2009: a review

The year is at its ending and I thought it was a good idea to look back at the 365 day of 2009. So I’ve made a list. It’s all just random things about 2009.  My memory isn’t the best, I have a memory of a goldfish (2 sec), but I’ve tried my best to remember. This is what I’ve come up with  :)

Best music happening: Pinkpop in Landgraaf, Netherlands. Awesome festival.

Best moive seen: I’ve seen so many great movies this year, it’s impossible to pick one. So I’ll pick a few: Gran Torino, Public Enemy and Slumdog Millionair. Oh! I have to mention Milk too! Awesome.

Worst movie seen: I actually can’t think of any really bad movies. The one I liked the least, but still was ok, was Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky.

Best music discovery: the Gaslight Anthem. They are great. I read about them after visiting Pinkpop and knew from an interview with Springsteen that Springteen had them on his Ipod. So… I had to check them out and they were great. the 59 Sound is a great CD and High Lonesome is a super song.

Uhm. Can I say two things? Yes I can, it’s my list. Joy Division! I saw the movie Control about Ian Curtis from Joy Division, which was awesome and the music is great too.

Higest amount of money won: 50 NOK.

Great buy: the green Bjørn Borg shoes I bought in April and plain ticket to see Chantie.

Bad buy: This fall I bought an umbrella. When I came home it was a hole in it. Next day I went to get a new one. The new one lasted four rainy days before it broke.

Best moment: When I visited my sister at the hospital after she’d given birth to a baby boy named Emil <3 <3 <3

Sad moment: When I called my dad from the office and he told me that our cat, Pondus, had died. Oh how I cried when I got home from the office. *sniff*

Happy moment: when I got my tax-papers back and it said that I’m getting a refund on a little over 3000 NOK!

Best concert: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band opening concert at Pinkpop! We (Chantie and me) were close to the stage and it was awesome!

Biggest surprise: I can only think of a music-surprise. I saw All American Rejects at Pinkpop and they surprised me big time, in a positiv way. They were energic, a bit crazy and very cool!

Biggest disappointment: When I found out that the Killers had been playing in Oslo without me being there. I found out three days too late! Gah, I was bummed! Other than that, I can’t think of anything.

Best book read: Panserhjerte (Armored Heart) by Jo Nesbø. Norwegian writer. He is awesome and his latest book about Harry Hole was awesome!

Biggest achivement: I have three and all of them is equally big.

  1. When I had my yearly talk with my boss and I got great reviews.
  2. My photo-projec 365-doors (take a picture of a door every day for 365 days): I’m now heading for 200 doors . The goal is 365, but I doubt I’ll make that. Even if I don’t, 200 doors is awesome!
  3. Held a speech at Linda’s birthday. She turned 30. I don’t like to speech in front of many people. I’m extremely nervous! The speech was ready half an hour before I left. An aquaintance told me it was the best personal  speech he had heard. Linda was also very happy.

Great food-moment: the spring rolls I ate at the Pinkpop festival. I get hungry just by thinking of them, haha. They were insanly good. Nom, nom, nom.

Biggest “WTF?”: That morning when I read that Michael Jackson was dead.

Weirdest dream: I dreamt once that mum had a lover. Dad killed him and I find the guy under a manhoe cover. Later dad tried to kill mum in a bathtub. I find her in the tub and get her out of the water. Then I need to tell her that her lover is dead. Thank god my dreamd never come true!

Memorable trip: My first festival with a tent. It was a crazy cool trip to Pinkpop in Landgraaf  (Holland). Me and Chantie, we had so much fun and saw a lot of cool acts like Springsteen, the Killers, Maria Mena, Katy Perry, Amy MacDonald etc.

Crasy memory: The Madonna concert I went to. It was raining SO MUCH.  There were also thunder and lightning! At the venue it was 5 cm with water all over the ground. I was so wet and cold when I came home. But it was a good concert :)

Best flickr-moment: When my flickr friend Anne let me promote five of my pictures in her brand new studio in April!

New Years Eve madness & more

I have had friends for dinner before.  And more than one. But it’s not been very fancy and the casseroles have been on the table we eat at. I’ve never really made a fancy dinner before. That I learned today.

Dad drove me home today. I had lots of things to bring home. It was lovely to be back in my apartment again! After dad left, I tidied up a bit. I wanted to do some things before I went downtown to buy a few things. Or what I thought would be a few things…

I needed quite some groceries and some martini-glasses (or something similar) to serve desert in. At the fifth store, Åhlens, I finally found some martini-glasses. But at the same time I found out I needed more stuff for my dinner.

I saw two guys holding a sauce-bout. That’s when it hit me I needed on myself. But they took the last one, of course. So I had to find that elsewhere. And while paying for the martini-glasses, I also realised I don’t have anything to serve my food in, like the potatoes and the vegetables.

I slightly panicked, but come to my senses quite fast! Thank god for that.

I ended up at Christiania Glassmagasin, a huge store where they sell all kinds of kitchen stuff. I found two white porcelain bowls on sale! It was 50 % off, so I got two for the price of one. They are a little bit too big maybe, but better that they are too big than too small. The sauce-boat they had was too expensive. So I headed to the other Åhlens store in town and there they had the sauce-boat. Woho!

Before I went home I stopped by a grocerystore to buy icecream. I wanted a spesific brand.

I had like 4 big plastic bags with me home. And I hadn’t even done the major groceryshopping! I knew I wouldn’t be able to carry more bags, so I had to go home and unload and then go to the grocerystore.

I came home with two heavy bags filled with groceries; soda, milk, clementines, chips, chocolate, veggies, potatoes etc.

Mum called me on my way home and I told her about my buyings. She had earlier today asked if I would managed everything on my own, implying that she could help me out with the shopping. I said I could manage. Now she asked me if I hadn’t told her about what I was going to buy, just so she couldn’t be a part of it. I had to confess and tell her the truth; the two men at Åhlens saved my day! If I hadn’t seen them with the sauce-boat in their hand, god knows how this dinner would’ve turned out.

Not to self: next time, prepare more / better.

I had to try out the starter I had planned. Wouldn’t risk take it on the fly. It took some time, but it turned out close to perfect. Just look at the diptych. Am I creative, or what? ;)

I cut out the bread and salmon using a star-shaped thingy. And I put the star-shaped thingy in the pan and put egg in it to get the egg star-shaped. The green thing on top is chives.

I’m pretty sure this New Years dinner will be great. When Lisbeth comes with the roast and fixes that, everything will be ok!

Now I’m exhausted. I better go find some christmas cookies and some milk; lay on the couch and rest for a while. Then take a long, hot shower!

Shopping & more

I went shopping with Linda today. She is a great shopping-buddy. We are a like a lot and likes the same stores, so it’s easy to go shopping with her.

Today I finally found myself a leather jacket. And without looking for it. I’ve been looking all fall for a leather jacket. Well not all, but I’ve been looking for a long time without finding any. They have either been ugly or two small. I just stumbled upon this while looking at Risøe; a clothing store I never really go into. I’m glad I did today.

Chantie wanted to see pics of the jacket so I had to set up a little photoshoot in the bathroom. haha. I placed the camera on top of the counter and put on the 15 sec timer. I took a few shots. And since Samson was half sleeping in the sink, I decided to include him in a shot or two. He didn’t really want to, but I forced him. haha.

I bought quite a few things on our shopping spree. The jacket was the biggest item. On H&M I bought a wine-red skirt with flower prints and a black tights. I also bought a baking tin with a lid and a handles on it. Super to carry around cake in it. What more? A candle holder, tea-lights in red and purple, some Christmas Ornaments (thre tiny angels in glass) and some scrapbook things.

The best thing? Everything was on sale! Woho. I love sale. Love, love, love it!

I’m gonna go look for some more things on sale this weekend maybe. Depends on how the weekend turns out. Not sure how long Lisbeth is staying. She’s coming on thursday for New Years Eve and it’s not decided how long she’ll be staying.

About New Years Eve. I’m sitting here with a list in front of me. A list of things I need to do tomorrow. Things to buy and fix. I need to clean the apartment! The grocerylist is getting bigger and bigger. And tonight I found out I need some glasses of some sort I can serve icecream and berries in. I will have to go downtown Oslo to look for that tomorrow.

I also need to unpack all my stuff that I’m bringing from Lierfoss. All my clothes, the Christmas gifts and the new stuff I bought today. By the way, I got a quite some nice Christmas gifts; a purple dressing gown, the whole Beck-serie (24 films), two books, Christmas ornaments, a black vase, gift certificate on H&M, a frying pan (much needed) and a scarf . And probably some more things that I’ve already forgotten.

I fear that tomorrow will be a bit stressfull. I hope not!

*breath in, breath out*

Winter wonderland

Omg. Today’s weather has been so gorgeous. The sky was blue and it was sunny. Because of that it was also cold. It was around – 10 degrees C. Now it’s -17 degrees. Brrr! It’s nice to be inside with the fire on and listening to Bob Dylan’s new Christmas CD. That CD is awesome! I love, love it!

So today I’ve been out taking pictures. I had to because of the weather. When you got as beautiful weather as I’ve had today you can’t stay inside. Even if it’s cold.  I brought both my lenses, but only used my 18-125 mm. I took 127 shots in total. For the past hours I’ve been going through all of them and processed 1/10 of them. Most of them ended up as square photos, my fave format.





Merry Christmas Everyone!

It’s past midnight and everybody has gone to bed but me. I should be going to bed myself, but I wanted to blog  a bit before I close my eyes.

The Christmas holiday is finally here.  Everybody is home for Christmas; me, my sister, her husband and my nephew.  And Samson (the cat) is around. It’s happy times. The tree is decorated. In fact, the whole house is decorated. Every little santa or angel is carefully put on its place. We try to put the ornaments at the same plasce as last year, but if we don’t remember, we just find a new place.

Tomorrow, or today actually since it’s past midnight, is the ‘big day’. I’m really looking forward to it. Things will be a bit different this year since Emil is here. But that’s ok. We will still do the same things, it will just be at different times. We will open some of Emil’s presents before he’s gone to bed. It will be around 15.00. the plan is to have the Christmas dinner after Emil is put to bed, so I guess it will be around 19.00, 19.30. After dinner and desert we will open our presents.

This year I might not go to church which is a bit sad. I’m not a Christian, but I like to go to church at Christmas Eve; just to see people you know and sing traditional Christmas songs. Linda is working, and she used to be my partner in crime. Dad said he could go, but if we’re gonna open presents around that time, we won’t be able to go to curch as well.  Oh… I’ll live.

I’m getting sleepier and sleepier. My face is a constant yawn. I think someone is telling me it’s time for bed. I better listen!

Merry Christmas reader(s)! ;)

Oh ps. I’m concidering changing the layout on this blog again… ahem… I know. But I have some ideas of what to do. Not sure if they will work though. I have to check if I can find a layout that appeals to me. It’s not many, let me tell you. *sigh*


Tuesday thoughts

All evening I’ve been wanting to blog. Now it’s 23.20 and I have some time and what happen? I don’t know what to blog about! The only thing I have is the picture above which I wanted to use. I made that diptych today. The ornament at the bottom I bought on sale today. It’s a bit too glittery & too big for me. I wouldn’t put it on a tree, but it works well just to photograph. And that’s why I bought it!

It’s no news I buy things just to photograh them, is there? This thing were 50% off. That’s my defense. Case closed.

I sit here smiling because the holiday kicks in very soon. Only one more day to work. A piece of cake. It’s always nice to work the last day before the a holiday sets in. Well…. unless you have shitload of things to do then. I don’t. I have things that need to be done and some things I would like to have done beofore I leave tomorrow, so it will be far from a lazy day. But it won’t be superhectic at least.

My bag is packed and all the Christmas gifts that are going to Lierfoss is collected in three plastic bags. I think I have managed to bring all the stuff I need for some days at Lierfoss. The most important stuff is my photo equipment and my cellphone charger. If I got that, I’m saved!

Of course I think I brought too much clothes. No news there! I always do that. Better to be safe than sorry, right?

Earlier this evening, when I was planning what to put into that bag, I thought about how long I was going to stay. My thoughts started to swirl around my mind and it hit me that I have a lot of free time I have no idea what to do with it or where to be.

I know I’ll be home until sunday at least. Maybe  I’ll stay home until tuesday morning too. While I’m home there is one thing I have to do and that’s visit Linda. Other than that, I have no plans. I’m not sure when she’s avaliable.

On sunday I think my sister and Geir is having a dinner party I’m attending. I’m not sure yet, but I think so. If so, that’s in Oslo. If I’ve already seen Linda before that, I think I’ll just stay in Oslo after that the dinner is finished. I do have some things to do here too.

I need to prepare New Years. My apartment needs a cleanup. And I need to test out that starter I talked about yesterday.

Ellen and I, we talked about get together one day too. Or at least one evening, since she working in between Christmas and New Year. Maybe we can go see a movie? I would really like to see It’s Complicated with Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. I have to say, I sort of hate Steve Martin and his movies, but I’ve seen the trailer to this movie and I laughed. And I’ve seen the movieposter and seeing Alec Baldwin and his content smile, makes me wanna see it even more. Yes, it sounds weird that Baldwin’s smile makes me wanna see the movie even more, but it does…

It’s getting late and I know I should’ve been in bed long time ago. But I’m sort of in a ‘i-dont-care-about-the-time-mood’, which can be a bit scary.

I better end this, because I just come to think of the fact that I should upload todays door. And I haven’t figured out which picture to use either.

Hasta la Vista baby. I’ll be back!

Give away & get together

Today, after I left work, I went downtown to see my friend Sissel to exchange gifts. We met at her office, I had to come in because she wasn’t finished with what she was doing.  After a little while, we left the office and went to eat at Kjøkken & Bar. They have great food there and a good atmosphere. Only downside today was that it took long to get the menu and the drinks we ordered. I ate some beef and lovely creamy potatoes. Sissel ate cod which looked very yummy.

We sat there for one hour and a half or so chatting about this and that while eating. Sissel had some dessert, I passed. I was still full from the dinner.

We exchanged gifts and admired each othres christmas card which both were handmade of course.

When I came home I wrapped some gifts. Everyone, but three, is wrapped one. One needs to be finished (Emil’s Christmas stocking) and the two others I’m not going to wrap until I’ve shown it to my parents. It’s the two calendars I made. I thought my parents would like to see the one they are giving to my uncle before I wrap it.

I need some gift tags on all gifts. I have to make them tomorrow. Don’t think I’ll have time tonight. I got other things to do, like hang up some laundry (yay… ahem…) and maybe start to think of what clothes to bring home for the Christmas holiday.

I’ve planned New Years today. I managed to do that in between of my working. Lisbeth emailed me and asked what we were going to do, because she thought we had talked about spending it together. And she was right, we had. I quickly emailed Ellen to lay out Lisbeth’s and my ideas.

What is going to happen is that we’re spending New Year at my place. Ellen is bringing some firework-thingies, her good mood and some alcohol! Three great things. Lisbeth said she could bring a roast (moose) she had in the freezer.

So, what am I bringing to the table? I was thinking I should make some starters for us. I got some cool ideas, but not sure if they will work. I was thinking some white bread, smoked salmon with eggs and leek onion. The eggs a bit like a omelette, fried in the pan. But I want the shape the piece of egg into a stare or a heart. Will this work? I will have to try.

Spending New Year in Oslo will be fun. If the weather is good, we will be able to see the fireworks from my balcony. We won’t be able to fire anything ourself, since it’s forbidden. But Oslo have a few places where they shoot up fireworks from. Professi0nal people.

Guess who’s gonna be ready to get the perfect firework shot?

Photos from a sunday

I had a little photo walk today. Earlier today I had to go to the grocerystore to buy a few things for the dinner with Ellen. And I needed soap for my dishwasher.  The dishwasher was full and I had no soap!

I brought my camera, because I had to find todays door. I knew where to go.  There is a school nearby that has a few doors that can be shot. I saw them months ago, but I never got around to shoot them. They were so close so I decided to wait with them. Then I totally forgot about them.  Today I came to think about them again.

After I’d shot the door, I walked around a bit trying to find other things to shot. The weather was nice; a bit sunny, some clouds and not so cold.  It was a good weather to shoot in.

My battery died too soon. Not long after I had started actually. But I managed to get a few good shots.

I also found another bike. I love to shoot bikes. There is just something about them. Don’t know exactly what it is though. Anyway, I love them.

Looking at these pictures, I can’t wait to have more time to shot other things than doors! I now know what I’ll be doing during the Christmas holiday. I won’t have two hands, I’ll have a left hand but a right camera! haha.

And when I don’t take picture I will sit in front of the computer editing pictures in PhotoScape with lots of cool music on shuffle, just like I have now.  Shuffle is underrated!

Oh. One other thing I should do while having Christmas holiday is to work on my door-book. I’m waaaaay behind on that. Don’t even want to think about it actually. That’s how bad it is. I have no idea how far behind I am.  I have to look into that in the near future.

Now…. it’s time to go to bed!

I ♥ baking

I love to bake. But you all knew that already didn’t you? Today I’ve had a baking-evening with Ellen. We were going to bake Christmas-cookies. I don’t like that many Christmas cakes. The only two I like I don’t know how to make. These, which is called Serina cakes, I made for mum. She has enough to bake already so I thought it was nice to bake some for her. I always bake these before Christmas.

The recipie:

150 gram butter
1 1/3 deciliter of sugar
1 egg
4 deciliter flour
1 tea spoon vanila sugar
1 tea spoon baking powder

Stirr the butter and sugar until it’s “white”. Add the egg. Mix the dry ingredients and add it to the dough.

Make round little balls. Place them on a plate. Push them down with a fork. Brush the top of the cookies with albumen and sprinkle sugar (pearl sugar) and chopped up almonds on top.

In the oven for 10 – 20 minutes (depends on the size of the cookies) at 190 degrees celcius.

Ellen baked some cookies I don’t remember the name of. It is traditional Christmas cookies. We had a lot of fun baking. I was ready way before her, since I had made the pastry days before, so I helped out Ellen with her cookies.

After baking for a few hours, we made dinner – pasta. Yum! It was delish. We watched Nanny 911 and half of Extreme Makeover, Home Edition.  I had chocolate for dessert after Ellen left. When I think about it, I’m still eating chocolate.

Photo in mosaic

One of my pictures are featured on frau heuberg’s blog. It’s picture number 12 in the mosaic, the one I called ‘dear Santa’.

I never really get my pictures published, weather it’s online or elsewhere. It has happened a few times, I can count it on one hand. So when I reccived a flickr mail from Frau Heuberg, saying they had used one of my pics, I got happy :)

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