After an incredibly frustrating day trying to renew my visa yesterday (including a VERY grumpy lady, being told that my visa would not be renewed before it expired and therefore should not travel this summer, a magically disappearing application and having to submit another one AND pay the fee again) my visa was renewed today by a very nice lady who instantly took my documents, issued my ID card AND returned the fee for the second application that I had to submit.
Today is 17.mai, also known as Norwegian constitution day. It is kind of like the 4th of July in the US except people get dressed up. There are parades (I walked in one), street vendor foods, a carnival and traditional Norwegian costumes called Bunads. There were even storm troopers in the parade!
We are headed to Sweden this weekend with our Swedish friends Anna and Anders. We are going a beer and whisky festival there. And we get to go to a fancy Swedish dinner tomorrow. And we get to go shopping on Sunday (just because we can in Sweden and cannot in Norway).
We are going to take a plane and a bus to get there and a train to get home. Should be fun!
Today was ski day at school. This means that we took all of our middle schoolers cross country skiing for the entire day (well from 9:30-1:30 at least). I borrowed skis from a colleague and skied. I managed to go both up hills and down hills without killing myself, which I am very proud of. We had amazing beautiful weather and fresh snow to top it all off. All in all, not a bad way to spend a Thursday!
We made it home from England safely. If I have your address, you should get a postcard eventually. If I don’t have your address, you should give it to me so I can send you mail from Norway (or wherever I happen to be travelling)!
Anyway, I will update you all on the England adventures over the next few days.
Ugh, I hate it when I catch my students cheating. It is just a homework assignment. A pretty easy one at that. Just do your damn homework! And if you are going to cheat, be smarter than turning in an electronic copy that you have only changed 3 words on! Grrr!
Rule 1: Always post the rules. Rule 2: Answer the questions the person who tagged you has written and write 10 new ones. Rule 3: Tag 10 people and link them to your post. Rule 4: Let them know you tagged them.
01. How long have you lived in your current place of residence?
Current city : Since August 3, 2012 (so almost 6 months)
Current address: Since October 4, 2012 (so almost 4 months)
02. Who was your first hero?
My first hero was my dad. I went though a period of time where nobody could do anything for me other than my dad. I would say “No! Daddy do it!” no matter what it was. My mom was the one who was home with me all the time and it drove her crazy!
03. What’s one thing you always get on your pizza?
Other than cheese? I really like mushrooms on my pizza.
04. How recently did any of your relatives emigrate from one country to another?
My mom’s great grandparents immigrated in the 1920s from Hungary. They moved to Florida and were bootleggers!
And now I have immigrated (at least temporarily) to another country!
05. What was the first photo you took? Do you still have it?
I have absolutely no idea what the first picture I took was of. I certainly don’t have it. I do remember my first camera though. It was a long skinny camera like this! Mine was teal though.
06. Do you keep a diary or journal offline?
I do not, though sometimes when I am upset of frustrated I write my way though whatever it is that is bothering me.
07. What was the first movie you saw in a theater? What was the last?
I don’t remember my first movie, I remember trying to go see some Disney movie when we lived in Texas, in the early to mid-1980s. We never made it though because we got into a car accident and had to deal with that instead of going to the movies. I was so upset I was crying.
The most recent movie I have seen in the theaters was Lincoln. Mom and dad and I went while I was home at Christmas. It was really good.
08. Where did your favorite postcard come from?
I used to collect post cards, did you know that? I think that my favorite ever postcard was from my grandmother. She gave me some antique postcards from the 1930s that she had managed to hold on to.
09. Do you give personal names to objects?
I usually name my cars. My Hyundai had the longest name ever for a car but we called her Lucy. (Treva, do you remember the whole name?) Daniel and I named our Christmas decoration this year. He looks like this (but he is cuter and has a bigger beard). We named him Brunost.
I also often call objects by strange cutesy names, depending on what it is.
10. Do you have a motto, mantra, or otherwise that you find yourself repeating to yourself? Does it help?
I don’t necessarily have one specific motto or mantra that I use. It really depends on the situation. I often tell myself “They are teeneagers” to get me through school. Remembering that really helps sometimes.
I have been using this website (http://library2go.lib.overdrive.com) to check out audio books and books for my Kindle. I has been great. However my Eugene library card just expired, so no more access for me. boo!
Daniel and I have had a discussion recently centered on the following question:
"At what temperature does snot freeze?"
Well, my nose and I would like to tell you that snot freezes around the same temperature that water freezes. Today is was -10 degrees C (14 degrees F) and my snot was totally frozen. My nose would run, then it would freeze. It is a very strange feeling!
songbirdstew said: I bet in Norway, schools don’t close for “snow days.” I’ll keep you posted if we get a half-inch of snow that throws everyone into a panic, so you can laugh at us.
Definitely, definitely no snow days in Norway. We ended up getting about 6 inches of snow all together. It is supposed to melt off in the next day or two. In the meantime it is pretty (and slippery and cold!).