Friday, 28 February 2014

Garden, plan more -pay less

So, as I wrote last week in my garden plan post I've decided that I will aim for a more cohesive look in our small garden this year. But I have also come to the conclusion that I want to do this while not spending a fortune. Past years I have fallen for the temptation at the garden-center to buy several plants and items that I haven't even found a place for yet, only because I liked them then and there. But not this year! I'm going to follow a very strict shopping list with just a few essential things that will help me reach my goal, but otherwise I'm going to use what I have and rather purge than splurge. I have a couple of DIY and decoration projects that I want to try, but I will try to buy as much as possible of the supplies for those second hand and used. I'm also going to grow a lot of plants from seeds that I already have, starting this week...

I've been finding a lot of fantastic inspiration on Pinterest, and I am so excited for spring to come so I can get my hands dirty! I'm going to have the coziest garden in Storhaug! Yay!

Tea for three

One of my favorite things to do when I'm back home in Sweden is to go grocery shopping. In my opinion, the range is so much better at home then here in Norway. Plus, the price is better. This time I stuffed my carry-on full with dip-sauce-powder, vitamins and tea... so much tea... I drink tea every morning and i like to try new kind, but honestly, I also bough these because the packages are so pretty! They will look great on my open tea-shelf in the kitchen. The people over at Garant really nailed these ones.

I've already tried all of them, and here's my verdict: 
Lapsang Souchong: Has a very strong, smoky flavor, not a great morning tea, but probably lovely in front of the fire with a good book.
Chai Masala: This one taste like how I imagine tea tastes. You know. Kind of a classic taste. Good, and i will probably drink it in both morning and evenings. 
Tropisk Frukt: Fresh and fruity, perfect for mornings.  

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Dream home

Sometimes I doodle my dream home. It comes in a couple different variations, this one is the perfect square variation. I don't work with housing project at all, so it's a nice break from my job.

But being creative is hard work when someone want to play with your pen, while you're drawing.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Stockholm, there and back again

I spend this weekend in Stockholm, visiting M and S in their new apartment. I had warned them that I wanted to spend some time browsing through the second-hand and vintage shops in Midsommarkransen and on Södermalm, and they indulged me though pretty much all of Saturday, with just some food breaks. In the evening we ordered pizza - Italian style, not American style like here in Norway, and watched Melodifestivalen. The Sunday was spend with a surprise brunch with some old friends and and a visit to Moderna Museet. All in all, a short, intense and lovely weekend.

New apartment, old things.
I had a chokladboll. In a cup. Waiting for the shops to open.
we went lamp-hunting for the new apartment and liked Tom Dixon.
Beyond Retro Zinkensdam. I bought three blue things.
Another classic Swedish pastry, the semla.
Exhibition on Moderna Museet, Dance Machines, music and video-installation by Kraftwerk
More art from the Dance Machine exhibition. Fancy dress party, don't remember the artist. Love this one.
My favorite food - Chévre Chaud.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

crazy eyes

Remember how your parents would tell you not too read in bad lighting or sit whit the book to close to your face, or it would ruin your eyes? Turns out they where right!

Or something. I've mentioned my weird eyes a couple of times before (I turn cross-eyed when I've worked, read or surfed to much on my iPhone) and today I went to see an eye-doctor for the first time. I've seen an optician several times and also did eye-training last year but ended up getting glasses that should help, but don't help enough, so now I decided to get a second opinion.

So, today I stressed to get to the doctors office from work, arrived just on time but very sweaty, and first a nurse and then a doctor tested my eyes. Without asking me pretty much anything first, which I don't like. And they didn't tell me what the test they did was for, which annoyed me even more, and which leads me to the very strange part of this event: The doctor-guy mumbled something about making my pupils larger to be able to take a picture of my eyes, put some kind of liquid on my eyeballs, then some other stuff and then he poked my eyes with a needle. Both of them, right in the middle. Or at least I think it was a needle - I could't see what it was because it was to close and he didn't tell me what he was doing. I couldn't feel anything, more then a little tug. Then he just told me to step out in the waiting room for a while so the anesthetics (?) could do their job. My eyes felt super strange! I couldn't really focus on anything, everything was a bit blurry and I felt a little bit weird... Kind of how you feel after you've been to the dentist, but with your eyes: like it wasn't your eyes in there, but you could still see through them, you know? After a while my pupils were apparently dilated enough, so I had the short photo-session of my eyeballs and got another appointment with a specialist on cross-eyedness, or whatever it's called. And the conclusion that I probably couldn't be helped by eye-surgery and that I most likely need another pair of glasses.

 Luckily I have no problems with having me (or anyone else I guess) poking in my eyes, but still, this was just so strange. My eyes still feels a bit off, and my pupils are still very big. I look like I'm on drugs!

Monday, 24 February 2014

Monday the 24th of February

Last week I was lazy. Now I'm back on track again...

Top three today:

Waking up: I didn't sleep a lot tonight since I came home so late from my weekend adventure, but I didn't feel tired at all when I woke up! Lucky...

Friendly colleagues: I'm not driving at the moment because of my stupid eyes, but I have a colleague who drives me to many of my meetings. How kind isn't that? Relieves me of a lot of stress.

Dancing: Taking this beginners class in Lindy Hop might end up being one of my best decisions this year. Makes me so happy! 

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Sunday song

One of my all time favorite songs ever covered by Avicii and the amazing Linnea Henriksson. 

Thursday, 20 February 2014

winter brunch

Here's a recipe that I tried this weekend and that I recommend if you are cold and hungry and in need of comfort food. I found it here and mostly followed it.

For 2 large portions, you'll need:

  • 3-4 sweet potatoes, not very big
  • 4  chorizo sausages
  • 2 eggs
  • fresh rosemary
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • butter to fry in
  • 1 large onion

Start by chopping up the sweet potatoes in small pieces, like an inch or so. The next time I'm doing this I'm actually not going to peel them, but this time I did. Mince the garlic and the rosemary and toss together with the sweet potatoes in a bowl with some olive oil. Then just shove in the oven for 30 min or so (on 200 degrees Celsius) until soft. Meanwhile, fry the onion in butter, until dark brown. Then fry the sausage. The original recipe told to fry in different pans, but I simplified by just frying everything together. Serve with a fried egg on top!

Happy breakfast

When eating the same thing day after day it helps to keep things a little interesting by having some variation in the visual appearance of the meal. I do that with my breakfast with the help of my new obsession: sandwich trays.... Love them. I think the ones bottom left and right are from Åhléns, the top left from Lagerhaus and the one in the top right corner is from Ikea's new Bråkig collection that Internet has gone all crazy about.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

garden plans

The sun has been kind of shy here in Stavanger lately, but the other day it peeked out behind the clouds for a while and I started feeling all kinds of spring-feelings. So I went out to our tiny garden to get an overview of what projects I want to take care of as soon as the winter is over. Until now the garden have kind of just happened, randomly. We planted some of the plants we had on our old balcony when we first moved here  and added some other new things, but without a real agenda. Last year we (my dad and A) built the new wooden deck and this year I'm going to continue to work with getting a more cohesive look.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

not so colorful after all

The other day I had a meeting with a potential new client, and decided to put something a bit colorful on to make a happy impression and not just fall back on the classic architect (black) look. So I turned to my faithful old servant from Mango because, well, there's purple in there. But now I realize that it didn't turn out so happy-looking... there's a mostly  black theme going on anyway. It's so easy to fall in that trap, but I guess it has to do with the fact that I have to wear thick tights and cover everything with a jacket or cardigan, and I own about 500 black items of that kind... It might be easier when the weather gets warmer. In August...

Anyway, I like this dress because of the artsy pattern and comfortable fit, while still looking kind of well-dressed because of the quality of the fabric. The jacket is also an old favorite, from Rut m.fl.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Monday, 17th of February

After a really stressful ending of last week (at work) I didn't feel all that hopeful waking up today, but all in all it has been an OK start of the week. Here's what I've picked out as my favorites:

Monday Top Three:

My new hair-color! Well, honestly I colored it yesterday, but it wasn't until today that I could really apriciat the new color. Pretty much the same as I had before, but not so washed and grown out... I used "Casting Crème Gloss - Brown 400" from L'oreal. No, I'm not sponsored, I just realized that I didn't want to spend another 1800-2000 NOK to color it at a salon this time...

Falling asleep on the couch. I do this a lot, and it is such a luxury. Feeling yourself just drifting away, completely relaxed, not having to set an alarm... Fortunately it happened after work today, as a result of me being exhausted after a the night-time territorial war I had with the cats. It is astonishing how much space two (rather large I must admit) cats can take in a king sized bed, while being a sleep.

Fancy dinner and dessert, on a Monday... Me and A will not see a lot of each other this week, first he's going away on a course and then I'm going on a weekend-trip (hooray!!) so we decided to make something special out of this one evening we have together the whole week. I prepared Coq au Riesling (from this recipe) and he the chocolate dessert, and then we ate in front of an episode of Eureka, like the teen-age kids we are at heart...

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Valentine's dessert

We don't really have a set way we celebrate Valentines Day. Some years we don't. Some years we do. My mom usually remembers it better than I do, and when we were kids (and teenagers if I don't remember incorrectly we used to get valentines day candy from her. My mom is great.
But the Amazing A is pretty good too! This year we opted for a laid back evening at home, just cooking dinner. Pretty much as every other Friday, except this this day I was responsible for dessert and A was would make the main course. As I always do when it comes to food, I browsed around for a while on Pinterest, and then I picked the best out of a couple of recipes and made my own thing. My own thing is always a very easy thing, when it comes to cooking. I like to think "how can achieve the same good taste with only half the work?" The easiest way is always to let someone else do most of the work, and this time I cheated by using ready made chocolate mix. But it's silly to say cheated... I like to spend time on other thing than cooking, and that's me making a choice, not cheating.

For 4 portions of my "should-have-been-a-cheese-cake-but-ended-up-something-else-chocolate-shock-dessert" you need:
  • 1 package of Oreo-cookies
  • 1-2 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 1 package of chocolate-mouse dry mix (mine was to be mixed with 1 dl of whipped cream and 1 dl of milk)
  • 1 banana
  • a bunch of tiny Oreo's

Remove the in-between sugary stuff from the coockies and smash the up together with the mnelted butter. (This is obviously inspired by cheese-cake and Digestive...). Divide out in four glasses. Prepare the chocolate mouse and add to the Oreo mix. Let cool in the fridge for a while, say as long as it takes for someone else to prepare the main course. Just before eating, add a couple of slizes of banana and one of those cute mini-Oreo's. Eat and be happy.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Friday top Five: best morning tv-series

Included in my morning routine for weekday morning is time to watch an episode of a good TV-series. I just can't see a better way of starting my days! But I can't just watch any show, it had to be carefully selected based on criteria such length of the episode (30-40 minutes) , level of excitement (semi-high), level of seriousness (semi-low), how invested you get in the plot (not too much to ruin your concentration at work) and how catchy the theme song is (very). Here are my top four choices for morning shows:

1. Eureka
Fun, improbable and happy show about the hidden genius town where anything can - and will - happen! Main character is the town sheriff. Inventive stories and just the right amount of excitement. Happy theme song.

A show about Jess and her three male room-mates, living their lives, making sometimes strange choices and ending up in weird situations. It's fun, you really start liking all of the characters and wishing you were friends with them, plus Jess' has the best outfits. This show makes me smile.

3. Psych
Fake psychic detective Shaun and his best friend Gus solves crimes while annoying the local law-enforcement. Sometimes a little bit too silly, but that's what I need in the morning.

4. Gilmore girls
a Feel-good show if there ever was one. I don't think I really need to describe this one, but the only draw back here is that I've seen all of the episodes and I know how it all ends. And I wasn't thrilled about the ending.

5. Arrested development
This one almost disqualifies for having too short episodes... But anyway, this is show about a highly dysfunctional family and how everyone just keep making their own lives complicated. It's silly, a bit hard to follow at times but there are a bunch of great actors and dialogue.

Thursday, 13 February 2014


The other day I went a little bit crazy with the golden spray paint again. It's something really intoxicating with the speed of these transformations, I find myself scavenging the house for more things to "update". Not everything turn out great, but it sooo much fun...

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

døgnvill burger

To celebrate that we've already survived half of the week I met up with some friends at a new restaurant in town called Døgnvill. As usual it was the food-devote E who had discovered this place. I had the Cheddar & Bacon-burger with coleslaw, and was very pleased with my choice. The over-all verdict from our table was that these burgers might be the best in town, so I can definitely recommend it. Eating out in Stavanger is never cheap, but this wasn't too bad. The best thing though was to go out and do something else then spending a night in front of the computer or TV. Hanging out with nice people (and a baby!) really makes the weekdays more memorable. 

my red pants.

I found these very red and extremely comfortable chinos on a Lindex-sale for 69 NOK a while back. I normally don't wear trousers but these were soooo comfy. And red. And on some cold and gray days you need something warm and cozy and red. Tada!

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

My deer

Today I combined one of my favorite tops with a delicate gold and diamond necklace and a warm knitted cardigan. Simple, comfy and cute. Oh, and I did wear pants, too.