Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Hello London - Making February fantastic with some of my best friends

Question: What can you do in London a cold weekedn in February? 

Answer: Portobello Road, vintage shopping, Oyster card, Gordon Ramsey, the Ritz, Afternoon tea, Debenhams, full English breakfast, Towern, Tower bridge, Sherlock Holmes restaurant, fish n' chips, Savoy, comedy club, dresses, Windsor

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

waiting for inspiration

Not much feel fun to blog about right now. I blame winter darkness for making photography a challenge and instagram for being way way more accessible and.. well... instant. I'm sure i'll get back to it though. When getting dressed in the morning feels more fun again, and when things start happening in the garden and then there is the different small adventures I'll be going on this spring. It will be good. Until then, here's three exciting things that have happened the last few days

I had my first tap-lesson and got to use the tap shoes I got from Dad for Christmas for the first time. It was tricky, but I loved it. My ankles hurt a bit though.

I have registered for week 5 at Herräng dance camp this summer... Mu friends who have been there before tells me it's going to be magical. And that I wont sleep for a week.

I have also registered for a roller derby camp in April. I think it's going to be fun, but I'm a bit nervous!

Sunday, 25 January 2015

things I have liked this week, no 2

This guy, and his bow and arrow:

This post, proving bears are very nice people.

This bear who took a tumble on the ice.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

wallpaper envy

As I said in an eralier post, not much has happened in our house for over a year. And I'm starting to feel a bit frustrated about it! All the time I'm bombarded with inspiration, not only from work but while browsing pinterest and blogs. In many ways our house is "finished" and I should rather remove than add furniture or decor. So, there isn't  a lot that I can do, which is the frustrating part, however inspired I might be. Anyway. Right now I am drooling over wallpapers, trying to figure out if I should invest the time and effort to remove the textured wall-coverings somewhere (we have them in every room in the house, but have painted over them) and experiment with a bold print. I'm very much in to dark, full sized prints with plant or animal themes right now... 

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

upcoming events!

Best way to start a new year? Start planning and book fun things to do! In January especially I need stuff to look forward to, everything is so dark and gloomy and Christmas and the holidays are over... here's a few things I plan to do this spring, a lot more than usual, now that I see it all lined up like this.

spring in Bergen 2011
Not much left of this the first month, but tomorrow is my first dance class of the year, and that will be fun! This semester I'm going to start taking some tap-dance classes too, that will be interesting... who new i would be come a dance person!? So unexpected!
Also, for some reason I keep forgetting that we're going to Bergen for a weekend getaway. The Amazing A got a ticket to a humor show there so we're making a mini Holiday out of it. 

Afternoon tea in London 2013
I'm spending a long weekend with a couple of my best friends in London! On Tuesday we're going to start planning what to actually do there...
I'm also going to a dance camp in Oslo in February, along with a friend from my Lindy hop class. I'm hoping to learn a lot, dance a lot and meet nice new people.

Not much planned here yet, but I might go on a weekend trip with my dad... still planning this though.
Plus we're going to a Top Gear show here in Stavanger, me and A! We both love the show, so this will be fun.

Stockholm in November 2013
The Easter month brings some time off from work, but also a trip to Stockholm with my colleagues. Interesting!

This month begins with a wedding in Gothenburg, and then there's my birthday, Good stuff.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

House improvement plans of 2015

When we first bought this house I imagined that I would spend loads of time finding creative new ways of placing the furniture, playing around with lights and fabrics and moving around painting on the walls every now and then, just to keep things interesting. In reality, I feel pretty uninspired by our home right now. It. Is. So. Small. And whatever I do it feels crowded. I mean I love this house, it is as perfect for us as I could hope to find in the middle of Stavanger (it has a garden!) but there isn't really room to be as playful as I hoped. Once we figured out the most space efficient way to place our furniture changing it feels just stupid, and I really should get rid of more things rather than buying new stuff. We don't really want to crowd the walls and windows with curtains, and the lack of electrical outlets minimizes what we can do with lamps and lighting. Plus, we don't know how long we will live here, so our will to invest isn't huge... Still. I have a few projects I want to have fun with in the house this year, both as an creative outlet, but mostly maybe because there are some areas that can be improved.

Curtain solution for the wardrobe
The sloping ceiling in the bedroom plus uneven floors makes sliding doors to our wardrobe impossible, and the cats has destroyed the panel curtains we used there before, so something new needs to be put up here.

Lamp in the stairway?
We are hoping to install some new wall outlets at the same time as we do some upgrading of the rest of the electrical solutions here at home. I'm planing for a new one in the staircase, that could be a nice place for something a bit more spectacular than practical...

Bedroom update
This is one of the rooms that I am the least happy with, but I'm not really sure what to do about it yet. Due to lack of space and the need for a lot of storage space for our clothes all solutions in here has to be space efficient...

Restyling bookshelves
The room we spend the most time in is our living room/dining room/entertainment room. It is already a pretty nice room, but a bit cluttered and filled with furniture, and I'm hoping that an effort to rearrange things in the bookshelves in here will clean the space up a bit.

The upper hallway
What to do here?? It is a tiny space, and right now we just have a desk here we can't really use for anything because there are no wall outlets for lamps, computers or sewing machines... I need to have a plan here...

See, nothing big. There is of course some other small, more boring project that needs to be done, like buying skirting for a couple of the walls in the kitchen, tiling the wall over the kitchen counter (if I can find the tiles I want!) and painting the door to the back yard, hopefully all of these little things will get done during the year.

We have made a few small upgrades here at home lately, though.

New ceiling lamps in the kitchen. We've been looking for ages, and finally found something we liked in a very unlikely place - Claes Olson. So much more light in here now, plus the stainless steel look goes well with our kitchen  appliances. 

Our new carpet under the sofa table comes from Åhlèns. I like it.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Things I have liked this week

This Professor, telling it like it is

this post is hilarious, nostalgic and creepy. Enjoy!

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Slow start

Gaah! I really have a hard time getting in to the rhythm of working again! This week has just been meetings, meetings, meetings with another two deadlines looming the upcoming weeks. I lost my motivation to be more active after work and have pretty much just spent my evenings in front of the TV. I need to plan some fun stuff and get in to a good routine again. Because it is to soon to give up on 2015 already, right?
At least Cricket is pretty.

Anyway. On a completely different note: check this link out, one of my favorite things on internet this week.

Monday, 5 January 2015

First Monday of the year

So, generally Monday's aren't all that fun. But I think as Monday's go, this wasn't a bad one! Sure, my alarm didn't go off when I wanted, we didn't have any yoghurt for my smoothie and someone (Hugo) had caused my training bra to smell like cat pee. But. I suffered through all of these giant obstacles and went with my morning routine (make smoothie, go for a short run, shower, drink said smoothie, watch Doctor Who) as I planned to. And it resulted in me feeling pretty good about myself for the rest of the day. So yay for me! *patting on shoulder *

Sunday, 4 January 2015

New year, new hair

This changes was actually about two months overdue. I planned to cut off my hair early in November, but ended up just going from long to shoulder length. This feels so much more fun! 

And, as always I'm always planing for the next step in my hair-evolution process - the short lengths will make it easier to grow out my fringe, and then I'm thinking of going blonde again... we'll see. Change is good.