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Edited to say: if my math impairment doesn't once again trip me up and if that isn't THE MOST TYPICAL THING I COULD HAVE DONE, I don't know what is. *sigh*

Yesterday, my little Livejournal became a teenager turned 12! That's right, I've been writing here, right here, in this spot for 13 12 years! Back in 2003, blogs were the new and cool thing to do. EVERYONE was blogging. It was Gale, a friend from the AWC, who really got me started. She still blogs too but not so much, and since she moved to Copenhagen years ago, I haven't seen her in ages.

My reason for starting this blog was to kick-start my writing. I hadn't been writing anything much for years by then; nor doing much else of a creative nature. Gale helped kickstart that, too, as she was into scrapbooking and rubber-stamping and other kinds of crafty artwork and jewelry. It was a very fun year, and I spent a great deal of time, according to my blog, buying and using art supplies and starting (but not finishing) projects like my Collage Book.

During my first year or so of blogging, I was very enthusiastic and I often posted more than once a day. Throwaway, "this is just to say" kinds of posts mostly. My second post on my first day of online journaling talked about a night out with the Wonders, Anders' working on his motorcycle, the start of building our deck and a list of trees I wanted for the yard. It included lilac, magnolia, cherry, tulip, ginkgo, oak and birch.

Well, we managed the cherry tree. But! We are also getting lilacs finally, as Anders has already prepared the space along the side of the garage for them. 5 lilac bushes are intended to go there; the pretty lavender blue ones that I love :) It only took 13 12 years...what? Anyway, that post seems to typify my entire journal. :)

Back then, Martin was 5.5 years old. Karin was 4. Hard to believe that she just turned 16 and he will be 18 come December.

I was working at Ericsson then, not very happily, as things had been sliding downhill basically since I had started there in March of 2000. It would only be a little more than a year from when I started this blog that the company would close our subsidiary and I would find myself out of a job. I had the pleasure stress of deciding between TWO excellent new job offers and after much dithering, accepted a position with my current company. What an good choice I made!

Since I started this Livejournal, I've posted 2,411 entries. This will be #2412. I've received 34,340 comments. I've met so many wonderful people through this blog; and even gotten to meet many of you in person. It's opened up a world of friendship that has enriched my life immeasurably. Every comment you make, every advice you give, every recommendation you offer, makes my day brighter. I could have done it without you, but it sure wouldn't have been as much fun! So, happy blogiversary to us! Thank you :)
mood: happy
music: U2—With or Without You


An auspicious day! :-)

haha! Indeed! :D

Wow! My how time flies. Just looking at those two little cutie-pies and knowing how big they are now really puts it in perspective.

Apparently it didn't fly that far. Not surprising, I can't count.

From Megsie

Oh, look at those little cute kids! SO CUTE and SO LITTLE! I am so grateful that you have this blog! It has inspired me so many times it's too hard to count. Sending love straight to you...xo

Re: From Megsie

They WERE adorable, weren't they??

And love back to you, my biggest fan! :D


Congratulations! Well done. Although I'm a little confused about 2003 to 2015 being 13 years. But maybe you mean you're STARTING your 13th. I'm just easily confused. But again, well done! And me too, in about a week I think.


Oh god it's my math-impaired brain at work again!!

Also, HAHAHAHA!!! So freaking typical!

martin turns 18?!! yikes!! :)

I know, right??!

Happy blog-iversary Liz!
It's been great knowing you over all these years.

Ditto! :)

Seems like yesterday and so long ago at the same time! I don't even remember how I came to find livejournal and all my american friends in Sweden. It's probably mentioned in one of thousands of posts..I've had this journal since 2000..yikes!

2000! Crazy! That's definitely a teenager!


Well a very special thank you to Gale from me too! This blog has been a life line to my oldest and her life when she is soooo far away -and to my Grandkids. Without this blog I would not have known as much about your life, your thoughts, your hopes, nor have seen the world through your eyes (photos). Please don't stop this -even if I have to wait for days for something new to appear! Love, Lizardmom

I won't stop, Mom!! Promise :)

Ha ha ha, LOVE the correction! I started mine in August 2003 as well, but I knew it wasn't 13 years ago as I was then expecting my 11 1/2 year old daughter. It still didn't occur to me that you had got it wrong. It was such an exciting idea, to be the author of a teenaged blog!

I am SUCH a math idiot!! I even thought, while figuring out how old my kids were then, that something was off and I still didn't twig until one of my commenters pointed it out. Drrrr

Happy Anni-Blogi-Versary!



Just catching up on your blog posts and I can't believe it's been that long! Then again, I started blogging 11 years ago! I am so glad we "met" through this medium and trust me, some day I will get to Sweden and meet you in person!


Every post you make enriches our lives -- we're all so very glad you've stuck with the blogging!

I'm very envious of your impending lilacs. That's one of the drawbacks of living in an apartment: you don't get to control the landscaping. If it were up to me, there would be lilacs all over the place.

Adorable pics. :-)

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