Reflections of 2015

2015 is about to end and I realise I’ve been extremely bad when it comes to writing in my blog. I’m exceptionally good at posting Instagram pictures though! 🙂 Yesterday I used a feature where I could find my 9 most liked posts of 2015, as well as get a little history of total likes for the year and how many images I’ve posted. I guess there is no surprise that all 9 images are of food and that 7 of 9 contains eggs. 😉

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2015 has been a great year… we’ve travelled to Amsterdam, Prague and Nerja (Spain), I’ve turned 40 and enjoyed fantastic celebrations from family and friends and most importantly I’ve worked quite hard in the gym to strengthen my joints throughout the Fall together with a trainer. I promised myself before 2015 that I would focus on healthy food and exercise during 2015 and that has gone well without to many obstacles. I’m really proud of myself for going to the gym after a long day at work despite fatigue and joint pain.

As far as my work life goes I’m still working in the “train factory” and liking it a lot. I’ve taken on more responsibilities during the past year and have grown and feel more comfortable in my new role. I’ve worked almost 8 years as a configuration manager now but have really never thought of myself as “senior”. I’m quite eager to fill in these new shoes and see what will happen during 2016 and how much more I can grown. For several years now I’ve kept a mindmap of what I want to learn and what goals I have and I’m happy that I’ve been able to cross many of them off during the year. I’ve also added a few new exciting challenges to the list.

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The not so fun part of 2015 is how it ends (and unfortunately how 2016 will start). Okay maybe I’m too dramatic now but I’m not feeling good in my hip and for the past month I’ve had to take it easy with my exercises and for the past 2 weeks I’ve not been able to go to the gym at all. I have to admit that I do miss going to the gym! 😉 After my cortisone shot in the hip in the beginning of December I was really hopeful in getting back on track again, but the cortisone shot has not helped and I’m in pain more or less all the time and the painkillers rarely work. I have a hard time sitting, standing and laying down. I sleep quite bad and wake up around 4-5 am and it’s impossible to go back to sleep due to the pain. Obviously I’m so tired later in the day that I usually crash on the sofa and sleep for a bit. I’m not good when it comes to setting still and not do anything as that is when all the exciting things I can do pops up in my head. 😩 Oh well, soon I will be able to get a new cortisone shot and I’m also scheduled for a talk with my doctor in two weeks and I hope he gives me a go for a new IV session. I definitely think it is time again…

I wish everyone a Happy New 2016 and I hope I will be better when it comes to writing in my blog. 🙂

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Brunch with a view

For the first time in ages we went to KaknĂ€stornet last weekend in order to eat brunch with friends. Luckily we got a message from them while we were in the car informing us that it was a bike race in town so our original plan of driving all the way to the place quickly had to change. We parked the car in the area where we lived before we moved to our house. In order to arrive at the restaurant quicker we decided to take a taxi as far as we could and then walk the rest of the way. The walking turned in to quite the adventure as we had to find paths in the woods. Finally we arrived at KaknĂ€stornet and enjoyed a great brunch with fantastic views! On our way back–we took a better route than through the woods this time–we passed through when the elite bikers rushed through a roundabout.

Walking in the woods.
Walking in the woods.
Part of the brunch table
Part of the brunch table
View towards Stockholm
View towards Stockholm
KaknÀstornet - the second tallest building in Sweden (and Scandinavia)
KaknĂ€stornet – the second tallest building in Sweden (and Scandinavia)
Watch out!!
Watch out!!

A visitor

A small bird flew in to our living room and my hubby had to help it find its way out again. It was a very beautiful bird (no idea of the species though…). It got quite exhausted from the ordeal of trying to fly away when hubby tried to catch it so when it was possible for it to fly away it kept on resting in the hand for around 5 minutes at which time I managed to get a great picture of it! 🙂

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A Wise Tooth

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My vacation has come to an end and has been substituted with sickness. Our last morning in Prague (I will post about that later) I woke up with a pain on the left side of my mouth where I have a wisdom tooth on it’s way up. I took a painkiller and thought all was good… Well, how wrong was I!! The next 24 hours just got worse and worse and Friday morning I woke up and could barely open my mouth plus that it was impossible to chew. My left side of the mouth had swollen up so badly it looked like I had a tennis ball in my mouth. On top of that I had a severe pain which the painkillers barely helped. My husband called a dentist for an emergency appointment and a few hours later I left the dentist office with a prescription for penicillin due to a mouth infection cased by the wisdom tooth.

It’s been 6 days now since I started with the medication and although the swelling is gone and I can actually enjoy regular food instead of mashed banana, soup and ice cream, I’m still experiencing pain. I don’t need to take painkillers as often as before, but I’m still not able to do much and I just feel like yuck. I thought I was used to having pain, but yikes this is something else than my joint pain! It’s amazing that a little tooth can cause all these issues… but I guess I should consider myself lucky because I’ve not had many issues with my teeth during my lifetime. I’m quite thankful though that they wisdom tooth decided to not give me too much issues until we had come back to Sweden and was at the end of our 3 week vacation!

Gluten free party

Finally we have nice and warm weather this summer and we’ve been able to be outside quite a lot. The past week have been fantastic except one day there in the middle… So, now in August I’ve finally been able to use my summer clothes! 😉

Yesterday we had a “fika” party together with my parents and some friends. As several of us eat gluten free food I thought it could be fun if each of us baked something. Normally when going to parties there won’t be much gluten free food to enjoy. This time we had a fantastic table where everyone could eat and indulge in everything presented on the table…

A table filled with only gluten free choices!
A table filled with only gluten free choices!
A plate filled of yumminess!
A plate filled of yumminess!
Enjoy! :)
Enjoy! 🙂

Yummy crayfish!

Yesterday we had the first crayfish party of the year at my parents place. The first time eating crayfish each August is without a doubt he best! As always we purchase the fresh ones instead of the frozen as they always taste much better. More expensive, of course, but so worth it! We also had a “VĂ€sterbottenpaj” (pie made with a filling of a Swedish cheese called VĂ€sterbotten) and different cheeses and crackers on the table.

The table is set!
The table is set!
Closeup of the delicacy
Closeup of the delicacy
All ready to be eaten... gluten free toast, mustard and dill sauce and crayfish.
All ready to be eaten… gluten free toast, mustard and dill sauce and crayfish.
Different sizes
Different sizes
Hubby had baked a natural gluten free meringue cake with fresh berries. Perfect end to a great evening!
Hubby had baked a natural gluten free meringue cake with fresh berries. Perfect end to a great evening!

Beautiful VĂ€rmland

During our first week of vacation we travelled to a province called VĂ€rmland. It’s a three hour car drive from Stockholm. We went there in order to 1) visit old friends from Colorado (they are visiting the area for the summer) and 2) stay at one of the best spa hotels in Sweden. We had a fantastic trip and here are some highlights from the roadtrip!

On a boat cruise along the canal in the town of Karlstad together with our friends.
On a boat cruise along the canal in the town of Karlstad together with our friends.
The beautiful summer house were our friends are staying each summer.
The beautiful summer house were our friends are staying each summer.
We slept in this cute little house during our stay with our friends.
We slept in this cute little house during our stay with our friends.
We visited the home of the author Gustaf Fröding...
We visited the home of the author Gustaf Fröding…
...and the home of another famous author, Selma Lagerlöf.
…and the home of another famous author, Selma Lagerlöf.
Statue of Selma Lagerlöf
Statue of Selma Lagerlöf
In the middle of nowhere an 1950's styled American diner is located
In the middle of nowhere an 1950’s styled American diner is located, called Diner 45. It’s amazing but it is actually required to reserve a table in advance because the restaurant is so popular!
They offered lactose free milkshake and the best tasting burger I've eaten in a long time!
They offered lactose free milkshake and the best tasting burger I’ve eaten in a long time!