Weekly Update #10 | Preparing For My Croatia Trip |

-WEEK IN BOOKS

Currently Reading:

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber – On page 430 of 500

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore – On page 275 of 480

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur – On page 62 of 204

American Gods (American Gods #1) by Neil Gaiman – 0h30m of 16h41m

Recently finished:

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami – 5!!!! stars

The Thief (The Queen’s Thief #1) by Megan Whalen Turner – 2 stars

Reading next:

Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire

-WEEK IN BLOGPOSTS

Sunday: Weekly Update #9 | A Better Sunnier Week |

Wednesday: 2017 YA Releases I’m Dying To Read But Haven’t Yet!

Saturday: Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag 2017

-DIARY

20170625_174151

Other than my weekly appointment and a trip to the doctors office (everything is fine, I just needed a note from my doctor), this week hasn’t been the most eventful week. But that is fine, the week was so much better than the two previous ones. I still struggle a little bit with anxiety and the problem with my chest, but thankfully it is a lot better.

20170625_173847

I’m going on a family trip with my BF’s family to Croatia in 2 weeks. I have been preparing for the trip this week. On Tuesday I dragged my brother to the mall to buy things that I need for the trip. This might be a bit TMI but I bought things to shave my legs. I have sensitive skin so I usually get itchy and sore from regular razor. Since I’m chronicle ill and don’t have that much hair on my legs, I usually don’t bother with shaving, but I want to look nice now that it is summer. I bought shaving cream and razor for sensitive skin and a cream to put on afterwards, and it has really helped. Now I don’t dread shaving my legs. Ok enough with talk about shaving, no one cares Rakel. I also bought some other things, a new shorts, t-shirt, BB-cream, aloe vera gel, toilet bag and a box with some pore strips.

The only thing that is left now is to buy a bikini. I hope I find a cute one, that is comfortable and hold the girls in place. I’m dreading it, but I need a bikini for my vacation.

20170625_173930

Pic of me and my brother trying out the pore strips, I didn’t really work. Robert don’t look amused, haha. 

20170625_174232

Random little thing. I never eat fast food, but when I heard that McD was coming out with sweet potato fries, I had to try them out. They tasted ok, but homemade are so much better. 

All in all this has been an ok week. I’m really happy that things are getting better. For a while there I thought I had to cancel my trip.

I wish you all a great week!

Tell me about your week, what have you been up to?

❤ -Rakel

| – TWITTER – | – GOODREADS – | – FACEBOOK – | – INSTAGRAM –|

 

Weekly Update #9 | A Better Sunnier Week |

-WEEK IN BOOKS

Currently Reading:

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber – On page 430 of 500

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore – On page 174 of 480

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami – On page 378 of 575

The Thief (The Queen’s Thief #1) by Megan Whalen Turner – 04h03m of 06h08m

Recently finished:

An Introduction to the Lightning Process by Phil Parker – I don’t want to give this book a rating

-WEEK IN BLOGPOSTS

Sunday: Weekly Update #8 |Life Is Not So Great, Sometimes|

Friday: April 2017 Monthly Wrap Up – What I Read in April

-DIARY

20170618_182015

If you regularly follow my blog you know that last week wasn’t the best week for me. I don’t want to talk too much about it because I hate to be negative. Thankfully this week was better. I still feel anxiety from last week, but that is just how it is.

Last week I briefly mentioned that I was going to do something special this week. It is pretty special to say it mildly. Don’t think of me like a weirdo, but me and my mom choose to book a reading from a psychic. Someone we know recommended her to us, and we thought it would be fun to try it out. It was a new and very interesting experience for me. I was skeptical going in, but what she told me was good so I have to believe in it. She told me a lot of interesting things, a lot about my personality and what I can do to have a better life.

Other than the psychic lady and my weekly appointment I have spent my time at home. After last week, it is important that I take it easy.

20170618_181912

The weather has been beautiful here in Norway, really warm and sunny. I have spent a lot of my time on the porch tanning. I probably scares away the neighbors with my fat white ass, haha. It has been so nice relaxing, reading a book and writing outside. I’m actually doing it right now while I write this post. To my surprise I’m starting to get a small tan. I burn easily and get sun allergies if I’m not careful with sunscreen.

20170615_165226

On Friday it sadly was my assistants last day working for me. I have a personal assistant helping me with things that I’m not able to do myself because of my illness. She has been with me for 2 years. The time really went fast, but also slow. Weird how time can feel, like it happened yesterday, but also a lifetime ago at the same time.

This week has been much better than last week, and I hope next week will be even better. I have to fix a lot of things before my Croatia trip that’s only in a few weeks. I’m really nervous but determined to go. One thing I have to buy is a new bikini, and I don’t look forward to trying them on in the store. I hope I find a cute one that fits me well.

I wish you all a great week!

Tell me about your week, what have you been up to?

❤ -Rakel

| – TWITTER – | – GOODREADS – | – FACEBOOK – | – INSTAGRAM –|

Weekly Update #8 |Life Is Not So Great, Sometimes|

-WEEK IN BOOKS

Currently Reading:

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber – On page 430 of 500

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore – On page 62 of 480

An Introduction to the Lightning Process by Phil Parker

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami – On page 140 of …

The Thief (The Queen’s Thief #1) by Megan Whalen Turner – 01h39m of 06h08m

Recently finished:

To Søstre by Åsne Seierstad – 4 stars

I Am Pilgrim (Pilgrim #1) by Terry Hayes – 1 star

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – 4 stars

Reading next:

Don’t have any plans yet.

-WEEK IN BLOGPOSTS

Tuesday: Weekly Update #7 | I’m Back – Beer Festival – Sims 4 – Concert +++|

Friday: Review: One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus |YA – Mystery – New Release June 1st 2017|

-DIARY

This week hasn’t been the best to say it mildly. After a month of doing a lot of fun things, I crashed. So yeah, I haven’t done much other than staying in bed all week. My only venture out was to the doctors and to my weekly appointment on Wednesdays. Things are slowly getting better, thankfully, but with being ill my anxiety went from 3 to 10 and I feel that it is hindering me a lot.

Unfortunately I don’t have much to say this time. I hope next week will be better. I have one thing on my plan that I am looking forward to. That will be for next weeks post.

❤ -Rakel

-How was  your week?

| – TWITTER – | – GOODREADS – | – FACEBOOK – | – INSTAGRAM –|

Weekly Update #7 | I’m Back – Beer Festival – Sims 4 – Concert +++|

-WEEK IN BOOKS

Currently reading:

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber – On page 414 of 500

To Søstre by Åsne Seierstad – On page 418 of 490

I Am Pilgrim (Pilgrim #1) by Terry Hayes – 17h10m of 18h08m

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – On page 245 of 336

Recently finished:

A Living Nightmare (Cirque du Freak #1) by Darren Shan – 3 stars

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – 3.5 stars

The Vampire’s Assistant (Cirque du Freak #2) by Darren Shan – 3 stars

Tunnels of Blood (Cirque du Freak #3) by Darren Shan – 3 stars

Reading next:

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

-WEEK IN BLOGPOSTS

Friday: Update: I’m Back, 1 Year Blogoversary, Norway Trip, Celebrating 17th of May

-DIARY.png

Last weekend my dad’s brewery hosted a two day beer festival. Breweries from all over the world was there to promote their beer, and a lot of people came to drink and have a fun time. In my opinion it was a big success. I attended the festival both days. It was so much fun, even though I don’t drink. It was also very exhausting and I payed for it this week.

20170604_183719IMG_20170527_221217_595Day one my BF was there drinking with some friends. It was the first time I met some of them and they were some really nice guys. The second day my BF had to work at the festival, so I was with my family. Two of my uncles, my aunt and my cousin, and some of my uncle’s friends came from far away to attend the festival. I sat with the guys the whole day. They were funny, and one of them danced really crazy in front of everybody when the band was playing, haha. His moves was out of this world. I want to post a video, but I don’t think I can do that.
Snapchat-1110527792

The rest of the weekdays I didn’t do anything special. I have started writing for my blog again after a month’s pause. It is good to finally be back again.

I have struggled with stomach ache and I have been nauseous almost every day lately. Maybe I’m pregnant! Haha no that was a joke, I’m not pregnant. I don’t know what to do about it though, I think it might be stress related.

My BF’s birthday was on Tuesday. Happy birthday <3. Unfortunately my stomach was really bad that day so all I manage to do was to force myself to bake him a cake. So all we did that day was to order pizza and eat cake, and watched Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones is really good, why haven’t we watched it sooner?

Parenthood, the new Sims 4 game pack, came out the same day as his birthday. I have been playing it all week. The pack is fun and adds a lot of gameplay and interactions to the game.

06.06.2017_18-33-06

Downloaded a house on the gallery for my family that has 2 toddlers and a baby. They moved from San Myshuno into this old Victorian house. The interior is changed, but not 100% finished because they don’t have anymore money.

Lately I have bought a lot of new clothes and things. 3 new dresses, tops, a skirt and a shirt ++, and some new makeup. I’m really happy with my purchases, especially the dresses. I found a style of dresses that I really like. One thing that is kind of funny is that almost all of the clothes I have bought lately are black. I will always be the emo kid at heart, haha. I also bought the new special editions of the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone book, in the Ravenclaw style. They are so beautiful, I want them all.

IMG_20170531_131031_646

20th-ann-hp-book.jpg

On Saturday I went out to a concert. It was one of my best friend’s band. The band is called Konger og Keisere, and they play Norwegian rock. They have just released their new EP LIV. Go check them out HERE. I had a blast at the concert.

Snapchat-2012270733

20170603_185219

Naturally I’m tired after the weekend and the concert. I’m so blessed that  I have been able to do so many fun thing lately. I couldn’t dream of doing this last year, and I’m really happy that my health is going in the right direction.

20170604_182808

❤ -Rakel

| – TWITTER – | – GOODREADS – | – FACEBOOK – | – INSTAGRAM –|

Update: I’m Back, 1 Year Blogoversary, Norway Trip, Celebrating 17th of May

Finally I’m slowly starting to get out of my blogging slump, and I hope that I will be back 100% soon. I’m going to take it easy in the beginning and not push myself too much. I hope and feel that the motivation to write is slowly coming back.

A lot of thing has happened while I have been away from the blog. My one year blogoversary happened now in May. It has been so much fun blogging this year. I have learned a lot and it has been great to have something to do at home every day. I want to do a giveaway soon to celebrate the 1 year anniversary, I just have to figure out how to do it.

-MY VACATION-

IMG_20170521_174232_233

In the meantime I want to tell you about my 10 day vacation to the West Coast of Norway, and how I celebrated 17th of May this year. 17 of May is Norway’s Constitution Day, it is one of the biggest days of the year. The whole country is celebrating together with parades, lots food and fun activities for the kids. A lot of my family lives on the West of Norway (I live near Oslo in the East). I haven’t visited my grandparents since I got ill 5 years ago, so it was a big milestone to finally be able to visit them. The car ride takes 8-9 hours, so I was pretty exhausted when I got there. The scenery is beautiful though, I love Norway’s nature

20170601_214935

First we went to my grandmother on my mom’s side, and stayed there for a few days. I’m so grateful that I was able to see her again. You never know when they will be gone. Unfortunately my grandfather died last year. The house felt empty without him. My uncle that lives next doors has some animals. We fed the lambs some milk from a bottle, and gave the chickens some bread.

20170601_214830

After half a week it was time to leave to visit my other grandmother. She doesn’t live that far away, the drive takes a couple of hours. Two years ago my grandmother on my dad’s side had a stroke and nearly died. She didn’t die but she has brain damage and can’t speak or walk. She is now living at a home for sick and old people. So we had to stay at my aunt and uncle’s house  instead of her house like we always used to do. Their house is on the same farm as my grandmother’s house. It was very weird and sad that my grandmother house was empty and that she wasn’t there. This trip was very emotional and I cried a lot.

-17THOF MAY-

On the morning of 17th of May we put on our Bunads. Bunad is Norway’s national costume/Folk Costume. It was my first time wearing the bunad since 2012. I rarely feel pretty, but when I put on my Bunad I always feel good. It is my grandmother on my mom’s side that has made my Bunad, and it is one of my favorite thing I own. The Bunad is heavy and takes time to put on, and it is very helpful if someone else can put on the jewelry so it looks proper.

20170518_203525

After putting on our Bunads and eating a quick breakfast, we went to the old people’s home to visit my grandmother. I was very happy and a bit nervous to see her again. It has been 5 years, almost on the date since I last saw her. As I mentioned above she isn’t like she used to be because of the brain damage, we don’t know how much she understands. The meeting was very emotional for me, but it was so good to see her again. We watched the 17th of May entertainment for the old people, a guy held a speech and there was live music. When it was finished we went home because my grandmother was going to have dinner.

20170601_214609

At home, a bit later in the day we went out to a get together at the village house(what to call it?). There they served food. The main course was Rømmegrøt (porridge made with sour cream), Spekemat (cured meats) and Flatbrød (flatbread). They also served Bløtkake (cake with whipped cream), other cakes, coffee and ice cream. Lets just say it isn’t the day to think of your diet, haha. They also had several fun activities for the kids.

IMG_20170518_212426_236

After being social and eating I felt exhausted and had to go home and rest. The rest of the day I had to rest in the bed because I felt fatigued (because of my illness, ME/CFS). In the evening my dad came with my other aunt and uncle, they had driven all day to come. I went down to eat a meal with everyone, and after that I went right back to bed. All in all it was a really great day, even though I felt sick at the end.

20170519_172642

The rest of the stay we visited my grandmother a lot. We also visited my other aunt and uncle for a dinner party.

It was a really great trip that I will remember for the rest of my life. I’m so happy that I manage to go and visit my grandmothers one more time.

❤ -Rakel

| – TWITTER – | – GOODREADS – | – FACEBOOK – | – INSTAGRAM –|

Sunday Weekly Update #6 |Easter is over – New blog design – Last days of the #TomeTopple readathon|

-WEEK IN BOOKS

Currently reading:

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber – On page 246 of 500

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – On page 44 of 333

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō 03h16m of 03h42m

Recently finished:

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – 4.5 stars

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – 3.5 stars

Blankets by Craig Thompson – 4 stars

Reading next:

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Gilded Cage by Vic James

-WEEK IN BLOGPOSTS

Sunday: Sunday Weekly Update #5 | Easter – Tome Topple Readathon |

Wednesday: Top 5 Wednesday April 19th: Favorite LGBTQ+ Reads

Friday: Tome Topple Readathon Wrap Up

-DIARY.png

20170421_224104

Monday: Today was the last day of Easter, and Emil’s mother invited us to a Easter dinner at her place. It was my mother in law, Emil’s brother and his girlfriend and their child, Emil’s sister and her boyfriend, and of course Emil and I. After dinner we played a Zelda version of monopoly. Sadly we didn’t manage to finish the game before the brothers needed to leave, so we don’t know who won. Emil and I was on the same team and we got both of the last and most expensive places, so I like to think that we had won if we kept on playing. After the dinner we went to the apartment. It is my last day here 😦 I read for a few hours in The Final Empire, and I’m almost done with it. I really love the book.

Tuesday: Right after I woke up my mom came and got me. Since yesterday was the last day of Easter, Emil is back to work and I don’t want to be alone in the apartment all day. At home I ate breakfast and went to my room to rest. After a few hours we went to my weekly Tuesday appointment. I was really tired the whole day, so I didn’t do much other than resting. I read a little bit in my Tome Topple books and watch YT.

Wednesday: The first thing I did this morning was to weigh myself. I’m trying to lose some weight, and I like to weigh myself every Tuesday/Wednesday. I was 100% sure that I had gained some weight back after eating a lot of bad food this Easter. To my surprise I had lost 400g, and I’m now under 80kg! YAY! I have been working on a new blog design for the blog today. I think it is really fun to do, so the hours just flew by. In the evening around 9 I felt a bit sluggish from sitting in front of the PC all day, so mom and I went for a walk. Before bed I read and finished The Final Empire, and I absolutely loved it. It was an excellent story, with a great world building and characters that I really liked. I also read in Blankets.

20170421_224253

Trying out a new Snapchat filter

Thursday: Today was very similar to the day before. I worked on the blog design for hours today too, and I’m almost done with it. I’m not 100% sure if I’m loving it, so can you take a look at my test blog and give me some constructive thoughts? MiRakelGames.wordpress.com . I have been in a bit of a blogging slump lately, so hopefully a new design would spark the interest again. I really want to write all of the reviews that I have notes on. Besides working on the blog design, I have tidied and organised some of my clothing drawers. I’m getting rid of half of my clothes, and it feels really nice to have less stuff. I have also gone for a walk today too.

This is the last day of the Tome Topple readathon, so before bed I finished all of my books. I finished Blankets, my pick for the graphic novel challenge. I liked it, the story was very interesting and raw, and the drawings was good. I also finished The Book thief. Read my Tome Topple Wrap Up HERE!

Blog Design.PNG

New Blog design

Friday: Today I wanted to go to a Library book sale in Oslo, but one person couldn’t go so we are postponing it to tomorrow. The only things I have done today is to write and post the Tome Topple readathon wrap up, watch YT and taken a bath. I started the book Station Eleven. I’m really hyped for it because I have been wanting to read it since it came out in 2014.

Saturday: Today my parents, Emil and I went to the book sale in Oslo that I wanted to go to yesterday. It was OK. I didn’t find that many books, and none that I really wanted. I found a book called Rakels bok (Rakel’s book). I just had to get it, haha. After the Oslo trip, we drove my dad home. He couldn’t come with us because he had work to do at the brewery. We drove into town and went out to a cafe to eat lunch/dinner. I ate a salad with rice noodles and prawns, it was OK. Mom and Emil ate hamburgers. After we were finished eating we went to Pavarotti to watch a band play. Pavarotti is a restaurant/bar that often have live music. Later at home I packed my bag, because I’m staying at Emil’s apartment this weekend. In the evening we watched the first episodes of Iron Fist and an animated movie called 9. I was very skeptical to Iron Fist. So far it is OK, but not as good as the other Marvel/Netflix series. I didn’t read anything today, but that is OK, I did a lot of other fun things.

20170423_185255

On the way to Oslo

Sunday: After yesterday’s escapades I fell a bit tired and fatigued today. That is usually how it is with ME/CFS. After the breakfast I started feeling sick and nauseous. I was planning to writing and posting this post but I have to postpone it to tomorrow. Emil is rat sitting (can you say that? Like dog sitting?) some rats for a friend. They are cute, but I don’t love to have them crawling on me, so I’m sitting far away from them when they are out of the cage. I also forgot to mention that I have started The Life-chaning Magic of Tidying Up. I really want to tidy and get rid of the things I don’t need. 

20170423_155404

Sleeping in the cage

❤ -Rakel

-How has your week been? Did you do anything fun?

| – TWITTER – | – GOODREADS – | – FACEBOOK – |

-RØDE BRILLER-LITEN-

Sunday Weekly Update #5 | Easter – Tome Topple Readathon |

week in books

Currently reading:

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber – On page 246 of 500

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – On page 478 of 643

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – 06h34m of 11h

Blankets by Craig Thompson – On page 240 of 582

Recently finished:

Nothing

Reading next:

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

week in blog posts

Sunday: Sunday Weekly Update #4 |Cabin Trip – Tome Topple Readathon|

Monday: Spring 2017 Wishlist – Books

Thursday: Top 5 Wednesday April 12th: Books That Would Make Good Video Games

diary

Monday:

Today my mom and I went to the mall because I needed to take some photo booth pictures for a document. So glad I have finally done it. I found a really pretty gold mirror in one of the interior design shops. It would have looked great above the sofa in Emil’s apartment. Too bad it was way over my price range, 2500 NRK – $300. I was almost scared to go out today because of the recent threat of terror. Last week a big truck drove down and killed a lot of people in Sweden and this week they found a bomb in Oslo. After the mall I didn’t do much, other than posting a blog post and read. I read in The Final Empire for the Tome Topple readathon all evening, and manage to read 90 pages. That is a lot for me. I also started Blankets, and read 130 pages in that book too.

Tome Topple Readathon day 4: The Final Empire 288 of 643 pages, The Book Thief 4h07m of 11h & Blankets 133 of 582.

Tuesday:

Today I haven’t done anything special other than my weekly Tuesday appointment. I started writing this week’s T5W post, and read a bit in my book. Lol, at this rate I’m not going to finish all of the tomes for this readathon. I’m already behind with 200 pages or so.

Tome Topple Readathon day 5: The Final Empire 342 of 643 pages, The Book Thief 4h31m of 11h & Blankets 240 pages of 582.

Wednesday:

I have done a lot lately so I needed a day to relax, that is very important when you have ME/CFS. I have planted some of my sprouted herbs into gravel. My plan was to post this week’s T5W today since it is Wednesday, but my cousin and her family came for a surprise visit. I ended up having to postpone it one day. In the evening I took a bath, watched YT and read in The Final Empire.

Tome Topple Readathon day 6: The Final Empire 408 of 643 pages, The Book Thief 4h51m of 11h & Blankets 240 of 582.

Thursday:

20170413_001706

Today I visited my friend Maria and her sister Linn. We made some waffles, and they tasted delicious. Norwegian waffles are not the same as American or Belgian waffles, they are skinnier and in another shape. It was a fun evening, I always love seeing Linn and Maria. After the girls night I went to Emil’s apartment, because I’m going to stay here the whole Easter. I didn’t read anything today because I was tired and I wanted to spend time with Emil.

Tome Topple Readathon day 7: Didn’t read anything.

Friday:

20170415_203311

Today I haven’t done much, only been inside the apartment. Around noon my mom and my cousin came for a visit. He is staying at my parents house for a couple of days. We served the leftover waffles from yesterday and coffee. In the evening we made some Indian food and watched A Series of Unfortunate Events. Later in the night we watched the whole Zodiac movie. It was really interesting, especially how they chose to have the colors yellow and blue going through the whole movie. What was the meaning behind that? Now I want to research more about the Zodiac killer, haha. I didn’t read anything today either, ah this readathon is going to shit. I was doing ok, but now I’m really falling behind.

Tome Topple Readathon day 8: Didn’t read anything.

Saturday:

We haven’t done anything special today either. We are just relaxing and spending time together this Easter. Earlier today we watched the first episodes in the new season of Attack on Titan. That anime is really good, and we have been waiting for a new season for years. We also finished A Series of Unfortunate events. I really liked the adaptation. I need to finish the book series, but I have gotten kind of bored with it. In the evening Emil played Zelda and I read in The Final Empire.

Tome Topple Readathon day 9: The Final Empire 478 of 643 pages, The Book Thief 5h37m of 11h & Blankets 240 of 582.

Sunday:

So far today I haven’t done much. I’m rushing to finish this post because we are going to Emil’s dad for dinner, and we are leaving in 30 min. Hope you had a great Easter

❤ -Rakel

-How has your week been?

| – TWITTER – | – GOODREADS – | – FACEBOOK – |