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7 Things to feel better

Sitting here on my couch, way too late for a school night (due to a three-day weekend so night is day and day is night), feeling a bit pleased with myself as the laundry basket is empty (that means I’ve done all the laundry) and the fridge full since I managed to leave my couch long enough to do grocery shopping, contemplating my life (and the length of this sentence). The result?

Wow, it’s been long since I did a 7-things list, the last one I can find is from is from the beginning of February last year (not sure what happened with the rest of that year to be honest, might have to go back and read my own blog on that topic). That means it’s time for another one, it’s gonna be a 7-thing/project type of thing since it’s been a while since my last little project as well.

Ready? Here we go…

  1. Be a tourist in my own city – being in Essen this past weekend the conversation came up again, what one do and don’t do in your hometown. At least I’m real bad at going to the museums and sites here in Malmö, so I figured that I would make an attempt to be better at it. I think I’ll start with the Lonely Planet list to make it easy…and if anyone has some good ideas let me know.
  2. Cook more food at home – during my poor student days (not that long ago) I became real good at planning weekly menus and cooking at home. Now I spend too much time eating out, both for lunch and dinner – because I can. I do really love cooking though so I wanna get back in it. Starting today when there will be a box of food complete with recipes, delivered at my door. Ok, so starting it off half-lazy.
  3. Become less materialistic – I have noticed that I use shopping a little bit like therapy. I buy something and it makes me feel good…every time. Not a lasting feeling at all, so I figure that I will attempt to buy less things.
  4. Declutter – I’m a piler…there I said it! I have piles all over my apartment and we share the space in a co-existing kind of way. I think that it would be a nice change to attempt to get rid of them. It also ties into point three, I don’t need all this stuff.
  5. Take better care of my body – Yes, I run and I bike (faaaar) I just don’t exercise that much in between. I’m not planning on becoming a health nut or anything, I just feel that maybe I should move around a bit other than biking to and from work. And also maybe start my day with something else than coffee and a cancerstick…just saying – there’s probably a reason why my booty haven’t liked me or treated me nicely the past few months.
  6. Think more about the environment – I’m getting a bit better at recycling and I usually bring reusable bags to the grocery store. So I guess, being even better at recycling, try to avoid buying things with too much packaging, turning of the lights and all that jazz (maybe start with reading up on how to be nice to the environment).
  7. Less screen time – I spend most of my days at work in front of a computer, and my phone and then I come home and spend time infront of the TV with my computer or phone as well. So I want to do less of that, I mean, I can just turn my radio on when I’m home if I want background noise, and a book will keep my company just as well as the TV and computer will, right? So more of that…

That’s that, starting today! And since I’m not too keen on rules, there are no rules really…other than that I want to include one of the points in my everyday life everyday…

 

 

Posted in 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!

Posted in 7 Things 2014

Well, hello 2014

So, we have been hanging out for a couple of days now and I’m digging you, we have seen Sweden done good in the ice-hockey, we had a few hours at work together, the weather has been ok – or maybe not, and anything can happen. 2013 didn’t do to good in the beginning so if you need some ideas, don’t look that way for help (I belive 2012 did a better job). With your predecessors I’ve had kind of an idea on what we were to do together, and I figured it’s only fair of me to let you know what I expect of our time together, so here goes;

7 things for 2014

  1. Stick to my budget (don’t understand why it’s so damn hard). I also have to add that this will only happen after January, since I really totally blown my budget for the first month of this year, how? you ask! Well, I will go visit my bestest friend (the pool that is) on the planet;Reading my book
  2. Be a good student! I was a good student in the beginning of the last semester, then as the months passed I saw a decline in my efforts and motivation. By being accepted to a full-fledged degree starting on the 20th of January, made me work on my attitude towards studying. Until now I have felt like I’m doing it for other people, like the employers that don’t want to hire me because I don’t have a degree, or to make my mum happy because I know it would. Now, I need to remind myself that I’m doing this for me, because I want to, because I have chosen to do so.
  3. Be happy with my situation! This partially connects with the above, being a full-time student and only work part-time has forced me to make changes to my lifestyle. I can’t do all of the things that I used to, mostly due to the lack of funds. Instead of walking around missing how it was before I will work on being happy with how I have it now. I also hope that my friends can help me a bit with this, remembering that my situation has changed and my choices for after-school activities are a bit more limited than before.
  4. Start writing letters again. I started a letter writing challenge in the end of 2012, and it was fun to receive the letters back, thus I want to get started on this again, I do have a few letters still unanswered that I probably should answer as well. Better late than never. And hey, if you want to be my pen pal just drop me a line.Letter No 11 (2)
  5. Complete the Gotham Classic! This was something that me and my brother in-law started 2013, he completed it, I didn’t! I didn’t manage to deal with my fear of water and couldn’t complete the swimming. I’m not the one to give up, I have been thought that you always keep trying and do not give up until you managed what you set your mind to. Thus I have signed up again this year, biking 50k, swimming 1k and running 10k. Hopefully this will be the year that I do it!
  6. Get into a workout habit that contains at least one workout session a week. This is not a weight loss exercise or anything like that, I just want to do some kind of exercise every week. It can be a long walk, biking tour, a run or some swimming nothing hardcore at all, just do be generally healthy.
  7. Make a proper go at the Swedish Goddess affordable meals. Since I vowed to stick on budget, eating cheap and yummy food is on top of the list. I also have to avoid eating lunch out, so I need to have food that I can bring to work or school, all in the spirit of saving money. If you are interested to see what I have been up to before, you can find it here.Stired
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The Swedish Goddess lazy dinner

I was sitting late at the office today (that feels so nice to be able to say) and as I got hungrier and hungrier I was trying to figure out what I wanted for dinner. I hate days when you are real hungry but not really in the mood for anything, the best solution is just leaving it up for the store and today I got lucky. One of my favorite spots is the counter with short date meat, you know the one you need to eat straight away because it’s on its last date and there I found a nice big chunk of pork chops for absolutely no money what so ever.Cheap meat

All I then had to do was cut into slices, pour some fries out of a bag and go dig in my cupboards to find some crushed tomatoes.The dinnerWith some salt and pepper on the meat, I just leave it in the oven for as long as the instructions on the bag of fires say. While that is cooking away I finely chop the onions and add to a pot with some melted butter.The onionsThen I add the crushed tomatoes, this kind come with a chili taste. I really like these pre-spiced crushed tomatoes, they really make cooking easy. I still add some black pepper and other spices depending on what mood I am in.Onion and crushed tomatoesThen I let the mix putter away on the stove while waiting for the meat and potatoes to finish in the oven. About twenty minutes after starting (based on a pre-heated oven), dinner is ready to be eaten. Perfect!The meal

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Göteborg Book Fair

One of the absolute highlights of the year is the Gotham City book fair, so we can all pretend that I went home this weekend in order to celebrate the birthdays of mother dearest and the plastic uncle – it had nothing to do with the fact that the book fair was on! Promise!Waiting for the bus

I think that we had the earliest start ever this year (except for all the years I worked there, either for my dad or for the cafes) as we wanted to go and see an old classic radio show in action. This is childhood memories at it’s best, as every Saturday morning for as long as I can remember the show called Melodikrysset has been on. Basically it’s a radio crossword puzzle based on music and fun for the whole family.Live radio The puzzle Coffe

After solving the puzzle we started the tour of the magical land of books, books and more books. Unfortunately Saturday morning is the most popular time to go visit the fair and I’m allergic to too many people so we didn’t stay for that long. However I managed to score some real nice stuff before we left;

Starting with a book about 100 historical myths, I find history fascinating so this will be interesting, I might share the most interesting facts with you.Book

Then moving on to those nice little offers that they put up at the fair. Last year two reporters were freed from an African prison where they had been imprisoned when writing on an article for one of my favorite mags. Of course they wrote a book about it and this was on offer together with three numbers of the magazine. So not only did I get a book and an issue of the magazine, there will be two more arriving in my mailbox later this year (and yeah there was a little tote with it as well).Mag, book and bag

 

Passing by the youth section they had this book on sale;Book (2)It’s called The Book Thief and is about a young girl in Nazi Germany that steals books from the nazis, saving them from being burnt. It was just something about the story that captured my attention and I’m looking forward to reading it. Who cares that it’s for youths? I find quite often that youth books work real good for adults as well, maybe it’s good with a reminder of how it was to be a teenager.

The fair always have a cheap book corner as well, where you can find books for absolutely nothing. I will admit that you need to go through plenty of sad little books before you find something interesting. This year I found a cook book that is all about cooking simple dishes on things that you have at home. It is a bit outdated, however there was some real nice ideas in there.Cookbook

On out way out we walked past one of the new book magazines, I’ve read one of their issues before but decided that I liked the one that arrive in my home every other month better, but who can resist a good deal? This one offered two numbers, a book and some very strange tasting tea, What I really wanted was the book, so I took my chance – and yeah there was another tote in there as well.Mag, bag, tea and book

All in all, I am very pleased with what I came home with. Now all I have to do is find the time to read them all, together with the books already piled up at home as well as the course literature. I have a plan though!

 

Posted in The Swedish goddess affordable meals

The Swedish Goddess Lovely Chicken and Noodle Stir-fry

Going treasure hunting in the cupboards can yield fantastic results sometimes, like this real good chicken and noodle stir-fry. Today I managed to find;

  • Fresh lime and lemon
  • Red and green bell pepper
  • Red onion
  • Noodles
  • Chicken breast

Cook the noodles according to the package, then chop up the chicken and fry it (I’m lucky enough to own a mini-wok that is perfect for one-person-dinners).ChickenChop up whatever vegetables you have, I like big chunks in my food;Veggies

Then add them to the chicken.


Veggies added (2)Today I seasoned with fish sauce, soy, fresh lime and lemon and some salt, for me that was enough.Lime and lemonWhen the chicken and the veggies are cooked to your satisfaction (I like crunchy veggies) add the noodles.Noodles addedAnd stir!StiredVoila, a quick and easy dinner that works out to about 10,65sek (€1,22 $1,62) per portion.

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The Swedish Goddess yum, yum Pasta Salad

In an amazing twist, summer made it to Sweden this year, and when it’s too hot to think the best food ever (except for ice-cream) is pasta salad. It’s easy to make as well as easy to eat, and extremely flexible.

Today my salad contained;

  • Pasta
  • Bacon
  • Mixed lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Cucumber
  • Mozzarella

Start with boiling the pasta and frying the bacon, so they have time to cool down before mixing it with the veggies.Bacon Pasta

My grocery store sell lettuce by the kilo, so you can mix and match as you wish, not sure what all the kinds I put together was, I know for sure that there are some arugula and spinach in there. I just tear it into smaller pieces to make it easier to eat (don’t like using a knife).Lettuce

I don’t have a set way to cut my veggies, it depends on the mood of the day, today everything got cut into chunks.Veggies

Then just mix everything together in a bowl and top it of with a dressing or spices, I like plain salt and pepper with a splash of olive oil.Topping

The cost per portion added up to 10,35sek (€1,25 $1,61), not too bad but not the cheapest.