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I've stopped and started this journal entry about 5 times now. Everything I start to write sounds trite. I'm making myself yawn. yaaa-a-a-a-wn.

The sun shone all weekend. What a gift of sunny days we've had this winter, even WITH the snowstorms and Siberian Express and usual quota of grey, rainy days. There is so much snow on the ground and it's so cold that despite the sunshine, the snow doesn't seem to be melting very fast, even though the edges are looking acid-dipped, sun-chewed, exhaust-browned.

The other day I meant to write about my morning ride to work, after a night of fog which coated everything with white and frosted glitter. The trees were holding diamonds in their branches, winking little mirrors catching the sun and tossing it about, flash, glimmer! Today, I felt content knowing that Spring is only 15 days away. Fifteen days to the Vernal Equinox. Then it's going to go fast. Wham! Crocus! Bam! Daffodils! Violets and tulips and primroses, thank you, ma'am!

Martin and I went to the mall this afternoon, in fact, we went to two of them. We had 3 missions: return and hopefully replace a snowsuit for him, buy 2 pairs of gym shoes for him (indoor and outdoor) and find some appropriately-Swedish loot for my GISBE partner. We were only semi-successful. We returned the snowsuit but couldn't find any in his size. We found 2 balta-cool pairs of gym shoes. We found a couple of small items for the GISBE package, but not the specific things I had in mind, so I'm not done and can't mail it tomorrow. I also bought new, kicky black suede flats for me, a book each for me, Martin and Karin, and 2 DVDs on sale (The Commitments and Hair), so all in all, it was a pretty decent shopping spree. Although, not at all on a par with the type of shopping spree I used to be able to manage on my own in Chicago. Before we headed home, Martin and I sat at the little Expresso House kiosk and fika'd. He had a gigantic vanilla cream pastry and I had a lingon-and-cranberry white chocolate brownie. YUM

I find the amount of classics that I managed to weasel out of reading despite being an English major in college a little disturbing. Since my university days, I've made some effort to take care of that, and have slowly dug through some of the books that I felt I really ought to have gotten around to (although there are still tons of them out there). One of the major literary characters I knew an awful lot about without ever having read a word of, because he's referenced EVERYWHERE, is Sherlock Holmes. Thanks to my brother loaning me 2 anthologies of the collected works, I'm finally rectifying that this month. After that, it's Lemony Snicket on the menu. I'm so eclectic!
mood: chipper
music: Powderfinger—These Days


Dear God, JUST reading Sherlock Holmes??

I KNOW! I've never much been into myateries or detective stories. I had phases I went through as a teenager with Alfred Hitchcock and Agatha Christie, but for some reason, never picked up Sherlock.

It has been really sunny lately here as well. I like it as you feel so cheerful when there are blue skies around. I envy you the fog, though. We get it sometimes, but not the great drifts you seem to get in Skåne.

Yay! You did well with the shopping. Quite a haul. I can't believe you have never read any Sherlock Holmes. I thought everyone had read them in their teens. You are so right about there being so many books out there to read. I'm starting on my Philippa Gregory journey at the moment (just finished Virgin Earth) and I can see why you like them.

"Then it's going to go fast. Wham! Crocus! Bam! Daffodils! Violets and tulips and primroses, thank you, ma'am!

We've got 'em all, just popping out all over the place. Wish I could send you some now. Yes it's springtime!

Sounds like a great shopping trip, but what is a "GISBE package?"

I don't think we get enough focus on the classics over here on this side of the pond in public schools. I missed so very much. Good for you, going after them. And all your other "eclectic" choices.

It stands for "Great International Secret Blog Exchange" and it was dreamed up by 2 expat bloggers to reach out to the expat blogging community and have a present package exchange :)

sounds fun. cool!

Have had the Espresso House Lingon & Cranberrry White Chocolate Brownie. It reminds me of Starbuck's Cranberry Bliss Bar.

Y*U*M is right.

Oh how I enjoy, reading your elaqunt & discriptive drives to work. Enjoy Hair, it's one of my favs.

It's sunny & clear here today & I'm stepping out to do a power walk ... it always clears my mind.

I've loved Hair since I was a wee thing, it was one of my dad's favorites and I grew up listening, watching and singing it. :)


I am proud(?!) to say I've never read ANY of the classics in ANY genre...that's because I'm trite with two ginormous capital T's! (Or maybe just incredibly shallow and lazy...) I'm just thankful that I could finally reach a point in my life (mid-30's!) when I could finally read for enjoyment...I mean, really in lose myself in a piece of fiction. I also enjoy reading a lot of travel essay/memoir stuff, since I'm such a gypsy at heart (and until moving here was one in real life, too). I suppose 'escape' would be the operative word here, eh? Anyway, you're many things, dear Lizardek, but I doubt that trite is one of them. :) ~Marilyn


O! MY! You love my dog! You really, really do! That thrills me to the bone. THE BONE, Liz.

And I totally know what you mean about being an English major and somehow missing the classics. For instance, I studied Moby Dick three times over my long academic career (and still hate it) and yet I have never read anything by Jane Austin, Charles Dickens or the Brontes. How is that possible? I feel enormously guilty about it, but not so guilty that I actually go to the library/bookstore and pick up those classics.

And I wish for you (and me) more diamond days and a graceful descent into Spring!

xoxoxoxoxox and some black-lipped doggie kisses too, Wee and the Wolf xo

I do! I so wish I could meet the two of you and go tromping off into the woods for a wolf walk full of pixie dust and vampire snowmen.

Hee! Funny, my classics were the other way around, read Dickins, Austin, but no Melville or Brontes (I've since read Jane Eyre at least).


Another English major, here. I just started Great Expectations today and am positively loving it. I've never read any Sherlock Holmes and I feel strangely embarrassed about missing out on Anna Karenina.

Every year I have a grand summer reading lists that inevitably gets quartered.


Trite is SO much better than injured!!!

You sound like you are feeling good again-- yay. Isn't it nice when things get a bit more ordinary particularly after all you've been through in the past several weeks! ~bluepoppy

a lingon-and-cranberry white chocolate brownie

Oh, man, does that ever sound delish!

When my folks first brought lingonberries back from Sweden with them, I wasn't too wild about them, but my tastes seem to have changed -- now I love both lingon and cranberries (which I used to not like at all). Fred and I stopped by Tuttles this afternoon, and they had lingon available in not only the large (which a number of local places now carry) but also a smaller jar, which I hadn't seen before and is much more practical for the size of my household. Yay!

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