Who could live without it, I ask in all honesty. What would life be?

131128-RandomStuff-1I went through the pictures from my camera from the last few days and found this one. + it was thanksgiving the other day and that got me thinking.

On Tuesday we went out for dinner together. It was the first time just me and him did that in such a long time. I had almost forgotten how great it is. Well I hadn’t, but still, you know. A few snaps of him in the setting sun was all I took that night because after that I was too busy talking, laughing and discussing.

It’s been 7 years, 4 months and 20 or 16 days (hey, I can’t remember the exact date) since the first time I met him. Our relationship has lasted through 5 apartments/houses, 3 jobs each, 1 cancelled wedding and 1 actual wedding. I don’t know what my life would look like without him, but I’m certain it wouldn’t be even close to as good as it is right now. Thank you for being my best friend, my challenger, my supporter and quite possibly the best thing that’s ever happened to me.

To make this less sappy, here’s a list of things that I’m also thankful for:

  • Arnolds first movie, Hercules in New York. It’s bananas!
  • Friends that will crazy dance with you.
  • Enjoying crisp sauv blanc on a sunny arvo at a rooftop bar.
  • That I dared go freelance
  • Also that I dared to stop working overtime all the time
  • Our snowpeas + our raspberry bush that are both still alive + kinda thriving (me = garden god!)
  • That I have my books again. <3 books

With that said, I’m going to get myself ready. I’ve got my first photography gig today which scares me shitless. Cross your fingers, alright?

My very first Thanksgiving

In Sweden we don’t have Thanksgiving. Therefore I was super excited when I yesterday got the opportunity to join in one, possibly not that traditional, thanksgiving.

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I headed over early to help and get help in prepping food. Lani was sporting a ThanksGiving rump.

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Birds were prepared. Two chickensies. They looked quite naked.

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I got some help preparing one of the dishes we were making (Västerbottenpaj for all you swedes out there)

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Social media break! Or possibly checking recipes.

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We had a little kitchen helper who only wanted to eat, eat, eat.

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This was the batch of the second thing I did – pecan pies. Namely mini pecan pies. I’ve never eaten a pecan before, so this was interesting.

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Have a taste!

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When the evening came closer, we set the table and lighted the candles.

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Then it was time for some pecan pie! And other assorted pies. There’ll be a video (online tomorrow, still in editing mode) with the loads and loads of food. How did the pie taste, you ask? So so. But the vanilla ice cream was stunning!

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Juan was there. He showed off his awesome rapping skillz.

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We stacked things on Angelas head.

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Peter was there.

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And Lani.

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Jen was our resident DJ and boy was she good at it.

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Angela was clear about the first letter in her name.

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Half of Edward and half of Eric.

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Sipping!

131129-Thanksgiving-Real-4 All in all, quite a great evening. I’m a bit sold on the whole Thanksgiving concept now. Especially when it involves food and a great bunch of people.

And then there was warmth again

Wednesday night I met up with a friend here:

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At Naked in the Sky. <3 rooftop bars. They’re the best.

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We had crisp Sauv Blanc.

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Say hi to my friend! She was wearing the most amazing dress.

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We weren’t the only ones with the rooftop bar idea. After all, it was +30 degrees and really nice.

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I also want tattoos. Or I don’t. But I do. Argh!

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The lights there are to die for. I want to bring ’em all home!

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We had some delicious food. We went all in on the shrooms.

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This was the best. Some kind of mushroom paté with onions and crisp bread. Absolutely yummy!

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We stayed there, chatted away until it was dark and I was slightly tipsy.

Saturday snaps

Met up with Lani and Angela at Ponyfish Island for some brekkie.

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We were clothes twin for a day!

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Angela was there as well.

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I had a delicious halloumi sandwich.

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Then we went and picked up our stuff for the colour run. But you’ve already seen all that awesomeness. I couldn’t stop myself from posting it as soon as I could. Hey, it’s understandable, it was colourful goodness!

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We were heading for the Melbourne Now exhibition at NGV.

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There was a dance floor in there. The lighting was amazing but the music way too low. We should have been there on the day before, when they apparently had tuned up the music and there had been some crazy dancing.

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Lani looked a little bit like a devil’s child.

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Art work.

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don’t worry.

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We paused to place some bird stickers on a wall.

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We then hung out for a bit outside the museum shop.

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Watched the water pour.

131123-SaturdayatNGV-25Before going wig shopping. After all, we were preparing for the colour run.

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We got hungry again and headed to Huxtaburger.

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Burger!

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Eric joined us for some milkshake tasting.

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Lani decided to try all the milkshakes.

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After another round to the two dollar shops on Chapel street, we somehow ended up at Zucco Rosso.

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Lani had some wine.

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And Eric was really sipping his mojito.

After that we headed home, called it a night and relaxed. It might have been a Saturday, but sometimes you just need that.

 

 

U-turned into Lucy in Footscrazy

Some snaps from what we did after the German Christmas Market.

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First of all we did loads and loads of u-turns! Surprisingly fun.

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Then we got to where we were heading to. Dinkenesh (Lucy) in Footscray. Or, as we like to call it, Footscrazy.

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Angela was there, with her phone, and Peter.

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The delicious food. Injera and mixed veggie stuff to go with it. I have so missed ethiopian food.

 

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Angela felt inspired and smelled everything a wee bit.

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She also watched the tv intently and tried to imitate the shoulder shaking dance. So did the rest of us. We weren’t very successful but it was fun.

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We had to have some proper Ethiopian beer as well.

131123-GermanChristmasMarket-23 Lani got a bit excited. After all, it was her first time in Footscray ever. Ever! And she’s lived here for the last 7 years. Impressive!

Then we crammed ourselves into the car and headed home.

A Sunday in colour

Ok, be prepared. This post has no less than 43 images. And I was picky. Because at the colour run yesterday 481 images were snapped. 192 made their way through the editing phase. 43 of those ended up here.

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I headed over to Lani‘s place super early. At 6.56am I rang her doorbell. It was time to get ready.

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Lani was putting on nail polish.

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We had a little helper!

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This is how awesome we looked before we left the apartment. By then Angela had joined up, all dolled up, and Eric had managed to drag himself out of bed and put on the beard.

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We weren’t the only ones going there!

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Peter was there too. He wasn’t running, so he was the dedicated photographer of the day. A whole bunch of the pictures further down in this post are his. Thanks, sweets!

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More people – Juan dropped by. He had no white wig, but hey, we’re not judging anyone here.

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Us in all our glory.

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And we danced! You always need to warm up properly, and what better way to do it than by dancing? Crazy dancing, preferably.

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When we were almost at the start, Iulian joined in as well.

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Here’s the awesome team Chasing Runbows! Angela, Lani, me, Iulian, Sam and Eric.

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There were some in-run entertainment. These guys played fantastically and we stopped and danced a wee while.

Our dedicated photographer wasn’t running, so the camera stayed in the festival area. I did snap some pictures during the actual race with my phone. I’ll share them in a later post.

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This is how we looked like when we reached the goal. Super excited!

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Angela stopped to smell the roses.

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Tired, colourful, but happy.

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Juan made it to the goal as well. He slightly resembled a smurf.

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Iulian showed off his Russian face.

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<3

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We then headed to the Festival area.

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There was more colour throwing going on there.

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Hello!

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Angela looked absolutely spectacular!

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Head studies. Eric.

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And Iulian.

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And me! Hi hi!

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Closeup.

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Scrunched! Despite the gray skies and the weather report promising rain, we never got a drop on us and it got really sunny after the race finished.

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When they closed down the color run festival area we got on a train and headed into the city. Going home for a shower? Nah. We walked down to Birrarung Marr to hang out The People’s Garden.

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We ordered some pints of boysenberry cider.

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And food! Yum!

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Edward came by. From the look of his face I don’t think he expected the crazy, crazy looks of us.

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I would guess instagramming.

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Eric and Peter.

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Then there was dancing!

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Cocktails!

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Edward had a double beer.

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Then the sunglasses got shared all over the place. And Lani’s ears.

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<3

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More dancing!

When we got tired of this, we took the tram back home, got some sausages from massive weiners and ate, drank some wine and talked to late. Such a great Sunday!

If you’re still not bored with pictures from the day, the rest of the 192 images are available on Flickr. Click here and check ’em outv!

A colourful preview

Yesterday we went for a run. Not any run, it was a colour run. I’m currently smack in the middle of editing all the 500 pictures or so + reviewing videos taken. It’ll take me a while but I really wanted to share a sneak peek already. Eek! So much fun!

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A Friday and a Christmas Market

Friday. I love Fridays. I wasn’t particularly focused last Friday, so I decided to stop early and drag a friend out for a drink. So I did.

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Say hi to Sandra! We had a glass of wine (me) and a beer (Sandra) in the sun before cramming ourselves into her car and headed north.

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This was the goal: A German Christmas Market! Yeah, yeah, I know it’s slightly weird going to Christmas markets in the middle of the summer, but what the heck – I like it!

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We went around the stalls first, checking out if there was anything we wanted to buy. This Melbourne Rooftop Honey looked absolutely delicious.

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Someone fit in like a fish in water (I totally don’t know if that saying works in English, but I will use it anyway). After all, she is German.

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We found a mirror bauble and found that quite enjoyable.

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After a bit these two ladies showed up. <3

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Angela was all excited to stretch her German speech muscles for an evening.

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We went to get some drinks.

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Glühwein and eggnog. The first eggnog I’ve ever had, actually. I thought it would be vile but it turned out that it was actually quite delicious.

 

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Lani liked it too!

 

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Some of us craved a bit of food as well. Angela got some sausage eyes.

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When it started getting darker, we packed up our things and headed for dinner. This whole Christmas market thing got me a wee bit excited about the Swedish Chrissy market. Only 2 weeks to go!

Clouds of Brisbane

As I mentioned before, the weather in Brisbane wasn’t all blue skies. Don’t get me wrong, I had no problem with it at all. Especially not since it produced the most amazing cloud formations. I mean, just look at these. I felt a bit silly snapping pics of the sky all the time, but naaah, I don’t care. Totally worth it.

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