Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Capsule


I still live with my capsule wardrobe.
That is, I still only wear the clothes not put aside for the future, but rather the clothes that are a little too sad or worn and should be worn out, out of the wardrobe. 

The conclusion after three weeks, or the months since I started using and packing away the good clothes, is that it is a little boring.
A capsule wardrobe is boring.     I feel boring.
I never knew how much I expressed myself through clothes until I started living with a very small amount of clothes.

I now have four sweaters, four pairs of trousers (of which I can leave the house in two pairs, and I just put paint on one of them!), six t-shirts and two tops. And two pairs of pyjamas. I started with more but I am slowly wearing through and out stuff.
Some of the clothes have even become new favourites.
We do laundry every week right now so it works out to only have one weeks worth of clothes.

I have had dreams of buying clothes but only once have I had a drama moment of blindness in front of the wardrobe: "I have nothing to wear."
(I did, that has never been the problem.)

What I miss is variety. Variety in colours primarily. The left-over wardrobe is a bit grey, white and black. The little red tank top gets a lot of wear, even if I am the only one who knows it is under there.
Maybe l should go for colourful underwear and less white in the future? On the other hand, I like wearing white. I have for years. It suits me. I think. (And by now, I can take a tomato stain out of any material.)

It is interesting that some clothes wears mostly in the fabric. It stretches, creases and looks sad and very worn at the end of one days wear. Although it does not necessarily need to be washed, water is the only way to put the bounce back into the fabric.

I will stick with the capsule wardrobe for at least another week. Maybe I can eliminate another garment in the coming days. By next weekend I plan to put the clothes of the future back into the wardrobe with the remaining capsule items. And after that - I pack about a weeks amount of clothes into a big soft bag and go on an adventure for a month.

(And as there will be NO CLOTHING available in Portugal to fit my Scandi body, the clothing part of the budget will continue to be zero for the year.)

Monday, 30 January 2017

Bags2017

I own 34 bags. (Thirty-four bags (!!!) that is a shockingly large number!):

3 soft large travelling trunks (think ice hockey bags but smaller, about 60 litre or so); one with internal wheels. (I really only need one but since I use them to transport things between countries so they all get plenty of mileage in a year. Except the one with wheels as I really do not like luggage that weighs more than necessary!)

1 soft weekend bag (approved as hand luggage with most airlines; bought 2006 in Madrid at an emergency and by now thoroughly worn. It is still fully operational and it will not be replaced until it falls to pieces. Best buy ever. Brand name: Gabol)

1 messenger/bike bag (used everyday the last eight years, no brand, bought for €10 on an outdoor market in Brussels I think)

1 soft 25-litre backpack (at least 25 years old and high quality)

1 50-litre hiking backpack (bought 2008 with money gifted from work and excellent quality. Can hold everything I need for a week in the woods.)

1 double-sided bicycle bag (cheapest possible and gifted from somebody who got better ones. Good enough for me and my once-twice a year bicycle trips)

1 soft fabric handbags (that I never use and I could get rid of but then I might one day just need to go somewhere where messenger bag or back pack isn’t suitable).

-1 faux leather plastic handbag. When I dug it out it had melted into itself in storage and destroyed itself. (I took off the little tassels, label and buckles for possible reuse in some other creative project before it went to suitable waste treatment.)

1 black silky clutch bag. (It was my mother’s from the mid 1950s. I have not used it since about 1988 so it has gone a bit stiff and cardboard-y. But it stays. Just in case.)

1 small black backpack (the only other handbag that gets any use. Because of the safe closure, I use it for concerts, markets etc.)

1 lightweight foldable 20 litre backpack (bought as an emergency buy in Scotland around 2007 and the cheapest hiking bag available. Been everywhere and still does its job perfectly.)

1 foldable nylon travelling bag (Probably bought in the US in the early 1990s as a bag for excess luggage. Comes with me on international travels, but rarely gets used)

1 fabric banana bag (previously known as banana bag or fanny pack. Bought 1989 in the US and although not water proof, all the bag I need in this style.)

1 small 1970s camera lens bag used as cool handbag when stylish or trendy (not nearly often enough, could possibly be donated.) 

3 soft wallets used a lot (in childhood, during teens and in Guatemala. Cannot get rid of – yet)

2 soft pack bags/shoe bags (one from UNICEF, one from a Spanish soup manufacturer. These really do not get out as often as they should to merit their existence. )

2 laptop sleeves/bags (one does not fit my current laptop, the other is too heavy to walk around with as a non-yuppie. Expensive stuff, gifts from previous companies. Could probably be sold.)

7 strong shopping or carrying bag, tarpaulin styled fabric (two are blue IKEA bags, the rest varying supermarkets or campaign. Extremely durable. (Did you know that yellow IKEA bags are never sold. They are for use within the shops only and if seen outside, they are stolen.)

at least 5 fabric shopping bags, (counting off the top of my head 1 blue nylon, one black Danish, two red UVA, one black something branded; The lightweight blue is used all the time, never forgotten).

I have not included pack-bags used for camping, toiletries bags or book sleeves bags.

Maybe 35 bags isn't so many after all. How many do you have?

Monday, 23 January 2017

Spring cleaning


“I houseclean my books every spring and throw out those I’m never going to read again like I throw out clothes I’m never going to wear again. It shocks everybody. My friends are peculiar about books. They read all the best sellers, they get through them as fast as possible, I think they skip a lot. And they NEVER read anything a second time so they don’t remember a word of it a year later. But they are profoundly shocked to see me drop a book in the wastebasket or give it away. The way they look at it, you buy a book, you read it, you put it on the shelf, you never open it again for the rest of your life but YOU DON’T THROW IT OUT! NOT IF IT HAS A HARD COVER ON IT! Why not?
I personally can’t think of anything less sancrosanct than a bad book or even a mediocre book."

September 18, 1952
Helene Hanff

from 84 Charing Cross Road (1976)

Friday, 20 January 2017

Late

The flight was half an hour late the other day.
A flight of 1 hour 20 minutes was half an hour late.
Outrageous, isn't it?
As it was a late afternoon flight to a non hub-airport, most people were going home or to a hotel. I understand stress on early morning flights when half of the flight has connections to the whole world and the other half are going for meetings and home again the same day, Everybody ha a minute by minute agenda and all delays get consequences.
This was a non-issue for most people.

Most took it easy, used the free wifi, relaxed. Amazingly though, everybody seemed to become instantly hungry.
The amount of sandwiches sold to the passengers on that flight was high. Too high if you ask me.
If your meal times need to be within half an hour, you really should plan better.
Otherwise you are only comfort eating. Or even worse, eating only to have something to do.

Can you entertain yourself without shopping or eating for half an hour?
What do you do? Sit-down micro-sit-ups? Drawing? Practicing a few words in a foreign language?

Monday, 16 January 2017

Project Pipes

The previous weekend I spent an unproportional amount of time in the shower room.

First I cut my hair which took about an hour and a half and came out fine although possibly a little short. I really need to remember that to cut it at the length I want it, will make the hair end up being about a centimeter to short when it is finished. Remember. Remember.
(At the moment and in unflattering conditions, I look like I put a pot on my head and cut after the edge. I did not and I insist on flattering conditions! I will spend most of the week wearing a helmet anyway so it will have time to grow.

Then I started project Pipe. Not great timing since I am away for a week or so, but at least the project has been moved from dream via plan to first part of the project.

Project Pipe is the second part of the project to paint all our heating pipes, covering the shower room.
We live in an old house and the heating pipes all run outside the walls, very visibly. Since it has been at least twenty years since they wast were painted, the paint is chipping, cracking, oxidizing and changing colour. The radiators grow yellow and start rusting.
The project part shower room  insists of scraping/sandpapering, cleaning and scrubbing the pipes and the radiator and then painting them with radiator paint we bought for the first part of the project when w painted the kitchen last year. (I'll see if I can find the link.)

Actually, we have everything needed for the project already in the house and the only thing needed is inspiration and and hours work. It will probably need three layers of paint and each task takes about but less than an hour.

I started the project the day before I go away for a week.

Do you have half-finished projects waiting for your time too?

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Tea


The man made me a tea drinker.
I do not think I had drunk twenty cups of tea before I met him.
At least not outside England. Where a cup of tea is not only a liquid, but also a remedy, a psychologist or a teddy bear.

Now we drink tea in the afternoon, herbal tea in the early evening and camomile tea before we go to bed. That is a lot of tea and all of it is a liquid. Except the camomile tea, that is a remedy against insomnia.

I got two huge white tea mugs with an apartment I once moved into, and we use them everyday. Most days they get cleaned in between, some days we just keep adding tea to them during the day.

We share a tea bag between us if we drink the same kind of tea at the same time.
Otherwise the tea bag is saved on a little plate by the electric kettle for the next use.
Easily, there are four cups of tea from a tea bag.
We mostly keep one black, one green, one mint and sometimes one rooibos box of tea in the house at the same time. As well as the all important, even essential, camomile tea.

Although camomile tea needs to be strong to do anything. Every bag is strictly two cups, one use.

A twenty pack box of our favorite kinds of tea last us about a month.
I estimate we spend about €2 on tea every month. One for him and one for me.
We pay for it through our bucket-budget.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Vogue

Advice on saving and careful spending can come from the most surprising sources.

A good but most surprising surprising source recently was Vogue. Yes, Vogue.
I came across an old copy of the British edition of the July 2016 issue in a local free book case.
I love haute couture avant-garde fashion, design, sewing skills and fabrics and I devour fashion magazines for adventurous clothing with concentration when I come across them (no, not a chance I will pay for the magazines. They are so easily available after a few months it is no point buying them new if you are not in the industry - and then the cost should be carried as a company expence.)

On page 65 was the article How to shop smart by Sarah Harris. Some of the advice are contradictory to other advice and all are not written in a way that makes sense, but here are a few that I found inspirational for shopping (only slightly textually modified;  Sorry Sarah Harris, different media, you know) :

- There is little point in buying a red sweater if you will not wear it.
- Check your wardrobe before clothes shopping (think shopping list for groceries).
- Never layer clothes on hangers in your wardrobe so you can see what you have.
- Identify what you need and if you really do not have anything already that serves a same or  similar purpose.
- Do not buy dry-clean only clothes if you are on a budget. Don't even buy hand-wash only if you are lazy.
- Always find pieces you like the design, fabric, colour of before looking at the price-tag (to develop your taste and your style. Remember the out-of budget style for cheaper shops.).
- Always check the price-tag before trying anything on. Never try anything on that is outside your budget.
- Consider the cost-per-wear when shopping but if you are not going to wear it in the end, even the cheapest item is expensive, so only buy what makes you happy.
- Never spend a great deal of money on a white T-shirt, spend less and replenish more frequently instead. This is not an item bought for longevity.
- Always bring two or three sizes of the same item into the changing room and try them on without looking on the size on the label. You may prefer the fit of the one you weren't expecting (and fit is everything)!
- Pay with cash not credit cards. You will find notes harder to part with.
- Make a list of all clothes bought - it will force you to remember the failures and to identify need that have already been fulfilled.
- Never buy anything that does not fit thinking you will slim down into it. If you are not going to wear it now, you do not need it now.

And all these advice combined - is the reason why I never buy haute couture avant-garde fashion.
It does me not stop me from enjoying it though.
The man and I sometimes dress up to the teeth and go browsing the high-end fashion shops for inspiration (and the following price chock). 

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Headphones

I would like to have a nice pair of headphones.
Something small, something reliable, something durable.
It will take a very long time before I will be on the market for a nice pair of headphones.

I wear a pair of head phones while working. Both because I work through an on-line based system where the audio is vastly improved through headphones, and because I also listen to  talk radio, audio books, TV shows and sometimes music streamed through my computer.

I never listen to anything when I am outside (preferring the sounds of traffic, people or birds around me). I also rarely music on my phone, and then usually only a song or two.

The main reason why it will take a very long time before I will be on the market for a nice pair of head phones is that I already have hands full of head phones. Many many years ago, I travelled on trains and planes where they would provide you with a complimentary pair of head phones. Small, slim and one use only.
As a conscientious environmentalist I could not contribute to that, so I always took mine with me.

I ended up with more than twenty pairs of head phones until that nonsense stopped (and people had to pay for head phones or bring their own).
As I am not a minimalist, I have held on to them and used them, one after another, since then. They last about a year the way I use them.
Yesterday I broke yet another pair. Yet another little bundle of cord and microphones went into the electronic waste collection pile we have.

When I inventoried the storage of head phones however, it turned out, that I do not have hands full of head phones any longer.  I have two. One pair from the stock of free head phones and one pair from an old phone that works on the computer too.

So in less than two years, I might be on the market for a nice pair of head phones.


Monday, 9 January 2017

Adventure2017


Just like last year, we are planning an adventure this year.
Something we will need to prepare for, something we need to save for, something that will be a fantastic experience while we do it and something we can look back on in the years that comes and think: Oh yes, 2017, right - that was the year we did that!

Something that beaks up the monotony of the regular life.
Something we can do because we have saved and prepared and planned for our lives to be independent, free, and with a frugal lifestyle.
Something we PAY for by not indulging ourselves, by not buying anything, by never wasting food (ehrm), never eating out, never a lot of things, and don't you dare pretend you can not do the same, if you really put your mind to it and really wanted it! But your dreams may be different than mine.

Our planning has been going on for several weeks if not months.
Our dreaming has been going on for years.
It was probably the first thing we talked about doing together when we met. I was then just going there for work and the man had just been there on vacation.

The planets, stars and clients have now finally aligned.
We have a month available for adventures in February. I will continue to work my 4 days a week, possibly with a vacation day a week. My bosses and projects do not - for a while - care where I am as long as I can get online for my work assignments. The man who just ended one project and has another one contracted for a month later. This ensures the financial continuance of our frugal lifestyle but there will also be reductions in the monthly spending and some use of savings.

The adventure includes culture, food, museums, books, water, hills, history, language studies, art, cooking, outdoor activities and much warmer weather than in either of our counties in February.
We might double our spending for a month but the result will be unforgettable.

We have just rented an apartment in Lisbon for a month and booked the flights.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Cucumber

I am ashamed and astonished - no, astonished, surprised and a little ashamed,
No, I mean, astonished, surprised and disappointed.
I am not angry. I am disappointed.

I found half a dead cucumber in the veggie drawer of the fridge today.
We never buy cucumbers in the winter.

And if we, as we don't, buy cucumbers in the winter, we always eat them immediately.
We never leave a piece to die unnoticed in the veggie drawer of the fridge.
We eat what we buy.
We don't waste food. We never let food go to waste.
Never!
We don't throw out food. 
That is not who we are.

(looking sternly at the man who licks his lips remembering the cucumber dish he made for his lunch during the holidays...)

Ceremoniously throws mouldy, rotten, liquidy part of a cucumber in the trash while humming a funeral march not especially softly.

Tuts loudly.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Toothbrush

I changed my toothbrush yesterday.

It had not quite reached its three month mark, nor was it worn out even though I always buy the cheapest possible SOFT toothbrush available.
(Your gums will thank you for using a soft toothbrush.)

However, after a week with a snooty cold and the subsequent slow recovery, a new toothbrush is an easy step to better healt.

I suppose I could clean it and boil it to sanitize it but not even I have gone that far yet.
(and it may not be entirely safe either so it is not an advice)

Not when a toothbrush cost less than €1 (budgeted at €4/year), I have environmentally good waste treatment systems with energy recovery available for both the old and the packaging of the new one, and the only aspect I have not yet solved is the environmental and work environmental impact of the production of the toothbrush itself.
But I will work on that.
When I get back to work.
When I am cured from my cold.

And a new toothbrush will help.

I bought a yellow toothbrush. Vividly remembering one of the inmates who when I worked maximum penitentiary, told me choosing the colour of the new toothbrush was one of the few choices available to him that could make him happy. So he took his time and chose carefully - every time.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Budget2017

I keep going back and forth with the sum set for my budget for 2017.
Not that it REALLY matters, I will not increase the costs anyway.

My budget is divided in the following parts:
Fixed costs house 1, fixed costs house 2, bucket, weekend and fun.

(Note that none of these houses are actual semi-detached free-hold own garden houses. I do not own any property. Both houses are rentals to which we have legally protected rights; one even has a paid tenants right that I can possibly get back when I move. Different countries, different rules, different terminology. Different people, different choices.)

Fixed costs house 1 contains fixed costs for house 1. They are all in the man's name and I pay him my part through a monthly fee. There is no mortgage involved.

Fixed costs house 2 contains fixed costs for house 2, including monthly fee, electricity, home insurance, unemployment insurance and bank fees. There is no mortgage.

Bucket is our monthly running costs or at least the receipts that makes it into the  - yes! - the bucket. (If you don't have a receipt, or write down the cost on something else, you're paying for it. Simple rules.) Everything we share goes in here. Food, wine, snacks, coffee out, cleaning, toilet paper, anything and everything we both use.) The bucket gets calculated very irregularly, say every six weeks or so and is kept running on a 'who is ahead-system'. (When calculated there is a note in the bucket showing who is ahead and with how much, and that is deducted the following time the bucket is counted out.)

Weekend is an amount of money I set aside in my monthly budget for our weekend-trips. I value trips and travels and even though we do not get away every month, I set aside this in the budget every month to at least have something available for when the wanderlust drives me back out on the road. Some of my trips are more work-related than vacation and therefore not even within my budget. Not every trip is over night while some trips are a month long and do take a bit of money. We count the costs for weekend trips separately and try to even the spending out between us and the surplus is deducted against the bucket or the fixed costs 1. We never pay money to each other. Obviously we also do not have a shared economy and there are very good reasons for that.

Fun is my private spending, my pocket-money. It also pays for clothes, hair, lenses, mobile phone, local transports, sweets, books, health and teeth costs as well as anything else that I want to spend money on and am not sharing with the man. This money is also used when I take the man out for a date (or pay for his coffee more likely). It also pays for "lunch" at the office if I am too lazy to bring a lunch box. "Lunch" because it is most likely going to be a box of hard bread (knäckebröd) with the simplest spread (leverpastej) on it. I have no debt, student loans were paid off many years ago, otherwise that would have come out of this pot too.

The annual budget is simply 12 times the monthly budget and is calculated to never be exceeded in total. If the annual budget however is exceeded, it must be because the exceed paid for great memories or learnings, or I will sourly annoyed, but with savings and buffers in place, it is allowed to happen if it is worth is.

The annual budget is 10% more than I would have to live on if I get long term sick or long term unemployed. It is around 20 % less than what I am hoping for when I retire in 20 years (cost increased) if I don't make any more money until then. But I hope to keep my savings and my buffers intact and growing slowly and steadily.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Clothes left for 2017

After the project where I used everything in my closet 
and the pieces that fit, is of good quality and I like, went into a shelf
- the worn out went into the trash
- and I am left with this:

The wardrobe is 45 cm wide and the four shelves contains sweaters, t-shirts, tank tops, pyjamas' and a box each with socks and underwear of all types.

Not shown is a hanging row of shirts and office jackets that really could benefit from the same attention but isn't included in this phase. (It is my project, I make up the rules for me! Do your own project if you want other rules!)

I thought about these clothes as "left over's". It sounds however a little sad so I think I will change the terminology into: Capsule wardrobe.
Much more frugalist, minimalist and catchy, isn't it?
Everybody is supposed to want a capsule wardrobe.
Some throws most of their clothing out in order to get it.
Some may even throw everything out to start from the beginning.

Well, I have it, a capsule wardrobe. It contains three pairs of trousers, five sweaters and assortment of odd t-shirts and some very different types of tank tops (including what I was wearing when the picture was taken).

There are also socks and underwear of the lets-not-talk-too-much-about-them type (think Bridget Jones on laundry day, but without the pathetic helplessness).

Yes, I work from home or from a care-free office or from a dirty industrial site where I really should not wear private clothes anyway. Yes, I do not need to dress up for the man (the less the better) and it is cold were I live (inside and out).
No, outerwear is not included and neither are scarves nor blankets and I may cover myself in both.

The point? Ah, does there have to be one? OK then - to appreciate all I have, to be grateful and not wasteful, and to reduce my environmental impact by using what I have available before I go spending resources (environmental) on more, and to frankly, just make my life easier by not bothering so much about clothes.
I am already a long way from my old life in 2006 when it was a choice of suits in the morning and it  used to take me minimum 40 minutes to get dressed in the morning, an hour sometimes.
I have come a long way and it is all for the better. 

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Used everything 2016

I started in November 2016 the project to use all my clothes, discard what didn't work any more, put aside the good clothes and to continue wearing out the remaining pieces. Considering I have bought very little clothing in the last five years, it really should not be much.
But it is!

This is about 4/5 of all clothes I am keeping.

(The bag below contains good clothes I just do not like. It will go to the charity shop as soon as this project ends. Clothes that are worn out, are thrown in the appropriate waste collection. Most charity shops do not appreciate junk. Be considerate when donating!)

Besides tank tops and mittens, I have nothing left in "storage" still waiting to be put into circulation and used. By reducing my weight, I have also been allowed to dive into the bag with 'thin' clothes (and when gaining it back again, the 'fat' clothes bag also got emptied).

There is another a pile of clothes which I am currently wearing and will continue to wear with the aim to wear it out. I have no picture of it yet. But it does include my sports clothes, with the aim of wearing them at all, if you know what I mean.

All that said, I am however planning to get clothes in the future. Either buying or getting from the trash gods (the trash gods are very generous on the streets around here) within the next year.

I am amusing myself with plans on what to get. The purpose is that I will know exactly what I need and want (not the other way around) when opportunity arises. What I get, should fit with what I have and strengthen my lifestyle.
I consider not only types of items, but also colour schemes and styles.
There is plenty of time for this type of planning.

I still have some wearing out to do before anything ANYTHING should appear on the NEED-list for clothes.

This is how I can save so much money every month every year.

Monday, 2 January 2017

FI32,30


I am scrapping the idea of increasing my budget for 2017.

I had intended to increase my annual budget for 'security reasons' but thinking more about it the idea, it just does not make sense. Especially not since my costs in general are not intended to be increased. Using a changed annual budget just for calculations throws the row of calculations off and does not really provide any benefits. Although there are projects we dream off, tentatively plan, which will break the budget, nothing is certain or booked. The project plan is not enough to increase the entire annual budget concept. It is ok if the dreamt off-project breaks the monthly budget and there should be room enough in the annual budget. If the whole thing ends up breaking the annual budget for the year, then let it. The project is/could be an amazing experience and there are resources available.

Currently, with my old and same as always annual budget, I have a FI-number of 32,30. That means I can live of my current assets for 32,3 years without income (and without any interests or additions but also not taking into account any increase in cost. I hope those will equate themselves.)

It is not an extreme budget by any means. Many live on it, even more should live on it and very many are expected to live way below it when going gets tough. I have lived on this budget for many years and it includes a lot of no-buys and some things that I consider worth spending money on.

In the calculation of my asses, I am not including the value of my house, although I paid of the mortgage in February 2010. The reason is that I will always have to live somewhere and that money is not readily available.

I am also not including any retirement funds that I do not have access to, neither private nor public. I do trust to be provided with an income from pensions, vastly exceeding my annual budget in 17 years (or rather 7 to 17 years as some of these pension schemes could be made available earlier than the official retirement age of my mother's country - which is where I keep my pension right.) You see, for comparison, retirement funds are just not useful to include in ones personal wealth.

The next and most important question is of course: What are the important things in life when working for money isn't one of them? 
For me, I know, it will still involve some type of work. It is the work I currently do as long as I can. After that, I will work with something else rewarding and engaging.
But it will be work.
My financial independence will not be used for constant travelling nor for an indulgent life in luxury.

But there might be small occasional inclusions of it.


Sunday, 1 January 2017

Boardgames2016

For our New Years party, we played board games.
Or as the Dutch call it old years party (oude jaars feestje). The new year party is today, on New Years Day - and it started one minute past midnight. We went to bed when the children went to bed, about 2:30 am. I had a nap yesterday and pumped myself up with cold medication and pain killers for the evening. I was still a snotty, snivelling, bacteria infested cold patient but at least I was up. After dinner and board games, we went to friends living higher than us and with a balcony to see the fireworks and drink pop - fizzy alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks according to choice.

Before that, we played all the board games we have in the house as usual. We have them, we don't buy them but we enjoy the ones we have. We never get through them all however and this year we did not play chess or Go. These will hopefully be played today (after sleeping through the traditional Garmich-Partenkirchen ski-jumping) and before eating left-over cabbage and cheese. (Both the ski jumping and the sleeping is traditional European activities today.)

I lost the board game competition this year. Very narrowly I lost both Trivial Pursuit (1992 edition, Dutch version), and Rummikub. But I won very convincingly Fia med knuff (Mens erg je niet-version) and Vänd-åtta. It was my early lose at Backgammon that did it.
I never recovered from that.

We dusted off all games and got rid of one that neither one of us wanted to play, even after a bottle of wine. It is honestly such a sad excuse for a game, we are going to throw it out rather than donating it. Nobody should have to waste time on it.
And we have some more space on the shelf.