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BUT DO I REALLY FEEL THE WAY I FEEL?
Spring spring spring! Everyone is posting about spring! AT'CHOO! RUB RUB RUB....augh, my itchy eyes! Spring: pffooey. Allergy season, more like. It gets worse every year, which bums me out because I AM excited about spring. Can we skip to the part where my eyes stop itching?

haha! Anyway. It's Easter break and the kids are off school, despite the fact that they were off school for a week just 3 weeks ago. Spoiled rotten, that's what. Karin is off for the second night to stay with friends in Lund. She's flying the coop more and more. Martin is still home, however. Sometimes I don't know whether to be relieved or worried about that...

I went to see Billy Elliot in Malmö on Friday with Debbie & Camilla. We ate at a great little tapas restaurant first. The musical was really fun and all the kids in it did a fantastic job. I saw the movie a million years ago, and remembered basically nothing except the main character's triumph over prejudice. There was so much more to it, though!

And on Saturday, my choir sang in our first concert to celebrate Earth Hour in Eslöv. Eslöv is kind of a joke down here in southern Sweden...it's been voted the most boring town in Sweden. But the county government the last several years has been doing a bang-up job of organizing all kinds of cultural stuff: shows and lectures and fairs and you name it. So the Earth Hour concert took place in Trollsjöparken in a big open rotunda. We sang a few songs by ourselves and several with a local band, and beforehand there was a torch-lit procession from the center of town (with a TON of people) led by a drums corp, and then a couple of fire dancers. We didn't get to walk in the procession as we were having a sound check and warming up, but we heard them when they arrived. :)

Anders and the kids came and watched and said we were really good. It was quite hard to hear ourselves or even the band, as the acoustics for us along the stage wall were terrible, but we managed. Since it was open-air, it was quite cold, so we were all bundled up in our winter coats and boots with bright scarves and hats on.

Right before Earth Hour started at 8:30 we prepared for our last song (John Lennon's Imagine) and they turned all the lights out...eek! PITCH BLACK! Couldn't see our music! Several choir members whipped out their mobiles and turned on their flashlights: saved by technology! (if not, exactly, electricity) We sang Walking in Memphis and Martin told me he got got chills (in a good way), which I think is quite a good review from a teenager!

This is my buds Helen and Gunilla and I before the concert started:



It was so fun! I'm bummed that we have Easter break for choir, too. And for WW! What gives?? I'm back down nearly half a kilo even though I feel like I've been eating everything in sight this past week.

We're having Easter Eve dinner here with Anders' family (or at his mom's, depending). I'm wondering if I can get the kids to color eggs this year...what do you think? IF Karin is at home, and IF I can tempt Martin and IF we even have eggs...

We still are a 1-car family...no word on when my car will be done. I've asked Anders to call them again tomorrow. It's killing me, not having wheels. They told us it would take a week, and now we're into the second one. UGH.

Hey! Did I tell you that Karin's been offered a film part? With dialog? She signed up for filmcafe.se, a site for aspiring actors and extras and sent in an interest inquiry on a film she found right away. She was called for an audition last week on Monday, and on Friday they wrote and offered her a speaking part (she auditioned for that and for the lead, which is non-speaking, only voiceover, but that was offered to someone else). First audition, boom! It's a graduate student exam production, so she won't get paid, but it will be good experience for going forward if she wants to try for more parts.

We're making slow progress on Martin's graduation party too, but more on that later. I have to go take some allergy meds and eyedrops before I pop my eyeballs by rubbing them too hard.
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(Anonymous)

Wish I could have been at the concert- sounds like it was fun! Great job Karin!-She would probably rock anything comedic! Hope you can get past the allergy season without much problem! Love, Lizardmom

This film sounds about as far from comedic as you can get, though. It's about a girl whose boyfriend blows up the school (or tries to, it wasn't quite clear)

O_o

(Anonymous)

yikes- although action stuff is what lots of people like! Love, Lizardmom

How fun for Karin! Everyone starts somewhere, right?

Those Swedish graduation parties are no joke. I sure wouldn't want to plan, or host one, I'm not even sure I'd want to be in Lund during graduation weekend!

Yep! We'll see how it goes. And you're right: the studenten parties are serious business. To the tune of probably 25-30,000 kronor. UGH. And it's not a weekend. It's 2 entire WEEKS. One in Malmö and then one in Lund.

Yikes!! That's even worse than I thought! One party should be enough for all involved!

Oh dear! Allergies are absolutely no fun and I feel for you. L-G's son suffers badly, especially in birch pollen season, which is a bit unfortunate in Sweden. Does nothing help to alleviate the symptoms?

Your concert sounds like so much fun and you look happy and well rugged up against the chill.

Well done, Karin! I hope she enjoys her acting experience.

And you are going down the dreaded studenten party road. I don't envy you... just count the sleeps until it is all over. At least the kids seem to have a good time as far as I can tell.

Birch is my worst enemy, too, along with grass. Hey! Guess what's really hard to avoid? GRASS. yes, the medicine helps, but it's not 100% even so.

Did you deal with studentens? You must have with all L-G's kids!

Grass allergy?

*scratches bong for Liz from gift list*

Ahh... studenten. L-G's sons were 25 and 19 when I came here, so I skipped those. But was here for his oldest daughter's (the younger one finish gymnasium as an adult). I've also been involved in his nephew's party. All of them were in Stockholm, which was bedlam. Better take out a second mortgage on the house :-)

(Anonymous)
From Megsie

Two WEEKS? Oh, my. That sounds like a LOT of partying. Good luck!

How fun to sing outside for your first concert! It sounds like that town didn't want to be the most boring town anymore...now they are festive! It was nice of your family to be in the audience.

I have kids who scatter and one who I have to kick out of the house too. It is weird, they all come from the same gene pool, right? Why so vastly different?

Karin! Good for her! I can't wait to hear more about her acting debut! My kids have all done plays for years, it is really fun.

So sorry about your allergies. I hope they are over in a flash. I am STILL sick...since Friday. I had a fever all weekend, and I still feel yucky, but I have gone to work this week anyway. NO TIME TO BE SICK!!

xoxoxo

Re: From Megsie

Well, each school goes out on a different day, but for the general populace, it's 2 weeks long (or a week if you live IN Malmö or Lund)... lots of loud crowds, kids driving around in open-top cars and trucks, etc., singing, yelling, etc.

GET BETTER!!! :)

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