My intention was to answer all the comments before writing a new post but I will just try to do that as soon as possible. In the mean while you can get to know me a bit better😉 according to the challenge I got from Brysselkakan:
What did you do ten years ago? I was an intern at a small human rights NGO in Geneva and I was monitoring UN human rights meetings such as the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Working group on the Draft Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People(s). I shared a tiny, cold apartment with my neighbour from Eslöv. He had his second child 4 days before V was born and is coming to Brussels to visit us with his whole family in March, I can’t wait! The 9th June 2002 I arrived to Brussels and started to work at the European Commission. Ten years ago already… at the same time it feels like a life time ago!!
What did you do a year ago? I was pregnant, but I didn’t know it yet! I had just come back from the French Alps with the European school where I had injured my knee after 5 minutes’ of skiing. On the 31st January I went to the hospital here in Brussels and they made a [urine] pregnancy test which turned out to be… negative! so they x-rayed my knee (anterior crucible ligament was damaged but nothing broken). On the 7th February a blood test showed that I was pregnant!
Five snacks that you like? Swedish crisps (Estrellas grillchips!), Swedish sweets even though since my pregnancy I am not at all as fond of sweets as I used to be!, green olives with stones (it’s something to do with the consistency that I prefer to pitted olives) or stuffed with lemon, popcorn and Côte d’Or’s dark chocolate with marzipan.
Five songs that you know the lyrics to: I have realised that I don’t even know the lyrics to the most simple children’s songs when trying to sing to V but at least I know the Swedish lyrics to “Itsy bitsy spider” (Imse vimse spindel) and “Clap your hands” (Klappa händerna). I am the worst singer who can’t hold a tune but I can sing along to many pop songs. However, I only sing when alone or around people I know very well…
Five things you would do if you became a multi millionaire: Buy a nice house in Brussels, renovate one of O’s parents’ apartments so that we could stay there when in Spain, build a second guest house next to my parents’ summer house so that the whole family could stay more comfortably, travel, and save money for V.
Five bad habits: Procrastinating (I need to continue working on that to-do list this week!!), not ironing (my mother-in-law is horrified that I don’t iron more!), not doing enough sports / exercise, keeping too much stuff (magazines, books, papers etc…) and writing lists of things that should be done instead of doing them.
Five things you like to do: Read, blog (I wish I did it more often), cuddle with V and O, sleep and travel… (I actually sleep really well while travelling by bus, train, plane or car!)
Five things you would never wear or buy: This one was difficult but extremely pointy shoes (I have wide feet), and then I need to copy My’s answer: I would never buy children’s clothes with weapons or action figures, nor toy weapons for that matter.
Five favourite toys: Hm, toys? It is true that our home is slowly being taken over by V’s toys, which I am enjoying (so far) but my favourite “toys”? The computer, the camera, the kettle and ok, the old bird from my childhood that both V and I enjoy while changing nappies and the cd-player with which I can play children’s songs for V.
Five persons that I would like to answer the challenge: I am quite late so I think that most of the bloggers I know have already done this list…
And then I also have to thank Brysselkakan, Millan and Saltistjejen for the very nice award that
she they gave me. I am a bit embarrassed to get awards when I have been so bad at updating the blog lately (the last year really!).
UPDATED: Most of my favourite blogs have already received this award but there is one blog that I would like to encourage you to read: my sister’s blog and that’s not because I am biased! She has a perfect combo of interesting subjects (exercise, interior design, books, travels etc) and I want to cheer her up as she is now in a similar situation to mine a year ago (not the not confirmed pregnancy but with a ligament injury). Maybe she would like to answer the challenge as well!?