Just Being Rie

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August 4, 2016

Posted by Rie On 12:06 PM
Aug. 4, 2016

Holy shit Batman - lots has happened the past week. And the next few weeks are going to be fucking insane!

And I'm super excited!!

So..... I mentioned that I have a cat. Cooper. My hairy baby. I didn't mention that I'm not allowed to have cats where I live now. Even though the landlord usually looked the other way and pretended that he didn't see Cooper in the window, I knew there was the risk that someone would get pissy. Well, that time came. I got caught in the middle of a personal feud between two other tenants and a very long story short - I got a letter saying "Get rid of your cat in 10 days."

It took me 30 seconds to decide what I needed to do.

Goodbye my apartment after 8 years and on to the next chapter.

This was last Thursday, exactly one week ago. I was able to put in my moving notice before the first, which means I'm out latest Oct. 15. I sat on my couch Thursday evening, totally freaking out. Where the hell am I going to live? But everytime I started to despair, Cooper crawled up to me and with the risk of sounding totally cheesy, I knew that this was the right thing to do.

Cooper is a part of my family.

But now it all starts to snowball. I don't really believe in fate or stuff like that but.... I've been crazy lucky. Thursday night, I'm freaking out. Friday - I'm checking out a new place. It's a fucking dream apartment. Saturday - I get a buddy to check it out with me because it is seriously too good to be true. Sunday - my buddy and I decide to move in together in our dream home. Tuesday - we meet with the owners. Wednesday - I got the contract. Next week - I'm moving.

Holy shit!

The apartment is huge. And cheap. We will both get a home twice the size of what we're used to. We will both save money. It has a dishwasher, washing machine, balcony. Two living room areas. Dining room area. Two toilets. A good sized shower. 3 bedrooms. Sun all day. A garden. Busstop just outside my door. My friend lives next door. Cooper has a huge area to be in and two friends keeping him company if I'm not around for a few days.

And if it really sucks living with my buddy - I can afford to live there on my own if he moves out.

And to top everything off - I'm going to Amsterdam Sept. 1.

July 19, 2016

Posted by Rie On 3:14 PM
July 19, 2016

I've been thinking about my blog for a few days now and here I am.

Was considering starting over but then again, I felt like I was throwing away several years of "memories" out the window. So I decided to keep it and just keep working away - who knows what will happen. Who knows if anyone actually reads thing. I could "advertise" my blog on my facebook but that would be wierd, no?

Lots has happened the past few years. I graduated and now have my degree as a "pædagog". I'm still bartending every weekend. I still live in Vejle. Lots of still doing.... not a bad thing but not much has changed.

I went to Burning Man last year. Loved it!

Totally want to go again. It was amazing but I think the second time will be even more amazing. The first time was mind-boggling because I had no idea what to expect. And the fact that I only got a ticket 2 days before I had to leave left me slightly unprepared. Next time, I will have an idea of what to expect, of what to pack and my goals for myself. I hope to go with my parents which will mean I can relax a bit more and just let go. I had a hard time just letting go the first time - not because of my campmates - they were fucking awesome. They opened their arms to a complete stranger and let me do whatever I wanted or needed to do. I just couldn't relax and let me..... just be me. Well, I guess I did in some sense. It's hard to explain. 

Other than Burning Man, I spent my late summer with my parents over in Canada. That was also amazing. Just hanging out with them and relaxing. Seeing my friends again and just.... being at home. It's still a home. Scary thought. I don't think that home feeling will ever go away. 

I got back to DK in September 2015 and a couple of weeks after, I got a cat. One would think that getting a cat isn't life changing or anything. Cooper changed my life. Yes, I'm the crazy cat lady. 

Enough of my rambling today. I should get my shit together and enjoy my vacation. Only 2 weeks left....


February 24, 2015

Posted by Rie On 11:19 PM
I should seriously be sleeping. But right now, I'm just taking a break from doing school stuff. My friend is asleep on the other couch and I took advantage of the quiet moment to get some work done.

I'm drowning in everything that needs and should be taken care of. School, work, school, more work, and a sad social life. The social life I have at the moment is when my friends come over for dinner and then sleep on my couch while I work on whatever needs to be done.

My most recent exam was handed in last Friday. I don't think this one will be good. Shitty grades if it's a pass and won't be surprised if it's a fail. I just didn't put enough time or energy into this exam and I can't really blame anyone else but myself. If I pass, I will be flying high. If not, I will do it again.

I think I might be slightly stressed out. Nightmares have been a bother and I'm desperately needing a fullnight sleep. I have no idea what I'm dreaming about other than having the feeling of something chasing me. I have no memory of who or what is after me but I wake up in panic, fighting off the invisible terror or running away. Which means I've fallen out of bed on numerous occasions, often times hitting my head on my closet or my knee on the wooden floor. I sure hope it stops soon - I'm tired and I want a decent sleep!


January 26, 2015

Posted by Rie On 10:38 PM

Mondays are always hard. I really don't like Mondays. 

Quick update... School, work, work, school, sleep, work, eat, school. 

That's pretty much it. Well, I did get to have some fun Saturday night with my pub co-workers but now I'm back to being super serious. Even more serious than before. I can't afford to fuck it all up now. Only 5 months left of stressful-hell-I-hate-my-life and then I have my degree and can relax a bit. Next exam - pædagogik, starting today.

Will definitely need more coffee tomorrow. 

January 15, 2015

Posted by Rie On 3:10 PM

I can finally count on one hand how many exams I have left, then I have my degree in childcare.

But I will admit, I'm stressed out at the moment!

December 18, 2014

Posted by Rie On 12:10 PM
Thursday mornings are just awesome. I'm off Wednesday evening so there I can just relax and vegg. It's my vegg evening. Netflix, ipad games, reading.... I don't have to get up crazy early Thursdays so no stress. And I get shit done - laundry, dishes, cleaning, blogging, studying. Love it!

So right now, I have laundry over, the dishwasher is running and I'm enjoying the peace until I have to work. I'll probably work on some school stuff after blogging - better be a good student too.

My dinner with the Spanish girls went really well. We changed the menu - instead of flæskesteg and stuff, we had a "cold table". (roughly translated). Bascially just a bunch of different traditional Danish stuff to put on bread. The girls loved it! We had a "pakkeleg" game - surprise small gifts, roll the dice and either steal or give a present. Then we had ris ala mande with a mandelgave - which of course one of the Spanish girls won.

It cost me a fortune but was worth it. They were so happy and we had a good time. Now they have left Denmark and hopefully we'll see them in the summer - HP and I are considering going to visit them for a week or so.

I was surprised here last week. My friends at the pub arranged a surprise Christmas Eve for me - had me in tears. I didn't suspect a thing!! I thought I had a meeting with my boss and a co-worker but nope..... about 10 minutes after I got there, a whole bunch of my co-workers snuck up on us and surprise!! Merry Christmas!! They had everything planned - food, presents, Christmas tree on the dance floor, pakkeleg and just..... HYGGE! It was fucking awesome! Everyone was in on it and I knew nothing! I was a slight shock and it took a while to understand exactly what was going on.

I should be ending this post - put more laundry over and then decide where to start with my studies today. I'm not feeling well so maybe I'll take a nap instead before work.

December 6, 2014

Posted by Rie On 11:55 AM
On Tuesday, I have guests coming over for dinner. Three wonderful girls from Spain, who have been doing teaching work experience, are soon leaving and we - HP and I - have decided to make them a traditional Danish Christmas dinner. Flæskesteg, brune kartofler, rødkål, asier, ris ala mande - the works. But even if it was our idea, I know I'll end up being the one cooking. Love HP to pieces but she's even more lost in the kitchen than I am.

I'm not exactly the greatest cook. I grew up with the greatest cook (my dad) so it wasn't a thing for me because it was so easy for him, why should I bother. I remember when I had to make my own dinner for the first time in my first apartment - I was craving spaghetti and meat sauce..... it wasn't edible.

I can cook now. I mean, I can follow a recipe now and usually it turns out okay. I have to make food at the youth club 2 days a week and I'm starting to come out of my shell and try new things. I prefer to cooknew stuff alone - because if it's not edible, than it's just me that suffers. But on Tuesday, I have 4 girls expecting dinner. So I'm already trying to figure out exactly what I need to buy and how long it takes to make etc.

It's not the hardest menu to make but it requires timing and knowing the basics. I don't even know how long it takes to boil potatoes!! (I think we're in trouble!!) But I'm sure with some redwine on the table and some laughs, it'll be fine. Either we eat Danish food - or we order a pizza!

December 5, 2014

Posted by Rie On 11:22 PM
It's Friday night and here I am. Not at the pub. Not out with friends. Not listening to loud music or serving drinks.

Home. It's quiet. I can hear my upstairs neighbour tramp around in his apartment and a party scene some windows down the street. The occasional car drives by and it's very lightly raining. And my fingers pounding away on the keyboard.

I'm not used to it being this quiet - but I like it.

November 24, 2014

Posted by Rie On 12:25 PM
I'm tired. But not more tired than I usually am on Mondays. Weekends are tough and I should seriously start acting my age. But then again, I don't do anything that I'm embarrassed over. And just because I'm 35, doesn't mean that I can't go out and have some fun, right?

I don't think everyone would agree. But fuck them. I will take the tired Mondays for now and enjoy my weekends. But I will be cutting back on the night-off-lets-go-out evenings and focus more on my school. I have 7 months left and then I'll be done.

Fucking 7 months. I have massive amounts of studying to focus on.

So it'll mean that I will cut back on the partying. I will keep working so I will still be around in the environment but I can luckily have fun and party without drinking so that will be cut out. I have one big party to attend next weekend - our yearly Christmas party for the bar job and then one in a couple of weeks with my youthclub job. But other than that, no more party plans. Not even for NYE - I'm working that night so I'll be partying - without partying.

Wow, it sounds like my life focus is drinking and parties. Trust me, it's not.

I'm working late tonight at the youth club. Maybe I'll walk home tonight -- get some exercise and fresh air.

Gotta cut this one short - have to get ready for work.

November 20, 2014

Posted by Rie On 2:07 PM
Holy fuck, it's been way too long since I've been here.

Why? I don't know.... you know, time flies, busy with the real world and probably also laziness..

Why am I back now? I like to write. I liked having a blog, where I can just type freely and knowing that maybe someone will read this. Someone might nod their head in agreement or just shrug their shoulders. Or maybe I'll piss someone off. Who knows. I just hope that those who have read my blog in the past haven't fully given up on me and will slowly return and become a part of my online-life.

So what have I been doing since the last time I posted? Everything. Nothing. It's kinda a blur. And not in the hazy-drunken-stoned blur. Seriously - things have just happened and the days have just passed and before I knew it, a year had gone by.

It's kinda depressing. A year has past and I don't really have much to write about. But then again, I do - but what do I want to share with the world? What does the world want to know?

Maybe I should just start over again. Consider this a new blog - just with previous entries - and let the past be the past. Why wait until New Years Eve for the huge starting-over list?

Hi. My name is Rie. This is my blog. It'll be an ego blog since it will mainly be about ME. MY life. MY thoughts. MY opinions. Me me me me and more me.

I was once at a team-building camp thingy. One of the activities was a 2 minute interview/presentation of me. Of course, we all did the "Hello, my name is Blah. I am Blah years old. I work at Blah. I like to do Blah." Afterwards, the teacher dude said that it was all fine and dandy what our names were and how old we are but it didn't really give any insight on who we were. He didn't have anything spectacular and original to base any opinions on us, so we were all just kinda.... Blah.

So lets try something different....

My dining room table is a mess - I have 4 school books on digital media, identity and inclusion. I have my ipad where I will soon check up on my stupid Hay Day farm. I have a pot of coffee that is cold and gross. Hairspray from this morning - ran around like crazy looking for that. My plate (empty) from a late night study snack last night. En empty pop bottle. (Also late night drink). Post-its and my exam paper printed out. Oh - and there's a perfume bottle behind the coffee pot.

What's in my purse?

It's not a little purse - it's a tote bag with a canadian flag on it. I've had it for many years, the first thing I ever bought here in Denmark. (So, like 17 years ago) I have my brown soft letter wallet, several pens and highlighters. (Do I really need that many with me every day?) I have my notebook that I use for work at the youth club and for school. I have a couple drink recipes that I want to try out on Friday at work (at the bar). A tampon and chapstick. More hairspray. One sock. (must find matching sock) A hat. My usb stick pin thing.

What am I wearing today?

Baggy-ish light blue jeans. Black tennis socks - that don't 100% match. A striped black and grey long tank. A dark blue short armed top that is slightly baggy and a black cardigan. I just took off my shoes - Nike Air in black. My hair is sticking up on the one side - no matter what I do right now, it won't cooperate with me. I have my glasses on and simple stud earrings.

Does that give a better idea of who I am? I'm slightly messy, on the run. Drink too much coffee and hate to clean. I have lots of school work to do but enjoy some quiet time playing Hay Day. I work at a bar during the weekends mixing drinks. I work at a youth club. Wear glasses, perfume and chapstick. I just finished writing one exam paper last night and will defend it next week. A Canadian living in Denmark.

Hi, my name is Rie.

This is my blog and I'm slightly crazy. I love to take pictures of my life and you can follow me on instagram - AVNG79. I love to just babble and ramble. A constant whirlwind of thoughts and I can't type fast enough. And trust me, I can type fast - especially in English. I say fuck, shit and crap way too much. I'm a 80's/90's girl - the music and fashion. I'm not very modern. And not very dressy. I do jeans and sweatshirts during the weekdays and then I have my kilt and push-up bra and tank top during the weekends while I'm working. (Wow, that sounded like I work at a Hooters type bar. Nope - I just have big boobs and I don't want them to hang.)

A normal day for me - Wake up and grumble. I hate mornings. I will NEVER be a morning person. Luckily for me, I don't have to work that early. I have coffee and check my facebook, instagram, emails and hay day. Candy crush if I have some extra time. I then shower, get dressed, grumble about my hair (even though I do love my short hair, it's often times a hassle) and then drink more coffee while I gather my shit together. Bus it to work, grab some coffee and then work with kids and teachers until I leave for the youth club. Work some more and then I go home. I have a bad habit of crashing on the couch, which often times leads to a nap. I can't power nap. I sleep. Then I find something to eat, check hay day and then it's school work. If it's a Friday, I go to work at the bar all night. If it's a weekday, I go to bed around midnight-ish. Get up to pee at least once during the night.

I should consider cleaning my place up now before I take off to work. Thursdays are cool - work in the afternoon/evening. Had brunch with a friend after I handed in my exam paper. I kinda regret not taking a nap after brunch and before work but I decided that my blog was more interesting.

Hi, my name is Rie and this is my blog.