Tuesday, April 28, 2015

You can never hide from the NYT

The NYT personalized recommendations for me: all obits and upsetting news about Maus being removed from Russian bookstores because yes, it features swastikas.  

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015

That was then

Me and my brother a while ago.

The Style Project continued

Been wearing boots a whole lot more. 
They hurt and limit my mobility. 
But they look good.

What I've seen lately

It's not set in stone. Oh wait a second

I love this, warts and all. 

New favorite workplace

Poets' house! 
Hoping all the magic of poetry will just seep into my pores like some kind of literary osmosis. 

Ps. Åsa det här är nära dig va? Ses gärna här! Eller på ställe där man kan prata också!

NYC just can't help being pretty every night

It looks like this from our kitchen. 

New pics

Joel is so happy at his new school. 
This is the playground. 
This is Joel and his friend Wylie. 
And yes, they have matching Vans.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Today's confessions

1. I can't tell the Duggars apart. They all look the same and all seem to be pregnant always. I know it's not a big deal but if there's one thing I've always mastered it's pop culture and if it's in People, it counts to me as pop culture. Am I going senile prematurely? Am worried.

Can easily tell Kardashian family members apart, even Kylie from Kylie after those new full lips.

2. I feel I've been on a failed diet since I was 14. Not always trying to lose weight, just constantly knowing I ate the wrong thing somehow.

3. Suddenly feel I have no thoughts, ideas or experiences. Should I really be doing work as a writer? If not, what are my alternatives? Who would hire me now and here?

4. Contemplating taking up running again.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Good family movie

Not sure about you, but at our house it often takes as long time agreeing on a movie as it does actually watching it. But the other day we settled for this and all five of us were happy with the choice. 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Style Project

Have been dressing decidedly more feminine  - heels, dress and makeup.
The world treats me differently for sure.

not sure it's worth it though, ease of movement has always key for me.

thought this poll funny in the aftermath of feminine style guru Eva Mendes' joke about sweatpants being number one cause of divorce in the US.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015


I'm going to try on a different kind of womanhood for a month, at least stylistically. 

will report back here. Starting tomorrow. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Plains indians -Artists of the earth and sky

Pipe Bowl Illustrating Pawnee Myth

Went to see this exhibition and it was beautiful. Was overcome with intense grief, had to walk out. Some of the stories and accounts - so sad, so horrible, so unfair.

Oh the magnificence of urban civilization

Took the Roosevelt Island cable car the other day. 
It impressed me with its views.

takes a bit off the pressure off. and then adds some other

"Style takes its final shape more from attitudes of mind than from principles of composition" 

E. B. White

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Monday, March 2, 2015

So we moved

Now we just stay in the apartment and stare. Will post pics of view in other direction later. 

ps. yes those pics are from our living room - just using the iphone.

I love this state motto

Montani semper liberi - Mountaineers are always free.

Did you know this? trivia.

In Sweden, these two are not known as Laurel & Hardy but as Helan & Halvan - The whole & the half.

Why, Maryland?

Did you know Maryland's motto is the somewhat weird
Fatti maschii, parole femine
Manly deeds, womanly words
I don't understand it but I almost like it. 
Would also be interested in the opposite - Womanly deeds, manly words.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Vanja in Skansen

Stockholm in February - more than gloom


Very soon, we'll have a Manhattan view from home. 

First booktour ever

While in Sweden, went to the city of Karlstad where 1100 kids 
between 5 and 8 are working with my book in school!

I got to meet librarians, teachers and some of the kids. 
Was among the most fun things I've ever done. 

The kids asked me a gazillion questions - did I know Henrik Lundquist as we both live in New York, how come I'm a grown-up and know about Minecraft, can I do any kind of flips, what's my favorite food and colors etc. 

Then they told me I should try to learn a new way of writing my autograph cause my current one wasn't all that great. I see their point. We all agreed my autograph looks a bit like two random pieces of string. I'll post a pic here later and you'll see too.

The book is about a boy who really wants a pet but his parents say no so he decides to get a carnivorous plant instead. And then he gets to borrow a hamster and trouble ensues.

One kid who read it said she also had a carnivorous plant once, but sadly she fed it crackers so it died.
So much fun writing for kids. Working on finishing touches on my next book now. 
And starting book three. It's happening.