Tuesday, July 31, 2012

WHITE AND ORANGE

My favorite color combo is orange and white. In color therapy orange promotes happiness and joyousness.
 White is strengthening. It is cleansing and purifying to the entire energy system. It promotes purity, virtue and spirituality. White can awaken greater creativity. When in doubt as to what color to use, you can seldom go wrong with white.Source
Miina is going to kill me for posting this photo of her, but I think she looks adorable. I love that little monkey nose. Have a happy Tuesday friends! I can't believe it's almost August. I'm planning on enjoying the rest of the summer full heartedly, I suggest you do the same!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

SPEAKEASY VINTAGE

Tuesday around midnight. Hanging out at a friend's vintage clothing store. Listening to some old records from The Doors, Blondie and David Bowie. Dancing and singing. Watching old movies from the projector. Eating pizza and drinking some wine. This is what good times with friends are all about.

Friday, July 27, 2012

ME MYSELF AND I

 When I came to the US for the first time at the tender age of 22 I had it all planned. Funnily enough, looking at my life now, that plan has pretty much fulfilled itself over the years. Ok, I did not marry the millionaire from the Hamptons, but I did find a good man in 2004, moved in with him just few weeks later, married a year later and moved to the US permanently. I was lucky to get a decent well-paid job immediately and started expanding my social circles and getting comfortable to this new life. Friends I found online and later at work and at Finnish events. I admit that I used Craigslist to make my first social connections. I found a woman who organized dinner parties for fabulous NYC women and we formed a little group (5-10 people per party) called "Fabulous Ladies". We would meet every few weeks or so and go have a fancy dinner at some of the nicest restaurants in the city. I think Craigslist has gotten way worse than it was back then and people always laugh when I tell them how I found friends here. So be careful if you use Craigslist for anything. Lots of wackos out there...
Now I have few good friends, a spiritual mentor, I'm still married to the same man and have big dreams. I'm a Pisces and a dreamer. Pisces secret desire is to live their dreams and turn fantasies into realities.  We spend so much time in our own form of 'fantasy land' this can catch us short in other more worldly areas. Because of this inner world of fantasy, we  seldom perceive whatever is going on around us in its true light. We see life instead as we want to see it, coloring our view of the world in hues and tones far removed from its true reflection. It works for me, dreaming is manifesting. So far it has worked well for me. Have a great weekend! Dream big!
“The future you see is the future you get.” – Robert G Allen



Kun tulin Yhdysvaltoihin ensimmäisen kerran 22-vuotiaana minulla oli kaikki suunniteltuna valmiiksi. Hassua kyllä​​, suurin osa tästä on toteutunut vuosien varrella. No joo, en mennyt naimisiin miljonäärin kanssa Hamptonsseissa, mutta löysin hyvän miehen vuonna 2004, muutin yhteen hänen kanssaan vain muutamaa viikkoa myöhemmin, avioiduimme vuosi sen jälkeen ja muutin Yhdysvaltoihin pysyvästi. Olin onnekas kun sain hyväpalkkaisen työn välittömästi ja aloin laajentamaan ystäväpiiriäni ja totuttautumaan uuteen elämääni. Ystävät löysin internetista ja myöhemmin työpaikalta sekä paikallisten suomalaisten tapahtumista. Myönnän että käytin Craigslistia loytaakseni ensimmaiset kaverini. Silloin se oli vielä jotenkuten normaali paikka...

Nyt minulla on muutamia hyviä ystäviä, hengellinen opas, olen yhä naimisissa saman miehen kanssa ja minulla on suuria unelmia. Olen Kalat ja uneksija. Kalojen salainen toive on elää unelmiaan ja muuttaa fantasiat todellisuudeksi. Toistaiseksi se on toiminut hyvin minulle. Hauskaa viikonloppua! Dream Big!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

THE ART OF JUST BEING

I spent most of my weekend hanging out in our tiny yard, enjoying the sun, reading motivational books (what else is new) and just doing nothing, but enjoying the sun, peace and family. I often feel that I need to pack my weekends full of activities to feel accomplished, and when people ask me at work on Monday how my weekend was I'm able to tell them many exciting details about it. I understand now that it doesn't need to be that way every weekend. Sometimes my answer can be "just relaxed and chillaxed" or "absolutely nothing and I loved it!". I guess my need to be super active, especially during summers, comes from the short summers in Finland. When you have very limited time to enjoy the warmth and the sun you want to make the best of it every single chance you get. 
Look at guard panther behind the window. Miina and Moses keep a close eye on me.
"When you are really in the flow with your Inner Being, ideas come easily—they are implemented easily. It's fun while you are in the process of them, and it doesn't matter how they unfold; and nothing can go wrong, and it doesn't matter if you don't get it done, it's just fun to do it. Your Inner Being feels no limit. So, anything that feels like limits is something that you have self-imposed." Abraham Hicks




Vietin suurimman osan viikonlopusta hengaillen pienellä pihallamme lukien ja vain olemalla, nauttien lämmöstä, rauhasta ja perheestä. Minusta tuntuu usein, että viikonloput täytyy pakata täyteen toimintaa ollakseni tyytyväinen jotta kun ihmiset kysyvät minulta töissä maanantaina miten viikonloppuni meni olen voinut kertoa heille monia jännittäviä yksityiskohtia siitä. Ymmärran nyt, että näin ei tarvitse olla joka ikinen viikonloppu. Joskus vastaus voi olla "rentouduin" tai "en yhtään mitään ja se oli ihanaa!". Tarpeeni olla aktiivinen vapaa-ajallani, varsinkin kesällä, juontaa kaiketi juurensa Suomen lyhyistä kesistä. Kun sinulla on hyvin rajallinen aika nauttia lämmöstä ja auringosta haluat tehdä joka hetkesta ikimuistoisen.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

SUMMER RAIN

It was raining all day on Friday, I was off, husband worked from home and we made it a good cozy day in. Got few things fixed around the house, picked up some Indian food, I baked sugar cookies, filled the cupboards with all kinds of delicious foods and had a Dexter marathon. Yay for rainy days! But I'm happy that the rest of the weekend will be sunny...
Enjoy your weekend!
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” - Mahatma Gandhi


Perjantaina satoi koko päivän, olin vapaalla, mieheni työskenteli kotoa ja vietimme viihtyisän päivän kotosalla. Kävimme hakemassa intialaista ruokaa, leivoin kekseja, ostimme kaapit täyteen kaikenlaisia ​​herkkuja ja pidimme Dexter-maratonin sohvalla vilttien alla. Ihana päivä, mutta odotan innolla aurinkoista loppuviikonloppua...

Thursday, July 19, 2012

HOME SWEET HOME


We have settled and feel very comfortable at our smaller place. It feels more like home and not just an apartment. Storage is a huge issue and we are going to have to rent a storage space somewhere to get some of these boxes there that are now taking over our dining area as well as our guest room. The good news is that there was no flooding here during yesterday's massive thunderstorm. Our neighbors had warned us that the previous tenant moved out because of the flooding. When we inquired with the management company about the issue their response was that they had taken care of it and we shouldn't worry about it. Yesterday on my way home (soaking wet because I had to run four blocks from work to the train in a downpour without umbrella) I was almost certain that our place had flooded and we would have to throw all our stuff out. But I was happily surprised when I got home and there was no water anywhere. My place of work wasn't so lucky. Major flooding in the kitchen, water pouring down from our air vents and so on. Not good... 
And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow. 

Olemme asettuneet aloillemme uuteen paikkaamme ja tama pienempi paikka tuntuu vain niin paljon kodikkaammalta kuin entinen asuntomme. Varastotila on vain valtava ongelma, ja meidän täytyy vuokrata tila jostakin jotta saamme joitakin näistä laatikoista pois viemasta tilaa ruokailutilasta sekä vierashuoneesta. Hyvä uutinen on, ettei kotimme tulvinut eilen valtavan ukonilman aikana. Naapurimme oli varoittanut meitä, että edellinen asukas muutti pois tulvimisen takia. Mutta onneksi näin ei käynyt.  Työpaikkani tosin ei ollut yhtä onnekas. Suuri vedenpaisumus keittiössä, vettä tuli sisään tuuletusaukoista ja niin edelleen. Ei hyvä...

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

WEEKEND ESCAPE TO PHILLY

From top right; brunch at Jones / drinks at Jones / lemon and mango gelatos from Capogiro / Philadelphia Chutney Company
Last Saturday we escaped the town and drove to Philadelphia, one of our favorite nearby cities. We always have great time there, even though my husband's job had some major issues and he was on the phone for 32 hours (which is nuts!). We had delicious Masala Dosas for lunch from the Philadelphia Chutney Company, wonderful Italian dinner at Davio's (my potato gnocchi with wild mushrooms was very tasty) and vegan gelato from Capogiro. After dinner we took a nice long walk around town while eating our gelatos and talked about life. Next morning we got up early and headed out to our traditional Philly brunch at Jones Restaurant. My ALT (avocado, lettuce, tomato sandwich) was super, yet again. We love Philly!
Our suite at Westin hotel(loved the huge marble bathroom!)/ view from our bedroom / night time posing / daytime posing

Stay funky and have a great week!
Feelings are much like waves, we can't stop them from coming but we can choose which one to surf. ~Jonatan Mårtensson



Viime lauantaina pakenimme kaupungista ja ajoimme Philadelphiaan, yhteen suosikkikaupungeistamme. Meillä on aina hauskaa siellä, vaikka mieheni työpaikalla oli suuria ongelmia lauantaina ja hän oli puhelimessa 32 tuntia läpi yö(joka on hullua!). Söimme herkullista Masala Dosaa lounaaksi Philadelphia Chutney Companyssa, nautimme ihanan illallisen Daviosin italialaisessa ravintolassa ja vegaanigelatoa gelatobaarista nimeltä Capogiro. Teimme mukavan pitkän kävelylenkin kaupungilla illallisen jälkeen syöden gelatojamme ja puhuen elämästä. Seuraavana aamuna nousimme varhain ja lähdimme ulos perinteiselle Philly-brunssille Jones ravintolaan. Rakastamme tätä kaupunkia!!! 

Friday, July 13, 2012

WHERE STARS ARE BORN AND LEGENDS ARE MADE


Did you know that Ella Fitzgerald was one of the first Amateur Night winners. Amateur Night still remains the Apollo's most recognizable and longest running performance series. The legendary venue has launched the careers of icons such as Billie Holiday, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, James Brown and Lauryn Hill
Every time we walk past this legendary theater we must take photos. The first one I ever took is the above photo from 2002. Dear lord how time flies... That's 10 years ago!!!
Just believe in your dreams.






Tiesitkö, että Ella Fitzgerald oli yksi ensimmäisistä Amateur Night voittajista? Amateur Night on edelleen yksi Apollo Teatterin tunnetuimmista ja pisimpään menestyneimmistä showsta. Muita Apollossa uransa alkuun saaneita ovat mm. Billie Holiday, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, James Brown ja Lauryn Hill. Teatterin legendaarisen statuksen takia sen edessa on otettava kuva joka kerta. Voitteko kuvitella etta ylla oleva kuva, jossa minulla on jonkinnakoinen Pocahontas-riepu paallani, on jo kymmenen vuoden takaa??? Aika se kun vaan rientaa...

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

LEMONS AND CHIA SEED PORRIDGE



Weekends I squeeze my lemons and store the juice in a glass bottle in the fridge (2-3 days is recommended). Another great way to store your lemon juice ever longer is to freeze it in the ice trays and that way it will last up to 4 months. Just add cube to every glass of water. Works great on certain cocktails as well. 
I've been hearing about Chia for the longest time, but never tried it. One day while at Organic Avenue buying my juices I saw this bag of Chia Porridge. it is so easy to prepare! Just add cold or hot water, stir, let it sit for 10 minutes or so and eat.

Chia seeds contain more omega 3 & 6 than a piece of salmon, 3 to 6 times more calcium than a serving of milk protein, 11 grams of good fiber per ounce which is nearly 50% of the daily recommendation. As for protein, it is considered a complete protein since it contains all 8 essential amino acids all of which when readily available for synthesis in the body, build strong healthy tissues. 

Monday, July 9, 2012

MY WEEKEND IN SNAPSHOTS

Freedom calling my name on Thursday. The moment when you walk out the door at work and start your weekend; priceless.
I may have or may have not skipped all the way home from the train station. So happy!
And look at the views on the way. I love the tranquility of my walk home.
Even though we spent most of our weekend packing, moving boxes and unpacking there were times of total relaxation as well. Like here enjoying the heat with a cold beverage in our backyard.
As well as some Indian food and music in the park.
Music festival outfits just have to be very funky in color.
Hope you'll have a magnificent, happy, joyous week friends!

Friday, July 6, 2012

I'D RATHER BE HAPPY THAN RICH


I've made another financially foolish decision and now work only 4 days a week. But I'm going to enjoy 3 day weekends enormously. So I guess the pros beat the cons in some sense. That sense being happiness. And that's really what matters in the end. Since we moved into this smaller home my part of the rent went down few hundred bucks, so I'll still be ok money-wise.
This change in work-life was partly inspired by what someone wrote on his Facebook timeline: "Note to self: Work smarter not harder. Live in peace. Why sweat the alternative?"
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Husband and I will try to finish up with the moving stuff and enjoy our new digs.



Olen tehnyt toisen taloudellisesti typerän päätöksen ja nyt tyoskentelen vain 4 päivää viikossa. Mutta aion nauttia kolmipäiväisistä viikonlopuista valtavasti. Joten kai "pros" voittaa "cons" jossain mielessä. Ainakin onnellisuuden saralla. Ja se on se yksi asia jolla oikeasti on väliä lopussa. Kun muutimme tähän pienempään kotiin vuokraosuuteni aleni muutaman satasen, joten olen vielä ok raha-asioiden tiimoilta.
Muutos työelämässä sai osittain inspiraationsa tästä mitä joku viisas kirjoitti Facebookissa aikajanalleen: "Note to self: Work smarter not harder. Live in peace. Why sweat the alternative?"
Toivotan kaikille ihanaa viikonloppua! Meilla jatkuu muuttohommat edelleen...

Thursday, July 5, 2012

YOGA AND AHIMSA

“The one message of all saints and sages is the message of love. Ahimsa is the highest of all traits found in the mind, speech and actions of all perfected souls. There is only one religion- the religion of love, or peace. There is only one message, the message of unconditional and universal love. Ahimsa is the supreme duty of a Yogi. If you are established in Ahimsa, you have attained all virtues. All virtues spring forth from Ahimsa. Ahimsa may appear to merely imply non-killing. But, non- injury is not merely non-killing. The true meaning of Ahimsa is non-harming in thought, word, and action. The absence of causing any harm to any living creature. Ahimsa is true strength. No Self-realization is possible without Ahimsa.”