Life is too short, eat a cupcake.

Or 20. Yes. Sash and i baked. We made 20 cupcakes. 

 We followed Camelia’s Cupcakes recipe for half of them, chocolate with peanut butter frosting (OMG !!!! still amazingly good) and we found another recipe chocolate with pepper in the frosting ! It gives  the cupcake a crazy hot taste ! Awesome.

We spent more than 3 hours in the kitchen and is was fun fun fun…and gosh we were so proud of ourselves.

Then we dressed up and drove to Sash’s friends  for anight of FUNNN !


life is too short to stop eating

We went out for diner with some of Sash’s friends on Thursday night, we went to this really nice restaurant downtown called Purple specialized in wine and cheese…helloooooo. You could order 3 different wine to taste for 14 dollars !

After diner we wanted to go have some drinks in a bar but we could not get in cause we did not have our passports and apparently our ID were not enough to prove we were over 21…seems like the state of Washington is super strict about this.

Friday morning we decided to start working out for real and started Jillian Michaels’s 30 days work out video ! YEAH, for real.

And after as a reward, i made crepes !!! YUMMY !

Then Sash and i got manucures and pedicures !!!! Soooo awesome, just like in the movies, one woman taking care of my feet, another one doing my nails, chatting with Sash about a stupid TV show on tv…it felt unreal. She even got me to wax my eyebrows….Hurts like hell but…well it DOES look much better.

Then we went up the highest building in Seattle, the Colombian Center, much higher, and cheaper, than the Space Needle.


life is too short to stop walking

on Saturday morning i took a guided tour with a kinda crazy/very knowledgable/ super fast walking guide. I had a blast. I love walking, i love walking thru cities, i love walking fast and i love stories about buildings and streets.


Then i met Dave and his mom and we went thru the Chinese district where they had a huge celebration….after about 30 minutes we were all craving for chinese food and ended up in a small restaurant where we stuffed ourselves with delicious weird looking asian food.

Then we went thru another festival in the italian district ! We climbed all the way to Hyde street to see the cable car go down and took about 1,5 billion pictures, of course we went down and up the Lombard street along with 80 other tourists.

Yeah for our matching outfits…

We walked down th the pier, shopped a bit, had a delicious crêpes and took the cable car back to to hotel. After one last drink it was time for Dave’s mom to pack and go to bed to be up at 7 and catch her flight back to STHLM.

Life is too short to stay at the same place too long…

Friday 2nd was my last day at work. I don’t think i realized yet cause i have had so much on my mind. After 2 years at the Ambassy i cleaned up my office, said bye to m colleagues (got pretty cool presents) and that was it.

It’s tough to think that soon someone else will be at my desk, dealing with my colleagues, organizing events i organized before him…doing what i did for 2 years and probably doing it really well… how will people remember me? Will they?

(Lea, my favorite colleague) 

 and party one last time with your friends !

Plus, i have tones of new projects ahead of me… like… while you’re reading this i’m in a flight to San Francisco where i will meet up with älskling and his mom, then älskling and i will fly to Seattle to spend 3 weeks with our awesome friend Sash !!! SO EXCITED !


today Clint was in town. Clint is a professor. Clint used to be a bar and a club owner. He is american but spend 6 months a year traveling and teaching in every country in the world. We first met Clint 4 years ago while studying at Arkansas State University, Älskling, Jean Philippe and I…

He is teaching in Finland right now, flying to Austria in a week and visiting us for the weekend… What a wonderful surprise and a wonderful trip down memory lane…


jag har talat svenska ! I spoke swedish ! j’ai parlé suédois !

hej hej. what an exhausting, but fun week. The fair on thursday turned out great. We had 2 stands with my collegue/friend from the french institute and we spent the day answering people’s questions about studying in France, studying french… it was actually really interesting and rewarding to feel a little useful ! Even if i really have to read and learn a lot to be able to answer all the questions. THe best part was definitly when a woman started to talk to me in swedish and i actually answered her ! ” förlat men jag talar inte svenska, om du vill ha mer information om franska kurser du kan ringa Claudine, hon talar svenska”. I felt awesome.

On top of that we had free lunch and we were posted right by the coffee/tea & cookies area. Perfect. But wooaa exhausting.


une semaine bien chargée ! Le forum de jeudi c’est très bien passé finalement. J’ai passé la journée avec ma collègue/amie de l’institut français à répondre aux questions des gens interessés par les études en France ou les cours de français. C’est sympa de se sentir utile. Même si il y a pas mal de chose qu’il faut que je lise pour me mettre à jour. Le meilleur moment fut quand même lorsque j’ai été obligé de parler suédois !! “ förlat men jag talar inte svenska, om du vill ha mer information om franska kurser du kan ringa Claudine, hon talar svenska”. Ca restera dans les annals. Et puis, on été placé juste à coté des gateaux et du thé… parfait.

On friday evening, it was the Autumn Party at the British Embassy ! The theme was Mickael Jackson with a moon walk contest ! Felt so fancy to be on the guest list. We had a great time with my friends from work and met some cool people from the american embassy (we heard great stuff about their Halloween party). Next goal, Finish embassy, we heard they have a sauna there !

This weekend, SLEEP. And appointement taken at the hairdresser for next tuesday.

here’s what i was wearing dress & jacket from Sinequanone/ ma tenue pour la soirée


Vendredi soir c’été l'”Autumn Party” à l’ambassade de Grande Bretagne ! Sur le thème Mickael Jackson , avec concours de moon walk ! C’était vraiment sympa, et on en a profité pour faire ami ami avec des membres de l’ambassade américaine (il semble que leur soirée halloween soit super !). Prochain objectif, l’ambassade de Finlande, on a entendu parler d’un sauna !

Ce weekend, DODO. Et rdv pris chez le coiffeur pour mardi.

sunday 22nd of March…

Hej, I’ve been tagged by   Kaja  and her lovely skirts 😉 so here is today’s post 🙂

The rules are:
1. Respond and rework: answer the questions on your blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, add one more question of your own.
2. Tag eight other un-tagged people.


What is your current obsession ?

Finding time to sleep


What are you wearing today?wore


What’s your favorite moment of the day?

Morning especially on weekends cause I love breakfast and because..everything can still happen !


Why is today special?

Because it’s Sunday. Which means big breakfast + it’s only 10 days until älskling comes.


What would you like to learn to do?

A lot of things…  to be more confident. To see the drink half full and not half empty…to drive


What’s for dinner today?

I would say chicken and potatoes.


What’s the last thing you bought?

A funny book at the American bookstore at Opéra in Paris for a friend and something for Dionne’s Spring Swap so I can’t tell


What are you listening to right now?

Right now? The silence of my house on a Sunday morning…


What is your favourite weather?

SUN. Just sun would make me happy.


What is on your bedside table?

Good question, let me check, a “lava lamp” my alarm clock, a candle holder from Kosta Boda, my camera (?!), some letters älskling wrote to me, a frame w/ a pics of my friends and I.


What’s your style?

Tough one.

There’s the one I wanna have which would be colourful, somehow “retro” and romantic…

And the one I have which is quite not that yet.


What is your most challenging goal right now?

Managing to get my Master and to “finish” my job so i can be FREE.


What do you think about the person who tagged you?

Well I don’t really know her but she seems and sounds really nice and I love her skirts and her boots 😉 I’m definitly following her blog 😉


If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world where would you like it to bed?



Favorite vacation spot?

My grand parents’ house in the summer,  in the east of France in the middle of nowhere in the mountain,  by the lake.


 Name the things you cannot live without?

Family, älskling, sleeping, books, sun, grape juice and raspberry and chocolate.


How was your childhood?

It’s great.


What would you like to get rid of?

My job ?  the stress about future, not just mine…


If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour where would you go?

I would go to Malmö to meet my älskling…or to Seattle to meet my Sash.


Which language do you want to learn?

Swedish…and I’m supposed to speak Spanish but let’s face it ..I don’t…so Spanish too.


Which countries have you visited?

Sweden, USA, England, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Turkey, Tunisia, Denmark, Norway, Austria. 


What do you want to be when you grow up?

Me. But more confident.

I wanna be happy.

I want to work w/ people from different countries and cultures that’s why I’ld like to work w/ the Erasmus program


What do you think really matters in life?

It’s gonna sound cheesy but…Love. Laugh and raspberry chocolate.    


What are you proud of?

My life in the USA. The fact that I totally handled myself over there after all. 

8 people is a lot…and i don’t want to “re” tag people…  I’m gonna tag:

Victoria, Helena, Mia, Pauline, Regine, Marissa, Tanya and miss April 22 ..if you girls feel like doing it …have a great sunday everyone !



Dancing Queen


Or, when the cat is away the mice will play.  in that particular case I’ll be the mouse. My boss is away…he’ll be the cat.

I got to sit in his chair and use his phone…i felt so powerful .. for 5 minutes. Damn his chair is comfortable !

Today was… not too bad i guess considering it was work. 

It rained like crazy for 4 hours in a row i felt like back in Arkansas in the fall…except less fun.

This weekend I learned I was totally  “IN” musicwise… but more about that later…