Winter wonderland and british scones

Today we walked out in the winter wonderland we have. Sun was shining bright and the snow glittered like diamonds. And the air was crisp and cold. It was like a negative ten degrees celsius and no wind.

Lots of people were out walking or cross-country skiing. And everyone had a little silly smile on the lips and greeted everyone they met. Not the usual grumpy quiet Swede. But the sun has that effect on us.

I got my hands on some british toasting muffins, scones and clotted cream from the store Little Britain Shop in Stockholm. And it all tasted fantastic!

Winter landscape

Yesterday we got some snow. Well some is an understatement, we got about 30 cm of snow. I had to work for a while before I was able to get my car out. Roads are slippery and since we don’t have many winters anymore everyone is unused to drive in the snow.

So we went to a store called Stadium Outlet to buy a ski helmet for my daughter. We arrived shortly after they opened but still had to que to get in. And after that experience we decided to skip all other stores and go back home.

Back in Nynäshamn we walked in the city and harbour. It was about 10 degrees cold but almost no wind so it was really nice to walk in the sunlight.

I also got the microphone stand for my Rode PodMic. I mounted the microphone and maid a test call to my mother with my mix minus setup. It worked great and I have a really good sound now.

Snow

I have been snowing most of the day. I had to shovel snow twice today just to get out of the door. The picture shows my backyard and my barbeque area. I will not light that for a while now.

I am on parental leave on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. This is fantastic, to be able to spend extra time with my daughter.

Because of the weather I cancelled a trip to Haninge today. My plan was to bring my Rode Podmic to Haningen Musikaffär to test a desk stand if it can hold the weight of the microphone. It’s a very good microphone but very heavy.

Twitter

I logged in on Twitter for the first time in many years. Not much has changed. Well, that’s not true. Last time I used Twitter I was deeply involved in Ubuntu and OSS in Sweden. So my list of accounts I followed mirrored that. Now several years later my interests have changed so I started to remove many accounts and started following others.

But I have a hard time getting interested in what is published. I started to follow the police in Sweden, dead boring, I gave that up after two days.

I started to follow newsmagazines, gave that up after one day. They mostly post links to their own articles and repost others’ repost of that article. It’s a never ending loop about the same thing.

I started to follow some politicians in Sweden. This is fun, many of them brain farts several times a day. Most of them probably should not publish things online at all. And some are really smart and have good comebacks and points.

But mostly I must say I find it hard to become interested. I find it hard to get anything in a context.

So I will probably not be very active with my account.

A trip to the office

So I had some things to do at the office today. So I drove my car to Stockholm and entered the office for the first since last summer. We had a reorganization last year so my desk was removed and we are now using a first in first served principal for the workplace. But with only a handful of staff actually working in the office this is not a problem. I walked around on my floor and selected a desk far from the window. My experience is that the workplaces close to the windows are colder.

I was done with the things I needed to do about 11 o’clock. I was planning to work all day at the office, but the weather was really bad with heavy snow, so I knew the traffic would be very bad in the evening. So by lunchtime I returned to my home and worked the rest of the day remotely.

It was snowing most of the day so now we have a thick layer of white snow here in my hometown. The kids love it, and the preschool next to my home has several snowmen in the garden now.