Andreas

Off work.

It’s late. The teenager has a friend over. The twins have a friend over. They’re staying over night. I am tired. I want to get to sleep but find it hard when all the young ones still are awake. I feel a bit trapped in my own home. My wife are still up, I’m in bed writing this. I feel a bit sad for no specific reason. We’ve had a good day, I took my daughter and her friend to one of the ice skating places and we stayed for hours. We got plenty of daylight and exercise. Still, I am feeling a bit sad right now. Me and my wife just watched Citizen Kane. Never saw it before. What a great movie. Also a bit sad.

I just can’t sleep any more. I woke up an hour ago, way too early to be a Saturday, but I’m not going to try to get back to sleep anymore. I’ve been scrolling my Twitter feed. Learned about Tony Hsiah. He just passed away I read. I had never heard about him before but apparently he was a big shot in the American business environment. He started Zappos, got rich, sold it to Amazon and got even richer. But the thing that got me reading several articles was the fact that he seemed a nice guy, a genuinely nice and caring person. He was involved with a project who’s goal was to make downtown Las Vegas a place for walking, cafes and small businesses and from what I learned he invested loads of money in that project. He passed just 46 years old. Haven’t found any descriptions about the cause of death.

I’m still in bed and me wife is laying next to me. She’s snoring. Maybe I’ll have to get up, put on some coffee. Maybe I should go for a walk.

I miss hanging out with friends so much. I haven’t seen them in a long while now. We had dinner plans a couple of weeks ago but we had to cancel when the restrictions were tightened. Today I’ll see one of my closest friends outside. We are going for a morning run. I am looking forward to this very much. #running #sodermalm

Hello WA

It’s been a while. I am working a lot right now, from home, and there isn’t much else happening in the days of corona. I try to think about the whole thing in the most positive way, and that means I am focusing on my family the hours I’m not working. I walk, I run, I try to be outside as much as I can during the weekends but November in Stockholm, well it’s not the best of times. Usually I would go out and meet friends at a bar, but right now that’s the worst thing you could do. The spread of the virus is continuing. Take care.

Hello everyone, it’s been a while. I have been working and doing all kinds of stuff you do when you are living with a wife and threes kids. I try to read books and long stories in papers and magazines, I walk a lot but the running, well, that’s not for me right now. I find it hard to find the motivation. It’s the autumn coming. The dark nights and the tiredness. I am usually pretty good on finding the small things making the every day life a bit more shiny, but the latest couple of weeks I have just been tired. Luckily my wife isn’t too hard on me.

I cooked for the seven people earlier today. My daughter had two friends over for dinner. I made a vegetarian stew. It was alright. Not fantastic, not awful.

Since I first found out about w.a I have been reading tmo.. He’s the most frequent blogger of all and for that he deserves respekt (sorry got that in swedish). Tmo is very much into simplicity and so am I. Yesterday I wrote I’m not going to make the 100daystooffload challenge and that immediately gave me back my inspiration. I will keep this blog in English and I’m going to write whenever I want to, about whatever I want. Books might be a subject I’ll return to. Right now I am reading two novels at the same time: Maja Lundgren “Myggor och tigrar” and Klas Östergren “Renegater”. None of those titles are available in English unfortunately. The latter might be interesting for an international audience, it’s a novel based on the true story about the author’s exit from the committee of the Nobel prize in literature.

The 100days thing is not going to happen I guess but that's not because I don't like to blog, it's because I can't stick to this one platform. I still like Write.as but for the moment I like Bearblog more. Why? I guess it's because it's a bit ugly and has a home made feeling around it. Well, I'll be back here as well sooner or later, and if you are into swedish I'll keep on blogging over at Andreas och björnen as well.

It’s wrong to say the autumn is here for real, but the feeling of autumn is nevertheless present. Working from home makes life extra slow. I like being less stressed in my everyday life but I also miss the variation. You have to organise everything yourself. There’s no action for free. That’s what autumn is. One good thing though is that I’m going in to the office today to do a rehearsal. Tomorrow am taking part in a production called Omstart Sverige (Restart Sweden), some sort of a webinar for business people and politicians. My job is to manage a chat forum where the audience can ask questions to the panelists.

Day 24 – Met an old colleague

Had a good day at work today, I feel that way because I got to leave the house and go to a press meeting for a couple of hours. The meeting was about a new piece of public art that covers a whole wall on a new office building in Hammarby Sjöstad in Stockholm. Me and the artist Jesper Nyrén had a talk and he told me the picture is originally made out of a photo he took of a diamond shaped piece of glass hanging from a tree in a thin wire.

I also met an old colleague, Lars Epstein, the old school reporter and photographer who covers everything that is worth a short piece on his blog that is sponsored by Sweden’s biggest daily newspaper. It was talking to him again. It’s been a while.

#stockholm

Day 23 – last week off work starting

It’s been a strange summer. The weather hasn’t been what you wish for, July in Sweden being the coldest for sixty years, and the covid-19 situation has really been holding us back when it comes to hanging out with people. The last couple of days we’ve been seeing my wife’s mother. We rented her a room at nearby so she doesn’t have to sleep in our small house, still we’ve been able to hang out together during the days. Mostly outside. She being at risk with bad lungs and it would be fatal if she caught the virus. It’s been good days though. During spring she’s suffering from being in self chosen lockdown back at her house in another part of Sweden, and it’s been doing both her and us good to see alot of each other for some days.

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The afternoon today has been warm and sunny and the family is hanging out at the beach when I am writing this on my iPhone. It’s a good Saturday.

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