Categories Blog Memes & Asks Personal

The Friday Five for 13 November 2020: Gifts

Answers to this week’s questions @ thefridayfive

1) What kinds of gifts will you give this holiday season?

The usual: chocolates. I’m poor and can’t spend too much money on gifts so it has to be something I can afford to buy for both my Mom and her SO, and we all think there’s never enough chocolate, so chocolate it is! Sometimes Mom requests a novel or a poetry book, but there’s nothing this year she’d like.

2) What are the best types of presents to give?

I love to give books that have been requested. Because I love reading myself and so do the people who request one from me, I know that a book will be an appreciated gift! After that, I love to give presents that I know are truly needed and wanted, usually of the practical type. In our family it’s totally normal to point out a piece of clothing that one needs, color and size and all, or music cd one wants, and to get that as a present. I’ve been known to ask for a new kettle, or a frying pan, for a present next, or a new pillow (I go through a lot of pillows) and I’m always so happy with them 🙂 I think of my Mom everytime I used that frying pan 🙂

We’ve never given expensive gits, so things like phones or TVs are out. Things like normal priced clothes (nightgowns or a sweater etc.) is as high as we go as a family. I myself don’t want things like jewellery, or TVs as a gift, because I have no use for expensive jewellery and want to choose my own electronics. I assume other people feel the same. I also feel they’re too expensive to buy as gifts, propably because I’ve always been too poor to buy expensive gifts. So practical gifts that I know will be used are my favorite to give.

3) Have you ever given someone a gift as a surprise? Why did you give the gift?

I haven’t as a true gift. I sometimes bring over a new chocolate I found and loved, and want my friend or Mom to taste it, but it’s not really a gift. More like a fun, surprise tasty thing they might like. Or maybe a really pretty flower I saw in the shops. But it’s not a regular thing I do at all.

4) Have you ever received a gift that you didn’t like? How did you respond?

Yeah, when I was a kid in the mid-1980s my Grandma gave me a pale pink sweater! I hated it on sight and couldn’t believe my Grandma hadn’t figured out I hated pink from the fact that I never, ever wore it. I thanked her though because it was polite to do so, then Mom sort of forced me to wear it once or twice when we visited my Grandma. Moved my Mom and I separated our household (I stayed in our apartment, and she moved in with her SO in mid-1990s, I refused to have in my home so Mom took it with her. She wore it like 25 years around home, until it got scrappy enough to throw out. Yeah, that’s pink sweater the only piece of clothing of “mine”, or a gift, I’ve ever hated.

5) Would you rather give someone a gift or receive a gift? Why?

I’d rather both give *and* receive. I’m not used to giving or receiving gifts without it going both ways, it’d feel weird. I’m usually poor enough that receiving one means I’ll have a little more money left for other things that month (or soonish) if it were something I’d spend money on myself anyway at some point.

Categories AO3 Blog

Peja’s Wonderful World of Makebelieve (The WWOMB)

Peja’s Wonderful World of Makebelieve (The WWOMB) has migrated to the same software AO3 uses! After more than 10 years, this is the first time I’ve heard of  of another site having successfully taken the OTWArchive software into use 😀

The WWOMB’s new URL is

I tried to do it for my Oded Fehr fanfic sites several years ago, but found it much too difficult – I actually got it working, but didn’t feel confident of my ability to upgrade it as needed, and keep it secure going forward. I felt like it would take more coding skills, in a language new to me, than I have. I’m very excited that there’s now another site that uses the AO3 software 😀

Categories Blog Memes & Asks Personal

The Friday Five for 6 November 2020: Autumn

This week’s questions at thefridayfive. Picture from Pixabay.

1) What was the best part of your Halloween this year?

I’m Finnish and live in Finland. We don’t do Halloween in my family. Traditionally I think “Pyhäinpäivä” which I guess is the corresponding thing here, has been more of serious thing, like visiting graves of one’s family and attending church? But we’re not religious (we “don’t belong in the church”, as we say it here when one is non-religious and not affiliated with any religious organization) and we’ve never observed it. And my birthday is always the next day, so that’s what we always planned for and did. Personally for me, I’ve never observed Pyhäinpäivä in anyway – to the point that I never remember it’s coming up until the day before, usually, and that was because shops used to be closed on Pyhäinpäivä so I had to plan accordingly for my birthday. I’m not actually sure whether my parent did when they were young – my Dad never “belonged in the church” nor have I, and my Mom left the church before they adopted me. So we never observed anything religious in our family, and what religious things I learned I was taught in school and that was informational, not practising.

Halloween, as it’s in the US, has only become a thing in Finland in recent years, and I guess most people maybe buy some candy or other sweets, and some kids beg for candy door to door, but this year it didn’t happen in my appartment building. Whatever, it’s a commercial holiday imported from the USA and I don’t support it. I don’t open my door for the kids begging for candy if they going around.

2) What is your best Halloween memory of all time?

Since we don’t do Halloween I can’t have a best memory of it 🙂3) What are the three things that you enjoy the most about the fall season? (If you are in the southern hemisphere, you can substitute “spring season” if you like.)

Fall season is my favorite time of the year. I enjoy pretty much everything about – although there sometimes can be too much rain! But I love the darkness, and the crisp yellow and red colors of leafs on the trees, and the cool air. Fall feels like I can breathe after the cloyingly hot, garishly bright summer.

4) What is your favorite autumn memory?

A few years ago the summer was long and hottest in memory, with nary a cloudy rainy day at all for three months. All summer I felt like I was wrapped tightly in a hot, suffocating blanket. Then when the first evening with actual dark and cool, crips air came I felt like I could breathe for the first time in three months, and the dark felt safe and like I was coming home. I still remember that feeling of being freed from pressure when I stepped out that night 😀

5) If you could travel anywhere to experience autumn, where would you go and why?

Out autumns are pretty good even here in very southern Finland, so I think maybe I’d just go to up higher north – to Rovaniemi or Finnish Lapland? Autumns should be pretty great up there, and there should even be snow in the winter!

Categories Fan Works & Other Downloads Wallpapers

Two New Game Of Thrones Wallpapers

Made these two wallies today 🙂 I’m delighted with both – the Sandor wallpaper is exactly what envisioned when I started, and although the Melisandre one was unplanned and I didn’t really know what to do with the image, it just sort of fell into place. I love when wallies go my way and I don’t have to fight for it  😀

Categories Blog Memes & Asks Personal

thefridayfive: Hydration

An old set of questions from  the friday five @ Dreamwidth. Image from Pixabay.

Have you hydrated appropriately?

I slept most of the day due to having insomia again last night, so I haven’t yet, no. Need to remember to drink more before going to sleep!

What are your feelings on fizzy water (LaCroix and similar)?

I like it when there’s some added vitamins and taste but don’t care for the natural flavor. The cheap shop brand ones are a lot cheaper than Sprite or Coca-Cola so I like to buy them sometimes. I always drink 1,5 litres as during the prep for colonoscopy along with other clear liquids, for this purpose I always choose the lemon taste because Moviprep (the actual prep medication) tastes vaquely of lemon and after about a decade of that, I’ve come to associate vaque lemon taste with the prep and don’t want to ruin other flavors by starting to associate them with the awful prep. When I buy for fun, I like get strawberry or blackberry flavor.

Is there a particular holiday-associated beverage you like?

I love sima (mead) which is drank on/around May Day here in Finland, but sadly my Crohn’s Disease doesn’t like it so it depends on it whether I can have, and how much. Before I got Crohn’s, I used to make two batches of 4 litres because I loved it so. I also like glögi (glogg or mulled wine) which is a hot beverage drank around Christmas; it usually contains alcohol but I drink the non-alcohol version.

Do you have a fancy coffee or tea order? (possibly only for special occasions?)

Well, the only coffee things I drink are the cold Frezza drinks and I have done so only the last maybe 2 years?? I usually buy some everytime I go grocery shopping – it’s actually something I should try to do less. I used to hate everything even lightly coffee flavored – too bitter. My number one favorite is the Frezza Mocca Choco Loco ( which is a chocolate flavored one. My other favorite is the Frezza Latte Silky Milky, which is a latte ( I’d like to try some flavored coffees sometimes, but I hate the regular coffees, don’t know anything about anything and so don’t know what to ask for in a cafe. My friends/family either don’t drink coffee at all, or only the regular one with maybe cream so they’re not of help at all.

Do you only drink hot beverages when it is cold outside? Why or why not?

I actually only drink hot beverages when I am cold, or have a sore throat – the weather outside doesn’t matter! I tend to run hot, and used to get too hot very easily (this has somewhat changed after the 2014 hospital stay, propably because my normal body temperature dropped from 37 Celsius to 35,6 Celsius for some reason during/after that health crisis) and because of that I’ve never really liked to eat hot food or drinks. Until about 4 years ago, I never ever drank anything hot unless I had the flu and a sore throat (so not even every year) and only ate 4-5 hot meals a week. Now I eat hot meals most days, and drink hot drinks when I’m feeling cold which varies from a couple of times during autumn and winter months to every day for weeks or even months depending whatever my body decides to feel. I’ve actually had to buy an electric kettle and take up drinking tea because I’m cold so often!