Bling Organizer

September 2, 2013 at 2:33 pm

If you remember, I spent some time cleaning out my “jewelry box” (it was more of a lump) before I moved to the States. I arrived here with one small box with the most important and valuable pieces.

The months since then I’ve spent restocking. I had a handle on it at first, everything was neatly placed in a box or container of it’s own. Shortly thereafter came the mayhem and lumping of chains.

This was my solution for that. Not a very good solution.


But if there’s something I’ve learned during my time here, it’s that Amazon always has what I need.

Voila! Much better.


You can find the jewelry stand here and the ring stand here.

Washington DC August 2013

September 1, 2013 at 5:32 pm







Virginia Beach Mini Road Trip

December 4, 2012 at 3:27 pm

I’ve completely forgotten to post the pictures from the mini road trip we did a couple of weeks ago. One of Hubby’s friend invited us down to Virginia Beach and we decided ‘what the hell’ and got in to our car for some 5½ hours and drove down. Warning; Picture Rain Ahead.

We kept seeing these everywhere. Like badasses we passed anyway.


We went through a tiny town I can’t remember the name of and saw a familiar flag.


When we finally saw the foggy harbor, I suddenly realized how much I’ve missed the ocean.

Interesting road names in VA Beach…


And equally interesting sales pitches.


And then finally, around sunset, we were there.


We ate and we drank and we had fun, but I’m not gonna post those pics here, there were people there that may not want to be on my blog. It was a nice night in any case.

The morning after was gorgeous, but windy as hell. This is the view from the house we stayed at. Not too shabby.


M served us some breakfast…


And then we went for a walk on the beach. Like I said, windy.


I saw my very first live pelican and learned that a group of pelicans is called a pod.


And then I met this guy. He was very suspicious of us. I don’t blame him.


Then we went back home. Drove right past Norge (Norway) to my big surprise. ;)

Swedish Care Package

November 21, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Today I got my long awaited care package from Sweden. Mom was so sweet and sent me a bunch of my favorite stuff from Sweden.

A lot bigger and a lot heavier than I had anticipated.

Box filled with goodies!

I had asked especially for Swedish knäckebröd. I know you guys have Wasa hard bread here, but Leksand is my absolute favorite. Especially together with…

Cream Cheese of different varieties. My favorite is the shrimp flavored one at the bottom (Räkost). There’s also Blue Cheese (Ädelost), Crawfish flavored cheese (Kräftost), Blue cheese with figs (Ädelost Fikon) and at the very top Kaviar, which isn’t a cheese at all, but still rocks on hardbread. I swear the first thing I did when I had opened this package was make a sammich with knäcke, räkost and ham. SO DELICIOUS!

We also got a bunch of sweets. Gingerbread cookies for Christmas.

Candy, including Christmas candy and salty licorice candies.

Eight (!) bars of my favorite chocolate. Which I guess is technically Finnish, but whatever.

And tiny wrapped gifts for each of us so we “Don’t forget Sweden”.

Mine was a tiny plush moose that can hang out on our refrigerator.

Hubby got a moose bottle opener, which is  good, because we didn’t have one!

Thank you Mom for the awesome care package!


Sinful Boogie Nights

November 13, 2012 at 7:18 pm

The other day we went to Wegmans for some grocery shopping. In the middle of all the “What should we have for dinner” mania, I spotted it. A whole rack of nail polishes for 2 dollars a pop. I should explain, nail polishes in Sweden typical range from 10 dollars to 25 dollars depending on brand. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bottle for less than 4 dollars and those are typically sample bottles. So when I saw these, I had to have at least one color.


Normally I don’t go for the pink’ish colors, but for 2 dollars I thought I’d give it a try. This is Sinful Colors; Boogie Nights with a Sally Hansen Insta-Dri top coat. I actually found the top coat at Marshall’s for 2 dollars the same day, so it was all around win for me.

I’ve never tried the Sinful Colors brand before and I have to say it’s a little runnier than I like. Maybe it’s just this color though, I don’t know. I like the color, this is two coats and it did the job pretty well.

The Sally Hansen top coat really did dry super fast, maybe not the two minutes promised, but fast enough for me. I can’t say yet how it holds to chips, we’ll see in a week I guess.

Nothing like a home cooked meal

November 13, 2012 at 2:30 pm

After 2 ½ weeks of nothing but take-out and fast food, it is SO good to be able to cook your own food in your own kitchen. I made us a nice Chicken Cashew for dinner last night and it was amazing.

Apartment Tour

November 12, 2012 at 9:54 pm

I took some pictures of the apartment the other day and thought I would give you a picture rain here. Apartment tour!

Hubby in our new fancy kitchen! it has all new appliances and stuff. And a breakfast bar. I’m kind of in love with it.

Fireplace in the living room. So far it’s been hot here, so no need to fire it up just yet.

Our bedroom with the “fancy” air mattress we bought at Target. It’s surprisingly comfortable. It’s just a place holder until we  find the bed of our dreams.

View overlooking the tennis court. If you concentrate and squeeze your eyes you can see the community pool back there too.

Walk-in Closet. Mhm. I’m more excited about this than I should be.

See how excited I am? I have a big ass mirror too.

I’ll post another photo rain once we get some actual furniture in here.

First cup of Starbucks

November 12, 2012 at 4:44 pm

The other day I tried my very first cup of Starbucks. I was quite possibly the most awkward Starbucks costumer ever, since I have never been there before. “I’d like one of the Pumpkin Spice thingies, whichever one is the smallest.” Yes, I said it exactly like that. Because I’m awkward like that. But he understood and the barista presented me with this. Now, I should say, I normally don’t drink coffee. I only went there to try the Pumpkin thingie, because I’ve heard so much about it.

It would have been awesome had t not been coffee. I’d love these spices in a hot chocolate. But coffee… Yuck. Sorry Starbucks, I just don’t like coffee.

The Aftermath

November 10, 2012 at 10:16 am

Sandy wasn’t that bad for us. The only victims in my close vicinity was this tree…

And my blog. It just flat out stopped working. I went to try and post this picture and it was dead. Now we’re back in business, but it’ll take a while before everything looks as normal again.

Hunkering Down

October 29, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Sandy is getting closer and closer. Being from Sweden I have absolutely no experience with this kind of weather so I am a tad freaked out by now. I am staying at a hotel though, which is surprisingly comforting. I’m on the 5th floor, so no risk of flooding, but the wind is picking up. I got woken up by blaring sirens at 9 am this morning…

I am not going outside today. Nu uh.