Jun 21, 2017
The blog's been kind of quiet in the last few months, sorry. I wish I could say it'll get better, but this pregnancy thing's hitting me hard. Turns out you lose a lot of your productivity when your haemoglobin drops by twenty points. Add to that all the normal aches and pains that pregnancy brings and the need to keep active and pay attention to my diet, there's not much room for anything else in my schedule, especially with the constant napping that borders on the ridiculous. I also want to spend time with my friends and family before the baby comes. With this in mind, my father and I headed to Heureka science park with my nephew to check out the Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out exhibit.
As you probably know, the original Body Worlds is an exhibition of dissected human bodies preserved by a process called plastination, which replaces the body's fat and water with liquid plastics to stop decay. Specimen preserved in this way retain most of the properties of the original. The material for Human Body Worlds comes from peopled donating their bodies to science with full consent and knowledge of the project, and the animals in this exhibition have been donated by zoos, university veterinary medicine programmes, and animal welfare associations, so no animals were harmed to create the exhibit. The idea is to educate people about animal anatomy and to promote the efforts to protect endangered species.
I found the exhibition interesting and informative, but if you're squeamish, this might not be the exhibition for you. I was a bit worried about how my nephew would react, but he was fine. As nearby schools visit the exhibition and the science center is meant for children, I felt confident that it wouldn't be too scary. There's no age limit, but maybe take a look at the website first if you're going with smaller children. The exhibition is running until October 29th if you want to go. Heureka is located in Vantaa, so it's not far from the airport or Helsinki city center.
There's other cool stuff too, as you can see.
You can do experiments on your own, and children can take part in a laboratory class with the staff twice a day for the price of the ticket. If you like Mythbusters, you'll love these. There are also activities like driving simulators, educational games, and building your own circuit boards, for example.
And rats playing basketball! (Only positive reinforcement is used in their training.)
You can even make your own coin at the Heureka mint. (It involves taking a photo and green lasers. Very cool.)
When you're done, you can visit the gift shop for all kind of fun gadgets and games. We tried out some astronaut ice cream, which is super weird. (And apparently a myth. Who knew?)
All in all, a fun day out. More info about the science center and upcoming exhibitions here: www.heureka.fi.
Jun 5, 2017
I promise this blog won't turn into all babies all the time, but I couldn't resist showing you guys a few of my favourite baby clothes so far. Being a responsible person, I got most of the baby stuff we need second hand, but I did get a couple of fun onesies in assorted sizes.
This LOTR one is from Nerd Girl Tees
For the little Star Wars fan. (CutieButtsBoutique)
What would Baby Shepard wear? (Rocket Baby Clothing)
I pretty much want this in every size... (CutieButtsBoutique))
Labyrinth onesie! (CutieButtsBoutique))
May 29, 2017
April's Loot Crate, kind of late, I know.
A Stranger Things T-shirt. I loved Stranger Things, but this shirt is just too loud for me. (Yes, yes, I know, they're going for that '80s look, but still...) If it were black-and-white, maybe. Too bad.
This Jessica Jones fig I did like. I wonder when we're getting a second series?
X Files pencils!
The Loot Pin.
My favourite item this month: a Batman mug that changes colour when you pour hot liquid into it. Hubby seems to have taken a liking to it too, because I have yet to give it a try :)
May 24, 2017
Here's the text from the back cover:
"What can Father Divine do when a nun confesses a disturbing secret?
Bill has always lived in his parent’s basement. Nothing
odd about that... is there?
odd about that... is there?
How can Eleanor bear watching her old love Paul, hidden as she is at the bottom of his garden?
How can Sarah’s suddenly bottomless bag be full of bees?
What can forgotten gods do? Go clubbing obviously.
The stories in this book explore secrets, doomed relationships, and madness, inspired by the sad fate of the first Mrs Rochester in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. Deranged and hidden away by her husband, Mrs Rochester haunts the corridors of Thornfield Hall, and eventually destroys it.
The authors were not required to write directly about Mrs Rochester, Jane Eyre or the Brontës, but all the stories had to contain a deep, dark secret, insanity or ill-fated love.
And what a wild mix they came up with. Some of the stories in this book are fantastical and some are realistic. Some are set in the past and others are contemporary. There’s a wide mix of genres. But they all have a hint of the gothic and a tinge of strangeness.
Just the thing to read while hidden away in your own attic..."
Interested? You can order the anthology from a bookstore near you or get the kindle or paperback version from amazon, for example.
May 22, 2017
In Finland, when you're having a baby, the government grants you a baby box full of all kinds of things the baby needs in his or her first year: onesies, a sleeping bag, toys, hygiene products, a snowsuit etc., and the box it comes in can be used as the baby's first bed. You can see the contents of this year's box here. The only problem is, it's still called 'The Maternity Package,' which can make the future daddy feel a bit left out, so I decided to make Hubby a Daddy Box of his very own.
I repurposed one of the Loot Crate boxes for this project. The note on top (and most of the other baby stuff) was from a webshop called www.mussukat.fi. It says: 'You have been granted a paternity package in the form of a baby box. It has been personally designed for you and executed with love. We hope the box will bring joy to your time with the baby.'
And what did I put inside? A geeky onesie, of course. This one is LOTR themed and has all the meals Hobbits like to enjoy during the day printed on it.
I also included a polar bear bib scarf, a 'mute button' pacifier, and earplugs, of course!
Some baby toys. I'm partial to owls.
The Baby Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting
Tips, and Advice on First Year Maintenance by Louis and Joe Borgenicht. (Hey, they have it in English, too!)
Something to mop up all the stuff that keeps coming out of both ends.
I wanted to add a chocolate cigar, but unfortunately they don't sell those in Finland. Coffee or an energy drink would have fit in quite well too, but I ran out of room after this stuff.
Have you made a Baby Box for your significant other? What did you put inside?
May 16, 2017
Remember that anthology I was talking about before, Mrs Rochester's Attic from Mantle Lane Press? Here's what the cover will look like:
Pretty cool, right?
I'll be posting details about availability when I get them, but the anthology will be available soon.