Sunday, January 17, 2010

Famous In Japan?

I have been featured in a Sudoku book. Conceptis Japan made a book for a Japanese publisher, Kasakura Shuppan. In the book they introduce a puzzle friend who has solved four of the puzzles and his/her solving time is revealed beside the puzzle. Chie, the manager of Conceptis Japan, asked me if I knew someone who would like to get introduced there. I decided that I could as well do it myself.

So here are two of the puzzles I had to solve. Solving them as fast as possible was more stressful than I thought. I usually pay no attention to the clock. The hardest one took me 28 minutes!


With the sample books I got this note from Chie :)


When I showed the book to my family, no one was thrilled to have the book with my autograph!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Odd Finnish Winter Hobbies

The winter in Finland is as nice as it can get. Snow and around -20 degrees Celsius. The nature is so white and clean and beautiful.

For some people this is really the time they are excited about the cold. My husband is one of those people who loves swimming in ice. I never do this, not because of the cold, but the water. I hate water and don't swim even in the summertime. Here is a picture of my husband having fun yesterday at sunset and that was  about 3 pm.

Wikipedia has an article about Ice Swimming, in case you got excited about it.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Year 2009 in Pictures

Best friends

Solving a puzzle 

Birthday 2 years!

Warm outside!

Swimming (the life jacket  just in case...)

Regarded as excellent in a dog show

Tall Ships' Race in Turku

A summer play at the Moomin World

School started. A statue made of old pots and pans on the wall.

Sleeping on the laptop

Spike strip is the new hit on Finland...

A weekend in Tallinn

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Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

I wish everybody a Very Happy New Year with these pictures from my back yard. Beautiful snow has finally arrived.