August 31st, 2014



Weekends just go too fast where there are only 2 days to them. I can't believe it's already September. You know what that means, don't you?

Only 115 days left until Christmas!

We already had a neighborhood child here yesterday, selling jultidningar. I don't know if this is only a Swedish thing, or if it's common across Europe, but every fall we get a couple of kids at the door who are going around with "Christmas catalogs" and selling the items in them. They get a small percentage of the money they take in. The catalogs are usually full of books, calendars, Christmas things like candy and cards, some movies and kitchen accessories. Every year I buy a family planner calendar and usually some cards or candy. This year, there was actually a perfect, albeit expensive, Christmas present for someone in my family, so I ordered that as well.

I don't want to think about Christmas yet. Eek.

We went to a crayfish party last night, an annual event among our group of Anders' old Scout friends. Someone hosts it every year, and this is the second year in a row that we've been at the Nordströms. It was really fun, but man, was I tired today, since we didn't get home until nearly 1 a.m. Crayfish parties are also a Swedish thing, heralding the end of summer. I don't do whole crayfish, though...I buy the pre-peeled tails instead. Anders made a yummy chicken & gorgonzola quiche to take with, and we devoured the leftovers today.

It's been pouring rain for 2 days, and it was really coming down yesterday at the party. Lars had to poke a broomstick at the makeshift tarp roof he had rigged over the porch (it was quite cosy) to let the water run off, which it did with a resounding splash. We heard today from Anders' mom and then saw on the news, that there was massive flooding in Malmö and all over Skåne. Shades of our flooding-experience in Detroit, mom!

Anders leaves in the morning for 2 weeks of work in Italy. Ugh. He hasn't traveled very much at all in the past year so I suppose I shouldn't complain but I don't like it when he's gone for so long. Even if I'm in the middle of planning my OWN business trip of 2 weeks for later in the fall, haha!

I don't really feel like I have much to write about. This is more about me wanting to stay in the writing swing than having anything much to say. I had thought to put up photos from the Michigan portion of our trip but when I went to look at them, it turned out there weren't many other than 100+ photos of the bonfire and the smoke from it that Karin took the day they gathered wood from my mom's treeline. :)