I have been tagged by Ivar over at Musing on the Divine…

…Here’s what you do:~Each person starts with 8 random facts/habits about themselves and post these guidelines. ~At the end of the post, choose 8 people to be tagged and list their names.~Don’t forget to leave a comment telling them that they are tagged and to read your blog. Have fun!

1. I have two younger brothers and one younger sister.
2. I like to play guitar, but I haven’t got a good one for years.
3. I quit smoking a couple of months ago. I used to smoke two packages a day.
4. I worked with “mentally retarded” people for ten years.
5. I think the best fish dishes are the ones that don’t taste too much fish…
6. I’m a single “half-time” dad. My son is sixteen.
7. I have always been fascinated by the nineteenth century.
8. I practice “five year plans” in my life (no I’m not a Stalinist) and in one year I have to come up with new goals and evaluate the old ones.

I’ll tag: Gabrielle at Contemplative Haven, JustMe over at Oh, and.. this, the young poet James at Viewed and reviewed, Ginny at View from the pews, Marie also at View from the pews, And my friend Paula from Receiving Light, Veritas at poetry, prayer and praise and finally Pia at Beyond the horizon3


My son and one of my brothers. 🙂


Ok. So I’ve been tagged by the Leah at the Lowdenclear blog.

Extraordinary form of the Romanum Missale

1. Do you attend the Traditional Latin Mass or the Novus Ordo?
I attend the Novus Ordo and I love it. When I can, I attend the TLM as well. Love it too.
Refuse to make a choice between the two. Would love to attend a TLM at least once a week, but not necessarily just on Sundays.

2. If you attend the TLM, how far do you drive to get there?
They don’t have regular masses every week yet here in Sweden. They plan to have however. It is not decided where yet. The Cathedral is kind of fully booked on Sundays. However I will not have to travel more than about 30 to 40 minutes to get to any of the Catholic churches in Stockholm.

3. If you had to apply a Catholic label to yourself, what would it be?
“Traditionalist” makes me think of sedevacantists and “Non-traditionalist” makes me think of “Heretic Modernist”. Dividing doesn’t work to well with the meaning of the word “catholic” – So I really don’t know… How about “Catholic”?

4. Are you a comment junkie?
I like to give some feedback, even though I haven’t always anything bright to say. I guess that’s a yes.

5. Do you go back to read the comments on the blogs you’ve commented on?

6. Have you ever left an anonymous comment on another blog?

7. Which blogroll would you most like to be on?
Blogrolls? Does it have something to do with Cannoli?

8. Which blog is the first one you check?
Usually Aussiemums since it is firt in my bookmarks. And I usually check for comments on my own.

9. Have you met any other bloggers in person?
A young guy who calls himself Minuts3.

10. What are you reading?
A history book called “Förlorarnas historia” – the loser’s history – about the reformation in Sweden from a Catholic perspective. One of the most interesting books I read in a long time. Then I’m reading a book about Data Mining and Machine learning techniques by Witten and Frank and a lot of articles about business strategy and business models. Thinking of writing a short paper on the distinction between the two.

Bonus Question! Has your site been banned by Spirit of Vatican II?
Nope, but at least some of my posts could be tagged with EM – Extreme Medievalism. 🙂

O.k. So I tag Ginny and Marie at View From The Pews.

I haven’t posted much lately, I’m too behind in my schedules 😦

However, here are a meme which I got from Lowdenclear. (Thanks for tagging me)

If you could invite your five favorite saints to dinner, what would you serve them to eat, and why?

St Joakim, Father of Mary, are very welcome to join me for a dinner. Since we both are fathers I guess beer and sandwiches would be appreciated. Some good soccer on the television and let him just enjoy some earthly goods. I’d choose Staropramen, a light Czech lager together with “Sillamackor”, sandwiches with Swedish herring, coarse rye bread with lots of butter and different kinds of pickled herring and nice toppings.


St Barnabas, my patron saint, travelled a lot so I guess he would be tired and hungry and I would serve him something more heavy, like fried pork with onion cream sause, boiled potatoes and peas. A big glass of milk goes well together with that.

Stekt fläsk med löksåsMjölk

St Bernadette wouldn’t want anything to posh, so I’ll think she would enjoy ham with boiled potatoes and Mimosa salad. I really think she would deserve a treat though… Perhaps I could sneak in some avocados filled with “Skagenröra”, a salad of shrimps, mayonnaise and dill, as a starter? Maybe chocolate for dessert? A nice German Riesling for the salad and a glass of tawny port for the chocolate?


St Birgitta of Sweden enjoyed a good meal and was used to have large fancy dinners with kings and nobels, but she also had a wurm for simplicity and plainness: Boiled knuckles of pig, with mashed turnips and “Skånsk senap”, a roughly grained sweet mustard from Scania in the south of Sweden. A nice Swedish dish that perhaps would remind her of home. A bottle of the Swedish beer Carnegie Porter, would be nice to drink.

Fläsklägg med rotmosCarnegie Porter

I’ll guess I have to wait awhile until John Paul II recieves his sainthood, but then I would prepare a nice Pasta dish for him with a nice glass of wine. Pasta is quick and easy to make, and I wouldn’t want to stand in the kitchen cooking when I had such a great visitor. I much rather sit and listen to him. Perhaps Pasta Puttanesca and a bottle of Casillero Del Diablo would be a good conversation starter. 😉

Puttanesca rödtjut

Ok. Five people to tag: Paula from Receiving light, Marie and Ginny from View From The Pews, Brother Freddie from a A friar style?, and Joeamir11 from The dream of a voyage

Therese I will get to your Meme as soon as I can. 🙂


And since I forgot. JustMe from Oh, and… this, consider yourself tagged! 😉

Some site has ha questionnaire that supposedly specify which inner color you are. A bestiary with colors instead of animals I thought1. Great idea. I must admit I do not really understand colors and here was my chance to get one of my own.

So here’s my third meme: My inner color. A week ago I didn’t even know what a meme was. Now I feel just like home. I got challenged by Freddie – a friar with lovely feet2 – to do this one.

A friars feet
(Freddie’s feet)

He himself got the best color a man of God can have3, according to the site’s specification the color blue stands for a person who got a “natural warmth and intuition” He “nurtures those around you“. He is “accepting“. He feel the “ need to help others“. He is a great “nurse, psychologist, or counselor” and more like that. So full of anticipation4 I did the test hoping to get the same color.

I didn’t.


Your Inner Color is Yellow


Your Personality: Life’s too short not to have fun. Your bright energy brings joy and laughter to those around you.

You in Love: A total flirt, you need a lot of freedom to play. But you’ll be loyal to that one person who makes you feel safe.

Your Career: You love variety in a job, and you probably won’t stick with one career. You would make a great professor, writer, or actor.

What’s Your Inner Color?

I know my friend Leah doesn’t really got anything to do at work5, so here is something for her to pass the time: I tag you Leah!





1 Okay, I didn’t really think that. It wouldn’t have made much sense if I did. It was just an excuse to have the wonderful elephant picture in this post. Sorry.

2 However this is true.

3 This too.

4 This is, perhaps, not perfectly according to the truth.

5 Neither is this.

La Strada by Fellini

I’ve been tagged by Ginny for another meme: Fav movies and 21 words that describe me.

The interesting thing about meme’s is that you get to know peculiar things about your friends and you get to know them a little better. So it is much more interesting to read meme’s by people you already know. If Orvar Smussenhyssen likes to read Jackie Collins or not, is only interesting if you know who he is. So when it comes to tagging friends for memes one should tag people who everybody knows, but before anyone else tagged them.

I found such a blogger.

Then of course it’s important to show off how many friends you have that nobody else knows, but you know are very likeable. This is a tricky part, because those who read your blog tends to get to know each another. And those of your friends who doesn’t read your blog, will probably never know they’ve been tagged.

Well I found a blogger who doesn’t read my blog but still responded to my tag!

And then it is also important not to forget anybody. I know of at least one poor woman who is just dying to get to mention her favorite books, but no one tags her. Imagine the agony this poor woman has to cope!!!!

Here are ten of my fav movies. Listed in no order:

1. Life of Brian by Monty Python. If I weren’t Christian I would have been a Brianic
2. The Meaning of life by Monty Python, because the wonderful scene with a lot of catholic kids singing. 🙂
3. La strada by Fellini
4. Intervista (and almost all other films by Fellini)
5. Rocky by Stallone. (Cause he’s so cool)
6. The African queen, by Huston
7. Mirror by Andrei Tarkovsky.
8 The Passion of Christ, by Gibson
9. Romantic Comedies. They are all good on certain occasions.
10 …. Ok. I got a good but very short memory. I can’t remember any more titles right now. Sorry.

And 21 words (“&” doesn’t count as a word, does it?) that describes me:

More kind & considerate than I appear in real life. Doesn’t dwell. Chooses my own way, even if others chose the same.

So after much consideration here are the perfect tags: I tag Gypsy (and if she want’s this is a tag for the book meme as well: Gypsy#2) 😉 And then my good friend Leah, who was so kind to respond on the last meme.

Now I have to return to my studies. I have a big exam on Saturday. 😦

The Good Soldier Švejk

The Good Soldier Švejk

Well I have been tagged by Paula for some book recommendations. There was some really interesting literature there. I mostly appreciate litterature that makes the most of the language. Sadly this means that most of it can’t really be translated to other language’s. Well, here is my attempt, anyhow:

Three non-fiction books everyone should read:
The faith explained, by Leo J Trese A wonderful book, with extensive, in depth, explanations of the Catholic faith. It explain in a very pedagogic manner topics such as Grace, the Trinity, the Creation and so on and so forth. The Nineteenth century Sonnet by Joseph Phelan A detailed account of the revival of the sonnet during the Victorian epoch. Scholasticism by Josef Pieper A great introduction for us that do not know to much about the Scholastic thinkers.

Three works of fiction that everyone should read:
Poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins Because they are divine. The Christmas Oratorio by Göran Tunström A good reading tip for those interested in Sweden. A very poetic book. The Good Soldier Švejk by Jaroslav Hašek Because it makes you smile.

Three authors everyone should read:
August Strindberg. His prose is as interesting as his plays. The book black banners is a settlement with the cultural elite of his time, but it works just as fine today. Franz Kafka. Because even despair can be funny. Gunnar Björlin Well you would have to learn Swedish to read this author – but it’s totally worth it! 😉

Three books that nobody should read:
There are to many of them, but Sara Lidman, a famous Swedish author once gave me this tip on how to determine if you should read a book or not: Open the book in three places and read three lines at each place. Two out of three got to be interesting if the book should be worth the effort. – Than she picked up her then latest book, the stone of Nabot, and tried it. First she didn’t pass it, and then she gave her a second chance and passed the test.

So I tag the following bloggers, if you do find the time that is: Marie and Ginny, Leah, Therese, Zach, and all the ladies at dcf ladies blogring