So let me start off by saying it has been way too long since I blogged last.
I can also start off by saying I enjoy blogging quite a bit, but sometimes priorities get a hold of you, your routine gets utterly blown to smithereens, and all the good will and effort turns into, well, nothing.
And then there is also procrastination. There is a fantastic Ted Talk on the subject. I don’t think it applies, but as this blog is basically one big excuse, well crap. It probably applies.
But I can say with a straight face, I have indeed been tied up continuously for the last two months, and knocking out a number of big and small things, each of which could probably have been blogged about, were I a bit of a better blogger. In case you don’t follow me on Facebook, I have been living in interesting times. So the drumroll please…
- Pass the barf bag, please — In April I took care of sick kids 14 out of 15 straight days (this one kicked off the blog less mayhem). I’m sure it’s not a record, but it’s definitely a record for me! Not looking for sympathy as it’s a part of the job. But I swear I didn’t know kids could be sick so much, and I certainly didn’t know how much more effort a sick kid was than a healthy one until the second week of insanity began.
- Hvor kommer du fra? — I studied for and passed my Danish language exams, opening the door for a permanent residency card. Will say I didn’t study too much (on one question I had to read a bus schedule. No lie), but the consequence of failure definitely got the blood pressure up and scrambled my brain for a week.
- A hundred miles and running — I participated in the second of four endurance events under the Svensk Klassiker, the Vätternrundan. At 300km/180 miles, it is by far the longest ride I have even undertaken which made for a very long day. And of course being Sweden, it rained too. It was probably more awesome than it sounds.
- Get a job, hippie! — So I don’t have a job yet… But my CV is now up to date. If you haven’t worked on your CV lately, all I can say is I am going to make it a point to look at mine once a month from now on. Because I swear updating your accomplishments on paper is harder and far less rewarding than actually applying for the jobs they get.
- 🎶Green Acres is the place to be…🎶 — While the wife got some much needed and long overdue time with one of her oldest and best friends, I decided to park myself with the kids in the countryside with mormor and morfar. The farm is relaxing, but so much different than the city that there is always an excitement element. I think it is because it toughens you up against nature. The oldest is still afraid of spiders, but those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones…(I hate them too). BUT, she has no aversion to snails, fire, dogs, horses, or heavy Skånsk. Yes, the farm is a good place to visit (but no, we still won’t live there…).
- I (almost) have a Danish drivers license — After 9 years. Yes, I have effectively waited out the Danish Parliment on this one. Rather than taking the drivers ed courses and physical test, I waited for the law to change. And waited. And waited some more. And then waited 5 years. Sometimes it’s nice to see laziness disguised as patience pays off.
- A chip off the old block… — Which brings up up to the last week, where I am now spending several daylight hours in a hospital bed (not as much as Åsa mind you) next to my daughter who is recovering from an appendectomy of all things. Oh, and as I write this the baby developed a rash. Haha! Between this point and point 1, that make 3 of 8 weeks I have been directly taking care of ill children. Now I don’t mind hospitals per se. I get to sit in bed a lot and play Legos (sweet). But I don’t think I can quite call this quality time with the kids. No, this is flat out quantity time with the kids…
Plus Easter, plus this, plus that, plus blah blah blah. Ugh! Get on with it, Jason!
So now that my blog is back up, what happens next? Well:
- Very soon I will be asking you for money (because, you know, I’m unemployed and all). Just kidding, but it’s going to be good. You’ll see!
- I figured out the ponytail solution! Or rather, I didn’t but my wife did. And in fact I did do some prototyping which failed miserably. I’ll share the secret invention soon. Dads out there, you’ll be struck with a, “well, duh!” moment, same as me.
- I have further reviewed my Scandinavian transformation on Facebook, and the trend continues. Of course if Trump gets elected president, that will give me 4 years of defense against all grillings over dinner. “I’ve lived here so long, the last time I saw Trump on TV he was still bankrupting his airlines and casinos. So don’t ask me to explain it… Would you pass the lutefisk, please?”
- I am now actively working on my Swedish pronunciation and vocabulary. Despite my comprehension being pretty good, my spoken Swedish is somewhere between “buffoon” and “preschooler.” But it not entirely my own fault; Swedish pronunciation is far trickier than most think, including the Swedes! And it’s not what you think… More to come.
- And a number of other topics I have partially written up, but yeah, that procrastination thing.
So thanks for hanging in there with me, and I’m glad to be back on the board!