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™‚

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7 thoughts on “There’s no place like home

    1. I did. I had a lot of fun and it was great seeing everyone again. I’m trying to focus less on the stress I experienced now that I’m home again, and more on the fabulous times!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. That tree is gorgeous, and the buns and meatballs look yummy! A cozy fire sounds wonderful. One of these weekends I need to hole up downstairs and hang out by my fireplace. I love that your family was all rainbow with the beverages! โค๏ธ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ

    I’m totally jealous of the books. I’ve got those in ebook. I think I have all of that pair’s “thesaurus” books plus their “emotion amplifiers.” They are SO handy! I’d love to have them all in paperback (that seems easier to use for a reference book), but the price difference was too great to justify it for me.

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    1. You should!! A fire is fabulous. It’s one of the things I miss living here in Malaysia. 90-degree weather every day makes a fire…let’s say “unnecessary”. ๐Ÿ™‚ When I move somewhere else, I’m going to a place where I can have a fireplace!! Preferably in the room that will be my library! ๐Ÿ™‚

      I probably wouldn’t have bought the books in print format either if it wasn’t for the fact that I can’t seem to find a good ebook app for my new computer. Suddenly using them in ebook format was a hassle, and so I decided to do it the old fashioned way. But I won’t complain over more print books…I just wrote I want a library after all ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. I dream of a nifty library ร  la historical romances. A fireplace would be a requirement! โค

        Those books are something I bought on Kindle. I hadn't thought to open them on the computer screen, but I might start doing that. Usually I open them either on my phone in the Kindle app or on my Kindle Paperwhite.

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