Sunday, 23 November 2014

Easter at the mountain cabin, on film I


















Agfa Precisa 100, Olympus mju 

It's raining cats and dogs outside my November window and I'm buried deep in pedagogics and didactics as I write my exam that is due in a couple of days. Feels nice to take a few moment and dream myself back to our Easter holiday at the mountain cabin. Always a winner!

Sara has mentioned lately that she wants to go to the mountain cabin. She says she wants to go sledding and sleeping in a snow (obviously inspired by watching Karsten og Petra på vinterferie too many times). She must have seen photos of it and that way it has been brought to mind. Or maybe she just randomly remembers her time being there. I don't know. How much does a 3 year old actually remember? Anyway, it's a shame we haven't been there yet, now that we live just 1,5 hour away (compared to 6,5 hours when we lived in Bergen).  Well, it will have to wait until we have finished the renovation. Like everything else. From now on we will refer to everything in a pre and post Stavanger house renovation chronology. After 12 weeks of renovation (and living with my parents and my in-laws) I'm getting more and more eager to get to the "post" period.

Break is over! Back to exam writing! 


Saturday, 22 November 2014

life, week 46


exam writing - big ideas yet baby steps mode // need more toffifee


Apparently the Apple Store (and most other stores) does not open until 10 am, so I suddenly found myself with a whole hour to kill. Luckily there was no rain, so I walked the streets of my new hometown and enjoyed the views. 


Christmas has just arrived in Stavanger


I love store fronts like this


So happy about the fact that there is Godt Brød in Stavanger too!


a 3 pm sky that looks painted


Home alone with little miss s, so instead of cooking dinner at home, we had meatballs at IKEA. And ice cream, of course. She seemed to enjoy the Christmas decorations. And the kids department, of course.


6:30 am Stord bound // waiting for my passenger, drinking an extremely much needed coffee


super inspired after a fantastic didactic class today #nerdinthemaking



While I was away for studies at Stord, Sølve was home alone with Sara. Kindergaten was closed on Friday, so they spent the day doing adventures together - including a trip to the beach. Lucky ducks! (Photo by Sølve)



Sølve, his brother, father and mother attended their Scout troop's 100 years anniversary and we all felt  very nostalgic for our old scouting days (I was in a different troop, so I didn't attend the anniversary). 


to buy big things with a small car // our house renovation, week 11



Our friends took us out for drinks and Interstellar (ok, but too long). We haven't been to the cinema since Avatar. And we haven't seen the inside of a pub since long before the whole moving mayhem started. 


sunny Sunday work // stress management 

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Week 46: November 10-16

Friday, 21 November 2014

things I like lately

part of last year's minimal Christmas decoration | Agfa Precisa 100, Canon EOS 500N

- all things Christmas have started popping up in the blogs I read, on the news and in the shops I visit, and I'm trying my best to embrace it (just one month left! really?!)
- planning to do most of my Christmas shopping online this year, for example here
- deciding against gifts for Sara's advent calendar; instead I'm planning to come up with 24 nice little things we can do together in the days leading up to Christmas Eve
- this post by Anaruh/Listebloggen
- mini brownies from United Bakeries
my funny eye/famapa's photos
- the new design of the Norwegian passport gets international praise - it looks gorgeous, doesn't it?!
- finishing a period of supervised field experiences at a local high school - one less thing on the agenda (until late January)
- looking forward to trying Ina's recipe for pulled pork
- watching Aristocats with Sara
- having a reason to drink Champagne tonight 

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Things I don't like lately

- headaches
- too little sleep
- Sara being under the weather 
- cold chocolate (like when chocolate has been in the fridge)
- the amount of press professional athletes get (too much sports news when I drive to work in the morning) 
- a weekend ahead with exam writing (deadline Wednesday) 

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Time to choose a winner of the giveaway! I asked my mother (who is sitting next to me on the sofa watching "Nytt på nytt") to say a random number between one and 21 (which is the total number of comments). She said nine which is Anaruh's comment. Congratulations A! Send meg en mail med adressen din, så skal jeg sense deg boken i løpet av uken.  

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

our house renovation, week 11






Lots of progress in the basement suite. Paint, floor and bathroom tiles are done. Electricity is almost done. Bathroom units and the kitchen are coming up next week. Not long now until it's completely finished! 


Finding the right position of our terrace. 


Some decisions need to happen fast - like where the new window goes. So whilst I was away for studies at Stord, I tried my best to draw a little sketch (not too sure about my house drawing skills...), sent it to Sølve and then - in-between classes - explained/discussed it all on the phone. 







Voilà! New bedroom windows! Very happy with how the windows give the house a more modern look. (See photos of the house before here, here and here.)


And new livingroom windows (see before photo here). They have the same look as the new bedroom windows. 



The demolition phase of the ground floor is on. We are adjusting the floor plan of the bedrooms to make all three rooms as perfect as can be.


The walls by the huge window are coming along.




New windows to the left and at the far end of the room. 





Love finding traces of old life during the demolition phase!



Basement livingroom progress




No staircase yet though


Also some progress in the area behind the house - it involved moving around a few tons of rock...



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