Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Emma's kitchen

In staying at my friend Emma's house while we wait to get the cats travel arrangements in order. One great thing about Emma - except the fact that she's letting me stay in her guest room indefinitely- is that she is an awesome cook. We've been eating dinner together here several times since i came here and every time she amazes me with what she comes up with. With various ingredients from her kitchen she throws something super tasty together, that seems to be pure improvisation, but which more likely is based on experience...

Like this curry salmon with rise and a root vegetable sallad



or fresh pasta with avocado and tomatoes in a wild garlic sauce



Emma definitely inspires me to cook more and try out more fun ingredients, maybe once I'm in Brunei and have a kitchen of my own again I can start actually enjoy cooking!

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Home styling

Me staying behind in Norway for a while has been quite practical for one reason. Now I get the time to do a few of those small projects that we never got around to in the house, before renting it out. There's no furniture left in the house but since the cats still live in it I go and hang out there a few hours a day anyway. This is the to do list of thing I hope to get done before I leave:





  • Replace a missing ceiling list in the kitchen 
  • Install floor lists along the kitchen bench 
  • Touch up the paint on the kitchen cabinets
  • Touch up the paint on the facades where it has been damaged due to some construction work our neighbors have done
  • Clean and reinstall the (fake...) mullions on the windows of the first floor 
  • Have a contractor repair the window framing on one of the kitchen windows
  • Have same contractor give a quote on replacing the other kitchen window
  • Get a quote on tiling the kitchen splash back - subway tiles! 
  • Touch up paint on the kitchen wall 
  • Clean up the garden
  • Drive away loads of garbage
  • Clean out fridge and freezer

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Good bye, tiny house

I don't think it's really hit me yet. But on wednesday I the last night in our house in Stavanger. The movers came, saw and packed, and now it's empty except for two cats that don't really know when they will be allowed to move... Andreas left yesterday morning and I'll be staying at a hotel for a while. It's been a ridiculously stressful couple of days and I have very mixed feelings at this point. Luckily we have our amazing friends, Tuulikki, Emma, Rich, Alison and Steve among others, that have been very helpful in all kinds of ways. I *heart* them.


It's very weird not knowing when I'll be off. At this point we just waiting to find some company that can help with the cat relocation, since it turned out to be way more complicated than we thought. Maybe I'm still here two weeks from now, living in Emma's guestroom, and then again, maybe I'm not.

Friday, 15 April 2016

we got married!

We got married in February. I'm not really used to calling Andreas my husband yet, but now he is! And it feels pretty great. I've now just finished with our wedding photo-book and is actually pretty tired of looking at the pictures, but since I showed so much of my inspiration and thoughts when planning for our wedding day and the party a week later, it would be weird not to show just a little bit on how it turned out. But I will save most of the pictures for us and our family. Here goes:

Andreas snapped a few photos of me when I was getting ready at the hotel.



I had some nice inspiration for my hair, and even though the hair stylist went in a bit more traditional direction than I had expected I was really happy with the look. Unfortunately the weather made a mess of it pretty quick, but oh well, that's what I get for getting married in February, in Sweden.


Remember my thoughts on dresses? Well, this is what I ended up looking like. Vintage 60's dress rented from Elsa Billgren. I chose it because I wanted a short dress with long sleeves, and I'm pretty happy with the result. 


We took our wedding photos at Trädgårdsföreningen in Gothenburg, photographer was Viktor Sundberg. It was really cold and a bit rainy but Viktor, his assistant and our friend Emma helped making it an enjoyable experience. We finished ended up also snapping a few photos in the venue where we had the ceremony, at our old high school, Rudebecks. Those photos makes me really happy! I think we look pretty darn adorable on that bench where we used to sit, over 15 years ago. 




I'm so happy with how my bouquet turned out! I sent some of my inspiration-pics to my mom and she took care of ordering it. I think she did a great job explaining what I wanted, and so did the florist, who got the idea. Yay!

Finally a few photos from our party in Stavanger, that we had a week after the ceremony in Gothenburg. Basically we celebrated the whole weekend with our friends and family that traveled here from Sweden and other places, but well, most photos a blurry! I do have some decent ones of the table settings that turned out pretty awesome, if I may say so myself. Thrifted vases and chandeliers in gold and white, white roses and tulips, a few white porcelain animals plus plenty of common ivy, And heaps of candles. Loved it.






And our cake!  Turned out lovely! You can't tell, but this is a very nice and moist chocolate cake... Also this one in white and gold, with real white roses on. From Frederiks bakery. Too bad the quality of these photos are not great, because all of this looked sooooo nice...


And here's my favorite photo of all. Many people had already left when we took a break from dancing to take this groupie. Many of my most favorite people in the world, sweaty and happy.

Our two parties turned out better than we could have imagined and we are so happy and thankful for all of it. We did put in quite a lot of effort in preparations, but not overly much. We took help from friends and family (tack så mycket!!) and focused on what we thought was most important, to have fun and not get stressed. 

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Maybe not the smartest thing I've ever done

So, we have just a bit more than a week before we pack up our little house and move with our cats to the other side of the world. I have my last day at work tomorrow. Good sense say that I should spend the week before the plane takes off preparing, sorting out stuff and pack, right? Well I didn't listen to good sense. I listened to the little voice in my head that said "what will you remember more, a well prepared move or 4 days dancing with your friends, maybe for a last time in a long while?". So I'm going to Poland tomorrow night. Granted I booked this trip with my friends Rich and Steve when I was still thinking we'd move in the beginning of May, so it wasn't a spur of the moment thing. Now I just have to pack... Hand luggage only!


Bavarian breakfast

Good things with having a German friend that likes to cook? Sometimes you get invited to try new exciting food experienced, like this weekend, when we had a Bavarian breakfast, complete with home baked bretzels with onion and cheese dip, white sausages, pickles and beer. Nom.




Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Come on, let's go!

It's time to reveal a side project that I've started. Come on, let's go is my new blog that will focus on our move to and new life in Brunei. We move in less than two weeks now, OMG! Anyway, the new blog will be aimed at friends and family that wonder what we are up to and wants to take part in everyday life over there, while the Magpies nest will continue to be where I post outfit posts, DIYs and other things that I hope to have much more time for now. We'll see. Possibly I end up feeling the two blogs cover much of the same and might retire one of them, but hopefully not. I still haven't put much time in the design of Come on, let's go so have patience. It's ugly now, will be better soon. Welcome to go and have a look!

Oh.

Life feels strange right now. Weirdly exciting and liberating and yet really sad. I want to leave Stavanger. I want to try a new kind of life. For me, making some sort of radical change every 3-6 years is good and normal. But I'm going to miss my friends here, they have become such an important part of my life. And I worry about moving the cats.


Monday, 11 April 2016

lindy photo-shoot

I got a pretty awesome wedding gift from my dance friend Rich. He gave me and Andreas a care package full of fun things, like chocolate and wine and then he gave me a photo shoot! He has a talented amateur photographer friend and she promised to snap some photos of me and Rich (who is my regular dance partner) dancing. Here's a few of them, from a sunny April day in Stavanger. Our friend and teacher Steve's also there, goofing around with us. It was a good day.









Thanks Danka for taking these great photos and thanks Richfor the lovely memories from a decidedly fun period of my life. 

Monday, 4 April 2016

Two Netflix favorites

A while ago I had a couple of days when I  came home after work and felt tired, stressed and, well, overwhelmed. Best way to handle that? Go for a run you say? No. Comfort food and TV? Yes. Here are the two movies that made those days a lot better:

Hector and the search for happiness
This a sweet one. The title says it all, pretty much. Hector is a bored psychiatrist that decides he needs to make some changes in his life. This takes him on a journey all over the world where he meets of various kind and asks them what makes clear them happy. What I liked best besides xxxx was the beautiful scenes, the somewhat slow pace and the clever combination of film and illustration. And yeah, there are some good points about happiness in there, for sure.




The perks of being a wallflower 
Good movies doesn't have to leave you happy. This one made me cry. Not because of any great feeling of recognition but because the story is so well told and intense. The main character is Charlie, a 16 year old boy. On the first day of school he doesn't have any friends. Then he finds some. I didn't expect it to be so heart wrenching. I loved all of the main characters. Just see this one if you haven't already. It's good.