I can’t think of a title that’s NOT ”My Best Friend’s Wedding”…

As you may know by now, one of my best friends, Kristine, live on the other side of the world. She’s one of the few people I would hang out with every damn day if I could – and if I was richer I would probably visit her every year.

Two days before her birthday (I know, I thought it was a missed opportunity too) last year, she got engaged to her boyfriend, who I’ve known about since around 2007, and who’ve known me since 2010 – the year we all went to Bronx Zoo together and Kristine nearly kicked some lady’s ass.


The infamous zoo day.

Kristine is the first of my friends to get married and I’m so very happy for her – and for myself, because hopefully I get to go to the wedding! An American wedding is bound to be awesome no matter what.

Man, oh man, I’m already brainstorming about the perfect wedding gift. This is going to be bananas.

(I’m sort of channeling my inner Kate McKinley just by thinking of this. I should squee or something. /End obscure reference)

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]

Reading Challenge (Entry in progress)

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Heads Up: There are going to be a lot of Stephen King books on this list.

A book with more than 500 pages
IT – Stephen King
I read this book almost every year, either the entire book or my favorite parts. It always come with me on trips and vacations. It still scares the crap out of me.

A classic romance

A book that became a movie

A book published this year (2015)

A book with a number in the title
Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann / The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson
I always imagine I would read this to my grandfather if he was still alive.

A book written by someone under 30

A book with non-human characters

A funny book

A book by a female author

A mystery or thriller

A book with a one-word title

A book of short stories
Different Seasons | Night Shift | Skeleton Crew | Nightmares & Dreamscapes – Stephen King
My favorite collection is Different Seasons, which includes the novellas The Body (adapted into Stand By Me), Apt Pupil, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption & The Breathing Method.

A book set in a different country
The Beach – Alex Garland
Read this for the first time when I was in Thailand. It definitely added to the mood.

A non-fiction book
On Writing – Stephen King
Writing Popular Fiction – Dean Koontz

A popular author’s first book

A book by an author you love but haven’t read
Hearts in Atlantis – Stephen King

A book a friend recommended
The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson
Recommended by Kristine, who also bought and sent me the book.

A Pulitzer Prize-winning book
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Kristine got me this book. I should finish it.

A book based on a true story

A book at the bottom of your to-read list

A book your mom loves

A book that scares you

A book more than 100 years old

A book based entirely on its cover

A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t

A memoir
Bossypants – Tina Fey

A book you can finish in a day

A book with antonyms in the title

A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit

A book that came out the year you were born (1984)
Thinner – Stephen King as Richard Bachman
List of other ’84 books

A book with bad reviews

A trilogy
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

A book from your childhood

A book with a love triangle
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
I liked the Peeta/Katniss/Gale triangle because I had no idea how it was going to turn out or what to expect – people kept dying left and right and I couldn’t decide how I wanted it to end.

A book set in the future

A book set in high school
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist – David Levithan & Rachel Cohn

A book with a color in the title

A book that makes you cry

A book with magic
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
How the hell did they manage to make three long movies out of this?

A graphic novel

A book by an author you’ve never read before

A book you own but have never read
11/22/63 – Stephen King

A book that takes place in your hometown (Krylbo/Avesta)
I googled and found Lasaros Tårar by Henrik Tord, so I guess I should read that. (Or write my own book about it.)

A book that was originally written in a different language (excluding English because duh)
Drengene fra Mafeking (The Boys of Mafeking) – S.N. Holck (DK, read in Swedish)
I loooved this book when I was a kid, which is super weird because it’s about the siege of Mafeking and the boer war and is rather heavy for a nine-year-old.

A book set during Christmas

A book written by an author with your same initials (CJ)

A play

A banned book

A book based on or turned into a TV show
Sex and the City – Candace Bushnell

A book you started but never finished
The Maze Runner – James Dashner
The writing put me off on the first page. How can he not hear anything if he’s screaming his head off at the same time?

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