Monday Monday Monday

I am procrastinating like crazy.

I need to read faster. Store knowledge in my head more efficiently without loss of facts. Write some gold sentences I can add to my presentation.
And so on..

But I can only sit here and think of an amazing weekend. Of cosytime, happiness and great times. Of a sweet friend, a fun night out and my cute little girls.

And how I long for more of that – and less examstress.

I cannot wait for this to be over on thursday! This will be my first exam at my new university, so I am very nervous to see if I can live up to their standards.
And if I get all the reading done I need to do..

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Weekend awesomeness

January is a fast little bitch. Moving forward really quickly with all its greyness and tasks. And good stuff too. But hey, it’s not waiting for anyone. I have a feeling that it will be spring before I know. Which is not too bad at all.

So far Alan and I have both been trying to work hard on our exam presentations for next week, but not being as efficient as we would like. I have been rehearsing the new SH’BAm release for tomorrow. Sweating lots. And we have had our lovely guests over the new year come and go. Lots of family time. Lots in cosyness.

We have still managed to put our phones away when spending time with the girls, and no guilty shopping or spending so far. Yay us.
So far so good. It is only the 10th but still…

Today we have a guest coming in, the beautiful Sarah from Copenhagen who we worked with at SBS in London. So if the X-factor goes totally black screen tonight it’s because she isn’t doing the buttons for it, but sitting in our sofa in stead. I can’t wait.
Last time I saw her was in June – and it feels like ages ago. It was summer and we sat in Nyhavn in Copenhagen after an awesome Indian meal. This afternoon we will hang out again!

Good weekend y’all !

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Here’s to a happy, less online and more sustainable new year!

Happy new year to all! I hope you had a good one.

As in my last post, I have been thinking a lot about sustainability, buying less crap, being more mindful and generally greener (and more smug presumably..)

Alan and I have talked a lot about it all, and it feels great that we agree on so much of it. I can already feel that I am much more relaxed, that I DON’T have to go out and see what’s on in the sales in town or online. That I know that this or that cheap shirt won’t make me happier.

And that I actually have enough shirts to last me a lifetime.

Also it has made me realize – with an enormous amount of guilt, that I have enough of everything to last me a lifetime.

That also goes for fabric.

Therefore I have decided to start sorting it, knowing what I can turn into stuff for the girls, myself, others, or the house. And I hope to make some good DIYs to put on the blog, to inspire some of you to create something as well.

So watch this space – I have lots of things on my mind, and I hope to get back into crafty blogging.

It was great to do some sorting and cutting with Jolina. It reminds me of how big she is getting, and how much fun it is to be in the creative zone together. Even though it just meant that she was practicing cutting on the scraps. One day we will hopefully be sewing and crafting together all of us. Me and my girls.

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Holiday wise the girls are both off from daycare and kindergarten still, and we are enjoying spending time with them. They have both grown a lot lately, and they can say and do so much more than just last week. It’s a lot of fun and a lot of hard work.

We try to be in the moment with them, and that is one of the resolutions for this year. To go offline for as much as possible for whatever part of the day we spend with them. Gadgets, Facebook and Instagram will always be there, but the girls will grow up so quickly. Sounds like a cliche..? It is a cliche, but its still true.
I was sick of myself checking new likes and updates every five minutes. Could the internet exist without me? Alan was much better at leaving his phone and being in the moment. I was rubbish. It was an addiction to me, and what an empty one. I realized it’s fine to go online in the evening, when I have time, when the girls are not asking me important questions and wanting me to take part of their game. In the evening when I have time, I can enjoy my favorite intstagrammers and bloggers as with a good magazine, and it turns into a lovely bit of me-time. And it’s great not to feel the guilt of having to check my screen – even when playing with the girls. Sounds smug..? Well, I am, because change feels awesome. I guess the internet can exist – even though there are less postings from me.

I choose happiness. Doing things that make me happy in the long run. It’s a new thing, cause I am used to very instant rewards. And I want to hope for the best in everything. I want to worry less by doing good things.

So much change is coming in 2014. What a great year it will be.

(And let’s hope the universe does not hit me with a bus for feeling this good for once..)

#YOEF

With the new year coming up it is time for resolutions. And I want to try to do something that matters to me, something that I have thought about doing for a long time (and tried to before, with more or less success if honest).

I have been inspired to do it before by the Danish blogger Ida,
She has some great thoughts about not buying clothes, and writes about it very cleverly – in Danish. One sentence I have tried to translate though, since I think it says it perfectly (sorry if the translations is not brilliant) “To fall in love with a piece of clothing is like falling for a person. Volatile and something that is in that exact moment. A fysical representation of a dream of something that could be.”
And I feel that way too. Buying clothes for me is very much having that dream of another version of myself, somebody that looks better, is cooler, has a nicer behind – you probably know what I mean..

Now another great blogger, Pip Lincolne has given me an idea about what to do.

She writes about #YOEF – A Year Of Ethical Fashion.

The pledge sounds like this:
If I’m looking for things to wear I will only:

a) Buy from ethical makers or
b) Buy second-hand or
c) Make it myself or
d) Wear things I already own or
e) Borrow or swap garments with friends

– And that sounds right to me. I have a wardrobe full of stuff, I love to shop second hand, I miss making stuff for myself, and I would like to swap with friends.

So this is something I want to do. Really, really, really want to do. And then lets not talk about the fact that I just ordered two grey shirts from h&m last week. Shirts that are very similar to shirts I already have. And lets not talk at all about the fact that I spent a long time last night looking through the sale racks on asos. Clothes-sale-shopping is an addiction to me, just like sugar, and it is going to be hard to kick it. But I am going to give it a try. (Then we will see it come to its test whenever we go to London next time and I want to hit the high-streets..)

But the thing is, that I do not need any more stuff, and the fashion-industry with all its sweatshops, badly secured factories and tonse of waste, is something I do not want to support. And I am going to try and think of that, when wanting clothes I do not need. I wish I knew which companies are ethical makers and actually treat their workers and the environment right, but that is a jungle I cant see through.

So I will just try to not buy more new clothes to fill this planet, and I will try to do other things than shop, when I want to look good or feel better about myself.

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Pop-up-party-Friday

Just wanted to say a little hello. So hello then.

It’s Friday and another crazy week is turning into a hopefully awesome weekend.

This week has given us builders, dust, moldy particles and that kind of stuff in the house. But hopefully also a partly new floor very very soon. Thank God for quick builders. They make a lot of noise, play the music so loud that the old lady inside me wants to kill their radio, but they do work. Which means we have a floor to put the Christmas tree on.

I have been reading up for my project and in a moment – as soon as I am done writing this, I will start writing something. Clever shit I hope. And not too long since there actually is quite a small maximum on the words. Which is always hard. Hate those limitations.

We have also been crafty. There is nothing better than homemade presents. Or that’s what I like to think anyways. And it’s so cozy making them. I know it will be no surprise now to some of the receivers, but they will arrive soon for you, so it’s just a little teaser…

Jolina went to kindergarten today in her red dress. They are having their Christmas party and were allowed to dress up. She really wanted to wear her tinkerbell outfit, but apparently that wasn’t ok. Costumes were not allowed, why I do not know. Just know that I think it’s stupid. Sometimes little girls should be allowed to wear their frilly silly stuff. Or be batman, whatever they like.

Tonight it’s my turn. I have a Christmas party and even though I don’t have a tinkerbell dress to wear I am still really excited. Have not decided on outfit or shoes. But I can’t wait ! Oh, and my contribution to the party is 1,8 kg of sweets. We all bring something and this was what I should supply. So I bought it this morning right after my SH-Bam-class. Guess the girl in the line thought I was going home to have a binge-party…

I will try not to eat it all before tonight.

Promise.

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The deadline

I am so behind.

And it is totally my own fault. For choosing to have kids. Kids that come with snot, upset tummies and mommy-clingyness. And not at least kids that are so great, cool, wonderful and fun, that I would so much rather spend time with them than study.

So it’s all on me that I am now sitting with two exams that need to be handed in on the 18th and not a lot done on them.

But there is still time. I can work nights on this. I can read a thousand words per minute. I can do it. I can write speedy as the wind.

I hope.

Because tomorrow I have agreed to go with Jolina and her kindergarten to church. And today I am picking Roxie up early from the substitute childminder. And I also promised Jolina to make some presents with her this afternoon.

Somehow Christmas makes me want to be a supermom, and that’s hard when also having to do well at uni.

But I guess, if all else fails I will just bluff. Just not the mommy-part.

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After the storm

So the storm raged on last night for quite a while. The entire night actually. And at a certain point I could not sleep anymore.

It felt like the wind had taken hold of our house, and everytime a heard a large noise, I was sure it was our huge trampoline in the garden being smashed into houses and cars down the road. I could feel the pain from embarrassment and insurance claims already.

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( – just pointing out that this is not our trampoline – or house, but that was how it looked in my mind after watching too many trampolines fly hazardously away in the storm on the news.)

And that is not a great picture to be stuck with from 1 to 4 am.

For a few hours I could not find rest at all, even though I tried to calm myself thinking that it had already held against the worst part of the storm. As well as the last storm we had. And that it was properly secured by the massive trunks Alan had put under its construction when we first got it.

It’s just that silly way, when a thought gets into your mind and simply won’t leave. Very annoying.

I was thinking whether I could run out into the garden and secure it extra with some rope, but not really knowing if we had any rope it never went any further… And I was seriously afraid of being out there anyways. It was scary enough to be inside the house..

In the morning luckily all was well. And I did manage to sleep for a few hours.

Now it’s just really windy and I took Roxie for a trip to the library to not listen to the creaks and noise of our house. The worst bit is over. Now there’s hopefully just a calm and safe weekend to look forward to.

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The Copenhagen-trip that never happened

Some of my Danish readers might recall that I was plundering a long time about a trip to Copenhagen with Alan some time ago. About whether to go by train or plane. If the plane would crash and make the girls orphans. About anxiety and fear. About romance, being away from the girls and enjoying two nights with opportunities of sleeping in.

We decided on the train. And we were supposed to go today. Tickets ready and everything. Bags packed. Notes written to my mum about what happens when, where and how. Clothes for the girls laid out. Lunch bags for our 6-hour train ride made. All clear to go.

But then the storm came. The terrible storm, Bodil… And maybe we could have made it, with many hours delay, but we decided simply not to try. Just out of fear of being stuck somewhere. Suddenly it wasn’t really worth it.

And I guess Tivoli (which was our romantic plan) is probably not going to be a lot of fun tomorrow anyways. Not to mention, that last time after the storm it took quite a while before the trains ran normally again, and I know, that being stuck in Copenhagen, when I want – NEED to get home to my girls will not be an option. It’s hard enough to leave them, thinking that I could get home anytime.

So a bit of a mixed feelings today.

Kind of meh.

Lovely being at home with the winds raging outside, but never fun to cancel plans. Plans I was actually looking forward to.

But making the best if it now. Will finish off Game of Thrones with Alan very soon, and whatever chocolate that’s left in the house with that. Crossing our fingers that the chicken coop won’t fly away with the chickens in it. It definitely sounds like it could come banging against our windows anytime soon.

I hope you are all safe inside if the storm is hanging out in your neighborhood too.

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