Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Autumn and Ryan, I'm so incredibly happy for you both. You each deserve the best and I'm sure that's why you found each other. I love you!
Monday, June 27, 2011
Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Helling!
Thursday, June 23, 2011
So I'll be partaking in toasts and singing for the next couple days, so have a fabulous (wedding) weekend!
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Back to last night. We had a few friendly faces stop by during their runs - both Stephanie and James. Yes, that's right - believe it or not, Stephanie was running. (Maybe one day I'll convince her to go on a run with me?) That's what I love about Green Lake; you almost always see someone you know.
Where's your favorite place to picnic?
(P.S. The picnic basket up top is the one I snazzied up!)
Monday, June 20, 2011
My Dad is one of the most hard-working individuals I've ever known. He lives his life with integrity, loves his family like crazy (and we all love him back!) and can make me laugh at a moment's notice.
We had such a nice, relaxing Father's Day. It actually started on Saturday with dinner - a special request for steamed cod with ginger and scallions. Followed by some delicious wine and a movie. On Sunday morning, my mom and I made a healthy, but tasty egg scramble. There was talk of going for a hike, but due to the rain over the past few days, we thought the trails might be a little muddy. Then there was talk of going into town for a movie. But what we finally opted for was relaxing on Samish Island, enjoying each other's company... and a few great movies :)
Love you so much, Dad!
(P.S. Dad, you were so intrigued of my blogging last night, that I couldn't even finish this without you seeing!)
We visited Joe's cousin Tryggve and his family Sanna and Py (though the little one was put down for a nap before I could snap a photo) - What a cute family. And they are all extremely artistic; even the little girl's finger paintings were masterpieces!
Friday, June 17, 2011
My Friday in numbers for you.
- Day one of my new office. All by myself. (View from office window #1 above, window #2 below - not too shabby!)
- Day two of Kathryn not being in the office. I wonder how long I can deny this fact?
- Day six of no sugar. In an effort to manage my sweet tooth, I'm giving it up at least until the wedding. But then will eat all of the homemade ice cream they plan to have at the wedding. All eight flavors.
- Week one of training. Well, not really, but I have to get back into the running habit for my upcoming training for the Skagit Flats half marathon in September!
- Year 4 of "chaperoning" the BEHS FFA (that's Future Farmers of America for those of you who don't speak the official language of Carhartt) Mariner's outing with Stephers and family.
- Year 27 of celebrating my phenomenal Dad for Father's Day on Sunday.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
A large group of family came together to have homemade waffles, coffee cake and without fail, coffee. It was so, so nice that they organized a little gathering for us. I was on cloud nine.
The house in incredibly preserved. For being wood, I'm shocked at how well it's kept up throughout the years.
And a tour of the inside, which felt like you walked directly into the 1800s.
Look at how short the doorways were!
After our morning fika at the family home, we met up with my cousin Erika (I know, such a great name) and her boyfriend Johan. They took us on a nature walk, alongside a river. It was just what we needed, a little physical exercise! Something you don't get a whole lot of on vacation.
Toward the end of the hike, it started to blow, but it was so worth it. It's so interesting how different our landscape is!
Isn't it pretty?
Post hike, we went out to the local pub for brews and grub. It was scrumptious. Then headed back to Jan-Erik and Carl-Gustav's homes. (P.S. This picture was taken around 11, if not later. It never got dark in Östersund!)
During our visit in Östersund, we stayed with Carl-Gustav and Ann Marie on Lake Storsjön. We would end each night with more coffee (I know, they love their coffee!) and conversation, even if it was 11pm! They made us feel at home. It probably helped that Carl-Gustav always had a smile on his face :)
I can't even begin to tell you how much she's meant to me over the last four years. Spending 40+ hours a week together at work definitely makes you realize how important it is to have good coworkers. But Kathryn is more than a coworker, she is truly an amazing friend. She is one of the most thoughtful people I know and says the funniest things without even trying. We've gone through a lot together - week night trips to the Little Red Hen (ouch), running a half marathon, venting when necessary, dancing the night away and witnessing Andy's pool table incident, and so much more.
Not only that, I partially attribute meeting my main squeeze to Kathryn. She encouraged me to give Match a try time and time again. Then when I finally gave in (after a few glasses of wine), she was the only person I told for a long time. My post-date sounding board, if you will. Thank you Kathryn, for encouraging me to make one of the best decisions of my life.
You'll be very missed. GMMB won't be the same without you. But luckily, I'm due for a trip to New York. So get that futon ready!
P.S. Kathryn is following her dream and doing to pursue Kathryn Bradley Photography full-time, so if you know anyone in the big city who needs a photographer, she comes highly recommended!
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Like when my mom told me this joke awhile back:
Mom: How do you wake up Gaga?
Me: Mom, do you mean Lady Gaga?
Mom: Yeah, yeah, yeah. So how do you wake her up?
Me: Umm, I don't know. How?
Mom: You POKE her!
Me: Do you mean you poke-her face? (i.e. Poker Face)
Mom: YEAH! Get it?!
This is one of the many reasons I love my mom.
Gunda, Lelle and their daughter Tina and her boyfriend Håkan took the day off to take us around town. We took a scenic walk up Norra Berget (North Hill), which had an incredible view of the city below. Then wondered around and had fika up top.
At the top of the tower, it was quite windy, but the view couldn't be beat.
They also took us to Kultur Magasinet, which is four old, renovated buildings merged into one - combining the buildings with a glass structure. These run down buildings now house the city library, museum, shops and more. The best part? Lelle was acutally one of the engineers on the project, so we got to hear the firsthand stories about how the project came to life.
One night, we had a family gathering - playing in the sun followed by a delicious dinner. It was Gunda, Lelle, Tina, Håkan, their children Embla and Dexter, Lars, his wife Tine and their children Sara and Lukas. The little kiddos are absolutely adorable. I've promised Embla that I would learn how to speak Swedish if she learned some English. Better get on those Swedish lessons!
Gunda and Lelle were such great hosts. I've heard their names many times before, but the last time we saw each other was in 1986. Needless to say, my memory does not go back quite that far. However, they whipped out the photo album to share their favorite photo of me - my dad and me dancing at a wedding. I have to admit, it was pretty darn cute. (I also like the uber 80s fashion from the photo album!)
Before Sundsvall, we did make a quick day trip to Uppsala where Joe studied for a year in college. It's a cute little college town, very focused around the university. I've heard so many stories about his year abroad, it was neat to finally see it in person.
They have a giant, beautiful church in Uppsala. (Interesting fact: Around the year 2000, after nearly four centuries, Sweden finally ended their union of church and state - it was one of the world's oldest state churches.)
And believe it or not, Uppsala has even more bikes than Malmö!