Time to let loose a little bit

So my new tag video is up! Honestly, I had a lot of fun doing this. Is it intellectual? No. Is it educational? Not really. But is it fun? Yes! I will do the occasional “fun” video, but of course, everyone knows I prefer the pretentious intellectual stuff. I hope you’ll enjoy the video! ๐Ÿ™‚

When you lose sleep, you lose something more than just sleep

I have this thing where, if I drink anything after 8 o’clock in the evening, I will have to get up during the night to go to the bathroom. I call it my curse. Well, okay, one of my curses (we’re all a little mad here okay).

I’m also very sensitive to sleep deprivation, but I guess everyone is to some extent. So anyway. It’s really the simplest thing in the world; I had some chocolate yesterday evening, and I don’t like eating chocolate unless I have some water with it (I literally do not have a good reason for this). And so naturally, I woke up at around 4 o’clock at night because I needed to go to the bathroom. This is always quite an adventure – because, in our flat, the bathroom and the bedroom are on opposite sides of the flat. So I did a bit of googling and found out that our 96 square meters is 1033 square feet. That’s the walk I have to take in order to get to the bathroom, and I usually don’t turn on the lights, but it depends on how dark it is outside. I do have to watch my step, though, because Niles likes to place his toys/balls very strategically in the hallway so that we accidentally kick them when we walk there (because that means play time!!!) – and there’s quite a big risk of slipping and falling on them.

You see now why this is a bit of an adventure? Wow, this turned out longer than I expected. Anyway, so last night I had one of these nightly walks, and no, nothing bad happened, I didn’t slip on Niles’ toys or anything (why would anyone think that?), but I simply couldn’t fall back asleep when I got back. So there I was, and I spent a few hours with my own anxious thoughts just trying to fall asleep, until eventually I had to get up and get started with the laundry.

Why am I telling you all this? Well, I’m a complete wreck today. It’s funny how, when you lose sleep, you’re not just tired, you’re not really yourself. Kind of like being drunk. It doesn’t matter if you try to be productive, you just can’t. Today is also Tuesday, which is normally the day when I write and prepare scripts for my weekly videos. I have therefore decided that this week’s video will be a TAG video. I found one that seems really fun for both the one doing it as well as the people watching, so I hope it will turn out well. So this was a strange blog post, I have to admit. But then again, I’m not really myself today.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope everyone else is having a great day and are feeling rested!

Jane Austen’s Emma – A Study in Character Relationships

It’s finally done! (Not to self; if you know you’re planning a long video, don’t expect that you’ll be able to do it in the same amount of time as the shorter ones. Just don’t. It doesn’t work that way.)

I have to say, I’m very fond of this video. I had so much fun doing the analysis of the various character relationships, and for some reason, a lot of fun doing the synopsis as well – it ended up being twice as long as my analysis (oops). I’ll have to keep that in mind for when I do videos like this in the future. And yes – I will do more videos like these! Just not very often though, as they take a long time to make and I want to get as much writing done as possible.

Feel free to give it a watch ๐Ÿ™‚ and if you’ve already read Emma, or are just not interested in listening to my lovely synopsis, then you can skip ahead to about 30 minutes in. (You’ll find all the timestamps in the video description.) If you enjoy it or have any other thoughts about the video or the book, do let me know! Enjoy!

The beauty of nature – especially when it’s odd

We had a lovely mini-hike yesterday where we went to the nature reserve of Skrylle. There’s a certain charm about the rugged, winter landscape here in Sweden. The silhouette of naked trees against a white sky makes for a cold and dead impression, but the faint rippling of a nearby stream still breathes life into the surroundings.

Niles had a great time getting himself very muddy as he ran along the trail.

I wouldn’t go as far as calling myself an “outdoorsy” person. I’m far too comfortable at home on my couch to be able to uphold such a title – but I do appreciate nature whenever I get the chance to visit it. There are so many peculiar things about nature that really inspires me. It could be an oddly shaped tree or a cute little mushroom growing all by itself in a meadow. Contrary to what science often tells us, there are no rules in nature. It does whatever it feels like doing, even if, sometimes, that doesn’t always make sense.

Humans are so obsessed with rules, and truthfully, I’m no different. We like things to make sense. It’s satisfying to know how things work and to be able to detect a pattern. I suppose that’s why I find the strange decisions nature makes to be so interesting. They surprise me, but in a good way (because I generally don’t like surprises). The next time you visit nature, have a look around for some odd things – I’m sure you’ll find many. Take a moment to appreciate it, because, after all, lucky are those who can see beauty in their surroundings.

Why don’t we end with a lovely little quote from Jane Austen:

A mind lively and at ease, can do with seeing nothing, and sees nothing that does not answer.