Pronounced BAH-CHEW-CHEE, it was a nickname my sister called her first-ever niece, Miss C-Jaz. According to urbandictionary.dom, this term is used to express "an absolutely wonderful bum". And that she is, myBachoochie, my little bum cheeks.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A 7-Day Run-Down of Miss C-Jaz in Sweden

It was a 'misty moisty morning', and Miss C-Jaz and I trekked through it to get to ICA.  While I did not mind our little adventure, I also did not totally enjoy it either, especially when we lost Bo minutes from home.  He was lost, gone, out of sight for 2 minutes.  From a distance I saw that little elephant with big ears and his yellow hat lying on the ground picked up by a little Swedish girl on a walk with her grandma.  I panicked a little, wondering if they'd take it or leave it by the side of the road like I had seen many times for little mittens or toques.  I had to pick up my pace from speed walking to a jog.  The only reason why Bo fell out of Miss C-Jaz's grasp is because I had put on her little mittens to keep her hands warm, and I suppose she thought she still had him.  I was finally able to breathe when I watched the grandma sit Bo down on the damp grass by the pathway.  The entire time I couldn't even think about what I would do if Bo was gone.  What would Miss C-Jaz do?  There's no Disney store here in Sweden! 

We had a home day, Miss C-Jaz and I, and I attempted to make Sinigang, a.k.a. Tamarind Soup.  This wasn't the first time I made it, but it had been awhile.  I used spareribs rather than salmon, which is my favorite, and I must say that it was 'mmm mmm good'.  I didn't make a lot, but we did finish it.

J and I searched and searched and searched for new winter coats at Nacka Forum, and with Miss C-Jaz napping, we struck gold.   Both of us found exactly what we were looking for at stores that we would never have gone into back home even though the selections are probably very different between Sweden and Vancouver.  J found his coat from Esprit de Corp., and I found my A-line pea-coat
with over-sized collar/hood at Zara.  Is it possible to be ecstatic about a coat?  I love it!

We found Miss C-Jaz a Swedish pop-up book that her and I had seen at the local Bibliotek, Molly Bakar, and it's the cutest!  She loves pulling the flaps making Molly move: washing hands and sifting icing sugar.  Last week we got her Är du trött Krokodil?, which is just as charming.

We had a great lazy day of playing and snacking and cuddling.  For breakfast I made Aunt Jemima pancakes that we had with Canadian maple syrup, then at dinner we broiled steaks that we had with potato gratin.  Soooo good!

It was a cloudy day in Hammarby, but Miss C-Jaz and I went for a walk and ended up Toy store hopping.  There was nothing to buy, but she had so much fun seeing and touching all kinds of toys.  "Mommy, 'yook'!  Wow nice.  So 'piiiity'!"

One of her favorite toy stores has a little set-up of a wooden store that has a little canopy.  It has wooden food and products like ice cream on cones, bananas, watermelons, ketchup, and lollipops.  It even has a cash register.  The wooden store set-up runs for about 2500.00 SEK.  Pricey but very unique.

Today's been a usual day.  We've just gone back an hour for daylight savings so it's darker till late in the morning and starts earlier in the evening.  It's also been pretty cloudy so there's not too much light during the day, and today was one of these days.  We went for a walk to the COOP, and she pushed her cart as usual.  I needed to buy ingredients to make Kryddiga Kycklingspett, a.k.a. Spicy Chicken Skewers.  We shall see what it tastes like later, but the marinade for it looked interesting and smells good.

On our walk home I tried avoiding Miss C-Jaz's toy store that has the wooden store set-up, but even though she didn't see it she was adamant about going to a toy store.  We backtracked and I took her to the toy store, otherwise we would've never made it home.

The best thing today was how Miss C-Jaz almost recited her ABCs 'byself'.  I was straightening my hair in the washroom, and I heard her singing from the bed just outside the door.


She tried it again then stopped after D and asked, "Mommy, what's that sound again?"

Should be soon enough until she gets it all.  A few more times singing with Molly from The Big Comfy Couch, and I should be able to capture her on video. ;)

Tomorrow is our second Swedish class.  I've got a little homework to do, but translating Swedish recipes has been helpful, for cooking anyway.  Here's a few words I've been running into.

ugn = oven
eller = or
tsk = tsp
msk = tbsp
paprikapulver = paprika
honung = honey
kajennpeppar = cayenne pepper