Busses are running shuttle traffic outside the house this week. The train tracks are being renovated on a six station stretch, of which mine is the second to last, so instead of commuter trains it's now a commuter bus + train. It's comfortable, and it's nice with different and more dynamic scenery, but it's also an additional twenty minutes in each direction, which means I've spent at least an extra 3 hours on route to work and back just this week. This will be going on until early August, so I'm happy I won't be here most of that time.
I ate a pizza with a buddy this Wednesday, at Birkastan Karlberg, and after that a pitcher of ginger, lemon and melon sorbet. 3/4ths of the pizza would've been just right, and half the sorbet, but I shant complain: it was good food; a good trip.
On Monday I helped my sister carry a gigantic carpet to her new apartment, and take a tour of the one room, plus kitchen, bathroom, hall and room-for-one balcony. It's a nice place, albeit a bit small, bur luxurious living spaces are hard and expensive to come by in central Stockholm.
I've been doing some time-consuming and much overdue money moving, trying to place my savings in the places with the best saving rates, which is no easy task with world economy as it currently is. Most bigger banks offer 0% interest on your savings here, though there are a few with 0,50% on unbound savings, and upto 1,50% on bound ones. Also rates as high as 10% if you feel like gambling a bit and possibly losing your savings entirely... and don't need that money in a bunch of years. But I am no gambler. And I may need that money.
I cleaned the house too. Thoroughly. Chased out the dust rats that have been gathering the past 2-3 weeks and made it all sparkle. Got rid of that occasional sneeze and hazy gloom when the sunlight sprinkles through the window glass. It took a day, but was well worth the work!
I'm eating canned mackerel, watermelon, smoothies, batches of strange pasta, bowls of berries and mixed beans this week, good foods. I ate some year old capers earlier and didn't feel too well, but apparently capers never go old so that must've been something else. They're almost as resilient as soy sauce thanks to the encapsulating brine (as is pretty much anything encapsulated in brine, apparently). On the topic of food, my neighbors started making dinner one evening, and for some reason the whole upper floor smelled like airplane fuel. Grills. You know what I'm sizzling?
Apart from those things it's been work, movies and projects taking up my time. Same old same old. I've been listening to a lot of Red Hot Chili Peppers - their newest album is out and it's awesome. I'm glad to see they're back at it again, and still the same as ever: creative, funky and melodic, with cryptic lyrics that take a few listens before they start to make sense. Few mainstream bands seem to have as much energy and passion, and a style no one can replicate.
Life's been good, and spare time interweaves with fierce work catching up on tasks that are to be completed before vacation reaches, both at work and at homework. It's always too soon, and yet I've been looking forward to this all winter! It's the same thing each year; I should be better prepared. But summer's here now. I let my hair down (I mean I cut my hair and it fell to clear ground). I'm getting as much sun as I can without sacrificing too much work time, getting out when I can - or sitting in to scan berserk rhyme, and apart from a rainy weekend in which I managed to sleep in, and that grim house-cleaning, the weather's been perfect for that. Occasionally cloudy, but great. Warm and windy. It invigorates and spins me.
Vacation's running up with giant leaps! Too soon! Too soon! All these tasks, can I do them in June? Or will I have to leave them, to in the future resume? I weave through the evening with soothening tunes.
On the blog I've posted 12 movie reviews, a couple double musicalish, about a book excerpt, and here's last week. Also: here's a thing. Until next time, have a good one!