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img_4906Ugh. January has been rough.

Pirate has suffered an ear infection that wouldn’t go away, we went to see a specialist and they said he was fine. His ears still hurt from time to time, but apparently they can be like that for no reason. So yeah.
Now we won’t know if he has an ear infection or if his ears are just being dumb… fun.

Pumpkin had a stomach bug last weekend, preventing me from going to work on Monday (because stomach bug quarantine) and *this* weekend Princess suffered from the same thing.

So here I am, home on a Monday, feeling the workload piling up on me.
Parenting fun times! 

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One awesome thing about January though, was the wedding hubs and I attended this weekend (the horde had sleepovers at grandparents). Our very good friends (finally) got married and we had an occasion to go to Stockholm and dress up fancy fancy.

It was wonderful, warm and welcoming and so classy. I admire her way of always finding the prettiest things to make everything lovely. Good food and great company.

Also, the chance to dress up in finery comes far too seldom for me. All my pretty shoes are just lying there in the wardrobe, waiting for parties.
I wish it would be sensible for me to wear my heels to work, but alas… trainers are the only  thing that really work.

Today my grandfather (paternal) would have turned 100 years old. He passed away 1989. Just think of all the things he saw when growing up. Everything that changed in the world. Just think of all the things that changed after 1989! Happy birthday grandpa Mauritz!

Time’s a funny thing, moving fast and slow and sometimes you don’t know where it went. This year I’ve been married for 15 years, a mother of twins for 10 and my youngest turns 6 and starts school in August.

And yet, I don’t feel as if time has passed by much at all. What’s changed? Has anything changed? I don’t know.

img_4901The sun will rise and set and the world will turn and we will keep doing dumb shit to  each other. But wouldn’t it be soooo much better if we all just were good to each other.

Be good people. Always.

Anyhow, I need to amuse my hordelings. Princess has expressed a wish to watch Pride and Prejudice (1995) and who am I to refuse her such brilliant watching?

xoxo

Gothenburg Book Fair, the best place on earth!

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Man, the line seemed never ending!

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Writers, un unruly bunch…

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Suddenly this random guy handed us free tickets! The kindness of strangers… thank you who ever you were.

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Okay, so lots and lots and lots of people. I was told today (Sunday) was what Saturdays usually are like, Saturday had been a madhouse (they had to close the doors and not let any more in!).

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I made a friend (?) at the Science Fiction Bookstore… I think it’s friendly anyway.

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Who could belive these small bags of books would be so heavy (happiness is lots of (unread) books)!

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Since we didn’t have seats next to each other we sat in the Bistro, it’s only one hour by train anyway.

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And here they are!

In English:
Ocean at the end of the lane, Neil Gaiman
Sandman comic books parts 3 and 4, Neil Gaiman
Dwarves 4th book, Markus Heitz
A Memory of Light, Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

In Swedish:
Svartkonst, Jonas Lejon
Där drömmar föds, Daniel Svanberg
Författaralmanacka, Ingalill Enbom
Förlåtelse, Desmond & Mpho Tutu
Archie, Bitte NJ
Isme, Bitte NJ
Riddarsvärdet, Kim M Kimselius
Boudicas sista strid mot Romarna, Kim M Kimselius
Mayafolkets hemlighet, Kim M Kimselius

Anyhow, I have some light reading to do… see you on the other side!

xoxo

… down to Gothenburg. My essay writing partner and I had decided that we would meet today and talk about our essay and try to see what we have left. Turned out it’s not *that* much that needs doing, which was a nice surprise. We’re going to email our supervisor some questions, and depending on his answers we’re more or less done.

I love going to Gothenburg. The crowds, the shops, the atmosphere, the trams and just being by myself is such a relief from my everyday routine. I love being with my kids (alright husband, you’re not too bad…) but having time to myself, going at my own pace, doing what I like – that’s priceless.

Tomorrow’s the best day of the week: Sunday and ballet class. I finally have a pair of shoes (Wheeee!)!!! They look something like this (not my feet and perfectly shaved legs!).

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Anyhow, I’m going to let the essay be at the moment. Can’t focus anymore tonight and I really want to send a short story to a competition (can’t decide which one to send though), so the rest of today is going to be spent reading and editing one or two short stories (and eat lots of chocolate and drink buckets of tea).

xoxo

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Yesterday was brilliant, not the seminar I had to attend in the morning, but after lunch I got to visit my favourite bookstore in the world! The Science Fiction Bookstore can be found in three cities here in Sweden: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. It’s THE place to get your fill of scifi, fantasy, urban, horror or anything not mainstream fix!

Even though I have an extensive list of books and movies I really want to buy I ended up just bying one book, and that one wasn’t even on my list. Ursula LeGuin is one of my favourite authors and she has published a book about writing, it’s based on a writers workshop she held in 1996 and contains all kinds of exercises for writers. Brilliant doesn’t even begin to cover it. I want to think I’ll be as good as her after finishing these exercises… please let it be so!

I’m going to start working with this book as soon as possible, but I know it’s going to be hard finding the time for it. I have so much to do at work and maybe even more to do when it comes to my uni essay. It’s such a bummer that all my writing time gets eaten by all these trivial things like work and studying (if I could I’d say “Sod it!” to everything else, but I hear it’s good to eat now and then)…

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I spent little over an hour browsing the various items they have in there, I found a pen and paper RPG that I played a lot when I was younger. Would be really cool the get my hands on that and play some with my friends. Too bad most of my RPG friends live far away right now and when we meet it’s more about catching up than getting to play. This particular game is called: “Drakar och Demoner” = “Dragons and Demons”, and I think it’s a Swedish take on Dungeons & Dragons (I might be completely wrong here, so don’t get too mad at me). 

I also found this great looking game called: “More than Human”, which had the scenario that some humans developed superpowers and then have to decide if they want to save humanity or destroy it (classic take on the superhuman vs. human story, but still very cool). It all takes place during the 80’s, so you have to think about that when playing: the clothes, the tech, world politics etc.

The fact that it’s not taking place in our present time might in fact be more of a challenge than trying to play someone with superpowers and struggling with being good or evil, because we can all relate to that struggle.

I grew up during the 80’s and have some memories of how things were, but I was a teen during the 90’s and the images from that decade are way clearer than the ones from the 80’s (duh!). On the other hand I love many of the artists that were big back then, so looking at their album covers I can easily picture how people (at least the cool people) dressed and wore their hair.

There was one more item that caught my fancy, a model of the Normandy, the ship from Mass Effect! I’d love to go complete nerd and buy it, but it’s a wee bit too expensive for me to buy at the moment. I spent some time flipping through the Mass Effect comic books as well, really like the way they’ve done them. Maybe some day I’ll be able to buy all that stuff (a girl can ream, can’t she?)…

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Anyhow, I’ll leave you with a pic of me grinning like an idiot (don’t comment on that!), standing by a shelf consisting only of science fiction novels. The feel, smell and sight of all those wonderful books has my heart go all pitter patter just writing about it.

Books are one of the most important reasons for living, you can quote me on that!

xoxo

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