Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

I have a feeling that 2010 is going to be a very good year.
A very, very good year...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

Today I took down the x-mas tree. Got depressed. But then relieved. Started daydreaming about spring. Spring which is only about 4 months away. Outside it's snowing. Everywhere I look I see snow. But...

"When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad"

Friday, December 25, 2009

Buffalo Farm

We been visiting a buffalo farm which is located 45 minutes from Steamboat. We went around on a sled helping with the feeding of the animals. It was great to see how well taken care of they are. I guess it is true what the owner said. They can leave whenever they feel like it so we better keep them happy. Buffaloes are really cool animals and we learned a bunch.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

My day

  • Went to get a haircut
  • Fell asleep while getting shampooed
  • Went with Max and got a new windshield
  • Rock hit new windshield on the way home
  • Went on a doggy walk in downtown Steamboat
  • Tried on gorgeous leather coat
  • Wanted to buy it so bad
  • Cost $1.850
  • Did not buy leather coat

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Thought I should show you what I am going to give my hunny-bunny for x-mas. I hope it will make him happy..

Monday, December 14, 2009

Out Skiing

This is how it looked like for most of the day yesterday so now I'm going skiing!

Friday, December 11, 2009


It has officially started. The break. The three and a half week long break. Feels absolutely wonderful!

I thought I was going to give you some updates on our x-mas tree. A few days ago a package arrived from Sweden. A Swedish "Julgransmatta"! And yesterday a cute ornament from Baltimore got delivered. Thanks to both the moms!!

I also noticed a little box underneath the tree which seems to have come out of nowhere. What can it be?!

I did it again!

I ordered another pair of boots! Brown boots. To celebrate the beginning of my break.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Treating Myself

After finishing up my x-mas shopping I went ahead and ordered myself a couple too. For example these boots. I figured I deserve them.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Pretty good

Yesterday we went to listen to the Steamboat Springs Orchestra and their holiday concert. It was pretty good and afterwards we went to Cafe Diva and to their "Date Night" which was also pretty good. I am also feeling preety good about this Monday and have started the countdown to x-mas break!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Here we go again..

Tonight is the annual x-mas party for the college. I must say I fear it a little. You never know what's going to happen.

Max after a few coctails at last year's party.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Betty is sick...

Betty is sick. She needs a new alternator.

Today I learned that alternators are used in modern automobiles to charge the battery and to power a car's electric system when the engine is running. I also believe I have found a decent mechanic who is able to perform the surgery on Betty.

I have been outside in the cold for over an hour and I am so cold it hurts! When Betty wouldn't start a couple of people tried to help jump start her but she just wouldn't have it. Just when I thought Betty's life was about to come to an end they told me about this one amazing car doctor. He was able to come to our rescue within a minute and he did a quick but convincing diagnosis on Betty. She needs a new alternator or she'll stay in this coma for the rest of her life. Since my wish is to keep her around for a little longer I am going to purchase the essential organ tomorrow.

A typical automotive alternator mounted in a spacious pickup truck engine bay. The alternator is at the center of the picture, driven by a belt and pulley.

Can someone please turn on the heat? (outside)

Today it's cold. Really cold! -25°C. Have a feeling Ugly Betty won't make it in to Steamboat. Actually, it's a good chance she won't even start.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


My professional, hard working, ambitious (good looking) husband made the cover of the paper - again!

And I bet a lot of people will visit the website today. The website I made :)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

First of Advent

Today we went to get the tree. I thought it was too early but Max insisted and after all it's First of Advent today :)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Black Friday's Shopping:

  • 2 Duvet Covers
  • 2 Fitted Sheets
  • 2 Regular Sheets
  • 4 Pillowcases
Half the amount Chocolate Brown - Half Ivory

All 1200TC Egyptian Cotton

$240.00 Bargain

Friday, November 27, 2009

This is why we live in Steamboat

Just got back from skiing. Blue sky, 40°F and not as icy as expected. In other words a very good start of the 2009/10 ski season. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

P.S. Yesterday's Thanksgiving dinner party turned out really nice!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Cozy Wozy

Went in to Steamboat to do some Thanksgiving baking. Tonight we are having Chocolate Souffle a la Max. I am very excited about that. He doesn't really like to bake but I hope he is going to start doing it more often. We are going to a dinner party tomorrow night and they asked us to make desert so Max is making coconut cream pie and miniature apple pies. Yum! I was making more cinnamon buns but with real compressed yeast this time which turned out way better!

Afterward we hiked Emerald Mountain. Enjoying our days off!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving is saved!

20% off at our favorite wine store. Better stock up!

Holiday Season

Today I am only going to work three hours.
Then it's Thanksgiving Break!
When that is over I am working two more weeks.
Then it is Christmas Break!
Love it!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Swedish Humor!

This might not be a fun clip to watch if you don't speak Swedish but to explain the content of the video it is about television licence.

A television licence is an official licence required in many countries for the reception of television (and sometimes also radio) broadcasts. It is a form of tax to fund public broadcasting, thus allowing public broadcasters to transmit programmes without, or with only supplemental, funding from radio and television commercials.

The current licence fee in Sweden is 2076 kr (about $300.00) per annum. The fee pays for five TV channels, 45 radio channels as well as TV and Radio on the Internet. Source: Wikipedia

Some people pay the licence fee, some don't. In this video clip they were saying thank you to Lesli Myrthil, the basketball player, who payed the fee. It took place at NK, one of the most famous malls in central Stockholm.

Winter Wonder World

Goodmorning friends! Half a foot of snow on the roads this morning so I decided to dump Ugly Betty for the Jeep and Max. Enjoying my coffee in Max's office meanwhile reading blogs and responding to some emails. Am about to start working on inputting December's menu on the website,

It is a beautiful & peaceful Monday. Love!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Blog is Back!

Ran out of energy and inspiration but started to miss blogging so now I am back. During my break from blogging life has pretty much gone on routine besides a trip to London which was absolutely wonderful.

I am simply going to start over and begin with today. We started our Sunday with going up to the National Forest to look for a potential X-mas tree and found one that we are going to come back for in a couple of weeks. This fall has gone by quickly and I can't believe it's almost December. Snow has fallen and melted several times during the last month and Wednesday is opening day for the ski mountain. Will write more later.

P.S. Mom I want a Swedish Julgransmatta, do u have one to spare? :)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Where does snot come from?

It has become my turn to get sick. Sore throat and a drippy nose for a few days now but so far so good and no fever. Expecting to get back to dry land shortly. Until then I rely on cough drops and "Super Plus" tampons.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Loving Mondays

As a result of my hours being cut at work I now have Mondays off. I was determined to find a part time job to try minimize the money gap. However; after my first experience with not working this Monday I'm not so sure anymore. Because today has been kind of wonderful. I started off the day with some chores in town. Got new snow tires and plates for my car. The rest of the day has been spent in the warmth inside. It has been snowing most of the day so it is really nice to cuddle up in the couch with the dogs and a good book. We'll see what happens...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

It's the last day of September and I got out of work early today. Tomorrow I have to order my snow tires because it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas out there. This is how it looked like when I came home today.It keeps coming down so I just made a fire.Have to call Max and see if we can have some wine when he gets home. Even though it's a school night :)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Isn't it ironic?

Guess who got the flu after being vaccinated against it for the first time in his life? Or could it be the swine flu? I bet it is the swine flu!I am hanging out with the dogs, baking Swedish cinnamon buns, and watching "Barnen i Bullerbyn". Wishing I could have my fam over for a "Fika"...Speaking about "Barnen i Bullerbyn", here is my favorite clip from it.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Rough times!

September 2009 is not going to go to the history as one of the better months in my life. Yesterday was yet another fall back. Also this one a financial one. The company that I work for will no longer let anyone work more than 40 hours a week. For me that means a pay cut of more than $850 a month. That hurts! I felt so sorry for myself and broke down in tears of frustration in front of my dear boss. It didn't do any good. Just gotta suck it up! Hope for better times...

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Taking today off

Wishing I could join him...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

It has arrived...

my new permanent residence card with the expiration date 9/11 2019. One more stress factor to cross over.

Monday, September 21, 2009

I can not believe this!

It's snowing!
I am not ready for this, might as well go back to bed and call in sick...

Sunday, September 20, 2009

I'm back!

I have taken a long pause from blogging due to all kinds of stress that has been in my life the last couple of weeks. Worrying about my precious baby boy has been the hardest and most stressful. However, I am glad to announce that he is now almost fully recovered.

The same day as surgery was going to take place they found out that all the pain and limping was simply a result of an infection. Now we are waiting to find out what kind of infection it is and he is on antibiotics. But the limping is almost gone and today he went on his first hike in a long time. It is such a relief! Nevertheless it cost $1.500 to find out it was only an infection.

Work has been busy and a little stressful and so was the breakdown of my laptop and car. I had to get a new hard drive for my computer and a new thermostat for my car.

I've simply had tons of expenses recently and it doesn't seem like they are going to end anytime soon. But shit happens and everything costs money. It just sucks when everything happens at once :)

Today we took a well deserved break from all of that and went for a nice fall hike in the morning. Then we had lunch at an Indian restaurant and went to see Julie & Julia. What a good movie! Tomorrow a new week starts. Hopefully it is going to be a less stressful one...

"You are the butter to my bread and the breath to my life."
Julia Child

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Panic! (part II)

The "Check Engine" light in my car has illuminated! What to do?!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


The Swine Flu has reached Steamboat Springs and Colorado Mountain College!! What to do?!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

After rain comes sunshine (or more rain)

Yesterday was the day my hard drive blew up and the day we found out that Rimini needs surgery, possibly on two legs. With other words - a really shitty day!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

PMS in my arm

It is the first (and only) day off work after a hectic week "at the office". So the only task on the schedule today is resting and gather energy for another week.

Yesterday we went to a health fare. We were given the flu vaccine and got our blood tested. My arm is still aching from the shot but at least everything looked good! Once at work we received a phone call from a neighbor saying our precious princess had escaped and was hanging out at the nursery/burrito kiosk (yes, we have one of those in our town!). So I had to get into the car and drive all the way back to Oak Creek to get her. That little bugger!

The day ended nicely with a dinner party in this gorgeous log home not far from ours.

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Today this lady walked into the cafeteria, asking for someone named Camilla. That's me! I said. She was Swedish and had heard about me being Swedish as well.

Then we talked for a bit which was a lot of fun! Mainly because she was saying every other word in English. I got confused and started to mix Swedish and English as well.

Then this kid came in and asked what was for lunch whereupon I answered "Köttfärslimpa!"

He said he'd never heard of it...

Sunday, August 23, 2009


I have a feeling this blog is going to be very monotonous for the next three months. I have dedicated myself to a place called Colorado Mountain College. And I will continue to do so. Until Thanksgiving do us part.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I knew it!

Yesterday they came. My clothes that is. They didn't fit. They were too big. I am not a size 6. I am a size 4. The sizing guide was incorrect. I had a minor breakdown. Afterward I stuffed it all back into the box and went to send it back again. Wasted some more money on postage. I also promised myself I'll never buy clothes online again. A promise I know I won't keep.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Positive thinking

Today is the last day on my 3½ month summer break. Tomorrow it starts. Six days a week until Thanksgiving. It is going to be alright.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Safe shooting

This morning's boredom in power outage at the house resulted in Max buying a BB gun from Walmart. It was my first time shooting on of those and I loved it. So much more fun compared to shooting regular guns! No kick backs, earaches, or risks of killing dear family members (especially father in laws).

4 out of 4 using the first four bullets in the gun. Pretty impressing if I can so myself! I am now known as the "Sniper-Wife" :)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

In between summer and fall

Today I smelled it. The first scent of fall...

Friday, August 14, 2009

Meaningful (for me)

Normally I'm not a big fan of bumper stickers but I just had to buy these. For myself.

Sad brown doggy eyes break my heart

Yesterday we took our baby boy to the vet since he has been limping on one of his front legs a few days. We found out that he has arthritis in his elbows and were given anti inflammatory medicine. I also went online and ordered a bunch of glucosamine supplements that we are going to start giving both the dogs. The reviews on those are great so I have high hopes that my precious boy is going to be back to normal very soon again.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Today was the day we bought our 2009/10 ski passes. $700.00 poorer but very excited. Excited for those 15 days I'll get to spend on the mountain this winter.

I did it again!

I ordered clothes online that most likely not going to fit me right. Not if you consider the statistics. I have spent so much money on unnecessary postage because I ordered clothes that are either too small or too big. But what do you do when you live in the middle of nowhere, where your choices of clothing materials are either fleeze or gortex?

This time I studied the sizing guide and I measured carefully. According to their numbers I am a size 6. We'll see next week when the clothes get here. Cross your fingers!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

What a Wonderful World

I'm in the same mood as Louis today! Everything is wonderful,, starting to think that those mushrooms I ate for lunch today weren't just regular mushrooms :)

Saturday, August 8, 2009


Yep, now I have another week and a half of work. This has been an extremely exhausting summer!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Me in a nutshell

I am constantly trying new things! Today I tried how it felt to go into the grocery store, withdraw $20.00 at the self-checkout, and then forget to take the damn money. I left the store, happily as ever, and didn't realize what I'd done until many hours later. I get so tired of myself and my forgetfulness.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Ugly Betty

Today I have done something I've never done before. I have purchased my first very own vehicle and I have developed negotiation skills I didn't think I had in me. It is definitely not a pretty car. But...

- It's a clean 2001 Ford Focus (which is a very fuel efficient car)
- It has gone less than 49.000 miles
- I got it for $4.500! (which means I won't have any car payments)
- The car insurance is only $39.00/month

Now I am only going to pray it won't break on me.
Ugly Betty from the front

Ugly Betty from the back

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Mission Impossible?

I am shopping for a car. A clean, newer model, fast car with low mileage on it, good fuel economy and that won't break. Ever.

Oh, and did I mention it can't cost more then 10K?

Monday, August 3, 2009

Sweet 28

Sick on my birthday! Fy fabian!!!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

In case you wonder

Consuming 10 oranges within 6 hours does not help a severe hangover. Just FYI.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Sweet memories

Today was the third and last morning when we had to wake up at 4.30 a.m. After work we went to the Steamboat Springs Wine Festival. It has become a yearly event that we go to and this year it was our third time.

But before the festivities started we decided to go check on our old apartment that is nearby and was ours for two years. Unfortunately we were forced to move out when the owner decided he was going to tear down the building. We loved that place and it was so strange to return to it. The building is still there but it is completely empty. We went inside through the back door and saw that all the doors inside were wide open including the door to our old apartment. So we went inside and it was very sad because everything was so familiar, even the trash that was in the bin was the last of our trash that we threw away before moving out. The carpet was full of Chania's and Rimini's hair and the wood that we left by the fire place was still there. I love our house, but I absolutely adored our old place. Ski in - ski out, close to bars and restaurants, but still very private.

Enough of this sentimentality; however, I miss it. I miss it a lot.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Following my heart

Today when the alarm went off at 4.30 a.m. I felt like cooking for 150 hungry American football guys at age 17. So that was just what I did.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Cooling off

We are only working five hours a day this week which give us plenty of time to spend in the river. Nice!

Friday, July 24, 2009

No blogging due to severe allergies

Maybe cutting our 4' long grass will do it? I hope to be back to normal soon again!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Off to Utah

Tomorrow morning we will take off for our last vacation this summer. Monday I will start working after 2½ months in freedom. So we decided to go to Park City, UT for the Food and Wine Classics that starts tomorrow through Sunday. We will also meet up with Max's sister who is there for a conference. I am bringing my laptop and hoping to get time for some blogging. Bye for now from an extremely hot Steamboat Springs.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Earlier this morning

M: Hey baby, you might wanna go on eBay later..
C: For what?! (I'm sleeping, do not disturb!)
M: To buy a new cellphone
C: Why?!! (I already have one, bought a new one earlier this month, remember?)
M: Cause you left yours outside all night in heavy rain and hail
C: F..k!

(To all of you who might be trying to call me - don't!)

(Call Max)
(who never forgets anything)

Saturday, July 4, 2009

What to say (and not to say)

My brain is set on "vacation mode" why I haven't been blogging for a few days. I guess it is normal after being off work for over two months now. Something else that might happen as a result of long and lazy summer days with lots of ice cream and American BBQ is a slight weight gain.

The other day we were shopping for new biking clothes and I tried on a pair of the traditional bicycle tights. As most women, I spent some time analyzing whether the tights looked good from behind or not. I decided to get some positive confirmation from my dear husband why I fired off the classic line: "My butt looks big in these!"

Every man on earth should know that when something like that is being said, they should NOT agree but instead say something like: "No honey, your butt looks absolutely perfect. Not big at all!"

My man did not know. Or if he knew, he had some kind of loss of memory in that very moment. Because his answer was fast, short, and concise: "That's because they are padded!"

Which by the way they weren't...

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Heavy duty work

Today some dear friends of ours came over and made us a new patio. It took 4.400 lb of concrete. Lucky me I didn't have to help carry those bags. The result is great and we are super happy with thier work. Now we are going to find some nice patio stone for the the small part we decided not to put concrete on and then we can fire up the grill and let the party start.