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Horrible, stressful morning at work, to cap off a fairly stressful, busy week. One of those days when there are 42 million interruptions and you've already got too much to do, and the DAMN COMPUTER WON'T COOPERATE. I felt like putting my fist through the monitor screen a couple of times, I was so aggravated. I think I even scared my officemate at one point. :) Thankfully, after laborious medicating (of the computer) and tedious do-over-fix-it-work, I got the bloody thing to behave. A bazillion big projects all coming to deadline at once does not make for a calm lizardek.

A Phone Call I Was Glad to Make Today: School and the after-school daycare were closed today for a staff-development day, and Ander's mom graciously agreed to spend the day at our house with the kids as we both had to work. I ended up working really late (see above) and didn't arrive home until after she had left. When dinner was over and the kids finally in bed, I called her up to thank her for babysitting, and for WASHING WINDOWS. They're so clean it looks as if she changed them out for new ones. They're so clean that you can see the reflection of every light in them times three (3 panes). They're so clean that if you didn't know better you would think there was NO GLASS in any of them. I am a lucky, lucky, blessed daughter-in-law.

Can someone please figure out why I keep waking up at 5:15 a.m. every damn morning and make it stop? It's not my bladder. It's not my alarm. It's not the light outside or the birds. Argh.

Grumpy American Moment: Right after dinner, there was suddenly a knock on the door. I thought, "hmmm, that's odd. Who could that be?" STUPID SWEDISH TRICK-OR-TREATERS, that's who!! FOUR days early! DOH points handed out all around, along with a handful of gummi fingers* and a stern admonishment to keep it straight for next year: Halloween is ONLY on the 31st of October! Trick-or-treating on any other day isn't trick-or-treating: it's BEGGING. Go away and come back on Monday!

Guess what I've got planned for tomorrow? That's right, NOTHING! muahahaha! How happy am I about that? Pretty damn happy, that's how! ...well, except for buying some more Halloween candy, that is.

Fulfilling Wishes, Maybe:

Halloween Happiness: Carve Your Own Pumpkin! (thanks to helloheather for the link!)

Really Great Writing Out There Right Now: Finding the Money

*Which I was SAVING for my own kid's Halloween, thanks to somebodystrange and davesanngel, but I didn't have any other candy in the house yet. *grumble*
mood: tired
music: Roxy Music—Avalon


Oh, I love it!!! Thanks so much!!


really?! I'm so glad! :D

To swedish kids it's probably gonna stick with the Friday before the 31't for tricks and treats, and for Swedish teenagers it's gonna be the Saturday closest to the date, for Halloween parties...
It's an adopted holiday, but probably there to stay (since it's well needed in the autumn gloom...with the fun and the ghost and horror theme), but some things may change into "swedish versions" of it.
I bet it's gonna be fun for you to observe the differences.

*sigh* I know. They caught me unprepared though. I was planning to have some candy on hand today.

I guess again that it varies by location. So far, we've not had any trick-o-treaters here, and the party that I guess was celebrated on Halloween by the city is now cancelled. Such is life.

Nice of you to grant a wish :) And excellent music choice, particularly after a hard day - nice MIL!

I know! She's amazing. :)

That's really cute about the trick-or-treaters...though.
It made me think a guy I knew who moved to the states from Japan. He didn't know about Halloween... and when the kids came a knock-ing he didn't know what to do. He didn't have any candy... so he pulled out his wallet and handed them a bunch of dollars. Then turned out the lights and hid out the rest of the night.

We don't get trick-or-treaters up here at all, so I guess the holiday hasn't imported this far north. It might be kind of funny to see, though. We can't turn our porch lights on or off, they just are on all of the time once it gets dark outside. There'd be a whole lot of pissed off gamla gubben (old men) stomping up and down their apartment stairs.

OH LIZ!!!!!!!


I was just out in the kitchen making coffee and thought, "Maybe I shouldn't have posted that wish about an autism icon because what if someone really puts effort into something that I really don't like? That'd be awkward!"

BUT YOU!!!!!!!

That is absolutely PERFECT. I love it, love it, love it. Love it so much that I'm going in right now to my memories and changing them all.

You ROCK woman!!!!

(I'll be working on something for you now, you gorgeous hunk of fabulousness. I'm inspired.)

Re: OH LIZ!!!!!!!

I'm SO glad!! I've had that image for awhile and thought of it the second I saw your wishlist :)

ooh, the pumkin card carving was fun! much less smelly and sticky than the real life pumkin i carved last night. (is it normal that your hands itch from pumkin juice, or am i allergic?)

hmmm...I don't know. I never get that much juice on me, to be honest. I use a big flat long-handled metal spoon to scrape everything out so I don't have to touch the goop! :D


oooh, sorry to hear about the rough day. bummer. i know the feeling of wanting to throw the computer through the wall (ours still is not working, 3 months of terror from that damn thing!).

oooh, do you think your mother in law will come up and clean my windows? she sounds wonderful!

you inspired me with the post of karin and the pumpkin seeds. we have bought a pumpkin and are going to attempt to carve it. i have not made a jack o lantern since i was about 10, i am so excited! hope you are enjoying a day of relaxation!

oops forgot to log in! sorry!

sorry, that was me, he1ena was on the computer, i forgot i had to log in again! please do not hold it against me!

holy moly baby

First, your mother-in-law? I love her. LOVE her. I don't know her, but I know I would just love ANYONE who came and helped me and then washed my windows! How very wonderful for you and Anders (and the kids!) that she is near by.

Second, hope your Saturday is blissful and you can just putt along doing only what you feel like doing! Big hugs-- ~bluepoppy


I feel your pain, about work. Had a crappy day myself yesterday...mostly because I had to cover someone else's job (while still doing my own). Hope you're having a RELAXING day today. Although knowing you, you'll probably read about 5 books and call it LEISURE time. :) ~Marilyn

What a crazy day, but what a reward and just a precious act of love - clean windows!

And does it ever occur to you that you've truly grown up when you get really, really excited about clean windows? I mean, at least somewhat slightly grown up?

Pesky trick or treaters. You know, our town sometimes changes around Halloween, like when there is an 'okay' time for people to take their kids around. Very confusing.


Heh. We've had WRONG DAY trick-or-treaters the past few years too and I even bought candy early in the week so I'd have some on hand but they haven't shown up yet. They might just get the day (and the time - NOT 12 noon!) right this year.

Someone was wondering about the pumpkin juice - yeah, it makes my hands itch too.


Heh! It's a European phenomenon...which, considering that the holiday originated in Europe to begin with, makes it that much more inexplicable. We get them for a week or so every year, but hope springs eternal...I keep thinking they're all getting my mental reminders. :)

Trick-or-treating on any other day isn't trick-or-treating: it's BEGGING. Go away and come back on Monday!

I hear you. I bet you must be the popular house in the neighborhood. Nobody bothers to come here begging for food, let alone candy, since we've put our dog sign on the door.

G's been living in the US for five years now and he still asks me which day is Halloween. No matter how many times I tell him, "always, and only, October 31st.

He gets confused because Thanksgiving changes dates. Not that he remembers when that is (he can never remember it's the 4th Thursday) but that's his excuse. I think it must be related somehow to the fact that so few Swedish holidays fall on the same date year after year. Midsommar, all those holdover church holidays, they're never the same from one year to the next.

true. but that case, it OUGHT to be easy to remember. Besides, CHRISTMAS EVE is always on the same day, and you'd never catch a Swede forgetting THAT! :P

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