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I'm not lost, I just don't know where I'm going.
But I'm determined to enjoy the journey.
Mood swings? 
13th-Dec-2009 00:06
Shizune - お茶大好き

Yesterday started terribly (nothing bad happened, I was just depressed) and only got better near the end of the day. Today has been good pretty much throughout. Got the package from Aniki, full of lovely teas from Le Palais des Thes as well as some Japanese foods and some extras. Right on time too - I used my last tea filter this morning.

I made white chocolate chocolate chip cookies! They turned out pretty much perfect, and I brought a bunch with me to my grandmother's birthday party, where they were enjoyed by all. And I still have several cookies left, but I can't eat them now - I've had too much sugar for one day. There were a couple of suggestions that I take over christmas baking for others since I'm so good at it. Well, I'd love to provide some extra cookies for my relatives, but I don't feel up to taking orders - I'm bad at Getting Stuff Done, so I try to avoid having other people rely on me. I prefer to give them pleasant surprises those times that I actually get around to baking something delicious.

I finished a pair of socks, and now I don't know what to do next. I should be able to finish another pair before giftmas if it's for a local recipient.

Odessa is doing well. Her voice comes and goes, but never fully either way. She's very active and crazy as a kitten with her toys. But I'm starting to notice she's getting older. She's nine. That's as far as Gråpus got. She lost her voice with age too.. maybe it is age-related. And cats from around here rarely get that old, being feral cats.

Also: I am getting an address! We're getting street names out here, at last. My place will be Dingevegen 292. No, we do not in any way have that many houses out here. The number is because I am 2,9 km from where the street starts, even number means I'm on the left side of the road. My grandparents get 291 and my aunt+uncle get 293. The new system is mainly to help ambulances and such to find their destinations quickly and easily, and also to allow for easy addition of new homes along the way without messing up existing house numbers.

Of course, lots of people are complaining about their new addresses and the way the names are spelled and such. I'm not happy with it, but I'll accept it. Though I've really loved having my address be simply "Brosvik" in lieu of any street name all this time. It makes me feel like I belong. And that I'm not just another number.
13th-Dec-2009 04:22 (UTC)
I'll have to come visit again and see your new place.

Do you miss your old house at all?
13th-Dec-2009 12:32 (UTC)
You are welcome to, but be warned that there's very limited public transportation, far to go to get any alcohol other than beer, and my house is a bit moldy. [but I've lived here for two years with no ill effects, I guess that's only an issue to people who are allergic]

I don't miss the old place at all. I have much more space and privacy here, it's cheaper, and much more cat-friendly.

Well, maybe I kind of miss having a roof that isn't leaky. But only when it rains.
13th-Dec-2009 21:03 (UTC)
What alcohol other than beer could possibly be a requirement? :P
14th-Dec-2009 08:59 (UTC)
In 1999 on a visit to Ireland, I experienced my first village without street names - small enough that a name for the place and a family name was sufficient because the mailman knew where everyone lived anyway. To me this was an entirely new sensation. I've never known differently than my address being a number on a street, although I like not to think of myself as a number. (Even though to the government, obviously I am.)
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