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10 octobre 2013 4 10 /10 /octobre /2013 17:34

The excitement is still at its top! I just want januari to come and i dream of going around i our new flat and make the laundry (washmachine in the appartment!!) and put some dishes in the dishwasher and oh, i am longing!!

For the rest, i have been sick last week,so no running at all but i felt ok when i went out yesterday and sunday.

Good news too: i did manage with the highest grade the 2 first exercices in the course i am reading on the side of my job. Only 8 left and the final exams and i am done! there are a lots to read but this is interesting. Actually, everyone shoudl read them, it is very helpfull even if you don't want to pretend to become a layer (which i am not doing!).

 

The automn is here,M is working hard and it's raining outside. What will we eat for dinner? i don't feel like cooking at all but not sure what i want to eat anyway. Maybe we will make the local economy run, with a pizza. Miam!

 

Pfuii, some reading left, have a nice evening everyone!

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30 septembre 2013 1 30 /09 /septembre /2013 21:15

Oh my god! I almost can't believe it, but we made it! We went through the horrible week and soon, we will enjoy this nice view:

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There are so mucht things to do until then, but i think we are really happy! I write i think because i am not really myself today. I am totally sick and my head works slowly. Whatever, this will be nice soon, our first own home for M and me :)

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18 septembre 2013 3 18 /09 /septembre /2013 20:04

This is how it felt this morning when i read about the death of Kristian Gidlund, an almost 30 years old guy that went through a lot. It seems that he reached the heart of a lot of people through his texts in his blogg, his book and the radio speech he made this summer. He wrote with a wonderful poetry about hard things. His story is the one story of life: unfair.

I don't know him in any way but his words put back some old feelings in my head, the one that came to me 15 years ago when cancer made entry in our family. Unfair, that was how it felt then. Why should this word that only was on TV come and take our lifes over? For us, it turned out well, but for the unexperienced 16 years old that i was, it was a terrible kick in the ass. And you knwo what? It made me realize that if you don't take the chance to live by yourself so far you get the opportunity, no one will gave it to you. It's up to you to make what you want of your life and when you are like Kristian, glued in a bed without any power, it may feel really unfair.

The beautiful thing with his texts is that he did not focused on his own pain, but on things that we can change. We can make the world better, we can live our lives how we wish. We that stand on our two feet have so much more open doors that what we think. It's up to us to be nice to other people, to help, to be happy, to climb the Kilimanjaro, to learn spanish, to sleep a little more every morning, to quit your job, to paint a horse, to love with someone, to drink a good wine, to call a friend, to take a long run in the rain, to give some of your time to a homeless, to smile to people you meet without reason, to borrow tons of books at the library, to sing loud in your car, to travel to New York, to raise your kids with respect, to paddle the longest river of Europe, to feel asleep with a smile on your lips. This is up to us to focus on the things that matter. You will not get any sign when life will turn unfair, so make everything that you can to live how you want it.

Oh what i am longing to M. Oh what i want to take him in my arms and tell him i love him. 

RIP Kristian and thank you for the reminder. Everything is still possible and i will do my best.

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16 septembre 2013 1 16 /09 /septembre /2013 18:57

Hello my fellow readers!

i cannot understand why, but some of you are stil coming on here to see if there is something new, but i may dissapoint you every day... I promised to write a litle more about Berlin earlier but time flew and here we are: a poorly updated blog and the automn is here. 

We have been working since a couple of weeks after our long vacations and i feel quite happy for a couple of things. For the first, i manage to wake up at 6 every morning. This may be peanut butter for a lots of you who maybe get up even earlier but before my vacations, it was almost impossible to put my body out of my bed, even with violence, before 7 or so. Now, i AM at work around 7, this makes a big difference!

M says that i am crazy who sleeps so little but here is my secrets: 1) i sleep deeply and good with him and 2) i've got a big motivation to be early in the morning at work. The motivation is that i can be early at home and it helps a lots for the project i have. I began to study law at university and it asks a lots of disciplin to make both. There is a looooot to read and even if it's (so far) not very complicated, it is a loooooots of new informations and to memorize it isn't a piece of cake. I need time and to reread things several times. I went out of school 10 years ago, so it is kind of a new habbit. So no lazy sleeping mornings here for me. Up around 8 on saturdays and sundays and studying is on the calender.

I also felt that i was in a good training period as well, so i try to get out and take a run very regurlarly, which i did pretty well, except the last week. I had a good excuse: i gave blod, as i do every 4th month and now i know that i have to be less ambitious after that, so i just rested. But tomorrow, run it will be and hoppefully on wednesday too. J and i planned a long run (maybe 20km) in three weeks, so i have to step up a little.

For the rest, i am trying to come back to my usual shape, the one before last xmas, meaning 5kg less. This is a very slow travel down, i tell you but i just hate the idea to make a hard diet and then to gain all the weight after a week. So i eat less but the same things, i drink less and i try to move my body more. I will succeed: theses dresses that are hanging in my closets will be on me soon again!

For the rest, M and i are trying to buy an appartment and it could be a big and long post for itself. I am beginning to become desesperate about it actually. This market is crazy in Sweden and not at all working as in France. There is no obligation to pay off your loan here, so people borrow money, a loooots of money, a way too much of money if you ask me. M and I have the strategy that we want to pay back off our loan before to retire, or at least close to this date and this gives us a pretty clear dead line. And with that a pretty clear amount of money we are ready to pay back every month. We are not looking for a very fancy place or something but we are not the only one to look at this kind of appartment, which would work for a little familly. So it works here ( i didn't want to write a post about it, but here i am!).

Day 1

you see beautiful pictures of a lots of flats on the internet. The website hemnet.se is a goldmine for that. Choose your day one close to the end of the week, like thursday or friday and you will see a lots of nice things. It takes some times to learn how to read the pictures: everything looks nice, big, light and the flats most of the times look styled. And you think: "oh cheap, how cheap! we can buy this one and stil go to the restaurant every week and when i turn 40, we're done with the lawn!".

Day 11

you dreamt of this flat during 10 or 11 nights and now it's time for you and your love to rush to the flat during the organised visits of it. you have to fight with maybe 30 other couples coming here with the same purpose: to find everything that is going wrong. If it's your first time, you will for sure find a lots of little things that could be changed, fixed or simply better but when you spend all your sundays since half a year back at going to visits, you make the round in like 5 minutes. You meet a real estate people and leave your phone number when you arrive in the flat and you hear how cool this flat is, with, quite often, some ridicoulous remarks of this person. Exampel: "you have a washmachine in the flat but there are two others in the basement for common use. They are very practical to wash your frotté". hum, ok, i would like to know how a washmachine can be more practical for frotté than for other clothes?! Well, you have to learn to translate real estate langage and believe me, swedish was more difficult to learn.

Day 12

You had a bad night: you both thought that you would so much take your breakfast every morning on this balcony but you recounted the whole night how many couples were there. You even looked at this lady with the big belly meaning that another kid is on its way and you almost wanted to call her and tell her "you know, this flat will be a way too little for you". Or this 50 years old lady who just got divorced and has the money of half a house and wants to live downtown. Or this couple of 65 years old people, who wants to have a nice flat in town and have the whole cash of a house to put in a flat. You did not dream about the young single lady who just turned 22 because she won't have the 15% of the account. You know it and somehow, this is better to focus on the real problem: the other like you!

This is also time for visit number 2 of the same flat. We never have the time to make it and honestly, 10 minutes from the day before are enough. This is like "the second chance visit", for people who have a real life on sundays and others things to do than to fight with the eyes with a lots of other ones. They may have money, they may like the flat as well, but you will only know on the...

Day 13

the circus continues. The real estate agent calls one by one all the numbers of his/her list and asks if someone wants to make an offer. You got a text message everytime someone is putting some more moeny in his/her dreams and your are becoming a little smaller with every sms. This is a very depressing part, because you stil have in the head you dream of the night number one, the one of the cheap and perfect flat.

You spend of course the whole night making speculations about the finances of people who made offer. You don't know any name, just just know that people 1 made an offer for so much money at this time of the day. Speculations, speculations, speculations... Did this person wait that much because she/he needed to rethink the max offer? or did she/he had a meeting durning the 2 hours of silence? or is this person simply out of the game? why is she/he willing to pay that much or money? is she/he desperate? homeless maybe?

Day 14

You get new sms, showing offers from people that were just silent on the first day. It just makes you explode: why did they not show off their cards on the first day?!?! You try to be in the game, but somehow, there is always someone that wants the flat more than you. At least that want to pay more money than you for the flat. If everyone is thinking as M and i do, then i can tell you that the retirement age is close to 150 years old in sweden... The average period of remboursment of a loan is 130 years here. And you can see it in this speculation game.

You go to bed on day 14 pretty angry often.

Day 15

you left the game and you get some sms from the other, who still are in and you wonder: why do people put so much money in a flat here!?!? this city is only Linköping, 140 000 inhabitants, no cultural events, no good buss communication, no big standard anywhere, no airport with communication other than to Amsterdam, not even close to Stockholm (takes 2 hours in train or car). I mean, Linköping is a assembly of houses in the middle of a field and you will have to pay 2 500 euros for a square meter of a flat, that needs to be fixed somehow. How comes?!

But you are lucky, because Day 15 for a flat is day 1 for another, and hop, you are again in the spiral!

This description is made only for one flat but you have to think that we go to 2 or 3 visits every sunday and that there are always as much people willing to buy the flats much more than we are. It doesn't matter how you look like, it's all about how much you can promise with a loan on the bank. I really don't get it and if i did not want to have my own home somehow, i would have let it down since a long time ago. this is totally crazy and that shows how people have no idea of their real ecnomical power (meaning weakness in this cas). How many people do live above what they should? how would they react if the rent who be 5% higher? This is unbelievable.

Well, i wanted to write a short article but i noticed that time flew again. This is raining, this is colder outside and M is on his way down to Småland, so i'd better shut this computer off and study.

Bye for this time!

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18 août 2013 7 18 /08 /août /2013 16:06

hello people! 

as i promised, i will write some words about this 5 weeks long vacation for 2013. It has been very social,  a little at home, a little away, with almost all the time sun and no mousquitos! pretty good if you ask me.

It began with some visits: my lovely cousine M and my lovely friend E that i haven't met in like 10 years. The visit of M was one week long and it gave us the opportunity to see a little more than the normal turistpath. We even were in south Sweden, on the origines of Ikea! It was the time of the footboll european cup for women and we also went to a game between France and England. A warm sunny evening, when we could go home, carrying our big french flag and singning "et un et deux et trois zero" a if it was 1998!

With E, it was much shorter and we focused on our area. It was raining as hell as well, showing the swedish summer way. But i can't really complain because we did not have a lots of rain this summer, in comparison to how it could be, so it was more than ok!

Some pics now, if i managed the download:

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we also went and visited a lots of people, in Kisa, in Ljungby, on Öland, in Vettlanda and in Strängnäs. It was nice to spend time with people wthout being stressed by the time or something. we are not good at that during working time because both of us are travelling mych and M being away during the week makes that we want to spend time together on the week end. Plus that we are two lazy people and prefer to sleep until noon instead of going up early and fixing things.

 

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i also have used this vacation to read a little. the life of Patrik Sjöberg, a highjump athlet that won a lot during the 80's and the 90's and tht has a reputation of a bad guy. Reading this book was interesting: a good way to knwo how it works behind the cameras and it is not all fine. good lecture. The second book was "den blå färgen" (i can't find the title in english, sorry) by Tracy Chevalier. Nice story but i got to read a lots of predjugees from american people toward french and sometime,s it was irritating me a little, but it wa really easy to read the book. I began to read a story of proust bt felt asleep after 3 pages. He has the power to make sentences that are half a page long and this is pretty boring. Call me easy mind if you want but proust is to me pretentious and not nice to read. I am right now in the middle of Madame Bovary and this is so much funnier. It's like full of gossip and funny. Sometimes, Flaubert forget what he was writting and needs some times to come back on track it is pretty funny to reread this book, without being forced to it, like we were at school sometimes like 20 years ago.

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17 août 2013 6 17 /08 /août /2013 13:37

and i haven't post here since then! We have done a lots of things and i swear that i will tell you about it, i just wait a boring evening next week, when M is in Ljungby and me alone at home, with some mini depression because the automn is coming and i'd prefer not. So some days of patience and you will read a little :)

 

and by the way, i began my race toward the weight under 60kg. To my help, i found a program in a german running magasin, i will tell you more about it as well. 

Have fun this week end!

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11 juillet 2013 4 11 /07 /juillet /2013 18:34

hello people.

I am really bad at waiting, no matter what i'm waiting for, even bad things, like going to the dentist to get rid of a tooth. I am currently waiting for M to come back from Ljungby, as i usually do on wednesday. But today, it's thrusday, but wednesday at the same time. Luckily, tomorrow it is a real friday, and a big one like that: beginning of 5 weeks of vacations. If you sometimes wonder why i am living and staying in Sweden, it is for these kindof little things. Well, this is not a little thing actually, but it is really enjoyable and makes some long winter rainy days much more easier to survive, if only you can remember evening as tomorrow evening, when nothing will stop me from feeling free and without any bound. (does the little girl who cannot live without plan says...)

I was putting some order in the flat tonight, looking after a wedding invitation we received and instead of finding it, i found a big bill, from mister Eurocard with the amount of what we paid at the hotel on Gotland. No need to say that i was a little sad... i did not remember it. Well, that's not a reason why we should take down our consumption of bubbles, the one for tomorrow evening are already in the fridge.

Five weeks. I assume five weeks in Sweden. The first one is almost planned, with some nice visit and at the end of the second, we also get some nice visit. But except that, N:O:T:H:I:N:G. I have a lots of visions, like we walking in Norway, during nice shiny days, or we going to visit familly and friends in Sweden, or me going for a run every morning and coming back to make breakfast in bed to M, or me ready the tons of book that currently are on our nighttable, or me going for long walks in the wood to take tons of pictures. well, you see, ideas are here, but well... Let's pay this big bill first...

 

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This was a view of Strasbourg and here you got a song from a band i recently discovered, thanks J:

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27 juin 2013 4 27 /06 /juin /2013 17:22

If someone was missing my posts on here, i am deeply sorry. I promised to write a little bit more often but for my defense: the app is not working on my phone anymore, the overblog plattform should make something about it and i have been a lot less on the road, so little less to tell.

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This was how our midsommar week end began. Sunny on the balcony with bubble and strawberries. M doesn't like strawberries, sp he got nuts. Well, nice but i never really felt this feeling of "oh, this is midsummer!!". I think i will never be swede enough to feel it, this must be something you have to grow up with i assume?

 

The day after, we went downtown to see some traditional things, look by yourself the nice grey scale:

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We did not do anything special during the week end, we just went to eat on a restaurant by the sea on sunday, it may have been the only place in Östergötland without rain just for lunch.

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And then back home, we met:

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And when i went to stockholm yesterday, i saw this:

 

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So you see, we don't have any problem with water here. And so long as we are working, i think it's ok. The office is almost empty now, so it would be hard to focus on work if it would be very sunny... But in some days, i hope for more sun!

 

Ok, time to cook for my man, have fun!

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27 mai 2013 1 27 /05 /mai /2013 20:24

I've recentlyg heard some complains about readers who want to read more on here. I am very sorry that i am becoming so lazy, so tonight, you will get something to read. First a little bit of action and then feelings and love for the happy ending. Hang on, this will be a good lecture. I hope!

 

The action. Oh. It was a rainy, but rainy thursday we had. On the same evening, i had, like 13000 other people to take part to the Blodomloppet, which is a race to encourage people to give their blood. Well. i was running the 10Km and not very motivated for that. Actually, the sun came and when i stood on the start, i got a little energy injection with "don't stop me now" from queen. It was a lonely hour for me, with the sensation that it was only going up, both the ground and my pulsations per minut. With an average of 185 pulsations per minute, and a max of 197, i was a little tired when i arrived at the goal. The bad thing as well was that the last kilometer was only downhill and i felt my knee that made me suffer a little. As i am growing old, i also get a little nervous with this, with the body getting older too.

 

The action, the return. I had a date on sunday morning with my friend H. The sun was shining like thousand fires and i was quite in a good mood. We took exactly the same litle way in the forest than last week and ran at almost exactly the same speed, but the legs felt so much heavier! Like two big buildings of fifty floors, but not vertically, horizontally. Well, bad image, maybe i could say that i was feeling like a two legged elephant. 176 pulsations per minute on an average and 190 as a maximum. We ran 1 min per kilometer slower as well, but it was in the forest. Well, make your own conclusions. Personally, i will stay on the good feeling i had to come back home around 10.30 in the morning and having the whole day for us, with no obligations.

 

What about the feelings now. Today, exactly two years ago, i decided to drive motorbike to my friends in Lund. It happened a little adventure, that ended for me (i know it now!) in a big nice and lovely dream. This was a way to make a long story short (click the link above for the novel), but i am very happy that M came into my life again, and today, we are living together, we almost bought an appartment last week (the only problem was that someone else wanted absolutely to buy also this exact appartment), we bought a little Olga (car) and tonight, we had the pleasure to play squash together. The bad thing is that he hasn't understand yet that it is good to let me win ;) I sold my motorbike last year, sometimes i think of it, but always with nostalgi of how magical it was this day, to reconnect with someone that would share my life years later.

 

I told you, it would be feelings! I will try to post more often, i promise, but as you may guess, my life is not a very exciting one anymore: i don't need any flat motorbike tire, i have my love at home! ;)

 

good night!

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19 mai 2013 7 19 /05 /mai /2013 12:30

Hello fellow readers!

 

i dunno for you, but for us, we got to taste a little bit of summer the past days. It was sunny and warm, so sunny and so warm that we had our fridays bubbles on the balcony!

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We even met like 4 neighbourgs, everyone was enjoying the nice evening! We slept along half the day yesterday, but whatever, we were tired! Then, we went and watched "the great Gatsby" and it was a nice film. Leonardo Di Caprio is still so cute and playing really well. If you have the time, go and watch it!

 

Oh and i forgot to tell: i finally received my bday gift, which is a new table for our living room. Here is a pic of it, so you can judge by yourself:

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I like it very much, it fits the soffa nicely me thinks! A propos soffa, this is the place where i will spend the rest of the day. I woke up at 8 and met my friend H for a 10 km running in the wood. It was a lovely hour and on the way back home, i did the grocery as well, which means that the "must" are done for today! yeah for me! M has to work unfortunatly, but i hope he will be soon done, so that we may lay here together and maybe watch a movie or something? for the record, the weather is all grey today :)

 

Have a nice sunday!

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