Archive | January, 2011

Weekend update

25 Jan

Hello world!

Week two of work has come and gone and I’m officially starting to develop a routine that has made things better. I am now getting to work around 7:30 a.m., taking a lunch break from 1230-100 and then leaving work around 4. As of right now, waking up at 630 a.m. hasn’t been too big of a challenge and I find it better to come in early and leave early J Anyway, this past weekend we had Simon and Lina over for dinner at our place on Friday night. Lina and I drank some wine and talked in the kitchen while the boys played Play Station. On Saturday, we all drove up to Ängelholm because Joachim had a floor ball game, which they won. Then, Saturday night Joachim and I were invited over to his dad’s apartment for dinner with Lina, Alex and Erika (Lina’s daughter from a previous marriage). We had some great champagne before dinner and then enjoyed some pork, rice, salad, cauliflower and mushroom sauce followed by chocolate mousse. It was quite good! After dinner, Joachim and I headed home and just hung out the rest of the night at our place. On Sunday, we slept in and lounged around until about 330 when we went to Simon’s floorball game with Lina. They ended up beating the other team by 9 goals but Joachim got to visit with his friend Petter who played for the other team after the game.

There isn’t a whole lot else that’s new in my life. This next weekend Lina and I are headed down to Malmö to go to a makeup/hair/nails (beauty) convention, which should be a blast! Simon and Lina are becoming our really great friends and it’s been so nice having a girl my age to hang out with now!

That’s all for now!

 

MEC=done with chemo!!

19 Jan

I felt inspired to write another blog post today.  No, something miraculous didn’t happen in my life that I feel like I have to write about. Nor, did something happen in Sweden that I feel utterly intrigued to write another blog post about either. The truth is, my best friend, Maggie Clubb, has her LAST chemo treatment today and I couldn’t be more proud of her! Yes, that’s right, the VERY LAST one is today!!! I wish like hell that I could be next to her as they take out that last tube and say “okay Maggie, you’re done.” I wish that I could at least see her today, but it’s okay because I know she has so many wonderful people around her to help celebrate this day with her and I know that she knows how I feel.  Within the next few weeks, Maggie will have to go through a mastectomy to fully remove both of her breasts just to prevent the cancer from coming back again. It is the safest choice for her since she is so young. That’ll be the final step in completely getting rid of the cancer and then she will be Cancer-free!! So here it is, the FINAL day of chemo, the FINAL time she has to drive to chemo, and the FINAL day she has to say “who wants to go with me to chemo?”

Maggie Elizabeth Clubb, you are my hero, my inspiration and most of all, the most amazing best friend I could ever, ever have!  Love you, MagPie!

Start of week 2

18 Jan

Hej!

Week one of my job has come and gone but I think it’s going to take me a lot longer to get the whole 8-5 mentality down to a science. I’ve never truly had a job where I’ve had to sit for an extended period of time. Even at my internship at ASU I was only at the hospital PR office for six hours, twice a week. Nonetheless, I think eventually it will be easier for me to sit still for eight hours (with a one-hour lunch) without feeling like I have A.D.D.

As of right now I have gotten to write a Wikipedia article for a computer system that is used in Army vehicles in war conditions, write letters to two young adults my company sponsors; one in India and one in Benin, Africa.  I have also gotten to help figure out a name for a high-speed tube filling machine (the fastest of its kind), write a 10-step guide for an office project for a remodeling company in Sweden, edit a presentation for a surveillance camera, write two articles for one of our client’s websites, name a virtual world for the computer system above, and work on a power point for the new high speed machine to present to the company (Norden Machinery). When I first started studying public relations I thought I would like working for a corporation so I could learn everything there is to know about the company and just write about that. My heart has changed since I have started working here.  It’s really nice to be able to switch back and forth between different clients and learn about the differences. I think if I were just writing for the same company all the time I would get a bit bored with it.

On another note, Joachim finally heard back from the company he’s interviewed with twice and he officially got the job! He will be working as a customer service agent, helping people pick out remodeling materials for their homes. I think! Haha. Anyways, he starts at the end of the month so we will both be bringing in regular salaries by February. We have also just heard word from the girl we are renting our apartment from that she is coming back to town and wants the apartment by May 1st. Thus, we have started our initial search for another place to live since apartments are hard to come by in our city. Right now, in our current apartment, our living room and bedroom are in one big room. My only request for the next apartment is that we have a separate bedroom and living room. It will be a little more expensive but we should be able to afford it just fine.

As for the weather here, I think it’s been a week (maybe more) since I’ve seen the sun! It’s starting to get pretty normal for me, as I don’t expect the sun to come out, so when it does it’s a joyous experience! Now I know why when I first moved here I saw Swedes worshipping the sun everywhere I went!  Anyway, I hope all of you are keeping warm and starting to plan for Spring! Yippee!

Hej då!

Hadley

Back in Sweden!

10 Jan

Hey all! Well here I am. Back in Sweden and officially finished with my first day of work! Wahoo!! Thinking back to September 2, 2010, the day I landed in Sweden, to now, I am so thankful for all the things that have magically swung my way. Think back to that post that I wrote about when that lady at the immigration office in Malmö basically told me that I couldn’t get a job and that I needed to go home to apply from there. Flash forward four months and here I am, sitting at a desk at Pyramid Communication, typing a Wikipedia article about this 19¨/2 communication unit that can survive the hardships of war…not to mention the man who oversees my work gave me two days to complete it and I had it on his desk 2 hours before I left work, day 1.  Anyway, I’m excited to be back in Sweden with Joachim and so grateful that I now have a 9-5 ¨grown up¨ job! Don’t get me wrong, I am still going through family and friend withdrawals but I am keeping my fingers crossed that some of you are going to make the long journey over here and paint my town red with your personalities J

While I was home I was able to go to St.Louis to visit my best friend, Maggie, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in October. It was so nice to see Maggie and hang out, just like the good ol’ days.  We spent our days eating Imo’s pizza for basically every meal, drinking wine, shopping and chatting- just like usual. I miss her a lot and I can’t wait for her to go to her LAST chemo treatment next week!! WAHOOOO!  You’re my inspiration, Mags! Also, while I was home I got to get in some much-needed family time with my mom, dad and sister. Thankfully, my dad had five consecutive weeks of no traveling for work so we spent more time than expected together. We even went to a Nuggets game together! My mom and I did our usual shopping trips back and forth to Flatirons and Cherry Creek Mall about four times a week and I even managed to fit everything into my original suitcases I brought back from Sweden! I made it my point to eat Mexican food as often as I could while I was home because authentic Mexican food is hard to come by over here, actually it’s pretty non-existent, so Lindsay and I managed to go to The Rio a few times while I was home. Krista and I also got to hang out a lot and stuff our faces with sushi. We started to get embarrassed because we kept having the same waitress at the sushi place we go to. Woops! Anyway, Krista will always be a friend that I can count on and someone that I know I can always have fun with. Hopefully she will make her way out here sometime soon so I can introduce her to a Swedish boy and she can move in with him! Haha. That would be perfect! Okay, now that I realized I talked about food for most of this paragraph I am starting to feel like I should go to the gym…!

Anyway, I wanted to thank those of you who made an effort to see me while I was home. I always have so much fun with  my family and friends and am constantly reminded how wonderful the people are who are in my life.

Until next time,

Hej då! (goodbye)

Hadley