Find the jaguar in your orchid

We have few flowers at home. At least, we have some plants which resist some weeks without water. And we have an orchid. We got it as a gift some years ago and it was full with flowers but then, nothing. I mean, I’m not too interested of them, so I let it survive in a window and wait.

But this lovely got now 5 flowers. Last instinct to send sos to the world maybe?

I took my camera and did some photos and I discovered that there is a little jaguar in every flower. Maybe it’s a good metaphor for life? You have to be kind and lovely on the outside but keep your power inside, ready to go out?

Creativity

Sorry for the non writting on here for a while, life is happening. I tried to give the priority to some creativity the past days and it resulted in some tries of making digital drawings of pictures from books I have at home. I try to become friend with Inkscape and understand how it works. I find the software OK to draw with but it demands kind of precision with the mouse and I only have my touchpad so I need to keep calm and focused.

On this try bellow, I plaid with the gradients. Not easy to get them right but after one hour of play, I got this magnolia. Comments? Advices?

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Arrived at home during the second night of january (well, how do you count: does january begin with a short night or with a long day?), we were welcomed by a storm in Sweden. Quite difficult landing but we (the pilots) managed. Yesterday was a slow day. We woke up at noon, put some order in the flat and Z was rediscovering it by herself.

When the evening arrived, we wanted to watch something easy for our head, not too dark, not too idiotical either. Our choice landed on “the ballad of Buster Scruggs” and it was a good choice! 6 short films in one, short western stories showing ups and downs in what the life at the beginning of USA was supposed to be. We liked it very much, so run to your Netflix and watch it!

Den blomstertiden nu kommer

We had the visit om my parents and M and I did go to the cinema together, the first time since before she was born… We choose a swedish movie “den blomstertiden nu kommer“, made by a little swedich production company Crazy Pictures.

The story was typical from a disaster war movie, but really strange to see it happening in Sweden rather than in the US or so. The pictures and the effects were wonderful and this made me curious about the production company.

Crazy pictures makes well filmed and at first sight normal stories but they always turn out totally crazy (they choose a good name) and with (black) humour.

Check out their youtube channel, where there is a lots of short movies worth a watching!

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picture from Crazy pictures.

2 weeks done and 1 week left

We just finished our second week of holiday and I see the difference deeply in my body: I am much more less tired now!

We visited family and friends, discovered the Baltic sea, Öland and Kalmar, had good times and so on. We pricked everything except the reading: I took 2 books with me but read only 20 pages from one of them. Ah, no big deal, there will be other moments…

Z discovered the Baltic sea a day when it was all grey. It was almost impossible to see the difference between the horizon and the sea and there were no waves at all.

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The same day, we got to witness a beautiful sunset from Öland. Not a classical one with a beach in the foreground, but one with a field of gold. It’s been very warm in Sweden the past months (!!) and the grass is not as green as usual. For us, who did not have the finances to go to France this summer, this was very welcome. I even have sun marks on my feet! However, the swedish people are more concerned. It’s not common here to hear that watering a garden is forbidden, or to hear that one must save water. Water is usually a unlimited resource in Sweden. But not this year. And not forever.

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Sameblod

The week end was calm here in Uppsala. We did basically nothing but to spend time together and rest.

We still struggle with Z’s food. It’s good, she likes fruits, but she doesn’t want to eat anything else. I listened to the tips I got but it did not make it. She doesn’t seem to suffer of it, she still runs around all the day but somehow, I feel that she doesn’t get what she needs. It maybe will get better when she gets to kindergarten. Ah well…

I am also very bored by coking for us adults (btw, she eats the same thing as we do), the inspiration is simply not here. So now, for a while, we will test “matkassar”, meaning you buy a bag of food prepared for recipes for a week. I choose an option “easy for kids”, so it won’t be that much vegetarian I guess and less biological as well, but I had to choose: my mental health or our empty stomachs.

We watched a movie yesterday: Sameblod. It’s not a glorious part of swedish history but what for a determination the girl shows! The landscapes are also very beautiful and the plot is well filmed. Go for it!

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picture borrowed here: https://www.sf.se/film/NCG516356/sameblod

 

La mante

In these days when both M and I have a cold (Z went through this period without any symptom???), we don’t do much outside or at the gym. But we do netflix!

The last watched serie is la mante. The story happens in France and is about a copycat from a serial killer. Carole Bouquet and Fred Testot (nice to see him in a serious role) are acting well and the story holds well. 6 episodes so not too long. I would recommend it I guess.

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Picture borrowed here: http://m.imdb.com/title/tt6467482/

The crown

I finished (alone) watching the season 2 and I guess I won’t look the season 3. Does it say much of this serie? Well, it’s actually more the fault of the characters than the serie itself. It’s well filmed, even if the colors are a little bit too copied from “bron”. But the queen… oh, what for a boring person. This whole universe is so aged now. I guess it already was so by then. And thinking that she still is living and working, I wonder if she has seen the serie. Or her grand kids…

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picture borrowed here.

Dark, the Affair and the Crown

In these vacations days, we decided to subscribe again to Netflix (we cut it down last fall to save some money and time). We had now 3 series on the list and it was Dark S1, the Affair S3 and The Crown S2.

Dark was recommended by M’s brother and with the description and the trailer, I was not very fan of it. I thought that I would give it a try anyway (I’m a bit light scared, and story with disappearing kids is not my cup of tea nowadays). But after the first episode, I was captured! It was a very good serie and a good reason to subscribe to Netflix. We wathed it in two days.

The affair S3 was not that good than the 2 first seasons, which were very good (if I remember well, watched them a year ago, pregnant until the eyeballs). Too much of nothing going on, too much of predjudices about french people, no. It was not good enough to me.

The crown S2: we just began, so I may come back with more details.

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picture borrowed to IMDB

When you want to reach the stars…

… And all you see is only grey clouds… 

I was travelling to Dalarna for the work this afternoon and this was good to have some time for reflexion in the train. I had a lots to think of at work. Life goes fast and when you work half week and are dedicated to your work, it’s important to keep in mind the proce of the days at home with your baby. I really like the repartition we have with M but it’s easy done for me to fall into work thoughts the part of the week I’m not supposed to work.

But it happens as well that I think of Z while working. For example,  I saw a mum with a three-four months old baby waiting for the train. I thought of my little girl, who just learnt how to bubble with her mouth.

And for those who wonder, no, the grass is not green in Sweden yet. It’s only half in may, so be patient. Scarf, gloves and head protection are still welcome.