Monthly Archives: June 2012

You know you’re in Sweden when…

On June 28 you receive an automated email response that says the person will be out of the office until after August 6. *and, yes, I am not actually in Sweden, just emailing Sweden, but still…

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The road not taken

We had our first house in Milwaukee. I still had several years to go in my Ph.D. program but Jason was starting his first faculty job. It was the first time that either of us had a long-term job in … Continue reading

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Mourning the dog

When I was pregnant with my first child, I approached the impending life transition in characteristic manner – research. Starting with pregnancy books and then moving on to childbirth, baby books (sleeping, eating, development) and then parenting toddlers and preschoolers … Continue reading

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Almost home

This morning I planted vegetable starts in the two garden beds I built over the last couple of years. When we first arrived back in Vermont the gardens were completely overgrown with weeds. It looked as if they had spent … Continue reading

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Noticed during transition

Things noticed about US upon return from Sweden: Americans are a very loud people. Our roads and sidewalks are in need of repair. We have a long way to go when it comes to gender equality. The food here has … Continue reading

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Reading travel writing, Frances Mayes

This summer I am creating a manuscript about our year in China. I’ll be including material from many of the posts I wrote during my adventure in Guangzhou. In preparation for this work (which will commence once the kids start … Continue reading

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Sommarlov, Vermont edition

Our trip to Montpelier went smoothly. When we exited the airport early Wednesday evening, it was quite warm (about 27 degrees C/low 80s F) and sunny. Everything smelled warm, green and growing. When we got home, we found that 2 … Continue reading

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The Lounge

Here at Copenhagen’s Kastrup Airport and enjoying the amenities in the lounge. Because the children’s lounge is beside the entrance, I find myself observing the way access to this protected elite space is controlled. General rule: It’s not the quality … Continue reading

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Ready to go

It is only 10:15 p.m. and we are finished packing. I even had time for a long shower and to play 2 rounds of Carcassonne with Jason. Our cab to the train station arrives at 6:15 a.m. What strange world … Continue reading

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Work retreat, pending return

Today and tomorrow, my last days in Sweden before a summer back in Vermont, I am on a work retreat. The retreat is located about 20 minutes south of Växjö in the village of Ingelstad. We are meeting at Solvikens … Continue reading

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