fredag 31 mars 2017

Sightseeing in Budapest

It's been a long but fantastic day here in Budapest. I started off the day in the hotel gym, running and lifting some weights. After breakfast we jumped on a tourist bus so that we could see as many attractions as possible and cover as much of Budapest as we could. 
So if you're not interested in detail pictures of Budapests attractions then you better stop reading now.  😉
 
The castle, on the "Buda-side" of Budapest, on the other side of the Danube river.
 
Detail pictures of the statues on the Heroes square. Love this warrior horse, it looks so fierce!
 
And another one.
 
And somewhere, we'll kind of exactly in the D in Budapest, you could spot me and the girls. Having fun!
 
A beautiful place, don't miss it if you plan on visiting Budapest. Behind it is a beautiful park, with a jogging path for those interested in running.
More details from the square.
 
In another square, the Liberty Square, this beautiful yet very tragic memorial to the 1944 occupation of Hungary by Nazi Germany. 
Stones and pebbles where places in front of the memorial together with pictures, shoes and bags to remember the lost ones to the terrible holocaust. 
 
View from the highest point in Budapest, at the citadel. Beautiful views over the city and the Danaube river.
 
The parliament! Amazing building! 👌🏻
 
And Mátyás templom in the sunset. I think it's a church, but we've not been there yet. 
 
And the Szent Istvan Basilica. Kan you read the words above the gate? "Ego sum via veritas et vita" - the way the truth and the life.
 
And then we had dinner at a Hungarian restaurant, and look at the beautiful ceiling!
 
One of my girlfriends had this very tasty Hungarian dish with chicken and paprika sauce with dumplings. As I don't eat gluten I couldn't taste it, but it looked and smelled delicious! 

Now we're off to bed. Tomorrow we're going to one of the spas here, the Rudas. More about that in my next entry! 

Laters babes!

Over and out
Pusspuss 

torsdag 30 mars 2017

Arrived

We're in Budapest, me and the girls. A two hour flight and we arrived in full spring with sunshine and flowers everywhere! ❤
 
Leaving the airport we were almost killed in a car accident! Our driver was totally crazy! A maniac really. He was only centimetres from hitting other cars on the highway, at least two times. When we asked him to slow down and telling him we're in no hurry, he laughed and pretended to hit pedestrians on the sidewalks, making the drive even worse! 😱
So it was a relief to finally enter the hotel (I'm not sure I'll even enter the car if he's the one taking us back to the airport on Sunday). Since then we've been out on a stroll, exploring the surroundings and eating dinner. And yes, done some shopping too. 😜
 
The girls abandoned me to go on the Ferries wheel. I'm terrified of heights and didn't feel like dying today so I stayed put on ground. But apparently you got a really nice view of the city from up there!

Tomorrow we're going sightseeing and hopefully I'll have better pictures to share with you then! You can always follow me on Snapchat to see more pictures and videos of my days here! 
 

Now I'm off to chat with my girls. We've put the pjs on and the wine is poured! 👌🏻

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

tisdag 28 mars 2017

Drought

It might be because of me being tired, but I'm not at all sure of what to write about today. The topics are by no means limited, I could write about all the craziness going on in the states with that newly elected president of theirs,  and as you know that is a lot (or as Shakespeare put it: "Hell is empty and all the devils are here"), or the Syrian refugee situation affecting us all, or that terrible storm hitting Queensland in Australia making over 25 000 people evacuate from their homes. But I would rather write about something more ordinary. Something that doesn't completely drain me of energy! Or makes me worry about where this world is going. 💔

But I'm lost tonight. I can't seem to find the words. And maybe that is ok for once. Instead I'll use my words to talk to my close ones. Those in need of my attention and my line of thought. Besides, it's late and I'm tired. I'll save some quality time for you guys when I'm in Budapest instead. I'm sure that will be a much more fun read!
So I'm off! 

Laters babes!

Over and out
Pusspuss 

måndag 27 mars 2017

First days of spring

Two days in a row with +20 degrees celsius here in Uppsala and I just can't help but to smile all through my day! Finally spring came to meet up with us Swedes! 

Looks like Budapest will greet me with the same warmth this weekend! So looking forward to that! 

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

söndag 26 mars 2017

Come and gone

I think the weekend came and went faster than its ever done before! In a blink of an eye and it was over! I need more time to rest! Or read to be honest! I'm rested enough! 😆 Reading is my way of letting all the stress and thoughts about work just rinse off. And this weekend I just had to make time for work, only a couple of hours, but nevertheless time spent not relaxing on the couch with my Kindle as I'd rather prefer to spend my Sunday nights! 
 
I'm leaving for Budapest on Thursday with my sister and girlfriends, so it'll be a very short workweek as I'm off on a management course all day on Wednesday. But I'm not complaining! I'm sure work will manage just fine without me (I'm available on email/phone just in case not) and vacationing in Budapest is going to be a blast! 👌🏻

But for now I'll just enjoy one more hour reading before going to bed! 

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

fredag 24 mars 2017

What I am not

What I am not, is a patient woman. Waiting is not my thing. I'm almost never late, I much rather be early and assured to be on time. Today that ment I had a lot of time at the airport when leaving Hannover. Which is actually all fine when I've planned it like that, this time meaning that I had my Kindle ready to sweep me off into another world (literally). Had the plane been late though, I wouldn't have been as easily entertained! Because, as I said, waiting is truly not my thing! 😝
 
But, when changing planes in Frankfurt I was super stressed! Why would any travel agent book your connecting flight to leave less then 30 minutes after your first flight touches ground? And at a "small" airport like the one in Frankfurt! 😳 And why didn't I notice my extreme lack of time until like ten minutes before landing (yes, I'm to blame too)? I've got to tell my travel agent not to book my travels with connecting flights that close between landing/departure ever again (and take a mental note not to forget to check it before accepting the booking) unless it's an extremely small airport. I had to run! Really! And I barely made it! Thank God for travelator sidewalks! 😜
And Olle, if you're reading this, it wasn't your fault! I'm not blaming you at all! 😘

Now I'm back home and I'm enjoying a soft and easy evening alone, while waiting for my loved ones to return home from Spain. 

Laters babes!

Over and out
Pusspuss 

torsdag 23 mars 2017

Flying home

 
The week in Hannover and the CeBIT17 exhibit is coming to an end. For me. It has been three days full of insights and food for thought, and I'll be spending some time at my desk at work to think about and reflecting on everything I've heard and seen this week. 

We've listened to some truly great keynote speakers today as well, and I'll write a blog entry about those tomorrow. So stay tuned (or read my tweets where most of the good ones are already published).

As we're heading back home tomorrow, just before lunch,  we won't have time to visit the exhibit before leaving. Instead we'll spend some time talking about everything we've heard and experienced here in Hannover and start the process of identifying and applying some of the insights useable in our line of business and make strategic plans for that, both for short- and long term.

But not now, I need to sleep. It's been a long day, with a lot of walking - over 17 000 steps. My body and mind need rest! 

Laters babes!

Over and out
Pusspuss 

onsdag 22 mars 2017

Keynote speakers at CeBIT17

Started off this day by working out in the hotel gym with my colleagues, a great start on a great day! 
 
Today I spent almost the entire day (except from some short breaks for food and such) listening to some of the many inspiring keynote speakers at CeBIT17 in Hannover. 

I've been writing tweets and posting snaps about this all day, so I'm not sure if I should bore you by repeating everything on the blog. But, I feel I must at least mention some of the keynotes speakers that really made an impression and gave me valuable insights and food for thought! 
 
I started the day with listening to Mikko Hyppönen, CRO for F-Secure, talking about cybercrime, "The Next Arms Race". And reminding us (or at least me) about the true dangers and threats reaching us through and against internet, and Internet of things.
 
I'm sorry about the bad quality of the pictures, but this early in the morning my arms were so shaky from the workout I could hardly lift them at all! 😂
The next speaker I want to mention, and yet again a truly great one, was Marcin Kleczynski! He's the CEO at Malwarebytes, and he talked about "The threat of global thermonuclear cyber warfare". His doomsday scenario is going after companies, one by one, and holding their revenue ransom. 
 
I was also very surprised to learn that you actually can go online buying ransomware, and that with a 24h support service for as little as $50. That's just crazy! Like your shopping for a dress or a new app for your iPhone!
 
I was also very glad to catch Karoli Hindricks. She's the CEO and founder of Jobbatical. She talked about "Future of work" and the millenials. Very interesting!
 
Last, but by no means least, the truly great Ray Kurzweil. He's one of the worlds most leading inventors, futurist, thinker and author. He talked about the future of IT tech and how it doubles in power each year. He says the next step in AI is to recreate the neocortex using computers and thereby creating AI stronger than the human brain. He also says you can't predict the future with linear thinking and that technology is growing and expanding because of the power of innovation. I could have listened to him all day! So going to buy at least one of his books!

This was only four of all the great speakers I listened to today, but I won't bore you with the rest this time. There's always tomorrow!

We're flying back home on Friday so tomorrow will be our last day at the exhibit! Looking forward to yet another day of great inspiration and insights!
 
Laters babes!

Over and out
Pusspuss 

tisdag 21 mars 2017

15 000 steps

According to my IPhone app I've walked 15 000 steps today, which is kind of fantastic as I've been stuck at airports/on flights between 09,00-15,00. But, the CeBIT exhibit is huge, and we didn't take any of the shuttle buses that crosses the area continuesly. It felt good walking around after a day being stuck in a plane.

We're going back tomorrow and I'm guessing we'll be walking around just as much. I'll tell you more about the exhibit tomorrow. I'm off to bed now! 

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

måndag 20 mars 2017

Packing for Hannover

Tomorrow I'm leaving on a business trip to Hannover. We're visiting the CeBIT 2017 exhibition Tuesday through Friday and I'm so looking forward to it. It's going to be lots of fun! But, I really don't like packing, especially not for a trip where I'm only allowed to bring my bag as hand luggage. Of course I could check it in, but it's such a short trip and I should really be able to manage to keep it simple, right! Some dresses, shoes, workout clothes, my pjs and some underwear, that's it. Besides make up, shampoo and toothbrush and such. Sounds easy enough!
 
Well, this old lady is not known for being either simple or easy! 😂😂😂
The bag is packed, with too many dresses, but at least I will have a few to choose from! 😜
I'll start my CeBIT experience by listening to Edward Snowden, the great whistleblower, talking about "Datasecurity and Privacy in the Age of Surveillance". I'll tell you all about that tomorrow.

Laters babes! 

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

söndag 19 mars 2017

The face of laziness

This Sunday has been spent with me being way to lazy! And when I say lazy, I mean LaZyyYYy! I kind of gave laziness a face! But I don't really mind. I can even admit to being a lazy butt! It'll be a while before I can be lazy again, so I just went all in! 😜
 
I did leave the couch though! Apparently kids need food 😉 so I made lunch, and then I took mini me to her weekly tennis lesson and when getting back home I took care of the laundry and watered the plants. Before getting back on the couch! 😆

This is how I get when a) needing to relax both body and mind b) being lost in a book (wanting nothing more than to return into the world of words), and c) when I try to avoid doing what I really should be doing (which in this case would be writing). I'm a master of bad excuses! Or at least I think I am. My family and friends can see straight through them all, but still I try! Maybe someday I understand what would be the truly right thing to do and stop doing the opposite! But, for today, I just let laziness get its claws in me. Make no mistake though, I enjoyed every minute of it! 🙊

Laters babes!

Over and out
Pusspuss 

lördag 18 mars 2017

You are my favourite

It's Saturday! My favourite day of the week! First morning of the week when you can linger in bed and just enjoy the fact that you woke up without the alarm ringing in your ears! 
 
Mini me has been at her best friends house all day so I've been spending my day alone. Well, besides meeting up with my sister and her daughters for lunch and some coffee and cake.

I'm leaving for Hannover on Tuesday morning to attend the CeBit Exhibition, and I had to do some last minute shopping for the trip so I stayed at the mall as my sister left. And for once I made a really great bargain! I found an Ilse Jacobsen dress on sale that will look great when attending the exhibit, and I didn't even have to pay a third of its original price! I wear a lot of dresses, it's my preferred choice of office wear, and this one will look great both at work and when going to dinner. I'll be sure to post a picture of it when wearing it next.

I'm not the only one in the family who enjoys a lazy day on the couch (if I had the time I would spend more lazy days there)! Nowadays Charlie the cat seems to want to lay either on me or right beside me as soon as I sit down on the couch.
 
He's so cute! ❤

In less then a month I'm celebrating my birthday. I have to admit I'm not as happy about celebrating that as I once was, merely because I don't want to age as fast as I do. I know, there's nothing to do about that, other than just accepting the inevitable! Well, well! Let's focus on the fun things about celebrating your birthday then. Like receiving gifts! 😜 This year I've decided to wish for a new clock! I love Thomas Sabo jewellery, and I'm totally in love with his Karma Clock! 
 
The picture is borrowed from www.thomassabo.com

So, blink blink, anyone feeling up to giving me this beauty on my birthday? 😜
I would love to accompany the clock with some karma pearls too like in this amazing picture (borrowed as well).
 
Now you know! Tip of the day! 😉

Now I'm going back to my cuddles with Charlie the cat!

Laters babes!

Over and out
Pusspuss 

fredag 17 mars 2017

Good girl

It's Friday and I'm tucked up on the couch feeling very happy and relaxed. It's been a good day at work and I ended it by going to the gym with one of my girlfriends. So now my muscles are feeling comfortably, but yet exhaustedly, weak as I lay here on the couch eating some snacks. It's a great feeling! 👌🏻
I manage to get bleeding blisters on both feet yesterday when working out with my new running shoes on. But I used my old ones at the gym today so I made it work without too much pain.
 
I've always had strong legs, and I guess it has to do with my 15 years playing soccer. But two days with workouts obviously makes even strong legs shiver with exhaustion. 🙊
 
But I took good care of them when I got back home! The legs. A hot bubble bath and then some stretching. I'll be kind to them tomorrow, just taking them on a power walk before resting them as I continue on working with my book project. 

Hope you all have a great Friday! 

Laters babes!

Over and out
Pusspuss 

torsdag 16 mars 2017

Best friends

I'm so happy to have these amazing people in my life, my bff's. They're not many, I've told you this before. They're not more than I can count using all my fingers. Actually you might even have enough fingers for that counting one hand. Most of them I've known for years and years, one as long as 35 years back. I feel both proud and humble to even be considered as being one of their close friend. It means the world to me. I know I can always count on them to be there to catch me should I fall! And they love me unconditionally, as do I them! ❤

Tonight one of them made me workout while getting together! And tomorrow another one of them will too! Friends that train together stay together, right?! 😜
 
My back needs this, and my mind too I presume, so although having a really tired body (but happy) tomorrow night, I will be truly greatful for my friends dragging me to the gym! 🙏🏻

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

onsdag 15 mars 2017

Back pains

I've been suffering from back pains off and on since the pregnancy with my daughter five years back. I've been to the chiropractor, my doctor and my physiotherapist more times than I can count, and I've even had an X-ray done, showing som slightly compressed discs in my upper back. The doctor and others all say the same thing - work out and the pain will go away. A great reason if any for me to workout and to strengthen my core. No one wants to live with pain! But, being a lazy ass (yes, I'm allowed to call my self that, but you are not), when the pain goes away my reason for working out seems to be lost too. Which means the pain returns with a vengeance! I get so mad with myself when this happens! Why can't I just continue on with the workouts? 

My back pain is really bad right now (because of me being lazy), so I'm starting back up with the training. Fortunate for me I have at least two friends that's going to bug me about this, and force me to the gym. Literally! Dragging me with them! One being a personal trainer, and that is more than fortunate for me! He's also one of my best friends and he doesn't except my bad and lame excuses. So tomorrow I'll start up my healthy living again, working out at least 4 times a week. 
I know this might sound contradicted, but when the pain is at its worst, I don't want to work out although knowing it will make it better. When that pain sets in all I want to do is lay down on the couch with pillows behind my back because that's the only time I'm released from the pain. Standing, walking/running, sitting or laying flat on my back; all hurts. I have a prescription for really strong painkillers, but I've never used them. I do take regular ones, mostly when I'm off to bed, but I'm afraid to get hooked on the strong ones. And I'd rather not eat painkillers at all. They only take away the symptoms after all, not the reason for the pain. So I'll do my best to prove to my body that I don't need painkillers, just the workout, and this time I'll try not to give up the exercises as the pain goes away. I'll keep at it! 👍🏻😊

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

tisdag 14 mars 2017

Happy heart

I've been feeling super happy today for seemingly no reason at all. It's been like when you were a child and woke up on the morning of your birthday, before your family had woken you up with cake and gifts. When you still lay in bed smiling and waiting for them to enter your room to "wake you up" singing while you pretended to still be asleep! Except for the fact that I'm not a child, that it's not my birthday and that I'm not having either cakes or gifts given to me today. But, still as happy as if! And enjoying the feeling as much as I can! 😜🙌🏻
 
And I'm still convinced that your smile is important, potentially life changingly important, to someone. Known or unknown! So keep smiling! If your heart is happy, let it show! Share it! Sharing is caring, right?! And this world need smiles! And caring! And love! 

And let's start a trend! #bubblebathtuesdays 🛁 A bubble bath makes most people happy! 😉❤

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

måndag 13 mars 2017

Long day

It's been a long day at work and I'm listening to my inner voice, telling me to wind down, so I'm reading a book 📚 with dragons in it. Fun! There's a lot of people at work, staying home with a cold (and a really bad cough) and fever. Poor things! I feel I've had my share of colds this winter so I'm hoping it won't get a hold of me this time. 
 
Having a 5 year old at home, I feel like fighting off the kindergarten germs and viruses is a constant issue. 😷🤒 So, fingers crossed I get to visit both Hannover (next week) and Budapest (the week after Hannover) without having a cold!

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

söndag 12 mars 2017

Sun kissed

Of all the things to remember about this weekend, being kissed by the sun would be high on the list of memories. It has been a while since last. Up here in the north we have to learn to make do without the warming ray of sun over most of the autumn and winter. Not that it's not sunny, because of course we see the sun even then, but it's not until spring we get to feel and appreciate the warmth of them again. Finally being able to take off all the thick winter clothes and to breathe again without having a scarf over your nose!
 
So today I enjoyed all the kisses I could get from the sun, and I loved it! Spring and summer are by far my favourite seasons of the year! 🙏🏻 

How's your weekend been? Done anything fun and/or exiting?

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

lördag 11 mars 2017

According to plan

I had so much plans for today when waking up. Mostly consisting of me writing, editing and reading. I've done nothing of that today! Kind of makes me mad. At my self. I wasted time watching tv instead of working hard on reaching my goals. But, what's done is done. Maybe my mind just needed a break. And I had a great day, visiting my bff to celebrate all three of her children's birthdays all at once. Nothing's more important then that, being with the ones you love and care about! ❤
 
Besides, tomorrow's Sunday and I have no plans (except yet another birthday party) so I'll just might spend the whole day writing! 🙏🏻

Laters babes!

Over and out
Pusspuss 

fredag 10 mars 2017

Hours of rest

It's Friday and as all good Fridays I'm resting on the couch, dating my Kindle! 🙏🏻
 
I spent the afternoon in the stables with mini me, as she had her weekly horseback riding lesson. I'm a horse lover my self, since as far back as I can remember so I'm really happy that my daughter love them too. We have so much fun together with the horses! And I'm super proud of her for learning so fast how to handle and riding them. But, I'm not really surprised because she's always loved animals, in any form or size. And she always treat them respectfully and with care! No matter what! ❤
 
No I'm off dating my Kindle, making this the perfect Friday! 🙌🏻❤🙌🏻

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

torsdag 9 mars 2017

At it

Lots to do and limited time for it to be done, so I'm working on my priorities. It's hard when you want to do everything at once! But, sometimes you just have to make those uncomfortable decisions that you'd rather not. 
 
I'm off to bed, resting and preparing for the last workday of the week. It's a short one, because I'm taking mini me to the stables tomorrow afternoon. So looking forward to being back in the stables! And then I'm going to enjoy a weekend of writing and birthday parties! 

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

onsdag 8 mars 2017

International Women's Day

I am. Woman. We are. Humans. And all equals. No matter the parts we play in life. Mother/father, sister/brother, daughter/son, wife/husband. Partners. Equals! Gender equality. 

Let us celebrate strong women every day! For fighting for equality - yesterday, today and tomorrow!
May we know them!
May we be them!
May we raise them! 
 
I will fight for you and your rights! I will be strong! And I will always be your equal because you deserve nothing less! 

And on an ending note; being a feminist does not mean you automatically "hate men". It means that you believe in gender equality. That women, and men, have the same rights in life; freedom of choice, freedom of speech, to vote, to equal pay for equal work, to study, to travel or just to love and marry (or not) whom ever they please. 

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 


tisdag 7 mars 2017

Pissed off

Wrote this long blog entry about being tired and pissed off and how bad that is for creativity! Ended it all with saying there's no use spending valuable time upset when you could be smiling! All good! Then I try to publish the bloody entry and it disappeared into nothingness! So now I'm really pissed off!
 
And tired! And going to bed trying to sleep it off!

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

måndag 6 mars 2017

All work and no play

I'm in my happy place, feeling really content although working hard on both my daytime work and with my evening work - writing on and editing my book project. I'm sure that sounds boring to quite a few of you, but to me it's the opposite. This, working hard and believing in what I do, makes me happy! 
 
It takes time away from stuff others might enjoy more, like hanging out with friends and family, workout, watching tv, shopping or planning/taking care of your ordinary household chores. I'm thinking I can do all those things when I'm done with this project. When it's finally finished. And truth be told, I have my trip to Budapest with my girls coming up in three weeks so I will have to take a breaks from writing then any way! 😜
But my blog entries my just be a bit boring for a time being. I'll do my best to entertain you, but I might falter...

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss