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the new year’s tradition

Did you guys know that Ryan was here over New Years? Again. The first time he came for New Year’s he ended up belly dancing in a restaurant.

There's picture proof, so you know it happened

There’s picture proof, so you know it happened.

While that will be hard to beat, I’m glad he took my invitation seriously, and showed up this year as well.

#nye13

It was great having him. On #nye we enjoyed a home cooked meal at Evelina’s parents house, and then walked/ran down to the city in order not to miss the fireworks. We did not.

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I took some time off work, so we took it easy and ate a lot of fika. It was excellent.

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FIKA!

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Besides all the fika-ing we also spent a lot of time at the rink. Ryan got to try out his goalie skills in one of our practices, and I was thoroughly impressed. He also helped out the coaches as well as got some lifting time in the gym. We even ran together, seeing as I went a little crazy and signed up for a marathon. Ryan, consider this your official invitation to run the marathon with me.

Look who's in net

movies 3D style

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Movies were also watched, with HFR, hence the wicked cool shades.

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Having Ryan to visit is always a blast, and I hope we keep the New Year’s tradition going strong. In reminiscing about Ryan’s most recent visit, a summertime visit comes to mind. Both Ryan and Tyler came to Sweden the summer of 2012.

They had both just gone on a tour of Great Britain and Wales, and had had a great time.

lazing about

(Clearly not more fun than Sweden though)

Lucky for me they decided to stop by Sweden before making the trip back across the Atlantic. We spend the time riding bikes around Eskilstuna, and having fika. I hope you sense the theme. A day trip to the Natural History Museum was also in order.

The National History Museum

Where we posed creepily with the animals. Obviously.

There were serious moments as well:

the siblings

Ryan, Tyler, consider THIS your open invitation to visit Sweden the summer of 2014!

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video killed the radio star

A couple of weeks ago I was singing this song to my self. Over and over again as I walked down the road from work to Sörmlands radio station. I only know the one line, so really I was just singing “video killed the radio star” over and over again, and dancing like MC Hammer as I went.

Evelina and I appeared on Swedish public radio. I say appeared because it sounds like we have been long-awaited guests. Or that we’re super cool and interesting people who appear on the radio. Which we are.

We visited P4 to talk about hockey. Each week they have a contest where the listener is to guess which athletic activity is being referred to. Following the unveiling of the correct athletic pursuit, participants of that sport make an appearance on the show. The week Evelina and I made our appearance our sport was the sport in question.

P4 coffee

Evelina and I not only current players, but we also coach cute little kiddos how to skate on weekend mornings. We clearly like this stuff if we’re willing to give up our only two sleep in mornings for it. In hind sight I think we did well. We talked up our sport and discussed the differences between men’s and women’s hockey, we even got a word in on how inexpensive it is to start up and how children should come try it out. Over all, very successful.

If you’re dying to hear the interview here’s the link. Or if you’re just super curious about what I sound like in Swedish. Fast forward to about 2:39:00 if it doesn’t already start there.

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hockey camp

I hope you all had a wonderful Columbus Day and/or Thanksgiving and/or regular Monday yesterday. Those are the only options, so it better have been one of those.

Remember that list of things I told you about. Well here’s another insertion from the “things I’ve been doing while I haven’t been blogging”.

Early this August Evelina and I helped out at a hockey camp here in town. It was a lot of fun to work with some boys (and two girls) on improving their performance both on and off the ice. (Sounds fancy. Reality: glorified babysitter.)

The first day we arrived at the rink at 9:10. Which believe me was a struggle after enjoying over a month of sleep ins. (Emphasis: it was a struggle for me – Evelina had been working all summer and was used to it – sucka!).

As we were waiting to start our first off ice with boys aged 10-13, a man, who we’ll call Smelly Von Buttface, stands off to the side, talking about how girls don’t have muscles. In all seriousness. This is his honest belief. What the what?!

Maybe this isn’t a good thing to say in front of impressionable boys, who play hockey with girls.

Maybe this isn’t a good thing to say in front of impressionable girl hockey players.

Maybe this isn’t a good thing to say before these boys and girls are going to go outside and follow the workout that girls have brought for them.

Maybe this isn’t a good thing to say within earshot of two girl hockey players who will be playing for the women’s team in your town for the entire next hockey season.

Maybe this isn’t a good thing to say within earshot of one particular girl who can both squat and bench more weight than you, Sir SVB. (We’re talking about Evelina here, let’s get real, we all know about my chicken legs. Orrr – you do now.)

Dearest Sir SVB, I’m not going to let this bother me more than it has. Your problems are something you should take up with your psychiatrist. You don’t have one you say? Maybe look into it. Just a suggestion. From a girl. Whose chicken legs can still kick you in the balls.

I will say that Evelina and I thoroughly enjoyed showing the guys and gals a little of what we do for off ice workouts during the summer. It was also great coming up with on ice practices.

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I will say that after just 3 days with us, some of the boys were complaining. They “just wanted to do something easy.” Because what these two girls with no muscles put together for them was just a little above their fitness level.

What do you think of that Sir SVB?