Friday, 30 September 2016

things I like lately

The summer temperatures from the last couple of weeks have been swept away by heavy winds and pouring rain. The end of September is bringing to look a lot like autumn. // Kodak Ektar 100, Canon EOS 500N

- morning routine with kids
- driving to work - with my colleague or audiobook as company - after a busy morning routine with demanding kids
- Monday morning rainbow
- a perfectly ripe avocado
- 10 steps to meal prep like a boss
- 9 ways to get more energy that have nothing to do with sleep - for me the sugar thing has been a total winner. I have eaten very little sweets (chocolate, ice cream, cake, etc.) since the beginning of July and I have noticed a great change in my energy levels. *praise hands emoji*
- spaghetti bolognese (Sølve's version) for dinner - and plenty of leftovers for the next day
- lese-FOMO
- ovnsbakte betechips - yes please!
- the fact that Sverre still wants to nurse (only morning and night though) - and he doesn't bite! (Discovered this week that four new teeth have made their appearance - which brings us to a total of 16 little toddler teeth!)
- made this kickstartshot this week (it has been a while) and loving it - added a celery stalk too

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Things I don't like lately

- just one week left until my exam - the exam anxiety is slowly creeping up on me
- the list of blogs that I read has suddenly disappeared from the right hand side sidebar - I wonder it if has anything to do with the announcement of the Google Feed API turndown. I have no idea what this even means - do you?
- dark mornings - and it's only the beginning - PS: darker mornings + darker mornings yet again

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Thursday, 29 September 2016

a Thursday list

The crazy little box lady lunch/work day snack: raisins, celery, kiwi, cucumber, snap peas, blue grapes, walnuts, almonds, carrots (from the garden) and a Philadelphia/salami sandwich


- Sara has ordered tacos for dinner tonight - planning to have mine with chicken, mango and fresh coriander
- my parents are having dinner with us tonight
- Sverre woke up at 0530, smiling and babbling
- I thought I was running late for my first class, but in fact I was one hour early
- Sølve is off on a boys' trip to France today - until Monday evening - lucky guy! I have ordered him to bring home macarons.
- I'm currently listening to an audiobook version of "The Book Thief" (in English this time, not Norwegian) and I think I like it
- I'm wearing blue jeans, a white blouse and red lipstick today
- some of my students are constantly singing "Baby" by Justin Bieber and it's stuck in my head
- some of my other students are writing short stories and I'm looking forward to reading them (but not so much grading them - an autumn break task)
- hungry for these two delicious looking dishes

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

life, week 38


so very much in need of a nap // oh the Monday blues


The best way to shake the Monday blues: a pretty sunset plus catching up on life with the bestest @marenlerang


workday pick-me-up leftovers in transit - from basement home office to kitchen


Friday evening home cinema 


Saturday morning obstacle course



celebrating love and years passing // yet again spoilt with impeccable home cooking


freshly made orange juice, eggs and bacon // Sunday brunch done right - in-laws' style


two weeks to go before my first exam // no panic - yet 



the September summer continues // good times with water sprinkler underneath the trampoline 



"What are you doing, Sara?"
"Waiting for my friend."



Sunday harvest 

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Week 38: September 19-25

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Monday, 26 September 2016

life, week 37


After the witching hour there is peace and quiet - and this. So thankful for this. And wine.


September 13, 27 C // hardly had this type of temperature during summer


oh the endless clutter


these two // sharing Sverre's lunch box leftovers on our way home from kindergarten


pre bedtime colouring session with a side of milk


Wednesday evening mini date // walking home - hand in hand - from kindergarten parents' evening


just like that he turned 1


a very special mid September garden party


beyond excited about walking - not yet alone though


checking out the birthday gift he got from his big sister // also: a few seconds of standing without support (look at my excited expression - hahaha!)


the fox was an instant hit 


my men


peekaboo 


bare feet, bare legs and fallen birch foliage // September contrasts 


all the horsepower // pyjamas and granddad's mc


harvest moon 


"Mamma, since Sverre can't choose his own birthday cake, can I choose for him?"


A cure for my Saturday afternoon study fail: strong coffee and leftover birthday cake. Hopefully this will keep me from falling asleep again.


Røssdalen altså! Så himla vakkert! // the most beautiful Sunday hike

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Week 37: September 12-18

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Friday, 23 September 2016

things I like lately

For some odd reason I really like this shot - thinking it might look good in (matte, not glossy) print. // London, June 2010 // Kodak Ektar 100, Canon EOS 500N

- waking up before Sverre and the alarm clock - oh the (very rare) luxury of being alone in the bathroom in the morning!
- Sverre walked a couple of steps without support - and was SO proud!
- being "forced" to read more - especially fiction - now that I'm a high school Norwegian (and English) teacher
- also still completely hooked on audiobooks on Storytel - finished "De usynlige" by Roy Jacobsen last week, finished "Not That Kind of Girl" by Lena Dunham yesterday and started "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak today
- hummus with arugula - good idea!
- the color coordinated posts on this Tumblr
- this photo, this one and this one
- the new fyldig (thick/Greek-like) blueberry and cranberry yoghurt from Tine
- homemade broccoli soup for dinner
- waffles with rolled oats for supper - eaten whilst standing next to Sara who sat on the kitchen counter
- the photos and location of this shoot
- my home office Fridays
- the luxury of working a 80 % position instead of full time - I do have my part time studies though
- my mother and mother-in-law who picks up the children in kindergarten one afternoon each every week - so, so thankful for this help!
- these two new to me Instagram feeds: Sanne Hop and Tessa Hop
- the slight chill in the air now that the heat from last week has dropped
- this post by Elisabeth made me put IKEA's new Knotten on my wish list for the hallway - we need a new way to organise keys, wallets, mail etc. The current system is not working very well.

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Things I don't like lately

- a feverish Sara
- our kaput dishwasher
- my exam is in two weeks and I dread it


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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Søndagstur: Røssdalen


































Røssdalen - such a gorgeous place! And such perfect weather! So happy to finally be back in this valley and happy to see how much the kids enjoyed it too.

Søndagstur: A typical Norwegian activity involving taking a walk, seemingly purposeless, but which to a Norwegian means fitness, freedom and tradition. Søndagstur is a tur (trip, hike, walk) on Sundays, often so institutionalised in the Norwegian’s mind that it will take place in any type of weather. A variation of this is skitur, which is a tur done in winter on cross-country skis. (Spot on description found here.)

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