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It's the weekend, it's Valentine's Day, and it's Sportlov. Last week is well left behind us, except for Friday, which went swimmingly. I had my yearly "development talk" with my boss, which my kids asked if I was getting graded on. Yes, yes, I am, I said, and guess what you little slackers?


I bought little boxes covered with hearts and kisses and filled them with favorite candies for my family and when I got up this morning I found roses and dark chocolate cranberry bars in my place. :) Anders laughed at the card I gave him, which said AJJ LAV JO! on the front. Then he and Karin finished packing and I drove them to the train station in Lund to catch their train to the airport. They are flying to Turin, Italy and then taking a bus to France, which is apparently the fastest way to get to the section of the French Alps where they will be skiing this week.

Martin and I have a very, very busy, full day planned: lying about, reading, playing games, watching Downton Abbey and groaning at Melodifestivalen tonight. There may be naps.

I finished reading Gone Girl this morning, which is the book group book for this month. I didn't want to read it, for various reasons, but went ahead and caved and bought it some time ago. It was much better than I expected it to be, though I really disliked EVERY SINGLE character except the husband's sister. The reason I liked it was because it wasn't at all predictable and things kept happening that made me go whoa. It's made me curious about her other books. And the movie, though I'm still not sure I really want to see it.

Now, just because I was in the mood for something COMPLETELY different, I am re-readng Enid Blyton's The Naughtiest Girl in the School books, which are not at all what you might think they are if you don't know who Enid Blyton was. :D She wrote 762 books. 762! And she was only 71 when she died. The mind boggles. I never read any of her books except these three, but I probably have a soft spot for them because the main character is named Elizabeth and has curly hair and decided opinions.

The reason why I took Blyton's book off the shelf and started reading it was because I thought I'd get started on the annual book clean-out for the media sale next month. I have a full paper bag of books already set aside, but it's always a good idea in this household to clear out some shelf room (to make room for new, better books, of course). I did a massive clean-out a couple of years ago, so it's a little harder than usual to find stuff to get rid of. I have to go back to the books I haven't read in a long time and, often, re-read them to make a decision. But I won't get rid of these; I knew I could read them quickly and get a nice little nostalgia jolt.

Next I think I'll re-read Girl of the Limberlost. Or maybe Swallows & Amazons. Who knows? The future is wide open! Though I wouldn't get rid of either of those, either.

We got a call from the police yesterday (Karin took the call) that they had found Martin's little wallet with his cards in and are sending it back to us in the mail. We had already canceled the bank card, but now at least we don't have to pay for a new bus card. Another plus for the end of last week. :)
mood: content
music: Toto—Hold the Line


Haha. What did your slacker kids say about your A Plus?

Oh I do hope there are naps involved in your decadent day.

They laughed (from envy, yes) and there was definitely a nap!

You want to watch a Ben Affleck film? What is wrong with you? Go and lie down immediately and get Martin to dial 112 asap - you need the psych unit right away. (I wouldn't mention Mello to them or they may never release you)

I grew up on Enid Blyton books! I must have read hundreds of them, but my favourites were the series involving The Famous Five or The Secret Seven which were a bit like Scooby Doo, with smart kids having adventures and outsmarting the adults. What kid wouldn't like that? I also enjoyed a series written about a boarding school called St. Clare's and The Naughtiest Girl series (funny that I'd like that!)

Her books were frowned on by librarians and the politically correct brigade, but I for one adored them and it never stunted my reading development like they predicted it would. If anything, it made me want to read more and more. I later read a biography about her and learned that in real life she was a bit of a nutter and certainly cruel to her children and husband, which took a bit of the gloss off of my love for her.

I throw in a vote for Swallows & Amazons which is high on my list of best loved books from my youth.

Ha! I did go and lie down, and the feeling has passed. I read all 3 Naughtiest Girl books (the first ones) and now I'm dipping into some old beloved sci-fi.

I might re-read Peter Duck, though, that has always been one of my favorite S&A adventures :)

I suspect that you'd not be able to watch the film. Having read Gone Girl myself, I don't think I'd enjoy the movie as I'd know where it was leading. The whole point of that book is to keep you wondering until the end!

And then there's Ben Affleck *shudder*

I was in the bookstore today and looked at 2 of her other books. Same kind of stuff: pass.

Oh, great that you got the bus card back! Phew!

I know, right? Better at least one of them than neither!

Blyton simply boggles, doesn't she?

A weekend full of reading and naps sounds absolutely lovely. :-)

It was a treat. I hope this coming weekend can be similar!

From Megsie

Such lovely Valentine's Loves! We also exchange candy, and I have been dipping in all weekend. I usually horde mine and eat it much later when I remember it is there, but this weekend I have needed the pick me up!

Your weekend plans sound like the perfect weekend to me! I am glad there were naps!



Yea for the A Plus Plus - remind Martin that you're a first born of siblings!
Love, Lizardmom

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