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Some things Santa brought me…

December 31, 2012

I forgot I was gonna show you what I got for Christmas, but here it comes! I was totally spoiled Christmas Day with amazing gifts such as a Wacom Intuos5 Tablet (so I can improve my drawing/designing/creating life in a technology way), black Uggs, gift cards to Barnes & Noble (where you can buy all kinds of books, notebooks, games, and magazines), Urban Outfitters, and then a Visa gift card! Amazing jewelry such us earrings, and a cool vintage watch necklace. I also got an awesome leather backpack…and some other things. I’m so thankful – not only for the gifts, but for such an amazing day!





December photo challenge – part 4

December 31, 2012

I did it! The photo challenge of December is finished. I promised myself in the beginning to not feel stressed out about it, enjoy it, and work hard to follow through with it! It has been fun. Thank you, my love, for creating it! Ok, time to show the last pictures, and say goodbye to this little project. Check also out the earlier parts:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Here we go, part 4:

22. Elephant
23. Peace
24. Silent
25. Family
26. Black
27. Meditation
28. Role Model
29. Nature
30. Memories
31. You

When 2012 becomes 2013

December 30, 2012

It’s the end of the year, which means that many blogs have year summaries. You look back to 2012 month for month, show pictures, and write about what happened during each period. I’ve been thinking a lot about this kind of post, and if I want to do something similar..You know what…2012 has been my worst year ever in my life. Full of sickness, treatments, hospital visit for about a forth of the year. It’s been a year full of scary things, challenges, canceled/reduced timed trips and so on.

I started off the year working some, went to the States for about two weeks (visited relatives in northern part of the States, skied, did road trips, and visited friends). So far, pretty good. Winter became early spring and I got more and more sick. In the end of April, I wasn’t allowed to work anymore due to health (according to nurses and doctors). In the beginning of May I was taken to the emergency room and then had to stay in the hospital. I had no choice to leave (according to the law). I stayed in the hospital May through July with just a few permissions so I could, for example, celebrate my cousin’s graduation in mid June and celebrate Midsummer with my love, family, and friends. I fought really hard to be able to be released in the end of July (earlier than some treatment people really wanted me to), and I was. Then it was August and I was not able to work. Still. Or I worked really hard, but treatment-wise, which I have been doing the whole fall, and still am. In the end of August/beginning of September, I was allowed to leave the country for a long weekend in Ireland which was gonna be the highlight of 2012! My love and I attended the most amazing wedding between two of our friends, in the countryside of Ireland. It was so much fun and I also sang and played the piano during the wedding, which was a huge honor! Another friend of mine got married just a couple of weeks before, so August was pretty much a wedding month. So I have had some glimpses of fun and life during the year.

I’m in the States now and I’m so thankful that I can be here. Been celebrating Christmas and about to cheer in the New Year. I’m gonna celebrate that 2013 will start, and be happy about leaving 2012 behind. A year when I was about to die. A year when I had to celebrate my 28th b-day in the hospital with three nurses coming in to my room singing to me (although I got permission to leave for some hours, and my parents and my love took me out to my favorite place – the archipelago). A year when I had to cancel a trip to Paris because I was too sick…Too much negative stuff.

2013, I welcome you warmly. Even though I’ll continue my treatments in the beginning of the year, and probably during the whole spring, I can’t wait for other life changing plans to begin. Something to help me start over. I have some huge projects in my life right now. Future plans that I still keep for myself right now since it’s not all set. But as soon it is, I’ll let you know. Pretty soon, I hope.

Although 2012 has been a year of hell (with a few positive glimpses), I believe in 2013. It can only get better and better. I’m happy to be alive, and all my experiences has just made me grow even more as a human being. I have written a really hard passage in my life book, and I’m hopefully close to the end of that, and to the next chapter to begin and what it all will bring.

I wish you all a Happy New Year filled with amazing moments, good health, and with dreams coming true!



So thankful!

December 26, 2012

It’s Christmas Day evening and we’ve been celebrating all day long here. It’s been such a good day, even though I haven’t been able to spend Christmas with my parents, siblings, nieces, and nephew, it’s been really good. We started off the day opening our stockings filled with gifts. Santa had eaten all the cookies, and drank the milk that we put out for him! It followed with preparations for a late lunch (it was a really cozy and relaxed morning), and my wife’s brother and his wife came over to my wife’s parents’ place. We opened one gift each, ate lunch, and then the craziness began. I’m blown away by everything..all the amazing gifts, but most of all how good it’s been to be with my love and her family after not celebrating Christmas in the States for several years. I might show you some of the gifts later on, but it’s time for bed now I believe.

Tomorrow is our anniversary day (3 years being married!), and we are probably gonna go out and eat. The movie “Les Miserable” is also out in the movies so we are gonna check that one out. Exciting.

Hope you all have had a great Christmas filled with love.



The Christmas tree hunt!

December 19, 2012

We were gone almost the whole day yesterday with the goal of finding the perfect Christmas tree on a Christmas tree farm. We found several farms but no people there to sell a tree. After driving around in the mountains for hours, we finally found the perfect place on top of a mountain with plenty of beautiful trees and an amazing view! We used the RV so we could fit with the tree inside. Stay tuned to see the tree decorated which we are gonna do today!












I’m finally on American ground!

December 19, 2012

After being awake and traveling for almost 24 hours, I’m finally in the mountains of North Carolina. Feels really good to be here again after almost a year ago since last time. The trip over went pretty good, at least the first flight. I thought I was gonna gonna die during the second flight due to horrible turbulence…Hated it. Anyway, I’m now ready for the Christmas season to kick in. We’ve been gone on a Christmas tree hunting adventure almost the whole day today. The most beautiful Christmas tree is now waiting to be put up and decorated, but that’s on tomorrow’s agenda. Check back for pictures and the story of finding the perfect Christmas tree farm, and Christmas tree. Take care.



December 16, 2012

We are only one day away from our departure now! The plane is taking off tomorrow morning, and we are leaving for Stockholm later on today. I really need a change of environment and some warmer weather (at least for some days!). But the best will of course be to hang out with family, relatives, and friends I haven’t seen in almost a year. Way too long. I will try to keep you all posted about what we are up to.


December photo challenge – part 2

December 15, 2012

Another week of the photo challenge has passed and it’s about time to post the pictures from the past week. Check out week one here. Other then taking pictures, I’ve been busy with with other things, such as packing. Oh, yes. We are starting our trip to the States tomorrow! Heading to Stockholm in the evening, and flying out Monday morning. We are over the top excited! Ok, back to the photo challenge:

8. Stranger
9. Love
10. Candles
11. Daily News
12. Lights
13. Ordinary
14. Celebration

December photo challenge – part 1

December 7, 2012

Liz made her on photo challenge for December, which I am taking part of. You can check out my pics directly on Instagram too (username is liersees). Here comes the first week:

1. Red
2. Hope
3. Waiting
4. Tree(s)
5. Message
6. Rock
7. Table

five goodies lately.

December 6, 2012

Can’t believe it’s already December and has been for about a week! We are counting down the days here at home, and it’s only 11 days left until we’re heading to the States! So exciting to change environments for a while (almost 1 month!). But there has also been some good stuff the past week or two, which I would like to share with you all. Because in the midst of possible hard times, it is always good to focus on the things that are making your soul warm, and your heart to love even more.

So here we go:

I just love the way we have decorated our apartment this year. The new star in the kitchen, is making me smile almost every single time I see it. It’s such a warm light spread out in the whole kitchen. Love it. 

One day I got a pretty funny message from “my little brother” (he’s not my biological brother, but our souls), and asked if he and his 6 months old cute daughter, L, could come for a visit. Of course. Who doesn’t want to snuggle with such a cutie! We were also wearing matching sweaters. How funny. I just wanna adopt her..

We headed, together with my parents, out for some Christmas markets on the First of Advent. It was freezing cold. We bought gifts, soaked up the Christmas feelings, and scents that were being provided basically everywhere. I also found Santa’s clothes, in case he’s asking for them at one point. I just realized I don’t have a picture from our annual Thanksgiving dinner. Oh, well. The day before First of Advent, we had a bunch of friends over for the celebration. A cozy evening filled with laughter, stories, music, food, and just wonderful friendship. How blessed am I?!

Then the snowstorm came to town..crazy, but it all turned out to be so beautiful. Suddenly the streets were all white instead of dark, wet, and gray. The evenings are brighter than they’ve been in a really long time, and all the trees are just gorgeous. 

I couldn’t sleep very good the other night so after laying in bed awake for several hours, I decided to get up, light some candles, and entertain myself (read the paper, blogs). I also ended up making some coffee which I drank later on while watching the Christmas Calendar Show on TV. 

That’s some of the good things I’ve been up to lately. Will update you all with my “December photo challenge”, tomorrow so check back then!

So long.

Friday afternoon in my kitchen.

November 30, 2012

Good afternoon folks! It’s Friday, and I have a busy (but fun!) planned weekend ahead of me. Sitting and drinking coffee in the kitchen right now with this view (although it’s a bit darker now while I’m writing this)..Liz is cooking Thanksgiving food like crazy. She worked a lot when the real Thanksgiving was, so we are gonna celebrate it a little later this year. Tonight we’re heading to the big theatre in town to watch the musical based on the store of “The Addams Family”. Gonna be fun. Oh, I just gotta give you a music tip: Michael Bublé’s version of All I Want For Christmas Is You (link to Spotify). I think it’s good. Such a random blog post, but just wanted to update you all a little bit more than usual..hehe.

Back in town, and back to reality.

November 22, 2012

Stockholm was fab! We drank yummy drinks in really cool bars, laughed a lot, did some shopping at Svenskt Tenn (wrote about that store in this earlier post) where we bought some trays and place mats. Love it. And the best; I was able to sing with the band, Blackbyrd, in Old Town Stockholm! One of my dreams came true, and it was so much fun!!! I believe my love posted a few pics from our long weekend, which you can check out here.

We’ve been back for some days now, back in reality, where some things are pretty hard right now (hence the lack of blogging, I believe). I’m lacking some inspiration in all different kind of ways, and it will hopefully come back to me pretty soon.

busy times.

November 13, 2012

I’m working on a huge project in my life, which I have mentioned in this cryptic way before, and a lot of things are coming together right now, so I’m keeping myself big time busy. I can’t wait to share things with you all, but have decided to keep it to myself until everything is more set. Cliffhanger. What I want to say with this is, that this week is crazy busy, and Liz and I are also heading to Stockholm on Thursday for some days. Before that, I’ll take part in all the treatments I’m going through right now (sometimes several things per day), and some song/music rehearsal both with a band and with a choir. I’m hopefully going to sing with a band in the old town of Stockholm on Friday night, which is gonna be so. much. fun. We are gonna test out some stuff later on today, and see how we feel about it. But if it feels ok, one of my dreams will come true on Friday night. Amazing. I have always wanted to sing with a band, at a cozy pub/restaurant in a city which is not my hometown. So cool. Cross your fingers it will feel ok, and good, during rehearsal so we’ll do it on Friday! Peace out.

Liz and I on our road trip to Skåne last week. Pic. “stolen” from Liz’s blog. Hehe.

November 11, 2012

When I was little, I said “mom” to you instead of “dad”, because I couldn’t say specific letters, or pronounce words correctly due to my defect as a newborn. But it was ok. You knew who or what I meant. After several surgeries you were always there, by my side, taking care of me, and gave me a few presents as something to motivate me before the surgery, when it was hard and painful. Every single time I was sick, and stayed home from preschool or school, you always asked what I wished for lunch, and I always said pasta and meatballs, which you always cooked for me. It was so yummy. Once I got older, and classes in school got harder and harder, you were there, so I could ask you for help. It almost always ended in a fight..And you know what, I believe the reason was, that we are so alike. We know we are right and we are both pretty stubborn when it comes to some things. When I was a teenager, I was always ashamed when someone called our home to sell something, and you talked them out of their own stupid deal. I was embarrassed. Guess who’s doing the same thing now? You love to film whenever you’re traveling, and then make tons of movies with menus, background music, different versions (short and longer ones). I used to really dislike you when you were filming me as a teenager. Nowadays, I really appreciate all the movies we have from different trips. Such a cool documentary from your life since you love to travel and do it every year.

We are always joking together, or discussing different subjects pretty intensely. I always call you for advice, even if you are at work…Sometimes we joke about it’s always me calling you, so when your phone is ringing and I’m physical with you, we’re surprised (unless it’s a work day for you because then you’re crazy busy). I don’t get how you can do everything you do. Take care of a big family/relatives, travel out of town several days a week because of work, attend meetings on your free time, always help people when they need your help, and so on. You are always there for e v e r y o n e, and have always opened up your home whenever someone need to stay there. You have a really warm heart and I believe everybody can feel it, especially kids because they tend to always be near you.

You are my amazing dad, and I’m so proud to be your daughter. Thank you for always being by my side, for loving me, and for being you.
I love you, dad. Happy Father’s Day!

Dad at one of his favorite places to be, the woods.

Svenskt Tenn

November 9, 2012

I’m a little bit into Svenskt Tenn right now. Svenskt Tenn is an interior design company founded 1924 by Estrid Ericsson. Ten years later Josef Frank joined the business, and together they created colorful patterns which is the charatistic of the company today. It’s pretty famous in Sweden and you can check out their website here, or visit the store at Strandvägen 5 (if you happen to be in Stockholm). Liz and I are heading to Stockholm in a week and I believe we’ll do some shopping in the store then!

On my wish list

The pattern Manhattan by Josef Frank and in the form of a tray, and some place mats.

Josef Frank worked as a guest professor between 1942 and 1946 at the New School for Social Research in Manhattan. He found the city plan interesting and made a really simple drawing, and the famous Manhattan pattern was invented.

The pattern Elefant by Estrid Ericson and in the form of a tray but also some fabric (gonna be a pillow case for a special pillow I have had my whole life).

Estrid Ericson loved to travel and brought different design shapes, patterns, and souvenirs home. She drew this elephant pattern in the end of 1930. Her inspiration came from the Beligian Kongo (a Belgian colony in Central Africa in the beginning of 1900).

something beautiful

November 9, 2012

l love this movie. Love this opening scene. Love this music. I love it all.

Forrest Gump Suite by Alan Silvestri

DESIGN LETTERS + Arne Jacobsen

November 8, 2012

When we were walking around in a really rainy Helsingborg, I happened to find a store selling cups with letters on then. I was totally drawn to them, walked into the store, checked them out, and read about them. The typography on the cup was drawn by the Danish architect Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971), and the letters were originally created in 1937 for internal signage at the Aarhus City Hall. I truly fell in love, and bought my letter, and wouldn’t mind getting some other ones too. Find out more about the cups here.

the vintage shopping

November 7, 2012

As I wrote about in the earlier post (link), we went a little crazy shopping in an antique shop. The reason why, was because we found the real retro Swedish china from the designer Stig Lindberg (1916-1982). I love it! For more info, click here.

The antique shop

The decor “Adam”


A picture update from Skåne & Denmark

November 7, 2012

1. Comfy outfit for the about 4.5 hours car ride. 2. In the car, heading south. 3. The landscape of Skåne. 4. Night time, at the place where we stayed. 5. The antique shop where we were shopping some. 6. Next to where my aunt lives.
7. (A rainy) Helsingborg. 8. And again.

A rainy Helsingborg, but a really cozy Espresso House.

Helsingör in Denmark

A cute, and almost hidden balcony in the middle of Helsingör, Denmark.

The typical look of the houses in Skåne, and also where we stayed. 

I am back!

November 6, 2012

I’ve been to the southern part of Sweden for some days and it has been a long weekend full of family time, dinners, walks, a trip to Denmark, shopping/antique store shopping (will show you later on the amazing things we bought). Check back tomorrow morning for a picture update from our trip! I believe it has to be another post, on its own, for the shopping part too.

It’s been great, but it feels good to be back home. Liz has voted today, and we’re gonna stay up all night long and follow the exciting election in the States. Just realized it’s actually November now, and we’re heading to the States next month – can’t wait!

A roadtrip it is!

November 2, 2012

I’m off for a road trip to Skåne (southern part of Sweden), which is about a 4.5 hours drive from where I live. Well, it will probably take more like 6 hours, since I’m going with my parents in their car (they like to stop every now and then…you know, culture things, views, coffee breaks…). I have cozy dinners with my big family ahead of me, longs walks along the beach, shopping in Denmark, and much more. I will come back Tuesday night so I’ll be back here then (unless I happen to find some wireless Internet), and update you all along. But you can find regular picture updates on my instagram account @liersees

Have a great weekend! 

pic can be found here.

November, you’re somehow more welcome this year, than other years

November 1, 2012

I have always disliked November more than other months, perhaps because it’s always dark, gray, and cold. It has also always felt like it’s just a long lap in order to get to December, and later on Christmas. But it feels somehow different this year.

I am working on a huge project in my life which will be life-changing, and a dream come true, once I’ve reached my goal. This is something that takes time, that I work on basically every day. Liz and I are starting November by going to Skåne (southern part of Sweden), and visiting family for a long weekend. It’s gonna be fun to see some relatives I haven’t seen in a long time, hang out in a different environment, spend a day in Denmark, and a lot more. We are leaving tomorrow morning! We are going to Stockholm in the middle of November to hang out with one of my closest friends from high school, listen to a band we know who’s playing in old town Stockholm, and have some other planned things. In the end of the month we are gonna watch a musical here in town and celebrate Thanksgiving with a group of friends.

So with some spread out trips planned, a musical to watch, and a Thanksgiving to celebrate, this November will be pretty great! Do you have any plans in November?

from a walk Liz and I took the other day

Good morning!

October 31, 2012

I’m sitting on the couch, reading the news on the Internet, and sipping my coffee – a pretty good, lazy, and cozy morning. I believe the rest of the day will be pretty good as well!

during the late fall nights

October 30, 2012


Cold and dark fall nights mean music, and a lot of candles lit all around me. This is what’s being played right now from one of my playlists on Spotify. Click on the pics to go directly to the song.

Tomas Andersson Wij / Romantiken
Cookies N Beans / Go Tell the World
Amos Lee / Simple Things
Gotye / Hearts A Mess