Friday, December 31, 2010

Goodbye 2010, it's been real

I've never been great at doing "end-of-the-year" posts.
I always plan on doing a big "this-is-what-happened-this-year" post, but then this happens instead.
Right now i should be starting on preparing dinner, cleaning up the apartment and myself, but i can't not post... something. It has, after all, been quite a year.

There's been lots of drama, and lots of good times.
Mostly good times, i'd like to think.
We've traveled to the States, taken trips to the country, traveled to Japan, and to a few conventions too.
I've gotten big tattoos, small tattoos, geek tattoos, a temporary new face, and one weird haircut after the other.
We've had visits from friends from faraway places like Canada, Japan, other places in Canada, Germany and Østerbro.
We bought a new shop, we sold our old apartment, rearranged our current one, and bought a friggin car.
I got hit by a car, i reached my 1000th post on this blog, i moved my work area from the apartment to the shop, we helped my 93 year old grandfather move to a new apartment, and we geeked out. A lot.

I've tried to use my sometimes limited free time to get better at what i do. Both managing the shop, which is always my number one priority, but also creating something for myself, something i can be proud of and call my own. And while i didn't quite master Japanese this year, i did learn Hiragana and that's a start at least.
I've had a lot of setbacks, mentally and especially physically, but unlike my past-self, i am dealing with them all, and working actively on becoming a better, healthier, happier person in 2011.

Of course i'm hoping that 2011 will be less stressful than this year.
No one likes working around the clock for months, even if it is for a great cause, and no one likes getting hospitalized.
But not counting the moments, or months if you will, that stressed me the fuck out, i wouldn't mind if 2011 turned out like the year that's almost over.
Full of fun and interesting experiences, big ones as well as small, friends, family, and free time with Allan and Lucifer.
And maybe a new apartment?
What, a girl can dream, right?

It's blue, by the way, not black

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

It's that time

With all the strange new cold and flu strains floating around Copenhagen these days, it's practically a miracle that we haven't been sick yet.
But today, on our day off, we're both feeling a little, well, off.
But not sick. No, not yet, and as long as we're not fully sick, we can still avoid whatever is out to get us.
Today we've been fighting it off with tea, naps, hanging out with the guys and in a little while, soup.

Potato and leak soup, with guest appearances by carrot, parsnip, sweet potato, onion, and garlic

Tonight we're going to see Somewhere in the tiny movies theater on our street, and i'm looking forward to that.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Oh nos

In an attempt to not sink into deep despair about what happened at the shop today, i instead tried to sink into deep denial.
It didn't quite work, but i managed to get through the day without completely losing my shit, and i'm gonna go ahead and say that's nothing short of an amazing accomplishment.

I know i haven't really blogged much about what i got for Christmas this year, but among my presents was a bunch of sewing and crafting stuff from Allan's late grandmothers house, and just trying to fit that into my tiny area meant rearranging everything, so that kept me busy for most of the day.
Allan dealt with the belated super-Monday by going downtown to talk to some photogeeks about building a darkroom, and by hanging some paintings in the front room.
After work we had pizza in the kitchen with the gang, so the day actually ended up being pretty awesome.

Tomorrow we've had not one, but two cancellations, so we decided to just say fuck it and stay home.
Seems like the thing to do, if we wanna stay sane.

My work area, all organized and fancy

Monday, December 27, 2010

The official Christmas post

So, Christmas is finally over, huh?
I had a great one, but in some ways, more dramatic than i would have hoped.
Families are always difficult, no matter how great they are, and mine is no different.
You always want them to be happy, and do what's best for them, but in some cases, your help just isn't wanted, you know?
I can't really get into any more detail than that, but the unresolved issues of a few relatives wasn't the main drama anyway.

It sounds like i had a terrible time already, which i totally didn't.
We had great food, nice walks, sweet presents* and good times, but the fact that my grandfather fell and busted his arm and almost cracked a few ribs on the morning of the 24th (which is the day we Scandinavians celebrate Christmas, the 25th is just the day after, in case you didn't know) kinda put a damper on the mood!
Due to the crazy weather, and everything being closed for the holidays, we couldn't get a doctor to the house until the 25th and when she saw him, she immediately arranged for an ambulance to come and take him in for a check up at a not-so-nearby hospital.
Lucky for him and his worried family, he hadn't fractured anything and they sent him back to us the same night.

But other than my grandfathers decision to get everyones attention by colliding with his wheeled walking aid, Christmas was great!
I just wish i'd taken more pictures, food and people ones in particular.

The fireplace in me and Allan's house demanded a lot of attention too
A crappy picture of our beautifully cluttered tree
Lucifer wearing a present we got for him in Japan (it only stayed on for about 5 second, and his cousin Carla got rid of hers even faster)
One of the presents i got for my parents; a handmade stitched portrait of their favorite little guy
And a close up... spitting image, right?
The day after Christmas i took a walk with my mom and cousin, while Allan drove his mother home... the weather was spectacular
I wore my brand new winter boots, courtesy of my husband who always knows just what i need
Although i'm a bit of a environmentalist-nerd, i am loving the results of this global warming/new ice age thing the planet's got going these days!
Seriously, this is what winter is supposed to look like!
My mom and Nikolaj doing some iceberg spotting
Yes, icebergs
Can you spot Lucifer?
My grandfather, enjoying some well-deserved risalamande after his 5 hour trip to the emergency room
The morning of the 26th the view from my moms kitchen looked like this, and i did not feel like going home
Before leaving for Allans brothers birthday in the afternoon, and ultimately Copenhagen, we went for one last walk, and of course we brought Lucifer's sleigh along (my dad built it for him, and it's pretty handy to have when the little guy gets cold paws and need a break!)
"I look like a folk dancer from the Faeroe Islands!" -My mom when she saw this picture
I love this picture, and the fact that the snow and sky turned everything pastel colored
At Allan's moms apartment in Næstved; tuna mousse for some, avocado salad for others... yum

I hate getting back to the city, and last night was no exception.
Our street hasn't been cleared for snow once, and even though Jean-Luc is tiny, getting a spot was tricky.
But we got parked, watched a few epic 80's movies and then we slept for about 10 hours.
It's a good thing we didn't have to work today, cause i'm not sure we would have made it.

I sincerely hope you all had a great Christmas, with just a little less drama than mine!

*The funniest one this tear; the tiny snow shovel my dad bough for Jean-Luc "from his grandparents". Priceless.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

The rest of the days... of Christmas

It's ok December, you can go away now, cause the best part of you is over anyway.

Day 17: I think this is actually one of Allan's wishes, but that's ok, i don't mind sharing the calendar
Day 18: Futuristic Slayer goodness, written by God himself, as the comic-book-guy apparently said, and he gets no argument from me
Day 19, 20, 21 and 23: Ahem, underwear stuffs... hehe...
Day 22: Another epic 80's trilogy!
Day 24: I am now one step closer to the iPhone 4... insert giant "suck it" to my old phone (or, actually to the apple update that ruined it)

Soon to come, a post from Christmas eve in the idyllic countryside!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Oh, and by the way..

Merry Christmas you guys!
I'm enjoying an old school white Christmas with my family in the country side.
And dinner is almost ready, so i should probably get going.
Man, i hope everyone likes their presents.

Hope you all are having a nice day too, wherever and whatever you're doing!

Bisserup, all covered in snow

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Almost there

Just one more day. One more day and we'll hopefully, if the crazy ass weather allows us to, be driving towards the idyllic country side to relax with our family.
Not that being in Copenhagen has been bad. It's challenging, riding a bike through about 15 cm of snow, but i have to admit, i'm rather enjoying all the snow, and i'm looking forward to a real white Christmas.
I never really got into the Christmas spirit this year, and i never got around to decorating around the apartment. But the shop has been Christmas cozy as hell, and on Sunday we even had an official shop Christmas dinner.
More about that on the other blog (but a little about that here too, of course).

Christmas dinner with the bestest co-worker homies in the world
My stack of awesome pre- Christmas Christmas presents
Welcome to the family, pretty bird
My grandfathers Christmas present in progress
What every morning looks like from our window these days
The snow mouse on the way to work
Fuck style, these days it's all about staying warm and keeping the snow out of your face
It's a good thing i don't like my bike that much, otherwise i'd be feeling guilty putting it through this every day
At this exact spot we always let Lucifer out of his basket so he can run, so before we even get there, he'll stand up in his basket
Russian chocolate
The best Christmas card in the world, from my girl Helle... simply brilliant!

Ok, gotta go to work now.
And buy the last presents.
And finish making the last of my homemade presents.
And update my website.
Ok, one thing at a time; first i'm gonna put on pants and leave the house.

Oh, and i gotta go to the post office too! Wanna know why? (I'm obviously gonna tell you either way...)
I sold a hat! Or a hair comb, but whatever, one of them got sold, so yay for that.
If you haven't seen the hats, pictures or the re-opened shop yet, click here to visit.

The hedgehog is moving to France today... bon voyage, little buddy!

Ps. A question for my fellow etsy sellers: does it bother you that sold items disappear from your shop?
Personally i'd prefer if they stayed on the page, but were marked as "sold" for a while. It'd make our shops look more alive and successful, i think.
Maybe it's just me, though? What's your opinion?

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Forest girl

I finally seem to have the time (and energy) to update my etsy shop.
It's a long process, but it's coming along nicely.
I'll do another quick update when i'm done.
I can't wait to have an open shop again!

Coming soon... like, for reals, this time!

Update: I did it, and the shop is officially back!
I will do a post with more of Allan's awesome pictures soon, but for now i would be so grateful if you'd head over there and check out the pictures as well as the new items.
I plan on adding some more hats and hair accessories to the shop in the next couple of days, so bookmark that shit and check back once in a while.
Alright, enough talk, click here to visit my shop!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The next five days or so... of Christmas, that is

So! I've had a pretty great Wednesday so far.
I had to stay home from work because of a mid-day doctors appointment, but this allowed me to finally get some shit done around the house.
In no way does it look great, and i think i'm gonna save the vacuuming for tomorrow, but i did finally get to unpack, tidy up, and do some laundry and the worlds third largest stack of dishes (i'm leaving room for the possibility that bigger stacks exist).
It feels good to be able to see the floor again, i tell you.

The appointment went fine, and when i stopped by my hair salon on the way home to book an appointment, she actually had a hole right then and there, so i got my bangs cut.
I still hate how short my hair is (next time i ask my husband to shave part of my head, he better say no!) but the shorter bangs make it look just a little bit longer. If you're wondering why i haven't added pictures of my hair, the explanation is this: the light bulb in the bathroom died late last night, so i've had to put on make up by candle light today. It ain't pretty, people.
But i do have pictures, pictures of things that are more interesting than hair anyway...

Day 11: We haven't had a chance to watch this yet, but i am excited

Day 12: If you don't know him yet, you're missing out
The fancy ghetto wrapping continues
Day 13: We watched it already, and it was glorious (except for Bob Fossil... I hate Bob Fossil)
It's a super fancy edition too
Day 14: More wonderful tights in wonderful colors (i know you can't tell, but you'll have to trust me; that sea-green is the best color ever)
Day 15: OhmygodbestthingEVEEEER!! I might be a little too excited about this...

I wish i was watching Caprica tonight, but tonight is game night, so it'll have to wait a little longer.
But i'll manage; game night isn't so bad either.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A quick trip to Bisserup

I really should have spent my weekend unpacking and getting the apartment back to, ahem, normal, but instead we spent the weekend in the country.
My parents were having their annual two-day Christmas market and we were there to help out, and in my case, to participate.
Sales wise it was good for some, and less good for others (others being me), but it's always cozy as hell. Cold, but cozy.

Lucifer wore his fancy Christmas sweater

My dad and brother (and their colleagues who didn't fit in the picture- sorry guys) entertained the guests with some sweet Christmas tunes

Some of my moms new work, displayed lovely as ever

Some of my new work that i kind of worked my ass off to finish in time... let's just say i shouldn't have bothered

An old hat with a new bird

Homemade chocolates are always a huge seller, and they sold out this year too

Baskets for all occasions

Saturday night my mom made delicious dinner, followed by this absolute masterpiece... mmmmm

I slept pretty terrible, as i was constantly awoken by either a restless Lucifer or a fire that needed tending, but i woke up to this:

Me and Allan took the dog for a (again, cold) walk on the beach before getting back into the market spirit

So friggin pretty

We had to get up and go to work Monday morning, so we left, along with my cousin, on Sunday night.
Jean-Luc was a real trooper and handled the drive down there and back with no problems.
I think we may have underestimated him.

Fun as it was, i am looking forward to this coming Saturday, where i can stay on Vesterbro and get my shit in order, and maybe even list some stuff on etsy.