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My dream job would be to get paid to read and write. Well, one of my dream jobs at least. Another dream job is professional sleeper, like bed tester.
And professional party investigator, meaning get paid to travel and check out various music festivals. Burning Man would get covered extensively.
I wanted to be a journalist at one point in Sweden and then I came to the US and my life took a different track. Nowadays with magazines being a dying breed I suspect that journalism as a profession is shrinking. But I am not sure. In Sweden for example, some are still making a living writing blogs. And some of those blogs, in my opinion are just empty and vapid but I guess vapid makes money.....look at the Kardashians. Plus the kind of journalism I really like and admire are the people that travel to war ravaged places to investigate and write stories about that. Or dig deep into domestic stories that can be difficult to uncover.
People that bring injustices to the surface, people that work to make a positive change in this world. Me traveling to let's say Afghanistan to gather information for a story is not going to happen because I will not put myself in that kind of danger. But I really admire the brave people that do.
Anyhow, today I am reading. I read almost everything except stuff like hunting and fishing magazines, I have zero interest in reading about people bragging about their for fun kill trophies. Women posing with fish they caught or some animal they managed to shoot and kill is like one of the ugliest things ever. Yes, men pose with that as well and that is ugly too but men are in many ways less evolved than women in that aspect (and in many other arenas as well), therefore I am surprised that there are women out there that willingly do shit like that......pose with a dead innocent animal while grinning like idiots. Barf.
But then again, I don't even want to kill a fly so I am extra sensitive to the treatment of animals.



If you like Beauty and the Beast this LIFE magazine about it is great. So many nice illustrations and interesting historical facts.
So I have to say that I do not like how the president of the United States is handling himself in meetings with other world leaders. I am thinking about the handshake issue. That is beyond awkward. I don't care if you have some phobia of germs or OCD or whatever it might be, when you are elected president and the president of the USA on top of it, man the fuck up and shake hands. Period.
The world is watching in horror and disbelief. This is not The Apprentice, it's serious now. Or do I have to attend the next meeting he has scheduled and show him how it's done? Melania needs to slap some sense into him, Eastern European old school style.
And another child is dead because of severe neglect and abuse. Happens every day in the US. This is a recurring topic in my blog because it really bothers me. The child I am thinking about is the 16 year old girl that was found in a diaper, starved to death, laying in feces. She was adopted. Two other adopted children were found in the house. Still alive.
A few months ago there was a case about a 14 year old adopted girl raped and murdered by her adoptive "Mom" and the woman's boyfriend.
Do not for a second believe that the child you don't want and decide so "selflessly" to give up for adoption because "it is the right thing to do" will be loved and well cared for. Yes, I know that there are adopted children that are loved, of course but then how many adopted and in foster care children are there that are being abused daily? Too many, that's how many.
Too many children are neglected, beaten, abused, starved, molested, murdered by either a biological parent, a biological parents new boyfriend or girlfriend, by a foster or adoptive family member.
I am 100% for abortion. If you can't take care of a child, don't have it. You think that raped and murdered innocent 14 year old child wanted a life like that? NO. Neither would you.
Better to abort than put a child through torture like that. And now society has to pay for two unworthy to be alive scumbags for an X amount years while they sit in prison.

Lara Croft

Tomb Raider came out in 1996. So it's been 20 years. I LOVE Lara Croft, she is BAD ASS.



A new Lara Croft Tomb Raider movie is set to come out next year. Actually next year in March. I am sooooooo disappointed that I wasn't asked to play Lara.
What fiasco and huge mistake of the film studios involved! If I can say so myself. Instead of casting me they picked a fellow Swede, Alicia Vikander. I guess I can accept that, although begrudgingly.
I was Lara Croft a few years ago for Halloween and I will definitely be Lara Croft again. And if for some reason Alicia gets pregnant, breaks a leg or decides to retire from acting to go and meditate in Nepal or something......CALL Tati for backup! The obvious choice.



Overwhelmed

The blog has been on the back burner for some time now. I have a LOT going on and it is a lot in many ways, more than I care for and I am to say the least - overwhelmed. I can't say when the blogging will be back to "normal" again.
Since I was on the East side of town yesterday and today, I stopped into Sunrise Coffee. They have 20 ounce size lattes there which I love and so many fun variations of their lattes and interesting flavors. But I am that super loyal person, so I stick with my vanilla latte.
I am too loyal for my own good, most people do not deserve that kind of loyalty.
And I am not talking about latte now as you might understand......



I visited my friend Shelley today that just gave birth to a healthy baby girl.
The baby was so small and so cute. I held her and wished deeply in my heart that her life will be happy and good.
I finally ate my dinner at around 9 30 PM, right now I am craving fruit. For dessert I had Tiramisu, I always want dessert.



And now it is bedtime for me. I might watch a half hour of Dom Kallar Oss Mods (They Call Us Misfits) a Swedish documentary from the late 60's that is mostly taking place in Stockholm. The film makers actually made two more documentaries about the same people, so it's a trilogy, the two that followed are Ett Anständigt Liv (1979) and Det Sociala Arvet (1993). I feel sad watching this, some very tragic stories but also touching about people, life and the struggle. When they show scenes from the Stockholm subway, T-Centralen and Plattan I can feel myself back there, the air of the subway approaching the platform, the smell of the subway, the calming back and forth motion of riding the subway.
I would often nap on it, I was a city child.
Had friends that found misery on Plattan. Some are gone now, didn't make it.
I remember the nights spent in City, balmy long summer nights and freezing cold winter winds that made me shiver. The high rises in the suburbs.
All of this makes me think of an amazing song by Monika Törnell that I LOVE, Vintersaga - it really encompasses the mood in those documentaries. I don't know.....I don't understand the pain and the struggle. Just WHY? Sometimes I really think that I'm not cut out for this life. And wasn't this a cheerful entry after a longer silence from me? Well.....this is my reality and my feelings now. Goodnight.

High Wind Warning

It is Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas and a high wind warning is currently in effect until at least 10 this evening. It is windy indeed, I texted a friend earlier and said that there is a freakin' storm outside. The roof is about to come off on the house it sounds like and the windows are rattling.
I already ventured outside today, got latte, went to Silverado Ranch park for a walk with Chhaya and Town Square Whole Foods to get something to eat. I am staying in until later, if I go outside a flying tree branch might come crashing down on me and cause permanent damage or a traffic light beam might fall on top of the car......who knows. Actually the traffic beam falling on my car might be a good thing, I could sue the city then and become an instant millionaire. But I would have to be unharmed, well some broken bones would be worth it, just NO damage to my face (it is priceless) and Chhaya could definitely not even have a hair out of place.
A friend of mine is sick so I made some ginger lemonade yesterday and forced them to drink it, I had some too. It actually wasn't bad. You need ginger root, lemon, honey (all organic preferably) and I also added cinnamon and some turmeric. Cut up the ginger, add the rest, pour some boiling water over it all, let it steep and then drink the brew. That bottle is a drink I got for my friend, the more fluids the better when you have a cold or the flu. So I've heard. Ginger smells really yummy and refreshing when you cut it into small pieces.



So I thought I would tell you about last night, it was Saturday and I am in Las Vegas - also known as Sin City or Lost Wages. But I will talk about my night in a questionnaire style that I borrowed from a magazine to make it more fun.
Some older gentleman named Bill Nye, I do not know who he is, talked about his exciting evening and I will do the same and tell you about mine. I think his night was more eventful than mine actually. I am such a fogbone. A fogbone, for those of you who don't know, is a boring person. You can be a fogbone at any age but I find that people 30 plus have more fogbone tendencies. That is when the boring starts setting in. OMG, when I was a teenager and in my 20's (in Sweden that is) I would had NEVER stayed home on the weekend! NO WAY. I was out clubbing at least once a week, sometimes three. Now.....laying in bed with Chhaya, drinking hot tea with lemon and reading is way more appealing but then again, I go to Burning Man. Clubs in Vegas (the clubs here have been shitty for years) are so boring and lame compared to Burning Man and I much rather stay at home and read than go to some smoky bar because I don't drink and I don't want unwanted and annoying attention from amorous men. It is so exhausting. Anyhow.
Here is Tati's night at home.



I watched....Nothing. I was reading. Blogs and magazines (Time and The Atlantic).
I listened to....The radio. Talk radio 840 AM.
I played....Nothing. No YouTube music videos for me last night.
I googled....(hmmmm let me check my browser history), Hot springs in Nevada and the Navy Seals. Maybe I should join the Navy Seals? If I do I will be the only woman in the Seals, I will make history and kick ass. But I can barely do a push up......maybe they can make an exception for me?
I laughed at....I don't remember. I'm a fogbone with bad memory.
I FaceTimed with....I don't FaceTime.
I called....Nobody. Texted with some friends.
I reorganized....Got some papers ready for my taxes.

And that was it. Looks like tonight might be similar to last night. But you never know, I am in Sin City after all. Who knows, I might get inspired, take a shower, throw on something SEKSI and go down to the Red Rooster or something. ;-)


Even Better

I am so happy to say that we had three very good days at the cafe. Yesterday was even better than Wednesday.....so cool!
And we even delivered an order (three sandwiches and one quiche) to the Mandarin Oriental, some guest staying there used our delivery service.
The Mandarin Oriental is one of the best hotels on the Strip, I actually want to do afternoon tea there.
I was so busy yesterday that I was running back and forth and did not have time to drink anything until 1 PM and I got there at 7 40 in the morning. It was a bit stressful I have to say. And my friend Cindy (the photographer) came to visit me at the cafe yesterday also but I didn't have to to sit down and chat with her.....



Chef Gabi made these and they were delicious.



When there is whipped cream made I get to eat what is leftover. I love whipped cream.



Yesterday after work I met up with a friend and we drove out to China Ranch and Tecopa. And last Sunday I took my cafe crew there.....a Tecopa trip twice in one week! It's so amazing out there - I have pictures that I need to show. It was the first time out there for everybody that I took, they all LOVED it. We have another outing planned soon.
Now I am doing some laundry and as soon as that is done I will take Chhaya out.....perhaps to Red Rock. Have a nice weekend everybody!




Fat Tuesday

Today it is Fat Tuesday and in honor of that we had King Cake at the cafe, a traditional Mardi Gras dessert. Yep, with a little baby inside of it. I tasted the cake (no baby for me) and it was delicious! We sold all the King Cake we had.



In fac we sold so much of everything today that it was our best day ever so far and yesterday it was our second best day ever, today topped yesterday. I am happy that I got to be a part of that, business is picking up, people are talking about the cafe - we are very popular.
Here are just a few of our latest reviews....."Love this place. Excellent coffee. Excellent in-house made pastries. VERY friendly staff. Very clean kitchen and cafe."
"Encountered a second culinary "la petite mort" mort moment. This place is awesome. The almond croissants are out of this world amazing. Love what these guys do here. I will remain a regular here for the rest of my life."
I had a pretty good tip day as well today. :-D



Well.....I have to be up early and I am tired. Still need to take Chhaya out before I curl up and drift off to sleep.

Hi Blog

Hiiiiiiii Blog! It's late Sunday and I want to show my Gideon Shiatsu Deep Kneeding Massage Pillows with Heat......in case anyone else is interesting in getting one.
I got two. A friend of mine was talking so enthusiastically about this item that I decided to get two. And they are OK.....not like going to my massage lady Cathy but not bad. Thank You Amazon!



I also got two new books to read the other day, they were both staff picks at Barnes & Noble and they seemed OK when I quickly scanned through the text at the back of them in the store, hungry for some new reading material......then the other night I attempted to read them and was disappointed with both.
So annoying, when you look forward to reading a book and then you just don't like it. That doesn't happen too often for me but these two books I don't think I will read, I guess I will just give them away. I need some new amazing books to read!
But I do read Adbusters. So a month into America's new POTUS.....how do you think he is holding up? I have not followed everything but there has been some cringeworthy moments. I hope Ivanka steps in some more to keep him in check. The pressure to perform well as President is on now and the World is watching, who knows.....he might not last four years? By the way, I love that picture of Ivanka sitting behind the Oval Office desk with her Dad and Justin Trudeau standing on either side of her. Did you know that Ivanka converted to Judaism when she married her husband and that they honor Shabbath?
I was trying to get out of work by telling them I had to observe Shabbath too and there was also the "Day Without Immigrants" a few days ago that I said I had to honor......yeah, they think that I am kind of crazy at work.
Anyhow.....since I have Adbusters in front of me I need to quote some stuff from it.
"Modernity and its ideology basis (individualism, liberal democracy, capitalism, consumerism, and so on) are the cause of the future catastrophe of humanity, and the global domination of the Western lifestyle is the reason for the final degradation of the Earth. The West is approaching its terminus, and we should not let it drag the rest of us down into the abyss with it."
It doesn't say who said this so I have no source for the quote......
"So the Americans want to be great again. But they have eaten all the bison and deer. Bumping off all competition, they have mined all the gold, pumped out all the oil, drunk all the water and sucked out the fertility of the earth, asset stripping an entire continent and bloating themselves with unreserved greed."
- Jane Swann, Trench, UK - The Guradian Weekly.
"When people become self-centered and self-enclosed, their greed increases.
The emptier a person's heart is, the more they need things to buy, own and consume. It becomes almost impossible to accept the limits imposed by reality."
- Pope Francis.
Ponder that for a bit.....ugh.....I don't want to have an empty heart. Ever.
Now from politics and world problems to something totally different, girls in bikinis. I LOVE Sports Illustrated but this 2017 edition is probably the worst I have seen. What happened to all the beautiful girls? Irina Shayk is pregnant so she can't do it and I love her but seriously Kate Upton on the cover....again? She is not, in my opinion, Sports Illustrated material, neither is Chrissy Teigen. Kate is large and flabby. Yes.....large for being a model of that caliber. Perhaps not large compared to the average girl/woman in the US but for modeling she is not in good shape at all. Hannah Ferguson looks good in the pictures and in the model search they had some very beautiful girls and my my fave was Barbara Palvin. Gorgeous face and body.
A couple of the models were very fortunate and got to travel all the way to Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort up in Lapland, Finland. I want to go there too and meet Santa, steam in a sauna and sleep in a glass igloo!
Yes, Tati the connoisseur of beautiful girls have spoken. I have seen many so I know what I am talking about.....

Pink Latte

In honor of Valentine's Day I have been entertaining myself by making pink latte at work. Well.....pink foam latte. So pretty! ❤️️





I even got a new apron with hearts on it.



A latte with some red candy hearts on top of the foam.



Happy Valentine's Day to YOU from me and Chhaya. She got a pink pig but she tore the stuffing out of it in like one minute. I got some stuff too......I am very grateful. Now I am going to take her out for a late evening walk and then I am going to bed.
❤️️ ❤️️ ❤️️



Superfan

I got a surprise at work yesterday. A long handwritten, 25 pages long may I add, letter and a 1976 National Geographic were waiting for me. In the letter it says, "When I first read in your blog, 'Get ready to get addicted', I remember saying to myself, 'Wow, that's quite presumptuous of her to say'. I was addicted in one week".
Well.....thank you "superfan" for the letter, the magazine and your kind words.
I am glad that you find my blog entertaining, or should I say addicting....? I had no clue that you can have Siri read my blog out loud - wow.....now I know! I might have to try that myself one day.
And I am glad that I have influenced you in certain areas - you mention eating less meat as one and that makes me very happy. I have actually had two other people tell me the same in the past.
I love it when people read my blog and reach out to me to let me know.....throughout the years I've got quite a few emails from people telling me that they've enjoyed reading my ramblings.
Again.....thank you kindly for making the extra effort in letting me know that you enjoy the blog. :-)



The National Geographic has a long article about Stockholm, with great pictures of the city too - very cool. I grew up in Stockholm and I will save the magazine. TACK!

But now I am going to take out my contact lenses and call it a night. I have to be up early tomorrow again. I had a long but good day today. Me and Chhaya went for a long walk this evening. She is sleeping already. I LOVE the feeling of drifting to sleep when I am really tired......I love sleeping.
GODNATT to all my fans out there......wherever you are!

Pizza Time

Today I felt a strong craving for pizza so I decided I would have pizza time this evening. Well, one large pizza turned into two. I guess they burnt my first pizza, a Margherita and the manager decided to give me the slightly burnt pizza plus another large pizza and a $5 off coupon. Thank You Grimaldi's! So now I have food for the rest of the week, well not really actually......because I scarfed down most of the burnt pizza already.



Actually eating burnt food, certain burnt foods is kind of bad. Studies have linked burnt food to cancer, read up on it yourself. Look up acrylamide and burnt food.
And here are our cute cupcakes and Valentine's Day cake at work. We offer custom order cakes at the cafe.....



I am kind of tired, I want to hop in the bath and wash my hair before I get too comfortable and fall asleep. Last night I fell asleep with Chhaya on her bed, not the first time we fall asleep together on her bed (dog bed) although "my" bed is her bed too. Of course. Somtimes snuggling on a doggie bed feels very cozy.
Well, I have to be up at 6 15 am so I am going to say goodnight now.
ONE more thing before I go......I had a package waiting for me at work today with a magazine and a letter from one of my readers. More about that tomorrow.