“I can hear a bag rustling!” – My Dad, after finally getting his new hearing aid.

My dad always had hearing problems, but only lately has he decided to get hearing aid. And suddenly worlds that he forgot existed opened up; he has left the thick glass room he was living in. Even things I wouldn’t consider “important” to hear add a new dimension and joy in life.


Hear well and have a great week :)

“I’m a Catholic wh**e, currently enjoying congress out of wedlock with my black Jewish boyfriend who works at a military abortion clinic. So hail Satan, and have a lovely day, madam.” – Harry Hart to member of a bigoted church preaching that all evil is from Catholics, prostitutes, blacks, Jews, the military, abortions, and premarital sex in Kingsman: The Secret Service

OK, I admit it. Subtlety is NOT this film’s middle name. And it has some gory parts. But it is FUNNY :)

Have a great week!

Awesome Fitness

I’ve been doing Pilates for 10 years, so I flatter myself that my core muscles are pretty strong. But Pilates doesn’t include cardio. I get out of breath very quickly. This year, I decided to do something about it. But what?

My first idea was to join a course. But in addition to time (and finding a parking space!) and money, I had one more problem: That the first ten lessons would probably be me gasping for 5 minutes and spending the rest of the lesson in a dead faint on the floor :( (I’m not even exaggerating that much).

And then a friend (Thanks Maya!) introduced me to Fitness Blender: Practically unlimited full length workouts, of different difficulties and times, that you can do in the peace and quiet of your own home, and all absolutely free! It includes HIIT*, low impact, no equipment, special equipment, you name it. I went with a 6 minute warm up, 16 minute cardio workout, and 5 minute cooldown. I still can’t do the full 16 minutes, but they have great suggestions for pacing yourself and I’m getting better. And when I add the shower (and believe me do I need a shower!) It takes 40 minutes out of my day  – that’s it!

My workouts:

Quick total body cardio warm up:

Wake up and go HIIT workout:

Fast 5 minute cool down:

May we all be happy and healthy!

*HIIT: High intensity interval training, a method to get results in a short time :)

Disclaimer: Do not take my advice on your health without talking to a doctor first!

Me: “I look good, but tired.”

Insightful: “No, mom, you look good like you always do.”

Me, joking: “What, I always look tired?”

Insightful, seriously: “Yes, mom. You don’t sleep enough, you know.”

What can I say? When it’s that obvious, I need to sleep more. Starting tomorrow ;) Just kidding, started last week already :)

Already sleeping…

Have a great and sleep-full week!

Me Before You

From the back:

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

I bought this on sale with Nora Roberts’ The Liar. The saleslady recommended it after seeing me with the Nora Roberts, so I assumed it would be a romance novel in the same style.

That’s what you get when you don’t do your research. This book made me cry like a baby.

Immediately after I read it, I thought the book was amazing. However, afterwards I remembered why I don’t like tear jerkers. I really hate the feeling that the author’s entire point is making me cry. And in addition, this feels sooo predictable, with the girl who is secretly hurt meeting someone with a terminal illness. Now, Jojo Moyes writes this trite plot truly amazingly, with wit and feeling and even laugh-out-load moments; but it’s still a trite plot.

To top it all, it annoyed me on a completely different level as well. [Spoiler! Select following text to see spoilers]Our Heroine, Louisa, tries to convince Will that his life is worth living by showing him that he can still have fun even in his state. Seriously? Fun is a purpose for living? I don’t think there are many people who say, “My life sucks and I feel terrible, but it’s worth getting up in the morning because I can go to the horse races!” People need a goal, a purpose. Will has practically unlimited money, and he teaches Louisa a lot. Why doesn’t he teach an online course? Mentor troubled teens? Teach the art of taking over companies? Learn how to program using specialized software and create apps for the disabled? *Sigh*.


If you like tear jerkers (nobody’s perfect, after all ;) ): 5 stars.

If you don’t, don’t read it.

“In addition to actually killing people, they are killing us all. No one is going out. No one is taking taxis. No one is buying anything. This is bad for all of us.” – Arab taxi driver who drove me this week (who will remain anonymous)

Truer words… May we all have peace and the security to make our living without fear.

Though it may be dark now, the rays still break through the clouds

Though it may be dark now, the rays still break through the clouds.

A bit early but I won’t be able to post Saturday and I forgot to schedule :oops: :D

Have a great week!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

I haven’t been in a mood to read new books lately, I’ve been sticking to old favorites – comfort books. But I did read this gem.

On the back:

” ‘Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.’ The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. ‘He never says please’, she sighed, but she gathered up her things. When Brimstone called, she always came. In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole. Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.”

This isn’t exact, but it does express the general concept of the book. However, it doesn’t do justice to the witty writing style, the depth of the characters, and the laugh out load moments. I admit to a certain disappointment when I realized that this wasn’t a fantasy with romantic overtones but half fantasy, half romance; but this was more than made up for as the story unfolded and additional mysteries were revealed. But be warned: It’s the first of a trilogy.

In short, read it. 5 stars.


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