On Thurdsay I visited Dalarna

which is a province in Sweden about three hours north of Stockholm.  Dalarna is famous for attracting talented artisans, and for being the birthplace of the famous Swedish Dalahorses – traditional carved and hand-painted wooden horses (see photo.)

The most common base color for these horses is the reddish orange shown in the photo, but they can be found in almost any color.  While in Dalarna, we went to a large workshop area where these horses are produced.   We watched the entire process, from wood carving to spraying with paint, to Spackling, to hand painting the design.  And, being the impulsive creature that I am, I bought two plain red ones to take home and paint.  Life is good.

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I had a pretty exciting epiphany today.  I was internally debating whether I should ask a question for clarification on some instructions that I had received.  Generally I am all about asking questions; long, short, stupid, smart, whatever.  But today I had a strong feeling that my question might have an obvious answer and that asking it would call into question my common sense. I finally came to this conclusion: I would rather ask a stupid question than make a stupid assumption.

There you go, take my pearls.  Write them down, speak them out, tattoo them on your navels.  And don’t tell me that you’ve already heard it somewhere before (yes, that means you.)

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20 years ago, a ship carrying thousands of rubber duckies managed to loose its cargo into the ocean.  Now, the duckies are floating around, helping us predict currents.

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