7 Things 2014

Bye, bye 2014!

We are reaching the end of what has been the year of 2014, can’t say it will go down as one of the best years ever! Still, it deserves a look back so today I checked out my Sevens list for 2014, probably something I should’ve done during the year to make sure I stuck to it. I’ll have to admit that I have completely forgotten about it. I haven’t even been doing that many Sevens list this year, maybe that should go on my Seven list for 2015, of course I have to make one! Firstly though, lets check out the 2014 one;

  1. Stick to my budget – hahaha, allow myself to laugh! I suck at sticking to the budget, however I haven’t gone into debt and I have managed to get some money into the savings account, and spending it again. You don’t manage four trips out of the country and too much wine (not according to my cousin) to even think about, by sticking to the budget.
  2. Be a good student – it started out good, I got a B on my first exam of the year, after that it all went downhill and this fall has been a disaster. Oh well, right back at it and try to make 2015 better (starting to get the feeling that my 2015 list will be as boring as the 2014 one).
  3. Be happy with my situation – most of the time this have actually worked. I’m quite proud of myself for how I’m dealing with the change in my life, being a full-time student and part-time worker. I’m also surrounded by good people who help me out, making my life easier.
  4. Start writing letters again – can I just use the to busy excuse here? No, there haven’t been many letters, or postcards from my trips either to be honest (oh, how I failed my seven list this year, it’s almost sad).
  5. Complete the Gotham Classic – I didn’t even try, I did bike the 100k bike race and ran a couple of 10k races instead. Not the same I know, but what the heck! I got medals and won a three course dinner!wpid-shot_1410767165218.jpg
  6. Get into a workout habit that contains at least one workout session a week – I promise, I’m on the floor laughing my ass of at the 2013 Carolina that thought that this and the things above would happen. Should probably put being realistic on the 2015 list, don’t you agree?
  7. Make a proper go at the Swedish Goddess affordable meals – well, in one sense I have been cooking affordable meals all year as my food budget is tight, I just haven’t been blogging that much about it. The blog as been a bit neglected this year, it gets boring blogging about going to work, going to school, going home and crash on the couch.

Even if I failed big time on the seven list, it’s not like the year has been dreadful, I’ve been travelling to Thailand (again), Poland (for the first time), Greece (for the first time) and the big Americas where I attended my first American wedding. I did complete the races, I spent amazing times with my family and friends, new and old! I’ve been to several hockey games, love them, including the final of the junior world cup. I went to the Gotham book fair, another favourite thing of mine, and got a nice little book club started with nice people who share my interest. I have eaten so much yum food both home-cooked and away-cooked, with company and without company. Looking back at the blog, and the posts for 2014 I realise that I have a pretty awesome life!

The 2015 Reading Challenge

The 2015 reading challenge

For 2015 I want to read more books, I miss reading books that aren’t for school. Thanks to the book club I read at least one non-school book a month and that are books that I probably wouldn’t choose myself, which is fun, however for this reader it’s just not enough. So I decided that I was going to set myself a reading challenge for next year, twelve books, one for each month should be doable. How do one go about choosing books for a reading challenge? It’s not super easy, I figured it out though, awards and best-seller lists will have to help me. Twelve challenges, not to be completed in any specific order, let’s be a little bit Carpe Diem here and just take the books as they come along. I also almost convinced my sister to join the challenge, it worked until I told her that she had to report back on her reading progress (we’ll see how that works, she is a full-time worker and a full-time mum so she is a bit busy). If you want to join, you are more than welcome to, if you have a blog of your own I can link to it, or you can send me pics and comments of what you read and I’ll share it here.

  1. Nobel Prize recipient no reading challenge is complete without reading at least one Nobel Price winner. For you that never heard about the Nobel prize, Nobel was a Swedish dude, he died, left money, and now once a year people win prize money for being real good at something, like writing a book. I found a list of all the winners, so how hard can it be to pick one (small tip, Alice Munro is good, but damn that lady is depressing).
  2. No 1 on the Australian Best-seller list on the 16th of August 2015 obviously I can’t read this book until after the 16th of August. I also hope that my friends in Australia (does any of you still live there? or have you all moved to NZ?) could help me keep track of this one and report back to me, so I know what to read.
  3. A book by Astrid Lindgren you can’t have a reading challenge without reading Astrid Lindgren, I’m sure that there is a book by her out there that I haven’t read yet, or I just re-read one, her books can be read over and over again without issue. I’ll just pick one, or do you have a favorite you think I should read?
  4. H.C Andersens Literature Award recipient this obviously should be a Danish award (if you don’t know the obviously, it’s because H.C. Andersen was a Danish author that wrote real sad, depressing books like the Ugly Duckling and The Little Match Girl), and is awarded to authors that write children’s book, and there is no shame in reading children’s books, so this will be included.
  5. A book recommended by a friend. This might get interesting though, I have some real weird friends with strange taste in reading (because I’m totally normal, I promise).
  6. A book written by an African author not sure if I have read much by African authors, as I don’t have a tendency of reading up on the authors of the books I read, maybe a bad habit or maybe not. Not sure that it’s always that important to know much about the person behind the book. Anyhow, if you know any good African authors and their books, give me a shout out and I’ll read it.
  7. Asian Literary Prize (formerly the Man Asian Literary Prize) recipient wich is awarded to the best novel by an Asian author written in English or translated into English (according to Wikipedia), can’t say that I read that much by Asian authors so this could be interesting.
  8. A book written by a Hungarian author why hungarian you ask, it’s because that is the origin of my favourite Latte Mum and in honor of her I will read a book written by an author from her motherland, and who knows, she might be able to make it easy for me by recommending me something awesome.
  9. A classic I’m just wondering how you define a classic?!? I guess I just pick something that I think is a classic, I guess it must be written a long time ago and have difficult language in it.
  10. Jorge Luis Borges is according to Wikipedia (what would one do without the magic of Wikipedia?) the most eminent Latin American author of any century, so I have to read one of his books, hopefully he’s good.
  11. A memoir I’m sure reading about someone elses fantastic or sad life will be very beneficial, so this can be interesting, any recommendations? I think I might be leaning towards Hilary Clinton, but that can change during the year depending on what’s published or what recommendations I get.
  12. A book from my mothers bookshelf there are plenty of books at mother’s house, so I’ll randomly pick one of them and read it. If your mother doesn’t have a book shelf, or if sadly enough you don’t have a mother, borrow someone elses mother and her bookshelves.
Fun

Viva la girls

So two of my girls ditched me for Barcelona this year, Lady D and Mini me Jr. However they were nice enough to take time out of their busy schedule to meet up with me and make me light green of envy with their stories. I guess the wine made me feel better and the fact that it’s real hard to not have fun with them, I miss them already and will work real hard to afford a trip down in a very near future.

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Beauty

Really Santa? Wrinkles?!?

Lotion for my face was one of the things that was on the list for Santa this year and he delivered;

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Apparently Santa thinks that this almost 25-year-old is getting all wrinkled and need to do something about it (and yes Nivea, you are more than welcome to payout some sponsor money). I guess that Santa is a man that should be listened to, so I’ll use the cream. I also figured it is a good time to test the product, thus here is a before picture of my smooth and, according to me, not that wrinkly face;

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You guys are more than welcome to remind me about the after picture in a while.

Movie of the Week

Movies of the week – an American and a swede

For someone that has barely been to the movies this year, two in one has been real nice. The first one was Hunger games, with the excellent company of my brother-in-law. Why you might ask yourself! Easy, my sister ditched both him and me to go see it with a friend! I know, crazy isn’t it!

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The popcorn picture is from today’s showing because there was just too many people the other day so I had to see the movie without popcorn, horrible. That wasn’t the only thing that was horrible, the movie was fine, the people “watching” seemed to think they were home in their own living room. I take real issue with people that can’t be quiet when I paid loads of money in order to watch a movie somewhere but home.

Today’s audience was much better, and so was the movie. I’ll admit that I was surprised to see the movie sold out, being Swedish and all, the things one do for ones mother.

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I wouldn’t have chosen the movie myself however to my own surprise I got a real good laugh out of it. It’s one of those movies where you are kind of surprised when it’s over because time just passed so quickly. I don’t think it will work for an international audience though, quit Swedish humor and all that jazz. Oh, before I forget, the name of the film was…wait, have to ask mother, oh that’s true; Micke och Veronica.

Always look at the bright side of life

Road trippin

The trip home is on-going, after a week in Gotham it’s going to be nice to come home, except for the fact that there was an after party in my apartment the night before I left. What’s also nice is that I don’t have to train it home as mother dearest is coming with, which mean I’m in the car, whoop! Whoop!
Before leaving Gotham I did get to go to a hockey game, they didn’t win, still liked it though!

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Since my sisters mother-in-law is also in the car, I’m sitting in the back entertaining myself with reading the comments about today’s big news in Swedish politics. The reelection that wasn’t announced yet has been cancelled since our politicians finally found their senses. I’m also playing with my phone, how about a car selfie?

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Or maybe some snow (finally!!!!)

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Family

Christmas traditions upheld

There are something’s around Christmas that even I as a non-Christmas person do. One of those is visiting the beautiful amusement park Liseberg and the yearly (kind of) Irish coffee.

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Another important tradition is of course the Christmas pressies and there was no way that a silly student budget was going to stop me from providing them to the sixteen relatives in attendance. Even if small it takes a while to wrap sixteen packages, just so that you know.

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While wrapping the pressies and making the tree look pretty we have a long lasting tradition of Bingo, a show on da telly and this year my fantastic winnings was a new lottery ticket for the New Years show so Miss Legal; I hope you realize there need to be bingo on New Years.

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Finally, after all the Christmas craze me and my mother walked the short walk to our closest church for a moment of peace at the midnight mass. I’m in no way religious, however it’s nice to sit and listen to the beautiful music and words of wisdom (even if I don’t agree with all of them) this year we also got to light each other’s candles, a beautiful sentiment.

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