April 15th, 2010



I've had terrible insomnia this go-round with Anders gone. Haven't been able to fall asleep, keep hearing noises, can't get comfortable. I usually read until I'm tired and ready to turn out the light, but then I just lie there. And lie there. And lie there. Well, tossing and turning, not really just lying there. How boring. 3 nights in a row so far, and I really hope that's an out.

The sun has been shining for what feels like a week, even though it probably hasn't actually been that many days. It fills me up and makes my toes tingle. Every day at work, I try to ignore the sunshine calling out the windows so that I can keep on concentrating on what I have to get done, but I tell you, if it RAINS this weekend, I will be REALLY upset. There are buds on the raspberry bushes and on the cherry tree. The pied wagtails are bobbing, the columbine is leafing, the lungwort is flowering, O Spring! JOY!

It's been all over the news about the volcanic ash cloud that has basically shut down air travel all over northern Europe today (and slowly moving south and east). We had 60+ people at work today who came from all over the UK and Nordics for a conference, plus people here for a sales meeting and 2 marketing colleagues as well, and they are all trapped here in Sweden. I overheard one woman telling my American colleague who was supposed to be flying home tomorrow that "Sweden is a nice place to live" and nearly busted a gut laughing. It IS! A very nice place to live. But perhaps not so much when it's not by CHOICE.

This afternoon and evening the sky and sun and sunset were spectacular. The sky was high and blue and completely empty. No jet trails. No planes. It was eerie, thinking about it. We're so used to the ubiquitious drone of airplanes (we live on the flight route to both Copenhagen and Sturup) that the absence was rather loud. They don't know how long the grounding will go on, but it could be all the way through the weekend. So I'm kind of glad my husband isn't trying to get home this weekend by air; too frustrating for all of us if he were!

Tomorrow I'm having lunch with e11en! She's in town visiting her husband's family this week and I'm so glad we'll have a chance to get together, and I'll finally get to meet her kids, since we weren't able to hook up last September when I was in Boston. :)

And now it's time to go see if insomnia is lying in wait, rubbing its hands together and cackling evilly or if it has finally decided to GIVE IT A REST.