söndag 24 september 2017

Slow Sunday

I’ve had a really comfy Sunday with mini me. My husband had to go to work, so we had an all girls day. We had some really nice talks, and we took care of all the mushrooms we picked yesterday, but mostly we were just comfy, lazing around. 

Always accompanied by my little guy of course. He’s still tired after playing around with mini me and her cousins yesterday evening. He let them drive him around in mini me’s doll stroller, pretending he was there baby. I guess that could make anyone tired. 😆

It’s funny that it doesn’t really matter how much mushrooms you pick, when done with all the cleaning and parboiling it seems like 80% of your catch is gone. 😆 I put three rather small bags of funnel chanterelles in the freezer when done. And an even smaller one with the chanterelles. Then I made a roast for dinner and served with a cream sauce with the rest of the funnel chanterelles. It tasted divine. 👌🏻 I need to go out in the woods again to fill the freezer with these goodies! But it’ll have to wait until I get back from Canada. Less than a week now until I leave. Really looking forward to that business trip, but I’ll miss my family very much. ❤️

How’s your day going? Having fun?

Laters babes!

Over and out
Pusspuss 

lördag 23 september 2017

Chanterelles

Ventured out into the woods with my family, sister and niece today to hopefully pick some chanterelles. My sister and I was taught by our granddad from early age which mushrooms to pick and which not to. Those times with granddad out in the woods are still some of my most precious memories, listening to him telling stories about the woods where he grew up and passing on his knowledge about the treasures found growing there.

We still struggle to find the perfect spot for our yearly hunt for mushrooms here as we don’t know these parts of the woods as well as granddad did in his. We grew up about 80 kilometres from here, so we don’t know the area as well as he did, having lived there for 94 years, but we’re getting there. This year we found lots of funnel chanterelles, but last year I’m not sure we found any. 

We only pick the mushrooms we know, so after the first hour we had quite a find in our baskets. 👌🏻

And it takes a while for the eye to single out the mushrooms. They really do look like leaves in the mossy ground.

It was lots of lingonberry ready to be picked out there too, but since I’m not really fond of eating them AI didn’t pick any. They look pretty though.

The cats were very interested in the basket when we got back home. Obviously it smelled interesting even for cats. I’m more looking forward to eating them though (mushrooms, not the cats). 😆
I’ll put most of it into the freezer, but some is going to be served in tomorrow’s dinner. 👌🏻

After our successful venture out in the woods my sister and her family came over for dinner and we had a great time with lots of talking and laughters while eating. Love having them all here and it made me miss living so close to them. It’s been a year now since we sold our house and moved from the little village outside of Uppsala where they still live. It’s just a fifteen minutes drive there, but before the move we had like a two minute walk. I don’t miss living there (although I loved it), I prefer the city, but I miss living closer to my sister. But! Hopefully that will change soon as they’re thinking of moving into the city too. 😍🙌🏻

Now I’m off to bed!

Laters babes!

Over and out
Pusspuss 

fredag 22 september 2017

Girls night

I'm spending my Friday night cuddled up on the couch accompanied by mini me! An all girls night out, but not quite out at all (if you don't count the balcony door being open - and no, we're not hitting the town later on and the only drinks going down our throats are non alcoholic). 😋

I'll have a busy Saturday tomorrow, taking mini me to swimming class early morning and then running some errands before meeting up with my sister in the forest to pick some mushrooms (preferably chanterelles, if we find any). And ending it all with a family dinner with her family and mine. 😍

But for now I'm enjoying a cozy Friday night with my gorgeous little girl. ❤️

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

torsdag 21 september 2017

Afternoon off

After three long days at work I took the afternoon off to visit my hairdresser. It felt like such a privilege to be there and enjoying a chatty afternoon while getting some new colour in my hair. 

Funny thing though, mini-me said my hair looked gray afterwards and I thought it looked a bit pink. Is that a good thing I wonder? Either if gray or pink? Not really sure! What do you think? 😋

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

onsdag 20 september 2017

Long longer longest

Ive had two amazing days with my colleagues in our management team at a leadership development and strategy conference. I truly have the best colleagues and I feel so fortunate to be able to get inspired and to learn from them every day. We've spent two long, intense and very important days together, working on our leadership skills (getting the best tools from our amazing coach Catharina) and discussing/deciding on strategically important questions for us all.

But we had fun too (this is taken minutes before going to dinner yesterday).

A delicious starter, although knowing it was a cute mallard 🦆 on my plate I kind of struggled swallowing the meat. And that is a first for me, I've never been bothered before about the meat once being something furry/feathery and cute before ending up on my plate. But I ended up enjoying the meal in the end, and the meat was very tasty although having once been a cute little mallard. 😋

Really loved the main course although the black oyster plant being just a tiny bit too salty. 

The arctic bramble sorbet was absolutely divine. I loved it and wouldn't have minded another bowl! 😜

Now I'm back home and tomorrow I'll be back behind my desk again, filled with new energy to handle the issues in hand. There's a lot to do, my calendar already fully booked for weeks to come, but it'll be fine. I'll find the breaks needed to breath and rest. And if I don't I'm hoping my family or friends will pull the breaks for me. 😜

Laters babes!

Over and out
Pusspuss 

måndag 18 september 2017

Warning signs

I think my body is trying to get my attention. I've woken up in the mornings with a stuffy nose, for over a week now. Adding to that I've been really tired at night (definitely more than usual) and my eyes have been feeling itchy. And this morning I woke up with a pink eye, super annoying. Maybe I shouldn't have gone running yesterday? 🤔

I've been trying eye drops a few days, to get rid of the itchiness and a feeling of dryness, but I guess it hasn't helped as well as I'd hoped. It's actually just getting worse. If it doesn't go away I'll have to make a doctors appointment on Thursday. And yes, I have to wait until then because I'll be away on a strategy conference with my colleagues in the management team starting tomorrow and it'll be going on until Wednesday.  

How's your Monday? Happy to be back at work or just sad the weekend passed by so quickly?

Laters babes!

Over and out
Pusspuss 

söndag 17 september 2017

Sunday run day

I had planned to go to the gym today, but I decided on a run instead. Need to find my way back to that flow I had when running this summer. I like running on the treadmill but it's more challenging to run outside. I did get a good run today, but I still struggle with finding my pace. I think I just have to go and buy myself a running watch so that I can find my pace and stick to it. Any tips on which one to buy?

Mini me spent a few hours at her BFFs celebrating her fifth birthday with a party. She wanted to "look like a princess", so I spent almost an hour curling her hair this morning. As many of you know since reading old entries on my blog, I don't post pictures of people without getting their consent, and as mini me is only five years old, I make that decision for her which basically means that I don't post pictures of her here (if you can see her face). So no pictures of my little princess here today.

So, how's your Sunday going?

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

lördag 16 september 2017

Best friends forever

My best friend visited us today with her gorgeous kids. I've told you about her in earlier blog entries, about how we fell in love at first sight, (yes, friends can do that too) like true soulmates. She's such an amazing person, so warmhearted and beautiful. Love u to bits babe! So thankful to be in your life and being your bestie! ❤️

We had a bit of fun with Snapchat, me and Jezz. Maybe you should get the app too, babe? It's so much fun, as you learned today. 

Jezz's son and mini me has known each other since they're just a few weeks old, and they're great together. If we have any say in things they'll end up marrying. 😂
For now they're happy being best friends, as their mummy's. ❤️

I'm not really fond of autumn, summer is more my thing, although the beauty of it doesn't pass me by unnoticed. And the crisp and fresh air feels amazing breathing in. I do, however, like burning candles and now that autumn is here, so is the high season of candles. So I bought two new candle holders today, from Lagerhaus. Love them!

Now I'm off to enjoy my first night alone in ages. Hubby is working and mini me is already asleep. After having played with her "boyfriend" all afternoon and evening she fell asleep almost the same moment she put her head on the pillow. ❤️

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

fredag 15 september 2017

Sleepyhead

Fell asleep on the couch tonight, just minutes after putting mini me to bed. I can't remember when I fell asleep that early last. And I really tried to stay awake, but I just couldn't. 😴

Almost three hours later I'm now awake again and in my bed. Still tired, so this will obviously be a Friday night truly not worth remembering. 😜

I started off my day as a good girl though, with an early morning workout at the gym.

The running is still not feeling as great as it did a few weeks back, having me struggle with both finding my pace and breathing. But I'll get there!

Today was ab day, and although being a lot stronger in my abs and lower back now than just a month or two back, it's still my weak areas that continues on needing work and attention. So I do my best. Next workout is on Sunday, and then I'm focusing on my back, shoulders and arms.

But now, more sleep!

Laters babes!

Over and out
Pusspuss 

torsdag 14 september 2017

Bubble bath night

Remember me taking about slowing down and finding my calm place to refuel? Tonight I decided that a bubble bath was tonight's calm place. A steaming hot bath, a face mask and total silence. Almost made it! Had a cat opening the bathroom door and jumped up on the bathtub to keep me company (not that I needed or wanted it). 

It's not a rare occurrence that I get company while in the tub. Just a few weeks ago, her brother was the one opening doors. 😆

He definitely didn't like me spending time alone! 😂

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

onsdag 13 september 2017

Movie date

Went to the movies with one of my best friends last night, and saw "Valerian". Ive heard lots of negative things about it, but I actually liked it. The only thing bothering me was the two main characters age. They seemed too young to me, but then again it could just be me being too old and not getting it. 😆

So, what've you been up to?

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

tisdag 12 september 2017

Breathe in

I need time. Extra time. To breathe and to calm myself. I want too much and the lack of time is starting to stress me out. I need to make priorities, write lists and set reachable milestones that will encourage me to keep at it although feeling tired and run over at times. Set a strict structure that'll help me organise and keep everything in place, at the right moment. 

How do you do it? How do you find time to do it all? Do you let go of dreams or goals due to lack of time? I don't want to wake up one day finding that it's too late. That I should have started earlier to get where I want to go. So I try to find ways to make it, like creating a structure that makes it easier to handle more than one thing at a time. 😊
But the most important thing is deciding what you want and stick to that. Everything else is not important enough to steal your attention and time away from it. It's hard. To say no, to not take on something new because it temporarily sounds more interesting. You know, like when you're working with your writing and you loose focus because you just had to check your email, read a newspaper or just google something totally unnecessary about your favourite celebrity's even more famous sisters boyfriends brothers son. 😆

For tonight though I'm just happy with breathing. Taking it slow and not doing much more than that. I need it. The calmness and the silence. 

Laters babes!

Over and out
Pusspuss 

måndag 11 september 2017

Follow the flow

Not all days goes as planned. That we know, sometimes all too well. Today was one of those days. Mini me woke up with a tummy ache so I had to stay home with her, cancelling all the days meetings. No stress, just acceptance and following the flow. No resistance or sad faces. I'll do anything for my little girl so the change of plans really doesn't bother me. She's my number one, and I would do anything for her. So work had to be without me (almost, did work from home taking some calls and making sure to answer my emails all day). 

The good (and bad) thing with being home is that I could indulge in a home made latte (or two). But, I know I'll probably pay for that later as my tummy isn't as fond of coffee as my tastebuds. 😜

I had some great company too, or rather mini me did. Morris the cat prefers my daughters company everyday of the week. So they had a long cuddle and the picture is from when Morris laid down on a pillow next to mini me on the couch after having cuddled for a bit. She's a little beauty our black lady. ❤️

Got two deliveries today too. Love to pick up my mail and finding packages alongside all the boring envelopes. Today I got my new gym pants from Stronger Sweden. Love, love, love them! 👌🏻

And what a perfect greeting Kicks sends out to their customers, at the bottom of the box with all my ordered stuff (mostly make up). A big thumbs up to that! Put a smile in my face for sure. 👌🏻

How's your day been?

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

söndag 10 september 2017

Structure

Today I've been working on getting our pantry in order. I like things having its own specific place, but sharing my life with two others that really don't appreciate structure and tidiness as I do, makes that a bit of a challenge. I started off with a visit to IKEA to buy some new jars and boxes to put some of my groceries in.

I guess it doesn't really look like I succeeded in my task, but there's structure and a well thought through order here. 😜 It'll be even better when the photographer comes to take the pictures for the real estate agent. So let's regard this as the first stop of quite a few more. 

After all that cleaning and reorganising (and throwing away quite a few things) I deserved a visit to the gym. It wasn't a great session, but at least I went there. Tomorrow I'll go for a run after taking mini-me to her riding class. It's been too long since I ran for more than 15 minutes. 

Ending my day the best way possible. With my kindle and my favourite ice cream, cinnamon and cardamom. It's divine! I could have easily eaten the whole package of deliciousness, but I didn't. I wanted to, so bad, but it's just too much ice cream. 🙈

How's your Sunday been? Done anything fun?

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

lördag 9 september 2017

That thing with disappointments

It's been a rainy day. A quite and gray day. I'm not going to talk about disappointments, which followed me into this Saturday, I don't want to linger in the negatives if I don't have to. Instead I'm going to focus on the positives, like that I found out that my eyesight hasn't deteriorated that Ive been suspecting. 👓

A visit to my optician earlier today told me that my eyesight is just as good (or bad) as it was a year ago. No changes. I'm farsighted (hyperopia) and can see distant objects very well, but everything up close, is blurry when closer than an arms length. 

My optician recommended I rest my eyes from reading (which I apparently do to much, making my eyes tired/overworked) in short intervals. I'm a book nerd so that's going to be a hard one, but I'm going to give it a try. He also made me buy some eye drops to try and take away that dryness in my eyes that made me suspect that my eyesight had deteriorated in the first place. 

It's the little things, like biking to the library with mini-me and looking for new books to lend together, it's those moments that matters. Seeing her happy about finally being able to bike next to me all by her self. Her feeling like a big girl. Or hearing her talk about the world from her point of view, about what's important for her right now, happily and thoughtfully, not darkened by the ways of the world and us adults. The innocence in her and the freedom she possess by not having to be weighed down by all the terrible things happening around the world. Knowing she is safe. And so very loved. ❤️

And coming home after all that bicycling and book findings, and being greeted by Charlie the cat purring in the hallway. And drinking a hot cup of chai latte with too much sugar, but enjoying it just the same, as I cuddle with a purring cat in my lap. Listening to Katie Melua singing about nine million bicycles in Beijing and writing you guys. All those positives are what I'm focusing on today! And loving as much as my heart lets me! 

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 


fredag 8 september 2017

Disappointments

Somedays are filled with joy and others disappointments and doubt. Started off my day in the best way, with an early morning workout at the gym. 

Warm up!

Did one shoulder exercise just to try it out, and it felt good.

And then the leg exercises! 👌🏻 Had a great leg day workout and left the gym with that great feeling of being strong and confident. 

Then something happened that took away my focus. I just couldn't concentrate. My mind was totally caught up in trying to make sense of things that just aren't making sense. Turning a good day into bad. At least temporarily. 

After work a few of us from work (9 to be exact) gathered for an AW downtown. We drank some drinks, ate some food and had a fun time together. Laughing a lot.

I truly have the greatest colleagues! 👌🏻
I don't drink beer and I wasn't in the mood for wine or champagne so I bought a mojito, a virgin one. I had to go home early and taking care of mini me so I wanted to be clear in my head. Hence the non alcoholic version.

Salmon salad with halloumi cheese. Tasty! 👌🏻

Then I got back home. And made plans to stay on the couch for the rest of the night. But...

But my mind went wild thinking about the day so I couldn't stay stil after all. And "bored" equals frustrated or irritated even. But I've let it go now. Bad energy is hereby not welcome in my life! I want smiles and happiness, empowerment and strength.

Enough said.

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

torsdag 7 september 2017

Gratefulness

I'm writing you this while listening to Katie Melua singing in the background. Love, love, love her tender, yet strong, voice. If you haven't you should really listen to her music. Her "Nine million bicycles in Beijing" is fantastic. 👌🏻

I've had a great day at work today, meeting up with both my mentor and my leadership coach. I feel truly blessed to have these two amazing people in my life! Jonas and Catharina. What a journey they've taken me on over the years having known each other. And how I've grown! I can't even begin to describe how grateful I am for their never faltering insights, their advice, their profound knowledge and their ability to ewoke change in so many levels. Their visions, their motivations and their strength and wisdom. 🙏🏻🙌🏻🙏🏻

So I can't help but smiling today. I feel so happy and spoiled having had meetings with them both in the same day! ❤️

How's your day been?

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

onsdag 6 september 2017

First one in

I was the first one in the gym this morning. For like a minute or so. After that I got company. I was just super fast out of the locker room. 😆

As usual I started of with a warm up run, but I didn't feel that great about it today. I've been sneezing a lot lately and my throat felt soar a few days back, so maybe I'm fighting to keep a cold at bay without really having noticed. After the run I did some shoulder and arm exercises before having my colleague/girl friend/PT working me hard with ab exercises. 😅

This thing with working my arms at the early morning workouts... well, let me say it's not really a smart thing to do when going to work next. My arms gets so shaky I can't put my makeup on properly after the shower. 😂

Next workout is on Friday morning, before work. Early morning, just like I like it. Looking forward to it! But I'm looking forward to tomorrow as well. I'm going to Stockholm for two meetings. First ones with my leadership coach Catharina and the second one I'm meeting up with my good friend and mentor Jonas for lunch and a long talk. It's going to be great! 👌🏻

What are you doing tomorrow?

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

tisdag 5 september 2017

Looking forward

Today I meet up with our real estate agent to talk about starting the selling process of our apartment. Might come as a shock to some of you (family and friends I haven't kept updated on the issue - sorry about that ❤️), but we're not selling until we find something we like and we're in no hurry. We like our current living situation, and the apartment is absolutely gorgeous after our renovations, but we just don't love it. And we want to love it, our home that is. So, we're looking for a new one. A new one to love! To make perfect.

I love interior design, and I'm very specific in my requests for the new apartment. It doesn't have to be perfect to start with, I don't mind renovating if necessary, but it has to fit our needs in size, location and potential. Of course I'll keep you updated on the process, but for now there's nothing to tell. We haven't found anything interesting enough. But we keep an eye out!

Laters babes!

Over and out
Pusspuss 

måndag 4 september 2017

Jumping

Mini me takes riding lessons on Mondays and today was the first time (in the year she's been riding) I felt truly, truly proud of her riding skills! She had control over her horse Felix in a way she never has before, and she payed attention to her teacher too. Super proud mom! Not once did she complain about riding being hard or boring (yes, she's been known to say that), and she did great! ❤️

We both cuddled with Felix before class. He's such a sweetheart.

He fell asleep when being cuddled with. ❤️

And mini me really enjoys riding him. Today they jumped for the first time and she was so exited! And she did amazing! Unfortunately I have no pictures of the jumps as I was with her in the paddock and couldn't manage the camera at the same time, but hopefully I will get it next time they're jumping! 

Some cuddles after class too of course. 😍

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

söndag 3 september 2017

Kettle bell workout

I've spent my Sunday inside my apartment (not counting going out on the balcony) doing housework and taking it easy. 

Started it with a bubble bath (every day should start with a hot bubble bath, it would surely make the world a better place - calm and relaxed), and took it slow from there. 

Kind of a lazy Sunday actually, but I ended it with a kettle bell workout! 

It was a really good workout, my muscles aching afterwards. I kind of have a hate-love relationship with my kettle bells. Sometimes I love them, feeling really strong and capable, and other times I hate them, feeling totally spent and having to work super hard getting it done! 😆
Tonight was a combination of the two. I felt strong, but half way through I struggled! But! I got it done! 💪🏻
Sunday funday!

How's your day been? Had a good weekend?

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

lördag 2 september 2017

A perfect night

Slow day. And even slower night. 

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

fredag 1 september 2017

Confessions

Im sorry, but I truly had no energy left yesterday evening when I got back home from my business trip, so I didn't write you guys. But now I'm back on track and here's what happened during my two days away from home.

We left early with the bus, taking us from Uppsala, via Gävle (picking up two colleagues), to the copper mine in Falun, Dalarna. The mine is a World Heritage Site and archeological excavations has shown that the mining started over a thousand years ago. You can go down the mine (to 67 meters) on guided tours (given in either Swedish or English), but I stayed above ground. 

Having all that rock above my head, and around me, didn't really feel like my thing. I visited the museum instead and watched a move about the mine that felt creepy enough for me to feel like I'd chosen wisely. It's an impressive site, and I recommend you all a visit. 

We ate lunch at the restaurant Geschwornergården, behind the museum and it was delicious!

I had the fish (merluccid hake, or kummel in Swedish) from the buffet and it tasted divine! 

Leaving the mine behind we drove to Jutjärnsängen, where my colleagues went wild, to say the least. It was a beautiful site, a moln meadow, where we went on a hunt for species known to the area, biologist or not. Even I went a bit wild, wanting to find something extraordinary or rare.



Finding the small ones can be hard work. 😆

And when one is found, we all gather around to watch it! Can you spot me?

I can proudly present my first find, an earth-boring dung beetle (tordyvel in Swedish). And no! I'm not the one holding it! That would never happen! 

Next up was a grasshopper (which made none of the biologists impressed, too common). Didn't touch that one either!

And next up is a thing making me scream like a girl and running away from the crowd. And unfortunately it was caught on film... (no, I won't post that)

A wolf spider of some sort, and it was huge! Truly! Like 2-3 centimetres long (which is close to enormous in my book).

From Jutjärnsängen we went to a lake to stop for a fika at Ore church, by the lake Ore, and it was really beautiful.

I didn't swim, the water was freezing.



And then we ventured on to Orsa Björnklitt where we spent the night. 

We had dinner at the mountain top restaurant that had amazing views.

We had lots of fun and ate an amazing barbecue dinner together. I left the party before midnight but it carried on until four in the morning for some! 🎉🍻



Our second day didn't treat us with as lovely and warm weather as the first, but gray skies and rain. 

We went looking for sand lizards, but we didn't see any. I found these holes in the ground that probably hosted either ants, wasps or maybe spiders. We couldn't really tell as it was too cold and no one living down there showed any interest in leaving it. 

I did spot a squirrel though on our second spot of the day! Really cute!

The Orsa lake. One of my colleagues, Niklas, went on a swim in the freezing weather! 😱

Then we went to Mora and the majority of us went to the Anders Zorn museum. A famous Swedish painter. I, however, went to a coffee shop to warm up with a hot cup of tea. 
The day continued on with a visit in Rättvik for lunch (didnt like it, so no pictures from there), and then a visit in Tällberg. 

Before finally going to Leksand for one last fika and then leaving for home. 

Tired as hell, but super happy! I had an amazing time with my colleagues, as always! I truly admire their knowledge and know how, and feel so fortunate to work with them all. Looking forward to next years trip!

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss