Moomin Moments

Moomin moments are made up of experiences and things that spark joy or help me feel calm and relaxed. Here are a few from the past week.

Christening our bath with Aspinal’s Darjeeling & Rose scented candle and Heal’s floral tea lights. I was so sad that the flowers lost their shape but they were beautiful while they lasted.

Kitsch cuppa tea for one from Royal Albert

Countess Grey, my every day tea


Wee pressie from daddy’s travels: Moomin x ORBIS rose lip gloss

Moomin Challenge Revisited

Maui was fabulous but reality isn’t so bad either when you have a Moomin obsession. At the start of the summer I embarked on a Moomin Challenge. Things were going so well. Even with some breaks to accommodate visitors, I made it to Phase Three (12 weeks) — at this rate, I might even consider training for a marathon! Or not…! My excitement was short-lived. It took a lot of will power to pick up after our guests returned and then we left for Maui. We did go on a hike and went for several swims on holiday, but it was too hot (for us) to run and I cannot say that our activities were physically challenging.  A lot of lying about doing nothing happened, but that is to be expected!

Moomin Stationery I had cleverly pre-ordered my prize before finishing the challenge (yes, I know it’s like requesting a gold medal before actually earning it).  But now that my Moomin Challenge prize has arrived, I’m at the point where I have to decide if I can commit to the last 2 months of the challenge and consider the prize a midway boost or just let it fizzle out.

Moomin Parasol/UmbrellaI feel a bit foolish for having jumped the gun on the prize, and I know I’d feel guilty “accepting” it if I did not give the challenge another go. For that reason and an even more exciting and important reason (more to come on that in another post), I started again at the weekend and will finish the challenge by the end of November!

Moominful Birthday

It has turned out to be a very Moominful Birthday! And what a happy one at that! Continuing with the Moomin theme, my darling friends have showered me with so much Moomin love — I can’t stop smiling at how creative dear G got with the card below. You do love your Perrier these days! Ufufu.

20130703-172617.jpgI’m certainly going to have a difficult time deciding which t-shirt to wear to work on Monday (huzzah for long birthday weekend)!

New Moomin T's!And I can’t wait to get started on this massive 2,000 piece Moomin puzzle. Thank you so much again for bringing all these gifts back from Japan, Mr. T!

Moomin PuzzleI was also surprised to find all this Japan Moomin from Mr. W! I’m really loving the Moomin photo frame!

Moomin Japan

I certainly feel very blessed and not just because of all the Moomin goodies, but for having such wonderful and thoughtful friends who still take the time to show they care no matter how far apart we are!

A Lovely Surprise

Sadly, I seem to have lost my blogging mojo, but perhaps the arrival of a lovely pre-birthday surprise will give me some new inspiration. I’m on week 5 of the Moomin Challenge, and am proud to report that I have not missed a single run! I’ve broken a few PRs along the way and have now graduated from 20 to 30 minute runs. I have not seen any drop in weight but according to my friend A, that will all come in good time. Or so we hope…

Now for the good stuff. Can you guess what is inside this beautifully wrapped package?

PressieI could barely contain my excitement as I carefully untied the ribbon and undid the wrapping to reveal…

Moomin Handkerchief

The most beautiful Moomin handkerchief and something that has been on my wishlist for ages, and I really mean ages!

Moomin Kitchen Timer

I still don’t know how V knew that I wanted this particular kitchen timer, as I had never mentioned it to her. The timer is made by Bengt Ek Design, and the ticking noise reminds me of old stopwatches and I love how solid the buzzer sound is, unlike the high-pitched chirping that you get from modern digital timers. Thank you, again, my darling V for thinking of me and for giving me the pick-me-up that I need to get through the second month of running! Your timing is always impecable! xoxo

Moomin Challenge

In the midst of my month of misery, I was happy to receive a boost from an article featured in BuzzFeed, “50 Lessons That Moomins Can Teach You About Life“.  Pay close attention to lesson #35 (anyone who loves pancakes or Moomins is probably a-ok) — do those Moomin pancakes look familiar? Ufufu! Thanks for the mention Summer Anne Burton — we’re well chuffed!

Now that May is behind me I can focus on what the hubs has dubbed, the ‘Moomin Challenge’, inspired by two Icelandic adventurers.  And no, we’re not talking about abstaining from new Moomin purchases like we did for Lent. The idea of the Moomin Challenge is to get me moving and to stay moving. We’ve only just started with Week 1, and so far I feel confident about staying on course (it’s amazing how Moomins can transform one’s attitude about exercise)!

Moomin Challenge

Moomin Challenge

The entire challenge involves 20 weeks of running and walking with the aim of increasing my mileage and endurance. Generally novice runners begin with 15 minutes per session but we decided to go for 20 minutes minimum. By the end of September, I’ll have run close to 3000 minutes and goodness knows how many miles. This is a huge challenge for a non-athlete such as myself so the hubs came up with the brilliant idea of rewarding me with a Moomin prize, in addition to a fine dining experience of my choice! Now how could I not be motivated?!

Moomin Fun Tape

Running and tumbling Moomin fun tape from

Of course the true ‘prize’ is improved health but I think having an extra incentive is a great motivator for those who have trouble keeping their eye on the prize.

Farewell, Margaret Thatcher

As you probably have heard by now, Margaret Thatcher, the first and only woman prime minister Britain has ever had died of a stroke on 8 April 2013.

Thatcher Compilation

Whether you loved or loathed her, there is no question that Baroness Thatcher shaped Britain as few others did. Even with nicknames like Iron Lady, the Milk Snatcher, and Attilla the Hen, Lady Thatcher served three consecutive terms in office. It’s obvious that most Britons did quite well during Thatcher’s years. But not all would agree, even if history has proved Thatcher to be right time and time again.

I let out a groan when I learned of Thatcher’s death, as I knew it would mean another excuse for people to riot. We’re not stupid. You may call it ‘celebrating’ but what kind of celebration involves trashing people’s shops and causing mayhem? I’m so fed up with yobs and rioters and senseless violence and general lack of respect that people have for each other and the place they live. I know we won’t find reason where there is none, but I can’t help but wonder what the point of all of this is. The poor lady is dead. What more could you want? Her legacy will live on, no matter how many riots you stage or how many bottles of booze you smash. So can we please just let her rest in peace?

I am willing to bet that half the young people that are out there on the streets ‘celebrating’ and plotting to sabotage Thatcher’s funeral next Wednesday know very little about Thatcher’s work and how she really helped save Britain.  As John Phelan rightly pointed out, there may be celebrations when Thatcher dies, “but the next day the revelers will wake up with headaches and Margaret Thatcher will still have crushed Arthur Scargill, will still have helped win the Cold War, and will still have shown the supposed inevitability of socialism to be the dimwitted sham it was. And those achievements will last longer than the hangovers.”

The Liebster Award

Well here’s another lovely surprise! I’m still in a weird slump but am temporarily coming out of it to write this post as one cannot ignore such a kind gesture.  Thanks again for another award nomination shikoomkoom!


Like me, you may be wondering what the Liebster Award is and after doing a quick search on the Google, it seems that it has evolved over time and since I’m still in a funk, I’ll follow the rules below (but if we’re going by my nominator’s rules, please refer to 101 Amazing Facts if you would like to find our more about me). Regardless of which rules you end up following, I think the important thing to remember is to nominate new blogs and spread the love!

The rules of the Liebster Award are:

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.

2. Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.

3. Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.

4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed (see below).

5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog.


My nominees:

  1. Fabulous and other f* words
  2. Sockymon Master Blog
  3. Multifarious Meanderings
  4. Where Next Japan
  5. F. Scribbles

Sunshine Award

Just as I was thinking about going on an extended blogging hiatus, I receive a lovely surprise from shikoomkoom!  Somehow, she knew I was in dire need of some love and inspiration and nominated my blog for the Sunshine Award! Thank you for thinking of me and for sharing a part of your world with me. I’m well chuffed as this is my first ever award. (^-^)v This is not to say that I’ve got my blogging mojo back, but after being ill for much of March it’s nice to know that I’ve not been forgotten!

sunshine-award21Rules for the Sunshine Award:

  • If you are nominated you must include the link in a blog, linking to the person/blog that nominated you.
  • You must answer some questions and nominate 10 fellow bloggers and link their blogs in your post. Let the people you have nominated know that you have nominated them!


1. Who is your favourite philosopher?

Erm…to be honest, I can’t say I have a favourite philosopher, unless the philosophy of the Moomins counts?

2. What is your favourite number?

The number 3. I loved being 3–some of my fondest memories from my childhood come from when I was 3.

3. What is your favourite animal?


4. What are your Facebook and Twitter URLs?

I don’t really use Facebook, but my Twitter handle is: @misochubby. Don’t ask me how I came up with it!

5. What is your favourite time of day?

6pm, when I’m finally home from work and can spend time with the hubs. Or 10am on weekends, when it’s bright out and there’s a full day of adventures ahead of us.

6. What was your favourite vacation?

Iceland. What beauty, what splendour!

7. What is your favourite physical activity?

Does sleeping count? I don’t suppose eating counts…haha. Erm, if I had to choose one, it’d be swimming or rambling. As you may have gathered, I’m not keen on physical activity, although hiking in Iceland was like heaven.

8. What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink?


9. What is your favourite flower?


10. What is your passion?

Good food and helping people. And of course, Moomins!

Sunshine Award Nominations (in no particular order)

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a marvelous time doing whatever you got up to and no doubt some of you are nursing hangovers about now. Ufufu…

What is Duty

I’m not one for making promises I can’t keep and I really do hate making ‘resolutions’ just for the sake of making them. That said, I do have a few big goals for 2013 which I do hope to obtain well before the year is over, especially in health. 2013 will be the year of mind and body. I WILL lose 2 stone — will eat less [crap] and move more (at least 3 times per week).

This is going to be incredibly difficult but I will adhere to my Moomin Non-Purchasing Agreement for the months of January, February, March, and see how that goes. If I can stay strong I’ll add April, and May to the mix as 2013 will be a year of austerity for our household. One must save for Finland 2014, amongst other things!

This all might not seem like much, but it is! And perhaps I’ll be able to cross a few things off me bucket list, as well. So there you have it! How about you? Have you got a list of goals for 2013?

2012 Year In Review

Holy Moomin! Is it already the last day of 2012?! Last year we had just returned from our amazing honeymoon Down Under. This year we have just returned from a Death Valley-Las Vegas-SoCal road trip (more updates to come). I wonder what adventures next year will bring?

I have no idea how compiles stats for our blogs but I thought I would share with you a brief summary of ‘Catastrophic Finding’s 2012 Year in Blogging Review’. Although this may come as no surprise, my visitors came searching mostly for Moomin, battersea stadium, Iceland, Reykjavik, and liar. Wait, liar? Really? And according to my stats, the most popular posts for 2012 were:

  1. The Wonderful World of Moomin
  2. Slow Masticating Juicers vs. Centrifugal Juicers
  3. Bye Bye Battersea?
  4. The Underwater Swimmer
  5. 10 Things To Do In Reykjavik

I haven’t a clue as to why no. 2 and 4 are up there but if I had to choose my favourite posts for 2012 they would include any of the travel posts on Iceland and Moomins but especially:

  1. Ravenous in Reykyavik
  2. Monkey’s Iceland Adventure
  3. The Story Behind Moominmamma Strawberry Jam
  4. Moomin Galore!
  5. Falling In Love With South Iceland

Thank you all for your support and kindness in my blogging endeavours — and for allowing me a glimpse into your world and letting me share a bit of mine with you. A special thanks to Eva, an Icelandoholic who further opened my eyes to the beauty of Iceland and many other things like great books and music; Frida, who now lives in Iceland and often makes me wish I did, too; John, who is passionate about travel and music and I wish would take me on all of his travels; Wilbur, who I think ought to blog more and who always leaves great comments for debate (ufufu); and last but certainly not least, G, for if it were not for him I would have never started this blog and met all of you. So thanks again lovelies! Now go put on your party hats and I’ll see you all in 2013!