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Hello!

Soo… if we are friends on Facebook, then you already know, but if you’re not then here are some news… I’m Pregnant!



We’re having a baby in February, and it feels surreal, but very, very good. I’m going to talk (in length probably) about how this has already affected my life in a multitude of ways in a later post, but today I just want to share the news.

(this is partly why I’ve been so absent from the blog these past few months. Stuffs been going on)


I'm so relieved it is finally out in the open and I can talk without guarding my tongue all the time. That has actually been one of the hardest things so far, because you're so happy and want to shout it from the rooftops, but then you don't want to tell people before 12 weeks have passed, so it's a dilemma. "What's new in your life since I saw you last?" is suddenly a question you can't answer truthfully. "Ehrm... nothing much. You know... work and stuff. what's new with you"

Our families, and a small selection of friends, knew quite early, so we had someone to talk to, which was nice. Do you know how many weird things happen to your body in the early stages of pregnancy? And how often you try to discern if that stomach cramp was a good or a bad stomach cramp? Having friends (and luckily for me a close friend who has a small child) to talk to is a blessing.


So, I'm sure you won't be surprised when I say that there is going to be a lot of baby talk on this blog from now on. I feel that I need an outlet where I can talk quite openly about what is happening and how I am feeling. (within moderation, I'm not sure how personal I will get yet) But, of course books, movies and games will stay here as well, even if I've been in a terrible reading slump for a few months now. I'm slowly getting back into it though!


Talk to you soon!


// Ellie

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*Cough*

Ehem... Hello!

I'm back!

There is no real reason for my extended absence. Partly work, partly being very ill for a while (better now) and partly a general lack of inspiration. Also partly our terrible internet connection which has made is so tedious to upload images. We have switched to a better one now.

It is August, and summer has rushed past me while I've stayed tucked in bed. Honestly I've never been this sick in my life. I'll probably talk about it a bit more in a future post.


Now what's new??

One of the biggest news is the fact that I am now engaged! Hurray!

Even though Marcus and I have been looking at engagement rings earlier in the year he still managed to surprise me. haha! He asked at home (again because I was sick, but he didn't want to put it off any longer) He totally tricked me too, and said he was going to the living room to make it cozy for a movie night and dinner, and when I sat down to watch the movie he instead played a short animated film that he had made about us and our relationship. (He has been sneakily working on it for over six months can you believe it??) Safe to say, I cried and was very very happy.

We've now been happily engaged for almost two months, and we've already realised that weddings are frickin expensive. We want to celebrate the day with all our friends and family so there is some serious budget discussions going on. Luckily for us we aren't very fancy people, and we are both creative and hands on so we can make a lot ourselves. (Marcus' brother being a baker is also a big plus. Seriously he makes amazing cakes. I'm talking about the cake more than the dress so far. Cake...) Also I am trying to figure out how my great-grandmother's wedding tiara is going to fit in with the rest of the more "toned down" theme. But dammit I am wearing that tiara! (When else do you have an opportunity to wear a tiara?)



We still haven't gotten around to taking proper engagement photos. All in good time.

A part from that there isn't much else going on at the moment. I'm going to Italy with mum in a couple of weeks. II'm technically still on vacation this week but I am doing quite a lot of work from home, and considering I've spent most of my vacation being sick I'm looking forward to that extra week of holiday at the end of August.

I think that's all for now! Look forward to me being back again. I've missed blogging, and I have an exiting fall ahead of me so there will be lots to talk about!


Bye!

//Ellie

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Hi Everyone!

So Yesterday was a pretty exciting day!

After work I hurried in to town because Robin Hobb (ROBIN HOBB!!) was doing a signing at the Science Fiction Bookstore at seven. I was there at four because I wasn’t going to miss this. I couldn’t start queuing until half six, but I’m happy I was there early.

There was a Q&A which was really fun! Apparently the original story wasn’t about Fitz at all, but Verity! I am both surprised and not. She explained that first she started writing about Verity and the Fitz just sorta wandered in, which is a very Fitz-y thing to do.

Then I finally got to speak to her for a minute and she signed my book! She was surprised that I had already finished the book haha, “That was a year’s work and it didn’t even last you a week!” Well, it’s not my fault that she writes so that you can’t put the book down. Every moment I was by myself last weekend I read, and every moment I wasn’t reading a part of my brain was wondering what was going to happen next. Which leads me nicely on to:

NOT QUITE A REVIEW; BASICALLY A REACTION: IT WILL BE FILLED WITH SPOILERS BE WARE

Since this is going to be spoiler filled, if you haven't read Assassin's Apprentice, which is the first book i this series, you should. If you like Fantasy, and/or well crafted stories with strong characters this is the books for you. I don't think you necessarily have to be a Fantasy nerd to like these books. Go read Robin Hobb! Or Meghan Lindholm! That is the same person!

*SPOILERS* *SPOILERS*


I’d like to start by saying that NO BOOK has ever made me sob like this one. When I closed the book, I was literally weeping.

I finished the book on Sunday evening, and well... I couldn't really write about it then... The thing is, and I know this sounds ridiculous, Fitz and Beloved feels like real people to me, in a way that no other characters do. So I needed to grieve a little.

I actually want to discuss the ending first, and why I both loved it and, in a way, hated it. I loved it because it felt like the moment the entire series, all the way from Assassin's Apprentice, was leading up to. We knew Fitz would one day carve his Dragon from the memory stone, and I love the fact that Beloved joined him. And that Nighteyes exisits with them as well. So even though I am sad that they have essentially passed on, and their story is over, I am happy because they will always be together and as we know, they don't do well without each other. If Fitz had really died in the tunnel out from Clerres, then I don't think Beloved would have ever been truly happy, and we know that even when all of Fitz' dreams came true, he still missed Beloved and his happiness was less because of it.

What I hate... and I really hate it. Is the fact that Fitz was forced to start carving his dragon. He was dying, horribly and in great pain, and he started carving alone. I hoped that he, Beloved and Bee would have some time together. A few years, and then he and Beloved would choose to go together. But that is typical Robin Hobb isn’t it? There is never a truly happy ending? Because they are together, but they don’t get to see Bee grow. When Fitz finally go to be with Molly, Beloved was gone. When the stone dragons saved the Six Duchies, Fitz was alone and thought dead. (and partially forged, but we didn’t realize that at first) I don't know... I just felt that Fitz deserved happiness.

But I hoped against hope for a happy ending, all the while dreading the last page.

I have read the other books several times, but when I closed this book I wasn’t sure if I would ever read them again… I love them and I probably will read them again in a few years, but it felt like the end of an era. It felt… Final.

Hobb tied up so many loose ends, ranging from Dragons, Kelsingra, Liveships, Elderling back story and much more. It has cemented my hate for Clerres, as if I needed to despise them more after what they put Beloved through... Terrible people

But that is the thing, in the midst of all this magic all the antagonists are doubtlessly human. They have goals and friendships and dreams, they just happen to be at odds with what Fitz want. There never was a war where both sides didn't feel that they where in the right, so to speak. If I had read a story set in Clerres, the arrival of the Destroyer would probably have devastated me... Now it filled me with joy.

This has been such a rambling post again... It just feels weird to review the... Ninth or sixteenth, depending on how you count, book in a series. Either you have read them and then you are going to read this one too, or you haven't and then you definitely shouldn't start with Assassin's Fate. I don't think you'd keep up if you did to be honest Haha!

I have to go now, or This post will turn into a ten thousand word essay, analyzing every step of the way, and I am Not sure if you'd want to read that.


I have been in a blogging mood lately so I hope I can find the time to keep blogging again, and not just once a week here and there. I am doing the MerMay challenge on Instagram right now, it's going really well so If you'd like you could check it out (links in the images below the header)

Bye for now!

love

Ellie

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Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Rating 4/5

I’ve been in a major book slump for the past two months, reading two books in the same amount of time that I haven’t even wanted to review. It wasn’t that they were bad per se, they just left me feeling drained and uninspired.

So when I finally finished the last one and started reading Traitor to The Throne it was like a sigh of relief. It is the sequel to Rebel of the Sands, and the second instalment in the series. The third (and I believe final) book is scheduled for release sometime next year.

I liked the first book, and I said in my review of Rebel of the Sands, that I hoped the sequel would be even better, and I am happy to report that I was right. I had some trouble in the last book because I thought Jin and Amani didn’t make a convincing couple, there is more to it than attraction and I wondered if there was enough substance there. Well, Traitor to the Throne makes them question the same thing by separating them for most of the book. Now the romance is really just a subplot, so I won’t drag on about it, but I liked this little twist. Also, kudos to Hamilton who hasn’t added a love triangle. Good job!

As we know from the first book, Amani, a.k.a the Blue-eyed Bandit, is a Demdji , which is a part-djinni, and she can therefore control the sand in the desert. She has joined the Rebel Prince to bring an end to the evil Sultan’s rule.

I expected this book to follow along the same lines as the first, battles in the desert, strategy, friendship. And in the first few pages that is what we get, and then (no-spoiler, it is on the blurb) Amani is kidnapped and brought to the Palace. Stripped of her magic she comes face-to-face with the Sultan himself.

Suddenly alone she must navigate the court, gather information for the Rebellion and, hopefully, survive.

I enjoyed this, as it for the first time puts Amani in a situation where her natural abilities is of no use to her. She has to make do with her wits and try to outsmart the people who are often two steps ahead of her.

One of my favourite parts of this book is the introduction of the Sultan as a proper character. Amani finds that the real man isn’t as easy to hate as the monster she has built up in her head. He sows doubt in her mind, and she questions if the rebellion is in the right or not.

Antagonists who are actual human beings are much more interesting than abstract, black and white, characters. It would have been easy to leave him as an EVIL SULTAN and move on with the books without giving it much more thought, but what Hamilton does instead leads, in my opinion, to much more interesting narrative.


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Hi!

It's my Birthday!

It's been an amazing day. The weather has been wonderfully sunny, and my friends have been coming and going all day long. Eating lots of cake, but not enough because my fridge is still half full! I went slightly overboard with the cakes, and then Marcus' mom arrived with strawberry cake, carrot cake and a chocolate cake. In short. There are cake everywhere and my sugar level is through the roof.

I didn't really ask for any gifts, but I've gotten a lot of great things anyway, Leaves from the shores of Narnia, Disney cups, board-games and nerdy Tshirts to name a few. I've also been called a Disney Princess more times than I can count today, so I'm a very happy girl! hihi

Seriously though, I have the greatest friends (and I haven't even met all of them today!) I love my friends <3


I think all the sugar just left my system at the same time! I need my couch

Hugs

//Very happy 27 year old


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Hi!!
Why isn't a four day weekend always a thing? haha!
On Thursday I worked from home, and I only had a half-day which was very nice.
My sisters came to visit on Wednesday,  so it was great being able to stay up a bit later and then have breakfast together in the morning.

In the afternoon I worked for a few hours, and painted for a few more before going in to town and meeting a friend, Freddi, and seeing a move.
She had invited me to go see Your Name (Kimi no Na wa)a Japanese anime by Makoto Shinkai.  I thought it was pretty damn amazing. As per usual it was perhaps more emotion than story,  but in my opinion it was great. (according to Freddi it weakens after watching it a few times,  but hey, who really cares if it hit home the first time you saw it?) The animation is gorgeous as well. As Freddi said, you could paus literally anyware and you'd have a beautiful still image,  which isn't always the case in animation.

After the move we went out and had a few drinks,  and I got the chance to both catch up with some people I haven't seen in a while and meet some new people. Fun times.

Friday I woke up late. Had breakfast and then I was sketching and drawing with One Tree Hill in the background all day long. OTH is great background sketching material. since I've seen it so many times I don't have to focus on story at all and it sorta helps me forget about time passing so I can just sketch for hours and hours.

It's now 08:40, and I have to get up and get ready cause I'm going to Alingsås for easter dinner with the family,  and meeting friends for coffee before that!

bye for now! 
Ellie

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Hi!

I've been so productive today! Work flew by so fast I was actually surprised when it was 4.30 and almost time to go home. Love those days! 

After work I met up with Marcus and we went swimming. For some reason I felt in much better shape today, and I managed to swim 1000 m much quicker than last week. It might have something to do with the fact that for the first time in months I'm not feeling slightly ill...  hmm...

We tried out a new recipe for dinner, gyros with a pear sallad and Tzatziki. Quick, fairly easy and yummy.

It's now nine and I am sooo sleepy!

Bye for now! 
//Ellie

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I’ve started, and re-started writing this countless times, in my head and on the computer.

On the one hand, I want to talk about what a great weekend I have had.

On the other… The attack on Friday is still at the forefront in my mind. I’m still shocked. When something like this happens abroad there is always that safety nets to reassure yourself with. “The world is sometimes a terrible place, but at least it didn’t happen here”. That kind of thing.

Ridiculous stuff really.

I don’t want to focus to much on it here, but I will say that I am proud of everyone who’s risen to the challenge this weekend. I’ve read so many articles about everyone who’s opened their homes, and their hearts, to strangers. People who rushed into potential dangers to help. Police who seems to have handled this terrible situation brilliantly. I’m not an overly patriotic soul, but I’m proud of how my country has responded to this crisis.

I was actually afraid that people would stay home and avoid crowds for a while afterwards. It would only be natural, the easy choice. I was warned three times on Friday not to go the sci-fi convention on Saturday. Large crowd, in the middle of the Gothenburg. Maybe, this year, you should just stay home? Is it worth the risk, however unlikely? The thought did cross my mind, I’m not going to lie. We did go, however, and I wondered how many would. The answer cheered me to no end. It was the longest line to come inside I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been going since I was 16. There were some nervous glances, most probably noted the unusual amount of heavily armed policemen standing around on our way to the expo hall, but everyone seemed to have fun in the end. And that is the best thing you can do. Do not let them scare us, go out, have fun!

We live in a strange time, and I wish that it would be peaceful. That humans on this tiny planet, a speck in the vast unknowable universe, would stop killing each other over imagined wrongs, but I know that that is a naïve thought. I wish it wasn’t.

As I usually do when the world is making me sad, a quote comes to mind from Lord of the Rings (because that is the filter through which I process the world apparently) that somehow gives me a strange sense of hope for the future.

“But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow”

And looking at how people are acting I can confirm that yes, it is only a passing thing. When the sun shines it will shine out the clearer.


There is something good in this world, Mr. Frodo


Love from a confused little Gothenburg blogger

// Ellie




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Hi!

I had a great time yesterday! I worked from home most of the day, and then I went to see my sister so that she could help me with my hair! It needed to be redyed, and now it is lovely and brown again. Having coloured hair is a lot more work than my natural blonde, but I like it so much that it is worth it.

I stayed in town and met up with Marcus, and our friends, Viktor and Josephine, to go and have tapas at Pinchos. If you haven't heard of it (but you probably have because it is immensely popular) it is an app restaurant, so you order and pay via their app. It's really fun! Their food is amazing, I mean it's not fancy but it's very, very tasty, and I love how they've decorated. It has a very "Circus in the 30's" feel.

Today has been very chill. Marcus has some friends over, and I've spent most of the day playing Zelda. I have actually re-potted all of my plants as well, so I haven't spent all day on the couch. This is the last weekend until May where I have nothing planned though, so I'm going to relax as much as possible!

I am thrilled that it is finally April too! Not only is it my birthday this month, and I love my birthday, but it feels like the beginning of spring for real. (Ignoring the fact that it's been fucking cold today). I can't wait for summer.

Tomorrow I have to do some work, but only for a couple of hours. Apart from that my big plan for tomorrow is drawing. I haven't drawn all week because I've felt so tired and slightly sick still. It's all better now though! Next week I hope I'll be filled with energy and start getting my life back in order again. Swimming, drawing, cooking proper food and not "the fastest and easiest thing we can find", and feeling more motivated at work as well.

Bye for now!

Ellie


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Good morning!!

I'm having a slow morning,  and I blame my cats. They fell asleep on me just as I was about to get out of bed, and then you just can't leave, can you?
Luckily I have flexible hours so I can take it easy a bit today.
Also, it's Thursday,  my favorite day! So all is good.

I FINALLY got to see Emma yesterday!  I've missed my friend,  we haven't seen each other since FEBRUARY!  It's been more than a month! Terrible. We drank hot cocoa and talked about all things, big and small.

It's a good day today <3 slow mornings make me happy 

/ Ellie


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