onsdag 17 september 2014

CorpGoth- Mid month status report: Fitting in at my new workplace

I visited the parental meeting at the school I'll be working at last week. I didn’t have to say anything important, except showing myself and do a short presentation, it went well. I had roamed around the stores for some professional clothes the day before and went home soaked in sweat, oh how I hate to shop clothes. I call the fitting booths, faschism booths because all the disadvantages of the body appear in full drama in the merciless light. Along with this post Corp Goth monthly status report is very fitting for showing what I shoped for the parental meeting.
My Restyle rib cage bag was changed to something so plain it almost is invisible. It’s also another vanishing bag that transforms to a black hole once you put something in it, if it had the colour blue, I could say bigger on the inside. I have ordered a LED-light to be inserted in it from Johan but I don't know when he will have the time. It is made of real black leather,  I’m a carnivore and prefer real leather that lasts longer.
 It’s only a glimpse as I didn’t have a tripod or a photographer, but I hope that you get the idea of the jacket I finally found after running around the whole city, so many cardigans and chanel jackets but no suit jackets (not in my size anyway). I found this one at H&M it is tailored at the back and straight at the front. The fab thing with this one is that the shoulders didn’t went sloppy on my narrow and sloppy ones, it’s usually the big problem with fitting. I also found a long sleeved midnight blue top, it looks slim but hides my belly, it has fake leather pads on the shoulders. I will definitely buy the other colours of this one. The necklace was a gift from Johan bought at ebay.
 The shoes of the brand Ara are also a bit plain but oh how my feet loves them. The heel is 2 inches and very comfortable, perfect to walk and stand in. The toes shape reminds a bit of Fluevogs ergonomically shape and the leather is thin and smooth, clings to your foot like a glove.
 I bought other clothes but that will be another post. 
The autumn leaves are shifting colour now and I tried to fold a rose from maple leaves, it was very easy.
I harvested 3 of my pumpkins the other week, they are heavy and a hollow sound is heard when knocking on the bottom. Let there be pumpkin muffins, soups, pies etc and lovely Jack’O lanterns!! Still no frost even if we have reached the other half of September.

fredag 12 september 2014

September moonlight

Lovely September got it's cold hands on the garden. Even if the flowers blooms in bold colours the longer cold nights and the mist turns the leaves in autumn colours.
The weather is forcing the nature merciless to sleep.

 This was the single flower I got from the scabiosas I sow. Not much of a gothic garden right?

Oh I'm actually too busy to have time to write or even think up a post. Therefore I just post the photos I took by my phone camera. I took a walk to the youngest schools parental meeting the other day. Dressed like a typical slouchy mum, careless.

The long boring walk that goes by our garden

Back home I was at last able to see the last supermoon, like a giant flashlight.
Johan met me on the way home and I forced him to the graveyard to take a stroll around the graves. Tried to take some photos. It was a lovely night

I attended the parents meeting at my new job yesterday night. I was so nervous, but it all went well. I did NOT wear clothes like the ones in the photo above. I have actually roaming the town to look for more professinal clothes. It wasn't easy when all the clothes sizes stops at the size smaller than yours. The big size department had soo boring (slouchy) clothes, nothing for a pro-teacher at a private school.
I'll be back with photos of the things I found....

tisdag 9 september 2014

I have a new career

The reason to my long absence is a few hectic and tumultuous weeks. 
It started with a conversation with a colleague that left both of us filled with anger of a situation (not each other). I really felt that I needed to make a change, which I was working on since I study. My phone rang and a women called me for an interview for a new job, what a weird coincidence. I had sent a request to an employment to different schools in the community over a half a year ago and only went to one interview that didn’t gave me another job.

So, I went to the interview with lots of stress and a migraine that made me feel very dizzy. I don’t have many memories left from the interview other than that I thought that they were asking very nice and no  interrogating questions. I was home from work with my stiff neck and headache the day after.

I waited two weeks without a reply and called to hear if they needed some more information or references but thought they had found a registered teacher. They apologized and wanted to see me again. They offered me a temporary post since I’m not yet  registered. It will be a full time employment teaching math, chemistry, technology and natural sciences at high school.

I feel overwhelmed, excited, exhausted, stressed and happy at the same time. The pressure of my studies this semester is huge.  I’m really concerned about all the assignments that we have to achieve this time along with beginning a completely new profession.

I have also concluded that I need a new wardrobe, completely more corporate. Jackets, cardigans, trousers, flat shoes, shirts (haven’t worn shirts in ages). My body has changed from hourglass to apple the last years and all my old clothes are useless though in mint condition. Thursday night will be my first commission at my new work on a parent meeting…I really need a jacket and trousers until then.

tisdag 2 september 2014

Carousel Ink

 I got a cutely wrapped parcel last week from Carousel Ink. I love the steampunky victorian carnivale style they design their comfortable clothes in. I'm more than satisfied with the clothes that I got.
Here's a blurry photo of me wearing the hot air balloon leggings you can see that the print is actually a bit more gray than white, but nevertheless I love them.
The second item was this skirt. It's great that the waistband is a stretchy lace. 
What else has been going on here while I was absent? Well the studies started again wich is a good reason to stay away from blogging and internet. The garden has also it's peak when it comes to harvest. I have so many apples that I have to use my imagination to not let them go to waste (wich many with apple trees does here). The jar on the photo below is my test to make apple cider vinegar. I have also a batch of apple wine fermenting in the kitchen. I will leave a report in two months.

onsdag 27 augusti 2014

Book piles

 So many books, but so little time. Lots of books has been bought this summer both for studies and for recreation. The recreational books will have to wait for a while now because the semester has began and there is lots of reading and writing ahead. This is a pile of books that has to wait it is; The whole Harry Potter series, I will read them for Alfons at bedtime (it's great that he says the books are better than the movies), The Steampunk bible (couldn't resist), Flood of fire (bought at the Steamcon), The diary of Årstafrun (a diary from 16th century), American Gods, and Sustainable living by John Seymore. The pile actually tells a lot about my interests.
Here's a few books read this summer that I wanted to review. Hollow city was bought earlier this year in English because I didn't want to wait for the Swedish translation, but didn't have time to read it until the summer vacation came. I actually prefer it in the original language. Hollow City is the following book after Miss Peregrine's school for peculiar children. It is full of adventure and dangerous enemies. The book is actually a long escape that starts in the first book and I do think that this particular event could have been cut down a bit. Maybe the writer wanted to include all the photos and weave the story around them. 
I can tell you that this is not the end of the story, it continues in a third book not ready to be sold yet. 
My heart beats for chemistry and this book is amazing. I haven't found it translated wich is a darn pity. It tells about poisons and the darker aspects of chemistry. Like, what happens when a corpse is decomposing, how long does it takes ( wich is cruical for the forensics), how to preserve a mummy, odors of hell, drugs and poisons. All the substances are scientifically described and their consequenses along with real and fictional stories. So if you can read in Swedish or maybe find an English version, I higly recommend "Ond Kemi" by Ulf Ellervik. He has also written a similar book about the chemistry around joyments (sex, food and feelings).
This is my non-feng shui-view while reading books in the bed. Piles of clothes, unmatching curtains and a skeleton. My book shelves are brim ful and today I will go to Ikea to buy another book shelf for my student books. 
Me and the boys went to a town an hours drive from home last friday, because the youngest would start the bandy season. It was a warm evening outdoors and very cold in the arena. When you have kids training sports it's necessary to be an attending parent, it is also necessary to get along with the other parents to make everything go smooth. I really tried to talk to the others, but was completely ignored, it's not the first time this happens. I must have looked like a fool not worthy to talk to or something, maybe it was that I didn't wear any sporty leisure clothes. While the others sat on the rood loft I was by the ice, fetching balls (bandy = balls, no pucks) and lacing skates, who was the sporty parent now?
Oh, before I stop my babble I will recommend you to read my other blog Along the green road where I write about healthy food, vegetables and a bit of gardening. If you have a citrus tree I give you a tip what you can do with the leaves.
Look the firework has started! I love my African lily, Agaphantus.

onsdag 20 augusti 2014

Festival weekend

You asked for a photo with my dreads in. I'm sorry to show a head not filled with dreads. I have to make more of them. The blurry photo below is shot with my phone in the bathroom but I hope you can see the back of the hair. The real hair is shoulder lenght.
This is my outfit for the thursday with the dreads. My fav Eva I Walla skirt a simple top, stripey tights and army boots (Invader). The short necklace is a raven claw grasping a marble. I look goofy on the other photos Johan took because he was making faces to make me laugh. 
Most were dressed down at the festival, wich made my simple outfit look dressed up, wich is dissapointing, would love to see more cool outfits.
Arkona was a nice surprise. The singer was very energetic and dramatic with her gestures and a whole wolf skin wrapped around her. She demanded people to make a moshpit in front of the stage and then played russian folk songs in Ska pace.
Friday was a migraine day, horrible, so I wasn't able to arrive until 8 pm to see Amorphis that were great. I love their melancholy tunes.
For saturday I styled my hair in 50's style with Ali's brooch as a hairpin. Johan bought a top hat at one of the stalls and they took photos for their Facebook page on us wearing hats. 
 Sabaton were great. They played a double set with all songs from Carolus Rex in Swedish with eight Carolus soldiers on stage. It was supposed to be a part from a play, but since the play based on the songs of that particular record were so popular they had to prolong it and therefore could only join with 8 soldiers from it and no acting. The second part was played with lots of fire and fireworks in the same style as every year.
One thing annoys me with this festival. There are so many different bands playing but I saw very few people from Falun (hometown). Those who were there all days was people from far away. Just one hour Sabaton played the normals entered with their baby carriages and kids and left directly after even if it was yet one more band to play. The good thing with this festival is that there haven't been a single fight or argue, everyone is happy and friendly. 

onsdag 13 augusti 2014

It's the little things

...that makes you happy...
Back at work for a short week because we will go to the local festival; Sabaton open air. The band list this year isn’t very good, too tacky power metal or death metal is not my cup of tea, but there is a few that I really want to see like Revamp, Sabaton and Amorphis.
It was a slow start at work and I don’t feel useful or important, so I’m happy to have a meaningful spare time.

I’ve been busy making wool dreads from wool received from a friend a few years ago. The wool is carefully washed in cold water, then dried. The wool isn’t combed this time and it works fine just by pulling the lumps apart, by that you get rid of the rest bits of grass and sand.

Arrange the wool in a thin row in the length you want the dread to be and spray with a mix of water and soap. Squeeze the wool together a bit before you roll it between your palms quite hard, add more wool to the thin parts or to the thickness that you want the dread to have.
Hang or put them aside. I usually can’t make more than three until the skin on my palms is too soft and slippery. When I have the amount of dreads needed I put on my rubber gloves and continue to felt(not necessary to roll at this step) and last wash them.
I dye the dreads with the cheapest hair dye I can find. If I have time to braid them in I will use them this weekend. Don't be afraid, it's not a tarantula spider, it's the dreads trying to crawl towards my hair...
The garden and the nature is very generous. I love this time when we can base our food on free vegetables and berries. All it costs is a little labor.

This soup throws me back to my childhood and my grandparents garden. Every year they made this soup. It’s called Ängamat, meadow meal (kind of translated).
The ingredients comes from the garden. Carrots, parsnip (instead of cauliflower that I don’t have) a few farmer beans, peas. What’s missing on this photo is parsley and a fresh onion. The stock is first made of vegetable stock and milk with a little flour as thicker. Cook the vegetables in the stock, don’t pour them all at once, carrots and parsnips first… When the vegetables are soft, whisk an egg yolk with a little cream and add along with chopped parsley and serve. Of course season with salt and pepper to your taste.
I have three promising head sized pumpkin growing. Miss Misantropia was so kind to send me some seeds of her. I guess that the dark green ones will be orange and the yellow will become beige or white when it’s time for harvest.