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New York, New York

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It is a wonderful town.  Headed down for a couple of days, pre-Juno, and enjoyed the heck out of it.  I saw three shows ranging from wonderful to just so-so, ate lots of good food, went to a nice little museum called the Neue Galerie and hung out with my father.
First we saw "Disgraced" which is an intimate play set in an Upper East Side apartment where a dinner conversation quickly jumps off the rails and enters the place where it never should have gone. I just kept on thinking "hasn't anyone ever taught them not to talk about politics or religion?" because that's pretty much what the characters do for the whole play.  The acting was great and it made for a good discussion afterwards.

The next show we saw was the last performance of "The Last Ship" with Sting in one of the leads. He wrote the lyrics and the music, which was good, but I wish there was more of it.  Three songs does not a musical make.  Wild applause by breathless hanger-ons follo…

Packing for New York

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Heading to NY for a weekend! Here's a peak at my bag -  black Michael Kors pants that feel like sweatpants (so comfy), a killer dress by "baileyblue" that I snagged at Marshalls for only $16 (love that price and the lace inset in the back), a couple of sweaters including a knock-off of one that Gwynnie wore that I coveted, a gold sweater and a black cardie to go with the dress.  Now, what shoes?  With a snowstorm heading our way, that's the real question du jour.

Looking to find your inner Swede? Sharing a casting search post:

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Looking to find your Swedish roots? This is for real people: read on!  I've seen the show and it's a lot of fun.  Good luck!
Hi! My name is Denise Karlström and I am working with casting in Sweden, at a production company call Meter Television. Meter is known for TV- programs such as "The Biggest loser", “Masterchef” and the NBC hit Min it to win it. We are now conduction a nationwide casting for season 5 of the nominated TV series, “ALLT FÖR SVERIGE” (The previous working title of the show was Great Swedish adventure). We are looking for outgoing, fun and adventurous people in different ages for next season. They have to be Americans of Swedish descent and never have visited Sweden or any of the other Scandinavian countries before.  Some Swedes settled down in your state when they immigrated back in the days. Therefore we would like to ask you if you know anyone with a little bit of Swedish blood that want to find out about their heritage?! We would be super happy a…

Who could resist posting this?

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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/14/swedish-childrens-tv-cartoon-dancing-sparks-parental-outcry-genitals-penis-vagina-dancing?CMP=fb_gu

See the link above to the Guardian?  Really, 'nuff said.  I just think this video is hilarious, but I guess you have to "think like a Swede".  If you get all hot n' bothered about Tinky Winky in the Teletubbies then this is NOT for you. So don't watch it then!  But if it doesn't bother you, the song is quite catchy. The idea is to talk about things like human bodies before kids get all embarrassed about it. When I worked at a Swedish preschool the kids were introduced to information about animals - male, female and baby - the kids understood that there were differences between them.  And it was no big deal.
Remember Jerry Falwell, and the furor that erupted over the show? Here's a reminder of this silliness.
http://priceonomics.com/the-outing-of-tinky-winky/.  So funny to see this video and compare it to the old s…

Icelandic Horses

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Horseback riding is big in Sweden and other Scandinavian countries. The Icelandic ponies are very poular for children because of their smaller size and nice dispositions.  I found this adorable picture of our little pricess on an Icelandic horse which was taken a couple of years ago.  Isn't she cute? The horse race is one of the purest in the world and they are stocky little souls. Click on the video from Kentucky Life if I've piqued your interest to learn more about these lovely animals..

I'd love to head over to Iceland to meet some of these beautiful horses and go for a ride through the countryside. There's even a horse park in Iceland calledFákasel Horse Park, located about an hours drive from the Keflavik airport, where you can see a horse show every evening (see photo below) and meet the horses in their barn during the day.
The horse above is doing the "tölt" - the fifth gait which only the Icelandic ponies do that is sometimes called the "running wa…

10 Steps to Swedify Yourself

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10 Steps to Swedify Yourself
Here's a cool resource, and it's free.  (Click the link above, and it will lead you to babbel and free Swedish language lessions.) Bone up on your Swedish, and while you're at it, they've got some funny tips on how to "Swedify yourself".  And yes, I do like marmelad on my cheese sandwich.

For those of you American Swedes who have just found my site - welcome!  A brief introduction: I am born in America and have lived in Sweden so I speak both languages; which I have tried to teach (unsuccessfully) my two children.  With a handsome hubby and a job as a teacher, I am a lucky lady who tries to stay current in all things Swedish - the news, the customs and friends and relatives in the "old country".  I'm up for all kinds of silliness.  I hope that you like my blog!  Please leave a comment. Tack!

Balaclava weather

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OK, it's officially cold - a hunker down, drink your hot cocoa, dress in layers and turn up the thermostat kind of cold.  Just the right kind of weather for .... balaclava babe!  Ha, ha!  It's not the most stylish of looks but thanks to the "Friendly Swedes" at The Friendly Swede, I for one plan to stay warm on the ski slopes this season.  It's a nice soft hat so I'm hoping it will do the trick.  Read more about Swedes and cross-country skiing here.  Balaclava babe wanna-bes can check out http://www.thefriendlyswede.com/  Do you like cross country or downhill skiing better, or are you a stay in the lodge kind of guy or gal?  Curious minds want to know. :-)

How to be Swedish

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Love this, a proper fika is always a good idea, and lit candles a must.  Hope you have a very Happy New Year dear readers!