September 16th, 2003



Well, it's officially fall here in Sweden. Yes, that's right, I saw a huge sugar beet on the side of the road on my way to work this morning. :)

Yesterday evening, the kids and I walked to the library and afterwards we went around the school and daycare yards and collected berries off the mountain ash trees. We do this every year and use them as table decorations at the Halloween party. We found some gorgeous red leaves (already!!). In a couple of weeks, we'll go up to the abandoned youth hostel in Lund and collect more red ivy leaves and some of those cool orange papery seed pods which I can't find the name of. I thought they were called "Japanese Lanterns" but I'm coming up empty on Google. It's very hard to search for something when you know what it LOOKS like but not what it's CALLED.

We spread the berries and leaves out on the porch table to dry, but I'm a little worried about the giant birds thinking it's a free feast just for them. We've had jackdaws and magpies in the backyard each morning, waddling around having a field day with the bugs still stunned by the morning mist. Magpies nearly make up for not having blue jays. They are SO beautiful, especially if they spread their wings and surprise you with that flash of iridescent blue. None of the pictures I could find on the web do them justice. If you've never seen them in real life and only know them from pictures, you might think they're just a big black-and-white bird.

All week long, each morning in the car, listening to the radio, I've heard Michael Jackson's Blame it on the Boogie. Now, it's not a bad song, and it instantly throws me into a 70's time warp, but I couldn't figure out why they were playing it so often. Was there some MJ anniversary I'm sadly unaware of? Turns out it's a remake, but you'd never know it. It sounds EXACTLY like the original, at least to me. (and granted I haven't done any side-by-side listening comparison tests as my Michael Jackson music collection is sadly lacking, i.e. non-existent) I don't quite see the point of doing a remake of a song unless it has some distinguishing characteristics of the recording artist.

Anders is gone on an overnight work trip to Snogeholm (nice name, that) so I'm single-parenting tonight. Have to hit the grocery store on the way home. He is nearly finished with the paving, did the trim along the edge of the driveway and front walk last night, and it looks great. :)
  • Current Music
    Rickie Lee—A Lucky Guy


CNN has an article tonight about how the position you sleep in reveals what type of personality you are. I, according to the study, am "brash and gregarious."

The freefall, flat on the tummy with the hands at the sides of the head, is the most unusual position. Only 6.5 percent of people prefer it and they are usually brash and gregarious.

At least I'm also unusual. :) I can't get to sleep at all unless I am on my stomach, one arm under the pillow shoved under my head, the other curled in front of me, one leg stretched straight out and the other knee bent. It drives my husband nuts *heh* as I'm constantly kneeing him in the back or more tender portions of his anatomy. He's lobbying for a bigger, Swedish-style bed, but there's no way I'll give up my bed. He's stuck with it like he's stuck with me.

It's an antique black walnut double bed with machine-turned posts that I found at an antique market in Evanston for a song. It squeaks like crazy when you move, which makes some evenings more interesting than others and causes us to behave ourselves and move slowly when we have guests overnight. :)

Worked on my collage book with paint and ink and embossing powder and heat gun...nothing finished on this page yet, though. gale_storm told me our other order has arrived, and I can't WAIT to get my hands on it!!
  • Current Music
    Pele Juju—Lost & Found