Sunday, July 29, 2007

How deep do pet peeves run?

I was reading old posts of mine yesterday and found a post about some of my pet peeves. Today I realized just how strong one of them is:

#3. People filing their fingernails around me. It sends chills up my spine and drives me NUTS!

Tonight I was watching Big Brother and in one scene, a girl named Danielle was filing her fingernails. Even over the TELEVISION, that sound made me cringe and I had to fast forward to another scene because it was making me sick. That is one strong sound!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Thing I Could Blog About, but Won't

- I have projects at work. Some are fun, some are not.

- A chemical plant exploded about 2 minutes from my apartment. My favorite line: "Health services officials said .... they believe that the chemicals being released into the air are posing no identifiable risks to the public." Makes me feel really safe!

- How much I hated the Wade Robson choreographed solo dances with the random screaming performed 10 times on So You Think You Can Dance.

- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was Fan-freaking-tastic!

- Lindsey Lohan makes me simultaneously sad and amused (more sad though). How dumb do you have to be to declare you're innocent of drunk driving and possession of cocaine when they took a blood alcohol test and found cocaine in your pocket?

- I took this really cool picture on my cell phone a couple weeks ago while I was driving to church
- I bought new running shoes from a place that watches you run and gets the right shoes for the way your feet are. It was really fun and I can't wait to break them in!

- The more times the aforementioned Wade Robson dance gets performed, the more I like it.

- I stole this format of blogging about a lot of things at once from Ryan. I think its the third blog style I've stolen from him, but hey, when there is someone so creative out there, why not imitate them? :)

Thursday, July 19, 2007


Sorry for the lack of posting. A lot has been going on, but I promised pictures of the Vasamuseat and they were on my work computer so I've been hesitating to post anything else!

To answer Bekah's comment from my last post, my favorite thing in Sweden and the thing that I would say is the biggest "must-see" in Stockholm is the Vasa. The Vasa is a really old ship that sank in the 1600s. It was at the bottom of the ocean for about 300 years and in the 1970's they were finally able to find it, raise it, and restore it! It is straight up Pirates of the Caribbean style and is just awesome to look at. And the museum that it is in is quite possibly the most well done museum I've ever been in. Everything was really interesting and I could've spent an entire day in there! It gave the backstories about the wars going on that the ship was built for, life aboard the ship, life in Sweden during that time period, information about the inquisition that investigated the sinking, videos about how they raised it, etc. So with no further ado, here is the Vasa:

The carvings on the back were really cool, but hard to get a picture of.
Yet another awkward picture that I had to have a total stranger take of me. :)
In this part they showed you how small the spaces inside of the ship were. The ceilings were really low, but I guess that was okay since most of the people were about 5 ft tall! This wooden guy kept staring at was creepy! :)
Well thats all from the big old ship. Now that I've gotten the pictures off of my work computer, we can now return to our regularly scheduled bloggings.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Its Time for Another....

Good Idea:
Running out to your car in the parking garage in the center of your apartment building to get your iPod before going downstairs to workout

Bad Idea:
Forgetting that the doors to the building automatically lock when closed while running out to your car in the parking garage and locking yourself in the MIDDLE of the building with no way to get out.

I've apparently discovered a teensy flaw with the design of my apartment complex...

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Absolut Ice Bar

As promised, the next stop on Emily's tour through Sweden is the Absolut Ice Bar!

I got off of the train that goes from the airport to the city and the first thing that I see as I'm walking to my hotel is the Absolut Ice door to my hotel! Going to an Ice Bar is number 66 on THE List, so I had to make a reservation.

66. Go to an Ice Bar

If you don't know what an Ice Bar is, it is exactly like it sounds. Everything is made of ice: The tables, chairs, bar, glasses, walls...everything. I saw it on The Bachelor a few years ago and have always wanted to go. It really is just a novelty attraction. They do appointments in 45 minute increments, let 30 people in at a time, you get one small drink and then spend the next 43 minutes taking pictures. It was still really cool though!

And of course, I couldn't go to a cool place without making a scene....I set my ice glass on the bar at one point and it slipped right off and broke. Ha!
The last cool thing about this is that not only do I get to cross an item off THE List, I am going to be in a documentary! There was a German documentary crew there during my time slot making a travel guide film about Stockholm and since I was there by myself, the host of it talked to me a lot so that the camera could get film of him looking like he was there with people. Not that I'll ever see this video, but at least I'll know it exists. :)

Up next: The Vasamuseat AKA a really big old ship

Monday, July 02, 2007


Here are a few pics from the Swedish Midsummer Celebration I attended in Skansen.

First up - me in my flower wreath thingy that everyone makes for themselves out there. If this were in America, I would have been arrested for picking daisies in a public park, but luckily for the thousands of people there...its not America! (Our Bluebonnet Advocates could learn a thing or two from the Swedes about actually enjoying your flowers rather than roping them off and forbidding people to do anything except admire from afar...)

Right at 3:00pm, the Swedish Minstrels came parading down the road, leading everyone to the place where the Maypole would be raised.

Raising the Maypole (yes, I know its June....)

After it was up, everyone sang songs with the band and danced around the Maypole. I took this while we were hopping in a circle singing a song about a frog (or at least thats what they translated in English)

On the Midsummer Eve, single girls are supposed to put 7 flowers under their pillow and they dream of their future husband. So of course, I had to try it.

Did I dream of my future husband? Not unless my future husband is Nigel Barker, because I dreamed of So You Think You Can Dance that night. Oh well....I gave it a shot! :)

Up next on the Tour of Sweden - The Absolut Ice Bar! Stay tuned....