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Thank you to all the ladies who participated in my little Friday Fun giveaway.
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It’s Good Friday today, which means no work for the majority of people in Finland, Mr Siili and I included. In Finnish it is Pitkäperjantai, which translates to Long Friday. Not being a religious person, I really don’t know why this Friday is called what it is, or even why it would have such totally different names in different countries. Yes, I know it has to do with Jesus and church-y stuff, but after that, I’ve never paid much attention.

It was so nice to sleep in. I was unbelievably exhausted from work this week and it was only a 4 day work week! It’s been snowing off and on again today, so this is going to be a perfect day to stay inside and not do too much. I’m thinking of doing a bit of sewing, but let’s see if I can be bothered to even get up enough energy for that. Hehe


Weekend snippets

This was originally supposed to be Saturday Snippets and then Sunday Snippets, but I figured I’d cover the entire weekend instead. That’s what happens when you’re lazy on your last 2 days of holiday.

* I am so glad I had this last week off from work. I really needed the time to recharge my battery and recover from the horrendous flu from the week before.

* I’m still coughing (up junk), but it is much better. I know this cough is going to linger for quite some time, it’s one of those coughs.

* On Saturday, Mr Siili and I drove to the store (instead of walking) to get food. It would have been good to get out and stretch my legs, but we bought 3 bottles of soda and it was easier to transport them home that way. Plus, it was the only way to get Mr Siili to go with me. 🙂

* On Saturday I tried 2 new recipes: kanakookoskeitto (chicken coconut milk soup) and Great Harvest Whole Wheat Bread Copycat which I found on Eat Cake for Dinner. The soup was ok, but I don’t think I’ll be making it again. At least not any time soon. The bread, on the other hand, was yummy and Mr Siili devoured the last few slices this evening. I didn’t quite follow the recipe (I read the flour type wrong), but it turned out amazing anyway. For some reason I kept thinking the flour was supposed to be graham instead of whole wheat. Don’t ask where I came up with graham, as it is no where on the blog post or recipe!

I put our initials on the bread. Cute, eh?

* I also made a Muzzy’s Cheesecake. This recipe is from the coffeehouse I worked at for several years when I was younger. The coffeehouse was one of my first real jobs and I still have fond memories of the place. Plus, I have many of the amazing recipes that we used there. I had thought of possibly freezing part of it so we’d have some for later, but more than half of it has already been eating today alone.

I forgot to take a picture of it before cutting into it.

* The flute girl monkey girl downstairs decided to be noisy, again, this weekend. She and whoever else was with her decided to sing karaoke or at least play loud music and talk yell most of Saturday. Thankfully they went out before it got too late and didn’t make noise all night. Unfortunately, they were back at it early this morning. I did go down and talk to her, which resulted in them being quite for maybe 5 minutes. Ugh! We so can’t wait to move!

* To try and drown out some of the noise, Mr Siili and I had a TV show marathon this weekend. We watched some Big Bang Theory, New Girl, Nikita, Dexter, Broke Girls, Once Upon a Time and possibly something else. We didn’t watch too many Dexter episodes, at least night right before bed, as the last few times I’ve had strange dreams/nightmares from that show.

What would you do if you had a cute cat on your lap?

* Mr Siili has told me several times that if I continue to go pee so often, my bladder will shrink and I’ll ‘train’ my bladder to get used to going pee all the time. I tried telling him I’m not peeing all the time because I want to, but because I need to. (Especially with this cough still!) I can feel my eyeballs floating when my bladder gets relatively full and it makes me feel a bit ill and uncomfortable. Silly guy!

* And now it’s time for bed. I’ve hardly thought about work this last two weeks, but it’s now time to get back into the grind. I can’t wait to see (sarcasm here) what sort of mess has been left behind for me.

Help! How to break the news to my co-workers?

It’s Sunday evening already! Where does the weekend go?
Friday I left work early, to make up for staying late on Thursday and because I wanted to leave early. While waiting to meet up with a friend downtown, I tried on bras. (I’m now at least a 80DD, that one cup and one size bigger, although I think I might still need something bigger.) I found one bra that was ok (in store) and on sale for only 6€, but I didn’t buy it. After I met up with my friend, we looked for shoes for her without any success. Then we went to my house to pick up the food I’d made, to the food and liquor store and eventually (only 25min late) to our final destination: another friends house. In all there was 4 of us hanging out, eating, chatting and having a good time. When I got home, I basically crawled straight into bed.

After sleeping almost 11 hours, I woke up, watched the two most recent episodes of American Idol and then scrambled to get ready to brave the freezing temperatures outside to meet some other friends downtown for food. We hung out at a cafe, where I ended up telling them I’m pregnant (none of them have kids, only god-kids and nieces/nephews). Later we went for food and chatted even more. I had a yummy Bacon & BBQ burger with sweet potato fries. Yum!

Today, Mr Siili and I walked to the food stores and back, in slightly less freezing weather than we’ve been having the rest of this week. It was colder coming home because the wind was against us. When we got home, I finished watching Vampire Diaries (one of my silly vices, I know!) and then decided to vacuum. I vacuumed half of our place and then did the dishes, but by the time I was mostly done with the dishes, my abdomen area was hurting enough that I couldn’t stand up straight without it hurting. The living room remains unvacuumed. I think walking to the stores and then vacuuming was too much for me. *sigh*

Finland had second and final round of voting for a new president. We’ll find out tonight or tomorrow the latest who our new President is. The last 12 years (2 terms) Finland has had a female President: Tarja Halonen. She was the first female president and it was pretty cool to be here when she was elected into office the first time around. I was a bad Finn (just like I’m a bad American) and didn’t vote. (Neither did Mr Siili.)

Help! How does one go about telling their coworkers they are pregnant?
I told my team leader (immediate boss aka EK) this afternoon that I am pregnant. My former team leader and big boss already know and have known almost as long as I have. Whether that was smart or not, who knows, but they know a fair share of my journey and have been totally supportive of me. Anywho, the reason for telling EK “already” is that she sent an email out on Friday asking if we had any input about her training plans for the new people that are joining us this next week. I thought I’d let her know I was pregnant now, not that it affects the training plans so much now, but in the near-ish future and just in case someone would need to be hired to cover for me when I go on maternity leave.

Our 12 week scan is on Tuesday and then we have a team meeting on Friday. I was thinking of telling everyone then. As I figured everyone would be in the same place at once. I’d be able to do it and get it over with. But when I told Mr Siili these thoughts, he reacted quite badly. He asked if I was trying to be a drama queen and was that really the time and place to let people know. He asked if wouldn’t it be better to just tell during a coffee break? My reply was that not everyone goes to coffee breaks at the same time and I don’t want some to know and others not. Not that I really feel the need to tell all of them anyway, but…I’d rather have it out in the open so I don’t have to be concerned with saying or not saying anything. Mr Siili’s other suggestion was to just wait and let my growing tummy (not that you can really see anything yet) tell for itself.

Ugh! I’m almost thinking of just not telling anyone or maybe the random person and letting it get leaked out like a rumour. Hahahaha! Thoughts anyone?

Pretty Picture Weekend

As I mentioned on Friday, I went to The Night of the Museums. There was 6 of us total and it was a blast. We saw so many different and amazing exhibits and we walked waaay too much. In the end, I think we went to 8 different museums/galleries all over town. Here’s a few pictures from that evening.

And then on Saturday, I met up with some Postcrossing gals. (Postcrossing is where you send one postcard to a random person and receive a postcard from a random person. I’ll blog about it more later.) We went to some different places than where I was the previous day.

Then on Sunday, hubby (I really should find something else to call him) and I to look at where our house is being built. We’re going to try and make it a weekly Sunday tradition to go and take pictures of it being built. It doesn’t look like much yet, but I can tell from last week’s photos to this one that they have done something!