Wonderful Thanksgiving weekend


It has been a long and very pleasant weekend with real American Thanksgiving celebration. A lot of it has been about food.

Later Wednesday evening me, Cecily and Vaios left north, to Paso Robles about 2 hours north. The first Thanksgiving food was there already when we showed up, pumpkin pie and apple pie with cool whip. Yum!


Early Thursday morning we woke up and watched the traditional Thanksgiving parade from New York with all the floats, performances, balloons and other cool stuff. Meanwhile we drank a lot of hot chocolate and ate American breakfast; egg, bacon, ham, sausage and some kind of deep fried bread balls that the Trowbridge family use to make.

A big day of the day was spent by making food, and everybody helped. I have stuck my hand up a turkey ass for the first time. That was interesting.

During the day we let Cecily’s mom finish up all the food and the rest of us went around in Paso and Templeton and Cecily showed us a lot of different places, different stores, restaurants, parks, buildings that got destroyed by the big earthquake 2003, her old high school and a lot of other stuff. That was fun.



One street in Templeton only has buildings in Western style


Vineyard outside Paso


The dinner of the evening was a big tasty feast with so much good food. As starter we had shrimp cocktail and sherbet, then the big dinner with turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberries, vegetables, sourkraut (a family speciality that no one liked), bread and a lot of other things. Then more pie and candy.



Vaios, Virginia, Cecily and me


The turkey




Shrimp coctail


Me and Cecily


Me and aios shows how you behave on a fancy dinner party :P


We have spent the evenings watching different Christmas movies. A lot of fun, and Friday we went to the theater to see the new Disney movie Tangled, about princess Rapunzel. During the days we have been around in a lot of different towns, cities and beaches in the surrounding area; San Luis Obisbo, Pismo Beach, Atascadero, Morrow Bay and Cayucos. A lot of mountains, nice beaches and cool natur. Saturday evening we partied with Cecily’s longtime friend Shanna, who I have met before.


Pismo Beach




The weather wasn’t all that great. It has been freezing during the nights. It has also been raining a lot, but mostly clear skies in the days.

But despite that it has been an unforgivable weekend. I have experienced a real American holiday, and ate so much food and hung out with the Trowbridge family. I am so grateful about everything right now. I really love life.

Loads of fun things! READ!!!

Ok, a brief summary:
  • I will be editor next semester!
  • I will probably get an internship for spring!
  • I'll go and celebrate Thanksgiving now!

Now this afternoon our journalism teachers sent out proposals on who should be the new editors of the school newspaper next year. I am one of them! Due to the fact that many want to have the psots, a few items scattered and few have been added. My item is brand new. It is Managing / Online editor. It will mean that I will have responsibility for everything that is on the onlinenewspaper , I will keep track of all the newspaper staff and see that they do their job, and I will also join in and help the news editor of his work with hard and hot news.
Feels great that I got this confidence. I'm very proud, and excited about spring.

Today I was also on the interview for an internship in the spring. It was with an organization called SCORE, which is a kind of consulting firm for small businesses. They are former CEOs and corporate executives who now has retired, so completely free, they offer small business advice and help with everything. They contacted our journalism teacher and said they needed a journalist intern who can write in their newsletter, make reports about their activities and those they have helped, write profiles and more. I contacted them and today I had an interview with one of the leaders, and it went great. We had a good long chat and I got the newspaper articles I've written this fall. He was very impressed with everything and seemed to like me. He will now take this up with the board, but on him did not appear that there would be no problem for me to start with them in January. Oh, what fun it will be with work experience in the USA!

Tomorrow, Thursday, it's Thanksgiving. It is obvious today. Almost no people in class or at school, but it is completely clogged highway and it goes at 0 mph. Therefore we will wait to leave.
Me, Cecily and Vaios are going home to Cecily's mother in Paso Robles, about 2 hours north. As this is my first Thanksgiving, she promised me that we will do all the traditional things and eat everything you should. I'm so happy! It will be really fun. Nice to see where Cecily lived before with (she did not grow up there, but in New York and Alaska). So we will be gone all weekend.

I will be able to enjoy the whole weekend. I'm done with all my stuff I had on the list in the last post. Completely without thinking about anything school work, I can just enjoy the leave.

Finally, I can now show that we also have the Christmas spirit here in Santa Barbara, although we do not have the snowstorms that seem to be in Scandinavia. So here's a Christmassy picture before I head off and celebrate another holiday. Have a good one everybody will speak with you next week!

Ginger snaps, glögg and Chrismtas soda. I love World Market Store on State Street

Many things done, Harry Potter – but still no Swedish movie

The car is working again! New battery = I’m the King of the Road again! Extra fun that me nad Ola managed to change it all by ourselves too.

The big school thing is now done. I have finished the English research paper about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. It has went kinda good I think. Will hand it in tomorrow morning. Feels really good to have it over with.

But there is still a lot to do these three days. The following I have to do during three days, of which the first one, Monday, now is over:

  • English paper
  • Finnish reading Into the Wild
  • Fix my car
  • Book quiz on Into the Wild
  • Three photo assignments
  • Presentation of an article for The Channels
  • Attend the Academic Senate meeting
  • Write article about the Academic Senate meeting
  • Group meeting for the Comm class
  • Finish my tasks for the Comm group project
  • Prepare the practical stuff for our awesome presentation of the Comm group project
  • Interview about internship for the spring
  • Pack for the weekend
  • Maybe soccer class
  • Do the online discussion for the comm class


Three things done, many more to go


Saturday I saw the new Harry Potter movie. It is the seventh and last book that is now turned in to two movies. The first had premier this weekend, and the next one comes out in May, I think. The movie was really great, and followed the book very closely. It’s very nice that it will be two movies; that way they can go more into the deep the book holds. If you haven’t seen the other movies you won’t get anything out of them, and you almost need to have read the books to follow everything that’s happening. It really feels like they did this movie for the fans that read the books, and that feels so good.


Tonight me, Cecily and Lauren made a new attempt to go see The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest. It was shown in a theater outside the city, and since my car now is working I drove. But we couldn’t find the theater. We drove all over the place and looked, didn’t understand the instructions on the GPS and ended up where we started. We skipped the movie since we were late anyway, and instead went downtown to have some ice cream and go to different stores.


One of three full packed days over, and then it’s gonna be sooo nice to have a long weekend without any school work to think about whatsoever. Think I will blog before that. See ya!

Animal party and studying – but no movie

Now I have so much studying to do. All of today, Saturday, and all of tomorrow I will sit down and work with the two big assignments that are due next week. First it’s the group project in Mass communication, where we compare acts of violence and alcohol in the reality shows Jersey sHore and The Real World: New Orleans. Then it’s the big English research paper we have been working on the entire fall. I’m writing about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the law that forbids openly homosexuals in the military. I’m writing about why that law should be repealed, and I have quite a lot of work ahead of me.


Yesterday me and Cecily had planned to go see The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, the last movie in the Millennium series, that started with the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. First we ate dinner and shopped, but when we got to the theater they didn’t show it anymore. Just Harry Potter in all rooms. We are gonna see that one later, so we didn’t want to go see it yesterday. The only movie theater that showed the movie we wanted to see was outside the city, so we couldn’t make it to that one. Instead we just walked around downtown and then went to Starbucks where I turned into a zebra.


After the movie I had planned to go to a party held by some of the Swedish girls from the school newspaper had. The theme was animals. I wore a black-white striped shirt and I bought black and white makeup. Cecily painted stripes in my face, and voila! I was a zebra. You can imagine how much the people at Starbucks stared. As well as the people in the streets. And at Ralphs where I went to buy my drinks.

But it was fun, and it was a really nice party. A lot of fun things happened. Many had creative ideas when it came to the costumes. Hopefully there will be photos on Facebook. Or maybe I should be worried about that. Whatever, we’ll see what will be posted.


Now I have so stop procrastinating and start my school work. See ya!


Starbucks zebra

Feel really bad for my friends

I feel so bad for a lot of my friends right now. A lot of shit had happend the last week, both in Getinge and now with my best friend Cecily. Today she found out that her knee injury is worse that they thought and she has to go through surgery. It will be a really long rehabilitation period for at least one year. She has to give up on cheerleading, which she loves so much.

Some other shit is also going on that makes me feel so sorry for my friends. For me everything is going perfect, but right now that’s no comfort at all. It almost feels bad that it’s going so well for me but not for the people I care about.

Sorry, just felt like writing down my thoughts.