Friday, 16 March 2018

things I like lately

light, my muse

- my parents and in-laws - and Sølve, of course - for helping out with the kids (+ the house in general) now that I'm busy writing my home exam. I couldn't have done it without them!
- a sunny afternoon after a very foggy morning
- toddler feelings helpline (via A Cup of Jo)
- snowdrops
- a weekend in Stockholm with my mamma (unfortunately my sister and her family got sick, so she couldn't come)
- visiting Fotografiska - such great exhibitions; I especially enjoyed the Christian Tagliavini one
- binging on season five of "Homeland"
- watching "Ugly Delicious" on Netflix with Sølve
- a flowery, colourful silk blouse from & Other Stories - perfect for spring, and for layering with wool (camisole underneath; cardigan on top) now while it's still freezing.
- Greek yoghurt mixed with Bonne Maman apricot jam - a lucky discovery because we were out of honey
- light, sun and fresh air
- writing

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Things I don't like lately

- writing my home exam. I'm happy with the task though; Ibsen's "Ghosts".
- hardly any time at all with my kids because of said exam. I only see them in the morning; they are already asleep when I get home from the University in the evening.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

green smoothies

I have been asked on a previous what I have in my green smoothies. I drink them several times a week; sometimes I get Sara and Sverre to drink them too. They are no fans of green vegetables, so it's a fantastic way to sneak in some vitamins in their little bodies.

I have found a lot of inspiration in the Green Kitchen Stories smoothies book. I have tried a few of the recipes, and I have learnt how to tweak them and make them fit my own tastebuds even more.

The green in the smoothies normally come from spinach, broccoli, kale and frozen green peas. Sometimes a mix of all four, most often a mix of a couple of them. It depends on what I have on hand. I have learnt that frozen vegetables are great in smoothies, so normally I always have broccoli and peas in the freezer.

For sweetness and texture I add a frozen banana; sometimes a little avocado too. The liquid in the smoothie is either orange juice or apple juice. I have tried with almond milk too, but it was no success for me. Still working on getting the hang of plant milks. I normally also add ginger and crushed flaxseeds too.

I have found that the smoothie will keep in the fridge for a couple of days, in case I make a big batch that doesn't get drunk all at once.


Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Provence // Aups

We got a generous dose of French village this afternoon.

Wednesday afternoon history lesson

memories from our autumn break in Provence, France

Friday, 2 March 2018

things I like lately

Got a delivery of fire wood this week - just in time for the freezing cold weather (apparently it's the beast from the east) // Olympus mju, Rollei Retro 100

- subzero temperatures (the really, really freezing kind), sun and blue skies all week
- waking home from uni under a gorgeous full moon
- I finished grading the most recent pile of student papers. Next up: studying for my own exam...
- a list of 5 things
- podcasten "12 uker" med Berit Nordstrand og Klaus Sonstad (men har ikke sansen for at Berit Nordstrand bruker uttrykket "skrotmat"...)
- a new car - so much more exciting than I ever expected. Shopping for it was a total drag though...
- still hooked on Wordfeud
- green smoothies nearly every day
- sushi - I'm finally into it! Sølve is sooo happy.
- sushi, Chablis and "Le Bureau" to start the weekend

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Things I don't like lately

- a feverish Sverre - again...

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

February stories

tacos, dance party with disco lights, bed time stories (we have just discovered David Walliams - the so-called new Roald Dahl), endless needs for water and hugs, a quick #bodyboss workout, sweet bun with custard (sommerbolle) from Godt Brød (the best!), Wordfeud, red wine and journaling // how is your Friday night?

I’ve been feeling a bit off the last couple of days. Tonight I discovered the beautiful full moon. I wonder if it’s related... Do you believe in lunacy (månesyke)?

So. Much. Bright. Light. 

drinking my greens // vitamin boost for the winter body

let’s do this 👊🏻 #bodyboss // it’s so easy to fall off the workout routine, and sooo hard to get back to it

Friday lunch with colleages

Monday glimpses: 
• a father-in-law who drives our car to the repair shop 
• a phone call from kindergarten with the message to pick up Sverre asap because he puked 
• a text from our tenants asking if the power is out on our floor too 
• discovering that the main fuse is blown - which has never happened before 
• a mother-in-law who luckily has a car and can drive out on a hunt for a new fuse 
• doing homework by candlelight 
• a successful hunt and dinner for supper - because Sara looked forward to the fish sticks all afternoon 
• a husband that will return from Oslo late tonight 
• a Norwegian teacher who will try to carve out some time to grade papers in between

nap time grading

Grading is done (for now), paper writing is on. Rhetorical analysis here I come.

How to make a really crappy day (because workload exhausting) a whole lot better: call in the cavalier (also known as grandparents) to take care of your kids, attend an inspiring lecture at uni, sprinkle fairy dust over your work mojo and finish the rhetorical analysis paper in one sitting. Speaking of fairies. Is it time yet to take down the fairy lights from the plum tree?

roadtrip // winter break is on

good morning, Voss // winter break mood

While the others skied, we napped, made sweet buns and made our own little “Three Billy Goats Gruff” play. He was the troll, my feet were the bridge and I was the three goats. It was an epic play. Obviously.

the quiet of snowfall // the loud of kids skiing

the last supper

last day of winter break mood

winter break smiles and Sverre's skiing debut

a glimpse of sun, a lot of wind and plenty of klabber (snow that get stuck under the skis because of waxing fail - what is the English expression for this?)

best surprise gift from my very own cheerleader @marenlerang // new favourite mug

car shopping pit stop // Vi er veldig enige om at vi savner Dolly. Dominos er ikke det samme.

Tuesday dinner and sun - the light is back!

An unglamorous photo of a quick dinner I want to remember: Baked salmon filet with fish and seafood spices (from Santa Maria), quinoa, raw broccoli and spinach, red onion, feta cheese and alfalfa sprouts. Delicately served in an old Greek yogurt container. Ha!

5 good things: 
• finally back on my bike after more than a month of less than ideal biking conditions 
• the effect sun and fresh air has on my mood 
• pasta bolognese leftovers for dinner 
• a perfectly ripe avocado 
• cake and chocolate at a work meeting

5 good things: 
• sun, blue skies and below zero temperatures 
• weekly grocery haul done - and the kids behaved well 
• “This dinner is good!” spontaneously said by Sverre during dinner 
• listening to the Lindmo podcast while 
• doing food prep: peeled and cut carrots and swede for snacking (stored in water in an airtight container in the fridge), peeled and diced a mango for salads and snacking (also stored in an airtight container in the fridge), chopped hazelnuts, almonds and walnuts, mixed them with sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, and put it all in a mason jar for my breakfasts, made juice shots with lemon, ginger, cucumber and celery sticks (my choice of chaser for my daily dose of fish oil/tran), made an ugly looking mixed berry smoothie with spinach and almond milk (not sure yet if I’m a plant milk fan...), and finally baked the no-knead bread that I started last night. 

PS: I’m having a huge cinnamon bun while I write this. Balance, right?

«Thanks for helping me unpack, Sverre.» 
«I’m not helping, I’m building a farm.»

a puking Sverre = a sleepless night = a day with serious need of coffee

I planned to work out during nap time, instead I got stuck dealing with backup issues in my Mac - which is the kind of thing that drains all my energy. I got it all sorted out and the reward is that I have a new phone (well, new to me; it used to be Sølve’s). The camera is much better on this one, which makes me pretty excited. I guess there is still time to work out - or work in general - at some point today, but first coffee and a couple of new and inspiring cookbooks.

Sunday cuddles // Woke up too early from his nap, crying. Is he feeling poorly again?

Sunday 2:15 am // can’t remember the last time I had one of these on my body 👶🏻👶🏻👵🏻

It seems like the happy days of safe, bare streets biking is over for now.

When your mother-in-law takes care of your sick kid and folds your laundry. And then takes care of said kid while your own mother brings your other kid to gymnastics practice and you go on a car shopping date with your husband - which is probably our least favourite kind of shopping. Sooo hard to decide what to spend sooo much money on.

February ends with 10 below, wind and bright blue skies. I can't remember the last time I felt this kind of cold. It almost feels extreme. According to the forecast, it will stay like this for the rest of the week. Poor little snowbells...


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