LAME - O Monday Post

I MAY have some very EXCITING news for ya'll- But i am waiting for a little confirmation..... as soon as I know for sure....I will spill the beans....

In the mean time..you are going to have to settle for a LAME-O Monday post... where I complain... A LOT-.... I complain about how TIRED I am.... (Eva konked out about 5:30 this evening....) Maybe too much fresh air over the weekend... We all pooped from the weekend

I complain about it being FALL breakfor the kids and not going anywhere AGAIN... Yes, I do feel like we need to GO somewhere anytime the kids are out of school... Living in Europe...I feel like we should just be able to hop in the car & go to France for a long weekend.. & then I remember...oh ya, we live in NORTHERN Europe... & unless I want to go to Sweden or Denmark... we aren't going anywhere ..... AGAIN.... (are y'all feeling bad for me yet?)

Did I mention that hubby leaves for Dubai next week? He just returned from Germany last week.... (this is very painful for me.... I am the TRAVEL FREAK...he would rather stay home)

I have to find at least one cool thing for the kids to do this week... I am thinking maybe a day trip down to OSLO with some visits to the kids museum & the Munch museum... Maybe we will be able to talk daddy to skipping a half day of work & meeting us for lunch...

I dunno....but I am determined that i will not be the lame mother who spends her kids vacation cleaning out closets....

A visit to the ICE AGE....

Sunday... FUN-DAY, Another family day.....

Because we had such nice weather, (never knowing how long it will last) we decided to take another family hike.... (2.5 hours....) around the beach.



It is funny, each week, each hike, I see changes in our family....less whining (on my part) & more time learning, enjoying our time together....Bjørn who usually gets irritated with all of my picture taking, is stopping to find things to take pictures of...appreciating colors, nature etc.



Dane is less squeamish...touching & picking up all of sorts of things he finds along the hike....




















Today we learned about Jettegryter
or "Stone Pots" these huge rock formations from the ICE AGE .... pretty cool... these holes are formed by pebbles/gravel being aggitated by water, over thousand of years.... WOW..The holes on our local beach date back to 15,000 years....





the kids had a blast.... & wanted to stay much longer than us..... (we were still feeling tired from last nights Soiree)
For being such great sports...we took the kiddos to McDonalds.. (kind of a big deal for them.... )






Miss this moment...Summer with Kelly

Your Gonna Miss This Moment Play along with this new meme!
You're Gonna Miss This .... I am hooked....
I LOVE the whole idea of posting the moments you are going to or already do, miss the most..... go on over for more info....
I could do a thousand miss this moments regarding my kids.... As I see them grow each and every day...
But sometimes the moments that I miss the most .. are those of my younger, wilder, care free days...
those days of not knowing what you were going to do with your life....
What would you be? Who would you marry... backpacking around Europe... months of free time to spend with your bestest friend in the world... all of the fun, & the tears....
I miss this day... this trip ..this moment in Paris with Kelly
Song for Whoever
when we were 22....
Kelly & I have been friends for 21 years now.... OMG... & considering that for 19 of those years, we have lived on different sides of the country or even earth... I would say that is an amazing feat.... I know to this day...anytime I need her....Kell will be there for me.. I hope she knows I will always be here for her as well.... It isn't often you have these kinds of friendships...
So Kelly... here's to you girl! Missing this moment of a day in Paris with you in the summer of 92..

Friday Foto Fiesta..Norwegian Nat'l Dress

It's Friday, It's Friday, Thank Goodness it's Friday!!! YIPPEE!I'm playing Candid Carrie's Friday Foto Fiesta Finish again this week .So after you're done here, go over there and check out who's playing this week!!!
Of course the pictures I wanted to posted are GONE...GONE...G O N E ... (for now at least...)

But I like these...& didn't want to lose them...so I am posting all of my favs....


This is the Norwegian Traditional dress.... Eva's is a childs version...called a festedrakt ....


My gorgeous niece...pictured with Eva is wearing the real deal... these dresses are called BUNAD




This is from my Nephews Confirmation... which happens when you are 15 here.... Different regions in Norway & Sweden have different types of Bunad....

I would like to have one made...but thus far I haven't found anyone willing to put American Flags & Long Horns on the Norwegian National dress.... Hmmmmm

595 things to blog about.....

Oh where to start? is it Friday yet? Mommy needs a drink!

What a week... i am over the computer drama.... it is still broken, but nothing I can do about it until next week....

sigh*** it has been a CRAZY week .... Bjørn is off gallivanting around Europe, & I have had my hands full with work & the kiddos. (not to mention computer & camera drama)
Today was picture day for Eva...I laid out her prettiest pink dress with her a big pink satin bow.... I knew we would be running short on time this morning so I decided to pull out the


PINK SPONGE ROLLERS...

Not sure if this was an 80's thing or a Texas thing.... But believe me... One look at Eva this morning & you KNEW her mommy was N.O.T. NORWEGIAN...
Oh ya...baby girl had some big ol' 1980's Texas hair going on.... (so much for trying to BLEND in...)



I did take pictures of her hair... (but the cable to my camera is not working...go figure...) So after about 15 min of trying to make Eva NOT look like every ones favorite Orphan.. we were out the door..
Due to a work conflict, I was going to be unable to make the parents meeting this evening at the preschool.... i apologized to the teachers, explaining hubby is out of the country & I had to work... (strike two ...after missing the soup last week) but i will be more than happy to volunteer to be ON any committee... just let me know....
Perhaps this is a very American thing to do...( sure sign me up for anything)... because the teachers eyes lit up, as she informed me that I was the new head of the activities committee.... Oh you know... planning the 17th of Mai parade (like 4th of July) End of school party...start of school party...etc....
Ummm, what i meant was, I would be happy to bake a cake... occasionally....
Nope, done deal... Oh well... I said I wanted to get involved right?
WEEKEND PLANS....
So did i tell ya'll that we were going to one of the HOTTEST parties of the year? we scored an invite last year, & I was thoroughly I.M.P.R.E.S.S.E.D... it was like Martha Stewart meets NORWAY... (i am going to bring my camera this year & be a total dork.... but I just have to share with y'all...right?)
It is an outdoor shin dig.... last year they had a huge tent set up outside.... a long wooden table seating 16-20 people... fresh flowers.. wine... and reindeer skins all over the benches... it was very INXS-ish (kelly, do you remember that video?) they had the pig roasting on the spit...lots of Norwegian dishes... now this was my idea of a REAL Norwegian party...or how they should be..
So this year it just so happens that the party hosts will be hosting Bjørns best friends 40th birthday... (y'all get that?)
so it is going to be a MARTHA STEWART does NORWAY 40th b-day shin dig....
Now the dilemma... What do you get your best friend for his 40th? Other than lots of money or a fancy vacation..what does a 40 year man really need?
We wanted to avoid sweaters & books & that sort of thing.... he is a big fan of red wine... thought we could get a couple of nice bottles....
But we wanted to do something FUNNY...
Bjørn is in Hamburg this week & thought he could go down & get something for Rogers birthday at the REEPER BAHN.... (Ok...FYI... we have only heard about this place... never been there I SWEAR!!)
So Bj calls me last night a bit concerned.... he said... "you know there is a very FINE LINE between FUNNY and FREAKY...."
we think we have agreed in something... but i thought i would get a 3rd opinion....
What do you think....
TOO MUCH?
I am sorry I think this is funnier than #%%¤¤###&&... but then again... my ultimate goal is to BLEND in.....

Learn from MY mistake...

THANK YOU all of my bloggy friends.... My camera is OK... I took the lens off A G A I N... & all of a sudden...it worked.... Big ol' sigh of relief...

I was hoping things were going to change & go in my favor & the computer would all of a sudden just start working... Ummm...NO such luck...

There is power...it just seems that the plugs/Ports are not working...
ANY OF THEM....

I ran desperately to the trusty laptop to see what I had backed up..... I do, back up from time to time... what did I find?

5,000 DUMB A&S photos...

photos of my sisters wedding? NO... photos of my kids with my parents...NO... all of my nieces & nephews... ARRRRGGG NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO....

Learn from my mistake...go & back everything up right now.... if your computer dies tonight... you will have no regrets..... WHAAAA...

OK, so ya'll get ready for lots & lots & lots of pictures...cause I am going to be downloading them EVERYWHERE...just in case...

I know there is a possibility that I will be able to get the pictures off of the old computer... but I have heard lots of horror stories....& am not getting my hopes up!

Hubby is off traveling around Europe this week... I had a big ol week of BLOGGY LOVE planned... & then the computer disaster hit..... (I know I can use my laptop...it just isn't the same...)

Looking on the bright side...I am FINALLY printing out all of the pictures that I have been planning on.... The printer is going a mile a min....

CRAAAAAAAAPPPP! WHY oh WHY?

Let me just get this off of my chest...CRAP.. CRAPPITY... CRAP..... CRAP!
CRAP!
Anyone who knows me...knows that CRAP is not really not my first word of choice... but as not to offend my "nicer" readers... I will just say CRAP::::
It all started on Sunday during our family outing/hike my camera stopped working.. yes my brand new BABY... that i adore... the Auto Focus just stopped working... will not focus...will not take pictures.... (it will take pictures with M/F..but impossible to get good shots with MF)
I went into denial... maybe the camera was just "tired" just acting up because I take so many pictures? Maybe the battery was low (although it said I still had 1/2 battery left)
we came home & I drained the battery & then charged it over night....
Turned it on this morning.... STILL NOT WORKING..... WTF? I haven't had it for 2 months. I PROMISED i haven't dropped it... I have done everything right.... I put my little baby back in the case.... & it still is not working!
We saved about $400 by buying it in the states instead of Norway....However... we are not covered over here in Norway.... (maybe Bjørn has jinxed it by saying... you know we aren't covered over here...hope nothing goes wrong with it...)
OK so if that wasn't bad enough..... My computer DIED... we are talking D E A D... CRAP!
i knew it was a piece of crap...& it was only a matter of time.. & last night the time came....
Everything at once..... did I happen to mention I have THOUSANDS of pictures on it? I think I saved most of them...but who knows.....
WHY OH WHY???
Any camera experts out there who can help me trouble shoot?
it is a Canon EOS Rebel 450 D xsi ...been through the manual.. NADA....
anyone?....anyone?....
I am going to go lay on my bed & cry for a while!

Your going to miss this moment....

Your Gonna Miss This Moment
Play along with this new meme!

I am not sure how I stumbled upon this blog You're Gonna Miss This .... but after a bit of reading I was hooked....

I LOVE the whole idea of posting the moments you are going to or already do, miss the most..... go on over for more info....
I have been having the most emotional week when it comes to


.... All of a sudden, he is no longer a little boy....

This week he have finally agreed that he no longer has to go to the after school program at school... he can come home on his own & get started with his homework..... when did he get so big????

This is a picture of him going away for his first camping trip in the mountains today.... without mom & dad..... (not by himself..silly...)

WHEN did he get so BIG?
OK... I am getting to the "moment" .... yesterday when I got home from picking Eva up from school... I called up to Dane, to let him know that I was home... & he started crying.... sobbing.... my great big boy... i asked him to come down... asked him was wrong... it had just been "one of those days" You know...over tired... nothing going right... they went hiking all day at school.... trip to the mountains.... (I went to pick him up from school..they told me he had already left....so I went to pick up Eva...) Dane however, did see me.... Dane yelled for me but I didn't see him... Dane ran to try to catch me.... but I just drove away...


I sat there with this great big boy on my lap, & just let him cry...
he is almost as big as me... & as I held him on my lap yesterday.... it really hit me... t
there won't be many more moments like this... sure, he can always come & cry on mamma's shoulder.... but it won't be long before he is just too big for my lap.... that makes me S A D.... so sad.....
I know, I am going to miss these moments...





Friday Foto Fiesta.....First Love....

It's Friday, It's Friday, Thank Goodness it's Friday!!! YIPPEE!

I'm playing Candid Carrie's Friday Foto Fiesta Finish again this week .So after you're done here, go over there and check out who's playing this week!!!

This is Eva & the little neighbor boy right after he moved in.... this was the beginning of them being "BEST FRIENDS" ...

"Un-SHUNNED"...

So the man is "Un-Shunned" .... we all knew it wouldn't last...

To be honest... I like to hear myself talk.... & it is much easier when I have someone to talk to..
Besides... my irritating Nanny Fein voice is probably a worse punishment.... (my co worker thinks all Americans sound like the Nanny)

So he has been un shunned..... Funny thing is...he didn't even know he was shunned.....

***sigh***

But before you think I am a total WUSS... and caved & am no longer upset... with the man... not carrying his weight.... he. is. going. to. get. his...

I used to do the whole "mommy is on strike"thing however, I found that only comes back to bite me in the butt.... the mess doesn't bother anyone but me.... if people come to the door... I am the one who looks like a PIG... & I end up doing it all in the end ANYWAY.....

so instead, I throw all of his crap/clothes in the corner.... (lets watch daddy dig for a clean shirt..)
Childish or not...it makes me feel better....

Besides.... I want to have a date night this weekend... & it doesn't work well if I am still ticked...

They are playing movies in the "Old Town" over the weekend..... not sure how they are going to do it... but if it is outside, it is going to be very cool... the town dates back to the 1600's should be pretty cool....

In the mean time, I thought I would share some pictures from LAST weekend....


***EWWWW.... So much for the Artsy/Fartsy.... photos/slide show
...my family looks MISERABLE like they are on the way to get dental work done
....maybe it is mommy's Nanny Fein whiny voice
.... or the fact that I made them let me take 300 pictures.?

You think I jest?

My new camera holds 900 pictures Booo Waaa Haaa.... can't wait until Next weekend...
(the kids really did have a good time... No, R E A L L Y!)

So I had a bad day...........

ARRRRGGGHHHHHH.... So I had a bad day....
(you know the song...I changed it from you to I...because darn it... I HAD A BAD DAY...)

Ok.. I admit, it could have been worse... but still.....

Just a few days ago I was ready to post a sappy sweet post about how adorable my hubby is/WAS... bla bla bla bla GAG... (he did get some kick butt tile put into our kitchen...however i will save that for another post when i don't feel like bitching)

But today... not-so-cute.... You know how it is ladies... once a month, everything you let SLIDE all month, comes to a great big giant head...ready to erupt.... today was that day... POP

Most of the time, i am very thankful anytime hubby steps in & helps with his children... but sometimes... he just screws everything up...and at certain times of the month...I can just no longer let it slide. (you know what I am talking about)

Today was the first "parents soup" (Norwegian thing...) at Eva's new preschool... the kiddies make a big pot of soup & all of the parents are supposed to come & eat with their kids....

I had made arrangements to leave work for a while today so I could meet Eva for the big..."PARENTS SOUP"... We were going to have our soup, would be a great little way to meet some of the other parents etc. then I would drop her off at the babysitters so i could get back to the office. i called the babysitter to tell them NOT to pick Eva up because I would drop her off on my way back to the office.... (after all... we were going to have a little mommy/daughter time.)

So I leave my office for the 1/2 hour drive to the preschool.. only to arrive & find that the babysitter had picked her up at the same time she picked her son up..... HELLO? No soup...no time with my daughter...no chance to meet some of the other parents... & worst of all, it appears that poor little Eva's parents couldn't be bothered to take the time to come to her soup day....

I drove over to the babysitters.... mad...very mad.... (didn't say anything really...) to see if Eva was disappointed....& we could go back for a little soup....

Me: "Oh honey I am so sorry mommy didn't make it. Do you want to go back to school honey?"

Eva:"Nope...I want to play here....bye!...."

So back to in the car....where i cried during my 1/2 back to work..... (OK.. I am a LITTLE hormonal at the moment....but still....)

So you are probably wondering why i am mad at hubby..... BECAUSE...we had a 15 min. discussion this morning on why I thought it was important that I make it to the parents soup...he thought it was silly that i would leave the office & then have to drive back for the afternoon meeting....

So when the babysitter called him from the preschool this afternoon & wanted to know if she should take Eva home at the same time.... he said SURE.... HELLO??

will Eva be scarred for life? probably not... am i being a little sensitive? absolutely...

but this comes on top of everything else... that was wrong due to a lack of communication between hubby, myself & my well meaning MIL.... lets just say in addition to missing the soup today, I ran around this morning (in the midst of getting myself & both kids ready )trying to get a tool box (that she HAD to HAVE today.) together for my 4 year old DAUGHTER so she could build a bird house at preschool...only to find out that it is for NEXT WEEK...



UGH.... as I was FUMING on the way back to the office thinking of all of the ways to get him back for wasting my time....(taking my pillow & sleeping on the couch ...that will show him...) I thought of a little something BlokThoughts posted last week about SHUNNING... yes...I shall SHUN him..... until i feel better....or maybe for the next 3 years..... (have to admit thinking about this made me smile...)


this is really funny, NO?

additional things to get me out of my funk before I go to bed shunning my hubby.... he is totally watching deadliest catch... & I think is thankful for the shun... (that I have yet to tell him about because.... DUH... I am shunning him... umm yes.. I am 37 years old...)

From the file of things that make me happy.....

Comment of the week.... Jen said...
I love, love LOVE your blog! It is part of my daily routine. I think I have even neglected my children a time or two because I was reading your thoughts! :)

OK... how nice is that? Thank you Jen! So nice to know I am not the only one neglecting my children for my BLOG....

favorite blog of the week SEXY PEOPLE ....because I am just mean like that.... seriously...scroll down to the 80's & 90's pictures.... I have a few from High school of me & my partner in crime I was thinking about submitting....nervous Kell, (Song for Whoever) ?

Sigh... I feel better all ready.... this is way cheaper than therapy...

Off to go tell hubby that I am SHUNNING him (I don't think he has noticed yet)

Meme...I'm playing

Kell, at Song for Whoever tagged me with this question and answer meme. & since there is nothing I wouldn't do for kelly....I am playing along...

1. Where were you 10 years ago? 10 years ago I was living in Norway...pregnant with Dane preparing to move back to the U.S.

2. Whats on your to-do list today? As my day is now over...I will tell you what I did.... We had a super family Sunday starting with a yummy breakfast Bjørn made.

We headed to an old fortress here in town where they had family day.... The kids built boats...trained for the circus... & ate waffles. After fun at the fortress, we saw an old German mine left over from WWII... Watched an African Warrior show in town & went out for Chinese.... (very international day today..) I am POOPED!

3. What if you were a Billionaire? We would establish trust funds for the kids. Pay off debts. Buy a huge boat & sail around the world...Travel....Travel...Travel.... & of course charity... I would have to put some thought into which ones...

4. Name 5 places that you have lived? Wilmington, Delaware; Mannheim Germany; Frankfurt Germany, Kingwood, Texas, Kansas City,MO..... heck while i am at it....
Columbus,OH, Danville, CA, Des Moines, IA, Landenburg, PA, Nacogdoches, TX, Chicago, IL, Burlington, IA, Macomb, Il, ...breath... Fredrikstad, Norway 2 x's ... Gosh, not sure if I got them all or not.... (YES... My dad was in the witness protection program.)


5. What are 3 bad habits that you have? Eat too much junk, stress about the small stuff,too much computer...
6. What kind of snack do I like? CASHEWS.... Chocolate
Who will you tag next? I would like to tag
Mads & Kelli,Mamasphere , Heaven's Gift The Perlman Update , My Southern, Hippie, Married, Mom Of Four Life!!, Ritch in Love

Sugar Sweet...


100th Post... Pray for Houston....



















I made it... & they said it wouldn't last... But I am here... 1.0.0.
First, I would like to say a prayer for everyone in the path of IKE... including my sister & her babies....
This brings back so many memories of Hurricane Alicia back in 1983...
Where we lost power for how many weeks? Had trees crashing into our house...
the most memorable thing about the storm was my them 42 year old mother
(which was REALLY OLD at that time) ...overdue with my baby sisiter....
Baby Alicia was born 3 days later.... Here is hoping there are some who will also receive blessings after the storm.....
Dang... I was planning a huge big OPRAH style give away for my 100th post... but with the Hurricane & anniversary of 9/11 this week... I am feeling sort of Blaaaaaaa... Crap... guess we will have to wait until the big 2 0 0---- for the Lax & Lefse give away... I know ya'll can hardly contain yourselves!
P.S. OH... because it is my 100th post...(big deal for me....) I would totally love & appreciate if you lurkers would leave me some comment love!
P.S.S Just heard my sister made it out of Houston before IKE hit.....

Latest Obsession...

Latest Obsession... ***Oh sigh***... it is an OBSESSION because NOTHING can only be 1/2 WAY WITH ME....

I run home from work... only to jump on the computer... (yesterday I went into my office, BEFORE I said hello to my family....I KNOW,... how BAD is that ?...)

It isn't my blog.... (that was last months obsession/ADDICTION) it is

FACEBOOK AKA ... FB(for those of us on the "in" )

I admit it...I am ADDICTED...

I should also admit, I am also being a little bit "whoreish" with my new addiction.... I added 30 friends yesterday.... I know it is wrong...but it just felt SO...RIGHT.

"Do you want to add so-so to your friend list?"

ME: "Sure...why not?" Maybe THEY have someone on their list that I might want to be friends with??....

I connected with people from my graduating class.... my neighbor who I used to play Flashlight tag with.... a long lost cousin in Germany...(same last name...) friends from our Cruise Ship days... my teenage nieces..... I AM ADDICTED!
Are you on FB? If not.... WHY? It is 5,000 x's better than MY SPACE... & safer (I think... is myspace "un safe"?)
Weirdos can not look at your profile unless you have added them as a friend... Boo Haa haa waa..

So now that I have made contact with all of my friends from HS....I have decided that I want to go home for my 20 year Class reunion.... I should right? JUST DO IT.... I have yet to make it home to a single reunion, I was either out at sea somewhere or birthing babies during the last reunions.... so this time (seeing as I am not planning on having anymore children) I should just go....
Which opens up a couple cans of worms.... ONE...telling Bjørn I want to go back to the states next summer.... (sans family....)
TWO losing umm, about 30 lbs....HELLO "Operation Skinny Bitch".... (swear I am going to get added to that group, tomorrow...)

Speaking of Skinny Bio-tches.... came across something VERY exciting today....
Blueberry PIE.. (at what is supposed to be our SAMS club....) OK, granted, for the rest of the world NOT living in Norway...it might not be so exciting... But for me... & some other expats here....PRETTY EXCITING... People don't eat pie here.... not sure they do anywhere in Europe.

DID I buy it? NO... because I determination to drop 30 lbs & go to my reunion?
... Mmmm ya... NOT... because it cost $37 & we are not talking like a HUNGRY MAN, feed the football team kind of Pie... we are talking about a "Tressa atethewholething, watching Oprah"... sized Pie. Sad but true... guess I better learn how to make Pie Crust....

I know I sound like I am on crack....talking about everything all at once... but I must put the laptop away before the family gets home...& pretend to be a normal mommy/wife....

Final thing.... this is post 99.... Can you believe it? (& they said it wouldn't last....)
Any ideas what I should do for the big 100
(it should be kindda special shouldn't it?)...

Waiting for your suggestions....

Only cause you begged...

OK...but only because you BEGGED


But first a big ol' HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my BFF from way back when... Song for Whoever go share her some go' ol' bloggy love... HUGS KELLY!



REPOST***
Wow... after 10 gallons of water & 12 hours of sleep I am ready to share my big night out.


Now keep in mind....going out in Norway is NOT like going out in the states....


Norwegians are not as outgoing as Americans...meaning, you generally don't strike up conversations with random people at bars/clubs etc.


You hang out /talk to the people you go out with..... so if you are going out with only one person it can get kind of boring...


With drinks between $10 (beer) $20 (worst Cosmo I have ever had---) you can pretty much forget about anyone ever offering to buy you a drink.


(Unless you are my friend Leanna... that girl has some serious MOJO going on...)




I have to apologize in advance... I don't have any good pictures from Friday night... the IPHONE camera...NOT SO GOOD... waiting to see if anyone else gets some added to facebook... will keep ya posted.




So we started our evening out with 12 girls from work to see the "Party Girls" A super group of singers which includes my friend/co worker Pia...


Oh I could give you all of the tiny details...

but I sound like I am 22 years old writing in my diary...

So I'll give you the short version...

I found out I have NOT lost my MOJO....


I taught my Norwegian girlfriends the JOY of accepting drinks.... (that is a very EUROPEAN thing... Men don't offer to buy drinks.. & if for some odd reason if they do..most women won't accept them.)


Can't ya'll just see me with my buzzed up Texan self... telling them ...

"Hell ya..accept the $15 shot...don't be silly"

* * I speak WAY more English when I am out on the town drinking... and become totally TEXAN...

Now, I spent a lot of my life in Texas... but i could just as well say I was from Kansas City, or Chicago ...or Dela WHERE?....
but noooo, I am always from Texas.... it makes for much more interesting conversations... (do I have a horse? Do I wear a cowboy hat in my free time.. etc.)


We end up getting some poor fellow following us around town... we dubbed him "My boyfriend" Buying drinks for all of us....


His business partner tried several times to get him to go home... but he refused... (Let me just add that they were out for a business convention, & this man was the president of his company... So, Old enough to know better... & probably will be mortified on Monday)


So he asks again if he can buy a round of drinks for all of us & I say "SURE... I'll have, she'll have.. " etc.

A few min later... poor guy is getting bounced out of the bar along with some 20 something kid for getting into it at the bar. Within a matter of min.. 3, THREE cop cars screech to a stop in front of the bar... you got cops running into the bar with their DAY GLO vest's on.... (have I mentioned we have very little crime here...)


At one point they had one of the guys on his belly cuffed.... (this is funny to me for some reason... because I think the Police were totally OVER REACTING... they should see a real bar fight in lets say, Chicago... but perhaps they thought they could get some some useful training JUST in CASE there happened to be a crazy bar fight in the near future....) We are all just sitting there watching the whole thing unfold... a bit bummed out that we wouldn't be getting our round of drinks because "my boyfriend" had just been carted off to jail. (Can you imagine? All of his employees sitting there watching this...Oh my...)


A few min later his business partner returned & looked at me & asked me where "whatshisname" was....

(Now you have to think Sixteen Candles, when Dong explains the car going into the LAKE... BIG LAKE)

I say "POLITI"... (police... they took him off in the police car... )


Oh bless, you know he was thinking "NOT AGAIN..."


We ended the night with having some good ol' KEBABS... (had no idea we could get those here...) & making it home at about 3 am.

Very Very good time had by all....

a DEEPER post

This is my second post today.... I posted all of the gory details from last night.... (it will make you all want to get up a tad earlier next weekend won't it?...)

SO after I posted, I was going through my blog roll when I overheard Dane talking to his classmate who had come over to play.

They were playing battleship (remember that game?) when I hear Dane say... OK I will be the American Navy... & you be the Iraqi navy....

DAAAANE! I yell from my office... mortified... see, the little boy over playing is named Mohammed & he is an Iraqi refugee...

Of course Dane didn't think about being from Iraq... nor did he mean anything about it... He saw Mohammed like all of the other boys in his class.

But seeing not all Iraqi's are happy with the situation... & not knowing where Mohammed's familiy stand on things(pro or anti American... I thought it better that the boys didn't play war. Iraq war...

(I have seen his dad & he looks like the police guard from Midnight Express... & I really don't feel like starting an international conflict)

So of course I start thinking... thinking about my blog & what I had written. It was a bit shallow... about my MOJO... (still got it baby...) about the free drinks & the good time we had... about me teaching all of my Norwegian girlfriends the art of flirting TEXAS STYLE....

But truth be told...my last post could have been written by anyone, anywhere...& it doesn't really say anything about my life here in Norway.

What I didn't mention, was where some of the girls were from... We had one girl from Sudan, 2 girls from Cuba...(one girl has been trying for over 6 months to get her brother out...) my Norwegian friend who is married to an East German who ESCAPED on a motorcycle, through Hungry, a year before the wall fell.... & then of course all of my Norwegian girlfriends....

It just kind of hit me.... My gosh, look what I am surrounded by... all of the stories, so many people from so many different walk of life.... this girl from Texas,KC,Chicago... right in the middle of it all....

Cause, I know y'all are wondering...we didn't end up in the police cars...but the guy buying us shots did.
we were a group of girls from all over the world... who had one heck of a time....

About last night....

Last night I felt like I 26... today I feel like I am 106

I will keep it brief...because frankly, I am HURTING today....

I will just leave you with this...
***12 girls ***free shots ***3 cop cars ***

Best night I have had since living in Norway....

Post pictures later....

Fridays Foto Finish Fiesta... Lil' Americans in Norway

After spending my entire morning TRYING to catch up current affairs in the U.S.
I thought this FOTO was FITTING for Candid Carrie 's Friday Foto Finish Fiesta... No?
... Little Americans in Norway.. (Oh goodness NO, they are not all mine...)
But we are a happy little family of Ex Pats living here in Norway.
The only English speaking News I am able to get at my house is the BBC... Not that the BBC isn't great... but for my American news... I prefer something... AMERICAN..

Thank goodness for www.youtube.com... I have been watching the speeches all morning.
I have a lot of thoughts... but I will save those for another post.

go check out the other players at Candid Carrie

Too much Oprah?


I don't watch much TV... but every once and a while ...if time & schedule permit, I will indulge in a little Oprah & Dr. Phil. This past week , I have had the opportunity to indulge.

Last night... I once again had the chance to watch OPRAH.... It was about some girl with a phobia of edges & corners... ? (hello?) Luckily Dr. Weiss, a guest, was there to explain that she was afraid of sharp edges because in her past life... she had been an Indian... (**Native American for all of you PC folks...)


HUH? It suddenly hit me.... I have had WAAAAYYY tooooo much Oprah time this week.

Don't get me wrong... I love me some Oprah....
I believe in Angels & spirits & all of the other good stuff...
but I am pretty sure I haven't been reincarnated... & am also pretty sure that if I have been reincarnated, I probably was NOT a member of the Royal Family, or an Indian Warrior... I was more likely a housewife from Skokie... who spent her life cleaning house & wiping butts...
(thus my fear of wiping butts & cleaning house) See, I always throw myself into what every her topic is.....
POST EDITED....
I did it again... damn me... I watched.. however it was another show about positive energy...
Mmmmm ummmmmm...mmmmmm (totally not being smart...I wanna get me some of that feel good energy!)

I have seen "My list of 20 things" on a few other posts this past weeks.... (20 things I still want to accomplish) & I want to start making mine... so far I think I have come up with like... umm 3.... I need some cool ideas..... I also want to hear some awesome stories about being 40 +...

Come on people... get me out of my OPRAH funk.....
About the neighbor... i am so BLOODY nosy because the woman has all of the bells & whistles most Norwegian homes do not... Built in Garage, ummm, errr...
& roll out grass... (sod to all of you yanks...) This is all we have seen thus far... but we KNOW there is more...has to be.... NO ONE pays that kind of money for SOD... they must be LOADED... (we are guesstimating that the house must be upwards of 1,500,000 US.... ( oh believe me, you will be so disappointed when I get a picture posted...)
Looking at my post it seems a bit silly doesn't it? We know the house is fancy because they have a garage & had grass put down before the house was finished???.... (Don't forget the boxes I saw her carry in....)
We are also assuming that is is fancy inside... with a garbage disposal...maybe even an ice-maker in their fridge.... (Ya'll think I am kidding....?) I am pathetic.....

Creepy neighbor.... Window update

Yesterday I spotted my neighbor across the street.....

She was walking in her not yet finished house... trip trapping across the drive, with her perfectly clipped hair... tiny size 2 body.... (bio-tch) ....with delicate boxes...

you know the kind of boxes from nice department stores....
(we don't have any department stores around here...mmmm, yet another mystery)
Must be something really nice.... It appears she is starting to move in... room by room... placing everything just so.....

the way.... I wanted to move into my new house...

Not .....by throwing all of our crap in plastic garbage bags, in the last min. & dumping it in the middle of our unfinished family room....
***Sigh****

Bjørn told me he saw her out in talking with what appeared to be a pair of interior decorators.... (Bi-otch)

"Oooo, I am dying to have a look in her house...." sitting there drinking my coffee with hubby...
Bjørn: "Mmmm hmmm"......
Then I happened to mention .. "I know where they keep the key...."
Bjørn: "Huh? what? how? "
Me: "Oh ya, I watched her husband put it over the door..."
Bjørn .... just HORRIFIED..... "your C R E E P Y! "
Me: "I mean we could just look through the windows.."
Bjørn " C R E E P Y"
For the record... I would not break and enter....
( I am way to cute to be sent to a women's prison.... )
I am however, already planning on baking a cake or something.....
a little "Welcome to the neighborhood" so I can get a peak in this house....
Yes I am the CREEPY neighbor...

Window update.....
Just so y'all don't think I am a total CRY baby... just wanted to show you what I am up against..... Ran into the equivalent of "Home Depot" here....
& LOOK what I found.... DARLING throw pillows. Cute? No?


As I already mentioned.... I thought they were D A R L I N G ... (this is where the whiny bit comes in....)



Would you like to take a guess at how much this ONE THROW PILLOW costs here in my adopted home of Norway?

Go on... take a gander.....
Forgetaboutit.... you will never guess... $120 U.S.


This pillow which I also R E A LL Y liked... was a steal at just $100

let me just add.... this was no fancy, upscale boutique where they stitched the pillows using only their toes.... No.......


For goodness sakes...look at the shelving... it is a HOME DEPOT (kindda) store...


So although a bit depressing knowing I will never be able to/want to... buy throw pillows in Norway...



I am pretty proud of what I did get together today...

The first 2 of 21 window treatments...

Not sure I was going to be CRAZY about the darkish colors...

but with the house the same color all the way through....



I need to switch it up a bit....



the "caps" (not sure what they are called) are part of a BED IN A BAG.... Greatest thing since sliced bread... But the "liftgardiner" Brown bits underneath were bought here....


here is the rest of the Bed in a BAG...



(please note, we haven't started decorating.... that is where I need H E L P...)



the set came with the curtain thingy... 2 sets of sheets, comforter, throw & 3 throw pillows....



I think this was the best purchase during our trip home....


Tomorrow.... (I know y'all are holding your breath..).... I want to throw some colors out there.... ask about a nook & crannie.... & advice for the bathroom..... are y'all up to the challenge?

My old life...

This weekend I ALMOST felt like I had my old life back...
With so many things on the agenda , it felt like the good old days...

Thursday I kicked the weekend off a little early by going to this great little French restaurant,Brasserie Blanche in Oslo. We had a "meeting" with our co-workers from the other side of the Fjord....
One of our distributors treated us to a night out... after dinner & about 5 different wines, we headed for a little night cap at a bar around the corner... Can you say COSMO.... *sigh*... I can't remember the last time I had a cosmopolitan... ....in Norway, probably N E V E R...

On Friday, Bjørn & I headed to the other side of the Fjord with the kiddos, to the oldest town in Norway. Tønsberg...

The city has about 35.000 inhabitants and lies in the county of Vestfold.
Tønsberg is also surrounded by some of the countys major tourist attractions like old viking graves and museums. (this info is stolen off of the internet.... thought I would give you a little history lesson...)

Ummm... we didn't get to do anything cool like check out VIKING GRAVES... (I have actually been to the viking graves & it is totally overrated...but that it another post...) We went over to check out a car that Bj wanted to buy... we did end up going out for dinner as a family, so that is always very exciting for us over here....

On Sat... I went to one of my co workers weddings... B E A U T I F U L... *sigh* They had their reception in Fredrikstad's "Old" town.... & when I say old I am talking about 1500's...
(here is the beautiful bride.... yes, I shot the photo on my new Canon Rebel)

I really miss my old busy social life.... but I also realize I am not as young as I once was...... I am POOPED

We wrapped up the weekend with a surprise birthday party for my niece who turned 18....

I now have about 400 photos to download for the bride before i am off to bed....