December 18th, 2003



My Mom is here! :)

I left work at 3 p.m. yesterday and headed off to Copenhagen. It was the crappiest weather all day, piss-rain as the Swedes say, and a bit windy, but apparently didn't affect her flight from Innsbruck hardly at all, and her connecting flight from Amsterdam was only 10 minutes late. I drove over a completely fogged in Öresund bridge, which was a little weird as I reached the high point and saw the pylons disappearing into nothingness above me. Then into the tunnel and completely forgot that the exit to the airport is IMMEDIATELY as you exit the tunnel. It's stupidly marked with only the word "Lufthavn" which is Danish for airport, doesn't even say Kastrup or AIRPORT which you would think would be a good idea for such a huge international airport. If you're not in the far right lane as you exit the tunnel, it's nearly impossible to get over in time, so of course I shot past it, thinking "oh shit" just as I went by. Luckily, the next exit to turn around isn't that far away and I got back with no problems. Mom took about 20 minutes to get off the plane and through baggage claim. It's SO great to see her!!

We went straight to the concert "hall" as I had to be there at 5 to help move furniture and start warm-up. The building was the new surgery center at the Malmö hospital and we were in a big open area with an atrium ceiling going up 5 stories. The acoustics were wonderful! The concert went really well, despite not enough chairs for the audience and we messed up a little bit on a super-fast round version of "Midnatt råder" but I don't think anyone noticed except us. Mom and I went out for Thai food afterwards (because we were starving) with my old friends Geir & Ann Sofie who are in town for a week before moving permanently to Texas. We are buying a DVD player from them but couldn't pick it up last night, bummer!

Then we got home and Mom unpacked and gave us piles of loot and this was APART FROM Christmas loot! :) Spice cake mix! Yum! and 2 lovely new shirts. Anders got some spicy beef jerky and something called "Spicy Buffalo-Wing Style Chicken Chunks" which I'm not sure I'd ever actually purchase. The hilarious part was that the marketing messages on both packages of MEAT products said "100% PROTEIN!" What marketing genius thought that up?!

I've got a headache again. That makes every day this week so far. Not sure if it's my glasses or my computer or the barometric pressure or the nighttime clenching or what. I feel like I'm constantly squinting at work and have even increased the resolution on my computer to see if that helps (no).

Tonight is finish-decorating-the-tree-and-do-laundry night. Tomorrow we have a Christmas concert to go to if we want (not sure we want, but the tickets were free). We have family events on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (!!) and my brother and Simone arrive on Sunday.

My sister wrote me yesterday and told me her daughter had been quarantined for 2 days with head lice from school and they are having to wash and wet-vacuum every fabric surface in the house and go through all their heads with a fine-tooth comb and use special lice-killing shampoo, etc. This has never happened to my children although there have been outbreaks at the daycare a few times, and mom says it never happened to us kids either. I'm SO grossed out by the whole thought of it. ICK! *shudder* Poor Sarah!

Goodness, that was a long entry. I keep thinking of things I want to write down, or write about, when I'm nowhere near my computer. Interesting things. MAN, I wish this greyness would lift and give us some sunshine!!
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    Elton John—Tiny Dancer