Sunday, September 11, 2016

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At The Circus With My Monkey

Sarianne's blog portal sponsored Cirkus Scott and she was kind enough to hook Jambo and I up with tickets to yesterday's show. And not just any tickets, but ringside seats!

Jamie had been seeing signs around town for another circus and asking to go, but I get so sad about circuses with wild animals that I can't enjoy or support them. The great thing about Cirkus Scott, though, is that they only have barnyard animals like ponies, pigs, dogs, and goats that have really cushy living conditions and visit vets in every city they go to. Their tricks weren't particularly exciting, but that actually made the show hilarious. Like, teeny tiny poodles jumping over a bigger dog and climbing ladders had me in hysterics.
The dancers and acrobats were seriously legit and the house band and singers were so good that me toes were tapping for the entire two-hour show. And now clowns, thank the lord! But best of all was the fact that the crown princess was there with her husband and their daughter, Estelle! It had occurred to me that we may see some celebrities and their kids there, but I never imagined we'd see THE celebrity!
There were other fun things to do in the tent after the show, like an area where kids could play with every Playmobil toy you can imagine, plus trampolines, a carousel, and pony rides. I was a little disappointed that Jamie didn't want to ride a pony, but whatever, we had an awesome time regardless.  Thanks, Sarianne and Womsa!


Sarianne has so much cool stuff going on right now. I've told you about her website, but she and her friend Aja also have a podcast and now a test product box called Womsaboxen. I helped them design the logo for the box, but I wasn't really sure what kind of products they would have or how they would be able to manage such a huge project. They did it, though, and I'm totally impressed with the result. On Friday, they delivered my own Womsabox to me at work. It was unexpected and I was so excited before I even opened it. And I have to say they did a really great job getting together a diverse and, most importantly, useful collection of products for their first box. I have no bigger pet peeve than clutter, so the fact that this box only contains stuff I'll actually use is a big plus. There was green tea from Kung Markatta, which is perfect for my health kick. I've been trying to replace one cup of coffee per day with a cup of green tea and this citrus and aloe vera flavor should help motivate me. I'm going to trick Jamie into thinking that the Loka Crush is soda even though it's made with fruit juice and has much less sugar, and that the belVita breakfast biscuits are cookies. Heh. He'll never see it coming. Then, of course, there were beauty products, my passion. I got an argan oil from Rapunzel of Sweden that I can't wait to try and a massage brush that claims to reduce cellulite from Hanna Kaffe Panna and I'll tell you what, I'll take any help I can get. And finally, there were adorable party supplies from Linas Gl├Ądjeyra that I'm going to save for our annual Thanksgiving dinner party.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

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Three Again

The Swede and I are obsessing over The Night Manager right now, so I'm going to keep it short, but I wanted to pop in and say that The Swede returned on Friday from his bi-annual week-long fishing trip in Norway and Jamie and I are just thrilled to have him back. We've had lots of nice family time this weekend, including the first soccer training for the five-year-olds in our community (Jamie was not interested, but the three of us had a great time kicking the ball around) and a long walk in the forest. It was a really satisfying weekend and I couldn't have asked for more except to get the last two episodes of that amazing miniseries under our belts. Off to do just that!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Little Bit Of Life Lately

Last week was a stressful one for The Swede, due to our annual audit at work, which he is responsible for. It ALWAYS goes well but he still ALWAYS gets super stressed about it beforehand. As usual, we passed with flying colors, so I surprised him with crayfish for dinner. I didn't get many, expecting that Jamie wouldn't be interested, but the little bugger loved 'em and The Swede and I spent most of the meal opening extracting meat for him. 
The Swede had a fishing-club-related event on Saturday morning, so Jambo and I lazed around on the couch for most of the morning, then rode our bikes to a nearby school. We played on the playground and built an airplane that he'd gotten for his birthday and flew it over the football field. When we got hungry, we biked home and I taught him how to use the stove and make heat up packaged meatballs. Then The Swede got home and sent me to the mall for some Mara time. I got a gigantic Starbucks latte and walked around for hours but came home empty-handed, which is probably a good thing.
Sunday was very low-key, with laundry and grocery shopping and a quick, impromptu walk around a nearby farm on the way home to check out the chickens and bunnies and horses. But yesterday we had a little excitement when our community blew up a giant movie screen in the middle of the town square and showed Mama Mia. The Swede wasn't feeling well, but Jamie and I joined Mama and Papa Swede and a bunch of family friends at a restaurant for dinner beforehand and had a great time. Unfortunately, it was way too light to see what was projected on the screen, even after they delayed the start time by an hour hoping the sun would go down enough. Jamie was so tired and bored by the time that it got going that we didn't even make it through the opening credits before heading home. Still fun to mix it up on a Monday night, though!

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Routine With A Side Of Party

I suppose it shows that we're back into our routine, because I don't have a thing to tell you about. I wake up, walk, get ready for work, wake Jambo, take him to school, work, then dinner, get ready for the next day, and bedtime. Most of those items are actually really enjoyable, but also wildly uninteresting. I supposed I could tell you about how we left Jamie with Mama and Papa Swede on Saturday afternoon so that we could go to The Swede's buddy Patrik's fortieth birthday party. I hadn't seen most of these guys in years and there were a lot of friendly new people too. We were out until two in the morning and got to sleep in till eleven, which for me is a huge success. But that's the most excitement we've seen in awhile. We have a lot to look forward to this fall, but for now it's mostly same ol' same ol'. Hang in there!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

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That's A Wrap

With just a few hours left until our month-long vacation is over, I'm feeling pretty good about going back to work. The Swede is already back in the groove, of course, and Jamie seems positive about his return to school. Let's just see how he feels early tomorrow morning, though.
Jamie and I rounded out our time off with a trip to Eskilstuna and one of our favorite places, Parken Zoo. We spent hours and hours there on Wednesday, then stayed the night in a hotel that was right next to a brand new indoor water park. We swam until we were totally pooped out on Thursday then hopped into the car and headed to our next destination, Uppsala.
I want to spend time in Uppsala whenever possible, so we used a free hotel night to maximize our time there, but were so tired after the swimming that we spent Thursday evening in the room in front of the television. On Friday, however, we did some decent exploring, including the cathedral, which is just spectacular.

Pictures cannot do this place justice, people. Jamie was very accommodating, letting me take my time to  take it all in, lump in my throat, lip a'quiverin'.
Jamie's patience paid off because I took him to see The Secret Life of Pets afterwards. Then we went home to be with The Swede and enjoy a lazy last weekend of summer break.  

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Beginning Of The End Of Summer

The Swede was at the national championship for summer fishing then went back to work today, so Jambo and I are on our own for our last week of summer vacation. Jamie would be happy to stare at the iPad all day long, but that's obviously less than ideal, so I booked activities to get us out of the house each day. Last Friday, for example, we went to the mall and ate sushi, saw the new Ice Age movie and splashed in the fountains in the town square.
On Saturday, we met up with Erin and the boys at an indoor play land and they went buck wild in there for four hours. Afterward, we went shopping with Svante to get groceries for a delicious dinner that Erin fixed for us at their gorgeous NEW HOUSE! I'd been dying to see it and it was just beyond. Just… beyond. And, best of all, ridiculously close to us!
On the way home from Erin's, Jamie and I were looking at clouds and he asked me if we could stop the car and just lay on the ground and watch them, so we did, of course.
We spent Sunday in the medieval town of Sigtuna, where we ate ice cream, played with ducks, explored the ancient neighborhood, and admired the thousand-year-old ruins of a church. Basically my dream day.
Monday was a bit of a miscalculation on my part. I booked tickets on boat tour through Stockholm's islands that lasted more than two hours. Jamie wasn't wild about it. I was. I was not able to enjoy it to the fullest due to Jamie's… shall we say, lack of enthusiasm. We both loved being in the city, though, and I appreciated seeing so much of it that I never had before, from the water.

Today we took it easy all morning, then packed a picnic and rode our bikes to the nearby beach. It was nearly deserted and we had a super cozy time eating our little lunch and playing in the park and Jamie swam a bit. The Swede picked us up when he got off work and we went out to dinner. We have more fun planned for the rest of the week so I'll be off the blog for a few days, but I'll update you as soon as I can, dudes!