Thursday, February 28, 2013

Love Is All Around You

For some days, while driving in the city, I've noticed that many ONE WAY signs have been "vandalized".

The "ONE LOVE" signs just seem to be everywhere! I finally found out, it was an advertising campaign for an events organizer in DC: OneLoveMassive (They promise: good music, good people, good time). Here's a not-so-positive DCist article about the LOVE stickers. (The signs are "Cute, dangerous and illegal", they say.) This kind of discussion is very typical for DC -- well, with so many bright brains per square mile...! Cannot but LOVE this city!!

And here's a SONG to go with this post. Have a great day!
EDIT: Oh, there seems to be a "Free Bradley Manning" poster underneath the LOVE sign. Very DC that one, too :))
Columbia Road NW and 16th NW
(Oh yes, I do take photos when I'm driving...)

Home Office

The pros: it's wonderful to work from home, anytime, sometimes in PJs. Everything you need is right there.
The cons: you no longer have a dining area per se. It's been invaded by stuff, papers, cords and devices...


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Making of...

I made some beef stew today. I let it stir in the oven for about three hours. Meanwhile, I washed some clothes and worked on a Project. At home. Kids at School. Hmm, the animals are a whole lot quieter to work with. My house smells soooo goood...

My kitchen may not be the most functional (see how much you can open the oven before it hits the fridge, hhhmm) but it is MINE and I love it. The stove is excellent and so is the oven. Both go throuugh a lot.

Monday, February 25, 2013

My Favourite Day

I love Björk. Have always loved her. I once saw a Mtv Documentary on her and have ever since remembered this quote of hers. I have repeated it many times to my foreign friends to explain us "Nordics". How passionate we actually are, and how deep our passion lies, and how strong and long lasting it is.

"I think Mediterranean passion 
has been documented very well, 
and been fashionable for centuries. 
But I think the arctic brand of passion is different, 
it’s not more or less passionate, 
it just lies different, it’s a lot deeper. 
It’s more sort of submarine passion; 
it won’t burst out to the surface easily."

The image is from here.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Award Goes To...

Well, it is the Oscar Night, the night of the red carpets and also a Sunday of an excellent week for me. Professionally, I've had all the success a person can hope for. Here's how I truly feel right now:

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Coverfaces -- Kansinaamat

My ex-neighbors from Finland - a family of four: Sirpa, Miko and their two kiddies - have a fascinating hobby. I simply don't know from where they get all these crazy ideas :)) AND all those so many LP-covers. They must have stacks of them! Check out their Facebook site for more.

Love the Marimekko shirt on this one!

On Apples and Doctors...

An Apple a day, keeps the Doctor away, right? Well, my dear Apple iPad needs a doctor. I got her an appointment for tomorrow. I wish I had money to replace and up-grade both my iPhone and iPad (remember when I got her?), but I need to take care of the camera issue first... Everybody's breaking up on me!

The illness is getting ever so more acute as you can see...

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Maia's Own Keys

In Finland, all kids not only have their own cell phones at age 5 or 6 but also their own home keys. The other day, I had keys made for Luis (10) and Maia (8), although they are not supposed to go out by themselves, without an adult, before they're 12.

But suppose they went just a little bit. Just to take the dog out in the mornings? YES, WE HAVE a DOG now! Her name is Bambina :))) (Some photos of her front side coming soon...) We love her so!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Work's Done

As a good Lutheran I will now give myself a break. I am sick, with flu and fever, and have finished my day's writing work at 12.30 am. My options are shown in the following image: InStyle Magazine (Spring Fashion!), a great novel I just bought on Amazon or listening to a podcast or music on my iPhone... Tuff.

All above options come with cozying around with Bambina :)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Parmigiano, ti amo!

There's something I love very much in this world: it's texture, smell, taste and all those together, mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Here you find very decent stuff in the Whole Foods...

Image from here

Image from here

Image from here

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Kissing Hhmmm

When you've recently broken up or have been single for a (too) long while, Valentine's may feel a bit awkward. I watched today guys walk home with flowers, teddy bears and "I love you" balloons, and the girl at my local bank had received a huge bouquet. Ah, lucky her!

What I most miss about being in a relationship is the kisses. Hence the photo. Can live without flowers, cards, rings, teddy bears.. but can't live without good kissing.

The image is from here

Monday, February 11, 2013

My Favourite Person

I am not going to tire you with the arguments and elogies for her. She is just so amazing, it's beyond belief. Thanks girlfriend, for all the rest of us! Thanks. And, yes, 'tis my favourite day also. Plus my favourite part of it: the evening. And kids're in their beds already :)

The image is from here

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Long Time No Ski - I Am Wearing

It's Finnish "laskiais-weekend" which means you have to go someplace and go down the hill or otherwise the crops will not come about all summer and you'll starve to death. That's our plan today. I haven't skied since last February, which for a Finn is quite a long stretch off the "planks" actually.

So, I took my fantastico uni-piece ski outfit out in the open from the moth ball sack, and here we goooooo... I bought it in London in Topshop some 5 years ago, so I guess it must be quite a fashion piece here in the States still :D

One too many visits to the Air and Space, perhaps hahhah!

The beauty of this piece is that you can crop it down like this when you go after-ski.

Oh, the Vitalis is for the scent. To get to the real laskiais-feeling, you know.
Oh, and the gray nail polish? Just a coincidence :))

I woke up early to make some sandwiches for the road. But the good thing about going on a trip with your Spanish EX is that his "8 o'clock sharp!" departure time is more like "a las nueve y media o algo por ahi"...
My beloved & almost worn out UGGs need an update, we all agree on that.

Have a beautiful weekend all of yous and see you tomorrow!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Portrait of the Artist

This is me, the blogger: I am a party girl (rarely), traveler (often), shoe/fashion/bag freak (always!), lonely (sometimes), worn out (it happens), happy (usually).

Lunches - Namaste

I've spent the day homing with my four-legged pals Pinky and Bambina (our hermit crabs Markie and Lucy are hibernating and hardly seen these days...). The kids are at school -- where I did manage to take them a) in time b) with packed lunches c) homework done. I consider all this an accomplishment, and myself to be enough.

Some days are full of action. Others are quiet. Namaste!


Cinnamon Raisin Bagels with cream cheese, raspberries, nacho chips, cheddar cheese and apple slices.
Xylitols are hidden inside the napkins :)

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Mami Made Me

... things on letterpress.

My mom is a graphic artist and she recently worked on some stuff on letterpress (a printing technique) and look what I got! Thänks you, MOMMY!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Unbearably Beautiful

Yesterday, I watched a long forgotten (to me) jewel of a film: The Unbearable Lightness of Being starring Daniel Day Lewis, Juliette Binoche and Lena Olin. In freaking 1988! OMGosh! It was fantastic! I read the novel by Milan Kundera sometime in my 20s and was so moved.

Oh, for the love oh Gandhi, how beautiful!


 The images are from here. Thanks Anni W. for the link :))

Friday, February 1, 2013

Friday Feeling

Childless Friday. First in a looooong time. Doing nothing, maybe watch a film later. Heavenly. Facebook. Love Johnny Depp. Forever. Plans for tomorrow? AM SO GONNA SLEEEEEP IN! Dog or no dog.


Oh, I hate the expression lol. But I did. Laugh out loud, when I saw this. HOW TRUE ALL OF IT! I call myself an expert by now and quite agree: Go on the pink side pronto, am pretty far there actually myself... House does need some paint, though! And me needs some standards... and mfg boundaries! LOL!!!