Favourite things in nature

I’m generally not an autumn person. I don’t like it when it gets colder outside, which (in Norway) happens just about when the calendar hits September 1. This year we’ve been fortunate, and have had a very mild season.

But what I do love about autumn – the changing colours.

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This was taken in the end of September. This particular tree always seem to want to go red before the rest of the wood have discovered that winter is coming. But it is very pretty.

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This was taken yesterday.

Just the difference in colours – amazing.

 

Prince George

He’s now more than a week old, Prince George of Cambridge. He’s also the most talked about baby globally for quite some time.

Frankly, I haven’t bothered posting about him before, because it seemed like there was a huge overload of it. I especially liked the Huffington Post’s spoof headline: Woman gives birth to baby.

What I was disappointed in, as a royal watcher, after the birth was the fact that they sent out a press release before they sent out the traditional easel in front of Buckingham Palace. Stick to tradition, please.

His name.  Good that the parents could survive figuring out how many names he needed. Really. George Alexander Louis. I’m not too keen on the Louis part of it. I get that it is one of the names of Prince Charles, as well as from Louis Mountbatten, and one of the Spencer cousins is also called Louis. Unless he plans to conquer France – I don’t see the point of a British king (assuming he gets that far) being named a French royal name.  Less than interesting tidbit, his initials are GAL – which in Norwegian means crazy.

There has also been mutterings in the media that we won’t get to see him as King, because it is so far in the future.

Never say never. The whole reason for having a line of succession longer than two people is that people die. Slight exaggeration there. But Frederick, Prince of Wales, died in 1751 – nine years before his father, and never ascended to the throne.

I actually think I am more interested in the theoretical and historical side of it rather than the actual royal baby.

Abdication in Belgium (100 things #13)

Yesterday, King Albert II of the Belgians announced that he is abdicating. You can watch his speech in French in the YouTube video below. I’ve also been pondering a bit about this – I’m by no means a Belgium expert or follow the Belgian royals avidly, so feel free to chime in if you want.

2013 is really turning into the year of abdications, isn’t it? First the Netherlands, then the Emir of Qatar announces that he will be abdicating, and now the King of the Belgians follow suit.

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Trying to break a habit

So, the Olympics are over. And since I’ve been checking the online newspapers pretty obsessively both because of that, and, it’s been a slow summer, I figured it was time to break my habit.
Not write the newspaper-adresses into the browser when I’m bored. Not check every five minutes (really, it doesn’t change much). Not have it on in the background. Plainly – just try to break a time-consuming habit.

Already, I feel myself be more effective at work.

I don’t mind telling you, though, that it’s been surprisingly hard.

Yesterday alone, there was 20 times (at least!) that I typed the address of a news-source into the address bar. Which is also why, I’m coming to realize that this kind of action is definitely necessary.

This decision came just in time for the backlash over the report over the July 22 reports. Instead of reading the news reports on the report, I went straight to the source, and read the report itself.

I figure I’m going to give this a go now for two weeks, and then I’m off for two weeks with very little internet time. By the time I get back to work in September – a new habit should be formed.

Hopefully.

Lists

We’re entering into the month of December soon, and I’ve got lists of what to bake, what to make, and what events to attend.

Decorations: I’ve already started on the Christmas decorating with the indoor lights. I’ll be putting up the outdoor lights in the coming week, and Christmas tree later.

Food: There are some cookies and things to bake – as well as preparing something for a couple of get-together with my coworkers and friends. There is a list of things when it comes to making and putting together a gingerbread house.

Events already planned (some of which require more planning): Christmas lunch at work, Christmas breakfast at work, get-together with co-workers, game-night, New Year’s Eve…

There’s usually spontaneous things popping up, and a couple of things I know will come.

How about you? Any list-makers out there?

Love hearts

The Love Hearts candy was quite big when I was in school. There was a definite interest in finding one that said the right thing. (And possibly send the perfect one to a crush…)  And there’s definitely a nostalgic element to them.

Now, I’m less interested in what they say… and only try to find the proper pink “strawberry” ones that are my favorites.

A fresh start

No matter how many technical applications I have for writing in, Word, Scrivener, OpenOffice… – I don’t think there is anything that compares to an empty, lined notebook and a brand new pen that writes well.

The rest of the writing process may be messy and disorganized, and may work better in computer-based writing programmes, such as Word or Scrivener, where it is easier to edit and move things around. But that first page… that first page is so filled with possibilities, and it’s so much easier to fill a handwritten page than an electronic one, for me.

Since I graduated, my life does not have that many new notebooks any more. But I guess that only means I should find them for myself, and write what I want, and not depend on having them for class.

My class notes always ended up with plenty of doodles and character development in the margin.

My biggest problem with that was actually remembering where I’d written what, so I could get it into the document.

I’m sure there are plenty of unfinished scenes or plot ideas scrambled about in old notebooks.

Victoria’s wedding, cost vs. profit

Di.se had an article a while ago, which I found fascinating, and wanted to discuss. They have basically taken the potential wedding between Crown Princess Victoria and her boyfriend, Daniel Westling and calculated what they estimate to be the cost of the wedding, and the profits.

Let’s take a look at their calculations:

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“Our” royals?

A lot of the time, when someone is about to make an argument against having a monarchy- if they diverge from the ever faithful “they’re living on our taxes” argument, or the “it’s an old-fashioned form of government” one- for some of the countries we usually end up with the ever true and tried one: “They’re not XXX nationality, they’re from YYY.”

 

In a lot of ways, it is true.

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Royal Magazines

It is not always easy to find royal magazines. Even in Europe.

Or, more precisely, it is not always easy to find them outside the geographic scope they publish for. Where many newspaper/magazine kiosks will have Cosmopolitan, Elle or Vogue, often in more than one language, they often don’t seem to cater to those of us who’re into royalty.

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