February was not very eventful. For Valentine's Day, J and I decided to cook a nice homemade meal to celebrate the occasion. We don't really buy into all of that consumerism with needing to buy gifts for each other and little boxes of candy shaped like hearts. But it is always nice to celebrate the person you love and have a special evening. We decided to actually buy some steaks (those never appear in this household, way too expensive to eat on a regular basis!), and we also had hasselbackspotatis and green beans with red wine sauce with it. Mmm! I also made vanilla panna cotta and we had some nice red wine with it. Nice!
Then came my two week trip to Ohio! It was really great to get out of Sweden and the work work work with mail work work work mode. I was really beginning to feel run down in my body (i.e. physically), so that trip couldn't have come at a better time. In a nutshell (to be extended later), it was lovely to see family and friends. It was just me this time, J needed to stay here and keep working. The good thing about going alone is you really can focus all of your time and energy on friends and family. Two weeks is never long enough (I usually travel 3 weeks, but now that I work pretty much full time, that wasn't possible). But this time around I really ended up missing the States and Ohio. For the first time I was actually sad to come back to Sweden (although of course looking very much forward to seeing the husband again). I usually get my fill and then come back, but something stuck this time around. I have it as a goal to work on moving back, even if that process takes several years. We shall see! The story is never over. I also don't think I am done with Sweden, either, but there is always a pull in the other direction. That's simply a choice I've made and I've got to deal with it! You never know what life may throw you. =)
So for the past couple of weeks I've just been back at the grinding stone with work. Luckily the weather has been rather cooperative (that is, sunny!). There has been a good deal of cold, but this week it's been nearly up to 50F/9C so far! This past weekend was Easter, meaning that it was a 4 day weekend here in Sweden. We get Friday and Monday off. J and I went "home" to Tibro and visited with friends and family all weekend. We even went to a new show at his brother's place in Hjo, and then Sunday evening we spent the evening/night at my good friend M's place. It was just a lovely, getaway weekend socializing with the family and old friends from the Skaraborg district. Here are a couple of pictures to leave you with of the beautiful view his brother now has from his newly acquired waterside restaurant in Hjo!