Saturday, November 8, 2014

A T-Rex and a Dragon

This Halloween, we were invited to a friend's house for food and trick or treating. The latter is starting to catch on in Sweden, but isn't that common yet. However, our friend had set up a route where the neighbors had been notified ahead of time and given treats to give out to the kids. We had a ton of kids and parents, so it got a little crazy, but turned out great.

Inara had requested to be a T-Rex, so I did what I could with what I had at home (if you're pondering T-Rex's resemblance to David Bowie in his glam-days, it's because Inara picked the fabric) and limited time after work the night before. Fortunately, she's three and still thinks most things are awesome.
We had a hard time getting a good picture of her, but maybe you get the idea:

Inara wanted Alba to be a triceratops, but since time was short, she got to be a dragon:

We're hoping that we trained the neighbors this year and that next year we don't even need to prep them. 

As you might already know, I started working in October, so between that, sick kids and everything else, I don't have much time to post. I'm going to try to get better though. Working has been fine. Both Andrew and I have chosen to work only four days a week for now. That way, the girls only have to be in preschool three days a week, which feels like a good number of hours. I think I could keep working only four days (or less) for the foreseeable future. It feels a lot more humane somehow. 

It's probably not news for most of you that I'm interested in environmental issues and lately I've been more involved in making our own lives and the community more sustainable. I'm not saying that I'm perfect by a long shot, but I do truly believe that even the little things can make a difference if we all come together.  So, I was thinking that I would start adding a little sustainability tip at the end of every post. Hopefully, those of you who read can add on and also suggest tips for future posts.

Green tip #1: Minimize your use of fleece fabrics. I just recently learned this. Apparently, when you wash your fleece clothes, tiny plastic particles are released into the water causing all kinds of damage to the wildlife and ultimately making their way back into our drinking water. I will keep the fleece I currently own, but will avoid buying any new products. 

Hope you all had an awesome Halloween!


  1. Looks and sounds like a typical Halloween. Very interesting on the fleece. So that means I should be looking at a wool coat and not fleece?

    1. Yeah, it turned out really well! Yeah, wool is a great environmentally friendly material, but it's sometimes treated with toxic chemicals, so i guess it depends on the wool. Also, there are actually different types of fleece and the kind I'm talking about is the one that's oil based (the regular one that most of us use). For example, a bamboo fleece would be fine. Glad to hear you're considering it!

  2. Maybe I should just go straight for the cashmere!. Haha. It seems that a little research is important for this type of thing.

    1. Haha, definitely go for cashmere! Or maybe pure silk. What's cashmere made of anyways? Yeah, research is good, but it's impossible to keep track of everything. Trying is the first step though. Let me know how finding a cashmere/silk coat turns out!