søndag den 16. december 2018

In the past week

-I have found the sparkling jacket that I will use over Christmas and New Years #so80s #unashamed
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- I have been trying to get a good use of my Christmas earrings as this is kind of the the only time of year to use them. These are from the Vatican. I bought them as little medallions and made them into earrings:
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- we have been going to the annual Christmas concert with the band at Luca’s school. They have gotten SO much better since last year and it is amazing to watch their improvement
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- we have hung lights in the bedroom. They are kind of cheesy and teenagy but I still love the look of them in the darkness
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- and today we went to get a tree. Bailey was more the ready to go tree hunting with us, but unfortunately the farm was already closed for the season! 😡 But doggo still enjoyed a trip by car
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søndag den 2. december 2018

Introducing Zen-riette

It is December! And as terribly long and dreadful and dark and grey November is, it still kind of sneaked up on me. One of the very first things that marks the beginning of the Christmas season in our life is the much dreaded visit to the postal office to send the yearly presents and US Christmas snacks to family in Denmark (and the dresses. Never to forget the annual Christmas dress for our 8 year old niece). I hate going to the postal office. I hate it. I hate it. I hate it! It always ends up taking hours and costing in the vicinity of 200$. And because of this I alter my personality to Zenriette. The woman who will not lose her cool no matter what. When I got there yesterday it was no exception. First Zenriette challenge was to park the car as the parking lot there already had so many cars that I couldn’t squeeze mine in. But lucky for me Kristian had picked up custom forms I had filled out at home, so I “only” had to find the right-sized boxes, get them packed, wait in line and pay.......
As if!Turns out those forms were only for military shipments. And the lady at the counter rolled her eyes and gave me another set of forms to fill out. Back to work, writing down addresses and contents and values. Back in line to wait. And then it was finally my turn again. With another lady who rolled her eyes and asked me if I really was sure I wanted to send my parcels as express deliveries as that was quite expensive! And that I reallyneeded to fill out another set of forms then. By this time Zenriette was slowly beginning to crack and reveal the sizzling green monster underneath who would have happily started spewing piercing sarcastic comments left and right. But I went back to filling out forms (here are the two wrong ones. The upper one is clearly for military purposes only, right? So easy to see🙄)
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1 hour and 15 minutes and 125$ later I was finally done. And since I had promised myself a visit to TJ Max afterwards - that’s where I went of course. I wanted to see if I could find something that resembled an advent wreath (usually only the giant door wreaths or graveyard wreaths are available). And believe it or not - I also managed to find unscented candles! And with a short visit to the pine trees outside I ended up with this:
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Quite nice if I may say so myself.

søndag den 25. november 2018

Thanksgiving 2018

The thanksgiving weekend is over - that was fast. Probably because we have had a really good time. We have gone for long walks with “the very hungry caterpillar”:
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We have enjoyed an amazing thanksgiving dinner. I especially loved the gravy turtle:
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What is a home without a gravy turtle? Right?
I also really enjoyed the company
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And when you are as old as me and only have teenage kids, sights like this melts your heart:
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Not particularly pleasant though was the Black Friday brutal wake up by 16 year old (5:30AM......😖) who insisted to go shopping. Pronto! So off we went. Spending 1 1/2 hours at Briarwood mall to get........ drum roll please....... two cups of Starbucks drinks. We did look for new boots for Teresa, but there were none she liked. Until we made it to DSW:
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Where she fell in love. An expensive love I might add. A “not on Black Friday sale at all” love. So Teresa’s new love is now stored away for Christmas Eve, which will be the next time she is reunited with them.
When we got back, Kristian and I did a Target run to get presents for the family back in Denmark. The plan was to ship them yesterday, but Luca needed a day just with him and me. So instead we had French fries:
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Snooped around in the secondhand book stores with Star Wars places as far above as possible
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We even managed to spot a fresher than fresh Zinn street art (he was actually painting it as we walked by the first time)
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And ended the afternoon with the “jolliest bunch of assholes” on Main Street:
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Now it is Sunday afternoon. Ulrik is back in his dorm, Kristian needs to bottle a bunch of beer, Teresa needs to do homework, and I will be going to pick up Luca from a friends place together with the 4-legged family member (who is actually losing it right now as he I overly excited about t potential car ride).

søndag den 18. november 2018

On my mind in November

It is November and with November comes Thanksgiving and the much needed first break from school since summer, which we are certainly looking forward to. It is also the time of year where we get the first snow. I had to drive to work early this morning (Sunday) as I had mice that needed my attention. And I actually made it in one piece despite my fear of driving under these conditions:
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This also means that a certain high schooler has to get out of the door early, when she drives to school as there is often ice in the car in the mornings:
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And I am back to bussing some mornings.Well - on the morning of this picture I guess I could have biked as the bike lanes were clear. But the -10C cold and the thought of frozen gears made me bail out. And made me feel very old👵🏻😕
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Ulrik also has a break from college next week and it will be nice to have him home for a bit. We don’t hear much from him, but when we do it is good news. He has been thrown into a lot of unknown territory with his drawing skills and has already improved tremendously and learns new techniques fast. Here is a croquis drawing he has done recently:
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I have a hunch that we will be able to fill our walls with art in the next few years!
Last but not least we are also binging on the Great British Baking Show. The hosts are the BEST! A weird goth dude, who has the sweetest personality and an older Danish comedian, who made sure to introduce Danish Week in the program leaving the poor Brits struggling with smørrebrød, æbleskiver, and kagekone. And when we watch that, I itch to get in the kitchen - something that resulted in this pomegranate cake for dinner guests yesterday:
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Maybe not the prettiest cake of all times but as compared to other disasters leaving our kitchen I am quite happy with it

lørdag den 10. november 2018

Diwali style

have to admit that every time we reach November I miss all the Danish Christmas hygge terribly much. It’s just not the same here. I miss real candles and non-plastic spruce and everything marzipan. Some of it we try to make up for ourselves and some of it we just have to live without. But then we get other events that would certainly not be a thing in Denmark. Like the yearly Diwali celebration at Kristian’s work where a large portion of the workforce comes from India. One of their biggest celebrations is Diwali - a celebration of light - and that is not being ignored at General Motors. Every year they throw a workday party with food (usually potluck but this year it was catering), decorations, singing, and dancing, and I wanted to share a few of Kristian’s pictures here.
They set up little tableaus with Golden gods, lights, and delicate patterns made from rice/lentils/beans:
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And have saris on display:
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And then there is the singing and dancing. Last year there was only one lady dancing but this year they stepped it up:
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Including Kristian’s boss and “the lazy boys” doing a somewhat not-too-acrobatic dance wearing sunglasses and plenty of attitude. LOL.