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My stomach was so upset with nerves before my doctor's appointment this afternoon that I seriously thought I would throw up. All for a little lump! I got there early and the doctor was an older man, a bit bear-like, with a kindly expression. It was the fastest I've ever been felt up in my life. :D He examined me and then said that he couldn't really feel anything that warranted worry: "nothing dangerous," he said. But he's scheduling me for a mammogram just to be sure. I feel much better, I have to say.

Tomorrow is my last day of work before a month-long vacation. Today was the last day of school for the kids. Tomorrow Anders is leaving for 3 days to participate in the Vätternrundan bicycle ride up north in Sweden. It's 300 kilometers (186 miles) and his start time is 3:30 a.m. on Saturday morning! There are 18,000 cyclists registered this year. They cycle around Lake Vättern, which is Sweden's 2nd biggest lake. It's not really a race...they don't keep official times or award prizes to winners, though participants can keep track of their own times, thanks to the special chips they receive for the ride.

Even though next week is the first week of vacation, it is as busy as a "real week". Tomorrow after work I'm taking the kids out for sushi (what else?). Saturday Karin has a soccer match in the morning and a birthday party (in Malmö) in the afternoon and the kids and I are going to a grill party in the evening. Monday I'm going to to help a friend organize her home in the face of impending blindness. Tuesday I'm having lunch with Carol's parents and dinner with brief_therapy whom I haven't seen in far too long. Wednesday I'm (hopefully) going to see a friend & colleague who just had a baby, Thursday my brother & Simone arrive, Friday is midsummer and a party with friends and Saturday we are going up north to Sotens Fiskeby for a week of actual relaxing vacation and some canoeing and hiking and biking and sightseeing, weather permitting. Points to those who figure out WHICH day in the calendar madness listed above actually has nothing planned in it.

Weather?! Listen up! PERMIT ALREADY.

I'm feeling pretty good about things, despite the apparent crazyness of that schedule. After we get back from up north, we have a few days here at home and then we're going down to Holland for a week where 4 of my junior high girlfriends are gathering for a mini-reunion. My best and oldest friend Becky among them: HURRAY! I see her so seldom, it's like Christmas in July that she's coming!

AND I booked tickets today for my work trip to the States this fall: 2 weeks in September. Sadly, I will just miss the Squam Art Workshops (organized by the incredible woman and friend formerly and forever known as Bluepoppy) by a week, but my mom is making plans to come with me as she's done the past 2 times and I'm just thrilled about the whole thing.

Sugar Cinnamon Butter Birthday Wishes to Jeanine and Heather and anniz and A BONANZA BUNDLE OF BELATED ONES need to be given to jes6ica!!

*Title from a quote by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
mood: relieved
music: Mental As Anything—If You Leave Me, Can I Come Too?


Always better safe than sorry -- so three cheers for mammography! Your post particularly resonates, as I've been home this week helping my husband recuperate from a mastectomy and the removal of numerous lymph nodes, for breast cancer. (Yes, you read that right.) He's doing great, but as you might imagine, I'm on a big Breast Health Awareness kick right now...

And three cheers for bike rides (except I'm glad it's not me getting up that early), and parties, and midsummer (already?!? eek!), and canoes, and friends (especially, always, friends). Hope you have a spectacular week! :-)

Aaah, that poor guy! He needs a heart pillow! I'm glad to hear he's doing so well and recovering.

I'm glad to hear he wasn't worried Liz.

Do you know how Marie is?

As far as I know she's better, but busy, and out on the boat. :)

There's a lot on your plate but I'm grateful that your anxiety is passing. Going with everything is going to turn out fine and I'm going to stick with that.

A good philosophy!

From Megsie

Woooo Hoooo! I am so happy! Your plans sound so fun....

It is a bummer that you will miss the fall SAW, but I bet your trip back home will be wonderful none the less.

Once again: Woooo Hoooo!


HA! You so funny!

Glad to hear the doctor appointment brought you some peace. Now, let me know if your September visit has any holes in it. I am hoping to see my favorite band in the Boston area in the later part of the month and will likely be around in general. Plus, it's always lovely down at my house then and you and Lizardmom are more than welcome if you feel like it, it's under two hours and accessible by train.

I will definitely let you know! We will probably go up to see Christina the 4th/5th and my mom said my aunt & uncle want to see me, too, but I will let you know the plans once we get closer. I get there on a Saturday so maybe that Sunday is a possibility :)



Ding ding ding, we have a winner! Now you've gotten the Facebook, when are you getting an LJ ???!!!


Glad the lump was nothing to worry about. Do let us know how the mammogram goes. Your first week of "vacation" is more than I do in a month! Have a lovely vacation, and schedule some time for relaxing ;)


Oops, the above is from me :o)


Taking a deep breath before reading this entry and whoo! I feel like I can let it out now! Let's cast off any further anxiety now, shall we? Who needs that? I'm happy for you!

Yes, life IS good!

~ sherry

Casted! :D

I am also beezy beezy veeery beezy. And glad that a dinner date with you is in my very near future. And very relieved that I did not have a brainfart and miss it because it was this week and not next week.

But mostly really really glad to hear that the doctor didn't thing your boobies were anything to get excited about. :-P

Haaa! Right after he finished talking to me about my breasts, while I was still sitting there with no top on, he started talking about his daughter who lives in NY and his trip to visit her this summer blah blah, "go ahead and get dressed" or anything. :D

Also, I don't think we nailed down a time! What time??

Edited at 2009-06-12 08:37 pm (UTC)

I can leave work whenever I want. You had an appointment before dinner as I recall. So you say when you can / want to be there and I'll hop on the appropriate bus.

My appoint is from 3 to 4, and Anders ought to be home from work around 5 so I can meet you at, say 5:30? Is that awfully late for you? Otherwise, I can leave the kids for half an hour and meet you at 5 instead :)

5:30 is fine - I'll hop on a bus att 4:30 and see you there. Um. Where? Some sushi place near Lund Centralen right?

Tabemono :) It's in a little courtyard directly off the central bus station square. Here's a link to the map where it is.

Wow. You are busy. (As always, right?)
So glad the boob thing was nothing.
Have a great vacation, all parts of it.

As always, But today? NO PLANS!

Thank you for the birthday wish.

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