Christmas market in Old Town Stockholm, Winter 2011
I had plans to do some Christmas shopping and maybe even some strolling around the Christmas markets this weekend to possibly provoke some Christmas spirit in me (I’m strangely enough lacking it this year). But on Friday afternoon, as I was just wrapping up the big essay we’ve been writing in school, there was no doubt I was coming down with something.
Sure enough, any to do’s and plans I had for this weekend had to be put on hold as I spent the entire weekend curled up in a ball in my bed in so much pain I even considered calling an ambulance to come and whisk me away. I don’t know what I’ve been hit with, but it sure feels like and 18 wheeler. I’m still doing really bad and had to cancel group work today and did my best to work from home. Tomorrow is our big presentation of our paper so I have to find a way to get myself to Uni. I don’t see how that is going to be possible in my current state though.
It’s unbelievable how many times I’ve been sick this past fall, and how extremely sick I’ve been each time. I just got over my last flu which ailed me for more than two weeks. Up until this fall, I was sick at the most once a year. This fall I’ve been sick three times! Mom suggests my stress and all the crap I’ve been going through these past couple of months is to blame. I guess she’s got a point there.
The snow finally came to Sweden. It’s only a little bit and it’s slushy because it’s still warm here (at least for this time of year) so no telling yet if we’ll have a white Christmas.
I’m mostly writing this post as a reminder for myself next year. It’s always interesting to compare from year to year what date the first snow came.
This is also my first post from my new phone. I had it with my HTC Hero yesterday and broke up with it. There’s a new fella’ in my life now. Any guesses which one I got?
As mentioned, I finally uploaded all the photos from my cell phone to my laptop and took a trip down memory lane. Here’s some of the things my cell phone saw me do last year.
Last year’s “Majbrasa” (May bonfire)
I spent many days reading and writing with an iced latte during the summer
Practicing my balancing/surf skills in the playground with my sister last summer
My sister worked at the café at Ljunggren and I often visited her
I saw a lot of nice sunsets that colored the sky pretty
I spent three weeks living in an apartment in Saltsjöbaden and cat-sitting this little one
I got my hair cut…
… I opted for bangs
I made many, many of my “homemade” lattes
I got dolled up and went out to party in the summer nights (I think this might be my birthday, where I ended the night dancing on the bar)
I celebrated my friend’s son’s 1st birthday
I saw the leaves shift in the fall
I started at a new job and did a lot of crafts (a cloth cover for my work notebook, among other things)
At work I used both a PC and my boss’ MacBook air
Then there was winter, and there were no words to explain the amount of snow that came
I came into work many days to see frosty snowflakes biting onto the windows
Sometimes there was no view out the window at all, just snow, it seemed to never ever end
I got beautiful Spring tulips from SVT Go’kväll
And then I got my first ever fan mail (that’s what I’ll call it)
This past Sunday I went for a walk in the sun and thought, like life can be pretty amazing sometimes
On Wednesday I spotted these cute little chickens at the café by work (and then my boss surprised me with one as an Easter gift).
I’m doing about the only thing there is to do on a day like today. Last night we were hit with a massive snow storm and this morning everyone woke to utter chaos.
Not a single bus was running in or outside the entire city, car accidents, cancelled flights and trains. The snow has finally stopped coming down but we’re dealing with the aftermath now. I went in to work around noon and it was eerie walking over to the office from home – no cars on the roads, no people, just windy, snow and…nothing, empty!
I only had about an hour worth of work to do today, so after a quick stroll through the empty mall, I’ve grabbed my coffee and sat down to do some writing. I hate days like these, I’m bored and lonely.
What are your Friday plans?
My boots have taken a real beating this winter. The massive amounts of snow and the past weeks of slush and mud have left my boots looking a lot less than pretty.
I stopped by the fabric store today and bought new thin rope to switch with the old rope that was tied in the boots. They didn’t have brown, so I went with purple. What do you think?
The tulips I got from the hospital (as a Christmas present and a thanks for volunteer baking every week) finally blossomed. They’re gorgeous and the perfect flower for this white season.
This is one of my favorite things about Christmas – wrapping presents! I’ve been making a lot of my own gifts this year and wrapping them as I go. Decorating the gifts to look pretty is fun, even though they’re going to be ripped open in seconds. It’s the thought and effort that counts, right?
A quote by Anna Wintour.
Loved this one by Camilla Åkrans
Fashion! at Fotografiska
The view from Gondolen of Södermalms torg (Christmas trees!)
I met Anna again today! We had planned on going to Kaknästornet so that Anna could get some good view-pictures of Stockholm but once I headed into town (after sleeping away half the day) it was very cloudy and foggy so we ended up going to Gondolen at Slussen instead to take photos from there.
After our little view from Gondolen we walked down to Fotografiska to check out the exhibition going on there (and to get warmed up!) I’m not that much for museums, and I’d seen most of the fashion photographs on display many times before but it was nice to walk around with Anna and discuss photography and get inspiration. Earlier in the day we had stopped at a photography store because I wanted to look at cameras with Anna (she knows a lot about cameras).
We ended at café Fåtöljen for something warm to eat and drink before we said goodbye. It’s sad that we live so far away from each other. I’m working the rest of the week and Anna leaves on Friday so I won’t get a chance to see her again. It’s been nice hanging out with her and walking all over the city, it’s not often I get to just walk around Stockholm and enjoy the view.
Thanks for an awesome time Anna! Enjoy the rest of Europe!
I got into the office this morning and saw that crystal snowflakes had formed on the windows. Doesn’t it look gorgeous?