The last guest, my aunt, left this morning and the apartment is now very empty and quiet. The washing machine is working though and I am trying to find my habits again after two weeks of entertaining guests. It has been great, the combination of O’s brother and girlfriend G + my aunt worked out really well, especially as G speaks Swedish fluently (she’s German and lived in Stockholm for more than 2 years). G and I realised that Swedish can be our secret language, which might come in handy when we celebrate Christmas together in Spain in a few months’ time 😉
It is difficult to resist outlet shopping when the visitors are finding all kinds of bargains… I came home with two lovely knitted jumpers from BCBGMaxazria (needed for the planned Spanish Christmas), an autumn jacket from Calvin Klein ($22 after 70% reduction) among other things.
The family visits have meant lots of excursions, outlet shopping, nice food and great company. Nevertheless, as always after an intense period of visitors we are now looking forward to some everyday life for a while before the next activities; one week in NJ / NY with my sister (already next week), Saltis and her family’s visit in September and maybe another visit from European friends at the end of next month.
On the last evening of my aunt’s visit, i.e yesterday, we went to the cinema and saw a real feel-good film, Julie & Julia. I have already written twice about the book that the film is based on -my post in January about the book (as well as the blog!) and as well as “a recipe inspired by the [cook]book that inspired the book that inspired the film“… For once I wasn’t disappointed by the film after having read the book first!
The film has two parallel stories, about Julie Powell (played by Amy Adams) who started a project to cook her way through Julia Child’s cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking during one year while blogging about it, and the life of Julia Child (played by Meryl Streep) – a famous American tv-chef and cookbook author. O was laughing so much during the film because he claimed that Julie Powell reminded him a lot of me, both when it comes to blogging and cooking…
After the film, O, B and I made mental notes to bring winter hats and blankets (and maybe one of my knitted outlet bargains mentioned above) next time we go to the cinema in Puerto Rico – apparently the already cold temperatures in the cinemas have been lowered due to the risk of swine flu contamination!? Our faces, ears and feet felt like we had been out walking on a winter day in Sweden!