Non costume musings...

June is sneaking up faster and faster every day. As exciting as it is, I am still overwhelmed by all the events that will take place. Also, F and I have a lot of things going on before I even move over that have nothing to do with the move.

Currently, he's finishing off his masters in Sweden just being a genius. I was volunteered to be his proofreader since his thesis has been written in English. Joy. I know that his work is really good and successful because I did not understand a single word of that thing. I edited it, critiqued the word use, etc. However, I could not tell you what it was about. Well, not true. It's about composite materials for a joint of some sort. Lots of tests were done. But I think it was successful.

On June 4th is his final day of 'student-life' as he is presenting and defending his work at LiU. *yay* applause applause. He is then on an official three month vacation. September of this year he starts work in Linköping (can we say YAY for that?). The job worked out as did our flat, so that Monday or Tuesday after I arrive in Sweden will be spent in a moving van traveling across Sweden and moving into our first (of probably many) flat.

This past week I have been on a holiday...some S&S if you will. Spa and Shopping. (My mom's phrase). She and I went to Santa Fe, New Mexico and stayed at the Bishop's Lodge Resort and Spa. We spent every morning in the spa (except one day was spent at the 10,000 Waves Spa also in Santa Fe--fabulous fabulous fabulous!). We had a wonderful time, found some wonderful jewelry, and had wonderful treatments at the spa. My mother truly deserved it, and I just got to benefit from it. ;)

One day was spent going to Madrid where the film, Wild Hogs was filmed. Madrid is an interesting place and we had a good time. Lots of hippies, which is always a trip. Another day, our favorite day, was spent at Bandelier National Monument where we got to see 400+ year old cliff dwellings and pueblo ruins. This was simply magical. Apparently, during the high season it can be up to a 45 minute wait just to park at the national park! We were virtually alone. Only crossing a handful of people on the path, and no one was around to disturb us as we visited the cliff dwellings and peeked inside. Words and pictures cannot do this state justice. I loved New Mexico. Here are some of the pictures I took. Please bear with me as most of them were taken from the passenger seat of a Ford Fusion named Molly. :)

 Bandelier. View from over the cliff. Stunning...simply stunning.

 On the walk, cliff dwellings in the distance.

 This was my favorite spot. Very quiet, it's in the cliff, dark, and green. You could hear the laughter. 

 Ruins with three Kivas. They think these was mainly for storage...except for the kivas which are for religious purposes.

Walking around the cliff dwellings.

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  1. Sounds like you had a lovely time :-D

  2. Ooh, looks like a great trip! Funny - your pics taken out of the car window remind me very much of my pics taken out of a car window in the mountains of the UAE - I wouldn't have expected the two to look so similar.

    And congrats to Mr F on his Masters! (Would it be an MSc?) AND WEEEEEE for June!

    (On a side note - was jokingly saying that I should move to Sweden after I realised how massively unrepresentative our electoral system is (me=horrified) and Sweden is number one on the Democracy Index thing, as well as equality (yay) and high or number one for quality of life, etc... Now I'm starting to think I actually should go there... and not JUST because of all the 18th century events we hear about on the Historical Sewing Forum ;) )

  3. Lauren: I did! It was beautiful! I think the next place I want to go is Oregon or Washington, of course that wont be for a while though... :)

    GWT- That's really interesting how NM and the UAE look so similar..where we were was northern desert area or something so it was a mix of the classic idea of the American desert and green. That's really cool. Yes, Fredrik will have an MSc now in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering...

    I totally understand the appeal of Sweden, but it isn't without it's challenges...language being the major..and also the UK has so many fantastic museums one can work at...I'm just hoping that I will eventually find something in my field in Linköping. :) But I am going to enjoy the hell out of their health care, that's for sure. :)

    It sucks about the election, I was fairly competent in British politics until I moved back to America. They covered the election, but not as much as I think was necessary...and on top of that, we don't even get Eurovision.. :(

  4. Linköping? That's where you're moving!? Oh my, that's not far from Örebro at all (that's where I live)! Hope we'll be seing eachother at events and stuff! If I ever get an outfit ready that is! XD

  5. Fuchsia, oh how exciting! I'm hoping to get more and more involved in different events. Plus, F seems willing. :) If you ever want some 18th or early 19th century draping done, etc. Let me know! I would LOVE the practice! (After you finish your other project of course. ;) )


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