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We didn't know we were trapped until early afternoon when we tried to get out. We bundled up and locked the door, turning to face the wind and chill of the winter afternoon, and promptly slid, all 3 of us, barely maintaining our balance on the ice sheet that had covered our driveway, street, and indeed, the entire world around us. So much for driving to Malmö for an afternoon get-together with friends. So much for meeting Carolyn (Marilyn's co-worker, grandmother of Taylor Parker and mother of my friend and fellow AWC member Katie).

I looked down the street and saw nothing but a solid sheet of ice, so we turned around and trooped back inside and I called Katie to give her the bad news. The power went out several times during the course of the afternoon, mostly short blips and sputterings, with one long enough to wreck the PC game I was in the middle of. Anders came home from his all-night hockey-bockey tournament and said he crawled home at a slow speed, afraid to touch the brakes. He'd heard on the radio that there was a pile-up on E22, the highway that leads to couldn't get up the hill and were sliding back down.

The windows on the front of the house look frosted, completely glazed over with ice. So much for going walking today. :( Around dinner time the icy rain finally turned to snow. Yay! Finally! Now the whole world is white with the icing UNDERNEATH.

I hope it lets up long enough for me to drive to Copenhagen airport tomorrow night to fetch my mom, who will be here for 2 days before heading back home.

Yesterday I motored around the house and removed all of the Christmas decorations, piling them on the dining room table. They completely covered it, with not an inch to spare. And that wasn't including the tree ornaments. Anders brought the boxes down from the attic so I could begin to pack things up, though I didn't actually start until today. There are 4 huge boxes and 1 small one, plus the wreath box and 5 advent light boxes. That's a hella lot of decorations. I know it's less than what my sister and mom have though. How many boxes house YOUR decorations? Do I need an intervention?

Updated to add: Karin came home at 10 p.m. after spending the evening with a friend, so excited about the snow that she could hardly breathe. "It's KRAM-SNOW*" she yelled and then pulled on her snow pants and went back outside to play. Anders and I looked at each other and laughed. Martin went out about half an hour later and they are still out there, at 11:00 p.m., happy as clams, having snowball fights and making angels and stomping around in the great expanse of white.

Worth Taking the Time to Watch: The Story of Stuff (thanks to sweet|salty for the link)

*packing snow (literally "hug-snow")
mood: okay
music: HSM2—I Don't Dance


You win, hands down.

I've got only 2 huge-ass boxes...

But maybe your 2 huge-ass boxes are as BIG AS my 4+ >:P

Now letseehere... me boxes are only 2 x 2 x 3 feet....not counting the X'mas treefoot which sits on top of the boxes and X'mas tablecloths & placemats which go into a drawer. X'mas crockery don't get boxed - they've got their own shelf in the kitchen, and juleverksted stuff's got their own shelf in my studio.

Okay, crud. I've totally got you beat. :D

I have one large box that used to house all the decorations except the "adventsljusstaken" (the one with the candles you know?) and the foot for the Christmas tree.

But this year the electrical adventlights for the windows will have to go separately cause they're too big to be in the box. (We bought new for the new house and they are 85 cm tall).

But to answer your question - No I don't think you need an intervention. :-) Go crazy at Christmas!

I forgot I have a box for the tree stand too! :O


8 sterlite large tubs, 1 extra long sterlite tub, 3 wreath boxes one large ornament storage box, two outdoor spiral tree boxes, 2 lights boxes (about 2x3 ),2 boxes for the eight poinsettias I put on the porch,
and assorted other small boxes numbering 7 ( tree stand, xmas windmill, xmas cookie jar etc....) :) I have a need for an intervention!!
oh yeah I forgot the two boxes of solar light snowmen walkway lamps Rachel got me. :P


I KNEW you'd beat me! :D I bet you even beat mom! hahaha!

Oh, bummer about missing Kathie's gathering!

I know!! I thought of you immediately. And she's leaving Tuesday and I have to work, and no way I'll be able to meet her before she leaves. Argh.

I hope you were able to get to Copenhagen without any mishaps. Hi to lizardmom from me!

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