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OH HAI!

16 Jan

WELL it’s officially happened. I have become too busy living here instead of being bored to the point of actually keeping up with this blog (sorry for the false hope, ppl.)

SRYABOUTTHAT.

Anyhow. My mom and gramma Marie and gramma Kathy are here! They got here Friday and they leave this Saturday morning coming up. We haven’t been here for that long (three months. I know it seems like a long time, but with the combination of a billion kg of snow and limited daylight my ability to discover Stockholm effectively was limited.) WHATEVER, it’s been fun to take them around to the few things that we like to do.

Ben and I have been cooking something different for them every day (yesterday we made dough from scratch and everyone made their own pizza, Monday Ben made chili and cornbread, Sunday we made a buttload of bruschetta toppings and toasted baguette, Saturday we made a big pork roast with roasted veggies, and Friday when they got here we made them spaghetti since it was quick and we kept them out all day shopping and sight seeing.

We also made a little scavenger hunt for them when they got here so they could find some little treats and OHYEAH tickets for a two day cruise to Helsinki, Finland (we leave today!)

All in all, it’s been fun. I know I keep saying it but I’ll get pictures up I promise. Probably not this weekend, and probably not during the week next week (Monday I start gym/class/work all back to back to back from 6am to anywhere from 5-7pm.) 

Potential good things about being so busy:
-gym will automatically be in my routine and will be finished first thing so I don’t have to have it hanging over my head
-I have to learn how to make my own granola bars so I have something to eat on the train between class and work so I don’t pass out while singing childrens’ songs to three year old mini-Swedes (I’m actually really excited about doing this. My mom even brought me a bag of flax seed from the states that I had left there when I moved.)

so i’ll get pictures up next friday or saturday AND BREAK!

xoxo-
Val & Ben ❤

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Skyping, Shockholm and KGB

11 Nov

So it’s been quite a while since I’ve made a blog for everyone. I have been busy, but not too busy. Truth is, I just didn’t feel like editing the photos and I didn’t want to post a blog with no pictures because I think blogs with no pictures are not as interesting as blogs with pictures. (At least mine. There’s not so much in the way of writing integrity extraordinaire, so I’d like to give yr eyeballs some pleasure at least.) It’s been like what, two weeks since I wrote about what we’re doing. So here’s a big fat update, and I also linked the pictures up to some slideshows of more pictures, so if you click on them you can catch up with all the pictures that we’ve taken the past few weeks.

1.) We got the first snow of the season. At the beginning of October. And aside from the rain that I watched turn to snow literally right before my eyes, it’s the only snow that we’ve had so far. (And the snow I saw the other day doesn’t count. It only lasted for like, a few minutes and it didn’t accumulate at all on the ground. Doesn’t count.)

2.) Shockholm 2012 – Stockholm doesn’t really have Halloween, but they have been trying! There’s not monumentally large bags of candy everywhere, and the only places that really have costumes are the toy stores, but do we really need all those calories, America? This year was year number two of Stockholm’s Halloween parade: Shockholm. It wasn’t as extensive as we’re used to in the States, but it was still really fun! And let’s be honest. All anyone does anymore is bitch and moan about how holidays aren’t what they used to be blah blah blah commercialization blah blah. So it’s kind of nice, even now in November. Some Christmas stuff is out in the stores, but there is also no Thanksgiving here, so it’s not like all the holiday decorations from Halloween to New Years are just all being displayed at once. I’ve heard people here say that decorations are going up earlier than usual over the last few years, but it’s nice to us that there’s not that huuuuuge layover of holidays that we’re trying to celebrate one at a time.

3.) Lots of Skype has been happening! And Ben also figured out how to take screen shots of it! We like to skype our family. We like our parents, and siblings, and I like my niece. And we miss our cats. And we get to see all of these things when we Skype. KTHNX Skype!

4.) Stockholm International Film Festival! About a month ago I saw a post online that the SIFF needed some volunteers. I initially tried to be a photographer, but I don’t own the fancy equipment necessary for that, and now that I’ve seen them in action, I don’t know if I’d have been the best at it anyhow. (In addition to the lack of fancy equipment, I’m a LOT shorter than a lot of the people being photographed, and short photographer + pictures of tall people = nostril shots!) BUT we’ve been volunteering with the decorating department (which just means we go and set up/tear down the state, red carpet, face2face set ups, etc.) and I’ve been doing interviews with directors (look out for those, once they’re posted I’ll try to link them up here!) So! We got to go to a party a couple Sundays ago for all the volunteers at KGB bar (decorated exactly how you think it is) and there will be another party in another couple of weeks at the end of the festival after all the volunteers know each other. I’m excited for that one since everyone will be comfortable around each other.

Other than this, just the usual has been happening. Ben’s working, I’ve been cooking a lot more. We picked up the suitcases that we left here in August and unpacking them was like an early Christmas for us. Ben had lots of warm clothes (I had a few, my clothes are smaller than his so his clothes took up a lot of space), but we also had all the canvases that everyone painted for my birthday in there. I’ve since tried to hang them up, but they keep falling off the wall so I’m still trying to come up with a plan B. There were also two grocery bags of toiletries that I had packed up (thanks, past Val!) so we probably won’t have to buy any of those things for a good six months or more.

I promise to try and keep up with this, in a couple weeks I probably won’t have much to do anymore so you can expect more posts after this festival is over. (I would appreciate some crossed fingers and good thoughts being thrown my way on landing some kind of job though. That would be great.)

xoxo-
Val & Ben ❤

Torchlight procession for opening night of the Stockholm International Film Festival

Bibimbap!

Smurf holding an assault rifle at KGB bar!

Auden likes to draw for us on Skype! ❤

we loved how this guy had an Atilla face on his shirt ❤

Food. Cooking. Booze. ALLL the good things.

22 Oct

WELL a mediocre amount of things have been going on at our new Stockholm home. The Stockholm tax office has put me to shame (halfway!) by sending Ben a letter in the post basically saying “turn in yr resident id card by Oct. 29 or good luck going through the whole process of getting a personnummer.”

I didn’t get one though. So my theory of try, try again is still valid. Plus, we already got our id cards in the mail from Migrationsverket so we’re just going to march our American butts over to the Skatteverket on Wednesday and show them our id cards. Yes, I’m taking mine over too, just by some weird coincidence my letter got lost in the mail. (Although I am having this grand vision of my personnummer making a trip to our mailbox before we can get over to the Skatteverket to show them Ben’s id card.)

In other news, I’ve been cooking a lot of really delicious things as of late.

huevos rancheros

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

banana/orange mimosas with strawberries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

pizza with spinach, fresh mozz; with crust and sauce made from scratch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
I’ve also made some chocolate chip cookies, which I didn’t like the pictures so they don’t get to be public (I have to work on my ratios, metric system + Val guesswork = I need to try another batch of cookies.) Ben took them to work today though and he said they were gone when he left this evening. I’ll have to trust that no one dumped the whole lot in the trash.

 

We’ve also made a quest to the beer section at one of our most recent grocery trips. That’s right, we broke down and bought some overpriced, low-alcohol beer. And even if it was low-alcohol, it was the most delicious beer that either of us has had since we got here. My favorite was the porter, Ben liked the Trashy Blonde (hoppy, but not hoppy enough.) And surprisingly, the Bishops Finger wasn’t all that bad. (I was afraid of it. It was this weird, almost pinkish color, but not fruity. Terrifying.)

 

 

We’re also working on a little project that involves taking pictures of some of the art in the subways. We rode up and down one of the lines almost completely, but it didn’t seem to have much art. We’re thinking a lot of it is along the blue line, which has been closed since August (but reopens tomorrow!!) So keep an eye out for that. We got some decent pictures of some of the stations, but if I’m going to commit to doing something like this, I don’t want to half-ass it.

Oh and I mentioned we got our resident cards in the mail! Well I basically look like a criminal in mine. Don’t think it’strue? Check it out. I didn’t smile bc no one else smiled in their pictures, and basically I didn’t know if I was allowed. (Also don’t tell me that’s ridiculous, because in your passport photos you are not permitted to smile, and I didn’t feel like getting reprimanded in Swedish, OKAY.)

 

No more news for now really, it’s been slow moving here. Basically, I’ve been lacking a lot of motivation to go out neighborhood-exploring because it’s been so boringly and consistently gray outside. And I still don’t have a functioning iphone to help me get around. I tend to have lots of luck with getting mega turned around getting off the trains here. (There’s two exits to almost every train station, and if you get off the wrong one…screwed.) It’s especially difficult because I don’t recognize the street names enough yet to remember where they all are in relation to each other. I’ll get used to it. Consider it a day off.

xoxo-
Val & Ben ♥

 

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