Happy birthday to the man who just gets better with age! :)))
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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...
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
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-pla...
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. :-/
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.
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.
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 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