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The Summer Bucket List

May 4, 2016


× Enjoy life, where this f*cking sickness is not deciding everything or anything at all!

× Hang out in parks, drink rosé wine/beer and eat endless amounts of strawberries

× Longboard like a maniac


× Spend time in the Swedish archipelago

× Cook out in our backyard

× Play outdoor games


× Drink beer

× Hang out in my hometown

× Road trip to Gothenburg with three other girls and go to the Håkan Hellström’s concert


× Go to the States and be there for almost a month

× Hang out in Asheville

× Read books and magazines

The Beach <3

× Spend a whole week at the beach with my American family

× Go to Paris

× Be creative

The What List

May 1, 2016

I’m kind of into lists right now so here comes another one! Hope you’re ok with it..hehe.

Flower power

What are you doing right now?
Sitting at the kitchen table, eating a snack, drinking coffee, and chatting with Liz’s cousin who’s visiting us for some days.

What scares you?
Wars, flying in an airplane, selfish people, and spiders.

What inspires you?
People and places all around the world.

What do you mainly wanna do in five years?
I still wanna work as a graphic designer at the company where I work, but perhaps long distance, out of the office, and be based in NYC for some months.

What makes you cry?
Anxiety, animal cruelty, and death.

What is the last thing you think of before you go to bed?
If I still have any candles lit.

What ingredients do you have to have at home?
Salt, garlic, fresh basil, pasta, coffee, and milk.

What are you reading right now?
Blogs, Uppsala Nya Tidning, Dagens Nyheter, and still Tio lektioner i matlagning by Lotta Lundgren.

What’s nice?
A really warm summer day evening, when friends and family are gathered, we’re cooking out, and sipping white wine in the backyard. Or a day at the beach in the States. Or in the archipelago in Sweden.

Flower power

What do you do when you’re upset?
Cry and/or call my dad.

What’s your most common greeting phrase in texts?
“Hej finis” which means like Hi cutie..

What are you jealous about?
People who seem to be so relaxed about themselves and who believe in themselves to the fullest. That’s cool and makes me jealous.

What do people usually call you?

What’s the most important in life?
Love & health – Liz, Zola, my family, and friends.

 What makes a good night out?
Interesting conversations with awesome people, good weather, and yummy drinks.

What’s the cutest that exists?
Liz and Zola.

What did you see last on stage?
Helen Sjöholm, I believe.

What would you like to recommend?
Watch this (subtitles in English!) and think once or twice before you buy your clothes. If it’s really cheap, you might wanna look into where the companies’ clothes are produced what the workers’ rights, and salaries are. Perhaps skip, for example, H&M, Forever 21… or at least cut down on buying stuff there. Deal?


List from Flora.

A list

April 17, 2016



Beer in the fridge
Yes, a couple of bottles.

A pet
Zola, the cat.

A favorite dish

Make up powder on you

Not right now. A rainy Sunday morning at home with zero plans except watching Netflix, catching up with some series.

Any future plans
Get healthy & travel.

Any sickness lately
Depends on what kind of sickness. Haven’t been sick with a cold for a pretty long time (don’t wanna jinx this now though…gaaah), but have an eating disorder..

A gym card
No, can’t work out right now so my therapist canceled my gym card months ago.

Any A’s
Yes, left University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNCA) with all A’s except one B.

An addiction

Nail polish
Yes, a dirty turquoise right now.

A friend living in another country
Yes, several.


Do you dislike
No-one really.

Do you miss most
Friends & family.

Annoys you
Sweden’s system that seems to not put in money to eating disorder treatment.

Do you snuggle with
Zola & Liz.

Liz. Haven’t cooked a meal in over a year, I think :/

Washes dishes
The dish washer.


Magazine/paper do you read
Dagens Nyheter, Uppsala Nya Tidning, Uppsalatidningen, and Styleby.

Bus do you take the most

Date is your birthday
May 20.



Are you doing now
Blogging while listening to Håkan Hellström on Spotify.

Makes you a good person
Had to ask Liz about this..and she said; I see the importance in every person and care about them.

Makes you a bad person
Same thing as above, because then I don’t care about myself.

Do you want work with
Fun design projects as a graphic designer. The best thing is that it will be fulfilled once I start working again (probably part time starting in fall).

Is most fun right now
Watching series with Liz and hanging out with new found friends <3

Are you wearing

Cozy clothes: Jogger Pants (LA Hearts brand) from Pac Sun, a black tank, and a UNCA hoodie.

Kinds of shoes do you have
Dr. Martens, Converse, Vans, Toms, Birkenstock, various sandals, and flip flops.

Is your shoe size

Book are you reading
“Tio lektioner i matlagning” by Lotta Lundgren.

Are you gonna do now
Catch up on some TV-series (such as The Catch, Outlander, Girls, and Orphan Black).

List from Sandra

A get to know me list

November 17, 2015

Me at Söder

Good times at Söder in Stockholm this past summer.


Found this list weeks ago on a girl’s blog, answered the questions, drafted the post, and totally forgot about it until today. So here we go, a get-to-know-me list!

1. How old are you?

2. How old do you feel?
Hmm. Like 25 perhaps? Not really a reason why 25.

3. Where do you live?
In Uppsala, Sweden.

4. What have you done today?
Been to day treatment, got off there at 1pm, walked downtown and met up with Liz, did some shopping/errands (bought some new really cool pants which I might show you another day – so hard to take pictures now when it’s so dark), got home and ate a snack, listened to music, and am doing some blogging right now – answering these questions.

5. Summer, fall, winer, or spring? What do you prefer and why?
All of them in not too long periods and specific months. Spring: around late May. Fall: Late September/October if the weather is sunny. Winter: December with snow on the ground but also the holidays. Summer: July when it’s hopefully warm and nice out.

6. Are you addicted to something/do you depend on anything?
Liz. Internet. Music.

7. Mention three things people might not know about you:
1. I’ve been extra in a Swedish TV-series.

2. I dislike the left side of my face and never want it to be shown. Read: never want it to be exposed in any way. It determines where and how I sit and stand e v e r y w h e r e. True story and something I need to really work on, which I will.

3. I used to be (or am) a singer and have sung (and played) for several weddings, name ceremonies, funerals, and concerts. In fact, three years ago, as of today, I performed, together with a band, in Old Town Stockholm at an old wine cellar from the 1500s (I believe it was the 1500s). I haven’t performed in a long time now.

8. Where in the world would you like to be right now?
USA or Japan (Tokyo)

9. What mood are you in at the moment?
Angry, upset, and anxious.

10. What’s your favorite candy?
Popcorn and chocolate.

11. What are you favorite store(s)?
Weekday, Gap, Carlings, and Monki.

12. Are you a morning or evening person?
I used to be an evening person, but nowadays, more of a morning person. But I think it’s because of how I’m doing right now in life.

13. Have you had any stitches before?
Yes, a few times, different places (my leg, lip, and inside my mouth)

14. Who, lately, did some extra special for you?
Liz, but also an old friend of mine who sent an amazing letter to me with sweet words, thoughts, and such a fun memory shared in a fantastic way. It truly touched my heart <3

15. Are you shy?
No, not so much, but I used to be.

16. Do you have any middle names, if so, what name(s)?
Yes, Maria and Viktoria. So my full name is; Lina Maria Viktoria Eriksson.

17. Would you like to get married?
I’m already married, since 2009 and don’t plan to get married ever again!

18. Do you have any nicknames?
Yes, Lollie, Lollienonna, Blinis, Lina-fina.

5 to 1

October 23, 2015


Found this list below on another girl’s blog and thought, why not fill in the list as well? So here I go.

5 things I think about a lot
• Where we’re gonna live once we can’t live where we are now.
• The holidays that are coming up (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas).
• Our upcoming trips (nothing specifically planned, but we wanna go to Paris, Dublin, Berlin, and the States – hopefully all of them or a couple of them, during 2016).
• My treatment right now and all that comes with that – changes in my life that I have to do and that I work on every single day right now. It’s tough. I’ve gone through many different treatments in my life, but I believe this is gonna be the hardest, because this will be (has to be) the last time, therefore, the fight will be harder than ever.
• Friends and family I haven’t been in contact with in a long time…

4 things that smell wonderful
Clothes that still smell- like the States and the laundry detergent there. I find clothes every now and then that I haven’t used since we lived in the States…and it smells like home. Our American home, which I miss so much. 
The lilies we have in the kitchen.
Fresh brewed coffee in the morning.
The perfume Rain by Clean.

3 things I want to improve in my life/get better at
Face my fears.
Be social again. Sorry friends for not contacting you right now…
Live in the moment and be satisfied with the present time.

2 things I miss in my closet
Does a watch count? If so, a Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Lady watch.
A soft, thin, gray, long sleeve sweater made of cashmere. Like this one.

1 thing I want to do before 2015 is over
Eat out at a restaurant and enjoy it without feeling anxious before, during, and afterwards.

Blogs I read

September 28, 2015

I read blogs everyday, and mainly blogs about everyday life, pretty things, and blogs with good photos and posts where you can tell there’s work behind it. I thought of sharing a few of them here so lets check them out!

Liz →

Liz is my wife and she blogs about life – spirituality, her own everyday life, meditation, work, holidays, her life as an expat (she’s an American living in Sweden), and she takes amazing pictures. I like her blog for the good quality of pictures and that, since we’re living our lives together, my life is also partly documented through beautiful texts and photos. I’m really thankful for that.



Julia →

Julia is my cousin and has been blogging for many years now. I like the variety of subjects of her posts, but they’re mainly a document of her life – what she’s eating, what she’s doing, fashion, photography, concerts/music, and her creative side – making so many diy-projects which is so inspiring. Her pictures are always beautifully taken.



Sandra →

Sandra, I don’t know personally, but what I like with her blog is that she was born the same year I was, 1984, and therefore, I can relate so good to some of her texts and photos back in the days. I like to read about her interior projects in her apartment in Stockholm, her visits abroad (LOVE reading about her New York City visits – she used to live there). She’s also an author and writes beautifully about pretty much everything. Good and inspiring food tips as well.



Flora →

Flora is in her early twenties and is a really creative girl – she takes pictures, illustrates, and always has some projects going on. She also creates tutorials and takes beautiful pictures. Flora is also going to San Fransisco soon, and will stay there for three months. Since it’s a dream of mine to go there, I can’t wait to see it through her lens and texts.



Kat →

Kat is my American cousin (she’s Liz’s cousin from the beginning), and she has just started her blog since her move to Paris! We can’t wait to visit her there, but also show her where we live, and the surrounding areas, such as Stockholm. She writes really good, I think, and I can’t wait to follow her everyday life in Paris. If you would like to read an American’s view and experiences in Paris, here it is.



Nicole →

Nicole is Swiss, but married an Irish guy and they now live in Ireland. They just moved out from their downtown apartment in Dublin, to a house in the country, where they also can have their horses. They have also just given birth to a son, and we’re dying to meet him, see their new place, and just hang out all together again. Glad she has started blogging again after a break for some months!



Paige →

Paige is a friend of mine in the States and her passion for traveling is just making my travel nerve itch even more. Even though this isn’t really a regular day to day blog where she blogs about her life, I enjoy checking in here to see what her latest trip was like. This is a travel focused-blog and as of right now, she writes about her trip to Southeast Asia that she took in March-June this year.



Beata →

Beata is a really creative girl (seeing a pattern here about the blogs I enjoy reading – the creative ones! Hehe). But she truly creates so much from anything! She also writes about her everyday life, field trips, family with all her siblings, cooks interesting Asian food, takes good pictures, and writes openly about her anxiety, to just mention a few things.



Sophie →

As Sophie says herself on her blog, it’s a creative lifestyle blog, where she also takes amazing pictures, display stuff cool, writes about having your own business, and is basically inspiring in all kind of ways.



Beata →

Beata lives in my hometown, is my age, and has just moved to a big house out in the country. She takes pictures of, what I think, the beautiful house, and all decoration/interior that comes with that.



3 x 15

September 23, 2015


Ok, so I find it fun to fill in lists (have always loved it). Do you remember having a friends book when you were young? You know a book you passed around among your friends, they put a picture in it and answered questions about favorite color, their dream job, who they like and so forth. Well, I filled in many of those books as a child, and have had many myself too..and I remember one specific one that I kept to myself (it was a typical gift you got for your birthday party with your friends too), and started my own filling in the book project. It’s at my parents house at the moment in one of the boxes I have there, but once we move to a more permanent home, I’ll get it, and can show you. Anyhow, back to all the lists I’m filling in.. I find them fun since you get to read short little things about the blogger, and I get to reflect on some stuff as well. Story ended. Let’s check out the list below.

3 things I look forward to

  • Liz’s B-day
  • My American “little sister” (who’s studying in Berlin nowadays) is gonna visit us
  • Halloween

3 things I don’t look forward to

  • To do blood tests
  • Weigh-ins
  • The darkness and the cold

3 things I like

  • Coffee
  • Playing the piano
  • To find a really good new song

3 things I dislike

  • To wait
  • Boiled/warm carrots
  • Windy days

3 things I wish

  • That I was gonna go to the States for a few weeks (also travel to Paris, Dublin, and Berlin)
  • To own an apartment here in Uppsala
  • To own a place North Carolina, USA

3 things I should

  • Take care of myself
  • Clean
  • Contact my friends more

3 things I can do

  • Organize stuff
  • Watch documentaries
  • Make my own pasta from scratch

3 things I can’t do

  • Longboarding (yet!)
  • Be patient
  • Walk downtown by myself without getting stressed out and anxious.

3 things I have in mind

  • “Fight”
  • “Refocus”
  • “It will be over”

3 things I talk a lot about

  • The weather
  • Zola
  • Fall stuff

3 things I wish

  • Better health
  • A new MacBook
  • A trip to the States

3 things that calm me down

  • Liz
  • Zola
  • Music

3 things that stresses me out

  • When it’s messy at home
  • Being surrounded by a lot of people, I don’t know, in a small area
  • Unexpected food situations

3 things I’m gonna do this weekend

  • No
  • Idea
  • Yet

3 things I’ve done this past week

  • Picked up my longboard
  • Finished “Seriously…I’m kidding” by Ellen DeGeneres
  • Done fall clothes shopping


List found here.

A Fall List

September 19, 2015

Fall in Atlanta, GA

It’s the middle of September and fall is pretty much just around the corner here in Sweden, so I though of sharing a little fall-focused list. I found it on this girl’s blog, who found it from someone else’s and so forth. The charm of blog lists! Here we go.

What do you imagine when you think of fall?
Either a crisp fall day with a blue sky, colorful trees, and being out in nature or a pretty gray day, sitting inside under a blanket, candles lit all around you, and a hot drink in your hand (preferbly hot cider from Barber’s Orchard in Waynesville, North Carolina or chai latte or pumpkin spiced latte).

What’s the worst with fall?
The darkness and grayness here in Sweden. Last November, Sweden had, apparently, only 3 hours of sunshine in the whole month of November!!! I don’t know how I’m gonna be able to deal with that if it happens again.

Hot Springs, NC Halloween

And what’s the best with fall?
All the fun holidays and celebrations. My wife’s birthday, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the whole line up to Christmas Holidays.

Your fall outfit?
See here.

Follow Lina Eriksson’s board S t y l e on Pinterest.


Blue Ridge Parkway

What do you have on your to do-list?
Hopefully some longboarding before the leaves have fallen down and make it too slippery. Go to concert(s?), perhaps a musical, spend some time in Stockholm probably, and as mentioned earlier, celebrate some American Holidays. But mainly, to get better – focus on my health.

How to you treat fall “depression”?
Light a lot of candles, spend time with family and friends, and try to focus on the fun stuff coming up.

Candles Hot Drink

Best music for rainy days?
I’ll be playing my own little fall playlist, called “fall coziness 2k15”, which you can find here. I keep adding songs to it, mostly songs I find on Spotify’s Discover Weekly! Love it. But I will also play my cousin’s “septemberregn” (September Rain) playlist, which you can find here, and Liz’s “41 | September 15 // create + connect” playlist, which you can find here.

What TV-series are the best to watch?
I love The Walking Dead (which will start soon again!), but I’m planning on starting a few new TV-series, such as Fear the Walking Dead, Derek, and Game of Thrones.

Your most fall-ish meal?
Soups! But I’m dying to eat Thanksgiving food again – I love it!

Thanksgiving Food

Any trips planned?
Not really planned…but probably Stockholm a few times since we live so close. Norrköping to see family. We also really wanna go to Dublin, Paris, and Berlin. Liz’s cousin has just moved to Paris. A close friend and her husband have moved to a new house right outside Dublin and also given birth to a really cute little boy – we wanna meet him so badly! Another close friend lives in Berlin and has also moved, together with her boyfriend, to a new place, and my extra little American sister has now moved to Berlin (before that, she lived in China!) Gaaaah, so many reasons to go to these places ♥  But if we aren’t making it to any of them this fall, we will during the year of 2016!

How do you prepare for winter?
Make it cozy at home – changing some interior design from the summer theme to a more fall theme. Thicker and more fall-ish looking blankets and pillows. In addition to the textile changes, bring out some more candles. I also change my clothes in the closet from summer to fall/winter ones. Thicker sweaters, darker colors etc. We don’t have that much closet space so we’re pretty much forced to separate the more summer-ish clothes from the more fall and winterish clothes. Something you can do here in Sweden since it won’t suddenly get really warm on a winter day, and so forth.

Fall in Atlanta, GA

River Beauty  All pictures taken fall 2013 and 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia and Asheville/Hot Springs, North Carolina


September 18, 2015

I thought of sharing a list of things to do when you need to distract yourself, things I usually do when things are hard, or when I basically need to refocus.

  • Listen to music and create your own playlists. Spotify is brilliant when it comes to that.
  • If you’re really into music and play an instrument, sit down and pick out a new song, write your own, or play something you just enjoy playing.
  • Do some arts and crafts – digital or with papers, scissors, crayons, or whatever. Create new stuff to keep to yourself ot give away.
  • Take photos, edit them, make a photo book or post them on a blog/social media, if you feel like it.

Yearbook 2014

  • Go out, get some fresh air, and perhaps take a long walk (if you’re allowed to)
  • Solve soduko’s or crosswords
  • See or call a friend. And if you don’t feel like talking on the phone, text or write to the person
  • Paint your nails


  • Read a book or a magazine
  • Write  – it could be shorter notes on your phone, texts on a blog, or in a private journal
  • Check and other real estate websites – great interior design and home inspiration if you’re interested and into those kind of things
  • Color in coloring books – there are several out there now by really talented illustrators


  • Check out pretty things on Pinterest
  • Read inspiring blogs
  • Watch a movie/tv-series/documentaries on, for example, Netflix. There are so many different ones out there, and an awesome way to focus on a different subject than what you might be stuck with in your thoughts. Plus, you usually learn something as well.
  • Pet and snuggle with an animal


31 questions & answers

September 3, 2015

Me and my bun


1. Where’s your cellphone?
Beside me here on the desk.

2. Where’s your second half?
She’s sitting at the kitchen table, talking to her parents on her computer.

3. Your hair?
Blond. Pretty long, but right now in a pony tail.

4. Your mood?
Tired of being sick. Emotional and a bit nervous.

5. Your plan for today?
It’s around 6pm now when I’m writing this (Thursday evening) so my plan is to put on some other clothes and take a few steps outside – get some fresh air. The just crash on the couch, watch some TV and just be.

6. What’s the best you know?
Gaaaah. So many things. But to spend my time with Liz (my wife) and our cat, Zola. To travel – explore new and old places. Be with friends. Unplanned after work on a warm summer day. To wake up in the archipelago and the day is gonna be warm and I’m gonna spend it with people I love. To ride a motor boat. The first breath outside an airport when have landed in the States and you know you have plenty of days to just soak up being in the States – drink local craft beer, order food from the food trucks, hang out with friends and family, see and be in the Smokey Mountains, endless road trips. Strawberries. To arrive with the train in Stockholm with no plans made but the streets of Stockholm are all ours. A crisp fall day with colored leaves and a clear blue sky. The first snow in December. American Holidays. Swedish Holidays. Thanksgiving food. Ok, I can keep going…but this can totally be its own post (good to focus on positive stuff).

7. My dream last night?
Can’t remember..but I had a frustrated feeling inside of me when I woke up :/

8. My goal in life?
To have our home base in Sweden, but also own a place in the States where we can go whenever we want to, and work from there. To explore the world. Have fun. Be healthy. Always, always be with Liz.

9. The room I’m in?
Our living room here in Uppsala, Sweden. Sitting by the desk.

10. My hobby?
Music (play the piano/guitar and sing) and another soon to be hobby which will be announced in the very near future. Tee hee.

11. My fear?
A lot. Not gonna focus on that right now…

12. Where would you like to be in six years?
September 2021 and I’m 37. I wanna sit in our loft cabin in the Smokey Mountains, close to Asheville in North Carolina, USA. It’s just the beginning of fall but still pretty warm. It will be a long weekend since it’s Labor Day Weekend so we’re gonna head out with friends and grill out. Perhaps a road trip to the beach as well is planned in.

13. Where were you yesterday evening?
Home on the couch the whole evening.

14. What are you not?
Ready for the darkness to come and the cold. To not have a trip planned in, in the near future (as of having and plane tickets and a date when I know I’m going).

15. Something I wish?
To be healthy. Money for an apartment/house. A trip planned in.

16. Where did you grow up?

17. What you latest did?

18. My clothes?
A black Uppsala t-shirt I got for free from Uppsala city when I moved here and cozy pants.

19. Your TV?
Is hanging on the wall here in the living room. Turned off.

20. Your pet?
Zola, the cat!

21. Your computer?
An iMac and a MacBook Pro.

22. My best thing I own?
My computers and our couch?

23. Do you miss anyone?
YES! A lot of people who are not living in the same city or country as we do. (And some people who live here, we haven’t seen in a long time).

24. Your car?
Gaaaah. I miss our Hyundai Santa Fe we had in the States. We don’t have a car right now, but I wouldn’t mind a Mini Cooper or a Nissan Juke.

25. Something you’re not wearing?
High heels.

26. Favorite store?
Whole Foods. Weekday. Best Buy, and many other American stores.

27. Your summer?
Like this.

28. Do you love anyone?
Yes. Liz ♥

29. Favorite color?

30. When did you laugh last?

31. When did you cry last?
This morning.


Found, copied, and then translated to English from: Sandra Beijer.