Posts Tagged ‘random stuff’

The other day I bumped into an article about BIC pens for women, in fact, there are lots of mentions online about this and lots of ridicule. I also found it funny and stupid at the same time because I think it’s a waste of money and energy to make some pink pens and sell it specifically to women. Anything made pink and sold specifically to women is ridiculous. Does a product have to be pink in order to be directed at a certain gender? I think it is useless and besides it is indeed just a marketing strategy in order to cash on naive people. Because pink products are more expensive. At least the pink, shiny BIC pen was more than double the price compared to a plain BIC pen.

If I remember my childhood now, I can’t say we did have this blatant gender segregated toys, and here I am referring to a whole PINK toy and clothing section. We did have dolls and this stuff but I don’t remember being such a big deal and I’m really sure we didn’t have a wide range of pink personal products.

So, with this in mind I have never been a fan of light colors especially pink. I also never started a war because of the pink products stating that is somehow offensive or degrading for women because I don’t think it is. What I think it is, well, uselessly expensive and just because of the color. What I do though, is avoid these products, not because of the color but because of the price.

I always buy razors from the men department and sometimes socks as I do find cheaper socks there. As about pens, I usually buy neutral ones but most of the times I get them from different places like schools, offices or courses I attend.

The same thing goes for other items like electronics. I remember a radio add from a while ago which mentioned that women can choose computers from a variety of colors. I don’t know about others but when I buy a computer, the color is the last thing of my mind. Actually I don’t take it into consideration at all, first, I look at the computer’s properties and of course, brand.

I think the most infuriating thing about the pink products is the price based on the color. I would understand if the quality is better but in most of the cases there isn’t any kind of difference. And it’s also not very nice for people who do actually like pink and have to pay extra for a product just because of its color.

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Found today this article about an owner of a strawberry farm which claims that he hasn’t had a Finnish worker in 16 years. Why? Apparently Finns are not interested in physical work, it’s too harsh and the pay is very low. Instead he brings seasonal foreign workers from other countries to do the job.

I also browsed through the comments just to see people throwing lots of shit in today’s Finnish young people saying that they are too lazy and entitled, they’d rather get social support than do work or complain that the pay is low. I was not amazed by this because nowadays it seems like a national sport to throw shit in the young generation.

I don’t know about others, there might be people who really don’t want to do that kind of work but the people I know, Finns, my friends would do this kind of job. You know what seems to be the problem? They can’t get it! And I’ll give you an example. Few summers ago, me and my husband were unemployed and looking for work. We did apply and even called at these strawberries farms in the hope that we can spend our summer picking strawberries and get some income. Unfortunately, some owners never replied to us and others said right away that they have enough people, although during the whole summer they were still announcing vacancies. I did apply 3 summers in a row at several strawberry farms and I never got a job.

I’m not scared of physical work and I can do it very well as I grew up at a farm and physical work was what we did during summers since I was a kid, including strawberry picking and even harsher work like hay stacking, spading and loosening. You’d think they favor foreigners like the dude in the article but still even if I have foreign background, I wasn’t chosen.

One of the problems mentioned was the pay which is low in the case of strawberry picking. It is true but given the fact that some pay 9 euros per hour (which is considered low by Finnish standards), I would not say it bothered me. I had jobs in Finland which paid me 6 euros per hour and I still did them. And my work colleagues were Finnish. I highly doubt all Finnish youngsters would say no to 9 euros per hour as these readers claim. There might be people who would refuse because the cost of living in Finland is very high and you need to cover your expenses somehow, a low salary won’t be enough but it would be suitable for young summer workers.

I would really like to know how many young people did apply for these jobs only to be rejected. I didn’t read all the comments but I found few persons there who had the same experience as I did. I also wonder how much does this dude pay per hour as it wasn’t mentioned. If the pay goes under 5 euros/h then it might be quite a problem because you can’t really live with that kind of salary in Finland. Also many young people do not have yet drivers license or a car and the farm might be very far for them to reach and also the employer offers accommodation and food only to foreigners. If these apply then it’s quite hypocritical and stupid to blame Finnish youngsters of being lazy.

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Wandering around the internet i found an article called Slavery 101 – dating as taught to girls on an mra site which basically says that all women are taught to enslave men and take away their liberties. To clarify, i’m not an adept of mra movements or modern feminism as they seem to me like two hysterical brats continuously attacking each other. What amazed me was all the vitriol thrown at women and blaming basically a whole gender because of some problems.

To be honest, i think that anybody who tries to manipulate another person and treat them like shit, is just human trash. And from what i’ve seen manipulative people are everywhere and both men and women. That there are all kinds of magazines and articles telling women how to catch and keep a man, it’s true and i find them disgusting although i never bother to read women’s magazines as they are full of crap anyways.

But now i wonder, why are those articles written in the first place? Why are women taught how to “catch” men? (I do hate the word catch, it’s implying like you go fishing.) Isn’t in general the society which teach women that they are nothing without the lifescript, this including the guy, 2.5 brats, house and 2 cars?

I’ll take my own case here although i strongly doubt i’m the only person who experienced the following. I remember when i was a teenager (it might have started earlier, although i didn’t pay attention) and i was constantly asked if i have a boyfriend, why don’t i have a boyfriend, you should get a boyfriend and the overly nice relatives who tried to find a good boy for me. As a teenager, i had other interests and romantic feelings for the opposite gender was not one of them. I was studying and reading a lot, i was playing in a band, very active into the music field and in a theater group. I had no time for anything else. And still certain people around me made me feel defective because i didn’t have a partner or the interest in getting one.

Later on i met my husband but i never had any intentions of “enslaving” him like the aforementioned article states. Things just went into that direction and at a certain point we just got married after many years of being together. I never wanted to enslave or change anybody or be with a person who is completely without a backbone, that would be horror. Of course, i can’t say that the article is completely wrong. Even after marriage me and my husband kept our own hobbies and none of us tried to forbid the other to do things that they love or boss each other around.

Now comes the interesting part: quite many people, mostly women, were shocked and criticized me because i let my husband pursue his hobbies or because i don’t interfere with his schedule. And by hobbies i mean computers and gaming. How dare i let my husband spend hundreds of euros on gaming gear or play computer games for hours? Well, it’s his time and money, he does what he pleases with them. I pursue my hobbies, too, and everybody is happy. I really don’t need a third party to tell us how to live our lives.

Another aspect about the enslaving thing is that women are assumed they automatically want marriage and kids. But hell forbid a woman is not interested in those because she still gets lots of crap from the exactly same people who earlier accused women of being enslaving harpies. As a childfree person, i’ve got to hear very ugly remarks coming from men including being called a whore (although i’m married) and another dude said to me that i deserve to die because i’m useless. Mind you, my choice will never affect these people but still they are entitled to spit vitriol just because.

I did question these guys about their future plans in the domestic areas and all had very strong wishes of marriage, 2.5 brats and preferably the woman should stay home. Also they were in their 20’s. So, for them it’s ok to want these things but if a woman wants them it’s enslaving? And worse, if a woman doesn’t want marriage and kids is a whore who deserves to die?

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This article appeared today on my newsfeed, it illustrates the problems women face on a daily basis and it’s done by a Romanian artist. I usually don’t bother to check such links out but i said let’s give it a try. The drawings are very nice and funny but as i guessed these do not apply to me at all.

  1. I rarely wear makeup and when i do i don’t bother with complicated things.
  2. I rarely take or post photos of myself.
  3. I don’t do my nails.
  4. I don’t care.
  5. That used to happen a lot in Romania. For some reasons, certain people had it hard to understand that i don’t walk around with an eternal smile on my face.
  6. I don’t take selfies.
  7. I don’t watch makeup tutorials. Never.
  8. Doesn’t apply to me.
  9. I always have smth. to wear if you count taking the first thing out of the wardrobe.
  10. If i like smth. i eat it. No fuss.
  11. Don’t have problems with swimsuits, never had.
  12. Don’t get it.
  13. I got that once but it was for a train collector’s magazine. I don’t think that is for kids.
  14. No internet connection? No problem! I have plenty of books, workout dvds and during the summer a whole garden to attend to.
  15. I don’t really shop in conventional clothes stores.
  16. See no 6.
  17. Never happenned to me.
  18. See 17
  19. Wtf?!
  20. & 21 I don’t get them.

22. It’s to be expected if you have very white skin like i do. I always get red if i stay in the sun longer so i’m not surprised.

23. I do play Zumba but i never get sore from that.

24. I’m not a shoe fan. I usually have boots from thrift store if i find smth. nice. And definitely not own 6 pairs of some sort of shoes. I don’t even have space where to put them.


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My attention was caught by an article in Helsingin Sanomat which says that one can eat as much as they want during winter holidays without feeling bad: http://www.hs.fi/ruoka/a1450155978515. Actually, this gem is said by a doctor who states that nobody get fat from eating a lot during Christmas and dieting afterwards is in vain.

Yes, of course, if you have a good metabolism, you will be just fine. But for somebody like me this doesn’t work. This dude talks about eating like that for 2 days and getting some 1-2 kilos. If i eat as much as i want and what i want for 2 days i’ll get more than 2 kilos for sure and burning 2 kilos is very difficult for me.

I already made lots of progress rasing my fitness routine from 3 to 4-5 times a week and if i eat, for example, a whole pizza, that means wiping out 2 days of fitness. Eating fatty and sugary food for 2 days in a row gains me 4 kilos which might take around 1 month of fitness 4 times/week to get them off.

The whole article generalizes and talks only about a group of people forgetting that we all have different metabolisms. One can eat as much as they want and not even gain a kilo, another could gain those 1-2 kilos and lose them very fast, other might struggle with them for a while and some could gain even more and have a hard time to get them off.

And also, i didn’t understand this obsession of stuffing yourself until you puke during Christmas holidays (some are even taken to the emergency room because of too much food and alcohol). Seriously speaking, there are women who stress themselves out and cook like mad several types of dishes and then they’re worn out for the entire celebration. I never ate and cooked that much because it’s a holiday. I’m supposed to get a rest and gain my forces not go to the hospital because i ate like a cow and stressed myself like an idiot. I do hear people talking all the time about Christmas holiday stress and some are even terrified by it. Well, it’s your choice if you want to undergo this mass psychosis. I prefer to chill myself by shoving this madness aside.

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It’s March and the winter is still making its presence felt outside. It was a weird one after all, not the same temperatures of last year. Mostly on the plus side and now at the end of March all of the sanow has melted. Just few patches here and there when the sun doesn’t shine. At least today it was really cold and started raining. The first real rain of this year. So still keeping my feet warm and a cosy feeling in my small apartment while doing the last assignments for my reading group.

The socks are not made by me, just bought from a thrift store. I can’t make such things though i once tried. Image


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Lava lamps

Haven’t been in a while around here and i feel kind of weird about it. Guilty. Because i haven’t abandoned the blog but i also made a rule not to post endless rants about small things that do not deserve ranting. Thrift stores have remained one of my small pleasures although i didn’t visit them that often. I hate collecting…or even hoarding stuff and since my student apartment is quite small, i cannot afford cramming things in here. But i found two nice lava lamps with 10€ both and since i wanted one (they seem very hypnotizing), i bought them both. More info on lava lamps here. They are indeed very interesting but it takes quite a while to heat up. At least the red one has some troubles with the light bulb (sometimes it just goes off without any reason).


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