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THE TIME, SHE FLIES, SHE FLIES SO FAST
The last 3 days have been full of good things, almost too much to write about. They've also been full of bad things, almost too much to write about.

Thursday I worked really hard on AWC stuff all evening and got a ton done, although I still have a ton left it feels like a lighter ton, somehow. I also talked to my oldest and bestest friend, who is dealing with some of the most awful things a mother can deal with and still stay standing. In addition, I talked to my friends Angie and Kristian, who keep getting punched with bad luck regarding his cancer. The pain my friends are going through is so breathtakingly awful it makes my heart squeeze tight with hurt.

Friday, I picked up my mom and my Aunt Judy after work for a 6-hour speed-visit in the middle of the beginning of their month-long EurRail Scandinavian Grand Tour. They flew into Frankfurt, hopped a plane to Copenhagen and then took the train to Lund to meet me. We drove home and fed them dinner and then tried desperately (and futilely in Judy's case) to keep them awake until it was time to put them on the night train to Oslo. They were in Oslo today cramming in the sightseeing and are taking the night train to Bergen tonight...then they're taking a cruise up the coast of Norway to the very top, and from there training it back down through Sweden to end up here again for about 10 days around the 10th of October. They'll do a bit of Denmark while they're here, then they're heading down to southern Germany to spend some time with my brother and Simone. They have one carry-on bag and one backpack each. I wish I could have tagged along! :)

And today, I did something that I rarely do: I went shopping for clothes! Lene, a Swedish friend of ours, had told me about a store she found last year in Ystad where they sold nice, and decently-priced clothes in, er, our sizes, and invited me to go this morning. Along with another friend of hers, we got there right as the store opened and basically had the place to ourselves for the first hour. The staff was incredible: helpful but not pushy, and extremely service-minded, which is unusual in Sweden, to say the least. We all left with heavy bags and lighter wallets, feeling very pleased with ourselves. Usually shopping for clothes depresses the hell out of me, but not today. I came away with a silky black/silver outfit for parties, a pale pink girly-girl sweater, 2 swingy-thin-floral tops and an everyday shirt in plum with white trim. Yay! Plus, another Christmas gift done: go, me!

The weather was lovely, and Ystad is a beautiful little town that I can't believe I've missed in all these years in Sweden. Tiny little houses with colorful painted fronts, roses climbing all over, cobblestone streets and the sea 2 blocks away. We wandered around the shopping district and found hidden galleries and stores full of covetalicious stuff, and jewelry that was to die for, and a little cafe for lunch.

While we were shopping, Anders took the kids to his hockey practice and then they met up with Lene's husband and 2 boys (who are older than our kids) and they took Martin and Karin climbing. Martin decided he wasn't really interested, but Karin took to it like the little monkey I've always suspected she was. Straight up a 10-meter high wall, and then twice more before they were finished. She can't wait to do it again. :)

Tomorrow: pumpkin picking out in the pumpkin patch and a huge open house at Tetra Pak, plus finally getting rid of most of the AWC ton that is still hovering over my head.

Happy Happy Birthday Wishes to sealwhiskers and Happy BELATED ones to milly_bogtrot!

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I love Ystad!! That is where I want to retire to one day. (I still need to inform Daniel about this..hehehe). So glad you had a sucessful day shopping, what was the name of the store by the way??

We were hoping to join you all at the pumkin picking day, but with this kind of weather, we are just way to grateful to be able to be outside fixing and cleaning up things! See you Monday though!

It's called "Lis" and they have sizes from XS to 58 :) It's right about in the middle of the walking street. I won't see you Monday, sadly, because I have a school-kid-conflict. :( Send me your photo!!

Normally I hate to clothes shop, too. But when done with friends, under ideal-shopping circumstances, I might actually enjoy it.

Your clothes sound fabulous!

Yay, you!!

You would have liked this. It was one of the few times in my life that I have had a great clothes-shopping experience :)

(Anonymous)

Wow, that's quite a trip that LizardMom and LizardAunt are on. Shopping (sigh)...I'm SO overdue...like about 10 years' worth overdue. Alas, the school salary won't be affording me any big splurges anytime soon. But pumpkins! I just picked up three little ones at a produce stand out in the country the other day--oh, how I missed pumpkins during our time off the mainland...can't wait for Halloween! :) ~Marilyn

I had a good shopping trip too today. Shopping can be quite frustrating for me if I have to walk a long distance and I can't find what I am looking for, but when I find a bargain I can be so happy about it. I don't like clothes shopping either, especially not in the summer when it is hot or when they have that really bad lighting in the changing rooms.

I'm so sorry about Kristian and Angie :(

Everytime I see the word "pumpkin", I think of "The Great Pumpkin"!

Me, too (about Angie & Kristian). I can't imagine being in their shoes. :(

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You're so cute :) I live in Sweden, my baby brother lives in Germany and is marrying a German girl next May. My sister (who is between us in age) is now living in St. Louis with her sambo (they're not married) and their 2 kids. My mom lives in Michigan. My dad died right as we were moving to Sweden 8.5 years ago from complications stemming from unchecked diabetes. Does that complete the file?

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soundy much like my days. Busy. Ahh Don't remind me of christmas shopping. I think I am just not going to do it this year. www.pseudarthrosis.com --Alex Best wishes to your friends and my prayers.

Go, whirlwind, go! Karin up a 10-metre wall? Wow! Impressive! I think I can just about make it to the 3-metre mark myself before becoming gravity's victim. I can just hear C3PO saying "Victims of the mighty Sarlaac..." Hee.

(Anonymous)

I adore Ystad! Did you eat at the Book Cafe? If not, you'll have to have a fika there next time--I think you'd love it.

-Amylou

BOOK CAFE?! Be still my beating heart! No, we ate at some little faceless place...BOOK CAFE?! Where? where?? O where?! tell me!

(Anonymous)

If you're walking down the shopping street from the main square, it's a couple blocks down, on a side street to the left. Great cakes and books everywhere!

-Amylou

I'm going to definitely have to go back! :)

Are you saying that this was your first trip to Ystad?!?! I love it there, so picturesque. It always stuns me when I've been places that people who live in the part of Sweden I usually visit, have never seen, since my visits are short and far between.

I've driven through it before, but never stopped and shopped!! Crazy, eh? I'll be going back, you can bet on it :)

Thank you leetle Lizardek, I've not been on line much lately, so it's quite invigorating to see nice wishes like this one!

Successful clothing shopping is a natural high!

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