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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. …

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: …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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… …

Question: How do you find motivation?

We all have times when finding the motivation to do certain things is a little hard. It might be exercise, housework, schoolwork, or other things. How do you find motivation to keep going with your activity of choice if the inspiration is lacking?

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 …

“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 …

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 …