new website/blog premiere!

new life. new adventures. new blog!

lina and i have started a blog together (thanks to her winning a blog-writing contest!)!! we'll have pictures, writing, videos, music, and lots of updates on our life... wherever we are, so come on over and check us out! we won't be doing much posting on our sites.

so, if you wanna keep in touch, check us out at: life with liz and lina.

see ya there!


happy mother's day!

today my dad and i took my mom to the grove park inn (where president & mrs. obama stayed a few weeks ago) for a mother's day brunch! it was amazing and there was tons of food. we did a little (hehe) shopping after our meal, and then headed back home because we were exhausted from all the eating and shopping. love it. i talked with my love for a little while - by the way, 4 weeks from today we are reunited! - and then, i completely cleaned and organized my room...finally done!
now, it's time for bed so i can be ready for another week starting tomorrow.
happy mother's day, mom!!

time to mix it up

i tend to get bored easily. i don't really like routine so much, or i get tired of a routine pretty fast. so, having worked for the past 2 and a 1/2 weeks with the same schedule, i have reached my limit. hehe. it's time for a little change in my daily routine. luckily, a little change is coming tomorrow. we have an early release day (the students go home at 1:00, however teachers do not. meh). still, it's something different. yay!

at home, i need a little change too. but, i've got plans. oh yeah. thanks to zola, actually. the other day she was hanging out on the porch, i was inside talking with my love, and i heard a noise. i looked out and found zola OUTSIDE of the porch, in the wild, free!! that crazy, cute, determined little cat had busted right through the screen door so she could get out! i freaked out, but i was able to get her and bring her inside. (she is not an outside cat at all!). anyway. that's the background...

once my love is with me in june, we are having guests to stay with us some nights. and we'll all be spending lots of time hanging out on the porch with the doors open. that is definitely not gonna work with zola. so, the only place zola can be is in the downstairs room (where there is a door to make sure she doesn't get out on the porch). however, that is a guest room right now. i'm sure that our guests will not want zola in their room, so, it seems like this is a great opportunity for me to move from the upstairs room to the downstairs room! think i'm gonna start moving things over the next few days and make it a cozy place. so, thanks zola, for giving me a "reason" to make a little change at home.

yep. time to mix it up a little!


thanks to my love, my blog has now undergone a new design. feels happier! i didn't mean for this to happen. really. as i said in friday's post, i was just playing around. but my love stepped in and saved the day! she designed a new header (the part i was stuck with) and she's now waiting for me to finish writing my profile paragraph. why is it taking me 2 days to write a sentence or 2? gaaah!

anyway. 10 design points to my love! tack så mycket!

28 days of ♥

i have a little project for february...
think it's gonna be great fun.
love. love. love.

a sneak peek

here's a little look at what's been going on in sweden lately...


a few pics

cozy fire...
zola exploring a crazy, singing christmas dog...
putting on the final touches on the hippie christmas tree (i call it that because the lights are so crazy bright! hihi.)

farm girl or city girl?

for the past week, we have been exiled from our cute, cozy, city apartment to the beautiful, remote, cozy farm. it was an unexpected "vacation" (although i worked, i.e. drove 45 minutes every morning and afternoon) brought on by the little mouse that would not leave our apartment. zola (the cat) did nothing to help us catch the mouse. all she did was run with it, kick it, and chase it. ugh. so, we packed up our stuff and zola's stuff, set 12 mousetraps, contacted the apartments' office, and vacated our home.

while we were on the farm, we helped my dad set up a new tv. very cool. watched some awesome movies. the soloist, little miss sunshine, and began watching the first 2 episodes of the first season of true blood. yep. we bought the whole season. be jealous. we're addicted.

we also drove like crazy people a few times - trying to get to town to run errands before everything was closed. it's a long way out in the middle of the country(side). we had some cozy, rainy nights. made pizza. mmm. and yep. we herded cattle. that's right. we put on our boots, walked down the dirt road, and coaxed 2 big cows back into the field where they belong. mmm. hmm. i'm a country girl inside.

ok. maybe not. today we came back home!!!!! we dropped zola off at the vet to have her bathed and to get her some medicine and headed home to do some intense cleaning. now it smells and looks so good in here. yay. and zola is exhaused too, so she's curled up on the sofa with us as we sit - glued and addicted to our computers. that's right. there was no real internet access on the farm.

tomorrow it's back to work (today was a workday - and i didn't work. hehe.). but only 2 days, and then it's weekend! tomorrow it's back to being a city girl. feels good. and yet, the time on the farm was really great too. perhaps i really do need a little of both in my life. and how amazing is it that in my life that i am able to enjoy the city and the farm?! not only that, but i am so blessed to have family in 2 countries. i have the joy (and great sorrow too) of traveling back and forth between NC and Sweden! so many people dream of simply visiting one place or the other, and i am back and forth all the time. wow. what a life. i don't have to choose. country. yes! city. yes! usa? yes! europe? yes! i have it all. everything. and my true home is wherever my love is.

make-over:IKEA style

we did it! we've been dreamin' and wishin' for about a year now. we've planned and planned, designed and discussed. how awesome would it be if we could get some furniture from IKEA and add it to our apartment?! well, as a result of our 2 spontaneous trips to IKEA this weekend, we did just that! my love and i spent all evening and night putting together new furniture, taking apart old furniture, organizing, arranging, and decorating our apartment. and it looks amazing! love it.

can't wait to share it with others! wish everyone could come over. the door's open! stop by anytime!! we wanna share our home.

pics to come soon.