Feb 14 2010

To the ones I love

Hey, it’s Valentines day. A day I usually don’t celebrate. But I thought that I for once could write a blog post to the ones I love. So…

To my family

Grandmother – I love you grandma, thanks for everything you and grandpa gave to me when I grew up. /mormors lilla prinsessa
Mum – Thanks for always caring about me. Thanks for calling me just to ask how I feel or if I have had a nice day.
Dad – Thank you for everything you have taught me. I am glad I can ask you about anything. Thanks for all your expressions that makes me laugh.
Marcus – Thanks for being my big brother, for always being there when we grew up. Thank you for all the shit chats on msn.
CC – Thank you for taking care of my brother. I am happy that he’s found you.
Marianne – You are the best! I can see so much of myself in you.
Britt-Louise – Thank you for everything we did together that my parents didn’t want to do with me. Like swimming in the rain etc.

To my friends in Linköping – I love you and would be nothing without you

Stefan – Thanks for being my best friend. Thanks for believing in me. Thank you for all the late nights with dkp-tea.
Pernilla – I am happy that Stefan found you and that I have got to know you too. Even though you hate board games, you are a great person.
Alice – Tant Maria loves you sweetie. Soon I will read Bamse for you.
Anna & Andreas – Thanks for your hospitality, for all the nights I’ve got to sleep on your couch, thanks for being boardgame geeks. I am also looking forward to your wedding!
Tobias – Thanks for being there when I was down and the rest were busy with gf/bf stuff ;) Thank you for all your support and for always being online when I need you.

To my closest friends in Stockholm – I am happy to have got to know you all

Jonas – Thanks for taking care of me when I moved here. I am sorry for not having time to see you more often. I owe you one!
Elisabeth – Thank you for being so funny. Thanks for all your imitations. Thank you for all the walks to Kristineberg and for everything we have talked about. I miss you so much.
Lorraine – Thanks for all your laughs, you really make my life more joyful. Thanks for the late nights out and the late chats online, thank you for listening.
Sanna – Thank you for all your quotes that make me laugh. You are one talented, energetic and independent woman. Thank you for någotsmart and all our geeky discussions over a shitty msn.
Susanna – Thank you for being the one you are. Thanks for your Finnish accent and for letting me see and hear a piece of my roots. It means a lot to me.
Jenny – Thank you for all your kindness and care. Thanks for your company on the green line to Bromma.

To my Online friends – I wouldn’t have been the one I am today without you

Rickard/shelter – I am happy that we are still friends.
Kees/andabata – My lovely Dutchman, thanks for all your love, I hope we will meet soon.
Daniel/Douwd – Thanks for all your computer support.
Don/Brett/gcb – Thank you for being the clam you are and thanks for proof reading my blog. It’s really appreciated.
John/Subbass – Thank you for all the graphical stuff you make. You really have skills man!
Martin/Muhko – Thank you for always making me laugh, even when I am down. I miss you really.

To the friend I have left in Sundsvall

Martin – Even though you only call me when you are drunk nowadays, you are one of the kindest persons I know. You were always there to help me when I called. I am happy to have got to know you and Simon. Call me next time Timrå IK is in Stockholm.

I took a few tears to write this post… But that just confirms it for me. I love you all!



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Feb 7 2010

The fashion panel hagglof

Today Melodifestivalen, the Swedish selection competitions for the Eurovision Song Contest started. The music genre is mostly not my cup of tea, the biggest reason for me watching it is to see the clothes. It’s over the years become like a tradition for our family to review the clothes the artists are wearing. Since I am at my parents place this weekend we were to my great delight able discuss the costumes tonight as well. A new thing this year was that I also reported on Twitter where I gave us the name “modepanelen hagglof” (= the fashion panel hagglof).

So, first of all. Let me introduce the fashion panel hagglof:

Herbert Hägglöf – My father, has been working in the fashion industry since he was 14, which gives him 47 years of experience. Educated long time ago at the merchant institute in Stockholm and the textile institute in Borås. Now working as a store manager at Lagos Mode in Norrköping, a fashion store that implements 20 million a year and since 2007 is part of Mich. Sandström AB.

Anita Hägglöf – My mother, educated seamstress in the textile town of Norrköping. Her biggest qualification in fashion context is to have sewed dresses for our king Carl XVI Gustaf’s prom. Left the fashion industry in the 70’s to start working with health care.

Maria Hägglöf – Yeah, that’s me. I think you know me by now. But if you don’t, I have been working  in the fashion industry from time to time since 1998. I have mostly got my experience from the fashion industry in the store Lagos Mode but I have also been doing internship twice at the fashion industry magazine Habit. Since 2009 I am also in addition to my education (Communication new media) working extra as social media consultant and advisor with customers from the fashion industry.

Now to our assessment of the clothes in Melodifestivalen.

1. Ola – Unstoppable
He got some trouble with his belt which almost came loose. But apart from that he had nice clothes, it suited him and his song.

2. Jenny Silver – A Place to stay
Disagreements in the fashion panel. Herbet said: “The legs were nice but not the rest”. Anita said: “Weird hips”. Maria said: “stuffed hips and lack of pants is not ok”

3. Linda Pritchard – You’re Making Me Hot-Hot-Hot
This performance was to messy for us and we all got headache, so the only thing we could say about the clothes was “almost the same as the previous artist” and “looong earrings”.

4. Pain of Salvation – Road Salt
During this performance I cried of laughter when Herbert expressed his views on the singer’s clothes. He thought that there is something wrong with the upbringing of a child who has got the opportunity to sing in national television to wear an undershirt and torn jeans. When he also saw that he was barefoot, he just drew a deep sigh and continued with typical Herbert-expressions about these clothes. I laughed and cried, I have seen worse but to some extent I agree with Herbert. I can’t say what Anita thought about this cause she laughed as well.

5. Anders Ekborg – The Saviour
Anders had a black suit which always works and it looked good. But even though we understood that he was meant to have a slightly sloppy look, his tie knot was silly and ugly.

6. Jessica Andersson – I did it for love
When I saw Jessica I exclaimed: “Look, a dress!” and Herbert answered “It was about time, we’re at prominent number six”. Jessica had the only real dress in the first part of the song contest. It was black, it was long and it looked really good.

7. Frispråkarn – Singel
A bit boring but classic. Our rating: nice and good looking clothes for being worn by a hiphopper.

8. Salem Al Fakir – Keep on walking
The winner of this part of the contest also is the winner according to the fashion panel hagglof. The only bad thing with his light gray costume is our cold winter. But it suited him perfect!

All in all the artists didn’t impress us much. Tonight’s best garment was worn by the presenter Måns Zelmerlöw. His blazer was above anything else.



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Feb 5 2010

#525, #8307, #8314, #39 and #8782

Early morning tomorrow (read today) I am leaving Stockholm for a meeting at Sandströms head office in Vimmerby. Most likely I will blog later about what that meeting will result in. On my way back north I am doing a stop in Kisa for a meeting with the purchasing managers and after that I will go home to my parents in Norrköping for the weekend. Since the car I had planned to go with is covered with snow together with the town as it is in, I will transport myself by train. Going from Stockholm to Vimmerby and then to Kisa and finally from Kisa to Norrköping demands five vehicles, four trains and one bus. Already when I booked the tickets for this day I felt that this will probably need a hashtag on Twitter. I had almost decided to use #tagresa (trip by train in Swedish) when #541 appeared on Twitter today, which gave me a lot of anxiety for tomorrow. But now I don’t know, what do I go for? The train numbers (as in the topic) or #tagresa as one hashtag for the whole day?



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Feb 3 2010

Weekend for my grandfather

Last weekend was spent with my family. It started on Thursday last week when my grandmother turned 90. We celebrated her birthday just with the closest family since the Friday was dedicated for my grandfather and his funeral. It was a really good and memorable funeral where we took farewell of my grandfather. Afterwards we had a memorial time together where we got to share our thoughts about him. On the Sunday service in church the Caring pastor held a little speech in memoriam of my grandfather as well. So the weekend was all dedicated for my lovely grandfather. I love and miss him but I know he is better off where he is now.

I would’ve liked to share the slideshow I made in memoriam of my grandfather and showed at the funeral with some of you but I don’t want to make it official all over www.



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