Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Everyday Life

Last week J and I went back to Skövde for 2 days, spending one night in a hotel. He had a lot of work there to do at Volvo and whatnot so I decided to tag along to be able to socialize with some friends. Again today we go back to Skövde, for the same reasons. This time we'll be staying two nights! It's funny how an old hometown can almost feel like a vacation spot (for me at least!). I should hopefully get some more time to see some dear friends, as well as do some work, too. J just left to Vara with the car since he had a meeting there this morning, so I opted to take a train later today to meet up with him there in Skövde. Oh the wonders of well working public transit (some may dispute that, here in Sweden with the SJ [Sveriges Järnvägar] problems and Västtrafik issues here in Gothenburg, but in comparison to where I'm from, public transit is fantastic).

The job is going well, this is my second week in. So far it's become a little bit of a routine to spend pretty much most of the day with J at the office here in Gothenburg on Mondays and Tuesdays, then it seems like he has meetings and work to do in other towns so I fill the rest of my 20 hours working on my own. This suits me just fine as I do need to learn what I'm doing, but then I also like to just buckle down and really get done what needs to get done without being interrupted. So far it's worked out well. As of now my contract is temporary for the month, and at the end of the month we'll see where it goes from there. It is nice, though, to ease back into the working world. Speaking of which I am still applying to other jobs. One of which I will do after this post.

Spring has been teasing us with temperatures up to 12C (about 53F) and the sun has been shining. It's still a bit nippy out, especially in the mornings when you have to scrape the windows of the car to get the frost off. I wouldn't say spring is quite here yet, as we could most easily get a snow storm out of nowhere still. But I'm beginning to hope! I've most definitely enjoyed not wearing my heavy winter coat and big boots lately. Taking 5 minutes to bundle up before going outside does get tedious after several months!

If I feel inspired, perhaps I'll even take some shots around Skövde this week as I never posted too many of them, and really it is a picturesque little town. It's almost as if I can appreciate the town more now that we don't live there anymore.

Oh and P.S. - Happy Birthday to my mother who turned 50 on Monday! =)

1 comment:

Theodore said...


I thought this would interested you. No Seriously, I did think it would interest you. I am sorry to leave it as a comment, but I couldn't find your email address.

I’m reaching out to prominent Swedish bloggers to let you know about the first ever Swedish Chili Experiment - an amateur cook-off pitting Sweden’s finest, most committed, and passionate home chefs against one another to battle for culinary glory! Are you ready to compete? The Swedish Chili Experiment on March 25th is kicking off the “International” leg of our 16-city National Food Experiment Tour sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery. The Grand Prize winner of the Swedish Chili Experiment WINS a trip to Brooklyn, NY courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery to compete in the World Cup of food competitions: The National Championship! Where the winner will be up against the winners from around the country and the globe.

I’d like to encourage you, your friends and your readers to enter or attend.

The Food Experiments ( ) a series of amateur cook-offs that celebrate the home chef. Dishes will range from the savory to the sweet. You’ll see it all: Beer Chili, White Chili, Red Chili, Chocolate Chili, Herring Chili (?), Foraged Chili, Secret Chili, Chili Cake, etc… Remember there is always room for a little experimentation and one last bite. As long as there’s some kind of chili in it, it can represent. You may never look at beer the same way.

Anyone can compete! All you have to do is sign up through our website. Anyone can win! Anyone can attend! Tickets are 100,00 kr and include a Brooklyn Brewery Beer. A portion of the event’s proceeds will go towards charities that promote sustainability and local culinary education for disadvantaged children and teens.

The grand prize is a trip to Brooklyn (we fly you in, take you out for some great food, and put you up in a cool hotel) to eat and compete against all the cook-off winners from around the country.

Both the audience and the judges will get to name their favorites. Our esteemed judging panel will include Fredrik Ander, Head Chef at Proviant, Daniella Illerbrand, General Manager at Mathias Dahlgren, Pia Bendel, Editor at Gourmet, Lisa Winbladh, Food Blogger, Edward Blom, Food Blogger and Food & Drinks Connoisseur, and Sanna Blomquist, Sommelier at World of Wine

The Swedish Chili Experiment will be held at The Strand (Hornstulls Strand 4) on Sunday March 25th, 2012 from 1-4 PM.

The Friday Night Food Bloggers Meet Up: Our presenting sponsor, Brooklyn Brewery invites “Chef-testants”, Press, and Food Bloggers to a pre-event Happy Hour. It is an opportunity for food loving individuals to get together, shed their outer layer, drink some beer, and dig deeper into food obsessions and personal insecurities. It will take place on Friday, March 23rd, 4:30PM to 7:30PM at Akkurat Restaurant & Bar (Hornsgatan 18 118 20 Stockholm) and it will feature some special and unique Brooklyn Brewery beers.
I realize that this is what you do on a regular basis, but I had to ask. On a side note, if you have any eating recommendations for Stockholm please send them my way. What is your favorite restaurant? Coffee shop? Pastry Shop? Favorite Dive Bar, High End Cocktail, etc

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at or

All the best,

Theo Peck