November was a busy busy month for me at work as I travelled from Östersund and Sundsvall and Umeå in the North to Malmö and Lund in the South for work. In the north the snow was already a fact, and in the south the grass was still green. It is when traveling like that you realize what distance it is between the far north and far south of Sweden.
I had hoped December would be a chance to take it a little easier at work, but it doesn’t really seem like it…
On the other hand I have 6 months to go, and it seems I can survive. I’m really getting into the retirement-mode now and April 1 I will be moving into a smaller apartment, so I had a moving-firm here to calculate the cost for moving. And it suddenly became more real! I am finally looking forward to that too:) I will do some early “death-cleaning” and I will try and make a thorough clean-out of my wardrobes. Try being the operative word.
I have also booked tickets for a concert in June, my first event as retired! It is a concert with music from the movies from Studio Ghibli, a Japanese animation studio I have following for years now. I really look forward to it.
Actually planning these fun things to do as retirement comes closer is giving me a lot of pleasure. In the near future I will plan a short trip at the start of June to celebrate, and I also plan a longer Interrail-experience in the autumn. Things that I had no time or energy to do when I have been working, so it is really the start of a new life!
Both these photos were taken in the middle of the day. Can you even imagine living in this perpetual grey darkness? In November Stockholm had 28 hours of full daylight…It has been a really tough month for all who have a tendency to get season-related depressions. I used to think one of them was me, but have recently decided it is more about who I’m with and how much I have to work that is the deciding factor. I remember this special lamps you could buy as “light”-therapy, whatever happened to them?