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Just another American living in Sweden

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twenty five. come up with a 30 before 30 list

Well, here it is. The last item on my list, the last day before I turn 25.

Have you all noticed the new page now available at the top menu? There it is! My 30 before 30 list.

New list, new adventures.

30 before 30

Follow the big red arrow

This time with a full five years to complete my items, I hope to get a few more of them done. Seems like some exciting times are ahead! Just wait and see.


ten. watch 10 films on imdb’s top 250 list

To specify, I wanted to watch 10 films I had not yet seen, from this fun list on IMDB’s webpage.

Sidebar: Does anyone use the word webpage anymore?


I got really close on this one. As of my latest update I had watched 6/10 of the movies on my list. Since then Evelina and I watched Schindler’s List, so that’s another step forward.


I was a little embarrassed to admit that I hadn’t seen this one. We had seen clips in history class, but I don’t believe that counts…If you haven’t seen it, Schindler’s list is a horribly wonderful movie. Comes highly recommended.

It does, unfortunately, leave this item incomplete. Evelina seems less than thrilled with the three remaining films, so if this item is to be completed looks like I’ll be going it alone.

Have you seen any of the remaining films? Which should I see first?



twenty. paint a painting

This is one of my New Year’s resolutions. I had planned to complete this one in early April. I’m here today to tell you that did not happen. I do still hope to complete this bad boy before the turn of the year. I will just not be able to complete it before I turn 25. Sadly.

I do have it all planned out though. I don’t want to give everything away, but it involves black, white and grey, and birds. I hope I’ve piqued your interests! I’ll be sure to keep you posted. Until then, here’s a teaser:

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sixteen. visit a friend at their new residence

Another completed goal! I bet you all thought I was a super slacker after reading about three incomplete goals in a row. But never fear! I’m here today to tell you about a completed goal.

The summer of  2012 was a big summer for travel for me. That July I made a trip down to D.C. to visit my oldest friend, Elizabeth. (Again, oldest as in we’ve known each other since the diaper years, read: best friend, not my oldest living friend.) D.C. is great, and I recommend it to all. Especially those of American decent, ours is such a historical capital and with all the fun touristy things it’s really worth a trip.

Me sandwich

See what fun there is to be had! (Side bar: ridiculous sun burn not required.)


I even have some exciting news. I visited another friend at her new residence. Her gender is all the hint you’ll be getting for now, though. As, this is a story for a future date. Exciting, I know.

Stay tuned.


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twenty two. do a handstand push up

Now this is another one of my dreams, that just didn’t quite make it. When I say a handstand push up, I’m talking about a free-standing handstand push up. In pursuit of my goal, I started with practicing my handstands. This was apparently a miscalculation.

I should have started practicing my wall assisted hand stands first, then worked on my wall assisted handstand push ups, and then moved my way up to free-standing handstand push ups. What I really should have done was all this research a little sooner than today.

If you Google handstand push ups you get a lot of hits. YouTube videos, advice columns…hopefully this blog post, which will be of no assistance what-so-ever in terms of helpful hints. I guess this is what not to do!

My top three things in how to not to learn to do a handstand push up:

  • Don’t practice handstands at work.
  • Don’t practice handstand on hard surfaces.
  • Don’t ask your friends to help you learn to do a handstand – they will laugh at your failed attempts.

Hope that helps!


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eight. go to greece

I had a master evil plan. It was glorious. It involved my escape, with Evelina of course, to the warm, sandy beaches of Greece. In my fantastical plan I would spend my 25th birthday sipping adult beverages in the sunshine.

Greece sandy beaches

picture found here

Sadly, this will not be the reality. I still have good chances of sipping adult beverages in the sunshine, however I will not be in Greece. My dream vacation is still only a dream. Turns out my fantasies have deeper pockets than I do. Greece will have to wait. I hope it isn’t going anywhere.

The resolve has not lessened.


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fifteen. find a lasagna recipe evelina enjoys as much as i do

Unfortunately, I was unable to complete this goal. Evelina claims she does not, and will not ever like lasagna. Not that she doesn’t eat it…I on the other hand lean a little more towards the Garfield-lasagna-for-every-meal-would-be-heaven camp. So our equal admiration of a lasagna recipe was unlikely from the start.

In light of her stubbornness I planned on making her a lasagna with these ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green pepper, minced
  • 1/2 tbs chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbs adobo seasoning
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tbs vinegar
  • 1 envelope sazón (or 2 tbs taco spices)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 8 green stuffed olives, halved
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 4 plantains, peeled and sliced into strips
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbs milk
  • 2 cups white shredded cheese
  • vegetable oil
  • salt

I found this recipe on the interwebs, and for the life of me, I cannot find the original website. It was a very cute website with lots of fun recipes. If you find it, please let me know so I can link back to it. Anywho – you can see this recipe doesn’t really result in a lasagna. I thought it would be perfect, and tricky.

What I did not plan for was how difficult it would be to find plantains in Sweden. (Thus far completely impossible.) That’s why this goal never happened.

I have a new plan, though. I have the super secret meat sauce recipe courtesy of Evelina’s mother. Evelina truly enjoys this meat sauce. The plan then follows three simple steps. 1. I am going to make the super secret meat sauce. 2. I am going to layer said meat sauce between lasagna noodles. 3. I am going to abstain from any and all cheese and put said layered goodness in the oven.

This will be the lasagna that Evelina loves, I just know it. This is not a secret plan, as Evelina now knows it’s contents, but I still have faith. Keep posted to see what she thinks – I’m hoping for a guest post, but y’all may have to settle for an interview.