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Martin actually updated his resume, printed it out and went around knocking on doors and talking to managers all over Lund, looking for another job today. Very happy about his initiative! He and his friends bought the plane tickets to Peru yesterday, so apparently this trip is really happening...EEK. Now he just has to get shots, order an international health insurance card, get blood tests, make an appointment with the driving school, get his driver's license, figure out what he wants to study and where, write college entrance essays, apply for college, graduate with honors, get a fantastic job, meet the perfect person, and LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER!

Karin left on her moped this evening to go to soccer practice and called home 5 minutes later, crying. I thought she'd had an accident or been hit by a car or something. "WHAT HAPPENED!??" I said (calmly) into the phone. Turns out, a wasp had flown into her jacket, gotten inside her shirt and stung the crap out of her, all over her front. She had at least 5 swollen spots and red rashy splotches all over her chest and neck. :( She got the wasp out, after stopping, screaming, throwing off her helmet and jacket and then got the stinger out as well before she called. YIKES. We don't have any sort of sting medicine except a tube of AfterBite so old it's probably more dangerous than helpful. We put a cold compress on the stings and she laid down, and now, 2 hours later, the splotches are mostly gone and the swelling spots have disappeared and she's asleep. Poor little pooh!!

I spent today doing things for everyone else. And that doesn't even count work, where that's all I do, haha! And running errands. Martin needed his resume printed out. Karin needed money for new inside shoes. I took my car back for its follow-up inspection (it passed). I picked up stuff from my friend Camilla that she is donating to our village's upcoming flea market. I went grocery shopping. I picked Martin up at the bus stop. I washed dishes. I paid bills.

In the piles of stuff that Camilla gave me was a bag of old picture frames that she was getting rid of. They're so pretty! Very old-fashioned, metal with stamped and embossed edges and in 2 cases, flowery filigree. I would have paid a lot of money for them in an antique store, so I am thrilled. Score! I've been sorting through photos and frames, so these couldn't have come at a better time.

It's suddenly warming up again and the sun was shining much of the day. I went for another "long" walk at lunch (extra 10 minutes more than usual) and it was so nice to feel the warmth on my shoulders. It's supposed to be summer weather all week, all the way up in the high 20s.

What I'm Reading: Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery (finally!) and then Memory Wall by Anthony Doerr

What I'm Eating: artichokes, fresh pineapple, spinach salad with salmon, baby plum tomatoes and pine nuts, mushroom soup

What I'm Watching: nothing, really. All my shows are over. John Oliver and Samantha Bee, when they have new stuff

What I'm Wearing: no-sleeve shirts, still

What I'm Listening to: Haim and the rest of my Spotify playlist

What I'm Working on: the recipe book, duh. I drew a chicken yesterday!

What I'm Coveting: paintings by Andrea Migiano-Lavery, Erin Hanson, Audrey Kawasaki, Melanie Morris, Jess Franks, Michelle Courier, Flora Bowley and Amy Montgomery, among others...

What are YOU doing?
mood: busy
music: King Floyd—Groove Me


If you like Emily of New Moon, don't make the mistake of watching the television series. I recall that I may have enjoyed the first book more than the two that followed, but it was so long ago now that I read them that I am not certain. I'd like to read them again.

Poor Karin and poor you! What a terrible 30 seconds that was until you knew she was not in an accident.

Good to know about Emily. I LOVE Anne of Green Gables and loved the Megan Followes series, until number three which was a hot mess.

I only ever saw the first two Anne movies that Megan Followes did. Thanks for the tip about avoiding #3!

Cogsinister and I read Rilla of Ingleside together. There's a really nice recording of it on Librivox!

Edited at 2016-08-23 08:51 pm (UTC)

Did you know the guy who played Gilbert died not all that long ago? Very sad!

Hey by the way, I am really sorry about Neil. :(

I didn't know he died. He must have died young--that is sad. Thank you for your kind words about Neil.

Edited at 2016-08-23 09:15 pm (UTC)


Your eating list is making me hungry -too bad few of those choices are currently not available in my kitchen! I do like the works of Erin Hanson -not so much the others. I'm doing not much -perusing days old newspapers, wasting time on the computer, laundry and some vacumning.
So sorry to hear about Karin's mishap - Samuel can relate, but what a horrible experience while she's on her moped. And High 5's to Martin! Love, Lizardmom

I'm not eating them all at once! :) I have even more artists that I am coveting work from, but if I tried to list them all you'd be reading for days!

Yikes, poor Karin!

Enjoy the sun and warm temps while they last. There's been a little nip in the air the last couple of nights and I am not ready for it.

This whole week has been high summer! Hottest today so far! EEK.

Oh, poor Karin! That must have hurt A LOT. I do hope that she's feeling much better today. Who would have thought they could sneak in like that and do so much harm.

Your day sounds manic and I'm twitchy just reading about it. Slow down, woman or you'll give me a heart attack. :)

We have had lovely weather as well - a clear, starry, starry night complete with a smashing display of northern lights. It doesn't get better thasn this.

I loved Emily of New Moon and the two sequels when I read it 900 years ago. I had no idea that it had been made into a tv series. I must check that out in winter (about the only time I watch tv).

She was much better by the next day, if a little itchy and still red. This whole week has been a bit nuts, and I took today off to have the chance to prepare for dinner in peace...HA. Had to take Martin to the clinic for his blood test, had to pick up Karin, had to stop at Systembolaget. NOW, though, the house is clean and dinner is halfway ready and I still have several hours to go. Commence RELAXING.

I'm enjoying Emily but have to admit, so far, I like Anne much better.

From Megsie

I am a day late and a dollar short!

Poor Karin. Ugh. Not only is it PAINFUL, but scary too. To be driving when this happened? And to not be able to get it to stop? I am glad she is feeling better. But still. Poor Karin.

I hope your dinner was a smashing success!

I love your first paragraph...You make Martin's life seem like a simple checklist...I was snickering but not loudly because everyone else is sleeping. So, now he will embark to Peru! Exciting and scary. More scary for me I think.

I am so glad you posted. I love coming here. xoxox

Re: From Megsie

Dinner was fantastic, though my friends are lightweights and didn't eat as much as I expected them to! :D

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