A Day In The Life: Thursday February Sixteenth 2012

I decided to join in Laura in her quarterly Day In The Life series, basically you pick a day and document what you do that day via pictures. I have always enjoyed reading hers and thought it would give a great idea of how normal life is for the most part over here in Sweden. Hope you enjoy it and let me know if you have any questions!

8:30 – 9:20

Wake up and check email, the weather, and other various bog and twitter things

9:20 – 10:10

Tackle morning chores

Sorting the laundry

Dirty dishes to be washed

Dishes done and drying

Chicken out to defrost for dinner

10:15 – 10:40

Breakfast

Juice, toast, cheese, salami and water

Mr.H reading the paper

Salami and cheese on toast, typical Swedish style breakfast

11:00 – 11:30

Shower and Get Ready

Prepping for face washing

Teeth care 

Makeup bags, makeup brushes and blowdryer

Me with the three makeup products I ended up using. Some crazy Maybelline mascara H&M had on sale, Benefit Bad Gal eyeliner and H&M brand lipgloss that I love.

11:30 – 12:00

More Chores!

Changed the kid pillowcases for the matching wedding ones

Made the bed

Took a break to stare at at the pretty snow and sun combination

Put the dishes away 

12:00 – 12:30

Round One of Laundry

The double washer in the laundry room

Taking advantage of the wool setting for our sweaters

Adding the soap, it is the store brand ecological one

Sweaters on the drying rack

12:30 – 2:00

More laundry, lunch, boring adult talk and bill paying

Mr. H attempting to make bill paying fun

Lunch ingredients plus a glass of water

Finished lunch. Toast, smoked ham, cheddar cheese, egg, and Tapatio (shipped from California)

Me at lunch

2:00 – 4:30

More laundry, tea time, blogging and blog reading, and Mr. H off to work

2:00 Mr. H all bundled up for walking to work

Clothes out of the dryer

Pants hung for drying

Giant bag of clean laundry to carry up to the second floor from the basement 

Dumped laundry on bed to be put away later

Filling up the kettle for tea

As the kettle was on the stove the weather turned shitty

Milk, tea, and sugar ready to be used

Working on my tumblr post and drinking tea

More laundry on the bed

Excited to find the Majority Says, my new favorite Swedish band, on Spotify

4:30 – 5:30

Dinner Time

Chicken Stir Fry Ingredients

The prep work done

Ready for Mr. H to come home for dinner

5:30 – 6:30

Mr. H heads back to work, I put laundry away

Laundry half sorted to be put away

The age old search for the missing sock

6:30 – 9:30

Tea Time Two, Work on Handwritten Project, Blog and Twitter Time

Earl Grey Tea in Brussels Mug

Markers and cards ready to go

Hand cramps from so much handwriting, not used to it like in college

Catching up on blogging and Twitter

9:30 – Bed Time

Mr. H comes home, snacks and TV watching

Paparazzi style picture of Mr. H coming home

Hardbread with Cheese – very Swedish snack

Watching Porto vs Man City in the European Championship

That was my day last Thursday, hope you enjoyed seeing a typical day of a Swedish housewife. I do feel I should add Mr. H helps around the house tons but last Thursday was his 7th day in a row working and since it was a 2:30 – 9:30 shift he did some relaxing in the morning!

I plan on doing another one of this come Spring which should include some more exciting things since fingers crossed it will not be icy and snowy!

14 comments

  1. Love your Blogs , you do good blog! guess some where everyone is doing what they need to do, and some of us are telling our hosuekeepers what we want hahahaha.
    I am getting ready to make another move still looking for a home. oxoxoxoxox

  2. Has it been odd to adjust to eating Swedish style meals – like your breakfast? Do you find you crave that type of foods more? I spent a semester in London and never could quite find the thought of beans and tomatoes appetizing first thing in the morning. Salami, though, I could do that.

    Really fun to see your day in Sweden!

    1. After I read your comment it took me a minute to think what I would eat for breakfast instead since I am so used to sandwiches! I have adjusted my breakfast and lunch meals to a more Swedish style which means more bread, cheese, and lunch meats which I cannot complain about but I think our dinners are still mostly American style.

  3. Thanks for sharing your day. It was very fun to see what life in Sweden is like. Is that a community laundry? Are there set times? Does everybody leave their clothes out to dry? I imagine Sweden being very orderly, like IKEA. ;)

    1. It is our building laundry room and you sign up for 5 hour chunks of time and you get a key so it is locked up and no one can access it during your time. In summer most people dry their clothes outside but in winter or apartment buildings like ours the drying rack is what is used for most clothing items and then towels and things like that go in a tumble dryer.

  4. It looks like the Swedes like cheese as much as the Dutch. The egg on the sandwich thing, they do that here in Holland too. I love that you put Tapatio on your egg!

  5. I love the way you did your Day in the Life post – lots of pictures, light on the words. Very cool. ALSO – totally digging the curtains behind you eating your lunch – I’m going to hunt for something like that. Any ideas where I might look? Thanks for sharing your day!!

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