I’m watching the two worst movies every. The Ninja Mission and 2019 – the new barbarians. I borrowed them from Roger at work. And I’m not badmouthing his choice of film – he told me these were terrible, and therefore I should watch them.
There Swedish, but the first takes place in the Soviet Unions (with ninjas), even though you can see old Volvo cars with Swedish plates…
But last week I saw a really good movie, the sequel to The Hunger games, Catching fire. I’ve also read the book,
and I was pleasantly surprised. The movie stuck to the book well.
NHL has started so and so, but they’ll get it eventually.
Swedish Idol only has two more episodes. I love this show. Go Elin!
At work there has been a whole lot going on, with a new layout for the paper, new networks and other things, but it’s getting better and better.
We had a company party Saturday. Bowling, dinner and then party at a nightclub. Really nice.
And I’m also doing a lot of other fun things, and I guess it will be even more now that the holiday season is coming up
The fall is here
I've had so much to do each week, so I never get time to blog.
I alwas have plenty of stuff to do during the weekends, always many weeks ahead. But also in the weekdays it's like that. For instance, this week:
Monday: stor (tell you more in a second)
Tuesday: met with Elin, Dionisis and Teo.
Make pumkins with dad, redecorating, laundry
Thursday: Quiz night
Friday- sunday: trip to Gothenburg, plus soccer game SundayNext week:
Halloween was yesterday, and I carved some punpkins.
Summer, summer, summer
I guess there’s no use in trying to find an excuse for why I haven’t blogged all summer. Summer holiday?
Of which I’ve had none. Well, a week. It was nice to be off work and just relax then.
But I’ve still been busy. Every afternoon and evening all summer I have had something to do, after working all day.
I can’t go through all things I’ve done this summer, but here are some of the things I’ve been up to.
The weather has been amazing this summer. Hardly any rain until way into August. Mostly warm, sunny and lovely.
I’ve tried standup-paddeling. Ten of us, some of them from work, 9k along the river Fylleån. Fun, good exercise, and gorgeous nature.
I attended a big concert, Robbie Williams in Gothenburg. All power, damn good and lovely.
Women’s European championship of soccer was held in Sweden this summer, and Halmstad was one of the host cities. I attended the quarter final in Halmstad, where Sweden beat Iceland 4-0. In the next game Sweden was eliminated against Germany.
Speaking of Germany, me and my dad went there for a mini vacation to the small town of Burg auf Fehmarn. From Friday night till Sunday afternoon. A cozy little town, good food, cold beer. Perfect. Then bringing some home as well.
We have had a bachelor party for Marcus who got married in the spring.
Ola, Mariana, Christoffer and Lidia came visit me, and everything was back as it once was in Santa Barbara.
Plus many other nice parties, minigolf games, after beach, after work and party with the summer standins from work.
I have seen that I am lousy at blogging, but I’ll try to be better. Maybe a bit easier now when summer soon is over, but I can’t promise anything.
The trip to America
I’ve been home for about two weeks now, but haven’t had time to blog yet. So, here comes.
Me, Andreas and Henric have had 3,5 incredible busy, but also amazing, weeks. We did so much, met a whole lot of people, and had some really delish food.
It didn’t start that great, though. We were supposed to fly in form Copenhagen to San Francisco, via Chicago. But the plane was delayed, and the flight took longer than planned. And that week, one of America’s budget cuts was to save money on the customs. So we had to be in line for almost three hours at O’Hare airport in Chicago. All this made us miss our next flight, as well as all other flights to San Francisco for the rest of the day. After first being offered a flight the next day at 7 pm (!) via HOUSTON (!!) we got a flight to Sacramento the next morning. But we got a night at the Chicago airport. Sucked.
Lauren helped us to get bus tickets from Sacramento to San Francisco, so we arrived eventually. And we had such a good time!
We got to do so much. We went on a tourist bus to see most of the city. We walked around a lot downtown, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Full House- house, we went to Alcatraz. We checked out the redwood forest of Muir Woods, and went shopping. One night Lauren and Riley came, and we celebrated Lauren’s birthday at a restaurant and some cocktail bars.
We did so much, both stuff I had done before, as well as things I hadn’t. And it was really nice the whole time.
Then we took Highway 1 towards the best town in the world – Santa Barbara!
We stayed at Villa Rosa Inn, a really nice apartment hotel, where my parents stayed before. We checked out my school and the town, and we went to see some movies. We met some of my friends, like Gaby and Paige. But also…
One night we had set up to meet for dinner at Sandbar, all of us. The girls said they would be late, so we went to eat on our own. Eventually came Paige and… Cecily!
She had went all the way from San Diego, an eight hour drive, just to come see me and surprise me. And boy, was I surprised! And happy! This was by far the single best moment on this trip for me.
She was with us the whole weekend, and with Gaby and Paige we went partying, visited the Danish town of Solvang, went to wine bars and did small roadtrips.
Some sweet days with amazing friends.
Next stop was Hollywood. We stayed at a place right in the center of everything, one street away from Hollywood Boulevard. A few minutes to Madame Tussauds, Chinese Theatre, and Dolby (Kodak) Theater. At Chinese we say several movies in the evenings, really cool and awesome sound.
We also visited some theme parks. Six Flags I had been to before, but it’s always fun, despite the fact that the best roller coaster, X2, was closed.
But I had never been to Universal Studios, and it was so much fun. We all thought so, since we are all in to movies and TV series. And theme parks. It was so fun ot see the Jurassic Park things, and the –ride. Also really cool 3D rides with themes from Transformers and The Simpsons. Then we went on the studio tour, with sceneries and shooting locations from everything possible. On the top of Henric’s wishing list was to go to Wisteria Lane, where they shot Desperate Housewives, his favorite tv show. But just as we were to enter that street, the car turned right, into another road. They were shooting commercial at Wisteria Lane, so we couldn’t go there. Henric was very disappointed.
One of the days we spent in Santa Monica, and did some shopping at Melrose Avenue. We never went to Downtown LA, because let’s face it, what is there to do? Nothing to see.
The hotel we stayed at was quite nice, and had a nice pool area. It also had interesting guests. Jonas Hallberg, co-host of Swedish Top Model was there, as well as a lot of models. But also – the world’s best known – and totally gross, porn star – Ron Jeremy.
The next stop was San Diego. I had only been there for a short while at Sea World, but hadn’t seen the city. The city is a lot of different neighborhoods, that our host Cecily showed us. We went to a baseball game, went partying in different areas of the city, we went to Sea World, and on hikes and road trips. We celebrated Cinqo de Mayo in Old town, which is very Mexican. Well, most of San Diego is, since it’s so close to Mexico.
The last part of the trip was Las Vegas, this amazing and totally crazy place. Many tours up and down The Strip, shopping, great restaurants (like one of Gordon Ramsay’s places and the world’s best Caesar salad, at Caesar’s Palace of course) and a show with Elton John. It was incredible. Especially in the extra number, when he sang Circle of Life. The goose bumps are almost still there.We staayed at New York-New York, a very nie hotel.
We also went to Grand Canyon.
The last days it was extremely warm, triple digit, so we had some time to go to the pool and get some sun the last days before going home.
In total, we have had such a great time, experienced so much and enjoyed the moment. This was just what we needed, and the exact right persons to experience it with.
Nice day at work
Today at work our owner’s CEO visited our paper, as well as Elin and Theodor. The second visit was better.
I’ve also taught my apprentice all the things I know about my job as an editor.
Tomorrow I will be travelling, but I hasn’t really had time to think about it.
The last couple of days I’ve been so busy.
A really funny, travelling-themed party Saturday. Very great night at Anna and Linus’s. I was a pilot.
Sunday I went to Grandma, to celebrate her birthday.
Monday. Went to Gothenburg to see Eddie Izzard with Daniel. I saw Izzard 2009, but this was even better. Two amazing hour filled with absurd humor about everything and nothing.
Wednesday I saw a Halmstad soccer game. Another tie, but really boring game.
And I’ve done the laundry.
And then tonight I’ve packed the bags. Because tomorrow I’m going to America!!
Me, Andreas and Henric are going to the West Coast of the US for a couple of weeks. Go around to different places, meet friends, eat lots of good food, and just have a great time.
And it’s my first paid vacation. That alone is strange.
NHL Trading deadline
It’s been a while since I wrote about NHL, but I have to get it out of my system now after watching the last hours of the trading deadline circus.
First of all, it was a nice broadcast that the Swedish paper Aftonbladet had.
But then the trades themselves.
This morning (Swedish time) the Rangers acquired Ryan Clowe from San José Sharks for some draft picks. Seemed nice, and with not so much time left till deadline it felt like that was gonna be the only Rangers trade today.
The news that Marian Gaborik had been traded was a chock. I couldn’t believe it. Sure, he was in the speculations, but still! And what we got for him. Three decent players, but nothing special. They better succeed now!
Well, it’s not like 2004 when ten Rangers-players were traded within a week before deadline, among them Brian Leetch. But I’m still upset.
This night I’m gonna watch the game between the part new Rangers against the very new Pittsburgh Penguins.
Damn, they have added good names. Iginla, Morrow, Jokinen, Murray. But we will kick their ass!
Columbus also did some nice moves, as well as St Louis.
This year’s NHL season is in all means nothing like what you thought last summer. Now it’s just for the Blueshirts to cramp in to the layoff. Good luck, and also good luck in Columbus, Gaborik!
Well, once again it’s been a while.
It’s getting closer to the trip to America, and it’s gonna be so much fun! All three of us is looking forward to it so much. We have now rented a car, and booked hotel in San Francisco .
Swedish soccer league started today. Halmstad got 1-1 away against Malmö, and that’s a good start.
Melodifestivalen didn’t go as well, but hopefully Sweden will do better in Eurovision song contest.
Rangers isn’t doing so well right now. Hopefully it will be better once the playoff starts.
Tonight me and the guys are gonna watch the last episodes of The Walking Dead. So excited!
Lots of nice things the past week
Last night it was the Academy Award. Just as last year we were at Henric’s and had a bunch of food, snacks and soda.
It was a nice show too. Three Swedish awards, and the Documentary award for Searching For Sugar Man was extra nice to see.
Otherwise it was a good gala, hosted by Set MacFarlane in a brilliant way. Good winners too, I think. Of the major movies, I have only seen Les Miserables and Django Unchained, but would love to see more of the others. It was nice to see that there were so many movies that appealed to a wider audience base.
So, I’m a bit tired tonight, staying up all night for the Oscars. I got a powernap for an hour when I got home, but tonight I’m calling in early.
At my job it’s a bit better now. I have got a temp-position for a year, as the editor of the letters-to-the-editor section. For the first time ever I know what I’ doing for an extended period of time.
This week me, Henric and Andreas have booked our tickets to America! April 19th we take of to the wonderful California. Goddammit, I’m so excited to go back there!
The Walking Dead has started again. So far I have seen two episodes, but it looks really good for the upcoming season.
And I have gotten a birthday package from Lauren :)
This weekend it was my birthday, and it was a really great weekend.
Last weekend I was with my parents in Getinge and got celebrated with cake and presents.
This Saturday there were about 13 people here. We had a great party, watched Melodifestivalen, and then went out.
I got to sleep for long both Saturday and Sunday, and Friday night I was at home eating smörgåstårta and watched Armageddon.
A terrific weekend, that is!
Something that hasn’t been as terrific has been the start of the season for the New York Rangers. Shaky, but I think it will work out for the best. Rick Nash has started out nice, which is good.
Btw, Melodifestivalen, the Swedish entry selection for Eurovision Song Contest, has its first semifinal, and it wasn’t that good. One nice song by yohio, but in the other songs, there wasn’t much quality to find.
The work is okay. Nothing new about what happens after February, but soon I’ll know, hopefully. The last weeks I have been both on the Family section, been copy-editing, on the web, writing for the Halmstad section and I’ve been to the local office in Hylte. It’s nice that I’m good at multitasking :)
Good start of the year
This week I have been an editor, for the letters-to-the-editors section.
Year in review – 2012
Now it’s time again. Sum up the year that has passed. I have both done so much and so little, it seems. But I’ll go with the usual drill, first sum up my year, and then news, sports and entertainment and so on.
- My 2012
- Year in review – news
- Year in review – sports
- Year in review – entertainment
- Dead celebrities
- Best songs of the year
- My guesses about 2012, how they went
- Guesses about 2013
- How did I do on my new years resolutions?
- New reaolutions for 2013
I moved in to a new apartment January 1st. I now live on Pilefeltsgatan in Halmstad, very close to a supermarket and my gym.
I was in America again. My first visit since I moved away from there. In April and May I was once again back in California, and I hanged out with Lauren and her family and we celebrated her birthday in Norcal. I was in Santa Barbara where I stayed with Nima and Dan, and I met a buch of old friends again, and I went to Vegas. Was there with Cecily and Lauren, and the gang was once again reunited. It was too short, but this spring I will be back again. I can never get enough of America!
Santa Barbara forever
I couple of sad things happened this spring. My grandpa died, which was very tough on the family. And also my cat Missan died. It was incredible hard to take her to the vet and put her down, after being in the family for nearly 19 years.
But mom is doing better, so that is nice.
In May I ran my first long distance race, the half marathon Göteborgsvarvet. It was a really nice experience. Despite the fact that I ran in one of the last starting groups there was a lot of people along the way, cheering for everyone. It went very well, the running, and I was please with my time: 1:58:18.
The summer was incredible busy. Me and my friends did a lot of things pretty much every day, so I wasn’t free that much.
Also, Lauren came to visist me and Sweden. We went to Getinge, Halmstad, Denmark, Öland and Stockholm. We had so much fun.
I also went to see Bruce Springsteen at Ullevi stadium in Gothenburg along with Daniel. My first major arena concert, but not my last. This summer Robbie Williams awaits.
Me and the gang also went to Liseberg amusement park
A lot of humor too, and standup shows with Johan Glans, David Batra and Al Pitcher.
In September me, Andreas, Henric and Anna went to Greece. A very well-needed vacation on Creete, with sun, baths and amazing food. Just what we all needed.
On the way home from the Samaria gorge
I became a blood donor this year. Three times I have donated so far. It feels good to be able to do something nice for others.
Overall I have done a lot of fun things. There hasn’t been one week where I have had multiple days off, cause we have always done something new. A lot of movies and dinners too.
Year in review – News
Not as many major things as last year, but still some bigger once.
In January, the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia, ran aground and went down. Many peole died. The captain of the ship was the first one to leave, and he is now being charged for being a douche.
A Norwegian military aircraft went down in the Swedish mountains during a drill, killing all five aboard.
Sweden got a new princess and heir to the throne, Princess Estelle.
Princess Madeleine got engaged to an British-American finance guy, Chris O’Neill. Most famous was the announcement video, which was ended with the princess saying an awkward “teehee”.
A lot of this year has been about the American election. All spring was about the Republicans’ primary elections, and for a long time it wasn’t clear who would be the nominee. Eventually it became Mitt Romney who was their rep, even though many republicans didn’t really want him. A bunch of weird quotes, like 47% of the Americans being lazy social welfare demanders, and something about binders of women, as well as the fact of hime being a bit stiff and boring, lead to the election not being as close of a race and people at first thought. Obama won, and will remain for the next for years.
In Sweden, the Secretary of defense was forced to leave office.
A controversy surrounded the Sweden Democrats, the xenophobic party. Three of their politicians had been videotaped on a night out, saying racist and sexist comments, as well as following a drunk guy while waving iron pipes at him. Another of their MP:s was drunk in a bar and forgot a bag. He later accused imigrants of robbing him.
Strangely enough, the party gained a bit more popularity during the fall, despite all they’ve been through.
The Swedish Social democrats was forced to swift leader, after 2011’s controversies.
Russia is less and less democratic. The group Pussy Riot was put in prison after a Putin-critical song was performed in a church, and Putin also made it tougher for homosexuals. He also “won” the presidential election again.
A robber in Stockholm robbed a guy on a subway station. The victim was drunk and had fallen on the tracks. The robber took his wallet, but didn’t help him up, and the train came. The victim survived, but got severely injured. The robber was caught and put in prison.
The incarcerated Swedish journalist Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye was released for the prison in Ethiopia, and returned to Sweden.
Many shootings in America. One in a movie theater in Colorado killed 12 people on the Batman premiere. In December a shooting at a school killed 28 persons, of which 20 were small kids.
A woman went to a museum and thought she should fix a painting. She ruined it, and it was hilarious.
Felix Baumgartner beat a record by skydiving from space, 39 kilometers, after a free fall for several minutes.
The world didn’t end December 21st, even though some schmucks believed the Mayan calendar said so.
NASA put a vehicle on Mars.
More fights in Syria.
An attack in Libya against the US embassy after a film about Mohammed was put n YouTube.
And speaking of YouTube, South Korean musiscian and his son Gangnamn Style reached over ONE BILLION views. That’s cool. Everybody has danced to his song this year.
Neil Armstrong, Michael Clarke Duncan, Whitney Houston, Donna Summer, Sixten Jernberg, Hans Villius, Lars-Gunnar Björklund, Dick Clark, Mike Wallace, Larry Hagman.
The Olympics was just so and so for Sweden. Only one gold, eight medals in total. But many close calls.
The European soccer championship went straight down the drain. We were out after just two games.
The soccer fall was much better. In one of the best games every Sweden came back after 4-0 away against Germany. It ended 4-4 after one of the most heroic efforts ever made by a sports team. Amazing.
And later, in a game against England on Sweden’s new national arena, Friends Arena, Zlatan Ibrahimovic made one of the most beautiful goals ever, with a bicycle kick.
New York Rangers made a great season, and was just two wins away from the Stanley Cup finals. Henrik Lundqvist won the Vezina Trophy as goalie of the year.
The NHL this fall hasn’t been as great. It hasn’t been at all. A very unnecary lockout is taking place, and it’s so much more stupid than the one 2004-05. There is still a chance for play in 2013. I hope it will solve somehow, and then all the hotshots need to resign, because this is embarrassing and unworthy of the NHL.
Nicklas Lidström finished his career. Sweden’s best player ever, and one of the world’s best ever, too.
The Swedish junior ice hockey team won the world championship.
Halmstad played in the second division, but did it well and are back in the top division for next year.
Loreen won the Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden! Really cool that Sweden is best in music in Europe again. And the song got high points from all countries, except Italy.
I have discovered the TV series The Walking Dead. It’s about survivors after the zombie apocalypse. Insanely good series, and during the fall’s season 3, me, Henric and Andreas has been so excited about every episode.
Some nice movies I have seen in theaters this year: Hunger Games, Skyfall, The Dark Knight Rises, En gång i Phuket, Rock of Ages, Men in black 3.
Best songs of the year:
- Train – 50 ways to say goodbye
- Fun – We are young
- Marina and the Diamonds – Primadonna
- Train – Drive by
- Carly Rae Jepsen – Call me maybe
- Panetoz – Dansa pausa
- Ivi Adamou – La la love
- Psy – Gangnam Style
- Loreen - Euphoria
- Linnea Henriksson – Lyckligare nu
- Petra Marklund – Händerna mot himlen
My guesses about 2012, how they went
Mitt Romney becomes the Republican presidential candidate, but Obama wins the election.
Bouya, I nailed it!
New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup.
Unfortunate not, but they were close.
The Social Democrats meeting new difficulties, it becomes a crisis, but Juholt remains.
No, they let him go.
Sweden go far in the European Championships. However, it will be only five medals in the Olympics.
Completely wrong with the soccer, closer on the Olympics.
Nothing serious happens on December 21, when it is intended that the world should perish, but it becomes a whole lot of parties!
True that. But no party for me, since it was during the only day this year I had a cold.
Guesses about 2013.
The summer will be awesome!
Al-Assad will be forced away from the ruling of Syria, one way or another.
I will sit in the audience of Eurovision Song Contest, watching Sweden bomb.
Sweden will qualify for the World Cup of soccer.
NHL will start in January, and the Rangers will at least reach Conference final.
How went my New Year’s resolutions?
Promise 1: I'll go and visit in the U.S.
Promise 2: I will somehow work out at least three times a week, preferably more. Does every week, except when I am out of town or sick.
Promise 3: I'll update the blog more often
Promise 1: Check!
Promise 2: Went pretty well, until the end of the year. In December I had so much to do, so I couldn’t keep up with three times a week. But the rest of the year I did.
Promise 3: Well, I could do better.
Resolutions for 2013
So, for 2013 I will have the same resolutions, and hope I could continue keeping them.
This was 2012. A year of big peaks and deep lows. I look forward to 2013, and I think it will be good. Many tough things, but I believe in this. So thank you for an interesting year, and welcome a new exiting one!
Not one moment of spare time
As usual it’s been a long time since I blogged. There’s just not enough time. I will give a little glance of what I’ve been up to since last time, besides the usual Thursday quiz and Sunday hangout.
Last weekend was really fun. Saturday there was a job party at a convention farm out in the woods. We had games, barbeque, a sauna, swimmed in an ice cold lake, bathed in outdoor hot tubs, had dinner and dance. A lot of fun. And drinks :)
Sunday I worked an extra shift pretty much all day. But before that I had been to a dance show. My friend Katta is one of the trainers, and her crews were really good. Here you can see some photos and a video clip.
And now for this weeks’ packed schedule:
Monday: We went to Anna and made Christmas candy and cookies. We went on all night, and got a whole lot of sweet things.
Tuesday: Except work I have managed to do FOUR things today. Christmas shopping with dad, workout, bought things for tomorrow and tonight we are gonna watch the extended version of The Two Towers.
Wednesday: Gingerbread house competition, and then the premier of The Hobbit.
Thursday: Anniversary quiz, it’s the 100th, so a lot of fun things is to expect.
Friday: Go out with some work buddies.
Saturday: go to Gothenburg. Shop, and go to a house warming party.
Sunday: Christmas fair at Liseberg.
A lot of things to do, and soon it is Christmas. I have fun, and it’s good now, even though it’s not much sleep nowadays :)
Btw, tomorrow it’s 121212
Really busy, but in retrospect totally awesome, week
Last week I was probably more busy than ever before. Here are some examples of what I have done, plus comments (and I’m not even counting the 8 hour work days, grocery shopping and work out).
Walking Dead marathon
The night before we had watched the two last episodes of season 2, to get set for season 3. In America there have been some episodes this fall, so me, Andreas and Henric sat down to watch the first four episodes of season 3, and… wow. WOW! So freakin great! Brutally good, and brutal in general. Surpassed all our expectations and we were on needles/on clouds, or how ever you want to look at it. We can’t wait to see the next episodes.
Stand-up comedy at its best. I have seen him on Youtube before and really like him, so when he know came to Halmstad, me and people form the gang went there. And once again: Wow! He was sooo good. Al Pitcher is from New Zeeland and have moved to Sweden, and he jokes a lot about Swedish traditions, the language and stuff like that. And the second half he showed photos he had taken in Halmstad during the day. So the other half of the show was very local, and thereby unique. And the whole time the audience was very much involved, no matter if they wanter to or not. Very successful.
There was an election in America, if anyone didn’t notice. I wanted to see it all, but I couldn’t. I altered between watching CNN and go to sleep, wake up, watch, sleep and so on. I watched the most important states and their exit polls. I had Obama for my bet, and he won too. Four more years!
Laundry – that didn’t work.
The only day I was a bit free I did laundry, among other things. It went well the first two times. But when I was to take out the third laundry machine, it didn’t work. The door was stuck. Didn’t move. And it didn’t for a couple of days. Sunday I managed to get it open, after re –washed it again.
Party. It was supposed to be just a chill afterwork, but it soon became a full-on party. Party on!
Our team Halmstad’s first qualification game to come back to the highest division. Me and Andreas went there, and it was an amazing game. Halmstad won against Sundsvall with 3-0, the gameplay was great from Halmstad, but not from Sundsvall, and the audience was totally great. It’s looking good for the next game the upcoming Saturday.
This party we had prepared for for two months. Everybody was so excited, and it went so well. Everybody had so much fiun.
Celebrated dad with cake, gifts, glögg and gingerbread.
As every week, dinner with the gang. We watched Euopean Music Awards on MTV. Good performers and awards, but horribly produced show. But Heidi Klum was a good host, who did the best she could and was good.
So, to sum up, amazing episodes of Walking Dead, amazing show by Al Pitcher, amazing election coverage and amazing parties. A very good week, that is.