Grey Sunday!

The Oil museum of Stavanger and grey skies 

Yesterday I celebrated the 30th birthday of one of my closest friends. It was a very good party and it lasted till early morning. So today I decided it was a good idea to go for a walk to get some fresh air. The weather could have been better, it was grey, a bit of fog and a light drizzle of rain. But the fresh air was nice and did me good.

What have you decided to do the is weekend?

23 Words or Phrases to Eliminate From Your Writing Today (Infographic)

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Another informative infographic from the Ape!

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by Brendan Brown on Global English Editing Site:

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William Strunk Jr. phrased it best in the must-have book for writers of all levels, Elements of Style:

“Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.”

There’s a tendency to fill writing with needless words; this can bog a reader down in details, distracting from your message. Mastering the art of decluttering words frees you to effectively capture readers’ attention, sparking intrigue and affirming expertise in what you are writing about.

Here are some must-have tips to help you do just that…

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Which colour suits me best?

This post is an exemple of what can happen when there is nothing on TV and your book has run out of pages.

My favourit colour is pink

My work week is very busy, so I don’t have energy to do very much but good for walks, read and other lazy activities in the evening.

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Weekend in Bergen 

Bergen harbour

Last weekend in Bergen I had a very good time. I got to see a lot of good people and I participated in the Norwegian Brass Band Championship. 

We did not manage to do our best preformance on stage, but in the end we got 5th place out of 15 in our section.

Rapunzel cake for the birthday girl

I even found the time to go to my friends daughter’s birthday party. And enjoy some time in the company of friends I don’t get to see often enough and have good cake at the same time.

Handball again

Our handball boys unexpectedly got to the finals of the World Championship! They are playing against France who has been by far the best team in the tournament, and they have the home advantage. We absolutely don’t except to win, but with this team who knows. 

The semi finals on friday was a real thriller. I was lucky to watch the game with great colleagues. After our keeper saved a penalty in the last minute securing us a tie leading to extra time. Where we had most to give. 

Everybody loves an underdog and as Norway was the last team to not make the qualifiers they only got the spot in the Championship when a nation from Oseania did not have a team. We got the wild card and got to play . And the frustration from losing in the last game turned to happiness when we got a chance. Then to go all the way to the finals is just amazing! 

Hope you’re all enjoying your Sunday!

Let the busy times come!

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A good thing to think about when you feel inadequate

I’m going in to a very busy time of year. Garantert it has been quite busy for some time, but we’re are re-organising at work. And in a little more than a week I’m going to Bergen to play at the National Brass Band Championship.

Both are things I’m looking forward to quite a lot, so I don’t mind being busy this time. But I am also looking forward to when it will all calm down a bit. At the moment I keep feeling a bit inadequate at times, when I don’t have enough time to do everything at once, even if I know that I am doing my best and nobody has complained so far. So I keep telling myself that I can only do my best and that just has to be enough.

Photo from last year in Bergen

Here are a few posts from my previous trips to the National Championship:

Stress, illness and National Championship

Weekend in Bergen

The Day Has Arrived

Bergen

And here are a few more from Bergen:

Touring in Bergen

Fløyen, Bergen

Ulriken, Bergen