At the moment, my home looks like a D.I.Y-shop. It makes me cringe.
We visited the "Järnia"-shop today after the beach. Järnia sells everything from hoovers, screws, drills, paint to ice-cream...(yes, they do-by the checkout). The visit made me come out in a rash.
Let me tell you something. Having a home is lovely. Having a lovely home is, well, nice. But I´d rather walk around in flat shoes for the rest of my life than having to: paint a house, do some wallpapering, screw some screws or do some gardening.
The nightmare of all nightmares: to move in to a "renoveringsobjekt"( =a house that requires so much work it should not only be given away for free, it should come with a warning sign saying: "by taking me on, you will not have any leisure time for, like, the rest of your life"). Strangle me slowly, I would truly detest every minute that I would be able to stand inside that house.
It bores me to death having to handle tools. It gives me stomach convulsions having to live in the mess that is created by "transforming" your home. Having to spend one´s holiday tending to the house/apartment/garden would probably make me go insane withing 24h.
When people tell me that that is how they have spent their week/weekend/holiday/latest months, I never know what to say? "My condolences"? (Would that be a weird thing to say?)
Anyway, the good thing is: I know what I´m good at, and I certainly know what I SUCK at, so the way to avoid becoming a vegetative blob in the future is to never ever go close to anything resembling a screwdriver, a paintbrush or a lawnmower for as long as I live...
What happens in the warped reality space that is IKEA? I´d be grateful for an explanation to the phenomena that occurs every time I visit the blue and yellow monster of a shop.
Today followed the usual story: We go to get a few "bits and pieces". You know, candles, napkins, clothes hangers, towels, that sort of stuff. When we get to the check out, we are suddenly lodging not one, but TWO trollies. And when the checkout girl gives us the total, it´s the grand sum of 5.538 SEK!!!!!!!!! What the h..ll just happened?
We only picked up a few things?...Well, actually, then we get to the car...On the third try, we manage to close both the boot AND the two passenger doors. Phew! That place is lethal!
But it did give me the inspiration of today´s
1. IKEA - Women: no, having angel wings tattood on your shoulder blades does not qualify you to look like a star. Men: 3/4 pants worn with white tube socks in open toe sandals...need I say more?
2. The Avenue in high summer - Women & Men: anything tight, anything lycra and/or fluorescent that hugs pieces of your body that does not want to be hugged in public... not a good fashion statement.
3. Liseberg - O.M.G (Oh.My.God)! Ice-hockey hairdos on the men and wicked, wicked perms on the women + bare midriffs (both men&women) + more 3/4 trousers with drawstrings at the hem (what´s with this trouser "fashion" amongst middle aged men of today???) + cycle shorts (cycle shorts??? No matter how fashionable cycle shorts would or could be, WHO can honestly say that they look good in them??? And that´s said by someone who has worked 17 yrs of her career in this EXTREMELY unflattering piece of clothing...)
Where we went today. Deserted, beautiful and empty. But, like with good mushroom-picking places, don´t ask me where it is, because I would have to kill you after I told you...
I love it, but my brain is not functioning. Cannot believe that I managed to plan my only week of real holiday to this week??? The weather is tropical, which means that the temperature never drops below 20 degrees Celsius, not even during the night.
There will be one IKEA-run this week and I really want to see the new Batman movie, other than that I don´t want to plan ANYTHING.
Lazy B at yesterday´s fantastic bbq (thanks M&M)... wearing Strawberry dress from Covent Garden boutique....
Choosing photographs for my new website which will be launched this autumn. Had the pleasure to work with Jacob Karström. What a talent he is! I can highly recommend him for anything that has to do with photography. He is based in Gothenburg, where he has a small studio,(but will also travel).
The day of the photo shoot was grey & miserable and by the time we´d finished shooting outside, we´d had everything from thunder clouds, bright sun to pouring rain. None of this stopped Jacob from taking some amazing photographs. See for yourself below - (and these are some of the photographs that won´t even make it to the final cut...)
Thanks Jacob for a fun day out and for making me look great!
Just got back!
Home is such a cool place to be.
I had forgotten just how beautiful Dalarna is. And how much land we have in this country. Sweden is the place to be when the world finally cracks.
Something else that I have noticed: it is impossible to find a descent cappuccino from here to Mora.
At least if you hang around the E45 and don´t venture away from the main road. Hello? It´s 2008!
The fact that no-one has had the entrepreneurship in them to start off a hole-in-the wall-espresso bar-chain along this incredibly busy road is sad...
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I was heading for THE PRACTICE (Teacher and student practice together in our most playful and advanced class), a 2hour long sadhana that a friend of mine (a wicked Yogini here in LA) recommended! I knew it was gonna be tuff (she only likes hard, sweaty classes that challenge u to the BONE :)! BUT, I had NO idea that it was going to be THAT playful (read HARD!)
Las night I did a 2hour sweaty class in Santa Monica with one of my favorite teachers, Bryan Kest. His classes are HOT, and demanding but they are SIMPLE, not EASY, but SIMPLE.
I love they way he teaches, he is always right on the spot.
Last night we stood in ARDHA CHANDRASANA, which really just means that you stand on one leg, having one hand in the floor and the other arm reaching up to the sky.
Bryan said: - Cool down, don't get big EGO about what you are doing, this is nothing advanced. If you were to see this at a Cirque De Solei show, you would want your money back! :)
And he is soo right, we often tend to get competitive and even more stiff when we enter certain poses but Brian pulls you right back down, grounds you and makes you realize; WTF, it's only Yoga! Relax, enjoy and FEEL it!
BUT... back to today's Practice, I must say that the poses we (read they) did would fit into a Circue De Solei performance!
The first pose that we went into was HANUMANASANA (split). Yeasbamthankyoumam, you can just imagine where we went from there!
Handstand One armed handstand Handstand into Crow Jumping into handstand w a block between your feet Pigeon, Full Pigeon 20 sitting on your knees and touching your head to the floor (behind you!) Drop Backs, 20 Push ups in Bridge pose, holding Bridge Pose for forever (for as long as it took for the 5year old kid to crawl under each and everyone of us!!) Vasistasana with full pigeon Lotus in every variation... well the list goes on and on! I loved the vibe to the class, it was very laidback, and everyone was talking, chatting, laughing and helping each other out!
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Soo, I was planning on going to Vinne Morenoes class tonight but...
I think I'll drive down to THE GROOVE, do some shoping (spana på A&F hihhi) and catch a movie instead... yeah definitely!
You can't push a wave onto the shore any faster than the ocean brings it in.
- Susan Strasberg
I am floating around here in LA, just got my own car :)
I borrowed J's car the other day and Oh My God!
1: It is A LOT of traffic in this town
2: I was driving in morning rush hour traffic to a yoga studio which I had no clue of where it was, all I had was a hand drawn map
3: I was a tiny bit late
4: I got into the car: -Where the f..ck is the clutch?! Did it get stuck somewhere?!!!
5: Where it was?! - It was an AOUTOMATIC off course, I have never ever, driven a car like thet before!
6: In all my rush (to get to a yoga class, hahah) I drove pass 1 STOP sign, 1 red light and drove straight ahead in a file that said, only turn RIGHT!
7: Guesse what, as soon as I saw a parking space, I shoot into it and walked the last 2k to the yoga studio :)
Good thing I got my own car now :)
Wish me luck!
...and tomorrow: Dalarna. Mora/Orsa, to be more exact.
Necessary packing list:
- mosquito net
- mosquito repellent
- 1 waterproof jacket
- fishing gear
- bucket for blueberries
- camera for outstanding nature photographs
- warm sweaters
- 1 pair of denims
- 1 silver bikini
- 1 pretty dress
- 1 pair of high heels
- blueberry picking
- picknick on the "fjäll"
- bear spotting and last, but not least:
Things I love about living in Gothenburg, in no particular order:
- the people, laid back & fairly unpretentious, in comparison to a lot of places.
- the size, small, compact and easily traveled.
On a completely different note... I had lunch with a friend in London. She works as the group training manager for Gymbox.
Gymbox is the UK version of Crunch, (which is a chain of fitness clubs in the US, famous for their outrageous class names).
Anyway, in order to get free press, here are the latest fitness classes that you can find at Gymbox, London:
- "Naked Aerobics" I asked if I could watch the instructor audition for this class! (...but I was kindly,yet firmly turned down...bummer!)
- "The WAG workout" For (and by) bored Wifes And Girlfriends of football players. The WAG is a VERY British phenomena.
- "Boob Aerobics" Ehhh...aerobics for your boobs. Loved P´s question: "I guess that´s a popular class with men, then?"
- "The Stiletto Workout" - this class is actually run by my friend Zoe. And yes, I would EXCEL at this particular workout, I´m sure!
- "Bitch Boxing" - A boxing class in a proper boxing ring. Open for bitches and their friends (or enemies?). Great after a slow/bad/upsetting day at the office...
- "Core Whore" - a core class with a difference. Taught by a very colorful transvestite in his/her FULL on drag queen outfit. And he/she doesn´t take any prisoners. I HAVE to see this class next time I´m there!
New for autumn: Parkour classes - for anyone bored with their normal gym workout who doesn´t see a problem with jumping off buildings, railings, or anything else that happens to be in the way...
I hope they have a rockin´ insurance....
I live in a gorgeous appartement, in a great area, eat amazing food, take fab yoga /dance classes, walk around in dream body gym environments and ride in fast cars with hot music!
In know it all sounds very much LA and it is... and I LOVE IT!
I'm not sure if I'll ever be back!
Toninght is the BATMAN movie premier, I am going as Batman and my boys as Catwoman!
Off to yoga now, Bryan Kest in Santa Monica, do some American Apparel shoping and Raw food eating, beachbathing and then a class with Vinne Moreno in Venice before the Movie!
YEAH I LOVE THIS CITY
Soo after a long Monday I am soon to be ready packed and set to leave. I wish I could sing the song “all my bags are packed lalala” but I am not quiet there yet!
I hate packing. I have this pretty picture of myself as a “light” traveler; it is one of my highest wishes but every time I fail… Well, anyhow
After one week of turning myself upside-down, inside-out in Båstad I am now ready for a total DETOX of Sun, Hot hot hot Yoga, Running, Surfing, Wheatgrass shots, Maos kitchen, raw food (that includes chocolate ☺ ) and heaps of Californi Dreamin’
I will be playing with:
SAUL DAVID RAY
GOLD’S GYM VENICE BEACH
MAO’S (oh yeah!)
Do you have any tips for me in Los Angeles?
Please let me know!
I’ll be back in Sweden again in August, and I’ll promise to bring some sunshine with me ☺
Went to a dinner that STUREPLANSGRUPPEN arranged last Saturday in Båstad and here are pieces of the dinner conversations:
She -Åh, det där gröna… eh… åh vad heter d…..?!..........
The rest of us- ?
She – Eh….. ja.. SALLAD!
Me: What do you do?
He: I arrange package travels around the world where I guide clients to the best restaurants, clubs, hotels etc.
….food is served….
He: Åh, Basil
Me: No, sorry it is Spinach!
I spoke about my VIPASSANA, silent meditation and 10min into the conversation one of the girls (who have been quiet for 10min) says: “Ohh like kinda ORANGE…. Just like that, out of the blue
We also did a competition: What is in your pocket?! Of course I won – I had an almond, who can beat that at 4am when the burger queue is 100m ☺
Attended a beautiful wedding yesterday. A great chance to dress up and wear high heels. Thankfully the weather cleared for the ceremony and both guests and the wedded couple stayed dry for the afternoon...
I would normaly NEVER be drunk, jumping on tables before 1pm but this MAN can make me do ANYTHING, ANYTHING!!! Just watching this sends shivers down my spine!
My highest wish is to be reborn as a DJ!
A year ago I hardly knew what HOUSE music was, I had never heard about Axwell, Guetta, Ingrosso and I would have agreed with my darling (She says: What the f..ck do you play those loong ass INTROS, just play the god damn song so I can dance..hhaha Love ya Soy!), but now, this moves my soul, my bones and shakes my whole damned body! I danced from 1pm til 1am non stop with glas in my foot, i didn't even notice it... until the morning after... ajajaj... BUT it was all worth it!
Sunday 17 august 15.00-16.15 you have the opportunity to come and train Kettlebell - "in a crowd" with me, Mo, at Gymnasium, Sisjön (Gothenburg).
The class is for anyone out there looking for tough, simple & functional training - results guaranteed!
Toned gluts? Check
Toned abs? Check
Toned arms? Check
Elevated heartrate? Check
Fun? Seriously Check
Training soreness? Guaranteed.
You want more info? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I´ll send you the flyer!
It´s been said before: Be there - or stop complaining.