Sunday, 19 November 2017

Zapping...



I can't believe November is nearly done - it has flown by. Is it due to the exam deadlines coming up next week?

My head is filled with all and nothing at the moment. At least that is what it feels like. I don't know how the exams will go, and as this round of studies is just for fun, the result is not really that important. Still, I read a book here, and an article there. I google a bit, make some notes perhaps on a napkin if no paper is available. And I wonder if I am in control? I really don't know.

The strange thing is that it has been really interesting. It is such fun to formalize knowledge on a subject that I through work know a lot about, but still get to see from new angles. I won't say that exam is fun, but learning something new at a "grand old age" definitely is!

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Yuletide is here..



Over the weekend I went grocery shopping and needed some toiletpaper. I picked a packet from the shelf, and didn't think more about it untill I got home and realized that it had Santas on it! November 11 is far to early for Santa-toiletpaper (If you really need Santa toiletpaper at all) and all the other Christmas-stuff you find in the shops from September time or thereabout.

I love Christmas, but I hate that it starts earlier and earlier. And, as far as I can gather, there is only one point to it all - to sell more stuff.

I used to work in a shoppingcentre and it irritated me to bits when we had brainstorming meetings in May where we started to plan Christmas season. I got Christmas decorations out in July - because "Christmas in July"/"Jul i Juli", was something we needed to try out. And then September - four months before Christmas. The whole point was to sell more stuff.

I am not going to moralize. Some people love year-round Christmas and that is fine. I just think that it is allowed to think a bit - and do we really need toiltet paper with Christmas ornamentation on it?

Thursday, 9 November 2017

X-am time...

 
 
 
Sometimes I think that it was a rather wild idea this idea of studying again. It has been interesting, overwhelming, exhausting (I have a full time jobb beside it) and now exam-time is here. I am going to write one paper and sit one written exam during the course of November.
 
The exams soaks up everything at the moment. It is such a long time since I did some serious studying and I am surprised how interesting I have found it, how much I have wanted to do it and how daunting the thought of an exam can be. 

This is the time when I have started to question the whole thing. And I wonder how I will react to a bad result, because at the moment I am absolutely convinced that the results will be really bad!

 I ask myself: Was it like this the last time I studied as well? Probably. And come December hopefully I will have forgotten all about the stress and have passed the exams.

Monday, 30 October 2017

October moments...

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."
said L.M. Montgomery

So say I.....



First and foremost: all these colours - it never stops to fill my soul, to be a bit pompous.
 




The harvest moon shone bright over the neighbourhood during my half-term break and I could do things like make hot chocolate from scratch.
 

 
 
 Back to commuter life: it has its downs, but also its ups
 
 
 
Commuter life: view from somebodies elses house

 
A constant commuter life up is working with this great bunch.
Photos from a day when they where cooking lunch for a group of political dignitaries. We got to eat the leftovers.
 
 
 
Student life: Making an audiofile early on in the month and then writing my exam paper.
 





 
 Can't complain about the view from the office.
 


 It is the last weekend of October: I walk through the autumn leaves and really appreciate home life for a couple of days.


Sunday, 29 October 2017

Friday, 27 October 2017

Winnie the Pooh on my office door....

I have always been fond of Winnie the Pooh. I find him to be so wise.  I am so happy to see this quote on the office door every morning. Important to think about in the hustle and bustle of everyday life

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Vivid colours on a silent Sunday....

"I am so glad I live in a world with Octobers.."
Don't know who said that, but I agree.
On this rather blustery Sunday I passed this tree standing there alone in the wind, desperately holding on to its leaves for a little while longer.
 
 

Monday, 9 October 2017

Ut på tur..

The half term holiday is on this week. As a relatively new commuter and a new homeowner I want nothing more than to stay at home this week. The first weekend produced lovely autumn weather and what better way to spend an afternoon but to walk to the fortress from the second world war.

The fortress was built by prisoners of war during the second worldwar and is now both a museum and a recreational spot. We didn't enter the fortress this time. Inside the hill there are allies, halls and escape/entering routes and things you need in war that I don't care to know the names of. Impressing, but also frightening. We just walked up to the tower and enjoyed the view this time.







Thursday, 5 October 2017

Throwback Thursday......



Around four years ago, on the October 4th 2013 I posted this photo. It is from Barcelona. The Catalon flag is waving from the balcony.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Friday, 29 September 2017

September moments...

I am getting used to commuterlife..
and yet again I am a student...
So glad to have this chance
despite its drawbacks...
Here are the moments..

 
 
Commuter life: coffee in the morning and long afternoons in the office so that the weekend is free..

 
 
 Adult education: explaining the Norwegian politcal system to adult refugees...
 
 
I had forgotten how stressful Ikea can be, but the end product was allright...



Three days as a new student in a new college both overwhelmed me and inspired me....


Weekend life: running in new shoes and strange finds when unpacking. I remember buying the mask in Venice ten years ago.


 In the end: a new home feels so good..
 
 
Office view in late September. That summer feeling that was missing for much of the summer.



Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Race to celebrate..

Last week the road cycling world championships were in town - race to celebrate was their motto.  Over the weekend the races came to the neighbourhood. I am not a cycling fan, but you could not avoid getting caught up in it all. The amount of excitement and preparations in the local community is out of another world. Made me realise what a big event this was.

I took a quiet moment and went out to take some photographs.

(By the way; Peter Sagan from Slowakia won one of the two races starting here. He is one of the biggest stars in the cycling world I've gathered.)

 
Bikes in all variations where collected, painted and put on display...
 
 
 You could see them everywhere..
 

Even the local wich got her place on a bike....
 


 
Lets not forget - we are on the coast. We can't have the world cycling elite here without some boats on display.






 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Quotes on the wall is really not my style, but...

 
 
 
I found this quote amongst the stuff I have had stacked away for the time I lived in the city flat. I knew I had it, but I couldn't remember what it said. I also don't really like all this quote-stuff to hang on the wall, but when I got this out I quite liked it. Now it hangs in my hall.
 
It has made me ponder what a big life is. A big life can be so many things, and I am not going to give a solution to what it is here. We have to figure that out for ourselves and probably find it within ourselves. Like I am trying to do at the moment...

Monday, 18 September 2017

Passage of time...

 
In my new neighbourhood you find the old building in the photo above. It used to be a school, once an important hub for the surrounding villages. It tells a story of regional policy and of the way the infrastructure was thought of in years gone by. I don't know how old this building is, but I would guess that is approaching one hundred years. Back then this area was "far out in the country".
 
 
The old school is a telling tale of our changed society. The school was the local school for the surrounding villages. It might seem strange to place a schoolbuilding in the middle of nowhere, but there was a thought behind it. At least in the early days, the children walked to school and the school was strategicaly placed here so that it was equally far to walk from the villages.
 
 

The stairs are leading to the playground. Once upon a time children played football out here in their breaks, now nature is taking it back.

I know that it stopped being used as a school around 1980. Already then the population in the area was rapidly rising and new schools where needed. For a while it was used as a kindergarden, than as a youthclub untill it was just left there and is now so run down that it is dangerous to enter it. We didn't need it anymore in our modern, affluent society.


 
 
A rock in the middle of the road at the old gate says a lot. Do not enter. Soon the old school will be torn down. Residential blocks and other modern houses are approaching rapidly, and the development of this area will continue. No traces will remain of what was once a very important part of this community, back when it was a small community where everybody knew everybody. I wonder how many of my neighbours I will get to know?