Little gems

It’s getting colder. I’m not surprised if the temprature is below zero when I’m off for work in the mornings. I haven’t checked, so I can’t be sure, but it sure feels like it. Brrr.

After I ended work today, I went downtown. I had one goal and that was to buy the new CD of Glasvegas. I have dowloaded it (ahem… illegally.. hush, don’t tell anyone), but I really wanted the sleeve so I could read the lyrics (and of course support the artist). Just listening to the songs isn’t enough, since the singer sings with his Scottish accent which is hard to understand. heh.

After I’d bought that, to only 99 NOK, I went over to H&M – the store where they only sell scarfs, hoods, jewlery, bags etc. I just wanted have a look. Just have a look? Who am I kidding? 95% of the times I’m just gonna have a look, I end up with something. Because saying those words is just something I tell myself to not have it sounds so bad.

Anyway I went into H&M and looked around. Then I see this cute and cool green hood. I try it on and it fits perfectly. I think to myself that it’s only going to get colder and despite that I have lots of hoods at home, I don’t have any green and as nice as this. So I end up buying it.

Looking at some nice green hair-clips, I get an idea. I want to go look for some green pumps that I can wear to my new black dress. So I walked over to the nearest shoe-store (cheap one) to have a look. I don’t find any green pumps, they have only black. How stupid! While looking I discover some utterly cool red shoes. I instantly fall in love with them and have to try them on. Size 37 was acutally too big, to my big surprise, so I had to ask for 36. The fitted perfectly.

I go to the counter to buy them. First the lady behind the counter asks me if I’m gonna buy them. I say yes. Then she tells me: these shoes are NOT waterresistant. Do not walk with them when it’s raining. They can’t handle anything!  Uhm… can’t handle anything? I should’ve asked her if they could handle my feet and some walking, because for a moment it sounded like they were going to fall apart only by touching them.

Well, I bought them anyway. They were too cool to resist. I just have to restrain myself from jumping in any water pools on my way to work then! ;)

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I concider all these three things little gems. I will wear the shoes and hoodie a lot and I’ve already listened to the cd a few times today. Not had a chance to read the lyrics though.

Girl from the past and new music

Today at work something really cool happened. It had nothing to do with work though. It just happened while I was there.

I heard a sound from my cellphone. I’d gotten a text-message.  And it was from a very old pen-pal of mine. Her name is Genelie and is from the Philippines, but lives in Norway. I think I must have been around 16 when I started to write with her. I don’t remember how I got in touch with her, but somehow I did. I wrote to her and someone who was her cousin I think. Her name was Mary-Ann.

Genelie moved to Norway a few years after we started writing to each other and we had some contact after she moved here. But it ended the way things often do, we lost contact. It just faded away graduately.

So I was very surprised when I now got an sms from her. It must be eight years since we talked last time. She asked me if I remembered her and if i was doing good. I had to reply right away. I said I remembered her and was happy to hear from her. I asked for her email-adresse so I could email her. I got her adresse and I think it’s for her msn too. So now when we’re both online, we can talk again!

I did think about her at the end of this summer. I went through some of my stuff at my parents house. They ordered me to go through some stuff and toss away things I didn’t need. Among old stuff, I found a plastic bag with old letters. Some love-letters and some letters from friends and family. That was fun to read. Among  all the letters I found some from Genelie.

I also found letters from a few other pen-pals I had. I’ve had quite a few over the years. Six if I’m not mistaken. Two from the Philippines, a girl from Australia, a guy from Ghana and one girl and a guy from Norway. It would be fun to reconnect with them.   

Today I’ve discovered a new supercool band called Glasvegas. Their debut album was released here late September and reviewers gave them great reviews. I didn’t got around to check them out until today. At work, in a spare moment, I was online and read a review of ther comming christmas-album. Yes, they’re releasing a new album not long after their debut. Their debut in Scotland (where they come from) was already in May, so it’s not really that close, but still – two albums in 8 months is good.

The review I read said that their new album was great too. So now I just had to check them out. I went to youtube, cos I know I can find everything there. First I listened to their song Geraldine. Oh my, they took me by storm. It was that great. I knew half way through the first song I’d ever heard from them, that they were great. The mix of his voice (which is GREAT), his Scottish accent and the melody did it for me! Then I heard Daddy’s Gone which was equally as good, if not better. Oh my! It’s nice to have a job where I can listen to music while working :)

I just love when I find such musical gems.

i downloaded the album today. I think I will have to go Platekompaniet to buy the actual cd as well, because I would very much like to have the sleeve so I can look at the pictures and lyrics. Them being Scottish and sing with a heavy accent, means that i don’t understand half of what they’re singing. Heh. So I need the lyrics to get more out the songs. It only costed 99 NOK, at least online, so I guess it will cost that in the store as well, and that I can afford.

I’ve been listening to the album a few times now. They are really dark and depressing, singing about the working middleclass. The song Geraldine is about a social worker! Depressing and dark can also be beautiful. They have proved that.

Whatelse can I say than YAY! :)

Wall decore signed by me (and maybe some others)

On one of my white walls in the livingroom I got four pictures taken by me up on the wall. They are placed over my sideboard from IKEA. It’s black and white pictures in stainless steel frames. I’ve been thinking of changing the pictures; to put some new pictures up. So far I haven’t been able to figure out what to put there. Not that I have thought very hard about it, but I have given it a few thoughts at least.

Here the other day my flickr-buddy Moa Maria gave me an idea. She commened on this picture and said it would be great if I included this in a set with three of my others natury pictures. Her idea was not bad at all. The only thing I want to is to replace one of the pictures she suggested. So then it will end up like this.

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I think these will fit, now that the winter is on its way. They all have a wintery feeling; the green ones are filled with frost and the two others are white-ish.

What I love is that they are square. I just love square photos and I think it will look great on my wall. I don’t have any frames that would fit, so I would have to go buy some new ones. Where do I go? IKEA of course. They have lots of frames and they don’t cost that much either.

I’m not sure I’ll find fitting frames though. I can print the photos in size 15 x 15 cm or 20 x 20 cm. The frames I’ve seen this one, is 23 x 23, so I’m not sure how that will work. Maybe I should bring something in size 20 x 20 cm to IKEA and try? ;)

I’m sure I’ll work it out some way.  First I have to decide if it’s really these pictures I want to put up on my wall. Then I have to check if I have money to get them printed and frame them. Sigh, the money-issue never stops to pop up.

Oh well, dont let that spoil my good idea. Let me at least play with the thought for a while, before I start worrying!

I also have another picture I want up on my wall, but that’s not my pictures. it’s a contact from flickr, the ever so cool nouk|b . I asked him if I could purchase his picture and he said he would be flattered as hell. We exchanged a few mails, but now he’s m.ia. Utterly sigh. He disappeared in the middle of settling the deal, which is a bit annoying if I can say it. Well I know he’s very on / off when it comes to flickr, so I guess that explain things a bit, but it’s still annoying. Oh well, no use in complaining. Things are the way they are. Nothing I can do about it, besides bombard him with flickr-mails, but I doubt it will help. And… I don’t wanna act/sound desperate.

I guess I don’t have to remind anyone on what time is it… *rolls eyes*

 

Photobook

Since I’ve discovered blurb.com, I’ve had the idea of creating a book with some of my photos. No wait, I’ve had that idea for a long, long time, but it’s only now I’ve found a way to do it. So… am I in the middle of making a photobook? Uhm… no!
 
Why not?
 
It’s the same thing as always, I can’t decide what pictures I’m gonna put in this book. Or more… what theme the book shall have. Should it be a collection of my finest photos? Or a black and white book? Or a book that contains just buildings or just cats? That is the big question. And when that question has to be answered other questions pop up.
 
Why should I really make this book? What purpose would it serve to make this book?
 
Those questions also needs to be answered in order to find a theme. The ultimate purpose would be to sell it, but I know that’s a bit far out. I don’t see any of my pictures that great that they would sell actually. Not a big book in a big scale. My portfolio isn’t that big. I do have 519 pictures presented at flickr, but not nearly everyone is something I think belongs to a printed book.
 
So, why?
 
So I can give it away as a present to familiy or friends? Well… not sure what purpose that would serve other than promote myself. Do I have any pictures they would like to see in a book? 
 
I guess so I could place it in my book shelf and let people who visit me, look at it. And because I would think it is cool with a book with my own pictures. Because it would be cool. Real cool. But is that reason a good enough reason to make a book? Or is it just waste of money?
 
Writing all this, all there is left is a lot of questions that needs to be answered. And right now I don’t have those answeres.

So what is the best strategy if I’m gonna pursue this idea? Should I just sit down and try to answer all these questions right away or in the near future and then go out and shoot acording to my answers? Or shall ignore the questions at the moment, but in stead go out and shoot and hope that the questions will be answered in the process?

Hmm… Can I sleep on that?

Meh!

After a lazy sunday is over, I often go to bed thinking about all the stuff I didn’t do; about all the time I wasted on nothing. Where did twelw hours go? How did I manage to fill all these hours that this sunday contained with more or less nothing?

I did do some useful stuff. I cleaned up a bit in my bedroom. All the dust is gone, some skirts that was too small is gone too. And the big pile with clothes on top on my dirty-clothes-basket is gone too. I also made three new christmas-cards. But that was about it!

I could’ve done so much more! I could’ve done laundry, vacuumed the apartment, cleaned my bathroom sink, washed the floor in my apt etc etc. In stead I use my time, no waste it on watching TV and surfing around online. I actually saw a bit of Dr. Phil show today. Come on, Dr. Phill? And even worse, Zoey 101 or what it’s called… Staring Britney Spears’ little sister Jamie. That is all-time-low!

Lazy sundays are the best, but sometimes I wish i’d done more. I’m like ‘meh, now I’ve wasted yet another sunday’.

Oh well… over to something slightly more uplifting. Or is it?

My goals…

  1. Teeth: Perfect. I’m gonna drop that as a goal now, because it’s a routine now.
  2. Walking: Doing good. I walk every day. Even when it’s raining!
  3. Fruit every day. I’m doing ok. Weekend is the hardest. I forgot to eat fruit yesterday, even though I bought a net with clementines. Doh! Today I have. I waited until 22.30 though. Uhm.. waited? I forgot until then. That’s more correct to say.
  4. Be in bed on time: uhm… the clock now says 23.25. Obviously I’m not doing good. It’s so hard! I don’t know what I’m gonna do to change this. I honestly don’t have a clue. Ideas, anyone?

Add any new goals? Nah. I don’t think so. I don’t think I can handle that at the moment. Need to figure out that bed-goal first. And I can’t really come up with any new things I want to have as goal either. Maybe clean a bit every day? Oh god, that sounds boring. Hmmm… I need to think about that one for a while. I know it would make things easier and it would be done more often. One thing each day isn’t much. I’m not gonna decide anything now. Now I better hurry in bed.

I’ll post the new christmas-cards as soon as I got time. Or… more like next time I think of it. haha.

Are we human or are we dancer?

Sometimes I listen to songs that touches me so deep and makes me so happy that it can feel like a crush! Yeah, it sounds strange, but that’s the way I’m built. Sometimes songs hit me so hard!

I have a crush right now!

The Killers are out with a new single now, called Human. I heard it for the first time some weeks ago. I thought it was good, but I only heard it a few times. Then it faded away and I started listening to something else.

Last week I saw the Killers preforming at the European Music Awards and they had a kick-ass light show. And they played of course Human. i was breathtaken by the light-show. On friday at work, I searched up the  video from the EMA on youtube and listened to it over and over again. While I worked of course. I think I must’ve played it 20 times at least.

By now, I know almost all the lyrics by heart. There are some lyrics added to the EMA version, that’s not on the single version though. It’s not been a goal to learn the lyrics. That’s something I used to have as a goal when i was 15 ;) But I always sing a long when I listen to music and some lyrics are easier to learn that others. And when you listen to the same song 5 times in a row, it’s easier to learn it too. haha.

In this Human-haze, I managed to write a poem. Another way to let my creativity out. I haven’t written anything in ages and it felt good to get something down on paper.

Music always inspire me to write poems. So most of my poems has a relationship to music, somehow. It can be a subject, a mood or just a single word. In the past, Alanis Morisette, has influenced my poems a lot.  This time it was Human and the second last word in the song, brittle. The way he sung that word, it hit me in some way. I needed to find out the meaing to this lovely-sounding word.

Brittle means easy shattered / broken. Not long after i learned that, my head was spinning and not long after I had a poem ready. Beautiful, sad but simple was Chantie’s review of it :)

My Brittle Heart

I’m aching
on the edge of breaking
my brittle heart

cut the strings
your pulling stings
my brittle heart

say goodbye
just let me go
my brittle heart

Now I’m gonna take a few mins to figure out how I’m gonna use this creative brain today. I’m still in my pj and living out the lazy-sunday concept ;)

I’ll be back, soon!

[anything goes here] sluts

Me and my friend Chantie, started once to call each other sluts. I don’t know exactly when or why, but we did. And by sluts, we’ve never meant anything bad. We use it like other people use chicks. We don’t use just the word slut, but very often we attach decribing word in front of it; like tired sluts, lazy slyts, office sluts etc…

Some time in 2008, I thought about making a book about us. I don’t know eactly when here either. My memory is on some areas veeery bad, you see. But anyway, I wanted to make a book, covering us sluts from A – Z. The plan was to write something on each letter in the alphabet.

I came across someone on Flickr who mentioned blurb.com as a perfect place to make books. You make the book online and then send it off for printing. You can choose between different sizes or if you want hard- or softcover. The site is indeed great!

Sor for a long time now, I’ve been working on this book. Some letters were easy to cover. Like B (Burger King sluts) I (internet-sluts), O (Oprah-sluts) and T (tired sluts). You know, we LOVE Burger King and Oprah. We spent a lot of time on the internet and we’re often tired. I write a little bit about each subject and includes pictures.

Yesterday I finished the book. I read through all of it and corrected all the typos. There were a few of those… I purchased two copies of the book and it will take about two weeks before they arrive I guess. I can’t wait to see it!

This whole thing might seem very odd to other people. Calling each other sluts, writing about about it… I see the point, but I don’t really care. We find it funny. And this book connects us together. It is something we can look back on when we get old. hihi ;)

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