Today, this random old woman on the train told me that I was knitting incorrectly and that someone should teach me the proper way to knit. If she hadn't been old and my mama hadn't taught me to respect my elders...
Why, yes, I did knit bookmarks for my Norwegian teacher as a thank you gift. No, I'm not ashamed. ;)
Very pretty!· Spidra Webster
Thanks! :)· Jenny H.
I <3 their colors!· Elec Girl
Those are the most gotdamned outstanding bookmarks I've ever seen. Hands down. :D· Hookuh Tinypants
never thought about knitting bookmarks, great idea, though I'm too lazy to learn cute patterns, I'll just make simple ones :D· SaeedTheGiraffe ?
When I was, like, 7-8 years old, I remember this little boy asking me, "Are you a boy or a girl? I can't tell." I remember being very upset at the time ("I'm a girl, dammit!"), but now I'm, like, "Meh." If you think I'm a boy, that's okay with me. #SaturdayFF
I am up to 560 stitches per row on my current knitting project. Perling a row takes forrrrrrrever.
Knitting and watching football in a sparkling clean apartment. Hangover a thing of the past. Sundays are quite nice. :)
If only it would stop raining. Oh wait. I live in Norway.· Jenny H.
My husband. I really lucked out with this one. I feel like crap today and he's been waiting on me, hand and foot, all day. He's now making an early comfort meal of American-style tacos for me. He's just the best.
Sorry I've been so inactive here lately. To be honest, I've been spending less and less time on the internet in general. I've also been working on a pretty time-consuming--but fulfilling--project, so I haven't had a lot of free time. But things are mostly fine with me and I do think about y'all, even when I'm not around per se. I hope you are all well!
When I was a kid, I had several recurring nightmares that plagued me for years. As an adult, I have replaced the recurring nightmares with a single, recurring theme in my dreams. I often dream of situations where I'm forced to use the strangest, dirtiest, scariest, smallest/largest, awkward bathrooms my brain can conjure. So a perfectly fine weird dream becomes a nightmare when one of these bathroom scenes appears (imagine the bathroom in Trainspotting, if you will). It's so odd. I mean, I have really, really weird dreams every night, but what's with the bathrooms? Do I have a repressed bathroom complex that manifests only in my dreams? Tl;dr Brains are weird.
This Lamp Grows Plants in Spaces Without Sunlight - Urban Gardens "As I love double-duty designs for small and light-deprived spaces, Mygdal Plantlight fits the bill functioning as both a light fixture and planter. The lamp is a terrarium-like completely self-sustaining ecosystem where, the designers contend, plants can grow for … Read More..." http://www.urbangardensweb.com/2016/03/11/this-lamp-grows-plants-in-spaces-without-sunlight/
Just finished making a red velvet cake for work tomorrow. We have cake and coffee every Friday at 2 pm. Eivind says that I'll be the hero tomorrow (because he thinks that the cake is delicious), but I'd rather just drop the cake off on the table and hide in my office. Sometimes being an introvert sucks. :-/
I hear you. If I was there, I'd take a slice of cake and go back to my office with it.· Bill Mason
*hugs* same here. I'd grab a slice, stand an awkwardly talk to you Jenny and then go and hide.· Danielle Otter
Hey -- I missed that you got a job! I missed a lot when FF died. Last I remember, you had to be very proficient in Swedish to work? SO, this means you are very proficient? Are you doing wildlife stuff?· Rudibrarian
I can identify.· Smooth Young Priest
The thing is, I am very social- *after* I get to know someone. But socializing with a group of people I don't know in Norwegian? Nope.· Jenny H.
Sorry I haven't been posting much lately. I am feeling super exhausted. I am sick right now, but sucking it up as best I can. I've been really occupied with school and work and commuting all over the damn place. Back into knitting, which is kind of nice, but leaves me with little other free time. Basically, I am mostly busy, all the time. I miss you guys, though. I hope y'all are doing well.
I'm both dreading and looking forward to being finished with Norwegian classes in May. It will be nice to have more free time, but I will miss my teacher and the interaction I get with the other immigrants.· Jenny H.
Also, I have been getting up at 6 am so I can do yoga before work. It's nice to get all stretchy plus breathing exercises, but 6 am is 6 am.· Jenny H.
Sounds like life is pretty good though, despite exhaustion. Yay for good life!· Rudibrarian
I hold my "reading dawg" pose while Jenny likes to alternate a bit during our early morning yoga sessions :)· Eivind
Get well soon :)· SaeedTheGiraffe ?
Saw this bit of urban art today and it made me smile- it was based on the Vigeland bronze sculpture called "sinnataggen." The pictures below is of my boys at the sculpture back in 2014. :)
Spent about four hours prowling around the city today. The weather was perfect; I could have taken a thousand photos, I think.
Eivind is addicted to: books about old things, talking about old things, and football. :D #NotSaturdaybutFFanyway
Reading Roots and Between the World and Me concurrently has made for some very bad dreams. I woke up feeling very anxious this morning. :(
Oooof. I have books I've had to read with other light fiction for that reason.· Jennifer D.
Was accidental, but it's really interesting to read them at the same time, bad dreams not withstanding. I'll have to pick something light after I finish BtWaM.· Jenny H.
You can try The Ironsmith. I'm sure some biblical fluff will fix you right up :)· Eivind
I haven't read Roots in years. Decades. Coates's book is on my to read pile.I plan to re-read James Baldwin's "The Fire Next Time" in tandem. The dreams could get very interesting.· MoTO Babycakes
You guys, it's super exhausting to work in an all-Norwegian environment all day! Not only am I working with crazy complex and labor-intensive projects, but I'm doing everything in Norwegian on top of it. My brain is just fried by the end of the work day. Oy.
The first 10 minutes of my train commute from Oslo, where the train skirts the Oslo fjord. The view is spectacular. <3
Went into Oslo for some shopping today. I mostly ran around and did Ingress missions (geolocation-based augmented reality game), but I stopped every now and then to appreciate the scenery. I liked this first place a lot, mainly because there is a bunch of old skool cording winding around the building. (I thought that fit pretty well with the telegraf/telefon building.) :D I should have taken more pictures today, but the sun is still pretty low on the horizon, so not much lighting in the streets.
Today is my mom's birthday. She would have been 60 this year. Every year for her birthday, my granny made her a heart-shaped, red velvet cake with pink frosting and conversation heart decorations. She *hated* it, but I loved it. She tolerated my insistence to continue the tradition after her mom died. So, I did. And, even though my mom is no longer here to shake her fist at the cake, I still make it. I seem to have misplaced my heart-shaped cake pan, so I make cupcakes this year. Happy birthday, mom! #SaturdayFF
I used this recipe (http://divascancook.com/the-best-red-velvet-cake-recipe-easy-homemade-moist-with-southern-flair/) and it turned out so, so good.· Jenny H.
<3· Pea Bukowski
I figured it is about time for an update on my progress with learning Norwegian. I have progressed fairly rapidly and did well on the norskprøve (Norwegian test) I took in December. Technically, I have surpassed the requirements of the immigration directorate regarding language training for permanent residency. That being said, I am nowhere near fluent. I feel like I have hit a wall. I can converse with people, no problem, but my conversations tend to the simple and I frequently confuse the word I want to use with a different one. I still suck at prepositions, but my pronouns are coming along. I am unable to absorb words as easily as before. It's like you hit a threshhold of learning and then get stuck. I am stuck. I need to up my game because my free lessons will run out soon and I don't want to pay. My goal is to be fluent and to have a certificate saying that I have reached level B2 in Norwegian, which will go a long way towards becoming gainfully employed. So, consider yourselves updated. :D
Keep at it!· Jason Fleming
Congrats! Don't worry too much about plateauing for a while. I don't think the progress with language acquisition is constant. If you've ever watched "In the Name of the Fada", where Des Bishop goes to live in the Gaeltacht for a year to learn Irish, he makes a lot of progress and is very excited and then moves into a period where he's just kind of sick of things, then gets past that hump and goes right back to being excited. Subtitled Norwegian films might be fun - it's kind of fun to judge how good a job they're doing of translating things into English now that you've got a good enough handle on Norwegian to be judgy about it. :)· Spidra Webster
30 Days of Yoga - Day 1 | Recovery | Stephen Beitler Taha Yoga "Focus on Recovering the body in the easy flow beginner class." https://youtu.be/SSJS9XMbG4M
I've decided to get back into yoga as part of my overall "be healthier" path. I'm trying out FreeYoga TV on YouTube, starting with the 30 days of yoga. Just finished day 1 and I feel really good. I'd forgotton how good I feel after a yoga session. :)· Jenny H.
Eivind is waking up earlier and earlier every day. This morning, he was almost out the door for work when I woke up (6:35). I wonder if he's going to start putting out bowls of dusty Werther's soon. :|
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