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This week has been full. Stuffed full. Crammed full. Proppmätt, as they say in Swedish, though that usually has to do with your stomach and not your calendar. Life is ALWAYS full, it seems. Remember those long, lovely, boring days of summer when you were a child and there was nothing to dooooooooooo? Yeah, I dont either.

Early Saturday morning I'm flying to Boston via Amsterdam (with only a 1.5 hour layover, eek!) for 2 weeks of working at our US office. If I wasn't able to take this trip for work, it would have been over 3 years since I was last in the States. It's just so prohibitively expensive to get there with 4 people these days. It's very frustrating because ideally I'd like to get back no more than every year and a half at the most. Late last week, someone asked me if I was ready to go, and holy crap, I was SO NOT ready. Now? I'm totally geared up and putting the finishing touchs on my preparations in addition to everything else that is going on.

This week, as usual, I've had something to do every single evening and day but for the most part they have all been good things, including a massage, the AWC meeting, book group, a lunch with friends, a dinner with Camilla, sushi, good workouts, SUNSHINE, a gift certificate from the club, and getting al lthe umpty-million things on my to-do list crossed off. I only have a couple of things left: print my boarding pass, PACK, order a taxi, get the flea market stuff out to the curb before I leave for the airport and spend a couple of hours tomorrow evening helping the village sports organization with the flea market preparations as part of our duties as the parents of a kid who plays soccer for said organization. Too bad I won't be here to actually shop at the flea market but the compensation of being able to shop in the UNITED STATES far makes up for it! :D

My nephew is going to be okay...he does have the kidney valve (renal reflux) problem and will have to have surgery to correct that now, but his kidney function was much better than expected so they will not have to worry about dialysis or a transplant until he's an adult, and maybe not even then, depending, AND his sister seems to be okay.

My father-in-law had surgery this morning for a hernia, but I just talked to Anders' mom and it went fine, and he should be home by Saturday.

When I came home from work yesterday, Karin was running a high temp and complaining of a sore throat so we dosed her and medicated and sent her to bed, and I knew there was a pretty good chance I'd have to work from home today. Sure enough, she still had a bit of a fever this morning though it's since disappeared and she seems like she'll be fine for tomorrow.

I am actually a bit sad to be leaving Sweden when it is in the midst of such a streak of grogeous weather. This whole summer has been, simply, fantastic. This morning it was dark and cloudy but by the I got my laptop open and logged in, the sun was brightening and the clouds were gone. It's been blue skies and beautiful all day. The plan for book group tonight is to go down by the beach and have our discussion near the water, which will be perfectly lovely. Even though the book was terrible and everyone will rip it to shreds, which sucks for me since it was one of my recommendations, but that's okay, since I didn't like it either. The sun is shining, shining, shining! and I'm immersed in the beginning of Mark Twain's Autobiography and I'm leaving on a jet plane in just 2 days!

Gigantic, Humungous, Great Big Birthday Wishes to wavebreaker and Belated ones to bondas!
mood: happy
music: Spin Doctors—Jimmy Olsen's Blues


I'm happy to hear all the good health news from the family (Karin's temp aside).

Your trip is going to be awesome, I'm sure of it. Take lots of pics!

:) I hope so!

Thank you!

Don't forget to wave when you're passing through Amsterdam... ;-)

haha! I will, as I race from one end of the airport to the other!


Hey, I know someone in Cambridge who has the next two weeks off! And a new cell phone number. You should see the newlyweds.

And y'know, I would have made the trip east if I hadn't been out of town lately for a wedding...maybe next year.


Poo! Traveling is a cinch...get out there, man!

wow..that long since you were last in the US?? Doesnt seem that long ago!
have a safe trip and dont work too hard while you're'll need all that extra energy for shopping!

NO, no, I was there last April and the year before that I was twice, but 3 of the last 4 visits (including this one, that is) were for work.

ohhh..ok i see...i think i got seems to be my thing lately!

Three years without a trip back! You'll really notice the changes with this trip, especially on the economic front.

No, no, it's not been 3 years for me. I've been back once a year for work the past 3 years, but it HAS been 3 years (3.5!) for my family. :(

Yay for nephews not being as sick as you thought, and yay for Karin fighting off her cold before you have to leave!

Have fun in the States, do some economic stimulation while you're here, would ya? :P

You bet I will! :D


Glad to hear all are responding well to various medical conditions/treatments. And it was only TWO years ago that you were last here, because I rendezvoused with you at your sister's house the day after she got married, remember? (I still lived in my house, but was already on the way out, and I've only been divorced a year since July.) Wish we were able to get together on this trip too, but understand you won't be visiting this area this time. Regardless, hope it's a GREAT trip for you.



It was 2007, wasn't it?! YOu're right. But what I meant was that IF I wasn't going for work (and my sister's wedding), it would have been 3 years since my FAMILY had been over. That's way too long!

I'm salivating here just a bit thinking of the luxury of flying to the States ALONE. No changing diapers in airplane lavatories? No getting strollers and nebulizers through security? Being able to open a book that's not about cheery little animals... AND read it on the flight? :) I hope your trip goes wonderfully! Out of curiosity, what are you looking forward to buying in the U.S.?
P.S. - I think I finally got Open ID to work with my new site. You get to be my test run!


Also, clothes, and possibly some shoes. Also cinnamon red hots, spice cake mixes, and over-the-counter medicines. Plus a couple of cosmetics/toiletries that I still haven't found substitutes for here. :)

Shoes? What kinda shoes? (I have a recent shoe obsession.)

Don't know yet...some comfortable shoes for work, at least ;) and possibly some dress shoes, as I don't have any.

gee, don't you wish I would check my spelling BEFORE I hit "post?"

Have a safe and uneventful flight. You will be leaving Sweden in the gorgeous weather, but it seems to be the season for that wherever we look, so hopefully you won't be disappointed,
So glad your work could accommodate a trip to see your Mom! *teehee*

From Megsie

I think you may already be here, or at least on your way... but I sure hope you have a great time, are you going to see BP? If you do, tell her that I still miss her terribly.

I am happy to hear that everyone seems to be on the mend health-wise. And I truly hope that the sunshine follows you here :)

Let me know what books you buy!

And now I can see why there is so much happy. There's so much to celebrate.

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