This is my workspace just now
-Facade Renovation in progress: Average of 3 men working right in front of my desk/face everyday, so sometimes I close the blinds
-Cellar Flooded 3 times this summer: Had to empty it totally so they could waterproof it, so yes this is our patio furniture on the left, pilled up on a bunch of cellar crap furniture.
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I've been quite a hoarder my whole life, and in general I'm messy. But for the past 2 years, all I want is to get rid of things. Things you never wear, thing you never use, but keep "just in case", things you don't even like but that you keep to make someone else happy. When the cellar got flooded, we had to go through piles and layers of wet, destroyed, never used stuff.. and we had to throw away a lot of things. I didn't feel sorry for our things, I felt annoyed we had to deal with that kind of "problem" and I felt ashamed we had a whole cellar full of stuff just good enough to be flooded. I felt ashamed to be caught in a perfect allegory of the "first world problem".
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Last week my cellphone rang, and a man calling me by my full name asked me if I was home alone.
Then he called me "his chick" and when I asked several times who he was he didn't say so I hung up.
My boyfriend now insists to walk me to the metro and from the metro every time he can.
I always find this time of the year very inspiring. (Of course I used to hate it when I was in school; summer is over, you start a new course, and you don't really get to chose all these new things that are imposed to you, and even when you do, like at university, it's very stressful to take in all these new subjects and classes… and I remember hating having to picture what your scholar year is going to look like all at once).
Now it's different, I get to chose what to make of that "back to school" period. I get to chose what stays, and what goes. I feel very energized and motivated. (The only other time of the year where I feel like this is in February, where I always feel very inspired and creative).
I made a list of things I want to do this year, and i thought that if I posted it here, maybe it would encourage me to stick to it:
☑Join a choir ☑Practice Yoga twice a week ☑Make lists of songs to sing with Eva -Read at least 1 book a month(and make a list like Art Garfunkel did) -Watch at least 1 classic film a month -Make Playlists -Create several photo books -Take more pictures of my friends -Get a Swedish ID (so people won't say things like "what is that? it's a fake" or "welcome to Sweden" after I hand them my French one) -Do 1 completely new thing every week (Week 34: I went to see a softball match, Söder against Leksand. I am definitely coming back for the next match!)
Et maintenant pour les francophones, je vous laisse avec le pilote de la série écrite par mon amie Christine Berrou: Certains l'aiment Faux!
Last week I went to see Johnny Flynn in concert at Strand.
As I stepped in the room I told my friend "you know what's my worst concert nightmare? Spending the whole gig stuck behind someone's phone." I know I'm old school but when I go to a concert, I don't come to 1. Hear YOU sing. 2. Watch the entire concert through your iPhone screen.
Well someone must have heard me, because I ended up behind the tallest man on earth, 20 years older than the rest of the crowd, with the most orange bushy hair i'd ever seen. Total Garfunkel from behind, and, as it turned out, pretty Steve Buscemi looking from front. We called him Steve Busceunkel all night. But at least, I thought, a man like him doesn't spend the whole concert behind his iPhone! Well he didn't. Just before the concert even begun, he pulled out the oldest "digital" camera, the kind you get for free when you order clothes in a catalogue, and I kid you not, took like 1376 photos through the whole show, wait for it, tilting the camera, to get the best diagonal frames. It was one of these moments in life when you really really want to laugh, but you also really really want to cry..
Anyways, apart from Steve, the concert was magical. If you don't know Johnny Flynn I highly recommend that you see him live. But prepare yourself, because you WILL fall in love. He's handsome in a way you can't ever be ready for, he has an unexpectedly deep voice that seems to tell you stories from another time, and most of all, he's the most humble person you'll meet.