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Spending whit care, how did that go?

One of my October challenges was to spend with care, looking back now I’m not sure that it went that well, I managed to spend a lot. However I would say that some of the purchases were perfectly valid such as vacation trip to the US, a weekend trip to Hamburg and plane tickets for a trip to Norway later this year. I was so in need of vacation and it was also on the list of things to do for 2012.

I also bought some more furniture for my home, true I could have waited for a month to keep them out of the October shopping still I’m a very impulsive person and have a tendency to just do things. The kitchen table haven’t been assembled yet since I need to move the old one first, once it’s up I will get some pictures on here and you can see what I mean.

I did also buy some clothes, most of it in the US. I was on vacation and it was cheap, and it wasn’t H&M, all but one post on my vacation trip there is still waiting for me to post them together with some other ones on what I have been up to this year – something about there only being 24hr in a day and sleep is required as well.

I have thought twice before purchasing some things during the month and I don’t think that will change, as giving a thought to the environment, the rest of the world and what you really need before buying it does keep you back. My decision to stop shopping at H&M for now also make a difference as plenty of my stupid impulsive shopping is taking place there.

Well, I think I might try it again down the road, however Christmas is coming up and this year it’s what we call a BIG Christmas, when the whole (and I mean the whole) family meet up at my mother’s place. Christmas presents are a must! Purchased with care of course.

I almost forgot, during the month of October I became a collector of Starbucks mugs, so I might have gotten a few of those as well…oops!

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At least it’s not clothes!

This afternoon I just went to the shop to look for some hooks, the kitchen wall need them as I’m doing some decoration, however I didn’t find any! What I did find was some envelopes in preparation for one of my November challenges, a new magazine about books and reading and a bag. In defense of the bag, I don’t have one in that color or size before, and you know what they say; One can never have too many bags!

I almost forgot the glass jar, it’s for some sand that accidentally came home with me from Miami, I just have to find it – it should be somewhere here in the apartment.

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Miss T’s challenge

As you can see, Carolina is now down to one more drinking day, and we are today at the turning point of the month. What do you think, will she make it? I would say we have been doing very well so far, but lets see how it continues. I took my first day drinking on day 2, cause we had a team event that i really could not decline, nor wanted to sip water on. The second one was a mistake, i went with a colleague for her birthday to have a glass of wine or two, but ended up drinking half a glass before she had to go and i went home, what a waste!! So, with that, i have two to go and feel pretty confident it will be a success, don’t have any big parties or other events coming up so.

Yesterday Carolina came with the idea of next month stop drinking coffee… that’s even worse!! Maybe i should give her a challenge of a number of exercises a week or running events with me or something? Ideas welcome!

xxx / Miss T

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It was one of those Fridays one just needed a beer.

This Friday past, me and one of my colleagues went for a beer after work then another colleague showed up and then another two. As I have a limited opportunities this month to consume alcohol I figured I would just make the most of it. I was still on my way home in time for attending the dinner I agreed to go to that night. However due to a very sleepless week, I was just too tired (I’m so, so, so, sorry Vincent for not showing up) and went home instead. Well I did go past the grocery store in order to purchase some food and ended up with more than a kilo candy – that I’m still working on finishing of.

Now there is only one more time left for alcohol in the month of October in order for me to stick to the challenge.image

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An afternoon in IKEA

What better to do than go to IKEA on a rainy Sunday afternoon, not much according to half of Malmö, it was absolutely packed there today. I still managed to purchase a few things – only things I really needed though. Just to prove it to you here are some before and after pictures;

I also found new kitchen table, I needed to go home and measure before I bought it, and as I also wanted to buy some dressers for more storage place in my hallway so to save me the hassle to drag it home I just ordered both the kitchen table and the drawers online;

 

Unfortunately IKEA aren’t very efficient when it comes to deliveries so I have to wait for a week and a half before I get it, positive thought regarding that is that it gives me time to get rid of the kitchen table I already have.

After a though day at IKEA we had a well deserved coffee at Starbucks, where Miss T made me buy the Malmö Starbucks mug…she made me do it!!

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An evening with mother dearest

When I found out that my mother was coming down for the weekend, I started to look into what fun was going on in Malmö for the weekend, and realized that Evita was playing at the Malmö Opera. Unfortunately the tickets were sold out and the only way to get your hands on a pair of them was to show up an hour before the show started and write your name on a list, so we did. To endure the exciting wait to see if the nine people who got to the list before us (two of which actually arrived after us, but sneaked ahead in the line) we sat down with a lovely glass of wine and some snacks (thus this is day no 2 of alcohol, only two to go that I’m saving for the trip to Paris that I hope will happen in a couple of weeks).

After an hour of waiting everyone in front of us waiting for tickets had gotten some, then the show started and we had to realize that even if our names were first on the dreaded list, we were not to get any tickets at all. For a few minutes we allowed ourselves to be a tad annoyed with the people who cut the line, if they wouldn’t have done that or if we had told them of it would have been us enjoying the show rather than them. However, since there is no point in dwelling in the past we decided to just go for dinner and also allow me to take a bit more advantage of my day with alcohol, kind of silly to waste a whole day on one glass of wine.

For several years, my sister lived in Malmö rather than me and when my dad would come down to visit they went for dinner to Mando a steakhouse that sell steak on a plank and keep count of how many they have sold to date. Mother and I have spoken more than once about going there to eat and see what it is all about, so this evening we did, and it was so worth it.

We choose the small version and that was plenty for small people like us! And the food was absolutely amazing, if you ever pass through Malmö I definitely recommend a visit! With the food we ordered a small bottle of red Rioja wine that was really nice to. All in all, a really lovely evening to end a really lovely day.

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The things I didn’t buy

As I mentioned in the previous post, my mother was visiting this weekend. It was really nice of her to come down on such short notice because I wanted to celebrate her birthday. It was on Tuesday, and since I came back from the US on Monday I wasn’t in the ‘travelling to Gotham City’ mood for this weekend and asked if she wanted to come here instead, and she did.

Saturday was spent on the walking street here in Malmö, where you find plenty of nice stores as well as plenty of nice things. These are some of the items that I resisted to purchase, mostly as they are a bit outside my price level (if any of you know where I can find cheaper versions please let me know where).
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Oh, you are still here. Nice stuff, right? Ok, I admit that I might have spent a little bit of money, it is hard to walk in and out of stores filled with nice things for a whole day without purchasing anything at all, here goes with justifications (you can laugh as much as you want!);
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The book and leggings are pretty easy, one always need something to read and this one seemed pretty good and a bit unusual, the leggings are for wearing with the new dress I bought in the US (before October started, post should be posted soon). The magazine is pretty easy too, it’s called “We are reading” and is all about books and authors which happens to be one of my favorite topics.

Regarding the shoes, not sure I really need them, I don’t have any looking just like them, that’s for sure. I also heard that I’m a woman and women should have shoes for each and every possible happening and outfit there is, right?