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June 2013

Adventures in royal history

If I had limitless holiday time, funding, and people who wanted to go with me, I would love to take a tour of European castles and palaces. There is just something about stepping through the history and looking at the architecture. And, let’s not forget, going to other countries.

Google Reader, again.

So, I’m still partially using GoogleReader and hanging on as long as possible. Wired had a post up on Google’s reasoning behind it, and what they want us to use instead… The answer is Google Now and Google+… but from what I read about those two – and know from …

quotationmonday

Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.

I am grateful for…

My sisters. They’re much nicer now than they were when we were growing up – and I am so grateful that I have all three of them. They’re truly my best friends – well, except when we’re tired and grumpy and know which buttons to push to annoy each other… …

Rhubarb crumble

For years, I searched for the jam I had when I was on a language course in Vichy and staying in a private lodging. My French was not to the point where I could easily translate the fruit names, and my memory in the last four months of high school, …

One of my earliest memories

That I know is a memory and not just something I’ve been told, is picking my grandfather up at the hospital and bringing him home for a visit. I know it was the summer I turned four in 1987, as I had one sister, we had a blue Volvo station …

quotationmonday

It’s an interesting combination: Having a great fear of being alone, and having a desperate need for solitude and the solitary experience. That’s always been a tug of war for me.

Making pasta from scratch

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at pasta making for a while. Mostly because the options for different filling in ravioli in Norwegian stores is not very good. I got a pasta roller, and with the help of the enthusiastic sister, set to work. We started with the seven-yolk …

Happiness

Happiness – when I want to smile all the time and do random, crazy things, when I’m happily content without the huge outwards gestures or just when all is right in my world.

quotationmonday

Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing. Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone. Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting.

Royal Guest Lists (100 things #9)

Can someone please explain to me the logic of the courts when they reveal their guest list to royal occasions? There is a mish-mash of languages involved, a miss-mash of titles and in the case of the Swedish court – the guest list (or any information, such as engagement announcements) …

30 day abs challenge

Last week I found this image on imgur. 30-day AB challenge. I thought it sounded interesting – I needed to get some work in on my core muscles and I can definitely do something for 30 days. (Well, as long as it does not include jumping jacks. My knees did …

Norwegian independence day

Given the Norwegian media coverage of the Swedish wedding this weekend, it seems appropriate that today is the anniversary of the Norwegian independence from Sweden. If we had celebrated this as a national day instead of May 17, there would have been a trifecta of Scandinavian national days in a …