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Today, in its loosely defined state of 33 hours awake so far, involved 3 airplanes, 9 hours total of layover/airport-wait time and a train, plus two 50-pound suitcases.

I am very glad to be home.

Things I boggled at, the short list: The Butt Hut (bwahahahaha!), ketchup-flavored potato chips, THE PRICES, the fact that I spent an hour and a half in the bookstore and came away with ONE BOOK for myself, the amount of strip malls in America, the variety of goodies on the market with Reese's name on them.

Things I wanted to eat while in the States and did: Chicken Artichoke Scallopini at Macaroni Grill, pumpkin pie, Fritos and salmon dip

Things I wanted to eat while in the States and didn't: pumpkin ice cream, soup at Panera

Things I had never eaten before that I was introduced to this trip, that were really good: Barbeque pulled pork sandwiches, my brother-in-law's famous homemade pizza

Hair Color I was surrounded by all week which made me insanely envious: GOLDEN COPPERY RED - my sister, her newlywed husband, their daughter, their son

Something that made me go Hmmmm: When I moved to Sweden, I remember thinking how very strange it was that at any event, the people arriving go around the room and shake hands, introducing themselves to everyone who has already arrived. Now, being back in the States (after 11 years of indoctrination), and being at a party, it strikes me as incredibly rude that people don't do that as a matter of course.

So many happenings and things and impressions and people (hi Rée!) this past week that my head is an absolute whirl. Awhirl.

I expect I shall collapse and sleep like the dead any moment now, and since I have to work tomorrow I should probably set about making my collapse as comfortable as possible, so hasta la vista, babies, more later!
mood: exhausted
music: airplane engine tinnitus


Welcome home. I missed you.


Aw thanks!! I am glad to be back!

Glad to hear you are home safe. It sounds like you had a very enjoyable trip, if a bit of culture-shock (after 11 years...what a surprise!) ;)

I am looking forward to pumpkin pie this year, as always. I think you missed out on the pumpkin ice cream tho... yum! I like the gingerbread and candycane ice cream too, although usually Fall is the only time I can find it.

Peaceful rest, Liz! :)

YUM! I've never had either of those, but I bet they are delicious. Maybe I should buy my husband an icecream maker for Xmas...hmmmmm...

Welcome home! I've missed you!!

Ditto! :)


aaaah ketchup potato chips....yeah, they have them here(hadn't seen them in the states). I think they sound gross!

You never had a pulled-pork sandwhich!!! *gasp* I miss them!

Now I am hungry.

Welcome back!!!

I guess I'm too much of a yankee! :)

ooh fiddle, that was me, Nicole. I forgot to sign it.

At last, at last, reading my friends list. It's 2:30 a.m. but I'm here. Sounds like you had an interesting time. I hope it was wonderful. That trip home across oceans is hard, though.

It sure is, harder every time, I think!

Interesting observation about the party behavior. At first I was really thrown by the Swedish habit of introducing themselves because I thought it meant I was expected to *remember* who everyone was. Once I realized there would be no quiz later, I was much more comfortable with the practice. But I still think Americans are better at mingling with strangers than Swedes are. Sven and Anna may introduce themselves to you when they arrive, but that's often the only interaction you'll have with them the entire night.

Not always, but there is sure some truth in what you say :)

Welcome back Liz! You already had pumpkin pie! WOW. I guess it is time for that now.
Get some rest and then get back to us, so we can start working on that hundred comment post.

And it was GOOOOOD! I miss pumpkin pie!!

Welcome home! I hope there was some Halloween candy amongst those 50 pounds. ;-)

3 giant bags full, but sadly, it's all for the AWC Halloween party.

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