Monday, 10 November 2008

I have been tagged! 15 things I am not afraid to admit



OK, I have been tagged by L-Jay from mylittlenorway.com! I am not really sure what it is, but as she kindly took the time to tag me I will do my best to reply!

I think I will try and write a mixture of things - both about my experiences here in Norway and also little things about me! I have no idea what to put so far... I shall go and make a hot chocolate and mull it over....

.... ok here goes

  1. I read The Lord of The Rings at least once a year and watch the films probably 2 or 3 times (and yes, I still cry every time Gandalf 'dies' - even though I know he comes back later on)
  2. I don't understand the difference between the seemingly billions of different kinds of Norwegian Bread... so I just buy the cheapest.
  3. I knew I would marry Hans the moment I first saw him - a story for another time but one I will never forget!
  4. I am really terrified of flying and spend the whole time in the plane convinced that I am going to die.
  5. Since I have been in Norway I have studied my Norwegian books properly around twice - one of the main reasons I am here is to get better at the language and I have really been slack with it. It's just SOOOO tiring listening to people speak Norwegian all day - it really takes it out of you - the last thing I want to do when I get home at the end of the day is read Norwegian.
  6. I forget everybodies names and everybodies birthdays. I really am terrible with things like that - I am forever forgetting names, calling people the wrong names and I am the WORST person I know with birthdays. I annoyed my brother Josh when he came to stay for the weekend by calling him Ryan the whole time (the name of another brother) I dont even remember my age alot of the time - seriously. I have to ask Hans.
  7. I am not as independant as I thought I was - this exchange trip to Norway has made me realise alot of things about myself. I think I am better at being alone than alot of people, but I am not as good as I thought I would be. The first few weeks after Hans left were so hard to bear that I almost folded.
  8. I am scared of being in love. Although it is the best thing that has happened to me and I have never been happier - I am terrified of how vulnerable you can feel sometimes when you are in love. Enough said - anyone who has ever been in love will know what I mean.
  9. I talk to myself. Alot. I talk to my laptop, the TV,animals, the weather outside (yes the weather) I also argue with myself. No I don't. Yes I do. (Ha ha couldn't resist)
  10. I am shy. I have always been shy; I can remember hiding under tables when I was little...its a bad thing alot of the time - especially here sometimes I miss opportunities to speak Norwegian or talk to people or make new friends because I am shy.
  11. I have been training MMA for over 2 years and I am still not very good at it (the memory thing again)
  12. At least once a day I wonder 'what is out there?' I am not currently practicing any religion (I was brought up Christian, christened and baptised) but i wonder about it every day and I get scared in case I'm wrong.
  13. I have a minor obsession with Zombies (and one of the reasons I love Hans is because he does too!)
  14. I feel ignored sometimes in Norway - hence the blog name! I feel like an alien...
  15. And finally, I deleted loads of things that I wrote down because I realised - I was afraid to admit them!
Phew that was hard - 15 things is alot. For me at least, I don't like to admit stuff unless the mood takes me...

I shall tag Hannah at Spans Stitchin - a friend of mine who has recently begun crafting and has a lovely blog documenting her progress!

Its nearly 04:30! Oh dear, goodnight

xxx

Lastest project - book design

Just thought I would post a bit about my latest project - bok design (book design - not a hard Norwegian phrase even for me!)

The basic task was to go out and find a book, and re-design it. It's actually pretty fun, I love this kind of stuff - but we don't have very long to do it! I found an old book (almost as old as me!) calle √łkologisk design (ecological gardening) and this is the one I have decided to re-do!


As you can see (it is kind of 'quaint' and has a quality to it) but it is also very outdated (and as my friend put it - it looks like a childrens book) I haven't started on the inside yet - although I have plans! but here is what I have done so far for the cover;

Redesign of the book title - I decided that it would suit the theme of the book to actually make the title out of soil! It turned out good, although I don't have the best camera in the world! It took a whole night (with the aid of online TV and a glass of wine) to make the stencil and glue all the soil into the letters - but it was worth it - I am happy with the way it turned out. You can click on the picture to see it in more detail;


The plan for the front of the book is to have it very simple - the title and a simple image only. After loads of sketches I decided on the idea of having a little sapling and some roots (with natural and earthy colours) and then on the back of the book the sapling will have grown to a full size plant (symbolising that this book will have you growing your own garden by the end of it)

FRONT COVER

BACK COVER

So there is still alot to do, but this is where I am at so far (and why I have been so quiet)

On a ultra cheerful endnote - Hans booked his flight today! (WOOHOO) He is arriving in Bergen on 18th December. That is a day earlier than expected so he has cut my countdown down by a day :) So today it is 39 days instead of 40 until we are together again. I really can't wait - we have been invited to go and visit Maria and her family (in fact she said they would come and kidnap us if we didn't go!) so I really can't wait for that weekend - it will be amazing. I will finally be able to be 100% happy being with friends in beautiful places, but with Hans.

xx