Sunday, April 16, 2006

God Paske! (Happy Easter)

Even though most people in Norway are not very religious, Easter is a very big deal. It kind of feels like an extended Thanksgiving because many people travel home to spend the week with their families. We are enjoying Ben’s time off by going on walks, sleeping in, and spending time together.

Starting Wednesday afternoon, everything closes down because of the holiday, and they do not reopen again until the following Tuesday. The grocery stores open for a few hours on Saturday for those people that run out of food, but other then that they remain closed.

As a result of this I have a weeks worth of groceries in my kitchen for the first time in nearly ten months. It is strange when I realized how acclimated I have become to shopping for food every two days. On Thursday I was sure that half of the food I bought would spoil before we had a chance to eat it. It then occurred to me that I used to have this much food in the kitchen all the time back in the states. That realization showed me that I am integrated more in to this life then I had previously thought.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

New place, again;

Well for the most part we are all moved in to our new apartment. After one more trip to Ikea, the apartment is no longer in need daily used items. All that remains is the spontaneous personal touches takes years to place, such as photos from travels, and sentimental items from experiences not yet had. The apartment is on the first floor which means no more “soft feet” out of respect for the down stairs neighbors.

We are enjoying the fireplace / stove in the living room, and have lots of wood stored in our basement storage room. We have used our attic storage room for out of season coats and clothes, and some under utilized computer equipment. The dryer in the laundry room dries the cloths in an hour, instead of the two days it used to take on the drying rack.

Besides the amenities, the apartment was recently updated for a clean and modern look. We are really enjoying this place and are relived to no longer have to worry about moving. We are still waiting for the Internet to turn on, so until then, we are doing all our Internet activities at Trolltech.