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“It’s good to do uncomfortable things. It’s weight training for life.”

― Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith


Video: Norwegian firemen


Nanowrimo update

So far, about the only thing I have done with success (out of the three things I am signed up for that happens in November, as mentioned in an earlier blog post) is Nanowrimo.

I’m a rebel this year. I am actually not writing a novel. Instead, I am sort of journaling the mood of the day. I am trying to figure out my anxiety and depression and panic attacks and fatigue and everything that comes with it. Just writing. All the crazy things in my head.

The goal is still 50,000 words. The goal is still to see if there can be a book manuscript out of it. (After about a shitload of editing, obviously.)

But it is more about getting stuff out of my head. So I can sleep. So I can try to get back to a normal function again.

Making notes from things that are helping me. Trying to swim my way to the bottom and back up to the surface.

Halfway in – I am kind of feeling more stable about it all. But also wary. I am over halfway in my word count.

As long as the writing is going well, the knitting and the reading isn’t. But at the moment it feels like the writing is of paramount use to me so I can’t be bothered.


Quotation Monday #129: Reading

“I do not feel obliged in my reading. I read to be entertained and to relax, and to go into another world, not because it’s good for me.”

― Nora Roberts


“Some things in life are out of your control. You can make it a party or a tragedy.”

― Nora Roberts, Vision in White


I just finished reading Matriarch: Queen Mary and the House of Windsor

It is very well written, and I do recommend it. (So far, anyway.) But what strikes me is the notion that with royal biographies (and presumably others) there is a bias towards the subject. Queen Mary is viewed as the perfect royal, albeit maybe a little unfamiliar with her own children. Queen Alexandra, on the other hand, is viewed as not the perfect royal – and too close to her own children, and loving and caring towards her grandchildren.

An interesting contrast.


Three things in a month?

Whatever possessed me to thinking that doing Nanowrimo (I’m norwegianne over there, if you want a writing buddy), Nerdopolis over at Revelry (norwegianne there as well), and continue on my Goodreads reading challenge would be smart to do at the same time in November?

For reference:
* Nanowrimo is about reaching 50,000 words.
* Nerdopolis is about knitting items that match challenge topics and you earn points for your team.
* My GoodReads challenge is to read 669 books in 2015. I am 39 books behind schedule so far.

All of these three things have one thing in common: they’re not easy to do at the same time.


Quotation Monday #127: Depression

“Because that’s the thing about depression. When I feel it deeply, I don’t want to let it go. It becomes a comfort. I want to cloak myself under its heavy weight and breathe it into my lungs. I want to nurture it, grow it, cultivate it. It’s mine. I want to check out with it, drift asleep wrapped in its arms and not wake up for a long, long time.”

― Stephanie Perkins, Lola and the Boy Next Door


Happy Halloween

The decoration outside my grandmother’s nursing home.



Quotation Monday #126: the woo

“He was wooing me. And I was letting him woo. I wanted the woo. I deserved the woo. I needed the wow that would surely follow the woo, but for now, the woo? It was whoa.”

― Alice Clayton, Wallbanger


Flashmob Do-Re-Mi


Quotation Monday #125: Kissing

“A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.”

― Ingrid Bergman


Quotation Monday #124: Question

“Is it better to have had a good thing and lost it, or never to have had it?”

― Jennifer E. Smith, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight


Autumn again



Carmina Burana flashmob


“Books can be possessive, can’t they? You’re walking around in a bookstore and a certain one will jump out at you, like it had moved there on its own, just to get your attention. Sometimes what’s inside will change your life, but sometimes you don’t even have to read it. Sometimes it’s a comfort just to have a book around. Many of these books haven’t even had their spines cracked. ‘Why do you buy books you don’t even read?’ our daughter asks us. That’s like asking someone who lives alone why they bought a cat. For company, of course.”

― Sarah Addison Allen, The Sugar Queen


All the thoughts…

  that run, wander and meander through my mind when I lie in bed at night. 

I take a deep breath once I switch the light off, and prepare to fall asleep. 

But then the thoughts get free access to everything. No sensory overload to prevent it. 

All the things I should have done. All the things I want to do. 

Middle of the night thoughts when I am tired but cannot fall asleep.


Quotation Monday #122: Looks

“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.”

― Roald Dahl, The Witches


Summer trip #4: Copenhagen and home

On the train from Copenhagen to Hjørring, where I would spend the night, I ran into an old school mate of mine. She had been too busy to meet me in Copenhagen, so it was very nice to randomly meet her and hang out with her for a bit in Hjørring.


 Hjørring was basically a stopover – as the ferry from Hirtshals leaves at such times that it made sense to not attempt to go directly from Copenhagen. It’s a sleepy town on Sundays.

Next morning – hotel breakfast – and taking the local train from Hjørring to Hirtshals. Onboard the ferry and buying tax-free candy – and then Kristiansand. A pleasant crossing in sunshine.






 I had booked all my nights on Hotels.com – and by the time I got to Kristiansand, I had a free night (at least) – so I got an upgraded suite (for nothing more than the tax) and hung out with a sister and had ice cream.

Next day, after the hotel breakfast (where you could make your own waffles) I went to a bakery and shopped for the train home. Pastry cream filled buns, for my Dad, from Geheb.

I could tell that I have become used to sitting on the train, as a 3 hour train ride went by like no time at all.

What I have learnt:
I came back with at least some things I hadn’t worn. A sleeveless dress, (which I had many of with me), a couple of tops and a skirt.

Underestimate the amount of entertainment you will need on the train rather than overestimate it – I brought back things I desperately thought I needed the night I packed, that I didn’t use. Some of which were heavy to lug around.

Don’t underestimate food to bring on the train.

Don’t underestimate the amount of fluids you will need in hot climates.

Get to museums as they open to avoid the queues. Head to parks for the afternoons. (Instead of the other way around)

You don’t need to bring more than two pairs of shoes – a pair of sandals that can (if needed) be dressy and a pair of comfortable shoes for walking. If you need more – buy it there.

Keep the luggage so light that you can put it on the luggage shelf yourself. (as well as take it in and out of the train.)


Quotation Monday #121: Grief

“And I felt like my heart had been so thoroughly and irreparably broken that there could be no real joy again, that at best there might eventually be a little contentment. Everyone wanted me to get help and rejoin life, pick up the pieces and move on, and I tried to, I wanted to, but I just had to lie in the mud with my arms wrapped around myself, eyes closed, grieving, until I didn’t have to anymore.”

― Anne Lamott, Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year