Huge mood swing, kind of the same as Greta claims the climat change will swing around caused by dead dinosaurs. The weather the rest of the week is of the kind that turn dog owners to allow their pets to shit inside. OK, as long as it do not rain on my way to work it’s fine (my mantra), but hard to believe at the moment. It’s so cold!!!
Noticed yesterday a huge mistake in my life as well. The Taxe d’habitation 2022… The first years I lived in Paris you needed to log in to the tax account and approve the deduction from your bank account, and last year you only needed to do it if you changed your banking details. So I did not even look this year, just marked the date in my calendar, 15th of November.
Checked this morning, no money been deducted from my account so… Wrong date? No, I checked the papers and I have to scan a QR code, log in and send the money myself. Seriously? If they can withdraw money for the back tax without my approval why not this tax?
So I have no idea what to do now… I don’t want a fine.
We will see
(one of my coworkers sent me a whatsapp past weekend asking who was my favorite coworker. My answer was “Do not ask questions you don’t want an answer too, and I can honestly say I do not have a favorite coworker… All equally annoying. Then I found this…)
Like the old Aztec population we fall to the ground on our knees and praise the su… No not the sun, the Air Conditioner! It’s working again in the office open space. My apartment is still like a moist sauna, but I know now that won’t change until October.
And then Sweden… The Swedish Foreign Minister now signed the application for Sweden to join NATO and Sweden kind of forgot about this cause it’s population all went “WOW, she can write” – But there is no evidence that she did sign with a pen, she might just have put her thumb print on the application.
And yes, she is from the Social democrat party, so no one is surprised that she up until one week ago looked at NATO as the worst thing anyone could join and be a member of. NATO was Lucifer. But now it is the best thing ever and also as always the application comes with the Social democratic standard explanation to all their change of mind, “Deep inside the social democrats always wanted Sweden to join NATO”.
Today I also like to throw in some Swedish, cause it is so true and it is SO me… If anyone wonder about the reason why I sometimes must leave a room when I’m angry – it’s only to not say something I most likely will regret and never would have said in a normal situation.
So now, we can look at the TGIF, if any… I have not planned anything to be honest. Apart from the normal stuff you have to do when you only free on weekends. Shopping, cleaning and longer pass at the gym. And none of those i a TGIF.
Swedish morning radio, today “Tell us things you really want to learn”, and a woman wanted to learn Italian. Fine so, and the reason? She was in love with the Italian food culture and her wish is to visit Italy and eat. Nothing wrong with any of that but my brain went: “Love Italian food culture? Ordering in from Pizza Hut and drinking red wine from a box is not Italian food culture”. I know, I am a bad person.
Around 5 months from now I can actually retire, I can’t afford to retire but I can retire if I want to and if I think living under a bridge in Paris is the most romantic thing to do… Ever.
But fact is it’s time to think about a life after work. Moving to Paris was a 80s dream coming to life way too late in life, and I said a minimum of five years. Those years passed already and now I am in the strange situation to decide what to do next.
It makes sense, at least to me, to leave before my next rental contract is updated. Means in 2024, around 2,5 years from now. Actually less cause I need to give an answer if I sign up for three more years February March 2024.
If I decide to stay, I kind of sign up for staying in Paris, staying with the same company until the real retirement, and if I change employer it will be the last time cause no one will hire someone over 60.
So, stay? move back to Sweden? Try something new and nice and sunny? If this is what I want, I have to initiate this now, time passes faster than you think. But in a perfect world I will marry rich, get a base in Paris and a lot of vacation homes all over the world. Also a dream I should have pushed through in the 80s. Who will find a 95 year old, rich and ready to marry Moi today? Not many of them out there.
He seems to hate everything yellow and blue the good old Putin. According to the US UN Ambassador Putin, in a letter, said he will invade Sweden as well. By chance the same day Russian bomb planes flew in over Swedish territory.
But at the same time, no one seems to have seen this letter, but it can be the letter sent to Swedens government where Russia wanted guarantees that Sweden won’t join the NATO.
So we will see…
More on my personal side I will do the lab tests tomorrow, I got the urin sample kit this morning (from a receptionist who need a serious lesson in Service), did a PCR test at work and got the info that we dont need a Covid pass from the 14th of March.
1 day before the date that FHM (Swedish health authority) on their website a month ago informed that we will have a new covid variant.. How they know that 1 month ahead.
It’s not much of a tail, but I am kind of attached to it.
Rain, thunderstorms and elections. Kind of what this weekend offered. Rain made me more or less watch the 13th season of RuPaul from episode 1 to to the end apart form the final episode, still pending to watch this week.
And where is my manners? Good Morning:
And of course the Covid in France update:
And today Monday we wait for what’s going to happen in Sweden, will the Government fall or will they manage to stay?
Let us say that the latest poll in Sweden makes me rethink if I want to go back to Sweden at all. How is it even possible that the Green party and Socialist party gain more trust now when the country is in free fall in all areas. Economy, Crimes, Covid and Environment? To find Sweden being called the extreme state in the world, far from “normal” make more and more sense.
Swedes are without a doubt a gang of air heads when it comes to politic.
Mving to Paris I said “minimum of 5 years” and I have now passed that minimum, but think I will deduct the “Corona months” from the 5 years so before screaming “5! years” lets see when we can get back out on the streets again.
In any case I have started to look out for what to do next. I don’t want to go back to Stockholm for sure, so I look at the possibility to move back to my birth city Norrköping and to my surprise I can see that it do not seems to difficult to get an apartment (if you don’t need to live in the city center). So the problem will most likely be to find work and have enough money saved to move back.
Other options I look at, even if not so easy, is of course Malta (unfortunately the job offers I get there can’t cover a life in Malta with loans to pay in Sweden still, or I also look for the possible move to two other favorite cities in Europe, Vienna and Bratislava. So there are options, likely or not, but it look like Norrköping is the most likely one.
So my mind is moving away from staying in Paris for life to going back to my roots.