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

söndag 23 november 2014

November 23

 OMG I just saw I haven't written anything since November 11. Bad Mia ;-)

Lights at Kungsgatan, Stockholm
I can just say that my days and weeks are so full now that when I have some moments I just want to sit down and do nothing. At most I write short on FB or Instagram but not anything else. I know, if I go in here every day it wouldn't be that much to write but I am so so tired nowadays.
Sisters on the balcony of our hotel room
I think you would be too if you lived in Sweden. This November has been the darkest ever! I'm not sure but I think we have seen the sun maybe a couple of hours the whole month. It's not even very light but kind of dusk all day. And this makes you even more tired.
I am longing for next weekend when we can light all the advent lights. In fact there was a ceremony yesterday in Stockholm where they lit 700 000 lights in Stockholm.

Birgit Bidder in concert
Back to the last weeks event. As I wrote last I was to go on a concert at Sodra teatern where Anna or Birgit Bidder, which is her artist name, was performing. She had written all the music, she played the piano, she sang and she had a chamber orchestra with her on stage (big one). She is so supertalanted, the concert was great. Sold out house and a total success. I'm so happy for her and proud!

Birgit Bidder
The next day was a meeting day. First budget then board meeting. It wasn't the best of meetings, the board meeting, I mean. I was totally down-and-out afterwards. We are having a big event next year which I and my group of 4 is planning. We were totally pressed down with pessimism and the attitude that it's to big, too much and that we can't handle it. That is so sad :-( I had second thoughts and talked to the others in my group but they were all like, let's do it, let's show them. And they are even more ON now in a way. 
After that meeting I was so upset, sad, angry so I took time-out. I didn't went on Facebook, didn't sheck my mails and did nothing until Sunday afternoon. Then I went to my "greatgranddaughter's" children's party. She turned 2. It was nice to meet her and her parents who I hadn't seen since the wedding.
Freya opening presents on her 2 year birthday
Then work again and on Wednesday I was invited to the Swedish Postcode lottery head office in Stockholm. I was to be interviewed together with their "face" in TV, Richard. He hosts the TV-show called the Postcode millionaire and also have the shows where they give away the big money.
It is kind of funny because when I won the one who came and gave me the check was a rock artist, drummer in the band The Poodles, who know Jonas. They have toured together. Now I met Richard who has been a pupil of Hasse's at the Fire Acadamy at Arlanda. Small world :-)
He is super nice and very cute. We sat and talked (was interviewed) for over 2 hours and during that time they treated us with lunch.
Me and Rickard and the check that wasn't mine unfortunately
 The people at the Postcode lottery, everyone, was super nice. Several of them came and congratulated me to the win. Some of them had been in Väsby during the filming but there were so many then that I couldn't remember all :-)
This is taken when I won. Quite a different sum :-)
Next day (Thursday) I was in Norrtälje visiting my good friend Anne for treatment, lunch, lots of chat and laughter. I'm so happy she's in my life and she's such a good friend.
My beautiful little sister

Me at the restaurant

The view from our balcony and the American flag
Then on Friday it was time for my 60's birthday present from my sis Helen. She had planned it all! First I had 2 hours at a day SPA with facial treatment and manicure (first in my life). Then I checked in a the luxurious hotel Diplomat at Strandvagen in Stockholm. We had a gorgeous room overlooking the boats, the sea and Grona Lund (the amusement park) and with a little balcony.

Our hotelroom
 After settling in I went to meet Helen who had been on her SPA treatment meanwhile. Then we went to dinner at Prinsen which is a restaurant established in 1897. Delicious food and perfect service.

After that gorgeous food, lots of chat and catching up we walked back to our hotel where we, "party girls" had a night in watching Idol ;-) before we went to sleep. A good lie-in-bed Saturday morning with chat followed by breakfast ended a wonderful time with my sister. A big THANK YOU Helen. 

I love you

Today is just relaxing before next week starts. I hope you all are having a good weekend

tisdag 11 november 2014

Work, work, work and a bit of pleasure :-)

The living room with work- and relax area
Me and my collegues hard at work

This weekend me and my 3 collegues in the working committé at the Rheumatic association had a conference at the Elite Marina Tower hotel here in Stockholm.

We decided that time is never enough to do what we need to do which, at this instant, was to plan 2015 and furthermore make a 5-year plan.
Another collegue joined us for a couple of hours to help out
We had booked a suite with connecting bedrooms which turned out to be great (and cheaper than if we would have rented a conference room instead). Now we had a big "living room" with a working area with table, flipboard, pens and so on. This meant we could be very effective and we just left to have dinner, breakfast and lunch. Otherwise we stayed in the suite. Then at night we could hang in the sofa area of the room, tired and just laying there before going to bed. 
We got so much done! And we did all, and a bit more, than we had planned for.

My friend Ingvor at dinner, the chef's in the background
Tired and relaxed after a hard days work

Sunday we left at around 11.30AM. It was Father's Day here in Sweden and all the boys were to come for dinner. So away I went and on my way home I bought all the things needed for dinner.
It was so nice to have them all home again. Nowadays it's rare that they can come at the same time :-)

Father and sons
I made fillet of beef and pork, potatoe gratin with Wasterbotten cheese on top, sauce bearnaise and sallat. Very nice if I may say so myself. For dessert we had a blue (!) cake and coffee.
Jonas playing for Daddy

Jonas played the piano for Hasse just because Hasse wanted him to. So, so nice. We also got to hear a few demos of new songs they are working on.
H.E.A.T poster
 In just 2 weeks H.E.A.T will be out on the road again touring Europe. They won't be back until December 20, just in time for Christmas.
Birgit Biddder

 Tomorrow I'm going on one of my birthday presents namely a concert with Birgit Bidder at Sodra teatern (South theatre). Birgit aka Anna has composed the music, hired the theatre, sings, plays and have an orchestra on stage, all this by herself. I'm so looking forward to this. It was her gift to me :-) Helen is coming with me.

That's it for me now. Take care and be kind to one another!

torsdag 6 november 2014

First snow!

Just wanted to tell you with had our first snow for the season today.
So now it starts. It's getting darker and darker, colder and colder and snow.

Well we did know it was coming but it's always a surprise every year.

I know I haven't written in a long time but there is so much going on and at night I'm usually too tired. Now it's almost midnight and I'm not in bed yet :-( Tomorrow I'm off to a conference with just the working group. We will be staying at a hotel in town until Sunday and work all the time.

Then on Sunday I have to get back home quickly because it's Father's Day here and all the boys are coming to dinner :-)

Yesterday me and my friend was at this amazing conference facility invited as VIP's. Touring round the premises followed by chocolate tasting and wine/liquertasting (that went with the chocolate). One of the dessert wines came from Cataluna.
Then followed a 3-course dinner with wines that was choosen to get the most out of the food. Delicious! Then we got goodie-bag filled with yummie stuff.

 Now I'm off to bed. Sleep well or have a good day where ever you are.