Sunday, 31 October 2010

welcome to my town

So, a lot to do at work and not so much energy to post on the blog. I'll get better, promise!

This weekend me and A have had visitors from Sweden, C and J. It can be a bit of a challenge to try to find fun things to do in Stavanger in the fall/winter, but we've had a couple of very nice days.

hot chocolate at Sjoklade Piken
Alfapet. Scrabble.
evening walk
evening walk
home made burgers
playing cards

more walks...
I have now started to really miss my other lens to the camera. While the 50mm one is very nice, the other one is really more versatile. It has now been at the camera-store for repair for over two weeks and I have not heard any news, so I'm  hoping for some this week. The things will start to look a bit different on the blog. The lens have been broken since before I stared writing here!

Wednesday, 27 October 2010


Today I went with a group of friends to see "Facebook the Movie" or as it's actually named - "the Social Network". It's a film about the creators and creation of Facebook. It was a rather good film, I thought. Mainly I think that going to the movies on a week-day is a very good idea. The film did make me miss my university-years, though. Not that my uni was anyway close to Harvard - no rowing team as far as I know. Well, I guess I can't be entirely sure about the...  the Architects section of the university was a bit secluded from the rest of the technical people and there was definitely a lot of things going on that I missed. Anyway, I guess I can recommend this film. But not as much as the last film I saw on the big screen - "Scott Pilgrim vs the World" - so much more in the genre I prefer...

Anyway. Look what I found for 10 NOK today! Chirp - chips, the bird-mania continues... And talking about that: how can so many people not like birds? They're so nice, all of them! Pigeon or eagle, thrush or albatross, equally amazing to me.

Monday, 25 October 2010

a rope made of coffee

For a while now I've been looking for small coffee-cups with floral patterns on. Just like the kind your grandmother would serve coffee in on Sundays. Last week I found exactly what I've been looking for, and since it was produced in Sweden (Uppsala-Ekeby) it felt even better.

Delightful little cups with curvy details - and gold!
Another great find I've done recently was this green book. Not because of the book itself (I can't even recall the name right now) but because it's pretty and  for free. And because inside it was this old advertising leaflet for a stereo. Isn't it lovely?

"try this funky STEREO in your own home for 10 days..."
"Stereo will give you more music"

Sunday, 24 October 2010

magpie flying

I'm not a big fan of air-travel. Actually I dislike it to such extents that it resulted in me taking a five year long sabbatical from all things related to flying between 2004-2009. For those who have problems understanding how people can be afraid of flying let me just tell you this: I constantly expect the wings to fall off. I know that the wings of an aircraft is so flexible so the tips can meet above the plane, but that just does not help. End of story. Since last Christmas however I am a proud member of the recovering phobics and have during this year made 18 take-offs and landings. Which is pretty cool. Still, flying is not something I enjoy and usually A needs to talk calmly to me while I sit with my fists and jaw clenched shut.

On Friday I had to go to Bergen for some job-meetings and I had to do the whole flying thing alone. The following is a excperpt from the pep talk that I had going on during my flight back home:

Magpie - Internal dialogue 221010, 17.37

 - What was that noise?
 - Take it easy, that was only someone flushing the toilet. Breathe.
breating deeply, suddenly flinching
- What was that!
- Calm down, that was just the flight attendant closing a cabinet. Try to relax a bit. See how pretty the sea looks from above!
looking out through the window. 
- Are the wings really supposed to wiggle like that?
- The wings have moving parts that can be adjusted to reduce the speed. You know this. Try to enjoy en view now.
staring out the window...
- Is that smoke?! That is smoke! The engine is on fire! Why isn't anybody doing something?!
- Are you serious?! That's a frakking cloud! You're being totally unreasonable!
(sulking) - it looked like smoke...
-Ok, now we're landing in only a few minutes. This is soon over!
- Not soon enough...
- Oh, shut up.
- Aaagh! Aaaargh! What was that sound! Don't tell me that was something normal, that was loud!
 (resigned) Landing gear...
-Landing gear?! Falling off?!
-Oh, come on! Now your  being delusional! Soon you'll be seeing leprechauns on the wings!
- Leprechauns!? Where!?
OK, so I won't try out a career as a screenplay writer, but you get the general idea. I am actually quite proud of myself that the two flights in one day (!) worked out as good as they did. I'm not saying I enjoyed the beautiful view of the fjords in moonshine, but I could see how other people can. And I forced myself to watch out the window during the whole landing sequence in Stavanger, even though it was a bit turbulent and the wings moved a bit to much for my taste, but I did not freak out. Yey for me.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

city smiles

Here are a couple of things that I like about Stavanger

I dream that I own this roof-terrace with a purple wall

On Pedergate all the electrical-cabinets are turned into houses
At tau Scene one can hear clever people speak, hear nice music and see nice things

There's always huge and colourful ships in the harbour

And a lot of amazing street art in all shapes and sizes.
Tomorrow I'm going to Bergen for the day for some meetings. Long day and two starts and landings with a plane. Not so much fun.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

alló alló emliga armén

Today is a rather grey day with no abundance of cheeriness from my side. So yet again I went for a little bit of a thrifting-spree after work. As you might have noticed these sprees tend to happen on days when I feel a bit down. Well, it's not so much of a spree if there's only one shop to thrift in, but still. I went to Fretex secon-hand and splurged on this wonderful piece of Finish glass-design. Pretty pretty.Oh, and I googled this and found some places where it was sold... for between 110-165 $. I bought it for 100 NOK. Sweet!

I indulged in more than one of the classical faux-happiness tricks today as I decided to enjoy milk and chocolate buns when I came back home. Yum!

Another thing that can be of great use when one need to lift one's spirit a bit is music. Today I listen to this song as I write. Nice. I like garden centres.

Now I'm off to work on a couple of small projects and eat left-over-lasagne. Life can be good!

Monday, 18 October 2010

Skies and skeletons

After rain comes sunshine! No - I'm not just being nauseously positive - check out this amazing Simpsons-sky that appeared after a rainy day in Stavanger. You've got to love the Simpsons skies, they are even better than blue ones.

And then you have to see this devastatingly wonderful video with the lovely Little Dragon. I have not enough strong words to say how much I adore this.

And on that note I'm off to eat A's home made lasagne. Lucky me!

guest appearance - Osiris


This is my baby. His name is Osiris, a.k.a Ossie, and he is named after the ruler of the kingdom of dead in Egyptian mythology. I adopted him when I was 16 and he was a furry little kitten. He is now 11 years old and the biggest, meanest, smartest and most handsome cat in the neighbourhood. Unfortunately that neighbourhood is in Sweden and I am in Norway. And I miss him so much. I miss his little face, his warm cat-body on my feet when I go to sleep, his claws on my chest when I try to watch TV, him following me around when I take walks. I miss his paws - oh the paws! I sometimes talk to him on the phone or on Skype, but it's just not the same thing. A home without a cat is just a little bit less of a home.

round cat
tuxedo, white boots and gloves - fancy it is
I spy with my little eye

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Mellita, domi adsum

It's Sunday and I've been hanging out in the apartment all day, reading my favourites blogs, watching dvd's and giving the balcony some long overdue attention. Even if it's October I think it's nice to keep it as pretty as it can be. I can't stop autumn but I can adjust!

Ok, so there is not a huge difference. If you don't look closely. But it IS better.

Anyway. Today I think you should listen to this song. I saw the video on German MTV when I lived in Dresden and realliy liked it. It's a good sunday-song.

Painting porcelain - second try

Well, my black porcelain-pencil turned out to be a good investment. All the white simple porcelain in the apartment is now in danger of being attacked by pattern. Here are my latest achievements:

Stavanger Saturday

Since my bestest friend in the world L has her birthday this week I needed to do some shopping yesterday. Stores and shops are not open on Sundays here in Stavanger so it's Saturday-shopping or no shopping at all. While I was in town I also browsed a bit through one of the secondhand-stores but I did not find anything. Maybe I should buy myself a real Norwegian "lusekofta"? They are quite expensive when they're new...
Should I?
Big boats in the harbour. Or "ships" maybe?
The colourful street. Nice raincoats in that store.
When darkness came and I was thinking about what to do in the evening I got an invite for a pre-party - "vorspiel" at J's house. So I put on my new black dress with polka dots and walked over to Storhaug. While walking I listen to among other things this song and a little bit of Daft Punk to get in the right mood. This video is one of my absolute favourites ever, by the way.

Saturday, 16 October 2010


A couple of years ago I bought these plastic frames in a second-hand shop in Göteborg. I liked the size of them and thought I could spice them up with a bit of colour. They have just been laying around in a drawer since then, until I rediscovered them the other day. I decided yellow was the way to go and this is the result. I framed two  idol-postcards from the 50's that I bought on a flee-market in Germany when I lived there, and I'm really happy with the result!

And after!

Keeping my black clock company

Friday = free

I've had a pretty long and stressful week at work. I'm so lucky to have the coolest co-workers that always help and support me! Anyway, I had a dead-line at three and after that I felt all nice and relaxed. So I celebrated by meeting some friends for dinner at Ostehuset.

walking to the city centre

I had mushroom-risotto - yum!
walking home again
When I got back home at half past nine I had planned to just watch a film and take it easy. Instead I fell asleep in the sofa and did not wake up until 3.30... I guess I was pretty tired.

Oh, and T - this is the song I was talking about. See this hilarious video  - with German subtitles!

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Two years ago...

...was I on a weekend with A in Bohuslän in Sweden. I spent the two days taking pictures, being seasick, eating lobster, holding hands and wondering why people would drag loads of heavy equipment and then squeeze themselves into uncomfortable and weird-looking outfits just so they could be under water for 40 minutes. On the other hand, A spent these days enjoying the wonders of scuba-diving. Two years later I can see why.

Colourful nature
People in waves
Happy 118 months!

...or can I?

Actually. After seeing this video I sort of beg to disagree. I especially want to refer to the little silly air-punch as something as far from boogie-ing as you can go before reaching, say, sleeping. The song is still good though.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

recipe for a nice day

I decided sleeping in was a good thing to do after this very long week. And so I did. But then I woke up and saw that the sun was shining. I took a nice walk over the bridge into town and met E and Y for an extremely tasty brunch at Resept. This vegan restaurant has become one of my favourites here in Stavanger - yesterday I tried their brilliant smoothie with blueberry, banana and dates. Yum. Today I tried a dish called Cool Cat (yes - the name had me hooked before I had read what was in it) and it included among other things sweet potatoes, a mousse made of black beans and toasted parsnips. And home-made spicy ketchup.Yum-yum.

Stavanger isn't really such a rainy place as everybody says. At least it isn't rainier than Göteborg. So we could sit outside at Resept and bask in the sun. And they played Edit Piaf in the background. Very nice - it felt like spring in Paris!

Tonight I'm going to a party so now I'm going to try to pick out an outfit, chill some wine and put some really loud music on to get in the right mood. 

Thursday, 7 October 2010

cheering me up

Today I had some time over after work - before my ceramics-course - and since I felt that I needed a pick-me-up I went to Fretex to see if something wanted to follow me home. I found these new friends:

The apartment is starting to feel like a zoo. I like it.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

listening to:

I listen to this today. Bloody pretty.


...for the weather to get better so I can plant these things on the balcony...

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

DIY: painted table cloth

This DIY did not turn out as well as I had hoped. But I publish it here anyway, maybe it can inspire someone to try and succeed better than I did. I actually got the idea from the ceramics-course I'm taking with some friends, where the teacher has made plates with prints made of old crochet- tablecloths. I always see a lot of them at second-hands stores and thought that there must be other uses for them. So I tried this:
Before: A couple of years ago I bought this tiny second-hand table and painted it black. Always with the intention of painting something on the tabletop.
Crochet tablecloth. Someone has spend time making this. I could have just kept it like this, but crocheted things makes very unstable groundwork for potted plants, cups of tea and so on. So I...
...added some white paint... 

...and just placed it on the tabletop.
Well. There is a reason I'm not posting a close-up. It turned out OK - not a perfect crochet-pattern, but I had not hoped for that either. It sort of looks like there is a tablecloth on there, doesn't it?