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Year In Review | Året Som Gått 2016

Before we start, I’m sure you’re dying to know what happened between September and December, right? Here we go:

College, internship, university, job search leading to new job – in October I did all four of these things simultanteously, and I can’t tell you how I managed it, but I did. I aced my Legal English course, worked on my thesis, did my internship five days a week (more on that later), went on job interviews, was offered three jobs, started a new parttime job in December while also doing my internship – and most important of all: I finished my research paper at the university and finally finished the intermediate course in English.

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…and it only took me ten years, for various reasons.

I’ve kept busy, but now when I only have the paralegal course, internship and parttime job, maybe I’ll get around to some regular updates again. Maybe. Moving on:

1. What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before?
– I started on a new career path and worked at two new workplaces that were wildly different from my old job.
– Celebrated Christmas with both Simon’s family and my mom.
– Participated in Color Run.
– Worked as a bartender at Summer Burst, and volunteered for Comic Con Stockholm.
– Joined the Super Mario Maker community as a judge in Level of the Week.
– Simon and I went to Kolmården, and he saw the dolphin show for the first time, and we went on the rollercoaster Wildfire.

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2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Apparently I said I would fight more this year – fighting for my convictions and standing my ground make it a semi-check, but I actually held back more often than I didn’t.

As I’ve mentioned previously, one of my resolutions should probably be to updated the blog more. I should also buy a new gym card when I get my first paycheck. So, two shoulds and no promises.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Not really.

5. What countries did you visit?
Yeah, still only Åland. Sniff shredded my passport, so…

6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?
A mixture of money and surrounding myself with less dim-witted people. I have a good feeling about both.

7. What date from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Probably November 9. Half the world was in chock, there was snow chaos in Stockholm, and we had the best day ever.

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8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I’ll go with my answer from last year, including excelling radically at anything job-related. Finally finishing my damn research paper.

9. What was your biggest failure?
– Not being able to solve important conflicts – sometimes it’s better to bow out before the shit hits the fan.
– My Economics grade. Regrets and repining. CJ displeased with outcome of test results.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Whoo! No! Is this a first?

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Err… did I even buy anything this year? Living on a student loan made it a sparse year. Simon bought me some cool stuff, though, including new fancy work clothes!

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I’m not really all that skilled at taking selfies, though. Who’s got the patience?

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Jennie was pretty awesome this year.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
OMG. One day I might tell you, but for the sake of peace and quiet, I’m just going to sit this one out.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Bills.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
– All the small trips we took, daytrips and weekends and fun adventures with the dog.
– When we went to the second Bruce Springsteen concert (we went to two) and No Surrender came on. I may have been the only one excited about that out of everyone there, but it was fantastic.

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16. What song will always remind you of 2016?
Apparently I listened to Uptown Funk a whole lot, but I listed that one last year as well, and also Avicii — For A Better Day and Hailee Steinfeld — Love Myself.

17. What was your favorite photograph of the year?

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18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Time management. Simon had to play second string a lot this fall.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Over-sleeping and skipping classes.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Same routine as last year, just add my mom into the mix.

22. Did you fall in love in 2016?
I think I went in a new direction with this one last year: Material things I fell in love with was Marc Jacobs Recruit Small Leather Saddle Bag (must have) and I almost exclusively played Super Mario Maker. Like, a lot. I tried Pokémon Go, but lost interest about two months in. I should really remove it from my phone. Stopped playing Jurassic Park Builder too!

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23. How did your creative writing go in 2016?
It went pretty well this summer – Kristine and I got Seven Days a Week all done edited. I also started editing the sequel, and wrote some additional bits on other stories. I worked some more on the Swedish stories, as well. Then fall term happened, and I’ve written nothing but school assignments since.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Netflix delivered this year. Like everyone else, I watched Stranger Things (it was okay), and also Gilmore Girls (first out of boredom, and then I got hooked – A Year in The Life was the highlight of my November), Lovesick (Dylan, Luke and Evie are almost Kate, Fred and Daniel in spirit. And then there was a second season!), 24 (spent a week watching the first three seasons because hooked), Love (I love Gillian Jacobs) and Jessica Jones (who apparently suffers from PTSD the same way I do, which made some loopy scenes difficult to watch).

Aside from Netflix, I rewatched Bands of Brothers and started on The Pacific (which I need to buy). I started the year by re-watching Buffy, and a The O.C. marathon is probably due soon, too.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Just one in particular. Is revenge really only reserved for fiction?

26. What was the best book you read?
I didn’t have time to read much due to school and everything, but I read some Stephen King short stories and plan to pick up The Stand and IT (again), the latter because of the upcoming movie (and because I don’t enjoy sleep, I guess).

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Nothing new that I can tell, according to Last.fm.

28. What did you want and get?
The internship and also the parttime job(s) I applied for. Retribution!

29. What did you want and not get?
I had some things planned that had to be abandoned due to our decreased cash flow.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
I was pretty excited about Suicide Squad, because Alexandra was talking it up so much, and seeing it at the movies was great. Re-watching it, I realized there were some questionable parts in it that took away from the initial excitement. Simon thought it was boring.

Same thing with Bridget Jones’s Baby – fun to watch in the theater, but it was an objectively bad movie.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Oh, I had a blast! My supervisor arranged for me to attend an introductory course at the internship, and I spent all day being introduced to one of Sweden’s prosecution authorities.

…it had nothing to do with my birthday, really, but it was pretty awesome.

Simon took me out for dinner afterwards!

32. How did you celebrate New Year’s Eve?
We had a great time at home. We invited Stefan and Simon’s grandfather, and we made dinner, lots of food, played Bingolotto, board games and then finished off the night by scaring the living crap out of our dog.

Sniff has barely reacted to fireworks during previous years, so this year we brought her outside, and now she doesn’t like fireworks anymore – we have firework-less plans for next year, though, and Sniff is a trooper who got over it almost as soon as we got home again.

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Sniff ain’t afraid of no fireworks – yet.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?
First half of the year was sweatpants-heavy. Second half was fancy business clothes galore. I plan a mixture of the two during next term (sweatpants in school, fancy at work).

34. What kept you sane?
Family and friends, boringly enough.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Don’t know about ‘fancy’, but I got really into watching The Creatures, Cow Chop and UberhaxorNova – it faded somewhat during this fall when I didn’t have time to watch, but both Simon and I watch Super Mario Maker streams regularly, especially CarlSagan42, Whitehawke, ryukahr and one of my fellow LotW-judges gratoffie, who recently started streaming. (Just google the others.)

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
I followed the presidential election, but didn’t get too invested in it, which was a good thing.

37. Who did you miss?
My friends, particularly Jennie and Kristine. I spent all year focusing on school and work. Made up for it a bit during the summer, though.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
I met A LOT of new people, thanks to my internship and my new job. I really like my new bosses/supervisors, and co-workers. Online-wise, I really like all the new people I’ve met through the Super Mario Maker community, almost all my free time was spent on Discord and Twitch.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016.
Don’t waste your time on the wrong things. I spent ten years struggling to get somewhere or receive some recognition, and managed to achieve those things within two months after I switched my focus to another sector. If you’re not wanted somewhere, try your luck somewhere else. It’s not you, it’s them. [/cliches]

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
I went to three concerts this year, all amazing and all very different: Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay, Kent. Sorry, English readers, but this year will be a Swedish song.

”Och alla känslor slog och sprängde
Hela vardagen full med hål
I en tid då inget hände
I en stad som alltid sov

Och snart finns det inga tårar kvar
De var våra att ge vemsomhelst
Äntligen
De är de dyrbaraste smycken vi har
Så be aldrig om ursäkt igen
Äntligen sätter du själv dina gränser”

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Bye, 2016!


Last year: [2015]

Year In Review | Året Som Gått 2015

It’s time for everyone’s favorite read! It’s a little late because of reasons (our elevator broke the day before Christmas and it’s a righteous bitch to walk up and down with Sniff) (also, Sniff ate my passport) (and my mom and Magnus came to visit) (plus, we had our neighbors over for dinner).

I’m starting to get a little sick of these questions, so I’m switching it up a bit (that also took time).

Anywhooo:

1. What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?
– I owned my own dog and watched her grow up.
– Simon and I went on our first ski trip together. (He left me in the slopes alone a lot.)
– I went to the release party of Magnus’ band’s first album and heard them play for the first time.
– We became a weekend home for the local dog shelter.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Write more – check!
Fight less – check!

This year I will fight more, because last year was boring and it’s no fun if I can’t fight back.

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3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Ick. No.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No.

5. What countries did you visit?
Åland, if that still counts. US, finally.

6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?
Money.

7. What date from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Aside from the bad stuff, I’ll say August 24 when I went back to school and left my other life behind.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Keeping my temper under check. Not stomping on anyone’s face. Getting awesome grades because my brain is so big.

9. What was your biggest failure?
– Being unable to teach Sniff not to chew on stuff while she’s home alone. Bad puppy.
– Not avoiding the usual work idiocy.
– Procrastinating homework.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
My ear was a bitch all year.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Our apartment!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Well, Simon didn’t throw our TV out the window despite technical difficulties every other day.
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13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Oh, you know, the usual asshats, liars and morons.

14. Where did most of your money go?
– On stuff for puppy. And veterinary bills because she ran into things a lot.
– Books.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
USA! USA!

16. What song will always remind you of 2015?
First thing first: I need to ban Simon from my Spotify account. And usually I check the list on Last.fm what my top tracks during the year was, but those songs are the same every year because I only listen to my favorite music – songs of 2015 are rarely on it because I hear them on the radio. (And because I never listen to new music.)

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Also, this year my top scrobbles were all Angstbadan Blues Trio (Magnus’ band) because it was on constant repeat since its release. Last disclaimer: Veronica Maggio is Simon’s celebrity crush. Not mine.

Tl;dr: Songs o’ ’15:
G.R.L – Ugly Heart
Walk the Moon – Shut Up and Dance
Pitbull – Time of Our Lives
Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk
Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth – See You Again
OneRepublic – I Lived
Axwell^Ingrosso – On My Way
Lea Michele – Don’t Let Go
Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass

Here’s everyone else’s picks.

17. What was your favorite photograph of the year?
Best nine of Instagram:
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18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Studied harder and written more. Probably worked more, but I can’t be bothered.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Procrastinating. This took up a lot of my free time:
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Jurassic Park Builder – the poor dino-crazy man’s Candy Crush.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
With Simon’s family. I know, I know, last year I said we’d be home. Christmas not being a fan-favorite of mine, I’ve reached my Christmas spirit limit by now. Next year etc.

22. Did you fall in love in 2015?
This is not really applicable anymore, unless you count material things like my new Michael Kors leather tote or the blue Wooly World Yarn Yoshi Amiibo I just had to have. Speaking of that: the video game I played the most was NOT Jurassic World LEGO, but Super Mario Maker. I’ve already died 1478 times.

23. How did your creative writing go in 2015?
Medium-well. I made a storyboard for a screenplay to a Swedish TV-show, and entered it for a creative writing course. I also started another project in Swedish (I usually only write English stories). It might turn into a novel.

On the regular fiction side:
Untitled NaNo Project – 28,077 words
Two Hours at the Gym – One Shot – Unedited
The Scariest Thing in the World – One Shot – Unedited
Sorry for the downloads, I haven’t had the time to edit them for the story archive on the website yet.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
– I started watching Sons of Anarchy, but I honestly have no idea why because it’s waaay too violent for my taste. I even have the complete series on DVD. Why??

– We started watching Modern Family. It’s okay, but by now every single family member is annoying the crap out of me.

Glee ended, but I haven’t watched the final few episodes yet. Mark Salling kind of ruined the show for me.

– Re-watching all of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was nostalgic and entertaining.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
So many, so much.

26. What was the best book you read?
I’m working through Stephen King’s short stories and novellas. Kristine’s mom gave me most of her SK books (plus tons of other) and I’m in heaven.

Stephen King’s novel Doctor Sleep was awesome. I also started the new Bridget Jones book, but I never finished it.

This is an entry for another day, but I’m taking a stab at finishing this:

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27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Nothing new, really, aside from Angstbadan Blues Trio.

28. What did you want and get?
Studying law is pretty awesome.

29. What did you want and not get?
All those job positions I applied for.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
JURASSIC WORLD. I was crying from the point where the original theme started playing and throughout the whole movie, while Simon was laughing because they dropped baby dinosaurs from the sky.

They screened it on the flight home from New York and I was unreachable for hours.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Simon and Stefan watched some important soccer game. I was allowed to sit next to them while this happened. Can I be 40 soon so people care again?

32. How did you celebrate New Year’s Eve?
At Connect hotel in Skavsta by the airport. Sniff had a swell time, eating goodie bags and licking a drop of champagne at midnight.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?
Hoodies and wellies.

34. What kept you sane?
Puppy hugs.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Ben McKenzie and Rachel Bilson. I’m stuck in yester-year, I know.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Nothing much. The refugees don’t really affect or bother me. The nice lady sitting outside our grocery store watches Sniff when I go inside to shop, and then we buy her something or give her some money.

37. Who did you miss?
Rambo and I miss Éowyn.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Some of my new classmates are pretty awesome. Our new neighbors are also pretty awesome.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015.
Am I still supposed to learn lessons and crap? Gah. Fine: Don’t keep your enemies closer. They’re annoying.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

”I’ve been looking for the map that leads me home,
I’ve been stumbling on good hearts turned to stone,
The road of good intentions has gone dry as a bone.”

– We Take Care of Our Own – Bruce Springsteen


Previous years: [2014]

Hunddagis

Vår lilla prinsessa Sniff, som förra veckan spydde bakom soffan och sen försökte slurpa i sig alltihop, är (förutom himla dryg ibland) på väg att börja dagis!

Hittills har det fungerat ganska bra när hon följer med Simon till jobbet eller är ensam några timmar mitt på dagen. ”Bra”, om inte tofflor och märkpennor räknas. Jag kom hem efter ett läkarbesök härom veckan och hittade en rosa märkpenna på golvet. Och på soffan. Och i korgen. Och på Sniffis mun, så det såg ut som läppstift. Nåväl, förutom DET.

Nästa termin blir lite svårare – jag börjar ibland halv nio och slutar halv fem, av någon orimlig anledning som min inre nattarbetare verkligen inte förstår – och då ska Sniff istället vara på dagis ungefär tre dagar i veckan!

Vi (jag) undersökte några hunddagis i närheten av oss. Vi bor ju i västerort, och området Hässelby-Vällingby verkade lättast. Det fanns en hel del snofsiga hemsidor, men som hade helt, för oss, orimliga regler att förhålla sig till. Vi behöver ett dagis som är flexibelt, där Sniff kan vara olika dagar i veckan, beroende på vilken vecka det är. Ibland två dagar, ibland fyra dagar, ibland halvdag, ibland heldag. Så strikta förhållningsregler fungerar helt enkelt inte för oss.

Efter lite sållande så kontaktade jag följande hunddagis i området (informationen är taget från deras hemsidor):

DOGCARE
Adress: Grundtvigsgatan 1, Islandstorget
Öppettider: 7:00-18:00
Pris: 2350 kr/månad – tre dagar i veckan
Hemsida: http://www.hunddagis.se/

De dagis som inte hade någon prisuppgift på hemsidan (som jag kunde hitta), mailade jag och förklarade att Sniff behövde en dagisplats 2-4 gånger i veckan. Dogcare svarade snabbt med pris, men gav ingen information i övrigt. Deras öppettider fungerar inte riktigt för oss, då Simon behöver lämna vid sex.

GLADA SVANSAR
Adress: Ångermannagatan 122, Vällingby
Öppettider: 6:30-18:00
Priser:
Heltid: 2400 kr/månad
Deltid: 1800 kr/månad
Hemsida: http://www.gladasvansar.com/

Jag mailade samma förfrågan här – och fick svar en hel vecka senare, utan att ens få svar på min fråga. Istället fick jag ett meddelande om att jag skulle ringa upp (vad är det för mening med att ha en E-mailadress i så fall?) trots att jag lämnat telefonnummer och mina övriga uppgifter. Det kändes oproffsigt, så jag svarade inte ens på mailet.

VOVVENS HÖRNA
Adress: Piongränd 2, Hässelby
Öppettider: 6:30-18:00
Pris: 2100 kr/månad oavsett hel- eller deltid.
Övrigt: Kötid – kölista
Hemsida: http://www.vovvenshorna.se/

Det här dagiset ligger nästan mindre än ett stenkast från där vi bor! Det skulle vara smidigt för både mig och Simon att lämna och hämta. De svarade också direkt på min förfrågan, och var väldigt trevliga i sitt bemötande. De har däremot kötid och det kunde ta mellan månader upp till ett år för att få en plats. De frågade om vi ville bli uppskrivna på kölistan, så det gjorde vi.

GRIMSTALYAN
Adress: Gulddragargränd 46, Grimsta
Öppettider: 6:00-19:00
Priser:
5 dgr / vecka: 2.700:- / mån
4 dgr / vecka: 2.500:- / mån
3 dgr / vecka: 2.200:- / mån
2 dgr / vecka: 1.600:- / mån
Extradag: 220:-
Hemsida: http://www.grimstalyanhunddagis.se/

Här mailade jag genom hemsidan och fick svar dagen efter. Vi blev direkt inbjudna att besöka dagiset (inget av de andra dagisen hade gjort det) för att se lokalerna och diskutera upplägget. Priserna står tydligt på deras hemsida, så jag hade bara frågat hur flexibla deras tider var. De erbjuder även inackordering för hundar på kvällar och helger, så när vi kom dit på måndag kväll så var det fortfarande vovvar kvar. Sniff hälsade på alla, lekte och nosade. Vi träffade föreståndaren och pratade lite om hur det fungerar hos dem. Lokalerna var väldigt fina och fräscha, och alla hundar, ca 30 stycken, har sin egen hängare för koppel med ett foto ovanför. Det är alldeles intill Grimstaskogen och Grimstafältet.
Det enda negativa med dagiset är att det ligger ganska långt från tunnelbanan. Jag tror att Johannelund är närmast för mig om jag ska hämta Sniff. Smidigast är det för Simon att lämna, då det ligger fem minuter bort med bil, och då passade öppettiderna perfekt för oss också.

Som ni kanske har räknat ut så valde vi Grimstalyan. Vi blev väldigt trevligt bemötta och fick ett positivt intryck av dagiset och personalen. Sniff var där för en provdag, eftersom hon självklart måste passa in i gruppen och klara av att gå i koppel som en normal vovve för att kunna gå på dagis, och det gick galant! Hon har redan fått en ny vän, som blev jätteledsen när Sniff skulle gå hem! De hade tydligen lekt hela dagen, och Sniff hade gått fint i gruppen under promenaderna.

Simon lämnar på morgonen vid sex, och den som slutar först hämtar henne – så länge jag inte släpar på den hopplösa Lagboken så kommer vi nog promenera hela vägen hem, då det ligger precis efter vårt vanliga promenadstråk.

Första dagen blir nu på torsdag, och sen blir det juluppehåll tills mitten av januari när jag börjar skolan igen.


Och medan vi håller på och diskuterar Sniffis så måste jag inflika en disclaimer: Vi ska INTE bo på Clarion Hotel i Arlanda över nyår, utan på Connect Hotel i Skavsta. Jag hade blandat ihop de båda (och i ärlighetens namn så har det inte varit jättetydligt från arrangörens sida, då hela bokningen verkar göras genom en tredje part – nåja) så det blir inte Happy Dog, utan bara happy dog. För våran hund är alltid happy.

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När jag får mer information om vinsten så återkommer jag med en uppdatering om hela snurren.

Nyårsfirande 2015

Halva det här inlägget är numera irrelevant, då vi inte har vunnit en natt på Clarion vid Arlanda, utan på CONNECT i SKAVSTA. My bad.

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Idag på eftermiddagen fick jag ett samtal från Hundstallet. Fint! tänkte jag, och antog att de hade en hund som vi ska vara jourhem åt.

Men inte riktigt…

I helgen var vi på Hundstallets julmarknad i Åkeshov – Sniff och Simon och jag trängdes med runt 1500 besökare! Vädret var lite trist, tyvärr, så vi stannade inte så länge, men vi tog med Sniff till rastgården och jag hann köpa fyra lotter – och tur var väl det!

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Vi har nämligen vunnit en övernattning på Clarion Hotel Arlanda Airport över nyår! Hotellet har ett erbjudande som heter Happy Dog – fyrverkerifritt nyårsfirande som blev slutsålt redan i februari, men vi hade turen med oss och får nu fira tillsammans med Sniff på ett flådigt hotell. (Kanske lyckas jag smuggla med Rambo på ett hörn också, för jag såg att både kaniner och papegojor varit med tidigare.)

Det ska bli superkul! Vi får mer information längre fram, men det verkar bli mumsig mat för oss allihop (minus Rambo kanske) och förhoppningsvis en massa roligt bus med andra fina hundar!

Vi hade egentligen noll planer över nyår, och nu helt plötsligt har vi BÄSTA planen!


Dognews kan du läsa en artikel om Happy Dog.

Hundstallet på Facebook


We entered a contest through the dog shelter and won a stay at Clarion Hotel Arlanda Airport over New Year! Fireworks aren’t allowed around airports, so it’s the perfect place for frightened pups – our pup isn’t frightened, but she’ll meet new friends and we get to spend New Year’s Eve together!

The event is called Happy Dog, and Clarion sold out back in February, so we’re really lucky to get to be a part of this. It’ll be awesome. (I’m going to ditch everyone and just splash around in the pool.) (Not really.) (But I wish.)

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See you at New Year’s, everybody! /Excited Puppy

Year In Review | Året Som Gått 2014

Det är dags för Året Som Gått 2014! Alla mina tidigare sammanfattningar har varit på engelska, så vi fortsätter därför den traditionen.

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?
I went to Jämtland and Norway. I saw Chicago at the theater and went to Karin’s vernissage.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I survived another year, so yes. Go me! Next year I will write more. Maybe fight less. We’ll see.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No, but it was the year of the baby boom at work. Ick.
Our puppy was born, so that’s one…

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Éowyn died due to an incompetent vet and bad luck. I miss her very much, and Rambo does too.

5. What countries did you visit?
None! It’s the first year in a VERY long time that I didn’t travel abroad.

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
Health and money to spend on weird stuff like chew toys and designer jeans.

7. What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Simon’s birthday, which was a rollercoaster of failure because Éowyn died the same morning.
The ’80s themed costume party at work was memorable. And Simon doing the ice bucket challenge, haha.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
My self-confidence reached new limits. I didn’t stay silent when things were unfair. I interviewed for exciting jobs and positions.

9. What was your biggest failure?
There were a lot of conflicts, but each one of them was necessary. I didn’t stay as healthy as I would have wanted.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Mostly injuries, such as falling into walls head first etc etera. Sleep deprivation was also a big one.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Puppy, of course! And our apartment, but that’s a story for next year.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Simon and his never-wielding-but-sometimes-lacking patience. His self-fulfillment this year has been impressing.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Bleh. I sifted through loads of people and sorted out old friends that had become acquaintances. Some were horrid before and during the planning of my birthday. Good riddance. You know who you are.

14. Where did most of your money go?
For the apartment and my 30s bash.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
My birthday! The party was awesome and all my best friends were there (minus Kristine and Sanity) plus my family and Simon’s family and OH SO MUCH FUN!

16. What song will always remind you of 2014?

Fergie – A Little Party Never Killed Nobody
Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait
Gavin DeGraw – Best I Ever Had
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Avicii, I guess. And that song from Frozen.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier
ii. thinner or fatter? Fatter
iii. richer or poorer? Same

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
See my friends more often. I saw Sanity twice! And my other friends weren’t far behind on the count. I’m excited for next year when I’ll be closer to everyone, and Jennie might move to my new neighborhood! Yay! And I’m trying to fit in a trip to go see Kristine as well!

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
I don’t know. I’m pretty perfect.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
With Simon’s family again! Next year we’ll be home and hopefully our families will join us!

22. Did you fall in love in 2014?
Only with Sniff ♥

23. How many one-night stands?
None, obviously.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Top Gear and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Yeah. But my KBT-exercises keep me from acting on it.

26. What was the best book you read?
I don’t know. I read a TON of puppy books, though.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I never cared much for Taylor Swift until this year. I learned how to hate The Latin Kings.

28. What did you want and get?
Puppy!

29. What did you want and not get?
I wanted desperately to save Éowyn, but it was too late.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
22 Jump Street, White House Down and Neighbors. I also saw The Interview and war movies – Full Metal Jacket, The Plutoon, Jarhead and Apocalypse Now. And sooo many scary movies. Ick.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I think you already know! I’m 30 now. Whee!

32.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Sane people.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?
Other people’s clothes. Simon’s. Elin’s. Anyone’s.

34. What kept you sane?
Simon. And continous calls to my mom.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Channing Tatum.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The election. Racism suck.

37. Who did you miss?
Éowyn and Sting. My babies.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Elin, hands down.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.
Fight with the right people for the right causes.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

”I never miss a beat
I’m lightning on my feet
That’s what they don’t see
I’m dancing on my own
I make the moves up as I go
And that’s what they don’t know”

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Previous years can be found here.