I think that it is time for a list that has been circulating on the Swedish expat blogs:
Which countries did you visit?
Only Sweden, in June. Our plans to go to Spain were cancelled due to my house arrest [as there was a risk of a premature birth].
Which date from the summer of 2011 will you always remember?
The 16th June when I started my new job contract and managed to work only half a day before being put on sick leave by my doctor!
Hm, I didn’t buy much as I have been at home all summer. Maybe some of the books I bought on-line?
What did you spent most money on?
Medical bills… I still have to claim them back from the insurance company.
Did something make you really happy?
Yes, that I still haven’t given birth and that our baby will not be a preemie!
How did you spend Midsummer’s Eve?
At home, on the sofa. It was just in the beginning of my sick leave and we were so worried that the baby would arrive prematurely, that I hardly dared to move around the small studio apartment that was our home.
Didn’t watch much tv despite the house arrest. But I like the BBC productions of Rick Stein’s Spain (food and travelling) and Waking the dead.
Which is the best book you have read this summer?
Well, I have so far read
28 or 29 books since the 16th June and many of them were really good. The Book Thief, Just kids and The Help are three that stand out.
Is there anything that would have made your summer better?
Under the circumstances no, but of course I would have preferred being able to continue working and to have had some normal summer holidays…
The summer’s sweetest?
When we got an incredibly clear ultrasound picture of our little Sweet Pea with his eyes open, that was just so sweet!
The summer’s biggest love?
Of course the love we feel for our unborn child, and our families who have been wonderfully supportive – my parents and my sister, and O’s sister and niece who came to keep me company and take care of me and the household!
The summer’s best?
That our friends lent us their home while they went to Sweden for the summer, and that we are now able to share another apartment with some other friends until we can move back to the “summer apartment” in November. That’s what friends are for!