This week has been quite a long one. I feel like I’m thrown to the deep end and I’m quite tired.
Firstly thete was the sword attack in the vocational school in Kuopio where a friend of mine lives so it came quite near.
Then youngest one had some trouble at school, it seems one of his teachers complains a lot about him so tpday I wrote an e-mail to the headmistress and that teacher and his own class teacher. I just need to know the teacher’s side of the story too but because we’ve had trouble before caused by a teacher I want to be in the clear.
And now my cousin’s little boy, not yet three years old, has a very rare bone condition in which the bones get brittle and break easily. There’s nothing to be done except physiotherapy and making sure he doesn’t suffer. He was born with bad heart, the left side of the heart is not fully developed and needs to be operated (if he lives). He is also waiting for liver transplant so my cousin and her son have already been through so much.
I’m just devastated. We are going there with youngest one in mid-October.
Today is my birthday and I’ve been celebrating the whole weekend I think. I’m not yet over the hill but as my friend said tomorrow is the last time when I’m under 50 on October 1st. We had a good laugh out of that.
On Friday I had coffee date with my two girlfriends in a local cafe which has a cake buffet, i.e. you get a big cup of coffee and as many slices of cakes you can eat, starting with three slices. The slices are small but delicious and since I love their lime-flavoured cake I usually have two or more pieces of that.
On Saturday I and youngest one begun to watch again all of the Harry Potter-movies which was fun. God, I’m still having hots for Lucius.
On Sunday evening we (our family and middlest son’s girlfriend) went for dinner to one of the more historically famous of Helsinki restaurants called Elite. It used to be the place for artists, authors and actors to go to and they still serve dishes which were the people’s favourite, i.e. Tauno Palo’s beef. Tauno Palo was a talented actor and very handsome, he was the Finnish romantic lead on big screen.
We took the underground train to city centre and walked through my childhood playgrounds, i.e. the Rock church to the restaurant which was nice. The dinner was very good and company was excellent and interior very nice.
This morning I started my fall swimming again. I’d bought hand-paddles since I’ve got osteoarthritis the breast strokes can be painful for my hands and the paddles were just awesome except now my triceps are killing me. Anyways I did my one km in 36 minutes which was pretty okay as it’s the first time since last spring.
Then I went to work and heard that our water supply had been cut for some reason, the whole house was in uproar and nobody knew when we’d get water again. The water was cut also in the two neighbouring houses which was good so there were more people complaining about it. We had to make bathroom trips to the other side of the street where is a sports center. The water company was just as out of sorts as we and nobody there knew nothing… Luckily the water came back on in the afternoon so the cooking classes could be held and people could use the bathrooms too.
After work I had a massage appointment again and I’m glad I did, my neck and shoulders are better now. This time the masseuse was another visually impaired young man I had met earlier couple of years ago. He is very nice and plays in the Finnish Goalball team.
Finally at home youngest one made us coffee, middlest son had washed clothes and hubby had bought me flowers. All in all a very nice birthday Monday.
I had busy weekend even thou I did have some nice tv and knitting time too.
On Friday after work I had a massage because my neck has been acting up and my left shoulder is stiff. I found a good massage place near my work couple of years ago and so I went there again and it was very good.
After the massage I went to movies with my friend Heidi, we watched Downton Abbey and enjoyed it. It was quite light but funny and great actors with historically accurate interiors and clothing is always a pleasure to watch. I loved Maggie Smith as Lady Violet and her frenemy Isobel Merton’s (Penelope Wilton) jabs at each other were so much fun.
On Saturday I didn’t do much, I knitted and watched Sleepy Hollow’s fourth season which I was dreading but it was better than I expected.
Yesterday, Sunday, me and hubby and youngest one went to Helsinki amusement park called Linnanmäki. They have a new roller coaster called Taiga and it was really fun! It’s the second fastest in Europe as it goes 106km/h. After that we went to the old wooden roller coaster which I absolutely adore and one other roller coaster. I can’t do teacups or anything similar so hubby took youngest one to them but I did three rounds on the wooden roller coaster.
We came home after five and later I watched Manhunt which was pretty good too. I really like Martin Clunes and he was very good again.
Middlest son is doing his final (graduation) exams in English tomorrow and as usual I think I’m more stressed out than him, it was the same when eldest son had his exams, I hardly slept. Next week middlest one has Biology and then the rest are due on Spring.
The exams last 6 hours and now they are all done by computer. At my time we wrote everything by hand and in Finnish language you had to write the essay perfectly with a ballpoint pen and no corrections and it was horrible. I think I wrote it three times until I got it done without writing anything wrong.
The students have snacks with them and middlest one just did sandwiches ready. He also has some chocolate and juice and water. Nowadays you have to cover all texts in the packages in case you’ll get an advantage of i.e. a Swedish word so now we have a grey juice package in the fridge because he used duct tape 🙂
I’m having a meeting at work tomorrow which is kind of interesting since our new headmaster is a good guy and he keeps the meetings on point. On other work-related news I’ll get to put up our (the library and literacy teachers) blog here in WordPress as soon as we’ll get all the details through. It’s sort of like trying to get a snake into a gun barrel since there’s so much details as it’ll be under the City guidelines which can be a headache.
I’ve been knitting my cardi but had to have a break of it since I needed to buy buttons and I’ve been re-knitting a shawl. That means I unravel a shawl I knitted last spring because it wasn’t what I had in mind. I’ve been watching Sleepy hollow’s fourth season while knitting since I didn’t want the series to end but now it’s not the same anymore so I decided to finish it. I’ve also watched a French series Black spot which was really good, a sort of magical thingy.
I’ve been quite tired this week and I wonder if I’m getting sick. Hubby and middlest son are having a terrible flu with fever and noses running etc. since last week. I hope I’m not getting it.
Eldest son moved back to his shared flat on Monday and I haven’t heard a peep from him since. Means he’s okay.
On other news I begun to watch my carb intake at the same time as I went back to work and now I’ve lost 5 kilos which I certainly don’t want back. I’m planning to continue low carbs until I’ve lost about 10 kilos more if I can. It’d be good for my joints (arthritis) among other things.
On Friday I’m taking youngest son shopping, he needs a waterproof jacket and new trousers. He grew over 12 cm last winter so the previous jacket doesn’t fit him anymore. I promised to take him for a coffee to the cat cafe beforehand as a bribe.
The weather is turning to fall. We’ve had very nice warm days during the weekend and Monday and Tuesday but today it’s been very windy and rainy. Tomatoes like it.
I was going to take part to the dance gym tomorrow but I’ll need to see if I’m really getting the flu. My pilates lessons for the winter begun again yesterday and I enjoyed the class very much.
I’m in the middle of Mind Hunters second season and my cardi will soon have the second sleeve too so I’ll go continue them. If I pass on the couch it’s better than having keyboard on my forehead.
Last weekend we had our annual summer ending party with our friends coming to our house to barbeque (we call it grill), eat well and go sauna and have a nice meet. We’ve been doing this since the mid-90’s with my hubby and it’s really nice way to keep in touch with old friends. Now our boys had asked some of their friends to come too so we had more young people than us ’oldies’ this time. It doesn’t matter since they are very polite and nice people too.
We are having a fall-flu going around. First youngest son was sick at home three days and on Thursday hubby came home in the middle of the day and stayed home on Friday too. I had horrible headache all day yesterday. Luckily it passed but now I feel like I’m not totally well. I hope I’m not getting it now.
On Thursday morning I attended to a sport group near my work place. There’s a big sports center which houses a swimming hall too and I have bought a 10-time sports group ticket which expires on mid-January and I thought I need to start using it so I don’t have to attend to the groups all December. I took part to a dance-sport group called Lavis which is based on Finnish social dancing called Lavatanssit. The dances include tango, twist, rock/jive and some old folk dance steps. It was really fun and sweaty so I think I’ll go there again.
Oh and if you didn’t know, Finns are huge on tango, it’s been a great hit here for decades. Finland even has a great summer weekend festival for all tango people and there’s annual competition for tango singers too.
Here is a pic of me and my colleague Sari at our work in the Adult education centre’s library, it was takes two weeks ago and I think it’s quite nice pic of us.
I almost forgot to tell you that I enrolled to a swimming technique practice in November, it’s organized for the City workers. I’m taking part to one class which is specializing on breast stroke since I use it most.
Now I’m going to continue to watch ’Safe’ from Netflix and knit my cardi, I need to begin the second sleeve tonight. I really like Amanda Abbington but why is she cast as a police officer again? Meh.
I was going to write this earlier, like last Friday evening but since I was so awed and also tired I try to write something now.
Last Thursday I met my friend Mirva. She lives north of Helsinki, in a city called Jyväskylä which is near our summer cottage. We first met and became friends some years ago when we were studying Information sciences in an Open Uni web course and met on the first live study group-day as I sat next to her and we begun chatting like old friends. Some people just are like that and it’s wonderful.
Mirva was here on a work business and we had dinner and then went to the AmosRex Museum to see the Ars Fennica finalists. Mirva had not visited the museum before and liked it a lot. The exhibition was awesome too, I especially liked the painting of a forest which took up a whole wall and also Aurora Reinhard’s little dolls were awesome. Afterwards we had coffee and a long and nice chat about all things at a nearby cafe and it was lovely.
Friday morning we woke with a downpour, it rained so heavily that the Main railway station’s underground stop flooded and still the lifts are unavailable. Helsinki got about 6-7 cm of rain. I had my red wellies and a raincoat plus umbrella with me so I didn’t mind. At my work we got some of it right inside at the 4th floor too, the caretaker guys were furious. Last time 4th floor was flooded in spring when the snow begun to melt on the roof.
On Friday evening me and my friends Heidi and Kristiina went to see the latest Tarantino movie ’Once upon a time in Hollywood’ and I must say it was very good. None of us is a great fan of neither Brad nor Leo but we all agreed that they did good roles and I personally think that Leo is quite a talented actor. The story was also very though provoking as in ’what if..’ sort of scenario. I loved the little details and photography, and I really liked Margot Robbie ans Sharon Tate. I think it also shows how much Tarantino loves movies as an art form.
The weekend passed.. On Saturday I had terrible migraine. I haven’t had one in about six months and this one was really awful, I didn’t know if I should throw up or not or faint or not and it made me a cry-baby too. Not nice. Luckily after two pills I managed to even vacuum the house and read but I still felt dizzy and sweaty. On Sunday I felt all right and managed to sew new curtains to the kitchen, I really like them.
We are having a late summer and lovely nice and warm weather so on Monday morning I biked to work. My biking route is 14km from door to door and it goes via the University cow pasture which is quite nice. I really love cows 🙂 What I don’t like are the two or three hills I have on my route, they are loooong and slow and drag all my juices off.I almost fell at one point as I accidentally gripped the front brake and did a really short stop and now I have a deep bruise on my left calf from the pedal. I was lucky not to go over the handle bar.
Yesterday evening I finished reading ’Fools fate’ (Tawny Man trilogy part 3) by Robin Hobb and I think I need to have a short break of the Six duchies and River Wild for now since I tend to drown into them and forget everything else.
I took the bike also today and now I must say I’m exhausted now but I have biked 113 km which is good. Tomorrow We have the new teacher’s night at my work and I’ll do a longer work day and Thursday we have the all teachers meeting night. They are always fun happenings and it’s nice to meet old and new people.