It has taken a bit longer than usual this year for flowers and trees to bloom here in Sweden. But finally this week I started to see some pops of colour beaming along the roads I usually walk. And the fact that the sun gave us several days with pleasant weather and spring temperatures this week certainly reassured me that the winter season at last has passed. Ahh. :-)
Below are some flower filled photos from my walks with Lisen around Lyckeby this week.
Last night when I was out with my doggy Lisen we ran in to this cutie:
Mister/Lady Hedgehog. :-)
Lisen is not very interested in hedgehogs though, I think she has had some sort of traumatic encounter with one in the past? Because she always hide behind my legs if I walk towards a hedgehog. Hehe. But I do not want to disturb them though, so I usually just walk away. However yesterday I did take a few photos, from a distance of course.
So a nice hedgehog surprise encounter indeed (for me at least). ;p
Recently I was contacted by the author Adam Shepard, who with about $25 in his pocket left his home state in the US to search for the American Dream. His goal was to within 365 days become a “regular” member of society. A journey that later became Shepard's successful first book - Scratch Beginnings. A book that lead Shepard to be featured in the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, the New York Post, on the Today Show, CNN, 147 radio programs and so on. Needless to say, I was quite intrigued with why this adventurous soul had contacted me?
Turned out that Shepard had found my blog through a series of links on the web and wondered if I would like the opportunity to offer my readers the chance to download his brand new book, One Year Lived, for FREE! A book which will be released tomorrow. Of course I said: "YES!". :p
Book cover of Adam Shepard's brand new book, One Year Lived.
One Year Lived is about how Shepard decided to travel the world and spend all the money he earned with his first book. So between 2011 and 2012 Shepard visited seventeen countries on four continents, which of course resulted in some amazing experiences. Shepard's intent with One Year Lived is to inspire people to get out in the world and and start to live their lives - something I myself definitely also encourage. Which is really why I wanted to write this post.
Now on to how to get Adam Shepard's brand new book (eBook version), One Year Lived, for free? Just answer this question with a comment in the comment section:
"If you could go anywhere, where would you go?"
And I will e-mail you instructions on where and how to download the eBook for free. So make sure to leave an e-mail address with your comment as well. To read more about the book and the author, check out: OneYearLived.com.
Note: this opportunity only lasts until May 1st, 2013!
Another week has gone by and I feel like I am falling even more behind with my blogging - yikes! On the bright side, it does seem like spring has finally arrived here in Karlskrona in Sweden - yay! Though we did have some weird hail weather last weekend... But these past couple of days have been quite lovely. So today my dog Lisen and I took a nice long walk in the lovely spring like conditions outside here in Lyckeby, which was very refreshing and definitely needed on my part.
Last weekend's hail visit, which happened to occur while I was out driving...
And as soon as it was over, the sun came out.
Lisen and I on our walk today here in Lyckeby. Ahh. :-)
I am hoping to get back to being more present in cyberspace shortly. Until then, I am very grateful to my lovely readers and bloggy friends for your patience in me answering comments, returning visits and such. Which presently takes a bit longer than I would prefer. I also must add that, though I do like it at my new job and I am very grateful for it, I certainly miss my online world. Still trying to find that balance... Thank heavens for weekends! :p
I have now been commuting to my new job, from Karlskrona to Karlshamn, about two weeks. Though I am starting to get used to it, the commuting thing is a process I would not mind living without. Mainly because it takes about two hours every day just to get to and from work. Having said that, there are of course also many nice things about the commuting lifestyle - like the scenery in the mornings. Which can look like this for example:
Driving away from home to the train station at 6:30 AM.
Arrived. View from the train station, Bergasa, at 6:40 AM.
Also view from the train station - sunrise.
This is where I park my car in the mornings, along with a whole bunch of other commuters.
Train to Karlshamn arrives at 6:50 AM.
In Karlshamn on my way to work at about 7:40 AM.
I work a bit further down the road to the right, about a ten minute walk from the train station.
Back home again, about 6 PM. Phew!
Now I have not been able to find a good balance between blogging and being away from home about 12 hours every day yet, but I am sure I will find it soon. Because in a few weeks I will be able to decide when I start and finish work every day, we have something called flex time which means that as long as I work my hours every month I can do so almost between what ever time I choose during the weeks. Something I hope will make my life a lot easier.
When it comes to my beloved doggy Lisen, I do miss her during the weeks! Therefore I deeply cherish the weekends I have her home with me - like right now. :-)
Lisen lying next to me in the sofa while I am working on this post. :-)
And when it comes to my new job, I do like it there. There are a lot of new things to learn and process now in the beginning, but I am sure once I get into the groove of it all my one year of being a work commuter will fly by.