Hiatus – back after summer?

I’ve been feeling really uninspired to post in the last few months. It’s not that I have a writer’s block or that I don’t have anything to write about, I just haven’t been feeling up for sitting down and taking the time to write posts about it. So I decided, why force it? I’m taking a break from this blog until the end of summer. I think I’ll continue it after that, although maybe with somewhat different content and in a different format. We will see! Until then, I hope everyone has a pleasant summer and don’t get into too much trouble.🙂 I’m going to be busy with my new job and my new flat, but I’m hoping to get a few days off to go travel. Think warm summery thoughts for me, I want a warm summer god damn it!

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Unappetizing things

I posted the recipe for my “Sturry” a while back. I did the same recipe last Sunday and I managed to screw it up in an epic way. I didn’t have all the ingredients necessary and I was making an extra-large version of the recipe since I wanted to freeze it and have for lunch the following week. To make a long story of screw-ups short, I put in too much water and the stew ended up being far too watery, so instead of letting it simmer for 10-20 minutes, I left it on for hours. I don’t remember exactly how long, because I was nervous and drinking rum and orange juice at the same time. By the time I took it off the stove, it was much creamier, but the vegetables had all turned somewhat mushy. Since I wanted to make lunch boxes, I mixed the stew with boiled rice and poured it into plastic containers. I’ve been eating it basically every day since that and it’s the most unappetizing looking food I’ve ever created… it’s like grey sludge. It still tastes good, but the texture, consistency and look of the food is horrible! I think this might have put me off Sturry for a while.

To make matters worse, when I woke up Monday morning I was sick. I have dyspepsia and alcohol makes it flare up. I used to get flare ups after just two glasses of wine,  but it’s been better the last year so I didn’t expect any trouble since I didn’t think I drunk that much. I woke up at around 5 am, feeling nauseous, and soon after I was throwing up. The nausea wouldn’t go away and I was thinking ‘Crap, it’s my first day at work today, I have to be in by 9 am. What if I’m still ill by then?’. I was so annoyed with myself since it was so easily avoidable. I felt ill as hell and kept chucking up yellow bile. But I fought through it and got dressed and slowly walked to work, with a plastic bag in a pocket in case I really had to throw up again. Once there, I went into a bathroom and did my make-up and brushed my teeth and put on my game face… and it went well, thankfully.

So now I’m officially employed in the research department of neuro science, apparently. It’s funny to me, because I don’t think my project really counts as neuro science, but it sounds cool as hell so I’m all for it. What sounds smarter than neuro science? Maybe astrophysics. I need to pimp my office now that I’ve “moved in”. The first thing I need to get is a lava lamp to look at when I’m stuck with a problem.

I get the keys to the new flat on Monday, which I look forward to a lot. I’m not actually moving in until the middle of July, but at least I can start moving some stuff there. I woke up last night at what must have been midnight by the neighbour above us SINGING AT THE TOP OF HIS LUNGS like a fucking idiot. WTF. He keeps singing while wearing headphones so loudly that I can hear him during the days and evening, but I’ve never heard him in the middle of the fucking night before. Clearly he doesn’t only lack any sort of vocal talent, he is also deficit of any form of common sense. God. Can’t wait to live somewhere AWAY from him.

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Is it only me or…? + Sims 4

Does anyone else dictate their day to themselves like a video game?

“Action: Achieved getting dressed. Reward: 10 life points”

“Warning: Energy levels are getting dangerously. low. Recharge! Recharge!”

“You picked social action ‘Ask about job’. Your relationship has increased with 10 friendship points”

Ugh I really need the Sims 4 to come out soon, I clearly can’t deal with real life. They keep releasing game play videos and teasers, but the game system specs are still nowhere to be found.

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I flew with Norwegian Airlines yesterday. I usually fly with Ryan Air, so flying with NA is almost luxury, but the trip could have been significantly better if the passenger in front of me didn’t fart every 5th minute. I could tell because every fifth minute I was hit by a stench so atrocious I was afraid it might bring down the plane. Kind of like my mum’s dog at the moment, who is laying next to me on the sofa. To top it off, the farting passenger had the NERVE to recline his seat. You’d think that if he knew what stench he was causing, he’d be humble and embarrassed enough to curl into a ball and keep his head down until he was off the plane.

The last week or so has been pretty strange. I’ve had to finish writing 4 different essays for my distance courses, which I managed to do, even if they’re not very good. The idea was always to have the distance courses as a back-up if I wasn’t happy at work, but what happened was that I ended up working almost full-time and at the same time taking courses with enough credit to qualify as full-time. It’s been a bit tricky and stressful at times, even though I’ve pretty much managed to write an essay that was meant to be written during a month’s time in basically 8 hours. I haven’t found out whether I’ve passed yet though, so I’m holding off on the celebration.

After I finished writing and submitting everything, I came down with a cold and didn’t really do much. I eventually went and saw Godzilla at the cinema. It was a pretty dumb flick, but entertaining nonetheless. I like monster films, but I’m more a fan of the hide-the-monster genre than the monster-in-your-face genre… I think that goes for any horror film, actually. I think one of Godzilla’s strengths is the fighting/destruction scenes, but if nice monster fighting scenes aren’t enough for you to like a film, then Godzilla is probably not for you.

Airplane farts, essay writing and Godzilla

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Lessons learned

I’ve learned the following lessons in life this week:

1. Don’t use nose spray while lying down.

2. Don’t try to go backwards in IKEA on a Sunday.

3. Don’t laugh, point and yell “Wow, look at that carrot, it looks like a huge dick!” when your boyfriend is on the phone with someone… it might turn out to be his mum.


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Vegetarian chili (adapted recipe)

It’s been a while since I posted a recipe, so I thought I would share this recipe that I have done a couple of times now. It was originally a recipe for “authentic chili”, although I’d argue that it’s probably still quite westernised. My version of the recipe came to divert quite a bit from the original anyway, for the simple reason that 1) I wanted it to be vegetarian. 2) The original required ingredients I simply did not have. It was a bit of a gamble but it turned out really yummy! I imagine it’s not that difficult to make this vegan if you’re so inclined. You’d have to switch the quorn for soy mince though.


300g Quorn mince

1 Tin of kidney beans (~400g)

2 Big red onions

7-10 Garlic cloves

2 Big carrots

3 Big bell peppers (assorted colours)

2 chilis

2 tsps of chipotle

1 tbsp of oregano

2 bay leaves

1-2 tbsps of garam masala

2 tbsps of ginger

1 tbsp of syrup or honey

800g crushed tomatoes

1 dl red wine vinegar

2½ dl vegetable stock

5 dl pale ale


1. Heat a big pot with oil on the middle setting.

2. Cut the onions, garlic, carrot, chili and garlic finely and let them sizzle in the pot until they soften and have a nice colour.

3. Add the Quorn mince and the beans and fry for a few minutes.

4. Add the crushed tomatoes, beer, vinegar and vegetable stock. Stir.

5. Add the honey/syrup, oregano, garam masala, bay leaves and chipotle.

6. Let the stew simmer for an hour. Cut the bell peppers into medium-sized squares in the meanwhile.

7. Add the bell pepper to the stew. Allow the stew to simmer for a minimum of two hours. Enjoy!

I serve this with rice, but I imagine it would taste nice with corn bread or nacho chips as well. I’m a bit of a wuss so I eat the chili with some creme fraiché or yoghurt, even if it might be frowned upon by hardcore chili-lovers.



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I think I’m going nuts

After days and days of struggling to write my essay in neuroethics, I’m finally on a roll. I’ve spent the last two hours pretty much trashing the two philosophers who’s ideas I’m basing my text on. When I wrote “… I don’t mean to sound too critical, but it seems like Jaworska’s ideas about critical interests often come dangerously close to the idea of the immortal soul.” OH SNAP, GOING STRAIGHT FOR THE JUGULAR. The idea of an immortal soul is pretty much globally scoffed at in both neuroscience and philosophy, so making that comparison is probably just straight-up mean. Our teacher did tell us to be argumentative, hehehe.

During the last week I’ve been sleeping with socks on my hands to prevent myself from scratching myself and cracking my wrists in my sleep. But I keep waking up without them on. WHAT IS LIFE?

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Bad Inspirational Signs for Bad People

Some people might call me overly cynical, but I just can’t stand so called “inspirational signs”. Inspirational signs has really caught on in the last few years and as a result, most of the stuff you will find in any given interior design or bric-a-brac shop is cheap, mass-produced signs printed with lovey-dovey, special-snowflake quotes that often don’t even make any sense. The worst ones are the ones that praises one set of people (free-spirits, open-hearted or intellectuals) while subtly or not so subtly talking down the “mainstream”. Anyway, I came a cross a ridiculously bad and very expensive “inspirational sign” the other day. As a result, I started mocking the concept in my head and coming up with terrible and honest inspirational signs and took to Photoshop to put them together. This is just a teaser, due to technical problems with PS I gave up pretty quickly. I might recreate the first sign IRL and mount it on the wall in my new flat.

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As a bonus, here is the inspirational sign that “inspired” me. It’s like someone just puked words onto a canvas and put a ridiculous price tag on it! Even the doge memes make more sense than this. Sorry for the crappy cellphone picture.Image



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I just laughed out loud at this. That hesitating move of the black car closest to the hole and the other asshole cars not moving to let it get away. “Look, guys, I’m really sorry, but could you guys, like move a bit, so I don’t end up in the big sinkhole that is opening up next to me? No? Ok I guess I’ll just inch a bit closer to you…”

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QI recording

Last week, Tom and I went to a recording on QI. Last fall I had somewhat of a crush on Alan Davies (of all people!) and, who doesn’t love Stephen Fry? I had been wanting to go for ages, but they only film in April-May and there’s a lot of people applying for tickets. The show we went to had the theme “Long lost”, or maybe it was just “long”. The guests were an American comedy writer, who I think was named Claudia and was quite funny, an old musician from the band Madness (Suggs) and Jimmy Carr. I had hoped for Sandi Toksvig, Bill Bailey and Jo Brand, but sometimes the best episodes of QI is the ones with new people in them, plus Jimmy Carr is always funny on QI.

Stephen Fry did the warm-up for the show, which came as a surprise to me. He made a joke about how people think he knows everything, but he is actually just looking up things on his smartphone. I’m sure he tells it to every audience on the show, but I thought it was funny! Once the show started, I think my favourite moment was when a single confetti slowly descended in the middle of the stage and Jimmy said something along the lines of “that’s the saddest thing ever”. I really hope it makes it into the episode!

My second favourite moment was Alan telling a story about how his wife put salad on her nipples to alleviate soreness from breastfeeding and “unfortunately the salad doesn’t make the baby any less hungry”. He said something about his 2-year old son pretending to be a dog that I don’t think will make it into the episode, but it was really cute. He ended the story with softly saying “oh but I love him so” which made the female audience’s ovaries explode. He’s no George Clooney, but he definitely has the same charm of a puppy that is chasing it’s own tail, but with a bit of added naughtiness.

The third favourite moment that I know isn’t going to make it is when Stephen Fry misread a question, to which Jimmy gave a reply that set off the klaxon. When the producer or whatever realized that Stephen misread the question, it had to be re-shot, and Stephen kept trying to trick Jimmy into saying the same answer again, but Jimmy wouldn’t do it until Stephen basically asked him outright to give that answer.

I think the only question I knew the answer to was what was the oldest living organism or something. Bill Bryson taught me that it was lichen. It felt like they didn’t go through all that many questions, even though the filming must have taken 2 hours? And that’s going to be cut down to just one hour for television. It’s a shame because it was such a good show! There was a couple of times when they took a really long time to get to the answers of the questions though, and at one time Stephen Fry said “We really need to move on because I’m being told to fucking stop it!”. After seeing the recording, I’m guessing both Stephen and Alan take the opportunity to swear quite a lot when they know it’s going to be edited out. He also tried to use the audience quite a lot as Wikipedia, which worked to a varying degree, but he didn’t give us any points! Bad Stephen!

The ending was really funny to, but I won’t tell you because I’m sure TV will retell it much better than I ever could. All I will tell you is that it involves Jimmy Carr’s lap covered in water…😉

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