February 7th, 2004



There's just something about a successful dinner party that makes you feel all warm and socially competent. :) I left work early yesterday, picked up a package at the post office (Ducati calendar for Anders!), picked up garlic spread and marinated olives from our local kebab/pizza joint, picked up the kids, and then got home with an hour to clean up before our guests arrived. Since the house was in decent condition, that worked out perfectly. We had 2 couples over, people we really like. Barbara and Paul have a 20-month old and a 4-week old, both girls, and both well-behaved, darling kids. The baby, every time I've seen her, has been amazingly good, hardly a peep out of her. When a stranger like me holds her, she focuses immediately, tracks you with those dark blue new-baby-color eyes, smiles and stays contently in your arms. This doesn't, however, give me any internal feelings of wanting to have another one, quite the contrary. Watching Barbara and Paul leave their dinners, motor around the house keeping an eye on Kathryn, and do the jump-up-sit-down-repeat dance that is attendant on having 2 small kids made me very glad those days are over in our house.

Emily and Martin don't have kids yet, but they claim they are preparing to prepare to have them. *grin* I'm not sure if any parental urges were squashed last night or not since they were subjected to a great deal of Martin's computer game obsession and Karin's Gladiator-style rambunctiousness and passion for all things Bionicle.

On top of the garlicky goodness that was the appetizer table, Anders made a wonderful chicken dish involving mushrooms, onions, red & yellow peppers and potatoes. For dessert we had individual pumpkin pie tarts with whipped cream, which Emily was in raptures over. :)

Excellent conversation at the dinner table and afterwards included a long discussion about swearing in English and Swedish, and the cultural differences between the two, and Swedish and American attitudes toward nudity and sexuality*. Everyone left at a comfortably late hour and we decided to leave the dishes until this morning. When I got up, after Anders left to play hockey, he'd already run one load in the dishwasher, halving my job :) Laundry is in and the kids are occupied. My goal for the day is to get the family website FINISHED.

For once, we have NO social plans for the entire weekend. That's weird and unusual, but we're planning to make the most of it and get some quality relax-time in. Anders got the ADSL modem and info in the mail yesterday so we're finally going to have a speedy connection! His goal for the day is to get that hooked up!

Putting my lizardek quiz together was so hilarious and reminded me of junior high school slambooks. Anyone remember those?! And I know that everyone who took it thinks the answer to the pun question should really have been ozswede! muahahahhaa!

I just had a totally spazzy OMG moment because, while going through my daily reading list of blogs, I saw that one of the writers I admire greatly has ME on his "blogs I read" list! Thank you for the honor, Chuck :)

One Good Thing does it again: Happy Blogiversary, Leigh Anne!

*Lots of fodder for future journal entries! :D
  • Current Music
    the final moments of the soundtrack to Disney's Beauty & the Beast


Backhanded compliments are so fun. Your mind just twists them around and around like a little möbius strip. Apparently, I use this LJ thing too much as a journal (the laundry is all done) and not enough as a blog (I saw a velvet sky tonight, streetlights spread their clean, white light). To that I say: Pbbbb!!! :P

My brother, the idea man, has told me in no uncertain terms that I need to do more creative writing here. The latin phrase with which I've titled this journal seems to have escaped him. Or else it's not IN THAT CRAPPY DICTIONARY from 1989 that he really needs to update. What he dismisses as paltry excuses are the following:

1) I don't write like that.
2) I don't usually have time to write like that.

This isn't a condemnation of my brother's idea that I should be doing more creative writing, far from it. I agree with him. However, just because others are getting book deals out of their blogs does not mean that I'm the kind of writer that would ever be in the running for such a thing. While I AM trying to get back into my own personal swing of things, it's an uphill struggle made heavier by the fact that I'm dragging a very full life along with me, one that includes a husband, 2 children, a full-time job, a part-time job, and a house, not to mention the rest of the burrs I have sticking to my clothing. Writing this journal the way I do (part journal, part blog) is all I can manage at the moment. I like to think I'm doing a semi-decent job of it. Maybe.

Writing, for me, is far from an effortless process. I mull things over and think things through and get them partly finished in my head before I ever start writing them out. Even the short stuff. Even the stuff about the weather on the way to work. This is why my essays and memories and such are so infrequent.

Considering that I hadn't written a WORD creatively, pretty much, in the last 6.5 years, before I started this journal, these baby steps are about where I ought to be.

And now, since the laundry is done, and the dishes are washed, and the children are asleep in their beds, I have to get back to work on webpages and AWC stuff and the everyday minutiae that makes up my life. I appreciate both the encouragement and the compliment I received this evening, and hope to start living up to them at some point.

Hypnotizingly hilarious time sinks: Condensed parody versions of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King.
  • Current Music
    LoTR Soundtrack—The Shadow of the Past :)