Monday, April 28, 2014
We all loved being out on the boat and Jamie was especially enthusiastic about his life vest and the whistle it came with, as well as the nest full of eggs that a mama bird had made on the beam next to our boat at the harbor. Hopefully we'll make a habit out of this kind of day.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
There was a bit more playing at the mall before we headed home for Jamie's three-hour nap during which I read a good book. See what I'm saying? He's the best!
Later, we drove The Swede over to his friend's dudes-only housewarming party and Jambo and I decided to stay in the neighborhood and play at this awesome playground we found since it was still warm and light. I thought I'd have a tough time getting him into the car to head back home, but he just said good-bye to all the giant wooden ants that he'd been balancing on and raced me to the car.
Friday, April 25, 2014
Yuck, I thought I was having allergies all week since I've been coughing had gunk in my throat but no other symptoms but in the middle of the night it kinda turned into something even gunkier and I can't really speak. I stayed home from work today and took it easy so hopefully I'll be back to my chatty self tomorrow. In the meantime, I wanted to post this link mostly for my Swedish readers to the newest candy craze in the States: Sockerbit, a Swedish candy store in New York and LA. I'm seeing it all over the Instagram feeds of the hippest bloggers. The smågodis culture has caught on stateside and they've got all our favorites.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
I just got back from choir rehearsal, where we practiced a couple dozen songs strictly about spring - birds, flowers, long evenings and sunshine. The five-day weather forecast is filling me with glee and Linda was wearing a skirt today, my cue to do the same starting tomorrow. I don't have to dress Jambo in a ton of clothes before we head to school and I don't have to wear boots to work and just those two things have somehow lifted a weight off my shoulders. It's true again. Spring 2014 is totally putting me in an awesome mood just like all the ones before it.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Today, with another day off from work thanks to Easter, we did a little spring cleaning. I did the windows while The Swede power-washed the front and back terraces and Jamie got sweaty and rosy-cheeked under the sun. The whole neighborhood had the same idea and lots of folks were out in their yards planting and fixing while kids bicycled and charcoal warmed in grills all around the block.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Today we got back from a lovely Easter and The Swede's birthday weekend at the cabin. Beyond the usual (i.e. The Swede and his parents and Sarianne working while the rest of us relax, good food, afternoon naps and a lot of child-induced chaos) we did some geocaching. It was super fun when we did it around home last fall and even better with more people and when the treasure is hidden deep into the woods. If I get my wish, we will do this every time we're in Molsta this summer. Just as long as it's not during my nap time.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
The neighborhood's Most Enthusiastic Candy Distributor, yours truly, was ready with a sizable load of candy for the kiddos today. I bought three bags (wrapped, because I come from a place where loose, bulk candy is probably poisoned and I can't wrap my mind around these naive Swedish norms), ready to let the neighborhood witches dig in for a big handful because I like to be that cool (old) lady who lets you take a bunch of pieces. After a couple of hours I saw these charming girls outside again and they said to me, "Do you want to take our picture? Our parents said you can put it on the Internet if you want." Don't mind if I do.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Hiya, dudes! Sorry I haven't been around for a few days, but I flew to the States, hung out with my mom and Ray, met up with girlfriends, shopped till I dropped, spent an afternoon at my grandparents' with family and an evening at a conference kick-off dinner and just didn't get a chance to prioritize the blog. You have my most sincere apologies. Today was the actual first full day of the Marketing and Communications Conference for Pillars of the Organization and it was a loooong day. We started with breakfast at 6:30 and now I'm just getting home at almost midnight. I met some great people, got to know others even better, and was able to squeeze in some time with some of my favorites from the old days at the Hard Rock Rocksino this evening, so it's been a day packed full of fun. It will be another long day tomorrow soI hope I fall asleep quickly, not just because I need the sleep but so I don't have to think about how much I miss The Swede and Jamie. If you don't hear from me again for awhile it's because I'm picking low hanging fruit or some other business metaphor that makes me sound much more intelligent than I actually am. Peace.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
The Swede and another colleague and I went to an eCommerce trade show this morning to get some ideas, make some contacts and generally TCB. That's Taking Care of Business in case you're not one of us. After I had done a round, I took a moment to check how things were going back at the office (or, ahem, check the latest on Facie) while The Swede walked around a bit more. After several minutes my phone plinged, a message from my husband. He had sent this picture that he had just taken, apparently whilst discreetly admiring his oblivious wife. He's either very sneaky or there were some very interesting items on my newsfeed.