Moving Mania!!! The accumulation of an abundance of stuff... Baby how do you do it?? & Tales of sucky Norwegia... Misery thy knows no bounds...

Monday, February 08, 2010

It has been exactly one week in our glorious new apartment on the West side of Oslo. Moving has been a tumultuous affair. While I, the quintessential immigrant came to Norway with just 40 kilos of the bare essentials, my better half, has managed to amass a wealth of stuff. I was amazed. Partially because I had never seen his stuff before and partially because I have always favored the more Bedouin approach to d├ęcor of less is more. Sheeeeeesh!!!!

He has EVERYTHING!! Even an ice cream machine. I am amazed. My idea of a well stocked home is a home which has 4 cups, plates glasses and a pot or two. I am so lucky to have such a good planner for a lover!

It literally took us 3 days to unpack. And on the fourth day we normalized.

Now that it has been a week and all is back to normal I am resuming my seemingly pointless quest to become a Norwegian tax payer. Yes, the work visa saga is still raging and I am feeling more and more like it is not going to happen. I know it is not right to be pessimistic but in all honesty, its hard to be anything but pessimistic when all I read is publications on the UDI website about how Unlikely it is that I will get a visa. Anyway. On we plod. I will keep my imaginary audience updated.

More about the flat now. As mentioned it is totally fantastic, high ceilings, expansive windows, and gorgeous light. A delectable fireplace. I am so very much in love with it. This weekend we will have a small house warming for friends. I am quite excited.

Life in Norway has stagnated a bit. Every day becomes more and more frustrating with regards to not working and getting my visa paperwork sorted out. I never thought that it would all take this much time. I never thought that it would be quite so difficult. I think the most frustrating thing is that I have been offered a good job, with a decent salary and that I am here in a long term relationship and still it all seems a bit arse about face. Ahhhh.

I think my feelings of loneliness and misery are compounded by the fact that I have no friends here in Oslo, at least none of my own. I came here to start a life with Morten because I love him. So much. But what we are doing now does not feel like much of a life. Pah! Why is it so much to ask for things to just be sorted out?


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Sunday in the city...

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Today was better than yesterday. We continued our hunt for the perfect apartment and I think we may have found it.

Its is a one bedroom in a rather posh side of oslo and it has this enourmous fireplace which is great and a super old cosy kitchen. I really fell in love with it but I guess we will have to wait and see...

Here are the pics:

(cute cute kitchen which gets lots of light)

(Living room with antique side board)

(GREAT fireplace)

So I am not sure if we will get this one, who knows, I do know for sure though that it is the very first one we have looked at that both morten & I really like.

Hold thumbs!!!

2010 ~ Will you please turn out to be a year for doing and NOT talking...

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Whoa! Another year has come to an end, I am not quite sure how that happenes. Every year around this time I feel myself slowly fill with shock and awe that a year is able to pass this quickly and 2009 was no different.
I have not made any resolutions, this year I am setting small goals and working towards them realistically. I have high hopes for 2010, but more than anything I really believe that this will be a good year for doing. So I am going to share my small goals with you vast internet void in the hope that in doing so I might spur myself into action:

¤ I will have more mini-adventures
¤ To wake up everyday accepting how lucky I am and being more grateful for all the wonderful things I have in my life.
¤ Eat more vegatarian meals each week - but also generally eating more healthy food and cutting out refined products is very important to me.
¤ Trult try to enjoy nature, I want to be able to enjoy the time I spend outdoors and not be difficult and a nag and this means trying to embrace being in nature.
¤ No more gossiping!!!! Not ever. I am going to try to live the saying: If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. It is so easy to fall into the trap of constantly talking about others. Its malicious and unhealthy and I am saying NOPE!
¤ Try harder to not smoke.
¤ Spend less money, save more.
¤ Love my imperfections for what they are and not judge myself against other people.

Looking back on 2009 I can honnestly say that I made countless mistakes, did things so wrong, alienated many a friend and family member and so many other rubbish things. But I am not going to allow myself to dwell on those negative blotches. I think the best way to fix a mistake is not to make it again so I am going to say 3 cheers to Nikki and how far she has come and here's to 2010 - the year of self improvement!!!


Bedroom Basics - The quest for the most perfect bedroom

Friday, January 01, 2010

So with the new year comes a new home... Not yet found though. As we begin the search for a perfect flat in Oslo I am begining to feel so disillusioned. Being a Capetonian one is totally spoilt with flat choioces, all spaces few expensive. But Norway seems to be the reverse. Smallllll & disgustingly high rental rates.
In light of this I am fleeting to my most favorite place in the world, my mind, to dream up the perfect bedroom so here is some bedroom inspo... Maybe someone will read this and escape to...

Dreaming of dreamland now <3


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