mandag 28. februar 2011

wild bird

I quit my job. We cancelled our apartment lease.

We are packing up all our stuff and moving north!
North as in far north. Above the polar circle. 68 degrees north to be precise.

I used to live there once, back in the days, before I became who I am now. And I miss it!
I miss the weather. The storms. Being blown off the sidewalk. I miss the rain. Not just any rain! But biting cold polar rain that surrounds you so you can’t hear anything else. I miss the midnight sun. I miss the aurora borealis. I miss the house shaking from a hurricane! I miss fishing. The ocean. Waves bashing against the shore. I miss fresh seafood. I miss sweet  strawberries the size of apples!

I miss my family. I miss my mom's cooking. I miss my best friend! I miss cursing every third word. Not to be rude or obscene - but because that is just how it is up there!

And don't get me wrong - I LOVE Oslo! For 12 years now I have thought of myself as a city-kind-of-girl. But I am torn between one place and the other. So I think it's time to just jump into it and give it a shot! To live there again and to see how it goes. But I hope we are able to visit Oslo and the poeple we love here often and that the city will always be here to welcome us back if I should change our mind...

And what about Cas you say? What about the poor guy from Holland that already moved all the way to Norway? Well I'll tell you this - in all my life I have never met anyone as adaptable as him... He loves the idea! He just sees it as a big adventure and an opportunity and is more than happy to pack up his stuff yet again and move above the polar circle. 

Pheeew - am I the luckiest girl in the world or what?! *swoon*

3 months and counting!
Lynette, you got the calimucho ready for our arrival?

Images: Unknown / Music: Big Bang 'Wild Bird'

monday midday randoms

Happy Monday cupcakes!

How was the weekend? I was talking a bit too soon about my neighbors I am afraid and tonight they woke us up at 04.00 again with shouting and loud music. Sigh! What is their thing about techno parties on Sunday night? But that was just a small exception in an otherwise perfect weekend so I refuse to let it drag me down! :)

How about you? How was the weekend? And do you have any exciting plans for the upcoming week?

Pssst! I have some exciting news to share! Well - exciting for us anyway!
Promise to be back with that a bit later...


søndag 27. februar 2011


Waking up with the sun shining through the window.
Slacking until 11.00 with an ice coffee and then walk over to the Nighthawk Diner to eat pancakes with bacon and maple syrup for breakfast.
A long walk with Cas to the Sunday market and around town.
To find a nice little Sunday open shop that has the perfect candleholders in an amazing spring green color.
More gold medals to Norway in the World Ski Championship.

You won't hear me complaining!

lørdag 26. februar 2011


Happy Saturday cupcakes!

How is your weekend coming along? Ours is treating us nicely so far!
Yesterday we had my brother over for dinner and wine and I suddenly realized that I just don't have enough Sancerre in my life - I will be working on that from now on! Tonight we are going to the movies with some friends to see 'True Grit' and I am really looking forward to that. Tomorrow I think we will be slacking around Grünerløkka and eat lunch at the Nighthawk Diner. And no noisy neighbors so far!

How about you? Anything exciting going on?

Enjoy your weekend!

onsdag 23. februar 2011

my wednesday

A new magazine, some lit candles and a bowl of pistachio nuts
- everything set for the perfect Wednesday afternoon!

How is your week coming along cupcakes?

mandag 21. februar 2011

monday morning randoms

Pictures: WeHeartIt

It is Monday again cupcakes!

And what a night it has been! My not-so-adorable neighbors across the hall have been playing their eastern European techno all night long. And let me tell you - all of it sounded the same from here!

Thank god for home office and Iced coffee to mend the ‘dunk dunk dunk’ that is still playing on repeat in my head…

Hope you all had a better start of the week than I did ;)

fredag 18. februar 2011

everyday essentials

H&M Home just did it again! I am sooo smitten by their new collection 'everyday essentials' and just put in an order for a few new things to brighten up our kitchen for spring.

And the lovely Kristine was kind enough to let me know that H&M Home will open a brand spanking new store in Oslo this spring - hold on to your wallet!

mandag 14. februar 2011

monday midday randoms

Images: WeHeartIt

Happy Valentine ’s Day cupcakes!

How was your weekend? Mine was blissfully nice and quiet and I enjoyed every moment of it! Today me and Cas will just make us some nice food and cuddle up on the couch with a movie. How about you - do you have anything fancy planned?

Have a great Valentine ’s Day and a happy week!

til mamsen

Ville bare si at jeg håper du har hatt en finfin morsdag til den flotteste mamsen på jord! 
Hadde du vært her skulle du fått deg en banan og sjokolademuffins!

(Just hoping my mom had a great mothersday and sorry she was not here to taste my chocolate and banana muffins!)

lørdag 12. februar 2011

house of sand and fog

  1. Cote Femme Scarf [via]  
  2. Moonstone Stacking Ring [via]
  3. Good day sunshine indie earrings [via] 
  4. Lily lace taupe beaded purse [via]
  5. Nelly Zhob Shoes [via]
  6. Vintage Silver Vase [via]

Happy Saturday cupcakes!

How has this second week in February been treating you? I have been buzy at work and in the evenings me and Cas have been cooking and watching Dexter - our all time favorite serial killer. (Now there's a sentence I thought I'd never write!)

When I logged on today I noticed that I haven’t been posting anything since Tuesday. Time just keeps running out on me and I just don't have as much time for the blog as I used to.

The reason is a combination of work getting a lot busier that it used to be and Cas moving in with me. Before I used to have time to make a post in the lunch break but nowadays I am lucky if I get any lunch break at all. Most of the time we are just eating with one hand and working with the other! And before Cas moved over I used to spend a lot of time at my PC chatting with him on skype (which of course was the perfect time for blogging!) but these days we spend a lot more time cooking, going out or watching TV and a lot less time in front of the pooters.

This have made me realize that I have to lower my own expectations on how often I can update my blog - instead of feeling that small sting of guilt every day I don't find the time for it. So from now on I will try to update maybe 3-4 times a week instead of 6-7. And I was thinking maybe it would be wise to make as much as possible of that my own pictures and material and cut down a bit on the inspirational posts. There are just so many fantastic blogs out there for that purpose!

But I am curious - what posts would you like to keep? Any favorites you would be sad to see go? Or is there anything you would be happy to see less of? Any feedback you might have will be most welcome!

And a fantastic February weekend to you all ♥

tirsdag 8. februar 2011


My Cas makes the BEST breakfast. It's true!
He takes some fresh bread and adds some mayo, mustard, cheese, ham, cucumber, red peppers and a freshly boiled egg. Salt and pepper on top. Yum!

mandag 7. februar 2011

monday morning randoms

Good Monday morning!

How was your weekend? Mine was just perfect! Dinner and a movie at Ulla's place on Friday, cleaning the apartment and greek takeaway on Saturday and relaxing with Dexter and pasta with salmon on Sunday. Donno about you but I am already counting down til Friday again!
This week I don't really have any plans at all! My favorite kind of week! Hope to see a bit less stress at work and to find some time to take a few pictures. And just maybe we will stop by IKEA again on Saturday to pick up a few missing bits and pieces. 

What are your plans for the upcoming week? Anything exciting going on?

søndag 6. februar 2011

red checks

Yesterday we turned the apartment upside down and cleaned every last corner - and there is just nothing cozier than a home that smells of Ajax and some candles or fresh flowers on every table!

I can tell the light is changing these days in Oslo as well. The sun is brighter and gives more warmth than it has in a long time and when it sneaks into my kitchen it makes me dream of an early spring.

What do you think, will spring come early this year?

lørdag 5. februar 2011

be my valentine

  1. White Flash diamond ring [via]
  2. Heart covered sheets [via]
  3. Free kiss tickets [via]
  4. Tangeled hearts valentine card [via]
  5. Red Velvet Dream Cupcake Greeting Card [via]
  6. Vintage Lolita Heart Sunglasses [via]

fredag 4. februar 2011

where the wild things are

This is not really a traditional Friday favorite - but I am sure it will be after tonight!

I just can't wait for this work day to finally be over so me and Cas can jump on the subway over to Ulla to get dinner served and watch the movie 'Where the wild things are'. The movie is an adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic children's story, where Max, a disobedient little boy sent to bed without his supper, creates his own world - a forest inhabited by ferocious wild creatures that crown Max as their ruler. And I have been dying to see it ever since I saw the trailer for it a while back!

This have been another very busy week at work - and last night I even had a nightmare about being late for a deadline! So I welcome the weekend with all my heart and I can't wait to spend some time over the weekend catching up on some blog reading I have been neglecting and just relaxing with a cup of tea in front of the pooter!

How has your week been? And were you a disobedient kid - just like me and Max?

Big hugs and a happy weekend to you all ♥

tirsdag 1. februar 2011


Image: WeheartIt / Music: Jason Molina 'Lioness'