December 31st, 2006

A new kiss year

Posted by Lifecruiser in Love, Life
Old New Year greetings card 1905-1910
[New Year Greetings in 1905-1910 style]

The text on the card:

Ett godt nytt år, min älskling, jag
önskar dig på nyårsdag.
Är du rar, du kyssar får
Många, många uti år!

A happy new year, my darling, I
wish you on new years day.
Are you sweet, you kisses get
Many, many this year!

Since Mr L always is sweet, he always get kisses :-)

Remember our kiss prescription earlier this year? Why don’t make it to your New Year resolution?

Kiss power to the people ;-)
(Though the word kiss actually means pee in Swedish…!!!! *giggles*)

IF you make a lot of kissing my drooling kit may come in handy…

Thank you dear blogging friends for a marvelous blogging year, may we have a lot of hilarious years ahead of us with a lot of joy and laughter together!

Have a Lovely New Kissing Year :-)

Cruise list: Melli, Nathalitanis, Sanni, Happy and blue 2, Sunflower, Marie, Irish Church Lady, Friday's Child, and RennyBA.
December 30th, 2006

Photo Scavenger Hunt New

Posted by Lifecruiser in Photo, Pleasure

~ Happy New Year ~
[Hover to change picture!]

New Gigglewater
This is a new Champagne for us in Sweden, introduced recently in the liquor stores called Systembolaget. It’s also completely new to us, we’ve never tasted it anywhere else before either. And - the best of all - it will give us a lot of new giggles even if Dom Perignon still is my favorite!

© Lifecruiser (Stockholm, Sweden)

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December 29th, 2006

Breast Obsession

Posted by Lifecruiser in Love, Life, Pleasure

Well, it’s Friday, what can I say, this is the type of jokes that use to pop up then…

“A man was obsessed with women’s breasts, so he went to a psychologist and told him his problem.

“Let’s play a little word association game,” the doctor said. “I’ll say a word and you say the first thing that comes to your mind.”

“Plums,” said the doctor.
“Breasts,” the patient said.
“Breasts,” the patient replied.
“Breasts,” said the patient.
“Breasts,” the patient said.

“Wait a minute!” the doctor said. “I can understand the connection between plums, oranges, watermelons and breasts. But, automobile wipers? Where’s the connection?”

“Easy, doc,” the patient said. “One on the left and one on the right!”

*giggles x 100*

The only obsession that exists in this home is of each other and that has been going on for 3 years exactly today!

Or for 7 year, 7 months and 4 days if we use our brilliant Making Love Figures ;-)

Don’t miss them!

Cruise list: Kyle Korleski, JR, TorAa, Melli, and RennyBA.
December 28th, 2006

To Bond To Bond

Posted by Lifecruiser in Life, Pleasure

I have a confession to make. I never liked Bond movies.

That confession is almost like confessing that you’re an atheist or something. At least to all the people that love James Bond. He is The God among the movie characters.

When I was a teenager I was pretty sure of the fact that I didn’t like Bond movies already the first time I saw one. I don’t even remember which one it was because I didn’t pay attention - I found it so incredible boring!

Oooops! Did I say that out loud???

Yes, I thought it was boring with all these unrealistic special effects and with no interesting or catching story or plot in them. The fact that I was a young girl can have had something to do with it.

I kind of had a bad start with them. It didn’t get better of the fact that I saw “Live and Let Die” at least 3 times with very short time in between!

I was forced too. You see, I knew someone that knew the movie theatre guard, so he let me in for free…. And my friends wanted to see that movie badly. I didn’t, but sometimes you don’t have much to say in the matter.

I never wanted to see a Bond movie more in my whole life after that. I did however got to see the beginning of several - as videos, but I never finished one of them. I found them as boring as “Live and Let Die”.

I did go and see a parody that was named James Bind that was rather amusing. You know, the type of parody where James Bind throws a knife at a bullet on the way to hit him and he split the bullet in two halfs…?

Little did I know that I should meet a man that loves Bond - no, not as much as he loves me ;-) but pretty much. Mr Lifecruiser is even thinking of buying all the Bond movies as a collection. So what does this man of my life do? He reserved 2 seats at the newest Bond movie “Casino Royale” for yesterday.

I’m thinking: “OK, fair is fair, let’s see what I think about Bond now when I’m older and even more wise”.

The movie start with a scene where the new Bond, Daniel Craig is sitting in a chair in an office and the office owner get’s in there, obviously unmasked and about to be executed by Bond. And this Bond doesn’t fit into my (or Mr L’s) picture of Bond. It’s just not Bond to us.

They’re discussing what Bond have done with his contact man and how it is to kill for the first time and we get to see “going back” scenes where Bond is fighting with this contact man in a restroom. It’s not a nice scene. It’s just not Bond somehow.

So, not a good start you’ll say? Well, then somehow the movie really start off and with a lot of really catching action! It captured ME, the not to bond to Bond person. Totally incredible. I sat there from the beginning to the end and didn’t find any bit in the whole movie boring!

I even laughed out loud in one particular scene where he is tortured! Yes, I know it sounds cruel, but it’s Bond’s own laugh and words in that scene that made it so humorous! (Really!)

I must say that it’s a big improvement they’ve done here. Much more realistic scenes than the ones I’ve seen before, much more feelings involved - what the heck: Bond even fell in love with a girl played by Eva Green. She is also a new kind of Bond girl - more normal I think.

I know what you guys are going to say now: bah, Bond has turned soft, falling in love like that, but I think it’s genious of them. Think about it! They get so many more viewers by this - all the women that now care to see the movies too. Very smart of them actually.

It’s a perfect mix of action and other excitements such as poker games, even if they didn’t really made the poker as thrilling as it could be. This is definitely a different, new Bond, a surprisingly good one that actually made me wanna go and see another Bond movie again!

I think he is more like the old Sean Connery-Bond but not at all as snobbish as earlier Bond’s.

So you might say that I’ve bond to Bond!

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December 27th, 2006

Wordless christmas

Posted by Lifecruiser in Swedish
Jenny Nyström xmas card with an angel 1900
Jenny Nyström 1900

Cruise list: Sean carter, Sandy, Michelle, RennyBA, and Hootin Anni.
December 26th, 2006

Christmas Da Capo

Posted by Lifecruiser in Life
Colored xmas picture from Ostereich
(Colored xmas photo from Ostereich used in Sweden)

I’ve bee busy today wrapping xmas gifts. Didn’t you know that it’s xmas eve this evening? *lol*

It’s xmas Da Capo, the second xmas over here. We’re going to visit Mr L’s niece and her girlfriend this evening to exchange xmas gifts.

Once again this home turns over to Santa’s workshop… (…and we’re eating rice pudding as a real Santa!)

This is NOT my opinions, but I must admit that it’s kind of witty, so I share it with you anyway :-)

A xmas tree is better than a man because:

- A xmas tree always stand.
- Even small branches gives satiesfaction.
- A xmas tree always look good even when the lights is on.
- A xmas tree is always pleased with it’s size.
- A xmas tree has cute balls.
- A xmas tree don’t get mad if you crush one of the balls.
- You can throw out a xmas tree when it begin to look bad.
- You don’t have to be stucked with a xmas tree year round.

So what do you guys have to come up with to balance this?

Cruise list: Melli, Friday's Child, Zingtrial, and Claudie.
December 25th, 2006

Swedish Christmas traditions

Posted by Lifecruiser in Food, Swedish
Lifecruisers xmas Day sleep in
Jenny Nyström 1906

This is how half of our xmas day has passed! We woke up at 3 o’clock in the afternoon! Man, were we in a big need of sleep and relaxation….!!!!

I said xmas eve: “tomorrow I’m gonna sleep until I wake up, without any alarmclock for once”. I think I’ll make this as a xmas tradition.

I’m so glad that we didn’t have to go to the julotta - a Swedish old-fashioned xmas tradition to go to a very early church service on Christmas Day morning. From the beginning it was 4 o’clock then it was changed to 6 o’clock in the morning.

In the old days they were going there by horse and sleigh and it was the most beautiful horses and harness they used. And that fact may have been the only way to get me there in that hour in the morning…

This day will go in slow motion over here. We’re having real xmas peace. Except for my terrible headache I have, that’s not peaceful at all ;-)

Yesterday morning we did get xmas stockings - not from ourselves or Santa, but from my oldest sister. She is just so sweet. She loves xmas, has always done. She wanted to give us a xmas like in the childhood.

There was magazines, candy and a photo frame with a part of a big xmas poster that we used to put up on the wall when I was a child. The rest of the poster she gave parts of to my other siblings and mother too. As memories of old times. Great idea really, she is very creative.

Xmas eve we spent together with my Mom the whole afternoon and later in the evening at my brothers home. We were about 20 persons there with both my family and my sister in laws. Everyone was bringing some traditional xmas food with them.

What is traditional Swedish xmas food and drinks?

We’ll start with some glögg - mulled wine with some gingerbread cakes. In the glögg there should be a lot of raisins and almonds and a few drops of cognac.

Instead of the turkey we serve xmas ham as the main food, even if some people serve turkey too. There must be mustard for the ham. At the side of the ham we eat boiled potatoes or turnip & potato mash. Some people even have au gratin.

Other typically food that could be on the xmas dinner table is: pickled herring, “sillsallad” - a kind of beetrot salad with herring, raw spiced salmon, smoked salmon, smoked eel, luthefish, egg halfs with white roe or shrimps, pigs trotters, sausages, small links, Swedish meatballs, pork ribs, red cabbage, brussel sprouts, malt bread, Rice a la malta - and rice pudding with a lot of cinnamon.

Janssons temptation is a gratin type dish of tinned sprats cured in brine (kind of herring), onion & sliced potato that most certainly is there too, which by the way Mr Lifecruiser is an expert on making :-) Normally I don’t like Janssons, but I do like Mr L’s!

To the food we drink Christmas brew (dark beer), pilsner beer, lager and schnaps. For me, the schnaps must be Aalborgs akvavit from Denmark, but I know that many drink Skåne akvavit from Southern Sweden. Together with the schnaps we always sing traditional xmas carols for every toast we make. The youngsters always think that this is very embarrassing… *lol*

I’m sorry I don’t have any pictures - I’ll have to remember to take photos next year :-)

To the coffee afterwards we eat Lussekatter and maybe have a whisky or cognac. There are also stewed fruit, fig, jelly, candy, toffee, hazelnuts, walnuts - all kind of nuts (which reminds me of the fact that we have lost our nut cracker!), raisins, marzipan, ice chocolate and lots of chocolate boxes.

No wonder people need to get out walking off all the fat…

Something else that has been very traditional is to light sparkler’s, but I hardly don’t see that any more over here.

We do have the tradition with the mistletoe over here too, but it’s not that spread as in the U.S. and personally we don’t have it in my family. I can’t remember that we ever had, but maybe I was too young to remember.

Mr Lifecruiser and I don’t need any mistletoe since we’re kissing all the time anyway ;-)

There is one thing on the TV that has been almost holy and that is a special program with Disney’s movies that Swedish TV is broadcasting at 3 o’clock with classic’s like Kalle Anka (Donald Duck), Musse Pigg (Mickey Mouse), Pluto and Ferdinand (the bull sniffing the flowers in the cartoon).

Santa comes to deliver the xmas gifts after the xmas dinner in the evening and only if you’ve been nice during the year of course. Often it’s some one of the family members that’s dressed up as Santa, but some familys talk somebody else into come and play Santa, so the kids won’t recognize him too easily.

An old tradtition is to ryhme to every gift, but there is many familys that don’t do that anymore. As there is many familys that just deliver the gifts without any feelings at all, just ripping up the wrapping without any feeling. It’s a pity. It’s more exciting to handle over one gift in a time and that person have to open that one before the next one is handled out.

Though we have skipped the xmas gifts in that way, we only buy for our nearest ones, so we didn’t have any gift opening over at my brothers place since we are too many. We opened our xmas gifts from Mr L’s daughter and our best friend Miss Ass. Lifecruiser when we arrived home again.

We had only wished for lottery tickets since we live compact living and don’t want any extra things to take up space here - and we got lottery tickets in mass! We won a smaller amount on one which we’re going to buy new lottery tickets for, so we still have that chance to become millionairs ;-)

We had such a wonderful time with a really wonderful family and relatives. No fuss, no argues only a very merry group of happy persons enjoying xmas traditions together.

That’s a typical Swedish xmas eve in a nutshell.

Cruise list: Dot, Marie, RennyBA, Melli, Shazzer, Teena, and Happy and blue 2.
December 24th, 2006

Christmas Eve is here

Posted by Lifecruiser in Odditys, Swedish
Lifecruisers xmas Eve

Always remember
…To hug. To love. To trust
To feel peace deep within you

(Julie Jordan Scott)

A Very Merry Christmas!
(En riktigt God Jul!)

Cruise list: Viamarie, Maribeth, Neil, RennyBA, Claudie, Norma, Debbie, Chi, Happy and blue 2, Leanne, and Walker.
December 23rd, 2006

Photo Scavenger Hunt Lines

Posted by Lifecruiser in Food, Photo

~ Lines on-line ~
Mrs Lifecruisers contribution to theme Lines
Candy Line Up
Red and green is really classic xmas colors and I find it difficult to use other colors at xmas time. OK, maybe gold and silver too, but that’s it. I’m very conservative in that case.

Merry Christmas & A Hilarious Happy New Year!
(God Jul & Ett festligt Gott Nytt År!)

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December 22nd, 2006

Christmas preparations

Posted by Lifecruiser in Food, Swedish, Life
Lifecruisers xmas preparations
Jenny Nyström 1908

It’s a very old tradition to boil rice pudding for xmas in Sweden and they even put it outside for both Santa and the elfs to eat during Christmas. In reality it’s said that it very often were animals that ate it. Maybe a fox.

Mr Lifecruiser is childish fond of rice pudding and he is almost religious about how to cook it. You might even call him a rice pudding gourmet ;-) it will be eaten with a lot of cinnamon and some sugar with milk on top of that.

We won’t boil ours until maybe the day before Christmas Eve and I’m not sure when we’re going to prepare other food since we’re away on Christmas Eve. We’ll have our own xmas after that.

The xmas preparations is going on:

- Cleaning the apartment
- Wrapping the xmas gifts
- Preparing some of the food
- Sending xmas wishes
- Making xmas phone calls*)

We’ll be around during the holiday, not as much as usually, but around. In case you aren’t we want to wish you all dear blog friends:

Merry Christmas & A Hilarious Happy New Year!
(God Jul & Ett festligt Gott Nytt År!)

*) If you know some one that’s spending Christmas alone, please take the time to make at least one phone call to them on Christmas Eve/Day. Christmas is a very diffult time for the ones that’s alone and just one little phone call can mean a big difference showing them that they aren’t totally forgotten by the whole world…

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