Author Archive: hjonasson

The laziest family

My son has a friend over. The cat’s robot feeder activates and my son explains that the robot feeds the cat so we don’t have to. Immediately after this, the roomba vacuum starts up for its daily cleaning of the house.

This kid must think we are the laziest family ever. Wait until I yell at Alexa to turn on the lights later.

Ingen reklam, tack

Today on our podcast on Sweden, we talk about postal delays, movie theaters re-opening and aqueducts. We also shine a spotlight on Håverud and learn that the Norwegians have been walking among us! Available wherever you get your podcasts, or at:

Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/yytplhnk

iTunes: https://tinyurl.com/y4lap5mh

Main site: https://iceandsnow.se/podcast/68-ingen-reklam-tack/

A common problem

I don’t even remember what I was originally looking up anymore. Apparently, other Google searches were way more popular.

Coat Strategy

This week on the podcast, Mark, from Minneapolis, puts a spotlight on Vreta kloster, denying his involvement with thousand year old skeletons found there. We also ask, “Really, what’s up with Swedish pizza?”Available wherever you get your podcasts, or at:

Spotify – https://tinyurl.com/y4bnv8rw

iTunes – https://tinyurl.com/y2jlu5ha

Main site – https://iceandsnow.se/podcast/67-coat-strategy/

FM Player – https://player.fm/series/life-in-the-land-of-the-ice-and-snow/ep-67-coat-strategy

Podbean – https://www.podbean.com/ew/dir-q9hhh-ab6a850

Being short in Sweden

This is me trying to use the peephole on the door in my Swedish hotel room.

At least they wore a “mask”!

“Transportation officials in the UK have warned commuters not to use live snakes as face coverings, after a bus passenger was spotted with a large reptile wrapped around his head.

“While there is a small degree of interpretation that can be applied to this, we do not believe it extends to the use of snakeskin — especially when still attached to the snake.”


I’m just surprised this wasn’t Texas.

Let’s go to the movies!

Apparently, some theaters are open again in Stockholm! Not very many, but a few. There are maybe about 10 movies playing in the whole city, but one of them is “Tenet”, so we had to check it out.

In Sweden, you make reservations online and choose your seat before you go the movies. At this theater, you could only choose every other row. The ones in-between were blocked off. Once you made your reservation, the seats beside you were blocked – 2 to the left and 2 to the right (you can sit together on the same reservation, it just blocks STRANGERS!).

I thought this was a good solution, not to mention I didn’t have to deal with annoying people whispering, eating and checking their phones since they were all pretty far away from me.

As for “Tenet”…. I’ll have to see it at least 2 more times before I get the whole thing, much like every Christopher Nolan movie. 🙂

Season 3 of the podcast

We are back! We catch up on our summer experiences, like broken toilets, meze for Midsommar and traveling in the outside world! Also, a spotlight on Fårö.

Available wherever you get your podcasts, or at:

Spotify – https://tinyurl.com/y6phnugg

iTunes – https://tinyurl.com/y2ysn8c7

Main site – https://iceandsnow.se/

FM Player – https://tinyurl.com/yy84yqcl

More news from the future

This headline was on CNN today. Now THIS is the type of news I expect to see in the 21st century!

#21stCenturyProblems

Trials of being a parent

As I’ve said before, being a parent is often like fighting for a seat on a RyanAir flight. Sometimes it’s a school concert and parents arrive an hour early to dump their coats over an entire row to claim their seats. Sometimes parents are baking brownies and delivering them to the people in charge of the acceptance queue for the best school in town.

I am currently waiting in a line to sign my kid up for piano. For one day in August, at 8am, the Stockholm Culture Schools open their internet line to sign up for a spot in one of their classes. These are after-school activities like sports, drama, arts and music. Sure, there are other places you can find these after-school activities, but only the Culture School offers them for just $30 for the entire semester.

For parents, this is like trying to buy concert tickets to the most popular band in town for the same amount of money.

So many parents are waiting to sign up that there is a countdown on the website until 8am. Once 8am arrives, you receive a random place in line and wait. My place in line after it being open for 31 seconds?  Number 1449.

Looks like my kid is going to spend his year playing the kazoo.

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So relaxing

Today, I noticed my shower gel says, “Like lying down in a meadow of flowers.”

Is that supposed to be a good thing? Because a meadow of flowers has bees, ants, plant lice, probably dog poop hidden in there, etc.

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Illustrations

This is why I want a job as an illustrator. How many hours do you think it took for the artist to get those images just right?

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Good for kids!

Google Maps has this thing where it lets you know if an attraction is “good for kids.” Not sure exactly how well this works, as I found this while looking for things to do with my kids in Turin:

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Nature sounds

I make playlists of nature sounds to listen to while I work. I was a little surprised to see some tracks listed as explicit. I had no idea those birds had such filthy language.

 

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An unexpectedly busy summer

I’ve been off the internet for most of the summer. Contrary to the rest of the world, we have done more traveling this summer than usual. One trip for a family issue, one trip never cancelled, and one trip within our own country that had been planned because we assumed all other trips wouldn’t happen.

But the biggest trip this summer has been the guilt trip for leaving!

Though I like to say we helped other countries’ tourism economy. Someone needed to get to Italy and drink that wine! We were just helping out.

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Taking extra precautions on the plane.

 

This is not a “cake”!

Don’t be fooled, expats in Sweden. If you are offered a smörgåstårta at an event, this is NOT a cake! Yes, “tårta” is the Swedish word for cake, but “smörgås” is the Swedish word for sandwich and that’s where everything goes wrong. Bottom line is shrimp does not belong on a cake.

Is this a common problem?

I follow this subreddit where people ask if they are right or wrong about an issue. This one caught my eye. It’s an issue we all must face at some time in our lives.

Cause it just feels wrong to throw them out?

I saw this article, at first thinking it was about my husband, but then realizing they said ‘phones’ and not ‘cords’.

However, we actually do have about 11 old mobile phones sitting in a box. I keep thinking we should make an art project out of them. I had them all in a glass vase for a while. The kids’ friends really enjoyed that. Apparently having an original iPhone is cool.

But now I don’t know what to do with them. Most are too old to be used. Ideas? Phone museum?

Summer reading

Looking for summer reading by the pool, the beach, the bathtub?

Then why not order the book that started the blog that started the podcast “Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow: Essays, Observations and Lies”!? Available on Amazon in every country!

German Amazon (free shipping in EU) – https://tinyurl.com/y7kyo6oe

Amazon U.S. – https://tinyurl.com/tb5rkhh

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Podcast season finale episode

Before we take our summer break on our podcast about expats in Sweden, we talk to Anna, from Russia. She talks with us about Sweden’s taco problem, Stockholm vs. Gothenburg and about the only thing to look forward to this summer – ice cream.

As usual, we are recording remotely due to social distancing, so please forgive the sound quality. I assure you, the content is worth it!

 

Available wherever you get your podcasts, or at:

 

Spotify – https://tinyurl.com/y6phnugg
iTunes – https://tinyurl.com/y2ysn8c7
Main site – https://iceandsnow.se/
FM Player – https://tinyurl.com/yy84yqcl
Podbean – https://tinyurl.com/y5umw273

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