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Among other intentions with my new apartment, there's my wish to design my apartment according to my own wishes and see how it works out.

This is important for me personally, because in all places I've lived before, my intention was entirely functional. A place to sleep, work and eat, period. I never really cared about making any changes toward beauty, harmony, whatever. This has been taken care of by girlfriends and wife in the periods of time they were with me. I got sick of this a few years ago when I started to search for a new apartment and decided that it was time I create my own, so to say.

I'm partly done. The wallpapers are exactly what I want. Of the top of my head, these are the things I still want to do, at the very least to see what happens i me when I see it done:

  • finish furnishing Jacob's room. It currently lacks a table and chair.
  • hanging pictures in some of the rooms (at the very least the living room).
  • finish setting up the work room, which is currently a bit of a mess (gawds, how much stuff can I have?????). I really have all the furniture I need there...
  • finish furnishing the kitchen. All it needs is an extra piece of furniture, for example this and a couple of shelves (not sure how the colours work together, but it's worth looking at):



Meanwhile, life goes on and I may have to find other ways to figure out what my taste is.

Posted Jun 9, 2008 7:46:00 AM +0200 | Tags: projects

Yet another year and with loooong silence from me. It was about a year ago that I said anything about myself, wasn't it? Ah, yeah, last time I said anything at all was a rant about sane customer relationships...
Last time I spoke about my life was even earlier, when I basically asked the universe to shut the fuck up :-).

Suffice to say that a lot has happened since. One of the possibilities that I talked about in that last one was a new relationship, which started not very long after. It started off quite well, but somehow, we got off on the wrong foot somewhere in the middle of the summer, and I spent all from august and on to try to rectify that (my part at least). I imagine we got to a point where the relationship would be workable, but unfortunately, other conditions of life came in and made the relationship impossible, and it ended a bit before Christmas (some time between the middle of November and the beginning of December, depending on who you ask).

I assume you've noticed that I'm not really giving very much detail at all. This is one person that I won't even mention by name, for the simple reason that I'm pretty sure she wouldn't want me to. I guess that at some level, I'm protecting her even today, and I'm probably going to keep doing so. I'll say, though, that I miss her, at the very least as a friend (I haven't heard from her since... some time in January or February).

Sometime during the autumn (I forget exactly when, but spyro plays an important role in this happening), I started talking with Charlie, who I've know of for quite a while (because we're both on the same polyamory mailing list) on Facebook. We quickly became fairly close (as close as you can get through a text-only interface) friends. With the help of a mutual friend, who just happened to invite us both to the same event, we ended up meeting some time in late November, and we had a very nice chat over a couple of beers after that event. Among other things, we found we had many things in common in our respective backgrounds (it almost got ridiculous, really...). We realised that yes, we were interested in each other, and a few weeks later (two, I think), a new (poly) relationship started. It has deepened and developed ever since.

Remember the endless search for a bigger apartment? Last time I wrote about it, I was quite discouraged and thought nothing would ever happen, but last summer, something finally clicked and we were three people doing a triangular trade, and I've ended up here. I moved on in the beginning of last autumn, we through a renovation (through which I was evacuated here, which wasn't the nicest apartment, but hey, that was only for 3 months!) and have ended up with something that has exactly the kinds of wall papers I want and so on.
Reaaaaally nice, and I'm really happy to be here, and it ended up being what fulfills all my needs in the best possible way!

Jacob... well, I really dunno what to write here. On one hand, we keep visiting each other, I've been over in Boston last autumn and this spring, and he was over here in Sweden for Christmas, and... heh, I just figured I do know what to write ;-)... and it's felt marvelous to be with him the times it has been. It has felt marvelous to be able to provide some space for him instead of being cramped in a 41 m² apartment, even if it was in that evacuation apartment.

In his development, I've mostly noticed that his language gets better each time I meet him, and it's quite nice to hold entire conversations with him. It's equally nice to see him interact with other kids, over in Boston as well as here (which I think he does marvelously well, even if the other kids don't speak the same language!). Last summer, when he was in Sweden, I watched him interact with a girl for a long time, him speaking in English and her in Swedish. Marvelous!

Credits where credits are due, thank you Lisa!

What else... oh, yeah, work... nah, that'll be for another entry, when I feel like it.

Posted May 16, 2008 12:05:49 AM +0200 | Tags: projects

I haven't dared talk so much about my chase for an apartment for a long time, simply because it moved quite a lot. However, there was one apartment (see the picture to the right) that looks like something I'd want. It's a 2 stories, 2 bedroom apartment, big kitchen, sizeable living room and storage area accessible directly from the apartment and extending under the stairs (perfect place for servers!).

Alas, this seems to be another one of those perfect deals that slip away. I'm getting quite a bit tired and frustrated with all these 3-way trades that keep in failing because someone isn't quite into it. I'm veeeeery tired of this situation!

So, if there's anyone who has an apartment that they'd like to trade with me, in the Stockholm area (preferably the south side), and has a 2 bedroom, 75 m² or more apartment, please get in touch with me!

Posted Jul 26, 2006 8:43:01 PM +0200 | Tags: projects

You know, maybe the loss of that apartment wasn't such a bad thing after all. I just stumbled upon a similar apartment just two entrances away, which is like 50 meters away. And it has one more room (which is what I really wanted but found hard to find), and the difference in rent is very little, about 500.00 SEK (which is not so much if you think that I'm talking about a range between 5100.00 and 5700.00 SEK). I've emailed the current renter, and am gonna call her tomorrow to see when I can check out hers.

The only catch is that this would be a 3-way exchange, and the third party hasn't even stated if he's interested at all or not. Ah well, I've emailed him too and done a small attempt to convince him it could be a good thing to check out this particular exchange.

On goes the chase, I've 12 more options to check out!

Posted Mar 24, 2006 9:54:44 PM +0100 | Tags: projects

I'm pissed. I'm sad. Damnit! The process of exchange with this apartment had gone so far I was sure it was a done deal, but apparently it wasn't far enough. Today, I got an SMS from the other party, saying "I'm not doing the exchange any more, moving together with my guy, need a bigger flat than yours!"

And I can't really blame her, the process has been slow, and things do change with time. I guess the lesson for me is to be more impatient with the next exchange (I've a tendency to be overly patient). Still, in the mean time, emotions are flying...

A well, on to the chase, there is a bigger place for me out there.

Posted Mar 23, 2006 12:39:23 PM +0100 | Tags: projects

Yesterday afternoon, I took my son, who's currently in Sweden, to the area of the apartment I hope to move in to. He seemed to love it immediately! Wanted to walk, was curious about the surroundings and very please when we reached the playground 500 meters away. Hooray!

Anyhow, if you want to have a look at the area yourself, it's just a click away, just click on the image to get a bigger version with comments.

Posted Dec 25, 2005 2:42:00 AM +0100 | Tags: projects

The renter of the first apartment I went looking at, and incidently, the only apartment that I've said I really really really want, came back to me a couple of weeks ago and said that maybe we should trade after all. She had said no to begin with, but has had trouble finding anything else for herself.

Today, as a sign that she wanted to go through with this, she marked that she really really really wants my apartment in the database that we use. So, I guess it's time I get it rolling on my end.

This is what I'm moving into. She has requested that the move be in february at the earliest, which is fine by me. Yeah, I've given up on the original goal to get this done before Christmas, and that's OK, my son won't sleep in my apartment, this year.

I'm so happy that something is finally happening!

This is a smallish apartment, but it still has enough space for all that I want:

  • A living room with enough space to have an office corner.
  • A space for a dinner table that could sit up to 6 people.
  • Two bedrooms, where one probably also has enough space for an office corner. Both have enough space for a large bed, so I can pick and choose.
  • A walk-in closet, which I can easily partly be used as a server room.
  • Tons of more closets, so the walk-in one won't need to be crowded.
  • A small playground outside the apartment, well separated from the street by the apartment building itself!
  • A large grassy walking area in connection with the small playground, leading to a larger playground among others, all of this well protected from the street by the whole row of apartment buildings!

I honestly think this is the perfectest I could find, both for me and my son when he visits. My sons bedroom would double as a guest room when he's not here.

Posted Dec 13, 2005 9:04:04 AM +0100 | Tags: projects

The chase for an apartment goes on. I'm having one possibility for a triangle trad to go through, where I'd get a 4-room+kitchen on Loviselundsvägen 29 in Hässelby. I've no idea how the area fits with my criteria, and I think I need to revise my criteria anyway... Time flies after all, and I want this done before Christmas if at all possible.

Anyway, there's gonna be a round of checking out each other's apartments this week, and everyone involved seems enthusiastic. That's gotta count for something!

[enable positive reinforcement]

Posted Oct 11, 2005 9:01:00 AM +0200 | Tags: projects

Oh poo. I just talked with the guy that has the apartment I wanted so much. Unfortunately, he's not interested in the third parties apartment (it's a triangular trade)... I'm a little bit sad, because that was such a perfect spot for me, but oh well, the search goes on.

Posted Sep 19, 2005 1:13:34 PM +0200 | Tags: projects

I seem to have quite a lot of opportunities for the moment, a number of triangular trade possibilities, and one direct. I've the possibility to move to Ekerö The only problem with that place is that it's pretty damn close to Ekerövägen, which I found to be quite noisy. Otherwise, it would have been perfect.

Yesterday, a new trade possibility turned up, which would give me a 2-floor, 4-room apartment, close to a huge wooded area and a couple of nice beaches. Lots of space for a little boy to play in, very much the kind of area I want, in a calm spot I just love the area. Now, I just have to see the apartment itself, to make sure I like it, and if I do, I'm going with this deal.

I can actually see myself living there for quite a while.

Posted Sep 18, 2005 8:51:20 PM +0200 | Tags: projects

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