new england’s finest.

it’s that time. time to pull out the pictures from my trip home to the states; and, as usual, i’ve got plenty to share. so be ready for a few posts over the next few days! woo hoo! you feel excited too, right?

 when we left stockholm, the snow started to fall. ironic, huh? after the de-icing process, we were off!

 after about 8 and a half hours, we landed in newark, new jersey… just steps away from NYC as you can see! what a beautiful skyline!

 my parents picked us up at the airport and we made our first purchase. an amazing peppermint mocha!

we drove straight up to connecticut to meet my aunt & 2 cousins… boy, oh boy, fun times with my family! geez, i love them all so much.

we only spent one night in connecticut before we all loaded up and headed off together for a few days!

the first stop was the new england area… vermont to be exact. it is one of the few states that i had never visited before, so check that off my list of places to go! oh yeah. we were only there for a few days, but it was just enough of a taste to let me know that i wanna go back & explore the tiny state filled with mountains, forests, and cute, little new england villages. freaking adorable & beautiful!

 cozy family dinner time!!

the view when i woke up in the morning. yes, that is a ski slope right there! soooo beautiful & peaceful.

 my dad & molly enjoying some morning coffee.

lina & molly cuddling. cuties.

game time between cousins! love our sexy plaid pj pants that match the sofa. hehe.

 a typical ski resort condo. i’d love to come here regularly on the weekends!

 the ski bunnies (my cousin & lina) and me. that’s right. i don’t ski. i do much better taking pictures or drinking something in the lodge at the base of the ski slopes. hehe.

 at the base of the mountain.

 my girl can ski!!!

 hangin’ with my cousin. inside. yep.

 silly, crazy dad. cracking us all up!

 afternoon coziness.

 beautiful, picturesque vermont. can it get more american new england than this?!

 an awesome country store that has, well, everything. one of those general stores that supplied villagers with everything they needed back in the 1700 & 1800s… and they still have whatever you might need in order to be a good vermont-ian.

 like syrup. gotta get some vermont maple syrup!

 and paper masks… everyone needs one, right?

 just gorgeous!

 on the road again!! driving south to north carolina!

 we tried to find woodstock. you know, the big field where all the crazy hippies gathered in 1969. i should have been there. we never saw the field, but we took a crazy detour & found the little town called woodstock. still, a place where hippies & musicians hang out. sweet.

 still driving… a never-ending trip it seemed. but, north carolina was just a few hours away!!

and the next update… well, i’ll bet you can guess what the pictures are gonna be, right?!

peace out.

the blog world & an award!

i love the blogging world. and when i’m away, i miss it terribly.

it’s true. i miss all of you. you, who read my blog, whether i know you or not. whether you comment or not (though, i am a girl who loves a comment!). i miss you when i am away, and i cherish all of your thoughts, your comments, and your willingness to read through the things happening in my little life. this blog world has become very important to me. a place to share my thoughts, to process my experiences, and to read about your lives as well (you, who are readers & bloggers). it is a way to be connected with people from all over the world, and i am all about that! it’s so important to me to keep in touch with my near & dear, and to get to know more people; and this blog has allowed me to capture a little picture of my life in sweden for all of those i left behind in the states, and a chance to find new, never-met-before, friends who i now call my blogging friends. what a support this blog has been for me! and what an even bigger support each of you has been in my life. you may be silent or unknown supporters, but somehow i can feel all of you. and i thank you for coming by my little corner of cyberspace and sharing a part of my life.

ok. on to another thing. about a week ago, when i was in the states, i read a comment on one of my blogs which said that i was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by se perdre dans les images! thank you so much! i was totally shocked & honored to be nominated! with this award comes a few rules to follow… kind of like paying it forward. so, after a week (or maybe even 2!), i am finally doing my part.

the rules:

  • add the Versatile Award pic on your blog post
  • thank the blogger who nominated you
  • share 7 random things about yourself
  • nominate 15 fellow bloggers
  • inform the bloggers of their nomination

7 random things about me:

  • i’m addicted to potato chips & french fries.
  • one day i hope to take part in a sit-in, protest, or march for something i believe in.
  • when i was a kid, i wanted to be a detective.
  • nature is one of my best friends.
  • i believe that there is a universal truth found in all religions.
  • i loooove to drive! the longer the distance, the bigger the adventure!
  • i think everyone should really get to know at least one homeless person at some point in their life.

here are the bloggers that i pass the award on to… they are writers who make me laugh, challenge me to think, and inspire me to live. click on them and discover someone new!

(in no particular order. except that my wife is first. hehe)

thanks again for the nomination!! now get busy reading some new blogs!

peace out.

mixed emotions.

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hey, my dear readers!! just a short little post to announce that i’m headed back to sweden. i must admit, i am completely filled with mixed feelings. gaaahh. but, nevertheless, feeling good & bad, excited & heartbroken, i’m headed home tomorrow. it has been a wonderful, unbelievable time here in the states with so many chances to spend time with some very important people in my life, and i’m feeling overwhelmed & overjoyed!! but, it’ll be good to return to our cozy home & our adorable zola!

now, i’m gonna sleep for a few hours & then begin the 2 day journey home. see ya next from sweden!!!

peace out!

instagram: new england style

just thought I’d share!

i would write something under each picture, but as i am doing this post on my iPad, it would take forever, so i’m gonna let the pictures do the talking. enjoy!!

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hope you all are doing well & having a great weekend! i myself couldn’t be happier… we’ve made it to the mountains of NC & i am home!

peace!

road trip!

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Hey!! Thought it was time for a really short update… much more coming later. We’ve been in Vermont (a tiny, little, northeastern state full of outdoorsy & hippy-ish people = I love it!) since Tuesday & it has been fabulous!!! All we’ve done is laugh, eat, drink, laugh more, chit chat, and enjoy just being together (Lina did some skiing, too! Not me. I suck. But I’m great at sipping on a beer from inside the lodge!). My cousins, aunt, & uncle have a super cozy condo at a beautiful ski resort, and the view from up here is spectacular! Why, yes, I have taken a lot of pictures that I will post soon. It has been cold, snowy, & perfect in every way! We’ve been wanting to get up here for year snow, and I’m so thankful that it worked out on this trip. Sooooo thankful.

But, alas, our time in Vermont has drawn to a close, and today we’re off on another road trip. This time we’re southward bound… to North Carolina. HOME!!! It’ll take us 2 days, but it will be 2 days filled with side trips, adventures, music, & good ‘ole fun times with my parents. I freaking love road trips. Freedom. Carefree. Spontaneity. Living in the moment. Yes! Oh, my travel soul is getting so full… I’m bursting with excitement & overflowing with joy!

Ok. It’s time to watch some morning news & drink some coffee while I look out the windows at this…

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Peace & love.

what to do when you’re wide awake & excited.

Blog, of course!!

Yep. Helloooo, jet lag! It’s 5am and I’m wide awake, bursting with excitement!! I know I should force myself to try to sleep some more, but after laying here or almost an hour, I decided to write a bit.

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I have no idea how it got to be Tuesday. Sunday & Monday were one long blur… The travel began Sunday evening with a stop in Stockholm to stay with a friend overnight before our morning flight on Monday. The night was very cozy & very fun, perhaps too much fun (hehe). Let’s just say it included a nice dinner, multiple bottles of wine, and singing battles with playstation’s SingStar until 3:30 am. Fun! But, not smart, as we then had only 2 hours of sleep until our taxi to the airport. There were some tough moments at 5:45am…

The flight over was really good, though I slept perhaps a tots of 45 minutes, even though I was dead tired. But, it was smooth sailing, & I sat all cozy on my little corner watching on demand movies & tv. Geez, I love traveling like that! We arrived early, made it through customs… always a little iffy when you’re trying to get into the states. You never know who you’ll get at passport control & what kind of mood they might be in. Our guy wasn’t in a good mood, but he didn’t seem to really care. So, 2 questions & a fingerprint scan, and our passports were stamped and we were in!!!

It was soooo great to see my parents! We jumped right into our little adventures, as we made an unexpected little sightseeing tour of west manhattan, thanks to the GPS telling us to take a road that led directly into the city as we made our way north to Connecticut. It was actually perfect! It was the middle of a Monday afternoon, and a national holiday, so there were no traffic problems, and a split second of having that NYC feeling!

By dinner time we were in Connecticut with my aunt & 2 cousins, laughing, eating, & drinking together. I LOVE IT!! After catching up, filling our bellies, & enjoying a little of the Reynolds craziness, Lina & I climbed to stairs to our cozy bedroom, shut the door, snuggled under the covers, and fell asleep before our heads were on the pillow, I think.

Sounds pretty cozy… Think I’ll try to sleep a little more now before it’s time for morning coffee and then a road trip with the fam to Vermont! It feels soooo great to be here!!! I’m overjoyed right now!

Goodnight! Or good morning! Or whatever… my friends.

Peace.