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30 before 30 update

I’d like to draw your attention to the fact that I’ve actually posted all seven “upcoming” posts I enticed you with this past summer. Now, this isn’t fully a completion of number 14 on my 30 before 30 list, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction!

In keeping with the title of this post I’d also like to draw your attention to a few more semi-recent posts off my 30 before 30 list. Evelina and I got married, and then traveled to Iceland to celebrate. I finally found the perfect lasagna recipe that Evelina enjoys as much as I do, and while in the kitchen I cooked up a couple things off of Eggton’s blog. I’ve watched a number of movies in continuing to top off my 25 before 25 list. Pintrest has even inspired me to do it myself.

30 before 30 Update

Stay tuned for more, there’s a lot left to go before the big 3-0!



do you remember

Do you guys remember my first blog post ever? I certainly do. (And if you can’t be troubled to click that little link and read up you’ll get the gist of it anyway.) Not to say I can predict the future, but I totally can.

What did I say in that first post ever? That I didn’t want this to turn into 10th grade English class? Well, it has, my friends, it has. I am both behind on my reading and my writing. Although this time it is all self-inflicted, it seems to matter all the same.

Side bar: Does this mean I actually enjoyed 10th grade English…if I keep bringing myself back there…? What would Freud say?

Anywho. What I feared would happen has happened. I have promised many a promise and post, and have yet to deliver. I’m here today to tell you about ALL of the posts I’ve said I’d post. (And haven’t yet.) In list form of course, I love lists. I’m going to Tarentino this bad boy and start at the end…which is really the beginning:

Let’s start with 2012:
In a post entitled things i’ve been up to I’ve listed a list of things I had been up to (as my listy list suggests) the following is what has yet to be written about.

  1. Celebrating birthdays
  2. Visiting Spain part 3
  3. Last week at my job
  4. Working out
  5. Gardening
  6. Trying out DIY stuff off of Pintrest
  7. Germinating lemon seeds, trying to grow avocado and hoping my pineapple bush won’t die
  8. Riding motorcycles

Moving on to 2013:
If you check out my book of the month list for 2013 you’ll notice a few things. First, both June and August have yet to be posted. These are now, seriously, delayed. If you were to start clicking on some of the links you would notice a couple rather incomplete posts. These are the, soon to be more complete, BOTMs coming to a screen near you:

  1. February – Läroplan för förskolan Lpfö 98 by Skolverket
  2. April – Godnatt, Alfons Åberg by Gunilla Bergström
  3. June – The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  4. August – Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

In October I mentioned my own personal troubles getting on SJ trains, and promised a future story.

Also in 2013 I made five New Year’s resolutions. Two have yet to be completed:

  1. Paint a painting
  2. Find a lasagna recipe Evelina likes as much as I do

Finally, 2014:
A trend has started, and I have yet to post the following BOTMs for 2014.

  1. March – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  2. April – The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus

In January I talked about throwing a sun party, if you’re curious how that went, stay tuned.
In March
I mentioned lördagsgodis, a future explanation is clearly on its way.

I also wrote a post only a few weeks ago expressing my regrets in my absence from writing. There I listed the following future posts.

  1. Wrapping up my Swedish as a Second Language course
  2. Running like a mad woman
  3. Travelling across the Atlantic
  4. Hosting a friend
  5. Party planning
  6. Taking my driver’s test
  7. The end of the school year

As I’m sure you realize, this is quite the list, but it actually doesn’t include it all. I will also be updating previous posts, and editing and fine tuning what needs to be edited and fine tuned. If you like math you will see that this totals 26 up and coming posts.

This whole idea, posting all of the things I’ve said I’d write about, can be found on my 30 before 30 list, number 14. I know I’ve been talking about this for a year, but I feel new motivation coming on. When I’ve posted all these posts I’m hoping my blog will have a more complete and cohesive feel. That I can actually pretend that I have a bit of focus and thought behind what I do. I like pretending.


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visa update

As part of my 25 before 25 list (I bet you all thought I’d forgotten about that) I wrote that I wanted to extend my visa in Sweden.

The good news is that all the paper work is filled out and sent in, and the non-refundable fee has been paid.

I guess there isn’t any bad news. Just that there was a fee, which I would rather not pay. But I would also rather not be kicked out of the country.

Technically my visa ended August 20th, 2012. On that date I’d had all of my paperwork sent in, so from that point on my file was “open,” which basically means they were reviewing it. While a file is open the applicant is allowed to continue to work/study/get free money in Sweden. (They give out free money in Sweden – I don’t actually get any, unfortunately – more on this later.)

I have heard back from migrationsverket (the migration board) since then. Evelina and I had a scheduled meeting in Norrköping in September. We decided not to go. I was a little nervous about that choice, but since we moved, that’s really not a convenient place to get to for us.

It’s not like we just didn’t show up. We requested to be moved to the office closest to the city we currently live in. This turned out to be a great choice. Once the paperwork was transferred, which I’m sure was a process as it seemed to take weeks, I received a letter in the mail. We no longer needed to show up in person and have an interview. Filling out three sheets would be good enough. On those three sheets were 5 questions. None of the questions required extra explanation. So I sent back a mostly empty sheet, with a couple boxes checked.

Sounds good to me!

The most recent update is that I have now heard back from the migration board closest to me, and I get to stay in Sweden! I have been granted permanent residency. Which is excellent, as far as I can tell, I now get to stay in Sweden for however long I’d like. I can move out of Sweden, and move back whenever I feel like it.

I mean I’m sure there are things you could do to get it taken away. But I don’t plan on doing any of those things. Intentionally. You can tell that to my lawyers.

Next step: trick them into giving me citizenship.

What about you? Tell me about a time in your life where you sent in a visa application? Did you also have to pay a non-refundable fee? Did you get your visa? If not, were you able to get that fee returned to you? Did you have to storm the embassy in order to do so? Details please.