It’s the armpit of a.m. on a Tuesday and already I am looking forward to tonight. Tonight is dedicated to more deep-dive research about Sweden. Our trip to Stockholm is (drumroll please) just a week and a day from now. To prepare we have done the scholarly work of embarking upon watching the entire full second season of Wallander. Not the BBC version, yo. We are deep into the original Swedish version. I can’t figure out how to link to Netflix, so this is amazon link to it if you’re interested in being a bigtime intellectual scholar like me.
Wallander is based on a book series by author Henning Mankell (embarrassed to say I did not know of him until about two weeks ago) and yesterday I arrived home from work to discover el capitan had ordered me a paperback version of Faceless Killers, the first of the Kurt Wallander books. I’m so excited! I love this TV show so much. First of all there is always a crime and it is usually riveting and keeps me guessing and of course Wallander is brilliant but not in the David Caruso style of acting where he eats every scene. The characters have a realness to them and it’s an excellent police procedural at heart. Which I am very into.
Behold this Actual Conversation from last night:
Captain: Have you thought about whether or not you want to take the hop-on hop-off boat? I think we can get to the art museum you mentioned from that route. But it’s a boat. As the name suggests.
Me: Um, that sounds good and all but I’m not sure how we are going to fit that in with our rigorous schedule.
Captain: Our …? What? Huh?
Me: Well, we have to inspect the crime scene and then canvas for witnesses and take statements and solve the crime and everything. Wallander does it! He’s Swedish!
Captain: Yup. No more wine tonight.
Then there’s all the gentle interpersonal stuff. Will Kurt ever get cozy with Katarina? How are Isabelle and Pontus holding up? Has any man ever been more adorable with his dog than Wallander is with Jussi?
So even though it is not even yet 6 a.m. and I have an entire day ahead of the most painful meetings ever regarding a project that I think it has actually given me a case of permanent hives, I am still happy. Because tonight we are making homemade popcorn and researching Sweden and probably solving a crime. Hopefully one I did not commit. ♥