Thursday, January 21, 2010

Trading swiss cheese for birds nest...

We have started the search after a new place to stay.. Exciting! Leaving the swiss cheese and it's many holes in not too long we hope:) The holes are still very much there. But on the bright side we're starting to get used to them by now and the temperatures has gone up, so at least we don't have to worry about freezing to death in the near future!

Since it seems like it will take some time for my husband to find work here, we have decided to find an other studio appartment. We checked out a few bigger appartments, but decided that it was better to have some money left at the end of the month. It would be so miserable living in a beautiful appartment, but not being able to go anywhere, do anything and have to flip every penny to make it. In other words; Yes to life and adventures!:)

Why is it sometimes so hard to decide what to do, just to know what would be the right decission to make? We found a bigger appartment that would have been perfect for us, just a bit expensive with our finance right now. It would have been so nice to start a new chapter there, but the timing could be better. Sometimes there is no rights and there can be more than one right, but in the end I think you have to go for your gutt feeling and what makes you happy at the end of the day. And that's just what we did. A little soul searcher in other words. What makes you happy, I believe the answer lies inside of you.. We can ask people, talk about it and get advices, but in the end we have to look inside to get the true answers to how we want to live our lifes in order to be happy. For me and us in this case, that is to be able to adventure life, feel free and to not have to worry about every little thing because the rent is to high.

Mmmmm I must admit, I would like some more room though and having a proper kitchen for one, and the bathroom inside my appartment, and not sharing it with two neighboures that's not so friendly with the soaps and scrubbers, and especially after living small for many years. And a balcony would be heaven!! But we will have all that one day... One day when things has fallen into place for us. Patience.

On the other side I don't see why I can't live like this a little longer! I'm used to having everything just within one arms reach;) It's practical and you never get to save up too much junk. Simply cuz you don't have the space..! Voil'a!! It's a true lovers nest and you have to love each other dearly to live this close, trust me... Which we do.

Bird's Nest by Keith Taylor

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Living In a Swiss Cheese...

The last couple of weeks has been unbelievable cold! We've had temperatures down to -20 C/-4 F, and believe me that is COLD! Especially combined with an ice wind that seems to be blowing from north of Siberia..:/ I've been adding doubble and tripple layers of clothes so I won't freeze on my way to work, in other words not so happy for walking to work right now. Looking like wrinched up lemon, cuz I'm so concentrated on surviving.. ahha Mmmmm maybe I should get myself a little foldable bed under my desk?;) Guess I should feel "lucky" though.. Just outside town we've had temperatures much lower than this, like -30 C/- 22 F as a normal. I surrender, I give up, where's my summer?

Early Monday morning, I woke up to a very chillled, little loft appartment. I reached out to feel the radiator.. Ice cold! It usually happends every winter, but it couldn't have happend on a worse time than this!! Oslo feeling more like living in an ice box right now! Kitchen oven on full throttle, hoping I didn't have to get up to frosted windows.. Brrrrr!! So happy we live in one room, a few candles and the oven on keeps it warm:) haha

Turns out the burner in the basement had stopped working. Also one of the water pipes had bursed during the night, and of course they thought it might be at my place! Some where.. With no technical drawings, they didn't know where to look for the leakage and that some where proved hard to find:S Later on the same day, I got a phone call from my love, they had to make a hole in the wall.. One hole, two holes, three holes, four holes later, in walls, ceiling, even inside our closet and they still hadn't found the pipe!! And allmost ripped the floor up! Mighty chaotic in 17 square meters! I just had this ugly feeling it probably wasn't even in our place.. Grrrrr Turns out I was right.. They finally turned to the neighbores, which has been complaining about their kitchen cabinet being damp for a long time allready... Yeahiii for lazy care takers, ceap land ladies and plumbers with no technical drawings! Maybe they can make us a nice little balcony and a roof window while their at it, a few holes more..;)

Me wanna move..

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Lovely, Luscious Dark Art from Natalie Shau..

Natalie Shau has created an absolutely wonderful world of sugar coated, dark fairy tale creatures that my sweet thooth just couldn't resist;)  Gorgeous dark pieces, left me with a feeling that can only be described as love by first sight...

"Natalie Shau is an illustrator and photographer from Lithuania, currently living in Greece. Her works are mixture of her photography, digital painting and 3D elements. She enjoys creating surreal and strange creatures, fragile and powerful at the same time. Natalie’s style was influenced a lot by religious imagery, fairytales illustrations and Russian classical literature such as Fyodor Dostoevsky, Nikolai Gogol etc. Natalie Shau constantly keeps working on her own personal artwork and exhibitions, but also enjoys creating illustrations for music bands, fashion designers and writers. Her illustrations for Lydia Courteille jewelry campaign were published in french VOGUE magazine."

Here's some of my favourite pieces for you on the second day of the year, enjoy;)

"Black Celebration"


"The Messenger"

"Black Widow"

 "Catacomb Kittens"



"Carousel for Birthday"