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Sunday 18 November 2018

Continuing the moving process

After breakfast we drove to my colleague Lene V and filled half the Caravelle with the stuff we have stored in her garage. Unfortunately it seems a bit of moist have gotten to some it, and some of the things looked a bit mouldy. We will have to have a look at it when we unpack and see what we can keep and what we need to throw away.

Then we continued on to my colleague Geir B where we also have a lot of things stored. We filled the rest of the car with what we wanted the most and left the rest in his barn for another day. We were invited in for a coffee and a chat, and I got to meet his Danish wife for the first time. Very nice indeed. Then back home for this evening's chess match. The least interesting ones of the championship so far and another draw. I spent a couple of hours on my online pupils and a couple of hours on the house.

Saturday 17 November 2018


After a nice Saturday morning, I went to Oslo where I met Astri. We had dinner at Jaipur and looked around in a couple of shops. Big mistake of me to look in book stores for Christmas gifts since I find about one hundred things I want myself for every potential Christmas present.

The streets were crowded, so the Christmas hysteria has already started. We sat down for a cup of coffee, and then it was the train back home. Bjørn came to pick me up at the railway station. He had been to Fredrikstad today to buy a birthday present for my brother who turns 40 on November 21st.

Home and an episode of the excellent French "Le Bureau" before bed.

Oslo is ready for the Christmas crowd


Friday 16 November 2018


No morning walk, but I replaced the walk with work in the garden. Lots of branches, sticks and twigs everywhere on the lawn after a windy month. It took 45 minutes to remove all of them. The two biggest branches are left because they are too heavy for me. Hopefully Bjørn will find time to help me with those.

Then to work, preparing and having a lesson. A bit of Friday bantering with colleagues, a bit more work, and then my afternoon pupil came, and I had another three hours with him. When he left, I checked how Magnus was doing in the championship against Caruana. It was quite exciting, and difficult to leave the game, so I stayed on a for a few exra minutes and then used the phone to listen to the TV-broadcast on the way home. Continued to watch from home, and it was another remis.

Thursday 15 November 2018

From misty morning walk to Course in First Aid.

Thursday means walking before work. I should not bring my camera, because it means less exercise. But our surroundings at this place are so exceptionally well suited for photography, it feels like a waste not to.

Then to work where I did not go to Kolbotn after the workday, but stayed on in Askim to have another half planning day. Today was about first aid, and it was very useful to go through that again. Home at 8pm on a Thursday is quite good, so I also had time for a bit of housework!

Wednesday 14 November 2018

Doing good

Lately I have spent quite a lot of time on my one-to-one pupil. Or rather, on finding my way in our sometimes quite Kafkaesque bureaucracy in an attempt to find a sensible road for him to walk down, so that he can make a future for himself. And lately there have been some break-troughs and some good news. Today offered more of that when I got hold of a person who was less of a bureaucrat and more of a human being than most people I have encountered in life. I had a long and nice conversation with him, and I now have hope that my efforts will lead to a possibility for my afternoon pupil to reach his goals and be able to hope for a better life. He most certainly deserves it. And it feels good to know I have played a part in making it happen.

Tuesday 13 November 2018

A Tuesday like any other

Work in Askim, then work in Kolbotn. While I was there, Bjørn and his friend Merete were at the police, filing cases against a guy who owns them money. They had received good service and help, which is quite a difference from the last time Bjørn and I needed them. But it seems to be easier for them to handle things that are about money. I was quite tired when I came home, and not good for much.

Monday 12 November 2018

Planning day at work

Today we had a planning day at work. Only teachers at school. Normally I would have my online pupils today, but I will need to get that done later. The day was useful and interesting. I was home at around 6pm, had dinner and relaxed for an hour's time. And then started the fun work of opening boxes with books and finding a home for them on the first book case we have put up here. Figuring out which books to have in that book case, how to organise them and then to unpack one box after another was great fun. So much so that it was impossible to stop, and before I knew it, it was one hour past midnight.

Sunday 11 November 2018

End of weekend already!

I am so not ready for that....

Went to the gym with Joanna, strolled around at the Christmas market for ten minutes in the pouring rain, drove home. The rest of the day we have filled a wall in the library with a book case, and I have started filling it with books. Have also celebrated father's day, and I have done some hours of work. Been a nice day, but I do not in any way feel equipped to start yet another week of working around the clock. Oh well, if I hang in for another 7 months, there is summer holidays.

Saturday 10 November 2018

In-laws and more settling in

In the morning I was at the gym with Joanna as always on Saturday mornings. Came home half an hour before the in-laws came, First time they visit us here, so it was nice to show them the vicarage. They left three hours later, and then me and Bjørn drove down to the storage space and filled my Octavia with shelves for the library. At home we started building the book shelf again.

Friday 9 November 2018


A very nice morning walk again, though no pictures. Teaching the day class and my one-to-one pupil. It was good to be back home.

Thursday 8 November 2018

Misty morning walk.

Following up on my plan to walk before work on Thursdays and Fridays. The rest of the day was work as usual, but the morning was exceptional. Too bad I only had my phone camera.




Wednesday 7 November 2018


Daywork and evening work with my one-to-one pupil. I have had the current schedule for over two months now, and still find it very hard to find good routines that allows me to stay on top of things both at work and at home. It is a little difficult to work both day and evening 4 days a week, and sometimes 5 days a week. This evening I saw a movie with my evening pupil. That was nice.

Tuesday 6 November 2018


Work in Askim, work in Kolbotn. not time for much else on these days.

Monday 5 November 2018

South of the border, West of the sun by Haruki Murakami

Well, what can I say? I am no big Murakami fan. This one was OK, but his middle aged men do not really appeal to me.



I have been keeping myself busy today. Got up at 7 and started working with the online course. When Bjørn woke up at 8, I made breakfast for us. After he left, I continued with housework and unpacking and getting organised in our new home. This is the most practical home we have ever had, and there is enough space for everything to have a place. I could live here for quite some time! I also went shopping, read a bit; finished the Murakami Per lent me, and got so incredibly much done of all that needed doing. Bjørn was at his thing in Mysen, and after that he visited Merete. When he came home I made dinner (gulash) and a few cookies. Been ages since I made food from scratch. The kitchen we live in now inspires!



Sunday 4 November 2018

Vemund's birthday

We were in Ås today to celebrate Vemund's 8th birthday. Nice company and conversations, good food and cake.

We were supposed to be at a concert afterwards to hear Geir's wife sing with her choir (Mozart's requiem), We really wanted to go, but were so tired that we decided to head home instead. When we got home, we decided to take the piece of furniture we had brought with us yesterday out of the car and find a place for it. That started a long process. First w decided on the room it should be in. And then a long thinking process to find out where in the room, and what we would need to do with the other furniture in there. We moved sofas and table around a bit, and ended up choosing Bjørn's very first suggestion. The room looks better now. Ah, I love this place!

So tired, and so good to crash in the sofa in the evening.

Saturday 3 November 2018

Oh, this body!

Was at the gym at 8.15. Pure insanity. Joanna came 15 minutes later. I drove back home at 9.50. Showered and then Bjørn and I drove to a second hand store at a place called Degernes. We have been there before, they have quite a lot of stuff. We found some Christmas presents and a couple of things for ourselves. On the way home we dropped by the storage room we have in Ørje. Originally we just planned to bring a piece of furniture with us. But then we needed to support it with a few boxes full of books. And then since we were at it, we carried a few more book boxes into the car... And then just a few more. Until the car was full and we had 50 heavy boxes full of books in there. We were dead tired by the time we came home. Bjørn started putting together shelves in our bedroom while I started carrying in the boxes. When he was done, he came down to help out with the rest. We left the piece of furniture for tomorrow. Then the fun part, moving into the shelves. By the end of the day, I felt like I was about 99 years old. But the house is becoming a brilliant place to live in.

Friday 2 November 2018

The 2nd

Start of a new month is always a good time for improved routines. To go for a walk before work on Thursdays and Fridays seems like a good idea. Especially when there is such breath-taking nature right outside the door. This walk was good for both body and mind. Many hidden treasures along the way, and I ended the walk at the Rødenes Church, which lies only a few meters from the vicarage. Not to mention that at the start of the walk, three deer jumped out in to the dirt road right in front of me.








Not much room for celebration when I work from morning till evening. But after I had wrapped it up with my one-to-one pupil, I went to Thai Orchid and bought sushi for dinner. So at least a great meal!

Thursday 1 November 2018

Time fles. fast.

November already. Goddamn.

Wednesday 31 October 2018


Day work, evenig work with one-to-one pupil. Home. Sleep.

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