It’s tminus seven until Jake, and my brother and his wife head to Scandinavia for an epic adventure. Jake and I spent our morning picking up a few last-minute items from Kohl’s. It’s going to be in the 40s-50s, so a light jacket should suffice. Since we live in Florida our fall wardrobe for Scandinavian weather isn’t quite up to par.
After Kohl’s we headed to Barnes and Noble. I’ve been reading book after book as I work my way through the top 500 fiction and non-fiction books. I’m currently reading One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, but should finish it in the coming days. It’s delightful this far, quite the departures from Tolstoy’s Resurrection. I’d highly recommend both novels. For the trip, I bought Stieg Larsson’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Since paperbacks were 3 for $30, I was seriously tempted to by several books. I behaved and walked out with only two.
In addition to Larsson’s novel, I picked up a book on Swedish grammar. I love DuoLingo, but I needed to read through the grammatical rules. Every night I try to spend at least 30 minutes practicing Swedish before reading for the last hour before bed. I don’t expect to be fluent, but I hope to at least be able to communicate in Swedish while in Stockholm. As an aside, there isn’t DuoLingo for Finnish or Finnish grammar books at our Barnes and Noble. Please see video below for what I imagine I’ll sound like.
I am super excited, not just for the trip, but for November’s Purple Stride. This year I’m unable to run due to my left ankle, so I’m taking on a different role. For this year’s event, I’m happy to announce that I am the Team Chair. I’ll be in charge to driving team results and recruitment. Those of you on the fence of joining team Deb Force Five – now it the time to join. If you’re not in Florida that’s okay! You can join us as a virtual strider. Join by clicking here. I’ll leave you with one of Freddy Mercury’s iconic live performances. I, for one, cannot wait to see the Queen movie coming out next week.