Archive | August, 2011

Just what I needed

29 Aug

My parents are officially back home in the States and we couldn’t of had a better time while they were here. Those ten days seemed to fly by so quickly and here I sit, looking back on it all and wondering if they were even really here. I’ll give you a quick recap of our activities so I can catch you all up on what went on while they were here.

First, my parents were really taken back by the town that I live in (Helsingborg). I don’t think they expected Helsingborg to be as beautiful and quaint as it really is. We spent many days just wandering around the town, stopping for coffee, lunch, shopping and many photo opps. We headed to Stockholm for three days where we wandered around Gamla Stan (Old Town), which was conveniently located just down the hill from our hotel, went on a boat tour around the city, sat outside and drank coffee at a café in the middle of a square (my mom’s one request), watched the changing of the guards at the royal palace, ate delicious dinners and got a chance to be a family again.

 

Once we were back down south again, we headed up the coast toward Mölle, which is a town along the coastline, where we parked and walked through a forest that ends at the tip of the coast with extraordinary views. My mom also made it a point to outfit our cat with everything possible to make it feel “at home” in our apartment. With the new kitty litter box (with a roof on it to keep the smell down), new toys, a new three-story kitty tower, food, treats, etc. I think Enzo may be the most spoiled cat in Helsingborg.

The day before they left, we took the train down to Copenhagen (where their flight was departing from) and checked into the Hilton next to the airport to make the bag transfer and check-in as easy as possible for the next morning. We took the rest of that afternoon to check out Copenhagen where we had lunch alongside the water in which a jazz trio had just happened to set up shop next to where we were sitting. After lunch, we took yet another boat tour but this time around Copenhagen. After the tour, we shopped a little then headed back to our hotel to enjoy our last night together.

I can’t imagine doing anything different while they were here. Everything just seemed to happen as it should and we all had such a great time together. Saying goodbye is never easy and I’m still trying to get over the fact that they’ve already come and gone.

108 days left until I am home again.

I love you mom and dad! I am so lucky that I have two parents who would travel across the world to hang out with me (especially with a few broken ribs). I can’t wait until we are all back together and can have our family all in one place again.

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Quick Update

16 Aug

The weekend flew by once again (like it always does) and now we are getting ready for my parents to arrive on Thursday morning! My dad is still in a bit of pain with his ribs and is hoping the doctor will prescribe him some more “heavy duty” drugs before he heads over here. He’s been able to relax at home for quite some time now so hopefully that will help speed the healing process up a bit. While my parents are here we plan on showing them around Helsingborg, bring them to my office for “show and tell,” have a barbeque at Joachim’s family’s house, head to Stockholm for three days for a boat tour, sight seeing, shopping and meeting up with Joachim’s mom. Then we’ll head back down to Helsingborg, possibly go to Copenhagen or Malmö, drive them up the coast to check out some small coastal villages and then we’ll decide what else we want to do as the days come.  Pretty exciting stuff huh? I can’t wait!

This past weekend Joachim and I went to his family’s house for dinner to celebrate Alex’s 18th birthday on Friday! Saturday we slept in then went for a walk downtown to an international street market that was in town for the weekend. There were booths from all over — France, Spain, Holland, Germany, Turkey, etc. with food and little things from each country. We managed to buy some fudge from the English booth and were going to buy some Thai food for lunch but decided against it. Saturday night we met up with some friends from work and went bowling and then headed back to our apartment to put our new beer pong table to work! We decided to have a mini tournament in which Joachim and I won, but we did have an unfair advantage. Sunday we spent the day cleaning and hanging out (like always) and watched The Lincoln Lawyer. Was a really great movie!

I will try to type up some posts while my parents are here but I’m sure you’ll understand if I don’t have a whole lot of time to do so.  Hope you’re having a great start to your week!

Xoxox.

Artist Spotlight

9 Aug

So I’ve been doing some thinking and have decided that I’m going to start mixing up my posts a little bit. Since I have gotten into a great roll with posting since I’ve been back from America, I figured I might as well switch up the “update-style” posts and add something a bit more intriguing and more interesting than, well…me. Anyway, people are always asking me about certain songs that come on my iPod when they are in the car with me or a song I put on while hanging out at our apartment. Because of this, I think it would be cool to write a sort-of music review, artist spotlight, blog post once (maybe more) a month to let you in on what really strikes my fancy when it comes to music.

On that note, I would like to introduce to you artist #1 on the new “artist spotlight” series…Andy Grammer. A little background about Mr.Grammer:

-Born in 1983 in Los Angeles but grew up in New York.

-Son of singer-songwriter, Red Grammer.

-At age 20 Andy returned to LA to pursue a career in music and became a “busker” (the actual word for guy who sings on the street I guess) in Santa Monica.

-Was discovered when a man heard him singing on the street and decided to see what he was all about.

-He opened for Plain White T’s on the second leg of their tour in Spring of 2011.

-In January 2011, he was named an “artist to watch” by Billboard magazine.

-He performed at the infamous SXSW 2011, where he was one of the artists contributing to a recording produced by Hanson to benefit the victims of the 2011 Japan earthquake.

-His debut album was officially released on June 14, 2011.

-He joined Natasha Bedingfield on her Less is More Tour, starting on June 2011.

*info taken from Wikipedia

What I like about Grammer is that his music is upbeat with very catchy hooks.  After listening to many of his songs, you’ll find yourself singing the chorus to yourself over and over. “Keep your head up” is his first single, which is quite a catchy tune. Luckily though, the rest of his CD is just as easy to listen to and takes the cake for that “happy music when you’re feeling down” type of day.

My favorite songs:

  1. Keep Your Head Up
  2. Lunatic
  3. The Pocket
  4. Love Love Love (Let You Go)
  5. Build Me a Girl
  6. Biggest Man in Los Angeles
Here’s one extra clip of him playing live in front of a few fans for a promotional tour. He’s just as good live as he is in the studio. True talent…. Numbers

Hope you all like this new series. Depending on the feedback, I may increase these “artist spotlight” posts. Also, let me know if you like Andy Grammer as much as I do!  🙂

Weekend recap

8 Aug

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and were able to fit in everything you wanted to do before it was over. I spent this past weekend alone in our apartment while Joachim spent Thursday-Sunday in Prague with a bunch of his friends. Sounds like they had a great time drinking their way through the city but once he got home late last night he was more than ready to go to bed. I found myself hanging out with my co-worker/ friend Lykke for most of the weekend and we managed to have a great time together. Friday night we had dinner and wine at her place, Saturday we went to IKEA and the electronics store so she could purchase a new digital camera before we headed out on the town with two other co-workers of ours. Turned into quite a long evening when I walked into my apartment around 5:30 a.m., Sunday morning! Spent all day yesterday cleaning, putting some new IKEA things together and relaxing a bit before Joachim arrived.

To update you on my dad, he and my mom are headed back to Colorado today, Monday morning 🙂 Over the weekend the doctors weren’t sure if he would be allowed to come to Sweden because they were scared of clots forming in his legs. They gave him special compression socks to wear and are urged him to walk so he can prevent that as much as possible. Thankfully, after reviewing the x-rays, the doctor told him that he would be able to come to Sweden just as long as he wore those dorky-looking socks on the plane. I realize that he may not be in the best shape to be walking around for long periods of time but I’m pretty sure we’ll be able to work around that. I think everyone is relieved that things are going to start to get back to normal and he’s very happy to be heading home…to his own bed. From my research, it seems like 6-8 weeks is the normal healing time for broken ribs (well broken anything really) so by the time he gets here he’ll be about halfway through the recovery time.

Aren’t you all so proud of me for posting as much as I have this last week? Hopefully I can stay on my roll and keep updating you with little things here and there. Glad you are all still following my blog and like what I write. It means a lot that you all care!

Love love love,

Hadley

Dad Update

5 Aug

First of all, I want to say thank you to all of you who have been keeping up with what’s going on with my dad. It really means a lot to me, and definitely him, that so many people have reached out to call and write to him. When I left off, all we knew was that he had a “couple” broken ribs and was supposed to head back to the hospital on Thursday morning to get another CT Scan to check out the air pockets outside his lungs. All day Wednesday he stayed (by himself) in his hotel room, worked a bit and was still very uncomfortable with the amount of pain he was in. He made it to the hospital Thursday morning and the doctor told him how many ribs he really broke. Seven to be exact. I was in shock when I heard this and was a bit saddened by the fact that they let him leave the hospital that first day, all alone, with seven broken ribs. The first day, the doctor told him that he had broken “a couple” ribs in which my dad thought that meant two. I think if he would’ve known he broke seven, he would have been more adamant about staying in the hospital where he could have help getting around, eating, etc.

Anyway, my mom is flying out to San Diego Friday morning so my dad has some company in the hospital. He is supposed to be there for 48 hours so they can monitor him and give him higher-powered drugs. Another thing the doctors saw when he went in on Thursday was a build up of mucus in his lungs because he hasn’t been able to cough since he is in so much pain. Hopefully, with the higher medication, he will feel less pain and be able to cough some of that stuff up (gross I know). When I spoke with him yesterday he sounded like he was in better spirits and was on the road to recovery. He told me how much he realized how many friends he really does have and all the love he has felt since this whole ordeal has happened.

Thank you guys for thinking/praying about my dad and my family. It truly means a lot that so many people care about him and I couldn’t be more thankful for all of you. I’ll keep you updated with what comes next  🙂

Have a wonderful weekend and give the people you love just one more hug.

Love you all!!

//Hadley

Man down

3 Aug

Before leaving work yesterday I received an e-mail from my mom telling me that my dad had fallen while walking to a restaurant in San Diego on Monday and had possibly broken 2 ribs. After work I called my dad to get filled in on what was going on. The story is that my dad was walking across the street when he saw a car headed toward him. He went to get out of the way and didn’t see the curb to the left of him. Unfortunately he tripped on the curb and landed on the left side of his upper body. Thankfully the car stopped and asked if he was okay. A bit embarrassed by what just happened, my dad said he was fine and just figured he got the wind knocked out of him. After dinner, he returned to the hotel to go to sleep and realized he was starting to be in a lot more pain. He forced himself to go to bed but woke up mid-morning, he realized that he could barely breathe. He called the ambulance (and my mom to make sure he had all the insurance information right), and then he was on his way to the hospital.

He is still in San Diego, with two broken ribs and another appointment for a CT Scan on Thursday to make sure an area outside his lungs is okay. And here I am, 6,000 miles away and feeling so sad that my dad has to be alone. When I decided to move all the way to Sweden, my number ONE fear was that something was going to happen to someone in my family or one of my friends and there would be nothing I could do to help. Hopefully my sister (my mom is on a business trip in Arizona) can make it out to California to help my dad out. Seems like even the smallest tasks give him massive amounts a pain – and having to do everything by himself isn’t any help. After I talked to him yesterday he was building up the strength to get into his rental car and DRIVE to get his pain medication.

Daddy, if you’re reading this, I love you and I know that you know that if I could be on the next flight to San Diego, I would. I hope the healing process doesn’t take too big of a toll out of your daily life and that you can become healthy and active soon! Stay strong so you can make the long trip over here in TWO weeks. I promise I won’t squeeze you too hard when I give you a hug 🙂

Love always,

Your moochka 🙂

New Addition

2 Aug

After what seems like the quickest 2 weeks of my life, I have made it back to Sweden after one of the longest traveling days of my life. To put it briefly, it took me 27 hours to get back because my first of three flights was delayed, causing me to miss the next two. Anyway, I had an absolutely amazing time back at home. My time was filled with Mexican food, a Rockies game, shopping (lots of it), dinners out with friends, downtown Denver, new glasses, doctor’s appointments, much-needed family time and great conversations. I am so lucky to have the best family and friends in the world and I can’t wait to come back. December isn’t THAT far away.

On another note, I am proud to say that Joachim and I are proud new parents of a new kitty, Enzo. While I was home, Joachim called me and told me about a cat that had been visiting his dad’s house for a few days. After making calls to neighbors and the city pound, the cat remained unclaimed and created a spot in Joachim’s heart. Enzo is still in the process of getting used to living in a house (we think he once lived in a home then was forced to live in the wild for a bit before finding us) so he is still a bit scared of sudden movements. Once you can convince Enzo to come next to you and get that first scratch on the back of his head, he’s all yours. In a few months time I have a feeling he’ll be a very snuggly kitty.


 

Also! My parents will be making their way to Sweden in 15 days 🙂 They arrive on August 18th and I couldn’t be any more excited. We are planning on heading to Stockholm that first weekend they are here then probably a day in Copenhagen and some other small villages along our coastline. I can’t wait to show them my new home and create memories with them in Helsingborg. It will be such a great time. Counting down the days…

That’s all I have for now. I hope you all have had a wonderful summer. I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone by but I am so thankful for everything I have gotten to do this summer (and my travels aren’t even quite over yet)!

Promise to keep you updated more often. (Famous last words).

Love you all!