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IS IT SO SMALL A THING, TO HAVE ENJOY'D THE SUN
This morning when I went out to the car, there were cabochon ice diamonds all over the windshield. I had to scrape them off so I could see to drive, but oh! how I wanted to string them on a silver chain and wear them. Because it wasn't overcast I could see how light it was already at 7:45 a.m. That's the thing about the gradual light increase. It sneaks up on us here in Sweden because it's so cloudy and rainy all the time in the winter that we don't KNOW there are changes going on up there behind the scenes. It's kind of exciting to think that spring really IS on the way again. I'm so vårsugen, as they say in Swedish. You can translate that literally as "sighing for Spring" which makes me smile and feel all maidenly and fainting.

What a lovely winter day we're having, even though I see a rather worrisome bank of clouds coming this way. The sky is blue, the sun is shining, the wind is blowing. When is the wind ever NOT blowing here in Skåne? It's like living in a wind tunnel. It's worse than being in the Windy City, I swear. The company flags outside my window, which were grey and beaten and ratty are being replaced as I write this. 2 men have winched down the old ones and are shaking out shiny, pristinely white new ones and sending them up to flutter frantically. The flags look much larger while the guys are holding them than when they're all the way at the top of the flagpoles.

I went to see National Treasure last night. It was quite well done, and servicably entertaining, although the choppy hyperactive scene-changes got a little annoying. One review I read of it said it was "a mix of Indiana Jones without the snakes and Ocean's 11 without the casinos" which pretty much sums it up. Very clean, and unobjectionable, although much too predictable and since I guessed nearly all of the answers to the riddles as the movie progressed, either it was way too easy or I am very smart. Since the lead character in the movie figured out the clues with alarming ease as well, for a treasure that people had supposedly been searching for since the CRUSADES, I'm guessing I share a genius-level IQ with Nic Cage's character. I was turned off by the head-patting patronization that the lead female character was treated with in several scenes, and the puppydog-smartalec sidekick was more irritating than amusing, but overall I think it was a decent, fun, family film, and the ending treasure scene was outstanding. I think I would have preferred Sean Bean as the lead, however, since Nic Cage does nothing for me, and Boromir Sean was eye-candy captivating in every scene he was in.

Right next to the movie theater is a huge, sparkly new bookshop that I didn't know existed. I had literally 5 minutes to skim the unusually large English fiction selection and still managed to come away with 4 books. It would have been 5 but DAMN, books are SO BLOODY expensive here. Even though the book tax went down a couple of years ago from 25% to 6%, a small-size hardcover children's book is still in the range of $29. Regular paperbacks are $20. ouch I'll wait for the February book sales to spend the rest of my bonus money.
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mood: tired
music: Indigo Girls—Least Complicated


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(Anonymous)

Cold...windy...gloomy...clouds...windy...brrrrr.... I'm sending you some Friday morning sunshine to brighten your weekend. It's a good thing you didn't see/hear me whining about how "cold" it was here last night (and it wasn't just me whining!) or there would have been some bitch-slapping going on. A check of the temp would have probably revealed a frosty 70...which is why I didn't flip to the Weather Channel. I much preferred to bundle on the couch under a blanket and shiver with the indignity of having to dig out my long pajama pants. ~Marilyn

70!! you big baby! LOL

What a lovely way to describe your weather, such detail! I can't come away without books from a bookstore either. I don't know if I would buy that many at once, but at least one or two.

I'm beginning to nothing the days lengthening here as well. The other day I went home from work at 17:30 and it was still a bit light, so that's about half an hour's light more than in December. ;-)

Books are very expensive here too. I think it's a disgrace. Books should be for free!! ;-)

No snow or sunshine here at all. Why is everyone else getting snow? *pout*

Book store.....hmmmmm.....my perfect shopping experience. I used to spend an obscene amount on books and that is one thing that I really, really, really miss. I agree that books are a ridiculous price in Europe.

I saw a 2-second snow flurry, but otherwise it's been dry and alternating between sun and clouds. I haven't seen whatever Gale is getting 20 minutes away in Malmo :O

Your first problem is that you're thinking in dollars -- don't do that! :) Even in kronor, though, the books are feckin' expensive.

And that bookstore is all nice and shiny-new, but they have too much open space. They could put so, so, so many more shelves of books in there. I wonder why they don't?

I can't help it! STILL, after EIGHT years, I have to translate to dollars in my head to get any sense of "value." Stupid, I know.

And I agree about the bookstore, although I think this one is better than the little one that was on Baltzargatan.

Yeah, they took that one and the one from Hansacompagniet and put them together in the new space. It's a vast improvement over either one, but I can't help but wish that they'd done more. Calle and I agree that a Borders-like shop in there, or else in the Akademibokhandeln, would have been a fabulous thing.

Woo and Yay for book shopping!

You make winter sound so romantic and nice. I personally dislike the cold an enormous amount. Although... I do think the season is beautiful. It's more subtle except in it's sunsets. When I leave tribal practices at around 4pm, the sun sits low and the views on the long drive home over the hilly vistas are stunning. :) (That is when it's not raining!) ;)

Nicholas Cage, bleh. He reminds me of a less attractive Jeff Goldblum, mostly because they have these deadpan faces (but Jeff has a nicer ass).

Well, Nic does have lovely eyes, but he's so dopey looking otherwise.

He is NOT going to age all that well.

(Anonymous)

I'm ever so grateful that you really GET weather...especially the snowy winter kind. Tomorrow they are promising us a dump of 15-20 cm of snow and a part of me is thrilling. The other part of me is skulking because today LOOKS purty... all crisp, cyan skies but it's -35 degrees celcius out there with the wind chill and I really don't wanna go out!! So count me among those who are sighing for spring. (that's really kind of interesting, sin't it? The way different launguages and different coultures accomodate their environments.)

Blah. Okay... this has been the world's most boring comment, I know. I just sort of felt compelled to let you know I'm still ot here, still adoring you, and lurking about the edges of your every post (even if I haven't been commenting lately)

xo Wee

(Anonymous)

um... I'm not so much skulking as sulking, just so you know. And only a part of me. Like a quarter of my right arm, two thirds of my left, and both thighs. The rest of me is quite content.

xo wee

oooo... gotta confirm that I am human. Haven't had to do THAT in a while. But gotta tell you... I think it would be wicked fun to be a robot for a day. Like a Jetson era robot. Or that creepy Robbie.

I wasn't able to comment on your blog yesterday OR today. :( What's up with Diaryland?!

oh that sounds fun- an evening to yourself and a romp in the bookstore! I love bookstores!

The windchill this morning was -30F, so I'm rather vårsugen, myself. But ice crystals in the sun are truly breathtaking...I'm glad you got some sun to see them. :-)

a huge, sparkly new bookshop

Ooo, Shiny! And OW!!! the prices! I have renewed appreciation for Amazon and the local shops.

I know! I used to be able to go into a bookstore and spend about $50 and come home with a huge pile. This was FOUR books for nearly $100!!! OUCH!

You once had to pay 25% tax on books?? I think here it used to be 6% although I think I remember it going up to the normal tax level of 19%. Which indeed is a lot of money. I like shopping for books while in the US, Books-a-Million is lots cheaper heh. Too bad they don't carry Dutch books ;) and while I read English as well as Dutch sometimes I just want my stuff to be Dutch.. heh.

I to am vårsugen!! It makes my heart breath with relief, thinking that we past the longest night and things are only getting more springy from now on. True, first we'll have some more hickups from the winter, but that is ok. At least we're over the bump hmm? =)

I know, I expect snowstorms in March and April.

Nearly everything is taxed at 25% here in Sweden, except for income which is taxes at 50%!!! It's outrageously expensive, but it's the price of living in a socialist country.

Sean Bean ...*melts*. I'm going to have to see the movie eventually just to see him, even if I have to put up with a silly plot and Cage's overacting. ;-)

You are smart, honey. :)

That is highway robbery the price of books! I just bought three and they were all together 45 american dollars. One was The Probable Future by the same woman who wrote Practical Magic and I can't think of her name at the moment. Anyway, the beginning of that books was describing the feeling you were having varsugen. I thought it was cool, I've always been fascinated with that phenomenon, we even get a mild version of it here in sunny Florida.

Alice Hoffman! I had that book in my hands today :)

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