Thursday, 30 August 2007

Inappropriate behaviour

At work it was decided we should put together a 'Facebook' page each, to get to know each other better. The word is in ' ' s as the company wont allow us to use the site. We were sent a template to fill out with vital data such as:
Favourite book
Favourite band
Favourite quote
Hobbies/ interests
Special skills

So I added a nice photo (see above) and added some data

Hobbies: golf, reading, meeting friends for a drink

Special skills: Fluent in Swedish, know enough Russian and French to order a drink

Now I have just been told to change the page as its 'inappropriate' - photo shows a drink and I mention the word twice.

My new favourite book is Dry by Augusten Burroughs

My new favourite quite is:
"The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants them to do, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it. "
Theodore Roosevelt
My new pet peeve is time wasting.

All are true, but I preferred my old page.

Monday, 27 August 2007

Alvdal




The weekend was great. We saw the worlds largest 'kick' (= spark in Swedish), we ate whale, we visited an Indian poets grave on a mountain top, we had a fish bbq at 800 meters over sea level in the evening sunshine and we had a great visit to Lilleputthammer, which Sofie and Johanna thought was a real village. Unfortunately not, they charge 125NOK to see the smaller scale version of Lillehammer so we checked out the real thing instead.




Favourite memory? Gunnhild leaving her car over night in Oslo with the window down, still locked when we found it this morning and nothing missig. Only honest theives in that town.




Thursday, 23 August 2007

4 year anniversary







Year 1: Bergen - Eva, Eva H, Gunnhild, Johanna, Sofie, Tracey. Best memory - raining in Flom


Year 2: Borrby - Eva, Eva H, Gunnhild, Johanna, Tracey, Sofie. Best memory - cray fish hen night party


Year 3: Cirencester - Eva, Eva J, Gunnhild, Johanna, Sofie. Best memory - getting lost in maze at Blenheim palace


Year 4: Norway (Gunnhild's cabin in mountains) - Eva, Gunnhild, Johanna, Sofie. Best memory: TBD





Sunday, 19 August 2007

Rhubarb, rhubab, rhubarb


Rhubarb must be a weed. Back from 3 weeks away from home and it had taken over the border completely. Almost too scary to be picked. But I am brave and without the giant leaves (in compost) the stalks weighed in at 2.6kg. Enough for a large batch of chutney (currently on stove) and a trifle (to be prepared shortly).
So far this year I have made the following with rhubarb:

crush
duck filling
crumble
liqueur
trifle
chutney

Am starting to grow a bit bored with it. Am hoping this was the last crop.

Its tomato season so the fruit on the 16 plants (all self seeded from last years crop) are starting to ripen. I wonder how many different tomato food items I will end up cooking...

Saturday, 18 August 2007

Photos


I have added the photos from Sweden to Flickr so go an admire.


Back from Delhi.
Overslept this morning, was only woken up at 9.55 (car picking us up at 10.30) when Steve called my room to check if I had gone down to check out yet. Oops. Bit of a panic but luckily I had packed most things on Thursday and also Heidi's bag that I have borrowed has this great expanding top thingymajig that came in handy.

Friday, 17 August 2007

Moet in the Mall

Ahem, am a little bit hungover today. Went out with the team last night for dinner and then on to more drinking. For dinner we turned up in time for happy hour so we got two for one on all orders, had 2 (ie 4) Kingfisher, ordered the small bottles, got the large (660ml) - did not complain. We also decided to have their speciality, vodka shots served in a potatoe bake thingymajig. We opted for jaljeera flavoured vodka, it was vile. It is not a good idea to try.

After dinner we went to a mall to check out the nightclubs in there, hmmm dodgy. Decided Night Time Bird's place was too strange and went to Mojo instead. As it was Ruma's birthday today we ordered Moet for midnight, which we promptly finished before heading out on the dance floor enjoying the eclecting mix of cheesy pop and Indian film music. I am good at the indian dancing it turns out. Not that its that hard with the 'get away from me' hand movements and 'where is it' shoulder shrugs. Great time.

We left at 2ish and headed home, today I am a little bit delicate but should be ok as most of the office is out on an off site.

Looking forward to going home tomorrow and not drinking for a few days. Until Wednesday when I go to Oslo to see Gunnhild. My life is though.

Monday, 13 August 2007

India

Am back in India. A bit weird after being in Sweden for two weeks to go straight to Delhi but it is nice to not be in the office just yet. Its not quite the same to be working in another country.

Holiday was great. JD turned up after I had spent some initial days rewindning with friends and we went straight to Bredsand for a relaxing week of sun, swimming and lots of wine. Great stuff!

Swimming several times a day, cycling to town to go to Systembolaget, dinner on the veranda with whatever was purchased that day. Cannot complain! Also read a couple of books and started making some snaps with wild raspberries, St Johns worth and Sloe. We'll find out how they taste when we are back next year, for now they are in my fathers capable hands.

Finished the week with going to Vedhorn for the Jenny x 2 party which was great. JD had the job of cleaning out the baby bath between salad mixings. We got fed good food and drank a lot of nicely chilled beer while chatting to friends. A lot of Kodak moments going on, sitting on the pier in the sunset sipping cold beers - all looking healthy blond and tanned. Maybe more a 'Welcome to Sweden' advert than a Kodak moment actually.

Friday, 3 August 2007

In the country


Have just spent two days with my sister and her family out in the sticks. Its August so the evenings are dark, I have no idea how they cope through winter when its pitch black.


The girls took me to the lake for a dip and to show off their diving skills. It was freezing but luckily I only had to go in once for about 20 seconds and then stand in the sun admiring their diving. Can do that.


Today I am back in Stockholm to do some washes and meet JD arriving tonight. Nice to be back in civilization.
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