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Saturday 2 December 2017

The 2nd

Slept long, had breakfast at the hotel. Good food, but it was quite crowded. Then we walked down to the Oslo Opera house to see "The Nutcracker" ballet.

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It was nothing short of amazing. What an absolutely perfect event! We both loved it, so our plan to have a special weekend has turned out pretty well. We decided to have an early dinner, and walked to "Sjakk matt" (check mate) where I had not been for absolute ages. It opened in 1983, and was the place to be in the 80s. I was there a few times then, and am happy the place has survived. We had dinner and a coffee, and pondered what to do next. The original plan was to do some Christmas shopping, but we were not in the mood for that. Modern times are good, I checked my phone for what movies were on in Oslo, and we found one that seemed promising: "Wild River". We had to get to Vika Cinema to see it, which is a movie theatre I have never been to. Only one word for Oslo this day, and that is SLIPPERY. All of Oslo was covered in a thin layer of extremely slippery ice. Walking was quite an ordeal. We reached the Cinema just in time, and watched the movie. It was enjoyable. Time had passed, it was 8pm, and we decided to walk back to the hotel and enjoy spending time in our luxury room.

It has been an outstandingly nice day, and a worthy the 2nd celebration!

Friday 1 December 2017

Off for a luxury weekend

Work until 4pm, then home to pack bags. We have not properly celebrated the 2nd for ages, but this weekend will hopefully make up for it. We drove to the nearest railway station and took the train in to Oslo. We were in Oslo at 8pm and went to our 4 star hotel Bristol, where we had booked one of their best rooms. It lived up to our expectations.

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The cup final in football takes place in Oslo this weekend, so since we had not booked a place to have dinner, finding a place to eat seemed difficult. Fortunately we know about a very good Chinese restaurant that is a bit hidden from view even though it is in the city centre. And voila, it was as good as empty. We had a long and good dinner, then walked for a little bit before we went back to the hotel.

Saturday 25 November 2017

Birthday party!

Anne celebrated her 50th birthday today, and Bjørn and I were invited. Unfortunately Bjørn was not feeling well, so I went there alone. Five other people from work were there, and we all sat at the same table. It was such a nice evening, and I was not back home till 1am.

Thursday 23 November 2017

Ten years since my father died

.... and my cousin Gard sent me this picture of me with my parents.

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Sunday 19 November 2017

A crazy week, a very nice weekend.

I stayed at work till around 5pm on Friday and then drove to the cinema where I met Bjørn. We saw the new version of "Murder on the Orient Express" which made for a very nice evening. How enjoyable that was!

On Saturday Bjørn and I went back to the concert house in Ski. This time KORK was playing classical music and our amazing woman tenor Solveig Kringlebotn was singing on some of the pieces. As was the Follo chamber choir again. Yet another very enjoyable evening.

The cinema, concerts, the theater, exhibitions, long walks and travels. The six things that make life worth living.

Sunday 12 November 2017

Stressful week, fun weekend

The week was horrendous. One thing is that working 140% is quite a lot of work. But there has been some extra stuff to deal with this week. Not to mention that the neighbour is batshit crazy. Among other things he goes in our trash cans and brings our trash with him to his home.

But then came the weekend. I stayed late at work on Friday, but we had a couple of hours of relaxation before bedtime. On Saturday we went to Hurum to celebrate the 80th birthday of my mother's cohabitant Per. Met one of mum's friends who I have not see for about 20 years, so that was nice.

We were home late, slept in on Sunday and then Anne came, as agreed. The three of us drove to Ski were we went out to eat at an Indian restaurant before we went to Ski Concert house. My friend and colleague Geir's wife sings in the Follo Chamber choir, and they were performing Carmina Burana this evening. The food was good, the concert was excellent.

Sunday 5 November 2017

A week of work, A weekend of being social

Yet another week that just disappeared. Well, sort of.

Then the weekend! On Friday evening Anne phoned to hear if I wanted to go to a concert with her. I had to say no since I was on my way home to Bjørn with the car full of sushi, and we had made plans for some hours of togetherness. But it was nice to be asked.

Friday was nice. With all this work there is not all that much time for me and the bear to just relax and have a quiet evening together, so this was good. On Saturday I went in to Oslo where I met Jan again. When I last saw him in March, we said we had to meet again soon. And then suddenly it had been eight months! Anyway, fortunately it is one of those friendships where you can pick up where you left. We had coffee at one place, then walked around for a bit and had dinner at another place. Lots of chatting and catching up. Then he walked me to the central station where I had a cup of coffee while waiting for Amalie. When she came, e took the train back home together.

On Sunday we had a long breakfast at home and a couple of hours of playing Alias, which was great fun. Then me and her went to Vemund's birthdayparty in Ås. Lots of fun and nice to be with family. In the evening I drove Amalie to the nearest train station, and she went back to Oslo. I went home to have a few more hours with Bjørn this weekend.

Sunday 29 October 2017

A week of work and a weekend in Ås.

Not much to say about the week. Now that I work 140%, the weeks fly by so fast. Never a break.

Bjørn was away over the weekend, and since the raving mad neighbour is his raving mad self, I spent the weekend in Ås with my family. My adorable nephews are growing up so fast! They are still adorable though!

I came there Friday after work, and when Bjørn came back on Sunday afternoon, I met up with him and we went out to eat before we drove home.

Sunday 22 October 2017

Exploring

Another excellent breakfast. Very heavy rain today and a look at the weather forecast told us that it was not going to get any better. We decided to do today's sightseeing by car. We explored Vestfold, and ventured into the county of Telemark also. We passed so many nice and interesting sights, we will most certainly come back in summer and see more of this area. he one place that was so charming that we decided to brave the rain, was Stavern. Such a nice place! We will come back later and stay there for a night or two. We stopped a man who walked his dog and asked him where we should go for a cup of coffee. We followed his directions and had a very nice cup of coffee at a very charming place.

After half a day of exploring we started on the way home via new and interesting places. On the way I phoned the sushi restaurant in Askim, and ordered take-away sushi that we brought with us home. Such a perfect weekend. Not a day for photography with all the heavy rain, but we past a place with such amazing autumn colours that I made Bjørn drive back so that I could get out in the rain and take a picture....

Saturday 21 October 2017

The end of the world

Woke up early and made plans by the breakfast table. We decided to drive out to "Verdens ende" "The end of the world". It looks a bit like that. It is an archipelago where you can walk out on the rocks until it feels as if you are standing mid-ocean. It was a beautiful place. We were there at sunrise, which was ever so nice.

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Then we drove on to the infamous "Slottsfjellet", and walked up it to see the ruins and the tower.

Walking down...

To round of the sightseeing, we went to the Slottsfjell museum. They had a very good exhibition about the Saga kings, and at another part of the museum they have on exhibition the world's largest whale skeleton. Wow, the size of those animals!

By now we felt we had done enough sightseeing for the day, so we started looking for a place to eat. Found an Indian place with good food and good service. Then it was back to the hotel for some rest.

Friday 20 October 2017

A get-away weekend

Tried to wrap things up as early as I could at work. Drove home, packed our bags, and drove to Vestfold county, Tønsberg town. Vestfold is Norway's smallest county, but it has so much to see and experience. It is only a couple of hours from here by car and ferry, but we seldom go there. We spent a weekend in a hotel in Horten, Vestfold last year, but that has been it. Vestfold has a rich and long history with lots of finds from th stone age. A lot of Viking history there also. Tønsberg is the oldest town in Norway, so that seemed like the place to live while there.

We arrived at our hotel at around 9pm. After we had put our stuff in our room, we went out to find a place a to eat. We walked along the Tønsberg harbour, and I was so charmed by the place. We found a restaurant that was more exclusive than the ones we usually go to, and our dinner was amazing and quite an experience in itself. Paparazzi on the Tønsberg harbour might see us again one day. Then a short walk before we went back to the hotel and had a night cap there. It already feels like a holiday!

Tønsberg Harbour: Picture from Wikipedia:

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Thursday 19 October 2017

Seminar in Oslo

No classes today neither in Askim nor in Oslo. The day was spent in Oslo with two colleagues. we attended a seminar about pedagogical use of digital teaching aids. That was so interesting, I had a great day and was very inspired. Home late, and it was nice that Bjørn also had come home and do not have to work tomorrow.

Wednesday 18 October 2017

Work

That is it, really. Planned on being super effective at home also. Came home late and crashed in a chair for a couple of hours before I dragged my body to bed.

Monday 16 October 2017

Worky, worky.

Had to sleep in today, but was at work at about 10.30pm. Online pupils today, and hundreds of other things. Right before I left work, former pupil Mohamed phoned me. He had passed an important entrance test, and wanted me to know that it had made him think about me and made him want to thank me for teaching him "all he knows". He also wanted to tell me that his parents had come to Norway now, and he was so happy about it. It was such a nice conversation. I love my job, and all the amazing people I meet there.

I was home before 7pm. Bjørn is working at a place a bit away from here this week, so he will not be home before Friday. I came home, did a bit of housework, had an evening meal, watched QI (love it), and now I am off to bed.

Sunday 15 October 2017

Mines and sushi

Went to Askim to get take-away sushi. A bit to wait, so we drove around for half an hour. And we found the Romsåsen mines, which I have been wondering about. That area was cooler than I thought it was be.

Sushi took longer than we thought, and by the time we got home, we were hungry. Good thing then that the sushi was excellent.

Saturday 14 October 2017

Halden, Iddefjorden and Strømstad

We drove to Halden, went to an indoor market for used things and bought a few things. Had salad lunch at an American restaurant and continued on for some exploration. Drove across the old Svinesund Bridge to Sweden and along the Iddefjord. Along the way, we saw a strange little guy in the forest.

Driving on to the Swedish town Strømstad. Seing a nice church along the way. And autumn colours.

And me on some stairs...

Looking at more autumn colours, and At the sunset in windy Strømstad.

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The wind was chily, so we found a place to have coffee. I needed somewhere unpretentious, so we found a rundown little thing by the harbour. It had good espresso, a good carrot cake, according to Bjørn, two old Swedes by the neighbour table who seemed to want us dead, and hoped looks could kill, and according to some young people in another corner of the room it also had a mouse on the floor.

No place to stay for hours, so we went to the car and headed home, stopping by a grocery shop along the way.

Home at 9 pm, after what has been a very nice day.

Wednesday 4 October 2017

Zzzzz

Another workday. Today I was teaching also. It was quite fun. Was extremely sleepy though, so at 3.30pm, I threw in the towel and went home. Bjørn came home 15 minutes after me, and we half slept our way through the rest of the day.

Tuesday 3 October 2017

Autumn holidays and work

Got up early, which was tough. Went to work, and worked for eight hours straight. Online pupils, preparing, looking at pupils' papers, admin work and so on. Then to the pharmacy to get some stuff prescribed by the doc yesterday. Grocery shopping and home to Bjørn. Talked with him for half an hour before he had to go to work. So tired now, and will have an early night. Work again tomorrow.

Me at work.

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Monday 2 October 2017

Autumn holidays. Sort of.

Holidays for most teachers. A lot of our pupils need to be at school, so we do not get whole holidays off either. I should be on call today, but a colleague stepped in so I could keep a doc's appointment.

After the doc, I went to the hairdresser. An hour of luxury which I have deserved.

Sunday 1 October 2017

Life....

Yet another week. Much the same as the previous one. Only that this time I got a cold, did not sleep the night before Friday, and stayed home from work on Friday. Spent Saturday and Sunday freezing. October, here I come....

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