I finally finished re-reading The Clan of the Cave Bear books again, along with the latest one which Martin got me for Christmas. I think the first 3 books are really good, but man, do they go downhill after that. The 4th book is titled The Plains of Passage but should be called The Sex of Sex Sex Sex and the fifth one is basically repetition and filler, and the last one made me want to smack both of the main characters. And then the author. We waited NINE years for this? Seriously?
Now I'm reading Connie Willis and I feel much better about life in general.
The internet is really really slow. No zinging here, sadly.
Every day is so full of things to do that it's no surprise how quickly they pass. Anders leaves in a few days for 2 weeks in Shanghai, and I hope that will fly by, too. There are 2 parent meetings scheduled while he's gone, plus we have the kids presenting at the AWC meeting on Tuesday, and I have a work event on Thursday that I'm not sure how to work Karin's activities around...anyone want to come and pinch-parent for me?
I received permission from my boss 2 weeks ago to sign up for an Inspiration Day seminar in Malmö, and then promptly forgot about it until yesterday, when I realized it's TOMORROW. Which would be fine, if we weren't all so stressed about how much work there is to do, along with all the extra work involved in getting ready for our department kick off next week. And then I forgot that tomorrow we have to drop the Audi off for service, and if I have to be in Malmö all day (where I was planning to get to IN THE AUDI), Anders has no way to get the car picked up at lunchtime (when the service place closes for the weekend) without my help. So, he now has to drive the kids and me to Lund, dropping them at school and me at the train station, and then drive at lunch to pay for the car service and get the keys, and then drive back to work, and then pick me up at the train station after work and drive us both back to retrieve the car. At least we had the good sense to go drop the car off tonight so we didn't have to deal with that tomorrow morning on top of the rest of it.
Anyway, I'll be at this Inspiration Day tomorrow and I'm really hoping it will be good. Last year it was excellent but the one I attended a few years before that was meh. There are 5 speakers from the Graphic Design branch on various subjects. When I had my "personal development" talk with my boss a few weeks ago, one of my goals was to take a few more seminars and courses in my field, but instead of just updating myself on the latest software programs, we wanted to find other, more interesting and creative ways for me to find some "personal development." I'm hoping to be able to take another course I found as well, called "How to lead without being the boss" since I find myself in that role more than I expect, partly because I have been there the longest and partly because I'm older than everyone else. (*sigh*)
O! I had another great idea last week. Listen to this! We were having friends over for dinner a few Saturdays ago and a couple of days before that we were sitting around the dinner table discussing options for what to serve them. We had already decided on dessert: THE PIE. After throwing out a few ideas that met with less than enthusiastic responses, Martin said, "Hey! Why don't we have Taco Paj? We haven't had that in a long time!" and I said, "No, we can't have that. We can't have pie for dinner and then pie for dessert." ...but then later, I thought, well, hey! WHY CAN'T WE? So, I'm thinking I'm going to host a PIE NIGHT for the AWC sometime in March and people can sign up to bring a savory or sweet pie! What do you think? Super Stupid or Stupid Awesome?
Curlique Arabesque Hieroglyphic Birthday Wishes to Christina Rosalie and Belated Ones to ladyvox!