Tuesday, November 30, 2010

done

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After months of procrastinating working hard, I have finally finished writing all the papers I was required to by the Finnish Board of Education (in my endeavour to have my teaching credentials recognized here).
These two papers are the last, and were taken to the post office today and sent off to my professor for reading.
Whew. I’m so glad that’s done:)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

we have ice

I know.
You are already getting tired of posts about the weather. But, really, there’s nothing much more I got up my sleeve (poor English was intentional there).
We woke up to this, this morning:
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Mattias already is asking if he can go walk on the ice.
I don’t think so.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

old man winter

Well, it looks like winter has officially arrived.
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I was going to do a post on Monday about how it’s actually good to have snow now . . . reasons like:
  • the snow makes it appear to be lighter during these long, dark days of winter
  • it’s a little easier to see the road when the snow is piled up along the edge
  • I’d rather drive on packed snow than black ice
But then, it warmed up on Monday, a bit. And then it got colder again. That means the roads are now covered in slush that’s frozen again. Ya know . . . it’s like driving on a washboard . . . and if your tires find their way out of the ruts, who knows where you’ll go. Needless to say, I’ve been “white-knuckling” most of my driving these past couple of days.
However, the kids are enjoying it.
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Sorta.
It was better earlier in the week when it was a little warmer and better snow for building with. It’s too cold now – the snow doesn’t pack.
Did ya know that they actually have a special word here for the kind of snow that makes good snowmen? Blidsnö.
Oh. And Sunday was Father’s Day in these here parts. Joel made a cake.
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He did it all himself. It has a green tractor on it.
Right.
That’s all I’ve got for now:)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

fredag’s mys (på lördag)

Last night, Mattias was at a party, Joel was at a friend’s house and Stefan was at the farm, so Sofia and I had “fredags mys” on Saturday.
“What’s that?” you ask?
Fredags mys (translated as Friday coziness) is a concept here in parts of Scandinavia where family and friends gather on Friday evenings after a successful week and celebrate the beginning of the weekend with snack foods, takeaway, finger foods, candy, and watching television. According to ethnologist Charlotte Hagström at Lund University, fredags mys is a modern rite. It can also relieve stress. (I got that info from the Swedish version of Wikipedia.)

Anyways, Sofia and I had fredags mys. I lit candles. We ate popcorn. We drank Root Beer. And we watched a video.
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

if not for the power lines

These photos would be kinda pretty, I think.
I took them last week, but haven’t really had any time for posting.
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The reflection of the rising moon was so beautiful.

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I thought the lighting in these morning shots was so pretty.
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You can see here that it was snowing that day.

Remember the fridge calendar I put up at the beginning of October? Here’s what it looked like when I took it down Monday morning . . .
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The Holms

Denmark Road Trip

The outskirts of St. Pete

St. Petersburg

Saint Petersburg: Sankt-Peterburg, Russian pronunciation: is a city and a federal subject of Russia located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. The city's other names were Petrograd (1914–1924) and Leningrad (1924–1991). Founded by Tsar Peter I of Russia on 27 May, 1703, it was the capital of the Russian Empire for more than two hundred years (1713–1728, 1732–1918). Saint Petersburg is home to more than two hundred museums, many of them hosted in historic buildings. The largest of the museums is the Hermitage Museum, featuring interiors of the former imperial residence and a vast collection of art. Celebrating the 300th anniversary of its foundation, Saint Petersburg was selected as the main motif in a recent Finnish commemorative coin, the €10 Mannerheim and Saint Petersburg commemorative coin, minted in 2003. The reverse of the coin features a view of Saint Petersburg, with the Peter and Paul Fortress and its three turrets. In the coin the words "St. Petersburg 1703-2003" can be seen.