Karin: You're already old.
Hrm. Obviously, she's been practicing.
Karin turned 13 on Friday the 13th but there were no thunderstorms to mark the occasion like there were the day she was born. And nothing unlucky happened either, except that the Converse sneakers that she got from my Mom didn't fit and are going back to the US to be exchanged. She got the soccer shoes she REALLY wanted and tickets to see Veronica Maggio in concert, among other things.
2 days later she left for a week and she's been in Gothenburg since last Sunday playing in the Gothia Cup, which is the largest Youth Soccer Cup in the world. Her team was split into 2 groups (Girls 13 & 14) and she got to play in both series. The G14 team didn't make the A-playoffs and went out early, but the G13 team won GOLD! Anders and I watched the game streaming live on the Internet: so great to see when we couldn't be there in person! Here she is wearing the German soccer jersey her Uncle Johnnie got her for her birthday along with her awesome "Zlatan" shoes.
We dropped Mom off at the airport early this morning. Why is the time never long enough and why does it always go too fast to boot? Thankfully, I'll be seeing her again in just a month, when we get to Boston for my annual 2-week work trip. :) This last week went especially fast because we were busy every day. On Tuesday we went to Copenhagen and had a great time visiting Thorvaldsens museum and walking around the city. We had great weather until we decided to take a tourist boat trip just for the fun of it and got POURED on once we got out into the harbor.
On Wednesday, we drove up to Gothenburg and watched Karin's team play. They won the first game (G13) but lost the G14 one afterwards. And yesterday Mom and I drove to Klippan and had lunch with friends and then visited some great antique stores as well as Yllefabriken (The Wool Factory) which had lovely stuff and an entire second floor of seconds and exhibition items priced just right.
My vacation has flown by and I'm feeling pretty relaxed. So much so that I'm not really wanting to go back to work on Monday. I shall savor these last 2 days as much as I can! It feels like everyone is on vacation too...there's not much action out here in LJ-land. I hope that is the case and that everyone is savoring summer and real-life and recharging for fall.