sensory overload. part 5.

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it’s tuesday, and time to stop for a moment and think about all that has touched and piqued my senses in the last week… it was kind of a blended week, i think. busy times and relaxing times. a bit of just regular ole life, which is not a complaint at all. i’m feeling quite lucky that things are just rolling on. let me show you…

quiet mornings all by myself…

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fika meet up with TEN women from asheville – lots of new people this week!
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a working lunch at a fave cafe.
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friday celebrations with my love & my bro…

lina has officially completed her first semester at an american university! i am one proud wife!IMG_6466

so far, so good. ten days done! finding inspiration in my morning ritual.IMG_6488

headed down to raleigh saturday for a scandinavian christmas fair/market. road trip!IMG_6494

found this awesome button: i’m officially swedish!
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scandinavian people everywhere. so crazy and kinda weird. hehe.DSC_0899

my love was a bitty swedish girl, running around grabbing up swedish goodies that she is missing. it’s a proven fact… one of the biggest things that expats miss the most is food!DSC_0909

traditional swedish christmas yummies!! IMG_6497

and st. lucia was there too. a huge, amazing tradition in sweden during advent (dec. 13).DSC_0941 DSC_0947

on our way home, we decided to be a little spontaneous and stop at the festival of lights in tanglewood park. it is the largest light show in the southeast, i think. anyway, the little side trip put us back about 3 hours, but it was so worth it. fun traditions!! 
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we celebrated the 2nd sunday in advent with a cozy, relaxing day at home. i wrote an article for the newspaper, we finished all of the seasons of breaking bad, and… that’s about all i can remember. basically, it was a pj day. awesome.IMG_6584 IMG_6588

Seeing: christmas decorations and lights everywhere. oh, gosh i love this time of year!

Smelling: tea, coffee, cinnamon, evergreen leaves. wonderful smells of the season.

Tasting: yummy swedish food!! and some special, locally brewed beer at the brewery about a block from our apartment.

Touching: receiving hugs from the little kids that i taught when i visited the school to talk about being a writer. having a chance to be around a classroom full of children again was just wonderful!

Hearing: the voices of new friends and interesting women during my fika meet up. it is so crazy to listen to the stories and adventures of different people, discovering how we all ended up here in asheville at this moment in time.

Feeling: calm and peaceful in the early mornings before the sun rises. it’s my own private time to just breathe and ease into the day. i have been trying very hard to soak in this december, intentionally focusing on the season, in the hopes of not getting all caught up in stuff.

though it’s already tuesday, it has been and is going to be a very festive week! dinner out last night, friends coming over tonight for a little, cozy christmas celebration, family time drinking beer at the brewery again (we loved it), going to the theater, and parties this weekend – more on that later!

hoping that your week is going well… only two weeks till christmas! sending you lots of cheer and love today.

peace. xx

winding down.

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it’s late sunday night. well, not so late. but late enough. or perhaps i’m just tired. i’m feeling mellow. chill. good.

it’s been a fairly busy weekend, what with being at work every day. but, it’s all been good. or perhaps i’m just in a good mood. i don’t exactly know what i am right now. my head hurts terribly, i can barely keep by eyes open as i tap my finger on my phone’s keypad. it probably doesn’t help that I’m already laying down. still, back to what i was saying… i feel drained, exhausted. but good. peaceful.

besides the work of the weekend, my love & i managed to knock off almost all of our christmas shopping, watched a movie at the theater, and decorated our apartment. go us. the holidays have arrived here! it is so cozy, warm, & beautiful, if i do say so myself. it feels great. we tapped off our night with a swedish christmas tradition… drinking glögg. mmm…

the upcoming week looks to be busy too, but that’s the nature of the season, huh? of course, a lot of busy-ness is amazing & fun stuff… like going to the theater and having our thanksgiving dinner with friends. i’m also determined to get some more writing of my story done & posted on here. and, of course, every day brings us one more closer to my love & i to our trip to the states. only 3 weeks now!

i hope y’all had a great weekend, holiday or not. i wish you a night of peaceful rest & a new week filled with new opportunities to follow your dreams. enjoy the season!

peace & love.

autumn in everything.

a new, funky cafe. gonna visit here often from now on.

it’s thursday night and my weekend has begun! i have the next 3 days off & not that much planned. feels really, really good. especially after last weekend; which was good, but over-the-top busy. i think i pretty much lived at the church. so, besides a little meeting tomorrow, everything else i do over the weekend has not even been planned yet. hmm… what are we gonna get into?!

i’m pretty sure it will involve calm, cozy moments with each other. the best thing about this season is the coziness, ya know. it’s dark pretty early here in sweden. it’s been chilly & rainy every day. and i’m not really complaining about it at all because all i wanna do is hunker down at home & just be. soak up the autumn all around.

i thought i’d share a few pictures of the past few autumn days in my corner of the world…

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our fall wreath is now hanging on our door. funky & natural. love it.
on monday we went to a pub to celebrate our friend’s birthday. cooozy.
i got a haircut. yay.
my love brought me flowers. just because.

we set our alarm for 3am & watched the presidential debate live. crazy girls. yep.
a new, funky cafe. gonna visit here often from now on.
inside the cafe. soooo cozy.listening to live music on a wednesday night. carpe diem, right?
no words. just beauty.

popcorn nights with my love.
a fall sunset in norrköping

“Two sounds of autumn are unmistakable…the hurrying rustle of crisp leaves blown along the street…by a gusty wind, and the gabble of a flock of migrating geese.”
― Hal Borland

hope your autumn days have been as calm and cozy as possible. wishing you days of golden leaves, flickering candles, and  snuggly blankets.

peace.