libib (@ilirwen) and Litsy (same username), and also Librarything (http://se.librarything.com/profile/MilliLinnea) and Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1199334-milli-linnea), at least to some extent as far as the latter are concerned. I'm also on a number of writing and fan fiction sites. Please add me if you like.