November 25, 2007

Posted by Rie On 7:22 PM
I've been busy with work and getting our apartment organized and re-arranged so I haven't really had some quiet time for my blog. Not like I really have anything to write about lately - I'm just living my everyday life here.

Our "new" home is coming along nicely. We have bought some new furniture - a desk, chest of drawers and a tv bench and it definitely helps. I don't have all my stuff up here yet but that's because we are both working quite a bit (and at different times in the day) and plus we want to really clean up and get it all ready here before we move everything. I think it's going to look great when we're done but it's taking longer than I expected because of finances and just plain lack of time.

I went to a "summerhouse" with Anders and his family this weekend to celebrate his mom's bday on Tuesday. Tine and I did have plans to spend Friday evening with Jonna and her two girls but they unfortunately all came down with the flu and Jonna was forced to cancel. Next time! I just hope they're feeling better. (And I hope Tine's headache is finally gone too!) So I came out to the summerhouse and basically just hung out there. We went for a walk Saturday but it was really cold and windy so after a few hours of wandering around in some vacation town, we went back to the fireplace, our coffee and played boardgames. Trivial Pursuit and "Tegn og Gæt" (what is it called in English? In teams, drawing and guessing what it is? I can't remember!)

We drove home Sunday and I was so tired - I didn't sleep well at all so I desperately needed a couple hours so I could function again. And now I'm here. Just finished talking to my parents and brother and his girlfriend on skype and now I think I'm going to clean up on a bookshelf here and the closet in the hallway before I throw myself on the couch and watch a movie. Maybe we should start thinking about what we're eating for dinner tonight too....

See, nothing all that interesting to post. Work is good. Life is good. Health is good. Family is good. It's all good.

November 8, 2007

Posted by Rie On 11:26 AM
Yes, I'm still alive!

I don't know why but I haven't been good at updating my blog lately but I think it's because I don't know what to write. I work. I sleep. I take the bus. I eat. I watch tv. I play cards on the computer. That's my life. But I'm loving it!

Thank you to everyone for all the birthday greetings! All the phone calls, emails, text messages, facebook... I felt so loved! I had a good day - it started with breakfast served by Anders before he had to work. Then I brought a cake with me to my work and found a few minutes to sit down with my co-workers and eat cake and drink coffee. The kids found out that it was my birthday so a lot of the girls sang to me and make small gifts from the materials we have in our creative workshop - I ended up coming home with cards, a purse decorated with beads and roses, small earring boxes and keychains. I got other good gifts, including money from the Canadian family, dvd's from Anders and a book from Tine. I went out for dinner with Tine Tuesday after work and we really caught up on some girly gossip - lots of laughs and a really good time.

So, I had a really good day - nice and quiet but that's the way I wanted it!

Other than my birthday, I haven't really been doing much. Work takes up a lot of my time and energy but I love it. I feel good at work and I definitely feel right about making this my career choice. It won't make me rich but that's not what's important. I'm learning so much about myself, about my limits, about kids and their limits and I feel as though I'm doing something good. Plus it's fun! I can honestly say that my work is fun.

News from my American side of the family - my cousin, Cydney, tied the knot with her boyfriend Patrick and can now call themselves husband and wife! Congratulations! The ceremony took place a couple of weeks ago but I'm a little behind in my blogging. Here are some pictures of the happy couple!

My aunt helped Cydney with getting ready for the small, intimate ceremony.

The happy couple - Patrick and Cydney. Congratulations! I hope you guys had a great day!

Speaking of weddings, my brother and his fiance finally set the date. JC and Kim will be getting married in Calgary May 1st next year! It'll be a small wedding ceremony... without his big sister being present. Yes... I am forced to take a good look at reality and reality for me is that I can't afford a trip to Calgary at that point, nor can I take the time off work for an extra vacation. And I'm pretty bummed out because I would have loved to meet Kim and seen my baby brother get hitched. So I'm going to have to rely on my parent's photography skills and be there in spirit. Hey, maybe someone can set up a webcam in the corner!

I have a busy weekend coming up - a "tupperware" party Friday evening with Jannie and the girls and then a bday party at Anders' place Saturday. I don't plan on hitting the drinks too hard this weekend but it should be fun hanging out with some friends and just having a good time. I'll bring my camera and take pictures!