torsdag 30 juni 2016

Crazy mad

I've been trying to publish a blog entry for the last hour from my Blogger App on my phone. I've rewritten the text at least a hundred (actually about five) times before finally just making a copy of it and placing it in my notes. But to no use! Text or no text, it wont work! I've tried to eraze and reinstall the Blogger App, but it just wont work! The text and pictures keeps disappearing the instance I publish them! 😡

So now I'm giving this a last try, and this final time from my work phone. Fingers crossed!

I just have to find another App for publishing my blog from the phone! This simply wont do it!

So, this entry will be a boring one. Truly boring! Sorry! Hopefully I'll be back on track tomorrow so I can show you which parquet flooring we ended up with today! I can tell you as much as it wasn't the one I showed you yesterday!

Laters babes!

Over and out
Pusspuss

onsdag 29 juni 2016

Finally?

So it's seems like we've finally found a kitchen to our new apartment that we like! It's from HTH, you can visit their website here!


We're not getting the cabinets with glass doors on top of the bench, and unfortunately the windows and the views are not included in the buy! ;)


I love the grey colour, but I'm changing the knobs to brazen ones. We've decided against (but I wish it wasn't so) the Carrera marble countertop as it's just to sensitive. With mini-me loving to bake and cook but not having control over her ingredients it would stain instantly and be destroyed. And at the cost of about 40 000kr it would be a true waste of money. So we're choosing a composite countertop, named London Grey.


Kind of looks like marble, don't you think?


I need time to adjust, still disappointed about not getting the Carrera marble, but I get why this is the more reasonable choice. 😁

And the floor? Well, I've not quite decided on that just yet, but I think it's going to be a white ash. I've read that ash is as hard as oak, and we're going to need that with two cats running gauntlets around the entire house! We're going to go look at this one tomorrow and if we like it, it just might be the one we end up with. 😃
Kind of nice, don't you think? This is a floor from Kährs, named "Alabaster". It's ash with a coat of white. You can see all their products here!


I let you know what we decide! :)

Laters babes!
XOXO

Over and out
Pusspuss

Summer reads

I like listening to or reading books about improving yourself, regardless the role I'm in. That is the professional part, being a leader (at work), or the more personal aspects of me!

I have a few personal favorites that I often return to, that works on both a personal level and the professional. I've learned a lot from them, and I continue to do so every time I take the time to share their insights! They were first introduced to me when attending a leadership course. And I kind of kept them close after that!

And here they are: Brene Brown, Simon Sinek and Stephen R. Covey. You may know them already, but if you don't, you will find the first two at TED Talk, where you can find some of their absolute best-known performances!

Their wisdom is also published in books, available on FB, Twitter and Instagram. And of course Youtube.

Brene Brown
- Listening to shame
- The power of vulnerability

Simon Sinek
- Why good leaders make you feel safe
- Start with why - How great leaders inspire action

The third one:
Stephen R. Covey
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Is available on YouTube in an animated short version. You'll find it here!

But I recommend you read the book! :)
Actually I recommend you read all their books, they're great! And you got to do something when relaxing this summer, right! 😜

Laters babes!
XOXO

Over and out
Pusspuss



tisdag 28 juni 2016

Feeling better

I just didn't want to leave you tonight with my last entry, telling you about my bad headache. So I'm back! And I'm feeling much better! Still tired though so I'm off to bed!


Sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite! Sweat dreams! 💤❤️💤

Laters babes!
XOXO

Over and out
Pusspuss

Fighting my way through

I'm feeling kind of sorry for my self right about now! I've had a headache all day that my painkillers couldn't keep away! So I'm truly fighting today to get things done without me cracking and bursting out in exhausted tears! :(
And I manage to get some heavy documentation done today! Very pleased with myself for doing that actually! I've needed to get that work out of my way for a while now and I finally did!


Mini-me and I've been playing games after dinner and I'm just about to put her to bed for the night. My husband's working tonight so I'm looking forward to a night of taking care of my aching head all in silence. No TV on, no music, no sport (mainly soccer - European championship still not over) and no talk. On any other ordinary day I wouldn't mind any of that, but after a day with headache I truly need the relaxing silence! ❤️

Hope you all had a great day!
Laters babes!
XOXO

Over and out
Pusspuss

måndag 27 juni 2016

Surprises

My mother would not argue with me if told you I have some of the the least green fingers in the world. And she would know, being a florist herself. 😁
But! Sometimes I surprise myself! Like today when I noticed that my basil has started to bloom!


Amazing, right! And so pretty white little flowers! ❤️

Besides being surprised and a bit proud, I've spent my day working from home. I had a lot of administrative tasks to finish today, so I decided this morning to work on those from home. I had no meetings planned, so I made it happen. But tomorrow I'll be back in my office. Only four days left of work now before I can enjoy a five week vacation! So looking forward to that! But first, four more days of hard work! Lots to do when leaving for five weeks!

Laters babes!
XOXO

Over and out
Pusspuss

söndag 26 juni 2016

A day with family

Sunday's fun day, remember? And mini-me surely had her fun today! They've recently open a new playground here in Uppsala that are built after the most recognised landmarks of the city. Like the castle, the river "Fyrisån" and the cathedral. And today we took mini-me there!


The castle. And yes, our castle is truly pink in real life. Pretty in pink!


And this is one of the castles three slides, all in different sizes.


And the cathedral, with the little pond I front of it, which I guess is "svandammen" (the swan pond) a famous pond in the city centre where there used to live a pair of swans beside like hundreds of mallards! They're dead now, and thinking of its size I'm glad that no other swans have chosen it to be their home. It's just to small and to many people around.


Pretty, don't you think? You don't really see it in this picture, but there's a cable railway (do you call them that even on a playground?) from the cathedral. Mini-me loved it! And there are a lot more funny attractions for the kids than these ones. Like boats, a snake and ladybugs (to climb on) and so on and so forth. If ever visiting Uppsala with children I (and mini-me) recommend you a visit!

Laters babes!
XOXO

Over and out
Pusspuss

lördag 25 juni 2016

Sunbathing

Lovely summer weather here in Uppsala today! Mini-me's spent more than two hours in the pool under my and my husbands watchful eyes!


I've tried to sit in the shade, most of the time. Sparing my skin from the hurtful, but so lovely, sunbeams. And of course wearing sunscreen all over! 😎


The legs are getting some sun though! 😁

Laters babes!
XOXO

Over and out
Pusspuss

Location:Bälinge Backväg,Bälinge,Sverige

Sun's up

Good morning friends,
The sun's up and so are we! I guess you could say we slept in when considering mini-me woke up around 7,30. But, as I was up at 3 this morning to let Morris in (second day in a row that she's missing at bedtime and thereby choosing to spend the night outside), I kind of felt I lacked sleep anyway! 😁


Today we're taking it slow, outside, enjoying summer! Bathing, reading in the sun, eating lots of fruits and drinking icy cold water! Looking forward to it!

Laters babes!
XOXO

Over and out
Pusspuss

fredag 24 juni 2016

Midsummer Eve

I wrote you the longest blog entry that just got lost when I published it! Gah!!! I hate that! 😡

So, in short! Lovely midsummer eve celebration spent with family and friends! A lot of love, laughter and food!
And picking flowers together!


My sister and niece!


Smoked salmon!


Egg halves! With shrimp, mayonnaise, caviar and dills.


Pickled herring. We had 5 different kinds of pickled herring on the table, but I only took pictures of this one, known here as "matjesill". This one served with sour cream and chives.


Raw spiced salmon, this one spiced with lime. We call it "gravad lax"! :)

Besides all this we had boiled potatoes, sausages, pâtés, green salad, bread, crackers and cheese, you know the smelly and delicious kind!


And for dessert, which I made, strawberry cheesecake with chocolate cake! Olle, if you're reading this, it's the one you got the recipe of!


Super-delicious and of course both gluten and lactose free!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Laters babes!
XOXO

Over and out
Pusspuss

torsdag 23 juni 2016

Night before Midsummer Eve

Hello friends,
I'm finally resting after a day filled with "to do's" and work! Tired but content! Looking forward t the summer vacation, but I still have two more weeks to go!


Tomorrow's Midsummer Eve which means us swedes dancing around the maypole with flowers in our hair, eating pickled herring, smoked salmon and strawberry cake with a lot of whipped cream. And of course, drinking to much snaps!


I'm not a fan of snaps, so I'll stick with the water, but I'll be having both the herring, salmon and dessert! I'll be sure to give you pictures tomorrow night! We're celebrating the holiday with my sister and her family, my mother, my youngest brother and my best friend and her son! So looking forward to that! Hope you all will have a nice weekend!

Laters babes!
XOXO

Over and out
Pusspuss

onsdag 22 juni 2016

Go Sweden

Tonight Sweden's playing their last soccer match in the group play of the 2016 European Championships! We're playing against Belgium, and we have to win if we're to continue on to the playoffs! And as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, our best player, announced yesterday that the championships will be his last games in the national soccer team, all eyes are on the team to perform! Zlatan wants to leave as "a legend", just as he said when leaving PSG; "I arrived as a King, but I leave as a legend!" No lack of confidence there!

So, I think I'll join in on the masses, and watch the boys tonight! I usually don't, although I once played and loved soccer (from the age of 7 until my early twenties). But tonight I'll send them my support! Go Sweden!!! Go, go, go, go Sweden!

Laters babes!
XOXO

Over and out
Pusspuss

tisdag 21 juni 2016

Flower girl

Mini-me loves flowers. Or actually mostly picking the flowers. And then giving them away. To me for example, or her daddy. Today we got one each! And some sticks and grass to go with them!❤️


My husband and I are planning our new kitchen tonight. Exciting! Or maybe not! IKEA has away to get on your nerves, like missing screws when trying to put that flat package into a furniture! An entire kitchen might prove challenging!!!

I'll let you know how it went! 😁

Laters babes!
XOXO

Over and out
Pusspuss

Shop til you drop

I like shopping. Being a girl I guess it's in my genes! 😜 And there's a lot of good online stores out there, open 24/7! But I have a favourite! Campadre! Even my husband love shopping at Campadre! "Campadre is a campaign-driven website where members purchase exclusive clothing, accessories, home decoration and lifestyle products, all at unbelievable prices."

You find the store here!

You need to be a member to take part of all their campaigns, but the membership doesn't cost anything! I buy the majority of my clothes here, and actually all my bags and sunglasses too. And quite a few pair of shoes as well!

Laters babes!
XOXO

Over and out
Pusspuss

måndag 20 juni 2016

Making friends

My body's trembling, with exhaustion! Just because I had the brilliant idea of making new friends today. They moved in last week, and I've been throwing them an eye or two, but I've not taken the time to get to know them until today. And truthfully, Mr Green and Mr Yellow, well, we kind of got off on the wrong foot! I would say we're more like acquaintances than friends! This far!


Mr Black and I had a much better connection though! We're more on the same page! 😜

We have a Mr Blue as well, but he's more likely to be my husbands friend than mine! At least in the near future! He's a big and heavy guy, and I dare not face him yet! 😂

I'm super proud to have done my first Kettlebell workout today, but my body's kind of hate me right now! My legs are still shaking even after resting and showering! I guess tomorrow's going to be worse...

Now I'm off to bed, hoping I'll sleep like a baby after my workout!

Laters babes!
XOXO

Over and out
Pusspuss


Chasing cats

I've been out chasing cats! Our cats. I still like them to be indoors at night as they're still very young, especially our little girl Morris that's just over seven months old.
Of course they've a totally different option on the matter! They don't want to go inside at all! And really, who could blame them with this amazing summer sun still up close to eight in the evening and still hours of daylight left!


So, I've retreated back inside, with a clear view of the open door! Ready to close the door the minute one of them sets a paw inside! 😜

Laters babes!
XOXO

Over and out
Pusspuss

söndag 19 juni 2016

Bugs

When you know your work got to you? That's when you start taking pictures of bugs although not at work and you actually think they look pretty - when really you detest the little critters! 😂


I haven't got a clue what this is, more than its a beetle (?). I'm going to ask one of my colleagues tomorrow when back at work. 😃


I'm actually rather proud of my self when it comes to this little bug! You see, it landed on my thigh and I didn't even scream! That might have been a first! Truly, I find them kind of scary, especially when having wings... But, today I just took a picture before brushing him of and then taking a second picture! Not bad! It turns out you can teach old dogs new tricks! 😜

Laters babes!
XOXO

Over and out
Pusspuss


lördag 18 juni 2016

Good morning

Good morning friends!
I'm still in bed, but I'm considering going up as mini-me's been awake for about thirty minutes by now. She woke me up just before seven and is already dressed and ready for the day. Me, not so much! No sleeping in this weekend! 😁


I've been so crazy mad the last couple of days. Mad at my app BlogPress which I use to write my blog entries. I've been using it for years, so I usually think it's great, but since like five days back or so it's been working against me! Big time!

I write my blog entries as usual, a couple of times it's been really long ones, and when I publish them I get a message that the publishing was successful. BUT, and yes it's a big "but", when I try to open it on my blog the entry is empty. It's just a headline, all my text and pictures are gone. And when I open up the app to manage and republish it, the text and pictures are gone there as well. One night I wrote the same entry three times without getting it published. Crazy mad might not even have sufficed back then! The text got shorter every time I had to rewrite it, and finally I just didn't publish it at all. I guess some of you've seen this happening on my blog. Like yesterday for instance! I didn't even notice that the entry was empty until hours after I'd published it. Sorry about that. I'm going to look for a new app today! This will not do! I need the process to be simple and smooth, not the other way around!

Today we're of to the last tennis lesson before the summer holidays! What are you doing on Sunday fun day?

Laters babes!
XOXO

Over and out
Pusspuss

Boring

The weather is so boring! The rain keeps pouring down and I haven't seen the sun since Wednesday! Well, well! If not for anything else, it gives me the opportunity to stay indoors and write! 😁


Not even the cats wants to go outside although kind of restless since they've been inside since Thursday morning.


I've just returned home with mini-me after buying us a new iPad Air. The last iPad we had gave up its last breath a month ago or so, after serving us for about five years, so I don't blame it. Mini-me's been kind of hard on "him" when growing up, letting him take a rather large number of hits, falls and wet kisses! But she's promised to be more careful and gentle with this one! 😜

Laters babes!
XOXO

Over and out
Pusspuss

fredag 17 juni 2016

Just because

I know it's silly, but I just love Snapchatt filters! It's my inner child that wont let go of the silliness! 😜


If there was ever a time when wondering how you would look like if being a lioness, now you'd know! Thanks to Snapchatt! 😜


Or if your leaning more towards a panda/racoon/bear-ish look, well of course Snapchatt can satisfy your wishes! 😉


Laters babes!
XOXO

Over and out
Pusspuss

Back to basics

I'm home. Since late yesterday evening. I had a marvellous time with my colleges, learning a whole lot and had so much fun. But I'm so happy to be home! I've missed my little family and my bed! 😜


As you know we stayed at Ottenby hostel, and the standard of the rooms are very simple. Clean but fastidious, with bunk beds that had rather hard mattresses, which my back wasn't very happy about! This white house is the main building with the reception and dining area inside.


And this is the beautiful surroundings! on the other side of the road.


Behind the main building are the three houses with the sleeping quarters. I had a room by my self, but two people could easily had stayed in that one, housing the beds, two chairs and a table. Down the corridors were the toilets and showers, but also a larger room with cooking and eating facilities. I never saw it by my self, but I heard that there was a tv-room as well.


But, now I'm back home and I'm really looking forward to a quiet evening by my self (after mini-me's gone to bed)! I really like my co-workers, but after three nights with almost no quiet me-time I'm in need of silence!


When leaving work today I had to take a picture of the beautiful flowers right outside. And I even managed to include a bug in it! Must be my days travelling with all the biologists that made that happen!


And I almost stepped on this little guy outside the car. It's been raining two days straight so this buddy and his friends are doing their best to aggravate us drivers and pedestrians as we try to navigate around them on the wet ground (at least me, I don't like stepping on or driving over them).

Now I'm off, picking up mini-me at her best friend!

Laters babes!
XOXO

Over and out
Pusspuss

torsdag 16 juni 2016

Sneaking away

It's pouring down today! And we were to take a long walk over Alvaret, the great Alvar, a limestone barren plain in the south of the island.


It's amazingly beautiful, but when raining like crazy I wasn't that in to yakking a three hour walk over the landscape. So a few of us, six, decided to ride the bus to a café instead! 😁

So, here's a picture of me from yesterday. I tried to figure out what the little cottage was serving as when in use, but there was no way in and the windows were blocked so I never found out.


Cute, right! I wonder if I'm really tall or if the people a couple of hundred years ago were really short! 😜

Laters babes!
XOXO

Over and out
Pusspuss

onsdag 15 juni 2016

A beautiful day

It might sound like I'm on repeat, but I've had an amazing day! Starting with a visit to Ottenby and hearing all about the process of collecting and putting rings on the birds.


I highly recommend you a visit here, it's amazing even at cloudy and windy days like today!


The bird observatory is up on the left side and the lighthouse "Långe Jan", straight a head.


This is where the magic happens!


And this little girl is up next!


She didn't just get a ring on her leg, they measured her, weighed her and appreciated her age (probably two years).


Some birds, like swans, have rings that's rather large, wouldn't you say?


The birds are collected in nets, that are checked every thirty minutes.


Out in the Baltic Sea seals lay resting on stone sticking up from the water.


When leaving, some of the habitants made us go really slow...


Eastern coastline of Öland, a very beautiful road along the sea.


Windmills is situated here and there along the road.


Then we went to visit Ismantorp, an ancient fortress remain in use around 300-650 CE. It's a ringfort made out of limestone. To this day they still don't know what the fortress was used for as they've found almost no evidence of someone ever living here.


The wall is over 450 meters long and they've counted to 95 remains of houses inside the ancient fortress walls.


There where 9 gates to enter the fortress, all strangely in different sizes and forms.


We found a frog! I don't remember the name, but it had something to do with long legs. 😁


This flower looks like a fly to attract male flies to land on them and pollinate the flower.


Another orchid! There's a lot of them here on the island!


In late afternoon we visited the Halltorp preserves. One of the few places in Sweden where you still can find populations of large capricorn beetle. They live and breed in large and very old oaks.


Our guide had caught one for us, a male. Amazing! He looked like an alien!


I had hoped that we might find a stag beetle as well, but sadly we only found a head. Apparently crows like to eat them and leaves only the head when finished.


We ended the island tour today with a drink in the sun at Ekerum resort. An amazing golf course for those playing golf.

Tomorrow we're of to Alvaret!

Laters babes!
XOXO

Over and out
Pusspuss