Summer is pretty much over now. The temperatures drop lower each day and the sun sets earlier and rises later. However I would not go as far as to say autumn has arrived (yet), but it sure feels more like autumn than summer most of these days. And man, this summer went by quickly! So good thing I have a very warm vacation trip booked in a few weeks, with a few more warm summer nights to enjoy. :p
Now I have worked all summer, which is probably why I have not really felt like it has even been summer. BUT, in two weeks I will have three weeks of vacation!! Yay!!! And how can I possibly have a vacation without doing one of my favourite things - travel!! So I have booked a trip to Cyprus, and I cannot wait to go there! Mainly because the temperatures are considerably higher over there than here in Sweden right now - wahoo! But also because it will be nice to get away from it all for a while. Of course I will share my experience of this trip both here and over at my travel blog TheTravelingSoul.com.
So though the summer season has ended - almost, I will not declare it over until I have had my "summer" vacation. Cyprus here I come!!! (Well, in two weeks anyway.) Lol! And I sure look forward to enjoy a few more of those warm summer nights, because when I return to Sweden I am pretty sure summer will have officially ended by then.
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.
Tomorrow I start a brand new full time job in another city, which means that I have to commute about 120 kilometers every day. Of course this makes it difficult for me to have my beloved doggy Lisen at home with me during the week days, so from today she will be staying with my sister while I am working. In turn, my sister's dog Diva will move to our mum. The reason for this arrangement is that Diva loves to spend time in my mum's garden on her own while Lisen prefers to have company when she is outside, this way both dogs get what they want. Either way, it is a big change for all of us.
But although I do have some mixed emotions about this particular part of the new era I am about to embark up on in my life, I do feel like I have made the right decision. I have been very fortunate to be able to work from home a lot the last couple of years and because of that I have been able to have Lisen with me 24/7. I have also been able to devote a lot of time to the creation and development of my blogs during this period, which I am very grateful for as well.
And speaking of my blogs, one thing that will not change is how I manage them. My ultimate goal with my blogs is still the same as it was when I first started to blog about two and a half years ago, to be able to live off of the money I make through them. And though I continue to see good results in that area, what I earn through them is not yet enough for me not to have another job.
So, though I am very excited to start this new journey tomorrow I am also very ambivalent because I will not have Lisen with me during the week days. Having said that, I have no doubt that Lisen will be well taken care of by my sister - whom I know loves her (almost) as much as I do. And because I have decided to ride the flow of the universe completely in my life, when this amazing opportunity came my way - there really only was one answer I could give. So despite these major changes in our lives right now, I am sure we all will be just fine. :-)
(If not, I will just have to quit my new job and bring Lisen back home with me. I really would you know. Hehe.)
My eye sight is rather interesting actually, because ever since I was born I have been short sighted on my left eye and long sighted on my right eye. This has meant that I have worn glasses off and on my whole life. I remember when I was a child I even had to wear a patch over the right side of my glasses from time to time, the purpose for that was to try and increase the strength of my short sighted left eye. Something I can appreciate now, but made very hard for my mother to follow through on back then - it was not very fun to look like a pirate with prescription glasses in school…
But because my eyes are so different in strength and because I am long sighted on my right eye I have always been able to see well without glasses. Therefore, as soon as I was old enough to decide on my own whether to wear glasses or not - I stopped to wear them. Even though my eye doctor warned me this could have a negative impact on my eye sight in the future.
And right he was, because a few years ago I noticed that I had to squint more and more so finally I went to see an optician to check up on my eye sight - which had decreased in both eyes. Therefore I now wear eyeglasses again. But not all the time, just when I am on the computer, watch TV and/or read. Though I guess that is most of the time. Lol!
Me wearing my glasses in front of my laptop. :-)
However, wearing glasses does not feel as awful nowadays as it did to me when I was a child. In fact, I think glasses can be a nice accessory. Which is why I also think many people who do not really need glasses buy different cheap glasses, to wear as an accessory with their clothes.
Now I usually buy my glasses at my local optician, but I have noticed that it is very easy to buy glasses online as well, like on GlassesUSA.com for instance. Where I found this very fun feature by the way:
GlassesUSA.com also has these great discounts right now:
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To use these discounts simply refer to the codes above when placing an order on their website.
So, I have had a long and complicated relationship with glasses throughout my life. But I have now come to the realization that wearing glasses will most likely be a part of the rest of my life, no matter how I feel about it. Which is why I choose to look at my need to wear glasses as a good opportunity to buy a nice accessory with great features. And how can that ever be a bad thing? ;-)
Eating ice cold chocolate fudge/vanilla ice cream and drinking green herbal orient tea in the beautiful warm sun on the balcony, with my lovely dog Lisen of course.
And what made this moment extra special today was that I could eat the ice cream outside in the sun for the first time this year here in Sweden, without freezing. Such simple, but precious luxury. I just love moments like these. (Lisen also had some ice cream of course.) :p
It feels like I am still trying to catch up with things from when I got back from my vacation in January. The main reason I am so behind with everything is because I have been working 10-12 hours almost every day since January 20th. There have been some changes at the company I work for so I have been asked to do other things than before, hence more work. However I am very grateful for that and I do hope I continue to get more work. Although it does feel weird not to be able to spend as much time in the Blogosphere as I am used to.
But, I, my blog and dog Lisen are not going anywhere. We are just in a more random post period right now. I truly appreciate all comments and feedback as always and will catch up with it all as soon as I get a bit longer breather than a few hours, which I think will be after this weekend.
Now while I have been swamped with work, a lot more snow has fallen outside. Which I love! Because with the snow comes a sense of calmness and light I feel , something very well needed at the moment. And because I work from home the only breaks I really get is when I take my dog Lisen out on walks, which is also the only time I have had lately with an opportunity to take some photos. So below are some recent photos of my neighbourhood here in Lyckeby in Sweden. :-)
The first thing my dog Lisen and I see when we come down the little hill from my apartment building.
Always extra fun to sniff in the snow it seems.
Snow in Lyckeby.
And it is on mornings like these I am very grateful my car is in a garage. :-)
Because I just bought 1,2 kilos of candy! Lol! It was on sale this week and I just happen to have a sweet craving when I passed the candy section at the store. So this is what happened...
I bought way too much candy...
But they had so many of my favourite candies! Which are chocolate and salt licorice. As well as the occasional sour piece. So I was doomed to fail to resist. Lol!
Oh well, I can pretend that I thought it was Halloween this weekend. Because I do always get confused over when to celebrate Halloween in Sweden. If it should be celebrated on the same day as All Saint's day or not? Which is tomorrow. However it does seem like most people who celebrate Halloween in Sweden did so last weekend. But, Halloween or not. I am definitely going to have a sweet weekend! :p
Today I turned 29 years old. A day that has pretty much felt like any other day though. Except for a family birthday dinner and reflection over the past year in my life. The conclusion I made through my little reflection was that I am happy with where I am in my life right now, and I look forward with great anticipation to the rest of it. And my birthday dinner was awesome, so of course I ate way too much! Lol!
Below are some photos of the reasons why I am so stuffed right now. :-)
Fried salmon with boiled potatoes and lemon sauce. Simple and so tasty!!!
Fabulous New York Cheesecake my amazing sister made for me. Thanks sis! :p
My piece. Yuuummy!!!
Now I do not even want to think about how many calories I have eaten today. Yikes! But hey, it is my birthday. I mean, if that is not a great excuse to over indulge then I do not know what is? :p
One year ago today I published my first post on this blog, yay! And yikes how quickly time flies by! But I'm so glad I decided to start this blog, and even more glad that I still love working on it. Because I was a bit afraid I'd lose interest in it eventually. However that is absolutely not the case! I'm still constantly thinking of what I can post about, what new pages would be fun to add and how I can improve this blog. I have also realized that I will never finish this blog, it's under constant construction. Lol! So my first post --> "Still under construction, but getting there" is kind of as much current today as it was one year ago.
Now there are so many reasons why I continue to blog, but the most important reason is that this is indeed the perfect platform for me to utilize my creativity. Even when a post take many hours to complete, those hours fly by because I enjoy it so much! A truly wonderful feeling!
And although I write this blog because I want to share my life, Sweden and lovely Lisen with the world, I also write it very much for myself. I actually think is fun to read my posts sometimes. Hehe. Because it gives me a well needed perspective of my life, a bit of distance I suppose. As well as a reminder of events, moments and feelings I might have forgotten if I hadn't written them down. However I would be lying if I said comments, follows and visitor counts doesn't matter to me, YOU DO! And I'm truly grateful for every single one!
On a more personal life update note. It's now July, the big vacation month in Sweden. I guess I'm on vacation? I say that because work has been very slow lately so I'm not sure what to expect... Anyway, the weather has been so so, kind of humid and cloudy all weekend. Not so humid today though, but cloudy. Lisen is very energetic these days, lol! Almost like a pup again for some reason? But I love it! It's great to see her happy and healthy. I have some fun plans ahead, which I of course will write about here, but I don't want to jinx anything by writing about it before it happens though, hehe. Ops, does that make me superstitious. Hm? Oh well. All in all life is aaall good right now and I would describe this past year as a calm and enlightened one for me, on many levels. :-)