Having chosen to swallow the red pill...

Monday, December 19, 2005

Dusting off the cover


As I dust of the covers of this blog, it is time to write again. I don't have any excuses this time as every choice is about priorities and about opportunity cost. I prioritise 'this' over 'that', and as a result of doing 'this', I don't have time over to do 'that'.

So, what is it that I have prioritised this past month over my blog? Well, actually, life. Let me explain... shortly after Benjamin was born, I finished my sociology course and started the next course, called 'Social Politics'. The fist part of the course was basically Swedish social political history from 1763 to 1998. Lacking an intuitive understanding of the Swedish social political and welfare system and with the usual 1000 page reading list, there was no other option than to buckle down and put in some serious time studying in the library. All of this culminated in a 4 hour written exam last Friday, with such wonderful questions as 'The Swedish social service is primarily produced via the public sector and finansed through taxation. What critique do New Liberalists have over this method?' I will find out how well I did sometime early January, so fingers crossed that I have passed.

To add a twist to things I was also studying hard for my ju-jutsu grading where I was able to attempt my green belt 6 months after my orange, instead of a year. I felt that I had been granted a favour to be allowed to go up and grade, as my attendance had been less than 50% due to Monday training clashing with my swimming, but there you have it, our head instructor approved me and there it was, 2 weeks extra training to get ready for the grading. I am pleased to announce that after a hard grading together with my friend Joachim (or George as it would be in English ;-) I got awarded my green belt and got a year's reprieve before I have to grade again!

In the meantime, I am trying to get my groupwork about UK's social welfare system finished so I can relax and get into the Christmas spirit, ready for Ben's first Christmas, then on Boxing Day we will fly over to England for a week to catch-up with friends and family, eat well, drink a glass of wine or two and relax.

As I probably won't write much between now and New Year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for dropping by and reading my blog during the year, and to wish you a merry Christmas and all the very best for 2006!

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Just a smile


I had written a whole paragraph about babies smiling and how Ben's smile made me feel, but then I looked at the picture again and I decided that there was nothing to say really, the picture says it all. (Thanks to Anna for the fantastic picture!)