Thursday, September 10, 2009
My work, Federated Media, is running a campaign for Intel where Intel is sponsoring Mighty Girl blogger Maggie Mason's Mighty Life List. About a year ago, Maggie developed her list of 100 things to do before she "goes" and has since then accomplished such things as "swimming with bioluminescent plankton in Puerto Rico" and "taking tap lessons". This campaign has generated a lot of fun talk and inspiration for the people at Intel and Federated Media to come up with a list of 10 items to accomplish in their own lives. Here's my life's to do list before I "kick the bucket". And, oh! I can already strike 2 items off my list!
*Do the Vasaloppet in Sweden (largest x-country ski race)
*Dog mushing in the Yukon
*Stay in Ice Hotel Reykjavik, Iceland
*Drive x-country in a blue VW bus (doin' it this month!)
*Stomp grapes in Italy
*Drink Veuve Clicquot in Reims, France estate
*Kiss French at Eiffel Tower
*Go to disco in Ibiza
*Become a U.S. Citizen (did it 9/09)
*Write a children's book and Swedish cookbook
So yesterday I became an American Citizen, 9/09/09. The naturalization ceremony was held in San Francisco with 1,330 people taking the oath of allegiance, all representing 109 countries. It was pretty rad-I got teary eyed a couple times. I could not help but think of my Father, Nils-Olov throughout the ceremony. I felt overwhelming pride for him-so daring to move from Sweden in 1973, 4 children and wife in tow, speaking only text-book English. Although Sweden is a beautiful and very lovely country, it is homogenous and does not provide the same economic opportunity that the U.S. can provide. He made it happen for my family with his unique determination and the stubbornness Swedes are known for, hurah Papa and hurah me!