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Old Home New Home, part 1

A lot has been going on the last couple of months. Since February? Since X-mas? It started out so much smaller, just a wish to sort my place out and making it less encumbered, more organised, more like a home. I started sorting through my basement last year, sorted through my books and gave half my stuff away to goodwill, and Jed built some shelves for me for better storage and it sort of moved on from there. I found a great little sink for my bathroom and Jed helped me install it, and it looked great, and my apartment stated looking great. Then we were suddenly looking at apartments, just for fun, you know, we weren’t in any hurry or anything. Until suddenly we were, because suddenly we had a PLAN. I threw out a lot more of my stuff, and did a lot more DIY and packed a lot of boxes.

I realised that I’ve spent over 13 years living in one specific area in Stockholm. That’s a long time. Actually, it’s most of my life as an adult. I remember when I moved away from home, and this area was the promised land; everything was new and exciting and even the tiny crappy grocery store on the corner was awesome. This area is so familiar to me now that it’s sort of meta. I walk the same routes every day, shop in the same store, I know the time table for the buses and the subway by heart and even though the area evolves and changes, just as my life has, it’s still all so very… constant. Continual. Same same, but different, you know?

But I’m moving now. I have sold my old apartment. It feels a bit sad, and at the same time it feels like a relief. I love my home, but I’m done. It’s old and full of charm and personality, but it is also very cold in the winter and filled with way to much baggage. Out with the old, in with the new. Good riddance.

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Well, Monday, we meet again

I’m pretty sure it’s a mass-psychoses of some sort, I mean, it’s just a regular day like all the rest. But Mondays royally suck, and it sucks for almost everybody. Even if you have a couple of good Mondays in a row, the next time something crappy happens on a Monday, we shrug and whine and say: “Bloody Monday!”. It’s easy to put the blame on the Monday. Maybe it’s just how we project, maybe we just MAKE Mondays bad all on our own accord, but in the end: Mondays, especially the mornings, are dreadful.

Probably this is it: If you constantly find yourself looking forward to Monday mornings you are either incredibly lucky to love your life and what you do through and through, or you are slightly mad.

This was my Monday morning: I wake up after having slept about two hours. The other hours I spent coughing my lungs out, and trying not to puke. I finally get comfortable at about 6.30 am but then of course it’s time to get up for work. I pop a couple of aspirins in hope of getting rid of my fever. I begin what is a 40 minute journey with tube and bus to work, trying not to get shoved around by people who just HAVE to lean on me to make a point. I get it. The tube is full. We ALL get it. Pushing me around will not make it less full. Asshat! On top of this all the frikkin’ snow has started to melt but then froze again, making all the sidewalks into a Death on Ice show. I slip around and twist my back and am now walking like the Wicked Witch with arthritis. At work I take two more aspirins, but the fever won’t go down. The inbox is crammed with issues that will take a lot more energy than I have today, and I’m feeling more and more nauseous. Good start, Monday, good start. Thanks.

Frikkin’ Monday Madness. Trying to cheer myself up with some happy thoughts and good plans and structure:

Gaming, PC:
Well they extended the x-mas event in Everquest2, fortunately. I had some odds and ends left I wanted to do but never got the opportunity when they crashed the entire thing during the last patch. So I put a couple of hours in this weekend and got the gear I wanted for some of my characters. I still can’t help playing that game, even though they keep changing it in a direction that’s not really for me. We’ll see what happens after the expansion comes out in February. After the big hoopla when they opened up the forums for the closed beta by mistake, some info leaked out that didn’t particularly please the player base. But it just feels so hard to abandon my toons after playing them for the best of six years. *sniff*

I also would like to play through “Dragon Age: Origins” again, I never did all the downloadable content, and the sequel is due very soon.

Gaming, X-box:
More or less finished Fable III but have a lot of achievements I want to get, still. Also would like to have a Halo marathon and play through all the games. On top of that I need to finish “Assassin’s Creed II” so I can pop my copy of “Brotherhood” in. I think my X-box needs it. It craves it.

The Music Situation:
I found my old and battered MP3-player with a 6-12 months old playlist on it. It’s like a tiny time capsule, really. Loads of Psapp, Muse and Three Days Grace. Also found myself listening to Analog Pussy again. Good when writing.

Fuel for my misanthropic attitude:
People that treat all the people around them as dummies and pawns. Don’t shove me. Seriously.

Reading right now:
“The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book”, Martin Evening. It’s heavy. And I mean literally. My wrists hurt.

Well, that was my 5 minutes of whining for the day. May the force be with you.

Monday Madness

First Monday of the year. X-mas is over, guys, it’s time to clean out all the tinsel and glitter and crap. In Sweden there’s a tradition to do this on the 13th of January, but I always figure, why wait? The party is over. Bring out the new year.

Mondays always sucks, this according to a treasured, worldwide tradition, and so the first Monday in a new year must suck more than usual, right? After (hopefully) having had a couple of days off, eating too much good food and drunk too much good wine, and slouching off with your lover man, you get back to work. The fridge is full of rotting food that the shift workers left behind after the holidays. You inbox is crammed with frickin’ emails from whiny people who can’t think or act for themselves. All your co-workers are equally pissed off that it’s the frickin’ first Monday of the new year.

Well, now is the time to go to your happy place. If you don’t have a happy place, go zen on your own ass. There are situations and people that you can’t change, and that’s ok. It’s not the end of the world. You will not die. After work, go home, have a glass of wine and just don’t think about the idiots. I don’t have better any advice than that.

When I walk into the icy wall that is the dark and arctic January of both bones and soul (gee…) what I do to get some peace of mind is to plan and organize. Even if I don’t follow through, I still like to have a plan, I make lists about everything. Photo projects I want to do, food I want to cook, games I want to play. I even plan how to level up my characters in Everquest2 (I wish I could plan my own career as efficiently). It’s sort of like making a hundred new year’s resolutions that you don’t intend to keep, but if you get one of them right that’s still something. I just like a bit of structure, even if I don’t follow it.

So here’s a sort of mashed up Monday Madness update/plan:

Game of the moment: Everquest 2
My ongoing vice since 6 years back. Sure, I have tried a lot of other MMORPG’s, but I always come back to this one. Right now I’m trying to get as much X-mas gear as possible for my toons before the event runt out on the 6th of January. Also, I have been crafting like a mad woman, since itäs been double XP for a couple of days. Grind grind grind!

Music to my ears:
All of Robyn’s Body Talk albums, and boyfriend’s made up songs about my cat and our car rides.

Fuel for my misanthropic attitude:
People who walks out right in front of cars when there are so much snow that the cars can hardly break in time.

Reading right now: The Digital Photography Book (part 1) by Scott Kelby
X-mas gifts from my mum and dad.

It is rather well known by now, and a little bit like Photography for dummies: easy and quick to read, simple language, simple explanations. Basically it’s a whole bunch of good tricks and techniques that professional photographers use. Some things feels very obvious but some of them have been quite helpful. What I like besides the good tips on composition and light, is the fact that he mentions (often expensive) equipment that could really help you out and why, but also brings up really affordable alternatives. Plus, he’s ironic and funny.