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March 2018 Goals

Lise —  March 1, 2018 — 10 Comments


Let’s first look at February’s goals. I had a few I wanted to complete, or improve on. First one was to exercise more. I don’t know if it was more as in more intense, but I did do yoga every day. I was on sick leave for half of February already because of an issue with my leg so wasn’t much else I could do. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to work out too much more in March if I’m gonna go through some medical procedures, and my sick leave got extended until at least 18th of March.

The second was to read more. I finished a book, at least! And started a couple more. I have mostly worked on my blog this month, making pinterest graphics and cleaning up/deleting old posts I haven’t been happy with. This month I’ll aim to maybe finish two books? Double my score, right? If I don’t succeed, at least I have tried! Any pages read is an improvement anyways.

Then we had this one, which was to apply for a bachelor’s program. I did! So now I just have to wait until July when they sent out responses to all of the applications. Going to be a long and dreadful wait.

I was very pleased to complete most of my goals for the previous month. This month isn’t as eventful, sadly. Lot’s of medical stuff.

Undergo surgery. I have an 18 year old permanent injury in my leg with a chronic open wound. They’ve finally decided that I should get surgery to try to close the wound for good, hopefully I’ll be able to do so in March to get it over with. Would save me lots of money on medical supplies. And it would save a lot of pain and stress over treating the wound, it takes up a lot of my time and hinders me from doing a lot of things.

Prepare for uni life. I applied for a “International communication and translation” course, so I need to brush up on my English grammar and whatnot. I’m glad I kept my old textbooks because they will be very helpful. I have been reading through them and doing the exercises now and then for the past few weeks and I hope I can continue at the same pace. I really hope I’ll get accepted into uni, I really need it now.

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Save at least a little bit of money. I always try my best to save, but with a lot of unexpected expenses it can be difficult. I will try my best to stay in the black and not in the red though, having debt is the worst feeling.

This month’s goals post is short, but sweet. Do you have any goals for this month? Or any resolutions you have succeeded at yet? 

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Let's first look at February's goals. I had a few I wanted to complete, or improve on. First one was to exercise more. I don't know if it was more as in more intense, but I did do yoga every day. I was on sick leave for half of February already because of an issue with my leg so wasn't much else I could do.



5297“The picture of Dorian Gray” is a novel that is both hated and loved by readers all over the world. Some hate it because it’s not their style of writing, some hate it because it hits too close to home, and some love it because it resonates so well with them. I, myself, love it because Dorian himself fascinate me so much. I want to know what makes him tick, what makes him act the way he does. That’s why I loved reading this one. The story telling was good, I could do with less of Lord Henry’s ramblings, but the rest worked for me. It takes quite some time for anything to actually happen, but once it does it goes downhill for Dorian quite fast. The novel is a tale of love, treachery, murder and suicide, it’s simply a beautiful mess. No, I’m not saying any of these horrible things are beautiful, it’s the way the novel is put together that is, just to make that clear.

I would recommend this if you’re into classic literature and novels that show just how sick and twisted, narcissistic and evil people can be if they’re influenced by the “right” and oh so wrong people. It left me contemplating a lot, and I really love when books do that. I know it has been made into film too, but I don’t think I would want to watch that. I have built up my own image of Dorian and I am sure he would be visually portrayed differently in any films that could be made about it.

I don’t want to say too much about the novel because I don’t want to accidentally spoil anything, so this one will be a bit short, I suppose.

Here’s a summary of the book if you’re interested in reading that:

In this celebrated work, his only novel, Wilde forged a devastating portrait of the effects of evil and debauchery on a young aesthete in late-19th-century England. Combining elements of the Gothic horror novel and decadent French fiction, the book centers on a striking premise: As Dorian Gray sinks into a life of crime and gross sensuality, his body retains perfect youth and vigor while his recently painted portrait grows day by day into a hideous record of evil, which he must keep hidden from the world. For over a century, this mesmerizing tale of horror and suspense has enjoyed wide popularity. It ranks as one of Wilde’s most important creations and among the classic achievements of its kind.

Have you read this one? What did you think about it?

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Book Recommendation; Cress

Lise —  January 25, 2018 — 3 Comments

13206828Cress is the third book in the Lunar Chronicles series. We are nearing the end of the saga and it just gets more and more action filled with each book. The first was a bit slow, the second was just right, the third was perfect. The book is mainly centered around a Lunar shell named Cress. She was taken away from her family when she was young and was made to be a computer hacker living in a space pod all by herself. Following Cress’ story we notice some similarities to Rapunzel because her hair has been growing out in the same way. Cinder finds a transmission that was sent to Cress and that’s how their paths cross and she gets tangled up in the mess too.

I really liked this one, most people do just because they like Captain Thorne so much, I’m still a huge fan of Wolf instead. He’s just my kind of person. Jokes aside, it is a great book, a great third installment and I recommend it for anyone who has started the Lunar Chronicles and don’t know if they want to continue it. It gets better!

I’ll include the blurb from it’s page on Goodreads.

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

I don’t really know what else to say about it without spoiling it, honestly. It would be way better for you to actually read it without me ruining the story for you. It’s worth it, definitely. I just wish the series was longer because when I did finish it in July/August I felt devastated for a while that it was over. I’ll probably talk more about that in my post for Winter in the future.

Have you read the Lunar Chronicles? What do you think of it? 

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January 2018 goals

Lise —  January 4, 2018 — 21 Comments

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Continue exercising. I’ve been doing good in December, going to the gym regularly so I hope I will be able to keep it up going into the new year. 2018 is going to be my best year when it comes to exercise and taking care of myself.

Ditch the new years resolutions. I never keep them, I only get upset when I fail so I figure it is better to just ditch them overall so I can do things in my own time. Facing failure when it’s not necessary really drains you of energy too so I feel like that is an even better argument for ditching them.

Only spend money on necessities. Maybe treat myself on special occasions when I feel like deserve something extra. I have not been good at doing a low-buy period, mostly because it was Christmas and I spent so much money on gifts. But I  hope that it will get better in January or February.

Get back into reading. I was reading way too much in October and November and in December I didn’t really touch a book at all. I was feeling so drained and needed a break but I really hope I will get back into it ASAP, I miss sitting down to read in the evenings.

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Decide on what to study. I really want to go back to uni and I found a bachelor degree for international communication and interpretation/translation and that is right up my alley. Hoping I will end up applying for that. I just need to really decide what I want to do with my life. The bachelor degree also includes one obligatory year spent in a foreign country (England in my case) so that is a huge plus.

Try new things. I rarely do that, I just stick to what I know and never try anything new. I don’t know what I would do but I want to stop saying no if I’m asked to do something new, within reasonable boundaries of course.

Spend money on experiences. Along with a low-buy period, I would rather spend money on experiences than things. I really want to travel more, or just get to experience new places, new food and new people. I haven’t traveled in years now and I’m eager to do so.


What are your goals for January? Are you doing New years resolutions?

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My 2017 absolute favorites

Lise —  December 31, 2017 — 18 Comments

Make up & Skincare

L’Oreal Pure Clay Illuminating Cleansing Gel

This is a clay gel cleanser and it works really well! It shares a lot of properties with it’s clay mask sibling and I love it. It always works so well for me. You can read my review of it by clicking here.


ELF Lip Exfoliator

This is basically just a lip scrub in lipstick form. It’s very convenient and easy to use and it always leaves my lips feeling soft and refreshed. You can read my review on it by clicking here.


Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in “Galactic Mauve”.

This is my all time ever favorite lipstick. The color is perfect, it’s not too flashy nor too dull and it works for every occasion. I use it as often as I can and I wouldn’t trade it for anything ( I think). You can read my full review on it by clicking here.


IsaDora Hypo Allergenic Mascara in “Black”

This is an allergy friendly mascara that works fairly well in keeping my lashes looking good. I have tried other non allergy friendly mascaras that work a lot better but they also irritate my eyes so I’d rather feel comfortable while wearing it instead. You can read my review of this by clicking here.




The Lunar Chronicles series

These books are written by Marissa Meyer and are all about the android Cinder and her journey through life. We meet lots of interesting characters and there is a lot of conflict, and even romance! I was introduced to the series by Michala and I instantly fell in love with it. I don’t think I have ever read four books as fast as I read these. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves young adult fiction.

The Icewall trilogy

This is a trilogy set in the Dragonlance universe and it’s written by Douglas Niles. We follow the stories of Kerrick the Elf, Moreen the Arktos woman and Grimwar Bane, the ogre king. The first two books are really good, and while the last lacks a bit of the spark the first two has, it’s still pretty solid.

Dragon Age: Asunder


This novel is my favorite out of the five Dragon Age novels that I have read, with The Masked Empire in a close second spot. In this one we get more backstory on one of my absolute favorite characters from the universe; Cole. He has always been a mystery and it feels so.. satisfying to finally know more? Yeah, it does. It’s a good read for anyone who is a fan of the video game series and wants to know more of the lore.


Stardew Valley


Stardew Valley is a farming/life simulator of sorts, heavily inspired by Harvest Moon and maybe games like Rune Factory. You inherit a farm, have to grow crops and collect items to restore the community center, or sell out to Joja Corp and buy everything instead. There’s relationships, a sense of accomplishment and it’s a game that is very easy to get addicted to.

The elder scrolls V: Skyrim

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Ah, then there’s this, a game where I have invested thousands of hours into the original. I made the mistake of noticing I hadn’t played the special edition too much on pc so I didn’t have any of the achievements.. Which meant that now I definitely have to get them… I love skyrim, I’m just not ready to lose my life to it again. It’s an amazing adventure role playing game and I would recommend it to anyone, well, anyone who is interested at least. I don’t really know what to say about it, I have talked about Skyrim a lot before in the game section of my blog.

The elder scrolls online

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The Elder Scrolls Online, also known as ESO, is an online multiplayer roleplaying game published by Zenimax and Bethesda, and it is in the Elder Scrolls universe. The gameplay takes place in many locations used in earlier games which gives the player a sense of belonging, a sense of recognition. Areas might look a bit different since it is set in a different era but you can still recognize things here and there. I wrote a post about it and the Morrowind expansion a while ago, you can read the whole thing here. It’s a great game, and pretty much never ending.

Fallout Shelter

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Fallout Shelter is a mobile game and it’s like a vault simulator. You run a vault, you build rooms, train vault dwellers, go on quests and craft items. You’re the overseer and everyone does your bidding. You also control the population by attracting dwellers, mating them or kicking them out/strategically get them killed. You can also craft themes for certain rooms to make your vault more personalized. They also change themes automatically during Christmas and other holidays.


What have you loved this year? Also, Happy New Year! I hope 2018 will be an amazing year for you. 

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