Sydney is just fabulous and has sunshine, so why on earth did you move to Sweden?
I came to Sweden in late 1999 to study classical trumpet with Sir Håkan Hardenberger. Unfortunately, I ended up with an honors degree and a broken lip, rendering my knowledge of the Tomasi Trumpet Concerto and the difficulties of Baroque articulation fairly useless. Then I decided to have a breakdown and ended up staying.
Is that why you’re so good at tooting your own horn?
So what do you do now?
I work for a Swedish beauty company in the creative department and also as a writer.
You’ve been in Sweden a long time, why isn’t your Swedish any better than it is?
For someone who lives in Stockholm, you seem to spend a hell of a lot of time in Sydney…
We do live in Stockholm. However, in 2011 we spent 6 months in Sydney while on parental leave. Sweden’s generous parental scheme helped make this possible and nearly makes up for the dark winter months. Nearly.
You seem to love acronyms, exclamation marks and starting sentences with the informal ‘and’, which is wrong, what else do you love?
I love my husband (TSH – The Swedish Husband) and baby girls born July 2010 (Bubbaganoush) and July 2012 (The Flash). And I love opera, food, my Mac and over sharing.
Did you start this blog, like many others, whilst you were on maternity leave with your first child?
No. I thought it would be a much better idea to wait until I’d returned to full-time work and was pregnant with our second, before I did that. Timing is everything.