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Suddenly, it all starts to catch up: the amount of things I've done in the past few weeks, the amount of things still to do before we leave, the phenomenon of Spring drowsiness, the additional fatigue engendered by daylight savings time ending and the fact that I didn't get to sleep in...I mean, REALLY sleep in at all this weekend.

But the translation project is nearly done. My part is finished, now it's only the proofreading from Anders and I'll be able to deliver the project this week. And Malmö Redhawks won the hockey game in overtime yesterday; despite a pallid and uninspiring performance it was still energizing and fun to sit rinkside at a live hockey game and cheer. Every time I yelled something at the players in English, "Go, go go! Do something with it!" the 3 kids of varying ages sitting in front of me turned around in their seats and stared at me open-mouthed, finally asking their father in a not-so-subtle whisper, "What is she SAYING?!"

The birthday party is over, the children's concert and church service (which featured, at one point, a very overweight minister in a flowing white robe with the addition of a long scraggly blonde wig, paper wings and a tinsel halo) is over, the dentist's appointment is over (no cavities!), book group is over and I've gotten most of the shopping for presents and schtuff done. The hair appointment is over as well, and Barky is tamed again: short, bouncy with curl and RED.

The sun is shining, the sky is blue, the house is relatively clean and I just finished re-reading a fantastic book.

A couple of nights ago, after we had gotten home late and put the kids in bed, I was checking email and attached to one from a choir member was this video of a Honda car commercial in which a choir imitates the sounds of a newly released model. I watched it through and then called Anders in to come see it, and turned up the volume so we could hear all the details. Right as the video reached its conclusion, Karin, in her red fleece Spiderman pajamas, came stomping out of her room and stood in the doorway with her arms akimbo and a scowl on her face. "That is REALLY ANNOYING," she groused loudly at us and then turned and stomped away. Anders and I laughed for 5 solid minutes and then he rhetorically asked if she was related to least I assume it was rhetorical.

I also got the super news a few days ago regarding my trip to Boston, that I will not only be getting to meet up with e11en, and finally get to meet the wonderful and inspiring Bluepoppy but also that another woman I admire so much and have been dying to meet will be joining us and I'll be finally able to give a huge hug in person to Christina Rosalie as well. Squee!

What with getting to the States after a nearly 3-year interval, spending Easter with my family, my sister, my mom, my cousins and relatives and great good friends Kathey and Russell, and then all THIS, my cup totally and completely runneth over. :)

Buoyantly Beautiful and Bountiful Birthday Wishes to: emmabovary and my little brother johann_metzger (belated), and the same, though on-time today to esmecat!
mood: busy
music: the kids outside laughing on the trampoline


What, no pics of barky? We need pics! (First Amalah, now you :o)) So happy you're getting to go to the states, can't wait to hear about it, live blogging style. Have a great rest of your Sunday, although I guess it's just about over there, isn't it.

I want pics of the minister with the wings and halo.

No, you don't. Trust me. You would have been scarred for life. Like me. And all those poor, poor little children.

:) Maybe after I have a chance to style it up, but it won't be for awhile, since I have NO TIME LEFT between now and when we leave! aaaagh!!

Yes, I believe that we all want to see your new hair colour and cut. Oh, and have you seen the parody of the Honda Choir commercial? Here's the link:

I found it last night when I was looking for the original to link to. What a hoot! :D


RED???? - like Martin & Karin's red??? or like your sister's red??? I can't wait to see it (you included) :), Anders was getting you in practice for the Red Wings?!!!
Sam & Joanne may try to have dinner with us in Mass.- they're about 2 hrs away - but, I told her you were making all the commitments.
Love, Lizardmom

Oh cool about Sam & Joanne! The only thing is that the weekend is booked up, so it would have to be a weeknight, and I don't know yet what else is planned workwise. We also are going to meet up with Ellen one evening. This is how my life fills up! :D

What do you mean "Martin & Karin's red" ? They're not red at all! Karin is dark blonde and Martin is getting darker and darker, but not at all red. I think it's much darker than Sarah's, hers is so copper. Mine is chestnut with red overtones, but it's much redder than I've had it before :)


I meant like the fun color the hair stylist puts on them when they get their hair cut! HAHAHA! The color does sound lovely! Joanne knows to check with your schedule. Love, Lizardmom

If you have the opportunity to snag a bag or two of Bilar (or däck) for G, that would be sweet (literally!) but if not, don't worry. He couldn't come up with anything else that he wanted.

I think I'll e-mail you my phone numbers so you can call me when you're set up in your hotel and know how the work scene is going to be. We're still very flexible.

Bilar are no problem! :) And yes, I will send you mine as well, right before I leave. Super squee!

G probably has visited the website Ahlgrens bilar and knows all about the current selection? Bilar, däck, skyltar, tomteslädar (!) and chokladlackade (!!) bilar. The sleighs may be sold out, it was a Christmas special.


There you are! I was starting to get worried...

I honestly think I would be BESIDE myself if I met the luminous BP and my girl crush, Christina, all in the same swoop. It would be big. I would probably be capable of soaring off of high buildings or something. I know they are so excited about meeting YOU, the sweetest Lizardek. I can't wait to read all about it!

(And BEAN! I mean, you get to meet BEAN!) (And the dogs! All the dogs!)

I'm a yeller when I watch sports, especially in person. I mean, I don't get profane or anything, but I just get so swept up and the next thing I know I'm yelling, "CRUSH HIM! HURT HIM!" It's probably better for everyone that I don't really DO sports, you know?


p.s. The tubby minister? In wings? Oh dear. What was he thinking?

He was being a cherub on his way to deliver some good news...illustrating how the Angel Gabriel delivered the news to Mary about her impending birth. I thought of you, actually. I knew you would have gotten a giggle out of it. I couldn't even look at Anders, I was afraid I'd bust out laughing. It was a children's service at our local congregation house. Our kids are part of the weekly after-school group so they sang a couple of songs...and then we all had waffles. :)

And I KNOW! I am TOTALLY beside myself already! Now if I could only get you and Marilyn and Wee and Sheryl and Rée and good lord it would be a huge party if I could get everyone I want to see together all at the same time! :D

Hey, London Simon did that ad :)

I'm so happy that you're so happy :)

No way, really? How cool! It was awesome, AND it made me laugh.

Yes, he's the planner on it. He does my role on that brand, so didn't come up with the whole ad but more the thinking behind it and probably, knowing him, even the initial idea of the ad.

give her a huge hug?

hell woman, you're gonna get to ply her with alcohol and see if she can do impersonations . ..


Re: give her a huge hug?

LOL! I'm not very practised at plying people with alcohol, but I bet she can do impressions....and I bet YOU can, toO! :D

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