Archive | February, 2011

Apartment hunting (no more)

21 Feb

This morning Joachim and I met with the company that has helped us find apartments in Helsingborg. We came to a conclusion that the first apartment we saw was the best choice for us. I don’t know if I mentioned it, but we saw another apartment on Friday that was a little outside of the city. To sum it up, I felt like I was going to see a drug deal every time I turned a corner. Enough said. We decided to pick the first one for these reasons: for one, it’s REALLY close to my work-it will probably take me 10 minutes to walk or five minutes to bike (if Joachim will ever get a new bike tire) to my office once we move in. Two, it’s within a 10-minute walk from the heart of downtown. Three, there is a grocery store and a gym across the opposite street that will only take us three minutes to walk to. Finally, (most importantly to Joachim), it is above a pizzeria! Haha. Anyhow, I’ve had to settle and become one with the fact that the kitchen is probably no bigger than my mom and dad’s closet at home (not exaggerating on that one) and realize that the living room’s and the bedroom’s size makes up for it.  We are thinking of adding a table on the side of the living room so we can have a place to sit and eat besides the couch! Lol. Our move-in date is April 1st (not a joke) and we still have to figure out a way to get up to Mora (Joachim’s hometown that’s an 8 ½ hour drive from here) to bring down some kitchen stuff and sell his couch to his mom. The catch is, there is no way in hell that Joachim’s car can make it that far (it can barely make it to Malmo which is a 45-minute drive from here) so we’re trying to figure that one out. Also, we are a bit worried because we are going to have to buy A LOT of things for the new place. The apartment we are currently renting, we are renting with the furniture in it so it’ll be a long process of buying things from IKEA. It actually scares me to think about everything that we need but we are lucky enough that Joachim’s dad has offered his old bed to us. That’ll decrease the costs significantly because we all know how much beds cost. That just leaves us to a new: couch, coffee table, dining room table, chairs, TV, TV stand and all the other decorating things that we need (of course).  I’ll keep you posted with how this all turns out. (Insert plead for donations here).

On another note, Joachim had a floorball game yesterday and he scored a hat trick (three goals for those of you who don’t know)! He got offered to practice with the highest team this summer but isn’t sure if he wants to dedicate four days a week to floorball when summer is the ONLY time the sun comes out here! We’ll see how that ends up. Simon’s team also had a game in which they won. The floorball finals are in Malmo this year (usually in Stockholm) and are during the second week of April. Our friend Robin, who came to the US this summer with Joachim and some other Swedes, is flying down to stay with us for that weekend. It looks like we are going to rent a hotel room in Malmo for that weekend, go to the game, and go out afterwards. Should be a fun time.

On the work front, everything is going well. Things are starting to pick up for me since the passing of one of the other English copywriters to cancer last week. Things have been a bit off in the office since the news came on Thursday. It amazes me how close everyone is at my job and how caring everyone is for each other. I am very glad and lucky to work at such a place.

Before this post ends, I want to give a big shout out to my best friend, Maggie! This is the week that she gets her mastectomy and I want all of you to say a little something extra for her before you go to bed at night. I love you Magpie!!

Xoxo. BIG hugs to all of you!

Hadley

P.P.S Try to click on the link below. It should be a picture of the layout to our new apartment but I’m not sure it’s going to work before I post this! lol.

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February 2011

15 Feb

I’m finally starting to get into the swing of things with figuring out a routine among work, gym and home. I manage to get into work everyday between 7:30 and 7:45 because I’ve always been a morning person. I don’t see the use of sleeping one extra hour when waking up at 7 or waking up at 8 feels the same to me. Once I leave work, I walk down to the center of the city to catch the bus and then walk (5 minutes) to the gym that’s by our apartment. I usually take some type of class, today it’s Body Pump, and then walk home to make dinner and hang out with Joachim. The weeks are going by faster and faster now that I have a schedule. Currently, Joachim and I are looking for a new apartment to rent and it’s become quite a challenge. Since things aren’t as new over here and buildings aren’t being built by the second, finding an apartment to rent is one of the hardest things to do. Most of the time it takes knowing someone who knows someone, who knows someone, to find one at all! So, these past few weeks have been used to search on Blocket.Se (Sweden’s CraigsList) where most people post if they are renting out there apartment. Thankfully, Joachim got a call yesterday from a renting company that said they might have an apartment for us to rent that’s close to my work! We are going in for an interview next Monday so they can see if we are “trusting” enough. It is a 2-room (1 living room, 1 bedroom) apartment on the 3rd floor right above our favorite salad place! We’ve only gotten to see pictures of the outside so we are eagerly waiting for our chance to see the inside. Hopefully it doesn’t disappoint.  This one goes for 6,700 Swedish Kroner a month, which is about $480 per person a month. It’s also a “first-hand” lease, which means we don’t have a date when we have to move out, which is really nice. We can also decorate/paint it however we please. Joachim also got a call from a family yesterday that is renting out their 3-room apartment (1 living room, 2 bedrooms) for 7,500 kroner a month, which is about $535 per person a month. It’s a second-hand apartment though, so we would have a date when we would have to be out. That family was heading on vacation for two weeks and said they would give us a call when they got back. THUS, yesterday turned out to be a wonderful apartment day for us and helped us start to change our mindset of  “we are never going to get an apartment to rent and will be living on the streets as of May 1st” mentality.

Enough with apartment hunting, I just assumed some of you might be interested in that part of our lives (especially my sister; real estate agent extraordinaire). On another good note, Lina and I have become really great friends and find ourselves hanging out as much as we can when the weekends roll around. She is studying to be a real estate agent at a university in Malmö, which is a 1-hour train ride south from where we live.  Usually during the week we are busy with work, school, gym etc. so it’s hard for us to figure out a time to get together. Hence, why we spend so much time together on the weekend. This past weekend, we decided to go out…just us girls and we had so much fun together! We started with some drinks at a bar named Helsing and unexpectedly met up with another friend of mine, Caroline, from work. After Helsing, Lina and I ventured over to a dance club called Cardinale and stayed until 4 AM!  We always have a great time when we’re together. I’ll post pictures soon  🙂

I think I’ve done enough rambling for now.

Love you all!

Hadley

P.S. if you want to check out Lina’s blog (it’s really good) the website is: carolinefrank.se

P.P.S. I forgot to tell you that Joachim is in a bit of a sad state because of the news that Peter Forsberg retired yesterday. He called me when I left the gym and told me he wanted to talk to me about something but couldn’t do it on the phone. I suddenly got worried and demanded he tell me then. Then I heard “Peter Forsberg is retiring. I feel like he died.” Poor guy. Especially on Valentine’s Day! So if you talk to Joachim, remember that he’s  emotionally fragile right now! 😉