Resolution of 2015: operation cleaning!

This titel may sound like a perfect day for a house wife and this is about to be the contrary of what I wish me for 2015. I wish me action, but relevant one. So Instead of letting me polluting by this and that, I will clean my life.

Clean my body. I will treat my body well. I am not getting younger and every pizza is much more difficult to be ridden off nowadays. This doesn’t mean that I will only eat vegetables and drink water, no no. I will just choose my situations. While we are talking about food, I will even more try to cook vegetarian food. We have been doing it about a year now (it= just eating meat from our cow and not buying any other meat at all).

Clean my devices. Away candy crush, away facebook every day. These 2 are the most eating time and useless “occupations” I Have for now in my life. From januari the 1st, Candy crush will be off all my devices and I will only have 1hour of facebook per week. Why do I still have an hour? Simply because this is the platform where I have contact with some old friends and that I use the message function sometimes. But not always, and I consider that these messages can wait one week to be readen. And btw, I began a cleaning of my friends on FB. People I haven’t talk in 2 years are off. Plus the one showing some rasist (even light) opinion. I won’t tolerate intolerance (which is, in it, a big intolerance).

Clean my head. I will put something interesting in it instead of a ton of bullshits. I will read more. Yes, I know, I’ve already said that before but I mean it. I will take more pictures, clean ones, good ones. I will write more, like a part of cleaning my head. Putting some ideas down, getting some more and writing them down as well.

Clean my relationships. I will do with like an old furniture: take care of them, give them attention and don’t replace them by cheap IKEA. Of course, I may get some new ones, but I will take care of the ones I already have and like.

I feel like this is a big challenge though. Cleaning around me, I hope, will make some space for things I really want to do: spend time with people I Like, stimulate my brain and feel good with myself.

What are your challenges for 2015?

Madeleines or how to cook like an author

 

 

Or almost…

No sooner had the warm liquid mixed with the crumbs touched my palate than a shudder ran through me and I stopped, intent upon the extraordinary thing that was happening to me. An exquisite pleasure had invaded my senses, something isolated, detached, with no suggestion of its origin. And at once the vicissitudes of life had become indifferent to me, its disasters innocuous, its brevity illusory – this new sensation having had on me the effect which love has of filling me with a precious essence; or rather this essence was not in me it was me. … Whence did it come? What did it mean? How could I seize and apprehend it? … And suddenly the memory revealed itself. The taste was that of the little piece of madeleine which on Sunday mornings at Combray (because on those mornings I did not go out before mass), when I went to say good morning to her in her bedroom, my aunt Léonie used to give me, dipping it first in her own cup of tea or tisane. The sight of the little madeleine had recalled nothing to my mind before I tasted it. And all from my cup of tea.

—Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time

To make them, you need:

1) a form for madeleines. Without it, you will go nowhere. You can find it there but the best is to have an adorable little sister, who will give you two as Xmas gift.

and then you need normal ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 150gr of sugar
  • 200 of flour
  • 2 spoon of orange water
  • 8gr of baking powder
  • 100gr of smellt butter
  • 50gr of milk

How do you do?

You put the butter to smell somewhere (I used the microvawe, but not too hot, it worked).

You mixed the eggs and the sugar until you get a white mix. You put then 40gr of the milk and the orange water. Then, you put in this the flour and the baking powder and at the end, the butter and the rest of the milk. You mix well and let sleep 15 min.

Depending on how fast your owen get hot, decide when you put it at 240C.

You put your mix in your madelein form, but be carefull not to fill upp too much, it will grow.
In the owen
5 min at 240C and 10 min at 200C. Stay around to look the color, it seems that it can burn pretty easily.
Enjoy!

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Christmas is over

And fo me who doesn’t like Xmas, it was a good week. We got the visit of my whole familly (read mum, dad, syster and her boyfriend) and we enjoid this week of food an drinks in Linköping. We have been beginning every meal with a glas (or two) of bubble wine, sometimes champagne, sometimes not and to be honest, after a week like that, I need a little rest from bubbles.

We even manage to make a whole famille reunion in Jönköping, with M’s parents and one of his brothers&familly. This was very nice to find the time to make both sides meet, for the first time. We don’t have that much occasions to make it, since my parents are living in France and M’s in Sweden but we managed and I am happy of that.

The weather showed its best side: sunny, cold and even snow for the last day.

I am wondering a little of the resolutions I will take for this year. I feel like I need to clean in my life, I will keep in touch with what I decided to fullfill.

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More than just a week end

Hello readers!
I am currently sitting on our couch, celebrating it’s the weekend. And not only the weekend, but vacation as well! For 2 and a half weeks! I like my job very much butt it has been kind of a lot of travel around and I am tired.
We are watching the new serie of netflix: Marco Polo. It is pretty good actually, and far away from the usual American series.
Tomorrow, there are a lots oh things to fix before my family arrives, but it will be good to have a clean flat then. It looks like after a tornado her, much chaos around, high time to put some order!
Have a nice wekend!

The summary of 2014 and a sneak peak in 2015

Usually, I make a long post about how I felt the past year, but this time, I will take some questions coming on popular blog and answer them. New way to reset the memory.

Something I did under 2014 that I’ve never done before? I’ve taken a step in my writing direction in kind of a public way. I mean: I’ve been writing some stories and enjoying it. It has triggered my creativity and I liked it!

Did I did a big change? oh yes I would say, several. We moved at the end of january in our new appartment, which has been a real pleasure. I change job in march, in the same company but for a very different project. I took the riding horse back in my life.

Did someone of my friends get a baby? yes, two of them.

Which date of 2014 I always will remember? Not sure that I can remember a single day like that, with a date, I pass this question.

Did someone close to you die this year? Thank who wants, no!

Which countries did I visit? I have been in Sweden of course, Danemark, Netherland (plane change, does it count?), Schweiz (plane landing, does it count?), Ireland, Norway.

Best buy? Our robot-hover. We have mostly been selling our stuffs than buying this year, but the robot is maybe the best buy in 5 years or so.

Did something make me really happy? To get to know that M supports me, no matter how painfull of childish I can be.

Do I miss something under 2014 that I want uner 2015? yes, but I keep it for myself. I live in the belief that if you share your biggest wishes too much, it won’t happen.

What do I wish I’d done more?  Reading real books. I have a big lists of books I genuinly want to read but I never had the time or the motivation to read for real. I also would have laid more time on writing and taking pictures. And I would have switched more often the internet off.

What do I wish I’d done less? playing candy crush?

Favo program on TV? We have no TV so I’d say some serie we’ve been watching: hum, the killing maybe.

Best book I’ve read this year? I haven’t read that many books this year, but I would say this one (in swedish): vart är du på väg och vill du dit? from Christer Olsson. This is actually not the first time I read this book, but this is a very inspiring one and I recommend it to everyone willing to developp oneself.

Biggest music discovery? Honestly? None. Not because of the choice, just because I haven’t lay one minute on discovering new music. This may be a shame as well, but I haven’t. I have been listening to thousend of times of podcasts though, this was music to my soul and inspiration!

What was my biggest success at work? I would keep it to the fact that I got a new job at the beginning of the year. The rest is secret on here, just because I don’t want to mix my professional and private life on here.

And my biggest success in my private life? To sew. I never thought I would be able to make something with my fingers. I am also pretty happy with maybe 50 pictures I took this year, proof that it’s all about hard work. For my relationships, I have to say that I am very happy to have spent a week end with a friend I thought I’d lost. And I am also very thankfull that M is still willing to live with me, even if I’ve been pretty horrible and stressed sometime.

My biggest mistake? I am not sure I made one that I would remind that way. Mistakes are done to learn something and I am greatful that I always see the positive in things.

IfI was more happy or more sad that previous year? I have been pendling between happy and sad, as every human being does, with a regular balans, so I don’t know, maybe same-same?

What did I spend much money on? definitivly our flat.

Something I wished and I got? my job. And M learning french.

Something I wished and did not get? 20 millions swedish crowns, in order to fullfill my writing and riding secret  dreams. And a ring from M with a promise of forever.

What did I do for my bday this year? I was at home with M and had a nice dinner.

Is there something that would have done my year even better? To wish this kind of thing is being like a precious child: I have everything I wish and so much people doesn’t have 10% of my luck that I cannot decently write something for this question.

what made me feel good? feed back from people I look up to, taking a run, waking up at M’s sides. Among a lots of others things.

Who was I missing? M when we were apart and my horse. I have been dreaming of her maybe 100 times this year.

The best people I met? hum, I haven’t met new people really except at work (and I let this part away). Really, when I think of that, it makes me pretty sad, but I haven’t met a new person in my private life this year.

What I’m the most proud of? my relationship with M. We are working on it, but it feels like a hobby more than a job. I am taking every day or project shared with M as a wonderful game and it makes me happy, developp myself and I deeply wish that he feels good as well.

What would I do differently next year? I will continue to live my life pretty much the same way I am doing now but I will give myself more quality time for my own creativity and inspiration. And I will take care of my body that is getting old, my biggest problem being that every gram of food stays much more longer on my hips that it was doing when I was 25…

Time, where are you?

We are thrusday evening, 18th of december and this is the first time since a long time that I am sitting and breathing. Oh, I have been breathing though but not in front of my computer.

I have spent the 3 past days in Stockholm for work, but found the time to meet a friend yesterday evening for the dinner. She is a very experienced french woman, living in Sweden since the 60’s and she is one of the most interesting people I know. Surprising, smart and loving culture, the discussions are always funny and very interesting. Plus she gives me some power when I have some downs, being a foreigner in Sweden. She has done it, so why not me?

For the rest, I am waiting for snow but it seems that we will have a rainy christmas again. It was already like this last yer and what to do? Nothing. The good part of getting dark so early is that you can avoid to see all the clouds and the rain falling. What for a compensation?

Ok, time to tips for nice and untertaining music: the VO of the film The grand hotel Budapest, enjoy!

I have to admit

Ok, this is not getting better. Life is (luckily) going on strong and I don’t find neither the time nor the inspiration to write on here nowadays. In 2 weeks, I will be on vacations, so I promise (hum, did I ever have said this sentence before??) that I will write more on here. I actually plan to use my vacations to work on my stories but the first week will be with a focus on Xmas and hanging along with my familly.

This week, I have been working a lot, riding on monday as usual, running on tuesday morning in the dark (not as usual, but a good thing though) and working and working. On saturday, we bought our xmas tree and decorated it. We also made some xmas cookies and M made a wonderfull diner for us. We washed the car as well (nothing to do with xmas) and I made a puff pastry. It was kind of a delicate operation but I think I saved it. And today, I made thousand of köttbullar, ran 11km in 1h07 and sewed. M is on the train to Ljungby right now and I am waiting for the new episode of Blå ögon to be available in some minutes.

A propos politics (which I almost never discuss on here), it happened a strange thing last week in Sweden, something that hasn’t happened since 1958: there will be new elections in march. Ok, this is not maybe announced like a hammer, but we voted not later than in september and the new gouverment doesn’t succeed to vote a budget, so the prime minister called for new elections. I wonder what it will change, but it makes me think quite a bit.

Last thing for today: while I was sweing, I listened to one of my favorite band ever: the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I began to listen to them when I was a teenager and this is incredible how music can recall old memories or feelings. When I for exampel listen to Scar Tissue, I feel calm and good.

Scar tissue that I wish you saw
Sarcastic mister know it all
Close your eyes and I’ll kiss you ’cause
With the birds I’ll share
With the birds I’ll share
This lonely view
With the birds I’ll share
This lonely view

Push me up against the wall
Young Kentucky girl in a push-up bra
Fallin’ all over myself
To lick your heart and taste your health ’cause
With the birds I’ll share
This lonely view…

Blood loss in a bathroom stall
Southern girl with a scarlet drawl
Wave good-bye to ma and pa ’cause
With the birds I’ll share
With the birds I’ll share
This lonely view
With the birds I’ll share
This lonely view

Soft spoken with a broken jaw
Step outside but not to brawl
Autumn’s sweet we call it fall
I’ll make it to the moon if I have to crawl and
With the birds I’ll share
This lonely view…

Scar tissue that I wish you saw
Sarcastic mister know it all
Close your eyes and I’ll kiss you ’cause
With the birds I’ll share
With the birds I’ll share
This lonely view
With the birds I’ll share
This lonely view…