One of the most commonly baked goods in Sweden is probably cinnamon rolls. For some reason we even have “The Cinnamon Roll’s Day” (Kanelbullens Dag), which is always on October 4th. I suspect we’re the only country in the world that has a day dedicated to a baked bun? Or?
Not only that, but we have more days like that! We also have a “Fat Tuesday” or old word was White Tuesday, which is in reality some related to some Christian holiday that we’ve completely perverted to now only really be about eating this specific Swedish thing called a semla. (A bun with whipped cream and almond paste, basically.) (If I remember correctly, it’s always the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. I guess we used to want to fatten up before going into lent?)
Oh, and we also have a day dedicated to waffles. Yep. The waffle day. Interestingly enough, this is also an old Christian holiday that we’ve perverted into waffles. (I think it’s Annunciation Day or something in English? The day Virgin Mary was told by the angel Gabriel about being pregnant.) But yes, we’ve made it about waffles. Please don’t tell the pope.
I think we can safely say that Swedish people love their baked goods.
Niece enjoying her cinnamon roll.
I almost feel like I should do a new category just for photos from my aunt. I swear I could probably fill a weekly post with photos that she’s taken.
These are all from a September morning around my town. I think the middle one may be my favourite.
My aunt sent me a photo a little while ago. She’s been visiting the family friend who adopted my cat, Saga this evening – and wanted to let me know she saw her. I’m really glad that Saga has found a loving home, but at the same time – I’m completely unable to receive and look at pictures like this without basically turning into a blubbering baby.
I miss my little cat so much. It breaks my heart that I had to have someone else take her.
We’re still waiting for everything to be finalised in regards to the purchase of what will hopefully be our new home. It’s a very anxious wait, hoping that nothing will go wrong. This week, we’re hoping that the boyfriend gets to sign the papers for the flat. I know the sellers are then hoping for a completion date of October 12th.
I’m so worried that something will go wrong between now and then. Once the papers are signed, I will feel a bit better. I really hope that will happen this week.
If everything goes well, I will then move at the end of October. My stuff will arrive around that time – or possibly not until mid-November if I’m unlucky. (The removal company only drives through Sweden about once a month.)
It’s crazy to think that if we don’t hit any snags now, I will be living in the UK within a month. As much as I’m looking forward to it, it’s also a huge change. What hurts the most is probably not being able to see my nephew (and niece) as often. The past year I’ve been pretty much living with him 50% of the time, so it’s going to be huge when I suddenly only get to see him a couple of times a year.
Can’t think about that though, cause it just makes me cry.
In other news, I bought this adorable little owl painting. I’m not convinced the boyfriend will let me hang it anywhere, but it was REALLY cheap, so I couldn’t resist.
LOOK AT IT! It’s adorable!
I think the term might actually be a blood moon eclipse? I don’t know… In Swedish they were saying it was a super moon combined with a blood moon, so in my mind – what we had last night was a SUPER BLOOD MOON!
It sounds like a superhero. Or something that the superheroes need to save us from.
Over here, the eclipse was full around 4.11am, and I was having trouble sleeping, so I was actually awake to watch it. I was a little bit disappointed that it wasn’t more red. I’ve seen photos from other parts of the world where it was more red, so I guess it depends on where you live.
I didn’t take any photos, but as always my aunt did (I never have to take photos anymore… I can just steal hers!). So here, have some blood moon views from Sweden.
Did anyone else get to see the blood moon last night?
A couple of pictures from a visit to Norway (where I have relatives) many years ago. If anyone is ever going to travel to Scandinavia, I can recommend Norway – it’s a very beautiful country!
I’m in one of my periods of little energy again, and I seem to sleep more than anything else… Then again, sometimes it feels like my whole life the last few years is one of those periods, so not sure it’s something new. There are times when it feels a bit worse though, but I honestly couldn’t say if it’s true or just a perception thing. Since it’s not like I get loads done at any point since I got sick.
What I have done lately though, is go through the stuff I have in storage in preparation for the move and getting rid of some more things. Need to keep the load down for the move. I ended up tossing some more books (*cry*). It feels awful, but we just don’t have the space for them. Even after throwing out so many books, I still have loads, and the boyfriend might wonder where we’re going to put them all. I’ve really tried hard to get rid of as many as I can though. It’s just… I love them! I love books! Throwing them out is just so hard.
I’ve also gone through my closets to throw out clothes I don’t really use much, trying to trim some there as well. It wasn’t that much to get rid of though, since I’d already thrown out a lot when I left my apartment. Still, I managed to get another bag of clothes that I can donate.
Before the move I want to go through the moving boxes in storage one more time, a bit more thoroughly. I think there are some more things I can remove that I don’t need to bring. (For example, I remember packing a couple of lamps, and has since realised that it’s stupid – since UK has different electical sockets, so they won’t work anyway.)
I also have two moving boxes (plus a little bit more) of old writing pads filled with stories I wrote as a teenager. I want to write them on the PC, because that way I get to keep the stories, but can throw the pads and basically save two moving boxes worth of space. (Not to mention storage space in the new place.)
Just need to find some energy to do it. Maybe I need to do a little bit per day. Like, a few pages a day or something. Just to get it done.
My cold has been lingering for a really long time, but it’s finally getting better. For about a week I could barely sleep because I was coughing 24/7, but now it’s nearly gone. During this period I may or may not have been binge-watching some tv-shows and movies.
The other day my brother and I watched the movie Self/less (I recommend it, by the way), and it got me into a Ryan Reynolds craze for a bit. We ended up re-watching Blade: Trinity (it’s still as bad as it was when it first came out btw, but Ryan is still hilarious in it), just for Ryan. And last night I watched The Proposal, which is a romantic comedy.
I love romantic comedies. Not all of them, some are pretty awful, but some just hit that “aaaww” spot. Well, and Ryan Reynolds being in it helps. This one hits that spot for me. It’s funny and sweet at the same time, with not too many cringe-worthy parts. Though it gets close to the “successful career woman who will only be happy once she finds a man that fixes her life”-trope. Still… Dunno, it doesn’t bother me too much in this particular one. She’s still a successful career woman at the end of the movie, and her growth as a character isn’t just because she finds a man.
Anyway, I’ve been watching that, as well as a tv-show with a “will they-won’t they” type theme, that had some pretty sweet parts. I can’t help it. I like tv-shows where I can “ship” couples. And cute, fluffy movies. (I like others too… but that post isn’t about those!)
Also, this is pretty me when watching things like The Proposal.
Does anyone else like romantic movies? What about tv-shows where you can ship couples?
This will admittedly only make sense to people who have played the game. So anyone reading my blog, who hasn’t. I’m sorry. I will post other stuff soon, I promise!
This is taken from this Tumblr page.
So, Tania reminded me that the new DLC is out for Inquisition – which I can’t get yet, which is killing me! It got me right back into the Dragon Age hype again though, and I’ve just started on the other two DLCs that I got for my birthday.
It also reminded me that I want to finish my second playthrough, as an elf, so that I can romance Solas. Only this happens every time.
Art by the talented Mur. Dr Mur.