A Boy And His Statues

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While going through the last handful of years of pictures on my computer I noticed something curious. Over all those years and trips, Phong has interacted with more than ten statues/sculptures and I have photographed him.

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IMG_1537(Turns out Phong likes kissing)

IMG_0512(Trying to move the turtle in Umeå 2010)

z3(Riding a lion at the San Fransisco Zoo back in 2009)

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IMG_1480(Becoming a seal in San Fransisco 2009)

castle(Royal Castle in Stockholm 2014)

As you might imagine, life with Phong is pretty fun.

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Things that happened when I got my own place~

Things that happened when I got my own* place~

*meaning without family or roommates or any shared common areas but still with Phong. What can I say, I didn’t exactly move to Sweden to NOT live with him.

1) Became obsessed with the whereabouts of my keys.

2) I immediately realized that we own nothing useful. I still don’t have a garlic press though I did finally get an egg slicer. We own one bowl, otherwise we use large mugs. And for at least half a year we only had two sets of silverware and chopsticks. Phong was more than a little bummed when I brought home a full set.

3) I started drinking from the carton. Juice, milk, doesn’t matter. I stand in the glow of my fridge and drink from the carton because the only beverage I need to drink in quantities large enough to warrant a glass is water. The exception to this is, of course, tea. I have too many teacups not to use them AND I have not yet thought up a reasonable way to make and drink tea from a kettle. Oh, and the occasion milk in a teacup for dunking cookies. Yes. I am an adult who on occasion needs to dunk a cookie.

4) During a blackout I discovered that I have never had to figure out what to do in a blackout. Sure. I owned matches and candles. But where were they? And don’t I have a little flashlight somewhere? Was I supposed to call someone? Don’t these things usually just fix themselves? After calling the landlord we opened a window, managed not to die from natural light, made some sandwiches and played boardgames. Turns out, adulthood is not so difficult after all.

5) Developed feuds with my neighbors. Yes, alright, so these feuds exist entirely in my head but somehow I’m certain that the nosy lady and the guy that leaves cigarette butts everywhere know they’re on my list.

6) For the first time in my life, I’m person that has to worry about whether or not we closed all the windows before leaving town. Gotta say, it’s not a great feeling BUT coming home and finding that you haven’t been robbed or invaded by rats is a strangely satisfying one.

-cheryl

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Christmas Round ONE!

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We decorated our houseplant this year. We’re planning to go to Umeå for the holidays but I didn’t want to skip over christmas decorations at our apartment all together. Phong and I have a habit of exchanging presents early. We just get so excited when we both have gifts to give the other. This year we made it all the way until December 6th before unwrapping them! We even put on christmas music.

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I had absolutely no idea what Phong got me this year even though he told me that he had Nymla make it. We had seen her at a craft market in Umeå in September and loved her things so much! If you have a chance, check her out. She has a shop on Etsy too and, as it turns out, she does commission work!

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My super amazing christmas gift from Phong! He had a bookend made with pages from the book I wrote and the wolf! I absolutely love it. It was thoughtful and one of a kind and all mine!

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Phong Time Travels – aka – Västerbotten Open Air Museum!

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If you’re ever visiting Sweden and find yourself in Umeå, check out the Västerbotten Open Air Museum. It’s a great collection of buildings (Swedish as well as Sami) and it’s free. You get to wander around and take a look at the amazing exhibits.

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On this occasion, I got to take my mom and my aunt and there was even a crafters market going on on the paths between the buildings.

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I convinced Phong to knock on this tiny door and we both kind of freaked ourselves out thinking about if something were to knock back. I should explain that we watch a nearly grotesque amount of horror flicks. Nothing knocked back. But how great would it be if something had?

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The little red house to the right was an outhouse and according to the plaque, it was called the “house of secrets”.

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Oh, and Phong tried out stilts!

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Writing Update

So, after much effort and time trying to get a series I was working on picked up, I decided to set it aside and try something else. The problem I was having was that I had written three books but still could only try to sell that first one. So, my new idea is to write a few single books in different genres and see if that doesn’t help my odds in getting started.

Instead of fantasy or urban fantasy, I wrote a horror this summer. It’s post apocalyptic/zombie mayhem and if nothing else, it was so much fun to work on! A bunch of it was in first person, which is incredibly new for me. When I read it through, I loved it. So, it’s either alright or I’ve gone mad. The whole thing might be a mess and I just can’t see it, but that’s what Phong’s for. I gave him the okay to tell me if it’s completely awful when he reads it through. I ended up with a few more ideas for horrors, completely different kinds, and I can’t wait to try them out. I have officially added them to the long list of stories Cheryl wants to write.

Next up, chosen from the before mentioned list by Phong (my advisor in all things), will be an incredibly vulgar crime novel with a twist not yet to be revealed!

Onward until my keyboard breaks or my fingers do!

-cheryl

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