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I'm so glad tomorrow is Friday. I am working for the weekend. Loverboy references make me seem really young, don't they? I suppose it doesn't count that I had to google "working for the weekend" because I couldn't remember who did that song? Baha.

Tonight was bookgroup. In Malmö this time and I was stupid and booked my hair appointment, also in Malmö, about a block away from where I was tonight, yesterday. So I had to drive to Malmö twice in 2 days. On the plus side, Barky looks FABULOUS and I got to go to bookgroup! And before bookgroup, I got to have some me time, which was extremely nice.

I left work late after having a lightbulb moment on a project I've been working on that I was really struggling with. I went and talked to my boss, who is not always approachable for stuff like this, but she was great this time: really listened and gave me good solid constructive criticism and kickstart ideas to help me figure out a better way to make things work, and it really helped. I left feeling like I know what to do now and how to proceed and in consequence, I think the results will be MUCH better than what I was worried about before I talked to her.

It's so dark already when I leave the office, even when I leave on time and this was an hour past that...super dark and a little rainy. I drove straight to the center of Malmö and parked underground at the Caroli shopping center which has just been renovated. They have a nice bunch of restaurants there, including a sushi joint that serves excellent sushi at one of the cheapest prices in town. I'm surprised it isn't mobbed all the time with mile-long lines, considering the price/quality combo. I sat and read my book (not the bookgroup book, I already finished that one 4.5 books ago), and enjoyed my meal.

Then I walked around the shopping center a bit and then I went into the bookstore. It's my second favorite bookstore in town and it just moved to this new location, after years on the central walking street. It's a lot smaller now and feels rather crammed full of books, but that's not a bad thing. They DID have fewer English books now than they used to, which is too bad, but I still managed to find FIVE books, 3 of which I've been waiting for (one of which I've been waiting for FOR YEARS) and two others by favorite authors that I didn't even know had new books out. SCORE!

The haul
Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
David & Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
Winter of the World by Ken Follett
Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield
The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

We were 12 people at bookgroup, almost too many to keep it to one conversation. It felt like ages since everyone had seen each other, even though our last meeting was the end of September, and the conversations were general catch-up stuff for quite awhile before we settled down and actually talked about the book. Pretty much everyone liked the book despite the sad subject matter and the discussion spiraled off into several interesting tangents about cultural differences in regards to illness, death and tragedy. Really interesting. Plus Swedish apple pie for afters!

And tomorrow is Friday and then the weekend (including Swedish Father's Day which I need to get on the ball about) and both Martin and Karin have plans for tomorrow evening so Anders and I will be home alone again. SLUG TIME!
mood: happy
music: Schuyler Fisk—Who Am I To You


Ack! Swedish Father's Day! I can never remember this! Thanks for the heads up, Liz. Phew!

From Megsie

All good things...

My favorite part of my job is the collaboration part. I miss it terribly. When I taught elementary school, I always had a close friend to team with. We would plan together and debrief, and go to trainings and take classes, and, of course, READ BOOKS. It wasn't always the same person, but I got lucky and always had a partner. I don't have one in my new job. I think that is why I struggle so much with it. Conversations really do elevate the thinking. I am so glad you had that experience with your boss today. I am a little jealous. Not to mention the good food and BOOK TALK! Good gravy.

*This is so fun doing Nablopomo with you! xo

Mr. Penumbra is on my Christmas wish list. Every time I'm wandering a book store just waiting to see what takes my fancy, I forget it. Once I'm home - BAM - I remember and mentally kick myself. Maybe my family will do better at getting it for me. (I hope.)

I hope it lives up to its hype!

YAY! for lightbulb moments and finding books!

I have Mr. Penumbra on my bedtime reading stack. I started it, then made the mistake of picking up Anne Hillerman's Spiderwoman's Daughter, finished that and then made the mistake of picking up Tarquin Hall's The Case of the Love Commandos (how unlikely a title does that sound?). I am hoping to get back to Mr. Penumbra soon, because I am wicked intrigued, so far.

I can't do that: pick up another book while reading one...unless the first one is like that translation book I was reading a while back.

I can only do it with fiction, which reads very quickly for me. I read much more slowly with non-fiction, so if I set something down to pick up something else, chances are I'll never get back to it because I'd have to start over.

I want to be in a book club with YOU. And I just finished The Last Runaway - it was really great. My mom read it at the same time (I had a library copy, so she downloaded it on her Kindle) and also really enjoyed it.

DITTO. How fun would that be, to be in a book club together? :D ...I just started The Last Runaway. Tracy Chevalier never disappoints.

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