Titles are good enough for me

Some days I only have time to read the titles of news stories on the web. And sometimes I think it’s better that I just imagine the contents. Here’s one title of a news story I didn’t read.


I only add the link to verify the source. If you actually read the article, you’ll be disappointed and bored. Instead, just look at the image that I prefer to imagine goes with this headline and draw your own conclusions.

Why is there a fish in the water?

I took a photo yesterday of art installation in the middle of Stockholm. It’s a giant fish coming out of the water.

There have been other art installations in the same place before, so I wondered what this one was representing. I checked the internet, but all I could find at first was a question someone asked on Reddit. They had also taken a photo and asked, “Why is there a big fish in the water?”

Here are some of the answers this person received: 

  • Because water has fish. I don’t understand the question.
  • Camouflaged Russian submarine
  • Symbolizes that there’s something fishy going on around there.
  • His name is Olof. Give him a beer. He has great stories.

(Found out later it’s some sort of climate statement about fish, but I liked the above answers so much better.)

How I try new foods

One thing about speaking a language that is not native to you is dealing with accents and mispronunciations. In my case, this has often led to me ordering one type of food and receiving another. You may think, “why not let the person know they misunderstood you?”
That would just require me to speak even more.

So instead, I get to try all sorts of things I never ordered.

Today’s order was not so bad. I tried to order one scoop of Mint Chocolate ice cream. I got 2 scoops of regular Chocolate.

Lucky, all chocolate is good.

This image shows 2 scoops of ice cream but I ordered 1.

My stock photo workmates

At my job, I have to choose a lot of stock photos to put on webpages. I only have permission to use the free photos on one site, so it’s constantly the same people in every photo.

I’ve found myself starting to hate them.

They all have names and backgrounds in my head. I’m so tired of looking at them and their fake faces. They always do the same things. There’s never any new photos.

Let me introduce you:

Green-shirt Jimmy, 80s-Hair Erik, Maroon Marsha, Not Kenny Rogers, Barbie and Clone Beard.
Judy is the lady who didn’t get a chair.
Judy might have changed her glasses and Clone Beard changed his shirt, but they don’t fool me. Also, what is 80s-Hair Erik doing with his hand on Maroon Marsha’s shoulder? Bad touch!
Barbie is very disturbed by something Not Kenny Rogers has shown her on his laptop.
What?! They were doctors all along?


In the continuing saga of studying Italian Duolingo, I finally come across a phrase that I DEFINITELY need when I’m in Italy.

Clever advertising

I’m enjoying the ads around town for Spiritmuseum Stockhom (Museum of Spirits – as in alcohol). Whoever came up with this ad campaign deserves a raise.

Trending now in Sweden!

I never would have guessed….

Trending in Sweden - Swedes


And now a Happy Swedish Mother’s Day

Yes, other countries celebrate Mother’s day at different times. Father’s day as well (it’s in November in Sweden, but June in the U.S.). This makes it extremely hard to remember when these types of days are coming up for family overseas, espeically if you need 1-2 weeks to mail a card so it will get there on time.

The continuing adventures of Italian Duolingo

Kind of makes you nervous about keeping up with the daily news in Italy.

Vaccination fashion

Getting a vaccination shot this morning and my main concern is:

Because I think most people don’t consider this when going in. Here’s my helpful list:

1. Baggy clothes (in case you faint)

2. No sleeves

3. Absolutely no high heels (this is for after, in case you’re feeling woozy)

Stay tuned for my further fashion tips like, “How to dress for the gynecologist in Sweden” and “Proper footwear for cobblestone streets.”

Slogan generator

As a copywriter, I’m sometimes asked to come up with several versions of a tagline or slogan for a product. Occasionally, if I run out of ideas, I’ll try one of these random slogan generators for inspiration. They can be quite interesting depending on the words you add. Today I asked for quotes with the words “diseased turtles.” I was not disappointed.

Fun with language pt. 132

Ok, the photo SHOULD have been a clue, but I read this as “Spooky Quest: Lost seals.”

själar – souls
sälar – seals

ALL Moms are Awesome

Are they really?

I keep getting ads on my social media sites saying ALL moms are awesome. So I felt I should make my own:

“4 Legs Good, 2 Legs Better”

CNN had this “fun feature” story on its webpage this week:

Well, I think we all know how this story goes:

Lazy burritos for Cinco de Mayo

This has to be one of the most lazy and useless ideas ever. People can’t be bothered to fold their own soft taco?

We gotta get out of this place!

Sweden is reminding it’s residents to make sure their passports are up-to-date. As we FINALLY start to get vaccinated around here, people are ready to go on vacation! Apparently, many people didn’t bother to check or renew their passports last year with the travel restrictions, so now there’s a bit of a build-up in appointments for renewal.

A couple of years ago, I had a Canadian friend who realised a week before her trip back home that her daughter’s passport wasn’t up to date and she told me about the hassle she had to go through to get a passport quickly. I laughed and said, “Oh, I always keep an eye on our passport expirations.”

But this was not true.

ONE DAY before we were heading to the U.S., I took out our passports to discover that MINE had expired 3 months before. And it was a weekend, so the embassy was closed.

It all worked out in the end, but it was quite a nerve-wracking experience.

So don’t be an idiot like me. Wherever you live, make sure your passport is updated!

Burn the winter away!

Today is Valborg in Sweden. (It’s also the King’s birthday, which is why if you live here, you may see flags flying from the buses around your city.)

Valborg is when we burn away all the dead branches and attempt to forget the past 6 months of cold and darkness. Or that’s maybe just how I see it.

Back in the old days, it used to be to scare off witches and evil spirits. I’m starting to notice that a lot of these Swedish holidays revolve around witches. Must check into that more.

We can’t have the big celebrations this year because of “the virus”, but I’m hoping that’s included in those “evil spirits” that will be scared away as we all do smaller fire celebrations.

Glad Valborg!

Typical traffic problems

Got an email from my mom in Texas today. She said there wasn’t much happening…. oh except an alligator on the highway bridge (and a loose cow on the highway on the other side of town). So I went to check the Houston news and luckily they had this useful video about what to do if YOU spot an alligtor on the freeway.

Latest episodes

I sometimes forget to post about my podcast here as I post about it in other places, so a little spring promotion:

So far in 2021, we’ve had guests from Taiwan, Dubai, Canada, England and more. Every one of them has moved to Sweden sometime in the past 5 years (if I remember correctly…. but listen to the episodes and correct me if I’m wrong. 😉 ).

We’ve discussed everything from Reindeer to Costco rumours. And plenty of tips for things to do and great places to eat in Sweden along the way!

You can listen anywhere you get your podcasts by entering “Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow”. Or if you’d like a click link, it’s available on Spotify and iTunes:

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Give it a listen! And subscribe if you enjoy!

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