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People are so nice!! YOU are so nice! Those of you on my friends list who live in Sweden or outside of your home country will understand this. It is SUCH a thrill to get an unexpected package and one that contains goodies from home, stuff that you can't find, that you only get maybe once every few years or so, if that, is an occasion for a happy little dance with a huge, elastic grin on your face. And when it's goodies that you've never even heard of, that just say HOME to you in a way that nothing else can, well, grab my hands while I dance you around the room! HUGE bear-hug thank yous to somebodystrange and davesanngel who put this huge smile on my face this evening. When did they start making M&M's as big as my head?! And Guacamole Doritos?! My kids will be so thrilled by the Halloween treats, too!

I was in a bouncy mood most of the evening, probably because I got a nap after having to rush to the school at 2 p.m. to pick up Martin who was out flat with a really high fever and a terrible headache. We got that dealt with, Tylenol down him and fluids and tucked him up for another nap, and then I conked out as well. Which meant when it was time to go to choir practice, I wasn't zombified but rarin' to go. In town those gold-edged chestnut leaves around the edges of the park that I noticed last week have fulfilled their destiny and fallen, leaving thick and pluffalous drifts of gold along every edge and hedge. Shuff, shuff, shuff, they say when you walk through them.

It rained during the afternoon, and as I drove away from the house, the clouds were skating away from us to the northeast and the sun was out behind me. Everything was backlit with a nimbus of gold and sparkles from the rainshower shivered all the trees and grass with electric twinkles. As I arrived back home, singing at the top of my lungs in the car, I looked up and saw the same electric twinkles in a solid black sky. Twink! Twinkle! Twink! the stars wink and shine. They were dancing, too!

I'm back in the reading swing as well. Finished Robin McKinley's Sunshine last night, and started Jeanette Winterson's The Powerbook today. Since I have to be home tomorrow afternoon with Martin, who is not allowed back at school until he's been fever-free for 24 hours, I'll probably finish it, yay! another book read in September, and I won't feel so lame. And then? totte's book is up next! woot!

I'm a bit frantic about my commitments the week my mom and Judy get back. They are arriving on either the 10th or 11th, and staying approximately 10 days, leaving on the 19th. I have something the evenings of the 10th, 11th, and 12th, and am gone to Stockholm the 14th, 15th, and 16th. WAAAAH! How does this happen?! I can not go on the 10th, but that makes me sad as well, because it's book group, which I love. I'm not sure I can not go on the 11th because it's turning out to be the only date that the entire new and old board can get together for the turnover meeting, and I really need to be there to hand over my position and have my last evening as a board member, and the 12th is the final choir practice before the big concert. *insert swear words here*

Things I'm Trying To Do: Go to bed each night at a reasonable hour, not eat the entire bag of M&Ms in one sitting, find time to clean the damn house.

Things I'm Trying Not to Do: Eat too much at lunch, sweat the small stuff, wig out about giving up the Editor position that is MINE.*

Things I'm Not Worried About Whether I Do or Not: Planting bulbs in the gardens so I'll have spring flowers for once, learning every note of every one of the 25 songs for the big concert perfectly, writing in this journal because that is the way to OCD-craziness, I tell you.

And speaking of going to bed each night at a reasonable hour...time's up!

*HAA! galestorm, I kid. Mostly. Pretty much. No, really.
mood: bouncy
music: Paul Simon—Graceland


I'm glad everything arrived okay. I am surprised at how fast it got there though - the post office told me it would be 10-14 days, and it's only been 5. Go go gadget postal system!

We just couldn't resist the gummy candies for Martin & Karin. The gummy brains are for you too - that way when the bunnies eat your brains your can refill your head! ;)

I cannot tell you then number of times that David & I have discussed exactly how wonderful we think you are. We both love to read your posts, and we both feel such a stong desire to find a way to come & meet you in person - someday, someday! Since we can't visit soon, we wanted to give you a box of goodies to say hello. It is as fun for us to send these boxes as it is for you to get them!

Enjoy Enjoy Enjoy!!! =)

You are both darling dears! I'm glad to have refill brains on hand!! :D

Yay! It all made it!

(It took us two tries with the M&Ms -- the first time we got Boy M&Ms. When we realized that you only liked Girl candies, I was forced to suffer through eating the ones we had. Oh, the humanity!)

It was a dirty job, but someone had to do it! LOL!! Thank you SO much!! We are really enjoying the treats! :)

I apprecaite your "things" lists.....really good.


"Everything was backlit with a nimbus of gold and sparkles from the rainshower shivered all the trees and grass with electric twinkles." (puts head down on laptop)...I can't take it... ;) ~Marilyn

My thoughts exactly. Sometimes the lizziness is so overwhemlmingly beautiful that my eyes freeze on the words and my heart thumps madly and I just keep reading the same sentence to draw out every last bit of lizzerly deliziouzness.

oh stop it, you two! You're making me blush!!

I would like to borrow your Hobbes icon in which Hobbes appears to be pondering. And the thing I would like to use it for is this quote from your entry: WAAAAH! How does this happen?! Hmmmmmmm. :-)

By the way, I have something of yours' to give back to you and was hoping to do so at the book club meeting. Since that's out, I'll leave it to you to let me know when you're in town so we can arrange a pick-up point.

And by the way #2...oh nevermind, I'll email you!

It's not totally out yet because I don't know which day my mom is arriving. If she comes the 11th, it's not a problem! :)

Gotta love those packages! Guacamole Doritos are just toooo good. It's too bad those flavors haven't made it here. We do have Doritos now and again, but they are not the true made in America ones. They taste a bit different. *sigh*

You sure are busy with all of your evening and daily commitments. I am surprised that you could make time to post :o) - I would love packages from my home land if I lived abroad. When I was in the USA I loved seeing something as simple as Dutch cookies in a store and I would get all over-excited about it.

Nothing beats a nap! I loved reading your beautifuly worded descriptions about the chestnut leaves and the light. Sweden sounds so lovely in the fall... And the pictures of your kids (below) are SO AMAZING. Your children are so beautiful--from the inside out. So happy and lively. And the one with the hay bale--wow. Just gorgeous!

Thanks for feeding us like that with descriptions of lusciousness. Better than M&Ms!!
Hey, packages, especially surprize packages are always soooo fun and I imagine the fun rises in amps because of things from across the pond from one's "other" home. So hip-hip-hooray for PACKAGES!!

*does the happy package dance*

A beautiful posting

I love it when the leaves make that noise. We don't have many leaves on the ground. I used to go out of my way just to walk through leaves to listen to the crunch under my feet and to kick them in the air. So fun.


Oooh, can I have some M&Ms? Actually I can admit that I have had my fill until...the AWC Halloween Party next month. At least!

Good night!

That was me - not logged in.

: )

Wow, the real true fall is in your neighborhood. I wish I could find that poem I wrote at state about the fall. I love that poem.

It's like going to Sweden without all the hassle of international airport security and passports and luggage and umpteen-hour-long transatlantic flights. All I have to do is click that little link with my mouse, and I'm there, seeing everything through your eyes. Thank you!

Hope Martin feels better soon -- but YAY! for naptime and booktime! I don't know how you juggle everything on your schedule; whatever your secret is, you should bottle it and sell it online. You'd make a fortune. ;-)

He was only sick one day *knock on wood*...and so far, no one else seems to be coming down with it.

I could bottle it and label it with little snake-oil stickers and hawk it on the streets wearing a straw hat and spats! I'd make a fortune! Aunt Lizzie's Cure-For-What-Ails-You :D

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