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I got shot in the arm this evening. I have to say, I've been sort of dreading getting the H1N1 vaccination...I never get flu shots, I have always just taken my chances, but I guess something about a) the fact that if I did get sick with it, it would be 2-3 weeks of illness versus (hopefully) 1-2 days of potential side effects from the shot and b) how can you say no to getting a vaccination that the country you live in has bought for every single one of its residents? Not only did they do that, they also took the time to make up schedules for every person in the country AND send them a personalized letter of appointment to come in and get it. It would just be churlish to refuse, don't you think?

Also, don't you think churlish is a word that should be used more often? What a great word! Where have all the churls gone? Long time passing.

"Getting vaccinated" was my to-do list item for today, and since after I came home and fed the kids dinner while Anders was at IKEA picking up Martin's bookcase, they have all three gone to Scouts, leaving me in sole possession of the house for the next hour and a half, I suddenly find myself at loose ends. I'm not bored, like I was momentarily the other day (and by the way, thanks for the fun questions!), but I'm not feeling very motivated, though there are a ton of things I could no doubt be doing. I suspect that what I will do, once I have finished this post, is go Christmas shopping online, and get some of my first family presents dealt with.

We went to IKEA on Sunday, the first time we have braved the new behemoth of a store that opening not too long ago in Malmö. It's terrifyingly huge, and crowded and damned confusing. Luckily, we knew what we wanted and Martin turned out to be a whiz at reading the floor plan map and keeping us oriented, so we were able to get in and get out rather quickly. He now has a new desk slab (a 2-shelf affair that hooks onto the frame of his loft bed), a new dresser and the aforementioned bookcase. He is still in need of new bedding, curtains, and a rug. I have not posted photos because I have not taken any yet...the OCD in me wants the room to be FINISHED before I show off its magnificence to the world.

Plus, the other evening, when Anders was done painting the trees, I went to get his Nikon out of the camera bag, where it reposed, lens down in its padded pocket and upon lifting it up discovered that the lens was completely smashed. IN THE BAG. Anders had no idea how something could have happened to it while in the bag, but there it is.

Have you started your Christmas shopping? Please don't tell me you're done!

Cool stuff: Food flags and Bio-Diversity

Bubbly Burbly Bountiful Birthday Wishes to gnostraeh! And a bundle of belated ones to dbrus and Megsie!
mood: relaxed
music: Phil Wickham—Home

From Megsie

Thank you for the birthday wishes:) I am not done with my shopping, but I have begun. I went to the Mall of America to purchase a birthday present. While I was there I picked up one Christmas present, even though I know that I am going to have to go back to that god-forsaken place again before Christmas. I hate going there. It is HUGE, and CROWDED and I am always in fear that I will forget where I parked or something. My goal this year is to buy things that do NOT need assembling. I will let you know how that turns out. Now, I have to go make some Thanksgiving Grub, even though I don't really WANT to...once I start it will all be fine.

Re: From Megsie

Just the idea of the Mall of America scares me...if I have a hard time at IKEA, I can't even imagine what that must be like! :D hahaha! Actually, I would probably LOVE it, considering what a shopping fool I am whenever I am in the States.

I spent a good time online shopping tonight and my sister's entire family is DONE! I love Amazon.

Re: From Megsie

Ah, you rub it in... I got the mashed potatoes and scalloped corn made, does that count?

ps I love Amazon too :)

Re: From Megsie

Scalloped corn? RECIPE, please!!

Re: From Megsie

Here it is, it is one of my favorites. I was going to do a picture thing with this on my own blog for today, but couldn't figure out how to get the pictures on the blog, and didn't have time to mess with it anymore. Enjoy!

Scalloped Corn

1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
1 Tablespoon flour
1 Tablespoon sugar
Soda Crackers to top + butter to top

Combine drained corn and melted butter. Add Milk and beaten egg. In separate bowl, combine flour and sugar. Fold into corn mixture--stir. Pour into a shallow casserole pan. Top with crushed soda crackers, then scatter small pats of hard butter on top of the crackers. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot.

I double this recipe.

Re: From Megsie

YUM! I will totally have to see if I can find soda crackers here. Can I ask what size can corn you use? Or how many it serves?

Re: From Megsie

Happy Thanksgiving Liz :)

The can is 14.5 or 15 oz. and the double recipe serves 6-8 people.

Hope you had a good day, and have fun at your Thanksgiving party on Saturday.

Glad that you got vaccinated without any problem or long waiting time. I agree, I also think it's quite amazing that they have bought vaccine for the whole country!

Only a very little pain in the arm today, and a bit of a headache which Advil took care of in the afternoon. :)


Isn't online shopping such a boon? I love it for all of our US family, and have just started shipping books to us from the bookdepository too (free shipping to Prague, be still my beating heart!) so at least the book bit of our Christmas is done. Nothing else though, really!

What are you up to for Thanksgiving? We've got three dinners coming up, and I'm expecting to be totally sick of turkey by next Monday! (But not cranberry sauce, ever, yum).


We are hosting our annual potluck on Saturday for a group of good friends who are all American/Swedish couples (except one). On Thursday I'm going to our annual wreathmaking course in the evening, after a dentist appointment (BAH).

what a shame about the camera lens. don't plan to get a H1N1 shot. i've never had a flu shot...but haven't had the flu for a decade...and can't even remember when it had before then. looking forward to seeing the completed room. (and thx for your comment on my post.) ;)

We're doing some major cleaning Saturday morning for the party, so hopefully I'll remember to take photos of the rooms then!

I often wonder if the Swedish view IKEA the way Americans view Wal-Mart... as in, that get-everything store you run to when you need light bulbs (as opposed to the exotic European-chic shopping mecca we make a special trip to once a year). Actually, I think we're going to be making a record-breaking THIRD run to IKEA this year from some Christmas gift accessories. Rumor has it that a new branch will be opening only 20 minutes from us, and it will be so nice not to have to drive 2 hours for those light bulbs anymore. :)

It's not exactly a Wal-Mart, since it's ONLY home furnishings & accessories, but I do know Swedes who go there to get lightbulbs, tea lights and napkins.


We stop by for their smoked salmon and delicious cookies too, not to mention cranberry sauce.


Thanks for the birthday wishes!

I vote with you on the word churlish. In fact, there arre several words that I think should be used more often. In recent month I have been making a concerted effort to use "drat" as much as possible. I must admit, that is mostly in my LJ. It seems a little more difficult to be speaking the word "drat" but I have upon a couple of occasions. People do look askance at me.

There is a veritable plethora of good words that are used much too seldom!

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