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Good dog

I know I kind of left you all hanging with the report of Asbjørn’s mysterious illness, and I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to get around to updating. After my last post, he continued to improve and I felt (almost) no anxiety at all about traveling to England a few days later. Olof made… Read More Good dog

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Coping mechanism

Until I started living in Uppsala part-time a year-and-a-half ago, I had never lived by myself. I got married right out of high school, and when that relationship ended I first moved home to my mom’s, then I had roommates for a couple of months before moving in with my next boyfriend. By the time… Read More Coping mechanism

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Long day

This was not the day I planned to have. This morning as I was walking home from dropping Yrsa off at pre-school, I thought to myself, Ah, 6½ glorious hours to get some work done. Alas, it was not to be. I should probably preface this by saying that everything is okay, but it was… Read More Long day

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More about Eurovision

So I was wrong. The best part about Eurovision wasn’t in fact Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi (as wonderful as they are), it was Petra Mede and Måns Zelmerlöw. Even Buzzfeed agrees. They were pretty spectacular. Next best was that Ukraine won (with a political song!) over Russia, the favorite. The song wasn’t my favorite,… Read More More about Eurovision

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Kitsch

Tonight is Eurovision, something the kids usually look forward to. This year was no exception, and at starting time the whole lot of us were gathered around the TV. After the snacks were eaten and the first several songs were sung, however, the kids started peeling off and now that the last act is performing,… Read More Kitsch

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State of the dog

I haven’t updated recently about … well, about much of anything, I guess, but what’s on my mind at the moment is Asbjørn, so that’s what you’re getting. After his major health scare last New Year’s Eve, he’s made a remarkable recovery and is still going strong. His liver levels are still an issue, but… Read More State of the dog

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Blue note

A few months ago Petra’s hair was waist-length and it was such a hassle to keep it washed and combed that my fingers were positively itching to cut it. After some wheedling on my part, she agreed to let me cut off four or five inches, but it was still much longer than shoulder-length. The… Read More Blue note

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Workload

I have spent essentially all day working on transcribing a single letter written by a noblewoman to the archbishop in Uppsala in 1685, and I’ve just now–at 4:30 in the afternoon–got it finished. One down, 379 (give or take) to go.

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Housekeeping

I really ought to have tidied up my apartment this evening, seeing as I was here and had nothing pressing to do, but housework is never high on the list of ways I’d like to spend my time. With the academic year winding down, though, my opportunities to get the place thoroughly cleaned before I… Read More Housekeeping

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Wednesday report

The day kind went by in a blur and felt almost like it was over before it started, but when I look back on it I was actually pretty productive. I got to the office on the early side of normal, made coffee and took care of a few administrative-type things before putting in some… Read More Wednesday report