Sunday, October 31, 2010

"Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble." ~ Macbeth

I am sure that all of you have already celebrated since Halloween fell on Sunday this year :(  But if not, go out and be a ghoul tonight!!!

I have had a crazy weekend so far!  But the best part of the weekend is that it is leading up to Monday... Weird to say?  Yes, BUT on Monday SAM ARRIVES!!!! I can't wait to see him and show him everything here! 

Until then I will let you know what I have been doing:

Friday I went to school as normal.  I worked all day in the hot shop with this Norwegian guy that just started named Vegr or something like that.  His wife is currently in the second year Nordic Program and he is starting his first year.  He has been here about 2 weeks so far and they have been keeping him in the hot shop almost the entire time trying to catch him up to the other Nordic students.  He worked with a glory hole for the second or third time on Friday.  He is really good and you can see really enjoys the challenge.  He was an architect or engineer or something before this.  I taught him how to make a handle also on Friday.  It was a day of many firsts.  I made these big vases which were wider at the bottom then the top but in the same drop method.  Some looked more like pitchers (like for water or something) so those got handles.  Vegr called them water mugs most of the day.  He worked on making bowls and plates some.  He doesn't really know how to make a plate but we figured it can't be that different from a bowl so you just get it really hot and spin until it goes flat! 

In the afternoon, we had about an hour left of school, Vegr was exhausted and wanted to stop.  Bjorn had lost his partner at some point in the day so he was working with us.  I just assumed that Bjorn and I would continue to work together.  But the Bjorn walked over to Nick (who was cleaning up not even working) and wanted him to work with him.  Leaving me with no one to work with! I was horrified! I had invited Bjorn into my pair with Vegr, taking away turns that I could have used at the glory hole and then he DUMPS ME!?!??! Ass hole.  I ended up going to the factory to look at the bowls that I had made on Thursday so it was OK in the end.  Here are some pictures of those bowls:

 The brownish green ones have some yellow and black dots in them too.  Very hard to see the color, I didn't like it so much but Maja really did.

 And, here is one drop vase I made.  It was a nice size and I put a pour spout at the top. Maybe it could be a single person's wine decanter?  Haha who knows! I made some more, but I forgot to take pictures of those.

After school I went back to Kirsten and Anniina's and cleaned like mad! I washed their sheets (since Rosanne stayed one night we had used both their beds), vacuumed, cleaned the kitchen and the bathroom! I even put their sign on the door! I worked and worked and the place was spotless! 

Then I went for my riding lesson.  I got Poseidon, thank goodness since it was a dressage lesson.  I have realized that I need to get a horse terms dictionary for dressage.  Pia tells me to do something and I understand the movement she wants but when she asks me what it is called in English I have no idea! It is kind of silly, but I have never really been exposed to dressage terms that much.  I guess since I have tried to avoid it like the plague! 

I had a really good lesson and was not the most exhausted looking person at the end of it for once! It is weirdly warm here and the poor horses were very sweaty since they have so much winter hair! I think it took me 30 minutes to dry Poseidon off and then I still had to leave him with a cooler (fleecy blanket) on instead of his regular night time blanket.  I felt kind of bad for him.  I also forgot my carrots for him! I guess I forgot with all my cleaning... so I fished out some cough drops from my purse and thought maybe he would eat these.  No, he is no Justin, he didn't even take them in his mouth! I guess I got spoiled by having Justin who would eat ANYTHING I gave him and think it was a treat.  Oh well.

After riding I went back to Kirsten and Anniina's to eat some food (all my food was still in their fridge) and take one last shower in that amazing shower.  I ate, showered and was sitting on the couch watching sometime on TV and checking my email and fell asleep! I woke up around 4:30 AM and was like "shit! I don't want to walk all the way back to the student house!"  I stayed on the couch and slept like a baby until 10:30!

I got up and took all my stuff back to the student house.  My apartment there was OF COURSE a complete mess! The girls had even left dirty dishes in the sink! WHO DOES THAT?!??! If you are leaving for a week at least WASH YOUR DISHES YOU SLOB!  So, I cleaned this place to be spotless.  It was like deja-vu of the afternoon before.  I cleaned the kitchen (foul!), the bathrooms, the living room, vacuumed all the rugs (including my room) and threw out all the recycling that they had let pile up for the whole month I had been gone! How could no one take it?!?! I went and it took me less than 5 minutes to sort it and put it all away! Idiots.

Then I went to Nybro to go to systembolaget to get beer and wine for the party and when Sam arrives! Rosanne thought maybe she had left her ID there and asked me to check.  I didn't think anything of it but then realized that I can't say anything about her ID in Swedish... So, I had to ask in English.  This promptly made the entire place go silent and EVERYONE stare at me.  I mean, all three cashiers stopped beeping and everyone in the store got quiet and looked at me.  It was kind of weird!  They didn't even have her ID.  Sheesh.

Then grocery shopping, I got a ton of food but I realized not really anything to eat for dinner until Sam arrives.  Whoops.  I guess I will have to live off the mountain of lunch food I got.  I got some more lunch meat, and this time I have no idea what it is... it looks like salami and roast beef, but I don't know if it is roast beef... do they have that here?  I was too in a hurry to really investigate it at the store.  Oh well, lunch meat is lunch meat.

I picked up Kirsten at the train station! She had been traveling for over 24 hours from the north of Norway.  She said it was amazing and can't wait to go back! She said they have everything, ocean, mountains, walking, fishing, hiking, surfing (in the snow)! I hope she moves there so I can go visit! Haha.

She laughed really hard at the sign on her door that said "Welcome Home Ladies!" and then was amazed at how clean the whole place was! It is always nice when someone notices your hard work!  I realized that I had left my frozen stuff at her place... most importantly my Kanelbullar! I left a bag out of the freezer when I got home to have for when Sam arrives ;)

Saturday night was the Halloween party upstairs in the boy's apartment.  They were so disorganized they said the party was going to be Saturday and/or Sunday, and when I asked what time Jonatan said 6:30, Nils said 8, and Nick said "whenever you want to get here!"  Very helpful.  Rosanne and I got ready at her place and pre-partied a little.  The loud music had been on upstairs since 3 in the afternoon so I expected the youngsters had been drinking since about then.  There was no way we could show up stone cold sober!

We got there and there actually several people there! It was impressive that actually people showed up since no one had any idea what time or anything like that! Here are some pictures of the evening:

 I was dust, or a dark corner, or your worst nightmare, or the thing that hides under your bed... or something with cobwebs and Rosanne was a fairy!
 Nils was Facebook.
Jonatan just had a Hitler mustache... lame.
 Nick was an outdoorsy marathon man... 
 Marja (Finish version of Maria) wore a toga and found the devil stick and then she became a sex fairy.  She would tell you when you are going to have sex again... some people it was like 2 years! haha
 Here she is working her magic on Rosanne who looks disappointed with her results.
Fredrick in the back is dressed as a gynecologist which was most funny because he couldn't say the word.
 Jonatan stole the Dr's syringe and filled it with beer.  I was hoping he would stick it up his nose or something but no, just drank it super boring... oh well funny picture.
My cobwebs got kind of messed up sitting down...
 They started to go further and further down my legs as the night went on...
 Bosse had a painted on mustache and then store the broken devil stick... 
 I like this picture except Nils messed it up! My eyes are the same color as my lips! haha
 Here we realized we were together.. FAIRY DUST! which prompted Rosanne to keep hitting me with her wand... not so fun it turns out, I have bruises I found today!
 Melissa was the devil.  And the real owner of the devil stick.  She mostly walked around told people either they were a naughty bitch or she was... She is Finish, what can I say? haha
 Bosse the French Man
 Now, we have a French gynecologist... would it be better if your gyno had a hot french accent or worse?
 And, here is Thomas who really came dressed as a Frenchman with the beret and bottle.  He even did the weird French laugh all night.
 I don't know how this started but it lasted for a really long time and got more and more absurd.  The innocent toga girl and the devil together?!?!
 Good and Evil...
 Right after I took this picture Rosanne nailed me in the head with a roll of toilet paper... really hard!
 I retaliated... which started a tp war!
 OK, it doesn't look much like a war but it was!
 And then, we ran out of toilet paper...
Rosanne won, and she is gloating...
 I ended up dancing around with toilet paper stuck to my ass for a while... embarrassing!
 I have no idea what we were doing here... but it is a hilarious picture I think!
 The spider webs just kept tangling around my feet more and more!
 More absurd dancing... 
And here is Rosanne at the end of the night.  She didn't want to walk back to her apartment so she slept on the couch and Thomas thought it was important to put the two couches together, even though they aren't the same size... But she looked cozy... and drunk.  Haha good times :)

And, now I am sitting in my kitchen.. the ceiling is vibrating due to the loud bass music upstairs and I want to die.  Well not really die but my head my explode in the near future.  I think I am going back to bed.  I am super confused also because the time changed here.  We went back on hour.  But this doesn't happen in the states until next Sunday... now I am 5 hours ahead of East Coast Time.  Weird.  I am supposed to take to Sam at 10AM his time... he has to get up and get ready for his trip HERE! But, I have to think way too hard about the time difference now! Uhg....

Oh, and this morning Kirsten called me (she didn't go to the party, too tired) and was like "Can you do me a huge favor?!?!" and I was like "yessss?" but very suspicious... I am hungover and she is asking for a favor?!?!   Her car didn't have any electricity in it since it has been sitting still for a month.  Whoops.  So I had to drive over my (well Eva's) car for her to jump start the motor.  First I pull up the wrong side and the cables won't reach.  Then I have to move it the other side... they still won't reach because my battery is on the far side of the engine or something.  Her car is parked with the nose pulled up to this barrier so I can't park right in front of it.  I have to back up and pull up again as close to the car as possible.  At this point my poor head is throbbing and I just want to get back in bed.  I haven't showered, I put on jeans and a sweater over my costume from the night before and I realized I put on my sweater BACKWARDS! We finally got her car started and she is now at the gym... working out... I am tired just thinking of it.  But the good news is that she invited me to dinner tonight for tacos! I pick up Anniina and Kirsten feeds us!!!! Hooray! I will get their spare bed then for Sam to use while he is here! I have to cram it into my tiny little room somehow! I can't wait!!!!!!

Now, back to bed!

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