And so another year has passed... I am not quite sure what to think about that. But what I do know is that I am grateful for all the lessons this year has taught me and for all the lessons I have not yet been able to make sense of from this year. Because, although I have found it difficult to see clearly from time to time in 2013, I do know for a fact that whatever has happened in my life this year was exactly what what was supposed to happen and that it happened exactly when it was supposed to happen (I hope you followed me there, hehe.).
Now the reason I am so sure of this is because of my unshakeable faith in the Universe and its ability to guide me to where I need to go. Because, as far as I am concerned, some of the most important responsibilities I have in this world are to be present, awake and all ears - not always the easiest things though... Therefore my main goals for next year are to be more present, attentive and to listen to life without judgment. A bit unorthodox new year's resolutions perhaps, but that is where I am at in my life right know. Trying to make sense out of events I find hard to see any sense in.
Anyway. Of course the year of 2013 have been filled with many happy, wonderful and amazing moments I am very grateful for as well. Below are some of those moments :p
To end this post, and this year, I sincerely want to say: "Thank You 2013!". And Thank You to all of you beautiful souls out there who visit, comment, email me and/or show your support to this blog in any way. I whole heartedly appreciate every single one of you!
Finally, I wish you all a happy, peaceful and prosperous 2014! Cheeeers And Happy New Year Ya'll!! :p
Usually Las Vegas, Nevada brings to mind bright lights, palm trees, and hot nightlife. So what is there to do in Vegas in the wintertime? The answer is… plenty! The winter months mark one of the most exciting times of the year to visit Vegas. In fact, there’s so much to do, it’s hard to know where to begin.
Ice-Skating and Winter Wonderland
Take a look at any one of several premier resorts. The Palazzo and the Venetian kicked off the season by setting up a brightly lit holiday tree paired with (imitation) ice-skating on the Strip. “Winter in Venice” began in November and will continue on through to the beginning of January. The Cosmopolitan also provides ice skating; the Boulevard Pool at the resort is transformed to an ice rink (with real ice) and remains opened through the beginning of January. The Bellagio’s Conservatory and the Botanical Gardens are all about Winter Wonderland magic, all but guaranteed to warm up even the coldest nights (if that’s possible in LV)! A festive tree adds to the holiday cheer, ablaze with thousands of twinkling lights and brightly coloured ornaments. Bellagio’s Winter Wonderland is open to the public and welcomes all into a delightfully delicious gingerbread village created by Bellagio’s very own pastry team.
Casinos, Gambling, and Nightlife
Las Vegas is home to some of the world’s most spectacular resorts. When winter rolls in the casinos really warm up. The Luxor, Excalibur, Aria at City Center, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Caesars Palace, Paris Las Vegas, Treasure Island, Flamingo, New York - New York, Circus Circus, Stratosphere, Bally's, Planet Hollywood, Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino, Wynn Las Vegas, Riviera, Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, The Quad Resort & Casino, Golden Nugget LVH-Las Vegas Hotel & Casino and the Mirage are some of the better known resorts in Vegas. Most of the larger hotels are all inclusive. It’s possible to enjoy everything from indoor swimming and spa treatments to late night shows and entertainment. Luxurious hotel rooms and suites may entice you to curl up and play games at NordicBet in a king-size bed. Then when you’re ready to venture out, the restaurants in Vegas offer every type of cuisine imaginable, and many are moderately priced. Just remember, for winter-time fun, casino gambling is second to none!
Hiking and Sight-Seeing
If you enjoy a quieter atmosphere, you might want to visit some of the neighboring parks and recreational areas… most stay open year round. While the Northern Rim of the Grand Canyon closes during the winter, many campgrounds in Zion National Park, the Great Basin, and Grand Canyon's Southern Rim remain open. Bus, plane, and train travel provides an alternative to car travel. Additional activities include snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and skating.
From winter-wonderland ice-skating to cross-country skiing, Las Vegas has something for everyone. Just remember to bring your jacket… those hot nights in Vegas can be a little windy and cold when you step out onto the Strip!
Just two more days before the big day - Christmas Eve of course. :-) Because it is on December 24th our main Christmas celebration take place here in Sweden. And I certainly look forward to it! Mostly to the amazingly delicious Christmas food of course. The big Julbord (Swedish Christmas buffet), all the Christmas candy, Donald Duck and to give and receive Christmas gifts. I also look forward to just be able to relax and soak in the Christmas spirit. Because I have had a hard time to get into to that Christmas bubble of it all this year. But hopefully I will get there in time for Christmas Eve. :-)
Of course Lisen and I could not let this Christmas pass by without sending out lots of big hugs and a Christmas greeting from Sweden. Now I really wanted to get some good Christmas photos with Lisen and that Santa hat that would convey some sort of Christmas feeling, but Lisen had other plans...
First I tried to get a happy photo at home with her and the hat, but nope. No Christmas joy there anywhere...
One more then. But nope, not there either. (I should have known by that look in her eyes that she was up to something by the way.)
So, I decided to take her to the forest instead to take some photos. I thought it would be fun to put the hat on her out there and at the same time show what kind of weather we have right now. But nope, that did not work either. The first thing Lisen did when we got to the forest was to roll around in some disgusting "doggy perfume". And of course I did not want to destroy the Santa hat by putting it on her gross smelling head after that... So this is how my Christmas photo session with Lisen in the forest turned out.
Well, at least Lisen was a lot happier there. Lol!
Lisen vs the Santa Hat, Lisen 1 - Santa Hat 0.
So I guess this is it - Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Sweden! It is actually quite an appropriate Christmas greeting photo to represent this year though, considering how off I am Christmas season-wise. Hehe. Maybe Lisen feels the same..? Hm. Aaanyway...
We also send much love and light to you all! ♥ ♥ ♥ :-)
December has arrived and almost passed me by, just like this entire year has really. (I took this photo on the train on my way home from work a few days ago.)
And if I were to guess which season of the year it is right now by simply looking at the weather we are having, I would certainly not guess winter. Nor would I guess that Christmas is around the corner, but it is. Yikes! But yikes in a good way - I do love the Christmas season! :-) However, December has been almost completely snowless here in Lyckeby in Sweden so far... So I do hope we get some snow and colder temperatures in time for Christmas.
Well, we did have some snow for about 24 hours a while back (before it melted away). Hehe.
Anyway, it has been an extremely hectic and stressful period in my life these past couple of months. I have not had enough presence of mind to be able to focus or spend time and energy on what I really should - which is totally my bad. I know better. This is of course why I have been away from my beloved blogs so much. It is hard to explain, but I recently saw this video below and I instantly felt like that is exactly how I feel - like the seed who thinks it should be a good seed. So I need to work on that, because I do truly know better.
I talk more about Eckhart Tolle, and why I think his book "A New Earth" is the most powerful book I have read so far in my life, in my post Good Morning.
Now on to a Lisen update, my beloved doggy, who is doing well. She is a happy, playful and almost completely healthy 12 year old. Of course she does have some age related troubles, but nothing major. The only thing is that Lisen will have to eat medicine for her joints the rest of her life, I found out on our last visit to the vet about two months ago. And to make sure the pills do not affect her organs I have to take her to the vet to take a blood test from time to time. But hopefully everything will continue to look good. Because Lisen surely behaves like she is the healthiest, though a bit old, doggy on Earth. :-)
Lisen enjoying that 24 hour snow we had.
So, although my body and soul are not completely in sync at the moment I do feel like they will be again in due time. I am not, however, as sure I will be able to see anymore snow around here in time for Christmas. Lol! But I certainly do hope so! :p
A road trip allows you to experience the freedom of the open road, and the spontaneity of stopping as you please. With this in mind, you don't want to over-plan. However, there are a few areas where it's worth putting in some time and preparation. One of these is ensuring that your car is up for the challenge. If you're driving an older vehicle in particular, you may have concerns about the car breaking down at some point during the journey. With a few simple checks and a bit of planning, you can help reduce your chances of getting stranded in the desert with a busted engine.
Take Car in for Full Servicing
About two to four weeks before you hit the road, take your car in to have any major repairs taken care of. This gives plenty of time to fix unforeseen problems, wait for spare parts to arrive, and test your car to make sure it still works. At this time you can check the coolant to ensure that your car is properly protected, particularly if your destination is in a climate that's warmer or cooler than you're used to. If you plan to hire a car for your journey or there are any problems with your main vehicle, you can easily compare cars online to find a model that will suit you and make your request.
The week before you depart, check tires to ensure that they are inflated fully. Low pressure can cause a wide range of problems. Not only does this make your car less efficient, but the low pressure could cause extra heat to build up, and lead to a blowout when you're on the motorway. Take your car in at this point for regular scheduled maintenance, such as oil or filter changes. Clogged filters are another way to reduce your fuel economy, making your car work harder than it needs to.
Bring Emergency Supplies
With your car fully repaired, serviced, and ready for action, you'll then be ready to start loading it up. Although it's unlikely that you'll have a breakdown or flat tire, always prepare for the worst. Bring a spare tire, jack, wrench, and other emergency supplies to help fix it if necessary. Another useful item to bring is a road atlas or good map. You can't rely on Sat-Nav if you're heading out into remote areas, and your smartphone might run out of batteries at some point.
Check the Glove Box
Look in your car's glove box and be sure that it includes your car's manual and registration papers. Do this a few weeks in advance so that you have time to order a replacement if possible. If you don't have an owner's manual, you may be able to download this online from the manufacturer's website. It could come in handy in case of a breakdown.
Distribute Weight Evenly
When the time comes to pack, it helps to start with the heaviest objects first. Extra litres of water, spare tires, and other items of this nature can be positioned to the front of the boot, on either side to distribute weight evenly. Clean your car thoroughly and do a double check to make sure you have everything you need.
You'll now be ready to get out there and experience whatever the road offers, with a clean, serviced, and properly packed car for maximum efficiency!