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Morning Minus: Having to get up and go to work while the rest of my family sleeps in. Waah! Free Fridays, I miss you!

Morning Plus: Opening my e-mail to find that some lovely person has gifted me with 6 months of paid LJ account AND a year of extra user pics.

I am beyond moved.

Thank you.

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Rain is streaking my window, and the flags are blowing to the left today, straight out, ends snapping and frayed. It's grey and cloudy but the clouds have a high lavender look to them, making me wonder if it might not clear up later in the day.

It's a half day at work, and I'll leave around lunchtime, assuming that I get everything done. Tomorrow is All Saint's Day here in Sweden, and I'm betting that we'll see a few trick-or-treaters as Swedish children are a bit confused on the logistics of Halloween. Tonight Anders is taking me, along with the children, out to dinner to celebrate my new job. Yesterday, while he was home with the kids (it's fall break for Swedish schools) he vacuumed and dusted and did laundry. Can you feel the love tonight!

Cracking Me Up: Top 10 Reasons Why Saddam Didn't Attack Sweden

Couldn’t Have Said It Better:
No sun - no moon!
No morn - no noon -
No dawn - no dusk - no proper time of day.
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member –

No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! -
November!
by Thomas Hood (found at Julia’s)
 loved
mood: loved
music: Madonna—Cherish


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That November poem so hits the spot with me. It's the worst month of the year in Sweden, as far as I'm concerned. On a positive note, we have a lighter shade of grey up here at the moment, possibly even slightly tinged blue, so I'm hoping it makes it down south to you.

I'm seeing the love :) Have a great dinner!

wow, a man who vacuums, dusts, and does laundry? where can i find one? that is so great.

the poem is spot on. i have never been in sweden for november before, and i am having a hard time adjusting to the darkness so early!

enjoy dinner, and congrats on your new job!

Well, he doesn't NORMALLY do those things...I do! (although he does lots of other things, so it evens out). It was because I had mentioned feeling stressed over not having been able to do any housecleaning lately. He's a sweetheart.

(Anonymous)

See? What you put out into the world comes back to you! I am so so so so glad you are feeling better and are having such a terrific day. And, oh yeah-- if men only knew what foreplay doing some housework is . . . ~bluepoppy

"Opening my e-mail to find that some lovely person has gifted me with 6 months of paid LJ account AND a year of extra user pics."
wow..cool...what a good aknowledgement of your great gift to friends..

I was/am completely floored by it. People are so kind and so generous!

What a lovely gesture of thanks - but also well deserved for your own generosity in making those icons.

I love these Swedish guys and their housework skills. Mine is also a treasure and will step up to the plate willingly especiaqlly when I feel a little stressed. Thumbs up for Anders!

I see that several places in Stockholm are having Halloween parties tonight and tomorrow, so I think your prediction of trick or treaters this weekend may be right.

Just don't do what my friend Zoe did. She was in the kitchen early in the evening chopping up carrots for dinner, when the doorbell rung and so she rushed to open the door, thinking it was her husband. Instead, there wered 2 girls dressed up as witches. She told the girls that it wasn't Halloween tonight and that they were actually several days late, so sorry, not tonight. The girls stared at her speechless. She smiled and shut the door. It wasn't until then that she realised that she was still holding a large kitchen knife in her hand.

LOL! Those poor girls!

A few years ago, I was home alone with the kids on Halloween...this was in our last house. The kids were asleep and I was reading, I think. It was pretty late, and someone rang the doorbell, which freaked me out a bit, so I snuck into the laundry room, which had a window I could see the front door from. There were 2 men, or at least teenagers (but I thought they looked older) standing at the door, with their backs to me. One had his jacket collar pulled up over the back of his head and I could see that one of them had some sort of mask on. *CREEPED OUT* So I just hid in the shadows and waited until they left. MAN, I was scared! :(

Tomorrow is All Saint's Day here in Sweden, and I'm betting that we'll see a few trick-or-treaters as Swedish children are a bit confused on the logistics of Halloween.

I thought trick-or-treating was a North American thing. (Are your jack o'lanterns still holding up?)

It is, but it's coming slowly over here. We usually get a handful of kids both before and after Halloween. They don't really understand that it's a SPECIFIC date, and their All Saint's Day is November 6th (different from November 1st, which is yet another holiday in the rest of Europe - All Soul's Day).

Swedes also do something similar to trick-or-treating on Easter. Little kids dress up as "Easter Witches" and go door to door leaving little notes in exchange for candy or coins.

I haven't looked closely at the pumpkins, as they are sitting out by the front door, but they haven't collapsed inwards yet, at any rate! :D

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