Happy New Year

Wow, talk about a belated post. I know the middle of February is a bit late to be wishing anyone a happy start to the year, but it’s my blog and you can’t tell me what to do. So - Happy New Year! So much has been going on in the last few months that I figured I’d write a quick overview of each part. Let’s start with my tentative disappearance from Twitter.

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Update on Rigel and response from DjurAkuten

Context: The Month from Hell. DjurAkuten After numerous attempts David finally got through to DjurAkuten, the clinic that did Rigel’s neutering surgery and decided to put a catheter in him because they thought his bladder looked big - the one he left with a urinary infection and an inability to pee. He spoke to them about what had happened. They requested that we email them all of Rigel’s journals, which we did the same day.

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The month from Hell

Update on Rigel and response from DjurAkuten Update: When I first wrote this post I kept all clinic names anonymous. I am now un-anonymising one of the clinics (DjurAkuten), where this whole chain of events was triggered in the first place and which is now trying to claim that Rigel was already sick/had a flaccid bladder when we brought him in for a routine surgery as a healthy kitten despite their own records stating otherwise.

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Summer holidays and Amsterdam

July is when Sweden goes on holidays. Businesses are closed for the summer (quite a few of them, anyway), people take time off work, the weather doesn’t suck. Usually people tend to go away to other countries, which to me is ludicrous because after all that snow and cold these months are finally when Sweden gets warm and sunny. I guess I’m kind of fibbing - I get it. You want to get out and see other places during your vacation.

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A move and a quick Gastropoda update

Moving Buying an apartment in Sweden is refreshingly hassle-free but by no means stress-free. You find one you like online, you go to a viewing, you bid…and bid…and bid until you can’t bid no mo’. Alternatively, you find one you like online and just bid. So we just moved in today. We only took some essentials with us, so here we are in a huge empty apartment. It’s nice - our goal is to not clutter it with crap.

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My 3 favorite Södermalm cafes to work in

Since moving to Sweden I have become a sort of cafe hunter. I roam Södermalm with my laptop, sometimes on my Brompton, scouting out potential sitting spots with WiFi where I can sit and work on my personal projects or read. I think this habit started to form toward the end of my time in Australia, but my cafe-scouting talent never really got a proper chance to develop because everything was just so far apart in Perth.

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A cycling adventure

On Sunday we went on a day-long bike ride to Lake Mälaren. We didn’t get as far as we’d planned, but it was still a great day. The day started with a bang (a literal bang when the tyre on David’s Brompton burst that morning right before the ride). There was a moment of panic as we thought that the trip we’d been planning for a week or so was potentially ruined.

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It's summer!

It’s summer!!! Swedish weather has gotten so nice over the past week or so. It’s still a bit uncertain and there are cold days, but there have been a few unbelievably nice days where not being outside feels like some sort of crime. Gastropoda Gastropoda is coming along. I’ve slowed down a little to enjoy the weather and think about a cryonics story I’ve had in mind for a while, so I’m just chilling out and working on it in bits and pieces.

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An icy walk of creepitude

We went for a walk today and decided to go in the opposite direction than we usually take. We ended up in a suburb I think called Kärrtorp. The walk wasn’t very long, but certainly interesting! The weather was wet and gloomy, the path was more icy than expected, and we walked across a creepy-ass building. So yeah…this post is pretty much about the building. So imagine you’re walking along this path.

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How not to run Midnattsloppet

Midnattsloppet is a yearly night-time 10km race in Sweden, taking place in multiple cities including Stockholm. I’ve been signed up for months. It was yesterday. Let me tell you about it. I have only eaten lunch and a honeycomb, preparing my stomach for the run. I’m standing in line for the porta-potties at what I think is the Zinkensdamm Arena. I glance at my entry level Garmin GPS watch nervously - I have 20 minutes to pee and get to my start position.

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