The Friday Five for June 30, 2023
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The Friday Five for June 30, 2023

Yesterday’s questions over at [ profile] thefridayfive 

1. When was the last time you had a proper checkup?

Regular checkups aren’t really a thing here for most people (expensive if going to private health care, or very hard to get appointments if using public health care) unless they have some sort of reason to get them done. Except for dental work – that check up is recommended for every two years, I think. Most people only go when there’s a problem.

I get them done yearly or more often because of my various chronic illnesses, but mostly all the labs relate to the chronic illnesses in one way or another. I don’t get things done for the heck of it.

As someone who has Crohn’s Disease, I usually have one comprehensive checkup once a year now that things are pretty stable, and basic bloodwork/liver related safety labs every three months due the medications I’m taking for the Crohn’s. All Crohn’s related is done by gastro specialists in the hospital. I’m also colonoscopied every 3-4 years. All these are also done more often if my symptoms *or* lab results indicate it as necessary. At one point I had a lot of blood drawn every month, and a colonoscopy once a year. That wasn’t fun!

I also have Type 2 Diabetes, a history of anemia and iron defiency and hypothyroidism which are all also controlled at least once a year by my GP at a health center. These checkups are also done more often if necessary, and usually include things like vitamin levels once a year.

I can also get the labs scheduled out of order pretty easily if I’m feeling off and poorly, or I’m worried about my iron levels/anemia. I think it’s because of my medical history (Crohn’s can cause all sorts of side symptoms and nutrient deficiencies), and repeated anemia/iron deficiency as an example.

2. When did your car have a proper checkup or do you just take it in when something breaks?

I don’t have a car. But cars must be checked by lisenced car checker every year in order to be permitted to be driven.

3. Do you regularly get your heating/air conditioning checked?

We don’t have air conditioning, and heating checkups are done by the apartment building complex level at regular intervals. Sometimes heating is re-adjusted in all individual apartments, or single ones as necessary. But it’s a thing that the apartment building complext maintenance handles, and if there’s a problem with it, I’ll just let them know and they’ll take it from there.

4. Are you more inclined to take better care of others than yourself?

I don’t know. Probably. I don’t have to take care of others a lot.

5. Be honest, how are you feeling today?

Not great. Kinda sweaty and lingeringly uncomfortable from migraine and stomach pain, and weather being just a little bit too warm at times today even though it’s the first good day after about 1,5 weeks of a heatwave. Uncertain whether my period started or not because of Nexplanon and slight bleeding in the afternoon but which maybe seems to have stopped since then (the hope is no periods, so bleeding is disappointing).

Jo’s Daily Questions – July 1-16, 2023
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Jo’s Daily Questions – July 1-16, 2023

1 – Second Half of the Year Day: How would you rate the first half of this year? Are there things you could change going forward to make the second half of the year better?

I’d rate it as okay-ish? Maybe? Compared to the previous decade+? It’s firmly not good but also as firmly not bad.

I’m disappointed that I haven’t made more wallpapers in Photoshop – one one (1) as I write this on July 1, 2023, and that only in April and only because it was embarrasing not have done at least one!

As always, not being so poor and not being so chronically in pain (chronic migraine and Crohn’s Disease make a sad combination) would make the second half of the year better. But it’s very unlikely to happen – I never win in Lotto, can’t work and both me and my doctors figure that my illnesses as about as good as we can get them. So better won’t happen. I’ll be glad of the okay-ish that front, and hope it’ll continue!

I always want to do more physical creative things, like paint. I never do as much as I’d like. Too lazy, or just can’t muster the energy. I could paint more with alcohol inks, or watercolors, or acrylics and that would make rest of the year a lot better! It’s just starting is always so hard! So I’m hoping the second half will be better in that regard 🙂 Continue reading Jo’s Daily Questions – July 1-16, 2023

Beatings will continue until morale improves. Or you die. Or maybe you just die.
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Beatings will continue until morale improves. Or you die. Or maybe you just die.

The new right-wing goverment’s programme is out and it’s official: Kokoomus and Perussuomalaiset have not a drop of humanity in them. And RKP really doesn’t care about anything but the status of Finnish Swedish language in Finland. The fourth party in the new government is Kristillisdemokraatit and I don’t know what they want, but they look happy to be in the fuck-the-workers-and-the-poor government. And they’re supposed to be Christians.

The new government will be driving to make a permanent paradigm shift in several huge areas – cutting economic equality, social equality, labour rights, cripple the unions. Several of the planned cuts affect the same groups of vulnerable people on a level that their constitutional rights will be in jeopardy. I’m one of those people, and I’m in more than one vulnerable group. Because “economy needs to be saved”. And somehow it’s only the wage earners and the poor and sick who can do it.

The new government is actively hostile to vast majority of the nation: the wage earners, the poor, the sick, part time workers and… just in general, anyone who needs any social security benefits either temporarily or permanently to make ends meet because of almost any reason. In addition to cutting many social security and unemployment benefits and labour rights, they’re going to increase taxes on the lowest bracket to the next one (4% increase), so the cost of things like food and medicine will go up because of the tax increase… but they will lower the cost of gas to please drivers and Perussuomalaiset.

There are no planned incentives or beatings to companies to make hiring full time people attractive, or to stop tax evasion or anything else. Not even a mention that companies are the other part of “get a full time job” equation! Or to make the rich take part in “saving the economy” – instead the rich get a tax cut.

I’ve seen numbers like 90% of the people will suffer, and 10% (the richest) will benefit.

The thing is that Sipilä tried to in the same vein in 2015-2019 (Kokoomus and Perussuomalaiset was in government then too along with Keskusta. That government broke Perussuomalaiset apart.) and it was embarrasing how many of their law drafts crashed head first into the constitution, or Finlands legally binding international agreements. I’m hopeful the worst of their attempts will be crash into them again or there will be nothing left of the wellfare state/society by the time they’re done.

All the other parts of the programme suck too, such as the plans for environmental/climate change/green energy, or humanitarian immigration or work based immigration.

There is only one positive thing in their programme and that is the creation of a new single benefit that’d be easier to apply, would combine and cover several of the current benefits such as unemployement, sick leave, parent leave and others. It’d be a step towards universal basic income (UBI), and the base research for that new benefit or at least a re-haul of social security has been in the works for like a decade, with pretty much all social scientists and parties agreeing being necessary re-haul. The problem is that it’s now Kokoomus that will take the lead on it – so the new benefit will likely too much low to be actually useful and will contain control elements unlike the real UBI. Because there’s nothing Kokoomus hates like they hate people who have no money.

Jo’s Daily Questions – June 16-31, 2023
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Jo’s Daily Questions – June 16-31, 2023

Jo over at Dreamwidth put together a list of daily questions for 2023 again  😀 Here’s my answers to the rest of the June questions.

16 – Take Back the Lunch Break Day: When you’re at work (or when you worked or were still going into the office), did you fall into the habit of eating at your desk and continuing to work while eating? Did your working conditions include a proper lunch break? If you’re mostly working from home, do you still eat at your desk and continue working during your lunch?

In all the libraries I ever worked at, we had a proper 30 minute lunch break. The exception was is if I had to be alone in the shift, or had to be alone on the that floor (when the library had more several floors), because my coworker got unexpectedly ill and it was too short a warning to get someone else in but that only ever happened once. And only because it was Saturday; Saturdays were always quiet in that particular library and the library was only open 4 hours so the library director called me and asked me if I was comfortable to go it alone the four hours the library would be open; I had no problem with that. That day I did eat at the customer service desk, and did interrupt my luch if a customer need me. Luckily back then I almost always had a cold luch (think sandwich and yoghurt). That was the best library I’ve ever worked in – the amount of work per person was just right – not too much, not too little and time to breathe too, the coworkers were great, everyone did most things so things dindn’t get left undone because it wasn’t assigned to anyone like in many places, people were trusted to do their jobs but help was readily available, people were in general trusted and you were treated with respect whether you were a temp, a permant employee or in social or work rehabilitation etc.

I didn’t have my own desk in every job, because in many jobs I spent all or 90% of my time at the customer service desk or in the stacks, shelving books and other materials. If I had my own desk I often ate at my desk, but I didn’t work. Instead I’d browse internet for personal reason interests, or just news. Or read Lucky Luke comics I’d fetch from the stacks.

17 – Eat Your Vegetables Day: Do you love veggies? Do you have favourites? Do you have a favourite veggie recipe — either main meal or side dish? Will you share it?

I don’t love them. They’re a necessary evil. I prefer them raw (not cooked/steamed etc.) and each veggie served separately (ie. not in a salad or whatever) but I can eat carrot/pineapple or lettuce/cucumber/tomato salad. I also sometimes make a veggie soup but only like maybe twice a year, and less often now that my hand blender broke 1,5 years ago – I keep meaning to buy a new one but keep forgetting. Continue reading Jo’s Daily Questions – June 16-31, 2023

The Friday Five for June 16, 2023
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The Friday Five for June 16, 2023


1. Can you diagram a sentence?

I used to be able to, but not sure now. We did this a lot in school but that was in the 1980s and I haven’t done it since. I think I could if I reminded myself of all the appropriate terms.

2. What word do you always spell wrong, no matter what?

Not always, but half the time I switch “c” and “s” in “decision”. It’s the bane of my existence.

I can also mix up “z” and “s”, and whether it should be “o” or “u” or “ou”.

I’m also convinced that the word “iriscandent” exists – never mind I can’t find it in any dictionary I’ve checked online and that google, duckduckgo etc. try to insist that I mean “iridescent” actually.

3. What word always looks like it’s spelled wrong to you but isn’t?

I can’t think of one.

4. Do you have any little memory games when it comes to similar words, like principle and principal?

Nope, I don’t need to. They’re all very clearly separate words. I read somewhere that native speakers are more likely to do this mistake, and I’m not a native English speaker. I usually see a new word written first, or see it written and hear it pronounced simultaneously – so in my mind there’s always a clear delineation between similar sounding and/or looking English words right from the start. We were also taught in depth the pronunciation rules of the English language and I think that also helps with this.

5. Was grammar something you enjoyed or detested in school?

Learning my mother tongue’s (Finnish) grammar was neutral, I wouldn’t say I loved it but I didn’t mind. I thought it was necessary. But I’ve always loved reading and writing so I’m predisposed to like learning grammar. As for the English grammar… I loved it. I loved everything about learning English. I was good at both Finnish and English grammar.