Checking off To do's

21/8-17

14.00

Today I woke up at like 8.45 to be at the dentist in 15 min. Luckily my dentist is 4 houses down on the same street, choose it mainly for this very reason. Had breakfast as soon as I was allowed to eat after. Sandwich with cottage cheese, salami and peppers. Then I had an appointment at the hair dresses which happened to be my neighbor as well. Cut off all that needed to be just so, gone, all the split dry ends. Even if it feels short for me I can see it’s still long. Made it a bit blonder and then also colored my brows and lashes. Feels like a spa day as it takes about half the day to get it all done. Right now I’m going through the photo album I hated to make but now love. Agnes just asked if Mom and I wanted to come watch her game so we’ll for sure do that cause I told mom and so there’s no going back. Haha no she’s obsessed with soccer but I’m looking forwards to it to.

23.00

We did go on the soccer game. It was super fun to watch actually. Got a beautiful sunset at that. It’s was so much fun to be back were I grew up out inte suburbs or countryside, a mix I think haha. I had to drive there though which was an experience in itself. I haven’t driven stick shift in like forever. Which meant that I managed to get motor stop (haha direct transaltion) like 7 times in a 45 min drive. Oh well, I didn’t cause an accident. It was cold, I had a bomber, hat and blanket, still freezing my ass off. A good game, the sun and the candy I’d brought were so worth it though. After the game we went to nana and grandpas house to get a computer he wanted Johan to fix, and then talk through a whole list of things needing fixing, poor Johan. We also stopped by my godparent’s house. We were just supposed to say hi but think we stayed for over and hour talking. Was so good to see them. Now mom and I are going to have some coffee and then sleep.

Emma, x

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Dinner by me 

20/8-17

15.50

I woke up at about 7am, went to bed 5am. Simon was taking the train home to Gothenburg today. So we kind of fought before saying bye. He’s like the slowest sloth in the mornings which stresses me out like nothing else, neither of us are morning people (especially not together). He’s my brother though so fighting is fine sometimes. Hugged him bye and went back to bed. Right now I’m sitting outside with a coffee cup. Just had my breakfast. Not sure what I’ll do today. Don’t really have any plans.

21.00

I’m tired and energized at the same time. Late night and jetlag isn’t the best mix for good sleep. Today I found my Christmas gifts that I hadn’t opened yet. Got some real nice stuff to use when I move to my own place. Then I volunteered to make dinner as everyone else in the family where up to lots. I cut up beets and sweet potatoes. The beets went in the oven with feta and fresh herbs sprinkled over. The sweet potatoes I fried in a pan with sunflower oil to make fries. Marinated the chicken in soy, sweet chili and garlic. Actually never been in charge of the grill before, went absolutely great. Made a sauce/dip, cause you can’t have a proper meal without one. It was Turkish yoghurt, roasted garlic and feta. This is my families go to summer meal but my own version of it. Had elderflower cider with it, gooosh how I’ve missed cider. After dinner we had dessert and chilled on the balcony. Just came back from a walk with Freya. Now I’m just gonna chill with mom and then try to sleep if possible.


Emma, x

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Simon

19/8-17

10.30

Good morning. Just woke up and now sitting with a cup of tea watching the grey morning from Olivias balcony. Her cup is standing here waiting for her to get out of the shower. Simon is it the sofa and beyond communication, he’s the worst in the morning, but he’ll be awake in 30 min so then we can leave. Mom is making lunch and wants me to come home and say hi to Johan’s sister with family. We are coming back here later cause Simon is going out with me and my girls tonight. But first some family time.

04.20

Okej so basically/technically it’s a new day. I’m a little tipsy still. I’m in the sofa at home. I’m so tried but also I’m jetlagged and probably sugar high from all the cider.

So we had our lunch. Mom made a salad. It was so fun to see Nortons cousins, they’d gotten so big. Me and Simon was about on breath to fall asleep across three chairs on each side of the dinner table. I choose a outfit for Norton and then we took a spontaneous walk into to town to have a Fika, Mom, Me, Simon and Norton. Had coffee at Waynes. Went to Systembolaget (the only place you can buy alcohol in Sweden). Did some shopping and then walked home to be ready for Olivia to get us. We got 40 pc of Sushi for Olivia, Hilda and I. Simon got Bite Line pizza for him and Agnes. Drank lots of Somersby. Had the pleasure (with that I mean the happiness of the result but shit it hurt) to get my eyebrows plucked by Olivia. Hehe then we convinced Simon the let Hilda fix his up a little. *Pop*PoP*POP* , bottles where opened. Pink, blue, green drinks. I was wearing GUESS tonight. That kind of brand when I walk in the store and says NO, but then you find what works for you somehow and it becomes great. When we got down to the club I had to convince them to let my brother in, cause even though it’s legal for him to get in they decide only to let in older people. Sometimes it’s good to be so truly emotional and close to tears “But I haven’t seen him in a year and I won’t see him for another one, this is our only night..”. The guard gave me the face like “I don’t even have the energy”. Apparently my brother started the dancefloor though, could not be prouder. Had the best night with all my gals and most importantly my brother.

Emma, x

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4 h to go...

18/8-17

08.00

I’m here, I’m in Sweden. It’s 4 h until I’ll actually be home but still. My flight went fine, but I didn’t sleep like at all. NO SLEEEP. Ugh, oh well. I got the train don’t I. Just talked to dad on the phone. Bought myself some chocolate , vitamin well, chicken and chévre wrap. I’ll get on the train in a bit.

14.30

I’M HOOOOME. My brother Simon is on a train on the way here too. I told him he couldn’t sleep, as he’d only slept 2 h last night I thought we could be jetlagged together. But hehe as we were talking I found myself lying down over the two seats as the train was pretty empty. “Okej so I’m falling asleep you should sleep too”. We talked half the way and then I slept the rest. I called grandpa when I was like an hour out, he was so exited to get me “Should I go now?” hihi no not quite yet. I actually told him to get me a bit later in town cause I needed to get to the bank first. Arm workout with them bags. Got myself a coffee. I was that douche that orderd in English cause speaking with the cashier in Swedish felt weird. Grandpa picked me up, I’ve just left the bags downstairs and gone up for a second to check everything. It’s still there haha. Realizing I had shoes on I ran down cause mom could probably sense it at work the second I crossed that line, didn't even get into my room. Right now I making a dubble espresso for grandpa and then we are going back to the train station to get my brother.

20.00

We’re back home now. After getting Simon from the train we went to grandpa and nanas house. Grandpa had put up the flag cause I was coming home, how cute. Had a cozy time with nana. I then borrowed her red raincoat and red wellies to go pick some red currents in the rain, felt like a big child. Right now me and Simon is enjoying what seems to be the calm before the storm, drinking lattes and listening to hiphop. I’ve stolen his Levis jeans jacket for the moment cause I waaaaant it. Soon Agnes and Olivia will come get us as we won’t fit in the house tonight. Johan sisters family is coming home with them from vacation today so all the beds are full. We’re gonna sleep at Olivia’s. I’m so exited cause I haven’t seen her apartment yet. OMG, I’m going to see them so soon, gosh how I missed them.

23.00

So hehe right know I’m in Olivia’s kitchen. On the way back to the balcony where everyone is at from the bathroom where I just ended up hanging her laundry. When Olivia and Agnes came to get us they were so cute and hysterical, felt very missed and loved. Drove to the other side of the city to Olivias place. We got greated by her cat Lily at the door, the cutest thing. I’d forgotten to eat so Olivia was adorable and made me cheese sandwiches. Then she brought out the bubbly she bought to pop for the occasion. We brought out the hookah/water pipe (without nicotine or any other shit). We’ve been sipping cider and enjoying the company. I’m so sleepy as I haven’t sleep properly in like 34 h, but I don’t want to sleep yet.


Emma, x

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Flying to Sweden

17/8-17

08.00

Today I’m going home, home to Sweden. I just woke up. I finished packing yesterday cause my host family is going away too so they want me to watch the girls so the parents can finish their packing and put everything into the car. Honestly I’m not sure how I’m feeling about going home. Last time I was just exited. This time it feels a bit sad as well. When I come back here two of mu three closest friends will move home. Also this kind of means that next time I travel home it will be cause I’m leaving this one. I’ll have to actually be confronted with the fact that my little brother has gotten so big (which means I missed so much), that nana is sick, that I’ve grown apart from some friends, and that all of my friends has new things in their lives that I’ve missed out on being there for as it happened. But then of course I’m exited to hug them all, I do miss them greatly. So as I said I’ll go watch my kids that I’ll miss soon. Get a ginger shoot while I’m at it, I will not get sick this time.

12.30

I’m in my Uber now. Around 09.30 my host family left in their car for Canada. I had a cinnamon raisin bagel and tea for breakfast. We played and cuddled until they left. Then I got in a peloton ride as I have a feeling I won’t be very good at working out during my vacation. Showered, got ready and then carried my bag up, and that my friends was a work out in itself. Ate oatmeal cause I kind of were in a hurry and we don’t really have any food home atm since we are all going away. Btw I’m so loving this Uber. The car is so fresh and smells like how it wish everything in my life would smell. Also the driver was so flippin polite and asked just the right amount if question and then stayed quiet. Just how one wants a perfect Uber trip to be haha. I was initially not supposed to take an Uber, cause you now Au pair = poor. But I couldn’t handle stress element and how horrible it sounded to take a train ride for 3 hours before getting to the airport, instead of the 50 min car ride. I’m already pretty tired which should be good for the flight, which doesn’t lift in like 5 h.

16.25

Funniest thing just happened…, the fire alarm went on. It’s still on but only some of them. Turned out luckily though that it was a false alarm. I got my first coffee off today and a dark chocolate Toblerone. There’s so much swedes here, like probably half of the people in this terminal is speaking Swedish, I do not like it. Soon I’ll be where everyone speaks it, weird.

Emma, x

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Burgers & Cake

Just like last year 4th of July wasn’t that big of a deal for my family. Midsummer is more of our celebration time then either American or Swedish national days. However we did have a cozy day together. I had the kids, we went to the store in their cute blue, white and red outfits. Started on our cake that I was going to make. Danced in the kitchen and had a blast. We ate burgers in the backyard all together for lunch and then played some soccer. Then we were off to the pool. Ate the cake as soon as we got home. Then Daniela came over and we went for an evening walk to Starbucks. After that we once again had some burgers for dinner and ofc some more cake. Super cozy stay at home day.

Emma, x

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Sanna's last weekends

Soon it would be time for my lovely but crazy as friends Sanna & Maddie to leave and move home. Which meant that July was filled with a lot of fun and craziness. We went out two nights and had a flippin blast, made memories and embarrassing mistakes as one should. Days at the beach, night at the bar. We went to the city, walked the highline and ate Shake Shack.

That was two weekends and then all of a sudden it was Sanna’s last one. It really sucks when a friend is leaving here. Cause you find the ones you actually like and turn to love, they become you family, your sisters, and then they have to leave. She’d finished work already so she came over on the Friday to hangout with me and the girls. When the girls were in school we went for a walk and got some groceries. It’s like an hour walk in hills so it would suffice as the days workout. We then ofc took a nap cause it’s me and Sanna we’re talking about. After getting the kids we baked some brownies. We made Taco Friday as every Friday should be and the girls we’re stoked. Especially S cause she just loves tacos. Watched Moana for like the at least 15th time, first time I actually sat down to watch it though. After putting the kids to bed we had coffee and brownies outside were it turned out to be like the most beautiful sunset ever.

Saturday we were going into the city. Basically we were having a goodbye brunch for Sanna. We went to this cozy place in Soho called Olio e Piú. I had the yummiest linguini carbonara. We walked to Sockerbit for some Swedish candy. Walked into sunglashut as we’ve done for a year every time we’d walk past one, this time however Maddie actually came out with a pair. Got iced lattes cause it was pretty hot in the city. We took the train our separate ways but they later came over to my house and we got food from LTK. Ate candy and brownies, cozied up in the sofa.

Sunday, the last they I’d get to be with Sanna in a really long time. The day I’d have to say goodbye. We ate Chipotle for a late lunch. Went to do some last minute shopping at CVS, Gap and so on. Got back before 4 since Sanna’s host family were doing a goodbye BBQ. It was super yum but I was a bit down the whole day. After everyone had left we went on a little drive. I felt so disconnected with my feelings. And so I told her that as we were about to say bye, but haha honestly as soon as she hugged me there was the waterworks. I so look forward to see you again hon, don’t let it be to long. You’re amazing, love you Sanna.


Emma, x

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Sathurday & Sunday with Sanna

We slept in, kind of. She woke up early and let me sleep. Had breakfast around 9am. Scrambled eggs, prosciutto, avocado, toast and of course coffee. Then we went for a long walk all the way to the Rye pier. On the way there we stopped and got an iced tea at Starbucks. It was an incredible hot day, like 30*C + and a clear blue sky. We walked for about 2,5 h in total. On our way back we got ice cream.

When we got back I realized how badly burned I was, like holy whatever. Totally forgot about sunblock, looked like someone painted me red. We napped when we got home, we slept 3h, probably cause we were so burned. Sanna made us homemade burgers for dinner served with broccoli, a salad with spinach, apple and goat cheese. Played badminton in the backyard, gosh we sucked at that, took wine pauses, cause I mean what is water even. Sat out in the rain and kept sipping wine, we always find something to discuss cause we talk about literally everything. Did our makeup, had mojitos and spilled secrets. Had one of the best eves out since I got here. I even forgot to use social media, that’s how you know you’re enjoying yourself a little extra. Got to bed like around 4.30am after tripping around in heels, scraping elbows, downing red bull vodka, dancing, meeting new people, eating a burger and facetime our favorite swedes.

Sunday was chill and nothing else. I woke up which what felt like a tongue made out of sand. Went down to the kitchen where I found a icebag.., what. “Sanna are you hurt?” “YEA YEA, you know what, I did, my ankle is swollen”. Haha good job girl. We went to get Chipotle, cause what else. Had our lovely bowls and then she drove me home. Had the best weekend and a very much needed vacay. BBQ and quality time with a friend, how summer should be spent.

Emma, x

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Friday with Sanna

I’d dropped the kiddos off at school and then I had to get to my LCC’s house. An LCC is the contact person every Au pair with Cultural Care has to have and stay in contact with to make sure we do every thing we need, get information and help if needed. We were just having a Fika. She had made a very yummy banana bread and I’d brought some cinnamon buns. We just talked and had a great time. She’d bought coffee for us and no one else was drinking it, so naturally I had about 4 cups of coffee, cause one can’t waste right.

After that Sanna was coming over. We did a nice workout together; some strength exercise for the entire body and then running + jumping squats in the stairs. Fixed some lunch, showered, took a nap and then went to get the kids. Took the kiddos to the park and snacked on cinnamon buns. I got to end work early so packed my bag. Literally looked like I was going on a proper vacay with my carry-on filled with stuff. My girls were so cute when we were leaving, waving and sending kisses from the window.

Did a super Swedish summer carpool karaoke. Next stop was Wine & Liquors, we needed some rosé for our BBQ. Best dinner ever, honestly Sanna is the BBQ Queen. This evening we came up with a new swedish verb, Ernsta, att Ernsta. Haha it’s this swedish intertior designer/chef. He’s always having some tv show where he expresses how important it is to enjoy life, he’s also for some reason very often barefoot. Hehe well so we Ernsta, we went for a sundown walk barefoot and with wine in paper cups. When we came back we lit a fire even though it was like 26*C outside, hehe forgot about that part. We had more wine and grilled some smores. Coziest night ever.


Emma, x

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Och vi kan dansa åt andra hållet...

June passed so fast. One moment Freya was here, Stella was graduating in her cute cap and gown and the next second it was midsummer already. I'd looked forward to midsummer since like New Year's Eve. The kids went to school during the day and then I got to be off in the afternoon. So I just did the morning routine with my girlies and then went to Deccico's & sons and ShopRite to get some shopping done. Got some elderflower lemonade and my favorite rosemary crisps to snack on when I'd make the flower crown. I got a bunch of cheep but beautiful flowers at ShopRite. I spent like more then an hour on that crown, it got way too thick and even after "fixing" it it was massive. But I liked it so doesn't matter does it. I got my makeup done and the dress I'm aware gives me way to much cleavage. People it's hard to shop for me, I have both shoulders and boobs so I just don't fit dresses at all but I want to, and then this is the result, oh well. I felt content though.

I took the cab to the train cause I wanted to drink in the city. Duh it's midsummer. So when the cab came he apparently where getting more people and it turned out to be more swedes. Haha we are everywhere, especially a day like this. Like the cool old business woman Barbro Ehnbom said "Man blir Svenskare än svensk i New York" (basically ; you become more Swedish in New York). Meet even more swedes at the train station so I didn't have to feel like an idiot anymore with my flower crown since all of them had one too. Finally at grand central people were pointing and saying we looked like the Snapchat filter or asking if we were going to a wedding. When Maddie and Sanna came in to the central they had ofc already started drinking, which I was stupid enough not to think of. They were hilarious so even though I was annoyed I could not be mad. They knew I was not to exited about them already being all tipsy so they'd obviously decided to try being on their best behavior. And it was so obvious that they were doing just that, trying. We went to Urban Space and got some fried chicken sandwiches, cause who wants a beach bod, not us apparently. Maddie dropped chicken in her shirt whilst continuing to eat on her sandwich and then ate that piece to, that was our current state. No wait that's the level we're always at, drunk or sober. But it looked hilarious, she seems so completely content with life.
Then we were of to Battery park for some midsummer celebrations. Before actually going in there though we had to get some wine. They went to do the shopping as I was talking to the majority of my relatives on FaceTime. They got me some rosé. The store had opened the bottles for us, given us brown bags and we got straws at the Subway that was one floor up. Finally ready. Sat down watching the end of the Hudson River and lady liberty sipping on our wine. I got pretty tipsy compared to what I drank, think it might have been cause it was so extremely hot and demo. They (rise/rouse) up the midsummer maple/pole. We got some sandwich cake and chocolate balls. Then the best part, time for dancing. There is so much people there to participate that we ran to get space to dance. This was probably the best part of the whole day. I laughed so much I couldn't breath. You look like a complete fool but you do it together with friends and strangers, the atmosphere is just a complete feeling of being home. Not necessarily Sweden, but home, belonging. That even though you don't know the name of the person either to you left or right, who's calfs you're holding whilst there holding yours and your walking in a circle almost falling over, there's nothing wrong about it. Everyone is allowed and everyone laughs together as if we've known each other forever. If that's not beautiful nothing is. It has as I said been the weirdest weather all day. There was supposed to be a thunder storm but it never came, tension in the air, grey, demp and confusingly hot. The sun cracked up for a few minutes, and then it started. Pouring down. We couldn't be upset, cause I mean it was midsummer, it's almost supposed to rain on midsummer. We had discussed going out to a bar or club after but we looked like drenched cats, tired we were as well. At the train about after 10 sometimes, me and sanna came to the conclusion it felt like 5 in the morning. We were so done and bed was a much more fun idea then going out. Sanna came home with me.
Next day, Saturday, my family was gonna celebrate midsummer. In case your not following, the dad, F, is Swedish. So me and Sanna came with them to another celebration. Cozy with the kids. F had gotten more sandwich cake and we made new flower crowns. Danced around the maple once again but now with the kiddos. Just chilled, had an ice cream. Just simply enjoyed life without having to do much. Top 3 out of all the midsummers I have had in my life.
After getting back Sanna wanted to nap, but Maddie came to get us to go get some dinner. Maddie and I did Chopet' and sanna did LTK. Ate in my backyard and just had a great time.

Emma, x

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