Thursday, 31 March 2016

The big news, as told from the past

Big news, told as I experienced them back in November...

November 3rd, 2015
So. I know I won't be posting this blog-post for a while, if ever. The reason is something that might happen, and tomorrow, or at least within a few days of tomorrow I will know if the thing will happen. Or most likely will happen. The thing, or the possibility of a thing, is a move. To another country. I'm not going to write much about it, even though I know a bit. Because I don't want to think that much about it, really. Not before I know. But it's such a weird feeling, knowing that tomorrow I'll know if my life will drastically change in the not so far future. Knowing that tomorrow might be the day when I need to start planning a completely different life. It's weird. And scary. So I'm trying not to think about it. But at the same time I wanted to make a record of this. Although I might never post it. Because it might never happen.

I wonder if I will feel disappointed if the answer is no. Or if I will feel relieved. I'm pretty sure I'll be panicked and happy if the answer is yes. 

November 4th, 14:27
Still no news. Might be we don't get it today. I feel anxious and weird, and I have issues catching my breath. That isn't really new, but it's worse today. This is all so strange. Will life continue as it is or will it change? I mean stuff change all the time, but it's rare to have such defined lines between the old and the new. 

Still no news. But right now I feel scared that answer is yes. Scared. My pulse is high and my chest feels tight. 

OK, so today wasn't the day we got the answer. That's fine. Maybe I can calm down a bit now. My beloved A is warming up some food, I'm going to do some laundry and maybe we'll watch a DVD. Like a normal day. Like a normal day in our life that might continue just like this for quite a bit longer. Which would be really nice. And then, maybe not. Maybe we'll know tomorrow. 

November 5th, 09:58
The answer was yes. Shit. 

Also, we kind of got engaged today. I proposed in a text message and he said yes. 

now what? I have to call my family! But then there's the issue with my job... And the risks of giving up a life here when there still is a change things will get called off. That's the tricky part. 

November 6th, 10:53
So. Today is the day I would want to speak with my boss. Tell him about the situation. But no opportunity has presented itself yet. I don't want it to be official information until things are a bit more clear. I'm nervous. Like seriously nervous. 

OK so I've told my two bosses. They took it very well. Now I feel so much more relaxed...


March 31st, 2016

Hey folks. So the big news will not be big news for most people reading this. Most of you already know. But I figured it was time to make it official, for realz. We're moving. To Brunei.

Yup. That's far away.

My dear husband got a new position at his job and now we are leaving in about a month or two. If the visa application doesn't fall through, that is. I've resign from my job and will have my last day at the office in the middle of April.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Tap tap tap

This Easter I'm going to do something I never thought I'd do! I'm off to Stockholm Tap Festival! I'm traveling with my friend and Lindy teacher S. We'll both be taking classes although S has been tapping more than me so he will not be in my class. I'm obviously in the beginner level... Hopefully we will spend the days taking classes and the nights social dancing (not tap, Lindy hop) at Stockholm's swing music club Chicago, but I have had serious problems with my back these past weeks so I hope I can keep up. I'm looking forward to it though! Tap. Who would have though! 

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

One of my favorite things to do

I spent last weekend in Oslo dancing. It was this year's Winter Jump, a Lindy hop workshop that takes place from Thursday to Sunday and that includes courses during the days and social dancing all nights long. This event last year was the first time I ever went on a dance workshop and I remember I was super nervous and mostly just hid in the restrooms during the social dance because I didn't want to dance with anyone I didn't know. This year I felt much more relaxed about going! I can't believe how dancing have become such a huge part of my life. This is of course largely thanks to the awesome friends I've made in this community, but also... I just love dancing! Weird.

And the there's the other aspect. The dressing up and pretending you're someone else for a while. The social dances at these events are often fabulous parties where people dress up in fancy vintage styles. I absolutely adore that part. 

So what do I mean when I say"social dancing"? Well, that's when you go to a place/club/venue and there's good music and you dance with random people. Pretty much exactly the same thing as when you go out normally to dance but you dance Lindy hop, balboa, blues, Charleston... So it's mostly in couples. And to music from the 20s, 30s, 40s. If it's a proper event quite often there's a live band. 

During the days these workshop usually consist of classes of different levels and what is called taster classes. I'm at a level "intermediate" Lindy dancer, and I've been dancing for two years now. The taster classes varies a lot and you can usually chose between several different topics. This weekend I took a taster class in musicality, taught by the members of the Jazz band Shirt tail stompers.

Oh! Check out what i found!! #tbt

Before I pull myself together and start editing the photos from our two wedding parties, our not-honeymoon-trip to Brunei and other stuff that should be presented here on the blog I just have to show these good ol' pics that I found in a random folder on my PC: Karate-me! this is me being about 22-23 or so, I think, a member of my university karate club, practicing the style Shito-ryu.  Good times.

And check out this wild video! 

Sunday, 6 March 2016

I watch: Suits

One of my many talents is to binge-watch Netflix series. I prefer the ones where there are at least 5 seasons so I can really immerse myself in that particular universe, for a week or two (ahem). I tend to favor series with supernatural, dystopian, or fantasy elements, like The walking dead, Game of Thrones or Supernatural, but every now I then I indulge in some comedy or light drama. I recently finished the new Netflix production Love ( liked it, didn't love it) and was looking for something new, with more episodes. That's when I finally started watching Suits, a show that has been on my list for a while. And now in hooked!  If there's one occupation besides a medical doctor I could never be, it's a lawyer or anything to do with law (although I still nurture a dream of being a cop) so this series is almost as surreal to me as Buffy the vampire slayer. But I immediately fell in like with almost every single character. It hasn't got a single supernatural element in it, the only unusual thing is that one of the main characters has photographic memory, and in some ways it reminds me of another great show, House MD, but instead of one arrogant genius, you gave one arrogant suave lawyer and one genius fake lawyer. The plots and twists are interesting, the super fancy office environments are sexy and the suits (there a lot of talk about suits in this show) are taylored. Another plus is that Gina Torres from Firefly has a major role as an intelligent and forceful boss. Me like. Also Gabriel Macht (how cool is that name by the way?) has pretty brown eyes.