Mar 14 2010

In case you wonder where I’ve been

I am fully aware of that I haven’t written anything here for a month. When I last posted something here I was busy with the final essay for my current education with the deadline set at 21st of February. So my plan was to take a blog break until then and focus on my essay. But that was back when I could walk on my two fully working legs. The 17th of February I slipped on the icy ground in Stockholm city and broke three bones in my right leg and foot. I have had a lot of pain and for medical reasons I haven’t been able to write blog posts (I am on pretty strong drugs). Not even smart blog posts. Although I am now trying to finish my essay and will focus on that until it’s done, which it hopefully will be this upcoming week if my body is with me.



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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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Jan 28 2010

December 2009

Phew, time for the very last blog post in this summary of 2009. It’s been boring, probably even more boring for you. Next year I’ll do it in another format. Promise.

Life in General:

December was a month I don’t want to experience again. Some days I was frustrated and angry, some days I was sad, some days I was happy but I don’t remember those days…

Friends:

I celebrated minichristmas at Pernilla’s, Stefan’s and Alice’s house together with Anna, Andreas and Tobias. We ate good food (not Christmas food) and had a nice evening together. One week later I celebrated New Years Eve in the same house with the same people, plus Jenny. A nice evening as always with my friends in Linköping.

Family:

The 28th of December was the last time I met my grandfather Bernth on this earth. He slept while I was there but when I was about to leave and realised that I had forgot to say good bye I ran back to his bed, grabbed his hand and said “Good bye grandpa”.

My family tried to celebrate Christmas as we always do, but it wasn’t like any other year. After spending the whole day by my grandfathers bed we went home in the evening. But we were all thinking of the only one who weren’t with us when we ate the Christmas food and handed out the gifts. It was all done in about two hours.

Personal:

I wrote a blog post about how I felt about living a journalist life.

LiA:

Interviews, interviews, interviews.. and a lot of writing in vain.

Work:

I worked at Lagos Mode one day in December, or not even one days, I think I worked for about three hours. It was the first day on the sale, the 26th of December.

Social Media:

I won the autumn competition at skyltat.se and got a Nokia 5800 Xpress Music which my brother is the happy owner of today.

I had a down period in this blog and just published five blog posts. I was probably out of words…

Trips:

I made one weekend-trip to Östergötland in the beginning of the month but the day before Christmas Eve I went there and stayed for the rest of the month.

Technology:

I bought my lovely iPhone 3GS 32 GB. Probably the best thing I have ever bought.

Film:

I actually got 6 movies from Marcus and CC for Christmas. The Lord of the rings trilogy and the Beck 21-24 box.

Mobile shot:

Third Advent

Third Advent

Photo:

I forgot my camera at home when I went to Östergötland for Christmas and I hate myself for that. No photo of the month. I suck.



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Jan 27 2010

Something smart

I am from now on a blogger in Swedish. Not here of course. I won’t let my readers in Denmark, Netherlands, United Kingdom and Austrailia (and maybe other countries?) down. But my class at Medieinstitutet has started a new blog corporate called “Kan den inte heta något smart” or shorter “Något smart” which means “something smart”. So all of you who understand Swedish are welcome to read my – and of course also my classmates – blogposts at någotsmart.se.



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Jan 25 2010

November 2009

Life in General:

November was a very hectic month. And as it wasn’t enough I got myself another internship company. But all in all I am satisfied with what November gave me.

Friends:

Sanna, Lorraine, Jenny and I gathered up in Jennys kitchen for some brainstorming about the spring which will include individual final projects for school, a collective blog and an event in may. We had lots of fun and got some really good ideas.

During a visit in Norrköping I enjoyed an evening at Världens Bar together with Pernilla, Stefan, Alice and Anna. And when Stefan visited Stockholm I had dinner with him.

In the end of the month, the first weekend in advent started with a 60’s party at Sanna’s place. The day after I took the train to Gnesta to spend the rest of the weekend at Josefin‘s and Björn‘s house for some pre-christmas-celebration or something. Nice people, nice food, nice mulled wine and nice Christmas songs.

Family:

My aunt Marianne and cousin Anna visited me again for another weekend with Millennium and gospel. We watched Flickan som lekte med elden at the cinema and went to a Kirk Franklin concert in Ericsson Globe.

I also visited my family i Norrköping for a weekend.

LiA:

In the middle of November I lost control over my internship when I worked faster than expected at Tredje Statsmakten. I solved the problem by doing the rest of the internship at Habit 50% of the time while I stayed at Tredje Statsmakten 50% of the time.

Work:

Together with my co-worker Birgitta I was at the Habit Fashion Awards in the Blue Hall in Stockholm City Hall where she was nominated as the best seller in Sweden. To bad she didn’t win but in my eyes she is the best anyway. We had a wonderful evening at the awards and atleast Birgitta will remember that for the rest of her life. I borrowed Lorraine’s camera for this evening and I am very grateful for that, but afterwards I regretted that I didn’t bring my own camera, ’cause then I would’ve had better photos now.

Maria at Modegalan

Maria at Modegalan

Social Media:

I participated in the Autumn competition at skyltat.se which I later won, I also blogged about my classmates on Twitter and ended up on Niclas Strandh‘s first list of blogging tweeps.

In the end of the month when the fashion store Urban Outfitters terminated all its staff the owner of their swedish domain name used social media in a try to help the employees. I wrote a pretty long blog post about that aswell.

Trips:

The trips I made during the month weren’t very far, one to Norrköping and one to Bondhälla (outside Gnesta).

Film:

As I wrote above I watched Flickan som lekte med elden in November. The film was good, but it shone though that it was made for TV and not for cinema.

Music:

I created a Christmas list on Spotify and let my tweeps add their favourite to it. Here is the result.

Mobile shot:

Jakob at a party hosted by Sanna.

Jakob at a party hosted by Sanna.

Photo:

It seems like I didn’t take any pictures with my beloved camera during November. Therefore, I have no picture of the month in this post. Unbelievable.



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Jan 20 2010

Facebook and groups

On Facebook we have profiles, groups and fan pages. Profiles are only for real persons while fan pages are for artists, companies or brands. Then we have the groups which are for everything else, more or less. There are tons of groups at Facebook and most of them are categorized as “just for fun” and are totally pointless.

Most of these pointless groups in swedish also start with “vi som…”, for example “vi som älskar Ben&Jerry’s glass” (we, who love Ben&Jerry’s ice cream). I am very restrictive to groups in general and I rarely join them because I want to keep my Facebook profile somewhat serious, even if it’s not super deadly serious. I have also always had my account set up so that the list of groups I am member of doesn’t show up on my profile page for anyone else than myself. But I can still understand people who use Facebook just for fun and join groups with funny names like “I Dont care How Comfortable Crocs Are, You Look Like A Dumbass” for example.

Although lately a new reason to not join silly groups you don’t know the founder of have been revealed.  Last weeks (at least in Sweden) there have been a lot of trolling among the groups at Facebook. Someone start a group with a name good enough to gather a lot of unsuspecting people, after a while they change the name of the group to something uncomfortable. This Facebook scamming really went over the limit this week when it started to exploit the victims of the disaster-stricken island of Haiti. First, a group called “Vi som ska göra 2010 till det bästa året någonsin” (we who will make year 2010 the best year ever), which had existed since before the earthquake, changed name to “200.000 jobs available on Haiti”. Then a group called “2 SEK per member to the disiaster-stricken people on Haiti” which had got over 200.000 members changed its picture and wrote the the sponsor was from the swedish necrophiliac association who wanted the dead bodies. I won’t go further on with how disgusting and tasteless this is, because there are already a lot of people who have blogged about it and there is not much more to say, we all agree on that it is sick and idiocy.

What I want to emphasize though, is that I think that you should think twice before you join a Facebook group. Maybe you need to ask yourself “why am I doing this?” before you click the “join button” that so easily is clicked without further consideration. Maybe you should check once or twice who the founder of the group is and think about if you trust him or her. There are also groups which suddenly appear without a group administrator, if for example the administrator has deactivated his/her account, then anyone can take over the group and change its name.

Yesterday I left the few groups I was a member of which wasn’t created by me or any of my friends. And my advice to you is, at least check through the list of groups you are a member of, ask yourself why you are a member and make a double check of the profiles behind groups. And be careful out there soldiers, after all, there are people who do not wish everyone well.



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Jan 19 2010

October 2009

Life in General:

A lot of things happened in October, I was full booked the entire month and was barely at home. Therefore I ended the month with an All Saint’s weekend all by myself.

Friends:

The month started with a visit by Martin in the middle of the night. I hadn’t seen him for over 4 years so the day after I was really tired. The same week I was at a party hosted by a friend of Lorraine, along with her,  Sanna and some new acquaintances of mine.  One week later it was time for a cruise to Finland with my classmates which we called #knm08ombord. It was crazy, just as I had feared.

In the middle of the month I went to Linköping to have lunch with Pernilla and Alice before we joined up with Stefan and Tobias for a dinner at Doverud’s.  One week later I was back in their house when we celebrated Stefan’s and Anna’s birthdays.

Family:

It was my dad‘s birthday and even though it wasn’t an even number both me, my brother and my sister-in-law was at our parents house. During the stay we also went to the annually running competition Höstmilen and ended up in the local newspaper.

Personal:

In October I revealed my most geeky interest. Of course I also celebrated the International Teddy Bear Day ;)

School:

We finished our dementia project, had a successful pitch for an impressed customer. Later in October I had the last day in school for the year.

LiA:

I started my internship period with being sick and stayed at home for two days. But the rest of the month I only enjoyed my time at Tredje Statsmakten.

Social Media:

My internship was all about social media. I did social media research, social media strategies and used social media a lot on the behalf of Medierna.

I was also at a lunch together with Stockholm Social Media Club for the first time.

Trips:

Two trips to Östergötland was made in October and also a cruise to Finland with my classmates.

Sports:

I tried to get back on track with the training but failed because of chest pain.

Music:

Markus Krunegård released two albums and I couldn’t stop listen to the Benny song.

I also wrote a blog post about my interest in music.

Mobile shot:

Marcus, CC and I went to the newly opened waffle cafe in Norrköping. This is what I ordered:

Waffle.

Waffle.

Photo:

Two of my lovely classmates on a boat somewhere between Finland and Sweden.

Adam and Elisabeth.

Adam and Elisabeth.



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