Sunday, 21 September 2014

life, week 37

work space view

papers and pencil in hand, on her way to our afternoon playdate | I love that we are in walking distance from our friends


She's drawing humans! Proud mamma! (Mon tro hva hodefoting er på engelsk?)

The view from where I drink my Saturday morning coffee; Sara by my side, cartoons on the TV.

First meal made in the new house: ham, cheese and cucumber sandwiches - on plates that the previous owner left for us (not a huge fan of them; will put them in the new rental apartment in the basement). PS: our house renovation, week 2

So thankful for all the gorgeous weather lately!

She patiently peeled her own egg and then ate it all.

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Week 37: September 8-14

Saturday, 20 September 2014

things I like lately

from my iPhone archives

- reading about Suzanne's digital rehab
- this autumn list by Tiril
- a rare weekday evening spent on the sofa with my feet up, reading blogs, eating chips, dip and chocolate (life has really become a whirlwind after moving to Stavanger)
- my mum's salmon pasta
- this post by Erin (with half my wardrobe still in boxes, my wardrobe is quite minimalistic these days - and I don't mind at all!)
- visiting kitchen shops to get inspiration for our two new kitchens
- still sandal weather - the weather has been SO good lately; 20 degrees celsius in September is rather unusual
- dry autumn colored leaves on the ground 
- apple cake with vanilla custard at the parent-teacher meeting in Sara's kindergarten
- jaffa cakes at a school meeting
- my friend Ingvild got married - looking forward to seeing the photos by Mariell

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Things I don't like lately

- a feverish Sara
- slow internet connections
- no time or energy to work out
- the never-ending drainage project around our house

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Answers to questions in the comments:

M asked: Har du vært på nuart-festivalen å sett resten av streetarten?
- Dessverre ikke hatt tid til det, men fått rapport fra en nuart-frelst kollega om all dens fortreffelighet :-)

Irene asked: How does it feel for you being a teacher?
- It's overwhelming yet fun. I feel like I have chosen the right new career path. 

Thursday, 18 September 2014

our house renovation, week 2

We have been through a lot of renovations, but this is the first time we have rented a digger. 

To say it's a big project would be an understatement.

The front stairs had to go - because of the drainage work.

No plans for these rocks yet, but it will be pretty.

Our Friday date took us to new hights. In other words, we went stairs shopping. (I had no idea stairs are so expensive!) 

Saturday fika by the plum tree. Hopefully it will look even more idyllic in some months when the heaps of gravel, rocks and soil are gone.

My weekend task: separate rocks from soil (på norsk kalt solling).

Not much happening down here yet; need to finish the drainage around the house first. But at least the holes for the new big windows are finished.

Storage room

Big, big heaps of rock and soil everywhere!

Part of the weekend work: moved several small bushes and plants plus started building a small stone fence.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Mallorca on film, part IV

Kodak Portra 160, Canon EOS 500N

An afternoon stroll in the idyllic village of Capdellà, after dinner at Lorena's.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

life, week 36

I had a canning date with my friend T and my new friend O | raider svigermors norgesglasslager for mandagskveldens matauk 

"I'm watching you granddad, so you don't fall on my head."

the renovation is ON | our house renovation, week 1

on today's timetable: hiking | Synesvarden + Steinkjerringa

A huge benefit of living with my in-laws': afternoon playdates at our friends' gorgeous house only one minute away 

father-in-laws' plum wine to be

My husband has dinosaur cutting skills. Who knew?!

Yay for my landscape architect sister who is willing to play architect for the day. Bonus: baby boy belly! 

outside Sølve's new Stavanger office

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Week 36: September 1-7

Saturday, 13 September 2014

things I like lately

"Take a photo of my teddy, mamma!", June 2014 | Agfa Precisa 100, Minolta SRT 101 

- sandwich with salami and brie for my work lunch every day this week 
- morning mist and pastel colored skies
- lovely weather all week 
- (still) driving my mother-in-law's convertible to/from work
- Sara seems to enjoy her new kindergarten
- a work meeting with lit candles, cheese and crackers 
- this very inspiring post by Maria 
- been laughing of this cartoon all week (might be most funny for Norwegians)
- starting to feel a liiiitle bit more in control in my new job 
- still so very thankful for all the help we get from our parents in this busy time of new job and house renovation 
- Sara has started to draw humans (hodefoting på norsk) - proud mamma! 
- my sister visited from Tromsø last weekend - so excited to see her growing baby boy belly - I'm becoming an aunt in November! 

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Things I don't like lately

- spending very, very little time with Sara these days
- the renovation progress is slower than expected due to unexpected challenges with the drainage around the house 
- due to work, I still haven't been to Sara's kindergarten (Sølve and my mother-in-law has taken care of it) - it makes my mamma heart ache 

Thursday, 11 September 2014

life, week 35

evening view from the home office | being a new teacher is a LOT of work

her new temporary bedroom | his old boy's room

my view for the day | stomach flu really, really sucks

a whole lot of sleep and rest + spending my day with this little one = just what the doctor ordered 

"helping" grandpa bring the firewood to the stacking pile

#caughtgramming | sunflowers galore at Stord/Haugesund University College

student dinner - grown up student style

Friday September 29: Sølve raised the flag to celebrate that our house is officially ours

rooftop window view

an early taste of autumn

Sunday work | being sick and then away for studies mean there is a lot to catch up on

We have a Japanese maple in our garden and I absolutely love it. It's one of my favorite trees ever. 

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Week 35: August 25-31


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