Yer a Wizard, Lumpy!

This was the first time I had built a snowman in my life… well, sort of.  The first time doesn’t count because while I have photo evidence, I don’t remember it because I was way too young.  It was two days after we had just met for the first time, and I insisted on building a snowman before it all melted… which was just as well, because it did melt, and little did I know the ground wouldn’t be white again for another four weeks!

Yer a Wizard, Lumpy!

We had a great time making Lumpy together, so-named, obviously, because of his lumpy shape.  He was complete with buttons, a wide smile and a broomstick.  We enjoyed what little time we had with him.  Unfortunately, the poor Ravenpuff suffered a tragic loss mere moments after we took these photos, when he accidentally fell was kicked over.  At least it was quicker than slowly melting to death.  RIP Lumpy.

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The One Conflict in Our Relationship

I have always been a night person. My dad likes to call me a night owl, because I often stay up late at night doing stuff, and I tend to sleep in long in the morning, not unusually past noon if it wasn’t a school day or something. And for most of my life, that has been fine. I haven’t had any need to be up earlier unless I had to do something that day.

That all changed when I met Kylie though. Now I have to be up before she goes to bed, so we can spend time together during the day. And that hasn’t always been easy for me, since I keep going to bed late. She keeps telling me I have to go to bed earlier so I can get up earlier, and I’d say she’s right but as they say, it’s hard to teach an old dog to sit (is that what they say? Can’t remember what the actual phrase is but you know which I mean). When I go to school or work or otherwise have some kind of day activity where I consistently have something to do during the day, it’s usually fine. But right now, and in the last few days especially, I’ve slept in really late, and it’s caused some annoyance at me from Kylie’s side. I don’t blame her. She comes home from work at about ten in the morning my time and on weekdays, she goes to bed around one or two in teh afternoon. That’s 3-4 hours we get together, and if I’m asleep for two or three of those hours, I’d be pretty disappointed too.

I’m not trying to make any excuses, it is my own fault that I stay up late, but then again (and I’m about to contradict myself by making an excuse now) I have always been the kind of person who stays up late. It’s just a thing I do. I work better at night. I’m usually more productive, and I get my best ideas at night. And I’m also someone who takes a long time to go to sleep. It’s not uncommon for me to lie in bed for an hour or more before I fall asleep, while Kylie fall asleep within minutes of hitting the pillow. Literally.

So I’ve pretty much got things stacked against me here, and I wish I could change myself to better fit with Kylie’s clock, but it’s hard. I’ve been pretty good at at least being awake at 10 to greet her when she comes home from work, but too often I go back to sleep again.

So this is my public apology. I know I’m a terrible sleeper, and I know my rhythm is too out of sync with yours, but I’m working on it. I want to do better, and I’d say that I’m doing better now than I have in the past, but I could still make improvements. I just ask you to be patient with me. I know I can sometimes mess up and sleep all the way up to when you go to bed, but we have our whole lives in front of us. Just think of how much you’ll enjoy pouring that bucket of water on me in the future when we’ve closed the distance. And know that I’ll probably forgive you for doing it too.

One Step Closer

We’re getting closer and closer to being ready for the big event! Today I got my passport so now it’s one less thing to take care of before we can start booking everything! Of course, there’s still a lot we need to do and figure out but every little step counts.

It’s my first time owning a passport. Never needed one before as I’ve never travelled further than Germany. And I have to say, it looks really nice. I know everyone always complain about how they look on their passport/driver’s license/ID card photos (Kylie included) but I think mine is pretty good. Not amazing but I’m not that amazing looking in the first place. (If you ask me at least. Kylie may give you a different answer.) and my signature, which I’m usually not fond of, isn’t bad either.

It’s probably a good thing I got it too because my ID card expired last year. It hasn’t been rejected by anyone yet, but now I at least have an alternative form of identification.

In short, I now have a passport and it’s a good one. London, I’m ready for you!

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There’s a lot going on at the moment which unfortunately pushes the blog to the wayside, but don’t worry, we’ll make up for this slow period with a flood of content from our vacation! Still having problems with London, but we’ll get it sorted one way or the other.

In the meantime, we’re dreaming of the holiday, our continued life together past the distance and watching Prison Break. So we’re still okay. Just in case you were wondering.

Pros and Cons of Being Long Distance

It’s not easy to love someone almost ten thousand miles away from you, and it’s hard to not be jealous of those couples you see cuddling up to each other on the bus or train when you go on your daily commute.

That’s why we often remind ourselves of all the good things we get out of living apart, because yes, there isn’t only negatives in a long distance relationship.

So here is a list of our personal pros and cons of living in a long distance relationship. Let’s start with the good ones.

PROS:

  • You get more time for yourself and personal hobbies.
  • You are forced to communicate since an LDR can’t run on lust alone.
  • The “honeymoon phase” probably lasts longer.
  • Furthermore, reuniting after a long time apart can mean multiple honeymoon phases because it’s like the first time all over again.
  • When one gets sick, they don’t spread it to the other.
  • Handwritten letters become so much more meaningful.
  • No morning breath.
  • No one hogging the bed/blankets/bathroom.
  • Only cleaning up after yourself.
  • You don’t wake the other up when you have to go to work.
  • Save money on dinner dates and movie nights (only to spend it on a short extravagant vacation once a year or so).

CONS:

  • No physical contact whatsoever.
  • It’s harder to work on shared hobbies or projects.
  • Making kissy faces at webcam/phone/tablet isn’t as nice as kissing a real person.
  • Same goes for hugging.
  • You may be faced with doubt and questions from both family, friends and strangers.
  • Fewer birthdays and holidays spent together, and as such, more money spent on postage instead of the cost of the actual gifts.  And the worry that something might not even arrive.
  • Loneliness.
  • Being the odd one out at parties when everyone else is with their partner.
  • Not knowing when things will happen like the next visit or closing the distance.
  • Bad internet connections mean disruptions.
  • Can be harder to focus all of your attention on your SO when multitasking on your device.

Sorry We’re Late! (a lot can happen in a week)

This is a back-dated posted from July 1, before Johan knew about the surprise, that we were meant to post when we had the time, but things have been pretty busy and it got overlooked.  Some things mentioned may now change; but we thought we’d try and focus on the positive.

We have had some busy weeks lately. And they have also been very exciting, in some cases, even life changing, and I’m not even joking. Because I have been accepted to the audio school I applied for, and Kylie finally received her birthday presents (more about those in our vlog) and last of all, WE FINALLY BOOKED THE FLIGHT!!!

That’s right. We now have a date for the out next meeting and it will be… (Faint drum roll in the distance) not yet decided. Because it depends on whether I can get the last week of term off, but if I can, she will still stay three days in Stockholm without me before I can meet her. If I can’t, well, then we may have a problem. But hopefully it won’t come to that.

So assuming everything will go according to current plan, she will arrive on the 9th of December and I will come down and join her on the 12th. Then we’ll spend around a week in Stockholm looking at museums and spending time with my Mum before going down south to Östergotland for a week to be with my Dad for Christmas. We hope Kylie and her Mum (because her Mum will join us on this visit) will finally get to experience a white Christmas, but no guarantees on that one.

After the holidays we will be taking a night train to Haparanda where I’ll be living then, spending, you guessed it, a week there (most of this seems to be weekly chunks) winding down and just relaxing. My apartment will probably be small but I’m sure we can make it work.

After that we’ll go across the border to Finland and visit Santa’s Village and Snowman World, something both Kylie and her Mum are very excited about.

Then we’ll finish our adventure part of the holiday with a visit to Kiruna, an old mining town, where we’ll hopefully get to experience the Northern Lights and participate in various wildlife tours. We will also stay at the cosiest looking cabins and relax in their outdoor spa in the middle of winter under a northern sky. It will be amazing.

And as if all that isn’t enough, Kylie is planning something supposedly fantastic that she won’t tell me what it is. And I’m very curious about this top secret thing she’s planning.

She thinks I’m an idiot for not having figured it out yet, but I’d rather be an idiot than having this surprise ruined.