146 entries about life, across 12 years. All themes

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  • The Olive Experiment

    09:05 · 25th Apr 2020

    In which I spend four years figuring out if I can learn to like olives.


  • Year-in-Review 2019

    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.

  • Ask Me Anything

    07:00 · 24th Mar 2019

    In which I do my own version of Reddit’s Ask Me Anything (AMA) question-and-answer interactive interview.

  • Thank You for the Dance

    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.

  • A Series of Fortunate Events

    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.


  • In Hindsight

    07:00 · 30th Dec 2018

    In which I look back at the year that has passed with all its intentions, failures and lessons.

  • The Butter-Butt Boy

    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.

  • The Troubles with Taboo Tattoos

    07:00 · 9th Sep 2018

    In which I try to design a tattoo without cultural appropriation and realise that Neo-Nazis are appropriating mine.

  • Dialogues with My Dead Dad

    07:00 · 12th Aug 2018

    In which I see a psychic and accidentally dig up some unresolved daddy issues from the other side.

  • The Diary of Two Decades

    07:00 · 20th May 2018

    In which he looks back at 20 years of writing as this journal of his turns 10-years-old.


  • The End

    09:00 · 30th Dec 2017

    In which this year and our story, comes to its necessary end.

  • A Scooby-Doo Halloween

    21:00 · 1st Nov 2017

    In which traditions are meant to be broken and we don’t carve any pumpkins.

  • Inside No. 9

    10:00 · 1st Oct 2017

    In which I briefly talk about the house we never really called our home.

  • Becoming a British Bastard

    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.


  • Respice Aspice et Spera

    15:00 · 31st Dec 2016

    In which this fucking year finally comes to a fucking end. Giving way for something new, something better.

  • Dating in the 21st Century

    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.

  • A Simple Christmas Greeting

    14:00 · 26th Dec 2016

    In which the Eriksson family wish you all a Merry Christmas with the annual season’s greetings.

  • Jingoistic June, Justifiable July and Accepting August, Issue 06-08/16

    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.

  • An Apathetic Apology

    09:00 · 24th Jul 2016

    In which I apologise for the lack of entries but make no effort to remedy it.

  • Melancholic May, Issue 05/16

    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.

  • Agnostic April, Issue 04/16

    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.

  • A Multilingual Monologue

    09:00 · 2nd May 2016

    In which I speak in English. But also think in English. Look I’m doing it right now.

  • The Pursuit of Employment

    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.

  • Maddening March, Issue 03/16

    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.

  • Ideas of March

    13:00 · 9th Mar 2016

    In which I try to publish more entries as part of my monthly challenges.

  • Fucking February, Issue 02/16

    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.

  • Jaded January, Issue 01/16

    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.

  • The Happiness of Habits

    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.


  • Dear Twenty-Fifteen

    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.

  • Dramatic December, Issue 12/15

    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).

  • Wishing You a Merry Christmas

    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.

  • Notable November, Issue 11/15

    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.

  • A Toast to Ten Terrific Years

    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.

  • Outstanding October, Issue 10/15

    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 website goes live and we celebrate Halloween.

  • Significant September, Issue 09/15

    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.

  • Jolly July and Amusing August, Issue 07-08/15

    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.

  • Beards, Brains and Beauty

    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.

  • Jubilant June, Issue 06/15

    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.

  • Games I’m Eagerly Awaiting III

    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.

  • Magnificent May, Issue 05/15

    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.

  • Acclaimed April, Issue 04/15

    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.

  • Eggcellent Easter Everyone!

    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.

  • Memorable March, Issue 03/15

    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.

  • Fabulous February, Issue 02/15

    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.

  • Joyous January, Issue 01/15

    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.


  • Distinguishable December, Issue 12/14

    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.

  • Best Christmas Ever!

    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.

  • A Very Merry Carlos Christmas Playlist

    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.

  • Noteworthy November, Issue 11/14

    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.

  • And They All Cheered as He Appeared with a Beard

    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.

  • A Scary, Hairy Beard Story

    16:30 · 23rd Nov 2014

    In which Carlos Eriksson grows a beard for an entire year and documents his journey, week by itchy week.

  • The Last Abominable Weekly Update

    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.

  • Crawling Out of the Man Cave

    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.

  • A Frivolous Flight to Finland

    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.

  • Oh, Right. I Forgot

    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.

  • The Super Heroic Weekly Update

    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.

  • Notice of Termination

    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.

  • Midsummer, Our Most Cherished Pagan Holiday

    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.

  • 30 Things I’ve Learned in 30 Years

    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.

  • Carlos Goes to MCM London Comic Con

    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.

  • Fun-Filled Festivities For the Family

    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.

  • Getting Inked Again

    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.

  • Three Joys and a Disappointment

    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.

  • The Mysterious Morning Box

    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?

  • Jesus is Dead, Let’s Eat Chocolate

    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.

  • Veni, Vidi, Edi Vii

    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.

  • No Sleep, For I Am the Werewolf

    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.

  • I’m Definitely Too Old For This Shit

    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!



  • Looking Both Ways (a Recap)

    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.

  • A Dickensian Christmas

    22:14 · 2nd Dec 2012

    In which the Eriksson family take a bus to experience their first Dickensian Christmas.

  • What the Fuck Am I Eating?

    21:55 · 29th Nov 2012

    In which the Eriksson family try their taste palate at the awful yeast spread that is Marmite.

  • Mary Fudgemas

    22:46 · 22nd Nov 2012

    In which the Eriksson family go into town to see the lighting of the annual Christmas tree.

  • I Miss Certain Kinds of Fish

    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.

  • Living in Alan, with Alan

    19:54 · 26th Aug 2012

    In which I finally reveal what our new home looks like, in all its semi-furnished glory.

  • A Hole in the Wall

    09:16 · 20th Jul 2012

    In which I return after a two month hiatus by seeing the Olympic flame.

  • I Charted Myself

    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.

  • Double Whammy

    16:49 · 18th May 2012

    In which I attend a job interview in the UK and feel like it’s promising.

  • This Monday Sucks a Little Less

    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.

  • Sssh, They Might See Me

    21:12 · 15th Mar 2012

    In which I write a journal entry retelling the epic adventure of flying to the UK.

  • Up, Up And Away

    09:10 · 11th Mar 2012

    In which I get excited about flying over to the UK for job interviews.

  • Job Hunting and Me

    14:06 · 6th Jan 2012

    In which I’ve started hunting for a job in the UK.


  • Come Take Me!

    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.

  • I Had a B-Day

    12:43 · 19th Jun 2011

    In which I celebrate my 21st birthday for the sixth time.

  • Moving Madness

    17:06 · 27th May 2011

    In which we’ve almost moved to our new home. Sans the actual moving and the actual keys.

  • Nine Days Later

    12:12 · 15th May 2011

    In which I’ve reduced my refined sugar intake and started drinking fresher coffee.