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Toto, I don't think we're in Sweden anymore. It's been sunny in January for a week! 7 days! I'm loving the blue sky and bright sun and glitter off the diamond-crystal-melty-white snow, but I'm pretty sure we're not in Sweden anymore. 7 days of sunshine in the middle of winter in Sweden is unheard of. But you're hearing it here! It's true! Would I kid you? I can hardly believe it myself, each day glowing like a bright jewel, a shiny gift. Maybe this is an alternate universe. Let's do the time warp again!*

Knock Knock
Who's there?
I'm a pile up.
SAY IT OUT LOUD: I'm a PILE UP WHO!

hahahahaha! Me so funny!

Book Rec: I know I've raved about Philippa Gregory's books in my journal before, even though I've only read a couple, but if you have a chance, do pick up her short story collection Bread and Chocolate because it is absolutely scrumptious and lovely, even the stories that have nothing to do with bread or chocolate.

My sister just emailed me to say that her sambo got the job he interviewed for a couple of weeks ago and they'll be moving to St. Louis this summer! WOO HOO! Congrats Sarah & Tom, that is awesome news!

Nothing to do day except whatever I want.** So far, that has included sleeping in, some small chores, grocery shopping, catching up with blogs and reading. If I could do this every day, would it lose its attraction? It would, I know. At least I think I know. Actually, I guess I don't know, since the first year we were in Sweden, when I wasn't working, I was taking Swedish classes, doing an internship, and growing a baby. The next 2 years that I spent not "working" were at home with 2 small children, so I don't think that counts. Even my one week a year when my family goes skiing hasn't totally counted because I had to work. Retirement will be a revelation, I'm sure.

The other day, Karin brought a letter home from daycare for me. It was in an envelope that she had made herself. She had drawn pictures of me and her (one of us is sticking out our tongue, but I can't tell who's who), and a stamp on the front and it was addressed Hälsningar till Liss från Karin"*** Inside, she had placed a handmade NEW COMPUTER for me. It's kind of like a mini-notepad in size, but with lots of added features, and she drew the whole thing from memory.



*My apologies if that causes an earworm for you like it did for me, but I like to share the pain.
**aside from, of course, feeding and dealing with the kids.
***Greetings to Liz (don't ask me about the spelling) from Karin
 happy
mood: happy
music: Shriekback—Go Bang!


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(no subject) - (Anonymous)

sure! the only problem is...I don't think it has an internet connection! :O

I like the Karin button ;) Thanks for the book ref. will go get. Like the rabbit too...

After your recommendation, I've just ordered The Other Boelyn Girl and Virgin Earth from the inter-library loan system here. That better be worth my 10kr investment :)

I really love Karin's keyboard. It makes so much more sense to me than this one. Maybe she will follow mum's footsteps into design.

And I love the way your name rhymed with pi.... oh, never mind. Though I may not be able to resist calling you that :)

The Other Boleyn Girl alone will be more than worth the 10 kronor investment. I haven't read Virgin Earth so can't say for that one.

Karin's been going through an electronic phase with her artwork. She comes home with gameboys and tv remotes and beyblades (a special toy spinning top) and game consoles, all in intricate detail and cut out meticulously. :D

Okay, this is the second time in two posts that the word "sambo" has been used. The only association I have with this word is racist, so I am assuming since both of you are upstanding women of impeccable character, you don't mean "little black sambo." So could you define it, please? Is this a Swedish word? Hmmmm.

LOL! Yes, it's a Swedish word. It means literally "live together" ... 'bo' is 'to live' and 'samma' is 'together' or 'the same' It's actually short for "sammanboende"

It's the word used to describe the person you live with, if you are NOT married, regardless of whether or not you have children together.

"this is the second time in two posts that the word "sambo" has been used"
exactly what I was thinking

see my response to Trish :)

(Anonymous)

I love your new computer. The e-mail from your brother mentioned it - so I'm glad to know what he was talking about now. Tell Karin I think she did a perfect wonderful rendition! Love, Lizardmom

That is absolutely marvelous -- I especially like the "Karin" button! ;-)

Picture from your girl

Love Karin's drawing. When Michele was that age she drew a picture of her and me and titled it "The Nice Beautiful Mom" but her spelling on the drawing made it say, "The Nice Butt Mom."

I love Karin's drawing! Isn't it great when kids use their imaginations? I would love to know what the Karin button does?

I'm pretty sure it turns over control of the computer to HER ALONE! hahahaha!

that is awesome! Wait to you see what my daughter's nw obsession is!

I love Karin's computer. Thanks for sharing it.

Great picture!! I love the view a child has. A friend of mine resisted actually even having a computer in the house for years and years despite having two children, until he came home one day and found that his six year old son had built one out of cardboard and gone to incredible detail such as getting inside it and holding up a piece of new paper each time dad pressed 'new window' :)

what a cute story!!

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