13 May, 2013

6 Kilometres by Bicycle

It's so nice in the evenings now, that we can't resist getting on our bikes to ride around. That's a lie. I have to be coaxed a little to actually get onto my bicycle (which, funnily enough, I adore) and ride it. Why? Because riding a bike is hard work around our house which is surrounded by big hills, and I'm out of shape! Yeah.
I know I need the exercise though so I usually end up going, knowing in the back of my mind that if I keep going, it will get easier. Part of my new year's resolutions were to take more photos and I realised I'm doing poorly at that. I made a mini-resolution to bring my camera everywhere with me over the next few weeks, and I was reminded what a heavy thing it is... but I digress...

It all boils down to the fact that we went on a little adventure around parts of Tyresö we were previously unaware of. I brought my camera and was really, really, shamefully rusty at first. Once I got the ole "mind's eye" working properly again though, it felt like slipping into an old pair of comfy shoes, and I got some shots that I'm pretty happy with.

It's nice to remember why I became interested in photography, and work on another goal in my resolutions - to lose the weight!
All in all, we cycled about 6 kilometres in a big loop, and we would have gone farther I think, had we started a bit earlier. It wasn't too hard, due in part to the fact that I was just in awe of spring all around us and kept stopping to snap, snap, snap photos.

Siiiigh. Every day I am in Sweden, I am a little more grateful for being here. I love this country's landscape.

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11 May, 2013


Coincidentally all the things I've been doing lately have a bit of blue in them... I've been busy creating, reading, and staying in touch with friends with my iPhone. I have had quite the sinus infection the past week and haven't really felt up to much other than the above, and drinking lots of tea!

What do you do to keep yourself occupied during sickie days on the couch?

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10 May, 2013

Our Swedish Space, Part 1

Honestly, I've been wanting to write this mini-series for EVER! But it seems like things were always against me until now. Winter, means I'd have to photograph things right in the middle of the day for the best light, and somehow it never happened. Now that spring is here, the days are longer and we have plants in our windows anyway, so it's much more interesting...
We are beginning the tour in the boudoir.

The room is fairly small, and with our amazing gigantic bed, we can't have nightstands - so I jerry-rigged a hanging clothes thingie for my side of the bed. It holds books, and a bowl for jewelry, among a few other things - but for the most part is pretty empty. It serves my purpose though!

This is the other side of the room. That door goes into a storage area/electrical panel space. If this was my house, I wouldn't hesitate to knock this wall down and move it about two metres back, and create some sort of closet space with panel access. There are no closets or storage space otherwise, and there is a ton of unused space in the storage area. It's honestly almost as big as our bedroom. All of our boxes that hold seasonal decorations, winter clothes, etc are back there, though and it's great to have them with us and out of sight. I've been going through all of our boxes over the last few days, de-cluttering and the clutter hasn't actually made it to the second hand shop yet so that's where it hides.

Here are some of the plants on our windowsill:

The house is kept so warm that we've actually slept with the window open or partly open most of the time we've been here. It's really warming up outside now, and it seems our landlord (who lives upstairs) has not adjusted his thermostats so we usually have the windows wide open all the time. It's wonderful!

And there you have it. The space where we spend a third of our lives.

Thanks for reading! Please stay tuned for the next installment coming soon.

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I have no idea why they made us read this book as teenagers. I had no idea what was going on in this book then. I thoroughly disliked this book based on the fact that I *had* to read it for school, and therefore missed out on many lovely things contained within it.
In reading it as an adult I find myself wondering if part of the reason I didn't like it was due to the language. At age15, I had no knowledge of the differences of language and manner as I do now. In fact, the language is a large part of what made the story so interesting to me this go round.

I thought it was a beautifully told story with many wonderful descriptions of emotions and character details... I admit that I was sad when the inevitable happened. The last page.

Now the movie is out in theaters and I'm so excited! I am excited to wait to watch it at home on my TV in about 4 to 5 months... because money.
Also, I'm sure that I'll want to watch it more than once, even if it is a terrible movie, simply for the fact that Leonardo DiCaprio is in it. He was my first true movie star crush and I remain hopelessly devoted to him still, 15 years later. Oh, Leo...

Another thing leading me to believe that I'll want to watch it over and over again is that the film is directed by Baz Luhrmann, who also directed Romeo + Juliet (ohh Leo!) and Moulin Rouge - both movies I love and have watched at least twice a year every year since they came out, not counting the 2,000.5 times I watched them directly after I got my hands on the DVDs.

Anyways, I really liked the book, and I can see that they used several actual lines from the book in the movie (in the previews at least), and that is something that I am really happy about.
Leo! Squeee!!


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