Monthly Archives: September 2010

carton

God dag!

Exciting, riveting stuff has been going down in Scandinavia lately. That being said, the second episode of Kallie v. The Milk Carton commences:

The packaging here in Sweden is very different than in America. Gum comes in baggies, yogurt comes in giant plastic pourable tubs, and the milk comes in little cardboard boxes.

That may all look relatively easy but let me just point out a few quick details that the pictures do not show.

1) I cut the bottom too far so everytime I pour it goes all over the floor–oops

2) The timeline is skewed, seriously it was a good five minutes in between each of these pictures.

3) I’m scared it’s going to spill everytime I open the fridge door.

NEXT TIME VICTORY WILL BE MINE!

That honestly is the most exciting thing that has been going on in my life–thrilling to read about I realize so I will spare you. Some interesting stuff has been happening back home though…

AXE WIELDING NINJA ROBBER

MY ARTICLE :)

also, I took a quiz on Real Simple about what color personality I am. Yes, I realize how lame that is but they sent me an email about it so I figured I might as well..I have a soft spot for spam I suppose.

Turns out I am an air personality

I’d agree with that, considering it is flattering hahah why not?

Alright that’s all I’ve got for now. I leave you with an oldie, but goodie. :)

spoon

Nutella on a spoon as substitution for meals is an expensive  (not to mention disgusting) habit to have. That dang hazelnut spread is costly– but SO worth it.

Generally I am a pretty stagnant save-a-holic bordering on the Jewish Grandmother side of the scale. I literally cringe when people throw some things away. As of late however, I have come to realize that some things are just worth it to spend money on.

I mean not to be morbid or anything but whatever money you don’t use up during your life just goes to someone else so might as well spend it (to an extent) on things that improve your quality of life.

I have taken this new view to heart and am LOVING my recent purchases.

BOOTIES! 69 sek (it was a sign!)

p.s. 69 sek is not equal to 69 dollars. It’s like 8 dollars, yo. I’m not that crazy

Robe from IKEA

Metal Brain Sucker..

JUST KIDDING. Head massager= best invention in the whole wide world.

The excitement about this baby is tangible!


I took this new frame of mind into account during a day excursion to Norrkoping where we came across a store filled to the brim with every vice I struggle with.

yeah we are talking chocolate..

candy

coffee and coffee-related items (think mugs, jam, etc)

and an insane collection of teas!

One of which I bought. I haven’t tried it yet but it smells DIVINE. Seriously–it is a black tea with currant and crushed citrus leaves native to Norrkoping.

There are some things that I have realized lately, and I have come up with (surprise, surprise) a LIST!

Kallie’s (new) rules to live by

  • keep things simple
  • say thank you
  • smile at strangers
  • admit when you are wrong, it’s okay
  • wash your socks often
  • dance in your room
  • the best foods are served in bowls
  • know when to say no..and when not to
  • endorphins are the best medicine
  • sometimes a little britney spears is necessary
  • oral hygiene is no joking matter
  • don’t lie
  • use spell check
  • don’t apologize for who you are
  • try everything once
  • trust your instinct
  • music cures bad moods (or screaming into a pillow)

I’m not saying that because I realize that these rules are ideal for my personal taste that I abide by every single one every single day, but ya gotta strive for the best.

Does anyone have any rules that they try to live by?

doodle

Ah the perks of being a day ahead of responsibilities (or 8 hours) hahah I can procrastinate until the evening and still make my deadline for my column!

Hurray!

It’s really not even that bad, I have written most of it already but I am just not satisfied with it. I feel like it should be more professional or something along those lines, I’m not use to putting my opinions into my articles so..yeah.

I’ll figure it out. I could always just condense it to be:

  • Lines suck, and they are taking over Sweden.

or

  • If I have to stand in line one more time I will kick a baby.

or just

  • Patience is a virtue.

that would about sum up my topic of choice. In the name of further pushing back tasks (two papers for class, one column, laundry, reading an entire history book) I took the route of looking up random shit on the internet.

I found this on Yahoo! I don’t necessarily agree with all of them but it is still a nice though.

101 small pleasures you can enjoy every day

  1. coloring (yes, grown-ups can do it, too)
  2. crisp cotton sheets
  3. soft skin
  4. old family recipes
  5. the first daffodils of spring
  6. sleeping in
  7. an exercise endorphin high
  8. window boxes
  9. a perfect cup of coffee
  10. a genuine compliment (giving or receiving)
  11. the way babies smell
  12. a handwritten letter
  13. waking up in a good mood…for no real reason
  14. singing in the shower
  15. finding a couple forgotten dollars in your pocket
  16. doing something nice for your neighbor
  17. a home cooked meal
  18. laughing
  19. movie theater popcorn
  20. playing hookey
  21. a bubble bath
  22. swimming
  23. an afternoon nap
  24. street musicians
  25. your favorite song
  26. saying thank you
  27. helping someone in need
  28. old fashioned photo booths
  29. fresh whipped cream
  30. inspiring blogs
  31. a glass of wine
  32. rainy afternoons
  33. the funny things kids say
  34. a novel you can get lost in
  35. finding the perfect piece of clothing…on sale
  36. clean laundry
  37. the wind in your hair
  38. treating the person behind you at the drive-thru
  39. sharing an umbrella
  40. the smell of lavender
  41. a long walk that clears your head
  42. a bear hug
  43. The Beatles
  44. smiling at a stranger
  45. eating with chopsticks (Chinese food optional)
  46. butterflies
  47. staying in your pj’s all day
  48. singing along to the radio and knowing all the words
  49. fresh herbs
  50. ordering in pizza
  51. happy endings…even if they’re fictional
  52. flying a kite
  53. puppies
  54. root beer floats
  55. holding open the door…
  56. …or having someone hold the door for you
  57. fountain soda
  58. white, fluffy towels
  59. sunshine
  60. spending an afternoon at a museum
  61. really great advice
  62. green lights all the way home
  63. the sound of rain hitting the windows
  64. sitting in a booth
  65. holding hands
  66. a great hair day with no effort
  67. building a fort with your kids
  68. when someone falls asleep with their head on your shoulder
  69. fireflies
  70. the perfect taco
  71. geraniums on a windowsill
  72. slow dancing
  73. the smell of fresh-baked bread
  74. cheesy, uplifting musicals
  75. great stories
  76. the smell of gasoline
  77. the cold side of the pillow
  78. love letters
  79. old friends…
  80. …new friends
  81. a pull-through parking space
  82. a baguette — crisp on the outside, airy on the inside
  83. when a dog licks your hand
  84. sitting at the counter at an old-fashioned diner
  85. using your favorite dishes
  86. reading your child a bedtime story
  87. Girl Scout Cookies
  88. flossing
  89. kissing someone you love
  90. the smell of onions and garlic cooking
  91. hot chocolate
  92. jumping in puddles
  93. old photographs
  94. birds hopping on the sidewalk
  95. Ella Fitzgerald
  96. a spoonful of peanut butter straight from the jar
  97. your softest t-shirt
  98. a new magazine in the mail
  99. fireplaces
  100. having exact change
  101. bacon and pancakes cooking on Saturday morning

I also found this sucker:

7 games you can do with bricks..

If you have a brick or a pile of bricks, you may be thinking “bricks are really boring.”  But you’re wrong.   There are probably a million ways to have fun with a brick. Here are seven of them.


I also found some really funny pictures that I had on my computer from my childhood hahah


Ah the productivity in my life is astounding.

ole!

Soooo I’m pretty positive that my corridor mates all think that I am a freak-o psychotic-killer-pedophile-extraordinaire.

This probably does not come as a surprise to some of you, but for those of you who have deluded yourselves into considering me a normal human I will spell out the reasons why:

Exhibit 1.

My beet consumption habits. Sounds innocent enough, except that the process of cooking them leave the kitchen looking like a crime scene.


AHH!!

So worth it though–appearances during the cooking process aside–love them!


Exhibit 2.

My possession of creepily too young for me objects, such as my favorite IKEA purchase:


Clearly things just taste better out of a frog head.

I can’t wait until they get a load of my onesie once it gets more chilly.. ;)

Exhibits 3. and 4.

My incessant skyping at a loud volume. I actually barked at my dog on the screen today. Yep, now I can add the ‘barking girl’ to my resume of supreme weird-ocity.


Hi MOM! you didn’t know I was snapping this picture muhahahah ditto for jen:

SIDENOTE:

Happy birthday beautiful best friend :) Have a wonderful day, you deserve it spicyyyyy lady

Rawr

hahah found that randomly. But hugs from Sweden to you!

huggityhug hahah this was from Mel’s birthday last year…CRAZY

Alright, now where was I? AH yes, that’s right.

The fact that they can probably hear me playing my ‘Sounds of the Rainforest’ soundtrack through the night to help me sleep paired with my odd hours of coming and going, occasional morning vacuuming sessions essentially serves as more exhibits and therefore solidifies the perception of my oddness hahah

I’m not saying this in a negative way at all, I find myself rather entertaining truth be told, and if you are entertaining yourself that’s all you can really ask for.

Geez I should really take a nap, but my bed was so lovingly made by yours truly for once and I really have no desire to mess that up.

P.S  Do you see Top Chef playing on my computer? Yep.

cheery

Word to the wise: Never EVER get cocky about gardening.


ever

Just when your confidence has been built up by your ability to keep another living thing alive for weeks at a time, it throws you a curveball and you slip right back into failurehood.

In my defense, I have been supremely busy. Today for example, I scrambled out of bed at 7:00 am, inhaled breakfast, and popped out the door to my lovely 8 o clock class. That class lasted till 10, then I had a three hour break that I used for studying (slash reading my snack book), then a two hour class, a trip to the gym before my 3 hour swedish class, and then immediately to dinner with the girls.

Due to this extravaganza of activity there has been no semblance of a regular watering schedule for these poor neglected plants. They have become like my abused children: fed at random times, usually with the remainder of water from my cup as I am selfishly quenching my own thirst.

I always suspected that I did not possess a green thumb, but the proof has arrived. Now I am in this vicious cycle of over watering when I realize how long it has been since the last time H2O hit the roots of my babies (hello, exaggeration but you get the point). They proceed to suck up every last drop, how could they help themselves after being essentially starved, and I know that there is definately such thing as overwatering.

All I can say is keep your children and puppies away from me, I cannot be trusted ;)

I of course continue to overlook my mistreatment of my suffering plants in light of more interesting things (Mr. Immanuel Kant would condemn me–causing suffering in a bring like so). Deontology references aside, one thing that has always amazed me is the cheering qualities of eggs.

Anyway you serve them those suckers bring joy to the world (maybe not if you are a vegan).

Yes, I realize that the ‘suckers’ that I refer to are actually chicken fetuses that we crack open and devour.

BUT THEY TASTE SO GOOD

best way to start a morning, no doubt about it. I have been eating eggs non stop recently, and my friends have begun to just assume that an egg will be included in any meal that is going to pass through my mouth cavity. Hardboiled, with toast, scrambled, omlette-ed, sunny side up. Anyway you crack it, it’s good.

You know what else is good? Real Simple. Why you may ask? because they hired one of my new favorite authors Gretchen Rubin (thanks to a going away present from the ever-lovely Amie :)) to write an article that I had bookmarked months ago and just realized that she was the author of it!

Gretchen penned the book, the Happiness Project, which I find totally inspiring and would like to take on one of my own in the future. I highly recommend this book to anyone who can read, which if you are reading this then I am assuming that it is everyone.

It may seem like cheezy self-help, cat-lady freako book BUT, mind you, it was sold in Anthropologie so therefore it is legitimate. I rest my case, thankyouverymuch.


9 Things You Can Do to Be Happy in the Next 30 Minutes

Surprising ways to instantly improve your mood.

by Gretchen Rubin

Being happier doesn’t have to be a long-term ambition. You can start right now. In the next 30 minutes, tackle as many of the following suggestions as possible. Not only will these tasks themselves increase your happiness, but the mere fact that you’ve achieved some concrete goals will boost your mood.

1. Raise your activity level to pump up your energy. If you’re on the phone, stand up and pace. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Put more energy into your voice. Take a brisk 10-minute walk. Even better…

2. Take a walk outside. Research suggests that light stimulates brain chemicals that improve mood. For an extra boost, get your sunlight first thing in the morning.

3. Reach out. Send an e-mail to a friend you haven’t seen in a while, or reach out to someone new. Having close bonds with other people is one of the most important keys to happiness. When you act in a friendly way, not only will others feel more friendly toward you, but you’ll also strengthen your feelings of friendliness for other people.

4. Rid yourself of a nagging task. Deal with that insurance problem, purchase something you need, or make that long-postponed appointment with the dentist. Crossing an irksome chore off your to-do list will give you a rush of elation.

5. Create a more serene environment. Outer order contributes to inner peace, so spend some time organizing bills and tackling the piles in the kitchen. A large stack of little tasks can feel overwhelming, but often just a few minutes of work can make a sizable dent. Set the timer for 10 minutes and see what you can do.

6. Do a good deed. Introduce two people by e-mail, take a minute to pass along useful information, or deliver some gratifying praise. In fact, you can also…

7. Save someone’s life. Sign up to be an organ donor, and remember to tell your family about your decision. Do good, feel good―it really works!

8. Act happy. Fake it ’til you feel it. Research shows that even an artificially induced smile boosts your mood. And if you’re smiling, other people will perceive you as being friendlier and more approachable.

9. Learn something new. Think of a subject that you wish you knew more about and spend 15 minutes on the Internet reading about it, or go to a bookstore and buy a book about it. But be honest! Pick a topic that reallyinterests you, not something you think you “should” or “need to” learn about.

Some people worry that wanting to be happier is a selfish goal, but in fact, research shows that happier people are more sociable, likable, healthy, and productive―and they’re more inclined to help other people. By working to boost your own happiness, you’re making other people happier, too.

grounded

“I long, as does every human being, to find myself at home wherever I find myself.”

-Maya Angelou

I feel incredibly mixed up at the moment. I am in a perpetual fog, one in which I am enjoying myself, but at the same time it is rather irritating to be unable to snap out of it.

Since my departure and my clean bill of health I have been attempting to accept my current state as temporary insanity and just enjoy my life despite my mindset being skewed (politically correct way of saying nutso).

I have come to the conclusion that my brain fog could be due to the disappearance of my identity. Who I am is incredibly intertwined with who I try to be for other people, and the people that I choose to surround myself with serve as ‘mirrors’ of sorts that ground me and keep my sense of being in check.

This whole summer I have been without these people, these pillars of assistance and I think my brain is having a hard time scrambling to create the conception of who I am on its own.

I have indefinitely overanalyzed everything that has been going on to an unhealthy extent–I carry that part of me always ;) i suppose– but this theory seems to make the most sense.

There is little conception of where ‘home‘ is for me, which certainly doesnt help. I have many places that I love to be and that I associated as home in many ways but there isn’t really that place that is fully MINE that gives me that comforting sense of relief. I love both my parents’ homes but I dont know, I haven’t fully formulated this thought yet.

I have had alot of time to ponder what exactly I prioritize in a home atmosphere and I have pinpointed certain things that I would like to have included in that place of my own whenever it appears in my life.

For starters a bright, open kitchen with wooden table

Exposed brick wall

Attic room or other rustic style guest room


Hodgepodge of eclectic collectables on display


Relaxing, spacious bedroom


Plentiful bookshelves


Cozy living room, reading area


Garden, even if in an urban location


I don’t ask for much, eh?  Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Basically it is nice to dream about creating a place of sanctuary, a place where I could escape and feel completely relieved and cut off from the world but able to accommodate my friends and family over when I feel like it.

When I return to Albuquerque I will be living with Tessa (YAY EXCITED) but I don’t know for how long, where I will be going to school next, where I want to live after school, or what I want to do. I am trying to just live in the moment and not worry about it, but it is nagging at me quite a bit.

“When you are safe at home you wish you were having an adventure, when you are having an adventure you wish you were safe at home.”

–Thorton Wilder

different

Let me just preface this post by cursing the inventor of the bicycle seat–they are (were) a cruel, cruel human being.

OUCH

You know what is not cruel? The fact that it is free to do laundry here. Seeing as I have not had an opportunity to take advantage of this yet, I decided to celebrate ‘Thirsty Thursday’ in style..Grandma style that is ;)

I am happy to announce that I am now the proud owner of clean towels, underwear, and work out gear- HURRAY!

So, homesickness is beginning to rear its ugly head. I definately did not get my fill of at-home relaxation this summer and now I am craving it desperately. Sitting here I realized that this year has been different and will continue to be different than other years of my life:

First off, I did not go to Maine with my family this summer because I was in Washington DC

I didn’t go to the lake with my group of friends like last year either

This year I will be out of the country for Thanksgiving–my FAVORITE holiday

For the first time in my ENTIRE life I will not be in the same house for Christmas

The past two years my birthday has been celebrated with the same four people trekking to the same dang place..

But not this year. :(

I wont be back country skiing with my dad either, which we normally do.

Changes are a part of life, I get that. I am just a very tradition-oriented person and I love to do things that I already know I love over and over again. I’m the type of person who listens to the same song 500 million times until I get absolutely sick of it or eats the same sandwich for breakfast, lunch, and dinner until I cannot stand the sight of it for years.

All I need right now is a snuggle session with my doggie..

..some gingerbread pancakes and fruit salad..

and a taste of home

And then I will be just fine


Or maybe just some sleep will do the trick.