a norwegian tunnel video

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Insert right here: a super-happy-that-it’s-Friday line.

What a whirlwind of a week! I’m so thrilled we’ve seen so many new students at the studio, but it makes for busy days. I’ve been making peppermint towels around the clock and it is amazing. I’m still reading the second Elena Ferrante novel, The Story of a New Name. For those of you out there who’ve read it, DID YOU EVER FINISH!? I love it, but every single night this week I’ve sat in the tub reading away and I still have a over 100 pages left…

I also found a random video on the computer from a time we drove through a super long, super creepy tunnel in Norway and thought I would share…this video could be a lot longer…that tunnel was LONG. Not sure we’ll ever get over Paul Simon’s The Sound of Silence coming up on the iPod at that moment. Shuffle is psychic sometimes.






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Ahhhh Norway. This timelapse of daily life in Scandinavia from Damp Design is so good. Andrew emailed it to me the other day.

Have you ever been somewhere and seen something that is impossible to capture on film?

I’m assuming the answer is yes.

Lately I’ve been feeling a little nostalgic for the days of living abroad.

Probably because I know now that we will not be moving…ever again probably? GULP.

I’m starting to forget things about Asheville, Norway, Edinburgh, and Austin. The little things, places, foods, bus tokens, etc. Makes me sad is an understatement.

While I love Pinterest for finding new recipes or style inspiration, my favorite use for it is to create curated boards that mean something special to me.

For a little while, I’ve been sporadically pinning to a secret board called “places that shape me.”

I don’t want to forget where I’ve lived.

So I began pinning images that make me remember. Most of them are places I would frequent often, things that stood out, my actual apartment/house, or general landscapes. This pin board is still a work in progress…I’m always trying to pin little things as I remember them. If you’re looking for a new and fun way to journal/scrapbook, I suggest giving it a whirl…it’s a really fun experience! I have loved finding old haunts via Google image searches. We live in a truly crazy world. I’m grateful.

I’ve recently made that board public, feel free to take a look.



Processed with VSCOcam Oh….that thing when you find ridiculously gorgeous photos of where you used to live…Norway, you’ll always be Christmas for me. That was a tough Christmas away from home–Andrew and I’s first together–all alone in a country where we knew no one, didn’t speak the language, and it was only light out for a few hours a day. Yeah, that’s a beautiful sunset…at 2:00pm! Busy weekend ahead. I still have some shopping to do, teaching, book club on Saturday, and then a fun morning at lululemon on Sunday. If you’re into yoga and a local reader, I encourage you to check out this event! Hope to see you there! Have a good one.

Where does that one album take you?


Last night we finally watched The Place Beyond the Pines. I’ve wanted to see it for a long time, given it features Ryan Gosling driving a motorcycle and all. It was alright, but oh dear the song that plays out the very end of the film completely transported me back in time…this song:

It doesn’t matter how many different places I live and where I play Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago, this album means Stavanger, Norway for me. I discovered it the fall of 2008 and oh boy…the melancholy vibe basically went perfectly with Norwegian winter with less than 4 hours of daylight. It was so “hyggelig” or, cozy.

I sometimes wonder if we’ll ever visit there again. I would love to…but in the mean time, I guess I’ll just queue up this album and visualize myself trudging the mile back (through snow and ice) from the grocery store, laden with shopping bags while Bon Iver warbled away in my headphones.



A few of my favorite photos: Norway

pretty much the reason I married my husband. just a typical day.

beautiful Svolvær in the Lofoten islands

May 17th Norwegian Independence day
 Pulpit Rock – Stavanger

Nedre Holmegate


I love looking at photo albums. My parents weren’t big picture takers when I was growing up, but we did have four big, 1980s style photo albums that I would sit with for hours. Photos are now so integrated into daily life that I fear the album is long gone. Instead of sitting down with an album, I find myself every once and awhile going through folders on the computer to look at photos…different , but not necessarily any less satisfying.

I recently discovered a photo editing app for iPad called Snapseed–uh-mazing.
I have yet to share much about our time living in Norway, so I thought I would share a few of my favorite photos from that year:

there is a chance Andrew might get to go to Norway sometime soon for work–hoping I might get to tag along!

Norwegian hearts and flags

Okay, yesterday, for the first time ever, we bought outdoor Christmas lights…We also have a baby christmas tree and I decided to try and get some decorations up today…day 2 of being off of work with the most dreadful weather!!

In Norway, they decorate for Christmas with red hearts. While living in Stavanger, I was so thrilled with all the hearts that popped up everywhere:

Today I finished off our little baby christmas tree with some hearts of my own:

and a little more Norwegian spirit:

and somebody didn’t feel like helping: