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Tackling the Front Door

So what can we do about this looming front door and bottleneck of a hallway. How can we make this a little easier? These are some things that have been or are helping me get out.

  1. Have a plan: in a comfortable location, make a plan beforehand on where you are going to go and when, what you will wear, make sure you pee, drink and have a lip balm. Then just go through the bottleneck and front door at speed (trying) not to think about it. plan
  2. Know what you are going to wear and have it accessible.
  3. zriphoneIf you have a smartphone, make the walk more fun with apps that measure your distance and time, like runkeeper, or make it into a game with  zombies run!. Play upbeat positive music or listen to an audiobook.
  4. Make the walk more fun in other ways, like with walking sticks for nordic walking, or measuring how fast you can do a certain distance and see if you improve over time.
  5. Walk a small distance to begin with. When that feels comfortable, increase it just a little, seriously, very little, like 20m. And when that is comfortable increase it a bit more and so on.
  6. Are there any animals anywhere in your surroundings? Make a point of going by their pasture or garden to look or say hello.
  7. Or there might be something else you especially enjoy that you can make a point to pass, for me it is water.
  8. Have nice walking clothes and good shoes, stay within your budget so you don’t feel pressured to use them or anxiety that you are not. Ten tips to
  9. Walk with a friend and have a nice conversation on the way, maybe you can schedule a weekly walk together.
  10. Get a dog. Ok this one might be a little drastic. I for one is allergic, and there is a bit more to owning a dog than just having a walking buddy. But maybe you have a neighbour with a dog that wouldn’t mind you “borrowing” the dog for a walk now and then. And there are also organisations where you can volunteer as a dog walker. dog

I know that some, or all of these can feel totally daunting some days, I know I couldn’t ask my neighbour to walk his dog for example, and its ok to feel that way. Maybe one or two things on the list is possible for you. Maybe a few more on a good day, or with company.

The important thing is to keep trying and not to give up on the things we want to do. map


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That swimwear issue again!

So we are back at that swimwear issue. I just can’t find one I like under 800kr ($100)!
I do have some really difficult though.

  • I want to be able to swim in it.
  • I want my bits to be covered, even if I move around.
  • I want a one piece suit…
  • …in a nice pattern/color…
  • …black doesn’t count.
  • I don’t want any “slimming” effect, or a skirt attached.
  • I don’t want to bother with a cup-size.
  • It would be nice if it had a nice/fun back, but that’s not necessary.
  • And finally I want to be able to dive into the water and do a handstand without showing/or being scared of showing any bits.

Doesn’t that sound like a quite simple bathing suit.
Apparently not!

I found this nice number, with cute pink fishes on it, half off and it was definitely fun in the back, it turned out it was a little bit to fun at the back, we were not made for each other, no, sadly I had to send it back. So now I’m a bit weary of too much fun in the back. I like my butt to be covered… interestingly.

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I have thus decided that surely I can sew one myself. There are great tutorials and patterns out there, and then I can learn to make just the bathing suit for me, several in fact, and definitely for under $100! And after I have mastered the sewing of the Lycra I’m sure I can learn how to embellish and maybe even make them fun in the back! Ha, take that swimwear industry!

These are the pattern with tutorials I am looking at, if anyone have any suggestion Id love to hear about it.

Angela KaneSwimming CostumeYouTube tutorial, simple but… simple.
McCalls 6759YouTube tutorial, I don’t know If I can get a hold of this pattern but the YouTube tutorial is great whichever pattern you use I think.
PapercutSoma SwimsuitWritten tutorials, though I don’t think this would fit me very well since I am curvy and have a large chest.

And I found a Swedish site that at least have lots of gorgeous solid colours of swimsuit material. Otherwise ill just order from farther away and wait, you can find lots of gorgeous fabrics on Etsy.

So wish me luck on this sewing adventure! If it does not work, I’ll be swimming naked!


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Top with bonus cat!

Wanna buy some authentic Friday Frida merchandise? No, I’m just kidding! I cleaned out my closet and am selling the things I don’t use or fit into on the Swedish eBay equivalent, Tradera.

Its amazing, the amount of stuff one person can accumulate! I saved some things that have sentimental value, and the best pair of pants I have ever seen (I might get into them again…. i might) and the rest I stored in a plastic box for about half a year, then I had a look at it again, and if I had not missed it, I probably woun’t in the future either.

Here are the stuff I’m selling, to place a bet on anything, go to the link provided below. All the funds are going towards better bloghosting.

  1. Gorgeous floral jacket from InWear. (I don’t want to sell this, but I have never, nor will I ever fit into it, so I’m giving it a better home!)
  2. Burgundy cardigan.
  3. White fancy shirt.
  4. Very pink bathing suit.
  5. Dark blue stretchy pants.
  6. Flattering black with white dots dress.
  7. Lavender shorts.
  8. Soft brown velvet jacket.
  9. Purple and turquoise stripy dressy thingy.
  10. Exclusive wool turtle neck.
  11. Cute red tartan short sleeved shirt.
  12. Green top including cat around the shoulders.
  13. Green tartan blouse, bought in Taiwan.
  14. Very orange exercise top, with bonus inbuilt bra.
  15. Cosy dark blue corduroy pants.
  16. Blue tartan shirt dress thingy.
  17. Black and red tartan tight little wool skirt.

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Camera bag news

So the lovely blue and tan camera bag from Lencca arrived, its gorgeous and well made in every way. But, can anyone else than me see a slight discrepancy here? Do I have an abnormally large camera? Its a Canon eos 40D. I can only get my camera in there if I separate the camera house and the lens and put them in separately, and thats a tight fit, which means I can only bring one lens, and I have to assemble it before taking any photos. That was not exactly what I had planned. Of course I should have read the dimensions of the bag and compared to my camera, this is the peril of internet shopping. I have nothing bad to say about the bag, except that my camera does not fit in it, its gorgeous and just what I wanted in every other way. Ill probably just use it as a normal purse.

So…. change of plan…. After some more searching I started to come across these Kånken backpack camera hacks! Fotokånken = Photography Kånken. Brilliant!

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Made by Malin from Pastill.nu

 

The yellow one is a Kånken Mini and the woodsy one below is a regular sized Kånken.

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Made by Tommie Svanström Ohlsson

After some searching I found that Fjällräven, who makes the Kånken backpacks actually makes a camera insert, so I opted for one of those. I might have inadvertently collected three of these lovely backpacks, an orange, a black and a vintage turquoise one that I plan to use for this.

 

Maybe you don’t know what I am talking about, what are these Kånken anyway? Its a backpack made for school children in 1978, sized to fit an A4 binder, designed by Åke Nordin and made by Fjällräven, a company that makes outdoor sports equipment and clothes. The word Kånken – kånka means to lug, lugging something, like schoolbooks for example. 🙂 As I wrote it was first made in 1978 and has just kept going strong since then. Now it comes in about a million colors and lots of sizes. Read more about it here: English, Swedish.

Of course you can put anything you want in there, as seen above, and… anyone planing to buy me a birthday present what about these pink extra padded shoulder pads!


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Bloomers – Mamelucker

I am knitting myself a pair of bloomers. That is a sentence I never thought I would write.  The Swedish word for bloomers is even funnier; Mamelucker.

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I am using this pattern “Majas Mamelucker” By Maja Karlsson

The thing is, as a woman I have learnt that keeping your “middle section” “lady parts” …vagina, warm is kind of essential. If you suffer from urinary tract problems, or just problems around that area, period, it helps tremendously to first of all, never get too cold and second  to take steps to keep warm.


(Left: Knited by girlnamedsandoz on Ravley. Right: Knitted by eliset232 on Ravely.)

Like knitting yourself a pair of bloomers, if you are of the knitting kind. I also bought a pair that will be a bit more discreet, and that will fit under say a pair of jeans. They just look like black cycling shorts, but are made of warm cosy wool.

The hand knitted ones are green, stripey and made out of Plassards alpaca wool.img_9830


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What is Veganism?

Cover photo by John Towner.


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