To Work in This Country…

This is so typical America. I work – for free, in my spare time – with the Swedish web TV channel Access New York. We make funny, short videos with tips about NYC for Swedes. So clearly no mega business and we all do it in evenings or weekends and no one gets paid. But still the American embassy in Stockholm has contacted my colleague and questioned whether the people he works with are doing it legally. I have a green card so it’s cool. But I don’t understand how it can be an issue when you do something fun in your spare time and then post it online. Apparently it’s illegal to blog in USA if you’re a foreigner and don’t have a green card?! I feel almost like it’s an attack on the free speech (and free media)?

Anyway, that means only he and I can produce videos in the future. Doesn’t feel great when you have a great group of people that have fun together and film bloopers. This kind of thing – same as when we have to pay a bunch of extra fees because we’re filing our taxes together because we’re married (which we have to do because – we’re married), or when I wasn’t allowed to leave the country because of the ongoing green card process, but wasn’t allowed to stay either because I overstayed my visa (how do you solve that?!) – makes me so tired of this country and all the bureaucracy. It’s like they want to make it more complicated for everyone. I miss Sweden.

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Alltså det här är så typiskt USA. Jag jobbar – gratis och på fritiden – med en svensk webb-TV-kanal som heter Access New York. Vi gör roliga, korta videos med tips på vad man kan göra i New York för svenskar. Alltså ingen megabusiness direkt och alla gör det kvälls- eller helgtid och ingen får betalt. Ändå hade nu den amerikanska ambassaden i Stockholm hört av sig till min kollega som är producent och ifrågasatt om de som jobbar för honom är lagliga. Jag har ju grönt kort så det är lugnt. Men förstår inte hur det kan vara ett problem när man gör en kul grej på fritiden men väljer att lägga upp det online. Tydligen är det olagligt att blogga från USA om man är utlänning och inte har green card?! Det känns ju nästan som en attack mot yttrandefriheten (och fri media)?

Hursom, det betyder att bara han och jag kan producera videos i fortsättningen. Inte så himla kul när vi har ett roligt gäng som har kul ihop och filmar bloopers. Alla såna här händelser – samma sak som när vi måste betala en massa extra avgifter för att vi deklarerar tillsammans för att vi är gifta (man MÅSTE deklarera tillsammans då), eller när jag inte fick lämna landet p.g.a. pågående green card-process, men inte heller fick stanna för att jag överstannade mitt visum (hur löser man det liksom?!) – gör mig sååå trött på det här landet och alla regler som säger emot sig själva. Det är som att de vill göra det svårt och komplicerat för både andra och sig själva så att de får nåt att göra. Nu saknar jag Sverige. Punkt slut. 

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To Work in This Country…

Beautiful Bovina

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Being back in the traffic jams of Brooklyn I just have to post some photos from beautiful Bovina, it was so peaceful and quiet and so well needed in the summertime! But it made me miss my own country house in Sweden. It’s always different if it’s not your own place.

Had a great meeting with Access New York last night, I gave some journalistic feedback on their videos and will start brainstorming of a feature video segment that I can make! Friday is Midsummer, meaning we will have to film something in Battery Park where they have the huge annual celebration which is co-hosted by the Consulate General of Sweden in New York. Let’s hope the rain will stay away!

Beautiful Bovina

Sky blue and florals

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More on the theme affordable fashion – this dress is actually from HM, from their dressier section a few years ago. The flower headband is American Eagle.

Yesterday we finally installed the AC, our apartment was like a sauna because of all the windows and skylights. Ever started making a shelf for under the TV and I worked a little bit. Access New York had asked me to look over the language and format of their videos to see what we can do better when we reload after summer.

Also apparently Ever got the chance to go upstate for the summer to work on renovating a house for our friend Mike in Poughkeepsie. Fun for him, less fun for me. Most of my friends have gone home to Sweden and I seem to be getting less and less work since my babysitting families go to their summer houses. I’m going to Sweden in July but until then I don’t really have much to do!

Sky blue and florals

Recap of the week!

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It’s been pretty busy here with work and such, but doesn’t matter, I need to remember to post more often! Last week I had tapas and sangría with Mikaela and her sister Sara at our favorite place Yuca in LES. They have an awesome deal on sangría pitchers during happy hour. Then we ended up at some bar where a bunch of firemen were celebrating something that apparently included ignoring the wedding rings on their fingers, and upstairs was a skate party. I didn’t stay long because I turned OLD and TIRED some time during the past year and needed my beauty sleep!

In the weekend we hung a mirror and Ever built a shelf with these beautiful antique brackets that we found on Amazon. It’s pretty remarkable that we’ve lived here without a mirror since we moved in November 1st – I’ve just been using our big computer screen as mirror which explains why my hair looked the way it did all winter.

On Sunday we biked to the bike flea market by IKEA Brooklyn with our friends Joe and Linda, and had some Colombian food from the food trucks by the park in Red Hook. Yesterday and today my shifts got cancelled so I had sushi lunch in Williamsburg with Rebecca – another nanny that I met through my former main family. Only difference is she’s here with a nanny organization for a whole year and gets paid like nothing, maybe because she’s super young, but we could both vent a little bit.

In the evening I was invited to a meeting with Access New York, a Swedish web TV channel. I ran into the founder at the Swedish Church a few months ago and since I’m a journalist I was invited to a collaboration. They’re a startup company doing short videos about what to do and see in New York. It was a really good meeting and I’m excited to see what happens next. Btw we had the meeting at one guy’s apartment right on 5th Av and 39th St, what an awesome rooftop view, phew!

Recap of the week!