Christmas is lovely, isn't it? I mean, if we ignore the mass-consumption and the massive anxiety that people feel regarding Christmas presents, then it is quite lovely. My teacher rescheduled the lecture yesterday, so I spent the day drawing Christmas cards and setting up our Christmas "tree", which just is a potted plant.

But isn't an ordinary Christmas tree a potted plant, or a plant in a vase? Where is the line drawn between plants and trees? Google tells me that trees are a type of plant, meaning that all trees are plants but not all plants are trees. Trees are also different from all other plants in that they have a hard, wooden stem, whereas other plants have soft stems. Well, I'm no biologist, but this seems to indicate that most people keep a huge, decorated plant with a hard stem in their livingroom in these Christmasy times, and my plant just happens to be smaller and have a soft stem. It's all the same (it isn't, but let's ignore that. Come on, it's Christmas).

I don't know where I'm going with this. What I do know is that I'm not doing what I'm supposed to do right now, so byebye for now~

Blog using your mobile phone - One of the best blogging apps on the market - click here!

Likes

Comments

Swedish education has a whole lot of issues, we all know that. But there is one thing that has bothered me all my life: mediocrity. Rather, the expectation of mediocrity. There is a very common expression in both Swedish and English, which is "aim for the moon; if you miss, you'll land among the stars" ("sikta mot stjärnorna så når du trädtopparna"). However, Swedish education seems to tell students to "aim for the table; if you miss, you will get to sit down comfortably in a chair of low expectations".

I saw this happen at a lecture this week. The teacher asked us to say the name of the linguistic feature of a word on her PowerPoint, and one student gave her the right answer, but the teacher told the student that they were too specific (she did it in a very condescending way, too). Imagine if she had shown us a picture of a gun and asked what it was, and told the students who said it was a gun that they were too specific; it is a weapon! Now, what does this tell the other students in the room? Not only does it tell them that they don't have to know a whole lot, but it also tells them that they shouldn't. This trend can also be seen in lowering expectations in order to give students better grades, instead of finding out why students fail to meet expectations.

These expectations (or lack thereof) creates a society in which stupidity is totally fine. No wonder we have a whole page dedicated to horoscopes in almost every newspaper. No wonder people get away with "creating their own truth". No wonder people think that vaccines will give their child autism, or think that Bob Dylan is even eligible for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Just because people have access to the internet does not mean that their opinion is fact, and that this "fact" trumps the facts presented by scientists, researchers, and other people who actually know what they're talking about.

Shallow stupidity is celebrated in TV-shows such as Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Paradise Hotel, and all the housewives in all the places. People are constantly told that being famous is everything, no matter the cost — which will also make you rich, which is "yay!" in capitalist societies. Some argue that it's the people's own responsibility not to get influenced by the messages in the media, but I ask: how in the world will people be able to analyse things critically if their education has failed them? If education has turned mediocre, how can the people be anything but?

Likes

Comments

There is a certain kind of tranquillity that can only be found in the resting places of the dead. For that reason, I have loved graveyards ever since I was a little girl. I walk through an old cemetery when I walk from the bus stop to university, and I find myself captivated by most of the tombstones. They make me long for death (in a very non-destructive way). My new hobby is to look for interesting tombstones, and I want to share some of them here.

Learn from death to live.​

Likes

Comments

My hair has become amazingly long!!!! I've never had hair this long before, due to cutting and shaving and killing it with hair dye and what not. When I was 5 years old, my brother had this long piece of gum (I think it was 1 metre and you could buy it at the candy shop) and he chewed all of it and put it on my head as a helmet. We had to chop it all of it after that. I learned later in life that you can remove gum from your hair with butter...

And when I was 7 years old, I was jealous of a girl in my class who always put up her fringe as I have done in the picture (just tucking it at the top of your head with hair pins), but I couldn't figure out how she did it. So I cut off my fringe as close to the skin as possible.

I dyed my hair for the first time when I was 10, and it wasn't until I was 16 that I saw my natural hair colour again (I was and still am very, very blonde). It was after the second time I shaved my head that I let it all grow and grow and grow, not doing anything to it. And now it's pink for the umpteenth time. AND VERY LONG.

I don't know why I'm writing this. Hugs all around~

Likes

Comments

nuqneH! It's been a while~ School has taken up most of my time lately, but after writing two discursive essays and four make-up assignments, I can finally relax for longer than two minutes. I went to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them last week, and it was AMAZING! I wanted to see it with a completely open mind, so I've been avoiding all news and discussions regarding the film since watching the first trailer. I didn't even know that Colin Farrell was in it! Everyone did a great job, except for Eddie Redmayne who did a fantastic job (heehee). I like Eddie Redmayne in general, he seems like a very kind person. I want to be friends with him.

I also got my nails done today! I usually get pink nails but now that my hair is pink (along with every piece of clothing I own), I figured I should expand my nail repertoire. The nail artist is so nice and funny, and we can talk about Korean dramas and beauty products for hours. She's also good at what she's doing, which is a plus. Now I have to study just a little bit, see ya~

Likes

Comments

I want my tombstone to say "EVERY DAY IS A PARTY DAY"

I'm currently bleaching my hair and brows, because my hair is turning pink today whether my soon-to-be husband likes it or not. His main argument against it has always been "NO ONE WILL TAKE YOU SERIOUSLY SO YOU WON'T GET A JOB" but guess who's not working or even looking for work? ME!!!!! Take that, you lil fucker. His other argument is that it's ugly, but we've never agreed on anything but our kitchen table (which is a really nice table). Anywho, I can't really decide if I want pink highlights, or pink areas, or if I should make everything pink. White/pink ombre? I love half/half, when it's split by the bangs. I also used to be really into visual kei so the part of me that is still a teenager is crying out for pink jrock bangs. Let's just wait and see what happens. Below is my inspiration for a full pink~ 

Likes

Comments