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new semester

It is soon time to start a new semester, and it truly is one of transition for me. This is the semester that I apply for doctoral posts, and it is high time that I start getting all of my applications in order. The problem with the application is not that I am not interested in anything, but that I am interested in everything… I guess it is time to narrow the field. I think my greatest interests lie in the social networking side of online communication. I think that this area would be the best place for me to start researching possible doctoral thesis proposals.

Other projects for next term:

Really learn to use RSS to best advantage
Present blogging to both English faculty and IB faculty.
Work on proposal for <a href="http://www.blogtalk.net">BlogTalk</a>
Work on proposal for PhD
oh, and continue teaching, of course.

December 30, 2003 | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

off for an overnighter

Off for an overnighter with friends. Very excited, looking forward to a couple of days of rest and relaxation...or just fun, I'm easy.

December 30, 2003 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

yes, it is a penis

Was on the way to the grocery store with kids and saw this snow sculpture in the middle of the round-about. We have an interesting snow sculpture exhibition in the new year in the center of town, but somehow I don’t think this particular one was city sanctioned. I was amazed by the sheer size of the sculpture (notice car behind it)…oh, no pun intended…no, really! However, I <em>do</em> think it is great, very detailed, very daring! <img alt="Photo0026.jpg" src="http://mylookingglass.typepad.com/the_sum_of_my_parts/Photo0026.jpg" width="128" height="120" border="2" />

December 28, 2003 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

laughed till i cried

<a href="http://signs.friendlytakeover.com/">this site</a> had some great signs on it. some of them made me laugh till i was crying! will have to send in the swedish sign, farthinder (speed hindrance/barrier) yes, i know…totally immature, but the sign always cracks me up. it was one of the first signs i noticed when i moved to sweden and could not understand swedish.

December 26, 2003 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

total abandonment

I took my children out sledding today. As we have just moved into our new apartment, we had to ask around to find hill (actually, we just followed the other parents pulling sleds). My kids had a ball. They kept screaming, “run, mommy!” It is really not that hard to run while pulling sleds. Maybe I just found a new way to work out! Anyway, after a few runs down the hill, this dog came running up, slobbering and as happy to be outside and free as any dog I have ever seen. My daughter has always been a little timid around dogs, but the sight of this huge dog running at her mindless with glee and eating the snow, was just too much for her, poor thing. She started screaming and running at me, arms outstretched and panic-stricken. This is an experience I have never had with my daughter. She has always been a very independent child, not too reliant on the protection of adults. I am not saying she does not seek protection when scared, but she always has this air of restraint, or maybe curiosity, behind her need for comfort. This was the first time that she had run at me with total abandonment, total confidence in my ability to protect her from this big, drooling ball of “menace”. Her reaction brought out an equally new reaction in me…an overwhelming need to protect her; a rush of adrenaline to run up the hill and rescue her from panic. Now that we are home, have drunk our hot chocolate, and attempted to explain to them about a dog’s body language (probably will need to re-explain that one often), everything is good. I don’t think I will ever forget the look on her face as she came running down that hill…this expression of total fear and total trust…nor will I forget the feeling of protection and love that it invoked in me. Amazing the adventure that a small sledding outing can turn into.

December 26, 2003 in family | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

too much sugar!

you know what happens when you give 3-year-old twins Christmas candy all day? They dance in a circle for thirty minutes non-stop! It is pretty funny to watch, actually. There was the occasional wrong turn which resulted in a head-on collision and tears, but for the most part just good, running-in-circles fun. I think I better put away the rest of the candy, though, or I may have twins that attempt to run a marathon in their beds.

December 25, 2003 in family | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Christmas wishes

I thought this Christmas would be difficult, being alone after the divorce, my family being an ocean away, etc. I can honestly say, though, it was not. This morning I was awoken to two little voices exclaiming “He came, Santa came! There are presents!” I think it was the easiest morning to get out of bed yet :-) I watched my children, Emma and Sebastian, open all of their presents with all of the excitement that I remember having as a child. Now they are busy pushing dolls around in doll wagons and racing remote control cars around the room (and yes, they *both* got dolls :-) ). As cliché as it sounds, I really did get everything I wanted for Christmas…happy children, friendly friends, and the courage to start my life over. It is now time for a new year, and a new topic…life is just getting interesting!
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Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2003 in family | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

fun, but never very accurate!

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via <a href="http://torillsin.blogspot.com/">torill</a>

December 22, 2003 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

spreading the word

If you have an announcement of something very exciting in blogging evolution (won’t spill the beans yet) and want to alert as many people as possible, what is the best way to do this? Any suggestions from the audience?

December 22, 2003 in networking | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

dating cultures

According to the students in a culture class I teach at <a href="http://www.umu.se">Umeå University</a>, there is a huge difference between American dating culture and Swedish. Where American culture seems to be full of <em>rules</em> that inevitably lead to misunderstandings, Swedish dating culture seems to be a bit more laid back. My students had to give oral reports on different aspects of culture (at least those that missed too many classes) and this topic seemed to be a common one. I think the most interesting aspect I found about Swedish dating culture is the loss of ambiguity when it comes to titles. (By the way, I fully understand that I am making sweeping generalities here). It seems that, in Sweden, people do not feel the need to define their relationship according to titles. There seems to be an understood general level of loyalty. A bit of a “let’s see if we are compatible, and if not, let’s move on to the next” situation, not a “lets date many people at the same time and see if we click with one of them, because time is running out!” Ironically, it is Swedish that has many more titles for love and partners than English. In English, you are either in like or in love, but in Swedish you can “gillar någon (like someone), bli förälskad (puppy love, if I understand it right), bli i kär (in love), and älskar någon (deeper, more content love?). (Any Swedes want to correct my understanding of these terms are more then welcome.) I started thinking about this again after reading Ethan’s <a href="http://www.urbantribes.net/ethans_top_five/index.html">top 5 lists </a>tonight. I think I am going to use these lists next time I teach culture. So many of the list topics point out basic <em>rules</em> in American dating culture that are so different here.

December 20, 2003 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack