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The Cookie Thief

Sometimes it happens that some of the stuff I eat is found far too tempting by my sweet loving cat. Today was one of those days.

So the sweet little creature stuffs his gigantic head into the cookie bag and get s a hold of one of them and drags it out before he starts devouring it…

Maybe he is a wee bit spoiled… But it’s fun to watch :D

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Reunited with Kitty

These past 5 weeks during the refurbishing process kitty has not been living at home, but at Øyvind and Madelaines place to not be scared by all the construction workers running in and out of my apartment and being scared by all the activity.

Last night I went to pick him up and it has been absolutely delightful having him home again. It does absolutely seem that he is happy to be at home too!
Since I brought him home last night he has been laying right next to me purring and purring and cuddling up close to me and just enjoying being home again :D

Its delightful! Love having him back !

Kattebading som kampsport

Noen sier at katter aldri behøver å bades. Katter skal etter sigende være utstyrt med et spesielt enzym i spyttet som fungerer som en ny forbedret variant av Omo Ultra. Katteeiere vet at ovennevnte ikke er tilfelle! Katter som har vært ute i nattens mulm og mørke har ofte en odør som minner om et spansk utedass en het sommerdag.

Når så dagen kommer, og du har bestemt deg for å bade dyret, kan det være greit å ha lest disse linjer og ta med disse rådene på veien. For det er ikke enkelt å bade en katt.

Tenk på at katten har fordelen av hurtighet og smidighet, mens du har fordelen av styrke. Utnytt denne fordelen og velg også rett sted for hvor badingen skal skje. Er baderommet for stort, risikerer du bare å jage katten rundt i rommet hele tiden. Velg derfor et forholdsvis lite baderom. Er rommet større enn 1 x 1 meter, anbefales det å stige ned i badekaret sammen med katta. Et dusjkabinettet anbefales ikke såfremt det ikke har skyvedører av plast. Et vanlig dusjforheng duger ikke. En katt som går berserk kan strimle opp et slikt forheng fortere enn en politiker skifter mening.

Husk alltid på at en katt har klør og at den ikke nøler et sekund med å skille huden fra kroppen din. Din fordel i denne sammenheng er at du er smart og vet således hvordan du bør kle deg. En overall tilvirket i seglduk burde gjøre nytten, likeså et par vadere, et par stålbrynjehansker, en arméhjelm, en ishockeymaske og en feltjakke.

Forbered alt i forveien. Det finnes absolutt ingen mulighet for å stige opp fra karet for å hente en håndduk når du sloss med en katt som er i ferd med å grave seg gjennom feltjakken. Legg derfor håndduken slik at den er innenfor rekkevidde selv om du skulle ligge kjempende på rygg i vannet.

Bruk overraskelsesmomentet. Løft opp katten nonchalant, som om du bare skulle ta den med ut på kjøkkenet for å gi den mat. Katter vil ikke bry seg med om hvorfor du er kledd slik som du er. De er i det hele tatt lite interesserte i mote. På eventuelle spørsmål, kan du f.eks. si at du deltar på en produkttest i regi av Helly Hansen.

Når du er vel inne på baderommet, er hurtighet helt avgjørende for ditt videre liv her på jorden. I en eneste bevegelse må du fylle vann i karet, stige ned i det og helle sjampo på dyret. Du har nå påbegynt de villeste 45 sekunder av ditt liv.

Katter er fra naturens side ikke utstyrt med håndtak. Innse det faktum at nå har katten såpeglatt pels, og dine utsikter for et heldig utfall har blitt forringet ytterligere. Forvent ikke å få holdt fast katten i mer enn 2-3 sekunder om gangen. Og i de sekundene du har dyret i din forvaring, husk å gni og vask som besatt. Etter det vil nemlig katten rive seg løs, sikkert falle ned i vannet og selv sørge for å skylde av seg sjampoen. Verdensrekorden for katter er 3 sjamponeringer, så ikke forvent for mye.

Kanskje jeg må se opp for hevn de påfølgende dagene... Dyret ser jo definitivt ikke helt medgjørlig utSå er vi kommet til tørkingen. Uvante kattebadere tror alltid at dette er den verste jobben, ettersom mennesket nå er fullstendig utkjørt mens dyret fremdeles er på hugget og veldig bestemt. Faktum er at tørkingen vil gå som en lek. Dette på grunn av at katten nå sitter nærmest fastspikret til ditt ene ben. Nå er det bare å ta håndduken og vente litt til du er sikker på at dyret har slått seg til ro på benet ditt. Så er det bare å tørke den.

(Det hender i blant at katten kan arbeide seg oppover benet ditt og raskt bli en del av arméhjelmen du har på hodet, men da er det bare å riste på hodet til den slipper taket).

Etter noen dager har katten slappet av så mye at du kan ta den løs fra benet ditt. I de påfølgende ukene før neste bading vil finne sted, vil katten sannsynligvis bruke det meste av sin tid på å sitte med ryggen vendt mot deg. Du formoder sikkert at dyret er fornærmet på deg, men det er ikke alltid tilfelle. Som regel holder den bare på med å utarbeide en plan for å trenge gjennom ditt forsvar og skade deg livstruende ved neste bading.

Men nå lukter i alle fall dyret mye bedre!

Cleaning time

Sometimes a cat’s gotta do what a cat’s gotta do.

Greece – Switzerland – Norway

I woke up at 4 am and Kalliope drove me to the airport at so I was there at 4:30 in the morning. My flight was scheduled at 6:30 am and I had to show up 2 hours early at the airport. Kalli and I departed and I checked in and went ot the airport shops to pick up some local olive oils, candy and other stuff I wanted to bring home like saffron and spices.

I was scheduled to fly with Swiss Airlines and we landed in Zurich at 08:30, where I had to check out and travel back to Winterthur to meet Lisa and Fabian where I was allowed to sleep for 2-3 hours. Then we had breakfast. Lovely breakfast !! I repacked my luggage and as time approached my departure time… I prepared to leave again.

From Breite to Winterthur and Winterthur to Zurich Airport. Anni had a flight 5 minuts prior to mine to go to Finland so I had planned to meet Anni and Vince at the airport. As I arrived I texted with them and they told me where to find them. As I approached Vince made a spectacle of himself, playing seal in full public. Hilarious. Just fantastic. It brought on a smile in every face around there.

After a coffee at the airport restaurant, Anni and I checked in and went together to the nordic wing of the airport. My flight with Swiss airlines was scheduled to leave at 16:50 just a few gates down from Anni’s flight that was scheduled to leave at 16:55 so we got to spend as much time as possible together before going to each our gate.

I listened to music and relaxed during the flight and we landed in Oslo at 19:05 and I went home to leave my luggage. After safely arriving at home, I went straight to Torshow where the cat had been on his summerholiday to pick him up. We both went home and it was really nice to be home safe and sound in company of my loved little one. NIIICE to be home !

First day back at work at Fornebu, Oslo

snow_6.gifOslo is cold and snowy today. Clouds are low and wind is cold. I wish I could have stayed longer in Houston.

However, Im not gonna complain too much. At least I was allowed to go for my wonderful trip and i do enjoy my colleagues a lot, so its great to be back with them!

So, Im back in Oslo, well located at home.

Due to a complete jet-lag I was so bright awake already at 3:30AM. No possibilities to sleep in so I decided to get out of bed and watch TV to make the time go by.

I watched a touching movie called We Are Marshall

See also other links here to articles about this movie
The official site from Warner Bros
A wiki article about the plane crash this movie is about

I was at work before 7 and its dark for so long in the morning. Its not even getting lighter until after 8:30. Sun never came up today.

As usual my 8 weeks away in Houston and Netherlands went by far to quick to feel real and now Im back to the hard realities of snow and winter.

Getting in early makes you be able to leave early and I did. I first stopped to pick up the luggage my colleague Gaute brought over the atlantic for me. Oyvind has picked it up at Gautes house and has stored it at his work. It was sooo heavy. Im impressed I managed to get it with me at all. After picking up that luggage I stopped by at Jorunn and Atles house to pick up the cat and catch up :D
So with the cat, his luggage, my bag and the purse I had enough to carry. It was tremendous. I did however get it home, how i still wonder, but its home and I spent the rest of the night in front of the fireplace wrapping christmas gifts :D

Kitty seems soo happy to be home and its amazing how he seems to also be very happy to be around me ! I love that cat. He is so adorable.

End of old, start of something new ! Happy New Year to all !

The new year has come and I have been amazingly busy and later tired as we entered the new year.

Christmas came and me and my family spent it at my grandmothers house. That was really nice. Me and Saffi travelled with my mom and Tron and Trons mom. Kitty was terrified of travelling in a car and I felt so sad for him as he was trembling and stressing, even hyperventilating for the 2 first hours. After we stopped and he saw that he was not gonna be left anywhere he realaxed heaps but was still a bit stressed. We arrived after a long trip and we were welcomed by grams with delicious food and good company.

For the next few days we helped my grandmom to get everything ready for christmas. Ingrid and Christian came after us the next day at night and they helped as well. We had to do all the baking, decorating, cleaning and fixing of stuff so that it would be ready in time for christmas. Then Eva (Trons mom) got sick with the diarrhea and she spent the next days throwing up. Ouch. Worse off. Tron got it on christmas eve. I got it on the 25th and the celebration of christmas was kind of put a show stopper to due to all the sick people.

I was thrilled over all the nice christmas gifts I got. I got books, christmas decoration, furniture and my grams had knit me winter socks. I got towels and candy and money. A good christmas :D On the 25 we spent the day at my grams sisters house. It was nice to see them again too :D My moms cousins and aunt and families. We dont see them exactly often. This was the day i got sick. I spent all night in the bathroom and at some points I wasnt even concious. Fever was killing me and the travel down to Oslo on the 26th was really really hard. I should have stayed in Trondheim instead. But I had promised. My italian friends Flavio and Luca arrived with plane at Gardermoen at 5pm and I had to pick them up. No mercy. Kitty was afraid of the train too but at least this time he learned that he sometimes get to travel with me and not only is left with someone when I travel. I think he prefers to be with me. He is too bound to me this way.

When the guys arrived I had been waiting for 30 minutes already and all day I had only had 2 dl of juice to drink and 2 dl of water. I felt so sick but only fever left. We spent the night in my house as Flavio still was sick from Flu as well. It was nice to see them again. On the 27th-28th we travelled to Denmark to get cheap booze. Lucas amazed impression of this being one of the strangest things he had ever done – travel to another country on a cruise ship just to party and drink booze – still makes me laugh. Paula was the nice host of the trip. She had gotten us free tickets and this is the only time ever I have traveled with single cabins, eating in the crews cantine and getting reduced prices on tax free. We had an awesome time. Unfortunately I was still sick and went to bed early. In the morning when we arrived Denmark we went on shore and did some sightseeing while rain poored down on us. We also stopped to get the booze for the NYE party. On our way back home we mainly slept but met Paula for dinner at 5. We had some time for tax free. We arrived 19:30 to my house and there waited Giampiero and Simona. We relaxed a bit before going to Fla and Lucas new host with their stuff and then headed to night life in the city to meet up with even more Italian CSers at TGiF in Karl Johan.

On the 29th I stayed home all afternoon while Giampy and Simo toured the city, preparing stuff for the New Year party. I met them and a bunch of other CSers for ice skating in Spikersuppa at 6pm and then at 7:30 we went to a mongolian restaurant for dinner. After we went met more and more people and soon our group was 20 people big. We went to out for drinks at a bar close to the central station and we had a great time.

On the 30th Giampy and Simo were out touristing again and I had Henry pick me up to get all my stuff over to Aarvoll farm where the party was going to be held. This is definately the biggest party Ive been to for New Years and arranging it myself had my stresslevel quite high. One after one they arrived the location and we started cooking and preparing food and decorating. I arrived at 3pm and left at 11pm. We made dinner and had fun together.

Monday 31 I continued preparing food and stressing all morning with preparations. Luckily I had a lot of fantastic helpers for decorating, preparing and making food !!!!! I was picked up and taken to party location by Finn that also helped me do some last minute shopping. When Wendy came around 3 I had already worked since 9 and decided to get an hour sleep and get dressed. I left with Giampy and Simona at 5:30 in a cab to get all our stuff to the place. Cakes, jello, computer and I dont even remember it all any more :D Things kind of got in over my head. At Aarvoll the local newspaper had arrived to interview us. Quite amazing that CSers from 18 countries gather in Norway on a farm just for a party !

In the end – the New year party was a success with 83 participants. We had booze and drinks and food (included apetizers, main course and dessert and snacks) for all of them for 200 NOK. (35 Euro). That is quite amazing. The party went on and great music played all night. At some point Vibeke and Camilla kinapped me and Luca and a bottle of champagne that we went upstairs to drink. I never had champagne right from the bottle before and it was quite fun. Flavio came looking for us after a while and joined in. Right before midnight we all went outside and watched the firework popping all around us and toasting in champagne for the new year. I had a great and long conversation with Olina outside after midnight.

Parts of my celebration was put a break on due to an evil toungue. My defenses were down and the words hit me as knives in my heart. Especially since this is a person I respected and looked up to for experience. I ended up completely heart broken because of jealousy and someone not being able to communicate what they really wanted or needed, attacking others instead. I also realized after this moment that I am surrounded by people that care about me and love me and that will protect me and help me. But what was said cant be undone and it hurted and it put me out of state for days. It was a hard start to the new year. Especially after so much stress and being sick and preparing and making sure the party would be a great thing for everyone there. I finished up at 10am on the first with good help from many many people that during the night helped cleaning and washing and making sure all guests were enjoying themselves. In the end we were just 6 people left cleaning and we were all so tired.

One great thing happened this morning – i got a phone call from my good friend in Costa Rica, Victor. It was a great surprise that I really really appreciated. I cant tell how much I appreciated being remembered by him just at that moment :D

After sleeping some hours I woke up and was called to meet up for dinner downtown and although downtown in that moment was far away I was too tired to make any food anyways and decided to go. I think I should have stayed at home. I was so tired I hardly managed to sit and almost fell asleep several times. I left early. Thank you John for accompanying me that day !

On the 2nd I was supposed to go back to work. I had no possibilities. Due to the stress, the evil tounge and being set back from being so tired I got the diarrhea and throwups back. Not to stop with that I struggled with anxiety on top of it. I stayed in bed till friday 4th when I met Flavio for coffee and then on saturday we met again with Bente, Wendy and two friends of Flavio for dinner at another mongolian restaurant. It was like a good bye dinner for F. Wendy and I met up with Oyvind and Federica after this and then I went home. Thanks Wendy :)

Mainly a lot more happened but it has nothing to do in a blog :D It will be written in the sand instead where the wind of forgiving can erase it…

But. Im ready for new winds to blow in my hair. Im ready for new memories to be made and Im ready for what life has in mind for me. It doesnt matter if someone wants to keep me down instead of supporting me. What matters are all the ones that does support me and what I do. The ones that matters are the ones that love me for me and wants to see me succeed. The first few days of this year didnt turn out like I hoped, but… it doesnt matter. Life is full of surprises and I have so much to be thankful for, to be happy for and to look foreward for. Im glad for every day the sun shines in my life and Im happy for every day I am healthy.

I wish you all a fantastic Year in 2008. I wish you luck, happiness and love. Take care !