Posted by ShoZu

This will be today’s last post. It’s not a good way of blogging, doing three posts at once, and then nothing for a month or something. But that’s how it is. When I’m done with this post I have to do school work again🙂

When I opened my mail box today, I found FIVE postcards! From postcrossing of course😀 It was so fun, getting all five at once. I want to send more now, so I can get even more mail🙂 They were all so nice😀 Even one from Australia. That traveled over 15000 km!

So I give you pictures of those too🙂

This is of a water fall in a park in Oregon, USA

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The card from Australia:

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This is of the tulip fields in Holland:

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Cute kittens from Germany:

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A dog who asks where the party is, also from Germany🙂

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The title sums it all up! I got some vanilla beans off eBay (well, “some” is actually A LOT! about 40 maybe?) and thought I should try to use one for something right away. Half of it will be vanilla extract, the rest I just will have to find some use for. They can be stored for a while as long as I keep them wrapped double in cling film, so it’s not that much of a hurry🙂

Anyway, I found out I could make some cupcakes/muffins. Since I had a visitor and all. So I made a small batch, added chocolate chips (a bit too many, and as it turns out Thomas isn’t much a fan of dark chocolate) and vanilla seeds & cooked them up. I think they tasted good the first day, but they had to have some glace + a glass of milk. I ended up eating almost all of them myself, so luckily I just made 8 or something🙂

And the fun part is that they had a super funny shape!😀 They all had little nipples! I think the shape was super cute. So here are pictures:

"chocolate chip muffins"

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PS: I tagged this blog post with “nipples” and did the same with the flickr photos. I wonder how many hits they will get, haha.

Last weekend, Thomas came to visit again. We were so lucky with the weather, considering it’s been cold and wet since he left. It even snowed yesterday! But when he was here, there was some sunny days. On Friday, we decided to go down to the city (because it was probably less people there than on Saturday) and then to go to Sognsvann. When we got to the bus stop, we changed our mind, and decided to go to Sognsvann first instead. The weather was so nice, and we just wanted to get there. I had never been there either, so it was fun to check it out. We walked along “Akerselva” to Nydalen, and took the tube from there. Then to Sognsvann.

And then suddenly, we was out of the city with trees everywhere and a big lake! I was quite amazed, and it’s right by the student housing at Kringsjå. It’s a bit outside of the city, but the tube goes right to the city and goes every 15 min, so it’s not that bad. (I have to say this is part of my secret plan of getting Thomas to love Oslo😛 we’ll se how that goes)

We stayed there for a little while, sat down on some rocks by the water and watched the seagulls that swam around. I had brought food. But as soon as the seagulls saw I had some bread in my hand, they started to circle around us! Thomas pointed it out first (“Haha, look! It saw that you had food!”) and I put down the bread immediately, because I got scared! I visualized the seagulls getting closer and closer and then suddenly attack🙂 Of course they didn’t. Then there was some people a bit further away that started to throw food to them, so they flew away. That’s when I dared to eat a bit myself🙂

It was really cold, and clouds had formed, so we didn’t stay very long. Took the tube down to the city, and when we god out of the tube station, it poured down! The weather forecast said it was going to be sunny all day! A good thing is that we decided to go to Sognsvann first, or else it would have been wet🙂

Here are Sognsvann pictures:

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duck

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And check out this vimeo-video of the birds!

We didn’t do much on Saturday, the weather still wasn’t very good. Thomas went outside to do some qigong though, but I stayed inside.

Sunday was another beautiful day. This time it really WAS sunny! So we took a long walk along Akerselva, from Bjølsen, through Nydalen and just follwed the river until we found a bridge. That was almost at Kjelsås. Then we crossed the river and walked back on ashphalt. It was great, a good walk (about 6km I found out) and it’s nice to see that even though I live in Norway’s biggest city, there are still nature around! And a lot of ducks in the river! A couple of pictures from that too:

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That’s enough of that🙂 It was fun to explore places in Oslo that I hadn’t been before🙂

I got a tumblr.com-blog. Or it’s like micro blogging or something🙂 real nice. Easier to update, doesn’t have to be long posts🙂

Test for å se hva tumblr gjør med den🙂

And since I’m sitting here and is supposed to do a programming assignment (java, it’s hard), I will write another post to distract me!😛

I’m making christmas cards this year. Cross stitched ones. I’ve only finished one yet, but I’m so busy for school and everything so we’ll see how it goes. Maybe I’ll make the embroideries into those embellishments you hang on the christmas tree or something instead, because I don’t think it looked as good as a card that I’ve seen in other pictures. It’s probably because the cards I’ve gotten don’t fit very well with the size of what I’ve stitched. Well, here’s a picture of the one I did so far though🙂

And I’m getting a bit nervous if I’m gonna finish that christmas gift I’m making or not. It really takes a lot of time, and I need to do a lot of schoolwork the next weeks. I guess I’ll do some in the weekends. I’ll have to🙂

Here’s the picture. I have another kind of card too, with a square cutout. But it’s too small. It’s one more type available, with an oval. I think those will fit better, so I’ll probably go buy one of those too. I don’t know what color is best though. They’re only available in red, white and cream. I’m thinking red is the right color for christmas, but it’s so bright. And cream would maybe clash with the white aida cloth. White would maybe be too neutral too. So I’ll probably go for another red one..

christmas card idea..

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