lördag 29 april 2017

Kids stuff

This day has mostly been spent doing stuff with mini me. She woke me up just before 06,00 in the morning wanting to start off early. I convinced her to watch one of her favourite shows on the iPad so that I could slumber for just a little longer. She did watch the show but I didn't really sleep after that. So we ate an early breakfast and then spent a couple of hours (yes, truly) painting, gluing and putting glitter on just about anything close to us. 😝
 
Before lunch we drove to the mall buying even more things to paint/glue, and when we got home we went on a picnic after having had lunch. It was freezing outside though you couldn't tell on my daughter, she loves her picnics! 
 
When we got back home she stayed outside and played with one of her friends. It's so cute watching them play together and remembering the games I played myself as a child. Eventually they came inside to do some more crafting. Some yarn buddies as you can see in the picture below. Very cute.
 
When they got tired of crafting they watched their favourite show (again), showing crafting ideas. 

And now I sit here on my couch thinking I should go to bed. She'll probably wake me up at the same time tomorrow so if I'm going to get some rest I really should be sleeping. 😝

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

fredag 28 april 2017

Movie night

Friday night and I have no particular plans at all. The time of being a party girl is long gone and my preferred evening alone is spent on the couch either writing, reading or watching a movie. Tonight I think I just might do all of those things! I just finished a movie (Underworld, 2016) which I liked a lot, and now I'm thinking I'll go to bed dating my Kindle.
 
It's just that I then have to move! Pull myself off the couch and find my way to bed, and I'm just so comfy here! 😝

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

torsdag 27 april 2017

Balcony greens

We are closing in on our first summer in the apartment. In September it's been a year since we sold our house and moved into an apartment in the city. I'm not at all a garden-person, so I never spent much time with growing things or other gardening stuff. I had some pots with flowers, and some herbs in the back of the garden, so I guess it won't be much difference really having just the balconies to use, except for the fact that we don't have to spend hours each week to cut the grass with our lawnmower. 😆

We have two balconies, one facing south and one facing north. So I'm thinking I'll have my herbs on the small one (south side), and maybe one olive tree and a lemon tree too. And maybe some tomatoes. But, not being really interested in flowers and such, I have no clue what to place on the other one (north). We don't ever get sunshine on that one, so it needs to be flowers liking shade. Suggestions anyone? Mummy? Preferably something that doesn't mind me forgetting to water them now and then. 😝
I'm not at all fond of geraniums (pictured), but mini me loves flowers and even more so pink flowers, so I found myself caving in when she asked to have it. And she's promised to take care of it by herself (yeah, right!). 

I love herbs, and today I bought basil, cilantro (love, love, love that), mint and rosemary. They didn't have any thyme so I'll buy that some other day, together with the olive- and lemon trees. 👌🏻

One of mini mes friends threw up over the dining table at kindergarten today so I'm really anxious that we'll be spending the weekend sick with the stomach flu. Fingers crossed the children at kindergarten didn't caught it and of course we wish a speedy recovery for the poor little one being sick. Stomach flu is the worst! 😟

Now I'm off to bed for a read!

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

onsdag 26 april 2017

Most important meal of the day

Change of plans! Woke up to a feverish mini me and as my husband had already left for works I had to stay home with her today instead of going to a leadership conference that I was to attend today and tomorrow. Her fever was gone by lunch and she's been feeling better and better, so I'm taking her to kindergarten again tomorrow. 

As many of you know I don't eat gluten anymore. In October it's been two years since I ate it last, and I feel so much better although I still have periods when me and my tummy disagrees about what I can and cannot eat! This morning I had a bowl of vanilla yogurt quark (I'm not totally sure that is what you call it English?) which is high in protein. And I enjoyed it with fresh strawberries, sunflower seeds and coconut shreds.
 
The perfect breakfast! I just wished it was Swedish strawberries and not Spanish because they taste so much more. But I'm not complaining (well maybe a bit), it was really delicious! 
For me breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and I know there'll be a lot of people protesting now, but to me it is. Unfortunately I'm kind of bad at eating breakfast because I'd rather sleep ten minutes longer than going up eating breaky(on weekdays). 😆
But this bowl of goodness doesn't take a lot of time to prepare so maybe I'll be better at eating a healthy breakfast from now on. 👌🏻

Now I'm off to bed! My husband leaves for a five day trip to England tomorrow morning so me and mini me will have to due without him. We'll be visiting my sister over the holiday so we won't be totally alone though. And we have a lot of plans, including different playgrounds and a cinema visit. 👌🏻

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

tisdag 25 april 2017

Working late

This week is just crazy when it comes to my workload. Too much to do and not enough time. I just turned of the computer, after a 12 hour work day, and I still didn't have time to finish off everything I had planned. It's a good thing I love my job so that these occasional high workload periods doesn't bring me down. It's actually almost always the complete opposite. 
 
Besides, Monday next week is a national holiday in Sweden so I'll have a lot of time to refill my batteries for next week, having three days off of work! 👌🏻

Last night I think I might have broken some kind of world record in the numbers of nightmares you can dream in one night! I can't even tell you how many times I woke up scared out of my senses, and as soon as I fell back asleep a new nightmare started. Someone really wanted me dead, that's for sure! I kept running and trying to find places to hide. New killers and new environments in every nightmare. So strange. And yes, I woke up feeling exhausted and in need of more sleep! 😆
I'm thinking I should write down all the stories of those nightmares when I still can remember all the details clearly. I might be able to use them in my writing! 😜

Writing inspirations or not, I hope I have a nightmare free sleep tonight! I need to be on my toes tomorrow! 

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 


måndag 24 april 2017

Core workout

Today I went to the gym on my lunch hour. Accompanied by my colleague and former (still, if you asked me) fitness guru. My legs were still a bit sore from leg day on Saturday so today we concentrated on my core after warming up with a run on the treadmill. I'm not at all fond of core workouts. It's my absolute weakness, and my body is literally voicing the need for rest after just a few repetitions. The good thing about being accompanied by your personal PT is that you can't listen to your body's tries to make you stop. 😜 She just forces me to go on and do the work! 💪🏻
 
So today when I left the gym it wasn't these two that were tired, it was my lower back and tummy! So tired I felt like throwing up (but I didn't)!

I'm not sure when I'll be able to go to the gym next this week, but hopefully I'll make it on Wednesday night. 
If anyone of you readers have any great exercises for the core, send them my way! 

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

söndag 23 april 2017

Memories from the past

"The path ahead of me is covered in dried up leaves and they tickle under my bare feet as I hurry up my steps. The summer has been dry so far but the air is heavy, filled with building pressure. I prolong my steps, eager to get there, to feel safe. The branches from the surrounding brushwood is tearing at my bare arms as I start the climb up the hill. It doesnt take long before I see the old cabin with part of its roof caved in. Broken. It's dangerous to be here, in more ways then one.  So close to the house and so far away from everyone else,  but still I venture on. I need to be close, to feel safe. 

My heart is beating fast in my chest and I'm breathing hard as I reach the top. I can feel sweat drip down my spine and I try to breath normally again as I slow down my pace. I can already smell the magnolias, growing wild in front of the window where the kitchen used to be. I know because I've entered it although knowing the risk. It's empty now. Not even the old cast iron stove is left. Gone. The house is just like me, empty and broken. I don't enter although it calls for me, to be filled with life and meaning again, instead I pick some of the magnolias as I pass them and walk around to the back of the house. I walk to the the rim of the rock just behind the back porch. The view is part of why I love this place. The open sky and the never ending fields of barley and oats that almost reach the sea at the horizon. I never tire of watching the wind caressing the fields, making them move in flowing waves of yellow. The old oak tree stands firm in the middle of it all and as always I wish I could go there, to climb it's old branches and envy the beauty of its unknown history up close. But there's no road, no path, no simple way to reach it. I've tried, but somehow nature's keeping me away by setting impenetrable obstacles in my way. Instead I watch it from afar, as if it's somehow a part of me I can't live without.

I take a few steps back and slide down against the rough wall of the house when my shoulders touches the timber. It tears my bare skin but I don't care. Just as I feel the ground on the back of my thighs the sky lits up by lightning and the thunder rumbles high above my head. The sudden sound scares me and makes my entire body shiver with fear. The power of nature is fierce and makes me aware of my littleness on this earth. I can feel it coming, the rain. The air is moist and the wind is rougher than before, tearing at my shirt and cooling my skin. I hug my legs tight to my chest and rest my head on my knees. I am here to seek comfort and shelter. In this place. No rain or thunder will keep me from it. I close my eyes and try to let go of my fears. 

The rain starts to trail down my face and mix with my tears. The smell of the magnolias soothes me and I can feel my tensions let go. I know I don't have much time, so I open my eyes. I know I am alone. The familiar sounds of the surroundings tells me so. The rain has stopped and as the heavy drops lingering in the trees makes there way over the leaves and falling to the ground I hear the blackbird sing, making my heart smile. No one knows of this place. Or they might, but they don't know it's mine. Where I go to hide from them and the world. They wouldn't look for me here. This is where I come to gather strength. To bury my fears. To let go of pain. I draw strength from the house and from this place that once were a place of happiness and family. All the signs of it still lingers on. Small signs of evidence that fills my heart with hope. I'm too young to loose sight of it. To question life. And I fight hard to still be me, to be that child you see. Innocent and without being burdened by dark secrets.

To be continued..."

I've been thinking for a long time that I should tell you this story, so tonight I've started it. I once had a secret place where I could hide from the world. Now it rests within me.
 
Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

lördag 22 april 2017

Saturday fun

I started off my Saturday with a run on the treadmill at the gym before giving my legs a challenge. I know I've said it before but I looove leg day at the gym. It's more fun working out the parts that's already strong, than the weak parts (like my arms, shoulders and back). 😜
 
Love my workout pants from Stronger Sweden. I have two different pairs and I love them both! 👌🏻
 
I've used Asics running shoes ever since my career as a soccer player (good old days). They're a great fit for my feet! I know I shouldn't use them when working out in the gym as they're too soft, but I my weights aren't really that heave so I'm not sure it would make any difference. 

Although having played soccer for 15 years I really hate running. I know I've told you this before. But now it's starting to feel really good. Don't get me wrong, it's still boring, but my strength and endurance is improving! 👌🏻

Tomorrow mini me's BFFs coming over for a play date so I won't have time to go to the gym, but I've got an appointment with one of my besties on Monday so I guess tomorrow will be a rest day. Or not, two five years old will have me on my toes all day for sure! 😆

Laters babes!

Over and out
Pusspuss 

fredag 21 april 2017

One word

Just one word is needed to describe my needs for this particular Friday evening; chocolate
Well, I guess you could ad a second one; "tea", but it has a lot lower priority so it's not as important. 😜
 
Found this old picture of me earlier today. I'm not sure why I chose to picture only half of my face, but maybe I had something to hide, like a pimple or something! 😆

Now I'm off to enjoy that chocolate of mine! First thing in the morning I'm working it off in the gym! 😬💪🏻 I hope you're enjoying your Friday! 🙏🏻

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

torsdag 20 april 2017

Going through old pictures

I've been going through old pictures today, it's "throwback Thursday" after all. I love looking at old pictures and falling back into old memories just as if your reading about them in a book. 

I'm not going to pester you with all the pictures I've been going through (especially not since I don't post pictures of others without asking first), but I'll show you a few! 
 
This is from February 2009, in Venice. I was there with my best friend C. We've been friends since we were 7 years old, and as we know each other so well it's very simple, safe and fun to travel with her. I loved Venice. A very beautiful and interesting city. I remember we walked a lot and I was super impressed that we managed to find our way in the very complex layout of the city, crossing so many bridges we couldn't keep count! 
 
But, equipped with good shoes we had no problems with walking all day! 
 
Just as I did when in Rome, Italy, with my mother and sister 2009. Here at Pantheon.
 
I've visited Thailand so many times I've almost lost count. This picture is from my second visit to Maya bay, Phi Phi Island, 2010. My first visit was 2009, and it's strange that a year could make such a huge difference in a place. There were so many tourists the second time there that I couldn't take a single picture without getting like a hundred strangers in the shot. Which is super sad because this is truly a gorgeous place and we, the tourists, are destroying it with our visits. The spot was used filming "The beach" with Leonardo di Caprio, but I'm guessing he wouldn't even recognise it if going back now.
 
This is me in 2010, on Koh Hong island, paying my respect and honouring those lost in the terrible tsunami 2004. 
 
In 2007 I visited Venezuela and the beautiful waterfalls in Canaima.
The one and only time in life so far that I've walked under a waterfall. Amazing feeling!
 
From our flight to the national park we flew over Angel Falls, the worlds highest uninterrupted waterfall with a height of 979 meters. Very impressive!

I think I'll stop here. I've traveled a lot and telling you about all those travels would be too much! I'll tell you more another time. But for now I'm off to bed!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

onsdag 19 april 2017

Early morning workout

I'm starting to like my early morning workouts! It's great to be among the first in the gym, not having to wait for a free treadmill but instead choosing the exact one you want! 👌🏻
As usual I started off with a run and it felt really great! I actually hate running, and I've always have (even when playing soccer for 15 years), but as it's get easier I find it grows on me. Don't get me wrong, I still think it's boring, but as it gets easier I don't mind it as much as before! 
 
After the run, I focused on my upper body and more precisely on my arms, shoulders and back. Those are my weak areas so I always feel shaky for hours afterwards. I even have a hard time putting on my make up after showering because my arms are shaking so hard! 😜
 
Tomorrow I'm taking a day off from training but on Friday I'm back at it, first thing in the morning! 💪🏻

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

tisdag 18 april 2017

Everyday life

Easter holidays are over and I'm back at work. It's strange how you always so easily get right back into ongoing issues, tasks and/or problems just as if you were never gone in the first place! Sometimes even making you feel like your days off weren't enough to relax and reload you energy depots! Maybe it's because we're closing in on summer vacation? The batteries need more time charging now then in autumn or winter season because you just had that long and relaxing summer vacation.
 
Anyways, I'm more then tired today so I'm spending my evening on the couch. And it's not just because I had a lot to do at work today after five days off. My daughter slept next to me last night because of a nightmare that she refuse to tell me about. According to her, she'll "have the nightmare again tonight" if she tells me about it. Either way, I love to comfort her and feel her little body cuddling up to me during the night, for about 30 minutes or so. Then I realise a helicopter lies beside me and it's forcing me to move further and further out on the edge of the mattress leaving me to wake up with pain all over my body because I couldn't move or relax my body as I slept - balancing to stay in bed at all! 
 
You might think my little boy Charlie is tired too, but he's just trying to tell me something, and it's obviously not to feed him. No, this little man doesn't like "old" water. He likes fresh and really old water. That means that the water I gave him this morning is "undrinkable" when I get back home from work. So this is him being kind of pissed that I didn't give him new water before sitting down to eat my dinner. 😜

Tomorrow morning I'm off to the gym again before breakfast and work! I'm meeting up with a colleague (maybe two) at the gym as they open. Looking forward to starting off my day with a workout! 💪🏻🏋

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

måndag 17 april 2017

Off the grid

I've been spending time with my family and really enjoyed the time off from obligations and work. Unfortunately that has meant time off from the blog as well. I'll be back again tomorrow when every day life starts off again!
 
Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

lördag 15 april 2017

Easter celebrations

And so the feast is over! The Easter dinner with family. Just as I told you yesterday we had a smorgasbord filled with delicacies!

Pickled herring, meatballs, sausages, Jansson's frestelse, potatoes, salad, smoked salmon (two variations - one smoked warm and one cold), raw spiced salmon ("gravad" in Swedish), egg halves with mayo/caviar/shrimps/dill, and some really smelly and delicious cheese. 


And some more...


And for dessert my key lime pie! I know you're not supposed to cover it completely in whipped cream (I added icing sugar and vanilla extract to the cream), but I'm really not good at decorating cakes! It just...happened. 😂
 
And my sisters specialty; frozen cheesecake as we were celebrating my niece's birthday (and my twinsister and mine as well)!
 

And as I predicted yesterday I'm feeling all stuffed although it's been hours since the dinner! 😆

Tomorrow I'm going to the gym before breakfast to work some or today's thousands of calories off! 😜

Laters babes!

Over and out
Pusspuss 

fredag 14 april 2017

Good Friday

I was born on Good Friday quite a few years back. In Swedish it's named "långfredag", which would translate into "long Friday". And I guess for my mother, being in labour that special Friday it was truly a very long day! 

We're celebrating Easter at my sisters house tomorrow. My mother, one of my younger brothers (the other one is in New York), my brother in laws mother, his sister (one of my best friends) with husband and her son with partner is all getting together to celebrate Easter with a big dinner. We're eating a traditional Swedish Easter dinner. That includes boiled eggs (the children paints them before dinner), egg halves topped with shrimps/mayonnaise/dill/caviar, and then smoked salmon, pickled herring (different ones), sausages, salads, Jansson's frestelse (Jansson's temptation - a Swedish casserole with potatoes, onion, anchovy, bread crumbs and cream), meatballs, boiled potatoes and ham. A smorgasbord of delicacies! I'll be sure to take a lot of pictures to show you!
I'm also making a key lime pie for dessert, one of my favourites! I'm sure I'll be feeling stuffed when going home! 😜

After dinner the children will go on an egg hunt, looking for Easter eggs filled with candy! I think I'll be happy with the pie, I've already enjoyed my Easter egg candy, thanks to my great employees at work! 👌🏻

How are you celebrating Easter? 
 
Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

onsdag 12 april 2017

Happy birthday and great mentor talks

It's my birthday today! Well, it's actually both mine and my twinsisters birthday today. 40 + some years and I still don't know how to celebrate this day without my twin. Not that we necessarily need to celebrate it together nowadays as we live apart and have our own families that celebrates us separately, but somehow this will never be my special day, this is our special day, as it always has been and always will. ❤️
 
I was awakened this morning by my little family singing and serving me breakfast in bed, with candles, cake and gifts. And lots of hugs and kisses too. Pampering me in the best way! ❤️

I met up with my mentor and former boss for lunch and we had the best talk I've had in ages! He's a true inspiration and I always leave our meetings feeling filled with new energy and new lines of thoughts to ponder about. I've known him for close to 20 years, and needless to say he knows me very well! He has a huge part in me being where I am, both as a person and in my choice of career. I trust completely in his advices and judgements, so these mentor meetings with him are super important to me! Today it was even more special than usual as it was my birthday and he gave me a book (I told you he knows me) for my birthday! Thank you again, Jonas! You're truly the best! I wish all of you could have a Jonas in your life, that would make this world a better place for everyone!

After work I met up with my family again, and they took me to a cafe for some coffee and cake. ❤️
 
My husband clearly knows me very well too! Sarah Bernhard bisque are my absolute favourite sweets of them all! Love, love, love them! And a cafe latte too (although I shouldn't drink as much coffee as I do 🙈)!

Now I'm back home and plan on having a lazy evening reading my new book and enjoying some of the chocolate I got from mini me this morning. And some cuddles with Charlie the cat whom seems to be in a very cuddly kind of mood today! ❤️
 
What a great birthday I've had! So, so happy and thankful for all the great people I have in my life! ❤️ I hope you get to spend your birthdays being as happy as I've been today, no one deserves less on their special day!

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

tisdag 11 april 2017

Workout done

I started my morning with a run and a workout at the gym. I skipped breakfast and was waiting outside the door when they opened. Great feeling to start off the day with a workout. 💪🏻
 
I started off with a 15 minutes run at the treadmill to warm up my muscles, and then some heavy lifting. Today was leg day so I focused on the machines working through all my large muscles waist down. 
 
I love leg day! I've strong legs and it's so much more fun working out and feeling strong! 😜
So tonight I'll go to bed with that great feeling of tired legs, and I'll probably wake up with soreness in them tomorrow! 👌🏻
 
Tomorrow I'm meeting up with my mentor and former boss for some great talk and coaching. So looking forward to seeing him again and catching up! I'll tell you more about that tomorrow!

Laters babes!

Over and out
Pusspuss 

måndag 10 april 2017

Back to every day life

Monday and everything is back in their usual tracks. Maybe we're just a bit more humble than before, but ordinary life continues on as it always do. 

It's Easter week, starting with Holy Thursday- "skärtorsdag" in Swedish. That's when all the little Easter witches comes by wishing you a Happy Easter and wanting candy in return (no rabbits here). That means most children dress up as witches and go door to door wanting candy - just like on Halloween in the US. Easter week means schools are closed, so today quite a few of my coworkers had their children with them to work, and so did I. It's fun to be accompanied with your little one and introducing her to a brand new world, but it's also a bit frustrating as she just not as content with being still for hours while I work. We've been out on walks quite a few times - getting hot chocolate from the kitchen or paper to draw on from the storage room. 😜
 
This picture is from my trip to Germany and my morning workout at the hotel gym!

Tomorrow I'm starting my day early, going to the gym working out before work. I'm planning on being there as they open and then have my breakfast at my desk at work! Sounds like a good plan, right! I had too much candy today (Easter is not good for my sweet tooth), so I'll be doing my best to get rid of all that sugar tomorrow morning! 

Now I'm off to bed for some Kindle dating! 

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

söndag 9 april 2017

Opening up your heart

I've been really struggling with what subject to write about here on the blog after my last one about the terror attack in Stockholm on Friday. In some ways everything else than what happened seems so much less important and I can't help but to feel that I will belittle the tragedy if I don't address it still. So I guess I won't. 
 
I know it is a crazy thought, but I guess crazy times or tragedies does strange things with your mind. I've also felt guilty for reacting so strongly to what happened. I didn't want to feel any differently about this terror attack than all the others happening around the world, because they're all equally horrific and devastating. But I did. It was so close to home. And I know that no one is ever safe from terror. It can happen anywhere at anytime. Still I've felt safe. Sweden has felt safe. Maybe even isolated from the rest of the world in some ways. And on Friday reality hit. Hard. 

I was terrified for all my friends and family living and working in Stockholm, but I was also afraid of how this could effect our future. Our society is already fighting with segregation, and racism is growing strong in some parts of our country. This has the potential to be the fuel that destroys all the hard work trying to eradicate all that. Like pouring gasoline on the already growing fire. That scares me. I want my daughter to grow up in a world where we celebrate each other's differences and where we do not judge people by where they live or where they're from. 

But! And this is a very large "but"! The people of Sweden has opened up their hearts! I haven't heard the word "hate" said once. And no one speaks about vengeance. We will not be afraid, we will come together and show love. Care and aid those in need. And we did! All of it! That makes me proud! Not for being a Swede, but for being a human. It gives me hope! People opening up their hearts. That is the right way to fight terror. From now on I will be more aware of the risks, as everyone else, but we will not let it weigh us down. We will fight to make this an open, including, loving and forgiving world.

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

fredag 7 april 2017

Acts of terror

Acts of terrorism. Acts of violence. Acts of war. Acts of hate. Acts of malice. Acts of evil. We are no longer spared. Sweden is under attack, and its considered to be an act of terror. 

I refuse to hate, to be afraid. That is one of the goals of terrorism, to make us frightened enough to change our lives. To stop going out, to stop traveling, to stop talking. To stop interacting. To stop acting against the hate and violence. To stop the fight for peace. To stop loving each other. The world needs love, compassion and the strength of forgiveness. 

Let us love each other wholeheartedly, without doubt or fear. Let us come together in creating a world without boundaries, free from war and hate. A world in peace. A world where we are all proud of being equals no matter where we're from, where we live, who we are or whom we love. 

Let us not force our children to carry the hate already generations old, or the hate born out of the need for power or money. Let us not make them feel the heavy burden of vengeance and retribution for that hate. Let them feel free. Let them feel love. Let them be children. Innocent and care free. Teach them that all lives matters, no matter what. That we humans are built for love and not hate. That we respect one another because no one deserves anything less. 

Let us all stand together against the acts of terror and hate, wherever they might surface. No one will ever be free if we show fear and let this continue on. Together we can change the world! ❤
 
I will fight for love. I will fight for peace. I will fight for equality and I will fight for all of you that might have lost your strength on the way. You are not alone. I am here with you! 


Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

torsdag 6 april 2017

Refunds

When me and my sisters family were on vacation in Vietnam over the Christmas holidays last year we had troubles with one of our hotel bookings. We had booked two rooms at the resort we were staying at on Phu Quoc island, one for my family and one for my sister and her family, and both room with breakfast. When we arrived my sisters room didn't have breakfast included after all, and I started the process (by phone) immediately with Hotels.com to make them pay for the breakfast my sister now had to pay extra for while being there. It's no huge amount, but still when having booked the room with breakfast you shouldn't have to pay extra for it. 

Hotels.com couldn't help us when being at the hotel and wanted me to send them copies of the breakfast receipts when we got back home. Of course I did that but since then I haven't heard a word from them. So this afternoon I called them back! And I was met by a very service minded and kind employee that made a true effort to try to solve my case at the same time as he apologiesed over and over about how badly my case had been handled. And just an hour after I phoned, they called me back telling me they would refund the whole amount and that the process of refunding it had already begun. So, to make a long story short, it really do pay off to be persistent and fighting for what you think is right. Even if it's only about $ 330-350.
 
So thank you Hotels.com for doing what is right! I would highly recommend everyone to continue on using Hotels.com after reading this entry, they clearly wants what's best for their customers! 

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

onsdag 5 april 2017

Rehab

In short; I've been working from home today so that I could take care of that pulled muscle in my back properly whilst working (you know, heat pad, massage and painkillers). It was a challenge to get up out of bed this morning but now, just before bedtime, I'm feeling really optimistic! The pain isn't as bad as this morning, so fingers crossed it will be even less painful tomorrow! 
 
So maybe I'm starting to learn how to take care of this old body! 😜 I guess we'll see in the morning.

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

tisdag 4 april 2017

When truth hits you

Sometimes truth hits you instantly and the illusion you live in falters and makes everything crystal clear! Like today! I tried to do a good thing at work, finally getting the carpet in our corridor rolled out. It's not a small thing, like 2 meters wide and at least 10 meters long, and why I was under the impression I could handle it I will never know! But I tried, and failed miserably. It was way too heavy and the only thing I succeeded in was pulling a muscle in my back! Thinking I'm young and strong enough to make it happen! Nope! Not happening at all! 
 
I know you're not supposed to stay still or lay down when having back pains, but for now I don't care. I need the pain relief so I'm laying down!
 
And Ive put on one of those heat pads to keep the muscle warm enough not to be painful. Let's hope it will make me sleep easier tonight!

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

måndag 3 april 2017

Needing my bubbles

Monday night and I admit I've not been at my best today, humor wise. That's what you get when waking up on the wrong side of the bed (not literally though). I've been really struggling to keep a smile in my face, and no, it wasn't always coming from the heart. I don't like days like this! They take to much energy! But, fortunately they are few! 😜 And they're easily cured when getting home! A bubble bath and some chocolate later, and that smile is all back again - beaming straight from the heart! 
 
I do love my bubbles! 

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 

söndag 2 april 2017

Bathing without bubbles

I'm back home, and before I jump into bed I thought I would tell you some more about my visit to the thermal bath Rudas in Budapest. It is a medieval Turkish bath with a 16th century core in the architecture. It's located next to the Danube river and beneath the Gellert hill on the Buda side of the city. 
 
Gellert hill and the bronze statue of Szent Gellert. It's supposed to be a waterfall underneath it, but it was not in use. 

Women are only allowed entrance (and bathing) in the Rudas bath, on Tuesdays and on weekends - the rest of the week are intended for men only. I didn't know this when I was there (Saturday), and truthfully I wouldn't have gone there if I had known. Any form of inequality like that makes me furios! No matter if it's about gender, heritage, sexual preferences or whatever! We live in the 21st century, not the Middle Ages! We are ALL equals! The Rudas bath should be open for all every day of the week, end of story!

Anyhow, I paid them a visit before knowing their "special treatment" of men, and when there I tried both their thermal baths and a massage. 
 
As you weren't allowed to take pictures inside the bath, I borrowed this one from:
Visit their website and read more about the baths in Budapest. 

The thermal baths are really five baths (4 small and 1 larger which you see in this picture) with temperatures raging between 28 degrees Celsius and 42 degrees. The big pool was 36 degrees, I enjoyed that one the most. But! I just have a bit of a hard time bathing with a lot of people (strangers, and mostly men) and being able to enjoy it when the smell that hits you reminds you of rotten eggs. After a while you get use to it, and it isn't super strong, but nevertheless not my cup of tea. Not even knowing it's supposedly really good for you. But the beautiful architecture and settings makes the visit well worth it. And the massage was ok. Not the best I've ever had, but probably not one of the worst either. A 50 minutes massage and entrance to the thermal baths cost about 400 SEK (about $45), which is very cheap compared to what I would have been forced to pay here in Sweden for a bath/massage.

Laters babes!

Over and out
Pusspuss 

lördag 1 april 2017

Last day in Budapest

I had no energy left yesterday to write you guys! I spent the day enjoying one of the spas here in Budapest (Rudas), sightseeing, shopping and working out! I'll tell you more about yesterday when I get back home. Now I'm off to the airport taxi downstairs. Fingers crossed this taxi driver won't drive as crazy as the one who got us here from the airport! 
 
Me on the way to the hotel gym Saturday night! Super proud of my self for doing the work!

Have a nice day friends, and don't forget to smile! 😃

Laters babes!

Over and out 
Pusspuss 
 
Ps. The magnolias are in full bloom here! Beautiful! ❤