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Friday, December 17, 2010

Lutefisk Lament
Charlie Boone & Roger Erickson FROM WCCO in Minnesnapolis, Minnesnowda
(there is an MP3 online with them reading it)...it was written by someone else who seldom gets credit and has given up on his copyright).....

'Twas the night before Christmas with things all a bustle
As Mama got set for the Christmas Eve tussle.
Aunts, uncles and cousins would soon be arriving
With stomachs all ready for Christmas Eve dining.
While I sat alone with a feeling of dread,
As visions of lutefisk danced in my head.
The thought of the smell made my eyeballs start burning.
The thought of the taste set my stomach to churning.
For I'm one of those who good Swedes rebuff:
A Scandahoovian boy who can't stand the stuff.

Each year, however, I played at the game
to spare mama and papa the undying shame.
I must bear up bravely, I can't take the risk of relatives knowing I hate lutefisk.
I know they would spurn me, my presents withhold,
if the unthinkable, unspeakable truth they were told.
Then out in the yard I heard such a clatter,
I jumped up to see what was the matter.
There in the snow, all in a jumble,
three of my uncles had taken a tumble.

My aunts, as usual, gave them "what for",
and soon they were up and through the door.
Then with talk, and more cheer,
an hour was passed as Mama finished the Christmas repast.
From out in the kitchen an odor came stealing,
that fairly set my senses to reeling.
The smell of lutefisk creeped down the hall
and wilted a plant in a pot on the wall.
The others reacted as though they were smitten,
while the aroma laid low my small helpless kitten.
Uncles Oscar and Lars said, "Oh, that smells yummy,"
and Kermit's eyes glittered while he patted his tummy.

The scent skipped off the ceiling and bounced off the door,
and the bird in the cuckoo clock fell on the floor.
Mama announced dinner by ringing a bell.
They pushed to the table with a yump and a yell.
I lifted my eyes to heaven and sighed,
and a rose on the wallpaper withered and died.
With wooden legs I found my chair
and sat in silence with an unseeing stare.
Most of the food was already in place;
there remained only to fill the lutefisks space.
Then Mama came proudly with a bowl on a trivet.
You would have thought the crown jewels were in it.

She placed it carefully down and took her seat,
and Papa said Grace before we could eat.
It seemed to me, with my whirling head,
the shortest prayer he ever had said.
Then Mama lifted the cover on the steaming dish,
and I was face to face with the quivering fish.
"Me first," I heard Uncle Kermit call,
while I watched the paint peel off the wall.

The plates were passed for Papa to fill.
I waited in agony between fever and chill.
He would dip in the spoon and hold it up high.
As it oozed on the plates, I thought I would die.
Then came my plate, and to my feverish brain
there seemed enough lutefisk to derail a train.
It looked like a mountain of congealing glue:
oddly transparent, yet discolored, the hue.
With butter and cream sauce I tried to conceal it;
I salted and peppered, but the smell still revealed it.
I drummed up my courage, I tried to be bold.
Mama reminds me, "Eat, before it gets cold."

I decided to face it, "Uff da," I sighed.
"Uff da, indeed," my stomach replied.
Then I summoned that resolve for which every breed is known.
My hand took the fork as with a mind of its own.
And with reckless abandon that lutefisk I ate,
within twenty seconds I'd cleaned my plate.
Uncle Kermit flashed me an ear-to-ear grin,
as butter and cream sauce dripped from his chin.
Then to my great shock, he whispered in my ear:
"I'm sure glad this is over for another year!"

It was then I learned a great and wonderful truth,
that Swedes and Norwegians, from old men to youth,
must each pay their dues to have the great joy
of being known as a good Scandahoovian boy.

And so to you all, as you face the great test:
Happy Christmas to you, and to you all the best.

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MCGS62 12/18/2010 1:20PM

    WOW !!Im glad I grew up in an Italian neighborhood!
Never mind on that recipe.

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FRECKALYMC 12/17/2010 3:13PM

    HILARIOUS!!! uffff DAH!

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KANSASROSE67 12/17/2010 1:50PM

    Love this! I know lots of Swedes and will be sharing this.

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CAROLJEAN64 12/17/2010 1:25PM

    I am so blessed as a Swede. Lutefisk was not my dad's favorite at all and it was NOT transferred from his home to ours. I still serve a traditional Christmas Eve meal using recipes from my great grandmother, but certain things - lutefisk, pickled pigs feet, veal sylta and head cheese have gone by the wayside. I miss the sylta and head cheese, but I can't find them in the Italian/German town I live in.

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RAINBOWFALLS 12/17/2010 1:07PM

    I love it! Thanks for sharing

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MILLISMA 12/17/2010 12:44PM

    I love this. I am not Swedish but joined the Swedish Museum in Philly a few years ago and now have joined the auxiliary. The one thing I have not been able to try is the lutefisk. I will have to copy this and give it to my girlfriend who is Swedish!

Thanks for making me laugh!

Mary Anne

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Got 9 hours of good sleep last night....yeaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Good morning, world!!!

Feeling so much better after a good night's sleep.

Today is payday, Friday and only 8 days to Christmas....

We plan to have lutefisk on Christmas eve and haven't decided about Christmas yet. Have a single girlfriend to have over on one or both days....so it will just be 3 of us. Decided going out to the buffet place is too high in sodium for me so will figure out something good....maybe even meatloaf, which we haven't had in awhile.

TGIF emoticon

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ANNIEBOLEEN 12/17/2010 10:25PM

    Glad you got some snoozing in. It makes the day so much brighter. Have a wonderful time this holiday season. Hope the New years a great one for you!

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RAINBOWFALLS 12/17/2010 1:14PM

    So you really like Lutefish?

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MCGS62 12/17/2010 9:08AM

    what is lutefisk ?
we are having ham and lamb.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/17/2010 7:10AM

    Congratulations on getting some great sleep!! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

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Going to bed early tonight...I'm worn out..

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I did not get enough sleep enough last night mostly because I stayed up too late....I finally got to sleep about 10:30 and got up at 4:45 (6.25 hours).....I feel so much better when I get 7.5 to 8 or more hours of sleep. Tonight I plan to be in bed at 7:30 and sleep until 5:00 (9.5 hours)....

I hope tomorrow I can go to the gym again and swim for a minimum of 30 minutes and spend about 15 minutes in the whirlpool doing leg exercises.


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ELAINESHAFF 12/16/2010 10:57PM

    Sleep tight.

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RAINBOWFALLS 12/16/2010 8:59PM

    Oh, I would love to get in a whirlpool!

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MCGS62 12/16/2010 8:39PM

    Awwww my gym doesn't have a whirlpool. oh well it's 8:30here so it is past your bed time. good night.


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Short blog so I get to work on time....

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Even though "most" of the streets are plowed there is still traffic congestion due to piles of snow everywhere and some lanes not plowed on the highways and byways...and I hit some "black ice" yesterday morning and started sliding on the highway. (Black ice is invisible ice caused by exhaust from cars freezing in a superthin layer on the road...and when you hit it there is sudden slipping...saw a car stuck in a snowbank yesterday after they hit the black ice I also slipped on....thank goodness for ABG brakes or is it AGB brakes?)

So I was late 15 minutes for work yesterday and decided to leave at least 15 minutes earlier so I get to work on time.

It has been super busy at work and we also had a new program update installed which, of course, has new things to learn on it and glitches (Monday I couldn't even use the new program as it was not installed properly on my computer so they set me to opening mail for half of my day).... emoticon

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RAINBOWFALLS 12/16/2010 9:23PM

    I hope the conditions have improved. We warmed up a little.

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MCGS62 12/15/2010 9:35PM

    New software is such a joy isn't it. unfortunately I live in that world too.

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WARMSPRINGDAY 12/15/2010 7:37PM

    Black ice here is often caused by melting snow running across the roads, then freezing when the sun goes down.

I need to leave for work early in the winter so I can make it in on time also.

You said your computer wasn't working so they put you to opening mail. I work for a data entry/mail processing company. Wonder if you work for a similar company.

Safe traveling to you.

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RUNNER4LIFE08 12/15/2010 11:11AM

    The roads have been horrible for driving. I work downtown St. Paul and they are so narrow that only one car can fit through at one time. They need to get that snow plowed out! And more on the way??? I wanted a white Christmas and we definitely have one!

Stay safe on the roads!

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ADORNED2 12/15/2010 8:45AM

    Black Ice - Mercy - we Texans aren't good at driving on snow - muchless Black ice LOL
Hope you have a productive - safe and Happy Day !

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MARPET44 12/15/2010 7:25AM

    Hope things get better. Black ice is dangerous even on our hiking trail. My son fell twice on it. Now switching to hiking in the woods. emoticon

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A simple and economical solution to dry eyes at night....

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I wear a CPAP mask and it leaks air into my eyes (and I don't think that is good for my eyes). Yesterday I finally thought of an easy solution...cover the eyes...I bought a sleep mask at Walgreen's for $9 (a little pricey but it is nice and has velcro so fits very well).

This morning I do not have dry,crusty eyes and am greatly relieved I am not worrying about air leaks into my eyes from the CPAP machine. Also I think it actually helped the mask to fit better (I have a narrow bridge of the nose and a small mask does not fit snuggly there.

Also, blocking out the light from my nightlight helped me stay asleep..

Thank goodness.

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MCGS62 12/14/2010 8:46PM

    That is good info. please post it on our team page!

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CATLADY52 12/14/2010 10:51AM

    Good for you! There really is nothing like a good night's rest. emoticon

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CHALLENGER15 12/14/2010 10:47AM

    That's good info to know. I don't know anyone who has to wear a CPAP machine, but it will be interesting to talk to my son-in-law about it, who works for a doctor where CPAPs are used with patients.

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