Thursday, January 29, 2015
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
getting prematurely excited for cold weather? Well now I'm doing the opposite. The brightly-colored tulips and pre-Lent semla aren't melting any of the snow outside, but just the fact that they are available means that we're on our way to the other side of another winter and a step closer to my favorite season.
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
The other day I was digging around in a box of old photos and found two each of The Swede and me when we were Jambo's age. That's The Swede on the left and me (and my pops) on the right, if it's not completely obvious. I personally think our kid looks more like me that The Swede, but I'm pretty much the only one who seems to hold that opinion. I've put the photos up on the fridge so any visitors can weigh in, but what do you think?
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
So the rest of the week I wore this vegan leather jacket over everything. Do you like how I called it "vegan leather" to class things up even though it's obviously just pleather? I loved wearing outerwear as business cas as I feel that this particular number doesn't usually get enough play. The same goes for my vegan Burberry scarf. Shoes are where I draw the line, though. I will never be sitting at my desk in these.
I had to dig through all the old Fashion Shows to make sure that I hadn't already photographed this sweater because it's been in the rotation for so long. I got it at the Old Navy outlet on this trip and every time I wear it it reminds me of that amazing vacation. The pants were another recent after-Christmas-sale purchase that I'm very pleased with. They're the kind of cotton chinos that are typically sagging by the end of the day, but these have held their shape impeccably, which makes me even more pleased.
Neither business nor casual, I had to include this outfit because it's probably my favorite one of all time and I did, technically, wear it to work. If you count the office holiday party, that is. This isn't the best picture (since I wasn't in my usual studio) so here's the pro image for reference. Am I too old to wear a romper? Most definitely. Do I have the figure to pull it off? That's what Spanx are for. Am I scanning my calendar for another opportunity to romp it up in this bad boy? BIG TIME.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Today we were invited to celebrate this little nugget, the sweetest baby I know, Rio! It's his first birthday (which is crazy since I was meeting him for the first time just yesterday) and a bunch of friends were going to come over to party but because of sickness and jet lag, it ended up just being Jamie and me and Erin's family. It was actually really nice that way since I totally got to monopolize Erin and Jamie got to monopolize Ossian and Rio's toys so it was like a low-key play date with cake. Did I mention it was Funfetti? Best party ever.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Monday, January 12, 2015
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Penguins of Madagascar, which was super funny in Swedish so must be knee-slapping hilarious in English. Jamie was glued to the front of his seat for the entire movie; I don't think I've ever seen him so focused on anything before. Afterwards, the boys were zipping around the lobby (ostensibly running off the energy they had saved up during the previous hour and a half) pretending to be penguins and wolves and octopi. Now that we crossed that threshold and had a successful movie-going experience I'm definitely taking Jamie back sometime soon 'cause honestly, I don't know who had more fun, he or I.
Monday, January 5, 2015
Friday, January 2, 2015
New Year's Day was windy and cloudy, but I'm sure that wasn't the only reason we were the only people outside during the few daylight hours. We took it easy on New Year's Eve, stayed home and launched some fireworks before Jamie fell asleep at ten, and then went to bed shortly after watching the rest of the neighbors' fireworks at midnight. Consequently we were in pretty good shape yesterday so we went out and decided to give The Swede a warm-up ahead of the season's first ice fishing competition this Sunday. The ice was super thick, but since most of the snow on it had melted and it was above zero it was wet on top and felt (and looked) like we were walking on water. The Swede drilled about eight holes in various locations and caught a perch in the last one right as we were starting to get a bit cold and ready for a cup of cocoa. Naturally we tossed him back in to be with his friends. Jamie did a little fishing as well, albeit without an actual hook and I daresay he may have the gene. At the very least, he enjoyed being outside.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
born! Brand new humans are the most exciting thing, I think we can all agree.
In February, I made my dreams come true, first by getting a professional makeup consultation...
...and then when I joined a choir again.
In March, we enjoyed the annual Melodifestivalen festivities, complete with the live show and visit from friends and family from England.
geocaching around Molsta with the Segerstens.
visit! We spent a whole week seeing all the best sights in and around Stockholm and really enjoying some quality face time.
In June, we celebrated Sweden's national day with friends at a picnic and carnival.
Then I flew to Ohio for a long weekend and married some of my best friends. Spending this time with the Cleveland girlfriends was beyond magical.
Oh, and hanging with this lady was pretty much the best, too.
Dalarna with lots of pool time, a classic car show, and a concert at Dalhalla.
Then we spent the rest of the week along the west coast, with friends in Göteborg and then on the beach in Tylösand.
AIK football match.
We also took a super fun, last minute cruise to Helsinki.Montana for the first time in four years and got to spend time with far-flung family in a beautiful setting. Grandpa Ray was there...
theater and the opening of our community's new cultural center.
Kalmar with a stop off in Söderköping...
Thanksgiving dinner with friends.
In December, we made the most of Sweden's coziest month by decorating the house more than ever for Christmas, including the lovely gingerbread houses we constructed with Linda and her girls.
It's not a competition or anything, but this year was surely one of my favorites. Top that, 2015!