Very happy to announce that I got most of my Christmas shopping done today!! The rest can be bought tomorrow, before an early flight to the homeland on Tuesday. Phew!
No I’m at home relaxing with my latest binge watch-show on youtube, An idiot abroad – hot tip if you’re looking for fun English humour! Anyway, pausing Karl Pilkington for a minute to share some summery pics from this years Sweden Rock – I CAN’T WAIT FOR NEXT JUNE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sophia sadly had to take off early this year ( ), Carro and I tried to keep our spirits up with beer & bbq. Me: “Carro, hold the sticks and look like you’re barbecuing!”. I’m a very pleasant friend sometimes. Ha.
Doesn’t look like much, but you have no idea how I miss this whole scenario right now.
After a quick lunch we were off to see this guy!
Ace Frehley – known mostly from KISS !
A happy, fun gig – perfect for a summer afternoon in the sun!
I’ve said it before, but the security dudes at SRF really are the best! These ones came up to our tent to discuss music, and just hang out a bit.
Once Christmas & New Years is over, can we just skip straight to June please???
Feeling slightly fragile today, after a fun night out yesterday… staying in bed with Jimmy Fallon on stream and cacio e pepe (simplest and yummiest pasta dish ever) today. So no fun pics from today I’m afraid, but lets have a peek at what I did for my birthday this year (only three months later, oops)
I woke up feverish and really didn’t want to do anything at all. Duncan, knowing me well (I get quite down if I do nothing at all a whole day), said we would go anywhere I wanted as long as we got out of the house for a bit. The loveliest thing I could think of in my feverish haze was to go cuddle with lots of cats <3
So we took a trip to the cat café!
You’re not allowed to feed the cats, which sometimes is very hard. This grey one in particular was persistent! So hard to resist…
Maybe she’s hiding treats in her bag??
After we patted the kitties goodbye we went to a cool record shop in le Marais, where Duncan managed to find Toys in the attic (Aerosmith’s best album, I’d been looking for it for AGES) and bought it for me as a birthday surprise!! <3 <3 <3
After an afternoon rest I decided I was well enough to meet up with Rosy for Vietnamese dinner!
Drank lots of tea and shared a few plates of goodies with Duncan.
Rosy had soup, and I was grateful for lovely people around me despite my sad state <3
Just got back from lunch with the gang (yeah I have a gang, duh), wished Rosy a Holly Jolly Christmas as she pops off to England this evening. About to head to pick up a couple of kiddies at school but thought I’d drop in with a quick hello.
My eyes and Rosy’s have disappeared.. sign of a good time I think, hehe.
Bit quiet on le blog the past few days, as I’ve had a bit of a end of season work-spurt, and have been pretty much exhausted outside of that… Right now I’ve just managed to get two little boys in to their beds and am once again, absolutely exhausted. One more afternoon & evening of work (don’t get me wrong, I love my kids to bits!) then full focus on Christmas presents (cannot panic enough about this, wuaaa) and packing for Stockholm on Tuesday!!
For now, a few random pics from le iPhone. An honest look at life right now!
Recently made sock puppets with two little ones, made a ninja and this little mouse (who has a tail and all!). Big hit all round.
Tried on dream shoes and almost shed a tear due to never being able to afford that kind of luxury… Rosy was more chipper: One day Elin, one day.
Re-discovered this old goodie, still makes me laugh. No really, makes me properly laugh out loud.
Had pizza with Carro at East Mamma, honestly the best pizza I’ve ever had. Went half half since we couldn’t decide on one. Kind of want to let everything go and RUN back there now….
No idea when this was but thought I’d end this post with a cheesy smile, so tadaa!
Now, double-checking that little boys are in fact sleeping and not up to mischief, then Swedish Christmas TV and tea is on the menu
Today is one of those dark days. Slept way too long, since I slept practically nothing during the night. I have plenty of things I should do, people I should contact, errands I should run. Everything just feels overwhelming and too much to deal with. Listening tothis song, which probably doesn’t help either.
Counting this day as a bit of a write off, tomorrow is another chance to feel better.
Until then, we’ll peek at a happier day: Christmas party at Rosy’s place the other night <3
Kat was there, in crown and all
Rosy looking for more friends, hehehe.
Not sure how bottles of prosecco there was? Felt like a never ending stream (not a complaint!)
“Shot glasses” HAHA.
This ridiculously expensive scented candle from Rosy’s bosses smelled amazing, and is so pretty too. My Ikea candles feel a bit underwhelming now
Rosy’s childhood friend Kate was visiting from England
This version of charades was actually great fun, and that’s HUGE coming from me – who normally freaks out over any kind of social game. Just look at Kat’s excited face 😀
Duncan showed up after a couple of hours, with a full bag of beer to taste I liked this one!
Louis came, and looked slightly put off… hm.
A crown came off, and hats went on instead. Important stuff.
The cool kids (insert emoji with sunnies on here)
Lorna who I haven’t seen for years (literally, years) came along!
A night full of prosecco, games and most important of all – friends
Its that time of the year again! When Spotify summarizes what you’ve listened to over the past year – I love it! I can’t say I was shocked by my results, but quite amused… have a look:
The first track I listened to this year was this party track, haha! I was thinking it was probably at the New Years party at Sophia’s place, but then I realized that we had left her apartment by midnight and were out and about.. so apparently this felt like a good way to start the new year, and get over the hangover on January 1st. Ha.
My most listened to band/artist was Five Finger Death Punch, which I’m not at all surprised by. I’ve really only discovered them this past year and have been going through the albums over, and over, and over again… the rest of my top five were: The Rolling Stones (have had Sticky Fingers & Exile on Main Street on repeat quite a few times), Aerosmith, Slash (like every other year then) and Airbourne
Top album, surprise! NOT. Haha. The surprise was in number two, Lily Allen’s Alright Still. It’s on one of my frequently played Spotifylists so I guess it comes up a bit. The rest is as expected: Airbourne, Rolling Stones (Sticky Fingers, what did I say!) and Slash’s latest <3
Now this one I do find quite funny: ALL of my top five listened to tracks the past year were by FFDP. ALL of them. Haha!
Top Genres, hehe. Dance Pop sneaked in to 5th position due to lots of 90’s nostalgia dance-nights I’m sure
I listened to 3509 different tracks…
By 1182 different artists!
21 days straight of music – I actually thought it would be more! I guess I listen to a lot of podcasts too, and at home its mostly vinyl these days.
Anyway, if you use Spotify you too can check out your year in music, right here!
Hosted a little pre-Christmas get together here last night, invited some dear friends over to try an authentic Swedish Christmas meal. Got lots of pics to go through, until then I leave you with some from the buildup!
Skully was ready to get on down!Went to Ikea recently and bought these beautiful ornaments, they are now strung up on the wall by fairy lights <3
Normally the lights live in a big Grey Goose-bottle that make up a lamp in a corner, around Christmas they get to come out on display Gives a very cozy ambiance in here!
I even put together my very own gingerbread house! Was so happy with it, until it started collapsing I think it can be officially declared dead now, but for a day or two it was uber cute.. Tadaa! Cute huh?!
The gay pride chimney with separate colors on each side 😀
And last out – a little sneak peek from last night! Thank you everyone who came, photos to come very soon <3
A few weeks ago I had a Sunday date with two of my favourite Parisians, Rosy & Richard. It’s an equally sunny day today, I’m prepping all the Christmas party-things I can before I pop out to pick up kids!
Anyway, a quick few pics from another sunny day
We went to l’Académie de la Bière, the best place in Paris for mussels! Here, Rosy looking serious and hungry. Hehe.
Hot tip if you like mussels and beer, and who the hell doesn’t?!
We tried a few different ones, sadly don’t remember the names at all.. all nice though!
I had the same ones that I always have, the ones drowned in roquefort sauce. Mmmmmm….
A happy me, and Richards arm.. the only picture where you see him properly was one that I squeezed in to and looked absolutely terrible, so eh, sorry about that Richard :/
A dangerously strong, but very tasty, beer. And its cute!
A beautiful sunny afternoon with tasty food, beer and good friends. What more could a girl ask for?