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Some weeks are just so FULL, you know? Full of getting up, and getting going, and getting others going, and working. Full of obligations and reminder notes and to-do lists and appointments and errands. Full of compliments, and pleasant surprises and phone calls from friends, and feelings of accomplishment. Full of horrible mistakes and freezing weather and, thankfully, FIXING the horrible mistakes. Full of teeth brushing and bedtime stories and back scratches and laundry (really full of laundry) and throwing meals together, and driving Karin to and from practice.

Yesterday I had my salary "discussion" with my boss. She made it clear, as she obviously had to, that it was merely an information meeting and not a negotiation. The only time you really get to have salary negotiations in Sweden is during the interview process for a NEW job. Once you have the job, you're pretty much stuck in the pool with the rest of your colleagues and the money gets divided up based on criteria that has always felt very NON-AMERICAN to me. But this year, for the first time in several, I was actually pleased when I walked out of the room. My boss complimented my work and my performance this year and rewarded me for it. She made me want to continue doing my best, and isn't that what it's all about, after all?

I'm still stuck in the tax info-gathering nightmare, but I feel like I'm at least making headway. I had managed to gather the info on 4 accounts all by myself based on the bank statements on file going back 4 years, and another bank is sending me the info I need for their account next week for all six years. I called the first bank as well today, and the guy who helped me on the phone didn't seem very sanguine about being able to find all the info I needed for the last 2 years, and suggested I come into the bank office to talk to them and order what I needed, but then when I got home and went into the internet bank to work on the problem so more, I found that bank statements going back MORE than the 2 years I needed had been added to the site. I'll call and thank him tomorrow, because not only WAS he helpful, but he saved me over over 2000 kronor!

All I have left to figure out are the mutual funds, both ours and the kids...and I'm not sure how to get the "maximum amount of money for the year" for accounts that fluctuate in value constantly. We don't get statements of transactions for mutual funds; we simply get a year-end statement with the current value of our shares at the end of each year. I don't know if that's enough for this report.

I actually DREAMED about IRS forms the other night: talk about nightmare! Also, I think the FBAR should be renamed FUBAR, because that is totally what it is.

Anders emailed me at work today and said a co-worker had asked him to switch one of his trips. He asked Anders if he would mind taking his (the other guy's) Italy trip in April instead of his (Anders') planned Bangkok trip in March, and Anders said "Sure!" This makes me happy because I don't like it when Anders goes so far away. And after I responded to the email with enthusiasm, he emailed me back again a little while later with prices and an itinerary for a weekend trip for the kids and I to join him in Modena over the weekend while he's there! Yay!

Did I tell you we had snow over the weekend? No one cares: you all have snow. But we've had hardly any all winter, though the first snow that we DID have a month or so ago froze fast and is still on the ground. In addition to the snow, we had hoarfrost and I freaking love that stuff. It makes all the trees look like they have leaves, only WHITE. And all the plants blossom with CRYSTAL. And everything else gets outlined in DIAMONDS. It's so pretty. I don't care that we haven't had a lot of snow, actually; I'm just glad that it's not one of those rainy dark sodden winters where everything is damp and moldy and blah. The light is returning and we've had unprecedented amounts of sunshine and blue skies for DAYS in a row. And as long as the days are ALSO full of sunshine, then I can handle pretty much anything.
mood: busy
music: Rihanna—We Found Love in a Hopeless Place


Actually, we don't all have snow -- this has been the mildest Winter in memory, in much of the United States. There are creeping remnants of snow lurking under shady tree boughs here and there, in my corner of the world, and that's about it. The local ski resorts are hurtin'.

Cheers on all the positive developments in your post! :-)

Likewise, no snow here, in fact our local library just posted a picture of the witch hazel bush out front in bloom. It's pretty rare for New England to be snow-less for so much of the winter. Even up in Maine at my mom's, it's been a pretty light year.

I think Italy, with a trip for you all tucked in there as well, beats Bangkok every time!

Edited at 2012-02-15 09:36 pm (UTC)

We've had nearly no snow at all, though what we did get stuck around for a long time on the ground. All gone now, though. I'm afraid to wish for spring...we'll probably get socked again before we're through.

Huh! I keep hearing about people getting snow, but maybe it's just my mom :) Ours is gone now, after a sudden increase in temps and rain all day today.

From Megsie

Oh, my gosh! I LOVED this post. It is so full of energy and, well, YOU. I totally laughed out loud more than once, and I have had sort of a tough day so THANK YOU! I am so glad that you got rewarded for how hard you are working. And I LOVE hoarfrost too. And I do care if you get snow. I love when other people get snow. My life is full right now too, and I am jealous that you get to go to Italy! What a great swap THAT was! And would you like me to use the word "and" again? Because I totally can and I will. As if there are not enough "ands" in this comment. Oh! And I love you!

Re: From Megsie

You're so funny! I feel like I write such mundane posts sometimes, and then I get lovely compliments on them like this and it totally makes my day! I love it! And you! :) THANK YOU!

Nope, no snow here.
But great post, Liz!
Glad to hear you felt positive after your evaluation with the boss too.

Hee! Apparently, I was totally wrong about my impression that everyone had snow except us!


Super about the evaluation, I know it is well deserved!

I think of FBAR as FUBAR too. What a pain.


It sucketh mightily, that's for sure!

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