sweden, shetland, and thanksgiving

I’d noticed before that other people who bought houses tended to reduce the frequency of site updates but I didn’t really understand why. Now, after spending every spare moment painting, fixing leaky plumbing, and hanging pictures into stone walls (we need a new drill bit already), I have a much better understanding.

It’s not like there hasn’t been other things going on as well, Cory’s got more work in Shetland coming up, and I spent three days last week in Sweden. While my collegues may take these kind of trips for granted, I thought it was awesome. Not only did I see a fabulous city (Gothenburg), I got to have perogies for dinner at a great Polish restaurant and I watched the last period of a hockey game in a bar. The only thing better would have been to go to the game itself but no one else thought so. (In one of my top ten dumb moves of the year, I forgot to bring my camera with me to Sweden so I’ve no pictures to share).

Finally, tomorrow being Canadian thanksgiving, but a work day here, we had our turkey yesterday. We found that our co-workers were thrilled to come over and stuff themselves silly so we ended up with 7 adults and 2 kids and an 8 kilogram turkey. We have lots of leftovers. But seriously, after a turbulent year, we’ve got a lot to be thankful for. We’ve a lovely house, decent jobs, new friends & lots of contact with ones back home, and midges don’t carry west nile. What more does one need?

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(We visited St. Machar’s Cathedral in Old Aberdeen when Bompa was visiting. It’s absolutely gorgeous, ancient, and very serene. I’d love to drop by someday for a service, except I might wait until summer since it’s very chilly inside).

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St. Machar’s Cathedral, Old Aberdeen

3 Bitter Lemons

  1. jeorg says:

    i love the word midges. and midges without west nile is better… but are you sure they don’t carry monkey sars with a dash of ebola?

  2. Sue says:

    Happy Thanksgiving. Sounds like the turkey dinner went well. Ours did as well, with much family around. House is now quiet again – all the guests have gone home.

  3. Elspeth says:

    Ah yes, the house-fixing! But isn’t it great being able to decorate just how you want? Glad you had a good thanksgiving – any scrabble played this year?

  4. Sue says:

    Happy Thanksgiving. Sounds like the turkey dinner went well. Ours did as well, with much family around. House is now quiet again – all the guests have gone home.

  5. Elspeth says:

    Ah yes, the house-fixing! But isn’t it great being able to decorate just how you want? Glad you had a good thanksgiving – any scrabble played this year?

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