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Say to self: Change is good

When last I wrote… When the heck was that? Sheesh, a month ago. You know, a proper post with several paragraphs and stuff. Something that requires a cup of coffee to read – and write. (I bought the cup you see because it says “Beautiful Home”. Nice affirmation.) I am happily busy at work. That’s […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Printing presses

Wordless Wednesday

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Wordless Wednesday – Easter Egg

Wordless Wednesday

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In limbo doing the backstroke

A big Thank You to my regular commenters and to usually silent readers for responding to my post “Now what?” on January 3. I’d like to say something is different since the last time I wrote, but there really isn’t any progress to report on. I am struggling with focusing on working on the issue, […]

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It’s 2010… Now what?

My dear blog is 7.5 years old. And I have no idea what to do with it. I am not happy keeping it artificially alive via Wordless Wednesday posts. (Ironically, Wednesdays are usually when I feel like writing.) There are things to write about but because I’ve given myself the rule of not writing about […]

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The Starving Economist: People–A Liability?!

A friend of mine has an excellent summary of what’s really wrong with society, the economy, etc.: People. No, there’s nothing wrong with people. The problem is that we aren’t taking care of people. The Starving Economist: People–A Liability?!

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The "food packet"

Norway has a unique feature in its culture, and with it, a unique word: Matpakke. The word literally means “food package” and is the traditional Norwegian work lunch. Norwegians have traditionally had four meals a day – breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper – of which three are made up of very plain, open-faced sandwiches. Only […]

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Partying in purple paisley

It wasn’t my night last night. The night belonged to two very nice co-workers who were both hired November 1 1984. 50 people enjoyed a lovely meal, speeches, entertainment, conversation, a bit of dancing and a lot of wine. But as their guest until about 2 am, I was thoroughly enjoying myself. And my outfit. […]

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Deliveries (a complaint)

Well-meaning people in the US ship me stuff via UPS, FedEx, TNT and the like (hereinafter referred to as Other Delivery Company, or ODC). The latest to do this was Amazon.com. You know what? They all suck. You know why? Because in Norway, you get the best service from our post office. Seriously. Some mail […]

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Don’t stop ’til you get enough

When I woke up this morning and heard Michael Jackson had died, my first thought was, “Now he won’t suffer any more.” I have never had the impression that he was a happy man, an impression supported by what I’ve heard about his childhood, his family, his plastic surgeries and the accusation of his molesting […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Ulven pond

Wordless Wednesday

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110/70

Sometimes pleasant surprises come with a pinching squeeze. In fact, the company doctor was baffled enough to check my blood pressure a third time. Probably because we’d both just been laughing. I was remembering my blood pressure as 120/80 (still not bad for a woman my age), but it was 110/70 18 months ago, too. […]

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Romance for lunch

The pair sat side by side on the railing, gray backs facing in one direction, gleeming white chests in the other, yellow beaks moving as they surveyed their surroundings, shoulder to shoulder. Tenderly they’d nudge each other. Sometimes they’d open their beaks up wide, extending their necks, and call together. Then they’d shake their tail […]

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Getting some things done

Remember me talking about “Getting Things Done”? Well, I used what I could find on the internet about the nuts and bolts of David Allen’s GTD system, without having a printed book before me, and cleaned up my e-mail boxes both at work and at home. I think I found the electronic equivalent of the […]

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Wordless Wednesday – New office

Wordless Wednesday (Taken with equally new office cell phone.)

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Wanting to get things done

I’m kind of having a blast from the past these days. I remember reading time management books and a lot of other management books some 25 years ago when I was a lowly secretary. While other women’s hearts get all aflutter at the idea of a bouquet of red roses or a sweet note left […]

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Scandinavians

Heard at work: The Finns invent things, the Swedes manufacture them, the Danes sell them, and the Norwegians buy them.

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Heavens and hells

It was a dark and stormy night. OK, it was just a fading late afternoon, with dirty slush on the ground, sleet in the air and little wind. But it had been a hellacious day for traffic and was still hellacious for pedestrians. About a foot of wet, sloppy snow piled itself on top of […]

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MIA

I’m probably as baffled as you are, my dear reader, at the lack of activity on my blog. It’s not that nothing’s happening in my life. I got a lovely raise at work (broke through a personal glass ceiling doing so), am back to full time (no more one-Wednesday-a-month off), health is good (after a […]

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Christmas plans

Sometimes shit happens with the best outcomes. I have yet to see how well, but it’s looking good so far. The friends I usually spend Christmas with I won’t be spending Christmas with this year. That means I’ll be alone for Christmas. That’s not a bad thing. I’ve done it before. So, after the initial […]