Monday, November 30, 2009

dear daycare

thanks for bringing out the cookie artists in our kids

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Dear Word II

Word just changed Bon Appetit into Bob Appetite. Not what I was trying to write either.

Dear Word

Sometimes your "help" is not very helpful.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Yes, I've often thought that!

"I'm sure you've often thought, "Why doesn't someone make a ginger ale flavor of Kit Kat?" With an adventurous assortment of flavors, seasonal varieties, and various fun sizes everyone in Japan is getting into the famous treat, and it's become one of our most popular products at J-List. This new seasonal variety is a unique ginger ale flavor, which won't stay around for long, so you should grab some soon. A fantastic treat by Nestle! "

From here.

Dear People of Iceland

Today I learned the following on Wikipedia


Brennivín (see also Brännvin) is an Icelandic schnapps, considered the country's signature alcoholic beverage. It is made from fermented potato pulp, and flavoured with caraway seeds. It is sometimes called svarti dauði ("black death").
At times it is drunk as a "chaser" after sampling "hákarl", which consists of putrified shark meat, to mask the meat's taste."

no tea for you! wash that putrified shark down with black death!

Dear Marion Cotillard

I've been struck by severe Marion Cotillard envy. I fear it may be chronic. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Dear Viking women

Admit it, this is what you looked like. Knitwear from Heart of Lovikka

Dear Sweden

I don't know if I should hate youu or love you because of this. Danes, feel free to make fun of us. For those of you less fluent in Scandi languages than English, that sign to the left has a mid-section announcing the fact that VUXENVÄLLING is sold in this aisle.

That would translate into something like "formula for grownups".
You're welcome.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Dear old computer

My regular computer is getting pampered so I'm working on this old one. This is how life often feels. The world is cold, black and white. But the kids are in vivid colour. It's not a very original idea. Spielberg made an entire movie like that, no? It's still true.

Dear darkness

This is the wall of darkness greeting us every day as we walk home from daycare and school at 4.30 pm.

Dear Millesgården

Sometimes you make a girl just want to run and jump right into the air.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Dear Danes

Min Lille Sol
Growing up, three kinds of music made me cry because I thought they were too heartachingly beautiful, packed with love while still being all sadsounding: Trille's Min Lille Sol, Eric Satie's Gymnopedies and Billie Holiday's God bless the Child.
I can't find the Trille tune anywhere. Can you post it on iTunes or Youtube?


Dear Steve McQueen and Lightning McQueen

You ain't got nothing on our boy.

Dear Shinzi


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Dear November

Strictly speaking, Halloween is in October, but why not take one of the great things this gloomy season and make it last longer? I know we did.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Dear Vanja

Dear Vanja, I agree witches have more important stuff to think about than brush their hair. Congrats on your 8th birthday.
I was making birthday cake for your halloween-themed party and was thinking about how happy I am to be your mother. Remember when you were born? Doctors had to induce the birth because you seemed stressed. Everyone who knows you knows that was probably the first and last time in your life that you felt any kind of stress. The other day I asked you if you've hurried up, ever.

You replied, slowly: "No. I dont think so".

We go way back.

Dear Simon & Schuster

Dear Simon & Schuster, there is a fine line between being honest and being prejudist and ignorant. All Asians look the same to your author? LOOK HARDER.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Dear ODB

5 years since one of the most wonderfully politically incorrect stars of the world left this planet, most likely for a different universe where people would agree that WU TANG IS FOR THE CHILDREN.

Friday, November 13, 2009

dear people who sell these

do you think it's fair to still call it a pacifier? I'd call it the PaciAggressive.

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Dear people who love Halloween

We we're planning a postponed Halloween party for Vanja as she's turning 8. We were preparing pumpkins and stuff. Then all of a sudden, Joel jumped up and picked up his toy sword and went outside.

Me: What are you doing?
Joel: I threw my sword out. SO scary - a sword in the garden!

So a word of warning if you pass our house - there's a rubber sword lying on the ground.


Dear unhappy women in China

We got new bookshelves and moved our books around and it was very noticable how many books I have on the topic of women's suffering in China.

In ancient times, during the cultural revolution, in exile in America, now - in rural China. There's so much pain and misery! I don't know how to help! Tears, pearls, concubines, eunuchs, unwanted girl babies, pock marks, lily feets, litters (you call them jiao, no?), rice, moons, hunger, rape and disease.

The agony!

Dear Clearblue

I just read the text below and just wanted to say you've brought me so many disappointments and a few momens of exhilarating joy. How much did I spend on you? Fortunes. FORTUNES. also a little annoying that you knew about the big news even before I or Anders did. I've put so much trust in you there have been time when I actually wondered how people could be pregnant before you arrived on the scene.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


10 years ago we went on our first date. I remember he called and I couldn't take the call cause I was in the bath and answering in that state, well it wasn't me. luckily he called again and I took my bike to meet him on this cold day a decade ago. the date lasted 3 years and we moved in together and had vanja and then we split up.

then we got back together and one morning as anders was on his way to france I happily discovered I was pregnant again. see you in Paris, i'm pregnant. bye.

then we came back from Paris and had Joel and went to india and then england and i discovered happily that i was pregnant and we came back to Sweden and had Niki. before today, 10 years ago, i was me and that was fine but because of Anders i'm one of 5 and i Love that.

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Dear Anders

10 years with you today. The best years!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Dear Prinsen restaurant

So with you! Kill AH1N1!

Dear people who sell chilled snus

Dear people who sell chilled snus, isn't this a bit weird? Is there really a market for English speaking snusare?

Dear Julie Powell

Dear Julie Powell, I read your blog, bought your book and listened to the audio book. Then went to the movies yesterday to see you, Nora Ephronized. But do you know what has been the best of all this? Watching Liz Lemon/Karin Hagman eat a raspberry soufflé at restaurant Prinsen right before the movie.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

dear readers -self boosting tip nr 2

Name your business after a KISS album or song!
I did and every time I need to boost business confidence I listen to LOVE GUN!

dear readers -self boosting tip nr 1

I'd like to share one of the best things in my life. Get yourself one. I'm talking about a folder in your mail with all the encouraging things people have ever sent you. On blue days, you read through it all and get a boost. I call mine snyggochsmart. Gorgeous and clever. This is not about subtlety or modesty, it's about picking oneself up when you're really down. Such an undertaking calls for superlatives. This is no place for criticism or self judgment.

Go make yourself a Gorgeous and Clever folder today. Should anyone make fun of you, tell them you were ordered to do so by your boss. That would be me.

Ps. If you're self conscious you could always make it a sub-folder. No one needs to know except you. And me.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Dear vain men of the world

How I love thee.

Sunday 4 November 1666

(Lord’s day). Comes my taylor’s man in the morning, and brings my vest home, and coate to wear with it, and belt, and silver-hilted sword. So I rose and dressed myself, and I like myself mightily in it, and so do my wife. Then, being dressed, to church; and after church pulled my Lady Pen and Mrs. Markham into my house to dinner, and Sir J. Minnes he got Mrs. Pegg along with him. I had a good dinner for them, and very merry; and after dinner to the waterside, and so, it being very cold, to White Hall, and was mighty fearfull of an ague, my vest being new and thin, and the coat cut not to meet before upon my breast.

Text from


Vanja is turning 8. We're preparing for a big day.

Dear new day

New day, new shoes!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

dear arla

your tender tomato soup is such a hit at our place it's strange that we ever serve the kids anything else

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

dear storkyrkan

Maja tried you on for size. our crown princess will marry here next summer.

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