Brit Awards and Pick & Mix

Hello, we’ve been watching the Brit Awards 2010. It’s ending now with a Robbie Williams medley. The award show was alright but nothing extraordinary.

Elaine came to visit this weekend. We walked around the city. I bargained a jacket, or so I thought when Jon made me aware of the fact that it was a Primark jacket, so I probably paid more than for a new one ;) Oh well – it was definitely worth 4.95.
Sunday we drove the a pub called the Goat in one of the villages outside P’boro I ordered Shepherd’s pie but I was disappointed. It tasted like mince with cheese on top.
Jon and I have started jogging now. We ran around the park yesterday (4 mins quicker than Saturday). It feels good to finally be doing something and hopefully get rid of the extra kilos that have been collecting themselves on both of us.
Work was good today. Got some work done on the Manual that I have to rewrite. Some parts more than other. I’m glad I managed to put some time aside today. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day stuff. But I do actually need to prioritize the Manual. It needs to be completed soon.
Oh well, leaving it here for now. Good night!
So Friday evening. Excitiiiing huh?! I am so tired. Been trinking juice and working on a school project. I finally finished a project I should have handed in a few weeks ago. Well, that is I finished the design of the broshure. Today I wrote the report. And sometime soon I need to to a sketch of the website. Daaah… A new course has started already which I am actually looking forward to. Going to learn PHP and so on.
Here is a list of things I don’t like:
  • Finding the two socks that fit together after doing laundry. I always seems to add up with similar style of socks but the one is slightly, slightly more washed out.
  • Doing dishes. I really don’t like it. I know I am the most skillful dish wash-upper in this household so I end up doing them most of the time. My best present now would be a dishwasher.

Well it’s a list, not the longest one, but still.

I did not go for a run the other day. It’s surprisingly easy to come up with excuses I’ve noticed. Although there has been snowing here this week.
Jon’s mum Elaine is coming for a visit tomorrow. Looking forward to that, I’m sure we’ll have interesting conversations and go for a walk or two.
I should probably retire now, how boring and “married-life” that might sound…
Good morning! I’m having striped swedish Kalle’s caviar on toast for breakfast this morning. I have to leave for work soon. There’s a lot of people off sick at the moment. Yesterday was really hectic and stressful. I am hoping that today will be a little less stressful. Probably not though… It’s just annoying because you plan on getting stuff done that you really need to get cracking with and all you end up doing is trying to get through the day and do everything you and your colleague off need to get done. Phew! But I’m not complaining really, still enjoying the role.
I’m hoping to go running tonight. Jon bought running shoes on Friday. Before he realised we’re basically bankrupt this month. :S The money I started saving up for a SA trip will have to go, otherwise we won’t be able to eat. Anyway what we CAN do and SHOULD is go out running. The weather looks fine so far. Probably a little cold but so what?
We didn’t get up to much this weekend that just passed. Jon and I got completely hooked on the Apprentice and watch a whole season. It’s so great! Brilliant!
We were invited for dinner at some friends house and we had a lot of fun!
Then I did a little bit of studying. Had to start all over with one of my assignments cause I wasn’t happy at all with the outcome and couldn’t really finish it off. But back on track now and feel a lot better about it.
I have to cycle to work now!
xx Caroline

The green twig

Gosh, It’s already February and this spring is going to be sooo exciting. Jon and I have 3 flights and 1 train ride to look forward to. In March we’re going to Mallorca to visit Abbey and Jeremy and as a bonus Jon’s dad and granma will be there as well. It’ll be soo sweet. When we get back we just have to work a few days and then we go to Edinburgh to celebrate our 1 year anniversary. In April we go to Sweden over the Easter holiday to visit my family in the Stockholm area. Later in April we go to Gothenburg (sort of) to share Samuel and Sofia’s big day. It will be awesome!
And it’s soon as well… Ah how my life has turned around from small studioflats in London and NO MONEY what so ever to “the green twig” as we say in Sweden.
So a lot of things have been happening but I have forgotten to write about it. One thing that happened just yesterday was that Jon bought me flowers! He tried to the other week but we did not have a vase so he didn’t. But yesterday he came home with flowers AND a vase. Very well planned cause I’d had a horrible day and pmsing and everything. I have never gotten flowers before like that. It felt nice ;)
Yesterday ended quite abruptly with me falling asleep to Saturday Night Live before ten. We’d watched Napoleon Dynamite before that and I don’t really understand why I have missed that movie before. Such a classic!
Today at work was sort of the same as always, a little bit better. It was me running around trying to do everything and all at once. I will though. I will do it all. I will accomplish.
Goodnight, speak again soon. /C

Gothenburg city

I am really tired but forcing myself to make a blog entry. Otherwise I never will, because most of the free time I have I’m tired, which is lame. I need to start working out – get some energy.
Part of the reason why I’m still tired is because of the trip to Gothenburg this weekend. It was lovely though! Great to see some old friend (but unfortunately missed a few)
Sofia and Samuel had a do on Saturday which turned out to be really successful. It’s great with friends you can see and it’s just like when you last met even though it was a long time ago. It’s effortless in a way. If you know what I mean.
Here’s a photo treat, can’t believe I forgot my camera, but here are some mobile moments:

Jon early Saturday morning, Göteborg’s tastiest Kebab for breakfast, I know sounds grouse but  looovely. We were a bit tired though.
Lovely swollen eyes, it was quite early and I had to get up to go sort my passport out.
& us going home

Better Letter

One thing I really love about the UK is that you can create a login and buy & print your own postage. How convenient isn’t that? I have 3 letter lying of the sofa, franked and ready to be put in the box tomorrow on the way to work. One is to Ventra Management – a letter of complaint for their lack of service (I still haven’t received my deposit back and it’s been 3 months), the 2nd one is to CSN, the Swedish student funding thingy – to give additional information so that I can hopefully get a grant for my studies this year as well. It’s not much since I’m studying half time, but it is definitely well needed. And the third letter is a card to mum & dad.

Early, early morning

I’ve decided to get up 6.30 every morning no matter how I get to work. I’m alternating between walking (about 45 mins) and taking the bus (10 – 15 mins). The tyre on my bike is still not fixed so I can’t use it. Which doesn’t really make a huge difference because it’s been snowing anyways. I can’t wait for the weather to change though so that I can bike it. Shouldn’t take more than 10 mins.
It’s funny how freaked out everyone is about the snow and “the freeze”. It’s like 2-3 minus C. Hello? That’s nothing. People aren’t getting to work and schools are shut. And I can’t help but think and say “this would never happen in Sweden”. I mean, ok – people might be late and take it easy on the roads when there’s ice and very cold. But it would take a serious blizzard for the entire country to basically shut down as it does here. ALL they talk about on the news are the weather. I mean, swedes have learnt and prepare themselves – so can the brits!
Today I’m finally going to the optician to check my eyes. I’m gonna buy some new glasses as well. After that I’m actually going to work out! I have a voucher for Fitness First and I’m going to try out their BodyCombat. Haven’t done that class in years. It’ll be good, I hope. Would like to get a gym card but it seems too expensive. I’ll have a word with them today and see what alternatives there are.
Today at work I need to archive and sent off files. Continue with my database, so much fun – I got to learn access and create a whole database. I’m struggling a little bit, but I’ll get there. And I need to get a few other things sorted.
This week is a countdown to Gothenburg. Hope the weather clears up before Friday. I’m really looking forward to Gothenburg. Jon’s giving comments like “Ah a whole wknd with you going yadayadayadayada with your friends and I don’t understand a thing”. But I’m sure he’ll enjoy it. He’s going to meet a few of my friends he hasn’t met yet. Also, we got this Swedish course for him! Hehe, soon he’ll be fluent and I can’t talk secrets behind his back anymore… Doh!
Have a nice day!

2009 – SUM UP

Last year was a very big year for me with lots of things happening and huge decisions got made. In many ways it’s been the worst year ever (financially etc) but it the most important ways it has been the best year in my entire 27 year old life. This is a quick sum up of what happened month by month:


In January I was still getting settled in London after moving there in December 2008. I was looking for a job and stressing out about that. Went to 3 of Jon’s gigs and Breaking Rome was even mentioned in Kerrang Magazine. I was unemployed and spent my days on Lancaster Road (with Moa and Cecilie) a flat that got emptier and emptier the closer to February we got, and we finally moved to Talbot Road – a nice council flat. Us 3 girls moved in with Anita & Megan. I went with Jon down to Portsmouth to see his mum . Jon & I had a nice time together all of January.
When the snow came and paralyzed London, so did a job. Started working for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, social services, after 2 months of unemployment and money stress. Same day as I got a job, Jon lost his and the struggle wasn’t over. But we tried to keep up a good spirit and spend time with friends.
March was a good month, a great month. Jon & I tied the knot in all modesty at Chelsea Old Town Hall. Few knew about this decision, because that’s the way we wanted it and the evening on the 20th of March Jon played with Breaking Rome and we got a chance to tell friends and have a good night. We had a lovely stay at a hotel in Shepherd’s Bush before getting back to reality and out tiny, tiny flat on Ladbroke Grove. (about 10-12 m2)
I cannot believe how quickly Jon became such a huge part of my life and I feel enormously fortunate to have found someone so awesome. Someone who can be my best friend and love of my life at the same time.
We went to Sweden in April during the easter holiday and spent some time with my family. Before going back we stopped by Gothenburg and met up with friends and brought back some of my stuff from my flat. Jon had his last gig with Breaking Rome and we are still squeezed into the tiny flat. 6 months contract…
The sun started to show its face and we went to Portsmouth for some in-law quality time = lovely walks in the forest. One weekend we went to spend some time with Shaun & Majka, Brett & Donna. Such a nice sunny weekend with Saffa braai. Cecilie had her hen night with medium success but there were to be a 2nd chance.
In June we tried a 2nd Hen Night for Cec and this turned out to be a hit. Soon after came their wedding in Norway, Oslo and we had such an awesome time the 48 hrs we spent there. Henrik & Cecilie got each other and we got a to share it all.
Lovely summer month with barbecue, love, convention, Swedish “rostad lök” and so on. Still on a ridiculously strict budget, but somehow we managed to get through. (with a bit of help)
Marc Coomber was in the UK for a month long holiday & came with Jon, Brent and myself to Leeds festival. It was rainy & mudy but we survived. In August we also got Jon’s car, that had been “temporarily” parked in Fareham at Jon’s mum for months. It eventually started and Jon started commuting to Peterborough were he’d find a job. 1 hour travel there and 2 hrs home.
In September we went to Sweden to visit family again and Jon hit some sort of record in beard growing. We saw some fireworks at the Thames Festival with friend and it was lovely.
Brent left town and we all said goodbye. The weekend after we left London for Peterborough. Jon had been travelling for 2 months and we decided to move. Cannot explain the joy of a proper sized flat and kitchen with an oven and so on… However, the weekend after the move we came back to London to meet the Grandes and Cecilie.
November was a month of unemployment again. After the move I was struggling to get a job but this time it wasn’t half as stressful as when I was by myself. I bought a bicycle, got a temp assignment and mum & dad came to visit. Jessica made a quick appearence and got to see how we live.
December was the month when everything fell into place. I got a job (Senior Administrator) and I love it. And we got settled in P’boro. Shaun and Majka came to visit a weekend and we played cards and had fun. The year ended with Jon’s family in Fareham. His sister Abbey and Jeremy came over from Mallorca and we had a great week and a half with them.
That’s my year folks and now I’m going to bed!