About Nell

There’s no place like home

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?

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The tree at my daughter’s place. The theme for this year (yes, we have themes!!) was red.

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Lussekatter (saffron-buns) baked by my mother-in-law. They’re delicious!!

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My dad’s meatballs, made from elk meat. Soooo yummy!!

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I warmed up by the fire at my brother-in-law’s place when we visited with him and his lovely family.

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We went on a road trip to visit a friend in ร…rjรคng, close to the Norwegian border.

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And we spent New Year’s Eve celebrating my father-in-law’s 70th birthday with rainbow bubbly.

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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.

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I gave myself these for Christmas. I useย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚