Archive for October, 2008

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153 New hair

October 31, 2008

So today was the day…

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152 A stomach filled with air

October 31, 2008

Thursday today.. the day when we keep the kids home from kindergarten.

We had a beautiful day.. mostly sunny – and warm enough to wear only a t-shirt, but cold enough to not be sweating… And the air so clean and fresh after yesterdays rains. I tried to convience the kids to be out in the garden a lot today – I told them it’s healthy to breathe fresh air. The three-year-old kept saying she filled her stomach with air, and after a couple of hours the four-year-old was tired of being in the garden.. so he came in and claimed he had got too much fresh air. ūüôā

The afternoon I spent cleaning the whole house.. No matter how much I clean it’s still dirty. The problem is that the kids make a mess faster than I can clean.. I tried to get them to stay on the couch when cleaning the floor – but ended up having a three-year-old¬†tiptoing around on the wet floor – wetting her socks. And that was only one of her hundreds of reasons to spend the whole afternoon crying.. TIred little girl today.. I¬†tried to keep her in a good mood.. though it didn’t work so well.. and they had way to much chocolate and cookies today. We went out for a walk too.. to avoid another couple of hours of crying..¬†At 5 pm she fell asleep in the middle of praying before going to sleep. I hope she’s gonna be ok tomorrow again.

Well.. when anyway writing about the kids..

Every time we go out – we see lots of these propaganda signs for the municipality elections.. so there are huge pictures of the mayor, and potential future mayors. And of course dude taught the kids about these. So now every time we pass one of these signs our four-year-old is pointing and saying. “There’s the one who decides” (makes more sense in Swedish), and “There’s the one who doesn’t decide, but wants to decide.” Local politics on a four-year-old’s level… huh?

I have¬†read only half of the essay I should have read this evening. Time is running faster than I am. Though there’s nothing to worry about. I’ll have another two evenings to work on this test, so I’ll be ok – I hope.

Tomorrow is the big day… I’m gonna go to the hairdresser for the first time in my entire life. Wish me luck!

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151 When still talking about teenagers…

October 30, 2008

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150 Stupid Teenagers

October 30, 2008

Yeah.. back to the news.

Did you think about that todays teenagers seem to be worse than like 20 years ago.. that they seem to be more stupid? You might have the right feeling. 

Professor Michael Shayer of King’s College London has made studies about how 800 teenagers perform in problem-solving tests.¬†And his study show that todays teenagers are dumbing down and are in lack of deeper understanding.

When it comes to higher levels of understanding , the pupils are less successful today than 20 years ago. The focus today is more on reacting quickly – but no deeper thoughts.. it’s more a shallow level. ¬†The professor estimates that the teenagers are two years more stupid now than 20 years ago.. which means todays 14-year-olds are more like the 12-year-olds back then!!

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149 New Theme

October 29, 2008

I just want to say Thank You Рto Amber Рfor the new theme on my blog! I love it!!

Half of the bananas are for SF. ūüėČ

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¬§ 148 Rain, Adorable Kids and Apple Pie

October 28, 2008

For about a week the weather reports have been saying partly cloudy with rain possible, occasional rain, rainy etc.¬†We’re waiting for the rain.. the badly needed water – for our dry¬†country.¬†The sea level in Kinneret (Sea of¬†Galilee)¬†is meters under the line.. and even under the line where the experts don’t even know when the water will be undrinkable. Today we actually had some rain.. but not enough. We need more, and we will continue praying for more rain.
I usually say that I don’t need rain myself.. I don’t like to go out when it’s raining. But WE need rain. We can’t live without it. We’re living in the desert – and our main source for water is Kinneret. We want to see the desert green again.. like it’s supposed to be in the winter. – and we want to know that we still have water to drink next week.. that we still have water for all the fruit trees.. that we will have fruits and vegetables to for a reasonable price next year. And that’s why we pray – for rain.

This is not at all what I was planning to write about.. wuups.

Anyway.. a nice –¬†though rainy day. The kids had a great time at Kindergarten. For different reasons both the regular teachers haven’t been there this far this week.. There are two others that we didn’t know before – suddenly taking care of the whole group – 34 kids. That must be tough.. to be thrown into something like that.
When I went to pick up the kids.. both these teachers came up to me- not together.. one at the time.. without knowing the other one did the same thing –¬†and told me how adorable our kids are.. that they are special, that we’ve done a great work raising them to what they are.. and that we shouldn’t forget to appriciate how great they are. I tell you.. this is music to mommy’s ears!!

Now evening.. the girls are already sleeping and the boy is putting on his pyjama.. soon going to sleep. Dude is late from work today.
We both have a lot to do with our studies.. but I’ll bake an apple pie.. and then tell him that apple pie goes only together with Friends.. so we’ll get to see at least one episode. ūüôā Great plan -huh?

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¬§ 147 I learned from drinking coffee

October 28, 2008
  • I am productive! I am productive! I am productive!¬†¬†
  • Better latte than never.¬†¬†
  • A day without coffee is like night…you sleep through it.¬†¬†
  • We all have to do the daily grind.¬†¬†
  • Espresso yourself.¬†¬†
  • Automatic drip defines most people’s personalities.¬†¬†
  • Stand your grounds.¬†¬†
  • If the spoon doesn’t dissolve, it ain’t coffee.¬†¬†
  • I love the caffeine; it’s the rich taste I could do without.¬†¬†
  • Don’t stop till you’re shaking.¬†¬†
  • Impatience is a virtue.¬†¬†
  • Take two cups and call me in the middle of the night.¬†¬†
  • Who needs sleep when you’ve got coffee?¬†¬†
  • There’s no rest for the caffeinated.¬†¬†
  • Man cannot live by coffee alone – donuts are pretty essential too.¬†¬†
  • There is no such thing as a free refill.