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Mary: Crown Princess with a cause

DR has a small documentary about Mary’s work with the Mary foundation and childbirth deadliness across the world.



The flu

When I visited my grandmother in the nursing home on Saturday, she and the other inmates were a coughing choir.

On Monday, two days later, the cold I had been waiting for, for weeks, broke. Only, I suspect the flu instead, as there is fever, aches in the muscles, lack of appetite, mucus and a lot of coughing.

Fun times. I am sleeping moderately well at night, though, thanks to Panodil. I am not a person who naps during the day, so getting in 6+ hours of sleep at night is crucial.

I am trying to only use the Panodil for the things it will help the most with – the fever and muscle aches when I am trying to sleep. I sort of figure that my body needs the rest to heal itself.

Yesterday, I juiced a bunch of clementines and ginger, with some carrots and an apple to get some vitamins and fluid in.

Anyone have any good tips for the flu?



Quotation Monday #91 – Love

Love is like riding or speaking French: if you don’t learn it young, it’s hard to get the trick of it later.

– Downton Abbey


Goals for February

In February I will…

  • Order tickets to visit Oslo.
  • Play in the KVSC Trivia Weekend. 50 hours of trivia. Playing from Norway, on Minnesota time.
  • Go on more hikes. (Possibly walk to work depending on shape and weather.)
  • Reschedule with friends who were invited to the tea party – and set up new times to meet.
  • Blog more.

Status for the resolutions of January

Overall, January has been marked with a lack of energy and bad weather, and just wanting to be inside.

In January, I wanted to…

  • Read more paper-books and less e-books.
    • Have definitely done this. I have taken to heading for my own shelves when I am home and done a lot of rereading.
  • Visit a couple of museums.
    • Nope. I have thought of it a couple of times, but have been low-energy and really not done much leisure time activities at all save for  reading and watching television.
  • Print outmyNanowrimo novel and start editing.
    • Printed half of it before the printer stopped working. Have not got started on the editing.
  • Make the BBCGoodFood Calendar recipe for January.
    • Nope.
  • Invite friends for a tea party.
    • They were invited, but as the party was to be today, and my grandmother was admitted to the hospital last night for falling and breaking her hip, and is having surgery today, I cancelled. Will try to get this back on the schedule at some point.
  • Walk to work at least once a week.
    • I did not walk to work once. Mainly because I was hit with a gigantic lack of energy/downer, and it really took a lot out of me just to get out of be in the morning. I went on a couple of hikes in the weekends though.

The chairs

My dining room chairs has got a bit wonky. (Borrowed from my grandmother, who stored them somewhere and had not used them in a while. As evidenced by the fourth chair with paint splatters.)

So, this summer, I made renovating them a project. I used sandpaper to remove the old paint as much as possible. Then I painted a layer of paint – it was called Eggplant.

After a couple of days, the eggplant colour did not catch my eyes. It was dull. And boring. And only had a purple tint when the sun was shining directly on it. (Which in Norway would probably only be in the summer…)

So I went to another paint store and picked up a bucket of Electric Purple.

And painted.

The end result still make me happy almost six months later, so I call this a success.

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DSC_0172A new year, new food promises. This porridge from BBC Good Food is incredibly creamy – it actually feels a bit like rice porridge, but it is oats- and the compote on top brings it all together.

The recipe gives two servings, and two big servings at that. From experience: I put one in the fridge, and plan to have it for breakfast tomorrow. That works perfectly – and it still will taste good.

I ended up fresh pressing oranges for the juice. If I’m going to start eating fresh, I wanted to avoid the preservatives in the store-bought orange juice. It takes about two oranges to get to the 150 ml juice needed in the recipe.

If you want to fancy it up even more, adding cinnamon would be a nice touch.


January resolutions

January resolutions
Happy New Year, people!

I never keep the resolutions I intend for a whole year, so I thought I would try to have some resolutions each month this year, instead, and then hope at least some of them will become new habits. Or you know, a way to get it done.

In January, I will…

  • Read more paper-books and less e-books.
    • I made my goal over at GoodReads to read (at least) one more book in 2014 than I did in 2013… and I ended up at a lot more past that, thanks in part to e-books. . So new goal is one more than I read in 2014 for 2015. But I also figure that I need to get cracking on reading the physical books in my TBR pile…
  • Visit a couple of museums.
    • I was fairly good about doing this when I lived in Oslo for the first six months of 2014. Now it is time to start going back to it in my home region.
  • Print out myNanowrimo novel and start editing.
    • I actually finished in 2014. So, clearly, I need to go back to it and have a look at it.
  • Make the BBC GoodFood Calendar recipe for January.
    • I missed a couple of recipes this year, but overall, I made some tasty new dishes that I might not have made otherwise.
  • Invite friends for a tea party.
  • Walk to work at least once a week.

Quotation Monday #90: Memory

God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.

James M. Barrie


I don’t like green Christmases. They’re not green—they’re just nasty faded browns and grays.

L. M. Montgomery

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Princess Madeleine pregnant

The Swedish court announced today the happy news that Princess Madeleine and her husband are expecting their second child together. Princess Leonore will turn one in February.

The due date for the child is set to Summer 2015.

If she is 3 months pregnant now, (the typical time of announcement), the child may be born anytime in June.

This may result in a limited attendance from Madeleine at the wedding of her brother on June 13.


Quotation Monday #88: gifts

Do give books – religious or otherwise – for Christmas. They’re never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal.

Lenore Hershey


Video: Make it so



The Princely Monaco channel announced earlier that their twins were born earlier today at the Maternity of the Princess Grace Hospital Monaco..

  • Gabriella Thérèse Marie born at 17h04
  • Jacques, Honoré, Rainier born at 17h06

Prince Jacques Honoré Rainier is the Crown Prince. In accordance with the historic custom established by the treaty of Péronne (1641), he receives the title of Marquis of Baux (in Provence).

Princess Gabriella Thérèse Marie, second child in the line of succession, shall receive the title of Countess of Carladès (in Auvergne).



The book Royale Rejser: Bag kulisserne med de kongelige by John Lindskog depicts the story in 15 chapters of various photographers who have been following the Danish royal family through the years.

It tells the story of King Frederik who did not much care for the photographers, but had one he tolerated. Prince Henrik who was taught how to sail by a photographer. The photographer who got the scoop of Mary and Frederik together on holiday in Australia, based on something Mary had said in an interview a lot earlier. It also tells of how they might not publish something because the royal family asked them not to.

Of course, the stories in the book are subjective – as the last chapter’s interpretation that Queen Margarethe will abdicate any day now. (The book was written in 2009.)

The photographers share the stories of how it is to travel with the royal family. How they can joke with them one minute, and be very formal the next.

And the story of how one of them – Martin Jørgensen married into the family, sort of.

As more and more newspapers and magazines are starting to rely on pool photography and buy from a limited number of photographers, it seems like the type of photographers in this book, who photograph the royal family for so long that they get a relationship with them, may be a dying race.

I found the book fascinating, and if you read Danish, it is definitely worth a read.


Tuesdays with Dorie: Rugelach

These rather reminded me of Baklava in consistency. And my sister also commented that she has had something similar Middle Eastern desserts.

Some comments:

  • I am not a huge fan of coconut, but it needed it here for the consistency. I am not sure what I would substitute it with if I did not have it. More nuts maybe?
  • I switched the dried cherries for raisins and the milk chocolate for dark.
  • I did not chop any of the items for the filling at the start of making the recipe. When the recipe said to combine the ingredients for the filling in a bowl, I added them all to the food processor and zapped them together until they were finely chopped. Beats chopping everything by hand.

The end result worked rather well for me. However, I fell victim several times to skimming the recipe and going by what I thought the procedure was, from other similar recipes.

I think my dough ended up thicker because of it, but as it was still very flaky when baked, I can live with that.

I brought it to work the next day and served up the remainder, and all of my colleagues said they loved it – with a couple asking for the recipe.

I would have loved for there to have been a picture involved in the cookbook.

Tuesdays with Dorie

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Quotation Monday #87: Resolution

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.

– Abraham Lincoln


In the midst of the sad royal news from Belgium – Queen Fabiola passed away yesterday, it is also time to remember that there will (knock on wood) be some happy princely news coming from Monaco soon.

Princess Charlene is due to give birth to a set of twins in December. The Monegasque succession details that male goes before female. So, if a girl is born first, and the second twin is a male, he will go before his sister in the succession.

If two girls are born, or two boys – the order in which they are born determines the succession, same as with siblings born years apart.

Naturally, there has to be a poll:

What do you think the twins born in Monaco will be?

  • A boy and a girl (88%, 7 Votes)
  • Two boys (13%, 1 Votes)
  • Two girls (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 8

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Dye yarn

I tried my hand at dyeing yarn with Wilton’s gel food coloring recently. I tried two methods, one on the stovetop and one in the microwave.

The (100% wool) yarn I started with was fluffy. After being in a water bath with vinegar, it was no longer fluffy. But it took color really well, and quickly.

The one in the microwave ended up purplish, which was logical since I used the violet food coloring. I found that (as I suspected) my microwave is less than optimal, and it took several more minutes in the microwave on high than in the original instructions.

The one on the stovetop, I actually used two pots with different colors to get a more fancy yarn. Burgundy and green. (Suitable for the Christmas period, no?) The two pots meant that yarn hung between the pots, so it ended up dripping quite a lot on the stove.

If I only had used one color on the stovetop, there would hardly have been any difference. Now, the stovetop was messier. But time-wise the microwave was preferable to the stovetop.

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