Monday, September 26, 2011


Through with the guilt!!!!

“I’m so tired of saying no and then waking up in the morning and recalling every single thing I ate the day before, counting every calorie I consume so I know exactly how much self loathing to take into the shower. I’m going for it. I have no interest in being obese, I’m just through with the guilt..”

Wonders how many women are not properly eating and enjoying food because they worry about their figure? Is it really worth it?

Fuck it....i´m with Liz (Julia Roberts character)...."I´m through with the guilt"

Sunday, September 25, 2011

A year ago....

A year ago I was in this place....crying on the bathroom floor, praying to God for guidance. For a sign.

The day after.....I got it....a moment of clarity. I wanted to move back home.

So i did. I broke up with my boyfriend, moved home, worked on myself and saved money to go to school in Hollywood. A dream of mine since I was a little girl.

And now.... a year later, i´m at my most peaceful i´ve been in years.
I´m content, happy with myself and my life.

I was watching Eat Pray Love now for the hundredth time, and it reminded me of the moment i watched it first. It was around the same time I had moved back home. I felt i like it was my story.

A person that lost oneself in love, so much she doesn´t recognize herself and was now on a journey to love life and herself. Change her thoughts. Let go of the past!

Or as Richard in Eat Pray Love says:

"Select your thoughts as you select your clothes everyday"

and when Liz talks about her missing David:

"Miss him, send him love and light and then let go"

I´ve been on that journey for three years, in 2009, dealing with my depression, 2010 dealing with what i want out of life (quarter life crisis), 2011 changing my negative thoughts into positive, learning to let go of the past, be grateful and love every little thing in life. It´s hard work but its worth it.

I´m in a totally different place. I´m happy!

It´s amazing what a difference a year makes.....

I guess it it true what Elizabeth Gilbert wrote: "Ruin is the road to transformation"

You can´t blame us....

Saturday, September 24, 2011

L.A. BABY!!!!

Still wake up every morning and have to pinch myself to see if i´m not dreaming.... it´s so surreal 


I was so fortunate to have my parents with me along for the ride. We flew to Seattle and then L.A. LAX is a really big airport so i don´t know if it´s just the exit for the alaska airlines but our exit was really old fashioned and chaotic. Not very organized. Maybe i´m too used to the European airports. Could be. 
We got a taxi, which felt more like being in a police car, since it had such little space for our feet in the back and glass window between with one hole to talk to the driver. We stayed at the Comfort Inn on Sunset Boulevard, a nice hotel on a  great location, very close to Hollywood Blvd. 

my mom and dad with my school (MI) in the background

We went on a hop on hop off bus where we drove around the city, through Hollywood Blvd, Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, Melrose, La Brea and the Grove. Jumped off the bus and walked 30 min down Melrose and met Ragga, a friend of my sister, at Urth Cafe. I had a blast talking to her, she made me feel so welcome. The next day we saw the school and went to Zumba class, only to meet a former classmate of mine. Small world indeed! Turns out she lives close by and goes to my gym. 

Next we worked on finding apartments for me, so we went to the school and got a list of people who needed roommates, i called one girl called Natalie, she didn't answer. My mom later had to get some forms and on the way she found Natalie. Turns out she had a room available, with 2 roommates, a guy from Swiss, Gabriel and a girl from France, Angie. I saw the apartment building, with sun deck, hot tub, swimming pool, gym and the apartment was really nice too. I met Gabriel and Angie and decided to take it! I got the apartment, bank card , phone and a computer all in one day.
And it was soooo easy.... at least next to life in Vienna, Austria.

Since that was all settled, i got to enjoy the rest of the time with my parents. We spent most of the time shopping, I got some jewelry from the J.Lo Collection at Kohl, t-shirts at Forever 21 at Glendale Galleria and underwear at Victoria Secret in Beverly Center. My mom and I had the best Ceasar salad at a place called "Stone Oven" at Beverly Center. AMAZING! I loved spending some time with my mom and dad and i´m so grateful that they were there to help me out.

I went with my roommates, Natalie and Gabriel, to see Chinatown...... only to find a little town, or a little  square. I thought it was amazing to see a little china there but i thought there would be more. Still appreciate the effort. We took the metro back to hollywood where we stumbled upon a premiere of Abduction, red carpet and all, Taylor Lautner there somewhere. Always something going on in L.A.

Met Jónína, a fellow Icelander from my school and her friend Andrea, at Maui´s, only to have fever, stomach ache and chills by the end. I don't know if it was sun sting, food poisoning or nerves but i felt horrible so I went back to the hotel. My stomach has been a little upset lately, maybe because of the new environment, food and just everything. Everything is new, which can be a little overwhelming.

We went to Universal Studios and bought the Priority pass and boy....was it worth it. We would have normally waited for at least 30 min in front of every line but with the pass we got in front of the line. I loved seeing the studio tour, where we saw the set of Desperate Housewives, Psycho, War of the Wolds and Grinch who stole Christmas and so many other sets like Little Italy, Mexico, France, Western and green screen they use for movies. In that ride you go through King kong ride and jaws. Such fun!

We also went to Krustyland (Simpsons ride) and wow, it was so cool. It was a simulator but you moved a lot so you felt like you were on a roller coaster. It´s spectacular. Outside they also have the Quick-E-Mart, where the Simpsons family posed with visitors. Then there was a cool Pirate show and a special effect one. I loved that one, sure i knew a lot of it, but their presentation of it was fun. There was also a Shrek land, where you had a seat and it shook and stuff, but i didn't like that as much, it was just uncomfortable, at least for my back. We ended the day watching Blues Brothers show. Great end of a great day!

My dad left on Thursday and my mom on Monday. On Monday I moved to my new apartment. I got settled in and took a Latin class at the gym in the evening. It was soo much fun.

The next day was really busy, registered at school, and then walked up Runyon Canyon (a mountain close by my place). It was really steep, but i made it to the top and wow, what a view! You can see over the whole city. So beautiful! Then I met Gréta, an awesome Icelandic girl, and we really bonded, we had a little jam session at her place and then went out. Met her Danish friends at Sky bar, then saw live music at a bar where she sings sometime and met even more people and ended the night at 101, where we met her friend Gerard Butler. He was so nice, came over and introduced himself and talked about how much he loves Iceland, its his second favorite city to visit. It was a pleasure meeting him. We came home at 4 o´clock so i chilled the next day, slept in and talked to my friends on Skype. Thanks to the time difference i have to talk to them at noon (then its evening their time). I spent the evening chilling with my awesome roommate Natalie or as i call her my Swedish sista! Love her! Too bad she's moving to London :(

I met more awesome Icelandic girls, my home girl Ragga picked me up and we went to Santa Clarita and picked up Ágústa (she lives in a suburb, reminds me of Desperate housewives, so cute) and went back to L.A. at a very cozy restaurant where we met Hrafntinna. They were all so lovely, we talked for hours and even had drinks at Formosa. Such fun! we will for sure hang out more often.

I used the time lately to feel at home in my new home, it´s good to use the time now while Gabriel is in Asia and Angie is staying with her boyfriend, then i get to familiarize myself with the apartment and feel at home instead of their place.

I´m so fortunate to have such good parents that were willing to help me move here and fortunate to have met such great people in L.A. and thankfully things have gone quite smoothly here. Easy breezy!

as for L.A.... so far so good!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

California songs

So excited to go to L.A. i posted a couple of songs about L.A., Hollywood or California. 

which one is your favorite? Feel free to add if it's missing....

Thursday, September 08, 2011

See you next year

Had to say goodbye to my friends, which is always hard. Met Vælsdruslurnar (Dagný, Matthildur, Guðrún) at Uno for a delicious Italian meal, met Eygló at Vegamót for lunch, had dinner with Svava, Sara, Eva, Maya and Sigga at Caruso, ice cream and movienight with Þórunn, and drove around with Árnný. I also had a goodbye party at my house where Ingunn, Lára, Eygló, Begga, Guðrún, Maya, Valdi, Vala, Þórdís, Maggi and Auður had a blast talking, drinking and fooling around. Then we went downtown, where we had delicous Cosmopolitan at Laundromat and danced at Celtic. SUCH FUN!

Since I was going to L.A. i decided to be extra pretty, which meant coloring my hair, my eyebrows, waxing and facial. Highly recommend Erna at Verði Þinn Vilji for waxing and Anna María at Blue Lagoon Spa for facial. They were amazing. It was during the waxing, where as a comfort you almost scream "Beauty is pain".... that i thought how much women do to stay beautiful. It reminded me of a scene from Coupling (UK version), where a couple has broken up and both the girls and the guys go to the temple of women.... what do you think that means in their world? As the woman says "I´m single, i need to look good naked"

Me and Þórunn had a Marylin Monroe movie marathon, where we watched Gentlemen prefer Blondes (my favourite), Some Like it Hot and Seven Year Itch (famous picture of her over the vent). I love those movies, funny dialogue, music, dancing and singing. Just take a look at the clips below

and then the most famous look and song of hers

It´s weird, i lived in Vienna, Austria for 5 years but i always came home for summer and Christmas but now i´ll be staying in L.A. for 7 months but because i won´t be in Iceland for Christmas and New Years it seems so long. It´s weird saying to your friends "See ya next year".... until then skype and facebook.

Thank God for technology :)

Beautiful Iceland

My friends Þórdís, Magnús and Auður surprised me and took me on a trip to most of the places shown in the video above, to Seljavallarlaug, Dyrhólaey, Vik í Mýrdal, ending with a firework show at Jökulsárlón. I felt like I was at a show in Disneyland, it was so surreal. To top it off, when the firework stopped, an iceberg loosened and traveled around Jökulsárlón. It was a great way to say goodbye. I was reminded of how beautiful my country is. There is no place like it.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Couldn´t breathe!!!

Figures that the day that i had an amazing day,hung out with my best friend,  2 hour walk and watched a movie with a cold one  in hand, so happy with my life that the next day i would be fighting for my life!

I thought i was having a cold so stayed inside, drank hot water with ginger, cough syrup and tried to sleep, only to have a suffocating feeling and all of a sudden i couldnt catch my breath. So i ran towards the kitchen where my mom stood stunned at my state, tried to stay calm, and try to to breath slowly so i could catch my breath.  I ran outside where i sat down and barely was able to catch my breath. I couldnt speak after that, literally. I was crying my eyes out. Nothing like that had ever happened and i was terrified.

My mom took me to the emergency room where the doctor informed me i had had an allergy reaction (atopic allergy). I got some histamin tablets and that was it. Needless to say i had trouble sleeping.

Nothing scarier than not being able to breathe! Got also a nasty virus which lasted 2 weeks.
Not a pleasant way to spend your vacation.

Ironic that i had just met my friend, who wanted to meet me because she dreamt i had died. On the same day i can´t breathe.....i was thinking of this when this all was happening, hoping she wasnt a psychic. SPOOKY!

Talk about a sizzling routine

...or as Paris Hilton says "that´s hot"