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Archive for November, 2008

First Advent Posted by on Nov 29, 2008

Tomorrow is the First Advent and I dutifully dragged out my Advent lights (the electric kind) only to find out they don’t work. Sometime between last December and today they decided to go to the Advent light heaven, or wherever it is that broken ornaments go. So my first Advent Sunday will be lightless. That’s…

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Thanksgiving and Word Order Posted by on Nov 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it! I don’t. I did it twice in the past, because my dearly beloved demanded turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes. Turkeys are easy to come by here, our local Ica MAXI carries them. And during November you can even spot frozen cranberries, so if you’re really dedicated you…

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Stockholms 19:e internationella filmfestival Posted by on Nov 25, 2008

I was going to talk about grammar today, because we haven’t done it in a long while. But how can I talk about something as mundane as grammar if something as exciting as the 19th Stockholm Film Festival is going on? True, it’s going on a long way from here, but still. It’s exciting. And…

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Hög tid för vinterdäck Posted by on Nov 23, 2008

On Friday I took my car in to get winter tires put on. And it was about time. Driving on snow and ice covered roads was becoming rather hazardous. Driving with spiky tires is a little bit better. Most manly men I know change their tires themselves, but lacking a handy wrench monkey, I go…

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Plastproblemet är löst Posted by on Nov 20, 2008

As I’m sure you know, Sweden is big on recycling and being environmentally friendly. And I happen to like that. We recycle our plastic bottles and aluminum cans and get money back (pant) at the store. Those plastic bottles and cans that can’t be returned for pant go into normal recycling bins. And we have…

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Hearing Swedish Abroad Posted by on Nov 16, 2008

It’s always interesting to see how many people abroad can utter at least some words of Swedish. I say “utter,” because I’m not even surprised anymore at how many people actually can speak Swedish. Their degrees of proficiency vary wildly, that’s for sure, but Swedish is no longer a secret language in which you can…

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Swedish Foodstuffs Abroad Posted by on Nov 14, 2008

I am abroad again and this time, I’m proud to say that Dearly Beloved is managing quite well. He went shopping all by himself today and bought what he needed. But he did respond with a sigh of relief when he heard I’m coming back on Monday. This time it was me who needed his…

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