Friday, August 26, 2016

Next up: Road trip

Today heading up north for the weekend: Woodstock, Long Lake, Montreal!

Monday, August 22, 2016

My third book is just out!


My third book just came out. It's only available in Swedish and it's about Nina, a girl just starting school. It's also about Nina's family, about a small thief living in their kitchen, about trouble with friends and fun with friends and all kinds of stuff that people aged 4 and up can relate to.

If you read Swedish or see this book as your doorway into our fascinating language, 
get your book here:




I love meeting my readers. 



PS. Yes! This is indeed the Ferragamo dress bought thanks to a cancelled flight.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

I love a good aquarium with a view



Had never been to Aquaria before. We really liked it.



dads on duty


sitting with sharks 


Next week, we're going to CANADA!!!


You have any advice on what we must see and do in Montreal, hit me!!

My baby


Miss this young woman like CRAZY. 
Vanja called from camp the other day, sounding all happy. 

She's taken up running and is learning to read sheet music, dancing and making new friends. 

She's also started teasing me, in a manner that's very to the point but kind and funny. 
Weird how she's grown so fast, this was yesterday, I swear. 


and yes, Joel has grown too. 


Good thing the twins are still quite young:





Thursday, August 11, 2016

Then and now

Niki with her BFF Nora





holding on for 8 years and counting

What happened at the outlet

So I was in Italy with a bunch of friends and their kids. Our friends love outlets, I love an outing. So I came with on an outlet outing.

With limited funds and a clumsy disposition, expensive clothes are kind of never a good idea for me. But then Vanja fell head over heels in love with a pair of Stella McCartney jeans and I found a yellow Ferragamo dress.

I told Vanja: We're not buying any of this, we can't afford it and we're too clumsy.

But then I checked my e-mail and there was a mail saying I would get a refund for the ticket I bought when the airline cancelled my flight a few hours prior to departure and offered me a new one two full days later. Would not have been a big issue except for the fact that my dad was so very, very ill at the time.

NOW THE AIRLINE HAD TO PAY UP, BECAUSE THEY WERE IN THE WRONG.
the amount was almost exactly equal to the sum of jeans and dress.

and so it happened that half a year later, at least something good came out of a horrible day.

I SAID YES TO THE DRESS. And to Vanja's jeans. Here's me in dress at the bookrelease of my third kid book.

I love Florence


Stumbled across a French wedding party, vive les mariés!


If you get married in Italy, naturally, your wedding car is a white Fiat 500. 


The wedding party was very, very posh. Their level of grooming was way out of our league. They all looked like they'd stepped out of a movie.


Then watched the serious business of concerned Gucci employees move shoes a few millimeters to the left. I love the little window behind the window for this purpose.


Envied a lone kayaker. Florence is a beautiful city but Arno? Not so struck. 


Niki at the lovely hotel Albion.

Rivaling photobomb styles

Old, slow and grumpy 

Or young, fast and happy

What all the mornings looked like


I love our Swedish minister of culture



Inspired by her note to self.
Alice is a great, warm force for good.

Cathy, this is for you!



How I've felt post-birth all three times. All good, now could I just relax and read for a little bit? Animals can tend to the newborn while the baby father can praise me.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Where we are now


Niki and I took the train up north to spend a few days with my childhood friend Sara, her husband Petter and their kids Lee and Dina (son Morris was away). 

It's so beautiful up where they have their summer house.


Here's Sara with Mason. He usually lives in LA just like the rest of the family. 


The house is a one minute walk from the beach. Here's Niki with friend Ossian.





Lee.


Sara reading with Mason watching.


girls by the sea


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

NY Nights




Veronica




Ronnie, a longtime reader of this blog (and letters to marc jacobs for those of you who remember), dropped me a line.

I went to check out her own blog and was amazed at the beauty of her pics.

Take a look for yourselves.

http://www.veronicazhang.com/blog/

Monday, June 20, 2016

Today is World Refugee Day, but yes, everyday is

video
pics by Andreas Lind @refugeeveryday

Nearly 60 million people are displaced worldwide. Each day thousands more flee their homes. Beyond the headlines, men, women and children lead everyday lives in makeshift camps, On June 20, we shine the light on the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees. #WithRefugees #World RefugeeDay. 





Wednesday, June 1, 2016

not what he penned


I know he wrote it differently, lounging in that leather seat, but the way I've always sang along with Englishman in New York is not 

"I'm an alien, I'm a legal alien

I'm an Englishman in New York"

But instead "Oh oh I'm an idiot, I believe in anything, I'm an idiot in New York".
Not sure how it happened. Perhaps because I'm an idiot in New York?

Try it for yourself.