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Wednesday 16 May 2018

Off to Trollhättan.

Norway's national day tomorrow, where the whole country goes bananas. We are all supposed to love it. Neither me nor Bjørn do, and we usually make plans to be as far away from the madness as possible. Often we go for walks in nature, where we never meet anyone. This time we leave the country, and head to Trollhättan in Sweden. I have Thursday to Tuesday off work, and we will have a little mini-holiday. I left work at 3pm, went to Ås and packed. Bjørn came around 7.30 pm, and off we went. At around 8.30 we were at the hotel. The hotel's net pages say they have parking space. But when we came here, they told us there were no available spots. I asked where we could park then, and the woman in the reception told us to drive around until we found something. I went up to the room while Bjørn said he would take care of the parking. One hour later he phoned me, saying it was impossible to find a spot, but there was a parking garage close by. However, he had not brought his wallet, so he asked me to bring my credit card, so we could drive to the parking garage, park and pay. When we had parked there, it turned out one could only pay by phone. It would have been easy if I had been a Swede, but for foreigners it was quite an ordeal. I had to download an app, and go through a long and tedious process that ended up with me having to generate a code from my bank in order to be allowed to pay. I had brought with me the device to do so, but it was in the hotel room. I gambled on being able to do so in time, and rushed back to the hotel room where I generated the code and finally paid.

Bjørn came a little later and he had talked to the woman in the reception, telling her how difficult it was to find a place to park, and that we now only hoped we were able to fix the payment in the garage. The receptionist answered: "Oh, this hotel has a deal with that garage, I could have arranged the parking there for you. It was silly of me not to tell you!" Hard to disagree with her on that.

As for the hotel room, it does not give value for the money we spent, so a little disappointed.

We found a kiosk, bought a few things to drink, and called it a night.

Tuesday 15 May 2018

Double shifts

Work and more work. A former pupil who is good at staying in touch dropped by today and sat in with my morning class. Always nice to see him and I welcome the hugging :)

A really warm day today, so I was quite shattered by the end of the day. But the teaching was fun as always.

Monday 14 May 2018

Being spoilt

A warm and sunny day today, and I had planned on spending the whole day walking in the woods, bringing a good book so that I could sit in the sun, reading. I was looking forward to that. I woke up feeling horrible, head ache, stomach pains, freezing and not wanting to do anything but wrap myself in a blanket and stay in. When Bjørn phoned and I told him, he offered to go shopping for me and fuel my car - the things I had to do today. Very kind since he had to drive for an hour just to come to where I live. I told him that would be amazing, and a few hours later he was there.

Very grateful for that act of kindness.

Sunday 13 May 2018

Bjørn dropped by.

Bjørn has spent the weekend in Oslo, filming a political convention. He phoned on the way back, asking me if I wanted him to drop by on his way home. So we met up, and went to have a meal together.

Saturday 12 May 2018

A day in Oslo

Went to Oslo and met up with Astri. We went to my favourite Chinese restaurant in Oslo, the Golden Mountain. Then we went to the movies to see "Lady Bird". Brilliant acting, horrible plot and message. After the movie we went to Aker Brygge and had a beer before we went home. A very enjoyable day!

Friday 11 May 2018

Better than nothing.

Pulled myself together. Walked to Ski (7 km), bought myself a summer wardrobe and walked back. 14 km of asphalt was a little tough on my legs, so the rest of the day was spent not running around. But the plantar behaved well, which was good.

So not doing much today, but at least a bit of walking and finally treating myself to a bit of shopping.

Thursday 10 May 2018

And again...

Much the same as yesterday.

Wednesday 9 May 2018

Oh well

Let's talk about something else.

Tuesday 8 May 2018

Mildly optimistic

There is a possibility that the next ten years will be better than the previous ten years. I would not mind that.

So many nice things happening now... A nice compliment about my teaching at work. A heart-warming text from a former pupil. Some nasty bureaucracy finally being sorted out. Both jobs were very enjoyable today. i had a nice, light, optimistic talk with hubby at the end of the day. After tomorrow comes four days with no work, and no major plans. I will just do stuff I enjoy doing. A couple of days ago, our daughter had some good news about an opening for a PH.D for her.

It is nice to feel that the future might be OK.

Monday 7 May 2018

No pain, no gain.

That is so very true of treatment for plantar fasciitis. I had another round of shock wave treatment today, and it gives me enough pain to really feel I am alive... But it works. For the last couple of weeks, the plantar has been gone. As in completely gone. Not even a little tenderness. Nothing. I am so happy about that! The treatment is fairly expensive, but it has been so worth it. I never thought I would get to where I could walk around with no heel pain again.

Then I walked back to Ås via the grocery store. Had no internet in the basement, and while that normally would have made me rush off to work since today is for my online pupils, I decided to give myself a treat, have a cup coffee, cuddle up under a blanket and finish one of Per's books. That was perfection. I also fell asleep while reading, and I needed that bit of extra rest. Then it was off to work in Askim. First Monday of the week means we give the online pupils a chance to meet up and talk in the evening. We were at it till 8.30 pm, and then chatted away for a bit. I was back in Ås at 10 pm.

Meanwhile Bjørn had another evening at the beekeeper course. This evening they even learned how to make some of their own equipment. So cool!

Sunday 6 May 2018

Visiting my mum.

After breakfast, I drove to Hurum to visit my mum. I was there for six hours. It was nice to see her and Per again, and always good to see they are doing so well, and being in such good shape.

My Toyota is now sold and I am driving a Caravelle. A nice car in many ways, but a noisy one.

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Saturday 5 May 2018

OMG

Today has been a very effective day. I have tidied quite a lot in the basement. I have read more than hundred pages in a book I have borrowed from Per for about a year. I have spent an hour teaching on the online course. I have done my plantar exercises (the plantar is gone. Hallelujah!), I have written a few mails and talked a little with the family upstairs. I have read French and learned another Swahili word (no intention of learning the language, but it can't hurt to know a word or two...). I have tried to fill in some online papers to register the Volkswagen Caravelle in my name. Oh, yes... because the Toyota is now history, and I drive an old Caravelle. A huge monster of a car, and we were not friends at first, but I think we will grow on each other.

I also had a brilliant plan. I wanted to go for a long walk today. It stood between two very different kind of walks. One idea was to find a path into the forest, walk for some hours, find a nice place to sit, and then read a book for an hour or two. The other idea was to walk to the nearest town, Ski and stroll around there for a while before I walked back. I was quite undecided, until I tidied and realised I need to buy clothes. The plan was changed to walking the 6 -7 kilometres in to Ski, go to the mall and buy clothes, find something cold to drink, and sit down and have a cup of coffee before I got on a bus back to Ås. It seemed warm outside, but you never know, so I packed a warm sweater and a scarf. I had only walked for a little while when I regretted both not having brought anything to drink, and not having dressed lighter. And when I had walked 2.5 km, I regretted something else.... I realised I had left my wallet at home. No point in walking on to Ski, I would be so warm and thirsty by the time I got there, and with no money to buy something to drink, that would just be silly. So.... I walked a few meters more while pondering my own silly ways and texting Bjørn to tell him I am an idiot. And then I turned and walked back to Ås. I felt so silly.

I had also planned on shopping groceries in Ski. But after I came back here, one thing has followed another and now it is too late. Oh well. Tomorrow is another day :)

Friday 4 May 2018

Seeing Bjørn!

We try to meet when we can! This weekend we have different plans, so we had to meet up today to be able to see each other. After work I walked up to Askim, and we went to the Chinese restaurant there. I had such a good time. The food was excellent, and we talked our way through a lot of pop-cultural themes... and many good memories.

Thursday 3 May 2018

A bit of work

This May month has an extraordinary number of days when we do not have to work, so weeks are short and pass quickly. It was good to see my pupils again, and we had a very funny evening, like usual.

Tuesday 1 May 2018

Celebrating Amalie's birthday!

We met up with Amalie in Oslo and went to a Persian restaurant for dinner. Four hours passed in a heartbeat.

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Monday 30 April 2018

Winter of the World by Ken Follett

Finished the second book in the trilogy.

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Busy bee

Got up at 7am.

Have commented on pupils' papers, spent time on the online course, tidied and washed clothes, looked at 8 go problems, read a bit, read some French, learned a new Swahili word, been in touch with our real estate agent, had a short visit from Bjørn and done grocery shopping with him, phoned the dentist, walked 5.7 kilometers... and still have some hours left before it is time to go to bed.

I rule.

Today's walk

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Sunday 29 April 2018

The Nordre Øyern locks

Today we wanted to get out and do something, and Bjørn suggested Nordre Øyern nature reserve where we have been many times and loved it. He then discovered that there is a museum and a wetland-centre at another part of the Nordre Øyern delta. I realised that was down by the Fetsund locks, a place I had wanted to go to for some time. So we decided to start there and do the nature reserve afterwards. However, it turned out there was enough to see and photograph down by the locks. It was 5pm before we left there, and then it was on time to head back. It was such a good day. The Nordre Øyern delta has Norway's richest variation in fish and birds.

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Parking the car and starting the walk...

And saw this duck right away. They are everywhere - I still think they make for a good photo.

Its wife was out swimming

Many strange things out on the water...

And some not so strange

An unstable detour that was a bit scary for someone who is afraid of water, but we had not driven all this way to not explore everything we saw. And it provided some good photo opportunities.

A few birds along the way that gave me the chance to test the zoom function on this camera.

The detour took a detour to a tiny little island where beavers lived. And where the river mirrored the sky.

Detour ended, we continued walking along the banks...

Eventually the path came to an end, and we turned. On the way back, we rested for a bit on a bench

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... while a bird was doing its thing above us.

Walking on, we encountered a charmer of a squirrel.

And then a bird who only was above water for a few seconds at the time before it dived under again. It took me forever to get a picture, and it is not in focus.

A one hour drive to Ås. We had an evening meal together and watched an episode of "Suits" before Bjørn drove back home.

Days like these make life worth living.

Saturday 28 April 2018

Being with Bjørn!

Living apart means we only meet up now and then. All the merrier when we do.

We had planned to g to Elverum today, but Bjørn's father had to be elsewhere, so we ended up staying at Ås. We drove around to find a certain path, never found it, gave up, bought food and went back here. Spent the day lazing about. Always nice to be together.

Friday 27 April 2018

Working late

Today was mostly about work. Came early, left very late. But did get lots of things done. When you start sending silly pics to tell your spouse you are still at work, it is on time to go home.

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