Recreation

On Friday we had our work teams spring recreation day. Usually my workplace (as all of the city places) has one in fall and one in springtime but the fall one is for the whole workplace whereas in spring we have two: one for the team and one for the whole workforce. Now I’m leaving for my summer vacay so I can’t take part to the whole workplace day.

Well, we were going to have a breakfast buffet in a nice cafe near our workplace but in the morning it was closed. There had been some accident with pipes so they couldn’t use the kitchen as all electricity and water had to be cut off. So we wandered off to another location and finally in a third one we finally got breakfast for all 18 of us.

Afterwards we walked to the Botanical garden where we had a guide to walk us through different climate rooms. It’s been years if not decades since I’ve been there and so it was lovely to enjoy the gardens again.

After the guided tour we did a very small group thingy and then we had lunch at the Botanical garden’s restaurant. All in all the day was nice even thou it started with a disaster and the weather could’ve been a bit nicer.

 

 

This and that

Last week was a bit hectic and this one is too.  Looks like the closer the vacations are the more hectic the days before it become.

Last Wednesday I got roped to a dinner with our AV teachers as one of them was unable to attend. We went to one of the best restaurants in Helsinki, it has three Michelin stars and I’ve never been there with my own money. We were served a tasting menu of different Asian dishes and they were all so good (except the dessert which had lyches..)  so I was quite stuffed and tired since it took three hours to complete the dinner. I didn’t mind the time spent as the people were nice but I had a bit of anxiety over Thursday since I had promised to our workplace head steward I’d go to a meeting since everyone else of our union were taking part to another meeting.

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So on Thursday I found myself in a meeting with another union representative from our partnering trade union I knew a bit and some employers representatives and of course the employees whom we were there to help. I’ve never taken part to other negotiations than our own so it was quite new situation for me but luckily I had the other person there too.

In the end I think it went well. Of course the employees were not all together happy of the final result but it was the best we’d do for them and the employer side seemed well enough mood too. The situation is continuum of the vocational studies reform the Helsinki Vocational school did last year and it is reasonable but people feel they’ve been forgotten in the great shake.

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The area has streetnames that describe some jobs and since this is the mechanic’s street it has a mechanic on top of the street sign. These small signs were made some years ago by a group of local artists and I think they are quite funny.

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On Friday we had my work teams Spring recreation day but I’ll write more about it tomorrow since I’m about to fall asleep with my head on the keyboard. It’d not look nice to have qwerty on your forehead.

 

 

Monday

I’m counting days. Luckily I have only 7 more workdays before the summer leave. I’m taking the last Friday off and the Thursday is a public holiday since it’s the Ascension.

On the June 1st I’m going with my friend Heidi to Lenny Kravits concert here in Helsinki and I can’t wait. I was so lucky to see Prince perform here in 2011 and now Lenny!

We started to watch Lucifer’s 4th season with youngest one, it’s so good. I’d watch it through the night except I’m really tired. I had an almost-migraine at work and due to taking the pills to prevent it I was almost asleep all day, kept forgetting words and so on.

Well, here’s Sirius almost-Black for you.

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I should

There’s quite a list I should be doing but instead I’m just sitting here and staring at the net. I’m so tired. It was my first full week back to work since during wintertime I work only four days per week due to the indoors air problems I have.  Since it’s been colder outdoors we must keep the rooms warmer and so I get more symptoms again, just like in the fall when the heating period begins.

Yesterday I met my good friend after work and we had coffee at one of the oldest bookstores in Helsinki. It’s one of our fave cafes and I love their tuna salad. There’s also the great thing of browsing books before and after coffee.

Before I met my friend I visited a fabric shop nearby and bought some cloth for swimming suit. I have a good tankini pattern with which I made one tankini for myself last spring but I need to check if it still fits me and besides it’s not an awful thought to have two tankini’s for Hawaii right?

I checked some other fabrics too and took a pic of one which had horrible pattern on it. My friend said it’d look like an ad for STD if one were to sew trousers of it (I had the same thought).

At work one of our head teachers is leaving for another job, he got headmaster’s place from a private adult education school nearby ours. I’m glad he leaves, he is a bit narcisstic so everything that doesn’t go like he wanted is wrong. It’s quite annoying and it sucks all positive energy out. When one talks with him it’s always about him, never about you or what you’d like. So tiring.

Middlest son’s gf is coming with us to Hawaii and we asked if her parents would like to come for a coffee or something to our house to see that we are not a pair of serial killers and she laughed and said they won’t since they are so introverted. I looked at hubby who looked back at me and we both heaved a huge sigh because we are both terrible introverts.

I had my dentist appointment earlier this week. It was nice since I like him a lot (still). I used to have a huge crush on him and he looked like Karl Urban’s brother which wasn’t bad thing. Of course now we are both older but he’s very nice man still. Before I found him I was terrified of dentists but he helped me to conquer that fear just by being kind and telling and showing what he was doing and why and took my fear for real.

I’m rewatching Broadchurch and now I’m on season 2. It’s good the weather has stayed cold since I’m knitting my cardi and it gets really hot with all that wool on my lap and the cat on my side.

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One third of the colourwork ready.

On my to-do-list I have also letters to write, art journaling to do, beginning a new quilt for which I’ve had all stuff ready the whole winter..

Well.. there’s time. I’m off to Broadchurch now.

 

Sunny days

We’ve had pretty warm days here. Yesterday we had around +20C degrees but today it turned to colder again and I finally got the biggest flowerbed weeded. I still have one smaller one to weed and then the old climbing rose must be dug out and replaced with a new one.

Middlest son wants to try growing tomatoes and cucumbers. Tomatoes would probably like to be with the rose and cucumbers could be okay on our glass-walled balcony which can get really hot during summer.

Eldest son visited last Friday and he’s probably getting a summer job nearer here which is good bc their flat is being re-piped during late May to sometime in summer and he is moving back here for the time being so he’d take care of the plants while we are traveling in June.

Last week at work we had quite decent days since about all of the courses are finished and now there’s just the Finnish-for-foreigners and some language courses left. Friday was so quiet that I helped one of our recitation teachers take promo pics of her to her summer performance ads. We had great time too, she is so funny elderly lady and she got into character so I got a free performance while snapping photos 🙂

I went to movies on Wednesday to see Avengers : Endgame and I must confess that although some things in the story made me wonder in the end I was flabbergasted and the rest of the evening I just sat at home and had a ’movie-hangover’. It’s  a relative to book-hangovers.

While gardening I’ve been listening to Richard read me ’The fourth friend’ by Joy Ellis. I hope it’ll be better than the two previous parts which were quite predictable. Well, we’ll see.

Now I’m going to watch Umbrella academy and knit my cardi. Tomorrow I’m having an appointment with a foot therapist because of the Morton’s neuroma I have on both feet and later we have the Labour Union’s meeting which I’m taking part for the first time.

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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!

 

 

 

Almost free Friday

Since I do 4-days-working week during wintertime due to the problems I have at work with our a/c I had my last (for now) almost free Friday today. I only took part to my labour union’s stewards meeting in the morning and then I was free.

I went for lunch with my DH, he works in the city centre and so I met him near his work place at a restaurant called Backyard Picks which has a very good lunch buffet. Afterwards hubby went back to his work and since I was free and I hadn’t yet visited the new AmosRex museum I went there.

There’s a Magritte exhibition now and also a Dutch art group Studio Drift’s exhibition and then as a permanent display they have Finnish late impressionists pieces. I really liked everything and as I’ve long since accepted that I get easily emotional I wasn’t surprised to find myself crying over Magritte’s surrealistic works.

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Faraway looks

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The Drifter

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The Teletubby land, as we call it, is actually the museums roof windows

The first one is Magritte’s ’The Curse’ and the two-faced woman is called ’Faraway looks’ (that’s the one that made me cry). The there’s the floating concrete box ’Drifter’ and Materials exhibitons ’The Fiskars scissors’.  Fragile future didn’t want to turn upright but it’s made of dandelions and led lights which makes it awesome.

And last pic is of the museums windows. On their place used to be the long-distance bus terminal when I was a kid and teen. I remember many Scouting travels and also going to my granny’s place and waiting for the bus to arrive here. The low yellow building behind them used to be an old army barrack during the Russian reign but now there’s some City exhibitions about the city plannings.

Then I came home and saw that my darling Freddie had arrived finally! I’m so happy!

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