I love Polas

050114- 182I was very lucky to get a Polaroid One Step Flash camera for Christmas. It has been on my wishlist for a few years, but I didn’t think I would get one. The camera is bought from the Impossible Project.

I have never used a Polaroid camera before, so I was very excited to test it. There is something magical about the whole thing. You click and then the sweetest sound comes from the camera–whirrrr! Seconds later the photo is out, and you quickly hide it in a book or some other dark place.  What do you do next? You wait. Oh the wait. You want so badly to see the result instantly, but you can’t–it takes between 30-45 minutes for the photo to develop.  45 minutes later you peek at the photo and hopefully squeal a bit because you’re satisfied with the photo. It doesn’t necessarily have to be perfect, because this is a pola, it’s old fashioned  and a few flaws has its charm.

This camera is really simple. You can adjust the exposure and that’s about it. You turn it on, adjust the exposure and click!

With my camera came two package of film. Each package contains 8 frames (the first package I’ve opened actually contained 10 frames!). The film is quite expensive. That makes you think really hard about what you want to shoot–it has to be something really special. You don’t want to waste frames on dull things.

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I took two test-shots at home. Without really knowing what to shot–it was dark outside and I desperately wanted to test it, so I shot a book about Springsteen I’m reading at the  moment and a photo of Springsteen from an old calendar.

Today I went out to try find something more interesting to shoot. The weather was lovely right when I stood up, but when I was ready to go the clouds had rolled in from the fjord and it didn’t take long before it started to drizzle–it wasn’t snow (that would’ve been awesome), but rain. Thankfully it didn’t rain too much and got a few lovely shots by the fjord. I love water and the open sea, so I had to shoot by the fjord.

I don’t have a scanner yet, so I had to photograph my polas to show them here. My next purchase has to be a scanner! The colors of the photos are pretty close to the actual polas.

Oh, I just love the polaroid I got. It’s friggen awesome. I had to call my mum twice to tell her how happy I was about the camera dad and she gave me. I’m not sure what to do with the polas yet, but I think I will display some of them on my fridge.

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So what do you think? Do you love polas as much as I do? What do you think of my first atempts of handling the camera?

 

 

Happy brithday, Bruce! A compilations of ten great songs

Yesterday Bruce Springsteen turned 64 years old. For those who knows me, know that Springsteen is my favourite musician ever. He is really up there alone, being awesome and amazing! (You can read about my fascination here. I wrote a blog piece about it years ago.)

To honor him on his birthday, I wanted to make a compilations of his ten best best songs.  Making a compilation meant searching on Youtube for songs / videos which make me listen to a lot of great Springsteen song / see lots of great videos. That was also a reason for making a compilation.

So, what is his ten best songs? That’s almost impossible to say. He has so many great songs and which I like depends on my mood or what situation I’m in. You can’t really say that for instance Born to Run is better than Badlands or vica verca. They are equally good.

Well, I’m not ending up with a list of his ten best songs, but then awesome song that might be his best at some point.

Drive All Night (from the River)

Tougher Than The Rest (from Tunnel of Love)

Thunder Road (from Born to Run)

Badlands (from Darkness on the Edge of Town)

Downbound Train (from Born In the USA)

Born to Run (from Born to Run)

Jungleland (from Born to Run)

the River (from the River)

Atlantic City (Nebraska)

Racing in the Street (Darkness on the Edge of Town)

What the fox?!

Friday evening I came across a video by the Norwegian comedy group Ylvis on facebook. Two friends posted it. I had seen it in a online newspaper as well, but didn’t click on the video at the time. When two friends said it was awesome, I thought I should check it out. I know Ylvis. They are two brothers, Vegard and Bård Ylvisåker. Together they become the comedy duo Ylvis. They do comedy shows and now they’re doing a talk show called I kveld med Ylvis (Tonight with Ylvis).

The video is a teaser for their new season of I kveld med Ylvis.

OMG! What a video. It makes no sense, but yet it is so friggen hillarious. It’s so awesome I had to blog about it, even though I normally don’t blog about things like this. I’ve seen the video at least 30 times and I just can’t get enough. It’s only 3 mins and 45 sec, but every time I see it I find a new fave part of it. It’s strange that something so silly can be so catchy and captivating at the same time.

The video has gone viral they say (pepople / newspapers online) and since it was uploaded 03.09.13, it has almost 7.000.000 views. That is not normal for videos posted by any people from Norway. It’s crazy. Some call the duo the European Lonely Boys and some say it’s the new Gangnam Style. I think it’s way better than Gangnam Style. This is hillarious.

This song is made for a TV show and is supposed to entertain a few Norwegians for three minutes — and that’s all. It was done just a few days ago and we recently had a screening in our office. About 10 people watched — nobody laughed.

—  Bård Ylvisåker talking about THE FOX

The song is produced by the Norwegian producers Stargate (produced songs for Beyonce, Rihanna and Ne-Yo).

You can read about Ylvis on wiki or you can watch oher videos made by them here. There is an interview wih Bård, one half of Ylvis, on Billboard.com you can read too.

Yeah. That was about it. I’ll go back to posting normal photography posts next week. Until then you can try figuring out what the fox say ;)

A Streetcat Named Bob

120813- 027sLast saturday I went downtown in the afternoon to run some errands. After doing what I had planned I ended up outside a book outlet. They had childrens book on sale and I found a book for my youngest nephew. When I went inside I browsed the books they had. That’s when I saw the book ‘A Streetcat Named Bob’ by James Bowen. I’ve briefly heard about this story before. I saw a clip on the news quite some months ago. After reading the back of the book I decided to read it. I had a feeling this could be a really good book.

For the ten past years James (34) has been a busker in London and therefore he’s been living from hand to mouth. One day Bob sneaks into his life. James feels that taking care of a cat and having an additional mouth to feed, isn’t very ideal or what he needs. He is completely wrong. Bob is exactly what James need and it doesn’t take long before the cat is about to change James’ life. We get to follow James and Bob, who establish a remarkable friendship, over a two year period. That period includes appointments to the vet, Bob joining James while he’s out singing, trouble in the streets and policematters, Christmas celebration and more. We also get a insight in his ubringing, his relations to his family and what led to the life he’s been living since he was young.

I started rearding the book on the bus and continued when I got home. Instantly I got hooked. By the time I was supposed to go to bed I had read well over 150 pages. I landed on 177 pages 1,5 hour past midnight. The only thing stopping me from reading more was my sleepy eyes. By noon the next day, I had finished all the 285 pages.

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!

I’ve never read a sweeter story than this one. What a remarkable cat and hey -James is pretty amazing too. It is a heart-warming story which made me laugh and cry. I know animals and cats can be special, but I’ve never read about a more special cat that Bob. Me being a catlover, of course made the story extra special, but I’m sure people who doesn’t love cats will love this story anyway. Just picturing James and Bob riding the bus together and Bob sittin on James’ shoulder, to get to his spot in Covent Garden where he played, makes me smile.

You can read about James and Bob here:

I rarely writes about books I’ve read (or amazing movies, music releases, concerts etc), but this book was so awesome and it left me in such a happy state of mind, that I just had to share this.

There is a new book out about James and Bob, named ‘The World According To Bob’. I’ve already ordered it online and is expecting it to arrived early next week. I can’t wait to get it in my hands and will probably devour it like it was a gigant delicious piece of yummy chocolate cake! That means very fast.

I’m recommending the book everyone I know and also recommend all my readers to read it too. It’s a must!

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Things that makes me happy: kittens

Look at those eyes!

There is no secret I love cats. This one above is my sisters cat. He is a kitty named Mikki. It was my oldest nephew, now 3,5 years, who named him Mikki. I’m not sure, but it might have something to do with Micky Mouse, because he likes Micky Mouse.

One of the fav parts of the cat, is the paws. They are just so friggen cute. Oh I love them. I could cuddle with them all day long.

As much as I love cat paws, it seems like Mikki likes the remote control just as much. He was in charge of the TV that evening. I just had to watch whatever he chose. Thank god, it was a very good Brittish crime show he wanted to see. Brittish crime shows are good, very good.

Things that makes me happy: Homemade soup

Eight days ago, when I went home to my parents to spend some days there for Easter, I made soup. This became so good, I had to make it again. I’m not good at making all sorts of soups, at least not from scratch. One soup that I feel fairly confident in making is a vegetable soup with sausages in it. That soup is so very simple, so down to earth, but oh so good.

What you need is some stocking, potatoes, carrots, leek, sausage (I prefere a smokes sausage), salt and pepper. You can also add other vegetables like swede, peas and green beans. If you are vegetarian,  you can easily skip the sausage. You can even make half the soup vegetarian and half with the sausage.

I don’t have any measures of how much of each you need. I just take a little bit of each. But I make sure I take enough so I at least have some leftovers for one day. The soup is bette the second day.

This is the simple steps:

  • Add water and broth in a casserole. Let that boil.
  • Chop carrots and potatoes in pieces and let them boil until they are tender.
  • Chop up the saugsage and the leek in pieces.
  • Add everything into the stocking. Season it with salt and pepper.
  • Let the soup simmer for a while, until the the sausage is warm and the leek is tender.

I always eat the soup with some flatbread aside.

Here are some photos from the process of making the soup to the soup is ready and happily inside a bowl of mine.

You know the soup is spicy enough when you need to drink half a litre of water after you’ve done devouring the soup! Yum!

Next soup I’m going to make is fish soup. I’m not sure I’ll do it from scratch though. I’m not that good cook. If any has a good recipe for a great fish soup, feel free to share / direct me in that direction.

I got a cute blog award

I received this utterly cute award from dear Jen.

Thank you Jen. That was very kind of you.

So this is how the award works:

1. Link back to the person who awarded you.
2. Answer the award questions.
3. Tell something about yourself that you haven’t told anyone on your blog yet.
4. Award as many blogs as you think are worthy of this award.
5. Make sure to let those you gave this award to know that you awarded them.

The Award Questions

1. What is your go to makeup product?

I hardly wear make-up. I never wear it in my daily life, only when I’m going out partying / going to birthdays.

2. What was your favorite fashion trend of 2011?

Fashion trend of 2011? I have no clue! I’m not into fashion and trends. I wear whatever feels comfy and what fits me. I’ve never cared about what’s in or out.

3. What is your favorite dessert?

Chocolate cake or cinnamon buns. It’s hard to decide because they’re both so friggen yummy! If I can have both I’m happy ;) Oh wait, I also love waffles. Mmmmm. Seems like I can’t choose….

4. Favourite color?

That varies. When I was younger it was blue. Now it’s def. green. I like most shades of green.

5. What is your middle name?

Elisabeth. Got it from my mum; her middle name is also Elisabeth. I never use my middle name though.

6. What was the last song that you listened to?

Not 100% sure which song, but it was def. one of Bruce Springsteen newest songs. It might have been this:

That so is such a beautiful song. One of the best songs from his new album, that is officially out on 6th of March. Someone is very excited!

7. Cats or dogs?

Cats! Cats! Cats! I’m def. a cat person. Myfirst cat was named Pelle. I had him for 12 years (minus 1,5 years when he was missing) and was the greateast cat ever lived! Now I have a cat living with my parents. He’s name is Samson and is a very, very cute and loving cat.

So… I’m going to tell something about myself I haven’t shared on this blog.

I have two thin steel bars in my back. They are each 30 cm long. When I was young my back was crocked. I had a form of scoliosis. My back was shaped like an S. Originally I was going to wear a back brace (looks a bit like a corset) for a year to straighten me up, but after trying the back brace they found out it wouldn’t work. So in stead I had a back surgery. I was 13 at the time. They cut open my back and placed two steel bars in my back in addition to a bone that they took from my hip. So I got a 30 cm scar on my back and a small one on my hip.

And now to the award part. I’m supposed to award as many people as I think deserve it. For that, I think we need a drumroll. *insert drumroll sound here*

I award the following blogs/persons:

  • Karin Elizabeth: her blog is a great inspiration and her photos are always so lovely.
  • Jasmine / The Daily Frolic: Jasmine lets me, by reading her blog, tag along on some great adventures. These adventures are documented by awesome photos.

Things that makes me happy: Eggs

Eggs are one of my favourite things to eat; especially for breakfast. But I can eat eggs whenever. It doesn’t matter how they are made; I love scrambled eggs, hard boiled eggs, smiling eggs, omelette, fried egg. The only thing I don’t eat is raw eggs. I draw the limit there.

Eggs are something you’ll always find in my fridge. Aside from eating eggs as a part of a meal, eggs are one of the main ingredients of baking. Anyone who knows me, knows that I love to bake. I get the urge to bake on the strangest times and then it’s necessary to have eggs within arms reach.

This morning I had a boiled egg for breakfast. The egg was a bit runny, as you can see on the second photo below, but I really like it that way.

The three top photos were taken today, but the two last ones are from the archive.

Things that makes me happy: dark chocolate from Freia

Yesterday after I left the office, I went downtown because I had some errands to run. One of the things that was on my to-do list, was to go to Freia’s chocolate store. Freia is a Norwegian chocolate brand, now owned by Crafts Food. Freia  has a little chocolate store downtown where you can buy bite-sized pieces of chocolate. My friend, who lives outside Oslo, asked me to stop buy and buy some chocolate for her. So I did.

When going to the counter to pay for the chocolate I had picked, I saw something made my heart almost skip a beat. Freia has this box of chocolate; it contains a various pieces of dark chocolate and some light chocolate. In that box(top picture) they got dark chocolate sticks with a taste of orange which is so heavenly good. It’s one of my fave type of chocolate. Behind the counter, made by glass, I see that you don’t have to buy the whole box of chocolate, but you can get that single type separately.

Oh my gosh!

Seeing that chocolate, was the highlight of yesterday. I instantly knew I had to buy some of that chocolate with orange, no matter what it costed. I ended up with 20 pieces. It wasn’t cheap; I think it costs about three times the normal chocolate, but it was so worth it.

I just had to photograph them.  In addition to being delicious, they are quite pretty as well. Yesterday I was writing about not being able to photograph enough these days, so when I had something to photograph, I couldn’t let the opportunity pass me.

This is licorice; bite-sized confectionery found in a plastic bag called that is named Twist. The bag contains different bite-sized pieces of various flavours; mostly chocolates with some sort of filling. In stead of buying a whole bag with different pieces, you can pick the pieces you like. So if the there is a piece you like very well, you can buy many of that and you can leave out the ones you don’t like.

The licorice confectionery I gave to mum. The chocolate sticks with orange is all gone now.

Nom. Nom. Nom.