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?

Busy airport... Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2016
Busy airport…
Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2016

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.

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.

Photo: Hidden in a Book © 2014

Today in short

Today I went on a three hour walk in the woods with my friends *Enigma* and Misa. I had brought books about mushrooms, a basket and my camera, among some other things.

And did I find mushrooms! I found Golden chanterelles (Cantharellus cibarius), Trumpet chanterelles (Cantharellus tubaeformis), and Terracotta Hedgehog (Hydnum rufescens).

Me in the woods…

I ended up having vegetarian burgers, mushrooms sauce, and tomato and mozarella salad for dinner.

Today’s dinner

In general a very good day!

“It never happens to me…”

How many times don’t we think that accidents and the like never happens to us? I admit it, I have thought that to. Only now I know it can.

A friend of mine and I were on our way back from C’s wedding yesterday, when in a tunnel we crashed into another car (frontal). We were brought into the hospital in Drammen. Since I don’t feel like going into details, I’ll make a long story short. We’re both fine. Yes, we’re both in great pain, but at least there’s no serious injury and we’re home.

A golden coloured car, with a big chunch of the front ripped off.
The car after the accident.
Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2008

And so, life goes on…

I have been meaning to write so many things, but I’m a busy woman, as always, and I don’t always feel like writing here… But there are some things…

Granddad’s funeral

I went to mum’s the day before the actual funeral. I had gotten the Friday off from work (paied), and we left fairly early for Hamar. On our way there we were terrorized by a truck, which was pretty scary, but we arrived at the church in one piece. It was strange to see some of my family again, some I recognised and some not. The service was nice, and there were so many nice words. He was a good and honest man, my granddad.

After the service there was a lunch/food/coffee thingy, and I don’t know what it’s called in English, but you gather after the funeral somewhere to have speeches and eat and stuff. You can’t really call it a party, as it’s not, and no one is really invited. Anyway, the food was nice, and all, but I felt a bit out of place. They’re so different from me…

My dad was at the funeral, even though he and my mum are divorced (since 1994 or 1995, I’m not quite sure when). But as my dad said, he liked my granddad, he was an interesting man to discuss things with, so actually attended the funeral because of the relationship they had had. Which I totally understand. I was glad he was there.

Coming out to my dad

My dad actually gave me a ride home after the funeral. A little while after we had left the others, I said: “Yeah… Uhm… I’m in a relationship.” (Or rather “Jeg har en kjæreste”, but that doesn’t really translate, as “kjæreeste” is gender neutral and means girlfriend/boyfriend, so I said “I have a girlfriend”, only not stating the gender). And he said, yes, I heard you said so (I had told my cousin, but not said anything about gender to her, only that “it’s new…”). I replied “It’s a girl.” “A girl?” he replied, kind of puzzled, and I said “Yes.” And he said “Oh, OK.” And that was pretty much it.

We did talk a bit about it, because I wanted to make sure he was fine with it, and he was. He said he didn’t mind and that he wasn’t really surprised.

Have I told you I have the best dad ever? 😉

Girlfriend stuff

A while back, my girlfriend and I broke up. Or, she broke up with me. I was sad, but not completely heartbroken, as I hadn’t had the time to get really attached to her. She told me she didn’t have the right feelings, and felt it was wrong to continue. I’m not getting into more details here, it’s between her and I.

I did a lot of thinking after that, and after a bit I realised it was probably the right thing for her to do. I don’t think we would have lasted anyway. We were just too different. And even though we did have some what I call “common ground”, there was not much else. And, to be honest, she’s probably not the right person for me. I’m an academic, and I need an academic partner. Someone who thinks and speak the same language as I do…

I’m currently reading…

One of the books I’m currently reading (yes, I do read more than one book at the time) is The Lovely Bones written by Alice Sebold. This novel is about a girl named Susie Salmon, who was killed at the age fourteen. The book is written from her point of view, from heaven, and we see how her family tries to deal with her death, as well as the community where she lived. I love it so far, and I recommend it!