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Monday 19 March 2018

What a day!

I went in to work today. Since I am going back to my Askim job after Easter, I felt the need to find out what sort of classes I would have and to start preparing for them. I also wanted to have met my colleagues again and have that out of the way. It was a little scary to go back after such a long time. I need not have worried. I had just come into the the study room I sit in, when one of the teachers saw me, threw herself around my neck, and said "I love you" repeatedly. And then she said she hoped I was back to stay. Next came Lene and more hugging. Then Geir and more hugs.... and the day continued like that. So much love and friendliness, it was overwhelming. At one point, when I was having lunch, one of them said "Unni, being here again must feel like coming home!". And that was exactly how it felt. These are my people. I have missed them so much, and it was so good to be back. My boss asked to talk to me, and she asked me if I perhaps wanted a softer start than the one I had planned. Because our social welfare system offers the opportunity of not starting up with a 100% job when you have been away for a while on sick leave. They want to make sure that the employer starts up again in the best possible way, to make sure that the workload will be bearable. It was just such a tremendously good offer. And I felt such a relief when it was given, so I understood that it would be good for me to say yes to that offer. We then talked about what sort of tasks it would be good to have a break from, and found the best solution ever. I can not wait to start now. I used to be a little apprehensive, and wonder if I was ready for it. With this solution is place, I will cope without difficulty. I really do have the best work place in the history of work places.

I was at work till 4pm, and then Bjørn came to pick me up. We went to the mall in Ski, and I picked up three books at a book sale. I should not, I have so many unread books at home. But they were SO cheap, and they were all quality books. I think I was a good girl to only pick out three. Bjørn paid for them, which was a nice gesture. Then we went for a meal before he drove me back to the parking lot at work where my car was. back at Ås, I went for a short walk, since I want to try to do a bit of walking every day. Then I logged on to the net to talk with Bjørn about our Easter holidays. He was booking place on a ferry from Sweden to Finland. We chose a ferry that goes in the evening and that will be in Turku on Sunday morning.

Three perfect days in a row. When did that last happen? There have been many enough horrid days in a row earlier, so I think I deserve it.

Saturday 17 March 2018

Visiting Jan

The original plan was to go out with Astri today. She has her birthday on the day my Easter holidays starts, so I wanted to treat her to a birthday dinner today. Unfortunately her dog became ill, and she told me on Wednesday that she might have to cancel. I had already prepared for an evening out, and did not want to go back on my promise to myself of being less of a hermit, so I sent a text message to Jan, asking him if he'd be in Oslo on Saturday in case I had the day available. Not only was he there, he also invited me for dinner, should I be able to come. His brother would also be there, and I had not seen him in half a life time.

On Friday, Astri told me she would not be able to make it because her poor little furball was still sick. So Jan it was. He suggested meeting me downtown to escort me, so I would not get lost on the way. I was looking for him at the Central Station when a sweet girl came up to me and asked me if I was looking for Jan. Though I had never seen her before, I understood right away that this had to be his daughter. He had unexpectedly had to take care of her for some hours. That was really nice, I have never met her before, though she is 7 years old now. She was a bright and cool girl, and we got along well from the start. Jan told me she could be shy and reserved, which I find hard to believe. She was on my lap a lot of the time, she insisted on showing me her dance moves, and we played boardgames and cards. After about five hours, Jan took her to her mum's place, and before they left, she ran to hug me and said she was glad she had got to know me. Quite a little charmer. It was also very nice to see Jan's brother again, it must have been 25 years or so since last time. We talked a lot throughout the evening. Meanwhile the cook was spending hours in the kitchen, and the result made it clear that it had been time well spent. It was an excellent lamb meal, served with my favourite wine. After dinner, nice conversation for some hours before I started on my way back to Ås. Was here at around 1am.

Two days of being with good people was good for me right now.

Friday 16 March 2018

Re-emerging from my cave life.

Left here at 10am to go to the hairdresser in Ørje. Over the last half year, I have suddenly become all grey. It will take me a couple of years to accept that, so in the meantime I will be whatever colour I choose.

Then to Bakergården cafeteria where Bjørn waited for me. We had brunch and then went for a drive. I had not seen him for ten days, and we spent four hours together. He dropped me off by my car, and I went to Anne. It was so very good to see her again. She served dinner, and we had six hours of non-stop talking. I really do appreciate her friendship. I was back here at around midnight, feeling that the decision to now start a life of being more social was the right one.

Thursday 15 March 2018

The usual

Plantar treatment (and oh my how that hurt this time) and work in Kolbotn. I really do like that class and the people in it.

Wednesday 14 March 2018

Pi day, and an end of what has been

After I moved into my brother's basement again, I have had a lot of time to do my own things. Reading, French, Go, walking. In general, I have had many days of doing nothing else than gathering strength and doing the things I like. And - being alone. It has been very good for me. But from tomorrow on, I will not really have any more of my quiet basement days. I will soon go back to my 140% work days, and it is also on time for me to be more social. That might be a good thing, because today I felt a little lonely and lost for the first time since I moved in here. Strangely enough, Pi day also brought the news of the death of Stephen Hawking.

I had a walk with Jazz again, and in the evening I sat up in my brother's living room, since he and Anja were both out, and someone should be there in case the kids woke up.

One very nice and good thing about today's walk was that there was a bit of sun. It did not give much warmth, but it was quite thrilling to see it again.


Tuesday 13 March 2018


Most of the day was spent at work. I went to Kolbotn quite early. Went to the mall there first and posted invitations for my mother's 75th birthday. Had lunch and a cup of coffee at the cafeteria there before I walked to work. Had a very nice evening with my wonderful evening class. Back here quite late since I was commuting by train and bus. I just did not have it in me to dig my car out of this week's snow today.

Monday 12 March 2018

Indoors good.

Went for a short walk today. Short because there was so much ice outside that it was impossible to walk fast enough to stay warm. So today was about staying warm, doing my usual stuff and talking with my family.





Sunday 11 March 2018

A quiet Sunday

A day that was mostly spent int he basement. The usual activities: Reading, learning French, playing Go, taking care of my online pupils.... And despairing about the heavy snowfall.

In the early evening, I went for a walk with jazz. A short and cold walk, and I came home like a snowman. This winter...!

Saturday 10 March 2018

Finally visiting my mum

It has been so very long since I visited my mum. I was reminded of that when Per started by wishing me a happy New year. Almost three months since I was last there, I really should not let that much time pass. Anyway, it was good to see them both in good health and in a good mood. I was there for about 7 hours, and I will try not to let as much as three months pass between each time I go there. Just like everyone else, mum was quite fed up with all the cold and the snow. It is a heavu job for older people to spend hours shovelling snow before they can get out of the house and to the garage. It is a good thing that Per is still in good shape, and that he quite enjoys taking care of it.

Friday 9 March 2018

A slight change of plans

Had planned on going to Hurum to visit mum today. But shortly after I got out of bed this morning, I received a text message from Espen, where he asked if I could walk Jazz this afternoon, so that he and Anja could go buy furniture. I would not want to go to Hurum in the late afternoon, so I postpone till tomorrow so that I can go there in the morning. I started the day by going to another round of shock wave therapy, and then a long walk.


Thursday 8 March 2018

Walk and work

Anja and Espen both had to leave very early today, so I walked the boys to school. I came back here just to take Jazz with me and go for a forest walk. Then a few hours here before it was off to work. Had a fun evening in the classroom. We had more snow today. It is just insane. I have liked this winter more than I usually like winters. But it has been five months. It would be good to see the end of it now.



Wednesday 7 March 2018

More of the same

Been a little sleepy today, but have been for a 4.3 km walk, still without getting too much trouble with the heel. Have done more reading, tidied, read French, done a couple of hours of teaching on-line pupils and been upstairs to talk to Anja and Espen.

Tuesday 6 March 2018

Still being effective

Have had yet another day of getting things done. Today I also had work in the evening. Have made a very long list of what I want to get done tomorrow. Fingers crossed I will get through it.

Monday 5 March 2018

A day of pure effectiveness.

Was up at 6.30am, and have been a hardworking woman since then. Have tidied up in the basement where I live, been for a walk with Jazz and exercised a little , read a bit, contacted the real estate agent to find a time we can talk about how we are going to get the house sold, contacted the shock wave therapy guy and got myself a new appointment, booked a cottage at Hurum for a weekend this summer - I will go there with Astri and Amalie. There are 6 beds, so she can bring friends if she wants to. All in all I have been quite active and efficient. And now it is time to go in to work for an evening with the online pupils...

Sunday 4 March 2018

A quiet day

Bjørn was here most of the day, and we had a very quiet day. Meals, talking, watching GoT, translating a text for Anja and Espen, and me getting some work done. We also went to have a look at their new house. They have torn down just about everything inside it, and it is a building site. It will be great when it is finished.

Saturday 3 March 2018

Birthday celebrations in Oslo

What a perfect day this has been.

Bjørn came here in the afternoon, we spent some time talking with Anja and Espen, and then we drove to Oslo. We were there a little early, visited the store "Outland", but without buying anything. Then, since it was bloody cold, we walked to the restaurant and asked if we could sit and have a cup of coffee, though we were half an hour earlier than announced. It was the first time we were at the Italian place "Baltazar". I have read a lot about it and knew it was supposed to be very good, so I had booked a table here for me, Bjørn and Amalie. When Amalie came, we ordered food, and we had a lovely evening. Such a cosy place, and the food was beyond words. At least on the top ten list of the best meals I have ever had. We could not have wished for a better place to have a birthday dinner. Amalie took some pictures along the way, and I have stolen them.





And finally one I took


We walked from the restaurant to the Concert house where we had tickets to see Jethro Tull and their 50 year anniversary tour. It was excellent, and I enjoyed every second of it. I also met a former colleague from Øvrebyen who i had not seen in 5 years. She told me that all the teachers of Norwegian who were there had quit, except for Hjørdis. And all the new ones who had started, had also quit. So now they were on their next generation of teachers of Norwegian, and they would undoubtedly quit as well. They really do need to do something about the work load for teachers of Norwegian... Anyway, back to the concert. I have never listened to Jethro Tull before, so their music was new to me, except for the tune "Heavy horses". I still had a very good time, as did Amalie who no doubt was one of the youngest there.

After the concert we walked together to the tube where Amalie said goodbye, and me and Bjørn drove to Ås. He slept over here, which means he could have a glass of the whisky that Amalie had got him for his birthday :)

Friday 2 March 2018

Fall of giants by Ken Follett

Some years ago, I got a Ken Follett trilogy as a Christmas present from Bjørn. Each novel is about 1000 pages, so it has been difficult to find a good time to start reading it. But now is a good time. And today I finished the first of the three books. And as always, Follett is brilliant. We follow five different families from different parts of the world through the build-up to the first world war, the war itself and the aftermaths. Well written, captivating and educational. I am already looking forward to the next one which will take me through the second world war. Normally I shy away from war films and war literature, but now and then there is something worth making an exception for.


Doing things

... and trying to stay warm. What an exceptional winter this is. Snow everywhere, and the cold is here to stay. This week temperatures have been between minus 13 and minus 5 degrees celsius. My body has gone into freeze mode, and it has been impossible to stop freezing, no matter what I do.

Thursday 1 March 2018

Nothing very special

Work, like usual. Other than that, just an ordinary day....

Wednesday 28 February 2018

Happy Birthday, husband!

Bjørn turned 52 today!

I met him in Askim and we had dinner together at Peppe's. Not the fanciest of places, but we have big plans for a Saturday celebration. And of course we do like the food at Peppes. It was a little strange to just meet for a date on his birthday and then go to our separate homes, but that is how it is. Birthday present handed over, food ate and hugs exchanged, we said goodbye and I went to my workplace in Askim to give them the sick leave papers. It is always nice to be there, though almost a little strange right now to meet my colleagues since I have not been working there for almost three months. It will be so very good to come back in April.


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