|A Perfect May
||[May. 28th, 2017|06:22 pm]
My second post in two weeks where I open with talking about weather! Since we last spoke we pretty much skipped spring completely this year in Stockholm (we usually get it very late but it does come) and flashed forward staright to summer. If it sticks I will forgive the skipping of spring.|
I don't think I have ever fully gone into this here but we had a lot of problems the last 18 months we were living in our old flat. It is too long of a story to get into but ultimately our greedy landlady shot herself in the foot for trying to raise our rent 35% on us. We joined the renters union who took her to court for us and as of 2 weeks ago we won the case!! It is a shame that greed got the better of her as otherwise we never would have put up a fuss. But justice prevailed and we are very happy. On a negative note though the place we bought in July 2015 is still not ready!! We were originally suppose to move in March 2017 which then got pushed back to August 2017. As of right now we are due to move in November 2017. Sigh. Good things come to those who wait!
The last two weeks at work has been absolutely manic. I usually get a few chances to chill for a minute or two here or there (besides my lunch break) but not recently. But hey it makes the days fly by. A few weeks ago I found out that some dear friends from DC that I had not seen in 4 years were coming to Stockholm for 2 nights, 3 days. I immediately asked for the day off. I have quite a few managers (it's a complicated structure) and every manager but 1 thought it would be possible. The final one was being a prick and not approving it. I then asked to have a half day which he still would not approve. I was at breaking point last Thursday (a few hours before I was suppose to meet Kiff and Fritz for drinks) and he had still not approved the half day for the next day. It was my first time in 12 months asking for a favour. I finally was too close to snapping so went to my above manager and vented. Eureka he immediately approved a half day. Since then the one who was dicking me around has been a bit sheepish around me. Anyway after finishing work at Noon on Friday I ran home to take a 15 minute power nap and jump in the shower before heading to the pier to meet the happy couple for an afternoon in the archipelago. We were going to the nearest island which is 30 minutes away. I had not been there since my first Midsummer with Irish Ski Bunny in 2012. It has changed a lot (for the better) and as tourist season is just on the brink of kicking off here we had most of it to ourselves! Oh and it was 27 degrees. Glorious afternoon! We finished our time out there with a beer flight at the excellent local brewery which has very much upped their game since I last tried them in bottle form last summer. Once we were back in town we headed to meet the husband at our favourite Sky Bar called Himlen (it means heaven!) for pre dinner cocktails. My cousin and her fiance joined us too as we owed them celebratory drinks. Later Irish Ski Bunny, Kiff, Fritz and I headed to our favourite traditional Swedish restaurant for dinner. Their herring platter to start never fails us. It was a perfect afternoon/evening. Saturday we had them over for brunch on our balcony. Have I mentioned that our sublet has the most stunning view? The rest of the day the hubby and I did chores around the house and took it easy. Sunday I finally got a chance to host a clothes swap at my place. Most of my gals and I have been really wanting some 'new' clothes but just have not had a chance to organize a swap. It was worth the wait as we all walked away very happy with our 'new' stuff. I got 7 'new' dresses, 3 'new' tops, and a cardigan. I also was a bit more brutal than usual going through my own stuff. Whatever we did not swap we are donating to charity.
Today is the last day of a 4 day weekend in Sweden. It never fails to crack me up how secular Sweden gets all the Christian holidays! Anyway the holiday fell on a Thursday so most people get Friday as a 'bridge' day off. I actually worked Thursday and took Friday off and the hubby had both days off. His commute to work is sending him bonkers so I am really glad he had 4 days to relax. Friday we had a whole day of just the two of us enjoying various old Christmas presents we had got for each other. First up was our spa day at the Marina Tower. We usually go to the one in town so it was really nice to try a new location and one that is so close to our current flat! We both really liked it. It looks completely different than the one in the city centre and has a much more chill vibe. I love both. My massage was excellent and I particularly was grateful for the focus on my neck and feet. After our massages we lounged around the infinity pool, read our books, took a nap, relaxed in the sauna and tried out the steam room. To my surprise I lasted longer in the steam room than Irish Ski Bunny! After a blissful 4 hours we headed out into the glorious sunshine to have a drink at a bar nearby along the canal. We have gone by this place for years so it was great to finally try it. I will definitely be going back! It had such a great vibe and the view was so relaxing watching all the sail boats head out into the archipelago. We then hopped onto the commuter boat to town and headed to a small microbrewery for our beer tasting that I had gotten him as a Christmas present two years ago. The host quickly clocked how much we love beer so instead of going through his usual spiel we enjoyed the beer and the three of us talked breweries for an hour. After the tasting was finished (I thought the beer overall was decent but nothing remarkable) we headed to BrewDog for a pre dinner drink. I had Omnipollo's Triple Mango Creme Brulee lassi that was to die for! It was such a perfect combination of salty and sweet. For dinner we were booked into AG a famous meat restaurant that I had been wanting to take the hubby to for years. It was even better than I remembered and I really love their cocktails. I had a Swedish apple and mezcal one with a hazelnut crust that was insane!
Yesterday we were cohosting a barbecue out in the suburbs at our friends house. Irish Ski Bunny had brewed a 20 liter beer for it with only New Zealand hops. It was delicious and ideal for hot weather! We were not the only ones to love it. My dear friend Dambear who made our wedding cake for us last year came along with her family. We didn't get a chance to try very much of our wedding cake at all last year so she surprised us yesterday at the barbecue with our own!! It was so delicious and I am so proud we served something so thoughtful and delicious at our wedding. We were at the barbecue for about 5 hours just chatting the day/evening away. I got some beautiful photos of the 10PM sunset. It really is the most magical time of year in Stockholm right now.
This afternoon my friend Kimini and I met at the beach at the end of my road for my first swim of the season! It was brisk but so refreshing. I am going to try and get into a good habit of going a few times a week to swim laps around the jetty. She then came back to our flat for a G&T and leftover cake.
We have a very busy summer work wise coming up so this long relaxing weekend was a much needed recharge.