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Spring has been sneaking up on us. We had a beautiful April until the volcano blew and for nearly three weeks we've been shivering and turning up our collars and sneaking betrayed looks at the cloud cover. Today: glorious summer! Though I was at work, head bent to my PC, frantically pounding out task after task, trying to keep abreast of the mountain of work that threatens to slide and consume, so I couldn't really enjoy it properly. Karin called around 3 p.m. asking if she could get the sprinkler out to play with. They put it under the trampoline and then jump around avoiding it: hilarity for eons, that. A beautiful evening and a gorgeous sunset to top it all off with, like pink streaking frosting on my sunshine cake.

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Anders took off after work today with the old Volvo and returned in our new Saab. The kids went screaming out the door as he pulled up: "It's RED! It's RED!" He thinks we're all nuts because we're all so excited by the color. Red cars are COOL. "They get pulled over more often by the cops," my mother, who was on the phone with me at the time, cautioned. "Yeah, yeah," I said, walking out the door to admire its gleaming redness. It's REALLY red. It's fire-engine red. Racing red. RED. Vrroom vroom!

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Cracking Me Up: There is alway social commentary on the milk cartons here in Sweden. They never have photos of missing children that bring you down at breakfast time; no, the dairies here are more concerned with making sure the population is aware of the importance of milk and promoting milk-related activities accompanied by their mascot Kalvin the calf. He sponsors footraces for kids and invites Swedish children to the annual kosläpp each Spring. Literally, that's "cow release" and it celebrates the beginning of the outdoor season for the Swedish milk cows who are let out into the fields and pastures to graze on the freshly grown grass. Cow Slap! we say, and giggle madly each time. I've tried to get my kids interested in attending a kosläpp, to no avail, alas.

This photo, believe it or not, shows just how interested the Swedish population is in the joy of the cows released into the springtime outdoors.

ANYWAY, the current milk carton, in addition to a promotion to "Meet Scanian milk farmers!" has the following interesting invitation printed on the side: Är det något mjölkaktigt du skulle vilja prata med oss om? Kontakta oss... This stopped me in my tracks the other day, while we were eating dinner. Is there something MILKY you would like to talk to us about? I laughed my head off for several minutes, then decided that maybe I wasn't translating mjölkaktigt correctly. Milk-like? Milk-ish? Either way, it made me laugh. Who doesn't have something milky that they would like to talk about? I wonder how many people actually contact them with milk-related questions.

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We are halfway through Watership Down and I'm getting demands and threats and pouting sulks each evening when I finish the (long) chapter I've read through and close the book. Tonight it was extreme because the rabbits just raided the farm next door and released the hutch rabbits (Rabbit Slap!) to bring them up to the warren to live, and Hazel's BEEN SHOT. And the 4 rabbits who went off on an expedition to persuade does from "the big rabbit town" 2 days away have returned, ill and exhausted, and alone. Karin and Martin are practically dithering to know what happens next and I confess to an evil gleeful pleasure in drawing out the anticipation. It's like having to wait for your favorite TV show to air each week before you can find out what happens. Torture! Reading is fun. >:D

I've actually been pretty impressed with Martin's sense of logic and skill at deduction. He figured out long before the rabbits did that the lack of females was going to be an issue. And he figured out what kind of bird Kehaar was from the first description before his species was actually named. He's made a couple of other spot-on comments that make me realize just how intently he is listening. Karin is completely caught up in the drama of it all, wide-eyed and gasping with the adventurous parts and giggling like a fiend at the silly bits.

I've had to move the date of the discussion to August however, and because we jumped the gun and started so early on the book (partly in order to be finished by our original deadline of June 16), we'll be done with the book LONG before we actually talk about it and since I don't want the kids to forget everything they thought and felt about the book, I think I'll make them write up some short book reports to jog their memories with, come August.

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My American colleague, Lora, that was trapped here some weeks ago by the volcano, mailed back 2 books that she borrowed from me along with a CD: the soundtrack to Wicked, the Musical. I am dying to see it. We so rarely go to plays or shows anymore, and I really miss it. When I emailed her to thank her, she informed me that Wicked will be playing in Boston, ending its run the day after I arrive for my business trip in October. I was so excited!! But then I went online to check ticket prices and found out that the cost of decent seats for a matinee show on a Sunday was $250 to $300 !! Holy Munchkins, that's expensive! The cheapest seats, the ones I could actually afford at $100 a pop, were the last row in the top balcony: so far away from the stage that I wouldn't be able to see a thing. WAH! How can anyone afford to go see live theater?
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mood: cheerful
music: Wicked—Dancing Through Life


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Wicked is awesome! I'm dying to see it too, but I doubt it will ever happen. I bought the soundtrack on iTunes and I know it by heart now. I kill in the solos whenever I drive our car home from work.

ETA: Also I just bought tickets for Spamalot at Nöjesteatern in Malmö. Those tickes cost 600 SEK so on par with the cheapest in Boston ... (my aunt is sewing the costumes for that one)

Edited at 2010-05-20 08:32 pm (UTC)

Is that in English or Swedish? I saw an ad for it the other day, but haven't had a chance to check it out :) ...we wanted to go see Cats when it was there but at 600 SEK x 4 it was just too much.

It's in Swedish. Have you seen Hipp Hipp on TV? Those guys are the translators, so even though a lot will be lost in translation no doubt I'm sure it will be great.

But yes. 600 SEK is a lot of money.

(Anonymous)

Okay, now I have to read Watership Down - I admit I never did. When the movie came out my parents wouldn't let me watch it either - something about they thought it was too violent. So now I'm going to add it to my library reserve list.

-Heather

Too violent? Heh. Hardly. At least not the book. I saw the movie a million years ago (must have been a teen at least) and it barely made an impression on me, except for the music.

(Anonymous)

GREEN over the RED car!!! I always wanted red but somehow have never gotten one. :( I also want to see Wicked but cannot afford to go. :( We considered taking the kids ti see Shrek, the Musical but that with SF discounts would still run us $300! For Shrek!!!!wtf? When you next talk to my kids try to instill how awesome Watership down is so they will let me read it to them. Maybe on our Yellowstone trip and then your kids and mine can have a pre-discussion discussion while they are all together.
Seester

It's not so easy to get a red one when you only buy used cars like us...this is the first red one since my Appliance :) (and I bought that one new).

Shrek is a musical? A stage musical? Okaaay.

Why don't you take Watership Down WITH you to Yellowstone and read it in the evenings when you're winding down or something?

From Megsie

I have never read Watership Down either, but it has made it on my list. I skipped bookclub yesterday and feel guilty about it, but there is no way I could have read the book. It was summer here too, from Saturday until today. Today it is raining again, but it isn't 40 degrees so it isn't so bad. I love the theater and miss it too. We used to go quite often, but since we have had kids we hardly ever go. It is SO expensive to see the Broadway shows. Anyone know the secret to winning the lottery?

Re: From Megsie

I've not read the bookgroup book a handful of times, but it's almost always when it's a book I REALLY don't want to read. I go to the meetings, though...I hate missing book group. :)

It is raining here, too...on one side of the sky. On the other is sunshine, which is moving this way, at least.

As for the lottery, you know it's a tax on people who can't do math?

(Anonymous)
Re: From Megsie

It is a pretty sure bet that I will never win. It is a rare day that I ever buy a ticket(I can't even remember the last time). I may just find a winning ticket on the street someday, though. Never lose faith is my motto.

I wonder if Boston has something like TKTS in NY for same day tickets. Worth looking into.

Thanks :) I'll check it out.

The phrase "is there something milky you would like to talk about?" has me giggling alone in an empty room.

YAY for red cars, summer, and cow releasing (which, by the way, I adore! I worked on a dairy farm once, and to see the cows make their first dash towards green really is celebration worthy!)

It IS funny, isn't it? :D Huge YAY for summer! Today was a BEAUTIFUL day, but not until evening and then it was just BLAZINGLY so.

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