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Mad
Our guest speaker for the first AWC meeting of the year canceled today, last minute. The meeting is TOMORROW. She wasn't ready to present, and had been expecting me to get in touch with her a week ago, even though we confirmed the date and logistics AND topic FOUR months ago. Now we have no one even though we have been scrambling all day to find a replacement. ARGH. I got in touch with her a few days ago, but because it wasn't a week, she didn't feel prepared.

Bad
While filing a huge pile of home paperwork today, which included tax info, pension statements, bank statements, report cards, and old bills, I found a bill from Skatteverket (Swedish Tax Authority) for income tax from last year that apparently got missed and is now a couple of months late. AAGH.

Sad
Someone who I read, and like very much, even though I've never met her and she has probably no idea who I am at all, posted today that her relationship, which seemed to be in excellent working order, is over. I don't even know her and it makes me sad.

Sad
Anders is gone, which always gets me a little down. He's on a ski trip with a bunch of work colleagues in the Czech Republic, and hopefully having fun, though he said the snow wasn't great.

Sad
My brother-in-law's brother passed away yesterday morning. I don't know the details, but he's understandably devastated and I feel awful for him and my sister's family.

Sad
Martin and I finished watching the last season of Lie to Me on Friday and I'm sad it got canceled (even if that's old news, since it was canceled in 2011). We zip-watched the first half of Mad Men season 7 over the weekend and now we have nothing on the agenda. (I know, this one isn't even close to any of the others, but still, it adds to my cumulative mood)

Edited to add: After checking the bank statements, the income tax bill DID get paid, so I can move that to the GLAD column. Whew!

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This is a crazy busy week coming up. AWC meeting tomorrow, Department kick off all day and evening on Thursday and then I'm hosting an AWC event at my home on Friday: a jewelry swap/shop. It should be fun, I hope. I invited all the ladies at work as well and several of them are coming, so Wednesday has to be the big grocery shop AND I have to see if my husband will help me out with some of the food prep before the event or I will really be scrambling.

I thought of it all by myself and I'm kind of proud of the idea. (Maybe not as proud as of Pie Night which, by the way, is officially on the 2015 calendar for March 6: Save the date!). There are several young women in the club who are good friends (and who, not incidentally, remind me of ME and MY friends from *cough* 17 years ago when we were their ages) who get together a lot, and one of them happened to mention that they often have clothes swap parties. I had thought of doing something similar some years ago but never got it off the ground because I knew that it would be difficult size-wise. Why throw a clothes swap party if you won't be able to wear anything your participants are likely to bring, after all?

But it stuck in the back of my head and recently, while I looking for something in my jewelry box, it hit me: why not do a JEWELRY swap? I don't know about you but I have a TON of old jewelry that I never wear, that is just sitting uselessly inside my jewelry box. It's not the super-good stuff (which I wouldn't part with since I will give it to my daughter someday), but I have a LOT of decent (or not) costume stuff that someone else might like.

So I put it up on the calendar and invited everyone to clean out their jewelry boxes and bring their baubles to swap, sell or give away. I set a price limit of SEK 100 per piece for those who want to sell stuff, as I didn't want this to be for expensive things. I have one friend who sells pearls from China, and another acquaintance who makes glass jewelry but both of them assured me they had plenty that would work under the price limit and of my own stuff that I've gathered and set aside, there's nothing that I care about so much that I need to sell it. Whatever doesn't go, I will put in the flea market bag.

Karin already went through the basket of jewelry that I cleared out and absconded with the best pieces, so I'm afraid most of what I have left isn't going to move (the 80s called and wants those beads back). But so what, it will be fun anyway. I'm serving soup and chili. I am glad to have this waiting for me at the end of the week.
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mood: sad
music: Tristan Prettyman—Back to Home


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(Anonymous)

Sorry that you are having a bad,sad week. I hope it will get better. At least it is better than your sister's week. Love to all of you! Lizardmom

It's not all bad-sad here, it was just all those things at once. Talked to Sarah today... what a tragedy :(

Mad
AArrrgghhh!!! Gosh I hate flaky people. You'd think the confirmation and discussions last year would have been enough and a simple "Looking forward to seeing you Monday" note a few days before would suffice. "but because it wasn't a week, she didn't feel prepared." Wtf? She's had FOUR months to prepare.

Bad
Don't worry, Liz! I'll come and visit you in the slammer. I'll even bake a cake with a file in it.

Sad
That's a lot of sad to handle all at once, (although I might put the last "sad" about the tv series into another category of lame sad.) At least Anders will be back soon, so you can move him into the "glad" list, one light on a bleak horizon.

I'm so sorry to hear about your sister's brother-in-law - it really hits home about the fragility of life when death comes so near. :(

Your jewellery swap sounds inspired. And yes, you are right, I have a lot of costume type of stuff that I never wear. I'd be in if I lived nearer. I love Karin raiding the stash first - ha, ha!

You could take the train down! We'd put you up...along with the 10 teenage girls that Karin is having over after the jewelry swap (kill me now).

Sarah's brother in law was only 35. 2 little kids and a sambo left behind...so tragic :(

Thirty five? How utterly tragic for the whole family :(

I still remember when one of my brothers died (five years ago next week) and the shock that it caused in the whole family. He was in his 40s and left a wife and three children behind (the youngest was only 6).

Sad days ahead for your sis and her hubby.

I'm glad that something got moved from the negative to the positive column -- that was quite a list of stress!

*LOVE* the idea of a jewelry swap -- I have tons of things I never wear, that someone else might enjoy. (Since it's stuff I've actually worn in the past, I wouldn't feel right putting it in my Etsy shop.)

Everyone agrees it was a great idea, so I am pumped. Guess we'll have to do it again if it's a success, which it's shaping up to be!

Losing a sibling seems so much harder to take than a parent. Not that I think that's easy but age alone prepares us for that a little bit, at least.

I agree, though I can't imagine the world without my mo in it, either. But to lose someone who is basically your age or younger, and so close to you, that you've known all your life and grown up with... awful.

From Megsie

How much do I hate that my RSS mailboxes got deleted? SO MUCH! It was a visual that told me that someone posted! I feel so LATE.

I hope your week has been better every day for you. I can't wait to hear how the jewelry swap goes! I am so sad for June as well. And how awful about your sister's brother-in-law. SO SCARY and so sad. I like to pretend things like that don't happen, because I don't want to imagine what it might be like.

xoxoxo

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