Archive for January, 2011

24 Jan 2011


No Comments Typically Swedish

Listan med bloggande svenskar, som de flesta bor utanför Sveriges gränser, uppdateras ständigt. Ta dig en titt för att få lite bloggtips. Klicka på bilden för att komma till inlägget och listan eller använd länken till höger under blogs we follow.


För fler typiskt svenska saker titta HÄR!

21 Jan 2011

Neck pain :(

1 Comment Sverige

I take back yesterday’s quote about everything is going to be amazing. 😛 I don’t feel amazing one bit today, woke up this morning with a terrible neck pain (nackspärr in Swedish). I can’t move my head to the right without it hurting like hell. I feel nothing to the left. No idea what I’ve done or if I slept funny but it hurts that’s for sure. Decided it wasn’t a good idea to try to go to work. First of all I’m not sure driving with a stiff neck that you can only turn one way is very safe and even sitting in front of the computer all day is going to help either. So I took the decision to stay home and try to get better. The pain killer is hopefully kicking in soon and I have a warm wheat bag on my neck trying to ease the pain. Any other good suggestions of pain relief?

21 Jan 2011

Who are you?

No Comments Quote of the day

20 Jan 2011


4 Comments Quote of the day

17 Jan 2011

Beautiful Blogger Award 2

5 Comments Blog stuff

Vi har fått ytterligare en Beautiful Blogger Award (den förra kan ni läsa om HÄR), denna gången från en av våra trogna läsare, Liz. Liz skriver i sin mysiga blogg My family – My world! om livet som fru till en marinsoldat, om att vara hemmamamma och svensk i USA. Tusen tack för dina fina ord om vår blogg. Read more

17 Jan 2011

Australian Open 2011

No Comments Melbourne, Typically Aussie

The first of four annual Grand Slam tennis tournaments started today – Australian Open. It’s held every year in Melbourne in the middle of Australian summer, the two last weeks of January. It was first held in 1905 and was last contested on grass in 1987. Since 1988, the tournament has been held on hard courts at Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena.

Did you know that the second tennis player in history to win a Grand Slam title on both grass, clay and hard court was Swede Mats Wilander? He was also the first non-Australian to win three titles at the Australian Open (1983, 1984 and 1988).

The tournament was first known as the Australasian Championships and then became the Australian Championships in 1927, but since 1969 it’s known as the Australian Open.

Sweden has 7 participants this year, five men and two women. Australia has 43. =) Fingers crossed they do well.

Rod Laver Arena


17 Jan 2011


No Comments Random

Varje år publicerar Språkrådet en nyordlista med ord som dykt upp i svenskan under det gångna året. Orden i listan är inte alltid helt nya, men de har ökat i användning eller varit aktuella under året.

För visst har du väl använt dig av ord som vulkanresa, kalsongbombare och köttklister under året som gått, eller?!

För listan i sin helhet (och förklaringar) titta HÄR.

17 Jan 2011

I don’t like this week, not one bit

5 Comments Sverige

I just want it to be over before it even started. First of all my back still hurts a lot after the nice little fall I did when we went curling 10 days ago. Every time I bend down it hurts, if I try to get out of the couch the wrong way it hurts and from time to time it even hurts with every step I take. Plus it’s stopping me from starting my new healthy lifestyle going to the gym. I have a dentist appointment tomorrow morning. An appointment to fix my first cavity EVER. I’m nervous, I don’t want to go. There is a sales conference at work on Wednesday where I’m suppose to hold a presentation. I’m nervous, I don’t want to go. I know I’m whining but I just had to, I feel like a nervous wreck!

Karius and Bactus – two “tooth trolls” from a Norwegian children’s novel. The characters live inside cavities in the teeth of a young boy. Anyone more than me remembers them?

16 Jan 2011

Oh shit

4 Comments Quote of the day

15 Jan 2011

La Niña

1 Comment Queensland (QLD)

The floods in Queensland are a result of a weather phenomenon called La Niña and it’s basically an enhancement of normal weather conditions.  La Niña normally follows a strong El Niño, which normally occurs every four to seven year. The two phenomenon are eachother’s opposites; El Niño leads to a heating of the surface water in the eastern parts of the tropical Pacific Ocean, while La Niña leads to a cooling of the area. The name La Niña originates from Spanish, meaning the girl and El Niño means the boy.

The phenomenon occurs when the winds from the Pacific to Australia blow stronger and more persistent than usual. More water is brought against the Australian coast, causing heavy cloud formations to be created. The consequence is that the Australian continent, Southeast Asia and Oceania receive significantly more precipitation than usual, while parts of South America gets a draught instead. The phenomenon usually persists only around six months, but periods of up to two years has been recorded.

The La Niña causing the current floodings in Queensland is said to be the strongest La Niña since record was started being kept in the late 1800’s.

Here are some unbelievable before and after the flood pics from Brisbane and Ipswich:

From the top:
Wivenhoe Dam with all the gates open on January 10.
Albion Park raceway covered in water on January 13.
Shops in St Lucia, Brisbane on Januray 12.
Apartments on Sandford Rd, St Lucia, Brisbane on the morning of January 12 after the 4am high tide.
Coles supermarket in Brisbane Street, Ipswich, where the Bremer River peaked on January 12.