Bad Luck

Can't wait for summer and sunshine!

Can’t wait for summer and sunshine!

This last week I have had quite a lot of bad luck. In short a lot of things don’t go my way. Just to mention a few things. Earlier this week I wheeled my office chair over my headphones. They are now broken. I can’t find my card where I had 5 prepaid sandwiches left.

Today I went to the store and the guy behind me in the line drops a flask of fabric softer down on the floor. The stupid thing broke and I ended up with green fabric softener all over my boots and thighs. Thank goodness I was on my way home because it was uncomfortable enough walking home wet, green and smelling strongly of fabric softener! And just to annoy me even more the guy that spilt all over me just looked at me and said, “ups, you’re ok, right?” I really wanted to say no, but I was too angry to speak.

I’m very much looking forward to summer, sunshine and better luck.

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Ski world championship

Petter Northug, photo from VG

Petter Northug, photo from VG

The time has yet again come for a competition that Norway usually does great in. This time it is the  FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Falun 2015.  As Falun is in Sweden and the neighbourly bickering between Norway and Sweden has been in the media for quite some time. For Norway’s part it has started ok, we have 2 golds and 2 bronze medals, that we got the first day. But our Nordic Combined team did not get any medals in their first competition. And to spoilt Norwegians this is not so good.

The most controversial of the Norwegian cross-country skiers is Petter Northug. He has always been very cocky and has especially liked to egg on the Swedes. He has not gotten less controversial after his drunk driving incident this summer. When he won the race on the opening day of this championship he was moved to tears. His newfound humbleness in the aftermath of his victory seems to have gotten him back in good grace with some of the Norwegian population.

Therese and Marit

Therese and Marit, photo from NRK

The Norwegian cross-country girls seems to be winning a lot this year. As a Norwegian I really hope they continue winning, but I hope, for the sake of the sport that someone from other countries gets a few medals here too. The fact that a young swedish girl got the silver medal in the first competition was good in that sense. That being said I hope we get quite a few medals and that the ski races and ski jumping will be entertaining to watch.

 

Monday Protests

Lovely weather this weekend

Lovely weather this weekend

I walked past a protest in town today, the very Norwegian thing about this protest was that it had been announced well in advanced and there was a protest protesting the protesters organized. The thing about this protest was that there very few people who had joined the original protest, they where protesting against letting muslims in to Norway. The people protesting the protesters drew a lot more people, the original protesters was even outnumbered by the police by at least two to one. The last due to heightened security because of the terrorist attack in Denmark. I find the protesting group a bit hypocritical when they say that the muslims are the largest terrorist threat here in Norway. I’m not an expert, so extremist Islamist might be the largest threat, but much of their philosophy seem to me to be close to the thoughts of the man behind the worst terrorist attacks in Norway in modern times, Anders Behring Breivik.

The hare and the fox

The hare and the fox

This weekend was great, the weather was amazing and there was a lot of fun stuff happening. I got to enjoy the sunshine by going for a few walks, the photos above are taken on one of them. The birthday party was fun and lasted ’till the wee small hours.

 

Buns for fastlavn

Buns for fastlavn

Sunday I got up to bake buns for fastelavn and I made home-made “kjøttkaker” translating to meat cakes. I wanted to make som traditional Norwegian food as a proper Sunday dinner for my parents and my brother.

Meat cakes in progress

Meat cakes in progress

Good morning

This weekend is going to be really good. I decided it would be and made plans accordingly. This week I’ve been very tired, I guess I was feeling the aftermath of a very busy period. But I did get to catch up with a few friends over the week that I haven’t had the time to see in ages.  Meeting up with and just chatting with good friends are things I miss a lot when I’m to busy to meet up with them. And this week I’ve really got to have good conversations with some of them and just enjoyed their company. In addition to being very nice I’ve gotten rid of some of the guilty conscience over having to turn them down when they’ve asked me to hang out the last while.

Picture from a walk a few summers ago

Picture from a walk a few summers ago

Today I’m having a really quiet morning. I slept in, had a good cup of coffee, read a little, listened to some music and just enjoyed the simple little things I’ve missed when I did not have the time for them. Later on I’ll make a trip down to the library and get a birthday present for the birthday party I’m going to later. As I have promised to go over to my parents tomorrow and try out their redecorated kitchen and make them dinner, I also need to remember to get what I need from the shop. I should really do a bit of tidying and cleaning in my flat, but I won’t be disappointed in myself if I don’t get anything done.

Summer sunset from the boat

Summer sunset from the boat

Hope all of you have a nice weekend doing all the things that makes you happy!

P.S. WordPress just told me this was my 100th post, so I guess that is something I’ll be celeberating this weekend as well.

 

 

Bergen

Grieghallen

Grieghallen

This weekend I`ve been visiting the town where I spent 5 years at University, Bergen. The reason I was there was that my band was participating in the Norwegian National Brass Band Championship. The weekend was very enjoyable. We played well and I got to see many of my friends and acquaintances that plays in other bands around the country. That is one of the nicest things about going to the competitions. The parties were good, we where happy with our results all in all the only thing that did not behave in a good way was the weather, but what can you do.

Edward Grieg

Edward Grieg

The competition is held in Grieghallen, translating to Greig’s hall. Named after Bergen’s most famous composer Edward Greig, the one of whom the statue is of. This is also the location of the famous brass night party is held after the results have been announced on saturday evening.

When I was in Bergen I also found the time to go to a birthday party for my friends daughter who turned two. The birthday girl was all smiles and it was very nice to see them all again. And of course the cake was lovely.

Cake

Cake

Now that the competition is over I hope I get more time to do the things I’ve been neglecting while being busy rehearsing and playing concerts.

Busy times

View from where our rehersal is.

View from where our rehearsals are.

It’s soon time for my band to play in the Norwegian Championship again and this means that there is a lot of rehearsing and concerts leading up to the competition. This weekend was mostly spent in Oltedal, the place where my band has an old chapel we rehearse in. It’s been a cold weekend and we’ve had a little bit of snow. Sunday the sun came out and made the view beautiful.

On our way home

On our way home

The way home from Oltedal was amazingly beautiful. Trying to get good pictures from the car was not too easy, but I got a few ok shots. Not the worst view on your way to concert and home.

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Even if my weekend was really busy with playing, I still got time to go to the 30’th birtday of a good friend. It was a really enjoyable night full of fun and good friends.