My beautiful orchid!

Five years ago I got this orchid as a gift, and I’m amazed by how beautiful it has turned out! I can’t say I know all that much about orchids (or plants for that matter). That’s one of the reasons why I find it a bit surprising that not only is this orchid still alive, but it’s even prettier and has more flowers than when I got it! Isn’t it lovely?


Orchid. Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2018
Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2018

Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2018
Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2018

Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2018
Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2018

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Oslo Pride 2018

I must admit that I absolutely LOVE Oslo Pride! Though Pride started 14 June this year, and ended 1 July, I celebrated it only Friday and Saturday.

On Friday I went to look at Pride Park for the first time, and then headed to Pride Art. The art exhibition was really good this year! On Friday there also was a cultural item, with readings by a few authors, the big one being Gudmund Vindland. I’ve previously read a couple of his novels (he’s published four so far), and really liked them. He read from his current work in progress, and I must say I’m really looking forward to reading his new book when it comes out.

Gudmund Vindland. Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2018
Gudmund Vindland.
Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2018

Another author who read a work in progress that I really enjoyed was Martine Johansen. I’ve never read any of her works before, but I certainly will, and I am excited about her new book as well.

Martine Johansen. Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2018
Martine Johansen.
Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2018

It was also fun to listen to my friend Kiné perform a few of her songs. She had one I hadn’t heard before, but she also performed one that I really love, where she climbs up on a roof…

Saturday was, of course, the day of the Pride Parade. I have walked in the Pride Parade before, both in Norway and other places, in this year I walked with the choir I sing in. It was so much fun, and it was fun to see so many people watching us too!

My frienfd and I in the parade. Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2018
My friend and I in the parade.
Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2018

I had a short, but awesome Pride celebration, and am already looking forward to next year.

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Shutting the world out

Like so many others, I am the sort of person who get my energy drained by being social, and I can find crowds of people especially tiring. But I am also a city person, so it’s hard to avoid people when you’re out and about.

A few years ago I bought a pair of noise cancelling headphones. The main reason for getting them was to close out noise when I travel by plane (I have done a lot of flying the last few years), but it didn’t take long to discover that they do wonders other times as well. I don’t even need to put the actual noise cancelling on most of the time!

Using my headphones to shut the world out. Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2018
Using my headphones to shut the world out.
Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2018

Putting my headphones on, and putting on some fitting music (yoga music is especially calming), and in that way just close out the world, reduces my stress level so much! I love it!

What is your life hack to stress down when you’re out and about and around people?

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Where did all my spoons go?

When I was younger, I used to have a lot of spoons (if you have no idea what the number of spoons symbolise, you can read the Wikipedia article about the theory). I seemed to be able to be active and do whatever I wanted to do. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to have much energy left over when I am done at work.

Before you wonder, I will have to say that I love my job. I am a librarian, and I feel like I am on the right shelf in life. Helping others feela right, and I get to things I feel passionate about. I am so lucky.

Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2018
Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2018

I don’t know when my energy level fell drastically. Most probably it was a combination of things, but I know that I can’t use all my spoons on things that doesn’t make it feel worth it. I have to prioritise. I am in my mid fourties, and the “king in my own life”, as a former colleague used to say. I should decide what’s important to me. Therefore I have decided that the main activities for me outside of work will be writing and working out. A combination of things that I know I will enjoy.

Which activities outside of work or school is important to you? Are you good at finding time for them?

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Travelling east…

People who know me, know that I am vegan. I have been fully vegan since January, and I haven’t eaten meat for over 20 years. Though things have gotten a lot better, especially the last couple of years, travelling can still turn out to be a challenge. Especially at Norwegian airports.

One of the airports I travel from the most is Stavanger airport. I often go there right after work, and pretty much every time I wish there was a place at the airport where I, as a vegan, could get a hot meal.

To be honest, I don’t get why they can’t have, for example, a simple pasta dish with a simple tomato sauce of tomatoes and herbs. I would have been thrilled! It’s easy and cheap to make, and I think even kids would be happy to eat it… There’s so many people travelling, I am sure many would buy it, vegans, vegetarians, and meat eaters alike.

Os there something that bothers you when you’re at an airport?

Photo: Hidden in a Book © 2016
Busy airport…
Photo: Hidden in a Book © 2016

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Happy Midwinter!

It’s Midwinter. Yule. Christmas Eve. Whatever you want to call it. (I prefer Midwinter myself). Here in Norway the night of the 24 December is when we gather to celebrate with food and gifts. It’s our “big night” this time of year. And this year, for the first time I’m spending tonight alone. It has been my choise, and to be honest, I am happy about it. I will eat nice food, relax and just enjoy quality “me time”.

And since it’s this time of year, I will share this nice version of “Fairytale Of New York”, a beautiful song in itself. Here it’s done by Katzenjammer, Ben Caplan, and The Trondheim Soloists, which in my opinion makes it extra special.

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My own private Paradise

For the first time in years I have a balcony garden! I started planning it last year, and with the help from nice colleagues (giving me plants), my girlfriend and my mum, I now have chairs, a table and several plants, making this place to my own private Paradise.

Days like today, which is sunny and warm, are perfect for relaxation on my balcony. Just sitting here with a cold drink and a book is heavenly. Even sitting with your eyes closed and listen to the sounds surrounding you is wonderful too.

I am filled with gratitude and love.

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Photo: Hidden in a Book © 2014

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