Thursday, 29 December 2011

Quiet time

Hope you all had a fantastic christmas! I love the time between christmas and new year, it's so relaxing and cozy, there are good things to eat (bubble and squeak from all the leftovers is possibly my favourite meal ever) and lots of feel good films to watch. I have been sick since boxing day with a sore throat,hacking cough and my asthma is shocking (I developed asthma when I was 19 and moved to London and it has been non existent since I moved to Norway,so it's horrid to have it back again...)

Friday, 23 December 2011

Seasons greetings!

My mum and stepdad are in Norway for the first time since we moved here (mum has a fear of flying so it's taken a while to get her here!) and we are looking forward to spending christmas with Henrik's folks. Thanks for visiting my blog this year, and all your comments. Merry Christmas! See you on the other side!

Monday, 12 December 2011


The weather is my least favourite at the moment. We have snow which partly melted, iced over at night, melted again during the day and froze over again when the temps dropped at night causing the worst bumpy ice that is impossible to walk on and very stressful to a non norwegian who attempts to waddle like a penguin, taking baby steps whilst the norwegians expertly whizz past me!
I have a strong feeling that I'm going to hate this winter as I'm now being told that last years winter was perfect in the fact that we had dry snow because of the frigid temps which kept the ice at bay.hmph! At least our flat is warm and cozy, plus gløgg and pepperkaker make everything a little bit better....

Saturday, 10 December 2011

We have butter! We shopped in Sweden last weekend and managed to track down 3 packs of the creamy goodness! Insane that the butter shortage still continues here.... Norway is a strange,strange land. People are now selling butter on (a kind of norsk e bay) for 250kr (£27) per pack!
I'm off to England on Wednesday to stay with my best friend, do some christmas shopping and become blonde again (I'm not a fan of my natural dishwater blonde!) I can't wait!
God Helg!

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

It's here!

Winter arrived last night and it took just a few hours for us to be totally blanketed in the white stuff! I do love snow at first, but ask me again in 5 months and I'll say the opposite!
All this snow has got me wanting some christmas tunes- Im liking this.

Friday, 2 December 2011


My norwegian is improving now that I'm working but I'm still making the stupidest mistakes. Sometimes I lie in bed at night thinking about all the cringe-worthy things I said at the barnehage that day (whilst Henrik pisses himself laughing)
There are three words that I often mess up:
pølse (pronounced pulsa)= sausage
pose(pronounced poosa)=bag
pause(pronounced powsa)=break, as in half an hour break from your job etc
Now these three words are used frequently in my everyday life but I keep on muddling them up.
The busiest time at work is when we are getting 18 children ready to go and play outside. Norwegians take the weather very seriously and these children are dressed properly in any weather.On this particular day it was cold,wet and windy so we were dressing children in woolen trousers and tops,padded all in one suits,rain clothes on top,scarves,wellies,gloves and hats so it's a busy time. I needed a plastic bag to put some wet clothes in, so asked my lovely colleague, "Kan jeg få en pause?" to which she replied that we were really rather busy right now so it was not a good time to take a break!!!! I'd stupidly asked for a break rather than a bag!
Uff! I did not live this down for the rest off the day but I'm learning to accept that mistakes like this will continue to haunt me as I'm trying to nod off to sleep for the next few months.....