January 4th, 2018

ow my head


Having grown children is harder than I expected. I keep wanting them to be as cute and easy to order around as when they were young and they keep insisting on having their own way, making up their own minds and doing whatever it is THEY want to do at the moment. It's been a little rockier than I anticipated, this holiday season, but it was still nice to have Martin home and I'm sad that he's gone already. Two weeks is too short, eh Mom? It won't be as long until he's back in May, at least, and hopefully by then, I will have worked through some of my own issues and realigned my expectations with reality....ha. Ha.

We spent the afternoon yesterday, the kids and I, at Anders' mom's, having fika, and then came home for a family dinner together on our last night. Anders made his delicious spaghetti and meat sauce, on Martin's request, and then he started packing. Halfway through, he came in and said he had just received an email that his connecting flight from Newark to Detroit had been cancelled in anticipation of severe weather conditions. AUGH.

We tried for over half an hour to get through to United but had no luck. The link he was given in the email didn't work. I called and warned my mom, but we figured there wasn't much we could do until he was at the airport. He couldn't even check-in online for the first flight (which WASN'T cancelled...which is weird, because if they can fly INTO Newark, why couldn't he fly OUT later?).

I woke up at 3 am with an anxiety attack about the whole thing and couldn't get back to sleep. Talked to my sister online and she said they might not even be able to come fetch him from Newark if he was stuck there because they expect to be in the middle of the storm. So we got up anyway and took him to the train station this morning and he headed off to Copenhagen airport. Once there, SAS couldn't help either since the cancelled flight was with United, but he was able to board his first flight to the US and he's already past Iceland and headed over the southernmost tip of Greenland at the moment, according to FlightAware. I hope he can get out again to Detroit, or least find a hotel room without issues...sleeping in airports is no fun.

I've been doing a bit of work, and also working on my 2017 LJ book, which didn't take long to format, as I was the slackest blogger in the world last year. It will be a very skinny, very short book, I'm afraid. Hopefully I will be better this year! Though I said that last January, too, so...

Anders is at work and Karin left an hour ago for Malmö, also to work. I am meeting Debbie & Camilla at Karin's café at 4:30 for fika, and then hopefully we'll go out for sushi, for dinner. I haven't had sushi in AGES, it feels like. We're still finishing the last of the holiday leftovers, though I threw out everything that hadn't been eaten from Christmas yesterday. This weekend the tree and decorations come down (the tree looks VERY sad and stiff and droopy). Seems like 2 seconds ago I was putting them up.