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Well that turned out to be a much more interesting night than I had planned. Ebbe threw a tantrum and refused to go to sleep in the hotel room. Probably too many new things at ones. The only place he felt good was in the stroller so he and I went on a late night walk in downtown Gävle.

Just to be clear to international readers, in Sweden it’s extremely uncommon to walk around downtown with a child in a stroller at midnight. Uncommonly enough actually for a police car to stop next to us and chat to us for a while. They probably wanted to make sure I was not some kind of crazy person.

Anyway, once we had walked for a while he fell asleep and we are now back at the way too hot hotel room.

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Today we spent the day at Furuvik, a theme park an hours drive from our home. Tonight we’ll sleep at a hotel in Gävle.

I’d be lying if I said that it has been smooth sailing all day. Getting everybody ready on time in the morning is a pain, and traveling with picky eaters is never fun, but on the whole we had a great day. Ebbe and I spent a long time in the animal park part of Furuvik while Linn and Iris went on rides (carousels?) and then we all met up for more rides. Turns out both my children loves that.

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Earlier today I started listening to The Martian by Andy Weir. I wasn’t really sure what I was in for but so far I love it. I see a lot of similarities to Seveneves actually. Space, dire situation, people desperately trying to solve problems both big and small with whatever they’ve got at hand.

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The work on the pergola is slow, but yesterday we finally got the frame of it all up which really made it feel a lot more *done* all of a sudden.
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They say sharks must keep swimming to stay alive. I wonder if children believes the same applies to themselves and making sounds – talking, screaming, singing, clicking their tongues, anything – with their mouths?

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I was just listening to the last few chapters of The Stand and thought about how the ending of the 2020 TV show was better than the novel because it didn’t drag on so much. It ended nice and clean after the stand in Vegas.

Boy was I wrong. There’s apparently an entire episode that we missed.

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Tom Cullen’s brain grew three sizes that day…

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It’s quite an interesting contrast to read Seveneves and The Stand directly after one another. How do we solve impending doom? Do we work hard and apply our best science and minds to the problem, or do we have faith in a god and blindly follow directions that we suppose are given by it?

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I drove to pick up groceries today and listened more to The Stand and realized that I’d only written about things in the tv series favor yesterday and two things that are much better in the book came to mind.

First, Las Vegas. At least thus far in the book (Chapter 81) it’s far from the depraved sex party of the tv show. The shows depiction of the city of Flagg seems like ”bait” for the modern tv audience who expects som T&A in their shows. It’s more appealing, and frightening, when it’s more similar to Boulder.

Secondly, Larry Underwood. That character remains fairly undeveloped in the show, at least to my recollection. He is a much more interesting character in the novel.

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I probably get too annoyed and worked up about this problem with the Apple Watch but the fact that the icon for ”Do Not Disturb” doesn’t follow the accent color of the watch face, resulting in this clash of colors is like nails of a chalkboard to me.

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