Thursday, November 29, 2012
You know by now that I'm a dork in my personal life, but I also happen to be a professional loser. This picture is my proof, obviously. Do you like my logo'd button-down? How about my prideful stance? And what about the fact that I'm standing next to a time capsule? My company donated a valve to the A Day In The World project (which, incidentally, is the opposite of lame as you'll see if you follow the link) so that they could inject a gas into this time capsule that will be used to preserve a book of photos and a laptop for, like, a billion years. Give or take. As the totally unsubstantiated marketing and communications director of my organization, I am responsible for posting photos like these on our Facebook page. I think I'll skip this one, though, and try to at least maintain some semblance of coolness on that particular social network. Since, you know, I blew it a long time ago here.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Something miraculous and wonderful has happened in my family. My husband, who has always hated all things coffee, has become a latte drinker. He has finally come around and I couldn't be happier because all he wants to do is fika. Until a couple of weeks ago taking a fika was lower on his list of things he likes to do than visiting Ikea the weekend after payday and now he's the one suggesting coffee breaks. Around this time last year, in fact, he could handle less than a minute of such coziness so you can imagine how thrilled I am with the change. I believe the harmoniousness of our family is only going to increase after this development and I'm not even joking.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Like a kid, I look forward to checking the mail every day. There's always the hope that there will be something fun in the box, something other than a cell phone bill or H&M invoice. It doesn't happen that often, but it did today. It seems that on Thanksgiving my family in Cleveland all wrote sweet notes to us on the inside of a greeting card sent by my grandparents. It made me feel so, so good. Like, weepy good. This one is going on the fridge behind my favorite magnet. Forever.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
This afternoon Råsunda stadium, the home of our beloved AIK, was opened up for fans to take apart. AIK will be playing in the new Friends Arena next season and Råsunda will be demolished soon so the football fans were invited to take whatever they could carry. The Swede, who had been gearing up for this event for weeks and came bearing a backpack full of tools, walked out with twelve stadium seats and a chunk of sod from the field that we'll plant at the cabin, where we know it will stay in the family for generations to come. Then, as it grew dark and was time to leave, he took a moment to shed a tear, packed the seats that he and his friend Emil sat in when AIK won the derby the fall of 2009 into the Volvo, and said good-bye.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Swedish House Mafia concert at the new national arena, Friends Arena. Yes, your instincts are correct. We are too old to go to a house concert. It was basically like clubbing with thirty-five thousand others and old or not, the atmosphere was something to be appreciated. And now that we know how awesome the arena is, we'll really being looking forward to Melodifestivalen 2013 where they'll be playing music that's much more our speed.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
I don't typically actively miss America. I mean, of course I miss my friends and family and certain places and foods and conveniences, but unless I purposely delve into homesickness (which I don't) feeling sad about living so far away from those things is by no means an everyday occurrence. On Thanksgiving, however, I ache. I've tried recreating the meal with some success in years past but the atmosphere in my grandparents' house on this day is irreplaceable. And listen, okay, I'm not trying to make you feel sorry for me or anything, but I'm not even doing the meal this year and since The Swede is away at a very important football match this evening Jamie and I had McDonald's for dinner. And the only similarities to a real Thanksgiving dinner were the good company and the awful feeling of fullness and overindulgence.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Poor little Jambo, in addition to the three-month-long-(so far) cold he picked up at preschool, has a stomach bug. It's not too bad, thank goodness, but it's certainly nothing we want to hang on to and due to the 48 hours healthy rule at his school, it's costing our family at least three days from work. I googled around a bit and learned that blueberries are supposed to help so poor little Jambo got his favorite treat. Hears hoping it both put him in a good mood AND cured his tummy bug.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Jamie's preschool is closed today and tomorrow and The Swede had to go to Sundsvall, a few hours north of Stockholm, to set up some stuff in our new office there so Jambo and I decided to tag along. You know, mix it up. We drove up after work yesterday, thinking that Jamie would sleep in the car part of the way and then fall quickly back asleep at the hotel. Not so. It was rough, people, and none of us got much sleep. Those babies, they love their routines and taking Jamie out of his was not the coolest thing we've ever done. The day has gone well, however, minus three restaurant-meal-meltdowns, because we've been fighting to keep him entertained, fresh-aired, and properly-napped the entire time, things that probably would have been more easily accomplished at home. Hopefully someday soon he will appreciate mixing it up as much as we do.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
For a few seconds I considered getting huffy about the earliness of these Christmas decorations showing up in our mall and then I realized it's the middle of November. When did that happen? I'm feeling a heaviness on my shoulders all of a sudden. There aren't that many weekends left and there are a lot of presents to buy, cards to be sent and decorations to put up. Time to get to it, I guess.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Svenska Hollywoodfruar. I googled around a bit trying to find some info on this tradition, but couldn't come up with anything. Whatever it was, I liked it as it involved pink champagne. And I'm not above cheersing a door.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Several months ago, after I came to the cabin a day later than everybody else, it was revealed that they had all had a wonderful time farting while I wasn't there. This whole time they've all been holding it in or sneaking outside to let one loose because I'm apparently giving off the impression that I'm too "fin" (which in this case I'll translate to "fancy") to fart in front of. This revelation was a little upsetting, honestly, because I think I exude loserliness. I mean, yes, it's absolutely true that I've never farted even once in my entire life, but that doesn't mean that I'm offended when others do it. As much a blow as learning of my reputation was to me then, it actually paid off this weekend when Fancy Mara was spared the task of crawling into the attic to lay insulation. Who would even dare ask me to do such a job? Get dirty? Crawl on my hands and knees? I think not. Sarianne and The Swede, however, were born for this so I got to stay inside and spare myself from a broken nail or some smeared mascara. The masks were allegedly to protect them from the insulation and potential rodent droppings. Pssht. I think we all know that they were really protecting themselves from all the farting they were surely doing up there.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Birthday week continued today when I picked up a package from Becca after work. And holy cow, it was a load! She had apparently gotten a box that she could ship for fixed price regardless of how heavy it was so over the past couple of weeks, as she filled it, she kept asking me what else I wanted. Everything I suggested was in there and more. Even Jamie got presents! The Swede did too if you count the Reese's cup I'm considering sharing with him. I'm actually a little overwhelmed. And sick to my stomach after too much candy. Nevertheless, thanks Becca!
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
I got a lot of generous and thoughtful gifts for my birthday, from wine and champagne to jewelry, gift cards and books. Some of our friends and our colleagues went in on these "experiences". One is tasting for two, and I get to choose from several options including chocolate tasting, wine and cheese tasting and whiskey tasting. Sarianne has already laid her stake as my plus one. The other is for a certain kronor value so you get to pick your own. What do you think, should I hang glide, pet wolves, test drive a Ferrari, have a spa weekend? Be a stuntman, test fly a helicopter, dive, kite surf, or swim with dolphins? It's just a little bit overwhelming, right? In the best way, of course. Anyway, these boxes are going to make for a killer blog post.