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There were some topics gnawing at me earlier but they have left off and moved on. Instead you get this: bits! Would it be better with bullets? Does it sound weird to say just bullets instead of bulletPOINTS? Did you understand me anyway or do I do too many PowerPoint presentations at work?


We have 1 present left to purchase for the kids, and Karin has 1 present left to purchase for her grandparents, and we have 1 birthday present left to purchase for Anders' mom. I don't know if Anders is done with his shopping for me. He just smiles and looks mysterious. He has already wrapped one thing and put it under the tree, but he showed me the label first because he was so proud of it: Merry XO-mas to Liz (Merry KISS-mas, get it?) Hee!


Yesterday, when I left work, I was done with all the current things on my task list, and my action folder was empty as was my inbox. I thought to myself, "I might actually be bored tomorrow at work." BWAHAHAHAHA! Fat chance! I fired up my PC this morning only to see the emails and requests come flying BULLETS. Aimed at me! *sigh*


Imagine my surprise yesterday, while still at work, and checking my home email just before getting ready to leave for the day, to receive a Facebook friend request from "Karin Slaughter-Ek" 10-year-old daughter appears to have renamed herself! She also appears to have added 5 years to her age and be attending a college, how strange. So we had THE facebook talk when we got home. And upon checking the rules for FB accounts, it turns out that minimum age limit is 13. So we continued the talk and segued into the ethics of dishonesty and how it follows you around, especially if you put it out there on the internet. Once you create an account with a fake age, you can't change it. So she decided to de-activate it and wait. Pats on the back & praise all around! She has a lot of classmates and friends her age that have (faked) FB accounts, so it wasn't an easy thing for her to decide. She wants in on the action. Urgh.


Martin's class (the oldest at the school) performed yesterday evening at Holmby church in the annual Lucia pageant. They had a Lucia procession up the aisle, with his classmate Hilda as Lucia and all the girls dressed in white and the boys dressed in white as well (several of them, including Martin, with the rather silly traditional starboy caps), and all of them holding lit candles. Lucia's crown included SIX lit candles. As they marched up the aisle singing, I had a moment of panic for how close some of those clutched candles were to the long hair of the girls in front of them but they all made it safely to the front of the church.

Before the performance started, I actually found myself having to squash an appalled reaction to the noise level and rambunctiousness going on among all the kids present. The church was full of schoolkids and their parents and siblings, standing room only along both sides and it was LOUD. Even this completely non-churchy person was taken aback by the complete lack of reverence shown for our surroundings. I know Swedes are not very religious at all, but if this is the kind of attitude displayed, why bother making a point of having this show at the church? I kept wanting to stand up and exclaim something to the effect of "You're in God's House, people! Settle the hell down!" At which point I giggled madly to myself and Anders asked me what I was laughing at, which just set me off again.

The sixth graders sang several songs and then a small choir of younger children sang 4 songs and then the whole audience sang along to another handful of carols. Halfway through the performance, Martin abruptly left the stage and went to the front row and apparently sat down. A few minutes later 2 of the teachers scurried with him out the corner door. We couldn't tell what had happened since we were so far back and we couldn't get out of the pew we were sitting in the middle of without making a huge scene so we just sat there, craning our necks, trying to see what had become of him. I figured he'd either gotten stage fright or felt light-headed and I figured he wouldn't come back because he would think it was too embarrassing. But he did! Yay! He came back at the end of one song and got his candle back from the kid next to him and finished the performance. Afterwards, we found out that he had thought he was going to faint from the warmth and had gone to sit down and the teachers had taken him out for some fresh (and very cold) air. Whew!


Coveting: Beautiful, customizable family trees

Cool as All Get Out: Stop motion artistry at its finest

Almost makes me wish my kids were small again: Crankypants!

Snowy Sparkly Blowy Birthday Wishes to Sam!


It snowed today: fat and fluffy flakes. The ground is coated just barely with sparkling white but it's raining now. *sigh* I was momentarily excited at the news Anders passed along that according to the experts we have the best chance in 10 years to have a white Christmas. HOLDING THUMBS! CROSSING FINGERS! (both of which will make it difficult to wrap presents, much less finish typin
mood: cheerful
music: Bobby Helms—Jingle Bell Rock


I wish I had your job. Sounds more in line with what I like to do than I ever seem to get a chance to do. You're lucky! :)

Here it has snowed all day long. There is so much snow now. So pretty! :)


Not just lucky, Mia...worked toward it :) Took classes, pushed to do this. You can do it, too!!


I took classes too... Several of them, studying half time, working full time for years and years! :)

But have you seen job ads lately in this field? 20 years experience, university degrees, and preferably below 30 years old...

But I'm trying! :)


Kind of hard to have 20 years of experience and be under 30 years...but yes, I know there isn't much out there right now. But don't give up hope!! I was a marketing coordinator for a long time (doing basically this same thing)...those jobs are easier to find :)


Haha I remember a job I applied for just to get some "work experience". It was a temp job for a month at Skansen doing layout and PR stuff. A temp job. For one (1) month.

I thought I would have a chance. Those with 20 years of experience and degrees and under 30 wouldn't want a temp job for only a month...

They got 250 applicants for that job!! I got as far as a reply that they found a candidate for the job, but still found my application interesting so they would keep my letter for future needs... Yeah right...

But I'm never giving up! :)

When I said you were lucky - I of course didn't mean you got your job because of only luck! You are great at it! :) I just mean that you are lucky in general in life to be able to work with something you enjoy and where you can use your skills.

I have had jobs like that but they were too good to be true - they didn't last. :(


Isn't it a nice thing, though, that she wanted to friend you first? :)

Hahaha! Yes! Yes, it was :) although I wasn't her FIRST friend. :D


What delightful tidbits to share! Especially The Facebook Caper! :0 I loved the Crankypants- now to find some wee ones to dress! Love, Lizardmom

Aren't those crankypants awesome!! If John & Simone had a baby, I'd be all over those!

From Megsie

Oh, my...the facebook talk. I am NOT looking forward to that. Sounds like she made a very grown up decision, though. (With a little help.) The performance sounds so beautiful, I am sorry that it was so loud. That ruins it for the rest of the crowd for sure. I was worried about Martin when he got pulled out, so I am glad it was just the heat. He is so smart to know when he needs to sit down. I think my kids would be scared they would get in trouble. And he came back! Good for him!

I am still jealous that you are so close to being done with the Christmas tasks. I feel like I am stuck in the middle, but tomorrow I have ALL DAY so I will make a dent then! xo

Re: From Megsie

It wasn't the performance that was loud, it was the audience beforehand. It was unreal. Like everyone was at a big party. And I was proud of both my kids, too: Karin for her grownup decision and Martin for coming back. :)

And don't be jealous! I still have things to do!

Having my snow and not at the same time!

When I moved to TN this year, I traded snowy WI for every once in a while snow TN. Back in WI, they had a blizzard-like snow storm (okay, I believe it was a blizzard with 14 inches). Here in TN, we've had one snow fall that just barely coated the ground and was gone with in hours. Within hours! This is my first non-snow season in... I can't count! But... I am going to visit my family in MO for almost a week. They do have snow! A week v.s. a season? Nice trade, don't you think? :)

Re: Having my snow and not at the same time!

14 inches! Wow! I remember those makes me miss the Midwest! :) Last year it snowed twice long enough to dust the ground both times and it melted pretty much right away, so I'm really wishing for some better results this year. Dark and sodden and rainy is SO 2008.


Candles and hair always worry me too! Kids are so blithe about the combo.

Good for the kids and here's hoping all those projects get whisked away done by early Friday! Are you taking off all of next week? I've still got some content to write for a website, and meetings to go to, but I'm soo close to being done for the year it is quite exciting. (Done with work I should add ;-)


nope, no time off except for the actual holiday days, but I get two long weekends in a row and then a week off, so it's okay :)

I like bits, and kudos to Karin for honesty!

I like them, too. Even if they're not bullets! :D

Karin on Facebook

I feel bad for Karin. There should be a kids version of facebook. When I was her age, I would come home and call my friends on the telephone. She shouldn't be denied today's mode of communication because she's under 13. Facebook needs to step up!


Re: Karin on Facebook

I totally agree with you!! Can't you and Russell rustle something up between you?? :P

I saw Karin over there in the sidebar on Facebook and thought 1) hmm, I didn't think you guys had hyphenated the kids' names and 2) Ack! she isn't old enough to be here! I'm glad you were able to talk her into holding off.

She told me a few weeks ago that she wants to take my name too and hyphenate. Why anyone would VOLUNTEER for the last name Slaughter is beyond me! :D


It's cooler than Ek! LOL!


I thought I commented on this post but apparently this is where I left off last week on my friend's page, lazy blog friend that I am of late.
I managed to use "churlish" in a conversation this week though, so that should redeem me.

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