Food Cravings

RU6A2973It’s funny that the older I’ve become, the bigger role food has gotten in travels and in holidays. Like always before a trip I think of where should I eat and what special treats that country has that I have to try. The same applies to holidays: Christmas, Easter, First of May… You name it. Even if I don’t like all traditional foods related to the holidays, food and eating are things I’m mostly looking forward to when a holiday approaches.

Is this normal? Should I be worried? I don’t know, but oh how nice it was to do (and eat) donuts after a years break, since it’s May Day again! 😀

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Summer of Changes

Everybody keeps saying how fall is time for changes. Maybe it’s just a feeling stuck in people’s head because fall always used to mean going back to school and even more so to a different grade or to a different school. But maybe it’s not always fall that brings changeovers… At least I feel like so much has happened this past summer, that my quota for alterations is kinda full for a while.

Maybe the photographic content from my cell phone tells enough… Or at least it shows small pieces of my life during the last three months, because of course there has to be some things that never change: like the fact that picnics during the summer are a must. 😉

Picnic by the sea.

Picnic by the sea.

Ready to graduate.

Ready to graduate.

Random excursions and spotting new places.

Random excursions and spotting new places.

My first CAR!

Buying my first CAR!

My first ever visit to Flow-festival.

My first ever visit to Flow-festival.

Midsummers food.

Midsummers food.

New sneakers ready to jog.

New sneakers ready to jog.

Favorite running route in Helsinki.

Favorite running route in Helsinki.

Summer hair and summer friend.

Summer hair and summer friend.

Pancake-cake for my name day.

Pancake-cake for my name day.

Day off and a picnic at our balcony.

Day off and a picnic at our balcony.

Walking the Helsinki-homestreet after work in the middle of the light summer night.

Walking the Helsinki-homestreet in the middle of the night after work. Loving the light summer nights.

And last but least the engagement selfie! Yep, we're ENGAGED! :)

And last but least the engagement selfie! Yep, we’re ENGAGED! 🙂

Graduation

Fresh master.

One happy master.

Some snaps from my graduation festivities. Didn’t use camera too much though, but at least I got the cake perpetuated. First there was a celebration at the university for all masters that graduated from there this spring, then the next day we had a small feast at home.

It was great to spend time with family and relatives, we don’t really see each others too often. So special thanks to mom for making it happen and organizing everything (and for forcing me into having a party. ;)) Only relatives received an invitation to this one, so maybe I have to have a second party for friends too, hmmm….

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After the celebration at university.

After a celebration at the university.

Party lights

Party lights

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Outfit for the party at home.

Outfit for the party at home.

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Hair-do. Tried to add some flowers so it would feel like summer despite the bad weather.

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Salmon and tzaziki squares for starters, nam!

Salmon and tzaziki squares for starters, nam!

U wore a bow tie.

U wore a bow tie.

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The cake.

The cake.

 

All the pictures that I’m in are taken by J.

Weight Off (My Shoulders)

I’m talking about the weight of my thesis. Finally got the results today, and it seems like it is all really finally over. No last-minute massive mistakes showed up. Phewwww! Only a small bureaucratic detail standing between me and graduation anymore. Yay!

But talking about weight, now that thesis is over, I think I need to shake off the other kind of “thesis weight” too — the physical kind. Long hours sitting by the laptop, rewarding yourself for writing one more page and so on. It’s not hard to guess a part of that process stays on the waist as a memory of all the countless times shared with the text editor and books. Fortunately some (fairly) healthy foods taste good too. 😛 My favorites at the moment: chicken pesto salad and asparagus. And as a dessert: fresh strawberries, Turkish yogurt, honey roasted cashews and a hint of syrup. YUMMY!

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 (It’s easy to eat too much of these though, so they might not have the desired effect on weight…)

Eating Out

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By eating out I don’t refer to eating out in a restaurant now, I’m referring to eating out.

In Finland first of May, May Day, or “vappu” as we call it, is a big deal. People study the weather forecasts weeks before — depending on if it looks good or bad, we consider our options, should we do that traditional picnic anyway or choose a brunch inside? You’ve got to eat do something special for the holiday, right? 😉 Most people defy the weather anyway and hold on to their picnics, whether it rains or snows. But that’s what vappu is partly about, a sign of summer: time to enjoy the outdoors no matter what. At the latest, it’s the time for those first picnics of the year.

Fritters are the speacial vappu-food. I made glazed doughnuts this year.

Fritters are the special vappu-food. I made glazed doughnuts this year.

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The celebration of the students and the proletariats -- time to wear your cap!

May Day… The celebration of the students and the proletarians — time to wear your cap!

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