First Advent

This post used to contain pictures, but due to new storage limitations from WordPress, I had to fix the problem and decided to create a new blog that works as an archive for all the posts from my two years in California. This full post can be found here.

December is already here and I find that very hard to believe. It’s still sunny and warm outside but I think my body is tuned to the winter in Sweden because I’m always cold and my feet are like two ice cubes.

I didn’t see very much of the nice weather today, I had so much to do. First I went to Victoria’s Secret to change some panties I bought on Friday, they were too big!! Hello Small again :). Then I went to Target and bought some more Candy Cane gum and a very pretty christmas paper wrapping.

Back home where I was told that my room has to be completely empty tomorrow by 8:30 am. So I started testpacking and decided what bags/suitcases to bring where and I still haven’t really figured it out. But I packed all my clothes and stuff in my two suitcases and one carry-on. Everything was filled to the limit and I was so afraid that it would weigh too much. I started with the smaller suitcase and it was only 37.5 lbs! The big one was 53lbs. The only thing I didn’t put in the suitcases where a few smaller bags, two pair of shoes and my toiletries. And I didn’t put anything in my personal item, which will be a really big “purse”. In that I will put all my papers and some things that didn’t fit in the suitcases.

I am so relieved. I will get everything home! It’s not many lbs to spare, but still, I will get everything home!!

Yeah, right. The reason I HAD to pack all my stuff and clean out my room is because during the next two weeks all the floors and carpets in the house will be replaced with new hardwood floors. I don’t know what color they finally decided on so it will be a nice surprise. It won’t be too nice living in a big project like this though for at least two whole weeks… It seems like they are doing the first floor the first week and the second floor the second week. That means they are starting with my room. So I will stay in the guestroom the upcoming week. But I’ve done that twice before so I will be fine. It feels a little bit unnecessary to pack everything and a week later unpack it all, just so I can pack it all again like four weeks later.

At dinner tonight I sat there with the family, eating turkey soup, just looking at them. I can’t believe I have to say goodbye to them in just nine weeks. It feels so unreal! I have six more weeks to spend with them and that makes me sad.


So, today it’s the First Sunday in December which is a kinda important day in Sweden. It’s the day when everyone lights the first candle in the special candle thingy. Christmas decorations are up everywhere and have been up since Thanksgiving (some even earlier). I see cars with Christmas trees on the roofs all the time and everyone is so hyped about Christmas. I don’t have any Christmas feeling at all. But it is a little hard when it’s 75F and sunny. Today I just had a pair of shorts and a tanktop. I’m definitely not complaining! And when I think back, I actually haven’t had any Christmas feelings for years. Maybe it’s because I’m getting so old. The Christmas magic kinda disappears after a while. It is still very nice with Christmas though and I look forward to spend it with my hostfamily.

Now, before I go to bed, I have to study. I have a test tomorrow for which I almost haven’t studied at all…

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