It's been a wonderfully relaxing Saturday…just what we both needed after battling colds, bad weather and long work days all week. Dr. Darling and I had a delightfully lazy morning, followed by some errand-running in gorgeous sunshine this afternoon.
We started at Malmö's amazing public library because I needed to replace the library card I lost when my wallet was stolen in Stockholm. Thanks to the Swede's suggestion that I bring the police report along, I didn't get charged for a new card…though I would have gladly paid for it.
Getting a library card was one of the very first things I did upon arriving in Malmö in the summer of 2002. It was just a day or two after I'd received my "personnummer"… the Swedish equivalent of the Social Security number…and I remember how much doing so made me feel like a resident rather than just a visitor. In some ways, replacing my library card was even more important to me than replacing my national ID (as evidenced by the fact that I still haven't bothered to do that yet).
From there we strolled through the city…which was buzzing with people who, like us, couldn't resist the call of the first warm, sunny day we've had since the middle of August. The semi-summer atmosphere inspired me to make bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches for dinner. MAJOR YUM!
Remarkably, the Swede had never even heard of a BLT until she met me. She remarked tonight (as she tucked into her 3rd sandwich) that it just may be my single greatest contribution to her quality of life since we got together.
I've decided to take that as a compliment.