The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Arrived at home during the second night of january (well, how do you count: does january begin with a short night or with a long day?), we were welcomed by a storm in Sweden. Quite difficult landing but we (the pilots) managed. Yesterday was a slow day. We woke up at noon, put some order in the flat and Z was rediscovering it by herself.

When the evening arrived, we wanted to watch something easy for our head, not too dark, not too idiotical either. Our choice landed on “the ballad of Buster Scruggs” and it was a good choice! 6 short films in one, short western stories showing ups and downs in what the life at the beginning of USA was supposed to be. We liked it very much, so run to your Netflix and watch it!

Den blomstertiden nu kommer

We had the visit om my parents and M and I did go to the cinema together, the first time since before she was born… We choose a swedish movie “den blomstertiden nu kommer“, made by a little swedich production company Crazy Pictures.

The story was typical from a disaster war movie, but really strange to see it happening in Sweden rather than in the US or so. The pictures and the effects were wonderful and this made me curious about the production company.

Crazy pictures makes well filmed and at first sight normal stories but they always turn out totally crazy (they choose a good name) and with (black) humour.

Check out their youtube channel, where there is a lots of short movies worth a watching!


picture from Crazy pictures.

2 weeks done and 1 week left

We just finished our second week of holiday and I see the difference deeply in my body: I am much more less tired now!

We visited family and friends, discovered the Baltic sea, Öland and Kalmar, had good times and so on. We pricked everything except the reading: I took 2 books with me but read only 20 pages from one of them. Ah, no big deal, there will be other moments…

Z discovered the Baltic sea a day when it was all grey. It was almost impossible to see the difference between the horizon and the sea and there were no waves at all.


The same day, we got to witness a beautiful sunset from Öland. Not a classical one with a beach in the foreground, but one with a field of gold. It’s been very warm in Sweden the past months (!!) and the grass is not as green as usual. For us, who did not have the finances to go to France this summer, this was very welcome. I even have sun marks on my feet! However, the swedish people are more concerned. It’s not common here to hear that watering a garden is forbidden, or to hear that one must save water. Water is usually a unlimited resource in Sweden. But not this year. And not forever.



The week end was calm here in Uppsala. We did basically nothing but to spend time together and rest.

We still struggle with Z’s food. It’s good, she likes fruits, but she doesn’t want to eat anything else. I listened to the tips I got but it did not make it. She doesn’t seem to suffer of it, she still runs around all the day but somehow, I feel that she doesn’t get what she needs. It maybe will get better when she gets to kindergarten. Ah well…

I am also very bored by coking for us adults (btw, she eats the same thing as we do), the inspiration is simply not here. So now, for a while, we will test “matkassar”, meaning you buy a bag of food prepared for recipes for a week. I choose an option “easy for kids”, so it won’t be that much vegetarian I guess and less biological as well, but I had to choose: my mental health or our empty stomachs.

We watched a movie yesterday: Sameblod. It’s not a glorious part of swedish history but what for a determination the girl shows! The landscapes are also very beautiful and the plot is well filmed. Go for it!

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La mante

In these days when both M and I have a cold (Z went through this period without any symptom???), we don’t do much outside or at the gym. But we do netflix!

The last watched serie is la mante. The story happens in France and is about a copycat from a serial killer. Carole Bouquet and Fred Testot (nice to see him in a serious role) are acting well and the story holds well. 6 episodes so not too long. I would recommend it I guess.


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The crown

I finished (alone) watching the season 2 and I guess I won’t look the season 3. Does it say much of this serie? Well, it’s actually more the fault of the characters than the serie itself. It’s well filmed, even if the colors are a little bit too copied from “bron”. But the queen… oh, what for a boring person. This whole universe is so aged now. I guess it already was so by then. And thinking that she still is living and working, I wonder if she has seen the serie. Or her grand kids…


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Dark, the Affair and the Crown

In these vacations days, we decided to subscribe again to Netflix (we cut it down last fall to save some money and time). We had now 3 series on the list and it was Dark S1, the Affair S3 and The Crown S2.

Dark was recommended by M’s brother and with the description and the trailer, I was not very fan of it. I thought that I would give it a try anyway (I’m a bit light scared, and story with disappearing kids is not my cup of tea nowadays). But after the first episode, I was captured! It was a very good serie and a good reason to subscribe to Netflix. We wathed it in two days.

The affair S3 was not that good than the 2 first seasons, which were very good (if I remember well, watched them a year ago, pregnant until the eyeballs). Too much of nothing going on, too much of predjudices about french people, no. It was not good enough to me.

The crown S2: we just began, so I may come back with more details.


picture borrowed to IMDB

When you want to reach the stars…

… And all you see is only grey clouds… 

I was travelling to Dalarna for the work this afternoon and this was good to have some time for reflexion in the train. I had a lots to think of at work. Life goes fast and when you work half week and are dedicated to your work, it’s important to keep in mind the proce of the days at home with your baby. I really like the repartition we have with M but it’s easy done for me to fall into work thoughts the part of the week I’m not supposed to work.

But it happens as well that I think of Z while working. For example,  I saw a mum with a three-four months old baby waiting for the train. I thought of my little girl, who just learnt how to bubble with her mouth.

And for those who wonder, no, the grass is not green in Sweden yet. It’s only half in may, so be patient. Scarf, gloves and head protection are still welcome. 

Tjockare än vatten

In these time of waiting, one of my favorite activities is to watch series. M and I already went through HBO and Netflix together, so the challenge for me is to find new series that M wouldn’t like to watch but which are good enough for me to spend days in front of. 

I watched “the affair” last week and it was actually very good! In the beginning,  I thought it was much more feelings and relationships but it grew really interesting after some episodes. Give it a try!

I tried “Gilmore girls” but nothing for me at all. 

Then I went to svtplay, the Swedish TV website. I tried “skam” but again, not for me at all. 

I began yesterday to watch “tjockare än vatten” and after 6 episodes,  I can tell you that I won’t do amything else than watching it until seasons one and two are watched. I like how it’s filmed, the colors. Well, my waiting days are saved!

Tomorrow,  the day before Xmas. My plan is to convince M to play scrabble in French (we don’t have the Swedish letters). No snow here anyway and no Xmas tree either, but it will be an all fine celebration anyway.

For now, the app says “pregnancy completed”, but so is not my watching of “tjockare än vatten”,  so no baby today!

The baby of Bridget Jones, seen by a 9 month pregnant woman

I warn you: this post contains spoilers about the film, so don’t read if you are interested of keeping the mystery intact until you see the movie!

The other day, I found again two tickets for the cinema,  that I was looking for the other weekend,  when we wanted to watch a movie we both were interested in. I didn’t find the tickets for this occasion,  so we renounced and staid at home. But this week: victory! The tickets reappeared. Since they may not be so many weekends left until the baby comes, we thought it was better to go to the movie now,  even if the choice was not very extended. A lots of Xmas-things, scary movies and The baby of Bridget Jones. M is not a fan of comedy and I found the others Bridget Jones pathetic,  so you see the odds.

I gave the film a 6 of 10 points, which is much better than the 3 I had ready in my pocket after watching the trailer. Quick for the story: Bridget sleeps with two guys in a short period of time and gets pregnant and she doesn’t know who is the father. The film is the story of her pregnancy until the baby is born.

But now to the points: was it realistic, based on pregnant facts?

  • How she discover that she is pregnant? She is getting “fat” and a colleague suggests she may take a pregnancy test. Credibility: 2/10. Before to feel fat, you first discover that you don’t have your period, unless you take these mini-pills as contraceptive method. The mini-pills often make that you don’t bleed anymore when it should be the time of your period. (For the record for those who are not familiar with women contraception: if you take P-pill and bleed at regular intervals,  it’s not real period but fake ones since the ovulation is stopped by the pill). Back on the mini-pill: if she gets pregnant by two tries, separated with 5 days while being under contraception,  it’s really bad luck. Plus the fact that she is 43 years old. So no more than 2 for this point.
  • She throws up in a garbage at work within the first 12 weeks. Credibility : 8/10. The only thing that stops me to give a ten is that not all women feel sick during the pregnancy but a lot does. I felt sick the first three months, but never threw up (it felt though like I would every 3 seconds)
  • The growing of Bridgets belly: credibility : 9/10. Even if the movie is not showing every month, it seemed pretty relevant.
  • The first ecography: credibility 4/10. If I remember well, she makes it before the first 12 weeks and I think it’s too earl to see the baby as a “real” baby yet. If I’m not too wrong, it looks more like a big head than a baby at this point. Then the doctor declares the baby healthy pretty quickly  but it may be that Bridget was much longer in the room than what we see 
  • Her pregnant brain at work: credibility: 10/10. I’m still waiting for my mistakes from the past 9 months to be released. I missed some tears though and some rage moments as weel. British women are maybe more civilized than French ones when they are under hormonal doping?
  • Her runs everywhere while 9 months pregnant : credibility : 1/10. I had a very nice pregnancy and did sport twice or three times a week until the end of November but I can tell that now, movements are done after a big and hard negotiation with myself. I can walk 10-15 minutes but I have to stop often and strech. No way I would run as she does as the end of the pregnancy. 
  • When her water broke: credibility : 0/10. Her jeans are not even wet!
  • The transfer to the hospital : credibility 1/10. It’s not the fact that they carry her to the hospital that makes me give a bad grade. It’s more how they carry her. In my case, it has been weeks since I was able to bend myself and even put my shoes or my socks on has been kind of tricky, so I cannot imagine that she could be carried like that. Well, part of the comedy I guess.
  • The brown line on her belly : credibility : 10/10. It occured to me that they may have employ a stunt for the close belly scenes. Her brown line is very realistic anyway.
  • The giving birth part: I’ll tell you when it has happened to me.

Well,  it was a pleasant movie anyway,  even M laughed, so if you have money over, go and see it.

Signed: this nine months pregnant woman.