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It's a beauty of a day today. The sky is piercingly blue with fluffinated, fluffoid, fluffanuffalous floating clouds. It's warm in the sun and there's a cool breeze. Yesterday was so windy that the tarp-n-tent that we had erected over the deck for Saturday's party blew over, causing me to leap out of bed in the early a.m. to help Anders who was already outside wrestling with the beast. Today, the wind's mom has obviously told it firmly to settle down and it's amusing itself with little soft almost-autumn leaf rustles.

This weekend coming, we are going to plant the giant cherry tree which was one of the birthday presents I got on Saturday. Anders wants to plant it so we can see it from our bedroom window. Hopefully, next spring I can wake up slowly on a Saturday into a pink flowered-cloud morning. The thought makes me feel very Anne-of-Green-Gables.

I love autumn. It's my favorite time of year. The only thing is that this year it seems as if I've had it all summer long. I'm not complaining, though, as I LIKE it when it's cool, as long as it's sunny. If I was in the States I'd be thinking about football and apple cider, but mostly I'm just wondering what I'm going to do about my power-walking when it's dark by the time I get home. One of the other presents I got Saturday was a yoga/exercise mat, so I may have to just bite the bullet and start some indoor routines after the light begins to fail.

I'm supposed to take a salad to the regional planning meeting tonight, and Sharon dared me to figure out a way to include puff pastry...but I'm admitting defeat because I didn't have time to get creative. I'm going to take a mozzarella-tomato-basil dish instead, because it sounds like it will be crisp and sharp and clean and yummy and also, not incidentally, easy to make and deal with.

Speaking of Pop Rocks: I just read that the inventor of Pop Rocks, one William A. Mitchell, passed away last month. He was 92. In addition to Pop Rocks, which he invented ACCIDENTALLY in the 1950s while trying to create a formula for an instant carbonated drink, he also held the patents for inventions that led to the creation of Cool Whip, Jell-O Gelatin and Tang. The world should mourn.

Excellent Reasons to Like Swedes: Random good and loveable things about Swedes

Really Good Writing Out There Right Now: Poncho Trance

Really, REALLY Good Writing Out There Right Now: Post-It

What a Great Idea! Smartwrap
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mood: working
music: Lloyd Cole & The Commotions—Rattlesnakes


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Mozzarella-tomato-basil salad is the best of all possible worlds -- quick and easy to make, delicious, and fairly nutritious, too! :)

Except for the part where the other girl bringing a salad brought sliced tomatoes and mozzarella on a bed of basil! Aaaagh!!

I liked that post-it note story. Does that guy just post short stories or something?

I'm not sure, as I just found his website recently, but it seems so. I love his writing!

I love your good writing links!

I grew up in the poncho craze...ugg..that and coolots. Glad those haven't made a come-back!

culottes! That's the same as skorts, isn't it?! We all need more skorts! That, and sporks! hahahahah!

Dammit! I even tried to look up the spelling!

i also loved the 'post it' story - i also would like to know if this is a real life story or a short story. And 'Rattlesnakes' is one of my favorite Tori Amos covers. I've never heard the original version. But her version? is amazing.

I don't think I've heard the Tori version actually, but I LOAVE Lloyd Cole and the Commotions. I recently found that Oblivio website, and haven't yet read the archives, but it does seem like he writes short stories. His style is mesmerizing, though :)

and ponchos ARE BACK IN. At least here in Mississippi. And I am dying for one.

You're a sick woman. If I catch you in gogo boots, we're totally over. :P

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yEAH- TAKE A FLASHLIGHT AND WALK AFTER DARK- IT'S GREAT TO LOOK AT THE STARS! I DO IT SOMETIMES!
ALSO PONCHOS- I STILL HAVE THE ONE YOUR GRANDMA KNITTED FOR ME BACK IN THE 70'S- WANT TO BORROW IT?

That might work until the freezing starts. :) As for the poncho: SICK! and WRONG!

I love autumn and I sure do love cider too - it's so refreshing!

I love your "fluffinated, fluffoid, fluffanuffalous floating clouds" description! I would love to have an "autumn" here in Florida. No seasons!

and gi-F*CKING-gantic palmetto bugs! *shudder* ewww hahahaha!

I am mourning the inventor of Pop Rocks, a genuis is gone from this world. The word fluffanuffalous is AWESOME! I love it. Is autumn in Sweden as magical as in Michigan? I love the fall in Michigan and it's all about the football and the apple cider and the leaves.

It's a close second to fall in Michigan and Chicago. :) Nothing beats fall in the midwest, although I have to admit I've heard the colors in New England beat everything.

I know, I've heard that too. Jo and I have always wanted to do a fall weekend up there, one of these days we will have to.

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