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Happy first of May! It's a holiday here, but it doesn't count when it falls on a weekend. Yesterday was Walpurgis Eve (Beltane Eve) and we celebrated with our friends Mats & Annelott at their annual bonfre. It was a smallish crowd...only 12 adults and almost none of the usual kids. Neither Martin nor Karin came with and Mats and Annelott's son Viktor wasn't there either. Karin and Viktor were out with their respective friends partying, and Martin was home studying.

He has been studying like a maniac the past couple of weeks. His exams start tomorrow. 15 exams in 11 days. Then? He's DONE. Except for the long wait for the grades and his diploma, which he won't get until after July sometime. Oh, and graduation, which is coming up faster than I'm ready for.

We went suit shopping today and I'm beginning to feel like my wallet is hemorrhaging money. Thankfully, Martin caved in on the tuxedo issue (he was insisting that a tuxedo was necessary dress code for senior prom). We found a really nice, slim classic black suit and basic dress shoes. He chose a classic black bowtie to use for prom, and a stylish light blue tie for graduation.

2 more things checked off my list, yay! (ignore the green and red tags)

This weekend has been a busy one. I cleaned out the fish tank, went through the fish stuff, tossed a bunch of old crap and got it ready to put into storage. I'm not selling it right now on the off chance that one of the kids will want the aquarium at some point. If not, I can always get rid of it later. I also cleaned out 2 large glass vases FULL of glass marbles that were on the porch gathering dust and bits of leaves and dead bugs. EW. Trying to decide whether to sell those or set them somewhere inside.

The removal of the fish tanks makes a huge gap along our long wall. We're debating what to do there, but I want to sit on it awhile. I suggested moving the large cabinet we have in the playroom but Anders thinks it will look weird since it's painted light grey and the rest of the furniture in the dining room is blond wood. He suggested a köpmanssdisk but I don't really want yet another piece of furniture to fill up with stuff. It would be nice to have somethere to use as a sideboard, but it's not really necessary. If we ever get around to actually building the fireplace we planned for, then the bookcase that is currently in that spot will need someplace to go, and this empty space might have to be it...I don't know.

Today turned out sunny and warm and gorgeous...finally, a real spring day! I sat on the porch for awhile after we got back from the mall, but that made me sleepy so I had to take a nap. Karin went to Lund to hang out with a boy she is starting to see (second date, or third, I think) and is buying dinner on the way home: meat for Anders to grill and potato salad.

It's a short work week ahead for me: only 2.5 days, but so much to do that I'm having a bit of anxiety about it. We have a half day on Wednesday but we'll see if I can actually leave on time or not. I'm inclined NOT to stay and stress about work. :)

Anyway, happy May Day to you!
mood: calm
music: k.d. lang—World of Love


15 exams in 11 days seems a bit on the cruel side. Requiring it just before graduation seems unusually cruel and completely unnecessary. That's got to be multiple exams in the same class? They really couldn't space them out any better? What kind of lesson could such a coordinated attack by the teachers on their students possibly teach them??

(I'm getting angry just thinking about it and I'm not even the one having to take them!)

My sympathies to Martin. Fortunately he'll almost certainly never have to do it again.


It's how the IB program works and he knew it up front, three years ago. All the grades are from the end of year exams at the end of the program.

Your descriptions of the IB program are making me feel like maybe Ingrid shouldn't do it.

Martin's in good company taking a gap year, did you see Malia Obama is also taking a year off before going to Harvard?

From Megsie

The end is near! This week is my last teaching week for this year. I am glad. I need to start over. I am procrastinating right now, I should be grading. I will begin soon, I hope, :)

I love May Day. We used to go to the May Day parade in Minneapolis which was always fun, but I have a cold and I am not in the mood to be in a crowd. Maybe next year?

So, HAPPY MAY DAY LIZ! xoxoxoxo

Re: From Megsie

The end is indeed near! All you teachers must be wishing it were now! :D

Happy May Day, Liz! Loverly that you had a sunny day to welcome spring.

Poor Martin! The mind boggles at so many exams crammed into so short a time. It's amazing what we can do when we are young - just the thought of it these days makes we want to have a very Edwardian fit of the vapours. Still I bet he'll do really well, then let his hair down and party hard.

I saw just the thing in Stockholm for your big space! It will look great.

Life is far too short to stress about work - my vote is to leave early on Wednesday and relax on Thursday. You ought to have taken a squeeze day on Friday as well.

now I am scheming on how to convince Anders that our dining room will only be complete with those moose. And I do have Friday off, hence the 2.5 day week :)

Doh! I can't count to save my life. Can you tell I was hopeless at maths at school :-)

Hee, hee on the moose art installation. I have to say that it looked spectacular in Nybroplan. But yes, I can see Anders pulling out the BIG hairy eyeball for this suggestion.

This will serve Martin much better! Do you not get a bank holiday tomorrow?

Not today! But Thursday is Ascension day and we get that, plus a half-day Wed and a full day Friday!


SOOOO grown up.... and HANDSOME.... and stressed!!! At least I would be... ack... 15.... geez....

Happy May Day to you too. We spent it sick.. (Bryce and I) studying for AP Psych Exam(Danely) and unmotivated (Tom).

I know, right? I don't remember ever having that many tests!

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