Monday, October 31, 2011
My mom ordered a bunch of hats from Sarianne and Mama Swede's kids' clothing company (you can find them on the Facebook page "Mini- mössor och annat fint") to donate to the children's hospital in Cleveland. The hats are super soft and the fabrics so fun and colorful that I almost hate to send them away, but I'm sure they'll be even more appreciated by the kiddos who get to wear them.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Last week at Kista Galleria I got super thirsty so I took a swing by the juice bar. I was so thirsty, in fact, that I didn't even really make a decision about what I was going to drink, I just pointed at the first thing I saw and passed my kronor over the counter. And boy, did I get lucky because what I got just happened to be the most delicious non-coffee beverage ever to cross my lips. My enjoyment was short-lived, though, as I soon realized that I had never, ever seen Sanpellegrino Aranciata Rossa in a store or restaurant before. "Oh, grrrrrreat," I thought, "I've just discovered beverage nirvana outside of Starbucks and I'm never going to find it again." But guess what? They have it at a coffee shop right in my very own neighborhood! Hot dog!
Monday, October 24, 2011
My husband, who missed his calling as a lumberjack, if his recent obsession is any indication, celebrated the glorious autumnal weather yesterday by clipping the hedges. He has an electric hedge clipper, which, as you can imagine, is a joy for him to use, but there's no power tool for the second part of the job: the clean-up. So he's out there this evening, gathering up the clippings with his bare hands (well, gloved hands, but you get the idea) and it just doesn't look like fun at all.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
as usual and now we're at home; The Swede is outside clipping the hedges and Jamie is napping and life couldn't be better.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Okay, I was a little depressed about fall the other day. The leaves were pretty, but they were getting me down and I think I know why. See, the other day the sky was lame. Today, however, the sun was shining, the air was crisp and the sky was about as blue as Jamie's stroller. That made all the difference, and being outside, taking a walk with my boy with my boots and coat and scarf on was just about the least depressing thing I can think of. Oh, and that latte didn't hurt either.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Dudes. Last night we saw Crazy Stupid Love. Wow. Best movie in a long, long time. And good in a very specific way; not like Inception, which was the last movie I felt absolutely amazed by and which blew me away because it was so original and the special effects were jaw-dropping, but good because it made me feel incredibly happy to be alive. Like Amelie, my all-time favorite. Anyway, we finished the movie around 10:30 last night and wanted to watch it again immediately but decided to do the responsible thing and go to sleep. But then we couldn't sleep because we just kept chatting about the movie and how awesome life is and how glad we are that we found each other and so on. So what I'm saying is, watch it. Preferably tonight. We are.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
It was another relaxing weekend at the cabin, with lots of cousin love and lots of logging. Sort of.
Friday, October 14, 2011
Okay, this may fall under the category of too much personal information but it's my blog, so I can write about whatever I please and this pleases me. Of course, I've covered up the number because I don't want to get that personal, but I will tell you that it is a number that I haven't seen in a very long time. About fifty-two weeks, to be exact. This morning, the day before Jamie turns twelve weeks old, I stepped on the scale and was back to my pre-pregnancy weight. Don't ask me what I did because I have no idea, though I suspect having a baby who loves to be held and bounced and living in a country with far fewer one-handed food options than America may have something to do with it. So thank you, Jamie, because even though you were the biggest disaster my waistline has ever seen, you've also been the best diet.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Miracle of miracles, The Swede has said that I can redecorate our living room! By redecorate I mean, of course, decorate as it is really just a rather boring white box that we keep our sofa and TV in since we moved here. I don't want to go too crazy and lose my priviledges here, but I do want to introduce some color. JUST SOME, Babe, if you're reading this. Anyway, I wanted to find a piece of art that moved me to kind of kick things off and, after trolling around Allposters.se, couldn't find any fine art that I liked enough to show to The Swede. So, just for the fun of it, I checked out the sports-themed offerings and found this sweet Olympic Games poster. It was on sale for, like, $5 so naturally I placed my order. And, you know, I think it's going to be perfect. The Swede even (says) he likes it. So far so good!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Today Jamie and I went over to Linda and Sukai's place for lunch. The little guy and I picked up some Thai food to go, then met the girls in the center of town and headed over to their place. I was hoping the babies would interact more, but all either of them wanted to do was eat, which Jamie did to the extent that I barely got to eat myself before we had to head out for another appointment. Even though it wasn't a long visit, seeing Linda made me feel back in the swing of life here (nearly three weeks after returning from the States, I'd say it's about time), and seeing how much Sukai has developed has me looking forward to Jamie's future. Not too much, though. They need to stay as cuddly as possible for as long as possible.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
We have received a bunch of cards from family and friends since Jamie was born and I hated the idea of just tossing them into a drawer so I've been trying to come up with a way to display them that wouldn't take up a lot of space. Then a few days ago I popped into the craft store and found some green velvet string and tiny metal hooks with clips and made this little number. Nothing too fancy or polished, but I like it and when Jamie gets older we can hang his drawings there. And then, later, his straight-A report cards. And, finally, his Nobel Prize. That's paper, right?
Sunday, October 9, 2011
modelling continued indoors.
It was great to get away for a couple of days and it's going to be even better next summer!