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December 30, 2014

Let’s check out, through some questions and answers, what 2014 was like!


What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?
The majority of the things I did for the first time, were school related. Figure drawings. And I used a drawing pad on a regular basis. Modeled digital in 3D, and animated movies (3D and 2D). 2014 was a year full of school challenges where I faced and found myself in situations I wasn’t too familiar with, but that taught me a lot. I also visited Disney World in Florida and spent my 30th birthday in New York with Liz, my brother, and my cousin. Saw the musical Les Miserables on Broadway! Was my sister’s bridesmaid and jumped into a jam session here in Asheville.


Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn’t really make any. I will make some for 2015, but keep them for myself at the moment.

Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes. Several friends ♥.

Did anyone close to you die?

What countries did you visit?
Sweden and the States – not really an exciting year of travels (to different countries)…Guess this past year was just a regular everyday life-kind-of-year…but you gotta have those too, I guess.


What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
Way more traveling to several different countries. I guess living in Europe will help a whole lot with that. We already have thoughts of going to France, Ireland, England, Germany, and the States (since we’ll be living in Sweden from January).

What days from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Disney World in the beginning of 2014, it was an amazing trip. Our trip to NYC in May, the beach week with Liz’s family – loved it! My sister’s wedding, and when we decided to move back to Sweden.



What was your biggest achievement of the year?
To learn so much at the University here in the States and to get such good grades.


What was your biggest failure?
To not exercise. I have to get into that routine in order to get stronger and more fit.

Did you suffer illness or injury?
No colds or such, but a lot of stomach aches :/

What was the best thing(s) you bought?
The trips we took (Florida, NYC, and Sweden). We scored to be in Sweden when the weather was fantastic! Warm, sunny, and just gorgeous.


Whose behavior merited celebration?
Mine! First year in forever, I didn’t have to spend a lot of time in the hospital! Go me.

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Not gonna mention it here, but some sure made me upset. Not as much to make me depressed though.

Where did most of your money go?
Just regular life and probably the trips.

What are you really, really, really excited about?
To start working again! I’m also really stoked about being close to my friends and family in Sweden again.


What song will always remind you of 2014?
» Sarah Jarosz’s version of Bob Dylan’s Simple Twist of Fate
» Håkan Hellström’s Valborg, Du är snart där, and Pistol
» Damien Rice’s My Favourite Faded Fantasy and I Don’t Want to Change You
» Rodriguez’s Sugar Man
» First Aid Kit’s Silver Lining, Emmylou, Stay Gold, and Cedar Lane
» Tomas Andersson Wij’s En gång till ska gatorna ropa
» Weeping Willows’s album The Time Has Come
» Sleeping At Last’s album Atlas: Year One
» Random songs by Nickel Creek and the Avett Brothers

Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier. Ups and downs – like everybody, I guess, but in general, more happy.
b) bigger or smaller? Don’t know. Probably bigger, but trying to not care…
c) richer or poorer? Poorer. Spent so much money on education and trips. Hehe.


What do you wish you’d done more of?
Talked more with friends in Sweden.

What do you wish you’d done less of?
Worrying and stressing about various things. Everything. Will. Be. Fine.

How did you be spend Christmas?
Together with my parents, who are visiting from Sweden, and Liz’s parents and brother here in Western North Carolina. Christmas Eve with some Swedish traditions, and Christmas Day with the American traditions. A lot of food, a lot of great conversations, and a lot of Christmas gifts.



What was your favorite month of 2014?
May, July, and December.

Did you fall in love in 2014?
I’m in love with Liz, my wife ♥.


What was your favorite TV program?
Kelly & Michael (a morning TV-show here in the States)

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I don’t do the hating.

What was the best book you read?
Didn’t read that much (except school stuff), but the ones I read were good, but sad.
» I kroppen min : resan mot livets slut och alltings början by Kristian Gidlund 
» I kroppen min: vägsjäl by Kristian Gidlund

What was the best serie(s) you watched?
The Walking Dead and The Fosters.


What was your greatest musical discovery?
Most of the artists I mentioned in an earlier question above ↑.

What did you want and get?
Several Swedish/international friends and family members who came and visited us! So. Much. Fun.



What did you want and not get?
Some Swedish/international friends who couldn’t make it this year to the States.

What was your favorite film of this year?
I really enjoyed Wild that recently came out in the movies here in the States.



What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 30 this year and Liz and I flew up to New York City, stayed in a really great apartment in Alphabet City in Manhattan, met up with my brother and one of my cousins who had flown over to the States, from Sweden! Walked all over the city, drank drinks, watched the musical Les Miserables, and ate yummy food. It was pretty much perfect.


What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
To not focus on some negative stuff that I couldn’t really change anyway.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?
Jeans shorts or black shorts when it’s warm. Otherwise jeans and black pants, a tank or a t-shirt, jewelry, and toms. Pretty relaxed and oversized. Hats.

What kept you sane?
Liz and some really close friends.



Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Hmmm. All the live bands we saw in 2014. Nickel Creek, First Aid Kit X2, The Avett Brothers, Motopony, and The Wilhelm Brothers. Fantastic musicians!


What political issue stirred you the most?
SD (Swedish Democrats a.k.a racist party) who got to be part of the Swedish Government. SCARY and ok (now I’m gonna hate some..), I hate it.

Who did you miss?
So many friends and family…♥

Who was the best new person you met?
The new friends we have/have had here in Asheville ♥


Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014
Don’t waste your energy on some people who you’ll never get energy from.


December 4, 2014

linaYes, I’m done with all my final exams now!


December 3, 2014

school1Tuesday evening I had my final exam time for my evening class – Introduction to Motion Media. Since we had animated short movies, we brought a bunch of snacks to class, and watched all the animations while snacking. This is what the snack table looked like. My classmates laughed at me when I was taking this picture and loudly said that it was soooo American. Oreos, Goldfish, chips, soda…and so on. 

school2Today, I had my second final exam time in my New Media Art and Design class. We presented our final projects we’ve been working on for a few weeks, and after about 2.5 hours we were done, and I headed home to…

school3…this. I have my final exam in History of Design tomorrow. So much to memorize..and I’m so bad with names on a daily basis, and now I have to remember almost 70 names of different designers/artists, and who belong to different time periods, styles plus all the facts about the various styles. I’m overwhelmed. BUT at this time tomorrow, or actually a few hours earlier (like 5.30-ish, hopefully earlier), I’m done.


December 2, 2014

Two pretty dark and blurry photo booth pictures of me, taken a min ago, as I’m heading to school (yes, at 6.30pm – ca 8.30pm) for my first final exam of this semester. Gotta go!




November 30, 2014

Just been at home today, studied for my final exams, baked an apple pie and fixed hot chocolate for the girls (Liz and Paige), listened to Christmas Music and have had Christmas movies on TV. A pretty relaxed and cozy day. I’m finishing up my review pages now, and then I’m heading to bed, I believe. Tomorrow is a study/reading day, and finals start on Tuesday! The end of my school time is so close now…




November 28, 2014

Gosh, have been totally busy today with one of my final projects in school – a short 3d animation movie. It’s been taking pretty much the whole day to render (what the computer software do to make the file look like a ready product – like a finished look). Hard to explain. Anyway, it takes hours and hours…but I’m pretty much done with it now. Have edited some, added my music, intro. etc. Not gonna look at it for a few days now so it’ll be easier to see any possible changes to make later on, since I’m too tired of it now.

While rendering on both my computers, I decided to play Christmas music, light candles, and light the star which we have put up in the windows now, and go through my studio stuff (read old school papers, notes, office supplies etc.). Feels good to go through it in several different phases so I really get rid of the things I don’t need. Gaaaah, the charm of moving from one continent to another.


Liz and I are getting our Christmas tree tomorrow so be prepared for Christmas Tree hunting pictures along with pictures of us decorating the tree!


November 25, 2014

So first of all, not related to this blog post, my portfolio is apparently not showing up. I had a theme update the other day, and suddenly the links won’t work, but everything looks correct and it should work. However, since I’m changing my design here in a week or two anyway, I won’t put too much effort in trying to fix it right now. I have some new school projects I’m planning on posting on my portfolio as well which I’ll wait till I have the new design ready and up, so we just have to deal with this as of right now, I guess.

Yesterday, we had some a m a z i n g  weather here (well it’s pretty nice today as well, but not as warm). It was 20 degrees Celsius, clear blue sky, and I could just wear my simple Toms shoes, pants, and a thin sweater. Crazy. I hung out on the balcony some in the morning and just relaxed. I’m not used to this kind of weather when it’s the end of November. However, I loved it!!! Gotta soak up the warm weather and the sun whilst I can since it will not be exactly the same in Sweden during the winter months…



I also finished one of my final projects and turned it in before class was over and got to get out early. Liz picked me up and we decided to drive around a little bit just because it was so beautiful outside. We ended up on a small mountain and had an amazing view of Asheville with the mountains in the distance as the sun was setting. It was breathtaking and hard to capture it completely in the photos. But I think you can get an idea of what it was like.



When it got darker and closer to 6pm we headed over to meet up with a friend at French Broad Brewery and drink $2.50 beer on draft. Yay! I didn’t take any pictures there, but Liz did, so I’m totally using hers below. Credit to her.


Today is Tuesday and it’s my last day of classes ever at UNCA…we’re having finals next week, and then I’ll have a break (between school and work) until I start working in Sweden in the beginning of February. Can’t believe this school phase is over soon, and a completely new phase is starting. I’m going to soak up the lecture and take it all in 110% today.

Hope you’re having a great Tuesday!


November 20, 2014

As of today, I finished up my last whole week of school!! I only have two more regular school days left (this coming Monday and Tuesday), and then we’re having Thanksgiving break. After the short break, we have a couple of reading days, and then finals week starts on the 2nd. This semester I’m done with all my finals within the first three days, which means I’m out on the 4th! ONLY FREAKING 2 WEEKS FROM TODAY!!! Crazy. Anyway, this is one of my classrooms where I’m taking History of Graphic Design, and a typical time when I’m first in the classroom, being bored.




September 8, 2014

Liz made me super yummy chai latte so if you happen to pass by Target (if you’re in the States), a tip is to buy their chai latte mix, where you just need to add some milk. She also added some whipped cream and cinnamon, which made it just perfect. So here I’m sitting, sipping my latte, and I’m about to do some homework. I also premiered today wearing long pants! Haven’t worn long pants in weeks or months. However, it was still around 25 degrees celcius out, but that’s at least cooler than 30 something. Hope you’re having a great start of the week!




August 27, 2014

This is my view and what I’m doing right now; homework while drinking a class of pinot grigio and eating some grapes. It’s pretty warm out, but our balcony is in the shade, so it’s perfect! Hope you’re having a great Wednesday!