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I cannot wait for the US election to be over. What I am fearful of is that the nastiness will continue; that it will, in fact, NEVER END. Gah.

This is the first year in 18 years that I am ordering a school photo of only one of my children.

I am in the wrong business: I spent literally 15 minutes at my follow-up dentist appointment yesterday, during which the dentist shaved a tiny bit off a tooth that has been giving me problems, probed around, made me bite on a purple piece of paper and adjusted my bite guard. It cost 820 kronor ($92). This, after paying 920 kronor ($103) LAST week for x-rays and cleaning. Then again, I am VERY good at my job and if I had to spend my days scraping nasty stuff off people's disgusting teeth I would do nothing but gag nonstop. ICK.

Scraped ice off the car windows this morning for the first time. Winter is coming.

The AWC board is brainstorming things we can do at the monthly meetings to try and increase attendance and participation. The meetings typically consist of a guest speaker and the board members providing information on current club business and upcoming events. We've had feedback that it would be nice if they had more time for socializing. We hold 9 monthly meetings a year at the moment, though that might change as well, due to expenses. One of those is the Annual Meeting which has the year-in-review, complimentary treats, and board elections. One is the media/book sale and one is the holiday cookie exchange. So that means we need ideas for 6 meetings. One suggestion we've come up with: hold various swaps at the meetings instead of making them a separate event, like jewelry/accessories, recipes, plant cuttings, liquor cabinet clean-out. Other ideas include: board games, after-work mingle format at a bar/hotel, cake walk, bake sale, kid stuff loppis/swap, business expo, silent auction. Can you think of any other fun, social activities we could do?

I've been half-sick with a half-cold for what feels like forever...at least a couple of weeks. I am tired, achey, out of sorts and even more sniffly and sneezy and nose-blowy than usual (which is a LOT). I haven't been sick enough to stay home from work, really, but I am definitely off my game while I'm there. UGH. On the one hand, I wish I would just be SICK already, but on the other, I am afraid that next week when I take 3 days off and we go to Berlin for a mini-vacation that THAT is when the cold will triumph. Double UGH.

Any tips for Berlin? :)
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(Anonymous)

You're not the only one who wishes the election was over- it is much too long even for a considerate one. MAny peopple are saying the nastiness will continue. It's been a challenge for the civic class teachers! And only ONE school photo to look forward from Sweden? Martin will not change a bit on my desk! Wish I could say the same about photos of me! :0 Love, Lizardmom

haha! And photos of me, too. :)

I was in Berlin sooo long ago, I'm sure it's totally different now. I hesitate to say I enjoyed the Checkpoint Charlie museum because it was quite sobering but if you find yourself near there and it's not a fortune, it was very interesting. Hope your cold stays home in Flyinge!

Last time I was in Berlin, the wall was still up! :P But we will definitely go to the checkpoint charlie museum. I remember it as being fantastic then and Martin, who was there a year ago says it's bigger and better now. :)

Is there an election in the US? I hadn't noticed... *runs away quickly*

Are you still doing AWC? You're really too good to step forward every year for that. It sounds as though you've already got some good ideas, especially combining the swaps with the monthly meetings as an extra drawcard. I can't think of any other things to trump that. *ducks*

I hope you are feeling better soon, especially with the trip to Berlin coming up. What a pity it wasn't a couple of weeks later when the Christmas markets start.

If I'm too good to step forward, then what do we do? It is the good people that NEED to step forward, don't you think? :)

I was kind of hoping there might be some Xmas markets already this early as I know they are usually done by December. ...

We went on a Segway tour (guided) which was a good way to see the place. Quicker than walking, ground-level so you can see things, and a human guide rather than a headset. We were near the river beside the sea-life centre, (former East Berlin) and not far from there was an area where lots of pubs had outdoor seating areas for food & beer.
We loved jumping into these over-sized Little Tikes style pedal taxis too. "Take us to a vegetarian restaurant!" we said, on day three.
There are loads of museums - but it was beautiful weather there so we went on a boat tour from the jetty at the museum district.
It was October when we went, three or four years ago.
It's worth stepping into the foyer of the Radisson Blu Hotel in the museum district. It has a giant annular fish tank in the middle, and we watched a wedding take place in the central "meeting area". Honestly, spectacular! Enjoy!

Segway would be a good way for me to break my neck, I suspect... we're probably going to do a bike tour and/or a boat tour though. Thanks for the tips! Karin read about that aquarium as well!

(Anonymous)
From Megsie

I am sorry to hear you're all sniffly... It was chilly yesterday here, and so I made...wait for it....Chili! And then today? It is 72 F. Weird.

I can't even think about a lack of a school picture. Ugh. I am not ready for that. Is Martin all packed? How are YOU doing with the upcoming departure?

Re: From Megsie

Martin is all packed except for his toothbrush, I think, and ready to go...at 3 a.m. TONIGHT. EEK!

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