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THE MORE YOU LOOK AT THE WORD 'WEEKEND' THE LESS IT LOOKS LIKE A WORD
That was fun! Thanks to everyone for playing along on my last post. I learned a lot about you internet psychos my online friends. :D For those interested, my answers to my own questions are under the cut.

1. Organized religion and evangelism. I rarely allow myself to talk about it with anyone.
2. Aswan Dam. No, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. No, the midnight sun. No, the Taj Mahal. Hmmm...
3. 25+
4. All of them.. Not a one. Okay, one of them was.
5. I wrote a report on the gila monster when I was in elementary school of which I was inordinately proud. Sadly, I no longer have it. Sorry, posterity!
6. English, Swedish and some mostly-forgotten German, but I would like to learn a non-Germanic language someday.
7. Geggamoja! It's Swedish for mud/goo/gunk
8. For all you who asked what dough-and-fruit was, it appears that sadly, the day of the Pie has passed.
9. He could chuck as much wood as a woodchuck could chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood. Duh!
10. Book, hands-down...with fantastic illustration a hairsbreadth behind.
11. Not if you can help it. Although sometimes they just work. Of all the pets I've had, only two had "people" names: Heidi (a dog) and Toby (a cat)
12. Yes, and I always give thanks at how lucky I've been!

At the moment, I feel a bit as if I have nothing much to write about and no philosophical meanderings have come to the forefront of my brain and insisted on seeing the light of day. I had a lovely dinner and late night conversation at the home of one of my First Friends yesterday evening, though one of the group was missing. It's been a pretty quiet Saturday, sleeping in a little bit, doing laundry, cleaning the bathtub, reading a good book, working on the translation project, recording music, going for a walk in the sunshine with the kids while Anders put the trampoline up in the backyard to their delight. Tonight is the big Melodifestivalen final so we'll be parked in the living room with a big bowl of popcorn.

I hope your weekend is turning out as nice. How are you spending it? Are you doing anything special? As you can see from the paragraph above, I am. :)
 mellow
mood: mellow
music: Undertones—It's Going to Happen


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Let's see.. On Saturday, I:

1. Overslept by about an hour, perhaps more depending how much I want to get done in the morning hours. I was awoken by my mother calling from her cell phone.

2. Rushed to the floor store (wee, it rhymes?!) to pick out a new plastic mat for my kitchen. The insurance company is paying, and I chose a light, birch imitation, even brighter than my previous mat.

3. Went back home, to make some dinner. I didn't fry the lamb chops for long enough, as they were still raw on the inside. I rush cooked (!) them for a few minutes more, since I believe meat gets done faster if you cook it than fry it.

4. While the lamb cooked, I shaved. After lunch, I took a shower and put on my uniform, except for marching shoes since it is rather muddy outside.

5. I drove to the arena and unpacked my instrument, and took part in marching practise. After that, we had a little over one hour free, so I went to the nearby Överskottsbolaget to shop around a little. I bought julknäckebröd on sale (Oprah claps her hands), cotton twine that is oven resistant and I'm planning to use as wick (!), a few packs of plastic mugs, a tube of tomato paste and an icecream. Although it is last year's leftover they're still selling - and I couldn't find any Best Before date on the packaging - 3 SEK (about $0.43) is too cheap to not buy an icecream stick.

6. I got back to the venue, and we practised a bit more. As usual, the schedule had been delayed during the afternoon. Backstage they were serving free apples, pears, sweet rolls, soda and coffee to all participants.

7. The tattoo started at 5 PM, and we were the first orchestra to perform. We played the following pieces of music:

* Kungliga Göta Signalregementes marsch
* Theme from JAG
* Muppet Show Theme
* Ars Robur Nostrum (approx "The art is our strength", a march from 1991)
* Axel F (from Beverly Hills Cop and the horrible Crazy Frog)
* Narviksgutten, march

8. We went to sit among the spectators to see the other marching bands perform. The attendance was lower than previous years, perhaps due to Melodifestivalen later on.

9. Of course, the show was delayed through the evening, but after almost two hours it was time for the grand finale. All five marching bands shared the floor and together played:

* O Sole Mio, with a male singer and accordion intro.
* Amazing Grace, with a female singer but without bagpipes this year. There is a God after all!
* Under Blågul fana, march
* Du Gamla du fria, Swedish national anthem

10. The tattoo miraculously ended exactly at promised time, 19:40 which left me twenty minutes to rush home if I wanted to see Melodifestivalen from the beginning. I didn't quite make it, but arrived home halfways through Andreas Johnson, the first entry.

11. I made a little meat sallad (interesting concept) from the remaining lamb chop, some vegetables and home made bread I baked yesterday. I also lighed some tea lights and got to try if the cotton twine really works as a wick. The answer is yes; it is approximately as good as the real thing, and for a fraction of the price.

12. I boiled a pot of Earl Green tea, read my email (I lost the fantasy football match - boo!) and now I'm here, just about to finish the last cup and go to bed. Tomorrow is another day.

Ho hum. A very long comment. That is what you get when one doesn't write a real blog of himself.

(Anonymous)

I am also having a nice week-end. Today was quiet because the contractor came to work in the basement. So, I worked on the Remote Viewing Workshop I'm presenting in 10 days. Read emails, played Spider Solitaire (hate to admit to that), cooked a huge pot of vegetable soup and still have the evening ahead. Tomorrow I plan to go to a 2 hour mediation on Peace which is part of the 64 Days of Peace Celebration (Gandhi & Martin Luther King Birthdays). Then my Mom is coming here and we're fixing Corned Beef and Cabbage for an early St. Patrick's Day dinner. Lizardmom

(Anonymous)

> 8. For all you who asked what dough-and-fruit was, it appears that sadly, the day of the Pie has passed.

I tend to just call it PIE ;-)

How was Melodifestivalen? Hope you didn't get any maize-with-margarine stuck between your teeth :-P

Russell

Silly old bear. You can do lots of things with fruit-and-dough that don't necessarily count as pie. I make baskets, for instance with rasperries and, okay, white chocolate. But we made a lot of desserts in cooking club that involved fruit and dough, yet couldn't be called PIE. :)

Melodifestival was fun, but I think it was one of the most even contests in years. There was no clear stand-out winner...several of the songs were really decent, and it was hard to pick just one. We ended up splitting our vote 4 ways. And The Ark won, probably mostly because they were the only really established band, though I do think the lead singer went overboard with his foo-foo-ness.

will there be whipped cream or ice cream with the pie?

(and am i the psycho??)

hahaha! No, you were not the psycho. I'll never tell. :D And ice cream, unless it's pumpkin pie, and then whipped cream (which I just typed twice as whopped) all the way, baby!

(Anonymous)

Okay, enough is enough, I will finally tell you how much wood a woodchuck can chuck......
according to the Missouri Conservationist, March 2007, a woodchuck also known as a whistle pig, or groundhog, or marmot, can chuck about 700 pounds of wood. This number was arrived at by measuring the inside volume of a typical burrow and then filling it with wood.
: )

Love Seester

solo weekend road trip

I went to Ashland and saw two plays in one weekend with my friend Jules. I walked around being a tourist. I went on trail walks. And I saw cotton candy disquising itself as trees.
I also listened to books on cassette during my drive.

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