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August, 2008

  1. Sexy German…

    August 19, 2008 by admin

    yes who could have thought it possible that the German language could be…but listening to the way the singer from melotron says “r” makes the little hairs on my arms stand up. It is like he growls it, like a cat…purrrrrrr


  2. Grumpy Swede going to Emerald Island

    August 19, 2008 by admin

    I have been in such a stinky mood this week so far. The fact I have been sick more or less since I came back from the Dominican has made me into Mrs Grumpy Pants, and I feel fatigued and very fed up. It feels like it is lifting a little bit now, so I hope I can shake of the bad mood and the tiredness. I haven’t been to the gym for two weeks, which is not helping the fatigue at all, but since I more or less get tired just to walk into work, it hasn’t been a good idea to try to go there. I might have a go at it tomorrow and see how it goes.

    The height of my bad mood was reached this Saturday, when I tried to buy a coat in a shop, I had been sent a voucher for 10% off for a jacket, coat or knitwear from this shop, so armed with this voucher I tried to purchase this jacket, but it didn’t go to plan. The girl at the till tried to read the the paper and didn’t understand it and then looked at it again and said you have to buy a coat AND a knitwear to get the 10 % off. I just looked at her, couldn’t be bothered to argue handed the jacket to Steve and said well OK no thanks then. Then she tried to sell me a storecard…I walked out. At a restaurant later Steve looked over the paper again and said I had been right, no where on the paper did it say AND. I manged to buy the same jacket in another store yesterday without any problem. So of course what I should have done was to try to just adopt the more American approach to customer service, and not given up and nicely walked away. But I find it very hard to do such things.

    When we were in Seattle at one point at a restaurant I got a bit of plastic in my salad, Chris and Bev instantly flagged down the waiter who ran out to the kitchen and got the manger who came out and apologised. It was all very effective, we got my meal for free, and another person even came and said sorry, this person put her hand on my shoulder and said ” I am so sorry”. At this point it was just a little to much for this very typical do not want to make a fuss Swede, and I just wanted to go hide. But of course this is the way it should be. Sweden has probably even worse service than England does. Last time I went to Sweden, I had some run-ins with grumpy baristas who were angry when I told them I had ordered skimmed milk not full fat. So I guess I am changing somewhat too, not sure if that is for the better or worse.

    This weekend we are off to Dublin. I have travelled quite a bit this year, been to Sweden twice, Finland, Dominican Republic, US and Canada, so we thought we add one more before the year is over. I went to Dublin last year for work, but didn’t see anything of the town itself, just some boring industrial estate. We were thinking of some other places to go to, but in the end we just wanted somewhere you could get to rather quickly without having to pay lots of money. Sadly traveling within England itself is rather pricey so we thought we might as well go to Dublin for some leprechauns and Guinness to be sure to be sure.

    This thing is a bit funny, it has some new Swedes in training to become “proper Swedes”. The thing in the middle with the neighbour…i do that…always!


  3. “Play our tune baby”

    August 13, 2008 by admin

    One of my deep dark secrets, well not a very good secret is that I love the extremely cheese soap opera “days of our lives”, I got hooked whilst a uni when they did the whole Marlena is possessed by the devil storyline. I was watching it yesterday when her and John (who has yet again been brainwashed by Stefano) were talking about what song were “their” song. Got me thinking about songs that I have with different people. When I was a uni I used to see this guy for awhile but we really disliked each others music tastes so the only thing we ever listened to was the sound track from Clockwork Orange. So we never had a song.

    Me and Steve got several songs, but if I were to choose one it would be “Are friends Electric” by Gary Numan, it played in the café were we had our first real date. It is a fitting song if you think about how we met.

    My very good friend Alexander who more or less was my other half during collage, we shared “Opportunities “ by Pet Shop Boys, and later “Popularity” by Sparks. We had some narcissistic egoism worship going on there.

    Karolina and me spend ages listening to music and playing musical games where we would listen to the radio and one person would shout out a name of some random person we knew and the other person had to improvise a song about that person to the next song that came on. Highlights would be a song about a boy with a head like a football to “la isla bonita”. But if I were to pick a song for us, It would be “Pretty Vacant” by Sex Pistols after the summer when we sat on endless busses listening to “never mind the bollocks” in our home tie-dyed t-shirts and grungy jeans.

    Change” by Sparks would be the song for me and my former flatmate Michaela. She had a well dodgy cd collection of mostly bad compilations from the early 90’s. But she started pinching some of my music and started getting into some Depeche Mode. But she really liked this Sparks song, and used to play it a lot when we would go on our road trips across Sweden transporting my furniture from my mum’s house to our flat.

    Susie and me have two songs, one is our travel soundtrack “Sixteen Tons of Hardware” by BWO. Which played on Karolina’s stereo the first time me and Susie went on a trip together. And then “Dick Around” by Sparks which is more of our life philosophy soundtrack. Seeing that song live with her was great.

    I don’t think I got a song with Johan, we do share a lot of similar musical tastes, but at the moment he is total guitar-metal-wank-mode so I can’t deal with that ;) . We’ll have to work on having a “our song” in the future instead.

    Do you have a song? What is it? And why?


  4. Likeable

    August 12, 2008 by admin

    today I like blood

    Stole this idea from Avitania her word was cheese, I guess mine is “Like”, like totally! I am abit more worried about the blood thing. I know I talked about it in my hospital post…but still!


    Do your own at http://wordle.net/


  5. Time flies like a banana

    August 10, 2008 by admin

    This summer it will be 10 years since a very bored student me stepped into the irc channel #Industrial on altnet. I was very dubious about the whole chat room thing and such. I had lived with a girl who was spending more time in front of her computer chatting than she saw ppl irl. That wasn’t going to happen to me…oh well. On altnet I met people I am still good friends with today, like Xtal and Kan. I also met my beloved Johan who I don’t know what I’d do without. And of course I also met that person who is now in our kitchen sorting out our dinner. Later I moved on to the undernet #industrial and met shed loads more people many of them I have now met in person, spent lovely holidays with and some people who I have never met but I am still in touch with via twitter or online somehow. I never really expected that boring summer at university that my whole life would change…oh very cheesy ending but nevermind!

    Me 10 years ago