Play date

So her best Ridgeback friend is down at her summer home and we were invited to come play. Great times!

Life reminding itself

You need them. Once in a while you need that inexorably punch in your stomach. A punch that shakes you to your core. A blow that makes an average Friday night important and reminds you that all your days are the most important you have. Because they are your life. I was aimlessly scrolling my…

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…

Mamma Mia

What a week we have had. The Mr and I who on Tuesday last week took a well deserved “post graduation”break and went to Skiathos, Greece for a week. I will tell you more in another post. But of my three trips to Greece, this was the best. Maybe it was the company, the food…

Graduation

So, it’s done. Graduation. We got to have a wonderful day for our Sam. Thanks to all our friends and family. Now high schools over and now he only needs to study if he wants to. Monday – work starts – an assistant nurse ready to care for you. His mum’s going to rest her…

Plan B

Accompanied with a cold, I’m sitting on the train home after fab days with friends from the past. From the beginning we planned to spend Thursday-Saturday at a 19’s century cabin in Linköping. On the Wednesday evening we were met of the news that the organizer was down with a cold. As the rest of…

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…

Windy walk

There are better ways to start a Sunday than driving your youngest to the soccer gathering at 06.20. But of course it’s worth it when you feel the energy through the loud music playing in the car. But there are not many better ways to spend Sunday lunch than with the Mr and friends at…

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…

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…

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.    

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….

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.

We R in

No news anymore, but for me, who uses this blog as a personal diary need to write it down for my own sake. When I’m old I will sit and enjoy all my posts and pics. And remember all the good and bad (but for sure a majority of good, because that is who I…

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….

Happiness

Sometimes happiness shows up when you least expect it. Like coming home from AW and dinner with great friends and your children have had a great day. (It could’ve been better if the husband hadn’t been working, but on the other hand having a job can also bring happiness). I almost felt like Tom:

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…

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.

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…

An ordinary life

I belong to what people would call “the commoners”. I am not famous (not notorious either for that matter). I don’t have famous friends. I don’t have loads of money that can take me all the places I want to go (this I would like to have, not so much the money as being able to…

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…

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…

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.

Vacation

Life hasn’t stopped, we are just on vacation and looking forward to two and half more weeks of it. Beach, soccer world-cup, swimming, head injuries, friends, wine, more friends, ice-cream, biking, sun, movies, books, playing cards, late mornings, parties, dancing, more wine, tennis, jellyfish (the stinging kind), wasps (also the stinging kind), bbq etc etc….

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…

Just an ordinary Thursday

I have asked some friends and former colleagues for some feedback as I am taking this development class. And how lucky I am to not only have friends but to have the most intelligent ones. Yes, all the positive things are great to hear (but nothing really new 😉 ), but what I truly appreciate…

Gratitude

Yesterdays visits with friends left me with an even stronger sense to actively acknowledge gratitude. I really have nothing to complain about. Nothing, nothing at all. Besides our general health, yesterday left me grateful for; To have  friends around me that challenge and allow me to challenge. GREAT ideas Both boys had a good first…

Happy Wednesday

Today I am happy for the fact that I will meet some friends. Friends make me happy. And coffee to. I’ll start with some coffee.

Based on some discussions on Facebook

Today I want to celebrate the discussion. Or the people who know how to discuss and to let their voices be heard in a, even if emotional, respectful way. People who share their way of thinking and why they think that way. And who let me share mine, but also who question also my view….

What a day, what a week

This week can only be summarized in two words: good stuff. I have had some really good conversations with really good people, one that went out the door only 10 minutes ago…  another that I have the sense I will not see too often in the future 😦 . But the conversations were splendid learned…

Proud as only a mother can be

Today my sons and a friend decided to have a flea market. Our village is not big so I didn’t expect much, but I though “as long they are having fun”. Said and done. They collected toys that they do not use anymore. Put them on a table and starting to sell. As said our…

Contemplation

 The fireplace is burning, the wind i blowing, the rain is poring and life could not be much better. I have returned home after a week-end of laughter, discussion and reflection. Which usually is the result after seeing my childhood (and that is prior 18) friends. In a cabin, on the Swedish west coast we…

Chats

Today I had a wonderful lunch with an even more wonderful friend. A friend I found via work and who I can be absolutely 100% open and honest with. Someone I can share my inner most feelings and thoughts with. A friend who listens, supports and challenge me. Today she challenged me to make chocolate…

All worth it

Yesterday was a time warp for me and the Mr. The husband tied the football shoes on and entered his beloved pitch. With his home team, where he started and peaked he once again teamed up with the same old friends. The talks before and after the game, was all there. I took the later…

9.57

Time to reveal my cliff-hanging post of this morning. I have been running. And yes, that is crazy. Let me explain why: It was 10 km (or somewhere in that neighborhood). One month ago, 10 k’s was something i ran once a year. Tops. At a race. 10 k’s was nothing I run as “practice”….

The small things

The other day I wrote about the smell of Lilies of the Valley and how happy it make me. I just looked through my calendar and found an appointment that makes me just as happy, a fika date with a friend. Friday + fika + friend = happiness. Oh, the simple things.

Friends on my desktop

I have a tendency to save “stuff” on my desktop. Usually it is pics that I have taken and is awaiting to be uploaded to my blog with a catchy story to it. The one story I create today is the one of friends. As you saw in the last post I was visiting childhood…

Said it before, say it again

Today was a bank holiday and finally the mr and I was both off work. So I decided to spend it with childhood friends instead ;). My family is always my priority, but my friends are never short after. We might not meet too often. But when we do it is always the dearest. They…

Snakes, other reptiles and animals as such

After a slow and late breakfast (or actually two) with the dearest of friends. We ignored the fact that the sun was here (it is still too bl**dy cold anyway) and they boys and I went to Tropikariet in Helsingborg. Sam loves his (and all other) animals and little bro got really excited as well….

And yes, it is that time of the month

Let’s not beat around the bush, I have PMS. And when so, I change personality like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. OK, change is maybe and overstatement. I have a temper like few others (it is part of my personality and with me all of the days of the year, the fact that I am…