November 25, 2009

Tomorrow I’m off to Oslo for an interest rate analyst course. Thrilling, I know. I’ll post some pics from the big city, though. Toodles.

Hump day

November 25, 2009

Because Wednesday is the new Saturday.

First-time Homeowner

November 24, 2009

In March, J and I bought an apartment together.  It’s the first time I’ve owned my own home, and I love it! What I don’t love: the expenses.  We purchased our apartment new, so luckily there’s no renovation required.  Which is good – I am the most “handy” and my handy extends to the the degree of putting IKEA furniture together.

However, since it’s our first place, there are a lot of things we don’t have. Ceiling lights are still noticeably missing.  And apart from one painting, the walls are very large and very white.  But it’s a work in progress – first on the list is carpets.

Decent view, no? (If you ignore the parking lot and buildings, I mean). This is from our balcony, and in the summer we actually get a decent amount of sun in the afternoon.

Epic Fail

November 24, 2009


The article is in Norwegian, so no need to read it if you don’t speak it. The article writes about a 18 year-old guy who drunkenly went into his car to pick up a packet of cigarettes while (heavily) inebriated. While reaching across the seat, he accidentally nudged the gearstick, resulting in the car rolling down a hill and into an empty road, while his legs were still outside of the door of the front seat. Note: he had forgotten to put on his hand break.

His keys were not in the car, and the engine was not running.

Now – this guy got 15 days of prison and a 5000 kr (approx USD 1000) fine for drunk driving. His blood alcohol content was ,19% – ie WAY above the legal limit of ,08%.

HOWEVER. If this truly happened as it was told, I find it to be an extreme overreaction that he got jailtime for this. I am SO against any kind of drunk driving, but this wasn’t doing that – he didn’t even have the key in the engine!

It certainly seems like a shitty thing to get a criminal record for.

Word from the Wise

November 24, 2009

Do not dye your hair at home after 1,5 bottles of wine.  Trust me, it’s just not a good idea.

Saturday was one of those nights where nothing really big happened, but me and J (my plus one) stayed in and drank wine and ate takeout.  After far too much wine, I hit the L’Oreal (I’ve had the box of dye lying around for ages – I usually try to get my hair done at the hairdresser’s, but I’m so beyond broke now, that I figured I’d just go with the box).

Anyways.  My hair doesn’t look that bad.  My bathroom, however, is a different story.  I somehow managed to get chocolate brown stains on the tiles, bathroom cupboard, and pretty much every bottle/tube in the bathroom – it looks disgusting.

Furthermore, and this is actually rather hilarious, J, who is blond, came and gave me a hug when my hair was covered in brown goop.  And got some on his eyebrow. And didn’t realize until the next morning. 

Now he’s got something like this going on. But only on one eyebrow. Awe. Some.


November 23, 2009

Just saw the movie. Fine, the special effects were cool… But otherwise. Meh. I found it to be looooong, and much too MacGyver-ish (you know, where absolutely everything is *barely* saved at the *absolute* last minute with lots of explosions and drama).  Not to mention highly unrealistic and hypocritical.  But it is a the-end-is-nigh movie though, so I guess I can’t really complain about that.

I’ve heard a lot of talk with regard to the whole 2012 phenomenon, but like the cynic I am, I really can’t make myself believe that the apocalypse will be upon us in a mere three years; regardless of who or what has implied that it will.
I do like John Cusack though. And popcorn.

Side note – if anyone’s seen the movie.  Wasn’t it weird how quickly everyone forgot about Gordon?

The Darkness

November 23, 2009

No, not the band. 

It’s SO dark ALL the time.  This is whiny, I know, but Norway in November is just so…. bleak.  Sunrise at 9 and sunset at 16, means that you’re never really out in daylight (I *do* have a window in my office, but that hardly counts as daylight). 

 Also, while I love snow and winter weather, wintery weather in Stavanger is unfortunately defined as a contstant downpour of rain that varies in intensity, but never really stops. Ever. Until April.

So fingers crossed for a freakish snowstorm, or at least a few days of blue skies!

I long for these gorgeous sunsets.  Hello sky, haven’t seen you in a while.



November 23, 2009

As much as I adore leaving this country (it simply rains too much), Norway is truly a beautiful country.  This picture is from Kjeragbolten; a 2.5 hour drive and 2+ hour hike from where I live.  It’s definitely one of the most spectacular places I’ve even been – a rock is stuck between two mountainsides, with a 1000 m vertical drop below.  

Ich bin ein Berliner

November 22, 2009

My parents fell in love with Berlin – about a year ago they came home and annoumced that they bought a flat there. In a park near their place is the most amazing weingarten – a shed run by a winery, serving German wine to picnicers and partiers. *love*


November 22, 2009

I love the lomography cameras that are out there – but i can’t really justify buying one (also, I’m incredibly disorganised, so the more stuff I have, the more likely I am to lose something). I downloaded an iPhone app that gives a similar effect which is pretty cool.