Wednesday, July 30, 2014
My grandparents sent Jamie a package for his birthday and enclosed was this spread from the Cleveland Plain Dealer about LeBron James' return to Cleveland. The Swede was thrilled and devoured the entire four-page article immediately. I thought it was so thoughtful that they sent something that The Swede would so clearly appreciate until I looked at it a little more closely today and discovered that it was actually meant to be something for both of us: an awesome (and likely expensive - it's sharing a section with LeBron) ad for Swagelok! And it's thanking Swagelok associates - that's us! - for making Swagelok such a great place to work. Well thank YOU, Swagelok, as you are directly responsible for some of the best things in my life. And thanks, Grandma and Grandpa, for the article AND the ad!
Monday, July 28, 2014
"PRESENTS???" You know it, kid. Most of Jamie's classmates are on vacation, but his best bud Axel got to come, plus a bunch of other friends whose parents happen to also by my friends. It was a loud, crazy, fun afternoon and at least one of us is already looking forward to next year. Indeed, Jamie asked me on the way to school today if it was "happy birthday time" again yet.
Friday, July 25, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Tylösand. Wow, what a place. We stayed in a hotel right on the shore where hundreds of young, tan, blonde Swedes were sunning during the day, partying at night, and looking gorgeous the whole time.
It had long been a dream of The Swede's to go to the After Beach party at our hotel and he wasn't about to let his age and family situation stop him. Actually, I think Jamie helped make the whole experience; he was approached by several young ladies asking to take a picture of the hot dad and his cute kid. I guess I was in the bathroom.
The last night we were there we went to a seafood restaurant and pigged out on shellfish while Jamie ate aoli, straight-up, with a spoon instead of his burger. We took a walk on the beach at sunset and the boys did some skinny dipping and trampled a sand sculpture before the tide could get to it. The perfect way to end the week. It seems like ages ago now, but it was such an awesome vacation and I'll remember it forever. Thank you, Sweden, for the generous holiday laws and all the wonderful things to see and do!
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Once in the Göteborg area, we stayed in a rented room in Jesper and Isa's new neighborhood and finally got to spend some time with them, August and their new little one Frans after almost three years. Jamie and August were like long-lost besties and got along better than I even knew two toddlers could. We all went to the amusement park, Liseberg, on Wednesday and the boys rode and rode till almost eleven at night.
|August helping Jamie look at the camera.|
Varbergs fästning, a thirteenth-century fortress that faces the North Sea on one side and the town of Varberg on the other.
Monday, July 21, 2014
January, we planned a long weekend in Dalarna with Ingvor and Roland where we would stay in our favorite cabin and go to an opera concert at Dalhalla amphitheater. After six months of waiting, the trip was finally here.
We spent most of Saturday and Sunday at the pool and on the trampoline, then left Jambo with our friends, Per and Caro, and headed to the concert with Ingvor and Roland. The amphitheater was breathtaking and despite the fact that it poured rain during the entire concert, we had a great time.
We drove home on Monday, making a stop at an ostrich farm along the way, then re-packed our bags for our next adventure on Sweden's west coast! More to come!
Thursday, July 10, 2014
After years of jealously scrolling by Facebook friends' slow cooker recipes and ignoring pins for 33 Easy Crock Pot Freezer Meals on my Pinterest feed, I finally found one in this country for a reasonable price. ("Reasonable," incidentally, is still approximately three times the cost of one in the States. You know, in case you were wondering why shopping is third on my list of stuff to do whenever I visit, after hugging my mom and eating fried chicken.) I ordered that puppy faster than you can say "Don't pay till August!!!" and was pleased to receive it the very next day. I haven't had a chance to test it yet, but I have envisioned an entirely new life for myself. One simplified by a couple of hours of prep every Sunday, followed by dumping a bag of frozen food into this baby in the morning, and coming home to a fragrant, succulent meal at the end of my work day. Anything less than a total revolution is going to be a huge disappointment so cross your fingers that I'm ambitious enough to do my part and put in the food and turn the knob.