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It's the day before the day before the day before (as Karin put it, earlier today). There's nothing much doing this week and I'm managing to be just fine with that (beyond checking email a little too often). We've had my cousin Cate and her family over for dinner one night and an AWC event cancelled and mostly have spent the days sleeping in, reading, relaxing, watching movies and TV and eating too much. January is soon enough to get motivated and I shall. It's a promise to myself, not just a resolution. Time to get a grip and get moving.

It's so cold here and so much snow on the ground, but when the sun shines, as it did today in a harrowing blue sky, there's no end to the beauty: it goes on as far as the eye can see. The snow plows have done a thorough job in our village but much less so in the cities. We had to help push a red sportscar out of a parking lot spot today (in order to take it afterwards) and we've had to push our OWN car out of several stuck spots in Malmö (the Saab, not the Audi), but mostly the driving has been fine, apart from some icy spots.

Liz: maybe we should go mellandags* shopping.
Liz: Mellandags. Where are the mellancats?
Martin: mmmm
Liz: If there ARE mellandogs, maybe they're mellancollies.
Liz & Martin: *giggle madly*
Martin: That was actually kinda funny

Karin and Martin and I made some desultory forays into the "between-days sales" both in Malmö and Lund, though we didn't actually end up buying much of anything. A new soap dish to replace a broken one, new (very fancy) snowboots for Karin, a game for Martin, and Shrek 4 which we watched last night and very much enjoyed.

I made dinner tonight and charged the kids with coming up with a name for the dish I made up: cornbread squares topped with taco meat mixed with corn, topped with sliced avocado and a dollop of crème fraîche (mmmmmmmmm crème fraîche!). Martin finally came up with Taco Hill, and for lack of any better ideas, Taco Hill it is.

We've got friends coming for dinner on New Year's Eve and Anders has already planned a delicious-sounding menu, though it's full of things I'm not so sure are kid-friendly (fresh beets, goat cheese, chopped hazelnuts, among others). He's had to work the past couple of days and will go in again tomorrow with Karin in tow as they're going to grocery shop for the dinner and for fireworks as well. Both couples are bringing their dogs, and then we're dogsitting a few days later for a week for 1222 so it will be a very doggy start to the year!

Karin and Anders are playing Wii NHL Slapshot (his Christmas present) and Martin is SMSing a girl/friend and watching The Simpsons. I think I shall go sit in the massage chair, turn on the shoulders and full back function along with the heat and bury myself back in my book!

The only other thing on my to-do list for the forseeable future, besides a quick swipe of the house with the vacuum before our guests arrive on the 31st is to send out the family tree/address update and that can surely wait another day.

Oh! One other thing, how many of you Swedish-speakers knew that the word for sale—rea—is actually an abbreviation? It's short for realisation! I had no idea! And even now that I know, am not sure WHY.

*literally "between-days" (the week between Christmas and New Years)

Bright & Bonny Birthday Wishes to courtesy!
mood: mellow
music: Toad the Wet Sprocket—It Doesn't Feel Like Christmas


Oh! One other thing, how many of you Swedish-speakers knew that the word for sale—rea—is actually an abbreviation? It's short for realisation!

*raises hand* I knew that.

Yes, but how does realisation translate to sale??

Well, not sure. The Swedish word "realisera" means to make something happen, as in, to provide the means for something to happen. "Realisation" would be the noun to that verb, i think. - search for page 742 and yu will find it.

Edited at 2010-12-29 09:31 pm (UTC)

I did not know that about rea ... interesting!

I have, however, been working hard to get Olof to say "between days" instead of "middle days" ... I'm afraid that may be a losing cause, but I'm glad to see I'm not alone in saying "between." :)

haha! I know someone who says medium days, because when you order drinks you get a mellanstor. :D

I did know that rea was an abbreviation but I didn't know what the whole word was. haha Your chair sounds soooooo lovely. I'm totally green with envy. haha

It's awesome!


Haha that WAS kind of funny!! LOL

Yes I knew that rea was an abbrivation of realisation. And looking at different meanings of the word there are some that have to do with turning merchandise into cash money and such, in different ways. So I guess the meaning of it as "sale" must come from that somehow. :)

Check and go to SAOB på webben and look up realisation. :) Number 2 for example?



I guess turning merchandise into cash money qualifies as defining sale, but thinking of the English word "realization" sure doesn't help it make any sense. :D


Well look what I found:

And from wikipedia:

So the meaning exists in English too apparently. :)

Happy New Year!


Interesting! I've never seen it used that way in English before. Learn something new every day!

From Megsie

Oh, your days sound simply delicious. I have been resting as much as possible, because I am SICK of being SICK. But the kids and I went to lunch with my parents today and we have had to accompany Nicholas to Hockey as well. I finished my book and I have accidentally started a fun new book for *me* instead of reading the one I *should* be reading...oops. The tree comes down tomorrow, I am hoping. Then back to normal around here!

Re: From Megsie

What are you reading? I have to start on the bookgroup book soon, but I don't have it yet so can continue my own reading indulgence for now :)

Hope you are on the mend!!

Re: From Megsie

I read the book "Shiver" by Maggie Stiefvater. Laini recommended it a long time ago, and I really liked it. It is very YA though. The tree is still up, but I am done with the book. Now I think I need to order the sequel "Linger" so I can read that!

When I was a kid, it still happened on a few occasions that they wrote out the whole word "realisation" instead of rea, but now I haven't seen it in decades, as it feels.
It sounds like you had a very nice and relaxing Christmas.

Very much so. And looking forward to a happy new I hope YOU are doing! :D

Thank you!

What a yummy, cosy post! I was thinking about you this morning and wishing we had arranged for a lunchdate sometime during crazy December. (But we are ON for January and sushi it will be. Michele has been eating sushi with the blessing of her health care folks - just laying off the potentially-mercury-containing-tuna rolls.)

That thing with "rea" is quite the coincidence. Just yesterday it showed up as a clue in a crossword puzzle I did so I ended up learning the same thing you did at about the same time. :-)

December was just too nuts...but January is a definite! :)

Well, *there* are your mellandogs! :)

hahahaha! You're right! :D

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