Saturday, 28 February 2015

things I like lately

The only part of the house that is tidy.

- spending our first night in the new house last Saturday
- seeing how excited Sara is about the house - she is constantly exploring
- unpacking boxes and rediscovering our belongings - especially all things kitchen
- the process of slowly making a home
- our local grocery store has a few of Jamie Oliver's food items, including the green pesto with a little bit of rosemary - so delicious!
- slowly getting back to cooking dinners - this week has been all about simple pasta dishes
- getting much needed help from my mother-in-law early in the week due to my paper that was due Friday - she made dinner and put Sara to bed
- finished the said paper
- having a bathtub - Sara loves it! (I haven't had time to test it yet)
- this post by Oh Joy
- borrowing my parents' Siesta chairs (the brown leather ones) and my mother-in-law's student sofa (bought in 1965) - they look great together
- Ingvild's fint nett no posts
- Sølve brought home two orchids and one green plant after an errand at IKEA
- the five mother sauces every cook should know (via Mariell/Hjartesmil)
- this post by Mariell reminded me that it is too long since I did a similar post
- eating an orange for lunch every day
- ricepudding (Fjordland risgrøt blandet med pisket krem - så enkelt, så godt)
- a slow Saturday morning on the basement living room daybed, drinking coffee and writing this post

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Things I don't like lately

- both Sølve and I have had very busy work weeks
- working on a paper (that was due Friday) every evening after work
- stressful mornings and barely making it to work on time - I think it will take some time to adjust to a new morning routine

Friday, 27 February 2015

our house renovation, week 25 - the week we moved in!

One half of the living room is actually tidy. That was until the moving boxes moved in.

We both think it looks better when white.

We made a desk and book shelf for Sara's room, and she seems very pleased with it.

Tools galore in the other end of the living room.

Kitchen tiles - plus black grout

We haven't decided on a sofa yet, so in the meantime we borrow my mother-in-law's student sofa (bought in 1965).

8 wardrobes, so many shelves to fix!

My Friday task: unpack these boxes in the basement living room

Saturday 2 pm - everything is here!

Sara was so happy to see the furniture again, she hugged them.

A little break from the cleaning and unpacking.

All done!

Nearly done!

Saturday morning, after having spent our first night in the house. Before the unpacking chaos started.

She is moving in too.

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I'm glad to say this is the last of the house renovation posts. After six months of renovation, we are beyond words happy to finally have our own home again.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

summer in the arctic north

Kodak Ektar 100, Canon EOS 500N

These photos were taken a five minutes walk from my sister's old apartment at Fagereng, Tromsø. Can you believe it?! The arctic north takes my breath away every time I visit. I have been several times, but this was my first summer visit. As long as my sister, her boyfriend and their baby son live in Tromsø, I will still have a good excuse to travel this far north - even though I really wish we lived closer. 

Friday, 20 February 2015

things I like lately

The basement living room is starting to feel like home.

This week is my winter break and I'm spending as much time as possible in the new house cleaning, unpacking boxes and organizing. WE ARE MOVING IN! Hopefully we will spend our first night here during the weekend. I'm beyond words excited about this.

Life has been pretty intense lately, but here are a few things I like (ALWAYS trying to notice the good things in life):

- the hugs Sara gave me when I came home after a whole week away
- glorious sunny days that felt like spring
- this post by Tiril
- finding snowdrops in our garden - I'm so excited to see how our new garden will develop during spring and summer
- excited about Heidi's new cookbook
- the wi-fi in our house is working (we accidentally damaged the fiber cable during the drainage work this autumn)

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Things I don't like lately

- being down with a terrible cold during the 8th grade camp week (leirskole) - no skiing for me
- being very, very impatient about the house renovation - I need my own home NOW
- should grade student papers and start writing my own paper which is due in a week - instead I'm working in the house

Thursday, 19 February 2015

after Mallorca | Norwegian summer

Kodak Portra 160, Canon EOS 500N

The week after we got home from Mallorca, was warm and beautiful. Just like I always dream of the Norwegian summer to be. In fact, whilst at Voss (three bottom photos), we experienced the warmest day since 1889.


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