It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Life has just been such a messy, unsatisfying rollercoaster lately, and the inspiration to write or to share has been non-existent. But I thought as life continues, so should I. On Sunday we went Christmas decor shopping – the first properly here in Australia. We (by we, I mean me) thought it was time to start incorporating the Christmas feels into our home and life, even if it’s nothing like Christmas back home in Sweden. Start to adjust to how it’s celebrated here. So we went and bought a white Christmas tree, beautiful black and golden bulbs, and listened to Frank Sinatra while we put it together and guess what? It really felt like Christmas is coming up.
It’s the week 2 of lockdown here, it was meant to be lifted tomorrow but it has been extended for another week. My routines are completely off, I’m not wasting enough energy throughout the day so when I’m going to bed I can’t just fall asleep as I usually do as soon as I put my head on the pillow, and I’m dreaming alot and I wake up exhausted.
A couple of weeks ago I went to have my blood test done, and it came back last week. My cholesterol was a bit high, not much, just need to make a few changes, but was also lacking in b12, Iron and Vitamin D and my immune system was a bit down.
As I went vegetarian for about 3 months, I really increased my saturated fat I think as I’m not the best to cook wholesome food without meat, so now I’ve started to incorporate meat again – only organic though, and will exclude dairy and unhealthy fats as much as possible instead.
These are now some of my favourite food staples.
I’ve been doing 30 minutes of HIIT workouts in the morning for a couple of days, and tries to spend 30 minutes in the sun too. It’s just really hard with the lockdown as well, I don’t leave the apartment unless I absolutely need too. I just really hope that it will be over next week.
It’s been raining for the last couple of days, and it’s been itching in my fingers to do a complete home make-over. Yesterday we went window shopping, originally looking for a new bed frame. Instead, we found the couch of our dreams. It’s not our style at all as it’s quite coastal, but it’s really deep and it’s the comfiest couch I’ve ever sat in. So, we’re just waiting if it’s gonna come up any EOFY sale and order it. So no bed frame it is for a while…
As always I’m off on Mondays, and I made a trip to Bunnings. Was supposed to just buy a paint roller, but as I wasn’t in a rush I just walked around the store and found some bits and pieces. I have wanted a tray for the dining table for a long, but haven’t felt like paying 50$ for one, and while walking along with the terracotta pots, I found a perfect coaster, for only 7.95$. Stick some furniture pads underneath. I might spray paint it matte black, but for now, I will stick with this.
I also made a little garden for the cats to nibble on when they’re out on the balcony. They have a tendency to eat our indoor plants so I hope that they will understand that this is the only one that they’re allowed to snack on?!
Tonight I’m going on a pottery class with a friend, slightly nervous and excited. Let’s see how hard it is 😀 xx / Lina
Ok, as we know, I’ve been dealing with my hair on my own since.. pre-lockdown last year? I have a complex relationship with hairdressers, or not hairdressers themselves but hair salons. As a kid, I rarely had professional haircuts and usually, it was our next-door neighbor cutting me in their kitchen, or as an option to that – going to the cheapest hairdresser in town, which, wasn’t the much better option. I have been crying over my hair many times, as you might understand.
Hair salons are loud, lots if people, and you spend 4/5 hours staring at yourself in a massive mirror while the hairdresser is wet combing your hair and you look like a drenched, miserable cat. So the slight anxiety I feel around hair salons have made me to a self-appointed hairdresser which education from Youtube.
But as my hair got thinner, drier, and just…sad I decided to pull it tigether and just book myself an appointment. So first I went for a haircut (the hairdresser wasn’t rather impressed with my DIY), and we cut a fair bit off. Rebooked in another 2 months for a trim and color so my hair could have a chance to recover from my own experiments. And, here’s the result. Super happy and I am so glad that I finally let my hair into the hands of a professional. No more at home-experiments.
Today it happened. The news we have been waiting for, for like 6 months!! So happy and relieved, finally. It’s never as hard as to go around and just be waiting and not knowing if one can stay in the country or not.
So we celebrated with Korean BBQ. I haven’t been eating much meat and basically have been cutting it out of my diet completely lately so it was really delicious. That’s my cheat in life once in a while. As well as ice cream. Always ice-cream.
Woke up at 8am today, the longest sleep-in I had in a while. It’s been a long week at work, and things constantly felt like it were going against me. So I was very much happy to close up on Saturday and start my weekend.
After work I went home and changed into something nicer, and we drove to a friend’s place for dinner. They served us with lamb cutlets, roast potato’s and tzatziki and cheese and mango ice cream for dessert. Around 12am I was so tired and we drove back home. Yet I wasn’t asleep until probably 2am with a mind still being awake even though the body was exhausted.
Lazy Sunday morning started with coffee and watching the morning TV in the couch. Later on we went to Ikea to spend our 60$ voucher that was about to expire and eat lunch (you can see how much we Swedish people like our sauce) . Really just got rather unexciting things like a new frying pan and lunch boxes..
For dinner we made bibimbap, I had marinated tofu with mine and Alex cooked up a scotch fillet. It was so yummy. Such a simple dinner but completely satisfying. Now it’s 9.21 and I will make my move to the bed as the tired nut I am.
Keraste resistansshampoo & conditioner– My hairdresser gave me a few samples to test out and try to save my dyied, dying hair.. And it’s amazing. I have hope again.
Blinc mascara amplified – This is a re-order for me. It’s the best mascara I’ve ever used and I will use it forever. Doesnt smudge, no panda eyes, buildable and you just need warm water to take it off.
Innisfree jeju volcanic clay mask – I’ve never used anything from innisfree before, and I’m not superparticular with brands when I’m purchasing face masks. But needed a new claymask and liked the sound of this – not expecting miracles, but it has a beautiful green color and is very wallet-friendly 🙂
About a week before I turned 29, I just had this overwhelming feeling of….getting older. I don’t mind getting older, I actually like it as I feel like every year I’m getting wiser and finding myself more. But when I was a teenager I got a septum piercing. I took the piercing out after not having it in for too long, but apparently I had it long enough because 15 years later it still hasn’t grown together. So when I noticed, I jumped into the car and drove to the closest tattoo studio 8:40 pm on a Friday night to purchase a septum ring. And suddenly, I just feel a bit more rebellious rather than getting-closer-to-30-wtf.
With all that is currently happening in Sydney and the covid outbreak, the stress really affected the feels around this festive holiday. As it didn’t effect me personally, I could still go along with my plans. But I knew alot of people couldn’t. And that alot of people was alone. Couldn’t just covid waiting a bit longer and atleast give us Christmas?
Me, my husband and two friends went away to the mountains and up there it was like none of it existed. The surrounding was incredible, the sound of silence, the fresh air. It was what we all needed.
We cooked, ate and drank. Alot of all of it. Enjoyed the view. I mean the place was full of animals and insects, I saw the most beautiful butterflies but also the biggest moths in my whole life. Also met some friends, they were pretty shy thought so we just watched them while they ate the grass.
Now we’re back in the city. Tomorrow I’m back at work. I’m sort of excited for the festive season to be over, the idea of starting fresh. Doing things differently. The goals for next year. Work harder, better, learn more. Eat better. Cut the sugar. And the alcohol. Exercise more. As every year. Im always excited about the fresh start after new years.
Remember the very much wanted wishbone chairs I spoke about? Well, we bought them. And a new dining table. The table is great. It’s solid. It’s earthy and dark. Lovely contrasts. But the chairs… Maybe I had too high expectations. Or maybe it’s just this fix idea how nice they look in everyone else’s home… But I’m not happy with them. And we can’t return them because we unpacked them. And didn’t realise until they were all unpacked how they just didn’t really fit in. They would’ve been better in all black, but I was scared the seat wouldn’t be black for long with all the rubbing on them. So. Back on square one with finding nice dining chairs. I mean, how hard can it be!?
The year is almost over. It has almost passed. And what a year it has been. At some point I thought it was never gonna end, but at some it felt like the weeks were just flying by. I’m in the couch, having a cup of tea. The rain is tapping against the windows. Reflecting. The cases are increasing again. I almost forgot. Put covid in the box of “oh do you remember when..” But it’s here again. The numbers increasing. Talking about it at work. Tired of it. We are all tired of it.