Every once and a while I need some time to myself to think about the universe and human existence know sometimes I’m unnecessarily deep. I also wanted to take my new Fuji Film camera on a little test run. So, I make an escape from my comfy couch to a restaurant of choice.
Today I chose Tart. Gotta love their LA style Southern food. Hmmm fried green tomatoes and grits.
Great start to an amazing day!
As we pulled up to the family farm, yes farm, these little cuties came to greet us. This is definitely a heard of sheep, how cute are these little woolly pre-sweaters?
We were welcomed with a traditional Swedish drink, some finger foods and lots of family. We chatted and got to know each other as Pops barbecued on the grille.
We ate burgers, hotdogs, and roasted marshmallows. Thanx Pops, you know how to make American’s happy, meat and sugar! After dinner, Swedish tradition dictates that you eat fika. Fika, is desert typically including some type of cookie or cake and coffee. We had a brownie fika with some heavy whipping cream, yummmmm!
Then to the real fun, kubb. Kubb is a game where you throw sticks at other sticks with the intention of knocking them over so you can hit other sticks. I know it sounds complicated but it’s amazingly fun. It may have been so fun for me because my softball skills really came in handy, underhand throwing accuracy is a coveted skill. As the girl team was loosing kubb Elvis made an appearance and sang a few songs, it was actually Pops. All in all my day in the farmland of Kalmar Sweden was amazing. I would go back any day!
Waking up in Kalmar, Sash and I had too many things to do. After all, every good jet setter worth her weight in Louis Vuitton has every moment of her day filled with foreign fun. So, we quickly got ready, found some bikes, had some much needed coffee from a local shop, and headed to the mall. We didn’t buy too much but had the funnest/most stressful time finding a converter so we could finish our hair…ugh make sure you have the right converter readers. It is a huge hassle.
In honor of the Swedish flag I wore some yellow shorts. Well, I just wore them because they are adorable, but let’s pretend I put more intention into my ensembles.
According to a study by Ling Zheng and Kun Haung published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 4 cups of coffee a day may decrease a persons chances of developing diabetes mellitus. This study observed that caffeine derivatives (caffeine, caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid and dihydrocaffeic acid) actually decreased levels of a protein (human islet amyloid polypeptide) known to cause diabetes. Therefore, your morning trip to Starbucks may be doing more than preparing you for a long day in the rat race it may be keeping you from developing a debilitating metabolic syndrome. For more info here is a link to the study’s abstract. LINK!
I was thinking about quitting caffeine…not happening. I have done quite a bit of research on the biological effects of caffeine. However, despite the adverse effects I greatly enjoy peeking out from behind my caffeine induced fog every once and a while. Commonly people think of caffeine as a stimulant but actually it’s not it an adenosine reuptake inhibitor. I know nerd stuff. But it causes a build up of adenosine which in turn causes stimulation like effects. It can also exacerbate anxiety…nerd fest over.