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Sunday 9 September 2018

Impressed with myself!

Got up at 7.30am on this rainy and grey Sunday morning. As soon as I was ready, I went straight to the gym where I met Joanna. Spent two hours there before I headed back to Ås. I feel so good about myself!

Fresh out of the shower and ready to go back to Ås:


Back here I had breakfast with Bjørn and we watched an episode of "Suits" before I did a bit of housework. Then I went on to work with assignments from my online pupils. In the evening we were invited up to Anja and Espen for dinner.

Saturday 8 September 2018

Trying to better myself...

Going to the gym. It helps to have Joanna as my partner in crime. Watching "Suits".

Friday 7 September 2018


The end of a long week. Need a bit of rest.

Thursday 6 September 2018

Days are long

Work from morning till late evening. Not much more going on.

Wednesday 5 September 2018


Our school had a football cup today. Like most of the teachers, I was watching from the sideline. In the afternoon, another lesson with my one-to-one pupil.

Tuesday 4 September 2018


Feels good to know we will have our own home in a month's time. Today we have decided to have our first party there in the end of October for those who helped us move. We want to be more social after we have moved there. It has been so long since we could.

Monday 3 September 2018

Meeting my online pupils

This evening we had our monthly language cafe for our online pupils. Quite a lot of new faces, and we had a very nice evening. It will be good to get started with them again.

Sunday 2 September 2018

The 2nd

Started the Sunday early with a session at the gym together with Joanna. Felt pretty darn good about it, and when I got in the car afterwards, turned on the radio and heard "We are the champions", I nodded in agreement. Home, breakfast, two episodes of "Suits". Love that series. Then onto something a little less fun - I paid the 40.000 NOK that I owed in taxes.

Fortunately I could get my mind off it - we celebrated the 2nd by going to Ås Bistro for a meal, and then to the movies. We saw the latest Mission Impossible movie. It has been talked about a lot here since one of the more impressive scenes was filmed in Norway. in the movie though, it is supposed to be in India. Anyways, it was good entertainment!

Saturday 1 September 2018


Bjørn was in Oslo, helping Amalie out with her computer. I drove to our storageroom in Ørje to store away the beehive that Bjørn got from my colleague Trond yesterday. When back, mum and Per were here visiting Anja and Espen, so I went upstairs and joined them. Family time for about 5 hours. Then mum and Per drove home and Bjørn came back from Oslo. The last hours of the day were spent watching a couple of episodes of "Suits".

Friday 31 August 2018

Oh my!!!

I just can not believe how good my 49th year is to me. Today I got a mail from the state office that is responsible for the vicarage, It said that they will let us rent the place if we want to. We had made such a good impression (!!!) that they wanted to shortcut the process, cancel the other viewings and let us rent it if we wanted to. We want to.

it is almost too good to be true. We will be allowed to take care of and live in this magnificent historical building!

After so many years of hardships, now everything suddenly seem to fall into place. I hope it lasts, I can take so much more of this!

I had afternoon lessons with my one-to-one pupil today, so work was not over till 6.30pm. And then I did some preparing, and went home to Ås at about 7.30pm. I did not have it in me to do much more, so I watched "Suits" with Bjørn and did a bit of relaxing. Not to mention that he had cooked an excellent dinner.

He had also bought me a present; a gym bag that was absolutely perfect for me. Life is good.

Thursday 30 August 2018

The Marker vicarage

Today started with us going to Ørje to see the vicarage we are hoping to rent. The vicarage used to be home for the Minister of the building next-door; a beautiful stone church from around year 1230. It was the Church usher who locked us in and showed us around. 300 square meters of an amazing historical building. And a huge garden with apples trees and berry bushes. Parts of the vicarage was restored between 2008 and 2014, and I fell in love with the place. We are the first to see it, but there are many other people who have said they are interested in renting it. No wonder, it is both the most special and most amazing object on the rental market (well, at least I think so. If you are looking for something top modern, this would not be your choice), and it is the cheapest. It would just be such a dream to live there, I dare not hope they will end up choosing us at the end of their selection process.

Wednesday 29 August 2018

28th and 29th august

A lot of work. I have the strangest schedule this year, so I will work all day and all evening. There will be lots of breaks inbetween lessons, but I am practically at work from 8am till around 8 or 9pm every day.

Monday 27 August 2018


Today I had something as rare as a very stressful day at work. I became just a little tad grumpy since the stress was because of things being badly organised and for once not by my own making. Oh well, I will live. I came home very late and had not had time to eat. But between work and coming home, I was at the gym with Joanna.

Bjørn was with his bees, doing bee-things.

A while back, we saw the old vicarage in Marker was out for rent, and we wrote to OVF to say we were interested. The vicarage was built around year 1799 and is under state protection. They wrote back to us, saying they would need a long process to decide who would be allowed to rent, since they want someone they feel can take care of the place and treat it with dignity and respect. We have passed the initial screening process, and will be allowed to come look at the place. That will be nice!

Sunday 26 August 2018

Weekend 25th - 26th

Bjørn spent Saturday with Amalie, helping her out. I was relaxing and doing a bit of housework. He stayed up late, I went to bed earlier.

On Sunday he was out and about again. I went to the gym in Mysen and spent some hours working out. Other than that, it was a very low-key weekend.

Friday 24 August 2018

23 - 24th of August

Getting used to being back to work. So happy to be working at this place.

Wednesday 22 August 2018

The gym in Mysen

Working... And then Joanna has persuaded me to come with her to a gym in Mysen. It is only for women and she wants to go there, and needs company. So today I came with her there and the mother of the woman who owns the place welcomed us and showed us the equipment they have. We worked out, and I decided to pay for a three month membership. It will make a difference that I can go there with Joanna, it is easier to do things like this together.

Tuesday 21 August 2018


Work in Askim and then in Kolbotn. Only 5 pupils so far in Kolbotn, but I know from experience that more of them will turn up as the weeks passes.

Monday 20 August 2018

My schedule

My schedule is ready now. On Mondays I have my online pupils, so that is my most flexible day. On Tuesdays I have my first lesson in Askim from 10.30 till 12. I have a meeting from 2.30 pm till 15.30. Then I must try to have some food before I drive to Kolbotn. I teach at Kolbotn from 5.30pm till 8.45pm. On Wednesdays I have my first lesson from 8.30am till 10am. Next one at 1pm till 2.30pm. Then meetings. Then my one-to-one pupil Hafizullah arrives at 4pm and I sit with him till 6.30pm. Thursday is pretty much a repetition of Tuesday. Then comes Friday when I have my first lesson at 1pm. But in the afternoon comes Hafizullah again, and I teach him from 4pm tilll 18.30pm.

On the days with the online pupils, I can choose to work from home. Today, however, I went in to work.

Sunday 19 August 2018

A quiet day at home.

Not doing much. But finding a place it would be very nice to rent, and sending a mail.

Saturday 18 August 2018

Marekors by Jo Nesbø

I am slowly working my way through Jo Nesbø's series with the policeman Harry Hole. This was my favourite so far far. I like his characters and the interaction between them. I understand why these books have become so popular.


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