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It's Sunday morning, the 4th and last day of a long weekend. I was just realizing that the reason it's a long weekend in America is because it's Memorial Day weekend, while the reason why it's a long weekend here in Sweden is because of Ascension Day. Strange.

The sun keeps trying to come's been up and down and hiding and peeping all weekend. We're back to the "wait-5-minutes" typical Swedish weather, it seems. I'm really hoping that the sunshine sticks around or at least comes back full force when my brother comes at the end of June, but midsummer weather is notoriously chancy around here, so keep your fingers crossed. We'll be canoeing and camping for 2-3 days and if it's pouring rain I may just have to kill someone.

The kids and I went to see the new Star Trek movie last night and thoroughly enjoyed it, though I suspect that I liked it much more than they did simply because of having so much more of the background story. It made me miss my dad terribly as I grew up watching the original show with him. Now I'm getting bombarded with Star Trek questions and I don't have the answers, because even though I watched the original, that was it. I never got into the successive shows or saw any of the other movies and I was flabbergasted to read that this was the ELEVENTH Star Trek movie...I stopped paying attention somewhere around 4 or 5, apparently.

I've spent a great deal of time this weekend gathering and printing out photos of my friend Carol from various AWC events over the years and am now mounting them into a photo album for her daughter. I'll be taking it with me to the funeral on Friday. I'm not looking forward to that, at all. In any way, whatsoever. I've also been editing her blog content into book form to eventually be printed and given to her family. It's a lot of work (especially since it's photo-heavy) but I feel really good about doing it. I'm planning to do this for another friend as well, but am trying to make a dent in Carol's first.

This weekend has been all about projects and getting things done, since we haven't had any real plans. Anders has been working on the car, and is out bicycle-training this morning. I still have a long list of things to get done today, so need to get my nightgowned butt into the shower and get started.

Conversation With the Kids
Karin: I never have dreams. I don't think I dream.
Liz: Everyone dreams, honey. It's just that you don't remember them.
Karin: No, I don't think so. I really don't have any.
Liz: You must have an off switch, then!
Martin: Too bad it only works at night.
mood: busy
music: Girlyman—Speechless


I'm sure Carol's family will greatly appreciate your efforts. I don't envy you the task, though!

It's okay, actually. I'm over the worst of the shock, I think.

So sorry to hear about your friend. A hard thing to go through, i know. The blog book sounds like a huge undertaking. That was very kind of you.

(Then Martin's comment made me laugh)

She was only blogging since last July so it's a bit less than a year's worth. Martin's commment made me laugh, too :D

From Megsie

Good morning! I think you are such a kind and thoughtful person, it is wonderful that you are working on such meaningful gifts for your friend's family, especially her kids. I thought of you a lot this weekend while reading my bookclub book "The Middle Place" by Kelly Corrigan. The book had a happy ending, but it was so poignant. It made me think about illness and family and death and how to cope with the unthinkable. I hope these projects give you some therapy while you are working on them.

Re: From Megsie

I'll check out the book, sounds interesting!

And here I sit in my nightgowned butt!

It is very nice what you are doing for Carol's family. You are a gem!
Hopefully you can consider we (bloggers) are there with you in spirit on Friday.

nightgowned butts unite! hahahaah! :D

they even referred to the latest star trek series that didnt do so well...enterprise. i want to see it again so i can catch all the references..haha

long weekends are nice :)

They are awfully nice. I love them. I wish there were more of them. In fact, I wish they were ALL long :D

Is "Martin" the Swedish word for hilarious? Because that kid cracks me UP.

LOL! Try living with him! Between his smartass comments and Karin's hilarious antics, I'm constantly giggling!

Good, good you for doing good things for Carol's family. Hang in there. Be well. The weather will change.

It sure will...every 5 minutes :)


Edgar Cayce said that a one word reply to a qusestion of why someone didn't remember their dreams- "negligence!". Tell Karin that in order to remember dreams it is important to set the intent before going to sleep that you WILL remember your dreams when you awake. And, then don't move when you wake, but review them before stirring - or then put herself back into the same position she was in when she awoke and they often will return to your memory. But, I sure laughed at Martin's comment.
Wonderful memories you are creating for Carol's daughter - a perfect way to honor your friend. As for Friday- concentrate on the wonderful memories that you have and remember that she is in a place of all Peace, Love and Joy. Love, Lizardmom

She might be in a place of peace, love and joy, but I know she didn't want to be there. She wasn't done here :(

I've never seen any of the Star Trek movies. I guess there was this big lapse between when I was a kid watching the show and when the first movie came out.

Your conversations with your kids crack me up.

I think I've seen maybe 1 of them...maybe. I can't remember, so it didn't make much of an impression. And they crack me up too. :)

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