Archive for February, 2013

Misha 17 months

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

People often claim that “Norwegians are born with skis on their feet“, so one can expect Misha having skis on his feet too as he was born here. 😉

The Norwegian Ski Federation tested this ‘fact’ at kindergarten and was happy to hand out certify Misha as snow-lover and potential ski champion…ha, quite an achievement for a 17 months old! (nearly…on February 29, and due to the lack of a leap year, this exact 17 months moment falls between today and tomorrow! 😉 )


QOTD February 28 2013

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Saint Jerome: “The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.”

QOTD February 27 2013

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Mahatma Gandhi: “Indolence is a delightful but distressing state; we must be doing something to be happy.”

‘Call me Maybe’ parodies

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Some songs are perfect to be used for a parody and Carly Rae Jepsen‘s ‘Call me Maybe‘ seems to be one of them (almost 25,000 hits on a ‘ “call me maybe” parody ‘ YouTube search). I earlier posted Steve Kardynal’s hilarious (yet freaky 😉 ) ‘Call Me Maybe’ (Chatroulette) parody, and below is another one…what if the hot babes in the clip turn into hot marines (this all depends on your definition of ‘hot’ though 😉 ), would you Call me…Maybe? 😉

QOTD February 26 2013

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Thomas Sowell: “Politeness and consideration for others is like investing pennies and getting dollars back.”

QOTD February 25 2013

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Andre Gide: “Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself – and thus make yourself indispensable.”

QOTD February 24 2013

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Norman Mailer: “Every moment of one’s existence one is growing into more or retreating into less.”

Cross skiing the Kvitfjell country – Day 2

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Today was a bit similar as yesterday, cross country skiing with Misha in his sled, still it was fantastic and unique!

The trip I took today was much longer and we took some time to stop, play in the snow and have a late lunch together…I can’t describe how special it was…

Since Misha saw his father pulling the ‘pulk‘ he reckoned he could do the same, SO much fun to see him actually succeed in pulling it! (next year he will have his own skis! 😉 ). It has been pretty tiresome for him though, as you can see below…on the other hand; the little angel just LOVES snow; eating it, dropping himself in it, and laying on his back enjoying the beautiful sky (with moon 😉 )…

Yesss…another FANTASTIC day, I am grateful!!







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QOTD February 23 2013

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Chuck Palahniuk: “Don’t do what you want. Do what you don’t want. Do what you’re trained not to want. Do the things that scare you the most.”

Misha going Cross Country

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Yay, we had a fantastic first day in Kvitfjell! It started with an extremely relaxed start this morning; hehe, it is fantastic to have a son who loves sleeping in as much as his dad! 😉 Later, in the afternoon, we went for our first cross country skiing adventure! The first time on my new skies, and right away with the sled (‘pulk‘). We didn’t go too far, still far enough to have a great time, some fantastic outlooks and becoming pretty tired (up hill with a pulk the  is tough… 😉 ).

All in all a LOT of fun, can’t wait for a second turn tomorrow!!






QOTD February 22 2013

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

John Muir: “No synonym for God is so perfect as Beauty. Whether as seen carving the lines of the mountains with glaciers, or gathering matter into stars, or planning the movements of water, or gardening – still all is Beauty!”

Kvitfjell skiing weekend

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

The yearly traditional ski trip with Per & Ingrid (and some more 😉 ) is about to begin, yay! Kvitfjell it is, as last year, and Misha is coming along! Living partly in Norway he obviously should have at least one trip to the snowy mountains per year, eh? 😉

Unlike last year, when I had hip pain, couldn’t ski and stayed in the cottage with Misha, I feel stronger than ever this year; skiing it will be! I borrowed a special sled/toboggan (‘pulk‘) so I can go cross country skiing with Misha, grrrroovy!! Downhill skis are with me too, just in case there is a possibility to enjoy some powder…woohoo, I am *really* looking forward to this trip!


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QOTD February 21 2013

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: “You risk tears if you let yourself be tamed.”

Is your Red the same as my Red?!

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

The YouTube clip below poses an interesting and intriguing question; ‘Is your Red the same as my Red?’.

I LOVE that question and ‘discussion’ and have used it often to play with someones brain…or my own! 😉 What if I define Red while you see a color that I define as Green…blue skies turn up brown? Snow is actually yellow? (well, in some cases that is true, and one should NOT eat yellow snow hihi)…crrraaaazyyy! Oh well, in the end it doesn’t really matter as we simply agree on the definition for one color or another and we ourselves stick to that. 😉


QOTD February 20 2013

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Joseph Chilton Pearce: “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”

Smile of the Day

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Speaking and understanding English ain’t all that easy for some, hehe… 😉


QOTD February 19 2013

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

J. Allen Boone: “If you would learn the secret of right relations, look only for the divine in people and things, and leave all the rest to God.”

QOTD February 18 2013

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Amy Bloom: “Intimacy is being seen and known as the person you truly are.”

World Championships Speed Skating

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Unexpectedly I got invited to join a clan of Norwegian cheeseheads (fellow dutchies in Norway) at the World Championships Speed Skating in Hamar today! It is fantastic to be part of a spectacular atmosphere (speed skate fans are crrrraaaazyy! 😉 ) in an *amazing* ice skating ‘temple’, the Vikingskipet in Hamar, never been here before…

And…it is very special to to cheer for two *dutch* speed skaters on their path to victory; Irene Wüst and Sven Kramer both became World Champion, 4th time for Irene and 6th (!) time for Sven, woohoooo!!!! 😉

It is partytime in the Vikingskipet!!


QOTD February 17 2013

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Cecil B. DeMille: “The person who makes a success of living is the one who see his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.”