Introducing… Myself!

What a self-important headline! But I thought that it might be the right thing to do, if I plan on making this blog-thing a more regular occurrence. So I have nicked these questions off my lovely friend, and fellow blogger Helene. I hate talking about myself, so this will be a ‘fun’ exercise. So without further ado, here’s bunch of questions I’ve answered about myself (sorry).

Occupation: I work for a Global design consultancy in London, in their marketing team.

Born: 7th August 1986

Living situation: I live in North East London with my lovely fiancé Joel

Interests: Blogging (I have to say that right?), taking photos of things and editing the pictures (see previous post for evidence), painting and drawing, music (in particular rock and alternative stuff, but I reckon this deserves a blog post of its own), and lots more really.

My Goal: Well, this is quite the question isn’t it. I’ve always been quite bad at setting myself tangible long-term goals, so I guess my overall goal in life is to be happy, stay curious, and continue to develop while being surrounded by the people I love. Oh, and get a Golden Retriever (or two)

Dream job as a child: Vet or horse trainer

Dream job as a teenager: Graphic designer (I would still like to learn this properly at some point – My photoshop skills have a lot to be desired!)

Favorite exercise: None? Nah, I do enjoy a bit of physical activity. At the moment I mainly do a mixture of yoga/pilates and weight training. When I was a child/teenager I used to ride horses every day, which is definitely my preferred form of exercise.

Favourite sport: Any type of pedestrian, and I love watching handball (and sometimes golf – I think it’s because it’s quite de-stressing)

Bad at: Small talk

Good at: Watching an entire TV show in a weekend

Worst trait: I’m quite impatient (Same as Helene!)

Best trait: I’m really organised. That sounds boring, but actually it’s not (Okay, maybe it is a little bit).

Favourite trait in other people: Kindness.

Best way to de-stress: Watch an entire TV show in one weekend. While flicking through Pinterest or Instagram.

I look forward to: Going on holiday in 6 (!) working days.

Listens to: Lots of rock and alternative stuff – to mention a few, there’s Depeche Mode, David Bowie, The Prodigy, Massive Attack, Mew, The Flaming Lips, Kashmir, Arcade Fire, Beck, etc. etc. Feel free to follow me on Spotify, and I’ll be happy to follow you back too!

Dance to: Depeche Mode and that ‘Blue’ song (don’t we all? The 90’s were the best)

Favourite gadget: considering the amount of time I spend with it, it must be my iPhone 6.

Favorite on Twitter: Cluedont

Favourite on Instagram: Tough one! I wrote a post about this a little while back – Check it out here

Favourite on YouTube: I have no idea! I’m not much of a YouTuber

What makes me laugh: tickles

What makes me cry: tickles

Dream life: A big house in the country with room for a few horses and some Golden Retrievers, as well as a nice city pad (and a lottery win to afford it all)

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Tonight’s blogging situation

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Dreaming of: Olympus PEN generation

This post is a little bit painful. As anyone with a DSLR camera knows, you are either very strongly a Canon person, or a Nikon person (or something completely different, but the force is strong with those two). I have always been a Canon person.

I bought my current DSLR in Nepal back in 2007 (no, it’s not a fake), and I’ve loved it muchly. I later acquired a really good lens for it (the Canon red series), and it has provided me with some brilliant photos over the years (despite me not being an expert – I know things, and how to use a DSLR in manual, but that’s about as far as my technical abilities go).

But a lot has happened in camera technology since 2007, and there’s a new camera on my radar: The Olympus PEN generation. I feel a bit like a traitor for saying this, because ‘one time Canon, always Canon’ and all that, but I do think the Olympus has something to offer.

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Firstly, it’s fairly compact. And way more compact than my Canon, which is one of the reasons why I don’t take as many good photos anymore – It’s simply too big and bulky to drag around in my handbag or hand luggage. I reckon I would bring a proper camera much more often if it was smaller. At the moment I tend to use my iPhone 6, which is doing a pretty good job, but nothing compared to a proper camera with a good lens.

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Granted, it’s the ‘blogger camera of choice’, but I have checked out various reviews online (this one for example, which has a lot of image examples, or this one), and it seems that most people think it’s a fine little camera that takes great images – Which is exactly what I need. IIt is as complicated as you want it to be – Manual settings to your hearts desire, but at the same time some fun functions like filters. It does video too, although it’s not it’s strong suit according to most reviews. And then there’s the look of it – I love the retro vibe, I must admit.

Which camera do you use, and do you like it?

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Sunday Inspiration #1

I love Pinterest and Tumblr for the visual inspiration that they provide – For me, both channels are a source of both collecting things that I love, or that make an impression on me, and a relaxation tool. This is a collection of what has inspired me this week – What has inspired you?

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Thursday Craving: Waffles

I can’t remember the last time I had a waffle, and I think something needs to be done about that soon. For some reason I have craved these a lot all day today, but I don’t own a waffle iron (big mistake!) and there’s no-where nearby that I can think of, which would make a decent waffle.

When I was a child, I used to visit my grandparents in their summer house by the sea in Northern Denmark, and my grandfather would make waffles in the garden on hot summer afternoons – and we would eat them quicker than he could make them. We used to top them with Greek yoghurt (which was called something else back then) and homemade marmalade. They were amazing!

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Image by allaboutfoodstorage.com – header image by sweets.seriouseats.com

You can see a lot more delicious waffles on my Pinterest 

Things I want to do more of

I love lists. And I have this theory, that if I put things into lists, they automatically come true. So here’s a cliche ‘things I want to do more of’ list, in the hope that I’ll become better at all of this stuff (and as a reminder to myself)

1. Start running again – What a boring start to this list! I’m already boring myself. Never the less, I WOULD like to run more (In theory at least). Not crazy far, and nothing to do with marathons (Heaven forbid!). Just nice little runs, some interval training to accompany the exercise I already do. That would be nice. I just always worry I’ll look like Phoebe.

2. Catch up on all those series I’m hopelessly behind on – Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, House of Cards? Haven’t seen them. Sons of Anarchy? Mad Men (apart from season 1)? Nope. The fact that I haven’t seen them basically prevents me from having any sort of extended small talk with pretty much anyone. On the other hand, I have watched Girls, Orange is The New Black, Dexter (several times), Twin Peaks, and all the Danish series such as The Killing, Borgen, Rita and The Bridge. Which is also my excuse for not having seen the other ones.

3. Take more advantage of living in London. Go to all the free things. See all the exhibitions. Do all the amazing things that TimeOut tells you to do in the free magazine on Tuesdays. But lets be honest here: London is a pain in the arse. When you live and work in this city, and have a daily commute, the last thing you want to do is get on the tube at the weekend with the rest of the sweaty population (and the tourists), and go to crowded places. I am very fortunate that my local turf (Walthamstow) has some of the finest pubs (and beer gardens!) in London, and a nice big forest, ponds and a marsh on the doorstep, which usually wins over the pavements of central London.

4. See more friends, more often. Point number 2 and 3 might get int he way of this. Can someone invent a way to get more hours in the day already?

5. Blog more – Yes! Here it is. This might be the point I might actually succeed in fulfilling. Might. I just need to stop letting my own self-criticism stop me and write what I feel like writing. If for nothing else, so I can look back at this in 20-odd years, and look at all these pointless posts.

6. As we say in Danish when your will power is extremely low: Stop having a spine like an earthworm, so I can actually fulfil points 1-5.

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Photo Diary – Siracusa, Sicily

About a month back Joel and I spend a short week in the Italian city of Siracusa, located right on the bottom right hand corner of Sicily, on line with southern Greece and Tunisia. More precisely, we spend most of our time on Ortygia, which is a small island that’s part of Siracusa. I’ve previously visited Palermo, and Siracusa had just as much character – perhaps even a bit more. Ortygia was without a doubt the soul of the city, and a beautiful old town with narrow streets, and a new discovery around every corner. Amazing restaurants too! The Island is surrounded by a beautiful, and at times very choppy, clear blue sea. Images speak louder than words – So here’s some impressions (All taken with iPhone 6 and edited with vsco, as my hand luggage didn’t allow for my DSLR unfortunately)   Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.05.35 Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.05.56 Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.06.09 Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.06.38 Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.06.51 Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.07.14 Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.07.26 Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.07.52 Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.08.08 Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.08.43 Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.09.05   All photos are mine. Do not use without permission. Thank you! 

A healthy weekend

Blending vegetables is rather popular right now, and this weekend I’ve blended loads. With fruits and seeds. I have baked some leafs too, and pretended they were crisps.

But to be fair, it was actually pretty delicious (I’m still making up my mind about the baed kale crisps, but they weren’t bad), so I thought I’d share.

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The first one I made contained one green apple, a handful of blueberries, a handful of raspberries, a handful of frozen spinach, a handful of left kale, the juice of half a lemon, a slice of fresh pineapple, and chia seeds. It didn’t come out quite a smooth as I was hoping, but the taste was still delicious.

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The second one I made Saturday morning. I used one banana, a handful of blueberries and a handful of raspberries, mixed with a splash of soy milk and loads of ice. A nice smooth way to start a day. But definitely make sure it’s ice-cold, so it’s not too heavy.

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The baked leafs. Also known as kale crisps. In my first attempt they became completely black, but the second attempt turned out alright. I used around a handful of leafy kale, washed them and put them in a bowl with about 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, a sprinkle of turmeric, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper. I think you can pretty much use any spices that you wish. I baked them for around 10-15 minutes, until crispy but still green (There’s a fine line between ‘perfect’ and ‘black’). In hindsight, I would have used less cayenne pepper, as they were a tad spicy – On the other hand they did seem to clear my head of the cold I’ve been struggling to get rid of for ages.

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The sea is a friend of ours

Last weekend Joel and I packed our weekend bags and joined the Friday night commuters at London Victoria. Destination: Wittering – A smallish town on the English coast, about a 2 hour train journey from London. I have said it before, but I’ll happily say it again: Is tree anything better than leaving busy London for the weekend? I don’t think so. So it was very welcome, that Joel’s lovely parents had invited us, and the rest of the family, for a second Christmas in honour of Joel’s big brother Tom who had returned from Istanbul. It was a weekend of open fires, wine, talks, beach walks, and amazing food. It was rather reluctantly we made our way back to London on the Sunday afternoon, but with a few new ideas and dreams for the future.   Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 09.55.22   Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 09.55.34 Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 09.55.49 Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 09.56.12 Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 09.57.08 Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 09.57.21 Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 09.58.07 Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 09.58.27

Christmas time and a brand spanking new year

A new year starts, and I immediate;y feel like I should do something. So therefore, hello again dear blog! Sitting on the couch with a cup of tea, next to a man who is concentrated watching Match of The Day, is perhaps not the most inspiring scene imaginable. But, it is life, and pretty damn lovely in its own way.

I spend my Christmas in Denmark as usual. There were not much snow this year, but thankfully a few very frosty days, clear skies, frozen puddles and ice crystals on windows. It doesn’t quite feel like real Christmas without those days where you can’t feel your nose after being outside for 5 minutes.

It was lovely seeing the family and spending some quality time with them all. And Buster the dog of course. I don’t see them near as often as I would like, and it’s silly, really. One of the things I want to change in 2015!

I spend New Years at home in our little loft with my Love, and it was perfect. Now, thinking about what 2015 might bring, I don’t actually have a clue. I feel like something significant might happen, but I’m not sure what. It does feel like some sort of change is in the air though.

Hope you all had a lovely break, and got a chance to see the ones you love. That’s what this season is all about really. Bring on 2015 adventures!

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Christmas relaxation favourite: Wandering about the little farm with Buster and looking at the chickens.

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Sadly, Christmas wasn’t pure joy. This little Sweetheart, Kamma, took her last breath. If only animals lived as long as we do!

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My favourite sidekick <3

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Spent a lot of time with this guy over Christmas. He is the sweetest little soul imaginable.

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Amazing Christmas cookies made by my father – could eat these all year round easily.

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Our little Christmas tree in our flat. It will be time for it to continue its journey soon.

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Room with a view

I love a good view. There’s something calming about being above the city, looking out over the hectic life of the big smoke. So, when I first went to view our current flat on a hill in Walthamstow, it was really a no-brainer. There really is no better way to calm down after a busy day than to open our giant loft windows and take in the sunset over London, or watch the weather change, or hear the sound of rain on the windows. It’s a new view every day. home9 home8 home7 home6 home4 home3 home2 Home1