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This past weekend was my 18th anniversary of moving to Sweden. 18 years! Every year I am equally boggled by how long I have lived here. If you add on the 6 years I lived abroad as a child, that makes 24 years total I have lived abroad. Considering my age, which no one should be considering, that means only 2 more years and I'll have lived half my life overseas (note to skeptics, I checked the math with my husband).

Half my life!

Martin: Why are you using Firefox and not Chrome?
Liz: Um, I don't know
Martin: *under his breath* Fossil


I did an "interview" for a friend's school project today. She's studying English and Swedish and is writing a paper on accents. She interviewed the kids, too, but their assignment was apparently different from mine. I had to read a 1-page essay out loud in Swedish, while she taped it, and now she's going to analyze my accent. *shudder*

It's funny...I know I speak Swedish relatively well and what I hear in my own head, when I am speaking Swedish, sounds pretty damn good. But listening to a recording of myself speaking Swedish? Cringe-worthy. It's worse than just the weirdness of hearing your own voice on tape.

Today at work, while listening to my awesome playlist, Paula Abdul's Straight Up came on, and I turned the volume up as high as it would go and my officemate and I started dancing. For nearly the whole song. Not one single person came in to dance with us or even see what the hell we were doing. How can you not dance when Straight Up comes on?

Speaking of dancing, we are having our department kickoff in a couple of weeks and right before Christmas we received an email from the dept assistant telling us that the format this year would be different than in the past previous three years (yay!) and that we had been divided into groups of 6-7 persons and assigned to come up with a SONG AND DANCE CONTEST ENTRY. (boo!)

We have 3-5 minutes and we can sing, dance or perform in some way. Our groups are divided by region or country and at least a couple of the people in each group have some connection with that region or country. I was slotted into "North America" (surprise!) along with two of the other Americans, one Swedish woman who is married to a Canadian and three other Swedes who have no ties to the U.S. (or Canada) that I'm aware of. The performance has to incorporate the theme "regional or cultural differences or similarities".

Now, Axis is a VERY international company. There are just over 70 people in Corporate Marketing and I can think of 22 off the top of my head who are NOT Swedish or are half-Swedish. We had our first brainstorming meeting on Monday, and we were all dreading it, but surprisingly we came up with a fantastic idea almost right away, and then it was a snap to plan and divide up the responsibilities. We are writing new lyrics to YMCA by the Village People, and dressing in appropriately North American clichéd costumes: cowboy (me), Indian (Gunilla, because she has a mohawk), Uncle Sam (one of the guys because he's really tall), Mexican (because Axis has an office in Mexico that is part of the North American region), hillbilly (because Barbara is from Kentucky, haha!) and hockey player (with a Canadian hockey jersey of course). Bonus: YMCA is really easy to dance to, and sing.

There were supposed to be 7 of us, but one woman is out on sick leave. I am in charge of the lyrics with Gunilla's help, and I've made a start already...we have a meeting tomorrow to work on it. All of us are bringing in bits of costumes and we have a budget from the department to purchase things we need (which includes a sombrero, how clichéd can we get?). I wasn't looking forward to the kickoff AT ALL, but now I am. Kinda. Huh, go figure.
mood: creative
music: Girlyman—Postcards From Mexico


I am looking forward to seeing the video of this performance here or on FB. Don't let all of your readers down! Love, Lizardmom

Yeah, that ain't happening.


It would be so fun for all of us to see -and I'm sure you'll appreciate the memories when they start to fade! Besides - then your children will have proof of your creative talents on stage! Love, Lizardmom

From Megsie

Oooo! Yes! Your mom has a great idea!

I think your idea is fantastic! It sounds like fun! I would have dreaded it as well, I think it is because I am never confident that I can be clever and creative when it is required of me. I can't wait to hear (and see?!) how it goes!

Re: From Megsie

OH! And I forgot to admit that I, too, am a fossil. With Firefox. Ah-hem.

Re: From Megsie

No video will be forthcoming. Any copies will be hunted down and burned. :P

Re: From Megsie

You are NO FUN!

Hey, do you have an RSS feed thingy? I updated my operating system and LOST all of my mailboxes for my blogs. I am not very happy about this, as you can imagine. Not only did I lose the signal that someone had posted, but I lost all the posts that I had saved as special. Sad.

Re: From Megsie

I'm not sure...I tried to find it and this what I came up with:

Re: From Megsie

Thank You! That worked!

A fossil and proud of it

But that's not news, is it? I tried Chrome but disliked it and went back to Firefox, which while not perfect, seems to suit me much better.

I find the whole culture here of kick-offs and corporate "team building" activities to be an expensive, fake, counter productive waste of time. If this was happening to me, I'd be taking leave as soon as it was announced. I remember what it was like being a kid and being forced by my parents or teachers to play the piano or perform a dance in front of an audience. I felt helpless and embarrassed. I didn’t enjoy it and I didn’t see the point, but also I couldn’t escape it. That’s not an experience I want to repeat as an adult.

But then I'm an introvert who does not like team work anyway and that may be the reason that my first thought is Kill me now! :-)

Re: A fossil and proud of it

I use all the browsers, but Firefox is our default at home. I use IE at work, most of the time and Chrome once in a blue moon.

I don't like the team building kickoff stuff either. Rah rah propaganda most of the time.

Hey now! Kentucky hillbillies. HMPH. :)

If the overalls fit, wear 'em :P hahahaha!

That sounds like a riot! I would love to be a fly on the wall for your final performance. :-)

And I'm stubbornly clinging to Firefox, myself -- Google already has too much influence on the net, there's no sense in adding to it by switching to Chrome...

Two differences between those browsers:

1. If you got a VERY old computer with Windows XP and a terribly outdated Internet Explorer, your only choice of update is Firefox, because in order to get Chrome, the web page from where you download its installation program requires a more modern browser to start with. In that case, Firefox is much easier to obtain. Of course once you got Firefox installed, you could go on to get Chrome as well, but most people in that situation might be satisfied with just one recent browser.

2. YouTube videos tend to be displayed using modern HTML5 technology in Chrome, which can stutter a lot on an older computer. Firefox on the other hand due to limitations degrades to use the Flash player, if you got that installed, and while being a video format on its way to be outdated, it still plays more smoothly so again, if your computer is some 8-10 years old (shocking!), you might be much better off with Firefox than Chrome.

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