Wednesday, September 30, 2009

'tis the season'

I've had a little laugh from facebook today, and I wish to share it with you all.

Backstory:

 It seems, that across major cities and college campuses throughout the United States there has been this ongoing trend of fall/winter wear worn by women. It consists of a few basic pieces, but is still costly to put together.

1. White T-shirt usually oversized and preferably the v neck Hanes you buy from your local superstore (Target of course being the fashionista's choice). This, is the best piece of the ensemble. I love these shirts. They're soft and 100% cotton, comfy, and cheap. Not a lot not to love really. Plus V necks are pretty flattering for most girls.

2. Spandex pants. Ok. This is where things start to go wrong. Why? Well, we'll discuss this later. However Just know that they're usually black, as standard leggings go. However it must also be noted that since this uniform is usually worn on a college campus, they're usually 1. old. 2. too small. 'Why do you say too small?' You ask...well..it's simple really. Beer. Beer + Drunk food= Fatty. If you took finite, you'd know this. Not only does this mean they are wearing old spandex, but usually the bum is too healthy to fit into them in a way that is decent for grandmothers to see and for their lower body blood circulation. But that's beside the point.

3. Ugg boots. Ugg. Enough said. STOP WEARING THESE GOD FORSAKEN BOOTS THEY'RE UGLY. I say that Uggs and Crocs should burn in shoe hades. Good riddance.

4. A fleece nortface pullover. Usually black, but can come in a variety of colors. Northface is a popular and really good outdoor brand..you know...for when you're hiking in the woods on a cool fall day...or camping...or live in colorado and would like something that helps keep you dry that isn't a full blown parka. However are they truly needed for a lovely fall day? No. They're not. Plus can we just gently refer back to the whole Beer + Drunk food= Fatty equation. Fleece...like wool sweaters...may be comfy..but it's not exactly flattering for a girl who is still in her 'i'm a senior in highschool and smoking hot' mentality. Sorry sweetheart, you've gained the Freshman 20. We all do it. I did it..:I just didn't wear spandex to amplify it.

5. (Optional) A badly dyed, dirty, messy mass of hair that is somehow tied up to the head in some weird ass way. It's hard to understand..all you know is that it looks like a dead animal is up in there burrowing for the winter.

6. (Optional) Cigarettes.

7. (Optional Depending on Weather and Severity of Hangover) Oversized Sunglasses. These are fine. I like big sunglasses. I have light sensitive eyes.

7. (Optional but common on Mondays and Fridays) Stale Beer Perfume. Oh...to smell a college campus again...

I'm sure, if you have followed this blog at all, you know the type of girl I'm talking about (and since most of my readers are in college...I'm sure you know exactly what I am talking about.

Alright. There's the backstory now here is what happened on Facebook today.

Daniel H (his facebook status): saw some uggboots, leggings, and northface action today....tis the season!
 A girl named Katherine: were you at miami? because thats the staple fall uniform here
 [additional random facebook comments]
Abby C (me): god damn i wish those walking fashion disasters would just freaking stop. They look worse than their beer, grease, and ciagrette smoke weave smells.
Katherine (yes, that one I just mentioned): ps I am sporting that outfit today haha.

Yes. That's right. She posted that immediately after my mini rant. (i died..laughing...)

It was cause for a good laugh. I am not sorry. It's true.

JUST SAY NO TO THAT COMBO. It makes you look like trash.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sweden likes and dislikes after 1.5 weeks.


Alright, I've been in Sweden now for about 1.5 weeks and I've realized a couple things that are absolutely stupid about Sweden.


1. This whole 'dual' duvet for big beds. I went to Ikea with Fredrik this weekend, and I saw 1 duvet that fit a larger bed. What the hell is up with this 2 duvet thing? I'm sorry, I know you Swedes are used to it, but really...but 1. Why buy 2 and deal with 2, and wash 2, have to find 2, match 2, where you could buy...1. Single. Solitary duvet and duvet cover. For being socially progressive I did find it a *tad* neo-1950s. Seriously. How are you supposed to cuddle with your partner if you are holed up into your own personal duvet? Hmm? What a crazy mess that would make in the mornings. You don't have to make 1 bed, but might as well be making 2. Twice the work. Twice the hassle. One big duvet, Sweden. Let's get with the program here.

2. Tampons. Fredrik and I went to the massive ICA this weekend, and I remembered that I should buy a box of tampax for my upcoming week of misery. In drugstores, gas stations, any where really, in America I have a healthy selection of Tampons. Do I want plastic or cardboard applicators? Travel size? Teen, Lite, Regular, Super or Super-Plus? (Yes, Sweden, in case you weren't aware of this, the women of the world have different feminine needs depending on their maturity and birth control intake. One single tampon option will not cut it!) And what's up with the crazy pad selection? Is the Swedish government and/or grocery chains being bought out by Always? Happy Period, my arse. (Glasgow will always affect me in some way...) Maybe It's ridiculous, and frankly cruel to only give me 2 tampon options, because, Ob is not an option. Ok. Please work on this, I don't want to have to deal with this delimma again.


Alright, those are my 2 major beefs with Sweden. Now for the thing I like.


1. Bicycles! I am always humming the Queen song in my head when I am (finally) going on my bike. As most of you know, I am not great on a bicycle...not even really that good. I'm getting better, it's true, but I'm obviously someone who really knows what they are doing on a bicycle. I ususally have a false start when I'm trying to get on, or get moving from a complete stop at a light, but I am improving. I have not wrecked or fallen off, I have gone great distances, and worked my legs a great deal. I hope my thighs are even better toned after this stint in Sweden. I dig it, I really do. Especially the lack of cars on the roads and the ample huge pretty bike paths that actually seem to cut time away from travel. Just like Fredrik said that America was geared to travelling by car, Sweden is geared to travelling by bike. You always get there quickly, just as quick as with a car really. You never have to worry about finding a close parking spot, because you just put your bike where ever you want and no one will bother it. And I challenge you to find a really fat person on a bicycle. It's difficult, and I would argue that the said fat person is not actually a regular bike rider, but pursuing an attempt to lose some weight....or their car is not driveable. So yes. I am also wondering the difference in celluite from bicycle riders vs. non bicycle riders...I feel mine deminishing as we speak (or after I crawl up 3 flights of stairs after a power bike up hill back home from Ikea).

2. Dairy Products. I also would like to see a study of American women vs. Swedish women and the regularity of osteoperosis in these women. The amount of dairy products in Sweden seems to be fairly common subject of banter amongst the internet crowds, but it really is astonishing once you're in a grocery. Cheese, Yoghurt, Milk, Creams, that strange sour milk product, and other stuff. It's just. Wow. And EVERYONE is about the milk product here. In Fredrik's flat I doubt there is never someone who is not eating something that has dairy as a main ingredient.

3. Stripes. Like dairy, every one (mostly girls) wear stripes of some nature. I guess because they are all so skinny from their bicycles that horizontal stripes are easy to get away with. However, there are some mistakes to this truth. Here is my first major fashion no-no. I don't know what this girl's problem is. You can tell she's Swedish by what she's wearing. Khakis, and stripes. She's blonde and at a student party. Here's the problem...and I really don't want to be cruel, but I have to be honest...she's not skinny like normal Swedish women. Alright, I'm not trying to pass judgement on body types and sizes, I don't know this girl's story. However, what she is wearing is unexcusable. Please, everyone, for the sake of simplicity, when buying the new 'retro' look clothes that channel the horrid 70s and 80s please keep one thing in mind. Pleated Pants Are Not Flattering. This is even more true if you have a tummy. To make matters worse, if you have a tummy do not, I repeat, do not Tuck In a horizontally striped shirt into the pleated pants. Why? Because that is what you look like. A Fashion Victim in a drunken train wreck. (I barred out her eyes...not that you can really see her face anyways. She totally saw me take a picture of her too....not sorry. I couldn't stop staring, for all the wrong reasons).

4. These coverall parties. I'll just post some pictures so you can see the fun Fredrik and I had my first weekend here. It was fun. :) I like pretending to be a student...though I am technically an 'adult' now. Even Fredrik (cough cough 25) stated this weekend at a student bar, 'I think I'm getting too old for this....I don't recognize anyone' Which is true. What I find oddly funny is that at 25, in America, people would be shocked he wasn't married, with a carrier, and a kid really. Nope, my boyfriend refuses to grow up in some aspects, the good ones I guess. He's an adult when it comes to laundry though...but that's a different story.. Anyways, here are some pictures for your enjoyment.









This final picture is of a square in the city centre of Linköping. I think it's a beautiful city.

Overall, I really like Sweden so far. I am starting to pick up on some may-jah cultural difference, but I think that it's a really amazing country with a cool mindset. So, we'll see how the rest of my 90 days go...

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Hey what's up Linköping?

I've successfully made it Linköping Sweden for a few days now, and am starting to get a bit relaxed for my temporary resting place. I've been a bit sick, but I think it's just a cold/allergy/sinus mess I got from weather changing and Fredrik having a touch of something when I got here.

so far so good. I like Sweden very much on a shallow level. The inner workings of the gov't and all that jazz isn't what I'm about at the moment. I'm just a tourist right now enjoying hanging out with my boyfriend for a little while before I head home to America.

It's been fun. Fredrik and I went to this big party on Friday and I got to wear 'standard' Swedish college party wear....according to Linköping anyways...

it was a good time, and then the next day was this big tug of war event that we went to. Also a good time....watching a bunch of drunks tug o war themselves into a river...in drag usually or some sort of crazy costume is always good for a laugh.

Other than that it's been fairly quiet. Fredrik and I went and rode bikes yesterday...about died right there....I'm getting better at it...mostly taking off from stop is tricky for me...so crosswalks and i are not friendly yet....but again...it makes people laugh...so it's the least I can do.

I guess we'll just see how long it takes for me to get more adjusted while I'm here. I'm listening very closely to when people speak swedish...I hope to improve at least a little bit...

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

1 year

It was exactly one year ago that I had just finished packing for Glasgow and was trying to calm my nerves before leaving September 9th for Glasgow with my mom.

Today, one year later. I am not nervous, but ready for the next leg of the adventure known as my life. Tomorrow evening I will be leaving Glasgow for Sweden to spend the fall with Fredrik. That time last year, I was in the air on my way to Glasgow.

How amazing this year has been. How life changing.

More to post later. Too much cleaning to do now. The next time I write- I shall be in Sweden!

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

....REALLY!?!

1 toilet flat.

Said toilet decided to break at 11 pm on a Friday night.


...great.

(Note: Once I posted this, an advert for toilets came up from Google Ads. I found it funny.)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Window Cleaners

Who decided that it was alright for a bunch of window cleaners to barge in at 930 am?


....REALLY?!

One guy told me it was noon. It was most definitely not.

I am not happy.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Reflections...

Later this week I will try to post a more 'reflective' blog about my year spent in Glasgow...

people keep asking me why I'm leaving and if I'll miss Glasgow.

The answers are simple...kinda.

I'm leaving because I want to be in Sweden with Fredrik, begin to learn Swedish and enjoy a few months of 'holiday' before moving back to America to save money for the 'big' move to Sweden which will hopefully be possible mid to late 2010.

I always miss the places where I have been and have left an imprint on. I will miss my friends. The nights in Fredrik's kitchen cooking dinner. The HRC complaining about school and life over a pint with my coursemates and friends. Things like that. I'll miss my happy memories.

I will not miss the drunks, the weather, the lack of nature or the peace and quiet that I am blessed with at home.

Oh- And I will definitely not miss my flat. *Note to potential University of Glasgow Students (International or 'Local') Don't live in the University Accommodation. It's rubbish..if you want to make friends when you first arrive- go to all the international/freshers events at the beginning of the year and go to the Primary on Thursday nights. Trust me, you'll be fine, and much happier in a let flat. :)

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