I’m not alone

Had lunch with a friend of mine. We talked about life and what’s happening and came to the conclusion we share an issue. We are both mother’s of two sons in similar age, not that I think that our offsprings’ gender has too much to about our common dilemma, which is – our ability to…

Him, myself and friends

I don’t want you readers to think that this has become a dog blog. But let’s face it. Both boys are nowadays kissing other girls than their mother (yes, I do spy on them and I’m not ashamed) and my role in their life is changing. I’m no-longer the centre of their universe and that…

Nirvana

I think that the closest I come to Nirvana here on earth is, besides the obvious, is good cultural experiences. I have been moved by exhibitions, individual pieces of art, concerts, books and movies. And I feel blessed when something worldly can move me to my core. I remember watching the latest Joker movie back…

The Friendship Inn

Last week it was Gothia Cup, the largest football youth cup. Fabbe’s team was there. His first time. As the mother I am, and can be. I took my work computer and camera and logged in at The Friendship Inn. Once again my childhood friend opened her doors for me and lend me a bed….

Review Skiathos

It started with poor imagination. The Mr wanted to go abroad during his vacation. No discussion. I never have that need. Or possibly I never need to, as my husband always wins that race. I understand him though. Living in Sweden and having an early vacation in June – you never know what weather you’ll…

Friday tulips

Almost every Friday I purchase a bouquet flowers, usually tulips. Nowadays it doesn’t only bright my day up, flowers makes you happy, but I also think of my friend Monika. She also likes tulips and always purchase white ones. I can’t limit myself I need have colours and different ones every time. Happy Friday all,…

Have faith

Yesterday there was a party for our young adult. 15 friends showed up (they were invited). Young adults, mainly of the male gender. What a great bunch! When the party was over the last ones standing both initiated and handed the cleaning – the house was almost in a better shape after than when they…

Friends

Today we had a play date with one of my high school friends and family. With we I mean the dogs. Buddy haven’t had so many play dates due to his parents. I’m devastated over this fact, when I see how good he is. Buddy, Tesla and Sansa had a great time – and so…

When in Rome

After almost 15 years we did it. A only grown-up vacation. 4 days and 4 nights we were away from the children. Together with dear friends we went to Rome to celebrate love. As couples we’ve been together for 25 years. Our friends have been married for 15 and the Mr and I celebrated our…

Downside

I am a person who is all for results. It is a great capability! It get’s things done. It take you somewhere. But at the same time, people like me are useless. Totally useless if you are looking for an ear that only listens. My hearing is good and I have mastered the ability to…

Shared happiness

I won’t go as far as claiming that only shared happiness is real. But when you see someone else happy,  it is a gooood feeling. To see the Mr in his right element, teaching soccer, I really get happy.

Two hours

Two hours of constant talking and laughing. That's what you get when you send a spur of the moment text and get together with your childhood friend a summer evening. Maybe not as hot, as limber or as naive as for 30 years ago. But still perfect in our inperfection. Dare to be spontaneous, dare…

Friendship annus 1990

I met this lovely woman back in 1990, when the future held dreams about mansions, top positions as LA law firms and hunky pool boys in Beverly Hills. At age 16, I found my squire. She's mine, as I am hers. We stood by each other through heart aces and gutter vomits. She was never…

Vacay – trip 3

And the morning after F’s 11 birthday, off we went. The entire clan. Up to the northern part of Stockholm’s archipelago and the island Blidö. Where we finally got to experience the Mr’s childhood friend’s summer home (he’s been talking about it forever, that is how old they are). His childhood friend is also my…

Vacay – no 2

After returning from Österlen, but before celebrating F’s 11 birthday, I stoped by at home, re packed and went off to a short overnight trip with “the women”. A constellation of women where I feel very welcomed but also a little as the least sharpest tool in the shed. I know that this feeling is…

Vacay – trip 1

Me and Fabian fabulous took the first trip of this vacation together with friends of ours (also mother and son). We spend 2.5 days at beautiful Österlen. Sigh. Thanks to other friends the trip could be spent in a very nice cabin (the kind I would choose if I would have one. For all of…

Two semesters later

There it was, the last day of school for this school year. Sam’s first in junior high with new school, new teachers, new classmates, new subjects and new ways of assessments. But, this change would’ve happened anyway, so when comparing it (with Fabian’s), without depreciate it, was a smaller change. For Fabian the school start…

If I only

If I only were like these friends. They who, when I wish them happy travels and complained about my cold, delivers a fresh garden bouquet within minutes. I am not like that. I’m not even close to that level of consideration. But happy that I’ve got friends that are. Highly appreciated.    

Next level

Good Sunday, after carrying 6 cubics of soil to our lawn, me and the Mr left the kids for a glass (OK two) of wine with friends in the sun at one of the local hotels. We enjoyed it until… one kid made nuisance. The worst sort – whining. I have full respect for kids and their…

Essence of life

For me essence of life is family (of course) and shortly thereafter friends. The friends that you discuss life with. Where you are 100% honest in your believes and opinions. Where the people listen to listen, not to talk answer but really listen. Where 6 hrs, feels like 2. This weekend was all about those friends….

Slope sliding

Returned home after a 7 day ski trip. Absolutely the best thing a family can do together. Absolutely the hardest thing a 40 year old body can do. But I got most bruises from getting up and down in the bunk bed… Today we will spend as good Christians, doing nothing. Tomorrow we need to…

Why folks?! Why?

The other day a conversation with a friend raised the question “Why do people ask questions that is really none of their business? And the answer is simple. They are stupid. We all are. Some more than others, others in a different way. But we are all stupid. Our inability to see things from the…

What just happened?

A month and a half into the semester and the son is Skyping with girls. Having a good time as far as I can hear. I didn’t see this coming.

What a way to start your day

This morning I was love bombed. What a best way to start your day. Two friends, independently of one another, “Instagramed” and Facedbooked the nicest things about me. And just because I am who I am. One can’t have a bad day after that. Thanks to them for sharing and thanks to me for being me. View…

New beginnings

Hmmm, one always says (one as a general, vague and unidentified person) it is hard to find new friends as you get old(er). What a load of bullshit. I’m just realizing that I have, in a very short time, found some new friends. Smart, open, women. Ready to give and ready to be around. That’s freaking amazing….

Amazing, or things you realize when you’re moving

It’s amazing. If it is “amazing fantastic” or “amazing weird” I will not even consider at this time. But the amazing fact is that I have: 1. Saved a shoebox full of notes (handwritten only). 2. All notes were written during classes of my freshman year in high-school. 3. We signed notes with strange alias…

Practise makes perfection

During the last days Fabian has, with the help of his best friend, been practicing a forward flip on the trampoline with the goal to be able to land on his feet. Today, was the day he made it. Over and over again. Happiness, friendship. Boom!

Within 15 min

Your life can get a necessary energy boost, just by hooking up with the right people. A phone-call, a coffee and two conversations later, you have gotten both energy, new ideas and perspective. Not too bad on a Friday morning.  

Shit in – shit out

I get ridiculously fulfilled by conversations. Conversations between smart individuals (myself included). The type of conversations that do not seem to have no end. Where you go from topic to topic to share and learn. Conversations with people who can argue and question you with full respect of you and your viewpoints. And where your viewpoints are…

It is simple 

It is pretty simple. You like each other and you become friends. But friendship can change. There is no guarantee that one like one another after 25 years. Bring two husbands and four children into the pictures and there is a lot that doesn’t necessarily add up. Or it just does. Or maybe it is…

Zlatan is in da house

In our family we have entered a new era. The era of young boys smelling gooood. For Christmas and birthday our sons got things to make them smell favourably. And it sure smells. Walking into F’s room is like walking into a mist of early manhood. I do wonder if anything is actually sprayed on…

What you need

One think that all you need is good friends. But unfortunately it is not that simple. You need smart friends. Insightful friends. Who can sparr you when you need it. Who leaves you filled with energy to take you to the next level. And thankfully I have these friends. Thank you. You know who you are.

Happiness in different forms and shapes

Like in the form of a spherical object. Just ask the man I met 20 some years ago (and joined, if not in holy, matrimony three years ago). I know he loves me and our offsprings more than anything. No questions asked. But there is one thing that at times, brings him more happiness, than the…

A day in the sun

If the summer would getting grades, it would fail miserably this year. Until today (or two days prior if we are to be precize). We, however, haven’t gotten the chance to enjoy it, until today. The was spent with friends. First at the local pool and the kids were more in the pool than out…

When time is not enough

Sometimes time can never be enough. Like when you meet a friend and you have so much to talk about. And you realize that it wouldn’t matter if you had more time. It simply wouldn’t be enough to empty the things that need to be ventilated. All the things from kids, friendship to career. Or…

Heritage, environment or jante at its best?

Reunions, what a strange arrangement. What a great arrangement. Last Saturday, 50% of all the students from the three graduating classes from Ljungbyheds junior high 1990, returned to a building where school dances were held 25-years ago. Did we time warp and become as we once were. Naturally, I can only speak for myself, but some extent yes. But only because…

I’m a planner

I get happy when I plan stuff. Probably makes me a person of control. I get really excited and happy when I plan stuff around food. Not because I love it so much, more the opposite. I hate cooking and have realized that with some good planning the process goes so much smoother. So, now I have…

35 and counting

Friends is what the soul requires once in a while. I know I have said it before but it is worth saying again, thank the world for friends. Had, almost on the minute, 24 hrs with Mrs P, once known as Ms W and Mrs W, once known Ms J, both dating back from my…

There is a time for everything

Two summers ago the Mr and I stood by the ocean while our kids were swimming and playing in it and asked ourselves; “Is it time to move back?” 16 years ago we left the Mr’s home town to move to the other side of the country. Two years later we were looking for a house to turn into a…

Win-win

It is Monday and I am happy. It is as simple as that. The resons for my happiness are multiple. I have received positive feedback (which you know that I am sucker for), gotten the possibility to write some more (pro bono of course) and getting to know new people. I also got a hug and…

Remember the dimensions

Positive feedback is great. It does wonder for the soul. Starting as a freelance/consultant was the best thing I have ever done when it comes to feedback. I personally claim that my work keeps the same quality as before, but I receive far more positive feedback then I can remember I have ever received before….

Walking and talking

Today I meet one of my highschool friends. We set out for a walk. A two hour walk. Up a ridge (and down). Gotta strech some more. A good walk with some good talk.

Monday

Mondays can be anything from heaven to hell. My Monday was a slice of heaven. A fairly long drive for two hours of morning coffee and chats. But that’s what you do when oppertunity strikes. You only live once.

Stockholm and Peter Jöback

For some time now, my sister and I never give each other any birthday presents or Christmas gifts. Instead we do something together once a year. Usually a concert. Or a musical. Or a play. Personally I prefer anything with Peter Jöback. This year our budget let us go to Stockholm where we went madly shopping…

A good person

I know it might sound presumptuous. I am well aware that I have a recoccuring (not totally sound) hybris. But do you know, I really, truly do not give a s**t. During the last days I received some really nice feedback. Of who I am. Not what I do (because there I am not quite…

40 is the new 20, party people and gratitude

I will share some pictures from a surprise birthday party we went to yesterday. What an honor for us, what a surprise for the birthday child and what a day, evening, night and morning it was. The scenery could not be much better, the party was set at the beautiful Tosterup castle, the weather was…

Example

This video is a great example of friendship (topic in my last post).

Friends

What makes a person a friend? The last days I have reflected over my friends. Why are a handful of people extremely valuable for me? It is so simpel, they are people like me who a pretty fine with who they are. They are people with dreams. Dreams and aspirations, but who choose not only lock…

This calls for Irene

So the first time (well, almost) since October I have been running. It was OK, I will be sore tomorrow, but right now it feels darn good. My running coach keeps telling me to remember this feeling, I never do and complain every time I am about to go out. But, afterwards, it is a…

All these ladies

Yesterday I stayed up till 03.30 am (we are actually talking about this morning). That it self in an accomplishment. Not frequently occurring. Before that I ate (different oriental dishes) , I drank (wine and water), I danced, I laughed, I cried and I celebrated (the victory of my team’s music quiz especially). This I…