09:05 · 25th Apr 2020
In which I spend four years figuring out if I can learn to like olives.
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145 entries about life, across 12 years. All themes
09:05 · 25th Apr 2020
In which I spend four years figuring out if I can learn to like olives.
07:00 · 28th Dec 2019
In which I look back at the year and reflect on how I’ve learned to be a little kinder to myself.
07:00 · 24th Mar 2019
In which I do my own version of Reddit’s Ask Me Anything (AMA) question-and-answer interactive interview.
07:00 · 10th Mar 2019
In which we travel back in time to 1990 to watch as I fall in love for the first time and how the consequent rejection came to shape my future relationships.
07:00 · 13th Jan 2019
In which I look back at all the things I had no plans of doing last year but did anyway.
07:00 · 30th Dec 2018
In which I look back at the year that has passed with all its intentions, failures and lessons.
07:00 · 2nd Dec 2018
In which I remember what my one-and-a-half-year-old self already knew when my love of food and cooking is rekindled.
07:00 · 9th Sep 2018
In which I try to design a tattoo without cultural appropriation and realise that Neo-Nazis are appropriating mine.
07:00 · 26th Aug 2018
In which my siblings and I get together to recreate childhood photos as a birthday present for our mom.
07:00 · 12th Aug 2018
In which I see a psychic and accidentally dig up some unresolved daddy issues from the other side.
07:00 · 20th May 2018
In which he looks back at 20 years of writing as this journal of his turns 10-years-old.
08:30 · 29th Mar 2018
In which I begin the slow process of reassembling myself.
09:00 · 30th Dec 2017
In which this year and our story, comes to its necessary end.
09:00 · 25th Dec 2017
In which it’s time for the annual Eriksson Christmas greeting.
21:00 · 1st Nov 2017
In which traditions are meant to be broken and we don’t carve any pumpkins.
10:00 · 1st Oct 2017
In which I briefly talk about the house we never really called our home.
08:00 · 14th May 2017
In which we have lived in the UK for five years but aren’t sure if we can call this home anymore.
15:00 · 31st Dec 2016
In which this fucking year finally comes to a fucking end. Giving way for something new, something better.
14:00 · 28th Dec 2016
In which I try my hand at dating apps and see what it’s like dating for people in the 21st century.
14:00 · 26th Dec 2016
In which the Eriksson family wish you all a Merry Christmas with the annual season’s greetings.
12:00 · 25th Sep 2016
In this month’s triple issue of Keeping Up With the Erikssons: My previous accessibility article finds an online home, I refuse to celebrate my birthday, fucking Brexit, I party with old friends in Finland, we visit a wild animal park, I complete my first 5K and we finally find a new home in Cambridge.
23:00 · 2nd Sep 2016
In which I write the hardest entry to date.
09:00 · 24th Jul 2016
In which I apologise for the lack of entries but make no effort to remedy it.
12:00 · 5th Jun 2016
In this month’s issue of Keeping Up With the Erikssons: I’m forced to get a new phone, attend the 43rd Cambridge Beer Festival, sign up for my first 5K run and completely fail my monthly challenge.
17:00 · 2nd May 2016
In this month’s issue of Keeping Up With the Erikssons: I continue commuting, eat more Joylent, Lucien and I go watch the next Marvel film (no spoilers, promise), I look back at this month’s challenge and invite you to join this month’s challenge.
09:00 · 2nd May 2016
In which I speak in English. But also think in English. Look I’m doing it right now.
20:00 · 22nd Apr 2016
In which I learn the dark art of commuting and why many people seem to hate it so much.
20:00 · 14th Apr 2016
In which I talk about the experience of suddenly finding myself hunting for another job and all of its vices.
15:00 · 10th Apr 2016
In this month’s issue of Keeping Up With the Erikssons: I get sick, more tattoos, another job, we celebrate Easter and I move on from this month’s challenge to the next.
19:00 · 26th Mar 2016
In which it’s time for the customary Eriksson family Easter greeting.
10:00 · 19th Mar 2016
In which I talk about all the tattoos I have, how I got them and what they mean.
13:00 · 9th Mar 2016
In which I try to publish more entries as part of my monthly challenges.
21:00 · 8th Mar 2016
In this month’s late and short issue of Keeping Up With the Erikssons: We have a really shitty month.
19:00 · 31st Jan 2016
In this month’s issue of Keeping Up With the Erikssons: We get some well earned R&R, I’m fed up with Fallout 4 and I finish this month’s challenge by getting a head start on next month’s challenge; Reading.
22:00 · 21st Jan 2016
In which I don’t make any new year’s resolutions but endeavour to make some changes anyway, in the form of monthly challenges.
13:00 · 31st Dec 2015
In which the time has come for Twenty-Fifteen and I to break up with each other. By which I mean, I’m breaking up with Twenty-Fifteen.
23:30 · 30th Dec 2015
In this month’s issue of Keeping Up With the Erikssons: I speak at another conference (even recording it), we go to our traditional Dickensian Christmas, two of my friends from Finland come for a visit and Lucien and I watch the new Star Wars film (spoiler-free).
22:30 · 24th Dec 2015
In which the Eriksson family, and our esteemed guest Amanda, wish you all a Merry Christmas with the annual season’s greetings.
21:00 · 6th Dec 2015
In this month’s very late issue of Keeping Up With the Erikssons: We celebrate a failed assassination attempt, I’m finally done growing a beard, play Fallout 4, go to a conference and a micropub and get ready for our fourth Christmas in the UK by celebrating Little Christmas.
12:00 · 29th Nov 2015
In which I reminisce about the ten years I’ve already spent with my wonderful wife, talk about how we first met and look forward to another ten years.
16:00 · 1st Nov 2015
In this month’s issue of Keeping Up With the Erikssons: I head down to Camber Sands for a weekend, Lucien and I catch up with all the Marvel film, I get a camera and become a published writer, the new Squiders.com website goes live and we celebrate Halloween.
21:30 · 31st Oct 2015
In which it wouldn’t be Halloween without our traditional pumpkin carving.
18:00 · 8th Oct 2015
In this month’s issue of Keeping Up With the Erikssons: We finally go to Dicken’s World, I camp in the woods and speak at my first conference and the hair goes.
21:00 · 1st Sep 2015
In this month’s double issue of Keeping Up With the Erikssons: Lucien celebrates his 7th birthday, my brother and I battle it out Dubsmash style, my mom visits, I become undead for a photoshoot and we go to two different museums at two different times.
21:00 · 31st Aug 2015
In which I, and the rest of Squiders, take a day off work to do a photo shoot which involves more blood than anyone had imagined.
23:15 · 1st Jul 2015
In this month’s issue of Keeping Up With the Erikssons: I have another one of those pesky birthdays, attend the Kent Digital Awards, celebrate Midsummer, try to play Batman: Arkham Knight and get a secret tattoo.
22:30 · 17th Jun 2015
In which I write about some more games I’m excited about. And Fallout 4 is finally fucking one of them.
15:15 · 31st May 2015
In this month’s issue of Keeping Up With the Erikssons: I finally finish my sleeve tattoo, reach the halfway mark of my beard journey, go to Comic Con for a third time and start drinking better beer.
19:30 · 14th May 2015
In which I realise that we’ve already been abroad for three years.
18:30 · 1st May 2015
In this month’s issue of Keeping Up With the Erikssons: I get new glasses, play lots of board games, continue my tattoo and go to the cinema to experience Avengers: Age of Ultron in IMAX 3D.
22:30 · 4th Apr 2015
In which we put on our best shawls, paint red spots on our cheeks and celebrate, what else, but Easter of course.
20:00 · 31st Mar 2015
In this month’s issue of Keeping Up With the Erikssons: We decide to surprise some of our friends and family by taking an impromptu flight to Finland, explore the family tree, experience a disappointing solar eclipse and I, of course, continue my tattoo.
19:00 · 1st Mar 2015
In this month’s issue of Keeping Up With the Erikssons: We don’t celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary, lose another pub quiz, continue my tattoo, take on the role of a sentient lizard, attend a conference in London, get Lucien declared healthy and finally, end our Wartime Life.
22:00 · 31st Jan 2015
In this month’s issue of Keeping Up With the Erikssons: We play games, get blown away by Microsoft, I continue my sleeve tattoo and we begin transforming our home in preparation for the war.
12:00 · 2nd Jan 2015
In which I make a nice list of 15 things I look forward to this coming year.
11:00 · 31st Dec 2014
In which I look back at and summarise the year that has been in a nice list of 14 things I’ve liked.
17:30 · 29th Dec 2014
In this month’s issue of Keeping Up With the Erikssons: We spend most of the month, either preparing for Christmas or feeling a bit under the weather.
23:00 · 24th Dec 2014
In which we finally let go of last year’s disastrous Christmas and begin to enjoy this year’s quite wonderful Christmas.
22:30 · 17th Dec 2014
In which I give you, most handsomest of readers, a carefully curated playlist of classic Christmas songs, modern Christmas songs and Gregorian chant songs.
21:30 · 10th Dec 2014
In which I teach my son the important lesson of taking your time to choose the perfect Christmas tree, by taking him out into the woods to chop his very first tree.
20:30 · 30th Nov 2014
In this month’s issue of Keeping Up With the Erikssons: My mom flies in to stay with us and together we try eating pizza made from insects, I begin a year long beard journey, I vow to write a 50,000 word novel in a month by participating in National Novel Writing Month and we attend the WWII experience “Christmas on the Home Front” at Kent Life.
16:45 · 23rd Nov 2014
In which I confess to being a hipster—like we all didn’t already know that—as well as reveal the ongoing project of growing out a beard for a year. Also, there may be rhyming involved.
16:30 · 23rd Nov 2014
In which Carlos Eriksson grows a beard for an entire year and documents his journey, week by itchy week.
11:20 · 15th Nov 2014
In which I hit the final nail in the coffin that is my weekly updates and lay out the future plans for the new and improved monthly updates.
18:00 · 31st Oct 2014
In which I do the, by now, traditional pumpkin carving.
22:30 · 29th Oct 2014
In which I return to MCM London Comic Con and get the broodiest selfie ever with none other than Batman.
11:00 · 19th Oct 2014
In which I reveal some of my emotional baggage and talk about the long journey ahead before becoming the husband and father I’d like to be.
21:00 · 12th Oct 2014
In which I decide to tackle the new endeavour of learning how to drink whisky. And I really want your help.
23:00 · 3rd Oct 2014
In which I give up trying to write a funny post about the weekend when I flew to Finland to get drunk of my ass.
17:30 · 18th Sep 2014
In which I remember about the short interview, in which the question “Who the hell is Carlos Eriksson?” finally gets an answer.
22:00 · 3rd Aug 2014
In which I mangle and molest two company names for the sole purpose of getting a not-particularly-funny title out of it.
01:30 · 20th Jul 2014
Lucien turns an incredible 6 years old and in honour of that, almost everyone dresses up like a super hero.
23:00 · 11th Jul 2014
Sometimes, a lot can happen in a short span of time. The best way to deal with this, is to press it down into that deep dark crevice where it can fester until it kills you. No? Oh, right. No, it’s the other thing you’re supposed to do.
23:45 · 22nd Jun 2014
Join me as I attempt to explain the curious tradition that is midsummer and top it of with a video greeting to all of you. But mostly you. Yes, you.
22:00 · 15th Jun 2014
In honour of tomorrow’s special day—It’s my birthday—I wanted to give you all a really special post. But I couldn’t come up with anything special.
18:40 · 26th May 2014
I start the weekend by attending my first—but definitely not last—Comic Con convention in London and find myself munching on some much needed reindeer meat later on.
19:50 · 7th May 2014
From watching dancers with bell pads on their shins and building Lego mechs to getting slightly intoxicated with the Portuguese and protecting the world from an Ancient One, this has been a busy weekend.
21:00 · 26th Apr 2014
Oooh, what’s this? Another post? An Abominable Weekly Update? Well it’s about time. Feast your eyes on a little of this and a little of that.
19:00 · 26th Apr 2014
As a part of my extended Easter holiday, I spent a significant portion of the time playing an assortment of games. Steam sales will do that to you.
12:15 · 22nd Apr 2014
Don’t you just love it when you sign up to things, then forgot all about them and freak out when the mail man knocks on your door because you weren’t expecting anyone to knock on your door?
16:00 · 18th Apr 2014
With temperatures between 12–17° C I really feel like spring is not only here, it’s here to stay. You know what’s also here? Easter.
12:42 · 12th Apr 2014
Which should translate to “I came, I saw, I ate the Buffalo”. A very fitting title considering the theme of this weeks main event.
23:05 · 11th Apr 2014
Continuing from last week’s “I’m Definitely Too Old For This Shit” I thought I should tell you how my board game marathon went.
00:30 · 5th Apr 2014
In honour of tomorrow’s International TableTop Day I have actually planned on doing the most appropriate thing ever. How appropriate!
07:00 · 15th Mar 2014
Do you smell that? Smells like spring to me.
00:39 · 1st Mar 2014
In which I return after a 2 month hiatus and conclude the story that begun a few months ago.
18:37 · 4th Jan 2014
In which I publish the original idea I had for this year’s New Year’s Eve Recap.
18:25 · 4th Jan 2014
In which I open up and share the, not so fun, experience of Lucien coming down with a rare autoimmune disease.
11:39 · 27th Dec 2013
In which I embed another Flickr slideshow showing our Christmas in pictures.
18:00 · 23rd Dec 2013
In which Lucien and I re-imagine the classic ’Twas the Night before Christmas story to include bears and purple tentacle monsters.
11:00 · 22nd Dec 2013
In which I share a recipe for mulled wine from Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management.
11:00 · 18th Dec 2013
In which I share a my own take on my mom’s gingerbread cookie recipe.
13:50 · 11th Dec 2013
In which I share a delicious saffron bun recipe, just in time to celebrate Saint Lucia’s Day on the 13th.
12:42 · 7th Dec 2013
In which I, and five co-workers try mince pies to determine which is the best.
19:59 · 17th Nov 2013
In which I continue my crazy cupcake experiments, learn more French and wear a dinosaur onsie for charity.
16:47 · 3rd Nov 2013
In which look at the sadness that is one of our pumpkins, how terrible I am at playing Pokémon and start growing a moustache for Movember.
23:29 · 30th Oct 2013
In which I carve not one, not two but three pumpkins in honour of this year’s Halloween.
21:18 · 20th Oct 2013
In which I talk about Pokémon, amazing cupcakes and getting a new washing machine.
22:05 · 22nd Sep 2013
In which I get creative with Lego and bake a shocking chocolate cake for Rebecka.
23:30 · 7th Sep 2013
In which the Erikssons visit Rochester Castle and its medieval re-enactment.
17:22 · 25th Aug 2013
In which I confess how poorly the challenges I set myself went.
16:52 · 18th Aug 2013
In which I show off my holiday pictures from our trip back to Finland.
19:17 · 4th Aug 2013
In which I subject myself and the Eriksson family to a double-blind study to determine whether we can tell Coca-Cola and Pepsi apart.
17:53 · 30th Jul 2013
In which I get ready to go on a vacation back to cold and dreary Finland, except it’s in the middle of the summer right now and warmer than here.
10:22 · 13th Jul 2013
In which I go into greater detail about the things I did take with me when we moved the UK.
21:53 · 8th Jul 2013
In which I talk about getting rid of 80% of the crap I owned before we moved to the UK.
21:54 · 16th Jun 2013
In which I show you the actual cake with 29 individual candles. Fire hazards ignored.
12:50 · 15th Jun 2013
In which I’m about to turn 29 and in honour of that ask my wife to bake me a cake with 29 individual candles.
20:36 · 9th Jun 2013
In which Lucien and I fold and compete paper planes.
20:58 · 26th May 2013
In which we make a Sunday roast, play Pétanque and talk about the game Beije and I made.
10:00 · 18th May 2013
In which my journal turns five and I take a look back at the different entries I’ve written over the years.
10:30 · 14th May 2013
In which I become surprisingly patriotic having lived in the UK for a year.
21:47 · 7th May 2013
In which Lucien and I create a message in a bottle with the hopes of someone finding it some day.
21:41 · 29th Mar 2013
In which I talk about the things that have happened in the past week in the aptly named Abominable Weekly Update.
11:54 · 23rd Mar 2013
In which I take you on a picture journey from last July to two days ago.
21:55 · 31st Dec 2012
In which I recap the tumultuous year that involved packing a bag each and moving to a completely new country.
20:58 · 30th Dec 2012
In which I embed a Flickr slideshow showing our Christmas in pictures.
22:14 · 2nd Dec 2012
In which the Eriksson family take a bus to experience their first Dickensian Christmas.
21:55 · 29th Nov 2012
In which the Eriksson family try their taste palate at the awful yeast spread that is Marmite.
22:46 · 22nd Nov 2012
In which the Eriksson family go into town to see the lighting of the annual Christmas tree.
22:01 · 14th Nov 2012
In which I talk about the top 10 things I kind of miss from Finland but not enough to move back but possibly enough to import them at some point.
22:59 · 30th Oct 2012
In which it’s time to carve the yearly pumpkin.
19:54 · 26th Aug 2012
In which I finally reveal what our new home looks like, in all its semi-furnished glory.
09:16 · 20th Jul 2012
In which I return after a two month hiatus by seeing the Olympic flame.
21:45 · 6th Jun 2012
In which we get it confirmed that we’re getting the apartment (flat) we wanted.
21:58 · 30th May 2012
In which I write a disappointing entry about almost nothing at all but show a photo from our self-catering accommodation.
16:49 · 18th May 2012
In which I attend a job interview in the UK and feel like it’s promising.
18:49 · 14th May 2012
In which we say goodbye to Finland and embark on the next chapter of our lives.
23:35 · 4th May 2012
In which we decide to move the UK, without accommodation or employment.
11:54 · 26th Mar 2012
In which I make a chart depicting the levels Days of the week sucks and get a coffee delivery from the UK.
21:12 · 15th Mar 2012
In which I write a journal entry retelling the epic adventure of flying to the UK.
09:10 · 11th Mar 2012
In which I get excited about flying over to the UK for job interviews.
14:06 · 6th Jan 2012
In which I’ve started hunting for a job in the UK.
16:11 · 31st Dec 2011
In which I recap the year that has gone by with all its ups and downs, and the t-shirts, let’s not forget the t-shirts.
20:38 · 31st Oct 2011
In which it’s that spooky time of the year again.
12:43 · 19th Jun 2011
In which I celebrate my 21st birthday for the sixth time.
19:00 · 7th Jun 2011
In which we’ve moved to our new home and I show you the blurriest photos to prove it.
17:06 · 27th May 2011
In which we’ve almost moved to our new home. Sans the actual moving and the actual keys.
12:12 · 15th May 2011
In which I’ve reduced my refined sugar intake and started drinking fresher coffee.
13:21 · 25th Apr 2011
In which I appropriately titled obligatory Easter greeting.
19:43 · 12th Feb 2011
In which I reveal that I’ve gotten married.
08:41 · 31st Dec 2010
In which I recap the year that has gone by in all its splendor.
21:12 · 31st Oct 2010
In which I present you with a seasonal greeting.