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I haven't mentioned the Olympics much here, because as you may or may not know, I don't watch TV hardly ever, except for West Wing which disappeared from Swedish television like 8 months ago and apparently likes vacation so much it is never coming back, and Little House on the Prairie re-runs which I would totally sit slowly down on the sofa for, relaxing into a slack-jawed state because Michael Landon OH HOW WE MISS YOU!

I'm secretly hoping that Swedish TV will start sending showing Little House re-runs on Fridays so that Karin can be properly introduced to the Ingalls as a part of every child's necessary education, during our Year of Free Fridays. Although, Martin would probably enjoy it more, I can so see Karin stealing riffs off Nellie Olsson and incorporating them into family life. When I was home with infant Martin, 2 different Little House seasons were showing on 2 different channels and it was a very colonial time-warp, watching teenage Laura in the early afternoons and little Laura about 2 hours later with a cold-dash-of-reality-Oprah in the middle. Thank god my normal television-watching habits reverted soon afterward and I went back to reading instead of watching TV. People used to tell me I looked like Laura Ingalls when I was young, but what they really meant is that I looked like Melissa Gilbert. Nobody tells me that now, dammit.

I finished the most excellent book yesterday, Haven Kimmel's first novel, The Solace of Leaving Early. I marked several pages with tiny dog-ears where there were passages I have to copy into my notebooks for remembering, but since I'm writing this from work I can't share them with you. Ms. Kimmel published her autobiography first, A Girl Named Zippy and I can recommend that one highly as well. I can't wait to get my hands on her next book.

In other news, the cherry tree is planted. It's taller than me, but I can't see it from our bed, more's the pity. I really, really hope that it has cherries next year because that will give me an excuse to steal my Michigan Cherries Recipe book back from Angie, cuz I'm an indian-giver that way. And in a not-so-subtle attempt to completely cement our Swedishness (because we already have 2 children and a Volvo), we're heading to IKEA tonight to buy a new kitchen table and chairs because you can NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH STUFF FROM IKEA. Okay, I lied. You can. I used to be winning the furniture wars. It was my dark-wood, heavy-footed, curvy, thick-n-nubby upholstered furniture against Anders' Scandinavian-design blond wood, straight-line, cotton-striped stuff. Not anymore, alas. My stuff is barely holding it's its it's its own nowadays against the IKEA incursion.* Damn their inexpensive and streamlined ways.

Walking with my brother around Flyinge the last couple of evenings has made me see it with unfamiliar eyes. Even though I think I have decently powerful powers of observation, it's still nice to push aside the contempt of familiarity and see things anew again. It reminds me that I really want to take my camera with me on my walks.

Cracking Me Up: (hello, Olympics, were your ears burning?) Woo Your Woman

Happy Happy Birthday Wishes to inblackink!

*Oh for god's sake, how many times can one possibly remove and reinsert a damned apostrophe?!
mood: happy
music: Frank Sinatra—Almost Like Being in Love


Personally, I'm jonesing for an IKEA to go in around here. That would be totally excellent.

p.s. I didn't forget about the poetry alias, but the hosting company's control panel doesn't log you out automatically until like, two days later, and so if you go crashy (like I did), you can't log in again because there's already a session open. This is the dumbest thing I've ever heard of, but hopefully I can log in tonight and get it done. And maybe my computer will behave long enough for me to do it.. ;)

Okay. I was going to write and ask you, but I'm hoping you can still deal with the (few) HTML pages for this MM anyway, since I'm just totally SWAMPED. :( I promise to be back on the ball for the next issue.

Beginning with the next issue, MM will be powered by Etomite, so the by-hand html page creation is a thing of the past. Which is a scary, scary thing for me to say because I'm not nearly done converting old content, much less sorting out the new stuff. It's gonna happen, though.. *gulps in terror*

What? Where? whoa. yowza! Will we still be doing the uploading of content then?

The beautiful beautiful thing is that we can have multiple people working on content (and changing typos, etc). It's all stored in a database so there won't be a big deal with keeping a local copy current. At the moment, there's a bit of a hack regarding the sidebar (until the next version of Etomite is released) so I (or you could do it, but I would hate to hand it off to someone who knows nothing about how html works) can do some minimal formatting (surrounding the sidebar text in {{Sidebar}} and {{SidebarEnd}} tags, little stuff like that) and give it a title, etc, and it's ready to go. Harder to explain than to understand if you see it. I'm thinking about seeing who I can get to do some copy-paste grunt work this week.. creating new articles in the manager, pasting content in, etc. I'm just a little nervous at trying to explain what needs to be done to someone. This is what I've been looking for all along, a CMS that doesn't include the kitchen sink but still works for what we need it to do. Oh, and each article has publishing dates that can be set, so it should all go live at the same time without uploading it all at once. :)

publishing dates! excellent! You are really doing a top job, Kisha!! :) I hope someone can help with the copy-paste work....I feel guilty for not offering, but I really AM feeling overwhelmed, and it's bad enough I had to ask you to do my bit for this issue as it is! :(

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