cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (cuddle time)
I was there with six female classmates, our teacher and the school's dapper little vice president, and our Finnish co-participants from two other community colleges elsewhere in Finland from our collaborative anti-racism project.

The ranting about the wasteful, stupid scheduling and the misleading advertisement of the trip )

We were given our freedom at dinnertime Tuesday and Wednesday, from 2-7pm Thursday, and up until 1:30 on Friday, so I think that by visiting Christiania and one museum we actually did pretty well. Stuff happened:

  • Had vegan food from a homecooking potluck restaurant thingy place in the hippie independent region Christiania on Thursday afternoon. My graphic designer classmate and I both wanted to go there, and several of our other friends tagged along, but two of them got scared because they had somehow failed to grasp from our numerous explanations in advance that there would be a lot of pot and hippies, which are apparently ~super scary~ things. The food was delicious.


  • Saw the Little Mermaid statue.


  • Visited the Danish National Museum on Thursday. Wandered around inside by myself and was really impressed by the Danish history part. There's a room full of enormous Viking runestones and a lot of other archaeological things going back to Denmark's prehistory - Viking longships and human sacrifices and now-extinct animal species from a bog, weapons and armor and coins and a ton of stuff from medieval churches, an awesome statue of St George and the dragon where the dragon is making a hilarious face. Also saw a couple of temporary exhibits which were cool. Then I went to the "ethnographic" wing - not on purpose, because I expected it to be enraging just from the name, but I kinda got lost, and it was. Also a bit smelly and a lot of stuff severely poorly labeled. I get the feeling there may have been some budget cutbacks in the museum, and the Danish history part is really the only part that's been safe.


  • Was severely underwhelmed by the hostel (Generator, a chain). Our 6-person room was very small; my mattress & duvet had suspicious stains. There was a faint smell. There was NO SOAP. The reception desk, which is staffed by young foreigners from all over whom I STRONGLY suspect are underpaid, sells things like toothpaste and soap for an extremely steep price. They also rent hairdryers for an extremely steep price. They also don't rent hot water kettles, but offered to SELL us hot water, one cup at a time, from their bar, at a cost of 5kr, around 66 cents in €. The bar is open all night and there's a terrace attached which was under our window, and it produced wall-rattling horrible eurodance music and really loud conversation all day and all evening till quite late.


  • Surprise hookah bar + nobody expects the surprise butthurt racists! )


  • Went to bed in single-sex hostel room with my classmates. Woke up with a strange man in the empty bed that we had in fact already pre-paid for. In conclusion, what the fuck, Generator hostels? This is some potentially dangerous, definitely illegal, highly sketchy, extremely fucking stupid bullshit. )


  • After that I went to Designmuseum Denmark with my Mexican classmate. It was amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing. I am now a big fan of Danish modernist designer Hans J. Wegner, whose life's ambition was to design "just one good chair".




All my photoposts from my photoblog:

Copenhagen, part 1: city streets
Copenhagen, part 2: The Little Mermaid & architectural details
Copenhagen, part 3: Danish National Museum
Copenhagen, part 4: Designmuseum Denmark and Hans J Wegner, "Just One Good Chair"
Bonus: lion selfie in the park
Gates of Christiania
people & VW vans



cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (cim'n'wax)
So now both Wax and I have candy-colored hair! I picked hers almost at random, because she was dithering and asked me to pick. And we were going to make mine lavender, so I bought an intense bluish purple per instructions at fuckyeahlavenderhair. However, I was too lazy to do a second application of bleach and I washed the first one out too soon, so I decided to just use the purple at full strength. It was more on the blue side than expected, though, so the result is almost a Coraline blue, but a little on the violet side (more in sunlight) - like the petals of an iris kind of.

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cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (she's so refined)
Ones that I really loved, I mean. ♥!!! From my sister's camera. The photoshopping is hers. We made a lot of references to memes at the family reunion because the old people couldn't follow.



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What happened was basically that we saw a picture of kittens for fostering in another part of the world entirely, got to talking about how awesome kittens are, and accidentally talked ourselves into getting a third cat. Our eyes met and we could hear the click and we both said "Shit" and then Wax said "I'll just google".

We planned to only net-browse and think about it, but Wax found a post about a 2-year-old fixed male Cornish Rex (that's our breed of cat) here in town who needed a new home and so she texted the cattery. The next day I woke up to the sound of Wax talking on the phone in Finnish to the breeder. "Dude," said Wax, "it's a little old lady, and she's a crazy cat lady. She has twenty-two cats." The 'crazy cat lady' bit was only said half-seriously because she's still an active breeder and show-er (and prize-winner) of Rexes, with ties to other reputable breeders in the area, including the one that Tea and Lily (may she rest in peace) came from, Darling Isis. So when we agreed to hop on a bus that afternoon to look at the cat, we were thinking it would be a casual look around and a chance to maybe play with some kittens, and we'd have plenty of time to mull over the decision.

No. IT WAS A NIGHTMARE! First of all let me say that there is no animal harm involved here. She's not that kind of crazy cat lady. The cats were all expensively and painstakingly cared for; it's just they are apparently the only things she is conscious of. The house looked like the set of a horror movie. ) We were there an hour and a half and everything we wore, including our undergarments, stank unbearably and had to be washed. Also the cat's name is "Russel Crowe", with only one L. It's not a very appropriate name. He's been going by Russel Crowe, Rusty, and The Saddest Action Hero around here the last few days.

He came home Saturday afternoon and needed a lot more time to himself to settle in than Arwen did. We were worried at first, because he went about 24 hours without, apparently, eating or drinking or using the litterbox, and just huddled and cringed, first in the cat carrier and then in his nest of blankets, and snuck furtively back to his cave whenever we tried to take him out.

Wax got a cold on Sunday but Sunday evening my persistence paid off and I got him to first headbutt my hand and face, then eat and drink out of my hand, then purr and show me his belly, then to venture out of the sauna/shower on his own. After that it was all improvement and now he seems to be doing really well: he's active, he's getting along tentatively with the Crazy and the BB, he's ignoring the dog, he's chasing strings, he's jumping up inside the bookcases, he's sitting in the sauna and yelling for someone to come play with him.

He also has odd pupils - Wax thinks it's because one is a slit pupil and one is a round pupil, as opposed to simply being different sizes. Both of them expand and contract; it's just they always maintain the obvious size/shape difference. Although the left one looks rather triangular, not exactly what I'd call 'round'. Anyway, it's too bad we can't call him "Bowie", but "Russel Crowe" is just too amazing a name to pass up, perhaps especially when it is so ill-suited to his personality. He's a very handsome ginger boy, and looks like Lily (may she rest in peace) in a number of ways, but rather closer to the breed standard, except for the fused tail-tip, a tiny tiny skeletal flaw that is the reason he's fixed (and reduced price). He's also a lot bigger than the other cats - long and rangy and sleek, and such a beautiful boy! Especially his long, noble little nose.


cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (singin in the rain in a flat)


The first one is a felted tam that started out the size of a large tote bag, so it took a really long time to crochet. It's actually quite pleasing now, but it's just BARELY too small - a cm or two. I can get it on, and so can Wax, but pulling it over the ears is a bit painful, which is obviously undesireable. We both have unusually small heads though. IDK, I may snip the bottom in a few places and crochet-darn-embroider-whatever in the gaps?

The other one said in the pattern that it was supposed to be a sea urchin, but it's more like a sand dollar, as [personal profile] pierydys pointed out (you can see better in the other pictures). Forest Tam | Silver Sand Dollar Tam
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (bang)
We were awakened by the postlady this morning with this package! I took a video, but it was long and embarrassing, so then I just made caps of it. It's less painful for everyone this way.




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cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (magic)
Right now I'm thinking I could go my entire life with no greeting cards other than this LOL printed on some nice blank ones:



I'm also sort of sad that I haven't yet figured out how to make it into an icon.

I made a mini cardboard christmas tree out of two shoebox/book shipping box sized brown cardboard boxes squished flat (and a hot glue gun and a box cutter). Since I've just taken it down, I figured I would post the pictures I took of it. I got the idea from this blog, but mine's a good deal smaller.



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cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (water)
This Minnie Mouse-ish halter dress, which is slightly too big for me, is a little girls' size 164 (that's cm of height and is meant to be like age 12-14 or so) and was on 50% sale at Lindex for 15€.

It's got a stiff tulle underskirt and the back is elasticized, but it's sort of sagging because it's meant for someone with a greater torso circumference. I think I'll take it in with a few simple darts - I don't really want to bother ripping out the lining and doing it all properly and stuff.

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cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (mine)
We bought two of these, actually, but since my camera broke in October, there was nothing to document the unboxing of mine, which arrived on Thursday. (These pictures are from Friday.) Mine will be known as Valentine (it's an Emilie Autumn reference), while hers got the name River Tam (if you don't get that reference you probably don't belong in fandom).

Unboxing Wax's new Nokia N900 )
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (nancy bloody drew)
I was feeling pretty happy all around with my recent (~2 months?) pixie cut until my little sister responded to a photo by linking to this picture of me from October 2009 and saying that I should go back to the 20s bob because it was really cute. Nominally a compliment, but in context it's a bit negative, no?

I like the 20s bob a lot, and always have. But last spring I started to feel it wasn't flattering, and get annoyed with the ends that would always flip out instead of in because my hair is very stubbornly wavy, and I ended up losing that style for the first time since 2006. I had been feeling the pixie cut was actually more flattering, but now I don't know, so I'm curious about what other people think. Honest truth! I won't be offended if you vote for the bob. I will probably have gone back to it in a couple of years tops anyway.

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bob (left)
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20 (44.4%)

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cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (she's so refined)
Since last spring I've been having one of those periods where I hate everything that happens with my hair. Every time I've trimmed it in the past few months I've been less satisfied with the result. Last week when I accidentally ended up with Beatles hair after trimming my bangs, [personal profile] waxjism said I looked like Ryan Ross. ("TAKE THAT BACK!!!") It couldn't be borne, but the only way to go was shorter, so I ended up with a pixie cut. before, after )
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (i am the others)


This wasn't what I expected a sky clotted with volcanic ash to look like, really.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (sulk)

Not that you can really tell from this picture, but you can see the old snow on the balcony railing
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (doing stuff for other people)
...and I wore it to the stationery store yesterday. The main point of this is how amazing the quality of light is from my lightbox. Produces lovely colors so the picture comes out practically pre-color-corrected! Almost like sunlight! Also, mmmmh, argyle.






eta: I'm pretty sure the lightbox IS making a difference. It's not making me happy, or motivated to do shit, but it is making me not need to sleep all the time like I usually do in the winter.

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cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (mischief)
This year I asked and received permission from my wife to put Coraline on top of our Christmas tree (Timothy II) instead of the sparkly star.

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