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Honestly, I don't know where the times goes. I could have sworn I just posted but when I look at my little calendar I see it was last Tuesday! 5 whole days ago! And I suspect it will be another 5 days before I post again as this week is just NUTS. I have something scheduled every day, beyond the usual work work work.

Tomorrow we have Parent Meetings at both Martin and Karin's schools, so we can't go together. I'm going to Martin's, and Anders is going to Karin's, but I really wish we could both get the same info at the same time from both schools. Karin is wanting to start looking into a new school in Lund county for next year and we have to get started on it rather soon, if we want her to be able to switch the beginning of her 6th grade year, especially so that she'll have a chance to go visit each school for a day, at least.

One of the schools is in the next village over, where she already knows people and plays soccer, and it would be admittedly easier on us logistically if she chooses it, but she's already leaning toward a school on the other side of Lund from the one Martin is attending because several of her friends are planning on it, and it offers an emphasis on outdoor activities and sports, which would probably be perfect for her. But it will cause problems with logistics and transportation. *sigh*

Tuesday is the first AWC meeting of the year, and I'm looking forward to it. I've volunteered to host the next Cooking Club, however, and now i have to come up with a worthy menu. The last one (which was the first of this revived activity) featured sushi and the hostess not only taught everyone how to make it, she did most of the prep work AND made a fabulous dessert herself, instead of having all the participants make it. Back in the day (which I find myself saying FAR too often nowadays), when we had the original cooking club years ago, the hostess planned the meal, but everyone helped prepare it first. I'm no super chef...I learned a lot about how to cook myself from the original Cooking Club, and don't feel like there's any particular cuisine or even dish that I'm sufficiently expert on to teach others how to make. There's a dessert recipe that I cut out of a magazine years ago that features meringue, which I've never tried because I'm kind of scared of meringue, so I was thinking maybe that would be good to include, but as for the rest of the meal, I'm at a loss.

On Wednesday I'm getting my hair done. Barky is WAY overdue. I was lamenting the fact to my mom on the phone yesterday that after only 2 short months, my head is clearly, obviously, shamefully in need of color and I can't possibly afford to go any more often than I already do. In fact, the cost is crazy expensive at every 2 months and I really need to look for somewhere cheaper, but the thought of trying to find a new hairdresser is giving me palpitations. It's as bad as having to look for a new dentist. :( She does a good job with color AND with Barky, and I've been loyal to this salon for nearly 10 years and to this particular stylist for more than half that (my original stylist, who was MAGIC, left the business on sick leave and never came back). But to pay this kind of money for HAIR seems really stupid and it just keeps going up. And no, going natural is not an option.

Next month, our department is supposed to be moving, this time a new building. It's right next door, the twin of the one we're in actually, and there are 3 other departments moving with us. I don't know if everything is set in stone, but we've been told that most of the floor we'll be occupying is open landscape, with some offices for 2 or 4 people. I HATE open landscape. With a passion. We haven't seen a floor plan yet or heard any details, so I'm really really hoping I'll have a chance at one of the rooms. I'd rather share (though I certainly would rather not HAVE to) than sit in open landscape. GAH. Although, as I said to Anders, I've been working at this company for 6.5 years and in that time I've moved to 5 different rooms and had 5 different bosses, so I suppose if I can just stick it out, it'll change again after a year or so.

We watched all 3 Bourne movies this weekend, for the first time (for Anders, Martin and I; Karin had seen them at a friend's). For some reason, I had never thought much about them or thought I would like them, but I liked them a lot. We watched the first one on Friday for myskväll and the second on Saturday and when it was over, I turned to Anders (at 10 p.m.) and said "Let's watch the third one!" I had to know what happened. And I had never realized that they were based on books by Robert Ludlum until the credits were rolling at the end of the last film and it made me suddenly feel very close to my dad, who loved Ludlum's books, and would have liked these movies, because I liked them, too. I've never read any of his books, because I've never really been interested in spy/thriller-type stuff, but I have to admit they make good films.

In other news, it's snowing again. *suck*

Fluffy Puffy Birthday Wishes to ladyvox!
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"In other news, it's snowing again. *suck*"
Amen, sister! I have HAD IT with this winter and I think your has been worse than ours.

Thankfully, it was only a coating of the fluffy stuff and mostly melted again, though the rock-hard residue from the last 2 months will be around for awhile still.

If you have a monocolor ( no highlights etc.) you might consider dyeing it yourself. The do it yourself dyes are quite good, and wash out in about 6 weeks so you don't have to do them too often.

I'm scared of doing it myself...though I suppose I should suck it up and try it. I've NEVER done any coloring myself, wouldn't know where to begin. Doesn't it take at least one more set of hands?

No, it's very easy. Just put on gloves, mix the solution, and apply.

So with you on the school thing. You seem to have so much choice! Our kid pretty much have to go the nearest school, unless there is a good reason to go to a different one (a special course not offered).

George is looking at a school in the next city! Logistically nightmarish.

You can choose much more easily here now than you used to be able to, but transportation and logistics, if you choose outside your nearest school or county is on your own head.

From Megsie

I think that is the hardest thing: Schedules and the running around. It is too bad that the *perfect* school for Karin is a logistical nightmare. I am sure it will all work itself out, but ugh. And ugh while you drive and drive and drive some more. I totally agree with the hating of the open landscape. My office is in "The Jungle" It is a room of cubicles, and almost all cubicles are shared between two or three people. For someone who talks out loud to process *ahem* it is torture to stay focused. Plus, I like to eavesdrop. I work so much better at home, but then that is where the chocolate chips live. No way to win I guess. Now I need to see those three movies, they sound like both Jeff and I would like them. Hope you have a good week and have some down-time in there somewhere. xo and hugs to you...

Re: From Megsie

The perfect school for both my kids is the elementary school 5 minutes walk down the hill, but unfortunately the promise that they were going to expand it all the way up to 9th grade never happened, and it ends at 6th grade, and then they get a sucky school in the county that is 20 minutes in the wrong direction to boot.

I asked today about the open landscape situation and was hedged off with no real answer :( ARGH.

WE had a Bourne evening last week-end, but we were both disappointed having read the books to realise they had massively changed the stories, so it's good that you weren't into the books.

I did read that on IMDB that they had changed the stories quite substantially, but they were very enjoyable for one who hadn't read the books (and probably never will) :)

3 things

1. Don't fear Meringue!! It's dead easy. Email Dave-- He uses his mom's recipe and it is foolproof, I promise!
2. MOVING offices, again? I feel like you. just. moved. But then, my sense of time is notoriously suspect.
3. Bourne movies with Matt Damon-- ROCK. There are less than a handful of movies I can watch over and over (Michael Clayton and Moonstruck are in the handful) and BOURNE is definitely in it-- although I do leave the room during the killing scenes . . I can't watch those more than once.

The PARIS one (1st one?) is my favorite, doh.

XOXOXOOX I want to come visit you in Sweden. Maybe in 2011? 2012?

Bisous, E

Re: 3 things

1. Says you...maybe Dave can save me :)

2. I apparently moved to this office almost 2 years ago...I thought it wasn't so long ago myself, so obviously my sense of time and yours are out bowling together somewhere.

3. I had never particularly cared one way or the other about Matt Damon before seeing the Bourne movies, but now? Yum. haha!

YOU WOULD BE WELCOME WHENEVER YOU COME!!! Though I warn you, guest accommodations are not nearly so nice as at Soliden :)


Oh, funny - Beaux just told me he is reading the Bourne books. (He has a Kindle so it's always quite the mystery what he's reading.) We love those movies but I'm always like, when is Jason Bourne going to sit down and EAT something already? You need protein for all that running around!

Your hair and mine are both very sad. I am waiting until next month to get my pretty red replenished. I love that I finally found a great lady to do my hair! I haaaaate spending money on my hair but she is worth it.

I say do your hosting of the Cooking Club however you want! Other ladies will probably feel better if they don't feel like they have to measure up to Sushi Lady, too!

(gosh, WHY WHY WHY is open ID such a pain to use?)


I just saw a NEW Bourne book in the bookstore yesterday! (although obviously not by Ludlum)

And I agree about OpenID, it's always hating on me.

Thats a lot of moving at work. Eek, why wouldn't they want to give you offices. Won't it be easier to get your work done in an office. I know I am naive about this, but hey.

I an So. Glad. WE DON"T HAVE SNOW. (sorry Frosty)

Good luck with Barky, Liz.

Sweden is very big on open landscaping in office environments. And yes, you are right, it's not very conducive to concentration, but that doesn't seem to fly as an argument here. They can cram more people in the same space if they don't have individual offices, for one thing and it "promotes teamwork and consensus", etc.

From Willow

Ohhhh the hair conundrum. Early gray (white!) runs in my family--it started at 16--and I can still get away with going every 2 months, but it's getting harder. I sympathize! Would a different haircut mean you could go a little less often?

LOVE the Bourne movies myself.

Re: From Willow

I started at 16, too. *sigh* And unfortunately, no, a different haircut wouldn't make a difference, unless it was a buzzcut. :D All the grey/white is RIGHT in the front.


Hey Liz! Been a while! (This is Kate from the AWC.) 1. I can do the meringue with you. I love to bake. I love to hang out. I'm happy to do it with you some weekend! 2. For the haircut thing, check out for Malmo. They have daily deals... always 50% or more... and there are often massages, hair cuts, restaurants, etc. You might have to go somewhere kind of new, but it will e a lot cheaper! Let me know about that meringue... kram! / kate

Re: Hi!

Haha! If you want to do meringue with me, go sign up for cooking club on the AWC website! :)

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