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BEEN DOWN SO FAR ALL I SEE IS UP
Yeah, so the whole weekend sucked. I can't think of any other time I've been in that much consistent, awful pain, since...mmmm. Childbirth? The toothache that led up to the root canal? Toss-up. Anyway, I went to the doctor on Monday and I have "frozen shoulder" and he gave me a cortisone shot on the spot and aaaaahhhh... sweet, sweet relief.

It's not 100% gone and I can feel it threatening to come back after only 2 full days of working so have to talk to my boss and get SOMETHING, anything, figured out about what in my work situation is contributing to this issue and get it fixed STAT. Went to the physical therapist today and it hurts again, but all over my neck and back, and I can at least move my arm around and pull up my pants without crying when I go to the bathroom. Yes, that bad.

Also, am tired of myself and my one-note ow-my-shoulder wah-wah-wah. Here comes the wahmbulance. Pity party!

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Guess who is still going to be on the AWC board because no one even asked about taking over my position? *sigh*

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I went and voted in my first Swedish national election since I moved here 17 and a half years ago. I've voted in local elections but since I wasn't a Swedish citizen before last year, I've never been able to vote for the national government. It was kind of a let-down. They have a bazillion political parties here in Sweden and all of them are kind of meh and one of them is godawful and I really struggled to learn a little bit about the ones I thought were most compatible with my values so I could make an informed decision. I asked one friend who is actually involved in politics and was running for office in Malmö about how the Swedish parties compare to the Democrat / Republican parties in the U.S. and he just snorted. "ALL of the parties here are so far to the left of what stands for left in the Democratic party in the U.S. that you can't even compare."

OK, good to know, but not really all that helpful. You take your voter card, that you get in the mail, with you to the polling station, which in our village is the elementary school cafeteria at the school Martin and Karin went to for years. Before you go in, you stop and pick up little papers that are sorted by political party and by national, regional or local (county) elections. This is right out in the open, where everyone is waiting, so basically, if anyone cares and is watching, they can all see which party papers you have picked up. These little party papers ARE the ballots. You can just put them as is in their envelopes, which means you are voting for the party, or you can check the name of a specific person within that party, or you can choose to write in a name of your own that you want to vote for. If you don't want people to know who you are voting for, you have to pick up papers for a bunch of parties and then discard the ones you don't want when you get into the voting booth.

You get 3 envelopes to put your papers in: one for national, regional and local, and you go into the voting booth to insert them in the envelopes. Then you come out and show your voting card and your ID to someone who crosses your name off the voting register book and they put the envelopes in the ballot boxes for you. SO. MUCH. PAPER.

Every year, people vote for Donald Duck (his results were way down this year compared to 2010, though) or the King of Sweden (who doesn't even vote himself, on principle, though he's allowed to now, since the rules changed in 1974; before that the royal family wasn't allowed). Anders and I voted for different parties, and he joked when we left the school that he hadn't brought me all the way over here and made it possible for me to be a citizen just so I could cancel out his vote. Heh.

Everyone here is outraged and upset that the "racist" party made so much progress this election and more than doubled their percentage, but SOMEONE is voting for them. Karin wants to start her own political party. I told her to "be the change you hope to see happen" when she said she was only 15 and what could she do?

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I promise a book post is coming, but I wanted to be thorough and give it more spotlight than having to share space with my stupid shoulder and Swedish politics. :)
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mood: hopeful
music: The Green Children—Are You Out There?


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Glad the shot brought relief; sorry that it hasn't fully lasted since then. :-(

That is the craziest voting system. Scandinavia usually seems more efficient than that. I suppose with a zillion political parties, it's hard to fit them all on a single ballot paper, but still...

Yeah, and not just a bazillion parties but lots and lots of people actually running within each one. Crazy!

(Anonymous)
From Megsie

Oh, boy. I am so sorry about the arm. Suck. I thought it was interesting about the different way of voting and the many parties all LEFT! I think Karin should start her own party. How cool would that be? I hope you feel better soon. :( xoxxooooxxxxx

Re: From Megsie

She's already got a name and a logo! :D

It has always surprised me that Sweden, normally at the forefront of all things tech, hasn't modernized this system yet.

I hope you can get some help or solutions at work that will decrease the pain. It sounds terrible!

It's at least manageable since the cortisone shot. Thank goodness for Advil!!

Ouch. I know how much a frozen shoulder hurts. Ouch, Ouch, Ouch.
But the hurt will go away before the shoulder thaws. Anyway, mine did. The real bad part of the pain that is.

The shot helped immensely... I hope it doesn't come back again, but it already has several times, so I am not holding out much hope that it's over.

(Anonymous)

I hope Karin has a plan for her what her party will stand for....lots of choices out there. Love, Lizardmom

It's up to her and the 2 friends who are doing it with her :)

I'm so glad to hear that you got relief from the shot in the arm. I had a good friend with a frozen shoulder and she said the pain was absolutely excruciating and really wore her down, so make sure you keep on top of it. Ouch, ouch, ouch. At least with my wrist, it's not my dominant arm, so I can manage. I can't imagine how awful it would be to have it in the arm I rely on all of the time. ((HUGS))

This was was my third time voting in a Swedish election and the most difficult one as well. Both other times were easy - I had a clear idea of who I wanted to vote for, but this time it was difficult to make a clear choice as there were things I disliked about all of the parties. In the end I chose what I felt was the least bad. Now we just have to wait and see if they can agree on anything - I see that almost a week later, it's still like a playground fight with teddies flying out of everyone's prams. Some things never change, whatever country you are in.

Like you, I reacted to having to pick out my preferred party paper in full view of everyone. And then hide in a booth to put the paper everyone had already seen me take into an envelope? wtf? And this whole "take them all and throw the others away" idea seems silly and wasteful. Who has time to plock a dozen different papers for each of three government levels?

I'll be waiting for Karin's party. Miss Sophie is thinking of starting a Dog Party, so maybe they can swap notes.

Guess who is still going to be on the AWC board because no one even asked about taking over my position? *reaches through the screen and gives Liz a slap in the earhole*

I agree that this election was difficult... I didn't particularly care for any of them either, especially their party leaders. I don't like voting for the least bad, even if that's the only option.

(Anonymous)
Voting...

Your Post made me think about the Voting Process, why should it even need to be secret? (Your Vote?) Shouldn´t it be something to be proud of?

And maybe Anders is secretly racist?,
as his Comment: "he joked when we left the school that he hadn't brought me all the way over here and made it possible for me to be a citizen just so I could cancel out his vote. Heh." seems rather sketchy to me...
Did you watch him closely to see EXACTLY who he voted for?

Or in your Political Ignorance maybe YOU voted for them secretly...
Might want to check that out...

As to your comment - "SO. MUCH. PAPER" - whadda you want? iPads? Tablet PCs? Eliminate PAPER!!! thats what I read. Maybe you want to save it for more Books?
(You):Paper - IN BOOKS! thats where it should be! not in Voting booths!

What exactly were you thinking? I was Thinking -"Paper gets recycled." thats not such a bad thing... Or is it? Another question for the racist party...

I love ranting here. especially as Anonymous. makes me feel good.
especially when I read that you have the option on to log my IP Address... Not really Anonymous am I?
dammit.

rabbits, rabbits.

Re: Voting...

Not anonymous at all, you big dork! :P

(Anonymous)
Re: Voting...

You didn´t answer my questions....

(Anonymous)

As for you still being on the board...maybe you should have stood your ground like I did - 16 years was enough, and as I continued to say so...finally someone felt sorry (ie:guilty) for me and offered to run! Thankful for that! I am surprised that the voting is so "crazy" there -but I think it's great that so many people want to be involved. Love, Lizardmom

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