Snowstorm

Lately I’ve been working longer days on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting at 6.30 – which means driving into work while it’s still very dark (and very early!).

Today it wasn’t just dark, there was a snowstorm ongoing. I hate driving in snowstorms. During the day I can deal with them, for the most part. But when it’s dark, your headlights will light them up so much you can’t really see anything other than a million white flakes whirling around you. Visibility is awful.

snowstorm

Borrowed from Flickr, to give an idea for those not accustomed to snowstorms!

First snowstorm of the winter though. We’ve had a little bit of snow now and then, but it never lasted more than a few days. It’s still snowing out now, but not so much. I guess we’ll see if this snow sticks around.

I do hope we will have a little snow over Christmas. Not massive amounts, but a little bit – to give us a nice, snowy Christmas. Especially since it will be the boyfriend’s first Christmas in Sweden. So, I need it to make a good impression!

Dinner time

Yesterday was the annual Nobel banquet, which follows the Nobel Prize ceremony every year. My mom decided to host her own mini-version of it, as a fun little thing. And yes, she even had the banquet showing on the TV in the background.

dinner

I’m impressed by how much time she must have spent on it, on a work night. Since it included both a starter, a main and a dessert!

You won’t hear me complaining though. I never say no to not having to cook!

This is my life now

I’m having a bit of a feeling sorry for myself, pity party. It feels weird to go from having a whole apartment to just one room. And everything is still a bit of a mess.

The actual move was awful. With my CFS and stuff I had a really hard time getting everything done in a timely manner. It didn’t help that I’d agreed to let the new tenant in to start renovations straight away. It meant me having to try to gather the last bits and do the cleaning with the place full of tools, floors pulled up and items scattered.

I still have lots of stuff that need to be taken to the town dump, but I need help since I don’t know how to drive with a trailer. It’s stressing me out. The new tenant is whining, but I can’t move it (it’s on a trailer outside, to the side so not really in the way) until I get help and it has to be a day that the dump is open. I wish they’d show some good will since I gave them access a week early, when not even done myself.

The whole thing is making me walk around with a feeling of perpetual panic.

It doesn’t help that I can’t talk to the boyfriend much. With us having virtually no internet I have gone from chatting to him for hours every night to an hour twice a week. It’s awful. I miss him terribly.

Right now my life feels pretty awful. Maybe once everything with the old place is finally settled, and the new room is more in order things will feel better. But for now I’m feeling pretty lonely and stressed out.

Day 30: Earliest memory

I mainly have some scattered images in my head from when I was little. For example, I remember the front of my grandmother’s old house – but the memory is very much like an old photo and nothing else. There were stairs in one of her houses (possibly the same one), that had a collection of vinyl records at the top. I distinctly remember not being allowed to touch them!

Those are probably my earliest memories, since I know she lived there when I was very little (2-3 years old).

What is your earliest memory?

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Day 29: Favourite event(s) in the past year

Anytime involving being in the same country as the boyfriend would probably qualify. Then of course there was the arrival of my niece Moa, and later my nephew William.

I would have liked to go on vacation to some place warm and sunny, but sadly we didn’t manage this year due to time constraints and inability to get time off work. Hopefully we can manage that next year, though it might be difficult since we have a big move to plan.

Also, I’m sorry for rushing these last posts a bit, but I fell so far behind when I lost the internet. So I’m really just trying to get finished now.

What are your favourite event(s) in the past year?

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Day 28: Something you look forward to in the next year

Anyone who’s been following this blog can probably already figure out what I’m looking forward to next year. Moving in with the boyfriend of course!

Naturally, I’m also worried about it. There are still so many things to sort out. How will Bailey handle the move? Will my allergies act up/can we fix them? The fact that moving is going to cost an arm and a leg. Ugh!

Still, it will all be worth it in the end – since it means we can finally be together. Long distance relationships are okay, but I think there’s a limit to how long you can manage without going insane. Just saying.

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Day 27: Your current relationship

Again, I’m late due to the lack of internet in my new place. Some days/nights I can’t even get a connection on my mobile phone. It’s all very frustrating.

So, current relationship.

The boyfriend and I have a long, and a bit scattered history. We don’t have a specific date that we became a couple, really – but so far we’ve just agreed to count the day we first met in real life. It was the best we could come up with. That was September 8, 2011.

We met in the game World of Warcraft when playing in the same guild. I was new and he whispered me to check how I was doing, and we started chatting. We chatted sporadically a little now and then during my first few months of the guild, but soon started talking more regularly. We would stay online on Ventrilo after raids and continue talking late into the night.

Eventually we switched over to Skype, which is much easier – and much more private!

It wasn’t that long before we were chatting nearly every night. Something we’ve continued doing ever since. (Up until this past weekend when I’m stuck without internet!) I think we chatted for nearly four years before finally taking the step to meet in person.

We sort of dated since, meeting whenever we could (not as often as either of us would have liked), but never deciding if we were a couple or not. The distance between us (him living in the UK and me in Sweden), made us both a bit uncertain about a future together.

As time has passed though, we finally realised last year that the distance didn’t matter – because neither can imagine life without the other. So we finally decided to be a “real” couple. Which is when he was promoted to “the boyfriend”.

Hopefully things will only get better from here. (It would get a lot better if I could just get internet again!) Next year we can hopefully start our joint life as we move in together. Big things happening!

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Day 26: Pets

I love animals, and it’s probably a good thing that I don’t win the lottery – because I’d probably find myself in a big house, but filled with animals from top to bottom.

My mom had a dog already when I was born, so I’ve grown up with pets around. We had several other dogs as I was growing up, as well as a cat and a fish tank. At one point I adopted a hamster from a class mate who became allergic, but it didn’t live for very long.

As an adult I currently have my dog Bailey, and my cat Saga. At one point I had two rats, but wasn’t able to keep them since I could never let them out of their cage. Bailey went insane and wanted to eat them. For about a year I had an extra dog, Molly – but as I started working again I couldn’t keep her (I was taking care of her for someone else). She couldn’t be left alone, and that just wasn’t a possibility.

You know, thinking about it… Winning the lottery and having lots of pets doesn’t sound that bad…

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Day 25: Five favourite things in your home

I’m a day late with this one, since I’ve been moving this weekend – which means that I am now without internet. My phone can sometimes get a 2G connection, but it’s insanely slow. Not to mention that writing blog posts on your phone kind of sucks.

I’m pretty sure this is meant to have photos included, but I’m sort of without a home until I move in with the boyfriend. Renting a room for a few months doesn’t feel quite the same. (Thankfully there’s google!)

So, let me think about what I used to like in my home.

1. My Self-Shelf that makes it look like books hover in the air.

Hooray for Google!

Hooray for Google!

2. My comfy armchair. I love getting snuggly in it with a book and a cup of tea.

Not actually mine, mine has different colouring.

Not actually mine, mine has different colouring.

3. The bed! I love my bed, it’s very comfortable. Due to my pain condition, I’m very sensitive to what kind of mattress I’m sleeping on – and the one in this bed is just perfect.

bed

4. My desk. It’s stupidly heavy, because the surface is made from glass, but oh so pretty!

This is the glass surface I have, but I have different legs (in black).

This is the glass surface I have, but I have different legs (in black).

5. My pets. They count, surely?

Saga

Saga

Bailey

Bailey

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Day 24: Favourite childhood book

When I was little my grandma used to take me to the library. She likes to tell me how I would lend a pile of books that was nearly as tall as I was myself. The librarians would say that I was both theirs biggest, and smallest, lender.

I don’t remember any specific books from back then. But I remember reading and re-reading a book about horses when I was in primary school. After a Google search I found it. The name was Silver Brumby’s Daughter by Elyne Mitchell.

horse

At the age of 10 I had finished most of the books that I found interesting in the children’s section, and asked my my mom to recommend something from her own bookshelf. She handed me The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King. That book set me on a path to read all of the King and Koontz books she owned (not a few).

dragon

As a teenager I got pulled into the universe of David Eddings, reading all of his fantasy series, starting with The Belgariad.

1-belgariad

What was your favourite childhood book?

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