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My Blog Has Moved: New Domain and Layout!

I finally did it: got my own domain and made a new layout (which is fabulous even though I say so myself!

So from now you can find my blog here: www.theliterarychic.com

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Throwing a Surprise Party: Friends, Food and Fun!

PUNCH, CAKE, CHIPS

During the weekend we threw a surprise birthday for our friend Oskar and I have to say it was one of the most successful surprise parties I’ve been a part of. Oskar’s girlfriend organized the party and asked our help in setting everything up. She had gotten amazing foods for the party: croissants with cheese, basil and strawberries; chocolate cake; blueberry pie as well as chips and chili nuts.

Recipes by Susan

The secret to throwing a surprise party seems to be balancing the line of not telling the birthday girl/boy and not alienating them. I have once organized a surprise party and during the planning period the birthday girl started thinking that her friends didn’t like her anymore because we couldn’t hang out with her as much (since we were busy planning and setting up the party). This time it was a close call since many people had to blow off meeting up with Oskar but in the end, everything went great and no one ended up ruining the surprise.

We had gotten him a gift basket – kind of like a summer care package – with a jump rope, comics, sun screen, and other things. Me and Ari also made the punch, and here’s the recipe if you want to make some:

  • bottle of white wine (something fruity)
  • liter bottle of apple-grape juice
  • 1,5 liter bottle of apple-flavored mineral water
  • half a liter bottle of vodka
  • bag of frozen berries (we used a mix with strawberries and raspberries)

It was such a fun party – even though I was suffering from a migraine earlier during the day – and it was fun seeing so many of our friends there! HAPPY BIRTHDAY OSKAR!

My Life Lately: an Update

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A little update on what I’ve been doing lately:

  • Barbecue at our friend Riku’s house: brilliant food (smoked salmon, lamb, salad, etc) and good company!
  • Dinner with Ari’s dad and his girlfriend: we went to Helmi Grilli, which is a restaurant at the mall near our house.
  • Enjoying the company of our new kitten, Merlin: he’s growing up so fast and it’s a lot of fun seeing all the new things he keeps learning!
  • Cycling to the nearest beach: there’s a beach 30 min bike ride away from our house and we have been going there a lot – there’s a café that serves the best salmon soup and pancakes and the water is finally warm enough for swimming!
  • Throwing a surprise party to our friend: more about this in the next blog post 😉

 

Introducing Merlin: Our New Kitten

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If you’ve followed my Instagram and/or Twitter, you know that we recently (less than two weeks ago, in fact) got a little kitten, who at the time was only 12 weeks old. We named the little guy Merlin and he is officially the cutest fur ball EVER. He is light orange with tiger stripes and, even though he was very shy at first, he has turned into a very sociable and cuddlesome kitty.

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Merlin has already started to recognize his name and about half the time he even listens to the word “NO!” He cried a lot during the first days but now has settled down and accepted that there’s no use running away from the people who provide the food three times a day. He has had his first vaccinations and is a healthy kitten all around.

Things we have learned so far:

  • It’s good to have several drinking places because cats don’t always recognize their thirst and might not otherwise drink enough.
  • Kittens might seem to completely forget how to walk when you put a harness on for the first time (WARNING: you might actually die of laughter just watching your kitten wobbling around trying to learn how to walk again).
  • Milk might actually cause stomach problems for cats.
  • Get a climbing/scratching tree as soon as possible if you want to save your furniture.
  • Some cats are clearly entertained by the sight of their owner picking up poop from the litter box (maybe it’s a power kick for them).

More updates on Merlin later – that’s guaranteed!

Liebster #3

Firstly: I’m INSANELY late with this so, my apologies. And a huge thank you to Jess from Bookworms in Dresses for nominating me for my third (?!) Liebster! Be sure to check her out: she blogs about books and food, and all things cool! (Almost rhymed.)

The rules are:

  1. Thank and link the person who nominated you.
  2. Write the rules.
  3. Answer 11 questions and write 11 of your own.
  4. Nominate 11 other bloggers (who have less than 200 followers on their blog) and don’t forget letting them known that they have been nominated.
  5. Write 11 facts about yourself.

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Pride 2014

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We had Helsinki Pride 2014 last weekend and – I think this was a real miracle considering the horrible storms and rain we’ve been having – it was actually really sunny and warm during the day of the parade and park event. I’ve gone to Pride for several years now with my friends and we had agreed on a picnic date this year as well. It was such a blast seeing everyone and eating picnic lunch while listening to all the great music that was played. Especially considering that we were showing support for a cause that is very dear to our hearts.

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Pride week always shows up all over town and this year the Hard Rock Cafe celebrated by serving specially designed drinks like Melon Dreams (left) and Rainbow Power (right). In the evening there were several Pride parties but me and my friend ended up going to the official main party at Le Bonk, a nice club in the center of Helsinki, which has a really lovely roof terrace. The entertainment for the evening, in addition to the awesome DJ Miia Magia, was a pole dancing performance by a local pole dancing school Rock the Pole.

The entire day was filled with so much positivity and love that I wanted to share it with all of you! So hugs, equality, and love for you all!! ❤

May Day Festivities

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May Day Eve is a huge deal in Finland and it’s especially big for all the students who take out their overalls from whatever dark corner they lie in all year long and stitch all their new patches in and go party. I ended up going to two different parties at the university and then heading to our student organization’s annual picnic.

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My wonderful friend Banafsheh took this picture of me while we were watching tug of war and waiting in line for the bathrooms. The lei is courtesy of another friend, Kaisa, who always whips them out for May Day Eve.

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Here are a few pictures of my overall patches. The first one is kind of a “must-have” for an English major like me. And the pony patch is the patch for Better Than Sliced Bread, which I write for so I need to have one of them as well 😀

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And last, but not least, is my friend Kaisa who kept me company for the whole day (and behind her is her boyfriend who was snacking on chips while I took the picture 😀 ). We were lucky because the weather forecast had promised rain but in the end the weather remained semi sunny for the entire picnic.

After the picnic we headed to a restaurant and then to a house party. By May Day, we were all pretty tired and partied out but then again, that was a sure sign that we had had a blast the previous day 😀

7 Reasons Why University Is One of the Best Times of Your Life

As my time doing the BA is closing to an end I’ve been reflecting a lot on the past three years. I came up with some reasons why this has definitely been some of the best time of my life – and why it’ll probably be the same for most people.

  • You’ll go to some of the greatest parties: I’ve been to an American college party (those red cups!! 😀 ), movie party to which I dressed up as Miranda from Sex and the City, English tea party, etc.
  • You’ll learn to live on a budget! When you have no income and you’re trying to get by with the little bit of money that the government gives to students and whatever you manage to save up from your summer work, you will most definitely learn how to manage your finances. No more impromptu shopping or going out to eat whenever you feel like it.
  • You get to participate in activities that will give you useful skills for the future: I’ve learned writing skills from being in our student paper BTSB as well as leadership and activity planning skills from being a tutor for the freshmen.
  • You’ll get the luxury of incorporating your own interests into your studies: so far I’ve gotten to write an essay on feminism in Gilmore Girls; western movie influences in fantasy shows like Charmed, Buffy, and Supernatural; and now I’m doing my thesis on language use in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  I’m also on a food culture course right now where our final project involves cooking and next month I’ll be doing an intensive Beatles course.
  • You’ll gain once-in-a-lifetime experiences: I went to a Shakespeare study trip to Stratford and saw Billy Boyd and David Tennant. My. Life. Complete.

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  • You get to hear from inspiring lecturers – there is nothing more amazing than listening to a truly inspiring teacher who talks about the things that you eventually want to pursue in life (in my case, translation and writing).
  • You make amazing friends who will stay with you, hopefully as long as you live! 🙂

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And that’d be me in my English philology overalls 🙂

Quick Update

  • I had a horrible flu just a little while ago (just on time for my big thesis presentation) so now that I have done a big part of my school projects, I’m just trying to relax and take it easy so I won’t get sick again. Normally I’d just push myself just as hard as normal but then I always end up getting sick several times in a row. Not this time! Okay…just kidding – I am swamped with projects so I do work super hard, but I am definitely trying to take better care of myself.

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  • I recently started emailing and writing letters with the super amazing Ingrid from Smilingrid (go check out her blog, okay?) and I would love to get some more people to write to regularly… I miss letter writing; I feel like it’s a bit of a dying art and it’s so exciting to get mail – other than bills – so I thought I’d start a Pen Pal Project here on my blog. If anyone would be interested in exchanging emails or letters, go check out my new Pen Pal Project page for more information 🙂 I’d love to interact with my readers more!
  • I’m working really hard on my Buffy the Vampire Slayer thesis paper (I love my topic 😀 ) since I don’t have a lot of time to finish it – it’s due already on 30th of this month! Scary! But I’m pushing through and hoping for the best 🙂

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Liebster

A while back I was nominated for yet another Liebster by the sweet Marina from Earth to Marina. I put off writing the post since I had just done two of them but now I thought maybe enough time has passed so that you won’t feel like I’m doing these every single day 😛

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