Chantie and I making cards


Chantie visited me last week; she came on wednesday night and left on sunday. Whenever we meet each other, we have gifts for each other. One of the gifts she gave me was a set with pattern paper, christmas style. It was beautiful! I couldn’t wait to try it out. And that happened sooner than I could’ve hoped for.

Chantie told me she wanted to have a look at all my scrapping things and try make a card. I was happy. More than happy actually to show her my scrapping world. So we took out all my stuff; placed some on my dining table and some on the floor. It was funny to see her reaction as everything got placed in my livingroom. She was quite surprised by all the things I had; something I can understand. I have a lot of things. Of course not as much as some people, but if you’re a newbie, you’ll find what I have a lot.

First we went through all my things. She asked questions about how things worked and I answered her. Then she wanted to make a few cards for herself. First she started with two Christmas cards; one for her mum and one for her dad (if my memory isn’t playing with me).

She also made a card her friend Dennis, who took care of her cats while she was here.

This is a really cute card. I love the colors and the cute cats. For being the first time she’s been doing this, she did great! She also made a card which she gave me.

It says: Friends, today, tomorrow, always. Such a cute one! It’s goin up on my fridge.

I managed to try out the pattern paper Chantie gave me. I didn’t use any other pattern paper than the set she gave me. It had several beautiful patterns! And they came in size 15 x 15 cm; the prefect size!

Pretty show pattern. Fell in love with that one!

The snowflakes pattern is beautiful. I love the hint of silver.

One of my new rubber stamps.

The candy canes are über-cute! I just love them!

Some more snowy paper <3 And some new rubber stamps.

I had a blast making cards with Chantie. I had never thought she would enjoy it. As I told her, I thought she would be too impatient and get bored after 15 minutes. But she didn’t. Woot, woot! She really loved it!

Im looking forward to use the rest of the pattern papers I got. It will be so much fun making cards now!

F = fish

I had my friend Chantal on a 4 day visit from Holland. On friday we decided to eat fish. I had at one occasions or two, mentioned to her that it is nice to eat fish baked in foil (in t he oven). So she suggested that we should do that. I agreed; it sounded like a great idea.

To make this dish you need the following ingredients:

  • a fish filet
  • butter
  • leek
  • mushroom
  • salt & lemon pepper

You place some butter (a table-spoon) on a piece of foil. Then you place the fish on top. Put salt and lemon pepper on the fish. Cut leek and mushroom and sprinkle on top of the fish. You decide the amount you want. Wrap the foil over the fish and close it.

Put the fish in the oven at 200 degrees celsius and leave it for 10-15 minutes.

You can eat the fish with some home-made mashed potatoes and boiled carrots, like we did. Make sure you put some wasabi-paste in the mashed potatoes. It adds yummyness to the potatoes!

Chantie & I, we were such a good team in the kitchen, and the dinner became a success. I’m definitely going to make this dish again!

Next letter in the food project is G. Watch out for some grapes, garlic or goat cheese!

Alkmaaaaaar!

It’s thursday and very late. Too late for me to be blogging, but do I care? Nope! It’s one of these thursdays; I-don’t-give-shit-about-the-clock-thursday. I got Robyn’s new song Fembot on loop. It’s just awesome!

I’m counting the days until I’m going to Alkmaar. 5 days left now! It’s not long ago it was a month away. Time flies.

The last days we (Chantie and I) have made plans for the 6 days I’m in Alkmaar. It seems like we’re going to be quite busy and that’s good.

My flight lands 21.25. Chanties stepdad is going to pick me up. He rocks! I’m pretty sure we’ll stay up a while chatting when we come home.

On thursday Cisca is coming. She’s a friend of Chantie and has become my friend too. Lucky me! We’re gonna stay in Alkmaar for a little while, before we go to her place and stay the night. Early friday morning we’re all driving to Amsterdam. Chantie has a 9 o’clock job interview.  I guess Cisca and I will hang around outside the office while she’s in there. What we do when Chantie’s done, I’m not sure of. Eventually we will go back to Cisca and stay one more night. I guess the evening will envolve great food, chocolate and Oprah on DVD.

On saturday we’re going back to Alkmaar. Not sure if Cisca is joining us. I have told Chantie I want to go out get some drinks and dance saturday night. So I’m pretty sure we’ll do that!

Sunday we’re going to Chanties mum for dinner! Let’s hope it will work out this time. I think the two last times we’ve planned dinner with her mum, we’ve ended up not doing it. I’m gonna borrow her bike, which is pretty cool. Then we can cruise around town on monday!

On tuesday we’re just going to slut around as we call it. Stay in pj’s for as long as possible; play rummycub, eat chocolate & tosties, watch a movie perhaps, listen to music, chat,  cuddle with the cats etc.  And of course, we’re gonna keep the tradition alive and eat at Burger King at the airport!

In between all these plans, I/we’re gonna also:

  • we’re gonna eat springrolls!
  • I’m gonna take lots of pictures of bikes and other cool stuff
  • I’m gonna help out with Chanti’s e-baying.
  • we’re gonna have lunch at Henry’s. They got the best omelette I’ve ever tasted.
  • we’re gonna, if I get Chantie along, try out Chat Roulette just for fun!

Even if it’s I-don’t-give-shit-about-the-clock-thursday, I can’t ignore my sleepy eyes or  swallow my yawns. So off to bed I am.

Recap: The Alkmaar trip.

Yes I know, I’ve been bad at blogging lately. Not sure why…  I feel I should tell about the great trip to see Chantie, but I’m not really in the mood to do a lot of typing. So… I’ll give you the highlights.

  • on wednesday we went shopping in Amsterdam. Visited Bershka. Didn’t buy anything there!! Saw a really great red leather jacket, but it was too expensive.  We went up in a Paris-wheel which was HIGH! I got a bit scared and Chantie laughed. I was such a wuzz.
  • thursday was Queens Day. Cisca came over, something Chantie had forgotten so we almost went to the town without here. haha. Queens Day was fun, nothing like anything I’ve experienced before. Alkmaar was crowded!! I drank a lot of cheap wine which tasted great! Got drunk, ate really good spring rolls and a sandwich at Subway, took some silly pictures, ate the most delish piece of chicken I’ve ever tasted on our way home at 18.30 ish.
  • Friday Cisca, me and Chantie went to look for the Tulips. Cisca had seen some on her way to Chantie. We met some cute sheeps on our way. The tulips were almost gone, but Cisca and I took some pics. After Cisca went home, Chantie and I went shopping in Alkmaar. Then we went home, made dinner and watched TV and looked at videos at youtube for a long time.
  • Saturday we went to Gent to see Per and his crew. Took the train to Haarlem where we met Cisca. Went to meet Martin, a friend of Cis and Chant. Drove to Gent, met some (crazy) fans outside the concert hall, waited forever, had a great concert and got my t-shirt signed by Per after the show. Woho. He were signing stuff and I wanted my T signed. Then we went back to Cisca’s place and crashed there for the night.
  • Sunday we took the train home to Alkmaar. We bought some groceries (dinner) on the way home, but still we managed to stop my Burger King for a fat, greasy XXL Burger. YUM! Sunday was the official slut-day. We slutted around, watching two movies; the Queen which was great and the Freedom Writers which was very interesting!
  • Monday I was heading home. I helped Chantie with a budget and got her ebaying kickstarted after A LOT OF hassle! Super-mega-big sigh! I bought cheese for mum and beer for dad. Again, we ate a greasy, fat XXL Burger, this time at the air-port. Took the 20.35 flight home.

Yeah…. I think that was it. I had a really fun time, like I always have around my sweet tulip!

Pinkpop, pinkpop yeah yeah yeah!

It looks like Pinkpop will happen after all. Things turned 360 degrees and now we’re back in the game!

The boxing glows are on! Uhm… more like the dancing shoes, actually!

Chantie and I, we’ve been planing Pinkpop this evening over msn. When you got a long-distance friendship, msn is everything. There is nothing that can’t be decided over msn. We also had our webcameras on for a short while. Funny how she first just had sound and no picture. Then she did some adjustments and then she had picture but no sound. haha. Well, it’s better with picture than sound.  

So far we’ve figured out when I’m coming, how go get there, where to sleep, how to get home and when I’m leaving. I’ll come on the 28th of May. It’s cheaper to fly on thursday, than friday. We’ll take an early bus the 30th which will arrive around 11.00. The same bus will take us back to Alkmaar 00.15 on monday, technically tuesday 2nd of June actually. About an hour after the last concert.

We’ll be staying at the camp in a tent which is not bought yet. What kind of tent this is gonna be I have no clue of. Chantie is in charge there. All I know is that it’s gonna be small and cheap. As long as we both fit in there, I’m fine!

So far, I’ve calculated to spend around 5000 NOK on this trip. Most costs are fixed, but some is hard to calculate. Food and drinks are one of them. I’m sure the food inside the festival area will be expensive. And outside the festival area… I’m not sure there are anything to eat there. Landgraaf is in the middle of nowhere and just a big field to arrange festivals according to Chantie. hihi. A Godsforsaken place, I assume.

I checked pinkpop.nl to see what artists they’ve booked so far. Oh dear! They’ve got some great artists coming:

  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Depeche Mode
  • the Killers
  • Keane
  • Anouk
  • Amy MacDonald
  • Maria Mena
  • White Lies

I’ll get a great-live-music overload those days. heh! It will be crazy and not like anything I’ve experienced before. Never been to a sleep-over festival before. Only the one-day festivals.

The fact that  I’m gonna see Bruce again this year, is beyond my wildest dream. The other artists are just a bonus.

The only downside of it all, is that I can’t bring my camera. It’s too risky. I won’t have my camera stolen or getting lost somehow. And I bet I can’t bring it inside either. So we have to use the old camera, that I gave to Chantie for for home-made pizza and a bottle of wine. Taking pictures with the tiny Canon Ixus 500 will be interesting! Well, the Ixus can film. My DSLR can’t that. So props to the Ixus ;)

Useful sunday

Sunday’s are days to relax and be lazy. But when you’ve had a few of those after another, you feel it’s time to spend  your sunday doing something usefull. I had a sunday like that.

I was up at 10.00 and the first thing I do is to put on a laundry. Then I washed the floors in my bathroom, hall and kitchen – almost nude! ;) I was only wearing my underwear. When I get this urge to do usefull stuff, there is no time to miss. Before I know it, it’s over, and what good is there to be dressed then?

After breakfast was over, I made waffles. Only the batter that is. I was expecting my friend Lisbeth over and I wanted to have something to serve her. When she arrived, I quickly understood that see needed something more than waffles. So instead with made some chicken and pasta. Yummy. She hadn’t eaten all day! She came right from Kim, where she had spent the night because of their and Bård’s joint birthday party. You know, the party I couldn’t attend, because I was at the football match.

It was great seeing Lisbeth again. I haven’t seen her since.. uhm.. New Years Eve. Long time!

After Lisbeth left I continued on the you-got-a-new-house-card I’m making Chantie. She reads this blog, so I can’t post the cool card I made.

Right now, I’ve just finished a gift for my sister and her husband, Geir. They are waiting a baby in a few weeks. YAY! I’m gonna be an aunt. So I’m gonna offer them free babysitting days / hours. And instead of just saying that they can call me when they need me to babysit, I’ve made this cute punch-card.

barnepass

They have 7 times in total when I can babysit. There is no time-limit on that card of course. It’s mainly just for fun, but there is som seriousness in it too. I’n not sure how my sister and Geir will think, but if they will find it hard to ask me all the time to babysit, they know with this card, that I’m up for it.

I went to see Hanne on friday for a short time. I was heading home to Lierfoss and just stopped by with my parents. They were giving Geir a birthday gift. He turned 34 last wednesday. I got to touch Hanne’s belly and it was hard – hard like a basketball like she said. It’s a really big belly now :) 

Yesterday I found out that the Rummi Cub game I’ve downloaded on my computer only had one day left of free-playing. So yesteday and today, I’ve played alot!

Playing Rummi makes me think of Chantie, which finally, is back online again. THANK YOU KPN!!!  It also makes me think of the fact that it’s only 45 days left until I’m gonna see Chantie. That is veeeeery exciting and something I could write a whole new blog-entry about.

Another time. Off to play Rummi!

 

Great vacation and Anne Frank

I visited Chantie last week. Had a one week vacation from Tuesday to Tuesday with my buttercup :) That was so much fun. We went shopping (bought a dress, a t-shirt, black pants, a jakcket, two rings), canal-boating, drinking (a glass of white wine cost less than 30 NOK – holy shit!), played rummy (34 games in one week!!), watched funny vidoe on youtube (Silence! I kill you!!) sent postcards to friends & family and went to museums. First Van Gogh and then Anne Frank museum.

We took lots of silly pictures. I managed to take some decent ones in between too. Some of them will be uploaded when I got the enegy to edit them. Not sure when that will be. Maybe Sunday or sometime next week?

Oh dear! Anne Frank was very interessting, but oh so depressing. I can’t imagine what the Jews must have gone through during the second world war.

We had been smart and purchased tickets online in advance. That meant we could pass the queue and just walk in for our tour. The whole tour / walk inside the museum took half an hour. We got to see the whole building where they hid for two years before they were found and deported to Auschwitz

It was quite an strange mood in the museum. You were allowed to talk loud and make noise, but everybody were silent and whispered when the spoke. It was not the right place to be loud.

The rooms were without furniture, but you could see a tiny replika of the rooms. That was really interessting to see. On the walls you could read quotes from her diary.

You could see a small interview with Anne’s father Otto, the only one in the family and the only one of the eight jews who hid in the building, that survived the war. You could also see a small interview with Miep Gies, one of their helpers, who still are alive today.

After the tour was over we went to the souvenier shop. They had Anne Frank’s diary there and in many languages. I looked for it in Norwegian and hoped they would have it. I think I’ve read some of the diary once, but not the whole thing. So I wanted to read it all. Luckily they had it in Norwegian too, so I bought that. Chantal bought it in Dutch.

On the way home from Amsterdam to Alkmaar we both started reading. A perfect oportunety while riding the train for more half an hour.

It’s Thursday now and I’ve read 180 pages. It’s a really interessting book. She writes so well, especially to have been only 13 years old when she started.

Last night I read a chapter so sad I had to stop reading, because I was crying so much. Read it here.

Read more at annefrank.org.

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