Oct 27, 2011

Sheepies and Horsies

Okay, remember the "Iceland I Love You" post I posted a few days ago? Well, it didn't help that I saw there two videos just now on the blog. Seriously, SO cute! And I really need to go to Iceland. ASAP.

For the sake of my mental health and all. *nodnod*

Oct 23, 2011

An Island That Wants to Be Your Friend

I was going through my blog reader list trying to catch up with everything that has happened to people lately, when I followed a link and that followed to another place and we all know that's how you find yourself trying to find some Really Weird Stuff on Wikipedia or something.


I stumbled across this blog (and its siblings of the same project) originally a social media project but I think it's actually something more. This is what "they" said at the website:
All of this is a part of Iceland Wants to Be Your Friend, an independent a social media project, orginally created at the initiative of the Icelandic Tourist Board, by Takk Takk (that’s us) using nice people and fancy machines.

The FB description goes like this:
I am a little island in the middle of the ocean. I'm full of mountains and glaciers and hot water and sheep. And nice Icelandic people, who like to make music, and who are sometimes cold.

The Tumblr gladdened my day immensely, at least, so I hope there's at least one reader out there who likes Iceland as much as I do and want to be friends with it too.

Sunday look

It was dreary dark and gray outside, I just had to do something about it. So I went and took out my brightest lipstick, and first put it all over my face (almost literally), washed it away and reapplied to (more) proper places. With such a great lipstick I just had to put some (very little) mascara too, thanks to my otherwise pretty-much-non-existent lashes. To add some pop and gloss I also dabbed a little bit of lipgloss on too. 

Yay for bright and shiny face! :D

Lipstick / Huulipuna : Rimmel 016 Heartbreaker
Lipgloss / Huulikiilto  : Lumene Natural Code 001 Berry Melba
Mascara / Ripsiväri : Lumene Blackest Black

With such a lipstick on, you never notice that I'm actually wearing my comfort cardigan and very comfortable sweatpants. 

Päätin sitten näin harmaan sunnuntain ratoksi maalata naamani punaiseksi, ensin kovin kirjaimellisesti, sitten vähän ihmisystävällisemmin ihan vaan huulet kaikista kirkkaimmalla huulipunallani. Komeuden kruunaa huulikiillon hiven ja silmissä vähän ripsiväriä tasapainottamaan lopputulosta.

Kirkkaan huulipunan kanssa lähikaupassa ei toivottavasti kiinnitetä huomiota siihen, että päällä on venähtänyt villatakki ja verkkarit. 

Oct 13, 2011

Fish soup and Fazer

I've spent the past few days mostly with my lovely two-year-old niece Elle (that's what we call her anyway). I can't help but wonder at the imagination and enthusiasm such a little girl can generate in her play and in everyone around her. We just all love her to bits and pieces.

Yesterday, my sister brought my niece to my parents' for a visit and she also made some fish soup for us all. I don't usually eat much fish, but when there's a two-year-old exclaiming how much she likes "lohli" (lax, that is), I had to grab a plate and eat some too. :D

After dinner Elle and I drew pictures on my new notebook, called "Today is Super" which I got from my trip to Kiasma (the Museum of Contemporary Art) the other day. I just love it it, has the fun and practicality combined in one pretty book! 

In case you wondered, there's a pirate boat (drawn by the auntie), colored by Elle; as well as clouds and fishes drawn by the assortment of family.  

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Today I had promised to take Elle to the city centre "for a coffee", something that made my niece very excited.  After getting her acquainted with university life (like returning books late to the library and chatting with friends in front of classrooms) we made our way to the Café Fazer where we got big cups of hot chocolate, doughnuts and a box of juice in case we got thirsty later. I think that generally speaking Elle behaved better at the café than I did. I just love taking pictures of people eating. 
(Yeah, I'm weird like that.)

My father came to pick us up as it was time to return Elle back to her parents, and it was almost a shame that we didn't have more time just the two of us! I would definitely love spending more time with my niece, she's such a sweetheart. 

As we drove to my sister's, I couldn't help but comment that if it was just a little less cloudy, it would be a perfect fall weather, with both a bit of rain and sunshine and a good part of the leaves already turned a lovely shade of yellow. And there it was, the rainbow to celebrate the beautiful day with the family.

Olen viettänyt aikaa perheen, ja ennen kaikkea siskontytön kanssa. Syönyt lohikeittoa ja piirtänyt merirosvolaivoja. Tänään kävin näyttämässä myös "tädin koulua" ja tietenkin käytiin myös kahvilla ihan oikeassa kahvilassa. Elle käyttäytyi niin kuin hienot neidit käyttäytyvät, tädistä en ole ihan niin varma. 
Illalla kotia päin ajellessa keltaisten puiden päälle piirtyi kaunis taivaan halkova sateenkaari.