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The Friday Five for 14 May 2021

Picture from Pixabay. Answers to today’s questions at The Friday Five @ DW.

1) Have you ever done something awful to your hair? What happened?

When I was in my 20s I used to home dye my hair for many years, usually some shade of red/reddish brown. But one time I decided to dye it black. I’m very pale, and have very light natural blond hair and I looked just awful with black hair, so then I bleached my hair and dyed it red. Which came out okay, which I’m stunned about now years later! But yeah, I wouldn’t home dye my dark colors myself anymore, I think a trained stylist can better tell what shade and color temperature will work best for me if I want to dye my hard dark. But also, these days I prefer that it looks more like natural color than bright red, as an example ๐Ÿ™‚

2) Conversely, at what time in your life have you looked your best?

Bodywise – before my boobs grew in when I was around 10 years old. Hairwise – well, now actually. I’m very happy with my short hair at this time ๐Ÿ˜€ Actually, when I’ve looked at old photos of myself, I’ve always looked ok although I’ve never felt it about myself as I look in the mirror. Normal, clean, neat, put together, dressed appropriately for the occasion. I’ve never been pretty or thin so I’ve been trained to think by society that I don’t look good when I look in the mirror, I only see the negatives. It’s only years later when looking at photos, I think I actually looked fine!

3) Do you have a favorite article of clothing? Tell us what and why.

I love the knee length beach dresses I bought last year – the material is soft, and it helps me keep cooler when it’s too warm or a heat wave. I’m wearing one now because we’re having the first summer days this week! Not a heat wave hot yet, but about as hot as I can handle confortably (so around 18-20 Celcius). I also love a bunch of shirts I bought last year, same model but different colors/patterns. I hate clothes and shoes shopping and don’t care about modern fashion (I love women’s pre-20th century fashions, always have and would love to be able to try on some of them!), so pretty much everything I wear is my favorites because I only have a few of any given thing and I’m rather picky about colors/patterns/how it sits on me.

4) Confess the worst fashion trend you ever succumbed to.

I never know what’s trending in fashion so I’ve no idea! Except maybe that 1980s perm hair that was always sort of frizzy no matter what I tried to do to it?? Those look horrible in photos now, both on me and everyone else.

5) Are there any clothing/fashion trends today that you simply don’t understand?

I’ve no idea what they are all called but I see a lot of styles on people around town that *I* think looks ugly on them… like too tight shirts that looks like it’s 5 sizes too small but I guess is fashionable because so many people dress like that. One thing I don’t understand and hate is wearing sports clothing when you’re not doing sports…. but that’s because I loath sports and don’t want to be reminded of it. I think all sports clothes look ugly, no matter who’s wearing them and how. That’s clearly a me problem, though!

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The Friday Five for 7 May 2021

Answers to this weekโ€™s questions at the friday five. Picture from Pixabay.

1) What is your favourite food?

When I go out to eat: Lehtipihvi (I think that’s minute steak in English? That very thin steak that’s grilled) with french fries. When I make it myself: mashed potatoes with real butter and milk. And I LOVE home made bread.

2) What is your favourite food preparation method?

I don’t really prefer one method over the other. Grilling/barbecue is rare (I and the people I visit don’t own a grill) so it’s always a treat when I get it somewhere.

3) What is your favourite cuisine or style of cooking?

I guess what I mostly grew up with. We didn’t have foreign cuisines here back in the 70s/80s (Chinese, Italian etc.) so we mostly ate just regular Finnish food. Potatoes, fish fingers, meatballs with gravy, various casseroles, boiled rice with oven cooked chicked. I’m a picky eater, not adventurous at all and I don’t like cooking (baking’s where it’s at!) so I usually stick to about a dozen dishes I like.

4) Do you have any dietary restrictions and if so what are they?

Yeah, I had food allergies as a kid, used to be really allergic to citrus fruit and still can’t eat them too much or I might break out in a rash. I also have some considerations due to Crohn’s Disease which change depending on how bad my Crohn’s symptoms are. Such as sima (mead) which I can have none at all if the symptoms are really active, or a conservative amount a day if Crohn’s is good at the time (meaning not as much as I could drink a day back when I didn’t have Crohn’s yet). It’s better now that I was 5-10 years ago because my Crohn’s is better under control now.

5) If you could introduce the whole world to one ingredient to improve their culinary experience, what would that be and why?

I can’t think of a single thing. I think it’d just recommend trying things like mashed potatoes or steaks without gravy (gravy hides the taste IMO). Also maybe try to use spices other than salt and pepper to season your food – at least that’s something I could do better at!

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The Friday 5 for April 30, 2021

Answers to this week’s questions at the friday five. Picture from Pixabay.

1) What’s the furthest place you’ve traveled to in the last 12 months?

About 30 minutes in a city bus… so not far at all!

2) What’s the most interesting small town within driving distance?

I don’t know! Nothing’s ever stood out to me…. but then I’ve always been more interested in going to Helsinki or Tampere, or going to see a cool nature place or a ruin, and those tend to be outside towns.

3) What’s the coolest tourist attraction in your city?

As far as I’m concerned, it’s the Turku Castle! I love castles ๐Ÿ˜€ I suppose we also have nice museums and museum ships, and also the church (Tuomiokirkko) and old town of Turku, and even sports. There’s probably something for everyone!

4) What was your favorite road trip you took as a kid?

The one in the mid-80s when went on a camping trip all the way through Finland up to Lapland ๐Ÿ˜€ The trip took 4 weeks and I loved everything about it!

5) How often do you feel like you’ve got to get away?

Physically? Occasionally. That also usually means I a need see and talk with family and/or friend in person – I don’t mean things like a few nice words exchanged with the cashier in the grocery store, but really talk with someone.

Mentally? Every week. I’ve always loved immersing myself in fiction, especially when they take place in a location unknown to me, but if I’m unable to read fiction or fanfic for whatever reason, or just too busy to do it for like a week, I’ll get twitchy! It’s like an holiday from my own mundane life, first because I hated school as a child, then because of unemployment and then, especially in the last decade, when all the health issues I have started piling on.

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The Friday Five for 9 April 2021

The Friday Five question for today. Picture snagged from Pixabay.

1) Do you like to drive?

I like it fine, but what really gives me pleasure is the freedom and independence it gives me – meaning I don’t need to rely on bus schedules, or factor in how long a shopping trip to a big store (one with groceries, clothes, work tools etc) will take using a bus (three hours). I’ve and we’ve always shopped daily groceries in a nearby groceries-only shop. Big store shopping trip is for when you need more, or stock up on flour or washing liquids/powders or need to buy clothes because those big stores always take a lot more time to shop in because they’re so big that just walking through them takes time! When I had a car I was also able to take jobs out of town, and about half of them I wouldn’t have been able to take at all, or the commute would’ve been unpleasantly long. So for me, owning a car means freedom and independence.

2) Do you own (or have regular use of) a car? What kind is it?

Not for the last 5 years or so. I used have my Mom’s car, a 2000 three-door hunchback Toyota Corolla for about 15 years because they didn’t need a second car anymore. But what with my chronic illnesses making me dangerously tired to drive for several years/the car windows freezing on the inside in the winter and being a bitch to scrape and then fogging up too much see something/my needing to drive only short distances (5-15 mins) most times/there’s a good bus services in my city thankfully/the car getting to very old so for all that we finally decided to sell it.

Frankly the bus service is so good here in my city that I haven’t needed to even think about owning a car. The only reason I took my Mom’s car was because otherwise it would’ve gone unused. Since we sold it, I’ve used a taxi a few times coming from the ER/hospital, and those times frankly it’s better to use a taxi or a bus, because there’s always a chance I’ll be taken in to a ward for a day or longer (a week, the last time) so if I went by car then I’d maybe have the problem of parking, or due to the medication given me I might not be allowed to drive back anyway. The parking is only available for a few hours, a day at the most and when you’re in the hospital, the last thing you want to worry about is going out to feed the meter, or a huge parking bill and car being towed away because of not feeding the meter.

3) What is your favorite optional feature on a car?

Windshield that doesn’t freeze on the inside, and then fog up after scraping it!!! Seriously though… I don’t know! I haven’t kept up with what new cars have by default, much less what bells & whistles could be ordered as extra. My car didn’t have car radio or music player, and I always dreamed of having a car with one when I was younger. My friends either don’t own a car, or own a very basic, cheapest model with no bells & whistles. The one time I was driven by a acquaitance whose car did have all the bells & whistles, she didn’t know how to use any of them! *mind boggles* I suspect I’d love to have all the bells & whistles!

4) How much does gasoline currently cost where you live?

I don’t know! I haven’t needed to know for the past five years or so so I haven’t been paying attention. I only know that bus tickets keep getting more and more expensive).

5) What is the longest car trip you have taken?

When I was like 9 (so about 1983), we went on a summer trip from our home town Turku, all the way through Finland to Lapland. We’d drive 3-5 hours a day, camp in a tent in a camping area and often we’d stay in a place for a day or two as turists. Up in Lapland I think we stayed like a week, and then drove down a different route, again camping every night in camping areas. The whole trip took 4 weeks and was probably something like 2500-3000 kilometers of driving all in all, maybe going by Wikipedia. That’s the longest trip I’ve ever been on, and obviously I wasn’t driving, being a little kid ๐Ÿ™‚ My Dad did all the driving because Mom didn’t yet have driver’s license at the time. The next summer we also went on a car trip, this time only about half-way up to somewhere around Rovaniemi level. This was the trip where we for the first time noticed that something was going on with Dad (turned out to be a brain tumor that grew back three times, he died in 1989 of it). But I have very good memories of these trips and of the red Lada we had ๐Ÿ™‚

As an adult, and driving myself either all the trip or half of the trip, are probably the adventures from our home town Turku to Finland’s capital Helsinki we did with my best friend when we were in our 20s. I can’t remember the reasons for the other trips, but our first one was to go to the Korkeasaari zoo.

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The Friday Five for 12 March 2021: Books

Answers for today’s The Friday Five questions. Pic from Pixabay.

1) Have you read more books, or fewer books, this past year than usual?

I only started to keep a yearly list of novels I read half way through 2019, but I’d say I’ve been reading books about the same as I usually do! Last year I read 51 complete novels, plus all the fanfic and non-fiction books on top of that.

2) What book are you reading now (or what book did you read most recently)?

The Finnish translation of Dead Water by Ann Cleeves. Having some problems getting through it because I watch the tv series version of these too, and remember just enough of the tv version of Dead Water to make it feel like I know this to well to keep reading, but not enough to remember who the murderer is or their motivation! It’s a quandary.

3) What is the best book you read in the past few years?

The whole The Expanse novel series by by James S. A. Corey, by far margin! Also enjoyed ideas in The Three-Body Problem and The Dark Forest by Liu Cixin very much, even if the writing was rather dry.

4) Do you read more than one book at a time, or just one?

Currently only one, and that’s because I currently only have books by Ann Cleeves from the library; they’re a series so I have to read them in order. But I often have at least two books under work, in different genres or different writing styles just so I can switch up if I don’t feel like reading a genre or an author that day.

5) How big is your to-be-read pile (or list)?

It’s got about 10 new-to-me authors to try out at the moment, all sci-fi. I’ve been on sort of a sci-fi kick lately when looking for new authors to read. I also got a vague mental list of new releases by the authors I usually read (such as above mentioned Ann Cleeves and James S. A. Corey) but they usually have a lot of people (like 600) queuing up for them when I put them on hold in the library, so I get them when I get them – it could take like eight months.