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 Hi Hi Hi. First off, I got some post during the holidays! Thanks [livejournal.com profile] saba1789 for the lovely card ♥ & [livejournal.com profile] aredblush for the package (the card was awesome (my little brother was very impressed when I showed him) & the snowman got the best place in the tree :D)

Then, fair warning, I'm going to rant about applying to UK universities now. In audio form! (wouldn't upload. You'll get another chance to laugh at my English eventually ;)) Most of this is not very coherent, more like my anxious stressing out in list form. So run to the hills and don't look back!

Wherein I complain. A LOT. )

"LOL you're way late with this uni stuff" is always an appropriate answer. :D

P.S. This personal statement business, what's up with that? I'm Finnish, it's unnatural for me to think very highly of myself. Just thinking about actually praising myself makes me dizzy.
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Do you have amazing recipes for sweet stuff that could go into a holiday care package? Because if you do, I'd love to hear about them, especially if you know some without eggs or flour.

I've had a tradition of doing a batch of big homemade & decorated heart-shaped gingerbread cookies for each of my friends instead of drawing cards. This year I'm not confident enough to make the cookie dough by myself, so I'm doing gift bags with assorted sweet stuff to nibble on when taking a break from aunts, uncles, and cousins you're not sure you're actually related to. 

I'm planning on doing cinnamon sugar 'S's, cake pops, twisty candy sticks, hot chocolate on a stick (little bit of a theme forming there), some cookies, something chocolate-y, and toffee if I can finally get it right on the trillionth try. I tried twice on Thursday and the first batch had an overwhelming taste of burnt sugar, while the second one refused to set or even freeze when I dumped it outside in the -20 degree weather. On top of that, the latter was a rather eye-searing shade of yellow, possibly glowed in the dark. Got any good tips for successful toffee-making? Throw them into the comments!

Later on the to-do list: Karelian pies! I made them for the first time last year with a Swiss friend of mine, who wanted to bake something Finnish. The batch of almost 60 was gone in an hour. Recipe and helpful pictures of the baking process to come nearer 24th (which is btw, the day when we celebrate here)

Are you feeling the holiday spirit, flist?
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(I'm half-asleep and the language center of my brain is fried. That's all the disclaimer you're going to get for the following text.)

I live in a place where the general attitude seems to be "we don't care what you are, just don't flaunt it", where the president used to be the chairwoman for the central LGBT organization, where the official language only has one singular third-person pronoun, and where the bishop of the capital and those of a couple other bigger cities (as well as the archbishop of Finland) are openly in favor of blessing same-sex unions. 

At the same time though, I live in a place where the bigger Pride march was attacked with teargas while the smaller one received a bomb threat, where some of my best friends won't be able to get married, and where a priest who quite loudly believes that "homosexuality is a sickness caused by sins" got to be in charge of my confirmation camp.

It makes me sad that in spite of the second paragraph, I have it so much better than a lot of people. Love is a human right, not a right for just the majority.

So for those who haven't noticed it yet, I'm Ace, I'm queer and of currently unspecified gender, and I'm damn well going to "flaunt it" if I want to.

And to make this post not just a rant:
-First snow. What.
-I'm currently studying Finnish, Swedish, English, French, Latin and Russian (love them all, especially the last two newest additions).
-still have no idea what I want to study. Fashion Communication sounds pretty interesting. Now if only I could write or take photos or understand anything about fashion...
-I re-discovered a thousand words of The Like as rebellious royalty and pirates with bonus Panic! werewolves in my gdocs! Possibly maybe will share at a later date.

I hope your October has started on a positive note, flist ♥

"Who with?"

Oct. 2nd, 2010 11:13 pm
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Having a Doctor Who first series marathon in the Stockholm apartment with Cousin2 and the lil' bro. My cunning plan to get more friend into this is clearly working, as the two of them are glued to the tv and smiling gleefully (especially Cousin2, who is just about the last person I'd expect to get into something like this). We watched the first six episodes last night and tonight I've been driving them crazy going "Captain Jack! Oh you just wait, there are leather pants in the immediate future!"

Episode 10 just ended and I'm pretty sure Cousin2 ships Jack/Nine. She just doesn't know it yet. >:)
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Art for Torchwood Big Bang fic, The World You Thought You Lived In by becky-monster.

Artist notes: When I claimed the fic in the first place, I loved the idea of a larger alternate universe story centered around Lisa, but I had no idea how great it would be. The story's so good, and the characters well thought-out. I loved Lisa, Ianto and Jack and their relationship as well as the supporting characters (especially Tosh <3). Also, it helped that Beckymonster was more than wonderful to work with, even providing me with last minute reference pictures when I got nervous. You know the drill guys, go read the awesome fic!

Lisa, Tosh and a scene in Greenwich park )

Hope you like them!

Now what are you still here for? Shoo, go read the fic here!
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Is anyone on my f-list watching Rizzoli & Isles? Because I'm here drawing some challenge stuff and getting increasingly annoyed at episode 6. You don't usually hear me criticize much, but really now. I'm 13 minutes in and there are already two things that are making me frown. First, the episode is called "I kissed a girl" presumably because the murdered woman was married to a woman. Secondly, there's a male character who's OMG a nurse, recommends using biodegradable doggie poo bags (the one he's holding is also pink, but I'm not sure if it's his), wants to be a "stay-at-home daddy" and is fairly obviously being played for laughs.

Speaking off I Kissed A Girl, I have a song for you: Ihmisten edessä by Jenni Vartiainen (m4a file. sorry guys, I'll get an mp3 for next time).
I sort of think of it as the opposite of the first song. Yes, both songs are sung by beautiful straight women, both are fairly pop-y and got a lot of radio play, but the thing that makes them different is the way they present a similar subject matter*. Vartiainen and Teemu Brunila (the writer of the song) were even awarded by Seta**("Sexual equality", the main LGBT rights organisation in Finland) for the song, which was described as an "apposite evocation of the courage needed from LGBT people to e.g. publicly hold hands". Google will probably provide you with translated lyrics if you want them.

In other news, Torchwood art on Tuesday!

*I'm using the word "similar" loosely here. Song about kissing a random girl vs. song about a non-normative/lesbian relationship.
**Fun fact: Tarja Halonen, the president of Finland, was the chairwoman '80-'81.
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We quickly went over the most likely right answers for the English listening comprehension exam today and oh gosh that was a massive embarrassment.

I lost 15 points out of 90. And not one of them was an honest mistake of "oh, I didn't understand what was being said". I actually quite liked this years texts. They were engaging and even entertaining. But of course I over-thought and complicated 3 of the questions* and failed to fully concentrate long enough to hear the full answer on the other two. And the last one was the most baffling to me, where I had actually written the important minor detail down to my notes the first time I heard it and then forgotten it completely when it was time to answer.

>:( Self, I disapprove of this.

Mostly I keep imagining this:
... )

or going between these two.

*["this sounds like a logical answer no wait logic doesn't come into play in these what's going on with the word order maybe they're trying to trick us AHA I'll go with the complete opposite." OR "he did say it was good on paper even though it didn't provide the challenges this other one did but he was talking about how he felt personally I'll go with this vague other answer that at least isn't just a great big sweeping generalization.]

I'm alive

Sep. 12th, 2010 09:51 pm
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 ...and kicking. 

Though I sort of want to throttle myself for not studying for my matriculation exams. I was going to! And now I find myself honestly confused by the fact that they start tomorrow and the full amount of time I've spent revising anything? Two hours. On last Tuesday.


Also confusing is how uncharacteristically nonchalant I'm feeling about this whole thing. Oh well, oh well.

So, it seems I will continue to be a horrible f-lister of no good for another 2 weeks (containing my 7 exam dates)before I get to make my joyous return with much rambling.
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I am my own tech expert! Or in other words, I got my stuff back. \o/

I've been away from my laptop (and still am, I'm on mom's laptop atm) doing some blueberry cleaning business with mummi and ukki (the grandparents) and the cousins like last year and this week I'm in Stockholm. I got spectacularly lost on my first day and it was glorious even though afterwards my feet were so sore. Still are actually. Mom and lil bro are moving here for 2 years so we have a really nice apartment not too far from the city center. I'm loving the city. There are so many things to see and hear and the people. I've already been to the library and it's beautiful at least compared to the city library at home, which is a dull concrete box.

Today I found a really cool bookshop when I did some metro hopping, and bought Pärlör & Patroner: 60 historiska kvinnopoträtt and some queer poetry in Swedish and Stone Butch Blues, which I stashed to the bottom of my suitcase for the moment. I talked a little with the woman at the register and learned that the person in the 20 knoror bill, Selma Lagerlöf, was the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature and "a big dyke". :DD Reading something interesting in Swedish should be good practice for my YO exams (our equivalent for A-levels, I think), especially when in the three days I've spent here I've noticed that I can't even order coffee without getting both myself and the poor baristas confused :D:. 

I'm off to go eat and watch a movie now, but I'll check in later and see if I can get some f-list reading done. If I've missed something big (or small), you can tell me about it in the comments. :)

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HI YOU. How's it going?

I just did some googling and found A BUNCH of new photos from the Pride to add to my big fat post of (North) Pride, and I got so giggly and excited I needed to go run a lap through the night dark house. Who cares that it's 4 o'clock and I've got to wake up at 7 to go sit in on an overpriced math course that makes me suspect that I've never set foot in a math class in my life (someone has just planted the memories of sitting in one in my brain, forgetting to include the actual teachings. Yes, that's what must have happened), when I have over 30 pictures from one of the most awesome day of summer and the people who made it so great. (we can play spot-the-tiny-blur-that-might-be-Ace! when I post. I might offer doodles! :D)

Still feeling a bit of the high from an awesome weekend I sorta came out to Summer (otherwise known as Cousin1, one of my favourite people and a friend since birth)! She came over and we talked about shit and I gushed a lot about what an awesome time Pride was and then we got to talking about religion (OH HEY I left the religion! Like officially! Maybe more about that later :D?) and all ridiculous things that parents could react badly to when you bring the person you date home. And then I said "Well I did still bring Z home. But I don't think mom realized" and she went "what" and I said "when we dated". She asked a couple questions like "when were you dating?" "You mean your friend Z, right?" and in the end she seemed to think that it was just something I did, in a "why not" fashion. I didn't clearly identify myself as queer/homo/pansexual, but it's good enough for now. In a way I like her conclusion that it was something I (and people generally) did because "why not".

Also I need to pimp out the BBB art I did for Play The Piano Drunk Like A Percussion Instrument Until The Fingers Begin To Bleed A Bit by takkatakkatakka. You can find all three drawings (Audrey, Ryan, Z&Tennessee) in this here post. I'm super happy with how they turned out. And while you're there go check out the story because it's awesome and has great characterizations. I love all parts with Z and Tennessee most and there's a bit of them with Brendon that I'm especially fond of. Add it to your summer reading lists, bbs!

And to close this off some prettiness in the form of Jónsi!

Now, really, tell me what you've been up to? :)
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[This post can also be viewed on my LJ.]
Whee, it's finally posting time!

I was lucky to get to do art for Angelic intervention (life is never that easy), a kradambigbang story written by the awesome estel_willow. She was a wonder to work with, patiently answering all my questions about the mythology in the story, which by the way you should go read right now. I especially loved her Allison!

So, here are my very first 3 pieces featuring Adam and Kris, Cassidy and Allison. Hope you like them!

3 pieces under the cut! )
Now that you've seen the art go and read the story here!

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Hello guys, sorry for disappearing off the internet. I was super busy for pretty much all of last month with tons of exams and actual socializing (yes, I'm not kidding). Somehow I also managed to cram all of the Doctor Who episodes from Rose to The End of Time into that month. Time well spent, I'd say. I have so much to say, but to spare you from an incoherent chatter I'll just sum it up to BLAH BLAH BLAH and expand on that later with pictures and doodled graphs and everything.

[ETA because I forgot at first] Did you see the awesome glitteratti sunglasses I got from Nasssty? My rl sunglasses may be broken, but on the internet I'm covered. Thanks so much, bb! :)

It's summer! The weather hasn't gotten the memo yet, but I have my fingers crossed for being able to wear my dresses without tights next week. Still, even though it's holiday time and the sun will be shining, it doesn't mean I'll have two months to sit around trying to get a tan. Nope. I have my four compulsory matriculation exams coming up this fall and I will have to study during these next three months like it's my sole purpose in life. On top of that I signed up for kradambigbang, bandgirlsbang, tw_bigbang and hc_bingo, promised to spend time in Stockholm helping my mother and brother get settled in for their two-year stay and planned to get my driver's license before August. I'll be the busiest bee!

Anyways, here's my bingo card for hc_bingo.
Telepathy, love potions AND zombie apocalypse! \o/ )
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Last episode tomorrow (or as it's 5:22 AM, today actually). Way to choke me up, Torchwood.



Apr. 26th, 2010 08:42 pm
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No matter the outcome of upcoming elections, Finland's parliament will consider marriage equality and gay adoption bills in its next session, Ice News reports.

Taru Tujunen, the National Coalition Party secretary, said an initiative would be put forward at the next party congress which would call for gender-neutral marriage. The SDP will also make similar calls for adoption rights for same-sex couples during their May party congress. The idea of gender-neutral marriage was first touted by the Green League’s Oras Tynkkynen last year, while party secretary Panu Laturi said, "The present law on marriage is discriminatory. Couples of the same gender still do not have the right to marry the person that they love."

About the time, don't you think.

The one time I had enough courage to talk to one half of the cool couple from English conversations course, I made a fool out of myself by how I couldn't help but to smile whenever she said "my wife". I'm sappy like that. I hope you're having a great Monday, bbs. :)
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Hi guys! I've been 18 for four full days now and I feel old. Contributing to my feeling old is the fact that all the muscles in my lower half have been cramped since Monday (first P.E. lesson of the year, Cooper's test) and I've been mostly shuffling slowly from place to place instead of walking. Despite that P.E. lessons have not been horrible so far, which is a positive surprise! The 5km we had to jog on Tuesday didn't help with the cramped muscles, neither did the gymnastics lesson on Wednesday, but it's almost sort of fun. And on Friday's volleyball lesson I only got the ball to the face twice and on both times I was the one throwing it. (You might wonder how one manages to do that, and the only explanation is that it's me. I don't know how I made it through 6 years of cheerleading with just some bruises. Have I told you about that time when I fell from a picket fence? No?) No sprained fingers nor cut eyebrows this time!

My birthday was all nice and cheerful. Not terribly eventful, but that's the way I like it. I had dinner with the family on Monday and they gave me their gift, which was them telling me that there's enough money in my education fund to cover at least two years of me going to uni in Scotland. I can't tell you how happy this makes me, guys! One thing fewer to worry about. Now I just need to work hard enough to get in. My friends greeted me at school Tuesday morning and I got a birthday cupcake and tons of hugs and we made plans to go see Kick-ass sometime next week. I got birthday texts from friends and relatives and a long phone call from C1 who informed me that she was coming to town (which she did, on Thursday, and we spent the whole day watching House episodes. I got to show her the tattoo design she'd asked me to draw for her and she liked it!). Next week we'll have some relatives over for dinner and cake and I'll get to celebrate more. To summarize everything into one word: funtimes!

Also, Nasssty drew me the most amazing birthday card (Princess Z and (Pirate) Captain Tennessee!! *___* Go look, you guys!), which arrived in the mail on Wednesday with the cutest pair of earrings! And, I got an awesome e-card in German from Saba!! <3

Oh and the bff gave me the most awesome shirt that I will have to take and post pictures of later! Remind me of this if I forget, k? Then you can also finally see my new hair and glasses.

Now, onto the best part of this post. I baked chocolate-y goodness also know as Daim cake for myself on Tuesday and took some to school the next day to share with the gang, and the response (four demands to share the recipe and 2 new friends made) confirmed that I needed to share the deliciousness with the world. So, here is the recipe with making-of pictures!


Onto the recipe! )

*And in the middle of writing this post when I went to get tea I managed to drop a full glass bottle of olive oil onto the same kitchen carpet. Mad skills of clumsiness, I've got them. /o\
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I drew you the shiniest of shiny things in a skin-tight, sequined costume, of course.
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The card also reads something like: And of course I, too, wish you an awesome birthday with all the hugs and cake and presents you could wish for!

I hope you're having the bestest birthday, sweetie!

P.S. Thank you for the e-card! I must admit that I know only about ten words of German (a Swiss friend helped me write the holiday card), but I love all things in languages other than mine! <3 There were plenty of congratulatory hugs, good food with good wine and yummy cake, but I shall be posting more about that later (with a cake recipe, no less!). :D
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(This post is brought to you by ridiculous sleepiness. More to come when it's actually my birthday.)
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Mood swings are no fun and neither are fights with parents. Obvious statement is obvious.

I played in the snow the other day like a little kid. I jumped and ran around giggling manically until I wore myself out (admittedly it didn't take all that long). I left my gloves in the bus in January and haven't had the chance to get new ones, so my fingers were completely frozen when I came back inside. Even though there's so much snow that it forms piles that are higher than I am tall, I know that the spring is coming because the sun still shines warmly through the living room windows when I get back from school.

My silly friends Eli and Z are maybe starting to see what is right in front of their noses. Or what is on the other side of the globe at the moment, since Eli is in Mexico for her exchange year. They're almost best friends, sometimes fake-girlfriends, and I can't believe it's taking them this long to go "oh". Eli's been telling me about her crush on Z like it's a big surprise and to be honest I find it adorable. I hope Z stops being so oblivious soon.

I'm reading a book in Swedish, Ronia the Robber's Daughter, and it's awesome to find out how much I understand. Sure, I've read the book before and I have a copy in Finnish that I check every once in a while, but man, small victories.

This past Monday I got a package from Nasssty (hi! Thank you! ILU!). It had chocolate (omnomnom) and a tar paper notebook with recycled paper pages and it made me smile like a fool. I've started filling out the pages with sketches and story bits, in hopes that I'd get some inspiration for my BBB. I didn't complete the first wave story but I loved the idea so I might try to finish that one (The Like & Panic, princesses and thieves and werewolves and silly search/rescue missions in the name of true love!) or poke Nasssty into turning our exchange about theater nerds and ghosts into a real story.

Hi loves, sorry for being around so little. How are you?
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Hey Nasssty, it's not quite the 28th anymore, but I hope you had the AWESOMEST birthday, ate plenty of ice cream and got the coolest gifts! You're the bestest of all, bro! ♥

I painted you a picture, too.

One glam!Brendon under here )

Sorry for the spam f-list, I should be done for now! :D?


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