H.E.A.T at Rockbåten, photo by Pär Altan

söndag 27 oktober 2013

Visit to the cemetery and a wonderful Magic flute at the Opera

 A scene from the Magic flute

As I told you in my last post I was going to the Royal Opera to see Mozar's The Magic flute.

What a performance that was! The Opera was sold out, not one seat left. The opera itself was so funny and with some twist and turns you wouldn't expect.

For instance, the opera started with a sleeping Tamino - in the audience front row in the stalls. From there he, after pretending being asleep for a good 15 minutes, went through the orchestra pit and up to the stage via a ladder. And it went on from there. I had some good laughs as well as just enjoying the beautiful music.

Me by the grave

Then today me and Helen visited Mom and Dad's grave. It's not All Saint's Day until next weekend but then the cemetery will be packed with people which means no peace, quiet and time to reflect. Today it was very peaceful and we placed candles by the grave as well as a little wreth with flowers and cones. Also Helen had bought a couple of stones that said Mom and Dad and with a heart. See photo.

 Doesn't it look pretty? I think especially Mom would have loved it!
 Helen by the grave
The cute small stones

Have a good Sunday, tomorrow it's Monday and time to work :-)

fredag 25 oktober 2013

More Firefest....

Although I wasn't there it feels like I was :-) I have heard so much about it through my Facebook friends and also friends and family who actually were there.

Klick the link below to listen to:
BEG, BEG, BEG H.E.A.T at Firefest

I love this version of Beg, Beg, Beg :-)So much energy, so much musicality, so much joy and what an audience! 

Love this photo of Jonas. Thank you Sean Larkin for letting me use it :-)

For me this week has been rather ordinary. Nothing special, just work and rest. I really needed it after the last couple of weeks that has been crazy.

Tomorrow I'm going to the Royal Opera with my good friend C and we will enjoy Mozart's Magic flute.

On Sunday me and Helen are going to visit Mom and Dad (at the cemetery)

to light candles for them and see how the stone turned out.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend :-)

måndag 21 oktober 2013

H.E.A.T on Firefest in Nottingham, me educating economy

 H.E.A.T in Nottingham

I haven't been writing since October 6 and that is because I have been making all education material I needed for October 19.

It has taken me almost 2 weeks in the time I have before I become too tired to do anything. 

Gorgeous photo of H.E.A.T

What has happened since last then?

H.E.A.T came home from China on Tuesday night and then went again on Friday - this time to Nottingham and Firefest where they played for the 4th time. They made a huge success :-) and as always they give their all on stage. (No I wasn't there :-( but I wish I had been)

Now they are back again but will head out to France next weekend to play a big festival :-) I'm so glad Jonas get to do this while he's young. He gets to see and experience so much.

October 10 I was in Norrtälje for treatment by my very good friend and afterwards, as always, a lunch by the sea.

October 12 we went to visit Linnea (our grandchild who has moved to Stockholm) and have coffee with her and Staffan and Lena. Emil and Linnea is the same age. They were born just 3 months apart so Hasse became father and grandfather within 3 months! They used to share the same stroller and we had a hard time explaining that they weren't twins but how they were related. Emil is her uncle.

October 13 Danniel and Emil came over for Sunday dinner and we had a good time together. Danniel has in 6 months lost 88,5 lbs which is a great achievement and I'm very proud of him.


October 16 We had a meeting with the working committe and after that, meeting in the foundation where we granted money for research purposes within the rheumatic spectra.

October 17 I had my car in for service. They had told me it would take 1,5-2 hours. Since this is a bit far from home I had asked myself in for coffee with my friend who lives nearby. 1,5-2 hours!!?? Flapdoodle, nothing of the sort. At 3.30PM it was ready and I had left the car at 945AM. So we had lunch and coffee once again. Well, we did some planning as well ;-)

 Some of the students in group work

October 19 Economic education between 10-16 for 20 people! Remember I'm not a teacher and I have never taught. But they seemed to like it and they said they learned a lot. I even got applause, flowers and chocolate. It was actually quite fun especially since this is an area I know.

 Me as a teacher (maybe it's in my genes Jo ;-) )

Yesterday I rested!! I slept for 9 hours, something I never do except when I'm ill. It was so nice and much needed. Then I baked an apple pie for us to have with the afternoon coffee. 

Do you see a pattern here? Yes, we do drink a LOT of coffee :-)

Today and this week work as usual but nothing else planned except on Saturday when I will go to the Opera and watch The Magic flute by Mozart.

söndag 6 oktober 2013

H.E.A.T in China!

 H.E.A.T arriving in China

Yes, you read it right. H.E.A.T is at the moment on tour in China. And what a tour that is! I mean 11 gigs in 12 days and only 1 day off. That is a hard schedule they have. China isn't the smallest country and it's very far to go. They actually cross almost the whole of China from the north to the west, south and east. It must be totally fascinating and I know they would at least go on the Chinese wall but I hope they see much more than that.

 Setting up for one of the gigs

Here's their schedule every day:

05.30 am -                  Wake up, pack your stuff and get ready to go.
06.00 am -                  Go to airport or train station.
07.00 am - 11.00 am - In the air or on the rails.
11.00 am - 12.00 pm   Arrive in a new city and check in at hotel.
01.00 pm - 05.00 pm - Eat lunch, take a trip downtown and/or sleep.
05.00 pm - 07.00 pm - Sound check & dinner
07.00 pm - 08.30 pm - Prepare for show.
08.30 pm - 10.00 pm - Show time!
10.00 pm - 11.00 pm - Signing session after show.
11.00 pm - 05.30 am - Do whatever you like but you're getting up at 05.30                             to do the same routine all over again.

 Pig brain and other strange food

They also eat a lot of strange stuff like lamb lungs, pig brain....

I wouldn't try that if I knew what it was but according to Jonas and the others pig brain was actually good?!

 H.E.A.T in a street somewhere in China

Here's a photo of a real Chinese building. It's beautiful and very different don't you think?

That's it for now about H.E.A.T. What have I been up to since last then? Well it's a new month for starters. And I have been working very hard, like every month when invoicing. I have also been having a meeting with the party committé in the Rheumatic association where I am the convener(are you surprised?)

On our agenda was planning the Christmas celebrations. Well, you have to begin in time :-)

After that me and my very good friend went to dinner at Hasselbacken before enjoying the musical Spök (Ghost). It's a Swedish musical and it's very funny with good music, dancing and singing. I can truly recommend it to anyone that wants a good musical.

 Scenography from Spök

This weekend has been calm with no "must do's". Just relaxing, out for a walk in the forest with Emil, reading the new book from Jonas Jonasson (have you read the 100-year old....yet Jo?)

Next week will be full again, as usual, so it has been nice to regain some strength. 

Take care and have a great week.