✖ Pyhä Igloos | Pyhä Magic

Sunday, 11 April 2021

My 26th birthday was a lot different than my 25th. I've always lived in this crazy belief that I cannot age if there isn't any snow on the ground on my birthday. However, this year as I planned to travel where the snow was, we had it plenty in Southern parts of the country as well. You can't always win, can you?

On my birthday this year, I did a trip to Pyhätunturi. It took one 12-hour train ride in a fully booked train, a mask on my face, and a 3-hour trip by bus from Rovaniemi to Pyhätunturi. Gosh, I've missed traveling.

I've always wanted to stay in one of those glass igloos they've got in Lapland. And since you only turn 26 once, I spent a weekend in one. The glasses were able to be heated, so the snow would melt away. The visibility would have been perfect for the Northern Lights if the weather wouldn't have been as snowy and cloudy as it was. It wasn't the most optimal thing as I've always wanted to see the Auroras, but it's definitely a reason to go back next Winter.

The host of the igloos was amazing. He was such an adorable old man who really did make sure everything was okay all the time. It was fun to watch him go around the premises doing a little something here and there once in a while. He also made sure we were aware of all the restaurants nearby, which I understand completely as the global pandemic hasn't really done wonders on the tourism of Lapland.

It was absolutely one of the best things I've done myself on my birthday.

✖ when you can finally match with your kitchen | home renovation diaries

Sunday, 17 January 2021

 You know the feeling when you've always been wanting black kitchen cupboards but you still haven't been too sure about it? I've been thinking about it non-stop for around three years now. In my head it's gone like: "Hmm, that could do. Would it be too crowded though? But I kinda really do wanna paint my kitchen black. #allblackeverything, eh? But would it be tacky? I want to do it. But should I?" And only recently I stopped at that "I want to do it." instead of "but what if."

However, I didn't paint the kitchen cupboards as I usually planned. I took a bit crazier route to finish it the way I wanted. It took plenty of determination but I'm damn happy about it. I dc-fixed it. I KNOW, I DC-FIXED IT!!

In my dreams, I want to rip out the whole damn kitchen up its root and build a new one but I don't really have that kind of money yet to do so, so this has to do now. 

I think the only thing permanent in my kitchen ever will be is that Smeg fridge. 

Enjoy the before and afters!

✖ new year, new shenanigans

Saturday, 16 January 2021

Up until GoDaddy asked me to renew my URL-address for overdosedoncaffeine recently, I haven't been really even sparing a thought on this little baby of mine. I kind of thought that well, I haven't really been into a mood of writing anything, and I thought that blogging doesn't really fit in on this new me I am building. Yet I've done it, I renewed my blog URL-address for the next year, and I will see where this is headed to.

✖ so what have I been up to, lately?

I've been up to a lot! By the end of the year, I kicked my ex-husband out of the apartment we own together and moved in with D. I've been travelling plenty (between the borders of Finland), I've been basically living at work and simply enjoyed things near me. Oh, and I may have a black kitchen now, but more about that later.

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✖ things I'm doing differently on my 3rd year of uni

Monday, 21 September 2020

 It's finally begun, my third year in University of Applied sciences. There's less than two years before my graduation and becoming an expert on the digital communications field. There's yet to decide where to make my final dissertation on, however, it should be decided by the end of this year since we're beginning on writing them during the Spring semester. Where has the time gone, really?

Last year was truly a string of unfortunate events of me wanting to drop off (from uni and life in general) and I wouldn't call it as the best year of my life. I left so much behind, as all I didn't leave behind was my bed and the feel to neglect myself in many ways imaginable. This year though, everything's felt different.

Autumn arrived in 2020 and I was scared. I was dead scared of all those 2019 memories flooding back to my brain and I was mortified by the fact that if this year would be the same. What if I was a total fuck-up? What if I wasn't any good? What if I won't become anything I've ever wanted in life? My overthinking brain went to the next level in their overthinkingness and I was certain everybody hated me, I wasn't going to fit in anymore, and I was no good.

Yet, the year began and I picked my sorry little piece of arse up and went to the uni just to realise that all I had been thinking about was my mind playing tricks with me. I figured out that this year could be a new start for me, a divorcee-to-be mum of one adorable toddler, who is ready to leave her past behind, kick her to-be-ex-husband out of the flat they owned together and start a fresh new life working only for her and her own damn future (not to forget her son, of course.)

And that's what I've been doing this Autumn. I've been kicking ass. I've gone and taken the responsibility for a project, become a project manager at uni, been investing in my future by actually being present at classes. Being interested in developing my own self in the future, becoming a stronger person and most importantly a better mum and a woman, not for anyone else but for my own sake.

Last year this time, I was ready to end my own life. This year, I feel like my life has just begun. And I don't need anyone to tell me that I won't be able to do things, I don't need anyone telling me how I should do things regarding my own life. I've gained back my self-respect, I've been able to discover things I've never thought I'd be capable of doing. I will take on the world.

So what am I doing differently in uni this year?
I'm being me. Unapologetically, me.

✖ 3 things to consider when spending a night outside

Saturday, 19 September 2020

 I've slept a multiple nights outside this summer, in a tent - so I would consider myself as a somewhat an expert on this topic. Last summer I visited 6 different National Parks in Finland. SIX! Could you imagine? Due to the covid-19 situation the world is facing at the moment, I've had no other choice than explore the beautiful birth country of mine, so here we are. And oh boy, I've learned some things. And yes, I am going to share.

✖ pick a proper tent carefully

Okay, first things first - I've slept in two different tents this summer and both of them were ones my mum found at her place while she was moving a house. My first main tip for you is, that no matter how well your mama sells it to you, it probably isn't that good. The first tent I slept in was a 4-person tent, which means that it's quite large and damn heavy to carry around. Fortunately for us, we were mostly doing day trips with that tent and the only place we had to carry it was to the camping area we used to sleep our nights in. You could've held a party in that tent, just saying. Also, if your mum tells you that the smaller tent she's got, is much lighter and is in a perfect condition - don't buy it, she probably has no clue about it. She also marketed it as a waterproof, it wasn't. It was a great tent though, a lot smaller than the party tent, easier to carry (considering I dragged it with me for 105 kilometres), however, one of the sticks turned out to be broken and the water-resistance of it (even though we had an appropriate cover as an extra on top of the tent) didn't turn out to be as great as my mum said it would be. So what did we learn from this? Neither of those tents is not coming with me on a hike to Norway next summer and instead, I will be buying a proper tent for myself no matter if I had to pay a little extra of it. Just for comfort.

✖ have an appropriate sleeping bag

I tend to get a bit cold when sleeping outside, no matter the weather or season outside. Nights are cold as fuck anyway. So have a proper sleeping bag with you, makes things a lot easier.

✖ don't trust the water-resistance of your tent and have a cover for it just to be safe

I'm thanking myself for that cover I mentioned in the part I was talking about picking the right tent.

So after all, this turned out to be a rant about my mum and her tents. Oh wow, look at that. Some self-discovery right is written there black on white. Have you spent nights outside this summer?

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