On Saturday we had Lisa’s bachelorette party~ Jenny, Josefin, Sofia, myself and of course Lisa were there~  Also featured were “balloon” people of Suyin and Lisa’s friend’s Mika and Alex.

It started off with all of us (sans Lisa) meeting at Jenny’s place and preparing food, balloons and drinks for the day. After all was prepared we went to the forest and set up, Jenny and Josefin went back to get Lisa while Sofia and I stayed put and set up the giant Ludo board, the balloons and our general area up on a little mound in the forest free of pinecones. Soon after Jenny and Josefin came back with a blindfolded Lisa all decked out in a princess tiara, an obnoxious purple flower on her arm and a shirt that said “Future Mrs. Frisell” in Swedish. Lunch consisted of crackers, cheese, strawberries, and sparkling…something or other…which was also used to make Jenny’s lime drink. Dangerous! After awhile we played Ludo…which took quite sometime and Lisa was the victor! We were exceptionally lucky with how nice it was, though a bit too hot outside. I never thought I would say 75ish degrees was ridiculously hot. It wasn’t even humid! Shows how much I’ve changed in that regard.

After that we packed up and went to Jenny’s for some chocolate fondu fun!! Which was delicious as you can imagine, come on…chocolaaaate~~ We cleaned up a bit and even did face masks aaaand then got ready to go out to dinner~ The face mask was fun for me because I haven’t done it before and it was the peel-off face mask…which was fun…because peeling off your face is always fun!

We then all went to the greek restaurant down by the river. I’ve never been there before but I’ve wanted to see what it looked like ever since I got here. I did’t even realize it was a greek restaurant until that day. The food was really good albeit expensive,  but you get what you paid for…the plates were HUGE and I couldn’t finish it all. But the most exciting thing about dinner was the random drunk guys having a bachelor party. They eventually came over and started talking to Lisa and such, probably because we kept looking because the bachelor was in this all sweatpants fabriced red jumpsuit. I wish I would have gotten a picture. So, they rambled in Swedish and I could pick up things here and there…which was amusing. They wanted us to go to some club with them later, but they didn’t realize how old we were I think and they were a bit…old lol. But, one of the guys asked where we were all from, I was last and I was the only one not from Sweden. So the guy kept going, “USA? Oh! I’m going to take your picture! You’re from USA!” Sooo he backed up and randomly took my picture which was…strange? lmao. I bet he woke up the next morning like “Why do I have this picture of this random girl?” But anyway, he then had a Swenglish conversation with me about Minnesota, because lets face it…where did all the past Swedes immigrate to? Minnesota. Lmao. So, he kept asking me questions about it and Im like Iiii don’t know.  I’ve never been to Minnesota. I just know lots of Swedes immigrated there, they speak amusing aaaand the golden gophers are there. Haha. That’s about the extent of my Minnesota knowledge. The goofy guys eventually left and we finished our dinners~

After that we went to the club at Saluhallen which was fun aside for some…strange people rofl. We danced a bit and stayed there until about 1:30am before going back to Jenny’s. I ended up getting back home around 3:30~4am. It was nice to be able to walk back and not worry about the dark. The sun by that time was how it generally looks around 8~9am. It’s ridiculous~

I can’t believe I only have 16 days left here. I feel like I need to do a lot within those days…like pack. Haha~ But seriously, it’s gone by so fast and I’m not really sure if I’m ready to leave. I’m ready to see my friends and family back home…but this feels like home now. Hmm~

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Well, a lot actually has happened since I last wrote, I’ve just been too lazy to actually write.  I’m basically done with my classes now, as I dropped my final one because it was just…ridiuclous. Masters work for an undergraduate ELECTIVE? No thanks.

So, earlier this week I stayed at Vanessa’s house in Stockholm and we worked out our final paper for “Image, Identity & New Media”. I’m really pleased with how it turned out! If we get anything less than an A I’m going to be super upset.  But, it wasn’t all work and no play…well it kind of was but haha.  Anyway, we went to the park with her son and it was actually a lot of fun. He’s opened up to me a lot compared to a week or so ago when I went to visit her. So, while Vanessa talked with her friend I just took Oscar around to see some of the animals. He’s really a well-behaved kid and quite amusing haha. But, a strange thing about Sweden is that they have a petting zoo at the park and anyone can go! No paying to go pet and see the chickens, rabbits, sheep, goats, etc. It’s strange~! But, so nice. Another thing I noticed that there were lots of toys by a sandbox and no one seemed around so i was like, “Why would someone just leave their stuff?” and Vanessa told me that it’s community toys. Kids can play with them there but they leave them there at the end of the day. I know if those same toys were at a park at home they would be jacked that night.

Aaand now onto better stories! Last night was Valborg (April 30th) Find out more here. I’ve never seen so many people in one place in all my life, especially not in Uppsala. Basically Uppsala is infamous for being THE place to be for Valborg, so how lucky for me to live here? We planned on the 29th to get up at 8 for Champagne breakfast, which Sanna and I did but everyone else slept in or started making it to the kitchen around 8:30~9 which was fine. Even Jonatan came back from Katorsgatan to be there. Keke~ Fun.

After breakfast Sanna, Jonatan and I walked to ICA Maxi and Systembolaget to pick up some stuff for the day. I even bought a little blue blanket to sit on which by the end of the day was not such a good idea because the fuzzies got all over my shirt when I wrapped it around me at night because it was chilly. Cruel!

After that we headed to Ekonomikum Parken which was crowded something serious! There was hardly any place to get, so we picked one of the side areas which hadn’t been claimed yet~ We could still see grass there! Woohoo.  Sanna’s friend also showed up so we hung around there for awhile and drank a little. But, we were hungry by then as well, since it was around lunch time. Sooo all of us got out things and went to Pinocchio to pick up some pizza and kebab. On the way there though we passed a place that was selling balloons. Quite amusing little place, I had been wondering where everyone kept getting these random pegasus and ladybug balloons. So Sanna’s friend bought a blue elephant and off we went to Pinocchio.  After that we migrated with our food to Sanna’s friend’s friend’s apartment place(?) and sat outside and ate our food and just enjoyed the sun. It was surprisingly clear yesterday which made for a great day in my opinion! 😀

Theeen we eventually migrated to the river, which is where we should’ve gone all along! I love sitting by the river haha.

Unfortunately all of the stores and stuff are closed so we went from the river allll the way to the train station just to get coffee and use the restroom. It stinks that you have to pay to use restrooms SOMETIMES here, or that there aren’t just little places around to use them, especially on a day like this. The queues were heug. When we left Jonatan went to get some coffee and Sanna and I went back to the river, kind of sucks that I definitely could feel the blisters on the balls of my feet by then because of all the walking that day. But anyway, before we got to our spot at the river again, Jonatan somehow caught up with us. How he managed to go get coffee and still catch up with us is beyond me. Speed zombie is what we’ve decided. Speaking of which, that was definitely the convo of the day. I think Jonatan and I spent a good 10 mins during the whole day just on zombie talk. Haahaha~

Anyway we drank a bit more, chatted and even Suyin showed up! 😀 So after that we walked back to Flogsta and met with some corridormates and all that fun stuff. I noticed then that I had a lovely sunburn on my arms and since I was wearing half-sleeves it will be…attractive Im sure. Hopefully not too dark. Also got burnt a bit on my face, but whatever! So we all hung around until we were allll so tired that we had to go pass out in our beds.

Now I need to get Sanna to send me her pictures from the day so I can upload them too. 😀

Just popping in to say I never thought I would talk about facebook, blogs, LARPS, RPGs, World of Warcraft and some other things in a class.  Like seriously talk about them. It was definitely interesting and kept my attention haha~

I don’t know how I forgot to write about mine and Lisa’s birthday party! We had one on the 14th of March to celebrate both mine (March 2nd) and her (March 7th) birthdays!

It wasa lot of fun and basically a birthday party for 5 year olds, because we didn’t want to get old! Lisa and Suyin whipped up a lot of tastey things for fika, chokladbollar will forever be the best desserty food. Aaand Suyin’s mousse-chocolate-raspberry things looked like candles..it was amusing. So it was definitely random and Lisa’s friend Anna was there who reminds me so much of Renee…well by appearance anyway, not in personality. It was kind of creepy! Aaand Josefin, Jenny and Peter were also there. 😀 Jenny got me this annoying pink bird that I bothered everyone with aaand Lisa and Peter got me this adorable cute pink bear <333 Loved them~ So much pink!

We then proceeded to play childish games like pin the tail on the donkey, crazy dangerous chocolate game, and we had a fish pond later that evening as well.  Suyin actually used the Flip video camera my mom got me for Xmas to record some of the antics. Here’s part of pin the tail on the donkey and the dangerous chocolate game.

This game basically involved rolling dice. If you got a 6, then you had to put on a scarf, hat, mittens and use a fork and knife to cut out a piece of chocolate. But, you had to do this while everyone else rolled the dice as well. So, if someone else got a 6, you had to stop and hand over the item to them. This goes on until the chocolate is gone~

We watched Open Season 2, which I must say was quite hilarious! I was surprised, I didn’t watch the first one…but this one was amusing. I could see Hallie liking a movie kind of like that haha. In the evening we also played some Mario Kart and watched Melodifestivalen, which is basically the show which chooses Sweden’s contestant for Eurovision which begins in May. Eurovision is KIND OF like a full on Europe version of American Idol, except Eurovision has been around longer…I bet AI was stolen from it. Anyway, this really famous (I guess?) opera singer won by singing a french song. Very strange, considering she will be representing Sweden.  It was a really amusing show. Throughout it though we were being silly and talking, eating candy from the “fish pond”, throwing these balloons filled with flour that had faces on them.  Speaking of which, I exploded one of those on me. It was sad. SUPER SAD.

=> Some random antics during Melodifestivalen. 😀

And if you wanted to see the Eurovision contest winner go here:

Today I went over to Miriam’s and we had delicious home-made…well Miriam-made pancakes~! I’ve only had them with jam and whipped cream, but she made some veggie mixture for them and they were amazing~! It seemed very simple…so I think I’ll attempt to re-create the amazing pancaaakes~ I need to find out what kind of peas she used though, because they were the good kind that I like *-* No pea soup today though, but the pancakes were defnitely filling enough. We had some with raspberry jam at the end. Soooo good. I swear, I could live off of pancakes. When I get home I’m going to bring PANCAKES and fika as a verb with me. So friends, we shall fika and have pancakes on Thursdays!

Aside from this, I’ve done nothing else productive today.  Chatted a bit with Sanna, Fredrick and his friend Andrea in the kitchen. But other than that, it’s been pretty uneventful.  I’m ready for spring to come~ I walked home from Miriam’s place because it was “warm” (2 degrees haha…er…*googles* 35.6F) and mid-trip I remembered how cold it actually was because my ears and jaw started to hurt. Oh well, it was refreshing~ I can’t wait for spring!

A few days ago (the 2nd) my dad and sister went to my mom’s house and talked to me on Skype. That was nice, I haven’t “seen” them since August. My sister is definitely pregnant haha.  I really miss them, so I’m happy they went to mom’s t wish me a happy bday. That same day my bday package arrived, filled with amusing cards, Kelly’s yummy no-bake cookies and a cute super warm PIIIINK hat 8D I’m really happy I didn’t go out and buy one now haha~

Yesterday I went out with Miriam for lunch.  Because it was Thursday, I was able to get some PANCAKES and PEA SOUP!  Though, this time it was “green pea soup” which I must say doesn’t taste as good as the regular kind. Oh, well. Next time! But incase I didn’t say this before, Thursday is the day of pancakes and peasoup. I’m not sure why, but you can get it in a lot of places on Thursdays. I should take a picture of it next time, because the pancakes are more like crepes than fluffy Americany pancakes. They’re much better here. Yumyumyum~

After lunch we went to this little bookstore with Swedish children books. I was tempted to buy some, because…you know I could read some of that! They also had a bit of Pippi things, which makes sense…this IS Sweden after all. I remember watching Pippi when I was younger, it was such an entertaining show!

After the little bookstore Miriam showed me into a place called ‘Small’. It’s basically a store full of useless things. Sadly, I wanted to buy so much! There were heart shaped measuring cups and heartshaped baking things…I can’t cook! There’s really NO NEED for me to buy any of that, but I wanted to. There were other random cute things as well, so we figured it best to leave before we started shopping for tons of stuff we didn’t need.  I’ll probably go back…

After that we went to the hill infront of Carolina R. I was really happy it was a nice day.  It was “warm” and you could see the sky through the clouds. Not to mention, the sun wasn’t setting.  A few months prior the sun would go down at 2:30, now it’s going down around 5:30 like it should. Soon it’ll be going down at 9~10pm. Bahaha! That definitely makes up for the long winter nights.  Though, I’m going to feel like it’s winter when I get home, minus the heat, because the sun will feel like it’s setting earlier than it should. But, anyway we saw the poor snowmen dying because the warm weather isn’t friendly to snowmen!

After saying goodbye to Miriam I went to get my package from the post office~  I was so happy to open it at home, lots of candies and illy things like a pink tiara to go with my alien ears.  Really, I tuned 21? Not 6?  This morning I also saw that my friends made bday videos for me, my mom posted them on YouTube. It made me feel really happy and loved.  I love and miss you guys~ I can’t wait to see you all in June ❤

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGPyD3dT_58&feature=channel_page -> Mindy, Maegan and little Lydia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4lfFt1lRiU&feature=channel -> Hallie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyW4bqd_dMI&feature=channel -> Steph

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFzz8IrWmow&feature=channel -> Hallie & Steph
I love you guys, there’s a reason why you guys are my best friends. ;p

Last week I started my new set of COM classes. It’s already much better than the previous class I was taking. This professor not only appears to know what he’s talking about, but he also shows that he at least has some passion in teaching.  Not to mention, he’s quite funny.  The last set of classes were so unorganized and bland that it hurt to go to class, this new guy is a lot more entertaining and has a much better teaching style. I actually feel like I’ll get something out of this class.

And today I got some free food! I was heading to the kitchen to make a peanut butter sandwich when Matthias (the German boy that came back) offered/told me he was going to make me food.  So, of course I wasn’t going to say no.  I at least helped with cutting onions, potatos, and mashing the potatos, both normal and sweet.  So, I didn’t feel bad because I put some effort in too.  I’m really a horrible cook.  But, luckily our mashed mixed potatos and the salmon with yummy sauce was delicious.  Definitely much better than a peanut butter sammich!