Thursday, 29 June 2017

things I like lately

So long!

- our family summer vacation starts tomorrow; we are off to Iceland (!) for a wedding and a roadtrip
- the ten-item wardrobe
- looking forward to checking out the blogs in this post + curious about the lady who wrote the post
- the most important lesson I learned during my social media detox
- Sølve for taking such great care of our garden
- napping after kindergarten drop off - because I can (vacation!)
- a treehouse apartment in Washington D.C.
- Maja Hattvang's blog (new to me) - her home is gorgeous!
- Sverre slept until 7:30 am two mornings in a row! Hoping he will keep up this trend during the vacation.
- so excited about my new heavy duty blender!

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Things I don't like lately

- smoothies with too much coconut milk - it's sickening
- realising how weak I am, especially my arms - how can a 7 minutes workout be so hard?!
- project I quit sweet treats is a struggle!
- packing for vacation

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

life, week 25

baby steps towards another start of #iquitsweettreats // Tuesday dessert: raspberry mousse from #greenkitchenathome

more baby steps towards project I quit sweet treats and beyond: less hot dogs, more vegetables // leftover sweet potato mash, guacamole with coriander, alfalfa sprouts, cucumber and store bought Thai flavoured fishcakes 


first day of my eight weeks summer vacation // slept until 1130 (!) // #thelifeofateacher

things I like lately: new green plants, including a small monstera

midsummer eve 11:15 pm

Saturday 8 am

Saturday 10 am

Wondering if this spot will be too dark for the new philodendron. Also, note to self: must rehang that photo!

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Week 25: June 19-25

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

here we go again

After having announced publicly not only once but twice that I quit sweet treats, I feel pretty silly to say it a third time; I'm quitting sweet treats, again.

The last two rounds taught me a couple of lessons though. I'm an emotional eater. I already knew this, but the intense busyness of the last months reminded me of it again and again. Chocolate, ice cream and pastries kept me motivated for yet another long evening of work, yet another weekend of work, yet another task to overcome. Which leads me to the second important thing that I learnt; banning a motivating factor in mid stream is totally fruitless, obviously.

The coming school year will be just as busy as the last; I'm still in a full time position as a middle school teacher in addition to being a part time student. I need that my motivation for work comes from something other than sugar, sugar and sugar. I need the help of a well fuelled, energetic body that craves vegetables and vitamins.

My first round of quitting sweet treats was the most successful. It lasted three months, with the result of my sweets cravings being gone and my body feeling so much better than it had for ages. The key to the success was that I started the project during my summer vacation. Like I mentioned in this post, I find that it's easier to start a project like this when I'm in a situation that is not everyday life at home. Hence it's the perfect time to embark on yet another round of project sweet treats.

Those things that I wrote in the first post about the project still applies:

I don't do this to diet. I do it to feel good.

I have a huge sweet thooth and close to zero self-control. I suck at doing the sweets only on Saturdays thing. For me it works better to go cold turkey. I do allow sweet spreads like honey and jam, and all kinds of fruit, of course. And the occational piece of birthday cake or other kind of treat in extra special occations. I'm not a complete fanatic!

It's not about quitting sugar completely; it's about quitting the massive amounts of chocolate, ice cream and pastries that I stuff myself with. It's about trying to keep my blood sugar level more balanced and that way trying to avoid the sugar hangover headaches, plus the grumpiness and short-temperedness that too much sugar give me.

It's about appreciating the sweet taste of cherry tomatoes, a juicy orange and (almost too) sweet dates instead of constantly longing for the next bar of chocolate or box of Mövenpick chocolate ice cream. It's about drinking a cup of chamomile tea before bedtime instead of diving into the candy bowl once the kids are in bed.

In short; it's about cutting back on the things that make my body feel bad and adding things that make my body feel glad. Less sweets, more vegetables!

Hands up if you are ready to join me (again)!

life, week 24

This is a Pokéstop, in case you didn't know. I didn't know either until now. Because it has come to this; I'm collecting Pokéballs on my way to kindergarten pickup, so that Sara and I can go out and catch some Pokémons this afternoon. #momlife

Tuesday mood: all midterm papers are graded (🙌🏻) and we are having ice cream before lunch.

healthy snack lunch box of the day, Monday edition

that 9:30 pm summer light

first terrace bath of the season // not pictured: the sudden lower back pain that made it almost impossible to carry those buckets of water

Friday 8:30 am // meeting my class in the city centre for a day out and about // still 20 minutes to spare

healthy snack lunch box of the day, Friday edition

a lucky catch for the light hunter

salad saving duty // so embarrassed by the amount of food I had to throw away because it had gone bad // busy days + a fridge full of food + no time to prioritise cooking or organising the fridge = no good 

Ant spotting whilst avoiding the grass.

Oh the joy of throwing rocks in water!

Making childhood memories in my childhood neighbourhood.

I quickly snapped this shot and then rushed away. I do not like to be too close to a swan couple with their babies.

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Week 24: June 12-18

Monday, 26 June 2017

life, week 23

no grading today - enjoying Sunday on a Monday to the fullest // sandbox in the garden ftw

little helper

little, but not so little, helper

kale flowers // smells like fart

museum week // Stavanger museum's chair collection

museum week // dressed up like factory workers at Hermetikkmusee

post Wednesday dinner scene // fingers crossed that my cooking mojo will be back now that work is slowing down

We were so close to cancelling the annual kindergarten bbq party due to typical Norwegian summer weather (= rain), but at the last minute the sun came and...


...we all got to grill our hot dogs.

We did not have to worry about the weather for the annual teachers' summer party though.

Saturday 1115 am // all alone in the house and I got to sleep for as long I want

all the heart eyes emojis

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Week 23: June 5-11

Friday, 23 June 2017

things I like lately

Nice, France // part of our honeymoon in 2009 // Kodak Ektachrome E100GX (such a beautiful film!), Canon EOS 500N

- my eight weeks summer vacation stated on Wednesday - YAY! YAY! YAY!
- drinks with my colleagues to celebrate the start of our summer vacation
- sleeping until 1130 am (!) on the first morning of my summer vacation
- a walk around the lake - it has been a while
- yellow irises along the lake
- the interview with Jenny Skavland in the Bra Damer podcast
- the ever inspiring Ingefær podcast
- new green plants; a small monstera, a small pilea and a big philodendron xanadu - all inspired by the visit to Wildernis in Amsterdam (thanks again, F, for the recommendation!)
- pasta with avocado pesto for dinner
- slowly adding more vegetables to my diet and less sweet treats
- ordered a heavy duty blender and the Green Kitchen Stories smoothies book earlier this week - can't wait to start blending!
- Chopin, chamomile tea and my new linen bathrobe on a Friday night

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Things I don't like lately

- feeling very emotional about the fact that Sara only has one week left of kindergarten
- shopping galore - because both kids suddenly grew and need a wardrobe update

Thursday, 22 June 2017

life, week 22

Big milestone: first visit to her school; meeting her teacher and classmates. In August she's a big little first grader.

In a few hours I will have yet another pile of student texts to grade.

Just a quiet moment with some pretty light. Well, that's not correct. Sverre was not exactly quiet as he shouted for a ball from the bathtub - with no water - in the bathroom behind me.

Busy drawing whales. One of the pretty random words he has learnt recently.

The first cup of the day is always my favorite. Even though I drink it in the busyness of making the kids' lunch boxes, feeding them breakfast and reminding Sølve that it is morning and he has to get up.

weekend mornings like this

never ending weekend work // no rest for the wicked // #thelifeofateacher

Project I quit sweet treats is on hold until life slows down (meaning: until my summer vacation starts), but at least I'm keeping this little heathy habit alive: bringing this box (this one from Sistema) filled with fruit, vegetables and nuts for lunch every day.

rododendron galore and I love it

weekend work routine: one hour of work, then a short lap around campus to clear my head and get fresh air // repeat all day long // #thelifeofateacher

this is (nearly) the end #thelifeofateacher

Just as I packed my things and got ready to leave the basement of the University library, the sun found its way down there. It made me happy.

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Week 22: May 29 - June 4

Friday, 16 June 2017

things I like lately

strawberries from the 2010 film archives // Kodak Portra 160vc, Canon EOS 500N

- I passed my exam! (with a grade much better than I dreamed of)
- rododendron galore
- a stroke of luck when Sara and Sverre decided to play peacefully (yet loudly) on the trampoline whilst I mowed the entire lawn
- this photo
- creme cheese, salami and red apple on whole grain bread
- learning that these three dots ... in written language actually have a name; ellipsis (nerdy emoji)
- listening to Sverre talking through the babymonitor before he falls asleep
- season four of Skam - and finally having time to watch it
- zero-waste produce storage
- 129 tips til en grønnere hverdag med mindre avfall
- browse my cookbook shelf (via love and lemons)
- Sverre has started saying "løye" (the dialect word for "funny") and it's quite adoring. He is also very much into saying "no", which is not that adoring
- the first Norwegian strawberries of the season - shared with my little man, Sverre, who wolfed them down in no time

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Things I like lately

-  busy, busy days means I have cooked very, very little lately and eaten way too bad (i.e. heaps of sweets and carbs and hardly any vegetables)
- lumbago - it has been about 1,5 year since the last time I had it and it's just as painful this time. I guess I should work on strengthening my back to avoid this from happening again.


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