a weekend in stockholm.

i’ve been dying to find some time to share these pictures from our weekend in stockholm, and i need to go to bed big time (my new job starts in the morning!!), but i just can’t let another day go by without a post. while i have tons to write about (stockholm stuff & soooo much more), i can’t ever seem to squeeze in the time lately, so this will be a post full of pictures… which, as they say, sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. ok. enough talking… let’s let the city of stockholm speak for itself!

thank you, stockholm, for a wonderful weekend full of friends, food, fikas, shopping, and cozy times. see you again, soon!

blogging on the bus.

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Geez it feels early and i am in desperate need of some coffee! But, friends, I have made it to the weekend – and it’s a weekend without work! Yesssss! However, I’m having some conflicting emotions right now…

On the one hand, I’m on my way, as I write this, for a fun weekend in Stockholm with my love! Shopping, pubs, dancing, friends, cafes… woo hoo!! Not to mention, I’m traveling in style! I’m on a bus that boasts luxury seats with craploads, free wifi the whole trip, snacks, drinks, etc. Love it. So, being off this weekend, having a little road trip, and good weather ahead is setting this up to be a great weekend!

On the other hand, I’m thinking about my family in North Carolina. The all live at the beach, and there is a massive hurricane bearing down on the coast. Everything seems to show that the worst part of the hurricane is headed straight for my family & their homes. Gaaahhh. Most of them are leaving their homes, but a few may have to stay, which worries me greatly… I’ll keep up as much a I can via Internet & some phone calls. Hurricane Irene, please be gentle.

Now, I’m gonna sit back & enjoy the next 2 hours, surf the net, and track the weather in the states. Hope you all have a great weekend!!

Peace & safety.

what’s a festival without fireworks?

well, my love & i have found ourselves at home on the sofa tonight. and we are having so much fun! doing what?! absolutely nothing! with nothing hanging over our heads tonight and a chance to just sit, i’ve found a little time to post a few pictures from the festival last weekend. as i said a few days ago, we worked most of the festival, but we squeezed in a few festival musts-sees and must-dos. here’s what we saw!

 they set up rides and games in the square one block from us!

there were people everywhere in the middle of the street fair!

at night, everyone rode the rides, and then just before 10, everyone headed down the main street to see the fireworks. it was crazy!

don’t you just loooove fireworks?!!!

peace out!

 

no time. at all.

seriously. i have no time right now. every minute seems to be taken up with something. most of it is work-related. but, every free minute is busy too, it seems. though i must admit that all of the busy time during my free time is fun stuff. still, i feel as if i am running around like crazy. as soon as i get home at night, bedtime comes quickly,  and then it’s time to get up and start everything all over again. and i desperately want to write. i seriously want to just chill. but, right now, my focus is on other things. you know, i have learned to take things as they come in life and to try to live in the present moment (not always an easy task). yes, right now, life is busy. and perhaps that is exactly how it should be. it may be difficult, but the time will come again when there is not so much going on. what i need to do now, in the midst of all the craziness, is to embrace all that craziness and get everything i can out of every moment. so, instead of complaining, i’m enjoying whatever is going on around me…

besides, my love and i am going to greece in one month, so that means that i will have vacation activities on a beautiful island for one whole, relaxing week! lucky, lucky me! and with that trip sitting right in front of me, i can make it through this next out-of-control month!

peace and calmness in the midst of your week.

one year and a signed contract.

one year ago today i moved to this lovely country known as sweden. i can hardly believe it’s been a year! time has gone so fast, and the year has been wonderful!

my brain was full of creative things to do with this post, and i so badly want to do them; but the hour is late, we have hardly been home for 3 days, and we have worked like crazy this weekend. so, i am exhausted and my sleep is a little more important right now. but, i couldn’t let the day pass without a tiny little post marking this occasion.

as i said, it has been an unbelievable year. my love & i flew (with our cat!) to sweden on this day last year. we stressed about jobs and swedish classes, but everything worked out… slowly, at first, but worth every bit of stress & fear of the unknown. soon after we arrived we moved into our cozy apartment and have celebrate a year’s worth of holidays here. lina has found an amazing job, i’ve started and completed swedish classes (meeting an eclectic & fun group of women along the way), and i’ve had an internship. but, that’s just all the things on the outside. there are so many little things that have been new & amazing for me.

i walk everywhere. all the time. i do my grocery shopping in a lovely square. i live in the middle of downtown, near a river. snow covered the streets and fields of sweden for about  months. i lit candles for about 6-7 hours every day in the middle of the dark, cozy winter. i kept walking everywhere. i ate a home a lot. i listened to people walking in the streets at night. i mastered doing the laundry in foreign, swedish washers & dryers. i answered the phone in swedish. i decorated my first home with my love. i cleaned to make a little money on the side. i read. i began writing again. i had a few meltdowns. i rode the tram like a swede. i took a lot of pictures. i didn’t travel every much. i hardly did any shopping (except for food). i now have a “usual” at our neighborhood pizza restaurant. i had cozy sunday night movies with my love. i found my favorite pub. i tried to keep in touch with people in the states. i skyped. i was a housewife. i got excited about the first days of wearing sunglasses in the spring. i can now attend church and understand what’s being said.  i have eaten a lot of bread. i am the queen of making good coffee. i can speak swedish…

and today… i signed the contract for my job as a youth minister. yes, i’ returning to working in the church and it feels wonderful. today, as i sat at the table and talked with the chairperson of the church administrative council, i was about to burst! on september 1st i report to the church for my first day! it may only be a part-time job, but it feels so right. and the time that i am not working with the church will be filled up with writing my book, studying some more swedish, and hanging out at my internship (but not as an intern after the middle of september).

i cannot even imagine what this next year in sweden will bring, but this past year has been amazing! i am so thankful, so blessed, and the luckiest girl in the world. i could have never made it through this year without the support & comfort that my love showed me, and the snuggly-ness of our cutie cat. my little family is the best and this year has been fantastic! as i look ahead i’m only thinking one thing: time flies, so we better do all we can to soak up every single moment, keep dreaming big, find the courage to take a risk, and never give up hope. who knows where we’ll all be in one year and what we will all have been through. but, i do know that it will be one amazing, helluva journey!

and i’m starting right now!

peace.

august festival in town!

it’s the middle of august and that means it’s time for a big, 4 day festival that takes over the whole city. woo hoo!! street fairs, fireworks, games, food, music, beer, amusement park rides, and tons of people! the festival began on wednesday, but it’s friday so now things really get into the swing of things! last night we took a walk through the city and watched the fireworks over the river along with every other man, woman, & child in norrköping! it was insane!

i have enjoyed the festival so far in little bits & pieces, and we’ll see how it goes today… my love & i are working (since we work with teenagers/young adults, and  this is a big weekend to work with them). so beginning in about 15 minutes, we will be out in the middle of everything & on the job! it’s raining right now (ugh.), and is supposed to continue the rest of the day. so it seems like it’s gonna be an interesting night. wish us luck!!

i’ve gotta a lot to write about, but it’s all just gonna have to wait until sunday! have a fantastic weekend!

peace out.