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Gearing Up for the Future

Good evening (it's 11pm here in Oslo). I have to tell you all that I have been quite lazy today. I woke up to have some breakfast (I can't tell you how good it is to be on an expense account again...life is expensive!) and after breakfast, promptly fell asleep again for most until about 16.00. It just really goes to show you how tired my body was. I woke up at 16.00 and didn't have the energy to do much else, so I decided to upload a ton of my pictures from the past 3 years to my O-Foto account. If you want access to about 3 years worth of pictures (and that's not even all of the pictures), send me an e-mail and i'll share my photos with you.


Other than that, I really didn't do much today. Didn't leave the hotel room at all except for breakfast. But I can certainly use the rest. Moving took more out of me than I can even say here, but at least I am done. And come tomorrow afternoon or Tuesday morning, I'll have the legal authority to be in Sweden.


Speaking of that, I made some flight arrangements to go from Norway to Sweden at the end of the week. Tomorrow I must call the hotel to confirm that they have an apartment flat available. If they do, I'll live in Kista during the month of September, but will aggressively be looking for an apartment to move into by October. This of course assumes that all of the administrative stuff with my international assignment gets worked out in due course.


My study of Swedish continues to go well. Today I learned cardinal numbers, ordinal numbers, the alphabet, and "question words" (who, what where, and when). I am self learning for the moment, but the books help out loads, and since I have the tapes, I can hear Swedish spoken. However, I have practised verbally and think I need to have much more focus on the word stresses and vowel pronunciation. But I am still learning. If I could be semi-fluent by the end of the year, I'd be psyched!


Anyway, I have to get going. I am still kinda tired, but after a good night's sleep tonight, I should be just fine. Besides, I have a very busy day tomorrow. I am meeting the business management team, have some Nordic administrative things to do, training for the handover in my responsibilities, and have to work in a visit to the Swedish Consulate in Oslo.


Love you journal.


Rodney

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