Sparkling Allison

American expat in Denmark, mom, lover of sparkles and staplers, avid book club member.

December Currently

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Watching: The BBC version of "House of Cards". Someone recommended that we watch it before the US version, and still not yet having seen the US version, I completely agree with them. The BBC version is from the 90's, and the production value is just very hard to watch. The storyline is great though, so within an episode or two you forget about the terrible outfits and muted colors. We're on Season 2.

Anticipating: Our 3-week vacation for Christmas and New Year. We'll be in Berlin and Salt Lake City. I'm not looking forward to managing the time zone change with Calvin, but am really happy for him to see his grandparents, who are extremely excited to see him! (They're so giddy with excitement that they broke into singing Christmas carols to Calvin on our last Skype call together. I am no longer of interest to them... "BRING ME THE GRANDCHILD".) We're also planning to pick up Luke to bring him back to Denmark with us. YES!

Listening: To myself give a presentation at a conference. Horrifying? Not really. I did an okay job. Almost put myself to sleep though. Next time, more oomph!

Reading: "All the Light we Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr. It is very, very good. And a reminder that horrifying things happen in the world. Related side note: I love this time of year because all of the "Best of 2014" book lists come out. This one was on the New York Time's list. I've bookmarked many of them and hope to do some serious reading on our holiday vacation!

Eating: Homemade Indian food! We have a new arrangement with a woman to come and clean our house and do some food prep for us on Mondays. It's a glorious evening to come home to food, and Indian food for that matter! Amazing, fortunate.

Working On: Getting my Christmas postcards out the door. Yeah, they're going to be late to the US, but they will have cool Denmark postage on them!

Loving: (I’ve decided to change “Wanting” to “Loving”, like sister, like sister.) Life here in Denmark is pretty good these days. You could say that I'm loving it, maybe for the first time since moving here in May. November was a bit of a horrific month, with everyone getting sick, and the days (if you can call them that) getting really stinking dark. I was sick for two weeks straight, and in the middle of it, on Thanksgiving night, I fell down some stairs and dislocated my shoulder. There's nothing like dislocating your shoulder to slow you down a little... having one arm out of commission makes you think a little more about putting on your shoes, blow drying your hair, and more importantly, picking up your son. I put up our Christmas decorations, and have been making a point of lighting candles and playing Christmas music every night. I've been drinking lots of tea (with honey and rum, as prescribed by my doc to clear my cough). I clearly needed a bit of a crash to slow myself down and focus on the making things cozy. Things have been pretty relaxed and happy since.

Playing: Zombie Catchers, Best Fiends, Crossy Road and a bunch of other games that are using GameAnalytics and just killing it right now. It's exciting times at work.