Tuesday, 28 February 2017

life, week 7


while waiting for the Zerox to finish


Snacking on a leftover piece of liver pâté sandwich from his sister's lunch box, minding his own business. Not at all in a hurry to go home.


Tuesday 4:30 pm 


snacking and planning // #iquitsweettreats and Norwegian lessons


blooming forsythia branches and a taste of spring


5 pm sunlight for the win


My weekend in short: a feverish toddler, endless cuddles, sweet treats and nausea. Will hurry back to project #iquitsweettreats first thing Monday morning.

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Week 7: February 13-19


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Monday, 27 February 2017

life, week 6


afternoon bike seat view // the official I started biking to work week 


A modest celebration of the Sami National Day at Kannik skole.


The biking is on! I finally faced my irrational fear and biked with the trailer for the first time - and it was fine, of course. Now I'm hoping it will be a habit; biking as a family to kindergarten and work. I'm sure it won't be as idyllic as I hope, but it will give us a little extra time together - outside - in the busy weekdays.


7:50 am bike seat view // freezing cold but happy to be outside


The 5 pm view from where I parked my bike. Oh happy brighter days!


The view from where I recover from the stomach flu. At least I got to catch up on my sleep.


Thankful for my mother who helped out with the kids when I was down with the stomach flu - unfortunately she got sick too, damn stomach flu!


Second snow of the season. Not even one centimeter but enough to make a five year old pretty excited.



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Week 6: February 6-12


Friday, 24 February 2017

things I like lately

Speaking of sleepless nights; here's a little memory from our 2010 visit to the city that never sleeps. We did however sleep well at The Jane - where this photo was taken. 

- my one week winter break started today
- sunny days that feel like spring
- the first crocus of the season
- the endless fun a big balloon provides for a toddler
- my mother-in-law for helping out with a sick Sverre
- Å telle til null
- rediscovering Siri Nilsen's album "Alle snakker sant"
- fastelavnsboller at work today
- 9 pm bedtime

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Things I don't like lately

- Sverre has been sick all week
- sleepless nights and early mornings because of a sick Sverre
- being very short tempered due to the lack of sleep
- the lack of willpower that comes with the lack of sleep - bye, bye project I quit sweet treats (I will be back after a few good sleeps though)


Thursday, 23 February 2017

cabin weekend in February + a few thoughts






















Those of you who have read this blog for a while, know that the mountain cabin holds a special place in my heart. The cabin is small, has no electricity or water supply, it takes about an hour to get there both in summer and winter, and there is hardly any cell phone connection. It's the perfect contrast to our fast-paced, logged on daily lives. Both Sølve and I love spending time there.

Unfortunately I have found myself hesitant to going there lately and I feel sad for feeling this way about this magical place. The reason is simply our kids, especially Sverre. I have worried too much about the temperature, will he accept the pulk, will he sleep well, will he manage to stay away from the wood fire, will he stay away from the steep stairway to the attic, will he have a good time or do I have to watch his every step (he is such a mamma's boy!). And to be honest, when Friday afternoon arrives I prefer the thought of my sofa rather than packing for a weekend getaway to a remote mountain cabin.

But then a Saturday morning we did it; we packed our ski gear (always a hassle when it's for the first trip of the season), drove the two hours to the mountains (Sverre napped and Sara watched cartoons - bliss!), got ourselves a snowmobile "taxi" (because we were not sure if Sara was up for the trip; she proved us wrong on the return - such proud parents and grandparents!) and was rewarded with blue skies, fresh snow and happy grandparents welcoming us at the cabin.

Sara was super excited to be back and Sverre was a happy camper too. He slept well, accepted the pulk both for napping and hanging out, stayed clear of the wood fire and the stairway. In fact it was all good - great even.

I left the door to the outhouse open during my evening errands and soaked in the tranquility, the full moon and a sky full of stars. I was reminded that being outdoors is always worth it, even though it requires an extra effort with kids. Hopefully we will return to the cabin more than once before the winter season is over.

PS: my kind of cabin life // Ylvis - The Cabin (hahaha!)


Friday, 17 February 2017

things I like lately

Sunday morning at the mountain cabin

- finally being back at the mountain cabin (I'll share some photos next week)
- watching the full moon rise and light up the mountains
- seeing how much Sverre enjoyed being at the cabin
- egg and bacon for Sunday breakfast - always a winner
- a big bouquet of red carnations from Sølve for mother's day on Sunday
- the blooming forsythia branches that my mother-in-law brought from their garden
- Sølve's pasta bolognese and movie (Fire with fire - I didn't bother to finish it) on a Thursday night
- season seven of Modern Family on Netflix
- sub-zero temperatures
- biking to work
- Reading Danny, the Champion of the World for Sara
- Greek yoghurt with granola (I made a fresh batch this week) and a drizzle of honey
- project I quit sweet treats is still going strong - glad I didn't quit honey and jam though
- DKS Selfies

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Things I don't like lately

- realising how much I need to study for my Norse and history of the Norwegian language exam


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

60 spørsmål

Sunset at the mountain cabin this weekend; now I'm off to bike home in the rain without rain gear.


I'm the only one left at work, I'm tired and I need a break. Found this fun list over at Listebloggen, and decided to fill my little break with said list. Sorry guys, this will be in Swedish/Norwegian - if you are curious about the random questions and answers; use Google translate.

1.Hur gammal är du om fem år? 42
2.Vem tillbringade du minst två timmar med i dag? Sverre. Han våknet tidlig, så vi fikk masse tid sammen før barnehage og jobb.
3.Hur lång är du? 181 cm
4.Vilken är den senaste filmen du sett? Hmmm... Ser alt for lite film for tiden. Begynte på Good morning, Vietnam, men ble ikke ferdig. Men har sett hele første sesong av The Crown på Netflix sammen med Sølve.
5.Vem ringde du senast? Sølve
6.Vem ringde dig senast? Sølve
7.Hur löd det senaste sms:et du fick? "Jaaaa!" Svar fra Sølve som er enig i at barna skal tidlig i seng i kveld slik at vi får litt tid sammen bare han og meg.
8.Föredrar du att ringa eller skicka sms? Ingen av delene, men typisk at jeg melder i stede for å ringe (litt telefonskrekk), men synes det er fryktelig kjedelig å skrive meldinger for det tar så lang tid.
9.Är dina föräldrar gifta eller skilda? Gift
10.När såg du senast din mamma? Torsdag i forrige uke - og om én time
11.Vilken ögonfärg har du? Blå
12.När vaknade du i dag? Ca 0530 - av Sverre
13.Vilken är din favoritjulsång? Kling no klokka, tror jeg
14.Vilken är din favoritplats? Hjemme
15.Vilken plats föredrar du minst? I kø med utålmodige barn.
16.Var tror du att du befinner dig om tio år? I en hverdag med litt mer fritid kanskje? (pga eldre barn, ikke lenger fersk i lærerjobben og student samtidig)
17.Vad skrämde dig om natten som barn? Husker ikke
18.Vad fick dig verkligen att skratta senast? Enhjørningkunst
19.Hur stor är din säng? 160 cm bred
20.Har du stationär eller bärbar dator? Bærbar
21.Sover du med eller utan kläder på dig? Med lang pysjskjorte
22.Hur många kuddar har du i sängen? Fire; to til hver
23.Hur många land har du bott i? Kun i Norge
24.Vilka städer har du bott i? Ørland, Randaberg, Moss, Sandnes, Bergen, Stavanger
25.Föredrar du skor, strumpor eller barfota? Barfot i sandaler
26.Är du social? Ganske
27.Vilken är din favoritglass? Mövenpick sjokolade
28.Vilken är din favoritefterrätt? Is eller sjokolade
29.Tycker du om kinamat? Ja! Går alltid for stekt ris eller chop suey
30.Tycker du om kaffe? Ja! Sterk kaffe med melk
31.Vad dricker du till frukost? Kaffe
32.Sover du på någon särskild sida? Nei
33.Kan du spela poker? Ja, men jeg er ikke spesielt flink.
34.Tycker du om att mysa/kela? Ja, jeg gjør vel det.
35.Är du en beroendemänniska? Usikker på hva som egentlig menes... Google, Google... Aha! Å være avhengig av noe. Tja, jeg er vel avhengig av familien min, hjemmet mitt og å ha det ryddig rundt meg. Blant annet.
36.Känner du någon med samma födelsedag som din? Nei
37.Vill du ha barn? Ikke flere enn de to jeg har
38.Kan du några andra språk än svenska? Norsk, selvsagt, og engelsk. Leser greit dansk og svensk, og skjønner en del tysk fortsatt, selv om det aller meste har forsvunnet.
39.Har du någonsin åkt ambulans? Ja, da jeg ble fraktet fra Haraldsplass sykehus til Haukeland sykehus (ikke særlig langt) med sprukket blindtarm.
40.Föredrar du havet eller en bassäng? Svømme i basseng, bade i havet.
41.Vad spenderar du helst pengar på? Mat
42.Äger du dyrbara smycken? Tja. Sølve liker å skjemme meg bort litt...
43.Vilket är ditt favoritprogram på tv? Ser ikke på tv
44.Kan du rulla med tungan? Ja
45.Vem är den roligaste människan du känner? Vennene mine
46.Sover du med gosedjur? Nei
47.Vad har du för ringsignal? Såkalt klassisk (iPhone)
48.Har du kvar klädesplagg från då du var liten? Ja, noen få
49.Vad har du närmast dig just nu som är rött? En penn
50.Flirtar du mycket? Eh, tja, nei, vet ikke
51.Kan du byta olja på bilen? Nope
52.Har du fått fortkörningsböter någon gång? Nei
53.Vilken var den senaste boken du läste? Akkurat ferdig med "The Secret History" på lydbok, og "SVK" høytlesing for Sara.
54.Läser du någon dagstidning? Er innom Aftenposten, Dagbladet og NRK på nett hver dag
55.Prenumererar du på någon veckotidning? Nei, ikke nå lenger. Pleide å abonnere på massevis - særlig interiørblader - men ble lei.
56.Dansar du i bilen? Aldri
57.Vilken radiostation lyssnade du till senast? P2
58.Vad var det senaste du krafsade ner på ett papper? Planer for de kommende norsktimene
59.När var du i kyrkan senast? I min farmors begravelse
60.Är du lycklig? Ja!

Monday, 13 February 2017

(old) randoms
















A batch of old random photos all taken with my DSLR - which I hardly use anymore. The iPhone camera is so much more handy!

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