Archive for August, 2012

Blue Moon

Friday, August 31st, 2012

It is Full Moon today, and this Full Moon is called Blue Moon as it is the second Full Moon in one month (August 2 was so-calledย Full Sturgeon Moon).ย Two Full Moons in a month, it doesn’t happen often, the next time will be in July 2015, so enjoy tonight while it lasts and let the energy flow…

 

QOTD August 31 2012

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Unknown: “Whoever does not love his work cannot hope that it will please others.”

Daddy skills

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Since this week is sort of a Misha-week, I thought it would be nice to show some of the skills that a guy develops when he turns into a daddy. Check out this YouTube clip and rap with me; ‘damn dude, you got daddy-skills’!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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QOTD August 30 2012

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Margaret Cho: “Love is the big booming beat which covers up the noise of hate.”

Misha 11 months

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

We’re closing in to Misha’s first Birthday as he turned 11 months today, WoW!!

Just look at him, the happy sweet angel, pure life in motion!

It is quite a week for him; many changes, loads of new experiences and impressions during his first week ‘out’ (in kindergarten), ย and he seems to enjoy it heaps! (he started ‘crying’ today when we picked him up from kindergarten where he was playing in the sand…can you believe that? ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

 

QOTD August 29 2012

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Walker Percy: “To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something.”

QOTD August 28 2012

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

J. K. Rowling: “It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

Misha’s first day in kindergarten

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Today was Misha’s first day in kindergarten, a new phase begins!

All went very well; ha, just give the angel enough space to crawl and toys to play with…life can be so simple! ๐Ÿ˜‰

It was very good to see how much attention is given to the children, the interaction between them and the natural way of making him (and parents ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) feel welcome. I am sure that he will have a great time there!

Day one was relatively short, just until lunch-time…tomorrow will be including lunch (and perhaps a short nap ๐Ÿ˜‰ ): ha, they do take time for familiarization (for both sides) which is good.

 

 

 

QOTD August 27 2012

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Antoine de Saint-Exupery: “What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it.”

Misha in Norway

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Y’all can expect some ‘more-than-usual’ ‘Misha-posts’ this week…the sweet angel arrived back in Norway today (it is lovely to hug and cuddle him, and he had a great time on the veranda as you can see below).

He came back just in time (=planned ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) to begin the next phase in his exciting and ever changing life; kindergarten! (barnehage in norwegian) Kissy and I are both here in Norway this week to confirm the cliche; ‘they say’ it is actually more exciting for the parents than for the child, which apparently has to do with letting go…oh well, I will be able to tell you more tomorrow, so far all good.

Tomorrow will be his first day, just an hour of play/getting to know each other before he can go back home, the duration will be built up in a few days until he feels happy to stay ‘full’ days (which in Norway means until approximately 15:00h-16:00h ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

Kindergarten start, him turning 11 months this Wednesday, *and* being with both his mom and dad this week, make this week ‘Misha-week’ on the blog! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

QOTD August 26 2012

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Kathleen Norris: “Disconnecting from change does not recapture the past. It loses the future.”

Song of the Day: And the Healing Has Begun

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

A lazy Saturday evening, chatting onlineย with friends, a glass of red wine, the idea of reading a book and Van Morrisonย on the background…it is weekend and I am aware that ‘Van the Man’ did not appear without reason, he sangย And the Healing Has Begunย and I couldn’t agree more…

It is one of the central songs in Morrison’s career and one of the central principles in life; the healing begins, every moment…now, Now and NOW! A perfect Song of the Day on this beautiful Saturday evening…

 

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QOTD August 25 2012

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Cicero: “Freedom is a possession of inestimable value.”

Hail, thunder and lighting…TGIF?!?

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Exactly what I like when coming home from work around 20:30h on a Friday evening; stormy weather getting out of control…hail, thunder and lightning welcoming me home and keeping me trapped in the garage (I love sun more ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). It’s gonna be a great weekend?!?

I couldn’t resist and filmed parts of it…I also noticed that I need to improve the water management; parts of the soil got washed away and are creating a swimming pool in front of the garage (not good!). Work to be done, soon!

 

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QOTD August 24 2012

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Pearl Buck: “The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.”

Kees van Hondt @ Lowlands 2012

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

It is the returning highlight of Lowlands (at least of the festival closure):ย Kees van Hondt! The tagline of his show is ‘High Quality Nonsense for the Intelligent Nitwit’, I guess that says it all. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The man has the gift to make an audience go WILD with nothing more than some (very) simple tunes and anything inflatable (balloons, toys, air beds, rubber boats, you name it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). The festival security was slightly more active this year compared to two years ago, as I saw them stopping people who were carrying toilet seats, chairs, garbage bins (the big ones!) and wooden tables (WTF!) to the ‘Grolsch’ stage, all intended to go ‘crowd-surfing’ over the audience.

I created a short compilation video from last Sundays show…check it out below, I think it will give you a pretty good idea of the party craziness! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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QOTD August 23 2012

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Gloria Swanson: “Never say never, for if you live long enough, chances are you will not be able to abide by its restrictions. Never is a long, undependable time, and life is too full of rich possibilities to have restrictions placed upon it.”

QOTD August 22 2012

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Andre Gide: “There are admirable potentialities in every human being. Believe in your strength and your youth. Learn to repeat endlessly to yourself, ‘It all depends on me.'”

Cycling in NL

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

I had a lovely day in NL today; weather was not too hot, yet still warm and sunny enough with just a slight breeze…perfect circumstances for a cycling trip through the dunes, along the coastline from Kijkduin to Scheveningen. I love it!

Oof, *that* has been a LONGGG time ago!

 

QOTD August 21 2012

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Robert Louis Stevenson: “A friend is a gift you give yourself.”