Thoughts on moving

I’m moving this weekend, which means it’s a busy week for me. Everything has to get packed and either go to the room I’m renting, the storage or sold/thrown out. I just want to mention, in case anyone’s not clear on this… Packing sucks. I hate packing.

We also found out that no company can deliver internet to the house. I mean… what the? In this day and age, I really didn’t think that could ever be an issue. It’s very upsetting to me, since I use the internet to keep in touch with most of my friends, and not least the boyfriend. Without Skype, phone calls would be insanely expensive.

Then, of course, there’s an expansion to World of Warcraft coming out on November 13. I’d been looking forward to this, but as it’s currently looking – I won’t be able to play.

It makes me really angry that they can’t sort this out. Apparently there are no nodes available in that area for a new line. Well, can’t they create new nodes? I don’t know.. But it seems ridiculous. And it’s making me feel very not-excited about the move.

Day 19: Where have you traveled?

I’ve not traveled nearly to as many places as I would have liked to, that’s for sure. Still, I’ve managed some.

Denmark
Several family vacations when I was a child. It’s a fairly accessible place for us here in Sweden.

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Norway
Obviously, we can easily do day trips to Norway. Especially from where I live now, since we’re about half an hour from the border. But I’ve also been to the city Bergen, and further north where my relatives live, including a day trip or two to Trondheim.

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The Netherlands
I lived in The Hague, but I’ve also visited Utrecht, Amsterdam and some other areas.

The United Kingdom
My first trip to the UK was when I was 17 and spent two weeks with a then-boyfriend. We visited Nottingham and London mainly. Then I did a few trips to London for work, and one weekend trip with my sister. Since then, I’ve been to Bournemouth where the boyfriend lives three times, and it’s also where I’ll be moving next year.

Belgium
Mainly driven through it, spent one day/evening in Brussels at one point. Can’t say I remember much!

Germany
I don’t remember much of Germany. We spent a week or so there when I was a kid.

Luxembourg
We went there during the aforementioned trip as a kid. Can’t remember if we stayed a couple of days or if it was just a day trip kind of thing.

France
I’ve been to Disneyland outside of Paris a few times, then spend a weekend in Paris with my sister. Then we had that lovely one week long family trip to the south of France, staying near Nice and Cannes.

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Spain
Been to Spain twice, and I hope to go again. My aunt owns an apartment down there, which makes it a really nice, and easy place to visit. The place we go to is a little bit away from everything, but to give an idea, it’s about an hour south of Alicante.

More photos from Spain here.

More photos from Spain here.

Malta
Went there once for a week with an ex. It’s a beautiful place, and I’d love to go again to see some more.

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New York
My aunt took me to New York when I was 16. It was my first time flying, and I remember being really nervous. We stayed for four days, and tried to do as much sightseeing as possible.

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Florida
A friend of mine used to live in Florida, and I visited her three or four times. I loved Florida. Since I hate the cold, it just seemed like the perfect place to me. Nowadays she lives in the Netherlands, so not nearly as nice and warm when I want to visit! Oh, we once went up to Georgia to go to a theme park, and spent one night there. In case it counts!

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Where have you traveled?

This post is part of the 30 Day Challenge.

Day 17: What do you collect?

I’m not sure that I really collect anything, unless you count books. If you count books, then I definitely collect those. Sadly, with me moving, I’m having to get rid of a lot of them. Which makes me very, very sad.

Some years ago, I started collecting the Disney Classics on DVD, but I stopped that, and I doubt I’ll ever finish. There are just so many!

Right now, I’m not really collecting anything, but I do enjoy a nice POP! figure. So far, I only have two, but I think they’re really cute. I also wouldn’t mind a few more plushies, so far I have a british Hello Kitty and a murloc.

My "collection".

My “collection”.

Do you collect anything?

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Day 16: Favourite foods

I’m a picky eater, which is not something I’m proud of. I’m just very sensitive to taste and textures, and things easily make me feel queasy. Seafood is completely off the menu. Neither do I eat very hot/spicy food. I like vegetables, but only raw – cooked ones feel weird and soggy. Though I’ll eat broccoli, peas and cauliflower cooked. I’m very specific with what I eat and in which fashion. Which gets difficult, and makes me feel bad.

That being said, if I’m a guest and being served, I won’t refuse food, but will try to eat it. Minus seafood, since it makes me sick.

Anyway, this topic was about my favourite foods, and not my peculiar eating habits!

Some of my favourites:

  • Enchiladas
  • A nice piece of meat with wedged potatoes and a sauce
  • Home-made pizza
  • Chili con Carne (it should be noted that the Swedish one isn’t very spicy)

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What are your favourite foods?

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Day 15: If you won the lottery…

Oh, if I won the lottery there are so many things I would want to do.

First off, I’d pay off any debts I still have. Then I’d get my family some stuff. Probably buy them homes or pay off the mortgages on the ones they have. After that, I’d get my own home with the boyfriend. If I won soonish, I’d probably move a lot sooner than the current plan.

I’d invite my entire family on a big vacation as well. Somewhere nice and warm, where we could rent a huge house for everyone to stay.

I would travel. Not in the sense of being away for months at a time – but I’d travel a few times a year to make sure I visited all the countries/places I want to see. For example, Iceland, more of the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Maldives, Italy, Greece… And so on. Basically, a very big list that would take me many years to complete!

My grandma and I would go on “Hurtigruten“, while she still can, to see the Northern Lights.

I’m sure I’d buy some stuff as well, a car, new PC and laptop… Whatever else little things I want.

Finally, I’d invest in some properties to ensure that I don’t run out of money.

What would you do if you won the lottery?

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Day 14: Inside your fridge

I suppose that doing a blog challenge like this the month that you’re moving may not have been the best idea. My fridge is currently fairly empty, since I’m trying to use up everything before the move. The less stuff to move – the better, right?

So, I’m showing the outside of my fridge too! It has some fridge magnets, a drawing from my nephew Viggo, a drawing by my little brother Fredrik… An invitation to my nephew William’s christening, and a notification of the birth of a friend’s daughter. Then of course some to-do lists etc.

The outside!

The outside!

Inside my fridge right now there’s just some basic stuff. Butter, ham and cheese. Some milk. My Coke Zero (I’m addicted!). The yogurts I eat for breakfast. Oh, and my niece’s food. I don’t eat baby food, I promise. All very boring stuff. I think in the bottom left drawer there’s veggies, and in the right one there’s alcohol. Because I believe in a balanced diet.

The inside!

The inside!

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Day 13: Pet Peeves

There are so many things in this world that annoys me, that I don’t think they would all fit into one post. I recently did a post on some of my Facebook pet peeves. Here are some other of my pet peeves.

Phone Sales

You know the ones. The people that call you, sometimes several times a day, and try to get you to buy something. Or even worse, sometimes you pick up and there’s no one there because they use an automated system and someone else picked up first! And the ones who can’t take no for an answer? I don’t need to tell you why I don’t want your stupid service/subscription – you should just accept my no!

Bad Drivers

People who drive too slow. Or won’t indicate before turning. Or takes up two spots in the parking lot when it’s busy. (I mean really… There were three spots left and you decided that it was a good idea to block out two?)

People Who Can’t Write

Maybe this should be on the Facebook pet peeves – but it goes for everything. In Swedish you usually don’t use a space when you put two words together (unlike English often does), but some people still do – and it drives me nuts. Or people who can’t be bothered to write properly. I use some abbreviations, sure – who doesn’t? – but when hardly a single word is spelled out… It makes me shudder. And let’s not get into “their”, “they’re” and “there”…

There are many many more, but I’m running out of time…

Do you have any pet peeves?

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Day 12: Family

This post is supposed to be about family, but since I’ve already done a big post on my siblings, I am renaming it the parents post.

So! Day 12: Family Parents

My parents are pretty great. They have their flaws like any human being, but on the whole, I’m quite happy with them. When growing up I knew that if I had a question, they were more likely than not, going to have an answer. Heck, as an adult – I still expect them to know the answers to most of my questions. Needless to say, neither of them is someone that you want to go against in a game about general knowledge (think Trivial Pursuit and similar).

They had me when they were both pretty young, mom was 16 and dad was 18. I wasn’t planned, as I’m sure you’ve realised at this point. But they made the best of it, and I didn’t have a bad childhood. Living in a small town definitely has advantages at times, since they had a lot of family that could help. (My maternal grandmother, especially.)

Mom

My mom may not be the most affectionate person out there, but we never doubted that she loves us. She’s never been one for hugging or emotional outbursts, but then – neither am I. (In public, that is. As mentioned in other posts, I cry for just about anything!) On the other hand, she’s supportive and knowledgeable – and you know you can always go to her with your troubles, and she’ll have some answers, or at the very least some suggestions.

She’s very driven and a good student (like my sister H). After she had me, she went on to become an assistant nurse, being greeted by a three year old at her graduation. Eventually she went to University in her early 30s. I definitely think my sister is a lot more like her. They both enjoyed school, while I can’t stand it.

I think we have a fairly good relationship, even if we don’t always agree on everything. For example, she doesn’t get the idea of gaming. If she finds out I spent a couple of hours on the PC she will complain about it, but won’t say a word if I spent a couple of hours watching TV. Personally, I don’t see the difference. In fact, I think I was probably much more social during those two hours at the PC, but she can never quite understand that.

That said, I know she’s there for me if I need her. And in the end, that’s what matters, right?

An old photo of mom.

An old photo of mom.

Dad

Throughout the years my relationship with my dad has been a bit up and down. We had a rough patch during my late teens, due to reasons I won’t go into here. Things stabilised after I had moved abroad, and he met his current wife. Now we have a decent relationship, even if we don’t talk that often. We see each other maybe two-three times a year, and that seems to be enough.

Like my mom, he’s very knowledgeable, and I can ask him about stuff – and he’ll usually know the answer. Unlike my mom, he gets the whole gaming thing. In fact, he plays some World of Warcraft himself! (So does his wife!)

Like me, he didn’t like school. Ironically, he’s actually a co-coordinator for several schools for adult education now. Then again, that’s very different than having to go to class yourself! He’s musical and plays several instruments, mainly guitar and bass I think. My sister H inherited his musical side. Me… I can’t get a note right, but at least I have enough musical hearing to know I can’t.

An even older photo of dad (the baby is me).

An even older photo of dad (the baby is me).

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