Monday, May 3, 2010


Just another Monday. Nothing special, nothing new.
What's in my tummy:
A giant Dutch apple with peanut butter. Don't worry, I haven't TOTALLY forgot how to eat like an American.

What I'm listening to:
TRYING to listen to some Sia, but unfortunately Tara has a friend over and they won't stop whistling. This is Tara's new favorite thing and I can hardly stand it!

Not a whiskey sour, but this is pretty good in itself, Ramlösa mixed with Pomegranite smoothie style juice. Really yummy!

This is bubbly water with lots of different flavors. I like original, but sometimes I venture out and drink some jordgubb (strawberry).

A Rice and Curry cookbook and writing down as many recipes as my little cook book can hold. I've really become interested in Indian cooking, and Fredrik and I certainly love to eat it, so why not learn to cook it!

Looking forward to:
This weekend. Helping Fredrik's parents at their cabin, getting ready to put a new addition on to the living room. Forecast looks promising, sun and warm temperatures.

On the table tonight:
Simple, make your own burritos. Complete with homemade tortillas, ground taco beef, cumin cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce and salsa.

Soon to be on the table:
Pesto basil jumbo shrimp with lemon parmesan linguini. Can't wait for this one! I think I'll save this one to make for Fredrik. :)

Feeling frustrated with:
Caitlin isn't done with school until June 15th. What a long time!

Feeling not frustrated with:
Spending a month and a half with no work, no commitments. With my honey, in the beautiful Swedish summer. Midsummer here we come!

The next few weeks are going to be quite a bore, just waiting and waiting for June 15th!
The Swedish thing of the day is the Swedish flag. Now I know my readers aren't dumb and surely know what the Swedish flag looks like. But this flag is really special to me. I don't know why, and anytime I see something with these colors, I want to buy it! Fredrik doesn't understand, but I have a weird obsession with Swedish souveniers. I love buying silly little Swedish things. Right now, they are getting ready for graduation and it's traditional to buy a small stuffed animal or other small toys that are Swedish colors, put it on a blue and yellow ribbon and put it around the graduating person's neck. So the graduate then, at the end of the day, has lots of silly, small, Swedish themed toys dangling from their neck. I will write a lot more about this later, because Swedish graduation is a really cool thing. And if I'm lucky, Fredrik might let me take some pictures of his graduation stuff to show you all! :)

The other day I was sitting in my little house with the window open, letting some clean, country air into the room, when I noticed something out of the corner or my eye. It was this bright, beautiful flag waving through a gap in the newly green trees. Just a small thing, but it made me smile. :)

The Swedish word of the day is "Du gamla, du fria" it means "you old, you free" and it's actually the Swedish National Anthem. It's actually a really nice sounding anthem. This is the version of Carola singing it. Carola is a really famous pop singer. She has been singing in television contests for many years and won the Eurovision Song Contest in the 90's. Du Gamla, Du Fria

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