Monday 11 February 2013

Sola Beach - just outside of Stavanger
(Can you tell I'm craving a little sunshine?)

-We've both been making a bit of an effort to eat a little healthier and do a little more exercise.  Both of us were feeling our clothes fitting a little snugger particularly after the holidays and I was horrified at how tight my muscles have become after so much inactivity.  We've been going for walks together at night and cutting down on beer & coke.  (I have only consumed 1x 6 pack of coke since returning from Christmas holidays - anyone who knows me and my nightly coke treat knows this is a big deal.)

-We've never been ones to 'go to a movie.'  We were always more likely to rent one and watch at home.  In fact, before moving abroad, we counted 2 films we saw in the theatre together in the 2 years we lived together.  Lately, we've been loving the luxury of seeing films.  Perhaps it was our time in Gabon being totally cut off from pop culture or perhaps it's just happening as we mature (i.e. get old) but since moving to Stavanger, we've seen: Skyfall, Argo, Take This Waltz, The Impossible, Silver Linings Playbook and I saw Les Mis & Hope Springs with the ladies group.  Next on the list, Zero Dark Thirty.

-I've been catching up on my share of teenage angst.  Starting at noon Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls and One Tree Hill have been playing in succession every day starting from episode 1.  It's so bad, it's good.

-I'm still working on making friends and filling up my time here.  It's a slow process.  I've sent some emails about volunteering but have yet to get a response.  I do have one friend that I consistently meet and several not so consistently.  It's coming.

-A few months ago, I explained our Thirsty Thursday tradition in Gabon to a friend here who happens to be on the board of the women's group.  She liked it so much that it's become a regular thing in Stavanger.  I've only been able to make one but it resulted in a lot of red wine drank, no dinner and a difficult Friday morning - shockingly similar to those in Port Gentil.

-I've started the beginnings of some travel planning for the Spring.  Stay tuned - it's looking to be good.

-I've been working on gathering blog post ideas - I'm at the stage here in Stavanger where things don't feel new anymore and occasionally, I have a hard time figuring out what to write about and what you (the readers) will be interested in.  I added the small survey on the right sidebar and have received a couple of requests via comments or email which I greatly appreciate.  If you have anything you're wondering about, drop me a line.


  1. I totally hear you on that last one - it's why my blog evolved from an expat blog into a lifestyle blog. at a certain point, you just LIVE there, you know? you can only write about air drying your clothes or whatever so many times...

  2. Ahh, Gilmore Girls. I love that show. I think I've seen every episode a half dozen or more times.

    1. I watched it when I was in high school - I'm enjoying reliving it ;)

  3. man, the making friends bit is so hard at times! That is the one thing that I am not looking forward to when I move abroad.

  4. Hi there! I just read your interview at BlogExpat and got curious :) I am Norwegian but living in Spain and it's always interesting to read blogs about foreigners in my own country. In the end I have learnt more about my own culture after living abroad myself, but it's interesting to hear other points of view. Your comment in the interview about the "mhmmm" sound made me laugh! :) I never even thought of that being something strange or special, but sure I do it all the time when I speak Norwegian! Wish you a lovely day!

  5. We've also been going to the movies more often now... I can't wait to see Zero Dark Thirty - it sounds amazing! I also want to see Lincoln. Thirsty Thursdays sounds like fun... I should start one here :)


  6. I love that you've started watching Gilmore Girls. A friend of mine from high school was on that show for a while (Jared - he played Rory's boyfriend for a few seasons but I forgot his character's name).

  7. i just stumbled across your blog and love it! last year, when i was on maternity leave, i watched every episode ever created of one tree hill. i'm ashamed to admit it, but you're right: it's so bad yet so good! xx

    1. Hi Meghan!
      Those shows somehow have a way of sucking me in!

  8. Oh, shows about teenange angst and love...they really make you not miss those years of your life. On a happier note, good luck with reaching out and finding those lasting friendships!


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