Thursday, 31 December 2009


We went sightseeing today! So nice to have someone to go with.

We went to New Haven and visited the place where the hamburger was invented (alledgedly).

After queuing for 30 min we got inside, after another 40 min we had a burger each and a small pot of potato salad.

The place is called Louis' Lunch and cooks burgers 'standing' on their side, kind of steamed. Between two slices of bread. No sauce. And seriously annoyed if you ask for ketchup. Well worth a visit!

Tuesday, 29 December 2009


Another busy year! We started of slowly, going on a cruise around the Caribbean and then visiting Edinburgh with the parents and Barcelona on our own (freezing but empty of tourists!), oh and a visit to Stockholm.

JD mooched around the house and was busy building lego and playing golf until he got himself a job in London by end of spring. About the same time I applied and got a job in the US and the calm was suddenly over - we got busy applying for visas, got almost married, got married, visited the new home town and packed up the house. The move happened early August, I moved to US and JD to East Croydon, not quite the same.

Starting a new job is always stressful and this one was no exception. Being on my own didnt help but slowly but surely I found my feet. JD came and visited and loved it. Poor man had to go back to his dull job and dull living accomodation. I went to Phoenix and to UK and to Sweden. And then it was Christmas and now JD is finally here.

My word for 2010 is 'everyday' / 'vardag'. What is yours?

Husband here

He is sleeping and snoring in the bedroom. Very nice. About time really!

Wednesday, 23 December 2009


I love glogg. Its Swedish gluwein, sweeter than the German version and with vodka or cognac a bit more potent. Mmmm.... So since early December I have made my own and given away, drunk at least a bottle of this years special brew from Blossa (white glogg with tangerines) and also been treated to a glogg tasting at EL's and Johan's - the best was the chocolate glogg closely followed by the one with cognac.

December isnt over yet so I am sure I will have more glogg today, tomorrow and then more.

Monday, 21 December 2009

Late flights and lots of snow

Am in Sweden and its lovely and white outside. Perfectly Chistmassy! JD had problems getting here due to snow in the UK and also had problems leaving for the same reason, but while here he thoroughly enjoyed the cold (-17) and snow as well as walking on the frozen lake by the summer house.

I left him at the air port and went to visit sister and the kids and dogs. A treat was sleeping with the wee one behind my legs tonight. She looks like a seal and moves like a ferret!

Tuesday, 15 December 2009


And my first Christmas present from JD arrived - he has passed the driving test so he now has a drivers license!
I am flying to Stockholm on Thu night so will see this beautiful view on Saturday when we go to the summar house. Love winter.

Monday, 14 December 2009

Jul, jul, stralande jul!

Am slowly getting in the Christmas spirit. Havent done a lot of decorating at home, just a few vital bits like my tree (made by Jo and Chris last year) and my Lisa Larson pig.

But this Sunday I made an effort and made glogg and lussebullar. So my team got some presents today! I would have liked to bring in warm glogg and served but in this oh so PC world that is not allowed. Luckily the brew filled 2 large and 1 small bottles + one glass for me. I am saving that one for tonight.

Friday, 11 December 2009


Woke up at 4.30 when the fire alarm went off in the whole building. Staggered out of bed, didnt smell any smoke so took a few minutes to drag on trousers, a fleece and the jacket. Grabbed bag and walked out. The coldest day of the year. Nice. So -5 and on top of that windchill making it feel about -10.

God Bless America! Jumped in the car, heated seating, and went to StopNSHop. Open 24hrs a day. So at 5 AM its me and the staff. Strolled around and got some xmas presents. And a toothbrush, mascara, deodorant and a brush. Just in case. Drove back to apartment but firetrucks still there and alarm sounding still (5.30) so then decided to go to work.

I can see the apartment from the office so had a cup of tea, chatted to JD and mum and saw the sun rise. At 7.30 the fire trucks still outside flashing. As I didnt have a bra on (well I did leave the flat in a hurry!) and I was in my jimjam top I had to nip across to Target (waiting impatiently outside their doors til they opened) to do some necessary shopping.

The fire trucks left at just before 9 but by then I had meetings. So now got home and still cant feel any smoke smell so not sure if it was a real alarm or just a fake one. Just hope I get a whole nights sleep tonite...

The ghost of the MMR jab 'research'

Interesting reading. It would seem that we are all easily swayed by not completely reliable data. So if offered the jab, take it.

Favorite colours

I love red. And lately I quite like purple. So now my favorite colour combination is red and purple. So pretty.

Tomorrow I will wear my red corduroy skirt with a purple top and a red sweater. Oh and purple tights. I shall stop traffic I reccon.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Made it!

Whohoo! Yes I passed my test and have a US license now. A is right, it is surprisingly easy but I am not complaining.

Winter has arrived here. Snow yesterday and minus degrees today. But as its December I guess that is all right. So I ordered cardamom, saffron, cloves, ginger and cinnamon bark today from the Spice House. Fingers crossed it will arrive early next week so I can make glogg and saffron buns.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009


So parents went home yesterday, their flight was on time and they had good seats. We had a great time so I think they will be back.

So today was first proper day back in the office. A looong day. Just 3 more then weekend. Of which one is a half day as I have to go and have my driving test. Fingers crossed I pass it so I can have my US license and not have to visit the DMV again in a loong time.
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