Nell’s Top Five
…things I don’t understand
…and I mean the little things, not serious stuff like racism, sexism, or homophobia. No, this is just small, everyday things that are popular and I don’t understand. I don’t hate them or anything…I just don’t get it.
- Beyoncé. I’m probably the only one on planet Earth who’s not on the Beyoncé train, but I just don’t get it. What’s so great about her? All I feel when I hear her music is “meh?”
- Pinterest. What am I supposed to do on Pinterest, except looking for fan-art pictures of Severs Snape I can decorate my bullet journal with?
- Bubble tea. Why is everyone so crazy about bubble tea? It’s…weird!
- PJs. Why would I want to sleep with clothes on? It’s uncomfortable! Also: being in bed is the most legitimate time all day to not have to wear clothes. Why not take advantage of it?
- Facebook (or Instagram or Youtube) live. Why? I have yet to see one that hasn’t been unscripted and rambly. There’s a reason TV networks prepare like crazy for live broadcasts: they don’t want to bore the viewer to death!
- (Yes, I know it says top 5, but it’s my blog and I break rules if I want to 😀 ) Podcasts! So much talking and my mind starts drifting and I suddenly I have no idea what I’ve been listening to.
Are you upset with me now for not getting something you like? And please tell me about something popular that you just don’t understand! 🙂
Nell’s Top Five
…things that make me happy
Sometimes it’s all about the little things. Tell me about something that makes you happy!
- The hashtag #middleschoolbooks on Instagram. Middle school books are so colorful and happy and make me smile
- Fresh croissants and a pot of my favorite green Earl Grey for breakfast
- Discovering new favorite songs from albums you’ve listened to for years and years. Like this one for example, Lucky by Radiohead, taken from OK Computer, an album I’ve absolutely adored from it’s release in 1997. But not until recently did I understand the greatness of this song.
- Coffee-flavored good morning kisses when you’re barely awake
- Poetry books. One day I’m going to have an entire bookshelf full of them, but for now, these are all I own
Nell’s Top Five
…songs that made me dance when I was 17
30 years ago, in 1989, I was 17 years old and my life consisted of books and music and friends (and school of course). I’ve always been more of the lie on my back on the floor and listen to the lyrics kind of gal than a dance kind of gal, but there were a few songs that made it impossible for me to sit still.
So here’s a list. And to help you paint a picture: I had long blond hair, huge glasses, was chubby and had absolutely no moves. so when you listen to these songs, imagine feet shuffling and lots of arm waving and you will have a pretty good picture of what it looked like 😀
And what can I say; I was a fan of British synth pop 🙂
Tell me: what did you dance to when you were 17?
- Tainted Love by Soft Cell
- Smalltown Boy by Bronski Beat
- Situation by Yazoo
- Behind the Wheel by Depeche Mode
- True Faith by New Order
Nell’s Top Five
…Poems I’ve Printscreened From Instagram
Recently I’ve been cleaning up my social media accounts; getting rid of stuff that doesn’t make me happy and instead replacing it with stuff that does. So there are lots of poetry and books and music in my Instagram feed at the moment, things that are important to me and that makes me happy instead of irritated.
One thing I do love about Instagram is all the poets popping up. I feel like poetry has been a dying art form, that no one except me cares about any longer (yes, that’s an exaggeration ofc, but it felt like it) and I’ve been sad to learn that some bookstores doesn’t even carry poetry books anymore. Now, however, it’s on the rise because of Instagram. And since I don’t like the loooooong poems that go on forever and ever (anything longer than a sonnet needs to be really freaking good for me to read it), Instagram is perfect. There’s only so many lines you can fit in a small square space 🙂
So today, I’m giving you the top five poems I’ve printscreened in my phone (since May this year when I bought a new phone). I hope you enjoy!
Nell’s Top Five
…Downsides About Reading A “Real” Book
and by “real” book, I mean a print book.
I borrowed Becoming by Michelle Obama from a friend of mine. She recommended it warmly and I’ve been wanting to read it anyway, so I accepted. I have only just started the book, but so far I love it.
However. A few problems have popped up as I read this ancient, old-school format. So here’s a list of my top 5 problems I have when reading a print book 😀
- I can’t change the font size. The letters are teeny-tiny and I’m getting old – I need large print, baby.
- When I bring it to the bathroom (yes, I read in the bathroom!) I can’t see if my daughter is texting me! What if she needs me for something urgent??
- No matter how long I press and hold a word, I don’t get an explanation to what it means. Does that mean I have to get one of those…what are they called? Dictionaries? What is this, the stone ages?
- I can’t read it in bed when my husband mutters Turn off the light, I can’t sleep. Note to self: invest in a good flashlight so you can read under the covers like in the good old days!
- No indication at the bottom of the page on how many pages are left in this chapter. Or how many percent of the book I’ve read. So I have to figure it out by myself, by turning the pages to see how long this chapter is. Or take out the abacus to see how many pages I have left to read in the book. I repeat my question from point three, is this the stone ages?
(I don’t have to charge it, though, which I have to admit is a plus!)
I think I’ll pop over to Amazon and buy it in e-book instead. 😁
What do you prefer? Print books, audio books, or e-books? And do you have any points of your own to add to my list? 🙂
Nell’s Top Five
…Things I Don’t Step Onto An Airplane Without
(…other than the usual, necessary stuff like passport, phone, wallet and such.)
On Sunday evening, me and the husband jumps on a plane to go to Sweden for a vacation. We’re going to spend time hugging our beloved daughter (and her boyfriend), see our families, hang out with friends, celebrate Midsummer (a huge thing for most Swedes), and enjoy Sweden in summer for once (we’re usually only there for Christmas and the cold and darkness, which is a shame because Sweden is lovely in summer).
So I thought I’d make a list of five things I need on a long-ass flight like that. There’s no way to make a 14 hour flight (actually it’s 7+7 hours, because we do a stopover in Dubai, but still) comfortable. I usually can’t sleep on planes because it’s cramped and uncomfortable and I don’t like sleeping surrounded by hundreds of strangers. But with these five things I won’t suffer too badly. Hopefully.
What do you bring on the plane to keep you occupied on a long flight?
- My tablet, stuffed full of books and music. I usually pick books I’ve already read, comfort reads, so that I know I’ll be happy and content when I read them. Also because I don’t want to risk sobbing on the plane! I also have a few playlists downloaded on my tablet from Spotify. For example Leonard Cohen’s Ten New Songs; it’s the only album I can sleep to, so if I get sleepy, I put it on repeat and hope I can doze away a couple hours. I also have a more upbeat playlist in case I want to entertain myself with happy music and wine 🙂 I also have a sudoku app on my tablet that can keep me entertained for hours.
- My powerbank. Because even if there’s usually USB ports for charging your devices on planes these days (at least Emirates has them), I don’t want to risk that my batteries die and I won’t be able to do all the stuff in the first point on my list.
- My fabulous cordless headphones. When it’s time to replace them, I’m buying headphones with noise cancellation, but these are good enough to drown out crying children and the droning of the engines. At least mostly.
- Notebook, so I can write, and
- Pen, so I have something to write with. Not a fountain pen though, because they behave strangely at high altitudes.
Nell’s Top Five
…Things I Don’t Understand
Here are five things I don’t really understand. They are not things I hate or detest…I just don’t get it.
Tell me about something that you don’t understand in the comments! 🙂
- Calendars starting with Sunday. Monday is the first day of the week, not Sunday. Why would you want your calendar to start with Sunday? That’s weird!
- Why do people go to the movies when they’re on a date? I understand doing it once you’re already in a relationship and know each other. But before you’re a couple? That’s just weird. The purpose of a date is getting to know each other better, and you can hardly do that the 2-3 hours you spend in a movie theater, since you’re not supposed to talk.
- Raisins. Or dried fruit in general, to be honest. I realize that back in the olden days when we couldn’t import/export fresh fruit, we had to preserve fruits to even get any vitamins in winter. But they’ve outlived their usefulness and they’re just weird. And not tasty.
- People live-tweeting to TV shows. If your followers don’t watch the show/movie along with you, reading it after is just plain weird. And even if I watch the same show, I watch it. Not scroll through my twitter feed. I don’t get it.
- Gossip. Don’t get me wrong, I read gossip too, and after I feel a little dirty. But why are we (humans) so obsessed with gossip? Why do we feel the need to know intimate details of our friends, neighbors, or celebrities we really have no business knowing?
Nell’s Top Five
…Things I Would Rather Do Than Write A Blurb
It’s that time again. That time when I’m considering quitting this writing thing I’ve got going on because surely it’s not worth it. That time when I’ll almost say Screw this manuscript I worked so hard on for months, I’ll just go hide in my bed instead.
I’m talking about blurb writing, of course. The bane of my existence. Having to summarize your entire manuscript in 150 words or less, and making it sound interesting so people will want to read it, is harder than writing the stupid story in the first place. Why, why, do we need blurbs? Can’t I just write This story is great, buy it! and be done with it. No?
All right then. I’ll do it. But here’s the top five things I’d rather do than write blurbs.
- Hang out with Donald Trump 🍊
- Smell durian fruit 🤢
- Listen to rap at maximum volume 24/7 for an entire week 🙉
- Poke out my eyes with my favorite fountain pen 😑
- Lick sweaty, unwashed feet with yellow, claw-like toenails 🤮
Okay, so I made myself gag with that last one, so maybe this list is a slight exaggeration, but you get the general idea. I’ll stop whining now, and work on the blurb. But if you never hear from me again, it’s been nice knowing ya! 😂
Nell’s Top Five
…Things I Miss About Not Eating Dairy
Last year, I went to the doctor because I’d had the flu for weeks and was coughing so much my husband threatened a divorce since he couldn’t sleep at night because of me. When I was there, she asked about other illnesses and I told her about my severe eczema, and she said to me to quit dairy.
So I went home and googled and yes, it seemed like a lot of people with eczema got better after quitting dairy, so I gave it a go. One year later, my skin is so healthy and smooth I can hardly believe it. I don’t have any problems with my eczema anymore, and I’m much happier.
So not eating dairy is totally worth it, I’m not going back. That being said, there are some things I really, really miss. (And I know there are substitutes for a lot of these things, but here in Malaysia the dairy-substitutes are rare. Malaysians don’t eat a lot of dairy, so they don’t really need substitutes. Back in Sweden though, it’s a totally different story.)
- Butter. Is there anything yummier than spreading butter on a warm, fresh-from-the-oven piece of bread, let it melt, and then gobble it down? I don’t think so.
- Blue cheese. I LOVE blue cheese, I’ve loved it since I was a little kid. Seriously, how many small children do you know who eat blue cheese? Well, I did.
- Pizza. Melted cheese is the best thing ever. I actually found a block of soy cheese in the grocery store a few months back, and I bought it and thought I’d make homemade pizza. So I did. Problem was, the darned thing didn’t melt. So I had a hard, sad crust and unmelted cheese. I’m not saying I cried…but I’m not saying I didn’t either 😀
- Any other Italian food. Yeah, I order the food that doesn’t contain cream or the mozzarella or any other dairy bombs. But I cry inside every time I ask them to leave the parmigiano off.
- Milk. A glass of ice cold milk and a hot cinnamon roll *sigh* (Swedes don’t eat cinnamon rolls for breakfast. We have them for fika. With nib sugar instead of icing.)
What would you miss if you had to quit dairy?
Nell’s Top Five
…Things To Do To De-Stress
Because these last weeks have been really stressful for me, and because I’m very sensitive to stress because of stuff that’s happened to me in the past, I’ve made a long list of things that help me de-stress. I list five of them in this blog post.
Do you have any special tricks for when you’re too stressed? Tell me in the comments! 🙂
- Having a cup of tea. Nothing beats fixing your favorite tea in your favorite cup and sitting down in a nice comfy place to drink it.
- Disconnecting from Social Media. SM has a way of stressing me out, so if I’m already under a lot of pressure, I really need to put away my phone, turn off my computer, and pretend Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram don’t exist.
- Eating comfort food. For me, that’s a bowl of perfect Japanese ramen. It’s like eating a warm, loving hug.
- Doing a slow, really mindful yoga practice. Even just sitting down on my mat and breathing is helpful. It’s as though my body recognizes that this is a space for relaxation and focusing on myself. Tuesday this week was my one-year yoga anniversary. How did I live so long without it?
- Doing something book-related. Like visiting a book store, re-reading a favorite, reading a couple poems, or buying books online. Whatever it is, as long as it’s book related, it helps lower my stress levels.
Poem by Rupi Kaur