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Day 6

11 Oct

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Thank God the sun decided to shine today in Sweden because I was NOT looking forward to another dreary day like we had yesterday. Anyway, today’s photo challenge is:

A picture of a person you’d love to trade places with for a day

 

First of all, the woman is B-E-A-UTIFUL!

Second,she has one of the best, natural, voices in the music industry

Third, she’s an icon at the ripe age of 30 (and has been for quite some time)

Fourth, she’s married to the king of hip-hop, Jay-Z, and will soon have his baby (and probably a really adorable one at that)

And finally, she can literally go anywhere in the world in the drop of a hat, on a private jet, with an entourage all around her to pack her things, do her hair, put on her makeup and feed her. Well I don’t know if someone feeds her, but probably.

Need I say more?

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The 30-day photo challenge

4 Oct

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I have decided to take part in the 30-day photo challenge that has been floating around the blogosphere. Each day-for the duration of 30 days- I will add a new picture with a new meaning. Day #1 is:

A picture of yourself with 10 facts:

10 facts:

1. I was born in Arlington, Virgina

2. I have been around the world (and seen a lotta places)

3. I love crappy reality TV (pretty much the only thing I watch)

4. I love to bake!

5. Working out and taking care of my body is a top priority

6. I love to be goofy and not take life too seriously

7. My boyfriend’s name is Joachim (Yew-Wah-Keem) and he was born and raised in Sweden. (Born in Stockholm, raised in Mora)

8. I love sports and can hang with the best of ’em

9. I have lived in quite a few places since I was born (and no my parents aren’t in the military): Virginia, New Jersey, Missouri, Colorado, Arizona, a ship (for 4 months) and Sweden

10. I have one older sister, Lindsay (25) and a mom and dad who are still together after 26+ years (I think it’s 26, I could be wrong though! lol)

I decided to try my luck at this 30-day challenge to really test my blogging skills and see if I can post and take pictures for 30 consecutive days! There might be times, here and there, when I’ll post about other things that are going on, but for the main part I will try my hardest to stick to my goal of the 30-day challenge. Also, since I usually don’t post on the weekends, the 30 days will be M-F (5 days a week), lasting for 6 weeks. Let’s see if I can last!

After work

23 Sep

Going out after work with a few of my coworkers for a drink or two down in the city. Should be a fun night filled with friends, Yahtzee, drinks and laughter. Joachim is planning on meeting up with us once he gets off work around 8. Should be a fun night.

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.

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!  🙂