August 24th, 2010



This has been kind of a stressful's week 2 of 3 of Anders being gone. So far, I've had to deal with my son's Xtreme After-Party Vomit Splatterpalooza in the middle of the night on Saturday (too much cake & excitement, apparently, as I know he wasn't sneaking the Slushie Margaritas) and my daughter's spillage of Compound W ALL OVER THE MIDDLE of the living room chair. AAGH.

On the plus side I'm inordinately proud of myself: first because I didn't throw up as well during the horrendous clean-up aftermath and second because I didn't strangle Karin, especially since I had told her only days earlier to DO THAT IN THE BATHROOM. Though I did stomp around the house and swear for awhile during the attempts to get it out of the upholstery. Thank goodness for Oxy-Vanish which seems to be doing the trick, though I think I need to do one more application.

Today after school & work, Karin mowed the lawn (her first time, Martin did it last week) and did a fantastic job, then Martin & I dropped her off at soccer practice while we went grocery shopping. Tomorrow we plan to head down to Malmöfestivalen (Langos! Churros! Doughnuts!) for the evening, as long as the rain hasn't returned. Thursday I'm hosting Bookworms and Friday is Wonders dinner at Angie's (with kids).

My brother's birthday present for me arrived this past week, too, and O! So beautiful. He's pretty crafty and makes a lot of amazing and useful things out of wood (and broken skis, occasionally) and he sent me two candlestick holders from carved & polished apple wood: one tall that holds a taper and one short that holds two votives. Aren't they pretty? The little one even has the bark still on it, on both sides!

Forgive the crappy iPhone quality :)

He also sent a CD with the great photos that he had taken during the first week of our vacation in the States this summer and among them was this gem:

Photo copyright 2010 by John Slaughter