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I could never be a single parent. Well, I mean I could if I had to (and do on occasion), but I wouldn't be very good at it, and I would hate it. I hate it when Anders is gone for more than a day at a time. We have such a good division of labor where the kids are concerned that I get grumpy and unsettled when he's not here and I have to pick up the slack and do his part. Can you believe this week I have to do EVERYTHING? *insert pity party noises here*

I miss my man.

It's another gorgeous day today, the sun is shining bright, the sky is blue and streaked with jet trails. Only a slight breeze ruffles treetips. The sun came up this morning, blooming like a big flame-flower.

Today is a day for getting things done and rushing around. I have a plan, though, already thought-out. I packed a bag of stuff this morning for the kids to take with them tonight because they have to go to choir practice with me. The car is FULL of bags of clothing going to Myrorna.** I'm going at lunch to the mall to pick up a birthday present for a little boy that Martin doesn't even like but said yes to his party, and to replace the glass in a frame that was a casualty of the cleaning spree this weekend. When I leave work (work! I knew there was something I was forgetting to do!) I'm stopping to mail Martin's birthday party invitations, dropping off and picking up books at the library, picking up the kids, driving to Malmö, dropping off the clothing bags at Myrorna, stopping at the American store to buy stuffing and cranberry sauce*** and then taking the kids to McDonald's for dinner, before going to choir practice. How's that for a plan? Am I forgetting anything? ...besides work? Oh yes, collapsing muddy and exhausted. But wait, I can't do that, there's more! There's ALWAYS MORE. :D

Peaceful, Calm and Warm Birthday Wishes to gnostraeh!

Attention alcesalces! I found our Halloween costumes for next year! LOL!

*Geek alert! Guess what the subject line is from? :D
**the Swedish Salvation Army, literally the ants (don't ask me why it's called that)
***and probably Cheetos and 3 Musketeers bars because they always just jump in my bag when I'm not looking
mood: busy
music: Belinda Carlisle—Heaven is a Place on Earth


Those costumes are really cool! :)

BTW *BIG HUG* cuz I've been so scarce. Hopefully, the cull will allow me more time to comment. :)

no worries :) You've been busy AND on vacation. Life DOES occasionally get in the way, doesn't it? :P

i've been apart from my Anders for so long now. and it will take at least another month to see him.

jag visste inte att den svenska salvation army var kallat myrorna! vilket namn..jag älskar den. ::)))


another month! you poor thing!

tack för hug :)


oh my god-- I'll just sit here in a chair drinking tea to balance out all the high energy karma-- my god woman-- you could run an army you are so organized!! ~bluepoppy

Hee! What makes you think I'm NOT running an army?? :P


I guess that means I dont have to buy cranberry sauce....

only if she doesn't have it. :)

Woman, once again you are a tornado. I think you need an assistant - or a wife! :)

Be careful in all of your running about!

Either one would be fine with me! :D

Sixth attempt to reply lucky! (We are running a broadband diagnostic test to check the line later - I'm SO tired of this!)

I was the opposite when my then husband was away on business. The kids and I had a ball and I found life far less stressful, but then I did the bulk of the work with the kids, so that may have made a difference.

I hope you don't turn into a whirling dervish with a schedule like that. Are we going to actually see you on the weekend, or just a blur rushing by. I may have to pin you down with a poodle!

We picked up the wine - anything else we can get to help you out? We are so grateful for both the invitation and for having us to stay over. Thankyou!

I was going to make a LOTR remark, but I'll leave that to the geeks :)

cuz you're not a geek at all! :P

I promise I won't be a blur on Saturday! Probably not on Friday night either because then my jobs are done: the house will be clean and Anders does all the cooking! All I have to do is feed everyone and make up beds on Friday and that won't be difficult because Lambi will be helping me direct and delegate from the sofa. :)

"because Lambi will be helping me direct and delegate from the sofa. :)"

Hahaha... that is good thinking... directing from the sofa!
And thankyou for the birthday wishes..

You are welcome. I hope you are having/have had a good day :)

Yikes! I'm tired just reading that! Where are the kids and what do they do until, what will it be, 6pm? More curious about that from a working mom in Sweden perspective, since I'm always trying to imagine our lives if we lived there instead of here.

Sadly, I feel like I do most of the child work already. G is great with Ingrid, most of the time, but still, somehow, the "work" parts always fall to me.

Well, Martin is in school now, so he has school from 8 until 1, and then (depending on the day) he has daycare (for older kids) until he gets picked up anywhere between 4 and 5, usually closer to 5. On Wednesdays he has a music-play group all afternoon.

Karin is still in daycare (pre-school basically) and she's there from 8 until 4-5, picked up the same time as Martin.

It's a long day for them there, but the place is great! They are stimulated, given lots of outdoor time, have their friends around, and lots to do.

Today, I went to pick them up at 4 and Martin was half an hour late from music and I was about to go through the roof because my plan? WAS KILLED by that half hour. We made it to every place we needed to go, but with me grinding my teeth and about to pop a vein by the time we made it to choir. :( argh.

But wait, I can't do that, there's more! There's ALWAYS MORE. :D

Which makes it rather ironic that one of the matching lines is, "And whither then? I cannot say..." ::grin::

Yes, it's true, it does go on and on... :D

Oh those costumes are the best! I don't know how I could pick! Thanks for sharing!

I so hear ya on the single parent thing. Aggg!

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