I’m back home in Kuala Lumpur after almost two weeks in Sweden. Actually, I came back on January 4th, but I’ve spent my time since battling a severe case of jetlag and catching up, but I still feel really behind. My Christmas and New Year’s in Sweden was really nice, I hung out a lot with my darling daughter and my family and met a lot of old friends and it was fantastic. But it was also really busy and sometimes stressful. I didn’t have time to read, or hardly even to go online. Writing was out of the question, and if I hadn’t prepared all the Christmasvaganza posts before I left, the blog would have been a sad, empty place for the holidays.
I’m stressed because I haven’t caught up. I’m supposed to read and comment on a friend’s writing, but my brain is tired and unfocused so I haven’t been able to, and feel like a failure. I need to get back to writing. I need to catch up on the lovely reviews of my books that popped up when I was away. I need to get back into the loop.
So here’s to hoping this Monday brings a new, fresh start for me where I have time and energy to do all those things and more.
Wanna see some pictures from my holidays in Sweden while we wait for that to happen?
The tree at my daughter’s place. The theme for this year (yes, we have themes!!) was red.
Lussekatter (saffron-buns) baked by my mother-in-law. They’re delicious!!
My dad’s meatballs, made from elk meat. Soooo yummy!!
I warmed up by the fire at my brother-in-law’s place when we visited with him and his lovely family.
We went on a road trip to visit a friend in Årjäng, close to the Norwegian border.
And we spent New Year’s Eve celebrating my father-in-law’s 70th birthday with rainbow bubbly.
My darling daughter knows her mother really well, and gave me this for Christmas. Tea! In Pride packages!! Isn’t it fabulous? In the tin is a version of Earl Grey: Earl Gay. And the other tea tastes of rhubarb, cream, citrus, and strawberry.
I gave myself these for Christmas. I use The Emotion Thesaurus all the time when I write and I have them both in ebook…but sometimes nothing beats thumbing through a print book 🙂