Friday, August 29, 2014

A reset of sorts

Hammarby Sjöstad outdoor gym utegym  |  A reset of sorts on afeathery*nest  |
It's that time of year again—when everything starts anew, for me at least.

And in the name of resets, shifts, and the like, I'm going to spend some time this weekend doing a little behind-the-scenes re-jiggering of my online life.

In case I somehow bring down the Internet by doing so, or at least my little corner of it, and you don't hear anything from me next week via your bookmarks, feed readers or email subscriptions, do a little Googling and I'm sure you'll find me again.

Till then, a few tidbits that I've found or have been on my mind lately:

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Wine that doubles as a dessert:
I've discovered a wine that tastes and smells just like a chokladboll! You know how much I love those little chocolatey, nutty, espresso-laced balls of deliciousness, so this was quite a find. If you're from Sweden or have had the delight of eating one and want it in a glass, or if you're not / haven't but have wondered what I was gushing about, please try and find Diemersfontein's Coffee Pinotage from South Africa.

While I pride myself on multi-tastking well, I probably shouldn't:
"Every day we’re assaulted with facts, pseudofacts, news feeds and jibber-jabber, coming from all directions...Every status update you read on Facebook, every tweet or text message you get from a friend, is competing for resources in your brain with important things like whether to put your savings in stocks or bonds, where you left your passport or how best to reconcile with a close friend you just had an argument with.
..If you want to be more productive and creative, and to have more energy, the science dictates that you should partition your day into project periods. Your social networking should be done during a designated time, not as constant interruptions to your day.
— "Hit the reset button in your brain", The New York Times

Exercising in public:
I'm not one to get my training in at the gym or in group classes—I'd much rather prefer to do all that at home, sometimes with candles lit, or else just during the natural course of my day, but I was always a little intrigued every time I passed one of Stockholm's utegyms, or, outdoor gyms. They looked so raw and real and the fact that they're always in pretty pockets of greenery helped up the interest factor. When a new one was installed right behind our apartment (pictured at the top of this post), I had to try it. Besides a much older lady and myself, all the other people there were men and women accompanied by babies in strollers. There's something pretty amazing about seeing a woman lifting weights while her child amuses itself and looks on placidly. I'll definitely go back.

One year ago:
El Martinez &
Citrusy tweaks for you and your kitchen &
Slothful sleuthing


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