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Happy Days!

21 Jun

Hello!! I know I haven’t updated in ages, but I actually have some very good reasons. I’ve been quite busy lately, but it’s been a good kind of busy. And one of the main reasons for that is that I’ve got a job!!! 😀

So yeah, this is pretty big for me. As I’ve written about earlier I’ve had a really crappy year, and lots of shitty things happening in my life, and it’s been made worse by me not having much to do, but then again not being able to do much either. So the vicious circle started! I’ve now gotten out of the circle though, and the last month has been sooo so good. There has been so many good news lately, I achieved a lot and I’m feeling great. And I love my job! It’s in a bookshop, so I’m surrounded by things I love, I know a lot about the products we sell, and the work environment is great. I even get free reading examples of books that aren’t published yet, how cool is that! Even makes up for the silly outfit and wig I had to wear on Thursday 😉

Work Clown

Work Clown

I’ll be working there from now through July, which brings me to some more good news. I’ve found a place to live in Oslo, where I’ll start studying in August, it’s a student home in a brand new building, where I even get my own bathroom. Not used to such luxury when studying 😉 I’ll have the room from July 1st so I’ll travel in to Oslo to start decorating and buying some cheap furniture. Can’t wait to see how it looks like, only seen the outside of it so far, which looks great. It can’t be to shabby, as it’s brand new, ey? I’m also really looking forward to starting studying again as well, it’s really exciting starting something new. For those of you who need a reminder, I was formerly studying to be a teacher, but I quit recently and am now starting a bachelor in Library- and Information Science.

Since last time I updated I’ve also been in Trondheim and Frosta for a few days, my mum, some family friends and I made a roadtrip out of it, so we travelled up the 6th of June, and back down again the 9th. The drive takes about 8-9 hours, depending on how many stops you have, but it’s a beautiful journey with some amazing nature, so it’s not as tiring as it could be. I had some really nice couple of days, visited my amazing friend Marit and also seeing lots of people I don’t see nearly enough anymore. Frosta was beautiful as always, and we were so lucky with the weather, constant sun throughout the trip. Unfortunately, I lost my camera, so I don’t have a lot of pictures to show, except the few I “stole” from my mum 😉

So yeah. I’ve been floating around on cloud 9 lately, and been keeping myself quite busy. And the last week I’ve also been watching the World Cup every day, so I kind of neglected my blog a bit 😉 No more though! I’ve read so many good books lately, and I have to review some of them here and reccomend them to others, so keep tuned for that in a few days. I hope you’re all feeling as elated as me, spread the happiness around ;D

A kingdom of isolation

10 May

I might not have a kingdom to myself (thank goodness), but I do have a house! I’m cat-sitting my dad’s three cats while he’s away ’till Wednesday, and I really appreciate being able to have some time just completely to myself. Well, myself and the cats. I am quite a social person and I love hanging out with friends and meeting people, but I also need to be alone once in a while. I don’t get easily bored, and I find great pleasure in solitude, often with a book, scrapping, cooking or just watching TV. When I’m completely alone, with no close neighbours I can stop worrying about making too much noise, and play loud music all night or sing ’till my lungs almost explode. Which I do quite a lot. Some of the most common activities I do while alone includes:

  • Singing  and acting out One Day More, doing all the voices and the marching.
  • Belting out Let It Go, On My Own and Defying Gravity over and over again.
  • Pretending I’m in a musical featuring myself and my life.
  • Finding the scripts of various films and voice-acting them. All by myself.
  • Give one of my favourite songs the Google Translate-treatment (send it through 10 languages,and then back to the original) and then sing it out loud. (Yes, very much inspired by the amazing Malinda Kathleen Reese).
  • Practice the dance routines from Cats. Even though I’m a shitty dancer.

Oh god, these poor cats..

The only thing I’m not too happy about in my isolated state is the fact that I have to watch Eurovision alone tonight! Noooo! I love watching Eurovision with other people, having a laugh about how absolutely ridiculous most of the entries are, trying to guess the scores, and just making a really fun evening out of it. I’ll be watching it on my own tonight, but at least I’ve planned some “Skype dates” with some friends, so we’ll have an active commentary session throughout the show. Yey!

I’d love to hear your thoughts about spending some time on your own, and what you usually do when there’s no one around. Feel free to leave a comment! Hope everyone is having a great weekend 🙂

Hedvig April

Game of Thrones Exhibition in Oslo

29 Apr

Warning: Some of the pictures contains spoilers for season 3!

Good evening! Today I woke up super early to get on the train to Oslo, to visit the official Game of Thrones exhibition. The exhibit started on Saturday and ends on Wednesday, and has been a huge hit. The queue on Saturday was insane, people who showed up early still had to wait around five hours, and it wasn’t much better on Sunday. I figured some of the insanity would have settled down on Tuesday though, especially if showing up early when most people are at school or work.

Turns out I was correct, my friend and I showed up at about 9:30, they started letting people in at 10 and we went inside about 10:30. That’s an acceptable waiting time, especially considering everything was free.

One of the first objects we saw when entering the building was Daenerys’ costumes, which were even more beautiful up close than on the screen. And how tiny must Emilia Clarke be? Those outfits and mannequins were so small! All of the costumes in the show interest me greatly, I find it so fascinating how much details there is, and everything looks so authentic. I think my favourite piece in the exhibit is Cersei’s costume, it’s absolutely beautiful.

The coolest thing in the exhibit by far was the “Ascend the Wall”, a virtual reality experience using Oculus Rift technology. I was stood in a small cage of sorts, got my glasses and headphones on, and suddenly I was in the north of Westeros, wind blowing in my hair, and I was rapidly approaching the top of the wall in a wooden lift that seemed quite unstable. As I reached the top I turned around as instructed, and slowly “walked” nearer the edge where I stopped and looked around me. The feeling was intense and so realistic! Not recommended for those with fear of heights though. Suddenly my body jerked (someone grabbed and shook me) and I fell over the edge, the ground came closer and then everything turned white. Scary! But super fun.

Ascend The Wall

The whole room was filled with large photos from the show, concept art, miniatures and props, and there were also TV-screens here and there showing behind-the-scenes-footage and clips of every single character on the show has died. There was also an In Memoriam picture wall with pictures and names.

And of course, one can’t go to a Game of Thrones exhibit and not go on the Iron Throne! The queue for taking a picture on the desired seat went surprisingly quick, and I suddenly found myself sitting on what is supposedly the most uncomfortable royal throne there is. I must say I felt right at home, and doesn’t “Hedvig, Queen of Westeros, first of her name” have a nice ring to it?

Bow down, peasants.

Bow down, peasants.

All in all, a great experience!

Saturday night with Spencer

13 Oct

Hello, hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend so far 🙂 I know I have, starting on Friday with a girls night in with Agrin and Lena. We always have such a good time with a lot of laughter when we meet up, so it’s definitely something we should do more often.

Spencer has also been with us the last week, which has been wonderful, I do love having a dog around the house. He got picked up last night, so I made sure to fill his last day here for a while with LOTS of cuddles and play, and we went for a looong and nice walk. I also had to do a little photoshoot with him, he is so beautiful that I have to show him off quite a bit 😉 It’s hard to get good pictures though, as he’s always moving his head or coming towards me for an ear scratch when I’m trying to snap a photo. I did manage to take some really nice ones though!

Spencer's favourite spot.

Spencer’s favourite spot.

He loves to cuddle up here.

He loves to cuddle up here.

"Are you done taking pictures soon?"

“Are you done taking pictures yet?”

Poser

Poser

What a handsome lad!

What a handsome lad!

It’s shaping up to be a good Sunday as well, even though we’re missing the sound of Spencer sniffing around. I’m not feeling in tip-top shape, but I don’t have anything stressful planned today, so I’ll just stay in, watch some TV-shows and fill up on the sweet buns I made on Friday. Perfect unhealthy weekend snack! 😉

Hope everyone is having a good Sunday 🙂

Our Cats

8 Oct

I’ve spent a few days at my dad’s house is Askim, which of course is always very nice. My dad has three adorable cats, which I just have to show off a bit here. Their names are Bosse, Tjukken and Mora. Tjukken and Mora means “Fatty” and “Mum” by the way, and Mora is Tjukkens mum 😉

Bosse has been in the family the longest, but a few years back when my dad bought my brother’s house he also got Tjukken and Mora with the buy. All the cats handled the transition quite well, and even though they aren’t exactly best friends they do live together quite nicely.

Bosse

Bosse is a rather old cat now, and quite lazy. He’s VERY attached to my dad, but he likes attention and cuddles from anyone who offers. He’s sceptical to all strange animals and other cats, and a bit of a loner, but he did adjust well to moving in with the two other cats. Once in a blue moon he even wants to play with them! Bosse is by the way a huge coward, even though he’s quite big and strong.

Mora

More is an adorable little cat, who absolutely loves attention and cuddles. She loves humans, but absolutely hates other cats. She feels that she’s quite superior the tho other furballs, and does not want to spend more time with then than she has to. If Tjukken comes too close because he wants to play she’s quick to hit and scratch him to put him in his place. What a good mum, right? She’s always purring, and can often be found sleeping in my bed when she’s not out and about on adventures.

Tjukken

Tjukken is quite the character. He is easily the most outgoing and social of the cats, and is often trying to catch both ours and theirs attention, which results in a lot of “talking” from his side. He actually rarely shuts up. He often wants to play with Bosse and Mora, but unfortunately he mostly fails in engaging them. His favorite spot is on the top of the armchair, and he loves it when we spin the chair around. His own personal carousel!

Aren’t they cute?

Oh, and I’m dog sitting Spencer again this week, so there will probably be a few dog pictures coming up the next days 😉

A late “back from Frosta-trip”-post!

5 Oct

Wow, I have no idea how this happened, this was actually supposed to have been posted 26th of September, but for some reason it didn’t publish. Weeird.

Anyway, what I wanted to tell you quite a while ago now is that I’m back from another wonderful trip to Frosta, which is the small town my mum is originally from. I enjoyed our stay SOOO much, it was a wonderful week, we had some days with really nice weather, made yummy food and visited and got visits from old friends. There’s something about Frosta which makes me completely relaxed, I’m sure most people can relate to having somewhere that just feels like a safe haven, where life is just a bit easier. Well, that’s Frosta for me 🙂 Maybe I’ll move there when I’m a bit older?

Something I greatly appreciated was some of my good friends coming to visit me while I was there, Maren came over on the sunday, and Marit visited on Monday and stayed till the following day. We had a great time, so grateful for my friends!

The lovely house we stayed in

The lovely house we stayed in

Cooking

Cooking

A view over Frosta

A view over Frosta

Me and Maren

Me and Maren

Me and Maren

Me and Maren

A view over the island Tautra

A view over the island Tautra

"Klostergården" - A restaurant at the island Tautra, by the old monastery ruins

“Klostergården” – A restaurant at the island Tautra, by the old monastery ruins

Game night with Marit

Game night with Marit

Game night with Marit

Game night with Marit

Marit and me.

Marit and me.

Fingers crossed that I’ll be returning soon! Hey, it’s only a 9-hour car ride, right? 😉

Hidden Treasures

23 Aug

I’ve spent the day going through some old stuff hidden away in my closet, and I found so many old drawings, paintings, diplomas and drawing books from school (I went to Waldorf school where we made our own books by writing and illustrating). Hidden treasures! So many things I can’t throw away, there are so many memories attached to them, and a few of them are actually quite nice!

Of course I just had to show them off 😉