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Things Karin was this weekend: a zipperhead on Friday and 1/2 of an Oreo cookie on Saturday. I asked her why her friends always have Halloween parties a week early and she didn't know. Maybe because the school break starts next week and a lot of people are already gone at the weekend.

Martin leaves next Monday, only a week and then he is gone for 6-7 weeks. He will be in Peru until December 10 and then is going to try to change his return ticket to fly to Toronto on December 10 and then stay in Detroit with a friend and with my mom for 8 days, returning home to Sweden on December 18. The return ticket still isn't sorted though, because the travel agency the kids are using told him that he couldn't rebook until after he actually leaves Copenhagen, which sounds very strange to me. I hope it doesn't end up costing him a fortune to rebook, but I guess it's his money, and if it doesn't work out, then he'll be home 8 days earlier than planned, so yay!

I'm loving the autumn-ness of everything right now. I'm gobsmacked by the trees, though I wish there were more red ones and spend far too much time taking photos of them. Everything about nature is so ephemeral, it's worth capturing and keeping, right? Karin and I went for a walk Friday after I left work early and took photos of leaves and trees and goats and things. I love this one:

If you want to see more of my photos, feel free to wander over to my Instagram! I rarely share them on Facebook, or even here, because I don't like having content doubled all over the place.

On Friday, I participated in the Star For Life concert with my choir and... 300 children. We only knew that several other adult choirs had been asked to participate, but apparently they all graciously declined. So we were a little shocked to find ourselves the only adults singing, apart from a few harried-looking teachers. Read more about Star For Life, if you are interested. I can highly recommend going to see one of their concerts, they are quite fun, uplifting and for a good cause. :) Anders' mom said the whole show was full of "happy music".

It's quite fun, if a bit exhausting, to sing with a giant choir like this. A couple of my colleagues at work are getting a group together to participate in another such mass choir event, this time a Gospel Festival in Malmö, in January. It's 1000 people singing plus a bunch of solo artists.

What else? Yesterday, Martin and I started watching Westworld. After two episodes, I feel a little hooked and a lot icked out. It's rather brutal and grotesque but it certainly is fascinating and thought-provoking as well. However, my show-watching buddy is leaving, so not sure how far I'll get with the show after next week!

Nothing else really exciting is happening...I'm mostly wishing right now that I had at least one more day of weekend to enjoy. They just go by TOO fast.
mood: contemplative
music: The Sundays—A Certain Someone

From Megsie

I have been wondering when Martin was leaving, and now it seems like it has sneaked up on me! I am excited for him and nervous for him as well. Such a big jump into the deep end of the pool! I will look forward to updates.

I am in complete agreement looking for one more day in the weekend. It was our "MEA" weekend this weekend, and that means no school for me (or for my kids) on Thursday and Friday. My kids had Wednesday off too. I knew I would be trying to catch up all weekend, and, yes. I have worked all weekend. I have crossed a lot off my list, but I still have quite a bit left. I REALLY wanted to be all the way caught up, but it wasn't because of lack of trying. I am avoiding grading some papers right now, but I better begin. UGH. These are going to be painful! But once I start it will be closer to being done.

Your Choir sounds like it was really fun! I am glad you got back into singing. It makes joy come to the front, doesn't it?

Re: From Megsie

Singing is truly a joy, I'm so glad I've started again. I missed it so! It sucks to have to work all weekend, I feel for you!

What a beautiful photo of Karen and autumn surrounding her! We just returned from a trip to New England and oh my did I love the beautiful colors of the fall foliage pretty much everywhere.

Oy, my a choir of 1000 people is quite big! Can't imagine singing with that many others. Your concert with your choir and 300 kids sounds also somewhat intense.

Is Martin planning to do his whole degree in the States or is he going over for a year? It's very exciting for him, but I know it'll be hard on your to have him so far away from home. Is he leaving next week already? Wow! time flies.. though yeah we're in late October already so I guess most academic years have started up by now.

New England's fall always knocks my socks off. It's SO BRIGHT!

Martin is hoping to do as much as possible of his university in the States but it will depends on costs, and whether or not he can get scholarships or grants or financial aid. HOpefully at least one year! He is leaving on Monday...eeek!

It was BEAUTIFUL!! We were so lucky with the weather, too, bright and sunny throughout our stay - and the timing couldn't have been better. I loved it, wanne go back every year now! :P

I hope Martin is enjoying his traveling so far, bet he is! How is mama faring with her oldest so far away from home? :)

Ohhh and I added you on IG! it's the pictarsby.. one :)

Thanks for the heads up that it was you!

Yeah since my IG nick isn't really recognizable for LJ peeps I figured that may be handy haha!

What a beautiful photo of Karin and of autumn.

I can't understand this fuzziness about the date of Halloween. I heard the other day that Halloween "bus eller godis" in Oxelösund is happening between 2nd - 5th November. I asked why and was told it was "Halloween week", whatever that is. I pointed out that Halloween was 31st October - a fixed date much like Christmas and everyone just shrugs and says "that's how it it is here in Sweden". I shouldn't be surprised that they march to the beat of their own drum.

I loved Anders' mum's description of "happy music" - it sounds like a wonderful event to be involved in.

I do hope Martin has a wonderful time in Peru and that mum copes with his absence.

The family that is organizing Halloween in our neighborhood got it right this year! Last year they did it on the weekend, but this year, even though it falls on a Monday, they put Monday! Woot! Progress!


I love the photo! Hoping Martin gets the ticcket exchanged with no problem as I am really looking forward to his visit!
Glad as always to hear what's happening in your world. Love, Lizardmom

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