Sunday, 26 October 2014

life, week 42

Tuesday 8:30 am

9:30 pm microwave dinner - at least it is lovely homemade salmon dish made by my mother-in-law

early morning road tripping - Stord bound // ferry view

completely smitten by this Japanese maple in the am

still completely smitten in the pm

HSH in all its autumn glory

that blue

HSH campus neighbourhood - oh so pretty

student life: burgers and quiz

autumn view from our temporary bedroom

Sunday work space 

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Week 42: October 13-19

Saturday, 25 October 2014

things I like lately

- meeting my fellow PGCE students again
- a very inspiring lecture on didactic
- seeing the girl in front of me knit during lectures
- the HSH campus - such lovely outdoor areas
- Japanese maple trees 
- komle for lunch in the middle of a really long day of lectures
- red nail polish all week 
- red lipstick on a Friday 
- morning sun on frosty grass (note to self: soon time to put on winter tires!)
- wondering if this or this might be something for Sara's lunchbox (for smoothie)
- might get one of these for Sara - do you use light like that?
- lots of progress in the house
- all the very generous help we get from our parents (bringing Sara to/from kindergarten, making dinner, doing laundry, etc.) - we could not have done all the work/renovation/studies we are doing now without their help 
- lots of bedtime hugs from Sara 
- watching Shaun the Sheep with Sara
- Nord magazine's new website
- almost done (21 down, 2 to go) with parent teacher conferences 
- Christmas marzipan (some might say it's too early to eat it now; I think it tastes much better now when it's fresh)
- first wood stove fire of the season 
- that wood pile in the picture above 
- listening to jazz (my dad is really into it) on a Friday night and remembering that time Sølve and I heard Claire Martin at a jazz club in London
- MAV's collection twelve - bummed it's already sold out
- a beautiful handmade early birthday gift from my friend Ingvild in Bergen 

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Things I don't like lately

- very, very little me time
- it's been too long since I last worked out
- mornings that are pitch dark and rainy - makes driving quite hard 
- long work days and very little time with Sara and Sølve 
- spending very little time outdoors 

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

our house renovation, week 7

hunting the light (always)

First base of the terrace is done; a large step seat (or is it stair seat?) (sittetrinn på norsk) that goes all around the terrace. Love the look of it without the formwork from last week!

still exploring shades of grey

Look! There are walls in the basement suite! SO happy to get to this phase of the project.

And then there was another delivery of concrete - for window wells, front steps and the terrace.

There was a window delivery too. Very excited to see the effect of that huge window in the living room...

Terrace - done! We have talked about putting slate tiles on top of it, but haven't decided yet. Will wait until spring, at least. Note: There are a set of "normal" stairs on the left side of the terrace.

Sølve finished the dry stone wall - made from rocks found in the garden during the drainage work.

A new set of front steps - yay! (The old one had to go because of the drainage work.)

Garden status, mid-October: red currant bushes autumn style, mud piles and window wells.

we are down to two shades of grey (plus layers of wool - including hat - on the little one)

Basement suite progress! Two bedrooms, bathroom and kitchen - all seen from the livingroom.

basement suite bedroom (one of three)

bathroom (left) and kitchen (right)

hallway/front door area and bedroom (no walls yet) seen from the livingroom

The basement living room will double as home cinema/entertainment room and guestoom. It will not be part of the rental part of the basement. 

Friday, 17 October 2014

life, week 41

life as a new teacher: working (late) on the autumn break

"I'm having a picnic, mamma!"

Inspired by recent posts by reading my tea leaves and practicing simplicity, I did a bit of autumn cleaning of my closet.

autumn break #liksom

starting to feel like a pathetic overachiever #newbie

autumn is definitely here

still warm // hurrah for a bakery in our new neighbourhood 

First time ever I have found these kind of carrots in a Norwegian grocery store. So excited! #nerd

Friday date: kitchen shopping at IKEA // our house renovation, week 6

Autumn is indeed here.

Saturday 6:40 am wake up call: "It's morning, mamma. I want to watch cartoons."

Sunday hei

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Week 41: October 6-12


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