So You Want to Date a Scandinavian?


usaliv1:

Yup, Thyra10 pretty much sums it up right here :-D

Originally posted on Thyra10:

I have been contacted by more than one person wanting to date Scandinavian people or even marry one of us. My reply? Tough luck! Because Scandinavians don`t date. We hardly even have a word for it. The Scandinavian words for “date” is really old-fashioned and one my grandmother might have used but probably didn`t because I don`t think she dated either. So the few times we have to use the word “date” (usually to describe something foreigners do) we use the English word for it.

And we very rarely get married.

So how do we figure on top of these lists of “most happy people in the world?”, you wonder? And how do we procreate if we don`t date and don`t marry?

From the amazing online cartoon series Scandinavia and the World.

From the amazing online cartoon series Scandinavia and the World.

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Interferon gamma


SkinLiv:

Proud of my sister who refuses to take no for an answer and who has the guts to take charge of her own situation <3

Originally posted on Extreme living:

It has been months since my last blog post. So much has been going on and I have been waiting a while to tell you some very interesting news. Since last summer I’ve been in touch with Prof. Roberto Testi who is chair of Immunology
Department of Biomedicine and Prevention Rare Disease Section 
School of Medicine
 University of Rome “Tor Vergata”.

I saw his article “Interferon gamma upregulates frataxin and corrects the functional deficits in a Friedreich ataxia model” and contacted him right away to get more additional info. Every research that shows an increase in frataxin protein levels is veeeeery interesting to me, and there is so much high tech research going on at the moment. What caught my immediate interest with this particular research is that interferon gamma is already an approved medication. The indication for using this medication is something completely different than friedreich’s ataxia, but it…

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Make the Homeless Smile – Be the change you want to see in the world


Originally posted on Journeys of Growth:

I came across this video tonight and I just had to share it. My lady and I both were touched by seeing the kindness shown around the world.

When it is so easy to make someone else happy – we should all strive to do it more often.

We are setting ourselves a goal to do something good for someone else each day.

Spread the love! Be the change you want to see in the world!

 

 

 

 

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Napa Valley: A wonderful trip spent with even better people!

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OK, my blogging has been significantly weak the last 6 months. What happened? Not sure.. Doing too many things at once perhaps. Trying to do two jobs and have a social life made me have to make some priorities. And I have so much I want to share! Sigh….

So this Saturday night, as I am staying in(yeah, part of a 90 day challenge that I will tell you about one of these days) I figured I could share one of my thousand stories.

I want to take you back to March – I had just gotten back to DC from Norway. Barely had enough time to find an apartment and move my stuff over to it. Then I went on vacation for 3 weeks! Gotta love that.. Hey let’s work for 4 weeks, then take 3 weeks off.. ;)

So anyways, my sister Eli and I went over to the West Coast for a little adventure/road trip. She flew in from Norway and I flew in from DC. We met at SFO(San Fran Airport) and started our trip with 4-5 days in San Fran… I could aay a lot about this but tonight I want to tell you about our trip up to Napa Valley!

Here we are fresh off the plane. Jet lagged level 1 and 2

Here we are fresh off the plane. Jet lagged level 1 and 2

So neither me or Eli knows a whole lot about wine. We know what tastes good and what taste meh.. Usually our preference is Savignon Blanc from Marlborough(thats a white wine from New Zealand). Maybe we like this wine cause our oldest sister liked it so much and introduced it.. who knows.. all I know is it’s my favorite and I can’t stand anything Chardonnayish.

Since we had three full weeks to do whatever we wanted to do, go where we wanted to go and just enjoy life and explore California(awesome state btw), we decided to go up to Napa Valley and check out what wine was all about.

We borrowed some friends’ car(Thank you Kathy and Thue), and drove up early one Monday morning. Took about an hour from San Francisco to get to Napa Valley. We had time to get to our incredibly adorable B&B(http://www.cedargablesinn.com). Ken and Susie(the owners of the B&B) met us at the door, helped us with our bags, gave us a cup of coffee and signed us in. Even though they were in the middle of making breakfast for their guests, they took their time to talk to us.. they even took a photo of us by their very very cool fireplace(photo below)!

At Cedar Gables Inn

Lol…

Then our tour guide showed up. Bruce! We found him through a very quick Trip Advisor search and he came with outstanding reviews. Prices may sound higher than the regular “we pick you up in a limo and you get some drinks”- tours, but Bruce was amazing. He came right on time and picked us up in his nice minivan/bus, – he was the designated driver for us all day long. We toured together with a very nice couple who had actually done tours with Bruce before(he is that good).

wine tour with Bruce, ready to go

Just got picked up by Bruce – ready to learn about wine!

It was a beautiful day.. Just look here:

The first vineyard we visited, Robert Biale

The first vineyard we visited, Robert Biale

First vineyard we visited, Robert Biale

First vineyard we visited, Robert Biale

another vineyard. Eli and Bruce

another vineyard. Eli and Bruce

We learnt to stir/shake our wine on this tour(sorry Bruce, I don't remember exactly what you call it), air that wine!

We learnt to stir/shake our wine on this tour(sorry Bruce, I don’t remember exactly what you call it), air that wine!

The whole crew(minus Bruce)

The whole crew(minus Bruce)

Eli and I, happy wine tasters

Eli and I, happy wine tasters

Delgadillo vineyard was our very last stop and also the favorite

Delgadillo vineyard was our very last stop and also the favorite

Delgadillo wines

Delgadillo wines: got a very warm welcome at this spot

I could have gone on about this all day and I have a TON of photos and videos. I’m thinking less is more though, so this is what you get. You just have to go see it(and taste it!) for yourselves! (P.S. I learnt that Zinfandel is DELICIOUS on this tour)

We enjoyed a nice dinner in Napa that night. Then got up early so we could have time for Susie’s World Famous French Toast Suffle. Honestly, that thing is out of this world. I’m not sure it is possible to describe it in words and still do it justice.

Susie's world famous French Toast Suffle(seriously awesome)

Susie’s world famous French Toast Suffle(seriously awesome)

Me and suffle!

Me and suffle!

Enjoying Susie's World Famous French Toast Suffle

Enjoying Susie’s World Famous French Toast Suffle

And then we drove all day down California 1 to Los Angeles! More on that later..

Considering a trip to Napa Valley?

Check out Bruce and his Wine Country Safari HERE

Check out Susie and Ken’s adorable, warm and welcoming Cedar Gables Inn B&B HERE

This is what happens when you let a 6 year old polish your nails…!

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So… The other week I was babysitting my nephews and niece in Miami.
One thing I learnt is that if you are taking care of a couple young kids you will not necessarily have all the time in the world to take care of your own look/vanity.

I figured I would be clever and do a two in one. Entertain my 6 year old niece AND get my nails nice and colorful…

When she had accepted the task and we were ready with the nail polish, when she had the brush in her hand, she said: “You know, I never did this before”

Haha, awesome!

The results left hand

The results left hand

The results right hand

The results right hand

The artist and I, showing off our cool colored nails

The artist and I, showing off our cool colored nails

 

 

Monday Laughs: Top 6 Baby Laughing Videos on Youtube(in my opinion)


SkinLiv:

Hilarious baby laughing videos!

Originally posted on Journeys of Growth:

Hey,

It’s Monday. I know all of you out there are not necessarily doing my mental development challenge of 30 days(if you want to check it out its RIGHT HERE), I also know that even though you are actually doing the challenge you may still experience a tough Monday here and there.

I know that if you actually LAUGH even though you may not feel like it, but just force yourself to smile and make laughing sounds, it is very hard to stay sad/angry/frustrated…

With that in mind I wanted to share some, in my opinion, hilarious baby laughing videos from YouTube. Here are my top 6 favorites in random order:

 This Baby thinks Ripping Paper into Pieces is the Funniest Thing on Earth!

Bing, Ding – This Baby is Cracking Up Laughing

This Baby Can’t Decide if Mommy Blowing Her Nose is Funny or Scary

A Classic: Charlie…

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Today is The First Day of The Rest Of Your Life:The 30/30/30 Challenge


SkinLiv:

Awesome challenge! I’m doing it and I think it’s worth looking into for everyone else out there! Doesn’t hurt making your mind be more positive and ready to face whatever life throws at you :)

Originally posted on Journeys of Growth:

I really want us to do this challenge together. I have actually already done this every day for the last 6 months and it has had a tremendous impact on my life and to my mentality. I challenge you to start off NOW and join me for the next 30 days..

What is the 30/30/30 Challenge?

1. Spend 30 minutes every day reading a book. Not just any kind of book, but a book that will help you reprogram your mind and your mindset. A book that will be motivational and help you change your life. I have many suggestions for you if you don’t already have one in mind.

For instance:

Think and Grow Rich – by Napoleon Hill

The Laws of Success – by Napoleon Hill

Psycho-Cybernetics – by Maxwell Maltz

How To Win Friends And Influence People – by Dale Carnegie

2. Spend 30 minutes every day…

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Coolest carton bottom ever – tiny marketing details that amuse me

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One of my big fascinations moving around the world is to spot funny, cute and clever details when it comes to marketing, packaging, customer service stuff etc.

I just came across this photo in my files from a Jet Blue trip I went on in March. I don’t remember exactly what this carton was and what brand, but I am pretty sure it’s a milk carton from their “healthy and fit” – snack pack.

Not that I think a whole lot of people ever notice the bottom of their milk carton but what a clever way to put a smile on my face.

It made me notice it enough to take a picture of it and then make a blog post about it way later.

Way to go you-person-who-came-up-with-it!

Milk carton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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