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I KNOW ALL TOO WELL THE PLEASURES OF THIN ICE*
The sky is bloated with rain, the fat white underbelly of the clouds straining to... eh, never mind, do over.

Rain splats, it chitters and chats, it crackles on the windshield, a lacy wash of upwardly mobile raindrops racing, spitter splat. Much better. :P I'm so tired of rain. You would think that after living for 7.5 years in Sweden, I'd be used to it, but no, hope springs eternal. Apparently, so do rain clouds. I keep leaving my umbrella in the car, to make things wetter. I checked with my mom, and it appears that the weather in Michigan isn't much better than here. sigh

Rain makes me think of interminable camping trips with a bad-mood dad and a tent that leaked if you touched the sides, so that no matter how you compressed yourself, you still woke up damp the next morning. It makes me think of my first canoe trip in college where I thought I couldn't get any more miserable and wet and then we flipped for the first of 3 times.

It reminds me of my first autumn in Sweden, when it started raining in September and didn't stop for EIGHTEEN MONTHS. Please God, don't let this be a repeat performance.

Rain makes me sing rain songs. Singing in the rain, Here comes that rainy-day feeling again, Rain rain go away, Raindrops keep falling on my head. A few weeks ago I was singing that last one at the office and someone asked me in incredulous tones, "Do you know ALL the words to that song?" like it was a weird thing.

I like seeing the washed world after rain, but usually that means there is sunshine involved, or at the very least, birdsong and quiet drips from leaves. A few days ago the late evening sun came out DURING the rain and for nearly 20 minutes it was as if it was raining diamonds. Afterwards, we had a double rainbow over Flyinge. We get them fairly frequently, but they never fail to thrill. Anders, who is colorblind, poor thing, gets the kids all riled up by insisting that the rainbows are only blue and yellow. He can only see Swedish rainbows!

It rained the day we got married, poured actually, and everyone told me that meant good luck for your marriage. At the time it meant we couldn't take pictures out of doors and I was very disappointed because when my sister got married, she had the most beautiful pictures taken in a park with a little white gazebo and a little white wooden bridge and greenness everywhere, but she's long since divorced and moved on and we're still married so maybe there's something in it after all.

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This is SO Wrong, in So Many Ways: SmartKlamp or, as we like to call it, Bris-O-Matic

Just One More:*
"The bread was innocent. Leave my baguette out of this."
—A guy speaking very loudly, one aisle over in Andronico's grocery

Okay, So I Lied:**
"Really? What are you going to be doing there?"
"We're going as missionaries, actually."
"...You know Sweden's civilized, right?"

—Two girls walking down Euclid St

*another quote from In Passing that was much too good to pass up.
**I swear, that's the last one.
wet
mood: wet
music: Oh, I'm never gonna stop the rain by complaining


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We had one glorious day yesterday, then towards evening the clouds came. By the time we were at home late evening there was a thunderstorm starting. Minnie reacted her usual way, first by sitting opposite me staring at me resentfully "how COULD you allow this?" - then by collecting Dan (Lotte was left to fend for herself) and retreating under the sofa. It was a huge storm, and wonderfully we were watching the Herzog Nosferatu while it raged around us (we are on the top floor, almost like being in a ship). But today it's just grey, wet and cool - yuck.

I would like it SO much better if we got some real thunderstorms now and then. I can count the lightning and thudnerstorms we've had here in southern Sweden in the 8.5 years on my hands. :( Grey, wet, spitty, argh! It's not so bad when it does this in the spring, fall and winter, but NOT the entire months of June and July, for Pete's sake!

I know what you mean. One thing I do quite like here is that the weather is quite extreme. Of course, there are moments in the winter when it's just too cold, and in the summer when it's too hot, but well, the seasons are definite (usually, this summer is a bit grim) and when we get storms they are gorgeous and spectacular - even if they scare poor Minnie (I had to keep poking my head under the sofa and telling her it would be okay!)

Poor Minnie! The weather in Chicago sounds like what you have down there in Prague, all 4 seasons, and all 4 extremes :) I miss it!

We had two absolutely glorious days, yesterday was as close as it comes to perfect for me, but now we're back in the showers mode. When I moved here in 2000, I remember that summer being very rainy and chillier than it is this year. At least in this part of Sweden (or maybe just this town), I can't say that this has been one of the worst summers I've ever seen in my brief life here. Maybe it's just my hot flashes that are keeping me comfortable.

...hope springs eternal. Apparently, so do rain clouds.

you made me spit my coffee on my monitor!

It makes me think of my first canoe trip in college where I thought I couldn't get any more miserable and wet and then we flipped for the first of 3 times.

my father has the wonderful ability to upset any canoe. he flipped an OUTRIGGER canoe. twice.

"Do you know ALL the words to that song?" like it was a weird thing.

what's weird about that?

I like seeing the washed world after rain, but usually that means there is sunshine involved, or at the very least, birdsong and quiet drips from leaves.

this is my absolute favorite time.

A few days ago the late evening sun came out DURING the rain and for nearly 20 minutes it was as if it was raining diamonds.

this used to happen fairly often in summer showers back in Joliet. it's magic, isn't it! it never happens in the clod winter rains here in CA :(

Anders, who is colorblind, poor thing, gets the kids all riled up by insisting that the rainbows are only blue and yellow. He can only see Swedish rainbows!

ROFL!!! that is so funny.



hee :) glad I could make you smile!

have I ever told you that you have beautifully written posts? It's true! Yes, there is rain, rain, everywhere it seems - and In Passing is HILARIOUS. I'm going to start listening to people and writing down what they say so that I may contribute something brilliantly funny. And I'm so taking you up on the photo help offer, I just have to take time from swimming through blogs to send you some pictures. Thanks so much, helpful little lizard!

awww! thank you, that was very kind. In Passing helped me waste two entire days at work! I wonder why she hasn't updated since June though. Also, send away, and I'll iconize for you :)

Last week I was reading about women in Africa who were plowing in the nude to please the rain gods...guess it worked!

har! did it work THERE? I hope it drags away OUR rain!

I screwed that one up...actually the women plowing nude were in Nepal, Asia....
monsoon season is on it's way!

If you need...I'll bottle up some of the sunshine here and send it to you. ; )

oh yes, please! or rather, send it to Michigan, because that's where I'll be in 9 days!

Oh dear, rain sends me bananas too. After the most glorious winter ever (sorry) with sunny 20C days, we've just had two days of rain and I'm over it already, but you make me realise that I cannot complain over two days :) I don't know if I could live somewhere where it rains that much...

Oh sure, throw THAT in my face! Well THIS is ten minutes drive from my place :P

har! I think we've tied. :P

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