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Grey blah weather-day again. It's not raining, at least. I saw three pheasants at various intervals on the way to work, none of them, thankfully, splattered on the road shoulder. Pheasants are spectacularly stupid when it comes to roads and cars. It's like they are all starring in their own personal Pheasant With A Deathwish movie. Too bad Charles Bronson is dead, he could have run with that one.

Tonight is marathon egg-coloring night. There are currently over 30 children signed up for the Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday and each of the little dears needs to go home with 5-6 eggs. Assuming they don't all get piled into a huge, cracked, muddy pile like they did last year, making me all sad about the amount of work, not to mention food, wasted. Since I'm coloring at least 3 dozen eggs, we'll probably be doing a little conveyor belt system. I'm planning on drawing rabbits and flowers on some of the eggs with white crayon, and wrapping others with rubberbands (So.Very.Martha.Stewart.) and then it will be dunk, dunk, dunk, until we're done. I use the traditional boiling-water-vinegar-food-coloring method of dying which, while still making your fingers purple, at least wears off quicker than some of the newfangled Easter egg dye kits I've seen.

This morning, there were little witches at the dagis when I dropped Karin off. There are certain superstitions attached to Easter here in Sweden. People believed that witches were especially active and their black magic especially powerful during this week. On Maundy Thursday they were thought to fly off on brooms to consort with the devil at Blåkulla (blue mountain) to visit Satan, returning the following Saturday. Many folk lit bonfires in the evenings and shot guns into the air to scare the witches away. Easter bonfires are also especially the custom in the western provinces, where villages vie to see who can make the biggest one. The custom of shooting also lives on, albeit in the form of shooting off fireworks.

On Easter Eve, Swedish girls and boys dress up as witches and hags, called Påskkärringar, wearing headscarfs and skirts, to pay visits to their neighbors. A sort of combination Halloween-Easter thing. Some leave a small decorated card, an "Easter letter", hoping for a sweet or coin in return. This isn't a black pointy hat, green face witch, by the way. These Swedish witches have babushka headscarves, red circle cheeks, freckles, and multicolored skirts and aprons.

I bet those witches are going to be surprised at Blue Mountain when my daughter shows up in her tiger costume, which is what she insisted on wearing today.

Truth is Weirder Than Fiction: Eyeball Jewelry

Attention Writers! The deadline for the May 15th issue of Mosaic Minds is coming up sooner than you think. If you'd like to submit, the theme for the May issue is Heroes and Role Models, and the deadline is April 30th. Articles, stories, poetry, all are welcome! :)

And finally, a very very happy birthday to reebert! Marie, I got the package yesterday, thank you VERY much for all the fun crafty stuff!! I have to admit I'm a little scared of the tiny bead packages but I bet I'll have fun figuring out how to do things with them without making a humongous mess!
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That eyeball jewelry totally creeps me out. I shuddered for maybe five minutes when I saw the article yesterday and I cannot look at it again! How can you let somebody touch your eyes to insert something alien into them that is not necessary to save your vision and MAY in the future make you blind?

People are strange. :P

I have a friend here at work who practically passes out at the thought of anything touching his eyeball. I'll have to show this to him. ;)

evil you! >:D

Muhahahahahahahaha! Oh, er...was that out loud? :)

Okay, I think it's getting to the point where someone has to say, "Yes, but if everyone else was jumping off a cliff, would you?"

Next they'll be implanting jalapeno seeds in your sinuses just so you'll have that firey-hot, just-fucked red blush to your complexion all the time. Tres chic!


I KNOW!!! Me, too!!! >_

Interesting about the witches. I can't imagine anything like that here! (Where people get out their party dresses for easter) (North Americans are so dull) But I am enjoying the image of it. Hee. Guess what my kids are going to dress up like on Easter. (Not that we celebrate it in any religious fashion anyway)

Guess what my kids are going to dress up like on Easter.

Candy fiends? :D Rabbits? Chicks? :D

I love coloring easter eggs. I use the crayon trick but have never done the rubber band one. I'm so depressed that we have to work. I still might try to color some eggs though. That eyeball thing is whacked. The witches thing is so cool. Get a little pagan mix into the holiday, I like it.

Stephanie again

After reading a bit further I realized that you obviously know how much more hilarious Findus is in Swedish! You are IN Sweden.
See there, now I have learned my lesson to read the entire entry before posting a comment. : )
Glad Påsk!

Re: Stephanie again

:) I read your comments in the order you posted them, too. :) I like your website! How did you find mine?

Your daughter will be a trailblazer in her tiger costume.

I read about the eye jewelry on MSN this morning. Yick! The bloodshot photo of the model's eye doesn't argue a good case for that trend. What an all around bad idea.

I agree, but a lot of people said the same things about piercing back before it was trendy, and it's practically mainstream now!

I wonder what side effects, if any, decorating your eyeball has. The thought still makes me feel like grabbing a bottle of Visine!

I loved your description about your Easter customs. Very interesting.

I would NEVER put a piece of jewelry in my eye. I have contacts and am very careful. Several years ago a young girl in the US went blind because she wore non prescription tinted contact lenses she bought at 7-11. People are so dumb!

Actually I went to the Institution's website and found a few other articles. It was fairly interesting. They did this research because they needed to know if they could introduce a foreign object like that in order to improve other eye surgeries like removing cataracts and beyond. So yes, it's a bit silly, and I sure as heck wouldn't do it, but at least it's contributing to useful science, unlike most body piercings and tatoos! :)

Yeah- but ICK- I would never want that in my eye!

How in the world did she manage to go blind from that?!

I think the lens cut her cornea. They were like plastic lenses- not water like real contacts- that you put into yor eye. So the girl put them in like a real contact lens and I think it scratched the cornea and got infected.

bleargh! :(

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