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Setback with the foot injury but it’s ok

So it turns out there is a plantar plate tear in my left foot too but at least it’s not as severe yet as with the right foot and hopefully it will not go there. So things are still ongoing, uncertain and it definitely feels challenging.

It’s still cold but having plenty of flowers at home helps make it feel like it’s really spring!

I had been noticing some occasional pain in my left foot for some time now and finally had an MRI to confirm suspicions of a tear. Physiotherapy has been put to pause while the left foot recovers for a month or so. It’s going to be an even longer spring but it’s ok. This time I know what to expect, most likely, and that seems to make an important difference.

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Book review: Pintti by Tommi Kinnunen

Okay so this will be a bit odd, since my blog is in English and the book Pintti is written in in Finnish, by a Finnish author, and there is no translation. 🙂 I’ve been thinking if I should write about the Finnish books in Finnish but it feels strange to suddenly change my language here so I suppose I’ll just stick to English whatever the book’s original language and do translations for the quotes.

KesÀ on hetkeksi toteutunut haave siitÀ, mitÀ elÀmÀ voisi olla. Syksy on menneen muistelua ja kevÀt sykkivÀÀ uuden odottamista. Vain talvi on oma itsensÀ vailla kaipuuta taakse tai tulevaan.

Rough translation: Summer is a momentary dream come true of what life could be like. Autumn is about remembering the past and spring about waiting for the new. Only winter is itself, without yearning for the past or future.

So anyway, as I’ve said before, for me the point of doing a Reading Challenge is to both have a boost in my overall reading and also to explore books from outside my comfort zone. Reading in Finnish is something that I will try to do a bit more with the help of the challenge.

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Book review: Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster by Sir David Attenborough

Occasionally there are people whose life experiences take your breath away and Sir David Attenborough certainly qualifies in this category. An amazing memoir, and even more amazing to listen to as an Audible audio book, read by Sir David Attenborough himself. Another great, great book that I did not want to end.

I spent all those years enjoying myself. For I have always found looking at the natural world, and trying to understand it, one of the greatest pleasures I know.

Luckily there are more books where I can listen to his voice!

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Book review: Beren and LĂșthien by J.R.R. Tolkien

Back to origins. ❀ I’ve been a Tolkien fan ever since I was a teenager and have red the Lord of the Rings numerous times, repeatedly both in English and in Finnish. And yes, I have also read the Hobbit, Silmarillion and Book of Unfinished Tales in addition to many “non-fiction”, books about Tolkien’s stories.

Beren he summoned, and thus , as LĂșthien had sworn as she kissed him at the hour of death, they met beyond the western sea.

Time to go back. ❀

But to be honest (and this is where the teenage-me would’ve been horrified), it has been years since I’ve read any of Tolkien’s books and I am a bit ashamed to admit this. There just doesn’t seem to be time to re-read anything anymore with the amount of books, games, tv series and movies available these days! 😩 So when I noticed that the love story of Beren and LĂșthien has been given their own book, I knew it was time to revisit Middle-Earth.

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Foot injury and not being the greatest person while recovering

First physiotherapy session done and many home “workouts” to do at home before the next one! I was so happy to be able to go for a brunch and see Captain Marvel last weekend (loved it!) and just stretch my legs a bit and do normal stuff.

It doesn’t take much to have my injured foot tired and aching but I am slowly getting better so I thought I’d share some things I’ve noticed about recovering during these past months.

It’s spring so there’s more and more daylight which is welcome.

This was my first injury of this severity and it surprised me how I didn’t feel like myself at all during the worst weeks of the injury. But as the pain got easier, I was able to have better moments and reflect about how I was really feeling.

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Book review: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Another book read for the Reading Challenge. It felt very relaxing to read this cozy mystery in the unusual setting of beautiful Botswana.

There was a teapot, in which Mma Ramotswe — the only lady private detective in Botswana — brewed tea. And three mugs — one for herself, one for her secretary, and one for the client. What else does a detective agency really need?

Finnish translation of the book.

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency is a very slow paced book which might come as a surprise if you’re not expecting it with this genre. Having read cozy mysteries before, I knew to expect a laid-back story with memorable characters and a not too violent mystery to solve, but this had definitely the slowest start to a mystery book in a while.

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