Wednesday, February 27, 2013
This morning I brought a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to work with me as my breakfast. I sat down in the kitchen with several of my colleagues and explained, when they asked, what I was eating. Now, I won't say they were disgusted, but they certainly didn't see the appeal and all agreed that peanut butter and jelly were an odd combination. This, of course, from members of a race who don't eat peanut butter and therefor don't understand its versatility. Too bad for them. At any rate, I decided to take it upon myself to open their eyes and went out at lunch to get the supplies for an afternoon PB&J fika. At ten to three I headed to the kitchen to make a bunch of sammies then cut them diagonally into triangles and arranged them cutely on a plate to make them even more appealing than only I already knew them to be. My colleagues were pleasantly surprised, I think, and several commented that they weren't nearly as sweet as they expected. I don't think I recruited any lifelong fans or anything and I'm pretty sure my boss was just being nice when he said he was going to make them at home, but hey, if I tried surströmming it's only fair.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Linda asked me a few weeks ago if I was going to switch to spring curtains. Swedes love to change their curtains with the seasons and I suppose, if you think about it, it's a pretty easy way to significantly change the ambiance of a room. At least, it was for my kitchen when I finally caved to Linda's peer pressure. I was in the market for a new set after Jamie used the old white ones as a napkin after too many spaghetti dinners, but didn't plan on getting springy ones specifically until I saw and fell in love with these. And they were on sale! Plus I had a coupon! SOLD! The kitchen was totally transformed into a springtime paradise, despite the fact that it's obviously still winter.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Friday, February 22, 2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Elin and Julia have been talking for quite some time about wanted to pick Jamie up from school someday but, as you can imagine, the opportunities are few and far between. They're on their winter sport break from school this week, though, and staying with Mama and Papa Swede here in Kungsängen, so the timing was perfect for them to surprise their favorite cousin. I'm in charge of drop-offs so I didn't get to be there but The Swede told the sweet story of Jamie's double-take when he saw them and of the awesome hour of fun they had before they went back to their grandparents' for dinner. He cried hard when they left, which was hard, of course, but also makes me excited for summer cabin season when they'll get to see much more of one another.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
I was home sick from work today (don't worry, Mom, it's just a cold) and slept all morning after I dropped Jamie off at school. When I woke up and slunk downstairs I had very low expectations for the daytime TV situation but was pleasantly surprised/thrilled to find that there were two episodes in a row of The Hills on. And not lame, last season, Kristin Cavallari episodes either; they were Jen-Bunny-kissed-Brody-at-her-birthday-party-and-LC-hasn't-felt-this-betrayed-by-a-best-friend-in-years, followed by Heidi-bailed-on-dinner-with-LC-to-go-to-Santa-Barbara-with-Spencer. Classics, that is. And then I discovered Downton Abbey and was whisked away by the first three episodes. So, yeah, it was a good day in television.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Sarianne and Mama Swede's clothing company, Mini, is churning out some awesome stuff these days and Jamie has recently scored a lot of super cute samples. You've seen a lot of their hats and shirts in the Daily Jamie but I wanted to share some of the new ones because I'm especially smitten with some of their latest fabrics. Jamie loves picking out the animals on the jungle outfit and has just learned the Swedish word for cars so that green one is popular around here. But they're ALL so fun, right? Can't wait to see what they come up with next. Check out their Facebook page, Mini- mössor och annat fint, because, honestly, their girl clothes are even more adorable.
Friday, February 15, 2013
My husband, I tell you! I only have to mention something once, once-and-a-half, and he gets it. I saw this iPhone wallet in the Apple store several months ago and fell in love but it is definitely the kind of thing I would never get for myself nor expect someone else to get for me so it was stashed away in the back of my mind, a dream never to be fulfilled. And then my Valentine sweetly surprised me with it yesterday. He's a catch for so many other reasons that this gorgeous wristlet with room for my phone and bank card and drivers license and cash and Subway coupons doesn't even touch, but it's still VERY exciting to get a fabulous gift sometimes, am I right?
Thursday, February 14, 2013
|Howie = How I Met Your Mother|
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The Swede was home sick today but still picked up Jamie from school an hour before I got home, which gave them both time to get a couple of things done around the house. When I walked in the door at five o'clock, at the end of a long day on the job, The Swede was slaving over a delicious dinner and Jamie was just finishing up the floors. I could get used to this.
Monday, February 11, 2013
You've no doubt noticed that I've been a little bit out of the blogging groove lately. Posts have been more sporadic than I'd like and are often lackluster, in my opinion anyway. It's the dead of winter, what can I say? I'm feeling less than inspired. I'm going to start tweaking the look of the blog in the next couple of days, though, and hopefully afterward I'll feel refreshed and motivated. Hang in there in the meantime, k?
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Julia turned five years old last week and since we're going to Söderköping this weekend to celebrate, we were happy to receive a wish list via The Molsta Group. The list read as follows: sparklers (the firework, that is), plastic flowers, tattoos (I assume she means temporary ones), a Santa hat, a belt, USA clothes, and a bouquet of tulips. The choice was clear. Unless, of course, she meant pleated dockers and a cowboy hat, in which case we obviously failed miserably.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Monday, February 4, 2013
Whoa, Nelly, what a day! The Swede was up all night watching the Super Bowl, my mind got fried at a course in the city, and Jamie was so tired and cranky by the time I got home that we had to actually force a bath for the first time ever. It was rough and I didn't even get a picture of him today! Hopefully we'll be running smoothly again tomorrow.
Sunday, February 3, 2013
The Swede woke up at the crack of dawn to go sit on the lake for four hours in the freezing cold and occasionally dip his uncovered hands into a hole in the ice to pull out a near-frozen fish. Glam. Jamie and I decided to offer some moral support and drove to over to the competition but, despite the cold, one of us melted down before we made it to the shore. We agreed that the play land might be a more comfortable option.