Vanja-eno

Yes, that’s Uncle Vanya in Finnish. I always find it weird that English doesn’t have own word for different relatives since in Finland we have many words for different relatives, i.e. ”eno” is mother’s brother ( my sons have three eno’s :D) .

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On Friday me and my friend M saw Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya in Harold Pinter Theater and it was just as good as people have said. Toby Jones was awesome as Vanya, Cieran Hinds was perfect as narcissist Professor and the ladies were great too, especially Aimee Lou Wood and Rosalind Eleazar. Richard was of course quite perfect as the melancholy and given up Dr. Astrov. The play was very Russian and also quite universally applicable just like Chekhov has meant his plays to be, showing the humanity through his characters.

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A word of the theater itself too. HP was a bit claustrophobic imo, old house with small interiors and steep stands, even the stage was quite small but it’s an old theater so we’ll forgive all that. I’m glad the play wasn’t any longer because the rows of seats were quite cramped and I felt sorry for anyone taller than me (I’m of average height and even I had trouble with my legs).

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After the play we went outside to the stage door to wait for Richard. We had a small gift for him: some Finnish chocolate and a contemporary Finnish novel My Cat Yugoslavia by Pajtim Statovci which is pretty good. First out came Rosalind Eleazar who was very sweet and thanked all us fans as we praised her performance (she looked a bit overwhelmed). Then came Ciaran Hinds ready to sign the hand programmes and he was very nice also. While we waited for RA to show up we noticed Anna Calder-Marshall to go to the other way not wanting to walk through the fans and other people waiting there. Then came Richard and he started from the back of the line which was really nice of him. He was very quick and we barely managed to thrust our gift bag to him but we got autographs and it was all good.

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We had agreed with R to meet afterwards and we saw them in the queue after RA left and went to a nearby pizza place to sit and talk (and to eat late dinner).  I felt like I had known R for years instead of just reading her tweets. It was so much fun but in the end we really had to go get some sleep.

I’ll write another entry about what else we did on our trip to London.

 

 

 

Beach life

We’ve sand everywhere. I’d wonder more if we didn’t but really.

Yesterday we did the easy hiking trail on Manoa Falls trail and enjoyed it even thou it was pretty humid. It was a lot less muddy than our first visit there years ago so it has been filled with gravel and also there was more steps added to the muddy ground. At the water fall some people went swimming even if it was prohibited and there was danger of falling rocks and some bacteria which can make you really sick.

Afterwards we drove to Sandy beach which is the most dangerous on Oahu and also Mr. Obama’s favourite. My companions just went for a roll in the sea and I had my book with me while I waited.

Then we drove back to Makaha via grocery store and some take-away and it was nice too.

Today we spent about four hours at Makaha beach and back home middlest son and his girlfriend cooked us dinner; cashew chicken. It was so good!

On the beach I had a chat with Julia, middlest son’s girlfriend, about periods. I’ve noticed she’s having hers and asked if she’s okay and we had a nice long talk about them. I have had a hysterectomy done when I was 39 bc after youngest son was born I almost never stopped running and had to live 24/7 with a mooncup and the operation was such a huge relief. I bet anyone with huge flow can relate.

In the evening I finished a chick-lit novel ”Lots of love”. It was funny but not much of a plot. The romantic male lead was supposed to be blonde with silvery eyes so of course my brain turned him into Richard. Yeah… so now I can begin to read my B&N haul. (I wonder if there’s any RA-lookalikes in them.)

Uncontrollable joy

As I promised on Zee’s comments I finally found the Mug of Uncontrollable Joy.

I had hid it to a safe place which only I know of because if I keep it on my desk I can’t get anything done and besides hubby makes funny faces upon seeing it. So it resides in a certain place in my bookshelf.

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Yeah.. That smoulder made my phone wriggle when I tried to take a decent pic and the rest are just as bad. The pic is printed three times on the mug so you’ll face it from all sides.

You’re welcome.

I’m going back to sew and listen to RA read a Joy Ellis book in my ears 🙂

 

Life after Easter

Today I went back to work after the Easter weekend which I started already on Thursday since I had the possiblity to take a day off. As my colleague was away on a Spring holiday and the house was very quiet we kept the library closed (there is only two and a half staff in our library).

On Thursday youngest son came home early and so went to the city centre to buy him new sneakers. The kid grows so fast, even faster than his big brothers at the same age. He has grown about 14 cm from the last Spring and will soon leave me behind and then I’ll be the smallest one.

We had very good weather during Easter, it only warmed more from Thursday to this day and I spent most of the weekend outdoors. On Friday I sat on our lawn chair and read, on Saturday I raked most of the yard while listening to an audiobook and a podcast, on Sunday I weeded half of the flowerbed and afterwards my hand hurt so effing much I couldn’t even knit (I couldn’t even write or use the mouse very good) and yesterday I read a book and sat in the sun.

All in all I read two novels and finished an audiobook (the not-so-good Jeff Archer) and listened two episodes of a podcast by a Finnish actor living in NYC with his husband. The only good thing in the Archer-novel was that it was read by Richard and after Easter meal I was so stuffed I think I napped a while with his voice in my ears. Lovely.

My Pilates class friend asked if I had new make up because I was so tanned already but I said I had been outdoors all weekend and we laughed.

Sirius the Cat had raw meat; she hunted a big rat and a mouse. I’ve never seen a rat here during these 23 years we’ve lived here and she had so much fun with it. We gave her first dose of anthelmintic yesterday and now I have four holes in my bicep. She didn’t like it.

Eldest son came for Easter dinner on Sunday. He is moving back here on late May/early June because their flat has pipe renovations coming up. If he gets the summer job near here it’s easier to go to work from our place than the flat because it’s on the other side of Metropolitan area. He’ll also be looking after the cat when we go to our holiday in June.

Due to hubby’s work he had to take June for his vacay and since my workplace (the actual house) is closed on July I’ll have a very long summer holiday. I think last time I had as long vacay was when kid’s were pretty small. I had a little scare since my boss had read the end date wrong from my holiday application and said we need to have a talk and then she asked why was I planning to be whole August on leave too and I was like what. Glad it was solved this easily as we already have plane tickets purchased.

Now I’m going to watch Umbrella Academy and knit. I’m about halfway through the cardi torso which is nice but it’s really hot to have the woollen cardi on my lap all evening. Soon I’ll get to the colourwork-part, yay!

Tomorrow I’ll be in the movies with youngest one and my two friends to see Avengers : Endgame! I can’t wait!

 

 

 

This and that

In the morning I made an excursion to a nearby suburb as we had a meeting at the vocational school’s library there with people from the City library and our own City offices libraries personal. We’ve been meeting about twice a year these past two years ever since the City did the massive organization changes and it’s been nice. Since I have worked in the City library many many years before getting on to the non-formal adult education field it’s nice to have a sort-of connection there still.

Then I went on to my usual day and left early because I was able and there wasn’t much going on. My workmate (who is also my team boss, there’s just us two and one half-day worker) said that it was okay and so I came home and baked a carrot-ginger cake which was pretty good. (i’m so stuffed..) No wonder I don’t lose any weight these days, a 90-minutes pilates won’t be enough.

While I was baking I listened to Richard read Jeffrey Archer’s Heads you win and I must say if it wasn’t Richard reading it I’d probably leave it be. I wasn’t a great fan of audiobooks earlier and mainly listen to Richard’s readings. Tom Hiddleston is pretty good too and I liked Tom Mison read The legend of Sleepy Hollow. I may be biased.

Oh and since I’m a total hand (and a bit tired atm) with pictures you’ll see them from the Instagram bar on the right ->

 

Sunday

Another weekend passed again. I feel like I didn’t do much but is it necessary always do so much? I’m trying to learn enjoy the moment as I’ve been trying all winter. Last spring I had a sort-of depression and burn-out and after self-diagnosing took contact to the work-health care and was sent to talk to a psychiatrist which was good. We talked about enjoying the moment and trying not to worry about stuff so much but I’ve noticed I’m trying to do that again.

I’ve been enjoying laying on the balcony couch and listening to Richard read audio books for me and it’s been nice. The weather has been very warm but it’s going to get colder again, we may even get some snow.

Yesterday me and hubby did the grocery store run. We also visited the candy factory in the neighbourhood to buy Easter eggs and it all just took all my juices and so I went to read on the balcony.

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Easter bunny made of egg shells. The most popular Easter Egg here is a real egg shell filled with almond-hazelnut nougat chocolate.

In the  evening when the balcony became a bit too cold to continue laying in I came indoors and finished Luther season 5 from Netflix. I quite liked it, season 4 was not very good and only had two episodes so. I also finished watching Hinterlands on Friday and yesterday I begun to watch The OA season 2. I find it very good, season 1 was great and I think this one will be about as good. And of course there’s Jason. I used to be a Lost girl but the fandom kind of moved over, a bit like Armitage Army is doing nowadays imo (?). On the other hand Jason is doing smaller roles than Richard I think and that’s part of the fandom slowing down.

Today I’ve washed clothes (things that never end..) and I washed kitchen windows which I really like doing. I was listening to Richard read Heads you win by Jeffrey Archer while cleaning the windows and doing my bujo. I also baked some pomegranate scones which youngest son loves.

I’m going to sauna now and then I think I’ll watch a bit of OA and unravel an old UFO knit which doesn’t seem to knit itself in the closet. I’ve found a better pattern for the yarn and I only need to buy a bit of white yarn to go with it.