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I am going to Sweden on Tuesday morning, and my brain still fails to fully process that I'll be gone for months and months (admittedly with visits, but still). I have a life in the US now and people I care about and will miss. It's going to be good to see the people I care about in Sweden and talk to them face to face, but still, I suspect there might be lonely times for me in the end, before I return to the US.

I'm scrambling around trying to fix stuff and finish business before I go, it makes me very scatter brained, and it makes it hard to write posts on LJ about what I do and what I think, but LJ has actually perked up my days recently. It seems like some people on my f-list are here to stay, and have started to post more frequently, that along with some new names, makes the old f-page look pretty alive again. LJ is my first blog love, and I ain't leaving it, because nothing is better so far.

A few days ago I was so confused with all the tasks and changes coming up, I forgot the bag of stuff I was going to give away to charity, and ARC people came around to my condo only to find emptiness. I felt like a shit because of that, and hope the Geek can give them my stuff next time.

Been catching up on books and tv shows too, before I go, True Blood is becoming more and more entertaining for each season, perhaps the more vampires speak Swedish the more entertained I get?
The Moon was the best hard Scifi movie I've seen in ages, and directed by David Bowie's son as a piece of curious trivia. The Torchwood 5 episode season "Children of Earth" was well worth watching, if for nothing else, than for the gay love and angst of Captain Jack.

Am reading Octavia Butler right now, can't believe I've waited this long with doing that.

Really, my place and my head is a bit of a mess, not a bad mess, just cluttered and preoccupied. I guess I really am going, huh?

The little netbook Acer Aspire that my friends bought me for last years birthday will come in handy both in working from Sweden as in studying. It's easy to travel with, as is the little portable dvd player/watcher the Geek gave me for Christmas, never before have I felt so savvy and high tech while traveling. It's a new feeling for me. oh, and lets not forget my digital camera from last year, the by now 3 year old Sansa music player and my brand new AT&T cellphone The shiny red LG phone. What's happened to me? I've become a tech carrying world traveling entertainment and communication user, that's what's happened. Knowing me I will probably carry these items for years and years though, until they are considered stone age.

And yet I'm still the same in many ways. I don't like most films about the mob, the mob is one of the most hyped topic of interest for film and tv of all ages. I think Harlan Ellison is a regular A-hole, I love caviar of most kinds, which often disturbs people, I go to significant lengths to disprove skewed facts that "free market" think tanks spew out for their own agenda. I used to write poetry, maybe I will again one day, soon. I love several people, like many and hate a few, those I dislike often bother me in the sense that I think I should try to like them, which is a wound that will never close. We are what we are, but we can feel as good as we can from it I suppose.

Tonight there will be Swedish crepes for dinner and Swedish pancakes for dessert, they are essentially the same, just with different fillings.

Date: 2009-08-21 06:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shipbuilding.livejournal.com
TWINSIE! I just read Ms. Butler's Kindred and Fledgling. OMG, what was I waiting for!

I am also in love with True Blood. Team Eric! Take me to Sweden with you! ♥ ♥

Date: 2009-08-21 06:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
Yay, Alexander Skarsgård and the Danish actor playing Godric are really rocking it!

I'm in the middle of Kindred, and going back for more! I wish I could fit you in my bag, maybe I can, it's a damn big suitcase.

Date: 2009-08-21 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] carrieb.livejournal.com
What's the filling for Swedish crepes?

I love Octavia Butler. I need to read more by her.

Date: 2009-08-21 07:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
You know how to make swedish pancakes, right? (since you seem to be a good chef and have a Swedish hubby). So, the pancakes can easily be made into crepes by filling them with savory things. I usually make one vegetarian kind (since the Geek is a veggie) and one meaty kind. Today I'll maybe make mushroom stew and chopped ham/leek/shroom/cheese mix.

sauteed peppers with cilantro, garlic and feta cheese is also a good one, or make up your own! (mexican style tortilla fillings work too)

as for dessert pancakes/crepes, we just use berries and preserves, in my case lingonberry and maybe some whipped cream.

Date: 2009-08-21 07:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wavebreaker.livejournal.com
I don't travel anywhere without my Acer Aspire! And soon I won't travel anywhere without my BeBook (European version of the Kindle). :-)

Date: 2009-08-21 07:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
you leetle techno slut you, tempting me with kindle..NOT fair!

Date: 2009-08-21 07:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wavebreaker.livejournal.com
Better ignore my journal tomorrow then, because that's when mine is supposed to arrive... ;-)

Date: 2009-08-21 09:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
pish-posh, you know I'll drool look.

Date: 2009-08-21 08:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mojodragonfly.livejournal.com
Best wishes and good times to you

Date: 2009-08-21 09:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
You'll hear about them on LJ, most certainly. You guys cannot escape my woes!

Date: 2009-08-21 10:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mojodragonfly.livejournal.com
I assumed so. I'd be sore if it was not true. I'm also secretly hoping I'll learn more about your home, what with all this new gadgetry you have. Pictures, history, you know. Lately I've been wondering if you'd be an excellent source for sci fi recommendations, bookwise. I've just been waiting for a good time to ask. Like is EarthSea good, or rather, do you think I'd like it. That sort of thing. Like do you think I'd like the book of Howl's Moving Castle. That sort of thing. But with so much turmoil, I wanted to wait till a better time.

Date: 2009-08-21 10:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
oh man, do read EarthSea (and for heaven's sake, ignore the miniseries!), Howls moving castle is awesome (but in a slightly different way than the Miyazaki movie), and another book by Diana Wynne Jones that's wonderful, but much more adult would be "Fire and Hemlock".

I think you would like Angela Carter, Tove Jansson (I just KNOW it), Neal Stephenson ummm.. and many more. Some of these are a bit YA, but they're still good.

Lets talk books regularly, I miss it. I'll post book post during the fall, why haven't I done that in so long?

oh, and yes, most definitely will I post photos from Sweden.

Best of Luck!

Date: 2009-08-21 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lelain.livejournal.com
Good luck with the trip! I hope things turn out better than could be imagined!

Re: Best of Luck!

Date: 2009-08-21 09:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
You phrased it better than I could, that's exactly what I'm hoping for!

(ps. LOVE the icon!)

Date: 2009-08-21 09:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nerak-g.livejournal.com
Wow.
If I were to win the lottery, I would visit in a heartbeat.Especially inthe longer-less light months, oy vey, what a time to go!

Date: 2009-08-21 09:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
You're welcome to visit anytime, with or without lottery winnings!

Date: 2009-08-21 09:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lizardek.livejournal.com
Your time in Sweden will FLY by, so make the most of it :)

Hooray for Octavia Butler—she's amazing!

Also, TOTALLY agree with you about LJ. I'm here to stay, too, even if I swing by FB and update quickly there, too. THIS is where the heart is.
Edited Date: 2009-08-21 09:25 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-08-21 09:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
make the most of it

I'll try, if I'm only not forced to endure classes I've already passed. I don't know why that feels so utterly vile and miserable to me..

The fall is long however, so maybe you and I and kejn (and whomever else is on our flist and area) can hang out at some point!

Date: 2009-08-22 08:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lizardek.livejournal.com
That would be great :) After I get back from the States we can try and set up a date. I'm not sure when kejn is here either but at some point idahoswede is in town and they are meeting up too.

Date: 2009-08-22 10:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
I'm sure we'll figure something out, after all, there's plenty of time to choose from.

Date: 2009-08-22 06:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seamusd.livejournal.com
You can't go! We need your Swedishness to finesse COngress into passing the public option! What will we do without your Swedishness?

You will be missed.

Date: 2009-08-22 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
Oh, I'll be back, the only reason I'm going is so that I'll be able to get better work in the US, that's what this more internationally angled title/degree is supposed to achieve. Congress will listen more to a fancier title, I'm sure!

Date: 2009-08-23 08:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zombienought.livejournal.com
Have a good trip, and get there quickly
and safely.

Ellison *is* an A-hole, but reading his
stuff is like a drug for writing for me.
I have to ration it.

Date: 2009-08-23 05:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
Well, I enjoy reading some dead assholes, like Dostoyevskij and Lovecraft, so I can't really scorn you that much...but still, a living asshole is perhaps worse than a dead one... ;)

Date: 2009-08-24 10:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jlsjlsjls.livejournal.com
So very soon! Travel safe, m'dear and whiz through those courses so fast you leave scorch marks on the profs! :-)

Date: 2009-09-01 06:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
It turns out that I can be back in the US in March, to do a project and a paper here, but still, faster than I thought...

Date: 2009-08-24 11:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] berchshill.livejournal.com
What a post! You fit a lot in there - the next to last paragraph told me so much about you...
You're good people, Seal, and I hope to see you in Sweden!

Date: 2009-09-01 06:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
A meeting sometime in the fall seems most doable, it's been way too long!
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