books i took with me when i moved

11.00 am ● books

 
Som ni kanske har redan klurat ut, så har jag flyttat från lilla Hangö på grund av studier i Helsingfors. Jag har i planerna ett inlägg gällande flytten, men jag vet inte ännu när jag kommer skriva och publicera det. För tillfället bor jag iallafall hos min moster i min kusins gamla rum, tills jag hittar en egen lägenhet.
   Eftersom jag inte kunde ta med mig alla mina hundra böcker, så var jag tvungen att välja några att ta med mig. Det var inte ett lätt val, det kan jag lova. Personligen tycker jag om att se på videon på YouTube där folk visar böcker de tagit med sig till college/universitetet, så jag ville göra min egen version av det nu.
 
// As you might have already figured out, I've moved from Hanko because of studies in Helsinki. I will write a blog post more about that, but I don't know when yet. I'm currently living with my aunt in my cousin's old room until I find my own apartment. Since I couldn't take all my one hundred books with me, I had to choose only a few to take. I like watching "books I took with me to college/university"- videos on YouTube, so I wanted to make my own version of it. 
 
 
The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee / The Power of Personality by Sylvia Loehken / Doing It! by Hannah Witton / Unfiltered by Lily Collins 
 
Jag ville ta med mig både skönlitteratur och facklitteratur, så dessa tre blev mina val för facklitteraturen. Doing It läste jag då jag flyttade, så den kom självklart med. Unfiltered är nästa på min lista, och de två andra valde jag helt enkelt för att de är böcker jag jätte gärna vill läsa inom en snar framtid. 
 
// I wanted to take both fiction and non-fiction books with me, so these are my non-fiction ones. I was reading Doing It when I moved, so obviously I took it with me, too. Unfiltered is the next book on my TBR, and the two other books I chose simply because they're books I really want to read in the near future. 
 
 
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak / Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov / Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison 
 
Dessa skönlitterära böcker var de enda jag var helt, eller nästan säkra att jag ville ta med mig. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging hade jag precis börjat läsa innan flytten, så den var också ett självklart fall. 
 
// These two fiction books were the only ones I was sure, or almost sure, I wanted to take with me. 
 
 
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon / All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven / We Were Liars by E. Lockhart / The Drowning of Arthus Braxton by Caroline Smailies
 
Av dessa fyra böcker hade jag faktiskt endast tänkt ta med mig två stycken, The Drowning of Arthur Braxton och den andra tänkte jag välja på basen av vitsordet på Goodreads. Dock slutade det med att jag packade dem alla ner i lådan. 
 
// I was actually only supposed to take two of these with me. The Drowning of Arthur Braxton for sure, and the other one I tried to choose based on their grades on Goodreads, but as you can see, I ended up putting them all in the box anyway.
 
 
Jag tänkte också att jag behöver iallafall en kokbok med mig, ifall jag någon dag behöver matinspiration. Denna verkade på basen av en snabb titt ha bättre vardagsmat, och det står ju faktiskt på boken "helppoa ja hyvää" dvs. lätt och gott! Perfekt ju. Wreck This Journal tog jag med mig ifall jag skulle behöva något lätt tidsfördriv någon dag. 
 
// I also wanted to take at least one cookbook with me, in case I need some inspiration for food some day, and my Wreck This Journal came with me in case I get bored and need something to do. 

stationery haul

11.00 am ● hauls

 
Jag nämde några inlägg sedan att jag planerade att börja på en bullet journal. Detta innebar självklart också inskaffande av lite nytt skrivmaterial, som jag nu tänkte dela med mig. 
 
/ I mentioned some posts ago that I'm planning to start a bullet journal. This of course meant buying some new stationery, which I'm now going to share with you. 
 
 
Två olika ark av post-it lappar, Tiger. Stabilo överstrykningspennor i sex olika pastel färger, Adlibris. Fineliner pennor i olika färger, LIDL.
 
/ Two different blocks of post it notes, Tiger. Stabilo hightlighters, Adlibris. Fineliners in six different pastel colours, LIDL.
 
 
Jag gjorde en beställning till jeminalovespaper i augusti, då jag beställde två tombow brush pennor (röd och svart). Det är förvånansvärt svårt att lära sig få texten sådär jätte vacker, men ännu nån dag ska jag få det! Som jag också nämnde tidigare, så besökte jag och Susanna butiken några veckor sedan, då jag köpte två ark av Jeminas klistermärken, och en drawing pen.
 
/ In August I ordered two tombow brush pens in red and black, from jeminalovespaper. It's surprisingly hard to write with them to get the beautiful text you want, but one day I will master it! I also visited her shop with Susanna a few weeks ago. There I bought two sheets of her stickers, as well as a drawing pen.
 
 
Från Tiger köpte jag även en skrivplatta. Har letat efter en i månader, äntligen hittade jag en! Och sist men inte minst, min bullet journal från Adlibris. 
 
/ From Tiger I also bought a clipboard. Finally I found one, after months of searching. And last but not least, my bullet journal, from Adlibris.
 
 
Skulle ni vara intresserade av mer inlägg gällande bullet journalen då jag kommit igång? Hur jag använder den, hur mina veckor/månader ser ut och sånt? 
 
/ Would you be interested in blog posts about my bullet journal? How I use it, what my weekly/monthly spreads look like and stuff like that?
 

homemade crisp bread | recipe

10.00 am ● food

Based on the results from my survey, and after a lot of thinking, I've decided to start writing my blog in Swedish again. But don't worry! All posts will be in both Swedish and English, and longer posts will have a link to an English post, to avoid posts getting very long. This way both my Swedish and English speaking readers will be able to continue reading my blog. If you still want to answer my survey, click here.

 
Jag har aldrig varit ett speciellt stort fan av knäckebröd, men under de senaste åren har jag totalt fallit för fröknäcke. Det passar till vad som helst, men själv tycker jag bäst om det vid sidan av någon god, varm soppa. Tänkte nu dela ett recept som jag själv alltid använder då jag lagar detta knäckebröd! Så gott, och så lätt att laga. 
 
/ I thought I would share a recipe I always use when making homemade crisp bread. I've never been a big fan of crisp bread, until a few years ago when I first tasted this one made with a bunch of seeds. It goes with anything, but I especially love it with some hot soup. This bread is so good, and so easy to make too! 
 
 
WHAT YOU NEED 
2 dl majsmjöl / cornmeal 
¾ dl solrosfrön sunflower seeds
½ dl linfrön / flax seeds
½ dl sesamfrön sesam seeds
½ dl pumpafrön pumpkin seeds
2½ dl kokat vatten boiled water
½ olja oil
salt
 
150 grader i varmluftsugn, ca. 50-60 minuter. / Convection oven 150 degrees, for about 50-60 minutes. 
 
 
HOW TO DO IT Det enda du behöver göra är att blanda alla ingredienser i en skål. Först mjölet och fröna, sedan vattnet då det börjat koka, och oljan. Själv använder jag alltid olivolja, men någon annan olja funkar säkert lika bra. 
 
/ The only thing you need to do is to mix all the ingredients in a bowl. First the cornmeal and all the seeds, then add the boiled water and the oil. I always use olive oil, but any other oil probably works too. 
 
 
Då du blandat ingredienserna till en smet, bred ut den på en bakplåt så att tjockleken är ungefär densamma över hela plåten. Lägg på salt innan du sätter den i ugnen. 
 
/ When you've mixed all the ingredients into a batter, spread it on a baking tray, so the thickness is about the same all over. Add some salt before putting in the oven. 
 
 
Om ca. en timme är knäckebrödet klart att ätas. Ibland tar det endast 50 minuter, ibland går det över en timme. Då det blivit hårt och fått en fin brun färg är det dags att ta ut från ugnen. 
   Receptet är också lätt att ändra på om du så vill! Lägg mindre av ett visst frö, mer av ett annat, eller mer av mjölet. Du kan också lägga till något annat frö, jag brukar ibland t.ex. sätta några matskedar chiafrön i! 
 
/ In about an hour the crisp bread is ready to eat. Sometimes it's done already in 50 minutes, sometimes it takes a bit over an hour. The bread is done when it has hardened and has a beautiful brown colour. 
   The recipe is also easy to change, if you feel like you want to do that! Add less of a specific seed, more of another, or more of the cornmeal. You can also add some other seed, I sometimes add a few tablespoons of chiaseeds! 

cat café helsinki | helkatti

07.07 pm ● life

Last week, on Thurday, when I had a day off from university, I met my friend Susanna. She had booked a table for us at the cat café in Helsinki, Helkatti, so we spent some time there eating, talking and petting some cats.  
 
 
I ordered a cappuccino and a croissant filled with lettuce, basil, tomato and mozzarella, while Susanna ordered a salad. We decided to share a cake assortment with three different, small cakes. It was all very good, would recommend. 
 
 
There were about 8 cats I believe, most of them were sleeping for the most part but they all (?) did show up at some point. The café itself was very cute and cosy, and being surrounded by cats was a nice add to it. After the café we went to some shops at the centre, before heading to the jeminalovespaper shop, after which we both went our own ways again. Overall it was a nice day, and seeing Susanna again after years(!!) was fun. 
 
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about this week

10.00 am ● lists

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Plans for this week: I'll probably be studying quite a bit the whole week. I'll also meet a friend, maybe go explore some areas in Helsinki and hopefully get the last of my things unpacked. I finally got my bullet journal last weekend, so I'll probably be starting that, too.
Something positive about this week: I'm seeing one of my friends for the first time in years!!! And the fact that I'm starting my university studies is quite exciting, too.  
Something negative about this week: I won't see my cat this week since I'm not going home to Hanko this weekend.
 
Food plans for this week: Something cheap, fast, easy but delicious. I've already eaten pasta twice this week, so maybe I'll keep eating it. For the weekend I might make something more exciting, maybe vegan wienerschnitzel? Hmm... 
Book/writing plans for this week: No writing plans here, but I'd really want to finish Doing it by Hannah Witton! I've been stuck on it the whole summer, and I only have a few pages left. 
Tv/movie plans for this week: I've been catching up with tv-shows for the past few months, so I'll continue to do that. I have two episodes left of Teen Wolf, and next on my list is Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Music for this week: I actually really want to find some new songs to add to my playlist! I've been listening to the same few songs on repeat for a good while now.
 
Blog post plans for this week: This is most likely my second and last post for this week.
A wish for this week: I'll have a good start to my studies and I'll fall in love with bullet journaling. As well as just having a great week and being happy. 
 
I got the idea for this list from Soufie. 
 
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how to survive matriculation exams

12.00 pm ● health & positivity, writing

During the third year of upper secondary school in Finland, it's for most of us time for matriculation exams (ylioppilaskirjoitukset, studentskrivningar). I had my exams a year ago and this spring, and for me personally, it was an incredibly stressful time. But just as thousands of others every year, I survived it, and I promise you'll too. 
 
I wasn't going to write a blog post about this, but I've wanted for a long time and now I was inspired to do it so I decided to try to get something smart written in a post. This is a very long post, but I hope it will give you something to think about and help you in any way. 
 
I'm also in no way a professional, these are just some things I find important based my own experience. Since we're all different, some or any of these might not work for you. It's just something I personally found that helped me, or would have helped if I had done it. 
 
 
 
Before the exam
 
1. Work hard during courses. If your exams are in a week, this one is already too late for you. If you're still in your first or second year, you still have time for this. You probably already in the beginning of your first year have an idea of what subjects you'll be taking your exams in, so when you're taking courses in those subjects, actually read the books and study properly. You don't have to get 10 in every course, but as long as you've studied properly you'll be fine, because when you're studying for the matriculation exam, everything will feel very familiar and it will be easier to remember stuff. If you haven't studied properly, a lot of the things will feel new and you'll probably need to study more to learn. Trust me, I have experience from this. 
 
2. Find out how you learn best. Some people learn by just reading once or twice, while some need to make notes too. You might find it easier to learn when your notes are colourful. You might need to discuss the subject with someone else to learn yourself. You get the deal. Hopefully you already know how you learn best, if not - find out! By knowing this, you can and should take advantage of it and you'll find it easier to study for the exams. 
 
3. Start studying in time and study smart. Do not start two weeks before the exam! You might get through all the books, but you'll most likely not actually learn much. Also, don't read an entire book in a day, but instead read a few chapters a day. I'd advise you to plan and make a schedule for your studies, so you know how much time you need to get through everything and how much you need to read in a day etc. Of course, for some people planning just doesn't work, but if you're not one of those people I'd recommend to try out planning. This way you can also make time for other activities and know how much time you have for them without losing studying time.
 
4. Write notes. Even if you don't need notes to learn, I'd recommend writing some notes, for example summaries of each chapter or big thing or just the most important things. Then, some days before the exam you can look through the notes and repeat the most important things instead of looking through all of your books trying to repeat stuff that way. 
 
 
5. Look at older exams. You've probably already worked with old exams, but it's actually really helpful to do so. You'll get an idea of what types of questions tend to be asked, how the questions are asked and what types of questions there are. You might also notice a pattern in the exams, for example that they ask every year about something that's currently popular or talked about. Also look at the answers, so you'll learn little about how detailed you need to be, what they're really asking about (sometimes, most of the times, you'll need to think outside the box) and stuff like that.  
 
6. Ask for help. If there's something during the course you don't understand, ask your teacher. If you never asked, and find it hard when studying for the exam, ask now. It's not too late to ask, and you might still learn it. Don't be afraid to ask, it's literally your teachers job to help you and explain things you don't understand. The thing you're finding hard, might just be asked in the exam and then you're just going to be very annoyed about it when you didn't ask about it. But, if the exam is in just a few days, and there's something you never learned during the three years of school, you probably won't learn it during this last week either. Focus on something else instead. 
 
7. Don't focus on small details. If you on the morning of your exam get anxious because you can't remember the name of that weird bird, calm down. You will not need to know that. When studying, don't focus too much on the details, learn the bigger picture instead, because that's what you're going to need to know. 
 
8. Keep the day before the exam free. It's very easy to get stressed about the exam and feel like you don't remember anything, but try to not think about it too much and not looking at the literature the day before. Focus on doing other, fun, things the day before, if you're finding it hard to not focus on the exam too much. 
 

During the exam 
 
1. Breathe. If you're really nervous or stressed, try to relax. Breathe. Sometimes when you're really nervous you tend to forget things, and that's not what you want at that point. You might look at the exam and think "I can't answer any of these questions", again - breathe, relax. It'll come to you. Soon you'll be writing as crazy. 
 
2. Listen to the instructions. The instructions are so very important, so listen to what the teacher/s say and follow the instructions you get. 
 
3. Write notes. Before you start writing your essay on the "official" papers, write notes on the "unofficial" ones. You might come up with new information while writing the notes, and you can easily fit it into the final essay. If you're already writing the essay it might be harder to make it fit into the text.
 
 
4. Bring good snacks with you. I'd recommend something salty as well as something sugary. Don't forget the drink! Water, juice, lemonade... Whatever you feel like you want. You're going to be there for at least three hours, but most of the exams will take you longer. Even if you're not hungry, eat! It's good for your brain, and you'll have more energy to think. 
 
5. Take breaks. Even if you feel like you don't need it, trust me, you do. Take short breaks between every essay to give your brain some time to rest (and your hand). Drink, eat, go to the bathroom, just sit and look around. I would definitely recommend bathroom breaks at least once. You don't need to actually use the bathroom, but at least you get to move and stretch your body, because let's be real, your body will not be happy when you've been sitting for six hours straight. By leaving the room you also get some new air into your body and you have time to take some deep breaths before going back to write some more essays. 
 
Mental 
 
1. Try not to stress. If you're anything like me, you'll be incredibly stressed about these exams, probably already months in advance. Try not to be. You really do not have anything to be stressed, scared or anxious about. Of course, it's very easy for me to say this, but when your exams are over, you'll understand. 
 
2. You do not have to spend every waking hour studying. Don't feel bad when you do something else than study, you need your free time too. You'll pass the exam even if you haven't studied 24/7 for two months straight. But although you don't have to spend all your time studying, you probably shouldn't spend only an hour a day studying either, unless of course you feel like that works for you.

3. The results don't define you, your life or your brain. Who cares if you get full L's? Who cares if you only get A's? Who cares if you get one of all grades? No one. Absolutely no one. None of the grades define you or how smart you are. Getting A doesn't mean you're stupid, not in any way.
 
4. You will most likely not need good grades for anything. You will not be asked in a job interview in 20 years how many L's you got in your matriculation exams. Of course, having only the best grades look nice on your papers, but literally no one is going to care. The only time you might have use of the grades is when applying to university, when you might get some extra points from some specific subjects based on your results. But even then, the entrance exam is more important. For example, I didn't even take any optional courses in social studies, let alone took the matriculation exam, so I didn't get any extra points from it, but I still got into the school. 
 
 
5. You can always retake the exam. Sometimes it happens that you know you can do better than the grade you got. Relax! Even if you can do better, you don't always have to prove it. But if you really want to, you can always retake the exam later. I retook the exam in health education, just to prove myself I can do better. Of course, it felt good to get a better grade, but I'll never do anything with it, so now it just feels like I made a really stupid decision by retaking it. 
 
6. It's a lot about technique, not how smart you are. You might have had 10 in every course in English, so when you get E instead of L in the exam, you'll probably feel disappointed. Don't. The matriculation exams in languages have more to do with technique than your actual skills. In other subjects, it might be less about technique, but it still doesn't have anything to do with how smart you are. I took my exam in health education in autumn, and I had read all three books and highlighted the most important things. I retook it in spring, got two grades better, and I had only looked through about one and a half of the three books. I literally got a better grade from studying less. 
 
7. Your life doesn't depend on your grades. You won't die, you won't lose your family and friends, you won't be alone for the rest of your life if you don't get the best results. You won't end up as a king or queen, you're not getting a ticket to eternal life, you're not better than everyone else, if you only get the best grades. At the end, the matriculation exams are really stupid, and they don't prove anything except for just that. 
 
Good luck with your exams! And remember, your grades don't define you.