Archive for May, 2011

16 May 2011

Like I don’t have enough on my plate

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I received a letter in the mail today at work with an agenda for an upcoming International Management Conference (which I’m excited about attending, don’t get me wrong) but the letter also contained a book that we’re expected to have read and reflected on before the conference which is June 15. When will I find time to do that? Is that something I’m suppose to read in my spare time? I’m confused.

16 May 2011

Sorry

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The blog is a bit quiet at the moment and I apologize for that. The weekend has been spent cleaning, polishing and tidying up. Simon’s not home during the week as you know and I’m going away on a business trip to Spain on Wednesday night and I want to have the apartment photographed and on the market before then so there is no time for blogging right now. I’ll be back with an update (and maybe som professional photos of the super clean apartment) as soon as I can find the time so until then bear with me. 🙂

13 May 2011

Shit

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12 May 2011

Please, stand by

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11 May 2011

35 things to do before I’m 35

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Well, I realise time has passed for doing a “30 things to do before I’m 30” list so I’ll just make one with a twist. So here it is in no particular order – 35 things to do before I’m 35. 🙂

  1. Backpack through Europe
  2. Learn to Scuba Dive
  3. Settle down somewhere
  4. Build our dream home
  5. Get a new car (or newer than the one we have today)
  6. Quit my job and seek new challenges
  7. Read a classic novel
  8. Spend New Year’s Eve in Sydney
  9. Plant my own garden and grow my own fruits and veggies
  10. Go on a safari in Africa
  11. See a movie in a Drive-In Theater.
  12. Swim with a dolphin
  13. Start a savings account
  14. Get married
  15. Become a parent
  16. Get in the best shape of my life
  17. Learn (or at least try to learn) how to surf
  18. Finish my Bachelor degree
  19. Do something that makes a difference (I know what it is when I see it)
  20. Become an excellent photographer
  21. Visit a music festival
  22. Learn how to make an awesome Strawberry Daiquiry
  23. Travel to at least 7 countries I haven’t been before
  24. Throw a huge party and invite EVERYONE I know
  25. Sleep under the stars
  26. Live abroad (again)
  27. Eat lobster
  28. Go fishing, catch a fish, prepare it and eat it for dinner
  29. Ride an elephant
  30. Travel around New Zealand
  31. Go technology free for a week
  32. Drive a wickedly cool car, even if I have to rent it
  33. Be adventurous
  34. Face my biggest fear
  35. Watch the sunrise at an amazing beach

So, I’ve shared mine. Now it’s your turn 🙂

10 May 2011

Australiska Nya ZeelÀndska VÀnskapsföreningen

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Genom en lÀnk som min bror sÀnde mig fick jag idag nys om att det finns nÄgot som heter Australiska Nya ZeelÀndska VÀnskapsföreningen.

VÀnskapsföreningen vill utöka kunskaperna om lÀnderna, inte bara som resemÄl, utan ocksÄ om kultur, historia och hur man lever dÀr. Vi ger vÄra medlemmar möjlighet att lÀra sig mer om Australien och Nya Zeeland. Det Àr Àven ett forum för medlemmarna till att dela deras egna reseupplevelser med andra med samma intresse. VÀnskapsföreningen arbetar för att ge medlemmarna attraktiva reseerbjudanden och förmÄner med koppling till vÄrat gemensamma intresse, Australien och Nya Zeeland.

Givetvis har de en hemsida dĂ€r du kan lĂ€sa mer och den hittar du HÄR. RĂ„kar du dessutom bo i Stockholm eller vara dĂ€r lördagen den 21 maj kan du anmĂ€la dig till resebutiken Travel Heroes event dĂ€r Australiska Nya ZeelĂ€ndska VĂ€nskapsföreningen kommer pĂ„ besök (lĂ€s mer HÄR).

10 May 2011

The move

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 Well, a thousand thoughts are running through my head. Since I own my apartment here in Jönköping we’ve played around with different scenarios – we could keep the apartment and rent something in Göteborg. Another scenario would be to sell our current apartment and rent something or to sell our current apartment and buy a new place and as you realise from previous posts the last option is they way we’ve decided to go. The problem with that is that I’m the only one who can borrow money from the bank (since Simon isn’t a permanent resident) and the places in Göteborg are more expensive than the ones in Jönköping so we’re not really sure what we’ll be able to buy. We’ll have to see what we can get for the place here and then talk to the bank again about how much we can borrow.

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10 May 2011

Finally!

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The wait is over. Amazing Race Australia starts Monday May 16 at 8.30pm on Channel 7.

10 May 2011

This last weekend…

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  • …we finished siliconing the last bits in the kitchen.
  • …we screwed up the siliconing in the kitchen and had to retape and redo it all.
  • …we desperatly tried to find Simon a computer bag. Who knew it could be so hard!?
  • …we ordered Simon a computer bag online to a bargain price compared to the store.
  • …we got Simon a pair of soccer cleats.
  • …we barbequed out on the lawn outside our house and got told off by an old lady.
  • …we woke up at 7am on Sunday morning to watch the Crows get smashed in the footy. Or Simon was up I tried to sleep while he was watching the game in bed.
  • …we spoke to Simon’s family on Skype.
  • …we bought 3 slabs of beer from a friend at a bargain price. Thank God for beer runs to Germany!
  • …we wallpapered the side of one of the closets.
  • …we cleaned the three closet doors from wallpaper glue so they can be spray painted.
  • …we trimmed the wallpaper in the office to make it look good…hmm better than before.

Exciting weekend, hey! No, not really. The siliconing was the worst bit, it took forever to tape it all up to prevent it from getting too messy and then we messed it up and had to redo it all. There was many not so nice words uttered in frustration. 😛 On top of it all the weather was really nice on Sunday and we missed out spending the entire day inside in the apartment. Isn’t life suppose to be fun and relaxing instead of just an endless list of chores, at least from time to time?! We still hope so and we’re still waiting for that moment. We’re ready, it can come at anytime now because we’re kind of over this. 🙂

09 May 2011

Mother’s Day

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It was Mother’s Day in Australia and in other parts of the world too yesterday, but not in Sweden. The modern Mother’s Day is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, yet most commonly in March, April, or May as a day to honor mothers and motherhood.

Mother’s Day was first introduced in America (of course) back in 1907 when Anna Jarvis two years after her mother’s death held a memorial to her mother and thereafter embarked upon a campaign to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday. She succeeded in making this nationally recognized in 1914. The tradition reached Europe, first UK and later Scandinavia. Mother’s Day was first celebrated in Sweden in 1919 by initiative of the author Cecilia BĂ„Ă„th-Holmberg.

In Australia the first Mother’s Day was celebrated by initiative of Mrs Janet Heyden. She began the tradition during a visit to a patient at a home for women, where she met many lonely and forgotten mothers. To cheer them up, she rounded up support from local school children and businesses to donate and bring gifts to the women.

In Australia it always falls on the second Sunday in May but in Sweden it’s celebrated the last Sunday in May. Romour has it that the reason for the late date in Sweden is because Spring arrives late here and by then everyone could go out and pick flowers for their mothers. Sweden is a stretched out country and the northern parts do have snow left a lot longer than we do down in the south.

How do you celebrate Mother’s Day?