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Cribbage count is 10-3 (me). Yesterday while we were playing and I was struggling to add some simple math to figure out my points, I looked up at my sister's resigned face and said, "This must be really painful for you to watch." She waved at the scoreboard where my little red peg was lording it over hers and said, "You have no idea." Trying to play a game that involves a lot of addition isn't easy. I keep having to climb over that math blocking wall.

Anders is in Ohio, watching a Superbike race. He took the digital camera with him, because, you know, you can never have too many pictures of strangers on motorcycles.

It was my grandmother's birthday today. She is 88. You would never know it by looking at her. She has the finest, smoothest skin and looks SO young. She came to Sweden to visit us when she was 85. The kids were all glued to her like magnets the entire afternoon. Sarah made a French Vanilla birthday cake and we decorated it with buttercream frosting flowers and candles that spelled out H-A-P-P-Y-B-I-R-T-H-D-A-Y. We had purchased caramel frosting but Mom and Sarah decided it smelled too strong so they are saving it to use on MY birthday cake, one of which will be spice (my favorite) and one of which will be CINNAMON SWIRL. How yummy does that sound?!

The temperature dropped precipitously yesterday and it's been hovering in the low 70s. It was freezing in our room last night and this morning when I woke up with Karin kicking me in the side, but we sure slept well. The sun keeps shining and the Midwest smells SO GOOD. Tomorrow we are taking the kids to Sears to have a group shot taken. Wish us luck! :D

Only a couple of things would make this vacation more perfect: if my brother and Simone were here, if we could afford to go to Chicago, and if my aunt and uncle weren't being so freaky weird.

I'm in the middle of Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything and it is SO interesting. It's science for laymen, and explains, like it says, nearly everything. I'm staggered by some of the stuff I've learned. I enjoy all his books, no matter whether he's being funny, traveling, talking about languages or what.

I'm keeping up with online things by the skin of my teeth (which is such a disgusting expression, who came up with that??). Now I have to go beat the kids to sleep. more later


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