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One of my FB friends who is also a colleague commented at work this week that he couldn't believe how many books I read. "Do you REALLY read that many books? You read like one a day!" he exclaimed. "I don't watch TV.* I read 139.5 books last year," I replied, and left him gaping. I'm reading comfort books right now: just finished The Dark is Rising series and now have started on James Herriott's All Creatures Great & Small. I suspect it's because I need to find comfort anywhere I can these days, when worry fills so much of my mental landscape.

It's Anders' birthday today. :) I woke up at 5:25 a.m. and knew instantly that he was already awake. The man barely sleeps, I swear. His alarm usually goes off at 6 but mine doesn't normally go off until 6:45 so even though I rolled over and stuck my head under my pillow for another half hour, it's been a long day. At 6 I got up and snuck out, knowing he was STILL awake and pretending not to notice my sneakiness, and woke up the kids and then we came marching in with presents, singing happy birthday to him. This waking up of the birthday boy/girl is a Swedish tradition and not one I care for, honestly, what with the getting up early part. I suspect part of it is also my cultural inclination to have to wait to open presents until evening thus heightening the anticipation to a near frenzy. :P Anyway, my Swedie is another year better :) Happy birthday, honey! I love you!

When I came home from work today, there was a little package waiting for me. Hrm, I thought, what could that be? I haven't ordered anything, and it's not MY birthday. Turns out it was a blog friend being thoughtful and darling, as usual: Bethany sent me orange/lime Tic-Tacs because she somehow knows that I love the (have I written about them or something? it sure made me giggle!) orange ones and thought I'd like the lime ones, and she's right: I love them, too. Thank you, Bethany!

4 things I am wishing for right now:
  • That my friends will conquer their illnesses and be better
  • That bezigebij and jackiejj would come and turn my yard into a garden
  • That my dearest, oldest friend will make it over this summer for our reunion in the Netherlands**
  • That the sun will come out tomorrow! Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there'll be sun!
Meg did another of her Friday Love Lists and I thought: Fun! Just what I needed. Something fun to think about, though I tweaked the list a bit. Play along, won't you? My answers are first in the comments. :)
  1. Song you love
  2. Book you love
  3. Type of cuisine you love
  4. Beverage you love
  5. Cookie you love
  6. Ice cream flavor you love
  7. Place you love to go
  8. Activity you love to do
  9. Place you love to live
  10. Time in your life you loved
  11. Person you love
  12. Body part (your own) that you love
  13. Item of clothing you love most (that you own)
  14. Way of relaxing you love best
Brimming Barrelfuls of Birthday Wishes to the much-missed Sheryl and Belated Birthday Wishes to big_bubba!

*Lie. I often watch TV on Friday nights or Saturday nights for myskväll depending on what's on. Just now it's Talang 2009.
**Ha! Hey Dutchies! Look! I said The Netherlands! Not Holland! Progress!
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mood: hopeful
music: Belle & Sebastian—Ease Your Feet Into the Sea


Comments

Song I love - Build Me Up, Buttercup
Book I love - Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
Type of cuisine I love - Japanese (DUH)
Beverage I love - V8
Cookie you love - Fudge Puddles
Ice cream flavor you love - Caramel Choo Choo (B&J)
Place you love to go - The Netherlands
Activity you love to do - Curl up with a good book
Place you love to live - Chicago
Time in your life you loved - I've loved them all
Person you love - AndersMartinKarin
Body part (your own) that you love - Barky!
Item of clothing you love most (that you own) Black shirt with 3/4-length sleeves
Way of relaxing you love best - SLEEPING IN

OH NO! Now I'm going to have "Build Me Up Buttercup" stuck in my head. As soon as I see the words my inner singer starts up!

Ha! Hey Dutchies! Look! I said The Netherlands! Not Holland! Progress!

They might actually let you into the country now! :-P

Just try and keep me away! :D

**Ha! Hey Dutchies! Look! I said The Netherlands! Not Holland! Progress!

This made me chuckle. And of course /cheer!! ;-)

Happy birthday to Anders! When I was a kid still we had the same tradition in our home to wake up the birthday boy/girl and I must say I kinda liked it. We'd walk in and sing Happy Birthday together and then hand over pressies and such. I think I'll reinstate it once I have my own family!

As long as no cameras come out, I manage :D

top o' my head answers :)

1. Song you love - 'Suzanne' by Leonard Cohen
2. Book you love - 'The Teddy Bear' by David McPhail (a children's book that I can't read aloud w/o choking up)
3. Type of cuisine you love - only one? Okay...Greek!
4. Beverage you love - coffee
5. Cookie you love - the white chocolate/dried cranberry/ginger ones I make.
6. Ice cream flavor you love - chocolate peanut butter
7. Place you love to go - my favorite coffeehouse
8. Activity you love to do - peoplewatch
9. Place you love to live - my current city
10. Time in your life you loved - age 6
11. Person you love - Mom :)
12. Body part (your own) that you love - my calves
13. Item of clothing you love most (that you own) - my brother's black zip-up sweater
14. Way of relaxing you love best - the jacuzzi

Re: top o' my head answers :)

I think I need your cookie recipe, STAT!

1. Song you love~Ocean of Mercy by Jaya Lakshmi
2. Book you love~Pigs in Heaven
3. Type of cuisine you love~too many to choose/vegan
4. Beverage you love~Ginger tea
5. Cookie you love~peanut butter chocolate chip
6. Ice cream flavor you love~Currently strawberry
7. Place you love to go~Hawaii, or visiting my chicklets
8. Activity you love to do~Walking with a friend
9. Place you love to live~Eugene, Oregon
10. Time in your life you loved~1974, 1997or8
11. Person you love~my sisterdaughterssonnieceandgoodfriends
12. Body part (your own) that you love~my hands
13. Item of clothing you love most (that you own)~my green cords that are wearing thin at the knee and the butt. I will soon have to retire them and it makes me sad.
14. Way of relaxing you love best~Hot Springs or massage

Isn't it awful when you have to retire a pair of pants you love? My college roommate LP the Great had a pair of green pants that she adored ---she looked awesome in them and inside the waistband was a tiny slip of fabric that said "You Look Beautiful Today". She wore them until the butt and knees were shiny with the years of love.

Yay! I'm so glad you liked the Tic-Tacs (yes, you wrote about loving orange ones a while back... hehe). So, on to more important things:

Song you love - "Prepare to Be Surprised" by Sondre Lerche (Scandinavian goodness! If you like his music, make sure to check out the movie "Dan in Real Life"... or vice versa.)
Book you love - "The Princess Diaries" by Meg Cabot
Type of cuisine you love - Texican
Beverage you love - Strawberry milk
Cookie you love - Girl Scout Samoas (Anyone know how to get them overseas?)
Ice cream flavor you love - Blood orange
Place you love to go - Rome
Activity you love to do - Sleeping. Oh wait, does an activity imply action? Then snowboarding!
Place you love to live - Mainland Venice
Time in your life you loved - My last year of high school
Person you love - Hubbylicious
Body part (your own) that you love - My many-studded ears
Item of clothing you love most (that you own) - Okay, don't laugh: that VS bra with the hundred different strap options. Can we hear it for versatility?
Way of relaxing you love best - Reading alone outside on a summer evening with a big Starbucks frappuccino

I just discovered Sondre Lerche recently and am hunting down more of his stuff. THanks!!!

(Anonymous)

Song I love - Twelveth of Never
Book I love - "All Creatures Great and Small" or Calvin & Hobbes
Type of cuisine I love - Soup
Beverage I love - Amaretto
Cookie I love - my cousin Judy's Crisp & Crunchy Cookies
Ice cream flavor I love -Tie: Haagen Dazs Fleur de Sel & Caramel or B&J's Cherry Garcia
Place I love to go - wherever my Grandkids are
Activity I love to do - Energy Healing
Place I love to live - Bavaria
Time in my life I loved - 1976 to 1982
Person I love - Lizsarahjohnmartinkarinrachelbryce
Body part (my own) that I love - eyes
Item of clothing I love most (that I own)-Scandinavian sweaters
Way of relaxing I love best - watching and listening to the waves on a large body of water
Lizardmom

I'm first! :D hahaa!

(Anonymous)
From Megsie

I am still a hesitant commenter, but I will step out of my lurker comfort zone...

Song you love - "Imagine" by John Lennon
Book you love - The Secret Life of Bees by Gina Prince-Bythewood, although right now I am still loving the Twilight series...I know, I know how unique I am!
Type of cuisine you love - Italian and Mexican (If it didn't say "cuisine" I would have written "junk food.")
Beverage you love - Dr. Pepper
Cookie you love - Freshly baked (still warm) chocolate chip cookies AND My mom's frosted sugar cookies. Yum.
Ice cream flavor you love - Mississippi Mud
Place you love to go - Grand Cayman Island
Activity you love to do - Depends. Reading, knitting, walking in the woods, going out to eat...It varies with my mood.
Place you love to live - Minneapolis
Time in your life you loved - College
Person you love - My husband/children/dog/family/friends
Body part (your own) that you love - Eyes
Item of clothing you love most (that you own) - Pajammas
Way of relaxing you love best - Massage, whirlpool, or vegging out in front of the boob tube (the latter has the most access).

Re: From Megsie

Honestly, there don't seem to be any cookies that don't sound scrumptious :)

ANSWERS

Song you love - Joyful Sign by Girlyman
Book you love - The Twilight Series (mostly Breaking Dawn)
Type of cuisine you love - Sushi
Beverage you love - Raspberry juice
Cookie you love - CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES !!! (maniac laugh)
Ice cream flavor you love - cinnamon
Place you love to go - my grandmas (both of them)
Activity you love to do - bounce on the trampoline
Place you love to live - My home :p
Time in your life you loved - no idea
Person you love - momy
Body part (your own) that you love - eyes
Item of clothing you love most (that you own) - my "homework kills trees" shirt
Way of relaxing you love best - reading:D

Re: ANSWERS

AWWW! I really like your answer to the person you love! :D


Song you love - Isreal Kamakawiwo'ole "Somewhere over the rainbow"
Book you love - just one? Currently Barack Obama "Dreams of my Father"
Type of cuisine you love - American junk food (Fritos! Ding dongs!)
Beverage you love - Iced tea
Cookie you love - Chocolate chip
Ice cream flavor you love - Rocky Road
Place you love to go - My vegetable garden
Activity you love to do - Garden
Place you love to live - Right here
Time in your life you loved - These are the days, but 1984 was ok too
Person you love - MichelleJuneMikael
Body part (your own) that you love - My hair
Item of clothing you love most (that you own) - Fleece pajamas
Way of relaxing you love best - Hot bath

Fritos! with salmon dip. YUM

There will be a time when I go to Sweden, and when that time comes we will talk gardens. Promise.

Tess' sister lives near Vaals.

1. Song you love: There Ain't No Sunshine When You're Gone--Bill Withers
2. Book you love: Paula--Isabelle Illende
3. Type of cuisine you love--Farm to table, fresh, local bistro fare
4. Beverage you love--lattes
5. Cookie you love--baklava
6. Ice cream flavor you love--raspberry sorbet
7. Place you love to go--any bookstore/cafe
8. Activity you love to do--run,write, paint
9. Place you love to live--Italy
10. Time in your life you loved--now.
11. Person you love--T.
12. Body part (your own) that you love--arms, heart.
13. Item of clothing you love most (that you own)--jeans.
14. Way of relaxing you love best--in a quite (clean) house, writing.

An early birthday, eh? Hum. Do you get to go to bed early then, too?
Happy belated to Anders.

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