As I said in an eralier post, not much has happened in our house for over a year. And I'm starting to feel a bit frustrated about it! All the time I'm bombarded with inspiration, not only from work but while browsing pinterest and blogs. In many ways our house is "finished" and I should rather remove than add furniture or decor. So, there isn't a lot that I can do, which is the frustrating part, however inspired I might be. Anyway. Right now I am drooling over wallpapers, trying to figure out if I should invest the time and effort to remove the textured wall-coverings somewhere (we have them in every room in the house, but have painted over them) and experiment with a bold print. I'm very much in to dark, full sized prints with plant or animal themes right now...
Best way to start a new year? Start planning and book fun things to do! In January especially I need stuff to look forward to, everything is so dark and gloomy and Christmas and the holidays are over... here's a few things I plan to do this spring, a lot more than usual, now that I see it all lined up like this.
spring in Bergen 2011
Not much left of this the first month, but tomorrow is my first dance class of the year, and that will be fun! This semester I'm going to start taking some tap-dance classes too, that will be interesting... who new i would be come a dance person!? So unexpected!
Also, for some reason I keep forgetting that we're going to Bergen for a weekend getaway. The Amazing A got a ticket to a humor show there so we're making a mini Holiday out of it.
Afternoon tea in London 2013
I'm spending a long weekend with a couple of my best friends in London! On Tuesday we're going to start planning what to actually do there...
I'm also going to a dance camp in Oslo in February, along with a friend from my Lindy hop class. I'm hoping to learn a lot, dance a lot and meet nice new people.
Not much planned here yet, but I might go on a weekend trip with my dad... still planning this though.
Plus we're going to a Top Gear show here in Stavanger, me and A! We both love the show, so this will be fun.
Stockholm in November 2013
The Easter month brings some time off from work, but also a trip to Stockholm with my colleagues. Interesting!
This month begins with a wedding in Gothenburg, and then there's my birthday, Good stuff.
When we first bought this house I imagined that I would spend loads of time finding creative new ways of placing the furniture, playing around with lights and fabrics and moving around painting on the walls every now and then, just to keep things interesting. In reality, I feel pretty uninspired by our home right now. It. Is. So. Small. And whatever I do it feels crowded. I mean I love this house, it is as perfect for us as I could hope to find in the middle of Stavanger (it has a garden!) but there isn't really room to be as playful as I hoped. Once we figured out the most space efficient way to place our furniture changing it feels just stupid, and I really should get rid of more things rather than buying new stuff. We don't really want to crowd the walls and windows with curtains, and the lack of electrical outlets minimizes what we can do with lamps and lighting. Plus, we don't know how long we will live here, so our will to invest isn't huge... Still. I have a few projects I want to have fun with in the house this year, both as an creative outlet, but mostly maybe because there are some areas that can be improved.
Curtain solution for the wardrobe
The sloping ceiling in the bedroom plus uneven floors makes sliding doors to our wardrobe impossible, and the cats has destroyed the panel curtains we used there before, so something new needs to be put up here.
Lamp in the stairway?
We are hoping to install some new wall outlets at the same time as we do some upgrading of the rest of the electrical solutions here at home. I'm planing for a new one in the staircase, that could be a nice place for something a bit more spectacular than practical...
This is one of the rooms that I am the least happy with, but I'm not really sure what to do about it yet. Due to lack of space and the need for a lot of storage space for our clothes all solutions in here has to be space efficient...
The room we spend the most time in is our living room/dining room/entertainment room. It is already a pretty nice room, but a bit cluttered and filled with furniture, and I'm hoping that an effort to rearrange things in the bookshelves in here will clean the space up a bit.
The upper hallway
What to do here?? It is a tiny space, and right now we just have a desk here we can't really use for anything because there are no wall outlets for lamps, computers or sewing machines... I need to have a plan here...
See, nothing big. There is of course some other small, more boring project that needs to be done, like buying skirting for a couple of the walls in the kitchen, tiling the wall over the kitchen counter (if I can find the tiles I want!) and painting the door to the back yard, hopefully all of these little things will get done during the year.
We have made a few small upgrades here at home lately, though.
New ceiling lamps in the kitchen. We've been looking for ages, and finally found something we liked in a very unlikely place - Claes Olson. So much more light in here now, plus the stainless steel look goes well with our kitchen appliances.
Our new carpet under the sofa table comes from Åhlèns. I like it.
Gaah! I really have a hard time getting in to the rhythm of working again! This week has just been meetings, meetings, meetings with another two deadlines looming the upcoming weeks. I lost my motivation to be more active after work and have pretty much just spent my evenings in front of the TV. I need to plan some fun stuff and get in to a good routine again. Because it is to soon to give up on 2015 already, right?
At least Cricket is pretty.
Anyway. On a completely different note: check this link out, one of my favorite things on internet this week.
So, generally Monday's aren't all that fun. But I think as Monday's go, this wasn't a bad one! Sure, my alarm didn't go off when I wanted, we didn't have any yoghurt for my smoothie and someone (Hugo) had caused my training bra to smell like cat pee. But. I suffered through all of these giant obstacles and went with my morning routine (make smoothie, go for a short run, shower, drink said smoothie, watch Doctor Who) as I planned to. And it resulted in me feeling pretty good about myself for the rest of the day. So yay for me! *patting on shoulder *
This changes was actually about two months overdue. I planned to cut off my hair early in November, but ended up just going from long to shoulder length. This feels so much more fun!
And, as always I'm always planing for the next step in my hair-evolution process - the short lengths will make it easier to grow out my fringe, and then I'm thinking of going blonde again... we'll see. Change is good.
I have decided that the new year officially starts on Monday, when I get back to work. Until then I'm preparing, like cleaning and de-cluttering the house, making plans for the spring and so on. I did actually work for four hours yesterday, but I was alone at the office and could focus on stuff like cleaning my desk, sorting papers and generally do things I didn't have time for before Christmas. It felt pretty good, all in the spirit of preparing for the new year.
I have decided to continue with last years plan - not exactly having a new years resolution, but several goals with the year.
These were the goals I had for 2014:
Cook more good food We started the year off good here, ended on a lazier note...
Go out dancing more often Heck yeah! I started dancing Lindy Hop once a week so I'd definitely say I accomplished this one, although maybe not in the way I first imagined
Be able to do 30 push-ups I was, for a while during spring... not now so much
Spend more time with friends I want to become even better at this!
Use my pretties shoes more often Yes, I think I did
Try something new Lindy Hop and Roller Derby, check!
Buy more organic food I need to try harder here, even though I think it's harder here in Norway than it was in Sweden... Where are the organic bananas!?
Spend less money, save more Not sure actually what the end result is, but I plan to continue
Invite friends home more often No, want to change this!
Paint, sketch and create stuff more Not really, no. Too bad.
Start doing yoga Yes! Check.
Drink more water and less coffee Hmm. Maybe? At least more tea at work.
Play more with the cats I'd say I can never do enough of this.
Paint my nails more Yes, but they are still in horrible condition.
Go on more long walks Yes! At least for the first part of the year, and them I always walk to Lindy Hop and Roller Derby practices.
So in total, 6 yes-es, 2 no-s and 7 sort of-s. Not too bad, after all! So, no more lookinig back, here are my goals for 2015! Nicely sorted into categories... Three new experiences I want to have during 2015
Go to Herräng Dance camp
Go to a Metallica concert
Visit New York
Three New skills I want to learn
how to sit in lotus position (Sukhasana)
master the derby stop (and honestly all of the other RD minimum skills)
taking better pictures with my DSLR
Three New habits to aim for
floss every now and then
spend less money on unnecessary things
Three health-related things I should do
by new glasses, and contacts if possible
go to the dentist, juts for a check up
get at new "house-doctor", since my last one quit
Fun things I want to do more often
read (actually read, not listen to) books
invite friends home
play with the cats
Before I start this blog-year with my goals for 2015, I thought it appropriate to sum up the Christmas Holidays a bit. I've been taking holidays from blogging too, and didn't even bring my camera to Sweden, but here are some iPhone photos from the Christmas of 2014.
1. Christmas tree at mom's house. 2-3. Helping with Christmas-candy-making at my BFF L's house, with the cutest kids in town. 4. Traditional advent candles.
5. Getting luycky with teh weather on our ways to my grandparents on Christmas Day. 6. Gifts from A to me. 7. Christmas food at mom's house,