Friday, January 02, 2009

A New Header

Do you like my new header? I know, I do. :) It's a new year... so of course a new header is in order.

A big THANK YOU to Mirre, who designed the new header for me ... It's not the first time she helped me.;)

If you like beautiful pics, you should check out Mirre's website.

Happy Friday to everybody!


It seems that my jokes work on some folks. ;) Mr. L just sprayed our living room floor with OJ (=orange juice) due to something funny I said (he was drinking OJ at the same time as I opened my mouth).

Now, we have a nice sticky floor and a son (i.e. James) who’s hiding in the bedroom. The poor baby was traumatized by the sudden OJ outburst, he even got a little OJ on his back. :)

My babies' 2008

How was 2008 for my “sons” – what happened in their lives?

Well Alih officially became OLD. ;) He spent most of the time sleeping, farting & eating… in that specific order. ;)

Of course LOTS happened to James. He turned 1 in August. He went from puppyhood to becoming a teenager to almost being a grown man. ;) Together, he and I have worked hard during the year of 2008. Obedience, tracking, weight pulling you name it. Jay also learned to swim during the summer, and boy was he an excellent swimmer.

We were introduced to the world of Dog Shows and to the sport of Weight Pulling during 2008. We started showing James and it went great, as a matter of fact he took his first CAC as a junior. In the fall we joined the local Weight Pull Club, an excellent form of training for James and something he really enjoys. We took several classes with Hundstyrkan (dog trainers) throughout the year, and joined the local Dog Club where we began to train more regularly.

Jay has challenged me in so many ways. But thanks to him I have also learned a lot. A new approach was necessary to deal with him, an approach that was completley different from dealing with Alih & Carlos... or for any dog that has been in my life for that matter. But with dedication and consistency, wonders do happen. ;)

Thursday, January 01, 2009

2008 - it came & it passed

I don't have that much to say about 2008 considering I have been in school the whole time and it’s been a quiet year in most ways. However, if we go all the way back to 2005 and look at the time up until now… 2009… all of a sudden LOTS have happened! On New Year’s Eve 2004/2005 Mr. L and I were on a plane from Los Angeles to Sweden (yeah we spent it in the air) after having spent the whole day moving out of our house. Just the 2 of us moving an entire home… we were done with just enough time to shower and get to the airport before our plane was to take off. Our boys (Alih & Carlos) had already been flown to Sweden a month earlier. We said Good-Bye to everything we knew… our jobs, our house, our friends, our country… everything.

In February of 2005 Mr. L. headed off to work in Iraq, and in March of 2005 I began my new job in London. The whole year was filled with change … a new country, a new culture, a new job, new friends, our whole family situation had changed. The summer was spent working, but we also enjoyed some vacation in Sweden & Italy. I flew to LA during the fall for a serious shopping trip as well. ;) But by the end of the year it was time to throw things around again – who doesn’t love change eh? ;) I made the decision to leave my job in London (of which I truly enjoyed) and return to school and complete my University Degree. It was time to move to a new country once more.

In January of 2006 I began my life as a student, I was back in Sweden after having been gone for YEARS…a new culture shock and a new life as a student emerged. It wasn’t always easy but it was wonderful seeing my family on a regular basis. The summer of 2006 was spent in the States (LA & NYC) and we also managed to squeeze in a week of vacation in Oslo, Norway. In November of 2006 Mr. L was finally done in Iraq and moved to Sweden on an official note. He was back home with me and the boys! :)

In 2007 the spring semester was spent working on my Bachelor’s thesis. I finished the spring semester by getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Business & Economics (ekonomie kandidatexamen). That was cool! ;) I worked during the summer and I took a university course too. Mr. L and I spent the last part of the summer traveling around France, Belgium and Holland. But by the end of the summer we received the most devastating news ever… our beloved Carlos had bone cancer. About a month after we had received the diagnosis, we lost our wonderful boy. It was an extremely rough time for both of us. The worst nightmare had come true. And during all this sadness and sorrow I kept flying back and forth between Los Angeles and Sweden, I did so many trips I began to feel I spent most of the fall semester trying to recover from jet lag. The trips were brought on by me becoming a US citizen. I officially became an American after having been a US resident for years. I was now an AMERICAN not only by heart, but on paper too. I took the Oath of Allegiance and swore my commitment to the United States of America for the rest of my life. It's a promise I intend to keep. It was a truly patriotic moment... it was a big "WOW" -moment. During the midst of grieving and going through one of the biggest and most amazing moments in life (both at the same time), a new family member joined our “team”. It was a blue baby who came all the way from Kiruna (from far up north in Sweden) and he pretty much knocked us out from day one. lol. Cute as a button but a serious pain in the butt. ;) Of course I’m talking about our beloved baby James.

The Spring semester of 2008 was spent doing my Master thesis plus taking a Law Class in another city – I did more than full-time the entire semester (45 högskolepoäng) and it was tough considering the thesis was time consuming as it was. But life is not supposed to be easy, so by the end of the spring semester I was able to say thank you very much to a “Swedish Master's” (ekonomiemagister). However, I had decided a while back to continue in school, I badly wanted a 2 year Master’s Degree and I was not going to stop until it was completed. The entire summer was also spent studying, more than full-time studies… and with that, the whole summer just vanished. The only trip I/we made during 2008, was to Denmark with our good friends A&H... Good times, baby. Hihi..

The fall semester of 2008 is the last one for me as a student (unless I one day decide to do a PhD and I have learned to never say never ;)). I went from loving being in school to almost hating it… yeah, this last semester has been really tough since the motivation disappeared shortly after the summer session ended. Now, with only 2-3 weeks left of the fall semester, it is with mixed emotions I am entering a new phase in life. It feels fabulous but also scary… but also EXTREMELY exciting and I could not be more ready. What is to come during the year of 2009? I don’t know.. I have no clue! ...but I am hoping some new and wonderful changes are luring just around the corner.

My 2009 – I hope – will be a year of CHANGE …including lots of new challenges of the good kind. I wish my family and friends health and happiness… ‘cause when it comes down to it, that’s what really matters. With that I’m ready to say -

Bye bye 2008 – and Welcome 2009!!! :)

Wednesday, December 31, 2008


We wish everybody a fabulous New Year's Eve... and a wonderful 2009!!!


Tuesday, December 30, 2008

School Crap

My folks, Mr. L and James left the country Sunday night, since then Alih and I have been by ourselves. I stayed due to having so much school work, thus needing some alone time in order to focus on what's important. I cannot even begin to explain how tired I am of this… I have SOOOO much crap left to do (except for this paper I have 2 more research papers to do...) and there’s only a few weeks left of the semester. Oh My

Right now I’m working on the Brand Management home exam. I am to make a marketing plan for the launch of Ryan Air’s luxury service between Sweden and the States. This would normally be interesting, but due to being so sick and tired of school ----- it F%/#*/F% sucks!!!!

I did get a break from it last night though, when team Hazelhill along with Gonzo The Rottie came over for a visit - they brought along some food too. Me like! ;) Alih and Gonzo had a good time together, they are both at that age where playing is mostly viewed as childish, but childish they were ... especially my son. He bounced around acting as if he was back to being 1 or 2 years old again. However, he mostly looked like a very cute, but somewhat overweight bear. lol.

Sometime after 9 P.M. last night, I decided I was deserving of a movie, having studied all day long. Said and done, I got in the car and came back with a movie called Mad Money (with Queen Latifah, Katie Holmes and Diane Keaton). It was entertaining which is all I’m asking for. I need entertainment when I spend the rest of the damn time analyzing and analyzing and analyzing every darn marketing move previous companies have made and what decisions I need to make in my marketing plan for Ryan Air. Sounds like fun eh? ..mmm, very.

Anyhow, moving along.

This morning, while Alih and I were out walking in the forest, my beloved James was at the vet. His eyes became really red over the Xmas Holiday and at times there was also a not-so-nice discharge. I don’t like sending any of my boys off to the vet without me being with them, but I felt I had no choice today and considering it was nothing major... I decided to have some faith in Mr. L. ;) The baby got a shot and some eye drops, and hopefully he’ll be as good as new in no time. :)

Now, back to Ryan Air's marketing plan.

Ciao Bella!