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Weekly wishes – week 13

It has been a week worthy of “Vabruary” – the notorious month of February when your children are constantly sick and you are at home with them “vabbing“. First, E was sick with a fever that didn’t want to go down. Otherwise, though, he was fine. But a fever is a fever and I was home with him for two days. Then Husband came down with it, just in time for Easter, followed by O two days ago.

You would think that I struggled with my weekly wishes, but actually I had quite a successful week. Maybe the limited time that I had to GSD made me focused on the tasks at hand.

Weekly wishes last week

  • Take Digital Marketing exam. YEP, and with an 84% score!
  • Get boiled eggs ready, so the boys can paint them for Easter. YEP – although this was a last-minute thing.
  • Finally, book a venue for O’s birthday party. YEP – and I think (well, hope) that I’ve found a great venue after a lot of searching and emailing and calling.
  • Buy dinosaur items for the party. YEP and NOPE – I’ve been sourcing items and have a lot in my Amazon basket, ready to buy.
  • Start work on the party invitations. YEP, with the great Paperless Post app.

As I said, despite how the week went, I actually managed to succeed with the majority of my weekly wishes.

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Weekly wishes – week 12

That first week back after a good holiday is always a strange one, isn’t it? You start the week a little confused at work but happy because you’ve been on holiday and then, by the end of the week, your holiday seems months back and you feel like you’ve never been away. Oh, well, the only thing to do in those circumstances is to get right on a plan the next trip. Which is what I did.

Weekly wishes last week

  • Take Online Marketing exam. NOPE – I just need to set aside an hour or so and just do this. Maybe tonight is the night.
  • Finish week 5 of the Bikini Body Guide. NOPE – the week was a disaster on the training front. I had managed to do something while skiing that made my weight-lifting all crazy at my training session on Monday and then I just couldn’t seem to find the time to train later in the week. Bad excuse.
  • Hand lettering practice. NOPE.
  • RAIN meditation at least once this week. NOPE – last week really was not good, was it?
  • Book a venue for O’s birthday party and start working on the theme he’s chosen. Some progress here, although not all positive as my top three venues have each been a No.
  • Investigate laser eye surgery. YEP! Appointment booked for the initial check-up the week after Easter.

The week

As you can see, not so great on the weekly wishes front, but I did do a lot of other things that I’ve not listed here. Really, I did. Including researching dinosaur-shaped pinata. Yes, seriously.

It was a week of dental appointments for us. On Tuesday I took the boys for their three-year and five-year check-ups. They both got the green light, and both now return in two years’ time. The following day I went back to there – same surgery, different dentist – but my appointment was not as positive. The usual lecture about flossing (which I don’t do – I know, I know…) and the joy of a 45-minute session with the hygienist to look forward to. “Luckily”, there was a cancellation for Friday afternoon, so I managed to get that slot (otherwise I would have had to wait until the end of June). I left there with the dentist’s words ringing in my ears: “It will hurt. A lot.”

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This and that – dispatches from the web

I missed posting this yesterday – this week is just speeding by. In fact, it looks something like this:

An English Mamma in Stockholm: blur blurred desk work

O has been asking for weeks now if we can paint eggs for Easter. He started just after the beginning of Lent, mainly because that’s when we went skiing and last year when we were skiing, it was Easter. Therefore in the toddler mind skiing = Easter = egg painting. There is certainly logic there, but there is also a lot of stubbornness and an inability to accept that it is not yet Easter. When it does (finally) roll around for him, I think we’ll use this tip for our Easter eggs.

Given how long it is taking, you’ve probably not noticed that I am growing my hair out (the biennial cycle of growing it out, having it long for six or seven months and then chopping it all off again – rinse and repeat). But when it eventually is long enough, I think this criss-cross ponytail will be top of my list of hairstyles.

And if I get impatient with growing it, there is always the option of clip-in extensions. I love these ones that Heather tried out.

Mmmmm, this recipe for coffee crusted pork tenderloin sounds delicious. And it does not look like it takes too long either – a bonus for this lazy cook.

Oh, Amy’s “photo exhibition” post made me laugh ’til I cried. I recognise such artistry; it’s filling up my Photostream daily.

This article on introverted parenting struck something of a chord with me. It has taken me a few years to realise that I am an introverted extrovert or maybe an extroverted introvert. Whichever, I now understand that I am someone who both needs to be around people and also needs space. Once I am tired of being with others, it is like a switch goes off and I immediately need to be alone. But place me in a room on my own when I’m in a sociable mood and I will be climbing the walls. The curse of the only child, I guess.

The five factors of well-being at work. Surprise, surprise, a high income level is not one of them and work/life balance is.

The timing of this cup holder for a bike is just perfect for me: the bicycle came back out yesterday!

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Photo 366 challenge – weeks 13 and 14

It has just been so busy here that I simply have not had the time to grab more than half a cold cup of tea most days, let alone sit down and write any blog posts. I feel I have really been neglecting my little blog but I hope to get back on track shortly.

I’m afraid that the photos may have very little info with them in this post, simply because two weeks ago seems like a very long time and I can barely remember what we did yesterday. (Seriously, Husband and I had a conversation yesterday about what we had done on Saturday afternoon and it was three hours before one of us remembered.)

Day 86:

Spring shoots

Spring finally comes to our balcony as my tulip bulbs sprout.

Day 87:

Our little daredevil at the playground

Little O is getting more and more adventurous (or should that be devil may care?) at the playground. Luckily, this was done with Husband’s guiding hand behind him but he now wants to do all these same things when it is me and him at the playground too, and I’m too much of a scaredy cat (on behalf of both of us) to allow it, I’m afraid.

Day 88:

Little O's new Sigg bottle

We bought a Sigg bottle for Little O to use at preschool. He just loves it and wants to carry it around with him all the time.

Day 89:

Little O at Playland STHLM

We visited Playland STHLM for the first time and Little O was in his element, running in and out of the soft play area, scooting around on this model Volvo and throwing himself head first into the ball pool. We’ll definitely be going back.

Day 90:

And now hail - following the brilliant sunshine, torrential rain and snow

Okay, this was just the craziest day weather -wise. We had it all: sunshine, blue skies, black clouds, downpours, snow and then hail. I forget each year that late March and April can be crazy on the weather front. Every time, I am lulled into a false sense of security by the lovely spring weather during March, and then, boom! The cold weather returns. Brrrr!

Day 91:

Little O's first child's portion

Maybe not the biggest rite of passage for a toddler (I guess pretty much most things are actually a rite of passage for them really, if I think about it…), but we ordered a child’s portion for the first time for Little O: Swedish meatballs at Ikea!

Day 92:

And relax...

A well-deserved moment to relax after another hectic day of packing up boxes and cleaning up the apartment, ready for the photographer to arrive on Tuesday and take pictures for the real estate agent’s website. I felt at this point that I never wanted to move home again. You can imagine how I actually felt the hour before the photographer turned up, when we were still doing last-minute work on the place. (Disclaimer: my legs are just blotchy and mottled in this light, rather than in need of a shave! Actually, that doesn’t sound that great either. Well, it is winter and they’ve not seen the sun for many months…)

Day 93:

Clean surfaces

It felt so good going to bed on Monday night knowing that we had cleaned off at least one surface in the apartment. Unfortunately, we still had a lot more working waiting on us the next day (that was about the only surface that was free from clutter at that point…).

Day 94:

Another rite of passage: schnitzel!

Little O and I headed off for a schnitzel dinner on Tuesday evening while the photographer worked his magic in the apartment. I’m pleased to report that Little O is another schnitzel fan. I am not sure how pleased I really am… He managed to polish off quite a lot of mine! The boy has an appetite.

Day 95:

"Ni! Ni! Ni!"

Aaah, the cold weather returned (again!) after the lovely couple of days that we had at the beginning of the week, hence me dressing Baby E up as one of the Knights Who Say Ni…

Day 96:

McMuffin breakfast - the ideal cold remedy?

I decided to try and conquer the cold and sore throat that I’d developed by exposing it to a Sausage & Egg McMuffin breakfast. I’m not sure if it helped the cold but it made me feeling (temporarily) better. And luckily Baby E slept throughout, so he won’t have been influenced by my bad eating habit.

Day 97:

Washy tape wishes come true

The washy tape that I had ordered from easy arrived, making me very happy.

Day 98:

293 hits in 2 days

After being on the market for two days, our apartment’s page had had 293 hits on the home search website. Husband, being the analyst that he is, spent most of the subsequent days checking out the numbers and trying to analyse what they meant, had enough people been looking, did it mean we’ll get a good turnout for the open day, etc etc. I’m not sure what it really means. I am just crossing my fingers and toes.

Day 99:

The taste of Easter

I love Swedish Easter food. I know many people complain that it is too similar to Swedish Christmas food, but we do a mixture of Swedish and Hungarian food for Christmas when we’re in Sweden, so Easter is different for us. And this is my favourite: Mustard herring and eggs on (Danish!) rye bread. Delicious.

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