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[dogs]

Yeah, I had a nice meeting with one today.

I was walking to the local bus stop to go to the gym when suddenly something tackled me from behind.
At first I thought for whatever reason that it might have been one of my friends, who wanted to surprise me. I do not have black, furry friends though, so: no.

It was a dog, rather big, black, quite beautiful one actually.
I had no idea where it came from, there was no potential owner anywhere in sight, I assume it ran away from a garden or through the open door of a flat in the neighborhood.
Anyways, it kept jumping on me, from all sides and snapped after my sleeves, backpack and jacket.
It took me a few moments to sort out whether it actually tried to attack me or just wanted to play. I came to the conclusion that it actually was not aggressive at all. It was not barking or anything, just waving its tail and probably thought I was an awesome friend to play with.

Don’t get me wrong, I really like dogs, even though I am a cat person after all, but I don’t really feel like playing when it approaches me in that kind of way.
As I have lived with a quite playful Finnish dog for a year (even though I highly doubt that Chili would ever randomly jump on strangers on the street!) I tried all kinds of Finnish dog commands that came to my mind. “NO!” “Stop.” “Sit!” “Don’t jump!” “Bad dog!” – It could not care less.

Finally a little girl came, maybe 8, and pulled the dog away on its collar.
The father of the girl came right after her, took her, dog and left to one of the houses.
No apology whatsoever!
I am quite tolerant, I know things like that can happen (even though they really, really shouldn’t!), but the least one can do when their dog jumps on a stranger is to say they are sorry!

Just imagining it would not have been me walking there, but a small child! The dog would have easily pushed it to the ground or even on the street.
Also if there would have been an old lady walking or someone who is really scared of dogs, as I was myself some years back. They would have gotten a heart attack, especially cause it really wasn’t obvious in the beginning what the dog was up to. For some seconds I was just waiting for it to bite.

It just makes me sad and angry at the same time, because it is like with children: if they are too wild, aggressive, don’t listen, don’t have respect it is never their fault, but always their parents or in that case owners!
Surely to some extend it is also the character, but even wild and playful dogs can be trained in the way that they do not immediately jump on people who walk past. I did not run or anything that could have signalized the dog I want to play.

Sometimes I think people should have to go through a test before they are allowed to have an animal or get children, just to make sure that they are able to take the responsibility!

Many dog holders will say “Don’t be like that, it just wants to play!” or something. Well, fair enough, but please take into consideration that some people might not like your little Bello, no matter how cute he seems to you.
Personally I have no problems with dogs walking free, also in domestic areas. As long as they are calm and listen to their owner! It happened a few times that some dog came to me and sniffed to check out who I am. That’s totally fine for me, but even that might be too much for other people.

I just don’t get why people get dogs without being able to handle them at all.
Think about it beforehand! Your daughters big blue eyes shouldn’t be the only reason to get one.

Well, I have a jeans and a shirt more to wash now, because they are pretty dirty of course.

Oh, well… no can do. :D

Now it would like to share some music for a change…
I heard this song already a while ago, but didn’t really pay attention.
Today at the gym the song played on TV while I was on the treadmill and I was somewhere between crying and falling off that thing…
It is really the most beautiful, touching and breathtaking song I have heard in a while.
And the discussions about the sexual orientation of the singer are annoying and senseless! It’s the voice that counts and that is awesome.
Here you go, including my own translation of it.

“Jesse Kaikuranta – Take Me Home

Come to buy me,
I am for sale.
Lots of good love
broken inside a pocket.
You get it for free.

Come to get me,
I am ready.
Memories in plastic bags,
the heart in a suitcase.
Ready to change.
Take me home.

Take me home again,
put my head and heart in their places.
Touch me in a way that will keep me from forgetting
who is the one that owns me.
Take me home.

For what price do you get me to your side?
I don’t ask for a lot.
I ask for a piece of heaven
and a few kisses.

I don’t give any guarantees, now just take the risk.
Love might hurt.
Remember, you aren’t allowed to change it
when it begins to cause remorse.
Take me home.

Take me home again,
put my head and heart in their places.
Touch me in a way that will keep me from forgetting
who is the one that owns me.

And I will do my best and more,
so you will never be disappointed,
I swear.
You fixed me again.

Take me home again,
put my head and heart in their places.
Touch me in a way that will keep me from forgetting
who is the one that owns me,
who is the one that owns me.
Take me home.”

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Hello, mineturtle!

– Helloooo!
*booooooom*

*random off*

Yes, as a matter of fact I have been quite addicted to asdfmovie lately.
You don’t know it? Better go and check it out.
It’s basically a bunch of very minimalistic drawn figures, who are just totally random. Not even trying to be funny, just very senseless, but that is just what makes them so hilarious.
My absolute favorite character is mineturtle. As the name already tells it is a little turtle, which is a mine. So it has a button on is back and if you press it/step on it/etc, it would explode.
The cutest thing about it, that mineturtle greets everyone always before it explodes.
But it is not possible to put it into words anyways. Just watch it!

So, today I dragged myself to the gym again. I kinda found out those classes they offer are better than I thought. I went to quite a few in the past weeks.
Worst of all was BodyPump. I’ve never been in so much pain. xD But I might go there again, because I think it is quite effective. :D

My favourite and probably the most popular class all over GoGo is Bollywood. :D
The name explains – just Bollywood dance moves, with the most awesome and hilarious teacher ever. He is Indian, of course, speaks only English, at least 10 girls/women in the class have a crush on him and he just makes everyone laugh all the time. :D We danced Gangnam style with him. xD
You can by the way see him on Talent Suomi, he is there with his dance group. They just made it to the semi finals.
Check Facebook for “Danny’s Bollywood Dance Crew”, you will find the Talent Suomi videos there as well.

Now I should try to get the first real post for the travel blog done, though. Yaay.

-Anni

Movies and new addictions…

Sooo… today I watched a movie and I just thought I could use this way to highly recommend it to everyone out there.
It’s a German movie by Marco Kreuzpaintner (one of my favourite German directors) and it’s called “Die Wolke” (eng. The Cloud).
The movie is about a breakdown in a nuclear power station and its results for the people living around the area.
It was definitely one of the best movies I have ever seen. Incredible touching, breathtaking, sad… and it makes you wonder if nuclear energy is really necessary… because, even though it is “only” a movie – it could happen. Every day.
Yeah… then… for those who didn’t know. Lazy ass me, who doesn’t even manage to update her blog in time got herself a 1-year contract at the new gym across the street.
I got it on Wednesday and was there already 4 times. I am afraid it is still just the first enthusiasm, but on the other hand its different from every sports trial I had so far. All the “I’ll go jogging.” or “I’ll go to Mikontalo gym.” always ended up in me having to force myself and after 4 times I stopped.
But the gym is awesome… it’s big, modern, new, lots of different things to do there, … I am really looking forward to go there. Even when going to bed in the evening it’s like “Yay, I can go to the gym tomorrow!”
I even was there yesterday after drinking way too much the night before.

I just hope it will soon pay off not only in fun but also in results. Then I’d be even more happy. :)

Oh and another new start… Japanese…
After my holiday there (I aaactually wanted to write about that… tütütütü… maybe some other time… tütü…) I am very motivated to learn it and the course in TAMK seems surprisingly good. The language is a lot easier than Chinese, what I tried and failed last year… :D
After 2 lessons (3rd coming tomorrow) I know incredible 15 hiragana (who knows just a bit bout the content of Japanese sign language know that this is…NOTHING), some greetings and few basic sentences. But that is more after half a year of Chinese. :D

To end with that…
Sayonara!

Without words…

Winter. Big time.

What happens if the winter recognizes it has been late for over one month already? Exactly, it hurries up as much as it can to get all the stuff done that it missed in the past weeks.
We had some poor single snowflakes in the end of last week already, but Monday it really started. Yesterday the world looked already quite white and after it was sunny here the whole morning today, now it started again. And it doesn’t stop. There’s so much snow at one time falling down, that you can barely see through it. This is gonna be so much fun, cause even though Finns are (of course) a million times better in dealing with it than for example Germans, it will still cause a slight chaos including delayed busses in the first days.

But at least it is not that slippery anymore.
It was earlier today, so I decided to buy new winter boots – in which I can walk without falling. I found quite nice, warm and water-proof ones for a reasonable price. The problem occurred when I went to K-Market with them and the alarm of the scanners went off. Great. :D Apparently there is some metal thing inside them, unremovable, which causes this.
The cashier and shop detective tried together to get it out, but they didn’t. :D Well, at least they deactivated it at the cashier, but I am not sure if this problem is solved for good now. It’s fun when everyone stares at you as if you are a criminal. Except the cashier and shop detective, because they seemed to know the problem already and apologized many times that I had to wait and everything. :D Anyways, there was no problem at Lidl, so I might just go there for the rest of the winter. X’D

Yesterday there was the Finnish Independence Day, it’s 94th birthday to be more exact. And to quote my classmate Janne: “She looks good for her age.” XD True.
I went to see the speech at the city hall, where they also played the national anthem and some other national songs and finished with a great firework.

I still think it’s a bit sad that Germany has problems in showing national pride due to its past, because everyone would call Germans Nazis if they did something like that.
I think it’s nice to show a bit of “love” to your father’s land as long as it is not too much. And I kinda felt like a part of the Finnish people, even though I am not Finnish and all “true Finns” would kill me for even thinking this. ;D

But now I will go back to my assignment. I managed already quite a lot of the stuff actually, even tho the deadline is next week. I’m very advanced. This is so not me. But I just really need to get it out of my head.

Yay-day!

Yeah, I kinda liked this day, even though I felt physically and mentally even worse than in the past few days…
But still I went to school this morning, English, senseless as always.
As a matter of fact it was the first time in I don’t know how many weeks, that I have been on all 4 mornings that I have school actually IN school at 8.30! 4 daysof getting up at 7. In a row. That’s a record. For sure!
But it is over now…
Yesterday our Project Management course ended. On Wednesday was already the last Marketing class and on Tuesday last Communication Skills. Meaning: from now on I have only Friday mornings school – for the next 3 weeks that there are.
Did I by the way mention I might take a Japanese course next semester? Maybe. Maybe I redecide after I have been there. ;PPP
Anyways, 6-day weekends from now.
And in 18 days I am already leaving to Japan. Insane.

Today I checked out Mikontalo’s sauna for the first time. We planned a get together with some girls, in the end there were 3 showing up, but Karolina had to leave earlier and Saija came a bit later, so Anniina and me were the only one’s in the sauna. But it is actually really good and reaaally warm for an electric sauna. I was impressed and I am sure I will book more shifts from now on. So easy if you just have to go there and it’s ready heated. ;D
Also otherwise it was very nice, we talked a lot and I somehow really feel better now. :) It might change soon, but who cares. It’s the moment that counts. :D

Now finally weekend and sleeping in. After 4 days of early wake up I actually for the first time really realize what a luxury that is. :D

Sleep well everyone!

Innovations…

I have had this thought in my mind for quite a while now…

What if I just throw my bed out of the window and replace it with a couple of nice, true to original TKL bus seats?
Filthy, gross and super uncomfortable, with weird stickers on and beer cans under them.
Of course including a high-tech subconstruction generating the typical shaking of engine and street and also speakers with the sound of engine, doors and the other traffic, the voices of prepubescent Finnish boys, squealing babies and the “ping” when someone presses the stop button.

I guess I could sleep perfectly.

Another option might be to set my clock to 12-2 pm every evening and pretend I just came from school and it’s not time for sleeping but only for taking a nap. Might work, too.

I will think about it,

With this in mind…
…Happy December everyone.

Over and out.

Ööööök.

I’m still alive, even though I don’t really feel like it, cause I haven’t slept in the past nights almost at all and the food doesn’t stay in, no matter what I ate. Oh, beloved stress. -.- Uagh.

Anyways, I survived the survival weekend once more. It was really nice again, even though there were less people and no snow this time. :)
But sauna, campfire and co. are still just priceless. And the salmon of course. It’s a ritual on the survival weekend that one evening we have this huge salmon filet which is nailed on a wooden board and cooked next to the fire for several hours. It’s awesome. Due to lack of Kristian and Santtu it was me and Juho doing it this time and we succeeded perfectly. :D It tasted great. :D

Oh well and then new nerd news. :D
There is yet another intensive programme next semester. This time it will be in Antwerp, Belgium and about Advertisement and Marketing. Hmmm… so I thought okay, everyone else is going on exchange or to the DA intensive programme where I have been last year, so why not apply?
So I did. And tadaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa – I got in. :D I get everything I want. *insane laugh* ;PP
It’s 2 weeks again, 80€ for me to pay and the programme for the course as well as for evenings/afternoons looks absolutely fantastic. :)

Yeah…that’s already about it.
Me = too lazy and clueless to write more.

Cheers.

Boo.

Free weekends suck. Just for the record.
I am always happy to have them, but then I always realize it again.
Of course it’s good to wake up without 500 things in mind that you still need to do, but then in the end sitting there having nothing to do is just so boooooring.

Thaat’s what happened on Friday, so I spontaneously went to the center with Antti and Harri.
We had no idea where to go, so we just randomly went to 1bar for a beer. Then I texted Brian, cause he told me he would be in the center, too. We didn’t quite get his reply, we thought he was in Dog’s Home, even though in fact he was in the bar next to it.
Anyways I haven’t been to Dog’s Home in over one year and it used to be my favourite bar in Tampere, so we went there. And they still do have the best White Russian in town.

We met Brian afterwards and spent the rest of the night in Ruma with Long Island Ice Tea. :D It was the first time since I got back from Germany, that I didn’t leave between 12 and 1 du to tireness. Maybe because we met at 12? Or because I took a 4 hour nap in the afternoon after school. xD That might be it.

Yesterday was again a whole lot of doing nothing and in the evening I met up with Aurelie to watch the new Twilight movie. Yeah, laugh at me.
Actually it was suprisingly good, if not the best so far in my opinion. Probably that is because I didn’t read the 4th book at all, so I didn’t have any expectations. Or if so, then only quite low.
I am far enough that I manage to ignore that Robert Pattinson is just way too ugly to be the beautiful vampire Edward is described as in the book. I also manage to ignore that Kristen Steward is a horrible actress in my eyes and something is apparently seriously wrong with her mouth as she always runs around with this “D=”-expression. Even on her wedding.
But yeah, everyone how they like it.
Still I don’t get how they can choose Mackenzie Foy as their daughter for the next part… this girl is just incredible cute and pretty and her movie parents simply just aren’t. At all. :D
Anyways, as long as there is a loooooooot of Carlisle and Jake I am fine. :D I am actually fine with everyone except Pattinson and Steward.
Carlisle and Jake in the same scene… roar… torture, sweet torture.
Why couldn’t they choose a Carlisle-like actor for Edward, too? Would fit so much better. :D

Sooo, one more day of boredom ahead tomorrow. *sigh*
I have not the slightest clue what to do with it.

Oh and my flatmate has guests for the whole week. It’s 5 in total, 2 of them staying with us.
They better be quiet next week when I have school in the morning, or there might be some dead Italians. I have enough sleeping problems already.

Motivation!

I don’t exactly know where it is coming from, but it is here. :D
Or I’m just SO damn bored, that being unmotivated would make me even more bored…

Actually the day seemed to be a horrible one in the morning, as I once again didn’t manage to sleep more than 2 hours. x.x
Instead of normal school we had a company visit at IKEA.
We were worried about it, as they were apparently not too happy to have us over, but it turned out to be different. The two ladies who had the presentation were really nice and open and we even got free candy and buttons. :D
Luckily the afternoon class with Pirkko was cancelled, so of course – as we were already there – we used the time for some shopping.
I was walking around with Maja and later we met Anniina and Aurelie, too.
And it went as it always does in IKEA: you don’t need anything, but you will end up buying something. :D
I bought some deco stuff, awesome apple-cinnamon candles, two glass bowls and two little thingies which I thought are perfect for putting soy sauce in when having sushi or something. I was actually missing something like that.
And I bought some glasses with stars on them. I don’t know if they are supposed to be candle glasses or drink glasses, but I figured you can use them for both. :D
Here is a picture of my treasures:

After the shopping we had food at the IKEA restaurant: meatbaaaaalls. *.*

Back at home I was still motivated, so I did the stuff I had left to do for our Cross-cultural communication groupwork.

Then I figured that this motivation would probably not last forever and as I had planned on making an Advent wreath, like we used to have it when I was a child, I decided I could do that. Of course it is a bit early, but who knows if I would find motivation next year.
I found candles already some days ago at Lidl and now I bought some more deco and went to pick some fir branches.
I was attacked by several squirrels, but I survived. :D
Tiimari didn’t have wooden rings as we used for the basis of the wreath, so I improvised one from a 24 lonkero box. :D
I still remembered how to tie the wreath but it was still a bit more difficult, as the wire sucked and the Finnish twigs seem to be a lot spikier than the German ones. Ouch.
My next problem was how to fix the candles ON it, without the risk of them falling down. Daniela gave me the idea of using nails and it worked quite well.
Here the result:

Then I started to redecorate my shelf and my desk with the stuff I bought at IKEA.
The alcohol bottles which were on top of the shelf are a bit better hidden now and the top used for decoration.

And tadaaaa…

aaand…

Looks a lot better now. At least in my opinion.

So. Now it is 7.30 and I am still bored. And motivated…
So up next: English homework. Yes. English homework. Me.
It was quite easy. =P (Surprise, surprise.)

8.30. Still bored.
I wanted to clean the flat tomorrow as I have a laundry shift then and could wash my bed sheets also.
But I decided to clean the rest of the flat already today and leave only the bed for tomorrow.

I’m scary, am I not? xD

But yeah, I feel very proud of myself and that gets me in a better mood right away, too. :D

Haaaah. Still bored and motivated.
Maybe I’ll play some Facebook games. xD

Cheers.

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