This morning I did not sleep in. My alarm was set for 6 am, so that I could hit the ground running. I did laundry, baked joulutorttu[efn_note]In searching for links to “Finnish Prune Tarts” I found a number of sites that have region-blocked Finland. I don’t blame the GDPR for that. I blame lazy site admins […]
Everyone’s doing retrospectives on how their year went. I’ve been writing “2019” on things for a month already, as I set up new project pages in my bullet journal. The coming year is either going to be the best year of my life, ever, or it’s going to break me. A lot of things are […]
To be honest, I think that Christmas Day is the worst part of the season. At least it always was when we lived in the United States. There’s too much wrapped up in materialism. Katie and I both grew up with way too much judgment about how we were living our lives landing on us. […]
For many years my Christmas Eve tradition was to go have a big steak dinner after work, then drive around and look at lights. It’s a marked contrast to my life here on Christmas Even 2018. Let me break it down for you. In the corporate world, I don’t remember a year when I didn’t […]
https://youtu.be/N-xnudF2C0g In this episode, Katie and Berin talk about their fifth Christmas in Finland. They discuss ham, chocolate, and snow. Katie’s already gotten what she wants for Christmas, and Berin is just looking forward to a couple of weeks of peace and quiet.
We made it. The Long Dark’s not over, but at this point the days will start getting longer again. The quality of the light will improve as well, as the sun will move higher in the sky rather than skirting around the horizon. Happy Solstice 2018! I’m pleased to say that this has been the […]
Yesterday, as a continuation of Katie’s birthday, we went to a lovely tea room for lunch. It’s off the beaten path, located in a beautiful old house in a residential neighborhood. The place would be easy to miss if you weren’t looking for it. Clearly the secret is out, though, because the place was doing […]