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I am not happy when I am not happy. I am not happy when I can't concentrate on the positive and shove the things that bother me aside in favor of the good things that surround me. Small prickers under the fingernails of my mood are most definitely torture and I have the urge to yank them out and remove them as quickly as possible. I don't LIKE being in a bad mood, a grumpy mood, a sad mood.

Today, a concentration on good things: sleeping in, smiles, sunshine, swinging down a city street, shopping (sales on books!), sweets in a cozy café, scoring the one goal that won the game (Karin), singing and joking and laughing with Martin (who also bought books), walking the dog one last time before Cate came to pick her up.

One of the nicest things about Sweden in February is the BOKREA. It's a week-long country-wide book sale. Every bookstore participates and every other kind of store gets in on the action, too...either by discounting whatever books they might have on hand, or putting other things on sale. The bookstores were brimming with people and Martin and I scored a couple of books each. Two of the ones I picked up I've been waiting for, for a long time, so that made me happy.

Other good things right now: being able to get answers to practically any question anyone asks with a quick flip of the iPhone case and a direct line to Google and Wikipedia.

Last night we were supposed to have an AWC sushi night, but it got cancelled since everyone else bailed and it was just me and the kids on the sign-up rather than disappoint them, we went to sushi anyway, and dragged Anders with us. But, as it turned out, when we got to the restaurant I had designated for the event, it turned out to be a good thing it had fallen through: NO TABLES. It was a take-away place! Doh! Imagine if we'd had 20 people like LAST month! That would have been tamago on the face for sure! Upon realizing that we couldn't sit down and have dinner, we decided to walk back over to where we'd parked the car and eat at HAI instead (another really good sushi place), but they were completely packed and had no tables.

"Do you have a reservation?" the harried waiter asked me. "Um, no," I said, "It was kind of last minute." He apologized, and after checking, told us they had no places AT ALL for the entire evening. When I gave him a shocked look, he shrugged and said, "It's payday." Then Anders thought of Rose Garden Supreme, a huge Asian buffet place not too far away. They serve Chinese, Thai, Sushi AND Mongolian BBQ. Perfect! When we got there, however, the waiter asked us, "Do you have a reservation?" ...uh oh, I thought. We replied in the negative, but after checking, he said we could have a table, but we had to be done in an hour and 15 minutes. NO PROBLEM! So we got our sushi after all.

Geez, that was a long lead-in to what I was GOING to tell you, which was just that Martin, while we were eating dinner, asked if we could go to Japan some day. When I said, "I suppose so, why?" and tried to say that sushi in Japan isn't exactly like sushi in the West, he said he wanted to go because they have restaurants with monkeys for waiters. What? Seriously? Out came the iPhone and a couple of clicks later, sure enough, we had proof that yes indeed, there is a restaurant outside of Tokyo that has (or had, the articles were from 2008) a couple of monkeys that serve food to customers. Hrm.

And even more good things: Payday and extra bonus money, waiting for a couple of books to arrive, finding birthday presents for family members, trying to plan summer vacation dates with my mom, big fat raucous pheasants in the backyard. There! That ought to hold me for a bit!

What nice things have you got in YOUR weekend?

*Title from a quote by Winston Churchill
mood: grateful
music: Eliza Doolittle—Pack up

Nice things

1. finishing the clean up of the new office / Bedroom.
2. Half finished the Baby Changing Table top (The Lead Paint needs to dry and reassemble.)
3. Making yummy Pasta with Olives, Feta, Artichokes, Tomatoes, and homemade Pesto.
4. Sleeping in 2 days in a row.
5. Summer vacation dates with my Mom....Liz - shes all mine this year! get over it!!!
6. No sushi.

Re: Nice things

That pasta sounds suspiciously familiar. Just add chicken!


MMM sushi. We took Bryce to his Tae Kwon Do test and he is now a low green belt. We took him to Dairy Queen for celebration (his choice). We picked up a new shirt for Rachel and today we are going to the Borders book store which is closing soon, so may score some books on sale too!!! We watched movies last night and had popcorn and hot chocolate. Today we will also register Bryce for the fall and next Spring soccer season, and watch another movie.
Salmon and tuna steaks with fresh asparagus for dinner.

Ha! I was just talking about Dairy Queen last night. Magic Shell! :D

Here we have a Dutch variant of the BOKREA, two actually, as there's one specifically for childrens books as well. They always bring out a special book as well every year, which you get as a free gift when buying a book during the boekenweek.
I love shopping for books /giggles - on another tab in my browser I currently have an shopping card stuffed with 4 paperbacks I am about to order hehe. For my bday a friend gifted me with the first book from a serie I hadn't read yet and now I just have to have the rest too! :P

How nice to have 2 book sales to look forward to!

1. Sleeping in two days in a row.
2. Dinner at the farm with Val and Will.
3. After dinner with Carole and Ron. SOCIALIZING, yeah!
4. Getting the finances almost done.
5. Nice shortish walk with hubbie.

Not brilliant, but getting there.

Whaddaya mean, not brilliant? You had all the important things on that list! are right!

What you reminded me of two things I had kind of forgotten about from my days of living in Sweden- bokrea and payday madness. :-)

I hope that the fact that you're blogging means that you're feeling slightly better. I'm sorry your AWC night didn't work out but it sounds like you got a great with the family anyway.

The better goes up and down. I'm trying to get over myself. :)


Yay for feeling better! (And I love the wagging tail dog!)


I love Mutts! :D

I spent a good half of Saturday with play testing some of my previously unplayed board games for an upcoming board game night next Saturday.

Samurai: Basic rules, good strategy, highly playable.

Vertigo: The players almost seem to be held hostages by the game.

Farlander: Much too simplistic unless I misunderstood the rules. This game may need both dices and house rules.


House cleaning - at least the visible parts
phone conversations with my kids and best friend
Shoveling snow
Buddhist Mediation meeting
teaching Intuition workshop at my house, included potluck lunch with my yummy Zero soup
Great discussions about spirituality, religion & intuition
Dinner with Mom at a favorite restaurant -filet w/ bearnise sauce and creme brulee
Forgetting purse at restaurant and having to go back! oops!

What is Zero soup? Is that the cabbage soup?


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