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Year in Review: 2013 [05 Jan 2014|12:48am]
Oh, 2013. You started off so iffy, but turned out so nice on the way.

1. What did you do in 2013 that you'd never done before?
I sang karaoke (badly) in a biker bar. I rented at room in the city on pure impulse. I got back in the game.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
So much for saving money and stop being sick. From now on my only resolution will be to survive another year.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yupster did. I'm the least supportive auntie ever, because all I do is teasing it and teaching it how to do rowdy things.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Stingy. I didn't even see him this year. I miss that little rascal.

5. What countries did you visit?
The Netherlands.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
More travelling and adventures. A puppy, perhaps?

7. What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
15 February. Leaving my safe bubble in the ghetto for a room in the city owned by someone I found online.
Midsummer's Eve celebration with Sofia and my brothers was great. The piggies were also there.
5 September. Thinking I didn't stand a chance to get such a cute guy, and not leaving his side since.
24 October. Simon and I went to Amsterdam, and later he decided that this was the date we officially became a couple.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I was brave and I went my own way. For better and worse, with a twist-ending.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Losing so much of my savings because I was sick. Paying off my apartment next year will be a bitch.
I gained about 40 pounds during the year because I was sick and couldn't exercise like I used to.
I also learned that I learn nothing from my mistakes.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I can't stress this point too strongly: YESSSSSSSS.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My Nintendo Wii. Consumerism FTW.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My guinea-pigs'. They were moved around like furniture and had to get a brand new owner, and all the car rides during holidays were probably a bitch too. Thanks, piggies.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Well, our Easter celebration wasn't much of a hoot, to say the least.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Paying bills and living in the city.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
THE CITY, BABY. THE CITY.

16. What song will always remind you of 2013?
Tik Tok by Ke$ha
Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus (unfortunately)
Best I Ever Had by Gavin Degraw
Titanium by Megan Nicole (or whoever first made it)

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier
ii. thinner or fatter? Fatter
iii. richer or poorer? Poorer

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Having more time over to spend with my friends.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
I guess I slept a bit much. Also, less injuring myself would have been nice.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I spent it with Simon and his family, with Secret Santas and tequila.

22. Did you fall in love in 2013?
Well, I did meet last year's goal, for sure. Resounding yes on that one.

23. How many one-night stands?
2. 5. 10. None. 110. Who cares?

24. What was your favorite TV program?
New Girl and Baby Daddy. BD is so bad, but Derek Theler makes it sooo good.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I can't remember. Knowing me: probably.

26. What was the best book you read?
I can't remember if I read any new books this year. All my things were in storage. I got some books from Kristine that I need to get started on.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Probably something that I first heard on Glee.

28. What did you want and get?
I wanted to live in the city. So I did.

29. What did you want and not get?
I wanted to stay in the city. But I'm happy where I am nonetheless.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
I saw Avengers about a billion times. Loved 21 Jump Street. It made me laugh, and movies rarely do anymore.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I slept all day, had pizza with Simon and worked the night shift. Thrilling, I know. I turned 29! Yay!

32.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Normal, well-behaved step-parents.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
I made my friends look awesome. Figure it out.

34. What kept you sane?
Nothing. I let crazy run its course with me. Now I keep myself sane for the sake of my little family.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Derek Theler. Such a handsome fucker.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
I leave the stirring to other people. I'm saving myself for Election 2014.

37. Who did you miss?
Sting. By a lot. He disappeared so quickly, and I never had the chance to say goodbye.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
I guess it's not fair to say Simon. Yasemin definitely became my new close friend, even though we first met last year.
I also met tons of cool people in the union meetings and committees I was in.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
Same as last year.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Well, maybe I just don't feel like it this year. I'll think of something awesome for next year.



2013 was a boring year for you to read about, but an awesome year for me to experience. Sorry 'bout that.
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"Social protocol dictates we break our backs helping Wolowitz move, and he only buys us a pizza?" [01 Apr 2013|08:40pm]
On a happier note, I finally found a nice place to live. Fed up with my depressing life and the never-ending commute, I started looking for an apartment closer to the city.

Karin and I went to check out a room in a building right next to her street, and a couple of days later my new roommate called me up and told me it was mine. I kept it on the down-low (Sting died the same day we moved my things) until my mom knew about it, which was a fun ordeal in itself.

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- It's located in Östermalm, on the street between the subway station and Karin.
- Yes, it's expensive, but only as opposed to rent-controlled places in neighborhoods outside of the city. This room is the same size as my old one; the only difference is that the kitchen is smaller.
- It takes ten minutes to get to work.
- Jennie is still living in our old apartment, and she's currently taking care of the guinea-piggies. As soon as the construction on our new apartment is done, the piggies and I will move there together.
- My new roommate is nice and once a month he pays for someone to come clean our apartment.

So, this was a secret for more than half a month. I invited my mom, paid for her train ticket (she usually takes the car), made her think we were going to Karin's place and watched as her mind was blown. Then I took her to a nice restaurant and brunch the next day. I also made a photo album with pictures of Stingy. I don't think I've ever kept such an elaborate secret/surprise from her.

Also, Jennie, the poor trooper, fell and hurt herself while we were moving my things on the subway. I keep laughing at it because it looked hilarious, but only after I made sure she was okay. I treated her to dinner afterwards, and promised to always help her whenever she moves in the future. Considering she still has noticeable bruises on her shins, I think it's well-earned.

And yes, I love it here.
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Sting [01 Apr 2013|03:14pm]
Well-acquainted to the readers of this blog, Sting passed away in mid-February. I haven't been in the mood to update since, because a lot of other things went down around the same time.

As I told nygoldfish54, Sting was neither the brightest nor the bravest, but he was loyal and loving. He looked after my mom and her family, kept them company and loved them unconditionally.

Whenever I visited my mom, he welcomed me home with joy and crazed exhilaration. One time, after he bit my thumb enough to make me mad, he went searching for me and, after finding me, licked my hand and ran off. He was a funny little dog, who ran right into walls when he was excited and always made a quick cameo when my mom and I talked on Skype. He was nervous and twitchy and playful. We went on epic walks and adventures, and he was thoroughly curious about Rambo and Éowyn. Were they food or playmates? Maybe both?

Sting was only eight years old, and had to be put to sleep because of a back-injury. He was an awesome dog and an awesome companion. Most of all, he was a family member and an important part of our lives. We will remember him and miss him, while he looks after us from a place much farther away.


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I guess I just need to say thank you, for all the fun we had.
And thank you for taking such good care of my mom. I owe you one.






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The Perfect Recipy for Never Having Thai Food Again [02 Feb 2013|01:15pm]
Ah, this week was relaxing in the way that river rafting is relaxing. I started a new physical therapy group that killed me, I had a life draining meeting, and then I managed to get myself sick. So I'm going to tell you the exact steps for making yourself sick, too.

The Perfect Recipy in 10 Easy Steps

1) Don't eat anything during the day except homemade chocolate-marzipan thingies
2) Go to a restaurant where they only serve a) food you don't like b) food that's too spicy*
3) Eat only a little because of the reasons stated above
4) Drink some wine* on a basically empty stomach
5) Have a good time up until you:
6) Get sick from the food/alcohol combination, get a weird fever and,
7) To cure the fever, dump a glass of water on your face (not in public!)
8) Throw up a lot
9) Still be feeling sick two days later, which for a hang over is not humanly possible unless you drink moonshine from a gas tank
10) Feel sorry for yourself

I'm sorry all you people who already thinks I'm weird about this, but I'm never ever ever EVER eating Thai food ever again. Ever.

Maybe not even rice.


Evil.




* In my case, spicy means more than just salt. And when you ask people at a Thai restaurant whether the food is spicy and they say no, it probably still is.

* Some wine means not more than usual (and I was not on any painkillers). I once drank a bottle myself and the only thing that happened was that I had to pee a lot.
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7 Reasons Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats [26 Jan 2013|03:33pm]
Yes, I’m starting off with an obvious and objective age-old debate. I love dogs. But as Sassy would say: “Dogs drool and cats rule.” Of course, she’s a cat, so obviously she would say that.


In her case, I tend to agree.


7 Reasons Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats

1. Ever heard of a guard cat? Unless you buy a lion, there’s little to nothing a cat would do if an intruder attacks you. The cat would save itself first and come to your rescue second. Cats don’t run into houses to save babies. They don’t help people trapped under debris. They take naps.

2. Cats don’t do tricks. I’m sure they’re smart enough to learn them; they just choose to refuse to do anything on command. If I was an animal I would probably be a cat and not a dog, but that doesn’t change the fact that I want an obedient companion. It just won’t do that I’m the second most selfish creature in the household.

3. Cats are sneaky and unreliable. They jump up on stuff, they appear out of nowhere and all of a sudden a claw finds its way into your leg. I can’t snuggle with something that makes me unsure whether this is the day my eyes will be clawed to hell. I grew up in a home with dogs, and have never had a cat or spent more than a few hours with one. The longest interaction I’ve had with a cat was with Mitzi, Jennie’s cat. During a sleepover at her place, Mitzi took a nap on my face while I was sleeping, clearly trying to smother me to death. She also chewed on my toes. Cats are unreliable.

4. Cat poop smells worse than dog poop. It’s a scientific fact (you have to look it up yourself because I can’t remember where I read it, but still). And cats don’t go outside to do their business, unless they’re one of those crazy outdoorsy types that bring home dead rats and squirrels. And unless you clean your home obsessively every day, it’s going to smell.
And yes, dogs sure are smelly sometimes too. But it’s less of a struggle giving them a bath, because it probably won’t be a life-or-death struggle.

5. Puppies and kittens are equally cute, BUT puppies grow up to show tons of expressions. Cats have two modes: grumpy and/or smug. I do agree that newborn kittens are cuter than newborn puppies, though. Puppies look like sticky, blind lumps. Kittens, less so.

6. There aren’t many activities you can do with a cat. My cat would probably not appreciate being dragged outside on a snowy winter’s day to play. It certainly wouldn’t like going for a swim or go jogging.

7. Cats don’t like me. I’m sure they are affectionate at times, but I never met a cat that wanted me to be within touching distance of it. Dogs turn around when I walk by them and want me to play with them (maybe because I always have traces of doggy treats in my pockets after playing with Stingy). They wag their little tails and look happy to see me. Cats look like they can’t be bothered.
Actually, cats and children sort of behave the same around me, which is why I avoid all of them at any cost. Don’t get me wrong, I love animals and I’m always nice to cats when we touch base, but it’s clear no matter how much miaoing and fur stroking goes down, neither of us trust the other one.


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Since the last time I was around a cat (the pet fair notwithstanding) was over a year ago, and to be absolutely fair, I asked Jennie, a cat person, why she thinks cats are better than dogs.

6 Reasons Why Cats Are Better Than Dogs – by Jennie

1. Dogs are noisy. They pant and they growl and they bark and go crazy when someone’s at the door. Cats are generally silent, which is why you never know where they are.

2. Dogs require baths. It gets messy and you get wet, and then they do that shrug-water-everywhere that they do. Cats clean themselves and are somehow never really that dirty.

3. Cats can be super affirmative and loyal. There are cats that follow you anywhere and come when you call them, even if it’s not dinner time.

4. Cats are simpler to deal with. They don’t require any training or special care other than food, a bed and maybe a couple of toys. They take care of themselves.

5. Cats are fun. They go to sleep in strange places; they crawl into cupboards and chips bags. They play with anything they can find and are generally just a damn hoot.

6. Jennie grew up in a home with cats. Just like I grew up in a home with dogs. And I think that’s what seals the deal.




All that aside, the most awesome scenario is after all when a dog and a cat become the bestest of friends and have fun together! Yay!


Peace.
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5 Reasons Why I Suck as a Blogger [24 Jan 2013|06:38pm]
So, there have been some ideas what I should do with this colossal blob of a blog, since I never seem to be able to update in a regular fashion.

There have been suggestions that I should turn it into a guinea-pig blog, giving weekly updates on the whereabouts of Rambo and Éowyn (yes, they are still alive albeit as bored as I am, probably). Someone wanted it to become a photo-only journal, but that’s only because they don’t understand how Instagram works (I assume).

And since I haven’t been writing anything of substance for at least a year, I should probably go back to basics and do just that. Things is: I’m slightly lazy, I have a mere resemblance of a real life, and I do pretty much the same thing every day.

So instead, I’m just going to start making random lists that have little or no relation to actual life. In between “all” my regular photo posts and “I’m not dead” updates, of course. What do you think I am, structured?


First up:
5 Awesome Excuses Reasons Why I Don’t Update Regularly

1. The most famous blogs are famous because they are interesting. Guess which secret formula my blog lacks? I’m single, I live in the ghetto and my two best friends are guinea-pigs. Sounds like a Disney princess just waiting to happen. Except this Disney princess sits in her apartment all day, currently on sick leave, eats the same food almost every day, wears the same fleece suit outfit, meets her wacky friends once a month at most - and the damn guinea-pigs don’t even talk. I can count on my fingers everything I did last year. Which is also why I only updated, like, twice.

2. There’s actually a real excuse, which is also the only valid excuse on this list: I can’t write about everything I do. I’m super special and important, and I do super secret stuff during working hours. Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but it’s still more or less true. And as I already established, during my non-working hours I don’t exactly do anything worth mentioning. I also have a few things I’d rather not reveal in public, or because I know my mom would have a field day with it.

3. When I do sit down to write, it tends to get overly long and texty. Point in case: this post. I know I’m super witty and funny and all that, but I also know that normal people usually stop reading before they even start when they see a huge lump o’ scripture. Or just avoid posts where some idiot uses the word text as an adjective. Actually, this is pretty much how I am in real life, too. I don’t stop talking until I want to. And I really love the sound of my voice, or at least the words that are said. My voice is annoying, but there’s nothing I can do about that because I won’t shut up either way.
You see what I mean?!

4. The language barrier. Not all people understand English, I know that (you really should try to, though) and I definitely know that not even all my closest friends understand Swedish (you don’t have to, but it’s a cool trick to show off whenever you go on vacation). Pictures are good, because everyone gets the point, even without my smartass remarks, but for a perfectionist such as I, it takes forever to make a picture post. And for a lazy person it’s an effort just getting the pictures from the camera to a laptop. So, I can never really decide what I should do, post in English, post in Swedish or post random pictures of Rambo getting stuck in my pajama bottoms.
The problem with both: my mom, who relentlessly bugs me to update, doesn’t understand English well enough to understand how funny I am. Good for super secret posts, but those are mostly locked anyway. The other problem is that I can’t afford a new laptop, and the Ä button on this one is long lost. Which makes it annoying to update in Swedish whenever I have to type bär, häär, gärna, äckel, äättika or whatever, because I have to make an effort and that’s not really my deal. This brings me to the next and final reason:

5. Laziness.



Stay tuned for my next attempt at list-making/regular updating (I’m probably going to knock out a few on top of each other before I lose interest and/or motivation) such as:
5 Worst Jobs I’ve Ever Had
The 7 Wackiest Things Jennie Have Said
Top 5 Cartoons of My Childhood
The 4 Most Awesome Dinosaurs in Jurassic Park
7 Reasons Why Batman Is The Best Superhero

And so on and so forth. Numbers are pending.
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2012 in review (Spoiler alert: it kinda sucked) [03 Jan 2013|07:02pm]
Year in review. You all know how it goes.

1. What did you do in 2012 that you'd never done before?
- I called in sick. For several days in a row. Crazy.
- I became an active member in Sweden’s Hotel and restaurant union.
- I went to Las Vegas.
- I got to ride in a limousine. Awesome.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
- I saved money and worked hard - until I got sick, that is - I became a union representative (and then some), I make monthly donations to the Alzheimer foundation and I spent a lot of time with my mom.

SUCCESS!!!

Next year I will focus on my apartment and living arrangements, save money and stop being sick. Also, being on time for stuff.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nope.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Nope.

5. What countries did you visit?
US and Finland. It was a slow year for someone who usually travels a lot.

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
Health and good luck.

7. What date from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
- Everything in Las Vegas - Red Rock Canyon, Viva Elvis etc.
- February 13 - I don’t know what it is with this day, but something always happens. Cosmo Awards, for example.
- May 1 - the perfect day with the perfect people.
- September 10 - another perfect day and evening
- October 16 - I lost someone really important, and it totally sucked
- My birthday was memorable, for once. Yay.
- Walking with dinosaurs! OMG!
- November 30 - Ungdomsforum - being happy and sad at the same time because life hits you hard sometimes, while it’s totally, totally awesome.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
- All the work I did for the union. I was awesome.
- Being approved for an apartment.

9. What was your biggest failure?
- Not getting the job I wanted.
- Losing a really close friend of mine. I want to call almost every day and talk about how stupid it is that we don’t talk anymore, because it’s really hard to lose someone so important. But I don’t.
- This year had definite potential. But it was lost in a haze of disappointment.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
YES.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
- My apartment. It’s brand new and won’t be ready for a year, but it’s MINE.
- I just bought a Nikon D3200 and I hope that’s going to be awesome.
- My Alexa. It’s worth more than my life, and I accidentally dropped butter in it at a restaurant. But still.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Karin, Yuphin, Alexandra, Simon, Sofia and Ellinor’s. I have brave and fantastic people in my life.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
- All the stupid drama that I can’t and won’t talk about because 2013 is a fresh start so it will all be forgotten.
- I was a little depressed when Nicklas Lidström retired from NHL. Okay, a lot depressed.

14. Where did most of your money go?
To my saving account and Mulberry.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
- Seeing Therese in NY.
- I also saw the hottest guy I’ve ever seen, ever. That was cool. I almost peed my pants a little.
- Going to Helsinki with Yuphin

16. What song will always remind you of 2012?
Sexy and I Know It - LMFAO (It was the theme song when I visited Kristine)
Landslide - Tony Clarke (When my life needs a clipshow, this is the song to use behind the footage)
Shake It Out - Florence + the Machine
Good Time - Owl City
Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Sadder
ii. thinner or fatter? Fatter
iii. richer or poorer? Same

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
More dinners and game nights with Karin, please. More hanging with my cool youngest (step)brother who I’ve finally bonded with.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Fretting.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
With my mom and some of my brothers at my mom’s place.

22. Did you fall in love in 2012?
I started to like someone a little. Next year my goal is to find someone who likes me back.

23. How many one-night stands?
One less than I would have liked.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
- Community
- New Girl
- Hart of Dixie
- The Sopranos
- Hell’s Kitchen

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
YES

26. What was the best book you read?
- I read a lot of autobiographies. I loved Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
- I mostly read comic books, I think. Well, “graphic novels”, to sound less like a teenager.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I didn’t listen to much new music this year. Nothing memorable, at least. Same ol’ stuff.

28. What did you want and get?
The apartment! I wanted it so bad! I jumped around all day after I was approved.

29. What did you want and not get?
- That awesome person that I was awesome with. We were awesome together. But too much awesome is apparently scary, so I have to find someone just as awesome next year.
- A puppy.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
- The Dark Knight Rises.
- The Hunger Games.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was on a conference with the union, with fun activities and a fancy dinner. Everyone sang Happy Birthday and later we went out for drinks. I am now 28.

32.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Once more with feeling: I THINK YOU ALREADY KNOW THIS.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
This was the year of the sweatpant. I was too sick and couldn’t give a damn.

34. What kept you sane?
The medicine, probably. Barely.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Batman.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
I’m usually not very political, but it’s difficult not to be if you’re involved with the union. My first wage negotiations, among other things. I realized how batshit crazy people in a crowd can be.

37. Who did you miss?
The same dead people I always miss.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
So many. All the people I met through the union! Especially Emma, Sebastian, Piero and Ellinor. And my new co-workers, Foofie and the gang.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.
“And so it was that I lived another year while learning very, very little.”

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"I hate you, please die." Oh, is that not a song yet? Fine:

“I'm damned if I do and I'm damned if I don't.
So here's to drinks in the dark at the end of my road,
And I'm ready to suffer and I'm ready to hope.”
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Husdjursmässan 2013 [03 Jan 2013|06:24pm]
Husdjursmässan (House Pet Fair) 2013 in Kista, Stockholm
Starring: Yuphin
Also starring: Lots of animals
Plot: I love animals, whatelse is there to say? Yuphin loves them too, so we start this year off with a trip to the Pet Fair.

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An awesome dog on the agility track.

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Pet playground.

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Albino ferret.

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Tiny horsies.

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Yuphin had to ask everywhere if the animals would bite if she touched them. Smart.

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Huge semi-lion kitty-kat from www.mainecoon-katten.se

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Completely unfazed by everything.

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At the bunny track.

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Farm yard animals.

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At the guinea-pig station, with well-behaved piggies.

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Cutest dog at the fair! When I kneeled down to take the photo he posed and looked right into the camera! Aww.

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A sheep taking a crap.

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We wanted to pet these, but it didn't seem safe. Hedgehogs a.k.a. fuzzy balls.

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A playful dog who kept nudging his owner with his paw.



Coming up: Year-in-review thingy. Stay tuned!
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[27 Nov 2012|03:58pm]
gone-fishin

Explanation: I'm still sick and I'm only getting worse, so this is probably going to stay inactive until I get better.
For pictures, try Instagram. For tweets, try Twitter. Same username.
Them's the breaks, kiddos.
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Summer 2012 [26 Aug 2012|06:18pm]
I was sick a lot. When I wasn't sick I worked. I applied for a job I didn't get. I spent more time than usual with my mom because she's so awesome. That's about it. So this is going to be yet another picspam-entry.

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Let's see now... Crazy guinea-pigs unnecessarily spoilt? Check!

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The view from Mom's cottage.

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The bravest dog in the world at the cemetary!

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Family group shot Mom forced us to participate in.

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My mom's birthday. I got her new fancy shoes and very fancy soap from Lush.

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Stinky taking a bath and somewhat enjoying it.

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Enter: Buster. We played tag and I was it. A lot.

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Scaredy-piggies.

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Mom and I went to the zoo (Skansen) and saw monkeys.

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I wish my own guinea-pigs were this well-behaved.

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...but at least they're hungry enough.


Yes, I love animals.

And this happened exactly two years ago.

(Things are starting to look up. About FRICKIN' time.)
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Inlägg som bara min mamma kommer tycka är intressant: [18 Jun 2012|05:29am]
Mamma och jag var ju i Rom för några år sen och då gjorde vi som alla turister gör, nämligen strosar runt på måfå och tar slumpmässiga bilder på allt möjligt.

I natt satt jag uppe och tittade på Gudfadern III, för att det är den enda delen jag inte sett och jag hade inget bättre för mig. Då dök en bekant bild upp, och jag var tvungen att stanna filmen och rota igenom mappen med alla gamla foton, och minnsann:

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Jag har lyckats ta en slumpmässig bild på ett berömt landmärke som dessutom varit med i en film utan att jag visste om det - från exakt samma ställe som det filmades.

Det är sånt som jag tycker är spännande. Nu ska jag fortsätta att titta på filmen trots att jag vet hur den slutar fast jag aldrig sett den förut. Sånt tycker jag också är roligt (tydligen.)
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Previously on "It Doesn't Have to Make Sense to be Good"...* [03 Jun 2012|04:26pm]
So, hi. You may remember me from such adventures as 'CJ moves to Stockholm' and 'Revenge of the Guinea-Pig'. Today I bring you the past four months in pictures.

I was recently elected union representative at work, so I've been unusually swamped. I've also been sick almost every week since my return from US (nygoldfish54 should find that amusing) so I've also been busy feeling sorry for myself.

That's about it. I now present you with pictures commemorating these jolly times and give you vague promises of more regular updates.


First off, hilarity at work (February):
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Karin won Champion of the Year at the award show!

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The art installment that Jimmy figured was 'probably something dangerous'.

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The annual ski trip.

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Next, my mom and I went to the Arts & Crafts fair in Älvsjö. (We have somewhat different opinions on its entertainment value.):
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Probably the coolest fabric ever. I was not allowed to make drapes of it.

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Primitive taco night before assembling my new couch.


I also worked on different assignments for the union (HRF) - random conferences, meetings and study courses:
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Representing @ Aronsborg. (Picture from HRF.net)

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Yuphin and I, doing what we do best (April):
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In April, my mom and Johnny took me, Jennie and Stinky on a road trip.
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Mom told me to pose, so I did. Like a baws.

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Stinky, apparently not excited about his first time on the swings.


Yuphin and I took a cruise to Helsinki, where they celebrated Mother's Day and kept all their stores closed (May):
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@ Sea Life

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We took a five minute visit to the casino. We were kind of underwhelmed, but they are renovating so it might look more awesome when it's done.

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May Day Celebration in, shocker, May:
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@ Clarion for the pre-procession breakfast

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Götgatan, in the middle of the procession. (I walked with my friends and co-workers from the union, and not under HRF's banner.)

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My co-worker Jenny during her speech in Kungsträdgården.


Other random crap:
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Some flower

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And finally, we round things off with some guinea-pig action and adorable cuteness:
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Rambo watching cartoons.

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Éowyn attempting to hide.

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Rambo strangling Éowyn.

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*Is this a famous quote yet? Because otherwise I think I owe nygoldfish54 a hamster or something.
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Batman & Baby Bernadotte [23 Feb 2012|12:55pm]
Jag är just nu begravd i jobbgrejer, så det finns inte så mycket att uppdatera om. Och när jag inte är på jobbet så är jag begravd i böcker.

Jag betar just nu av listan på The 25 Greatest Batman Graphic Novels, parallelt med min boklista.

Hittills har jag läst 1: Year One, 2: The Dark Knight Returns, 3: The Killing Joke, 5: The Long Halloween, 10: Dark Victory, 15: A Death In The Family, 17: Hush, 24: The Man Who Laughs

Alla var bra, allt med Jokern är sjukt och stört och grymt men BRA. #15 var bra men jag störde mig på Jasons överdrivna sökande efter sin 'riktiga' mamma. Men jag stör mig alltid på såna storylines, och Jokern var med, så jättedålig var den inte. (Hush har jag bara läst de sex sista numrena av.)

John har rekommenderat 13: Gotham by Gaslight, men jag hittar den varken på nätet eller i bokhandeln. Jag köpte just 4: Arkham Asylum (och en massa andra titlar) från Adlibris, för mitt fina jobb ger mig rabatt när jag handlar där, vilket passar bra i kombination med Bokrean 2012.

I övrigt så köpte jag två nya hyllor till min bokhylla, och de är redan fyllda. Jag läser för snabbt.

Jag är också lite besviken att Baby Bernadotte inte föddes den 25 februari, för det är min farfars födelsedag och det hade varit grymt om de hade smällt upp en flaggdag då. (Kunde inte ha väntat TVÅ små dagar, huh?) Utöver det så har jag inget att tillägga.
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Annat under solen: [09 Feb 2012|04:20am]
1. Har Skype:at min mamma endast en (1) gång sen jag kom hem från New York. Har lite dåligt samvete. (Har inte orkat vara vaken efter jobbet eller vakna tidigare innan jobbet.)


2. Alexandra - min senaste vänrekrytering som, nyförvärv till trots, är den som jag har mest gemensamt med just nu - och jag spenderade kvällen på Khushi. De har, vågar jag säga, bättre mat än (New) Indian Garden (dock inget kollektivavtal!).

Alexandra och jag utforskar stan i jakt på nya restauranger där vi kan diskutera böcker och vårat (ibland misslyckade) skrivande - våra gemensamma intressen är ungefär mat, böcker och högerpolitik, i den ordningen. Vi hann självklart diskutera fackförbund litegrann också.

Tack vare henne har jag kunnat lägga till två nya böcker på min lista: Djävulens märke och Cirkeln - de är dessutom på svenska!

Jag har även frälst Alexandra med The Hunger Games. Fick tillbaka boken av henne idag, så nu kan jag fortsätta agera mini-bibliotek med den.


3. I och med mitt nya uppdrag så MÅSTE jag lära mig att skriva kortare E-mail. Skulle skriva ett superkort mail till en kollega, och det slutade med fyra tjocka paragrafer. "Håll käften, människa," tänker jag.


4. Éowyn och Rambo fick smaka varsin vindruva idag. Glädjen var stor.
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Fackförbund & Arbetsplatsen [09 Feb 2012|03:47am]


Igår på årsmötet blev jag förtroendevald till styrelsen i fackklubben på jobbet (jag fick näst mest röster av alla, och det tänker jag skryta om för alla som orkar lyssna).

Jag är så himla glad över att ha blivit invald och ser fram emot alla utbildningar och möten och att lära mig hur allt fungerar. Och nästan lika glad är jag över att Karin också blev invald samtidigt!

Däremot måste jag nu även justera min tankegång gentemot företaget på något slags brukligt sätt. Det fungerar ju inte riktigt att stå på bådas sida med den här sortens arbete. Jag är oftast väldigt nöjd med min arbetsgivare, med tanke på hur dåliga vissa arbetsgivare är och hur katastrofalt vissa organisationer fungerar. Jag poängterar hur ofta som helst vilken bra chef jag har, som lyssnar och bryr sig och inte bara fokuserar på vinstmarginalen. Jag har rekommenderat tiotals med vänner och ibland även fullständiga främlingar att söka jobb på min arbetsplats. 8 av 10 kollegor är underbara att arbeta med och jag tjänar bra med pengar för ett yrke jag trivs med. Vem skulle klaga?

Jag jobbar på en stor arbetsplats, och för att allt ska fungera rättvist och ingen anställd ska komma i kläm så måste det finnas en engagerad fackförening som har koll på våra rättigheter och stöttar medlemmar när något blir fel - för fel kan det lätt bli när det finns många anställda och olika yrkesgrupper under samma tak.

(Jag var lite inställd på att inte bli invald eftersom det var fler nominerade än platser, så den här mini-hybrisen och töcknet som uppstod när jag insåg att folk vet vem jag är och att de valde att lägga sin röst på mig, den lägger sig nog ganska snart.)

Som tur är är jag inte en fullständig rookie efter fyra år i Finansförbundet och min tydligen medfödda kärlek till random årsmöten.


Tweet från den 14 april förra året under Friskis & Svettis årsmöte.


Kort sagt: Jag gillar fackföreningar och jag gillar min arbetsplats, och det känns jättebra att kunna bidra till att göra allt bättre. Sen är det ju ett plus att jag gillar att gå på möten och äta gratis smörgåsar.
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Stuff that happened in January [05 Feb 2012|05:41pm]
Sad Jansson. Anyway, I have sort of misplaced the installation disc to my new camera, and somewhat the camera itself too, so I haven't gotten around to the pictures yet. They're probably awesome though.

Status: Guinea-pigs - alive. Food intake - lambchop frenzy. Sleep ratio - would be better if random idiots stopped ringing our door bell.

January was almost exclusively dedicated to work as soon as I stepped off the plane from Zurich. These are the tales I bring you:



Trade union training for HRFCollapse )


The art of potstickingCollapse )


Good to know: Fits most do not mean fits all - an IKEA tragedyCollapse )

What else? I have new boots and they are called Serena. I wear a cool hat outside because it's cold. I'm going on the annual ski trip with work next month. No injuries planned this time. Our staff party is planned for the 13th, so that should be interesting. My new safety reflector is in the shape of a T-rex.

Good enough update. See ya.
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Vegas [11 Jan 2012|08:08am]
Now, with the boring stuff out of the way: Vegas was AWESOME.

Things we saw included, but was not limited to: Viva Elvis!, Red Rock Canyon, lion cubs, Bellagio and its fountain, the back alleys of the Charleston Boulevard and big darn snakes in the middle of the street. The last part was less awesome and more terrifying.

We also ate the best food ever at RM Seafood, courtesy of nygoldfish54's equally awesome parents.

The Hard Rock Hotel was great, and cheap, considering how big (and clean) the room was.

And, oh yeah, we gambled for the total amount of $10!

(For those interested, I found Wolf Run and made Kristine try it.)


And yes, it made me feel a bit homesick. I am a dork.


Relevant pictures might show up as soon as I've figured out how my new camera works. No breaths held, you guys, promise!
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2012 [11 Jan 2012|07:54am]
I feel like there's so much going on right now that I don't have to care about right this second, but will probably be crucial once I arrive in Stockholm on Sunday.

I registered for my university classes with the help of a co-worker and apparently there's something I need to do. Oh, well.

Apparently 2: Work related happenings en masse. Three different union related incidents, co-workers' adventures, the trainee program - opening my mail on Monday should be a hoot.

My guinea-pigs, who have spent their vacation at my mom's house, being fed beyond all reason, need to diet and exercise. Mom told me Éowyn tried to bite her during a particularly action-packed moment of claw-clipping. E never tried to bite neither me nor Jennie whenever we tried to clip her claws (or at all, for that matter), so I guess that needs to be investigated.

There's no food in my fridge once I get home. I don't know whether I'll be going to a union membership instruction the following week, or if my leave was granted, or what my class schedule is, or if I need to apply for educational leave, or whether any of the things I tried to take care of before I left was actually taken care of - and right now it's not something I bother to think about.

It's all going to explode all over next week anyway, so I'm just going to enjoy my last few days at nygoldfish54's house, read my books and eat unhealthy food.

Next week is the beginning of two years' booty camp. No more vacations, shopping sprees, gifts, or spendings of any kind. Next week I start working as much as I can, extra shifts, extra work-related tasks, extra everything you can think of. Next week I won't have time to eat, sleep, shop, travel or waste any money at all for two years or until I can buy my own apartment. FOCUS.

So chaos? I know you're waiting in the wings, off stage, for your cue, and I say bring it on. But I won't say it until I wake up on Monday January 16th.

Until then: Peace and quiet and absolutely no worries whatsoever.

Ah.
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Vegas [06 Jan 2012|02:46am]
So, Kristine and I are in Vegas, and this is the view from our room:



Just thought you guys should know.
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