UN week

It’s UN week which means many of the schools do international lunches.  My youngest son has had a different country each day at his school.  Yesterday it was the Balkans with some sort of goulash. Earlier this week it was pasta with Italy.  He tells me he’s waiting for America because last year they got pulled pork.
My oldest son’s school is doing “The Deep South.” He says they had Texas Chili and yesterday they were supposed to have fried chicken but he said it was nothing like American fried chicken.  “It was just regular chicken and rice!”
I said, “well at least they meant well.”
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Taco Bell – expensive eatin’

I’ve been having to do some food research lately for work and I came across this article on Business Insider about Taco Bell’s new “Low-end menu.”

 “Taco Bell’s new “low end” menu release.

Taco Bell released a menu featuring a bunch of items for $1. At a time when McDonald’s and Wendy’s value menus are featuring more expensive items, affordability will help Taco Bell stand out. “

So, Taco Bell was previously too expensive? Yeah, that 99 cent burrito I was getting was putting me in the poor house.

C’mon people!  Taco Bell barely qualifies as food.  It doesn’t need to be more affordable.  It needs to have a complete overhaul or possibly be shut down for being hazardous to human heath!

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Refrigeration not necessary

I brought a sandwich to work in a refrigerated bag with an ice clamp just to make sure my cheese would stay fresh.

Did I forget I live in Stockholm and it’s the end of October?
Did I forget that the office I’m working in is currently 9c (50f) each day?

Refrigerated bag – What was I thinking?  You know, I had to buy that bag in Texas because other than maybe 1 month out of the year, this entire country is a refrigerator!

I think I’ll bring some ice cream to work tomorrow.

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Differences between TX and Swedish kids

My friend Erin in Texas told me that she and her kids spent the morning in their yard hunting a possum with a baseball bat.

It’s a shame with all the experiences my children miss growing up in Sweden.

(or is it?)

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My kids’ thoughts on “Attack of the Clones”

I finally broke down and starting showing my kids the other Star Wars movies. I’ve kept it down to the 3 originals, but have realized that they need to see the others to keep up with the kids at school. Tonight we watched the second in the series, “Attack of the Clones.”  Comments:

“Why do they put flaming lightposts everywhere? That’s dangerous for drivers.”

“That Octopus Jedi is my favorite.  Octo-go! Octo-go!”

(and commenting after I explain who the young Boba Fett is…)

“You know he’s bad because he tried to kill John Solo.”
It’s Han Solo.
“That’s right! John Solo is great!”

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Blood pudding – Part 2

A follow-up to my daring feat of eating blood pudding last week.

When I informed my family in Texas, they were all horrified. In fact, one of them was very concerned and told me, “You need to watch out for Ebola eating that stuff!”

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Even the King needs extra cash

The King of Sweden’s 1999 Volvo is for sale.  I’d make a bid, but there’s way too much carpet and that would never work with young kids. “Don’t you spill that milkshake! That’s Royal carpeting! I’m going to tell the King on you!”

I do like the “Armoured” part.  I wonder if you bought the car and really cleaned it out, would you find a few french fries shoved under the seat?

 

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My (fake) namesday

In Sweden, every day has a name attached to it.  Why is this?  I really don’t have time to Google it, I gotta pick up my kids in 20 minutes.

Anyway, when the day with your name comes up on the calendar, people here congratulate you on your namesday and you might get a little cake or treat.

When I first found out about this, I was in at the word “cake.”  Then to my disappointment, I remembered that “Heather” was not a Swedish name and there was no Heather Day in the calendar.

I did the only thing I could do – I picked another female “H” name to celebrate.  (Not an easy task.)  And that name is….. “Hedvig!”

So every October 15, please refer to me as Hedvig.  I’m not missing out on my cake.

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Tips for upcoming winter

Hang your coat on a radiator overnight to be nice and toasty when you wear it the next day.

(Warning: Remove chocolates from pocket.)

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A 10 year old with a phone

Now that my son has to travel on his own to school, we gave him his own phone.

Giving a 10-year old their own phone results in daily messages like this: (the woman in the picture is supposed to be me.)

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