Spoopy season is here!

Spoopy season is here!

Autumn is definitely here in Helsinki and I am here for it! It’s been foggy for a couple of days now and we’re at the point of the year when the sun goes down around 8 PM and the nights are getting really dark. There’s this wonderful horror movie...
Best laid plans

Best laid plans

Last week, I didn’t know what it would be like to go back to the office. Friends, it was rough. Clearly, my vacation was excellent, since I couldn’t remember ANY of my passwords. I spent a huge chunk of Monday just trying to get back into my various accounts, most...
Back to the office?

Back to the office?

I’m writing this on the last day of my four-week summer vacation. Like everything this year, it feels like it went by in a flash. As of writing this, I don’t know when we’re actually going back to the office. Tomorrow, at least, is going to be a...
Naisten Kymppi

Naisten Kymppi

This coming Saturday is the yearly event Naisten Kymppi. It’s a women’s exercise event in Helsinki where you run, jog, or walk 10 kilometers. It usually takes place in May. I signed up for it in January 2020. Of course, the event got moved forward because...
Getting help

Getting help

I hate cleaning. But I like things to be clean. My partner and I have a deal that I do the writing while he does the housework. But we both have demanding day jobs and spending so much more time in the home since the pandemic started made the situation so much worse....
Hacker lit

Hacker lit

I really like reading about information security both because it’s part of my job to know about infosec (although not to the extent that an actual infosec professional’s would). But secondly, I just find the stuff interesting. And since I’m sure...
Forgive yourself

Forgive yourself

Yesterday I ordered a whole bunch of underwear and sports bras and athletic tights. And it made me feel disappointed in myself. You see, this spring I gave myself the goal that I would never buy clothes again unless it was a very special thing indeed. And I failed at...
Two weeks after the second vaccine

Two weeks after the second vaccine

Tomorrow marks two weeks since my second covid vaccine. My partner doesn’t get his until next week and then there’s two weeks to go until his reaches full potency, so I’m not even considering leaving isolation yet. But I figured that since there’s a lot of...
Getting started with fountain pens

Getting started with fountain pens

To begin with, I am by no means an expert on fountain pens. But I did just recently spend a lot of words helping a friend through getting started with them, so I figured other people might benefit as well. Why fountain pens? The first thing you might ask is why go...
Here to complain

Here to complain

Finland is in the middle of an unprecedented heatwave. Records have been broken. Multiple times. People seem to be falling into two camps about the situation. The “just enjoy it while it’s here”, “don’t complain about it” crowd. And...