First lockdown of 2021

First lockdown of 2021 and first week back at work completed! It has been a couple of hectic days getting used to just staying home and also being back at work (working from home of course). It hasn’t been the most eventful week, but that’s good. I feel like I have gained so much energy! Jarryd and many of my friends starting working already on the 4th of January, so it has been a bit lonely especially when the last couple days of the holidays was spent in lockdown. Despite uneventful week, I have a couple of photos to share with you.
Our fridge died one day before lockdown and luckily we managed to buy a new one the same day. Since it wouldn’t be delivered until the following day, we had to survive with just our esky.
Face masks required when leaving the apartment otherwise you would get fined. Just when we were making our own face masks out of one of Jarryd’s old singlets (every store was out of face masks when I did my mandatory lockdown shopping :(), our friends asked if we wanted two of their face masks. We said YES PLEASE! After two hours we picked up our new face masks from the mailbox.
Our new fridge finally showed up. The luxurious feeling when you have a properly working fridge after using an esky for 24 hours is just fabulous.
Jarryd was watching Australia vs India.
I decided to nibble on some snacks instead of watching cricket. Good choice in my opinion!
Potato chips, Sicilian green olives and honey glazed cashew nuts. Yum!
The living room turned into a discotheque.
Jarryd decided to join me on the balcony when the cricket game was over. Who won? I have no idea. I don’t know if either team has won yet? I think they are still playing? I need to ask Jarryd what’s going on. Weird game. After Jarryd tried to explain the game, we decided to just watch the sunset. Makes more sense than cricket.
Then the sky turned purple. It’s always so much fun to sit and watch the people in the apartment building across us during lockdown. It’s almost like a large doll house.
The discotheque continued in the living room. Is dancing allowed in your own apartment?
I was taking the opportunity to photograph William Jolly bridge while walking to the supermarket (during the lockdown it was OK go to the supermarket as long as you were wearing a face mask, and it’s still compulsory to wear masks at the supermarket).
Beautiful Brisbane! My home away from home.
So empty everywhere. Now when everything’s almost back to ‘normal’, I kind of miss the quietness of the lockdown.
One of my lunches while working from home. Had so much leftover take away (yes we have been a bit slack). Watching Gilmore Girls while eating when there are no colleagues to chat with. I’ll be back at the office on the 27th of Jan after the Australia Day weekend. So looking forward to it! I need my routines which especially include going to and leaving work. I actually miss my daily train commute (and I miss the microwave at the office soooo much).
Yesterday was Friday which was celebrated with a large mug of coffee in the afternoon. Today it is obviously Saturday and I have been cleaning, doing the laundry and blasting the AC in the apartment. It’s meant to be 36 degrees today (a storm is on its move towards Brisbane) 🙁 Jarryd is away helping a friend moving houses. I’m not jealous hehe. Later today I’ll meet up with an old friend for an afternoon beer (and avoiding the rain at the same time). Jarryd and I also have plans to meet up with friends at Range Brewery for some craft beers and pizzas later tonight.
Have a great weekend all!
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Visit to IKEA and new plants

Watercolour painting by Lily Bostroem
Only 1.5 days left of 2020 – woho! I have spent my time painting, cleaning the apartment, taking care of our plant babies, buying a new wardrobe and preparing for our New Year’s camping. I feel mentally prepared for 2021!
Jarryd and I had the exact same idea as half of Brisbane – we need to go to IKEA for their clearance! We were in a desperate need of a wardrobe since we have absolutely no storage at home. How can just two people accumulate so much stuff?
It felt great coming back to IKEA – this is the place that feels most like home (I always have to hold my tears back when I see the photos of Sweden in the entrance <3).
Mandatory IKEA selfie on the elevator. But where did my eyebrows go?!
IKEA reached full capacity and there was no place at the restaurant to sit down and eat. Since meatballs are mandatory for all IKEA visits, we decided to get takeaway. The meatballs get 5 out of 5 moose.
We managed to get furniture, food and our sanities back home to South Brisbane. But something was missing before we could start working on the new wardrobe.
A beer! I decided to have a milk stout from Brouhaha Brewery. Tasty!
Is that Luke from Gilmore Girls? No, it’s just Jarryd in his ‘putting-together-IKEA-furniture’ look 🙂
Jarryd drank one of his IPAs.
Hello there!
2 hours later and the wardrobe is finally finished! It’s a bit crooked but we love it anyway. Now we finally have somewhere to store all our camping, Christmas and masquerade stuff.
Tuesday started very relaxing on the sofa with some jazz in the background.
I double-checked to see if my eyebrows were back and thankfully they were!!
We drove to Woolloongabba where we were going to get one more plant baby. Heather and Lukas gave Jarryd and I a gift card at the Grow Centre. We were so excited!
They had a really good selection of indoor plants and we found one that would come home with us.
This is Happy Gilmore which is a Happy Plant (Dracaena fragrans ‘Massangeana’). Welcome to your new home!
I was also taking care of the outdoor plants on the balcony.
Our climbers which used to be climbing the bedroom wall.
My mother Pilea Peperomioides plant. It has been a bit sad lately, so I have been moving around and hopefully found a brighter spot for it. Please survive!
After a week with a lot of food, I was craving something easy. I made pumpkin soup and added some shredded parmesan and parsley.
After lunch, I decided something had to be done with our empty bedroom wall since we have moved around a lot of plants. I found this frame and will do something fun with it and hang it on the wall. But that is on the to-do-list for 2021.
This will be my surprised face if the weather actually decides to be good on New Year’s Eve. The weather forecast on BOM is looking a bit crap unfortunately. We will celebrate New Year’s with a bunch of our friends camping. Jarryd and I will be sleeping in our tent, but luckily there is a shed and “toilet” in case if the weather gets too bad. It will be super cosy leaving the city for a bit and just relaxing in the nature together with friends.
Hope all of you have an amazing New Year’s and I’ll see you in 2021!
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Last weeks of 2020

2020 is almost over. The last couple of months have been super busy with work, birthday parties and Christmas celebration. Lets look back in the mirror of the past and see what has been happening!
The bedroom before the majority of our plans decided to give up 🙁 Can you imagine how easy life would be if plants could softly whisper what they actually want?
We two cute visitors at the office. Don’t they look like two miniature wolf hounds?
Had my last cup of coffee in my sheep cup for this year. This cup always remind me that I need to save money for my future alpacas.
The Jacaranda blossomed for two days and then created a purple mess with all the dead leaves. Still worth it though!
Hi hi Summer – you are very beautiful!
I have been checking out my and Jarryd’s future home. The boat is unfortunately not included but we will survive 🙂 It would be the perfect place for a Halloween party.
I have been eating soooo much Spanish breakfast at Three Monkeys in West End. Jarryd and I have now decided that we need to make this ourselves! We are still trying to find a good chicken tocino recipe, so please share if you happen to have one collecting dust somewhere in your kitchen drawer.
This year’s Christmas tree was looking a bit more minimalistic than usual. This year we didn’t have any spare chopstick to help keeping the star straight.
Mandatory Donald Duck at 3pm on Christmas Eve together with a blurry lussekatt.
Christmas Day was spent in Toowoomba with Jarryd’s family. Jarryd and Zoe walked the neighbourhood ensuring everyone was properly celebrating Christmas. We also saw five black cockatoos and one blind sausage dog.
After spending Christmas Day and Boxing Day in Toowoomba, we hit the road and made a visit to the small town of Esk. Hello Esk!
Lars Andersen, Esk’s favourite Dane. I was a little bit disappointed that they didn’t serve Smørrebrød at the café in Lars’ old crib.
It took us 10 minutes to walk through the city centre, but that was OK. The 35 degrees made us miss the AC in the car…
After a sweaty visit to Esk, we made it to the Wivenhoe dam. Jarryd inspected the puddle…
And suddenly turned into a frog. Nooo he just checked the water temperature which was hot hot hot because it was still 35 degrees. I told Jarryd to jump into the water but he strongly disagreed. Bad frog!
Jarryd told me that this is the dam that caused the Brisbane flooding in 2011 when they had to use kayaks to go to the supermarket. Today the dam was looking a bit empty though, so I will probably have to catch the train to work unfortunately.
Hi from the Aussie Tom Cruise and the black widow. I do regret my choice of wearing a black dress in the middle of Summer in Esk </3
And poooffff – I turned into a frog as well. Hihi no, I was just taking photos of mushrooms.
Hello mushroom! It is weird for a Scandinavian like me to see you around Christmas time. Are there any wild mushrooms in Australia that you can eat?
Next time I’ll bring my swimmers and join the pelicans and swans in the dam.
Muddy mud.
Now we’re back in Brisbane and air conditioning. It’s time to plan New Year and I’m so keen for 2021. Now it’s time for a milk stout and tomorrow the electrician is coming over to ensure we don’t electrocute ourselves while using the washing machine #winningatlife
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What to drink?

My knee is hurting. I am tired. My computer is lagging. I need coffee.
I was planning to upload some of my videos from 2020, but neither my computer or my body seem to be up for it tonight. More fun stuff coming soon!
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Spring, Sickness & Stanthorpe

It’s here. Spring arrived once again. The sun is burning the skin during the lunch break and the leggings used for the last couple of weeks are starting to feel sticky against my pale legs. I am looking forward to warmer nights spent outside with friends in a lush garden with feisty possums. I am looking forward to that first day at the beach, there are flower festivals happening and people just seem more keen for life in general. With eased restrictions here in Queensland, it means we can have our traditional events such as Oktoberfest, Halloween and Thanksgiving. 
Spring is not only sunshine, laughter, beautiful flowers and freckles. Spring is also the season of sneezes, runny noose and eyes. Not only am I feasting on antihistamine, I also managed to get a proper cold which has paused the outside world for almost a full work week. With a runny nose and stubborn cough feeling like paper cuts in an already sore throat it was time to do my first ever Covid test. With a negative result, I have happily tried to recover from this farmer’s cold which my childhood doctor always would call it. 
Before sickness and the arrival of spring, Jarryd and I drove four hours southwest to Stanthorpe for a weekend where we did hiking in the Girraween National Park. 
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Things I did during lockdown

I guess I was not the only one finding it difficult to fill the days with excitement during the Covid-19 lockdown. Spending a large amount of time in one apartment was a challenge, but this is an experience I will definitely never forget. Today I am appreciating a cup of coffee at the the cafe. Commuting by train again. Seeing colleagues and friends face to face.
I am so happy the restrictions have eased, but there will be a couple of things I will try to take with me when life goes back to the new normal. Firstly, I have had a lot of time to take care of the plants. Jarryd realised we had 50+ plants and we have for a long time needed more storage space for our green babies. We decided to go to IKEA and get the cheapest shelf which would be the new home to some of the plants without a permanent spot in the apartment. We also managed to fill the shelf with other junk we never can throw away (#girlfriendisahoarder).
It has been getting a lot cooler here in Brisbane the last couple of weeks (we are currently using a heater at home…) and this came as a shock to me and to the outdoor plants. Of course I could not let them freeze their butts off outside, so I took the most vulnerable ones inside and kept them close to our sunny window next to the ugly balcony (where we never hangout, instead it is only used for storing recycling and drying clothes). Here are some of the seedlings that absolutely love being inside. We also tried to put seeds in eggshells together with some soil. They seemed to really like it, which really is a plus since it means less plastic and more organic!
We got a fish tank from Jarryd’s mother and our first thought was to get a couple of fish. When we realised how much work and responsibility it requires, we decided it would not be worth spending that much time with a pet you cannot cuddle. Instead we turned it into a terrarium. After spending a couple of hours at Bunnings and the local plant nursery, we got everything needed for the different layers and beautiful plants. The plants are growing bigger for every day, so I need a plan for what to do when they are getting outside the wrapping paper hmm…
I guess my mind has been focused on plants lately, because that has basically been the only thing I have been painting as well. I will eventually make a post showing you the paintings I have at home and some of the stuff I am currently working on.
The only time I was outside during the lockdown was when I had to go to the grocery store or when I went for walks. I like that Brisbane has so many bridges! They all have their own personality and appearance. This is one of my favourites, William Jolly bridge in South Brisbane. 
Lastly, the lockdown has been a great opportunity to read all the books I usually find hard to prioritise when there are a million other things happening during the weeks. I am a bit of a sucker for history and could not resist purchasing this book. It is so interesting to get a detailed description of how the medieval life could have looked like: how people lived, what the society was like and how everything looked like. Please give me a time travel machine!
What interests and activities have you occupied yourself with during Covid-19? Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday!
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Bonjour

Hi cyber world. What a crazy year it has been so far and probably will continue to be. In the middle of this chaos I have managed to get a new job, purchased more plants, had the best beef Stroganoff ever (thanks Jarryd) and had a lot of time to reflect on life. 
Life is however starting to go back to the new “normal” and I am keen as a bean to hang out with friends in the park and plan trips and adventures. This means I will finally have fun things to share here on the blog again. But now it is time to put together a new IKEA shelf and water all our 50+ plants. See you later!
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Seven days photo bomb

This photo bomb from the last couple of days starts with a snack after my first shift at my new internship/job at Queensland Cricketers’ Club. I found Pearl café in the Gabba and had the sourdough with olive oil before catching my bus home to Paddington.
Magazines in the bathroom at the café. My eyes were drawn to the fantastic house. 
Walking past this beautiful barber shop on my way to the bus stop. 
Last week, Jarryd and I were spending a lot of time with our plants preparing them for summer. We gave them new soil and fertilizer. We have new vegetables, but so far, the tomato is the only survivor. My little Chinese Money plants are looking more and more tired which is really sad. My plant babies… 
Our oldest plant that started this whole plant addiction: the fig tree. It was our old housemate who left the fig tree on the veranda when she moved to Europe. It was supposed to be picked up by her friend. After many weeks, no friend showed up and I had to start giving the poor plant water. I decided to adopt the plant and that was our first plant. The smaller fig tree is originally from the bigger tree.  
We also added a Sentinel to our collection. My dream is to have a really big Sentinel to attract parrots. Now, we only have bush turkeys and bin chickens in our garden.
A quick ginger beer stop before watching the Joker at the movies. Tasty ginger beer and a fantastic movie that really touched me. After the movie, I went to a friend’s place in Kangaroo Point and played games and talked for ours. 
Halloween is lurking in the shadows and soon it is time for the annual Halloween party at our friend’s house. We will compete against teams in beer tasting competitions, beer pong, flip cup, etc, etc. A crazy fun night with other words! It was time for Jarryd, my two other team mates and I to meet up and discuss theme and outfits. We decided to have dinner at Fish Lane in South Bank. 
Buzzing Fish Lane!
With all the lights and street art. 
This night we were heading to Saccharomyces Beer Café.
At the beer café you can borrow a wide range of games and play pinball. Jarryd and I were playing four in a row while waiting for our team mates. I lost very badly… The good thing is that theme and costumes were decided and I have already managed to buy everything needed for my outfit.
I did my makeup and hair on the bedroom floor as always. Still in desperate need of a haircut ehhh.
Last Saturday started with kayaking in the Brisbane River. 
The kayaking was was a Christmas gift to Jarryd and I from Jarryd’s aunt. Unfortunately, the storm was on its way but we decided to give the kayaking a go. We managed to reach the Story Bridge when it started raining. Luckily, we got new vouchers and will be going kayaking again in two weeks for free.
Good morning, tired Brisbane.
For lunch we decided to try the Vietnamese restaurant Ngon in Paddington. Super tasty food and drinks! 
Like every other night, I have been stalking the neighbourhood possums. This mom has a little baby on her back and makes sure no other possum will bully it. Good mama! And this what I have been up to the last couple of days. Now it is time to heat up homemade lasagna and bake a chocolate cake. Happy Tuesday everyone!
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Thursday – job searching, second hand skirt and dumplings

Wow! Already Monday again and I feel so behind schedule. This post was supposed to be updated last Friday, but nope, I completely forgot. While I am waiting for the pumpkin in the oven, I have some spare time to finally publish the post about last Thursday.
Yes, you guessed it! I was applying for jobs pretty much the whole day. I am planning to do some casual sales assistant work during the Christmas holidays to get some extra cash. I am also looking for an admin job on the side while I have a casual position at the university. Finding any type of job has been a long, difficult process. It finally feels like I can see the light in the end of the job searching tunnel though!
To remain sane and not climbing the walls at home, I spend a couple of hours at the local cafe called Sassafras. A cup of flat white makes everything easier!
Swapped full cream milk for oat milk, nomnomnoom!
I also tried my newly bought second hand skirt from Salvos in Red Hill. It is colourful, not too short and reasonably priced for a second hand clothing.
Then it was time for dinner and I decided to make dumplings, squid, spicy corn and sugar peas with a dipping sauce (plus a lot of chili, spring onion and coriander). Very yummy! And that folks, was last Thursday!
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The last weeks of winter

Since I have not been blogging for the last months, I thought I could show you some bits and pieces from the last weeks before spring arrived. Pretty much every day started in the sofa on the front porch, which is the warmest place in the house during the morning hours. This winter has been really cold and the best way to start a new day is definitely in the sun with a cup of coffee. This is also the time when I check my plant and making sure the possum has not been taking any bites of my babies. 
I have been wandering around in the city now when I have had more hours to spare. This photo was taking on my stroll to Roma Street Parklands. 
Jarryd and I had a date night and we decided to try Creole Soul Kitchen in Spring Hill. We started with duck wings with a Louisiana pepper jelly sauce. Then we had chicken and sausage gumbo for mains. Really delicious food and affordable prices! 
Paddington has been looking beautiful, just as always!
I attended the event Christmas in July Pub Crawl and the theme was Christmas in your home country. I was dressed as Santa Lucia (Saint Lucia) and it was my friend Johanna and I who represented Swedish Christmas. We managed to visit 10 out of 12 pubs and it was an amazing day and night! 
I made a visit to the Sunshine Coast and it was almost warm enough for a swim. I also finally had the opportunity to try the Scandinavian Cafe and of course I had to get a glass of O’boy. Very nostalgic! This is what I drank every morning for almost 18 years.
Pub Choir at Jarryd’s job (yes, it is exactly what it sounds like, choir singing at the pub). We sang “You’re The Voice” by John Farnham. After the singing, we hang out with the colleagues of Jarryd and had a couple of beers. This is the view from Jarryd’s workplace. 
One Sunday hike at the Gold Creek Reservoir.  
We had lunch in Brookfield and I chose a fresh couscous salad. 
Last Sunday, it was time for the annual Scandinavian Festival here in Brisbane. A lot of Scandinavian food and it was also possible to do rune readings.
One of the signs that winter is over and that spring has finally arrived! I am excited to see what spring will bring and I am really ready for it. That was a bunch of photos, hope you enjoyed! 
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