Wednesday, 18 March 2015

My Favorite Books I



Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Sunday, 25 January 2015

The Starfish Story

A young man is walking along the ocean and
sees a beach on which thousands and thousands
of starfish have washed ashore. Further along
he sees an old man, walking slowly and
stooping often, picking up one starfish after
another and tossing each one gently into the
ocean.

“Why are you throwing starfish into the
ocean?,” he asks.

“Because the sun is up and the tide is going out
and if I don’t throw them further in they will
die.”

“But, old man, don’t you realize there are miles
and miles of beach and starfish all along it!
You can’t possibly save them all, you can’t even
save one-tenth of them. In fact, even if you
work all day, your efforts won’t make any
difference at all.”

The old man listened calmly and then bent
down to pick up another starfish and threw it
into the sea. “It made a difference to that one.”



(This is a very liberal adaption of the 1969 Loren Eiseley essay The Star Thrower)

Thursday, 22 January 2015

New Header!

Here's a couple of photos I snapped in an attempt to make a new header, that did't make it! I hope you like the new one! It's been a long time since I 'dressed up' for photos, but it was the only productive thing that happened in my life today, haha!





Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Day in Life

Surely days are very different around here, especially now that I'm on vacation. This was today, and I'm planning to do more of these posts (if you like them!), and this is not going to be tomorrow, not in the slightest. I hope you enjoy reading this anyways :)


06.49
I wake up 1 minute before my alarm goes off. I’m usually not a morning person at all, but it’s one of my bad habits, that I’m trying to work on. I think getting older helps. Waking up before the alarm clock is a great feeling, and it makes me feel like this is going to be a great day!

I know I’m going to have a busy morning, so I prepared a lot of things the night before: I showered, picked out clothes, put out what I needed to make breakfast and soaked oatmeal, hemp seed, sunflower seed and sesame seed in a bowl. I cook it into oatmeal, topped with milk and butter, make coffee, get dressed and start eating my breakfast. I also pack a lunch, rye bread, two pieces with cheese and one with sausage. I don’t get to eat it, it turns out, but I’ll save it for tomorrow.


07.20
I write Wade and he is still up, which is rare at that time PST. He calls me up on Skype and we chat while I finish my breakfast. Afterwards he comes with me to the laundry room downstairs to pick up a load from last night. We continue chatting while I brush my teeth, put on makeup and pack my bag.


07.55
I hurry out the door, forgetting computer and phone chargers, hurry back and need to run to make the bus. At the station I get on the train to Aarhus. It is still dark and it is so much colder over here than in Seattle.

08.15
The train arrives and I find a nice spot. I’m lucky enough to always have free WiFi in the trains, so I spend the time reading ahead on one of our courses for next semester. I’m reading about investment theory, energy politics and energy planning. I get a couple of mails out and is satisfied with it being a pretty productive morning.


10.05
I arrive in Aarhus and walk down to Center for City Development and Mobility under the Municipality of Aarhus. My meeting is at 10.30, so I have a little time to get settled down, fix my skin that is pinkish red from the cold and get my game face on. From 10.20 till 11.40 I’m in a meeting with some really cool people, discussing possibilities for writing my bachelor’s thesis with them. I get invited to an innovation workshop in February, and it is generally a really great meeting. Afterwards I walk towards the city center, originally looking for a cup of coffee.

12.00
In Quartier Latin I decide to go try on suits instead of drinking coffee. I need a great suit for some professional functions, but it is next to impossible to find something that is both suitable, of high quality and reasonable affordable. I was trying to take advantage of the January sales, but a lot of the co-ords are missing one part or they simple doesn't suit me, no pun intended. After a couple of hours I give up, thinking positively that at least I now know much more specifically what I like and what looks good on my body shape.


14.15
I settle down in a coffee shop in central Aarhus and was all of a sudden reminded why I didn’t use to drink store bought coffee in Denmark. Crazy prices! I pack out all my gear, persuades someone into sharing their charger outlet with me and start working. I teach high school/pre-university and want to incorporate some of the stuff I've learned in Seattle in my material. Some of my theories also need to be revamped, to make it a bit more relateable and lighter to that particular age group. I spend some really concentrated hours on it, and almost finish.

16.15
It is morning in Seattle and Wade is up. He calls me, and while we can’t video chat in a coffee shop, it is noisy enough everywhere else that I feel OK talking on the phone. I tell him about my meeting, and he tells me about what he did last night and his plans for today. Right now we talk a lot, and I’m not sure how and where it will find a level once we settle a bit more and I get back in school. I do enjoy it so far, though. My dad calls me while we’re on the phone, to tell me he’ll pick me up in an hour.


17.30
My dad picks me up and we drive towards Randers, where he lives with his wife and ¾ of my siblings. I talk to him about some concerns about my bachelor thesis and my meeting earlier. He has always been super helpful when I needed to discuss things like that and get someone else’s opinion on different things. I appreciate that so much! We talk about his work day and he mentions that we need to go pick up the other car, since his wife had a flat in it earlier.

18.15
We arrive in Randers, say hi to everyone, pick up tools and head out to pick up the other car. I never learned how to change a tire, so I get to do it this time. It’s pretty easy on a Citroen though, since it can lift itself! We drive the cars back home, where dinner is on the table. Usually my dad or one of the kids cook, but tonight his wife did. We have white fish with fennel, potatoes, onions and a tomato salad. Afterwards we clean up, I answer a couple of emails and browses the internet.


20.30
Everyone is back inside to watch a television show/documentary on the national channel. It is hilarious and everyone is having fun watching it. My train is at 21.20, so afterwards my dad drives me to the train station.
I get at good spot in the train, and works on this blog post, mentally preparing to walk back home when I arrive. I have a great bike here, but I don’t have any lights on it right now, so I need to fix that as soon as possible.


22.30
I arrive back home after a long day. I didn't have time to clean everything up this morning, so I’m doing my morning cleaning now and also soaking my porridge bowl. I very loosely follow FlyLady, and make sure to Swish and Swipe every morning and Shine my Sink every evening. I snap a couple of photos for this post, look over my continued to-do list, mentally thinking about what I want to accomplish tomorrow, refill my water bottle and crawl underneath the covers. I edit the photos and finish writing this post. The cat joins me – she doesn't like me being gone a full day – and we watch Bones, while trying not to let my imagination run off. It's very soon bedtime, so that we can get ready for a new day.


Monday, 19 January 2015

VLOG: Messy Apartment Tour



Here is the shaky I-just-moved-in-12-hours-ago-and-everything-is-crap-Apartment Tour! Everything is just kind of messy, and that is just how things are sometimes. Hope you guys don't get completely scared off :)

Sunday, 18 January 2015

49 QUESTIONS



1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? 

Yes. I was named after the grandmother of Jesus. No shit.  

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? 
In the SEA-TAC airport, leaving Seattle last Saturday.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? 
It has improved. I just to write 'upwards' and my teacher would say that I was writing as if I was happy. I guess I'm still happy, but a little more in control, and now the letters stay in line. My handwriting changes a lot. It can be pretty and composed some days, and it can be all over the place other days.  

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? 
I like to eat chicken on sandwiches. That is usually what I'll go for. I also try to eat as much fish as possible, so whenever tuna or salmon is available, I go for that. These days I'm trying to limit my tuna intake as much as possible, though.

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? 
No. But I have a cat!

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? 
I hope so. I'm slow at making friends and not very good at it, but I'd like to think, that when you actually do befriend me, that it's worth it. I hope so at least.

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? 
I think Danes do a lot in general. It gives us problems when we're out in the world. I guess I do, and I realize it can be rude on some occasions. You'll learn that the hard way.

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? 
I do, I guess. And all my wisdom teeth too! The pain was definitely worth it!

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? 
No.  I actually don't think I ever would. Just the thought of it makes me queasy.




10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? 
Oatmeal. I don't like eating sugar in my food. I don't mind sugar if there is supposed to be sugar in there, but I'm not eating other cereals, because they usually have added sugar. I do love chocolate muesli though! Ha!

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? 
Rarely. I have to on my big boots, but I try to avoid it

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? 
Yes. 

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? 
Liquorice, of course!

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? 
I don't know, eyebrows for girls, maybe, hehe. I mind people's handshake very much. I think it is important and says a lot about someone.

15. RED OR PINK? 
Pink. Pink is my favorite color and it suits everyone and everything. Red is rarely pretty. I prefer red nails and I like dark red dresses. 

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? 
Bad habits, I guess. I'm a very messy person and it is very frustrating. I've been working on that. On becoming a more organized person. It's a work in progress.

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? 
My grandmother. And Wade right now, of course.

18. WHAT IS THE PAUL MCKENNA TECHNIQUE THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON THE MOST? 
????

19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? 
Black leather men's shoes. I work in them and they are so pretty.




20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? 
Lunch with my grandparents. I had rye bread with Danish sausage ('spegepølse') and a piece of dark bread with two cheeses. And coffee. 

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? 
My brother is watching television in the room next to me. I'm visiting my mom's house and he's not feeling to well, so he's still in bed.

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? 
Pink, of course.

23. FAVORITE SMELLS? 
Wow, that's a hard one. Food and wine, I guess, haha! I like the smell of sheep's wool and my grandma's garden. I like the smell of gasoline and newly mowed grass. I like the smell of paint and coffee.

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? 
My mom, ha, last night!

25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE? 
Mountain at the beach, anyone? I love the sand and the water. Mountain sounds cold, I'm not into cold.

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? 
Show jumping and athletics. I love watching the athletics, seeing the runners, jumpers etc.

27. HAIR COLOR? 
If you ask non-scandinavs I'm blonde. I'm not sure the Scandinavians agree. Darky blonde probably. Ok, brown.

28. EYE COLOR? 
They are more or less blueish, and has a little yellow ring around the pupil. They are very similar. I love it when people have spots on their irises, that is so beautiful. I also love pure blue eyes, like Wade's, it is so wonderful.

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? 
I do, I'm completely blind. Which reminds me that I need to get them checked, since my vision has worsened. 




30. FAVORITE FOOD? 
I love most foods. I love food! I do always enjoy eating sushi though, and while I do love super high quality sushi, I don't mind just making some simple crappy sushi for myself and eat that!

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? 
Happy endings, always. I don't watch scary movies at all. I can do with some crime television if it's daylight when I'm watching it or someone's home. I'm probably a little too imaginative when it comes to stuff like that. And I like sleeping at night!

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? 
Was on the plane home. I watched a couple - Chef, which is a new movie about a guy with a food truck. The 100 Feet Journey, which is about an Indian restaurant and a French Michelin restaurant and Stay (I think it was called), about a girl that needs to decide if she wants to live or die. Would recommend all of them!

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? 
I'm wearing a black shirt, underneath a black and white patterned dress, underneath a bordeaux cardigan!

34. SUMMER OR WINTER? 
Summer. Of course! 

35. HUGS OR KISSES? 
Hugsies, yay!

36. FAVORITE DESSERT? 
I don't know.. I don't eat a lot of desserts.. Maybe a chocolate cake or fresh berries. I'd take cheese any day!

37. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO? 
Nothing at all! Or yoga. So that will make it strength.. 

38. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION? 
Computer, surely. And well, that is my only television, as you probably know..

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? 
I'm reading a crime series, by an author I don't remember the name of. I'm pretty sure the name of the series is Chilled or Bones or something. It's ok. I started reading it, because I read her newest crime series, and that one only has one book. Then I read some other of her books, but now making it to the fifth or sixth one, I'm pretty done with that author!




40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? 
Does people even use those anymore?

42. FAVORITE SOUND? 
That's a weird question. My family having fun, I guess.

43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? 
That depends. Rolling Stones on Mondays and Beatles on Tuesdays. Maybe Rolling Stones a little more than Beatles.

44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? 
Brisbane/Sidney, Australia or Seattle, WA, USA.. That is so darn far away. I guess I was farther away in AUS, since Seattle technically was my home. And I feel at home there. In Australia I didn't have contact with anyone for five weeks. No phone, no nothing.

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? 
Naaaaah. I'm really good at making gravy. Wade calls me The Gravy Queen. My younger siblings also seem to like me,and even if it's not a special talent, it's definitely my favorite! 

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? 
Aarhus, Denmark. With a view to the Magnolias, my mom said. I do love magnolia.

47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW? 
Denmark. In Aalborg in the northern part of the peninsula.. I've lived a ton of places, but I really like Aalborg. It's great. 

48. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE? 
It is orange. Like super orange and not very pretty. If it was mine, it definitely wouldn't be orange!

49. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR? 
I don't have one, but my bike is black, grey and orange. I was buying a super purple bike, but I guess I' too old to chose bikes based on color and I had to be sensible. I still love it though, it's a great  bike.




Questions graciously stolen from Mirelica

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

VLOG: First day back in DK



I just got home from my exchange in Seattle, WA, USA. It's wonderful being home with my family, but also a lot of things to get used to all over again. Just some thoughts on being back here.

And then there is a SUPER energetic puppy!

Friday, 9 January 2015

Sunday in Seattle

Last Sunday was my last in Seattle before going back home to Denmark. W and I had talked about doing some touristy stuff and since I'd never been to the Space Needle that was our goal. Unfortunately, we chose the worst day this entire winter and weren't able to see anything. One thing that is cool though, is that there were no line. Also, did you know that it is much cheaper for King Country residents? We started the day at a brunch place nearby and it was great. After visiting the Needle, we made our way to touristy Pike Place and then we took bus 7 all the way down to visit W's favorite taco truck... I'll show you the photos from the truck in an upcoming post! What a great last weekend day in beautiful (but grey) Seattle.